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California law OKs smashing car window to rescue pets

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Good Samaritans can smash a car window in an effort to rescue a pet locked inside under a California bill signed into law Saturday. The rescuer can break the vehicle window if the pet appears to be in danger, if the door is locked or if law enforcement does not respond quickly enough. >> Read more trending stories Whoever breaks the glass has to stay at the scene until police arrive. The bill was introduced after a few dogs died after being locked in hot cars in separate incidents.

It looks like Hillary Clinton’s name was spelled wrong on debate tickets

Well, this is awkward.

The first presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is tonight, but before it begins, a piece of paper is making news.

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Tickets to the event have a small, but dubious, typo in them: Hillary Clinton's name is spelled wrong.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

If you look closely at a photo of a Hofstra University debate ticket, Clinton's first name is spelled with one L.

Clinton's first name is spelled with two L's, not one.


Tom Hanks crashes lucky couple's wedding photo shoot

One New York couple had an unexpected celebrity guest at their wedding, and he even let them snap a few photos. reported that wedding photographer Meg Miller was photographing newlyweds Elisabeth and Ryan after their nuptials when Tom Hanks crashed their photo shoot. >> Read more trending stories Miller told The Huffington Post that she told the couple to let a jogger pass and paused the Central Park photo session, but the jogger approached Ryan and Elisabeth, took off his hat and "leaned right into the group and said ‘Hi, I’m Tom Hanks.'" Hanks shook hands with the couple and kissed the bride's hand. The couple invited the actor to their reception, but he politely declined. The couple did get to take a few selfies, though, one of which Hanks posted to social media. "He also said he's an ordained minister if they needed to get married right now, but they were already married," Miller told "I don't think I've ever taken pictures so fast," Miller said. "I took, like, a thousand pictures."

Hanks gave the pair his congrats before continuing his jog.

Yesterday's wedding was so beautiful! Elisabeth and Ryan you planned one amazing celebration. The icing on the cake was @tomhanks stopping in Central Park to wish them congratulations. #megmillerphotography #newyork #nyc #nyminute #celebrity #brideandgroom #tomhanks #weddingdress #wedding #weddingday #blacktie #centralpark #blackandwhite #huffpostido #stylemepretty #weddinginspiration #selfie #celebritysighting A photo posted by Meg Miller Photography (@megmillerphotography) on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:06pm PDT

Will debate moderators fact-check? One network plans to do so live

"I was totally against the war in Iraq," Donald Trump told Matt Lauer during NBC's Commander-in-Chief Forum.

"I am the only candidate who ran in either primary who said, 'I will not raise taxes on the middle class,'" Hillary Clinton told supporters at a rally in July.

Neither of those statements are accurate. But if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make those statements again during any of the debates, it's unclear whether moderators will set the record straight.

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"I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC's "This Week."

"What do you expect the moderator to do?" Charlie Rose asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

"Well, all that we're asking is that the record be checked," Mook said.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

Whether it's the moderator's responsibility to fact-check the candidates has been the subject of its own debate over the past few weeks.

Most of the moderators of the presidential and vice presidential debates have stayed mum on the subject. 

According to Politico, Bloomberg will provide fact-checks on-screen live during the first debate. And it appears to be the only network to do that.

Related: Are debate moderators biased? Many survey respondents say yes

It's not uncommon for moderators to correct candidates during the debate. But in recent years, they've been criticized for getting too involved.

"It took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," Republican Presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney said during a presidential debate in 2012.

"Get the transcript," President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, responded.

"He did in fact, sir. So let me, let me — call it an act of terror in the Rose Garden," debate moderator Candy Crowley told Romney.

"Can you say that a little louder, Candy?" President Obama asked.

Some — including the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates — have said it's each candidate's responsibility to fact-check the opponent. Others have said journalists have a responsibility to step in — especially if the candidates don't fact-check each other.

101-year-old veteran gets wish for one last ride on Harley motorcycle

A 101-year-old veteran is smiling after taking a special ride on a Harley-Davidson.

