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Gin taster wanted: Company will hire you to travel the world, drink with friends

Do you have a real thirst for adventure, and well, booze?

A bar group in London is looking for some parched patrons to travel the world sipping gin to stock a new bar that’s scheduled to open in the fall.

The owners of Mr. Fogg’s is looking to stock its new Society of Exploration bar, the Evening Standard reported.

And what better way than with an “Around the World in 80 Days” tour?

The winning taste tester will take a friend and make stops in cities like Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York and Lisbon to taste gin and collect botanicals.

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They will follow the route Phileas Fogg took in Jules Verne’s book, “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The winners will be given an atlas, journal, luggage tags and hip flask for their their journey, the Evening Standard reported.

They will then document their trip with social media posts, taking photos and posting videos. They also need a valid passport and must like gin. 

Click here for your chance to travel the world, but you have to act quickly. The deadline is Monday. 

University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts found dead: reports

Authorities believe they have found the body of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, who vanished last month after going for a run in Brooklyn, Iowa, according to multiple reports.

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Greg Willey of Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa confirmed to The Associated Press that investigators found a body Tuesday morning believed to be that of Tibbetts, 20. Willey told the AP one of Tibbetts’ close family friends told him about the discovery.

Fox News and CBS News also reported Tibbetts' body was found Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

>> Mollie Tibbetts search: New video surfaces, Iowa man says he saw her jogging

Update 10:35 a.m. EDT Aug. 21: In a statement released Tuesday morning, officials with the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation confirmed that authorities have found a body in rural Poweshiek County.

“Investigators are working to confirm the identity,” the statement said.

Authorities are expected to provide additional information at a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. local time Tuesday.

“There will be no further information related from law enforcement until the press conference,” according to officials with the Iowa DCI.

Original report: Tibbetts, 20, was last seen July 18 in Brooklyn, a town with a population of about 1,400 in central Iowa. Investigators said she was last seen on a routine jog through the streets of the city. It’s unclear whether she returned to the home where she was dog-sitting for her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s brother, who have said they were both out of town.

The college sophomore was reported missing the next day, after she didn’t show up for her job at a local day care. 

A massive search was launched after her disappearance. Authorities received thousands of tips.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

30-lb shelter cat ‘Meatloaf’ adopted by veteran in Iowa to help with PTSD

A shelter cat who became internet-famous for his physique has found a new home with an Iraq veteran living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Meatloaf, a 30-pound cat, was put up for adoption by King’s Harvest Animal Shelter in Davenport, Iowa, after his older owners weren’t able to take care of him, according to the Des Moines Register.

The 11-year-old cat was fed human food, which contributed to his size, shelter officials told the Register.

Fans of Meatloaf flooded the shelter with calls wanting to check him out and photos of the cat were shared thousands of times online. However, Meatloaf is “cranky” and needs immediate help with diet and exercise, so he was slow to be adopted, KWQC reported.

Steve Gusman, an Iraq veteran suffering from PTSD, was looking for a therapy cat and read KWQC’s story about Meatloaf, the outlet reported.

“Steve got attached to the (KWQC) news story and decided to go find out about Meatloaf in-person,” said Mary Armstrong, Gusman’s fiancee.

The two got along famously.

“They got along perfectly well,” Armstrong said.

Gusman told KWQC that he needed a cat who wasn’t too high strung or hyperactive, so Meatloaf is the perfect fit.

Gusman took Meatloaf home on Monday. 

Mom warns of dangers of allowing children to nap in car seats

It’s been three years, but the parents of a 17-month-old little girl are still warning parents and caregivers how dangerous it can be to allow children to nap in car seats.

Mia Smith died after her babysitter put her into her car seat for a nap. Mia never woke up, WFAA reported.

Her official cause of death was listed as positional asphyxia. It’s a condition when a person’s airway is restricted by how they’re positioned, WFAA reported.

