- Video shows man’s valiant attempt to stay upright on icy driveway
- Could this thief keep workers from reaching the top?
- Pit bull recovering after being left tied up with protruding uterus in frigid park
- Letter from 27-year-old on her deathbed will change your view of life
- Serena Williams says after giving birth ‘everything went bad’
- Bayou Beer Garden hosts Sunday Saints party and crawfish boil
- The first sign it’s Carnival season: bleachers!
- Whatever happened to neighborhood Mardi Gras parades?
- Manny Randazzo’s: King Cake of the Day!
- ‘We were rock stars’: Roman Harper recalls epic Saints Super Bowl team
- New Orleans Auto Wraps create tricked out Saints Viper
- An activist starts a GoFundMe campaign to help kids in Harlem see ‘Black Panther’
- History on the half shell: National Oysters Rockefeller Day. BUT, what would Oysters Rockefeller be named today?
- ‘I’m appalled … and you should be, too’: Vermilion Parish teacher speaks out after arrest
- Basketball team kicked out of youth league for racist jerseys
- Michael Douglas fends off sexual harassment claim with preemptive interview
- ICE immigration officers swoop in on 7-Elevens nationwide
- Toyota and Mazda to build $1.6 billion joint plant in Alabama
- Diet Coke’s new cans and flavors are Millennial-friendly
- Woman says PetSmart employees left dead dog at the vet ‘like garbage’
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 09:30 PM PST
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. — A camera recorded a Virginia man’s adrenaline-pumping start to the work day after he stepped out of his house and onto a black ice-covered driveway.
Video posted on social media Tuesday, which has since gone viral, appears to show the man leaving his home in Northern Virginia, according to WTVR.
As he steps out onto his driveway, he immediately loses his footing and the slope makes it impossible to turn back.
The man slips and slides down his icy driveway, his dress shoes no help as he frantically tries to avoid a painful slam onto the concrete. He doesn’t stay on his feet in the end, but manages to avoid what might have been a far worse fall.
“He is fine. This thing is going viral. I cannot stop laughing,” his wife tweeted after posting the video on social media.
Sub-freezing temperatures in parts of Virginia arrived last Wednesday along with snow and ice. The freeze lasted over the weekend and into this week.
Black ice was blamed for dozens of accidents in Central Virginia Tuesday morning and prompted most school systems to close for the fourth straight school day.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 07:37 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a suspect who is accused of stealing sections of scaffolding from a construction site. The case is the latest to roll on the Wheel of Justice.
According to police, the crime happened on December 22 in the 2600 block of Poydras Street.
Police say a man jumped the fence of a construction site, removed several sections of scaffolding, then jumped back over the fence and made his escape.
The area is near the new University Medical Center complex on Tulane Avenue, so it's just one of multiple construction sites in the area.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect. He is seen wearing a green work vest. Click on the video button above to see the latest Wheel of Justice report which includes the surveillance footage.
One worker at the scene told WGNO that the suspect may have been working with an accomplice who was driving a pickup. That worker says the accomplice waited near the area to help the thief load up the scaffolding and get out of the area.
If you can help solve this latest Wheel of Justice report call CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111.
You don't have to reveal your name or testify in court, and you could be eligible to receive a cash reward.
So far, more than 363 people have been booked after their cases rolled on the Wheel of Justice.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 07:15 PM PST
INDIANAPOLIS – A pit bull is recovering at a foster home after animal care workers found it tied up at an Indianapolis park with its uterus hanging out Saturday morning.
An officer with Indianapolis Animal Care Services said in a report that the 2-year-old dog named Journey was found with blood on the pavilion floor and had a protruding uterus, according to WXIN. Temperatures that day were in the single digits.
"Her uterus was completely outside of her body," said Missy Patton, a spokesperson at Helping Paws, a pet adoption and rescue organization. "That required emergency surgery that day."
Journey was released by animal care to Helping Paws so the dog could get treated. Surgery would cost $5,000, and thanks to Helping Paws' supporters, the dog went into surgery Saturday.
"We started posting to social media that she was going to need donations and the community was amazing," said Patton. "Helping Paws has the greatest followers. They pitched in and we were able to cover her surgery."