Ray Weser will turn 102 in October. A group of bikers rallied around the centenarian to give him what they called “One Last Ride” on Sunday.

Weser told KTVK that he fell in love with Harley-Davidsons when he was a teenager. He spent 24 years working for the company.

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“Harley dripping oil, smoke coming out of everywhere and I fell in love with motorcycles right there,” said Weser.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars partnered with the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson dealership to give Weser his wish to ride one last time.

His granddaughter said he couldn’t have been any happier.

“This is an amazing thing,” said granddaughter Jennifer Miller. “I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.”

Mom pens mother of excuse notes for tardy daughter

A California mother penned a sarcastic note blaming her daughter’s tardiness on a condition she called “teenage-ism.”

Nicole Poppic was ready and waiting with her son Alex, 10, and daughter Sammi 4, as Cara, 14, overslept and then began arguing with her mother about everything.

"When we finally got in the car and I looked at the clock and realized that we were running late, I started doing the 'mom' thing," Poppic told TODAY Parents. "My lecture went something along the lines of, 'You need to start thinking about other people, Cara. You are not the only person in this family, and you made your brother and sister late, too."

"That is when I saw that Cara had put in her headphones and was staring out her window, completely ignoring me," she said. "I reached over and took her phone off her lap, unplugged her headphones and threw her phone out the car window."

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Poppic walked her daughter into the school to make sure she handed in the note, according to UPI.

"I was a little embarrassed of the note at first, since it said how she threw my phone out the window and it also listed my poor actions," Cara told TODAY Parents. "I guess I was ashamed of acting that way, because my teachers usually know me as the quiet, respectful student in the class, and I didn’t want them to think otherwise. So I was a little embarrassed at first, but after it was all said and done, I laughed about it."

The note read:

“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism. Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure. Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning, she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver.

"She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cellphone fly out the car window. Please call me if there is another flare-up.”

"When I originally shared the note, it was with the hopes of giving my friends who are moms a laugh and to let them see that even stressful mornings can be lightened up by a little humor," Poppic said.

Poppic was able to find Cara’s phone in a neighbor’s yard. It still worked.

Poppic wanted to emphasize that while the viral letter might send the wrong impression, her daughter is a good kid.

"Cara is a teenager. She is going to act like a teenager. I hope that by correcting her when she has an attitude, I can instill respect and responsibility in her for the long run," Poppic said. "I think what I am doing is working. I have never had a teacher or other adult tell me Cara is anything but respectful and polite. I think teens, actually all kids, show their worst traits to the people they know will love them regardless. But maybe that is just my way of making myself feel better when my children are disrespectful or rude to me."

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NASA doesn't care about your zodiac sign

The zodiac has been around for thousands of years and has always contained 12 signs — until recently. NASA pointed out there's actually a 13th constellation within it. 

Cue a bunch of people having a crisis on Twitter about their astrological signs possibly changing. 

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But NASA doesn't care whether you're a Leo or a Sagittarius. It just wants the zodiac to be factually accurate. 

In a recent Tumblr post, NASA reported the ancient Babylonians originally started out with 13 constellations that the sun appeared to pass through. 

But in order to make their zodiac fit within their 12-month calendar, one of the constellations had to be left out. So Ophiuchus got the ax. 

NASA also pointed out that the Babylonian's zodiac doesn't exactly work as intended anymore, since the Earth's axis has shifted slightly in the last 3,000 years. 

So astrology might not be that scientific, but NASA's not trying to change it. Just know that if you're a die-hard Scorpio, you could've just as easily been an Ophiuchus. Doesn't that roll off the tongue?

From cheerleader to addict: Heroin lifestyle killed mother of 4

Police are searching for the person who killed a 26-year-old mother of four, wrapped her in a rug and left her on the side of the road.

Morgan Oller was found dead near Chappell Road in Atlanta on Aug. 10.

But Oller’s mother, Mitze Hester, said although someone is responsible for her death, she believes Morgan’s heroin lifestyle is what killed her.

