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Man beat dog with baseball bat after it ate his Whopper, police say

A Dartmouth man is accused of beating his dog with a baseball bat because it ate his Whopper.

Gregory Ostiguy hid behind a barrier in court Monday as he was arraigned on animal cruelty charges.

Police said the attack occurred Friday.

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The dog was treated by a veterinarian and is expected to survive.

Ostiguy was also charged with animal cruelty in 2009.

USPS announces first scratch and sniff postal stamps

Ahh ... the smell of summer and freshly delivered mail?

The United States Postal Service announced Monday that it is adding a new feature to its postage stamps: scratch and sniff. And the first outing for the new design will come with the smell of popsicles that harken back to long and hot summer days.

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The new Frozen Treats Forever stamps won’t be out until June 20, but when they do come out of the post office “freezer,” the USPS alluded to the fruit-like smell like kiwi, watermelon, blueberries, oranges and strawberries the stamps could have. Some may also smell like chocolate, root beer and cola.

And while mail senders, and stamp collectors, will have to wait about a month to get their hands on the new designs, they can be preordered and will be delivered right to your door after the official release. The site also shows other variations of stamps that are currently available.

The current rate to send a first class letter is 50 cents. The Forever stamp will be accepted as postage whether that rate rises or falls.

Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

A woman relaxing in her Texas home last week was rattled when she heard her dogs barking. That’s because a rattlesnake had slithered into her house through a dog door, KAMR reported.

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The woman was in her Amarillo home at Highland Park Village when she said he heard a rattle and then her dogs becoming agitated. After finding the snake, the woman called a maintenance man, who safely removed the reptile.

>> Kayaker fights for life after rattlesnake falls into boat and bites him

As summer approaches, rattlesnakes become more active looking for food.

Officials said several precautions can keep rattlers out of your yard, including keeping grass cut short, controlling rodents, and being sure that trash cans are closed tightly.

Labrador becomes foster dad to orphaned ducklings

A 10-year-old Labrador has made way for ducklings after their mother disappeared and left the baby birds orphaned.

His name is Fred and is the “resident dog” at Mountfitchet Castle in Essex, England, Insider reported.

In something straight out of a children’s book, Fred has taken over for the missing mother and has become a foster dad to the nine chicks.

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He protects them as they huddle under him. Fred also gives the babies a ride around the castle grounds as they line up on his back, Insider reported.

Workers at the castle shared Fred and his feathered family’s story on Facebook.

Staff tells the BBC that Fred has taken the ducks for a swim in the castle’s moat. The ducklings sleep with Fred in his dog basket, the BBC reported.

Florida man at playground uses vulgarities to tell kids where babies come from

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after he allegedly climbed on a piece of equipment at a playground and began yelling, using a vulgar description to tell children where babies came from, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Otis Dawayne Ryan, 30, was taken into custody on a charge of disorderly conduct. The incident took place at Clearwater Beach and was witnessed by a police officer who was in the area, the Times reported.

According to an arrest report, Ryan approached tourists and made inappropriate comments in an effort to get their male partners to confront him, the Times reported.

"I watched (Ryan) walk over to the busy playground area and climb to the top of one of the children’s toys that was being occupied by children between the ages of 4 and 6," an officer wrote in the arrest report. "He then started shouting from the top telling the children that babies come out of women — and used a vulgar term in doing so.”

According to court records, Ryan was adjudicated guilty and was fined $118. He was ordered to stay away from the park and then was released from custody, the Times reported.

Monkey business: Monkey escapes carrier at Texas airport

It was all monkey business at the San Antonio International Airport Monday after a Rhesus macaque was able to escape its crate and run amok.

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The monkey named Dawkins, which was at one point identified as a baboon, was on board American Airlines flight 1014 from Chicago and was originally coming from Boston’s Logan Airport. When crews moved the crate from the plane’s cargo hold to the baggage area, somehow the monkey was able to escape, KENS reported.

It evaded its wranglers for almost two hours, but he was captured after being tranquilized in a baggage handling area, KSAT reported

The monkey did not make it into the terminal and was nowhere near passengers, KSAT reported.

Dawkins was on his way to live at the Born Free Primate Sanctuary in La Salle County, Texas, after living at Brown University in Rhode Island. Brown University told KSAT that Dawkins was retired from its research program.

 

Kayaker bitten by rattlesnake, cousin clarifies story; victim’s condition upgraded

A day on the water turned into a man’s fight for life after a rattlesnake fell into his boat as he was going down the river.

But the man’s cousin said that’s not exactly what happen, despite what first responders said.

Colleton County fire-rescue said that Michael Adams, 28, bitten when the snake fell into his boat from a tree, WCIV reported.

The man was enjoying the Edisto River in Colleton County, South Carolina, Sunday.  It bit the 28-year-old man twice on the hand before the man’s friends grabbed the snake and got their injured buddy to land, WLTX reported.

But Adam’s cousin said that while Adams suffered rattlesnake bites, it didn’t happen exactly as first responders said. 

Kyle Colquitt, explained what happened and said that Adams went over to what he thought was an alligator in the water, but when he realized it was a snake, he reached down and grabbed it, WCIV reported

The snake bit Adams three times, not the two that the fire-rescue crew said.

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Paramedics were able to get to the site within 12 minutes to take him to an area hospital, WLTX reported.