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“There’s nothing about the car seat that’s designed to sleep. Of course, if the straps aren't tight, the child can kind of slump down,” Sharon Evans, a trauma injury prevention coordinator at Cook Children’s Hospital, told WFAA

The straps can also strangle a baby or their heads can flop down, preventing them from being able to breathe.

A study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that 31 children died while sleeping in car seats over the four-year study period. The study also found that 16 other children died while sleeping in other devices like a stroller or bouncer.

Mia’s mother, Lisa Smith, warns parents and caregivers by sharing her family’s story as often as she can.

“I walk around town and see people using a car seat on the seats at restaurants or putting them on the floor at tables,” Lisa Smith told WFAA. “I literally walk up to people and I say, ‘You know, I had a daughter who was 17-and-a-half months who passed away and I just want you to be really careful.’”

“She was our first born, our only child, and she didn’t deserve what happened to her,” she said. “But other families don’t deserve this to happen to them either.” 

School violence: Half of all 2017-18 school shootings, threats happened in these 10 states

Half of all incidents of school violence and threats of violence during the 2017-2018 school year were logged in just 10 states according to a report released Monday from an organization that studies school violence.

The report from the Educator’s School Safety Network found that of 3,654 reported incidents of violence and threats of violence, half came from what the organization calls its top 10 “states of concern.”

The states of concern, ranked by a composite score that included four sub-categories, are California, Florida, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia. Those 10 states accounted for 1,851 acts of violence in the 2017-18 school year.

The ESSN is a not-for-profit organization “dedicated to empowering educators with education-based school safety training and resources.” 

One of the four sub-categories ESSN used to grade states was the number of threats per school by state population. The top states for violent incidents per million residents are Michigan, Ohio, Alabama, Kentucky, Washington, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Colorado and Idaho. 

According to the report, violence in schools has increased in the past year, in some cases pushing states ranked toward the bottom of the list of violent incidents in the 2016-17 school year – such as Mississippi, Idaho and Kentucky -- into the top 10 for incidents in the last school year. 

The number of threats reported from schools increased by 62 percent in the 2017-18 school year, the report noted. The number of violent incidents reported – 279 for the school year – was a 133 percent increase over the 2016-17 school year.  

The report defined “threats of violence” as “bomb threats, threats involving a weapon (such as a gun), threats involving both guns and bombs, generalized threats of violence, and other school-based threats when the specific nature of the threat was not reported (unknown or unspecified threats).”

“Incidents of violence,” per the report, included “events where something actually occurred (not just a threat). These included shootings, shots fired, weapons present, suspicious items, actual explosive devices, detonations, intruders, attacks, suicides on campus etc.”

Other findings from the report:

  1. Washington state was not in the top 10 in any metric for the 2016-2017 school year. This year, however, it is one of the states of concern for incidents both by the numbers and when figured per capita. 
  2. Alabama continues to be a top 10 state of concern for incidents for the second year in a row, both in the number and per capita. It remains third in the nation in incidents per capita for the second year in a row. 
  3. Kentucky went from 40th in threats per million residents in the 2016-2017 school year to eighth, a significant increase. 
  4. Vermont, Montana, Idaho were ranked as a concern in both threats and incidents per capita. These three states were in last place for incidents per million residents in the 2016-2017 school year and moved to second, fourth, and sixth places respectively for the 2017-2018 school year. 
  5. Mississippi, also ranked 51st in incidents last year, ranked in seventh place in both threats and incidents per capita, moving it to the sixth most concerning state overall. 
  6. In threats per capita, Montana moved from 45th in the 2016-2017 school year to fourth this year.

Click here to read the entire report and see where your state ranks. 

 

Bullied student escorted to school by bikers

Growing up is difficult, especially when kids have to face their bullies every day at school. 

One middle school student in Streamwood, Illinois, said she was badly bullied last school year, but this year may be different for Megan Kuntz after her official escort for the first day of school Monday, WLS reported

Her story was shared on social media, where it got noticed by a group of bikers who took Kuntz to class and warned bullies that the mean treatment will end. 

She said that she had to eat her lunch in the school’s office to avoid her meal from being thrown in the trash by classmates, The Chicago Daily Herald reported.

