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Thief steals Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money

Someone stole a Salvation Army donation kettle filled with money from a south Tulsa, Oklahoma, Walmart on Saturday.

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Officials said the kettle was padlocked to its tripod, which was also taken. The tripod and credit card machine were recovered, but the kettle was not.

"A kettle at a location like this will average at least $800 in a day. We may also be looking at repair costs for the equipment and replacing the kettle," said Capt. Ken Chapman, area commander of the Salvation Army Tulsa Metro Command.

The organization said the theft is especially distressing because the group is running about 20 percent behind on donations.

"I will admit, we are concerned. We only have 12 days left to catch up on donations," Chapman said.

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Dec. 23 is that last day kettles will be out in Tulsa. The campaign started Nov. 10 with a goal of raising $700,000.

"Each dollar, each dime, each nickel placed in a red kettle translates into services in our community for the homeless, hungry and downtrodden. The kettle donations don't just help at Christmas, but all year," Chapman said.

Donations to the Salvation Army can also be made online and by calling 918-587-7801.

Donny Osmond celebrates 60th birthday with help from sister Marie

Can you believe Donny Osmond is 60 years old? Neither can the baker who made his cake, apparently.

The singer rang in his 60th birthday Saturday with a little help from sister Marie and a cake that appears to indicate he’s actually turning 90 years old due to a hilarious mishap.

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“Right side up and upside down no matter how I look at his cake…looks like my bro @donnyosmond turns 90 today!” Marie wrote on Instagram with a nostalgic slideshow of photos. “Glad he’s spending this landmark birthday month with his sweet❤️vacationing!”

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The slideshow features recent photos of the superstar siblings as well as many pictures from over the course of their lives.

The iconic brother-sister duo opened their show on the Las Vegas Strip back in September 2008, and what was supposed to only be a 6-week run is about to turn into a 10-year streak as their popular show has been extended through the end of next year, the Los Angeles Times reported. The pair, who started as a variety show back in the 1970s, continues to entertain the audiences with both their new and old songs, including hits such as “I’m Leavin’ It (All) Up to You,” “Paper Roses” and “Puppy Love.”

“We’re headed into our 10th year,” Donny Osmond said in a news release. “Marie and I are constantly changing our show. That’s probably why we’re fortunate enough to enjoy such longevity.”

Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017; here's what it said

Twitter has released its end-of-year stats and revealed that former President Barack Obama had the most-liked tweet of 2017.

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His tweet, sent in August after white nationalists marched on Charlottesville, Virginia, has been liked 4.6 million times. The tweet reads, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion,” accompanied by a picture of him looking up at a group of children.

The tweet, a portion of a quote from late South African President Nelson Mandela, was followed up by two more tweets from Obama, which finished the quote.

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 “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” the quote, in whole, reads.

>> Obama's Charlottesville response becomes most-liked tweet of all time

Obama’s tweet following the Charlottesville march wasn’t his only top tweet. He also took the third spot for most-liked, and the second, fifth, and eighth spots for most-retweeted tweets.

His other top tweets included his tweet to Sen. John McCain after the Arizona Republican was diagnosed with cancer; the final line of his presidential farewell address in Chicago; and his farewell after leaving the Oval Office for the last time.

Other top tweets included Ariana Grande’s tweet after the bombing at her Manchester, England, concert; LeBron James’s tweet when he called President Donald Trump a “bum"; a tweet promising to donate 6 pounds of dog food to Houston dogs affected by Hurricane Harvey for every retweet it received; another tweet asking for retweets to raise donations for Houston;, a photo from Linkin Park of its former frontman, Chester Bennington, after he committed suicide earlier this year; the number to the suicide hotline tweeted by social media star Seth Joseph; and finally, the most-retweeted tweet of the year came from 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson begging for retweets so he could win free chicken nuggets from Wendy’s for a year.

While Trump didn’t win a top spot for any of his own tweets, he was the most-tweeted-about world leader.

Fire trucks sync lights for musical Christmas video

A fire department showed off its holiday spirit and creativity, releasing a special light show video set to Christmas music.

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The Sterling Fire Department synced “Carols of the Bells” with various station and siren lights, garnering thousands of views on social media. 

Jason Bostron of the Sterling Fire Department first posted the video on Facebook.

“Last week we took all of the shots for the video. It took me over 10 hours to edit it all to the music,” he told 9News. “I wanted to show some light to our amazing fire department.”