The dog was spayed on Sunday, a procedure that Patton said, if done before, Journey would have never been put in danger.
"The uterus issue was a chronic condition," Patton said. "One that easily could have been prevented if she was spayed earlier in life. The people who had her previous(ly) didn't take the time to get her spayed and it's such an important thing to do. Not only does it prevent overpopulation of dogs, but it can help prevent medical cases like these. She didn't have to be in this condition."
Patton and a spokesperson at Indianapolis Animal Care Services said there are resources available for pet owners who are worried about covering the expenses associated with providing an animal appropriate medical care.
Animal care said it's not sure if Journey ever had a home or not. The officer who picked up Journey did not find a collar on the pit bull and the dog was not microchipped.
Helping Paws plans to find the owner and has offered a $500 reward to anyone who can help locate them.
"Journey was suffering because someone made the selfish decision to tie her and leave her to die," Patton said. "We want that person to be held accountable for what they did. We want justice for Journey."
Patton said Journey will need to stay under the care of her foster mother for at least another month, but the organization has already received several applications from people willing to adopt the pit bull.
Animal services said if the dog's former owner is found, that person could be charged with abandoning an animal.
Organizations available to help pet owners with medical procedures include the FACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic and Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside.
"People can reach out to any rescue in the city or any shelter," said Patton. "No one will ever turn you away if you are trying to do the right thing for your pet. If it's a money issue, we can help you get the resources you need."
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 07:14 PM PST
NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia – People across the globe are reacting to a heartbreaking, inspiring letter written by a 27-year-old Australian woman while on her deathbed.
Holly Butcher died last week after battling Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects mostly young people, News.com.au reports. But before her death, she wrote a letter, and she instructed her family to post it on her Facebook account once she passed away.
In the letter, she reveals what it's like to come to terms with death at such a young age.
"It's a strange thing to realise and accept your mortality at 26 years young," Butcher wrote. "It's just one of those things you ignore. The days tick by and you just expect they will keep on coming; until the unexpected happens."
Holly goes on to share her advice for living life to the fullest, including not worrying about little things and focusing on moments with family and friends.
"You might have got caught in bad traffic today, or had a bad sleep because your beautiful babies kept you awake, or your hairdresser cut your hair too short. Your new fake nails might have got a chip, your boobs are too small, or you have cellulite on your arse and your belly is wobbling.
Let all that s*** go.. I swear you will not be thinking of those things when it is your turn to go. It is all SO insignificant when you look at life as a whole."
Butcher's family posted her letter on her Facebook page last Wednesday, and it has already gotten over 120,000 shares. People from around the world have commented, many thanking Holly for her words, some telling their own stories of relatives or friends lost to cancer and others tagging people to pass the letter on.
See the full letter below:
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 06:24 PM PST
In January 2017, two months into her pregnancy, tennis superstar Serena Williams competed in — and won — the Australian Open. At 20 weeks pregnant, with the smallest of baby bumps, she posted a picture on Snapchat of her athletic body, in a yellow swimsuit. Hers was a fortunate and healthy pregnancy, by any standard.
However, the days and weeks following the September birth of daughter Alexis Olympia was difficult, according to a recent Vogue magazine interview with the tennis champion.
When contractions began, baby Olympia’s heartrate plunged. An emergency cesarean section was performed, and Williams’ delivered her first child. Nearly a third of births in the United States are C-sections, and Williams’ procedure was flawless.
According to Vogue, Alexis Ohanian, the happy father and co-founder of Reddit, cut the cord, and Olympia was laid on her mother’s chest.
“And then everything went bad,” Williams, 36, told Vogue in an interview confirmed by her publicist. Her training schedule did not permit time for an interview with CNN.
Despite her obvious strength and good health, the world champion tennis player has a history of blood clots. Clots that form within veins or arteries disrupt the circulatory system and can damage the organs. Smoking, being overweight and obesity, and genetics are all factors that may cause blood clotting.
Williams takes blood thinners every day to prevent clots from forming. After the C-section, though, she stopped taking them to allow the surgical wound to heal.
The next day, off the “anticoagulant regimen” medication, the 23-time Grand Slam winner began to gasp as she recovered in her hospital room.