Marijuana in middle school eventually led to meth in high school, and Oller's life spiraled out of control from there.

"She was trying to fit in," Hester said.

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Oller soon began to take pain pills.

“Oxycodone was the gateway to her using heroin,” Hester said.

The progression was tracked not only in drug types, but also in photos. From a bright, shining mother during a clean period in her life to a woman barely recognizable to her parents not long before an officer knocked on their door.

“I just said 'My daughter's dead, isn’t she?’ And he nodded his head 'yes,'” Hester said.

A passerby found Oller’s body wrapped in a rug, a deflated air mattress and bedding.

“It was almost like somebody putting out the garbage,” Atlanta police Maj. Adam Lee said.

“You don’t expect to get that about your baby. You hear it on the news and it’s somebody else but not your child,” Hester said.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide.

“Our best detectives, they need the public's help, and that's what we're asking for now,” Lee said.

Hester says she desperately wants justice, but she also wants people to know how the lifestyle of a heroin addict endangered Oller, who had four children on her own in a mostly sober period.

“If she hadn’t have been using, she would have been home with her children,” she said.

Now Oller’s parents are on a mission to make sure what happened to their daughter doesn’t happen to yours.

“We take it upon ourselves to tell every parent we can, ‘It can happen to you,’” Oller’s stepfather, Jim Hester, said.

That’s something Mecca Marson knows all too well.

I realize I could have lost my life several times through heroin addiction,” she said. “It’s not just about the drugs and using the drugs, it's the lifestyle that goes along with it.”

Marson says drug court has helped her stay off heroin for roughly six months.

“God gave me the strength to keep going. He gives me the strength to keep going. 'Cause I do get called by heroin. Every day I get called,” she said.

She says the heroin lifestyle nearly killed her.

“I had to jump out of an 18-wheeler during a drug deal. I was attacked several times while I was on heroin,” she said. “All your inhibitions are lowered. Anything goes. Anything’s acceptable.”

Mitze Hester says that lifestyle had overtaken her daughter.

“Morgan had stolen everything that she could from me,” Hester said.

She says Oller went to rehab roughly 15 times, costing family members hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“We pulled money out of 401Ks. We drained savings accounts. We used college funds,” Hester said.

Jim Hester says in the year and a half that he's been married to Mitze Hester, he never met Oller. They made the hard decision not to bring her lifestyle around her 15-year-old sister. But he says no matter where you live, that lifestyle is not far away.

“If you think that because you live out in the suburbs or in Gwinnett County or Cobb County, regardless, you’re close to where heroin's being sold and used,” he said.

He says Oller’s father, Bryan Pritchard, worked very hard with her mother in the efforts to save their daughter.

“I hope the pain in us losing Morgan will open somebody else's eyes,” Mitze Hester said. “As hard as it is to lose my baby, I don’t want somebody else to lose theirs. Well over a month has passed (and I think about it) every second of every day. It doesn’t go away.”

Woman called ‘hero’ after chasing man who set fire to Auburn’s iconic trees

Auburn University junior Herron Taylor found herself in an unbelievable position early Sunday morning.

The biomedical sciences major had participated in the university’s famed celebration following a Saturday night football victory: rolling the oaks in Toomer’s Corner. The Auburn Tigers and their fans were celebrating a last-second 18-13 victory over LSU when suspect Jochen Wiest, 29, of Auburn, allegedly lit the tree on fire.

Taylor told the Plainsman, Auburn University’s newspaper, that a friend was taking a picture of her and her boyfriend, Brendan McGowan, when McGowan saw Wiest with a lighter in his hand.

“My boyfriend said, ‘He just lit the tree on fire,’” Taylor told the student newspaper. “So I turned around and sure enough, the dude’s standing there with a lighter still in his hand.”

Taylor said her first instinct was to put out the fire, which had been ignited using a strand of the tissue the tree had been rolled with and which had engulfed the tree within seconds. She quickly realized there was nothing she could do to stop the blaze.

