A Tennessee boy has been reunited with his dog two days after it was stolen while they were walking in a Shelby County neighborhood.
Shelby County officials said the 12-year-old boy was walking the white American bulldog, Diamond, on Sunday when someone assaulted him and took off with the dog.
The boy's father, John Black, told WHBQ in Memphis that a man in a Chrysler PT Cruiser "pushed my son down, grabbed the leash, took the dog and drove off."
Black said he got the expensive, rare dog from a Sacramento, California, breeder in September for his son.
Black's Facebook post about the theft quickly went viral, with more than 34,000 shares.
After sharing the story, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office announced on Tuesday that a woman dropped off the stolen dog at the Ridgeway precinct.
Police said no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing.
SeaWorld announced it’s creating new attractions at its theme parks, including a new water slide.
Park officials made the announcement at the Orange County Convention Center during the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions exposition.
The new waterslide, called Kare-Kare Curl, will be at the Aquatica water park.
SeaWorld officials said the addition of the ride will give Aquatica more thrill rides than any other water park in Central Florida.
Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay will be getting a tiger-themed ride called Tigris. It’s billed as the tallest launch coaster in Florida.
But the biggest thing for families in Central Florida is likely going to be Sesame Street Land, which will have a play area for young children and a handful of rides based on the "Sesame Street" characters.
The announcements on SeaWorld’s new attractions comes as the park enjoys increased attendance and a boost in stock over the last year.
The park had struggled for four years following the “Blackfish” documentary controversy.
With the announcement it’s ending animal shows, SeaWorld may be moving past the controversy and moving forward with more rides, attractions and events.
Still, park officials said they remain focused on animals, with themed attractions, education and conservation.
A Georgia native is the youngest woman trader at the New York Stock Exchange, and now her story is being told on the big screen.
AGC Studios has acquired the life rights to tell the story of Lauren Simmons, a Kennesaw State University graduate, who became the sole woman trader and only the second black woman to trade full-time on the NYSE floor at the time. She earned the historic title last year after landing a job as an equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities at just 23 years old.
While she initially pursued a career in medicine, she later tapped into her interests in finance, securing her current position by applying to an opening posted on LinkedIn.
Kiersey Clemons, whose credits include “Dope” and “Neighbors 2,” will portray the Georgian, according to Deadline. Clemons will also produce the flick with her managers Eddie Galan and Starr Andreef, AGC's Stuart Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer.
The film will serve as the debut project for Clemons' production banner, Girl on Mercury. No word yet on when the movie will premiere.
Right on time for Veterans Day, a Minnesota couple welcomed the birth of a daughter who was born at 11:11 p.m. on Nov. 11, WCCO reported.
Erin Potts gave birth exactly 100 years -- and 12 hours -- after the armistice ended hostilities during World War I.
“It was a long labor from about 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., but the delivery went smoothly,” Potts told the television station.
It was the first child for Potts and her husband, Mike, who are from Hugo. They have yet to name the child.
HBO gave fans of its hit series “Game of Thrones” what they wanted. Well, sort of. The premium cable channel dropped a teaser trailer for the final season of the series, but much to the faithfuls’ disappointment, the video was just that -- a tease and a re-edit of past footage from seasons one through seven.
The clips show all that has happened, deaths of key characters and massive battle sequences all leading to one thing - the throne.
And in pure teaser fashion, it shows nothing new for the upcoming season, so fans don’t get answers to their burning questions of what happens to Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow and if Tyrion Lannister and Cersei Lannister survive the final battle.
Entertainment Weekly reported filming has ended and what happens is under tight security.
Few photos have come out from production. The scripts were delivered to cast members under password-protected files with code words used for production documents, the magazine reported.
What has been reported is that the final season starts in Winterfell with hints back to the show’s pilot. But everything that happens during the six-episode season will center around the battle between the Army of the Dead and those trying to survive, EW reported.
The final season will start airing on HBO in April.
A Texas grandmother was told to lose weight because her health was threatened. Six years later, she is 100 pounds lighter and is feeling great.
“Some grandmothers play bingo," Greta Ross, 61, told WFAA. "But, this grandmother goes to the gym."
Ross, from Irving, said she used to weigh 237 pounds. She refused medication from doctors but heeded their warnings to change her lifestyle.
"(It) scared me because I didn't want to leave my daughter and grandchildren behind," Ross told WFAA. "I knew I had to do something. Doing nothing wasn't an option.
"I had bad habits. I wasn't sleeping properly. I wasn't eating properly. I knew I had to do something. So I started walking."
Because of her weight, walking was the only exercise Ross could do comfortably, the television station reported. But with determination, Ross began to see results.
"It just became a routine," Ross told WFAA. "We would get up every morning and just walk. Next thing I know, the weight just started coming off.”