Colquitt said that one of their kayaking crew had a snake bite kit and used that before medics arrived, WCIV reported.

>>Read: Rattlesnake slithers into Texas house through dog door

He was admitted to the intensive care unit before being taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where he was listed in critical condition, WLTX reported.

Adams is now in good condition

Experts say rattlesnake bites are painful and can attribute to medical problems, but aren’t usually fatal if a patient is treated correctly, WLTX reported

The symptoms of a rattlesnake bite come on fast, according to Healthline.com, and include:

  • Severe pain.
  • Drooping eyelids.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Thirst.
  • Tiredness or muscle weakness.

Healthline.com also says to look for two puncture wounds with swelling, redness and pain at the site, difficulty breathing, vomiting and nausea, blurred vision, sweating and salivating and numbness in the face and limbs.

If you are bitten, Healthline.com says to:

  • Call 911 immediately.
  • Note the time.
  • Keep calm and still. Movement can make the venom to spread through the body.
  • Remove constricting clothing or jewelry. The area will probably swell.
  • Don’t walk.
  • Don’t kill or handle the snake. Take a photo if you can but don’t search it out.
  • Don’t use a tourniquet.
  • Don’t cut into the bite.
  • Don’t use a cold compress.
  • Don’t give medications unless directed by a doctor.
  • Don’t raise the bite higher than the person’s heart.
  • Don’t try to suck out the venom.

Zombies in Florida? City alert accidentally blames the undead for power outage

Don't worry, Florida residents: You still have time to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, even though a strange alert sent early Sunday may have had many Lake Worth residents thinking otherwise.

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According to the Palm Beach Post, the South Florida city mistakenly issued a "zombie alert for residents of Lake Worth and Terminus" – likely a reference to AMC's "The Walking Dead" – that blamed "extreme zombie activity" for a power outage.

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City spokesman Ben Kerr later told Facebook group Lake Worth Live that officials were "looking into reports that the system mentioned zombies," adding that the city "does not have any zombie activity currently," the Post reported.

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Who won 'American Idol' 2018? Winner revealed in season finale

Maddie Poppe took home the “American Idol” crown Monday night, beating out Caleb Lee Hutchinson, a Georgia country singer.

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Poppe, a 19-year-old Iowa singer-songwriter, was so overtaken by emotion that she couldn’t finish her original song, “Going Going Gone.” The rest of the top 10 plus Katy Perry joined her on stage. Hutchinson even sang a few lines himself. 

>> On AJC.com: What’s up with the first 15 ‘American Idol’ winners?

And the cliche is right in a sense: Poppe and Hutchinson are both winners because they are dating. The revelation shocked the audience and the judges just minutes before Ryan Seacrest named the winner.

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Keith Stell, Hutchinson's pastor, said in an interview Monday night that he had kept the secret for weeks and was surprised that they chose to reveal it on air. “They just made this connection during Hollywood week,” Stell said. “Their characters melded together. They share a lot in common.”

Indeed, they are both from small towns and are the same age.

Poppe is the first female to win since season 12 and only the second in the past 10 seasons. She is also the first quirky singer-songwriter type to take home the prize.

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At 10:16 p.m., the show eliminated Gabby Barrett. The versatile singer came in third. 

Poppe will appear on ABC's “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning, followed by “Live With Kelly and Ryan."

>> On AJC.com: Read the full recap of Monday's season finale

Miss USA 2018: Who is Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers, this year's winner?

Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers was crowned the winner of this year's Miss USA competition Monday night in Shreveport, Louisiana. 

Here's what we know about Summers, who will compete for the Miss Universe title later this year:

>> PHOTOS: Miss Nebraska Sarah Rose Summers crowned Miss USA 2018

1. The 23-year-old from Omaha is a certified child life specialist. According to the Miss Universe website, her brief hospitalization at age 4 for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an immune disorder that can cause bruising and bleeding, and its effect on her family eventually led her to the field. Summers now works "as the liaison and advocate between children and families and the medical team in children's hospital settings," explaining diagnoses and procedures to patients and their loved ones, the website says

2. The 2017 Texas Christian University grad earned bachelor's degrees in strategic communication and child development. Summers, who graduated with honors, also minored in business, the pageant's website says.

3. She studied abroad in college. Summers went to Peru, where "she knew no one, hiked Machu Picchu, visited remote villages, and slept under a mosquito net in the Amazon Basin," according to the Miss Universe site.

4. The pilates enthusiast is interested in health, fitness and helping people overcome eating disorders. "From her personal experience finding a balance, watching her mother lose 75 pounds, supporting multiple friends as they struggled with anorexia and orthorexia, and learning about the eating disorder inpatient unit during her clinical rotations, she is passionate about working closely with (National Eating Disorders Association) this year and plans to continue doing so," her Miss USA bio says.

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5. Her answer in the competition's interview round encouraged self-expression and unity. The question: "You're on your way to a march and someone hands you a blank sign and a marker. What do you put on your sign and why?"

Her response: "I say, 'Speak your voice.' I don't know what march we're on our way to in this hypothetical situation, but no matter where you're going whatever type of march it is, you're obviously on your way to that march because you care about that cause. So go speak to people when they have questions. Communicate with them. Listen to their views, also. That is one thing in the United States that we really need to focus on: listening to each other."

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