She turned her attention to Wiest.  

“He was trying to get away and I was, like, ‘No, no, not today,’” Taylor told the Plainsman. “We just got our trees back.”

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The oak trees in Toomer’s Corner are relatively new. Their predecessors were poisoned in late 2010.

Taylor told Fox 10 out of Mobile, Alabama, that she and her boyfriend realized they had to stop Wiest, who at that point was fleeing down the street.

"I was screaming, running after him saying, 'This is the guy that lit the fire,'" Taylor told the news station. "At that point, the tree had already been engulfed in flames, so a bunch of guys around me tackled him to the ground and started beating him up."

Taylor said rumors that the suspect was an LSU fan were false. An Auburn resident, he was wearing an Auburn hat at the scene, she said.

It was only later, when she was giving a statement to police, that Taylor learned she had been caught, chasing the suspect, on the city’s Toomer’s Corner surveillance camera. He had also been caught lighting the tree on fire.

The video has since gone viral on social media, with Taylor being called a hero for her actions.

Wiest, initially charged with public intoxication, had also been charged with desecration of a venerable object for setting fire to the oak tree. The Plainsman reported Monday afternoon that Auburn police investigators had added a felony charge of first-degree criminal mischief to Wiest’s list of charges. He remained in the Lee County Jail, his bail set at $4,500.

Gary Keever, a horticulture professor at Auburn, told the Plainsman that he doesn’t think the burned tree is dead, but that its future remains uncertain. The upper and lower canopies, as well as the base of the trunk, suffered damage in the fire.

“Based on the leaf curl and off color of the foliage in parts of the canopy, these leaves will drop over the next several days,” Keever told the newspaper.

If the tree survives, it could still suffer aesthetic death, in which its condition detracts from its surroundings. In that case, it may need to be replaced, he said.

It could be spring before the full impact of the fire is determined. 

Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

Anti-vaxxer mom changes mind when 3 kids fall ill

A Chicago area mother and teacher  is speaking out after her anti-vaccination stance led to her three children becoming severely ill.

WLS-TV reported that Kristen O'Meara was once a believer in anti-vaccination research, but when her children got rotavirus, she changed her mind.

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"It was awful, and it didn't have to happen, because I could have had them vaccinated," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "I felt guilty. I felt really guilty."

O'Meara and her husband also got sick.

O'Meara said after reading materials that said why vaccines could be harmful, she became convinced they were harmful and decided not to have her children vaccinated.

"I put my kids at risk," she told WLS-TV. "I wish that I had taken more time to research from both sides before my children were born."

Although there are  parents who believe in anti-vaccination because of concern over autism links, the American Academy of Pediatrics said it has routinely been disproven.

Her children, a 5-year old and 3-year-old twins, underwent an aggressive regimen to catch up on missed vaccines and are doing well.

WLS-TV reported that had O'Meara stuck to her anti-vaccination stance, her children could have died.

"I'm here because I wanted to share my personal story," O'Meara told WLS-TV. "If it does help someone change their mind, then that's great."

Florida man kills uses Glock handgun to kill fish underwater

A Florida man is redefining the lionfish hunt after he posted a video on YouTube of himself shooting a lionfish with a Glock handgun at point-blank range.

Courtland Hunt, of Bradenton, posted the video on YouTube last week, which shows off his modified Glock handgun firing underwater and killing a lionfish, an invasive species in Florida’s waters, WTSP reports. According to the video, Hunt was 100 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. The gun was modified it to include a longer barrel and non-toxic lead-free ammunition.

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“People ask me ‘why?’ and I say honestly, I’m fascinated by guns, but tired of seeing videos on ‘how many watermelons, CD’s, or marshmallows can a bullet travel through. Those things have no applications for me, however I can now tell you that if a shark (or watermelon) were to attack me at almost any depth that a Glock 9mm would surely protect me,” Hunt told Outdoors 360. Hunt added that all of the modifications were done in the presence of Airborne Arms Inc., and Lone World Glock Parts and Accessories.

