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Heroes help save toddler and baby trapped in SUV

Tom Mitchell was out driving around when he came upon a terrifying scene Saturday: a pickup truck flipped over in a ditch full of rushing water near Myrtle Springs, Texas. Inside was Phillip Ocheltree, his infant son Marshal, and his toddler daughter Addyson.

“Life comes at you in a blink of an eye,” Ocheltree wrote on Facebook. “Last night leaving our home trying to get away from what was yet to come we hydroplaned off the highway.”

Tornadoes had ravaged the area earlier in the day, leaving at least four people dead and more than 50 injured. Mitchell told WFAA he was just out driving around to see if he could do anything to help.

When Mitchell arrived, half a dozen people were working frantically to extricate the family from the vehicle, but the rushing water was so swift that they couldn’t even open the doors, WFAA reports.

Mitchell, who told WFAA he lacked the strength to jump into the rushing water, began filming the rescue on his cell phone.

Suddenly, Marshal is free but limp, white and going blue-ish grey, Mitchell told the station. That’s when he put the phone in his pocket and began CPR.

“This baby is gonna die if we don’t start CPR fast,” he thought. “Having a negative feeling coming over me. This baby may not make it, this baby may not make it. No reaction, nothing is happening.”

The video at this point shows only the dark inside of Mitchell’s pocket, but the chaos of the terrifying scene can still be heard. The confused shouts of rescuers mingle with the rush of water, and Ocheltree’s heart-rending scream.

“That’s my daughter!”

Suddenly, a woman’s voice can be heard, fervently praying over Mitchell’s patient.

“In the name of Jesus let him breathe, let him breathe Lord, let him breathe,” she says. “Give him breath Lord, give him breath, in the name of Jesus let him breathe.”

“We got one!” rescuers shout as Marshal begins to breathe again.

“The first prayer she said, I felt a response in that child,” Mitchell told WFAA.

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The prayers continue as responders move on to Addyson.

“Come on Lord, in the name of Jesus let her breathe, Lord breathe in her, breathe in her Lord, breathe in her Lord, in the name of Jesus breathe in her Lord.”

Finally, the triumphant shout, “There she goes!”

But Addyson still wasn’t breathing well, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was put under sedation and given a breathing tube.

“Marshal is in excellent condition and is full of life,” Ocheltree said in a Facebook update from the hospital. “Addy bug right now is [a] fighter for lack of better words. She is stable and breathing more and more on her own but it’s all up to her as to when she is ready to wake up.”

Ocheltree said on Facebook Sunday that doctors planned to pull the breathing tube Monday to see if she could breathe on her own.

“All scans and tests say it looks promising,” he said. “We seriously cannot thank all of the friends, people family everyone that has been with us thank you all for your support and prayers the man upstairs is hearing them loud and clear.”

Ocheltree also took time to thank rescuers, calling them a blessing.

“I can’t thank you all enough who came into the water and saved my children.”

Source: Weather.com

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Did the BBC Expose Facebook’s Protection of Pedophiles?

Facebook has come under fire for not doing enough to police secret groups that trade child porn on the network. And in a disturbing twist, Facebook seems to be making the problem worse. When BBC journalists discovered child porn on the network and sent those images to Facebook last week, the company reported the BBC to police in the UK for the distribution of illegal images.

The BBC has been investigating secret child porn rings on Facebook for years. And last week a representative from Facebook, Simon Milner, finally agreed to sit down for an interview about moderation tools on the network. There was just one condition: Facebook asked that the BBC reporters send the company images that they’d found on Facebook’s secret groups that the BBC would like to discuss.

The BBC journalists sent Facebook the images they had flagged from private Facebook groups. And not only did Facebook cancel the interview, the company reported the journalists to the police.

“It is against the law for anyone to distribute images of child exploitation. When the BBC sent us such images we followed our industry’s standard practice and reported them to CEOP [Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre],” Facebook told Gizmodo in a statement. “We also reported the child exploitation images that had been shared on our own platform. This matter is now in the hands of the authorities.”

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Trump to Launch Attack on North Korea?

A White House internal review of strategy on North Korea features the possibility of both military force as well as regime change in order to thwart Pyongyang’s nuclear-weapons threat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday citing sources familiar with the process.

The strategy review, reported to have begun a fortnight ago, combined with U.S. President Donald Trump’s January vow to prevent North Korea from ever testing intercontinental ballistic missiles. The report – which could not be verified by CNBC – hints at a possible shift in U.S. foreign policy which could potentially rattle allies of both nations.

Defense ministers from the U.S., South Korea and Japan pledged to strengthen intelligence communications in the aftermath of North Korea’s most recent test-fired ballistic missile on February 12. Pyongyang, which had been banned from testing nuclear or missile-related technology by the United Nations, faced international condemnation for its most recent missile test.