Not wanting to worry her visiting mother, Williams stepped into the hall and flagged a nearby nurse, insisting that she needed an IV with heparin, a blood thinner, and a CT scan to check for clots.
The nurse believed that medications might have befuddled Williams, Vogue says, but a doctor arrived — only to perform an ultrasound, and not the CT scan that Williams believed she needed.
The ultrasound revealed nothing, and according to Vogue, Williams reiterated: “I told you, I need a CT scan and a heparin drip.” Obeying her request for the scan, the medical team found several small blood clots in her lungs and immediately began the medication.
Williams’ physical instincts were correct. Still, a six-day medical crisis followed.
First, her C-section wound reopened after a coughing spell caused by the clots in her lungs.
Next, she returned to surgery to correct the lung clot, called a pulmonary embolism, and her medical team found a large hematoma, or clotted blood in the tissue, in her abdomen. The cause: the blood thinner she’d resumed.
Another operation allowed a surgeon to insert a filter into a major vein to prevent more clots from dislodging and traveling to Williams’ lungs.
Finally, a week after the birth, she returned to her Florida home. Sadly, the new mother found no comfort in her daughter’s cries.
The medical ordeal combined with new motherhood temporarily overwhelmed Williams. Vogue says she spent six weeks unable to get out bed.
“I was happy to change diapers,” Ohanian, who married Williams in November, told Vogue, adding that the hardest part was “not being able to help.”
Williams told the magazine that the first couple of months of motherhood have tested her in ways she never imagined. “No one talks about the low moments,” Williams said. “(The) incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry … Or I’ll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, ‘Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby?’ The emotions are insane.”
Today, Williams is raising her daughter and has made a return to the tennis court.
On December 30, she lost an exhibition match against Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion, at the World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi.
Based on this uncharacteristic result, Williams pulled out of the Australian Open, which starts Monday, and continues to train.
Williams’ sights remain set on breaking the record of 24 Grand Slam titles held by Margaret Court — though she won’t push baby Olympia to follow her path. “I’m so glad I had a daughter. I want to teach her that there are no limits.”
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:54 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS -- If you're still trying to decide where to watch the Saints game this Sunday, Bayou Beer Garden is hoping you'll enjoy cheering on the saints on their patio in Mid-City.
It's your chance to wear your black-and-gold onesie and enjoy the bar's kick-off to crawfish season, too.
They'll be serving up piping hot crawfish with all the fixin's on a first come first serve basis.
It's basically your one stop shop for mudbugs, booze and unlimited Saints fans galore.
"The bar was crazy this past weekend. Saints are doing great this season, everybody comes, dressed up, decked out in black and gold, everyone is all over the patio," says Logan Hancock with Bayou Beer Garden.
The Saints take on the Minnesota Vikings at 3:40 in Minnesota.
Door open at Bayou Beer Garden at eleven.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:12 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS -- It's at least one surefire sign that carnival season is under way: the bleachers are set up at Gallier Hall and across the street on St. Charles Avenue, as we anticipate all the fanfare and fun to begin.
Imagine standing room only in and around Lafayette Square and kids and adults anxiously waiting to check out the floats and those dancing crews, all the while yelling: "Throw me somethin' mister!"
The countdown to parading on St. Charles Avenue has officially begun.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 05:06 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS — Do you remember the days when Mardi Gras parades took place all over the city, not just in the French Quarter and Uptown?
News with a Twist opinion contributor and radio talk show host Kaare Johnson does.
“I remember the Hercules parade going down Paris Avenue on a Monday night or the Pandora parade going down Robert E Lee Boulevard on a Saturday afternoon,” he says.
And if you lived in New Orleans East, then the Krewe of Pontchartrain went down Haynes Boulevard.
The Krewe of Freret? You guessed it. It lined up and paraded down Freret Street.
This is no longer the case, as most parades go the Uptown route, save for a few in the French Quarter and Endymion, which still starts at City Park and rolls through Mid-City.
Safety, tourists, and logistics surely play a role in the move from neighborhood Mardi Gras, but should Mardi Gras parades go back to the neighborhoods where they began? (Click here for the Mardi Gras 2018 parade schedule.)
Kaare Johnson says yes.
