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Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

A Florida man remains jailed after he took a $150,000 Maserati on a test drive, then allegedly stole the car, according to an arrest report.

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Michael Lewis McGilvary, 45, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

McGilvary walked into the Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale dealership on Tuesday and asked to go on a test drive, the report said.

A salesman went on the ride with McGilvary, who said he wanted to drive to the Boca Raton Resort and Club, on East Camino Real east of Federal Highway, to show the car to his girlfriend.

Once they reached the resort, McGilvary told the salesman he wanted to go inside to show him his father's boat, the report said. The men reached the facility's boat dock when McGilvary said he would be right back with his girlfriend.

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Thirty minutes later, the salesman realized something was wrong, the report said.

When the salesman returned to the resort's valet area, he noticed the Maserati was gone. The valet supervisor told the salesman he saw McGilvary jump into the Maserati and leave.

Connecting McGilvary to the stolen vehicle was easy for Boca Raton police. McGilvary presented his driver's license before he was allowed to test drive the Maserati and the valet supervisor at the Boca Raton Resort had known McGilvary for years, the report said. There was also surveillance video of McGilvary at the dealership.

Detectives arranged for a meeting Wednesday with McGilvary at the Starbucks coffee shop on North Federal just south of Northeast 20th Street.

When he was asked if the valet supervisor recognized him when he arrived at the resort, McGilvary nodded his head to say yes, then refused to answer any further questions, the report said. He was then arrested at the Starbucks.

After his arrest, McGilvary was shown the video of his presence at the dealership. McGilvary denied he was the person on the video.

The report does not indicate if the Maserati was recovered.

Premature baby, born as mom suffered congestive heart failure, leaves NICU

Baby Savannah is a tiny, but she's a fighter.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 20 at just 30 weeks old because her mother was suffering from congestive heart failure.

"She weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces," mother Tanedra DuBose said.

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A team of doctors and nurses gathered around DuBose during a cesarean section. There was a 30 to 40 percent chance she wouldn't make it.

"At the same time, I'm trying to process this while (I'm) also given paperwork to sign to say, 'Hey, in the event you don't make it, you know, we need someone to make decisions and care for your daughter,'" DuBose said.

She said she remembers herself slipping away and becoming weak as the C-section was happening, but hearing the cry of her daughter gave her strength.

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"It was like a second wind," she said. "It was like the fight began."

She also pulled strength from the team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff that tended to her. They watched Savannah for any problems breathing or eating, the two biggest hurdles for premature babies.

"Savannah did really well," said Wolfson Children's Hospital NICU nurse manager Jennifer Southall. "She came off the ventilator quickly and started eating a few weeks later."

Baby Savannah went home Thursday night.

DuBose said that once she gets Savannah settled at home, she'll go back to the doctors to figure out the next step in getting her heart healthier.

J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

J.C. Penney will be closing 130-140 stores in the coming months, the company reported Friday.

"We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers," Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said in a statement.

The company also announce it would launch a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.

In addition to the retail stores, the company says it will also close two distribution facilities.

J.C. Penney said it expected annual savings of about $200 million from the cost-cutting measures. A list of the stores  to be closed will be released in March, the statement said, after the company notifies its employees. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017.

Police: Flannel shirt on woman’s windshield was a prank

A Michigan woman who believed she was the target of a human trafficker’s tactic was actually the victim of a prank, according to police.

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WEYI reported that two men admitted to putting the shirt on Ashley Hardacre’s car as a prank. They told police they did not know of the prank’s connection to human trafficking and apologized for scaring Hardacre. 

On Feb. 16, Hardacre said she found a flannel shirt wrapped around her windshield wiper while leaving her job at Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township, Michigan. There also was a running car nearby. 

Feeling uneasy, she left the parking lot and discarded the shirt after taking a picture of it. 

Hardacre reported the incident on Facebook along with a message that has been shared more than 100,000 times; the post has since been taken down. 

Flint Township police also saw the post and made contact with Hardacre.

A follow-up investigation and mall security camera footage produced a vehicle description and the two possible suspects.  Security camera footage also showed the men leaving the parking lot more than an hour after Hardacre left, WEYI reported. 

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Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bumblebees playing an improvised game of golf are creating quite a buzz among scientists.

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The bees have learned to push a ball into a hole to receive a reward, New Scientist reported.

Scientists know that bees can learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution. Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t a difficult concept to learn. So Olli Loukola at London’s Queen Mary University tried a more complex task.

Loukola wanted to see if bees could learn to move an object that was not attached to a reward, New Scientist reported. His team built a circular platform with a small hole in the center that was filled with a sugar solution. A researcher showed the bees how to “putt” a ball across the “green,” using a plastic bee on a stick that demonstrated how to move the round object.