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Lionfish are targeted during Lionfish Day in Florida with more than 14,000 being removed from Florida waters earlier this year. A new program was started in March that recognizes divers and fishermen who catch the “biggest, smallest, heaviest and lightest lionfish.”

Use debate as teachable moment, parenting expert says

The presidential race might be one of the most negative and nasty campaigns in modern U.S. history, with candidates being attacked as criminals, racists, sexists and liars. And even if parents don't like it, children are being exposed to it in school, on television and online.

Parenting expert Stacy Skelly said parents need to look for teachable moments in this year's presidential election.

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"It actually gives you a chance to say, 'Here is what is happening in the world around you, and here is how you can think about it,'" said Skelly, who works for educational research think tank Pearson. "Explain the process instead of focusing on some of the nastiness we've been hearing."

Skelly said the first presidential debate can also be an opportunity to talk about bullying, and what behaviors are and are not acceptable.

Skelly said that among the questions that parents could consider asking their children when politics turn negative are, "Is that the way you want to be treated?" or, "What would you do if you saw someone being treated poorly?"

She said parents can play a role in raising the next generation of voters.

Skelly said it's important not to try to shield children from politics, but to discuss the policies of political parties and the importance of voting.

Ex-Syrian Intelligence officer lied to get U.S. citizenship, may be hiding in Florida, FBI says

A former brigadier general with Syrian Intelligence Directorate lied to apply for U.S. citizenship and may be hiding out in South Florida, the FBI said.

The most recent photo available to law enforcement of 75-year-old Moustafa Abed Ayoub was taken in 2006, investigators said.

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An FBI release said Ayoub was a commander with the Syrian Intelligence Directorate from the early 1980s through the late 1990s.

Officials said he is wanted on accusations he provided false testimony during U.S. naturalization proceedings.

To be eligible for U.S. citizenship, an individual filing for citizenship must have been in the country for at least 30 months, which Ayoub said he had been, the FBI Miami field office said.

Travel records show that during the past 30 months, Ayoub had traveled outside the U.S. for more than 1,020 days, investigators said.

A warrant for his arrest was filed in Florida, where he has ties to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, the FBI said. It is also possible he is in Syria or Lebanon.

The FBI is offering a reward for information leading directly to the arrest of Moustafa Abed Ayoub. If you have any...Posted by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, August 22, 2016

Houston shooting: Gunman who injured 9 identified

City officials identified the attorney who injured nine people Monday in a shooting in southwest Houston as Nathan DeSai, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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DeSai opened fire, apparently at random, at people as they were in their vehicles on Monday, according to police.

Firefighters stumbled upon the shooting-in-progress when they arrived at the intersection of Bissonnett and Weslayan streets around 6:30 a.m. in response to a call about a discharged firearm, Assistant Fire Chief Richard Mann said.

>> Related: Shooter injures multiple people in Houston; suspect dead

Nine people were injured, Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo said.

DeSai "was firing actively at officers" when police arrived, Montalvo said. DeSai was shot and killed by police.

Here is what we know about Monday's attack:

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Identical twin: I committed murder, not my brother

Prison records show that Karl Smith, a ward of the Chicago prison system, has a tattoo of a skull with a top hat on his left upper arm which also includes the words, “Trust me.”

Prosecutors found that hard to do last week as Smith, 38, sat in a courtroom and confessed to a 2003 murder for which his identical twin brother, Kevin Dugar, has served 13 years in prison.

"I'm here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of," Smith testified, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Dugar, who had not seen his brother in years, sat nearby and wiped tears from his eyes.

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Cook County prosecutors were dubious about Smith’s claim, pointing out that he only came forward after an appeals court denied his bid to toss out his own attempted murder conviction for a separate crime. Smith is serving 99 years for his part in a home invasion and armed robbery that left a 6-year-old boy shot in the head.

"He's got nothing to lose," Assistant State's Attorney Carol Rogala said of Smith’s confession.