“One of the great strengths of our city is our neighborhoods. And one of the great strengths of our city is Mardi Gras. Let’s bring back the old tradition of true neighborhood parades,” he says.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 04:35 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS - It's officially King Cake Season. We're taking you to the hottest spots around to get your fill of Carnival goodness in King Cake of the Day!
They're one of the biggest names in the business, Manny Randazzo's King Cakes! Many of their techniques are proprietary, so no one's allowed in the kitchen. All they could reveal to us is that they use a Danish dough and braid it with cinnamon inside. Plain is their most popular flavor, with cream cheese ringing in at second!
Manny tells us, "It's a secret family recipe that was passed down. Our family started the business in Chalmette, in 1965 and I grew up in the business and my father was very meticulously making sure that I adhered to everything that they made."
Folks have been known to wait hours in line to grab one of these king cakes, so take a trip to their location in Metairie to see the line down the street!
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 03:39 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints' mission to Minnesota won't come easy.
First, the boys in back and gold will have to play the Vikings in Minneapolis, and then another team before they can return to Minnesota for the Championship. And the Vikings will be playing with a chip on their shoulder Sunday.
The Vikings hold a 2-1 playoff edge over the Saints, losing the 2009 NFC championship game 31-28 in overtime in the last meeting.
This season has come as a surprise to many, with a rocky 0-2 start and play makers emerging from the rookie class.
Former New Orleans Saint Roman Harper, who returned to the Superdome last Sunday when the Saints beat the Panthers in the Wild Card playoff game, said this year's Saints remind him more of the '06 team than the '09 team that took home the Championship.
"We were just a couple snaps away from getting to the Super Bowl and people always forget that, and give '09 all the credit, but the foundation was started in '06," said Harper.
He describes the '06 team as gritty.
"In a lot of ways it's similar to this year's team, we weren't winning the traditional way the Saints win. It wasn't pretty, but we got it done."
The 2017 roster may be stacked with talent, and making NFL history on a weekly basis seems to have become the new culture of the Saints, but Harper said the 2009 team was better equipped to win the Super Bowl.
"We were rock stars. I mean we had Reggie Bush, a Heisman winner, Drew Brees was becoming one of the top quarterbacks, Jeremy Shockey, Darren Sharper, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Lance Moore was the lady killer, Pierre Thomas was like the black french man, " laughed Harper. "It was crazy, all the people, the names, and everywhere we went we were like a rock stars. We were like the Beatles, but after the Beatles."
With all eyes facing north, Harper's advice is to not overthink while in play. He will travel to Minnesota on Sunday to root for the team that made him a legend.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 03:35 PM PST
METARIE, La -- For David Bruchis, cars are his thing.
He's been in the business since he was 18 years old and then decided to take it up a notch by starting auto wraps.My goal was to be the best at detailing or whatever I was doing I wanted to be the best," says Bruchis.
He and his wife tag team the business helping customer's visions for their vehicles come alive.
According to Katherine Bruchis, the process can be tedious but is worth it when the new tricked out vehicle is unveiled.
"I like this, I like this one. I love that one! So it's really just about dialing it in to see what they really like," says Katherine.
After visiting the auto wraps shop, I saw a giant snake print that wrapped around a viper, and then I saw a nice, blue, matte colored Porsche.
But Bruchis says, it's more than just cars and trucks.
"One time we got a call to do a helicopter," Bruchis starts to laugh. "Hashtag wrap that. Wrap everything."
The vinyl wraps are just like big stickers. Easy to apply and to take off.
Bruchis says the paint job underneath stays in primes condition and the vinyl wraps last 7 to 10 years.
But out of all of the cars, Bruchis says his pride and joy is his own vehicle, the Viper.
This time, he has it decked out for Black and Gold Nation in honor of the Saints' potential journey to the Super Bowl.
Bruchis says it's just lacking a touch from the team!
"I would love to have them all sign the car, you know have them sign the car. That would be a great deal," says Bruchis.
For more on New Orleans Auto Wraps click here.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 02:58 PM PST
On the list of 2018’s must-see movies, “Black Panther” reigns supreme.
And a New York man wants to make sure a key demographic doesn’t miss out on the African superhero’s exploits: kids of color.