The researchers trained three groups  bees differently, New Scientist reported. One group watched a previously trained bee solving the task; another was shown the ball moving into the hole, pulled by a hidden magnet; and a third group was given no demonstration, but was shown the ball already in the hole containing the reward.

The researchers then let the bees do the task on their own. The bees that watched others move the ball were the most successful and took less time to solve the task. Bees that saw the magnetic demonstration also were more successful than those that did not view it.

When the bees were trained with three balls placed at different distances from the hole, most of the successful bees moved the one closest to the hole. This showed that they were able to make generalizations to solve the task more easily, rather than copying exactly what they had seen, New Scientist reported. They also succeeded when faced with a black ball after being trained with a yellow one, showing they weren’t just attracted to the specific color.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” Loukola said. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

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Little Tikes recalls swing for falling hazard

Little Tikes is voluntarily recalling 540,000 toddler swings saying they have received 140 reports of the swing breaking.

According to the company, 39 injuries have been reported with the Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure pink toddler swing, including two children who broke their arms.

The recall includes swings made in the United States between November 2009 and May 2014. The model number of the swings is 615573. Consumers can find the number molded on the back of the swing’s seat.

For more information on the recall, contact Little Tikes at 888-284-1903, or www.littletikes.com. Look for the “At Your Service” menu, then click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

Ohio teen calls 911: 'I just shot my dad'

A 14-year-old Ohio girl who called 911 to say she had shot her father was arrested and charged with aggravated murder, WLWT reported.

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“Can someone put me in handcuffs?” the girl sobs as she talks to a 911 dispatcher. “I just shot my dad.”

Hamilton police identified the victim as 71-year-old James Allen Ponder. The 71-year-old was shot in the face inside the family’s home early Thursday and later died at a hospital, WLWT reported.

Police called the shooting an "isolated domestic incident" but did not say what led to it, WLWT reported.

"It's a terrible feeling as a parent and a grandmother to know that someone has shot and killed one of their parents,” neighbor Rhonda Campos said.

The girl told authorities no one else was home when she shot her father. According to the police report, the murder was premeditated, WLWT reported.

“I just hope the girl's OK, I hope the family is OK and they come together as a family and that people will be there for them because nobody knows the situation,” Campos told WLWT.

The teen is being held at a juvenile detention center and is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.

Pope denounces hypocritical Christians who 'live a double life'

Pope Francis called out Christians in a sermon Thursday, suggesting it would be better to be an atheist than to lead a double life, exploit people or manage a greedy business.

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"So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others," Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, CNN reported, quoting Vatican Radio. "How many times have we heard — all of us, around the neighborhood and elsewhere — 'But to be a Catholic like that, it's better to be an atheist.' It is that: scandal."

"But what is scandal? Scandal is saying one thing and doing another."

The Vatican later issued a note clarifying that the pontiff was simply saying that God's grace is free to all, even atheists, CNN reported.

Francis' sermon was an extension of Thursday’s Mass readings, which include a passage from the Gospel of Mark. In it, Jesus says it is better to be drowned than to cause others to sin.

Drawing on that passage, Francis gave a blunt example.

He said he imagined a wealthy Christian knocking at the gates of heaven and saying, "Here I am, Lord! ... I went to Church, I was close to you, I belong to this association, I did this ... Don't you remember all the offerings I made?"

To which Jesus may reply, according to Francis:

"Yes, I remember. The offerings, I remember them: All dirty. All stolen from the poor. I don't know you.' That will be Jesus' response to these scandalous people who live a double life."

It is not the first time Francis has referenced atheists. In 2013, he said that heaven is open, potentially, to all people.

"The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” he said. "'Father, the atheists?' Even the atheists. Everyone!"

Amber Alert issued for Connecticut girl after mother stabbed

An Amber Alert was issued for a Connecticut girl after her mother was stabbed to death in a possible domestic incident with her father.

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Aylin Sofia Hernandez, 6, is believed to be with her father, Oscar Hernandez, in a gray Hyundai Elantra with an unknown New York license plate. WTIC in Hartford reports Aylin is in danger and they may be headed to the Bronx.

She is described as a white/Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet tall and weighs 55 pounds.

Police did not have a description of her clothing.

The mother’s female friend was also stabbed during the dispute, WTIC reported, and is currently in critical condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Bridgeport Police Department at 203-576-7671.

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What time does President Trump speak at CPAC? What channel?

President Donald Trump will address an audience at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.

Trump is scheduled to begin speaking around 10:10 a.m. ET at the gathering of conservative activists being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington D.C.

Trump was to address the group during last year’s conference, but pulled out at the last minute, leaving other candidates for the GOP presidential nomination to criticize him. He did speak at CPAC before – at the conferences held in 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

The speech will be carried live on cable news channels, including CSPAN.  

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