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That Gross Pool Smell? It’s Worse Than You Think…

You know that sharp odor of chlorine from the swimming pool you can recall from earliest childhood? It turns out it’s not just chlorine, but a potent brew of chemicals that form when chlorine meets sweat, body oils, and urine.

But up until now, just how much urine has been difficult to measure, says chemist Xing-Fang Li of the University of Alberta. Li and her colleagues report they can now tell roughly how much pee is in a pool by measuring the artificial sweeteners carried in most people’s urine. Certain sweeteners can be a good proxy for pee, she says, because they’re designed to “go right through you” and don’t break down readily in pool water.

The scientists calculated that one 220,000-gallon, commercial-size swimming pool contained almost 20 gallons of urine. In a residential pool (20-by-40-foot, five-feet deep), that would translate to about two gallons of pee. It’s only about one-hundredth of a percent, but any urine in a swimming pool can be a health concern for some people, not to mention that smell that never quite goes away.

Li’s team collected water from pools and hot tubs at hotels and recreation facilities in two Canadian cities and measured the amount of a sweetener called acesulfame potassium, or Ace-K, for short. It’s found in everything from yogurt to soup these days, so it’s no surprise that it’s ubiquitous in our urine.

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Ohio Parents Both Overdose in Front of Children

An Ohio couple was arrested on child endangerment charges Tuesday after the husband and wife were discovered overdosed, according to police, in separate locations in the company of their children.

Nathan Carroll, 29, was discovered by police in his car with an infant in the backseat after his car veered off the road, and Samantha Schigel, 24, was found in their home, also overdosed, in the presence of other children.

Police in Lorain, about 30 miles west of Cleveland, said officers went to the couple’s home to inform Schigel that they found Carroll overdosed, ABC News affiliate WEWS reported.

When they arrived, police said, a child answered the door and said that her “mommy was sleeping and they could not wake her up,” according to WEWS.

Both parents were given naloxone, a heroin antidote, and were taken to Mercy Hospital in Lorain.

When Schigel became responsive, she told police that she and Carroll had snorted a powder they believed to be heroin.

According to a police report obtained by WEWS, she told police that it was her first time using the drug and that she did it to treat pain.

Schigel was arrested on charges of endangering children, and Carroll was arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence, implied consent to test, endangering children, driving under suspension and failure to control, WEWS reported.

After children’s services was contacted, five of the children were released to their respective paternal grandfathers.

It was unclear if Carroll and Schigel had attorneys.

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Obesity Raises Your Risk for 11 Different Cancers

People who are obese have a greater risk of developing and dying from several types of cancer including malignancies of the breast, ovary, kidney, pancreas, colon, rectum, and bone marrow, new research confirms.

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the obesity rate has more than doubled over the past generation. Even though excess weight is thought to influence the odds of developing and dying from a wide variety of tumors, the study found “strong evidence” supporting this connection for 11 cancers.

“Other associations could also be genuine, but there is still substantial uncertainty about them,” lead study author Dr. Maria Kyrgiou of Imperial College London said by email.

Globally, 1.9 billion adults are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. Roughly four in 10 adults are oisverweight, and more than one in 10 are obese, a condition that increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, kidney problems and joint disorders in addition to certain cancers.

For the study, researchers analyzed results from 204 previously published studies exploring the connection between obesity, weight gain, waist circumference and 36 different cancers.

Researchers looked in particular for evidence that the previous results might have exaggerated the link between obesity and cancer or found a connection that was too small to rule out the possibility that it was due to chance.

They found the strongest links were between obesity and malignancies of the digestive organs and for hormone-related tumors in women, according to the report in The BMJ.

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These Cancers are Surging Among Millennials

Colon and rectal cancers have increased dramatically and steadily in millennials and Generation X adults in the United States over the past four decades, a study confirmed Tuesday.

While scientists have not pinpointed an exact cause, prime suspects include obesity, inactivity and poor diets, said researchers from the American Cancer Society, reporting in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“Colorectal cancer had been thought a success story,” because overall rates have fallen as screening has increased among older adults, said lead researcher Rebecca Siegel. “But it appears that under the surface, the underlying risk for colorectal cancer is rising, and it is rising pretty quickly among young adults.”

The result: Someone born in 1990 has double the risk of early colon cancer and quadruple the risk of early rectal cancer as someone born in 1950, Siegel and her colleagues reported. It is likely that millennials and Generation X adults “will carry that risk forward” as they age, she said.

Most of the nation’s 135,000 annual cases and 50,000 deaths related to colon and rectal cancer still occur among people over age 55. But the share of cases involving younger adults has risen to 29% for rectal cancer and 17% for colon cancer, the study showed. About 11,000 people in their 40s and 4,000 under 40 were diagnosed in 2013.