Fredrick Joseph has started a GoFundMe campaign so kids in Harlem, New York, can go see the movie when it comes out next month.
And thanks to some big name celebrities, the “Wakanda Forever!” campaign is growing faster than a speeding bullet.
“I knew I wanted to do something for the children, especially of Harlem, because it was a community primarily of color,” Joseph, 29, told CNN. “I said to myself, how can I get as many children as possible to see this film and see themselves as a superhero or a king or queen?”
“Representation and inclusion are legitimately essential pillars to creating dreams for yourself,” he added.
Within 10 days, the campaign has tripled its original goal of $10,000. More than 700 people have donated including Chelsea Clinton, director J.J. Abrams and ESPN anchor Jemele Hill.
The money will go toward purchasing tickets and refreshments for the children and chaperones. Anything left over will help support the Boys and Girls Club.
“You don’t have to have a lot of money to make change,” said Dominique Jones, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. “I really think that Fredrick is the real example of a superhero.”
“Black Panther” has been one of Marvel Comics’ most vital characters for 50 years. The film adaptation stars Chadwick Boseman as T-Chala (a.k.a. Black Panther) as he returns to Wakanda (hence the campaign name) to reign as king.
Joseph has also partnered with GoFundme to make a difference outside of Harlem. They’ve launched the #BlackPantherChallenge to encourage similar drives in other communities.
Ten campaigns created using the #BlackPantherChallenge sign up page will receive a $100 donation from GoFundme to support the cause.
“The children are the future. It starts with them,” Joseph said. “We’re just vessels trying to make a change.”
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 02:58 PM PST
NEW ORLEANS - It really is history on the half shell. It's National Oysters Rockefeller Day.
WGNO News with a Twist features reporter Wild Bill Wood is in the middle of New Orleans, in the middle of the French Quarter, in the middle of Antoine's, the place where Oysters Rockefeller was created.
The dish is legendary.
So is the place.
Antoine's opened in 1840. Then it was in 1899 that Jules Alciatore created, invented, gave the world, Oysters Rockefeller.
Jules was the son of the man from France who opened Antoine's Restaurant.
The dish gets its name because the sauce is so rich, Jules Alciatore thought, it's like a Rockefeller.
That's Rockefeller as in John D. Rockefeller. He's the guy who started Standard Oil and got rich. At the time, he was the richest man on the planet.
And so everybody asks at Antoine's, what's in the sauce?
It must be spinach. You see what looks like spinach.
It must have bacon. You taste the bacon.
The sauce has neither one in the recipe.
It's a sauce of pureed green veggies and butter. Then it's baked with bread crumbs on top.
Antoine's is run by fifth generation CEO Rick Blount.
Rick says, "we are honored to have National Oysters Rockefeller Day serve as the kick-off culinary event for the city`s many planned Tricentennial celebrations. We consider it the crown jewel of Antoine`s menu, and it is appropriate that we celebrate such an iconic dish as the city`s 300th anniversary year commences."
But what if Oysters Rockefeller were invented today? What name would one of today's top chefs give it?
What name would you give it?
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 02:58 PM PST
ABBEVILLE, La. -- The Vermilion Parish teacher who made national headlines after she was removed from a school board meeting and arrested for speaking out against a hefty pay raise for the superintendent has responded to her ordeal in a video provided by the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Deyshia Hargrave, who teaches fifth and sixth grade English and Language Arts at Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan, attended a Vermilion Parish School Board meeting Monday night, at which the board approved a $38,000 pay raise for Superintendent Jerome Puyau.
Hargrave spoke against the raise both before and after the board approved it and called it "a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have."
While she was being recognized by the superintendent, an Abbeville city marshal approached her and asked her to leave. Shortly after being escorted out of the meeting, Hargrave was handcuffed by an Abbeville city marshal.
She was booked into the city jail on charges of remaining where forbidden and resisting an officer, but the city of Abbeville's attorney has since said that no charges will be filed against Hargrave.
The incident has gained national and international attention, with civil rights and educator groups calling it a violation of Hargrave's First Amendment rights.
"By silencing my voice, they've also taken away, or tried to take away, my First Amendment rights to speak, and I'm appalled by this, and you should be, too," Hargrave said in the video provided by LAE.