Intruder killed by 85-year-old man was family member

The intruder shot and killed by an elderly homeowner in Lawrence County early Friday morning has been identified as the shooter's nephew-in-law. 

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Investigators told Channel 11 the man has been identified as Dennis Mercadante, 49.

Mercadante was identified by using facial recognition by Pennsylvania State Police. 

Investigators said Don Lutz, 85, was confronted by two intruders, Mercadante and another suspect, at about 1:30 a.m. Friday at his Jamison Avenue home, and an altercation followed.

“I just fired one. It was in the dark. He attacked me and he was up close and I shot him,” Lutz said.

“They jumped me and we both went on the floor. I scuffled with them on the floor and the one guy rolled over dead and the other guy, he jumped up and went out the door.”

Police are still searching for the second suspect, who ran off. 

“The other one, maybe the bullet hit him, too. I don’t know. I hope so,” Lutz said.

OU quarterback Baker Mayfield wins Heisman

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield went from walk-on to the best collegiate football player in the country, winning the 2017 Heisman Trophy award.

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Mayfield, who wears No. 6, is the sixth Sooner to win a Heisman. The other award winners are Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).

This was Mayfield's third time as a Heisman finalist, an OU record (Jason White is the only other Sooner to make multiple trips to New York City for the Heisman presentation). Mayfield is the 7th player to ever be a finalist three times.

The other top finalists were Lamar Jackson, the Louisville quarterback who won the 2016 Heisman, and Bryce Love, Stanford's star running back. 

Mayfield led the Sooners to a 12-1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff as the No. 2 team in the nation. Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns -- both second best in the nation.

Mayfield also broke his own NCAA record for passing efficiency, which he set last year with a 203.8 rating this season. The next best rating was UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton at 184.8.

The Heisman was the sixth major accolades for Mayfield this week. He won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, AP Player of the Year and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

Boy, 10, becomes ‘Chief for a Day’ after calling 911 to save neighbor’s life

Pheonix Bomar was walking home from school when he put his mother’s advice into action. 

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A neighbor was injured falling and started yelling for help. 

Bomar, 10, ran to check on the man, and then called 911 and signaled for emergency responders when their sirens blared down the street. 

“If I didn't hear him, he may have slid down the hill, maybe into the street," Bomar told KFSM. “Some people dial 911 and they feel like they save someone's life. That's how I feel.”

Bomar was named Fort Smith police “Chief for a Day” for his actions and given the department’s Life Saving Award Tuesday, according to KFSM.

His mother is proud.

“You tell them over and over things, and you never know if they really listen,” Havilah Bomar told KFSM. “I've always said if you need help, you go around and see if there's anyone close by and if there's not, you call 911.”

Snow can’t stop ‘Star Wars’ actor John Boyega from ‘The Last Jedi’ premiere

After tweeting Saturday that the snowstorm blanketing much of the south could keep “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” star John Boyega from attending the movie premiere, he has apparently landed in Los Angeles. 

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“I made it,” the actor tweeted. “Without luggage but woohoo!”

Boyega’s publicist confirmed he was on schedule for the Saturday night event.

“I’m here though thank you and thanks everyone,” Boyega tweeted. “I need a shower because.....ew.”

The actor reprises his role from the 2015 release “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as Finn a former Stormtrooper who joins the Resistance.

Much of Atlanta was buried beneath 3 to 6 inches of snow. The weather prompted Delta to cancel about 375 flights Saturday.

Before Boyega was able to get a later flight, he shared his concern on social media about being able to attend the event. 

“Wow (Atlanta). Looks like no one’s leaving! Guess I’ll start a family now,” Boyega tweeted. “Trying to get back for the LA premiere! I actually NEED a pilot.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Third-grade students save Florida Barnes & Noble from closing after writing CEO

When book-loving third-grade class in Ormond Beach found out that the nearby Daytona Beach Barnes & Noble bookstore was in danger of closing, they stepped up and wrote the CEO of the chain, begging him to keep the store open.

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The class mailed a personal letter to Barnes & Noble CEO Demos Parneros, who is based at the company's New York City headquarters.

The Tomoka Elementary School students even suggested alternative sites in the area and invited Parneros to check them out.

Parnros and his team listened.

Swayed by the Ormond Beach students' love of books, company officials told a local newspaper the executive stepped in to ensure that Barnes & Noble's Daytona Beach store and its landlord could find a way to extend the lease.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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