More than two dozen riders showed up on their motorcycles Monday to escort Kuntz to school and send her bullies a message, WLS reported

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The bikers didn’t know each other, but said they just wanted to help her.

The school officials told WLS that they take bullying allegations seriously and were notified about Kuntz’s claims and are working on curbing bullying.

World's most livable cities ranked: Did your hometown make the list? 

What’s the most livable city in the United StatesThe results may surprise you.

The Economist Intelligence Unit's annual Livability Survey, which ranks 140 cities worldwide on factors like stability, health care, culture, education and infrastructure on a scale of 1-100, was released this week.

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The top U.S. city was Honolulu, which ranked 23rd worldwide. Pittsburgh was the next highest-ranking American city, coming in at No. 32 overall.

Washington (No. 37), Minneapolis (No. 39), Boston (No. 42), Chicago (tied for No. 44), Miami (tied for No. 44), Seattle (No. 46), San Francisco (No. 49) and Atlanta (No. 50) were the only other U.S. cities to rank in the top 50 globally, CNBC reported.

>> On WPXI.com: Pittsburgh ranked as most livable city in continental United States

The No. 1 city worldwide was Vienna, Austria, with an overall livability rating of 99.1 out of a possible 100. Pittsburgh, by comparison, had a 92.1.

While no U.S. city cracked the top 10, Canada had three cities rank high, with Calgary (No. 4), Vancouver (No. 6) and Toronto (No. 7) all among the best in the world

The ranking offers a limited look at the list for free. The full report with updates twice a year can be purchased here.

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

Barnum’s Animal crackers are now cage free

Nabisco has made a big change to its iconic Barnum’s Animals crackers. The animals are now cage-free.

The change came after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals penned a letter in 2016 to Mondelez International, the parent company of Nabisco, to redesign the packaging, ABC News reported

In the letter, PETA told the company, “Given the egregious cruelty inherent in circuses that use animals and public’s swelling opposition to the exploitation of animals used for entertainment, we urge Nabisco to update its packaging in order to show animals who are free to roam in their natural habitats,” according to ABC News.

Mondelez started designing the packaging after the letter. 

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The cookies namesake, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey circus was also a target of PETA, first removing elephants from the shows in 2016, then finally closing in May 2017 after slow ticket sales.

The new design removed the animals from caged boxcars destined for a circus performance, and instead has the animals -- a zebra, elephant, lion, giraffe and gorilla -- existing side-by-side in a grassland, USA Today reported.

The Barnum’s Animals name is prominently displayed above the animals.

PETA leaders are happy for the change.

“The new box for Barnum’s Animals crackers perfectly reflects that our society no longer tolerates the caging and chaining of wild animals for circus shows,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman told ABC News.

Mondelez told USA Today, “It’s probably one of, if not the oldest, (product) in our portfolio. We’re always looking to see how to keep it modern, to keep it contemporary with customers.”

Nabisco has made Barnum’s Animals crackers since 1902. 

Woman accused of punching police officer in face, yelling racial slurs at him

A Tennessee woman is accused of punching a police officer in the face and yelling racial slurs at him after being arrested Sunday. 

Police said Dana Vela, 33, of Cordova, was involved in a car crash at the intersection of Cordova Road and North Germantown Parkway about 3:30 p.m.

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Vela was “visibly hysterical,” according to a police affidavit. Officers said no one involved complained of any injuries, but one man told police that Vela assaulted him after the crash. 

Vela was detained under suspicion of DUI, but she “managed to escape her handcuffs and attempted to escape from the squad car,” police said. 

As an officer opened the door to get her back inside, police said Vela punched the officer in the face with the metal handcuff still on her wrist while yelling racial slurs and profane language.

Police charged Vela with DUI, public intoxication, assault, reckless driving and resisting arrest.

2018 MTV VMAs: Madonna criticized for Aretha Franklin tribute

One of the biggest nights in music celebrated achievements in music videos, and took some time out to honor the late Queen of Soul.