"I was always taught that what's right is right and what's wrong is wrong, and when you see something, you should say it's wrong, even though it doesn't involve you. This particular issue directly involved me, directly involved my students, my fellow educators and support staff, cafeteria workers, citizens outside of the school system. So I chose to speak out."
Watch video of Deyshia Hargrave's removal and arrest below:
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 02:49 PM PST
CINCINNATI, OH— An Ohio basketball team has been kicked out of a youth recreational league for wearing racist jerseys after photos began circulating on social media.
Parent Tony Rue posted the images on his Facebook page Sunday after attending a game where the Ohio team was playing.
"A Rec league or not, please explain how this is even remotely considered appropriate for a high school basketball game. From a team name referencing sexual conduct to offensive and racist nicknames," Rue wrote on Facebook.
The controversial pictures quickly became the hot topic of the day and made their way to national radio shows and local television news.
According to WXIX Cincinnati Premier Youth Basketball League officials shut down the game and said they have dismissed the team from the league, but parents are left wondering how the team managed to play four weeks into the season before the jerseys were reported.
Charrise Middleton, the coordinator for Kings Rec Basketball 7-12, told WXIX:
“When I learned of the uniform infractions last night the team involved was immediately removed from the league and will not be returning to play this season. Kings Rec Basketball for grades 7-12 does not in any way support or condone the uniform infractions that occurred. We strictly follow and support the rules set out by CPYBL and fully support their decision to remove the team from play as well.”
Middleton also provided a statement on behalf of the team’s coach Walt Gill:
“We sincerely apologize to anyone that was offended by the jerseys. We offered to cover them up or change, however, the league saw fit to remove us and we have accepted that decision.”
The students tried to suggest the racial slurs were not racial at all, just a play on their names. One student whose last name is Kuhn said the word Coon was just a way to have fun with his name, but the school district and basketball league are not buying it.
A spokesperson for the Kings Local School District said she cannot discuss whether any students will be disciplined due to privacy laws and said the team is in no way associated with the school district. She issued the following statement to WXIX:
“Today we became aware of inappropriate conduct from a team of students participating in a recreational basketball league that is not affiliated with the Kings Local School District. This team has been restricted from any further use of district facilities. Kings Local Schools strongly condemns any type of hateful and racist commentary. This behavior is in no way welcome or tolerated in our schools and community.”
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:28 PM PST
Michael Douglas has denied what he says is a forthcoming claim of sexual harassment against him in a new interview with Hollywood trade publication Deadline.
The veteran actor says The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline’s competitor, is pursuing a story about him in which a former employee claims Douglas masturbated in front of her, used improper language in her company, and prevented her from getting other work in the entertainment industry.
Douglas denies the allegation of a sexual nature and the claim of retaliation. But, he added, “I will fess up to colorful language.”
“I felt the need to get ahead of this,” he told Deadline.
Douglas says his accuser is a woman who worked in development at his company approximately 32 years ago and was fired “for the work she was doing.”
CNN does not know the identity of the woman.
“She was a lady who was involved in development at my company, and we just didn’t have a good development record in the time she was there, so I just moved on,” he said. “I never blackballed her. If people from the industry called me to ask about her, I would have been honest, but I never blackballed her.”
When contacted by CNN, a representative for Douglas had no additional comment at this time.
Douglas said he was approached by The Hollywood Reporter about its investigation in December, prior to the holidays.
Reached for comment, a spokesperson for The Hollywood Reporter told CNN the publication does not comment on “stories that may or may not be in the works.”
Douglas said he ultimately chose to preemptively talk about the sexual harassment claim, in hopes of limiting the story’s potential impact.
“I had the choice of waiting for a story to come out, one that will clearly get picked up by other newspapers and magazines, and then I have to sit there and try to defend myself. Or, try to share with the public, a little ahead of the story, my thoughts and concerns,” he said.
Douglas said he has “reason to believe that no one else has come forward” with a story about him.
“Again, I am sorry if I used coarse language with my friends. But this is really debilitating,” he said. “It can have a large effect on my career. And also, I think it really sends a message out.”