Previous studies picked up increases in young adults, but the new study provided new age-group details from nearly 500,000 cases reported between 1974 and 2013. For example, it found rectal cancer rates rose an average of 3.2% a year among people in their 30s, starting in 1983.

“Anything more than about 1 percent a year is a big change,” Siegel said. Every age group under 50 saw sustained yearly increases at least that big, while every age group over 55 saw sustained declines, the study showed.

That means more people getting colon and rectal cancers today “are in their most productive years,” Siegel said.

“We are absolutely seeing this,” in cancer clinics, not only in the United States, but around the world, said Thomas Weber, a surgical oncologist who specializes in colorectal cancers and is a professor at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.

The latest data should “really raise the alarm,” he said.

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Former NAACP Leader Now on Food Stamps

Remember Rachel Dolezal? The former NAACP leader from Spokane, Wash., who resigned after it came to light that she was falsely presenting herself as black? She’s jobless and may soon be homeless.

In an interview with The Guardian, Dolezal said the only work she’s been offered is in reality TV and pornography. Though she’s applied for 100 jobs, she told The Guardian that no one will hire her…and she’s currently on food stamps…and may soon be left without a home.

“Right now the only place that I feel understood and completely accepted is with my kids and my sister,” she told The Guardian.

The 39-year-old was swept into the national spotlight in 2015 after her parents, who are white, stepped forward and said Dolezal was not black. While the NAACP stressed that its organization includes white leaders, critics slammed Dolezal for presenting herself as black when she was actually white.

During a television interview in November 2015, Dolezal said that despite being born to white parents she identifies as black. She said her hair style and tanned skin led people to believe she was black, and she didn’t correct them.

Dolezal told The Guardian she still believes that race is a social construct.

“I feel like the idea of being trans-black would be much more accurate than ‘I’m white’. Because you know, I’m not white,” she said.

She told the newspaper she believes there is a black and white side on issues ranging from politics to social and cultural issues.

Source: USA Today

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‘Fake News’ Outlets Booted From White House Presser

News organizations including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, CNN and Politico were blocked from joining an informal, on-the-record White House press briefing Friday.

Shortly after President Donald Trump delivered a speech blasting media bias, Spicer invited only a small pool of news organizations that represents and shares reporting with the larger press corps. He also invited several other major news outlets, as well as smaller organizations including the conservative Washington Times, One America News Network and Breitbart News, whose former executive chairman, Steve Bannon, is Trump’s chief strategist. When the additional news organizations attempted to gain access, they weren’t allowed to enter.

The White House said it felt “everyone was represented” by those in the pool and the invited organizations.

“We decided to add a couple of additional people beyond the pool. Nothing more than that,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

When asked by a reporter attending whether he was playing favorites, Spicer said the White House had “shown an abundance of accessibility,” according to an audio recording of the briefing later circulated by the pool.

The pool included Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, Hearst Newspapers and CBS Radio. Others in the briefing were Fox, NBC and ABC. Bloomberg reported that its reporter was unaware of the exclusions until after the briefing.

In a statement, the correspondent association’s president, Jeff Mason, said the group was “protesting strongly” against how the briefing was handled by the White House.

Source: AP

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Los Angeles Mayor: ICE Agents Undermine ‘Decades of Work’

Three Los Angeles officials have signed a letter asking US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop introducing themselves as police. They argue that doing so undermines the trust built between immigrant communities and local law enforcement.

A letter from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Attorney Mike Feuer and City Council President Herb Wesson requested that ICE cease calling themselves police when interacting with the public to prevent alienating undocumented immigrants from the LAPD.

Inspired by a Los Angeles Times article discussing ICE officers who refer to themselves as “police” to get people to open their doors or talk to them, the letter says: “The LAPD manual states that participation by undocumented residents in police activities serves to ‘increase the Department’s ability to protect and serve the entire community.’”

The letter argues that ensuring undocumented immigrants feel comfortable reporting crime to police officers is integral to public safety, because it encourages “witnesses and victims of crime to come forward, irrespective of their immigration status.”

LAPD policy dating back to the 1970s forbids officers from contacting individuals to learn about their immigration status.

The letter continued: “When ICE agents targeting immigrants identify themselves only as ‘police’ officers, they undermine decades of this work, eroding public safety in our city.”

However, ICE encourages the method in their manuals, the LA Times reported. A statement from an ICE spokeswoman refused to comment on the semantic controversy, arguing only that their tactics “are consistent with their authorities under federal law and in accordance with the Constitution.”

She also explained that agents “initially identify themselves as ‘police’ during an encounter because it is the universally recognized term for law enforcement and our personnel routinely interact with individuals from around the world” and referred to it as a “life-or-death issue.”

City Attorney Feuer explained to the Times that it is not about the legality of the practice, but rather the long-term effects that are the real issue.

“At this point, this is a request grounded on the public safety implications of misrepresentation as police,” Feuer said.

Source: RT