Close to the very end of the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, the life of Aretha Franklin, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 76 Aug. 16, was celebrated. 

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Returning for a commercial break before the end of the show, the show opened with a clip of Franklin performing “Say a Little Prayer” in 1970.

Madonna then walked onstage with a monologue about the inspiration Franklin was to her and how she auditioned in France with a performance of “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”

Related: 2018 MTV VMAs: Winners list

“You’re probably all wondering why I’m telling you this story,” she said. “There’s a connection because none of this would have happened -- could have happened -- without our lady of soul. She led me to where I am today and I know she influenced so many people in this house tonight. In this room tonight.

“And I want to thank you, Aretha, for empowering all of us. R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Long live the queen.”

Related: 2018 MTV VMAs: Red carpet arrivals

The monologue, which many thought Madonna made about herself and not Franklin, was criticized by Twitter users.

This isn’t the first tribute to a late musician Madonna was criticized for. Her 2016 tribute to Prince at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards was also the subject of Twitter critique.

Dad severely beat baby daughter for falling while learning to walk, police say

A Texas dad is behind bars after police say he severely beat his baby girl, leaving her with life-threatening injuries.

According to KFOX-TV, Anthony Williams, 27, of El Paso, was arrested Friday and charged with injury to a child after police received a report of possible family violence. When officers arrived, they found Williams' 1-year-old daughter unresponsive and critically injured, police said. She was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Investigators believe that "Williams struck the victim several times after she kept falling while he was 'teaching' her to walk," El Paso police said in a news release Monday.

He is being held on a $750,000 bond at the El Paso County Detention Facility, the release said.

Read more here or here.

Former Nazi labor camp guard arrested, deported by ICE, officials say

A former guard for a labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II has been arrested and deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, officials said early Tuesday.

Jakiw Palij, 95, of Queens, New York, was believed to be "the last known Nazi collaborator living in the U.S." before he was deported to Germany, ABC News reported.

According to an overnight White House news release, Palij worked as an armed guard at the Trawniki labor camp, where 6,000 Jewish prisoners were killed in November 1943.

Palij, who came to the U.S. in 1949 and gained citizenship eight years later, lied to immigration officials during the naturalization process, hiding his Nazi service by saying he had been a factory and farm worker during the war, the news release said.

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Decades later, U.S. authorities discovered Palij's past and revoked his citizenship in 2003, the release said

"Despite a court ordering his deportation in 2004, past administrations were unsuccessful in removing Palij," the press release said. "To protect the promise of freedom for Holocaust survivors and their families, President Trump prioritized the removal of Palij. Through extensive negotiations, President Trump and his team secured Palij’s deportation to Germany and advanced the United States’ collaborative efforts with a key European ally."

Read more here or here.

Man accused of robbing thrift store smiles in mugshot after arrest

A Texas man apparently was all smiles after he was arrested in connection with a thrift store robbery.

According to KWES, police arrested Shawn Paul Melonakos, 36, of Odessa, on Saturday after he was accused of trying to steal items from the Door of Hope Thrift Store.

>> Teacher accused of improper relationship with student smiles in mugshot

"Investigation revealed that a male subject, later identified as Melonakos, took merchandise and exited the store without making any attempt to pay," Odessa police said in a news release. "When the complainant confronted Melonakos about the stolen merchandise, Melonakos picked up a large rock and threatened him with it."

The complainant then pulled out a gun and fired a round, police said. Melonakos fled, but the complainant and another man caught and detained him until police arrived, the news release said. Nobody was hurt in the incident, authorities said.

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Melonakos had methamphetamine on him when officers arrested him, the news release said. He also gave police a fake name, but officers were able to identify him and found that he was wanted on a parole violation warrant, the release said. He was charged with robbery, methamphetamine possession, providing false identification and violating parole.

Melonakos' unusual mugshot, which featured a big, toothy smile, quickly sparked hundreds of comments and shares on social media.

"Well, ain't he proud of himself," quipped one commenter on KWES's Facebook page

"Priceless," another Facebook user wrote

Read more here or here.