The Tribune reported that Rogala argued that Smith’s confession didn’t fit “independent eyewitness accounts of what happened."

It is unclear when the judge in the case will decide whether or not Dugar will be granted a new trial.

Those who know the twins told the Tribune that they were closer than siblings growing up, sharing everything – clothes, food and each other’s names. Their mother, Judy Dugar, said that even she and their father, who died last month, couldn’t always tell them apart. In court, only their uniforms, from separate prison facilities, distinguished the two.

Both standing 5 feet 9 inches tall, just 5 pounds separates the brothers, Illinois Department of Corrections records show. They both keep their hair cropped close to their heads and trim their beards in nearly identical patterns.

Different tattoos, and healed gunshot wounds on Dugar’s right hip, also mark who is who.

The Tribune reported that the twins’ mother wept as Smith, who took her maiden name in adulthood, confessed to murder. It was the first time in several years that she and her sons were in the same room together.

Smith confessed to a March 2003 shooting near Sheridan Road and Argyle Street in Chicago that killed Antwan Carter and wounded a second person, Ronnie Bolden. The Tribune reported that Bolden testified at Dugar’s 2005 trial that the gunman was “Twin,” the street name used by both Smith and Dugar, who often impersonated each other.

Drug dealers and gang members at the time, the brothers would use one another’s names interchangeably. Smith testified last week that he was stopped by police shortly after Carter’s murder, but was allowed to leave after identifying himself as his brother.

Bolden, a member of a rival gang, testified at Dugar’s murder trial that he initially didn’t identify Dugar as the gunman because he wanted to settle it himself on the street, the Tribune reported. He eventually identified Dugar in a photo lineup that did not include Smith.

A second witness, a 16-year-old girl, recanted her testimony at the trial, saying that she identified Dugar as the gunman after Bolden told her to. Based largely on those eyewitness statements, Dugar was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 54 years in prison.

Smith testified that he kept his secret to himself until 2013, a decade after the slaying, the Tribune reported. At that time, he sat down in his cell at Menard Correctional Center, in Pontiac, and wrote to his brother, who was housed in Stateville Correctional.

"I have to get it off my chest before it kills me," Smith wrote. "So I'll just come clean and pray you can forgive me. I'm the one who and shot and killed those two Black Stones on Sheridan that night."

Dugar didn’t respond to that first letter, the Tribune reported. When Smith wrote a second letter a few weeks later, he responded and asked his brother to write to his attorney.

Smith ended up signing a sworn statement in 2014 in which he confessed to the murder.

Now that the case has seen the inside of a courtroom, the twins’ mother hopes at least one of her sons will gain his freedom.

"I hope Kevin will get out. I hope he change his whole life around," Judy Dugar told the Tribune, crying. "He got to."

Walmart employees refuse to make 'Blue Lives Matter' police cake

The daughter of a police officer said she asked a metro Atlanta Walmart to make a "Blue Lives Matter" cake for her father's retirement party, but employees refused.

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The woman said she asked for a cake decorated with a black and blue police flag last week for a party held Sunday, according to A bakery employee at the Walmart on Willow Lane in McDonough refused the woman's request.

"One of the bakers told me the design could be perceived as racist and nobody feels comfortable decorating the cake," the woman told Fox News' Todd Starnes, who broke the story.

She then asked for a black cake with a blue line through it. A bakery employee again refused.

"I asked her, 'Is there something wrong with cops?'" the woman said.

The manager of the Walmart, after hearing of her story, offered the woman a free cake and a $50 gift card. When bakery employees refused to comply with his orders, the store manager decorated the cake himself.

The woman said the results were "unprofessional" and she had no time to get another cake.

While Rare and Starnes did not identify the woman, Walmart spokeswoman Leslee Wright acknowledged the "misstep" in a statement to The AJC.

"We have addressed this issue with everyone involved and are taking steps to make sure no other customers have this kind of experience in our stores," Wright said. "We're glad we were able to connect with the family to apologize and make this right."