Within a year, Ross had lost 100 pounds, and she has kept the weight off for the past five years, the television station reported.
"I didn't stop. I just kept going and going and going," Ross told WFAA. "When I saw the transformation of my body, then my mind. ... my confidence level went through the roof. It was just incredible."
Ross has posted on social media about her turnaround.
"I just tell my real story so that way people will know you can do this," Ross told WFAA. "Is it a journey? Yes. Is it a process? Yes. Does it take time? Absolutely. But you have to be willing to say I am worth that. My family is worth that."
Christina Aguilera was in New Orleans Thursday ahead of her Friday show as part of her Liberation Tour and stopped by a popular bar, but when she wanted to hop on stage with the band, she was turned down.
WGNO reported that Twitter user @drMediaPro posted a video on Twitter of the vocalist speaking with musician Claude Bryant of Claude Bryant and the All Stars about coming on stage and singing with the band. The Twitter user, posted the video taken by his wife, who was at Cafe Negril.
“You don’t want that?” Aguilera can be heard asking. “Oh, it’s OK. I don’t have to sing.”
After speaking a bit more with the band member, Aguilera turns her attention to fans who want to take selfies with her. She appeared to take it all in stride.
At her show at Saenger Theatre Friday night, Aguilera spoke some about her time at the bar. Marchaund Jones of The Advocate posted video of Aguilera telling the story on Twitter.
“I go to this little bar and there’s this live band playing, and I was just like, you know, with a couple of my dancers and the whole thing and, you know, after a minute, I was just like, ‘Let me just get up on stage and jam with this guy. Maybe I’ll sing a song or whatever and be fun,’” she said. “He would not give me the mic. He was, like, a little older and he was just like, he was not feeling it. He was not gonna give up his mic. I was like, ‘Oh, I just want to come just let me come up,’ and he (was like), ‘What, are you gonna dance for me?’ I was like, ‘No, I just want to sing a song with you.’
“So I was like, ‘OK I'll just save it for tomorrow, then.’ It’s alright. It’s all good. He was like, ‘Don’t hurt yourself!’ I was like, OK. This is just -- you’re not feeling me. It’s OK. I’m just gonna depart ways. Be on my little merry way. Find somewhere else to go.”
Attempting to clear his name, Bryant told WGNO he didn’t recognize the Grammy winner.
“I’m sorry, Christina. I just didn't recognize you! I didn't recognize her because she had a cap over here head and over her eyes. She was in a jersey. She didn't introduce herself to me, but she had very soft hands and that got my attention.” Bryant said. “I asked her if she wanted to dance and she said that she wanted to sing. I started playing the beginning riff of the song, ‘No, No, No’ by Bob Marley, but then her bodyguard picked her up off the stage and she left.”
Bryant said he’d love to have Aguilera sing with the band in the future, and that he feels bad about the misunderstanding.
“Come back Christina,” he said. “You can sing anything you want with us.”
Aguilera is currently wrapping up her Liberation Tour. According to her website, the last scheduled date is Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Major-league pitcher Daniel Mengden and Ironman competitor Rick D’Amico helped rescue two puppies that had been trapped in a Houston storm drain for several days, KHOU reported.
The two athletes were helping a group called Reggie's Friends to retrieve the pups, KPRC reported. LaChrystal Ricke, who runs Reggie’s Friends, said she had been unsuccessfully trying to round up a pregnant dog before she gave birth to a litter of eight. Over three weeks, Ricke said rescuers were able to rescue the mother and six of her puppies, but two had strayed, the television station reported.
Residents could hear the two puppies barking in a storm drain, and on Monday the Houston Fire Department opened a manhole cover to allow rescuers to find the dogs, KTRK reported.
"We could hear them crying so we knew they were still alive," D'Amico told KHOU.
"You know they're hungry. You know they're potentially hurt because they fell a great distance," Ricke told the television station. "No food, no clean water, and it's really hard."
D'Amico and Mengden put a ladder into the sewer water to lure the pups to safety. .
"I was whistling to them and they kept yelling and barking. Finally, it just got louder and louder and louder," Mengden, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and a Houston native, told KHOU. "One of them kind of put up a fight. It was biting at us and stuff. It was just scared.”
The dogs were taken to a veterinarian to ensure they were healthy.
Mengden said he and his girlfriend were going to adopt the two puppies, KHOU reported.
The people behind the “Toy Story” franchise have dropped another teaser trailer for “Toy Story 4,” this time introducing fans to two new characters -- Bunny and Ducky.
Bunny features the voice of Jordan Peele and Ducky is portrayed by Keegan-Michael Key, the comedic duo that makes up Key and Peele.