Don't vacuum while wildfire smoke is in the air, health officials say

Poor air quality will be common across parts of the Pacific Northwest this week as winds push smoke from surrounding wildfires into the region, forecasters and regulators said.

Air quality alerts are in effect for much of Washington state through Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

>> On KIRO7.com: How to protect yourself during smoke days

Officials with the Washington State Department of Health shared tips on how to stay healthy during smoky wildfire air. 

"Don’t add to indoor pollution," officials with the department wrote. "Don’t use food boilers, candles, incense, fireplaces or gas stoves."

"Don’t vacuum unless your vacuum has a HEPA filter, because vacuuming stirs up particles already inside your home," said Washington health officials.

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Read the entire list of smoky air tips from Washington health officials here.

Find a map here with real-time air quality conditions by city.

On Monday, conditions around Washington state ranged from moderate to hazardous. 

Smoky, hazy conditions are making a return to the Puget Sound region because of wildfires in British Columbia and the Cascade Mountains, according to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Girl, 15, says Georgia police officer sexually assaulted her for hours

A Georgia police officer is under investigation after a 15-year-old girl accused him of sexual assault.

The girl’s mother told Atlanta's WSB-TV that her daughter was terrified and eventually told her about the incident.

“She just broke down and was crying,” the girl’s mother told WSB-TV's Mark Winne.

>> On WSBTV.com: Body of missing 24-year-old kayaker recovered in lake

The family's lawyer, Thomas Reynolds, told WSB-TV that he believes the 15-year-old, another girl and two boys may have been followed from a Waffle House by the East Point police officer. 

The four people stopped at Sykes Park, and that's when he said the officer approached the group. Reynolds said the officer let three people go, but not the alleged victim.

>> On WSBTV.com: Bosnian War survivor identified as victim in Walmart parking lot shooting

Reynolds said the girl was detained for violating curfew.

At that point, Reynolds said, the officer took the girl to the Village of Highlands apartment complex and sexually assaulted her. Reynolds said the officer kept the girl for three hours before bringing her home to her apartment.

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East Point police Chief Tommy Gardner told WSB-TV that his department received a complaint of sexual misconduct against one of its officers, and that officer was immediately placed on administrative leave with pay.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to conduct the investigation.

Dramatic video shows father and son's drive through Montana wildfire

A father and son trip in Montana's Glacier National Park took a turn for the worst in an instant as a raging wildfire ripped through the area.

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Charles Bilton and his son Justin were backcountry camping earlier in August when they got caught in a bad situation. A wildfire had engulfed more than 2,000 acres and was going for more.

The duo was in their car driving through the fire, filming their drive through the flames. 

Justin can be heard on camera saying, "This is insane," as the two tried to stay calm in the car.

"It was pretty intense," Charles Bilton said. "It happened so quickly, and you could see the trees exploding, like fireworks were going off."

In the video, Justin is heard saying that the car was heating up, saying, "It's going to explode" and worrying that the duo wouldn't make it out as they came across a fallen tree on fire.

"I'm getting out!" Bilton said, before the video ends.

Instead of trying to move the tree out of the way, the duo turned around until they reached a campground.

"No cars, no people, I said, 'Jus, this isn't good,'" Bilton said.

There was one boat in the area, with two park workers.

"Those two kids saved us, we got in the boat," Bilton said.

From a distance, the duo then had to watch their rental car burn.

"When we got out, some of the firefighters said, 'We don't know how your fuel lines didn't go up!'" Bilton said. "I guess I have an angel looking over me."

When the Bilton family left, the fire was burning about 2,500 acres. Weeks later, the fire is burning nearly 8,000 acres, and will likely continue to burn until November.

2018 MTV VMAs: Winners list

The 2018 MTV Video Music Awards are celebrating the return of Jennifer Lopez with a special honor, but she won’t be the only artist taking home a trophy.

Cardi B, The Carters -- Beyonce and Jay-Z, Drake and Childish Gambino are among the most-nominated of the night.