Court records: Washington mall shooting suspect confessed

The man accused of killing five in a shooting at a mall in Washington state on Friday night confessed to detectives, according to court records obtained Monday.

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Arcan Cetin, 20, is charged with five counts of murder after the shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. His bail is set at $2 million.

In charging documents filed in Skagit County and released Monday, authorities said Cetin admitted to being the man seen in video from the scene and told detectives that "he did bring the rifle into Macy's and shot all five victims."

Witnesses saw Cetin get a rifle from the trunk of his blue four-door sedan, the documents show. Cetin's father later told police that he drives a blue Chevrolet Cavalier.

>> Related: Who is Arcan Cetin, suspect in deadly Washington state mall shooting?

Police say Cetin walked into the west entrance of the Macy's women's department at Cascade Mall and opened fire. The shooting took about a minute, investigators said.

Cetin shot Sarai Lara, 16, near some clothing racks and then walked toward a cosmetics counter. He encountered victim Chuck Eagan and then shot three other women, police said.

>> Related: Washington state mall shooting: A timeline of events

Cetin then placed the rifle, a Ruger 10/22 that had a 25-round magazine in the magazine well, on top of the cosmetics counter and left Macy's. He then got into his vehicle. 

Video showed his vehicle traveling northbound on Burlington Boulevard near Cascade Place. The vehicle was last seen on video near Burlington Boulevard near Fairhaven Avenue.

Cetin's father told police after the attack that his gun and ammunition were missing. Cetin's mother identified him from images of the shooting suspect, court documents show. She said she last saw him at his apartment on Sept. 21, two days before the shooting.

>> Related: Suspect in Washington state mall shooting arrested

Authorities were initially searching for a Hispanic man after receiving descriptions from 911 callers who described the shooter as a possibly Hispanic man dressed in grayish clothing who entered the store with a long rifle and fired multiple shots. Cetin said on his Facebook page that he is from Turkey, and authorities later acknowledged that their description was based on initial information.

Cetin is from Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2015. Acquaintances say Cetin had been working at the commissary at Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

College football player passes out on first flight ever

Sure the Kennesaw State University football team felt like it was floating on air when an interception for a touchdown led the team to victory Saturday, but one player found out beforehand he may not like that feeling.

He found that out on the airplane ride to the game in Pittsburgh. It was his first plane ride and he passed out. And it was filmed by his teammates, who of course tweeted it out.

The freakout by redshirt freshman Keagan Jordan was captured and shared by teammate Xavier Harper, who said it was Jordan's first flight.

It wasn't just the first flight for Jordan, a three-year letterman at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, it was the first flight in the football program's history. KSU’s football program is two years old.

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So Jordan wasn't the only one.

"There were about 40 on the team that had never flown before, so that was the first experience for a lot of guys," said Mike DeGeorge, the university's sports spokesman.

The pre-passout episode included Jordan clutching his chest, holding onto the seat in front of him for dear life and a terrified, "Oh! Oh! Oh my God! We ain't gone make it!"

All the while, his teammates calming him down by lovingly laughing directly at him and reminding him that the plane hadn't even taken off yet.

And then it did.

The first sight of which was apparently too much for the 6-foot, 223-pound football player to handle — and he passed out.

He didn't know it because he was unconscious, but his comrades rushed to his aid while laughing between yells of, "He passed out! He passed out!"

Here's to hoping he at least got the whole can of soda.

He must have been OK because he played, mostly on special teams, in the 36-28 victory over Duquesne.

DeGeorge said that with the video getting so much attention, it was a good way to remind his student-athletes about the power of the internet.

"That’s the beauty of social media — you never know what goes viral and what doesn’t. We are always preaching to our student-athletes to be responsible on social media, and to be aware of their surroundings, because anything can be caught on camera, and made public. I doubt anyone expected this to explode the way it did," he said.

But Jordan will get a chance at redemption: The team's next flight is Oct. 28 to Monmouth University in New Jersey.

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