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:24 PM PST
Immigration enforcement officers are making 7-Eleven stores a target in their crackdown on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
On Wednesday, agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on 98 7-Eleven franchise stores across the country, where they began audits and interviewed employees and managers, according to the agency.
Twenty one people suspected of being in the United States illegally were arrested.
“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” Thomas Homan, ICE’s acting director, said in a statement.
It’s the largest worksite enforcement operation against an employer under President Trump, ICE said.
Trump has been tough on immigration during his year in office, and Homan pledged to quadruple workplace crackdowns in October. Still, on Tuesday Trump seemed open to talk of comprehensive immigration reform. He also said he supports a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children from deportation.
ICE said that officers targeted 7-Eleven stores in Washington, D.C., and 17 states: California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington.
7-Eleven, in a statement, sought to distance itself from the hiring practices of store owners.
“7-Eleven franchisees are independent business owners and are solely responsible for their employees including deciding who to hire and verifying their eligibility to work in the United States,” the company said. “This means that all store associates in a franchised store are employees of the franchisee and not 7-Eleven Inc.”
The company added that it “takes compliance with immigration laws seriously and has terminated the franchise agreements of franchisees convicted of violating these laws.”
ICE characterized its action Wednesday as a “follow-up” to actions it took against 7-Eleven franchises in 2013.
Nine franchise owners and managers were arrested for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, use of stolen identities and concealing and harboring employees who were in the country illegally, according to ICE. All but one, who was a fugitive until November 2017, pleaded guilty, and they were forced to pay more than $2.6 million in back wages.
The raids on Wednesday were meant to ensure that “the company has taken the proper steps towards more responsible hiring and employment practices,” ICE said.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:22 PM PST
Toyota and Mazda plan to build a $1.6 billion auto assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama that will employ 4,000 workers.
The plant’s location was made official Wednesday afternoon. The companies originally announced plans for a U.S. plant in August when the two Japanese automakers signed a joint venture agreement, though the exact location was not known at that time.
“Alabama is truly honored to have been chosen for this project,” Governor Kay Ivey said at a press conference.
The plant is expected to start building cars in 2021, and will eventually churn out 300,000 vehicles per year. Employees will be paid an average annual salary of $50,000, Ivey said.
Toyota will use the plant to build its best-selling compact car, the Corolla, while Mazda will use it to build a new crossover vehicle.
Toyota had originally planned to build a new Corolla plant in Mexico, but after the joint venture plans were announced in August, Toyota changed course and decided to build the Tacoma pickup at the plant in Mexico and the new Corolla at the new U.S. plant.
Toyota had been under fire for building Corollas in Mexico. Just before taking office last January President Trump attacked Toyota’s plans.
“Toyota Motor said will build a new plant in Baja, Mexico, to build Corolla cars for U.S. NO WAY!” Trump tweeted. on January 5, 2017. “Build plant in U.S. or pay big border tax.”
But despite the threat of a border tax, Toyota is moving ahead with plans to build trucks at the Mexico plant, even if it will not build Corollas there.
The company had been making Corollas in the U.S. at a plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, and always planned to keep making vehicles there. By building the new Corolla plant in Huntsville, rather than Mexico, it will have easier access to suppliers of Blue Springs plant. Those suppliers are mostly based in the South.
Toyota has 10 existing U.S. factories, including an existing engine plant in Huntsville which opened in 2001 and employs 1,450 workers. Overall it has 36,000 U.S. employees, not including those at dealerships. It produces most of the cars and trucks it sells in the U.S. at those U.S. plants and exports some of those cars to other markets.
Most of Toyota’s U.S. plants are in the South, and all are non-union. Mazda does not currently have any U.S. factories. Other foreign automakers have built plants across the South as well.
Alabama is the fifth largest state in terms of auto production, with more than 1 million cars built there annually. In addition to the existing Toyota engine plant, the state is also home to plants for Hyundai, Honda and Mercedes-Benz. It also has a relatively low unemployment rate of only 3.5%, the lowest rate in the state’s history.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:16 PM PST
Good news, Millennials: Diet Coke is introducing four new flavors that are sure to tickle your taste buds.
At least that's what Coca-Cola is hoping.
Starting in two weeks, you can buy Diet Coke in Ginger Lime, Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange and Twisted Mango.