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See the winners at the 2018 VMAs below in italic and bold.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Childish Gambino – “This Is America”Drake – “God’s Plan”

ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana GrandeBruno MarsCamila CabelloCardi BDrakePost Malone

SONG OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Drake – “God’s Plan”Dua Lipa – “New Rules”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”

BEST NEW ARTIST (Presented by Taco Bell®) BazziCardi BChloe x HalleHayley KiyokoLil PumpLil Uzi Vert

BEST COLLABORATION Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”

PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR July 2018 – Chloe x HalleJune 2018 – SigridMay 2018 – Lil XanApril 2018 – Hayley KiyokoMarch 2018 – Jessie ReyezFebruary 2018 – Tee GrizzleyJanuary 2018 – Bishop BriggsDecember 2017 – Grace VanderWaalNovember 2017 – Why Don’t WeOctober 2017 – PRETTYMUCHSeptember 2017 – SZAAugust 2017 – Kacy HillJuly 2017 – KhalidJune 2017 – KyleMay 2017 – Noah Cyrus

BEST POP Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana”Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry”Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”P!nk – “What About Us”Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”

BEST HIP HOP Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi”The Carters – “APE(expletive)”Drake – “God’s Plan”J. Cole – “ATM”Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It”Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”

BEST LATIN Daddy Yankee – “Dura”J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente”Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero”Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa”Maluma – “Felices los 4”Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”

BEST DANCE Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together”Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss”The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me”David Guetta & Sia – “Flames”Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence”Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”

BEST ROCK Fall Out Boy – “Champion”Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood”Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”Linkin Park – “One More Light”Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)”Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”

VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE Childish Gambino – “This Is America”Dej Loaf and Leon Bridges – “Liberated”Drake – ‘God’s Plan”Janelle Monáe – “PYNK”Jessie Reyez – “Gatekeeper”Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Alessia Cara – “Growing Pains” – Cinematography by Pau CastejónAriana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Cinematography by Scott CunninghamThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Cinematography by Benoit DebieChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Cinematography by Larkin SeipleEminem ft. Ed Sheeran – “River” – Cinematography by Frank Mobilio & Patrick MellerShawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Cinematography by Jonathan Sela

BEST DIRECTION The Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Directed by Ricky SaixChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Directed by Hiro MuraiDrake – “God’s Plan” – Directed by Karena EvansEd Sheeran – “Perfect” – Directed by Jason KoenigJustin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – “Say Something” – Directed by Arturo Perez Jr.Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood” – Directed by Jay Martin

BEST ART DIRECTION The Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Art Direction by Jan HoulevigueChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Art Direction by Jason KisvardayJ. Cole – “ATM” – Art Direction by Miles MullinJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Art Direction by Pepper NguyenSZA – “The Weekend” – Art Direction by SZA and SolangeTaylor Swift – Big Machine Records – Art Direction by Brett Hess

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” – Visual Effects by Vidal and Loris Paillier for BufAvicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” – Visual Effects by KPPEminem ft. Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” – Visual Effects Supervisor Rich Lee for Drive StudiosKendrick Lamar & SZA – “All The Stars” – Visual Effects by Loris Paillier for BUF ParisMaroon 5 – “Wait” – Visual Effects by TIMBERTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Visual Effects by Ingenuity Studios

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” – Choreography by Phil Tayag & Bruno MarsCamila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” – Choreography by Calvit Hodge and Sara BivensThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Jaquel KnightChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Choreography by Sherrie SilverDua Lipa – “IDGAF” – Choreography by Marion MotinJustin Timberlake – “Filthy” – Choreography by Marty Kudelka, AJ Harpold, Tracy Phillips, and Ivan Koumaev

BEST EDITING Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)”– Editing by Jacquelyn LondonThe Carters – “APE(expletive)” – Editing by Taylor Ward and Sam OstroveChildish Gambino – “This Is America” – Editing by Ernie GilbertJanelle Monáe – “Make Me Feel” – Editing by Deji LarayN.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon” – Editing by Taylor WardTaylor Swift – “Look What You Made Me Do” – Editing by Chancler Haynes for Cosmo

SONG OF THE SUMMER

Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa “One Kiss” 

Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin “I Like It” 

DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Quavo “No Brainer” 

Drake “In My Feelings” 

Ella Mai “Boo’d Up” 

Juice WRLD “Lucid Dreams” 

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B “Girls Like You” 

Post Malone “Better Now”

Protesters topple Silent Sam Confederate statue at UNC

The controversial "Silent Sam" statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters.