They join the original voice cast of Tom Hanks as Woody, Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear and Annie Potts as Bo Peep.
Monday, Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming sequel that will hit theaters in June.
The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.
The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought a box of knickknacks from a stranger at Grumpy Jerry’s Flea Market. He found about 60 letters inside the box.
Heater read one letter and found terms of endearment and stories of war.
“He talked about the gunfire and everything and he kept saying he was OK. So I know he had to go through a lot,” said Heater.
But Heater didn't want to go much further so as not to invade the privacy of the couple.
Every letter is addressed from Warren Holly to Jean Holly except one written from her to his commander, pleading for him to be moved from the front line.
Heater wonders if the sergeant ever made it home and back to his sweetheart.
“I do wonder, and I hope he did. If the man's alive, I would love to meet him,” Heater said.
Heater said he wants all the attention he can get for the letters, and hopes someone who sees them can help get them back to the Holly family.
A man who was banned from Disney World several weeks ago for unfurling a giant Donald Trump banner in the Magic Kingdom has been banned again.
He said that after Disney officials took away his annual pass in September, they had a change of heart and let him back in.
The picture of Don Cini's latest antics last week show him riding down Splash Mountain with a "Trump 2020” sign, and on Expedition Everest, he held a “Keep America Great" sign.
WFTV in Orlando, Florida, spoke with him from New York on Monday via Facebook Messenger.
"They never mentioned the fact that there was some kind of safety issue on the ride. That I was holding up a sign and I shouldn't be doing that," Cini said.
Disney revoked his annual pass, which he says he had for 24 years.
He said that a few weeks ago, Disney called and said he was no longer banned and he agreed not to hang any more flags.
Disney’s park rules state that "the usage of any flag, banner or sign to incite a crowd" is prohibited.
"And I wanted to actually abide by their rules, and not hold up a flag to incite a crowd, but I kind of wanted to test them," Cini said. "I just really wanted to find out whether or not it had to do with unfurling a flag, or what was written on the flag."
Cini shared pictures of deputies issuing him a trespass warning last week.
It says he's banned from all Walt Disney World properties, including theme parks, water parks, resorts and Disney Springs.
Cini says he now plans to unveil a much bigger 50-foot wide flag sometime next week and somewhere in the United States.
Atlanta hip-hop artist Future took to Instagram to respond to TV host Wendy Williams’ comments about his personal life.
Last Thursday, Williams, host of The Wendy Williams Show, had a few words for the rapper, who was preparing to welcome a child with Joie Chavis.
“Once upon a time there was a man named Future and Future has a lot of baby’s mothers,” Williams said, with photos of all five of mothers of Future’s children projected in the backdrop.
“Where are your condoms?” Williams added.
Future, whose real name is Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, clapped back on Instagram with the caption, “Thank God I’m richer than Wendy Williams.”
Celebrities have begun delivering tributes and statements in response to the death of Marvel Comics co-creator and comic book writer Stan Lee.
“My father loved all of his fans,” she said. “He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Celebrity reactions to Lee’s death are below.
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Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and co-creator of Marvel Comics, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 95.
Lee's daughter told TMZ that he died after being rushed Monday morning to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, confirmed to The Associated Press that Lee died Monday.
Lee was born on Dec. 28, 1922 in New York City. He started his career in comics in 1939, according to Marvel, and helped to create several of the comic book publishe’s most well-known characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor and the X-Men.
“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything wee do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” Kevin Feige, president of thee Marvel Studios film studio, wrote in a tweet Monday. “Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”
As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, he revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.
“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” officials with Marvel rival DC Comics wrote on Twitter after news of Lee’s death broke. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in loves with these stories in the first place.”
Lee considered the comic-book medium an art form and he was prolific: By some accounts, he came up with a new comic book every day for 10 years.
“It was a wonderful feeling, to watch the popularity of the characters grow and grow as these animated cartoons came out, and these video games came out, and all the adjacent things came out -- it was nice to have been a part of it all,” Lee told Comic Book Resources in 2017.
“It felt wonderful, and especially because I was even a part of it -- in a lot of the video games, I'm in the game somewhere, my voice or my picture. So, I always felt as though I'm a part of what's happening with all these characters, and that's a very exciting feeling.”
Lee earned several accolades during his lifetime, including the National Medal of Arts, induction into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.
“There will never be another Stan Lee,” actor Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the Marvel Universe movie franchise, wrote Monday on Twitter. “For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Bruno Mars is ending his 24K Magic World Tour in a way that will help those most in need.
The singer/songwriter is going to provide 24,000 Thanksgiving meals to those in need in Hawaii, Hawaii News Now reported.
The donation will go to help his home state and the Salvation Army’s 48th annual Thanksgiving Dinner program, which, with the help of 900 volunteers, provides a free Thanksgiving dinner to families all over the state, Hawaii News Now reported.
