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Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, reaches plea agreement: Reports

A Russian woman charged earlier this year with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation appears to have reached a plea deal with prosecutors, according to multiple reports.

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>> Who is Mariia Butina, the woman charged with acting as a Russian agent in the US?

Maria Butina, 29, was charged in July with “undertaking activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of the Russian government.”

In a joint motion filed Monday by Butina's attorneys and prosecutors, officials asked for a hearing to change Butina's plea.

"The parties have resolved this matter, and the Defendant Mariia Butina remains in custody," the motion said.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Search intensifies for missing Colorado woman

Colorado police have stepped up a search for a Woodland Park woman who disappeared during Thanksgiving weekend, KDVR reported.

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Kelsey Marie Berreth, 29, a pilot instructor and mother of a 1-year-old daughter, has not been heard from in more than two weeks, the Denver Post reported.

According to investigators, Berreth’s cellphone was pinged near Gooding, Idaho, where she has relatives, KDVR reported.

Security cameras at a Safeway store in Woodland Park recorded Berreth shopping on Thanksgiving, the television station reported. When her mother asked police three days later to conduct a welfare check on Berreth, nobody was at her residence, KDVR reported.

Berreth’s brother held a vigil in Tacoma, Washington, for his missing sibling, the Post reported. Friends and family sang “Silent Night” by candlelight, a video of the vigil showed.

"All I can ask is people continue to pray, continue to share, continue to know her face and if they see her anywhere, please, please say something," Brandon Kindle, Berreth's brother-in-law, told KDVR.

Family members have set up a Facebook page dedicated to finding Berreth.

To report information to the Woodland Park police, call (719) 687-9262

Green Monday 2018: What is it and where are the deals?

Green Monday may not be a term you are familiar with, but taking advantage of what has become the biggest online shopping day in December could brighten up your holiday season.

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Today is Green Monday and retailers are offering some deep discounts on holiday gift favorites. The term Green Monday was coined by eBay in 2007 as the name for its top sales day in December. The name caught on and other retailers followed suit, posting sales on the second Monday in December. 

Here are some Green Monday deals. Remember, most deals are available on Monday only.

Amazon: Green Monday is electronics day in Amazon’s 12-days of deals. Check here for the latest deals in real time.

Belk: Get an extra 30 percent off regular and sale prices and up to 70 percent off Bonus Buys, plus free shipping on all online orders.

Best Buy: Look for the “Apple Shopping Event” at Best Buy. An Apple 21.5" iMac with an Intel Core i5 (2.3GHz), 8GB memory and a 1TB hard drive is $1,099.99.

eBay: Look for 30 percent off sitewide with new deals every hour.

Calvin Klein: You can get 50 percent off sitewide plus free shipping.

JCPenney: Take 30 percent off when you spend $100 or more; take 25 percent off when you spend up to $100.

Kohl’s: Kohl’s is offering several coupons for shopping today. Click here for details.

Macy’s: Use code FRIEND to get 30 percent off.

Melissa & Doug: Use code GRNMONDAY to get buy-one-get-one-50 percent off, in addition to free shipping.

Neiman Marcus: Get a 20 percent off sale items. Get 30 percent off any order in addition to free shipping.

Target: Take 30 percent off home items, children’s clothing and adult clothing, plus discounts on toys and gaming items.

The Children's Place: Get 60 percent off their entire site online and free shipping with no minimum purchase.

Walmart: Green Monday falls on Day 10 of Walmart’s 20 Days of Deal sale. You can find a 50-inch TV for $199.99, and a Farberware 3.2-Quart Oil-Less fryer for $55.


1th place for spelling: Sacramento street sign baffles residents

A street sign in Sacramento has residents scratching their heads.

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The sign at the corner of L Street and 32nd Street has a slight error, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The sign should read “32nd Street,” but is displayed as “32st,” the newspaper reported. That sparked a conversation among California residents in a post titled “Thirty-seconst Street?” on Sacramento’s subreddit page.

Posters had a field day.

A poster named yourcaviar wrote “I don’t get it? It’s the street that comes after 31nd street.”

Another poster, Johnnyvile, wrote “I think it (is) 32nd est. It the most thirty-secondest street in in Sac.”

CDC warns against eating raw cookie dough, cake mix

Christmas parties, work potlucks and family get-togethers mean a lot of baking in the coming weeks.

If you’re tempted to lick the bowl after mixing cake batter or dig into that raw cookie dough, however, you need to resist.

Consuming unbaked food that is supposed to be cooked can make you sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids also can get sick from handling raw dough used for crafts, the CDC says.

Most people know that eating raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can cause illness if the eggs aren’t cooked properly.

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The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.

Bacteria aren’t lurking only in eggs, though. Flour, which is usually a raw product, usually isn’t treated for germs like E. coli. The CDC reported an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick in 2016. Some E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections and other illnesses.

“Raw flour is a raw product, and it doesn’t go through any heat treatment before you get it,” Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, told SELF Magazine in 2017. “You should treat that flour like you’re handling raw meat.”

It doesn’t mean you can never eat raw cookie dough. Dough that is commercially produced to be edible is safe. 

The CDC suggests the following safe practices to avoid getting ill:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
  • Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
    • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
  • Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
  • Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough:
    • Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched.
    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

SUV donated to single mom whose vehicle, son's wheelchair were stolen

A single mother in New York, whose vehicle containing her disabled son’s wheelchair was stolen last month, received a nice Christmas gift Sunday.