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More than 300 people gathered at the Peace and Justice Plaza at about 7:30 on Monday evening before marching to the Confederate statue's base and calling for its removal. At 9 p.m., protesters had marched down Franklin Street before returning back to the statue's base. By 9:30 "Silent Sam" was down.

Students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it.

Last month, the school board said a 2015 state law prevented them from removing it from campus.

The statue was given to the university by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1909. It was erected in 1913.

“Around 9:20 p.m., a group from among an estimated crowd of 250 protesters brought down the Confederate monument on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill," university officials said in a statement. "Tonight’s actions were dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured. We are investigating the vandalism and assessing the full extent of the damage.”

Manhunt underway for fugitive accused of threatening to shoot President Donald Trump

Authorities are searching for a Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened to shoot President Donald Trump and a state district attorney, according to news reports.

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The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Shawn Richard Christy, 27, of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, WCAU TV reported.

Christy was last seen Sunday night in Cumberland, Maryland, driving a stolen vehicle, according to CNN

He is also accused of threatening Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli.

“Keep it up Morganelli. I promise I’ll put a bullet in your head as soon as I put one in the head of President Donald J. Trump,” investigators said Christy posted on Facebook in June.

Investigators have multiple warrants on Christy, including one for burglary, another for probation violation and one for failure to appear in court on an aggravated assault charge, WCAU reported.

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Law enforcement said Christy has threatened to use “lethal force on any law enforcement officer” he encounters.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Christy is asked to call authorities.

 

Neighbors find 16 dead dogs, apparently executed a month after owner was reported for animal cruelty

When Stephanie Maro heard a Georgia dog owner was recently evicted from his home, her heart was with his pets

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A concerned Maro and her husband went to the Old Sanders Farm Road home to check on the animals only to find 16 dead dogs on the property, the Athens Banner Herald reported. 

Maro immediately called the property owner and the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, who had warned the dog owner about maltreatment of the dogs just last month, the paper reported. 

The dogs, which appeared to be “executed,” had already decomposed and were damaged by buzzards by the time authorities bagged the carcasses and sent them to the University of Georgia for necropsies, Oglethorpe County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Tyndall told the newspaper. 

According to the sheriff’s office, they did not order the necropsies sooner because they were told the examinations would cost between $8,000 and $12,000, the paper reported. However, arrangements were made for the necropsies to be completed for $500. The Humane Society also assisted in transporting the dogs to UGA. 

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Deputies were first called to the home on July 19 on a report of animal cruelty. 

“He had more than 20 dogs on site,” Tyndall told the paper. “They did need some attention.” The dogs also had issues with worms and fleas.

Tyndall said the owner, who at the time fell on hard times and didn’t have the money for proper care, was “put…on notice” and instructed to give the dogs food and water. The man eventually took the dogs to the veterinarian, the paper reported. When deputies returned to the home, they said the dogs looked to have improved. 

By Aug. 1, the man was evicted by the property owner. According to the paper, a judge granted the dog owner an extension to find homes for the pets. 

“It appeared everything was going well and there was no violations that could be prosecuted,” Oglethorpe County Sheriff David Gabriel told the paper. 

A day later, Maro would find the dogs. 

Since then, authorities have been searching for the owner, whose name has not been released. 

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No charges have been filed in the case. 

“It depends on the results of the necropsies and a follow up investigation,” Tyndall told the newspaper. “We don’t know his exact whereabouts right now, but we need to talk to him, obviously.” 

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