This isn’t the first time Mars has made a big impact helping others.
In 2017, he donated $1 million to help those affected by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, People magazine reported.
The album, “24K Magic” -- which inspired the amount of dinners he’s providing -- has been named multi-platinum since it’s 2016 release. It won six Grammy Awards, ABC News reported.
The stand-up comedian, who lives near the area, popped up in the background of Tommy Saunders and Emily Eldridge’s photo shoot at Yellow Springs Brewery.
Photographer Jaycee Brammer, of Jaycee Marie Photography, said in a Nov. 10 Facebook post that the couple was posing outside of the brewery when Chappelle crashed the session.
“So, I was shooting this engagement session at a brewery tonight and this dude photobombed us... idk, you may have heard of him. Dave something?? LOL NO FOR REAL GUYS! THE Dave Chappelle photobombed our shoot,” Brammer said in the post.
“I’m going to have to quit photography now because how will I ever beat this? I just can’t. HUGE shoutout to the man himself. He was so nice and truly made our day.”
“We were outside taking some pics and he was nearby,” Saunders said on Facebook. “I asked if he would join us... at first he wasn’t about it, but then he said he would ‘photobomb’ us.
“Pretty cool if him to do, it made for a memorable day.”
Douglas Rain, the actor who provided the creepy, chilling voice of the HAL computer in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died Sunday in Stratford, Ontario, the BBC reported. He was 90.
Rain was a Shakespearean actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972, the BBC reported.
But he will be remembered for the calm, homicidal voice of the rogue AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction movie classic.
When the computer makes an error in the film, it leads Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) to decide to turn off HAL -- but the computer resists, leading to the deaths of four of the five members of the crew, NPR reported. Bowman manages to deactivate the computer, but the exchange between the astronaut and the computer made for riveting theater.
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that," Rain, as the voice of HAL, tells Bowman. “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
As HAL is disconnected by Bowman, Rain famously sings “Daisy Bell” as his voice fades away in a chilling coda, NPR reported.
The film won an Academy Award for Kubrick for best visual effects, the BBC reported.
Actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for playing serial killer Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs,” said HAL influenced his performance, the BBC reported.
Rain was born in Winnipeg on March 13, 1928, and spent 32 years acting as Iago from “Othello” and Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” at the annual Stratford Festival, NPR reported.
He also had dozens of theater, film and television credits, according to the IMDb database.
What is a spork with eyes and pipe cleaner arms doing with Buzz, Woody and Jessie?
We guess we’ll have to wait until next summer to find out, but Monday, Pixar and Walt Disney Studios released the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel “Toy Story 4.”
The studios also released a teaser poster, showing what some may say, is Woody saying goodbye.
Those who have brought the characters many have grown up with to life have called the latest chapter of the story where toys are alive when humans are not around have called the plot emotional and difficult to get through recording.
In September, Tim Allen, who voices Buzz Lightyear, said, according to People magazine, “Yes, I gotta resist getting emotional. I don’t want to give it away, but this is an incredibly great story. It is so emotional, it’s so funny, it’s so big, the idea they’ve come up with, I’m startled. I couldn’t even get through the last scene. I would love to be a Washington leaker.”
And you thought the ending of “Toy Story 3” was hard to see without bawling.
Allen added, “I just can’t do it. I can’t give anymore away. They’ve got great characters but a couple of scenes toward the end were really hard to get through,” People reported.
“When I realized what they were going for, I realized, ‘Oh, this is a moment in history,” Hanks said. “The emotional range of the movies has become more and more deep and profound and affecting.”
“Here’s the thing about those geniuses that are there at Pixar and everybody who have ever been involved in any of the ‘Toy Story’ things: they invented something there,” Hanks said. “It is a very, very, very special collection of movies that have been put together that, I think hits each one of us in a completely individual way.”
“Toy Story 4” is scheduled to hit theaters on June 21.
The National Football League celebrated Veterans Day on Sunday with tributes to military personnel, flyovers and stories about bravery and commitment on scoreboard screens. But the Philadelphia Eagles added a more personal touch to an emotional day.
When Zach Ertz caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Carson Wentz with 2:08 left in the third quarter to tie Sunday night’s game against Dallas, the entire Eagles offense assembled in the end zone, faced the fans and gave a military salute.
The fans at Lincoln Financial Field responded with cheers, not only for the touchdown that tied the game at 13, but for the gesture dedicated to the veterans assembled at the Philadelphia Stadium.
Ertz would catch another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the defending Super Bowl champions lost 27-20 to the Cowboys.
Despite the salute, not everyone was happy.
“You should have honored us by covering the spread,” one fan wrote on Yahoo! Sports.
Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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