They will come in a skinnier silver can, reminiscent of Red Bull's. And the company may have had another drink in mind when it mixed up the flavors -- LaCroix seltzer, which has attracted exactly the audience Coke is after.
Coke wasn't shy about which customers it's targeting.
"Millennials are now thirstier than ever for adventures and new experiences, and we want to be right by their side," said Rafael Acevedo, the group director for Diet Coke in North America. "We're making the brand more relatable and more authentic."
Another Diet Coke executive said the company cast a "broad flavor net" after examining what Millennials are eating and drinking, and tested everything from spicy notes to exotic fruits.
The company even released a video of Millennials trying the flavors. (Their most common reaction: "Whoa.")
Coca-Cola spent two years on the relaunch and says it asked more than 10,000 people for their thoughts.
The company is not changing the classic Diet Coke formula, which will still be available in the traditional, squatter 12-ounce cans.
Coke has been paying special attention to its low- and zero-calorie drinks.
Over the summer, the company replaced Coke Zero with a drink called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar. It paid off: Last quarter, the company reported earnings and sales that topped forecasts, thanks in part to growth from the new product.
But in general, consumer appetite for soda, both regular and diet, is shrinking. People are turning away from the artificial sweeteners used to flavor diet sodas -- including the new Diet Coke flavors.
In a note published on Tuesday, the research group Cowen reported that diet soda sales fell 2% in the last three months of 2017. In that period, Diet Coke sales fell by 4% and Diet Pepsi by 8%.
Other sodas have tried this strategy: Pepsi sought to appeal to younger drinkers last year with a disastrous ad featuring Kendall Jenner offering a soda to a police officer on a protest line. After a backlash, the company apologized and pulled the ad.
Companies like Coke might want to focus on sparkling water instead of new diet drinks.
Cowen noted that over that same period in 2017, National Beverage Corp., which makes LaCroix, reported that sales improved 43% in the sparkling and still flavored water category.
Posted: 10 Jan 2018 01:12 PM PST
FLEMINGTON, N.J. — A New Jersey woman is heartbroken over the death of her bulldog, who she says died less than an hour after she dropped the pup off for a grooming appointment at a local PetSmart.
Danielle DiNapoli said her beloved pooch Scruffles was an 8-year-old, seemingly healthy bulldog who she considered a member of the DiNapoli family.
"She was just a great wonderful lovable dog, she loved people, she loved being in our house, she loved family she loved playing with the tub she was just a beautiful joy," an emotional DiNapoli told WPIX as she fought back tears.
It's been 11 days since Scruffle's death and DiNapoli still doesn't know how or why her dog died.
"She's so beautiful and just reliving those moments it's a trauma," DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli dropped Scruffles off at PetSmart at 9:45 a.m. on Dec. 29. She says at 10:35 a.m., she was called by PetSmart and told to go to a nearby vet. When she arrived at the veterinarian's office, Scruffles was dead. The vet says PetSmart employees dropped her off already deceased.
"I would not want any family to go through it and the most horrifying thing is PetSmart left her there like trash," DiNapoli said. "They just left her there dead, no one was there to answer any questions, no one was there to give us any comfort, no one was there for anything. They just left her there like garbage, dead at the vet."
DiNapoli says since that fateful day, she has made numerous attempts to get answers from PetSmart to no avail.
DiNapoli said that after the company continued to refer her to corporate, saying only that Scruffles' death is under internal investigation, she called the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
"They said they had the final report and they gave us some verbal information, which none of it matched with the other two reports, everything changed," DiNapoli said.
She started a Facebook page "Justice for Scruffles" and was shocked when she says hundreds of people reached out to her with complaints about PetSmart. In one case, a woman from North Jersey claims her dog went to the same PetSmart in Flemington for grooming the same week as Scruffles. The dog owner says her pup died suddenly just days later.
PetSmart released the following statement on the investigation:
It's of little comfort to the DiNapoli family.
"The reason why I'm speaking out today is because this is almost two weeks since my dog died. We were led to believe we would get a written report of the timeline of her death," DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli also questions her lack of rights as a pet owner. She says she has asked to see any written documentation or report from PetSmart about the incident and has, thus far, been denied by the company.
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