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Roxanne Drayton chose a sangria-colored 2011 Kia Sorrento EX, given to her by the owner of the Generation Kia dealership in Bohemia, Newsday reported. 

"It was a fairy tale," Drayton, 60, told the newspaper. "It was so nice. It was so, so nice."

Drayton's 2002 Ford Explorer was stolen from the driveway of her Suffolk County home Nov. 8, News12 Long Island reported. Inside the SUV was an $8,000 custom wheelchair for her son, Todd, 28, who has Down syndrome and epilepsy, the television station reported.

Joe Catalanotto, the owner of Generation Kia, said he contacted Drayton with the offer of a free SUV from his dealership after reading about the theft, Newsday reported.

"I just wanted to make sure she was taken care of, on the car front," Catalanotto told the newspaper. “She really needed an SUV. Whenever we have the opportunity to help someone like that, to change their lives if we can, we always want to do that."

Drayton is now concentrating her efforts toward buying a new custom wheelchair. She set up a GoFundMe page for her son, and nearly $20,000 has been raised.

"I'm thankful for every single person who donated online that helped me, thankful for giving me my faith in humanity," Drayton told News12 Long Island.

Philadelphia apartment fire: 5-alarm blaze contained

About 200 firefighters worked Monday to extinguish a massive five-alarm blaze at a Philadelphia apartment building, WPVI reported early Monday.

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Update 9 a.m. EST Dec. 10: Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the fire was contained Friday morning.

“Under control doesn't mean that the fire is out, it just means the fire has been contained to the area in which it's burning,” he said.

The blaze was contained six hours after firefighters were called to an apartment complex near the intersection of 63rd and Jefferson streets around 2:15 a.m.

At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, KYW-TV reported.

Original report: Officials said the fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. at the Overbrook Gardens apartments, according to KYW-TV. At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries, authorities said. 

About 50 people have been displaced by the fire, WPVI reported.

WPVI’s Jeannette Reyes tweeted just before 7 a.m. that fire officials said they are “nowhere near done” battling the blaze and can’t get inside the building because it may collapse. 

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Christmas 2018: Florida bikers raise money, hand out toys for children

More than 30,000 motorcyclists in South Florida helped raise money for a local hospital during Sunday’s 31st annual Toys in the Sun Run, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The motorcyclists, some of whom wore Santa suits and elf costumes, rode 24 miles on a rainy morning to help raise money for patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, WSVN reported. They also handed out toys to thousands of children, the television station reported.

Money also will go to the James Junior Fund in Davie, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Sections of I-95 and I-595 in Broward County were closed for a few hours to accommodate the bikers, the newspaper reported.

“It’s a fun ride,” Bruce Sonnenblick, a police officer who has been riding in the parade since 2003, told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’s no other time you can ride on 95 and 595 and not have to deal with vehicle traffic. All along the route, you have hundreds of people cheering us on. People get out of their cars to watch us go by.”

Rick Case, whose business sponsored the event, said the parade helps benefit the community.

“There’s thousands and thousands of motorcycles out here, bringing thousands and thousands of toys for kids in South Florida who may not have gotten one for this holiday season,” Case told WSVN. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

Skip Hop convertible high chairs recalled over fall, injury risks

Parents of small children, take note.

Skip Hop announced last week that it is recalling more than 32,000 of its Tuo convertible high chairs over potential fall and injury risks. According to the recall notice, "the legs on the high chair can detach from the seat." 

>> Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled

The company said it has received 17 reports of the chairs' legs detaching, but "no injuries have been reported," the notice said.

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The recalled high chairs, which can be converted into toddler chairs, are "charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric" and "have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, five-point harness, beachwood foot rest and legs." They were sold at Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Kohl's, Dillards, Amazon, and other children's retailers from June 2017 to December 2018.

The affected products include the following:

  • Style No. 304200 (charcoal gray) with date codes HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092717, HH030518, HH05182018, HH05312018;
  • Style No. 304201 (silver/white with clouds) with date codes HH092917, HH010518.

If you have one of the recalled chairs, please stop using it immediately. Customers can get a full refund or e-gift card from Skip Hop by calling 1-888-282-4674 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or by visiting and clicking on "Recalls."

Read the complete recall notice here.

Boy, 15, killed after gun goes off in friend's home, police say

A 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy was killed in New Castle after a gun in the hand of a 19-year-old discharged, according to police. 

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Police were dispatched to the 400 block of Liberty Street around 1:36 a.m. Saturday for an unresponsive male.

When they arrived, officers saw Zach Mulford, 15, lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. A friend of Mulford was still on scene and attempted CPR, but Mulford died from his injuries.

Police said Mulford and his friend went to a residence to hang out with other friends. When they knocked on the door, 19-year-old Kyle Harris opened the door holding a gun. 

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When Harris realized who was knocking, he lowered his gun and let them both in, police said. As Harris removed the magazine from the gun and began to clear the chamber, the weapon discharged and a bullet struck Mulford.

Harris fled before officers arrived. Police said he subsequently turned himself in and provided a matching statement to a witness at the scene. 

He also showed officers where the gun was. Police said it was stolen.

Harris is being charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property.

Mulford's family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with funeral expenses.

Zach’s mother, Stacy Mulford, held back tears as she spoke about him with Channel 11, saying she just wanted people to know that Zach was a good kid.

“He’d get so excited and he’d just be so happy because he was getting to do something with his hands and build it. He just loved it,” she said. “This is hard. He had his future planned out and now he doesn’t have his future anymore.”

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