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    More Than 400,000 ‘Little Live Pets’ Plastic Toy Frogs Recalled Over Battery Leak Hazard

    Moose Toys Ltd. has issued a voluntary recall of more than 400,000 Little Live Pets Lil Frog plastic toys due to a battery hazard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. The recall includes an additional 17,000 toy frogs sold in Canada. Because a design defect of the battery may cause chemical and injury hazards, the company issued the recall as a precautionary measure. “If the batteries cap is removed it can become a projectile and the chemicals can […]

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    Is This Sign Sexist? Debate Breaks Out Over North Carolina Billboard

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – It’s just seven words long, but that’s enough to start a firestorm: “Real men provide. Real women appreciate it.” A billboard containing those words sits along an interstate in North Carolina, and it’s inflaming passions. Some people find the message sexist. A group of those who don’t like the billboard’s message plan to hold a protest this weekend. Molly Grace says she’s never organized a protest before, but she’s putting one together now after seeing the […]

  • The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

    Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools. The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama administration’s guidelines who believe the federal government should never have gotten involved in the issue. Civil rights groups, meanwhile, decried the move as an attack on transgender children that denies them equal rights. Last May, the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance directing schools to let transgender students use […]

  • Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017 in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

    Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

    WASHINGTON — Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington. This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surfaces and potentially support life. […]

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    Girl Passes on Red Sox Autograph for Army Reservist’s

    FORT MYERS, Florida — A seven-year-old girl made a lasting connection with a hero in uniform saturday during a Boston Red Sox open house in Florida. It happened at “Jetblue Park at Fenway South” in Fort Myers. “Somebody that was famous that signed it, and it’s very special to me.” For Makenna Woodburn, this ball means everything. It’s signed by her hero, and she’s not letting it out of her sight. “I want to save my allowance for a case and […]

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    Celebrate National Margarita Day With These Tasty Recipes

    Salt or no salt? Frozen or on the rocks? That is the question. Today is National Margarita Day! A margarita consists of tequila, triple sec and lime or lemon juice. They can be served on the rocks, which is shaken with ice… or frozen, blended with ice. Some substitute salt on the rim for sugar. Check out some great margarita recipes below and see more on WNEP’s National Margarita Day Pinterest Board. DIY Margarita Mix: Some Tasty Twists on the Traditional […]

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    Watch: Doctor Followed Into Clinic By Coyote, Makes A Run For It

    Imagine showing up to work and having what you think is a coyote follow you inside! That’s what happened to a doctor last week in South Carolina and it was all caught on camera. This is the moment Dr. Steve Poletti says a coyote followed him inside the Southeastern Spine Institute in Mount Pleasant. “I was just walking into work minding my own business,” says Dr. Poletti. He had no idea it was right on his heels. At first glance he […]

  • David Cassidy, the 66-year-old singer and actor, says he is battling dementia. The former teenage heartthrob told People magazine that dementia runs in his family, affecting both his grandfather and his mother.

    ‘Part of me always knew this was coming;’ David Cassidy Announces He Has Dementia

    David Cassidy, the 66-year-old singer and actor, says he is battling dementia. The former teenage heartthrob told People magazine that dementia runs in his family, affecting both his grandfather and his mother. “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” he said to People, regarding the disease. Cassidy said he would step back from touring. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions. I […]

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Police confirmed Monday that vandals toppled and damaged about 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis.

    Police: Vandals Damage 100 Headstones at Jewish Cemetery

    ST. LOUIS, MO — Tensions remain high in Jewish communities across the United States as police in Missouri are investigating vandalism over the past week at a historic Jewish cemetery. Police confirmed Monday that vandals toppled and damaged about 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis. Officers responded to a report of vandalism around 8:30 a.m., the University City Police Department said in a statement. The report of the break-in came on the same day […]

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    Oops: Michelin Star Mixup Makes Working-Class French Bistro Famous

    BOURGES, France — Many chefs strive their entire careers to earn a star in the Michelin Guide, but a bistro and bar in France received the coveted award by mistake. Michelin released its 2017 French guide earlier this month and one of the newest entries was Le Bouche à Oreille in Bourges, about three hours south of Paris. The cheery restaurant has red plastic polka-dotted tablecloths and was crowded with workers in their uniforms when CNN affiliate M6 visited. It […]

  • On November 29, 2016, Spencer Kolman received a heart-lung transplant at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Heart Center -- the only surgery of its kind performed in the United States that year.

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    “I want to do more stuff” – Teen Undergoes Rare Heart-Lung Transplant

    CHICAGO — “I want to do more stuff,” Spencer Kolman said. His voice was a whisper, a painful-to-hear rasp across the telephone line. “I’m a Boy Scout, so I want to go back and get my Eagle Scout and do … the more physical activities that I had to basically stop doing because I couldn’t keep up,” the 15-year-old said. “I want to join the school band. I want to get back into playing the trumpet. … I did trumpet […]

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    More Refugees Flee US for Canada

    MANITOBA, CANADA — Twenty-two people were found illegally crossing the border into the Canadian province of Manitoba this weekend, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. A stream of people in increasing numbers have recently fled for Canada, crossing through snow and dangerous, freezing conditions. Many of them say they are concerned about their lives and safety following President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and travelers from seven countries entry into the US. Although Trump’s executive order has been […]