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Fishermen net 100 lb. alligator snapping turtle in Oklahoma

Two fishermen in southeast Oklahoma got quite the surprise when they hooked a 4-foot-long alligator snapping turtle that weighed nearly 100 pounds.

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Oklahoma game wardens said Jonathan Van Fleet and Anthony Dover were running a trout line on Little River, a tributary of the Red River, when they caught the alligator snapping turtle on Saturday.

Officials said the men used sunfish as bait.

The anglers were able to safely bring the turtle onto their boat, remove the hook from its mouth and contact the Oklahoma game warden.

Officials said the turtle’s shell was about 24 inches wide, 26 inches long and measured 23 inches around. 

According to National Geographic, the prehistoric-looking turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in North America and one of the biggest in the world, with a spiked shell, beak-like mouth and scaled tail.

It is often called the ‘dinosaur of the turtle world.’

They can live to be up to 100 years old and grow to about 175 pounds in size.

The largest alligator snapping turtle ever recorded weighed over 220 pounds. 

The “ancient angler” captured in Oklahoma appeared to be in good health and was returned to the Little River, officials said.

Wardens said it’s against the law to keep an alligator snapping turtle in Oklahoma, and one bite could easily rip off your finger or even your hand.

Girl with 3D-printed hand throws White Sox first pitch on quest to pitch at every MLB ballpark

She has a dream of throwing the first pitch at every major league ballpark. Now, she’s one step closer to achieving it.

But as inspiring as her dream is the fact that Hailey Dawson wears a 3D-printed prosthetic hand, WGN reported.

Hailey was born missing three fingers. She has a rare disease called Poland syndrome. The syndrome causes people to be born with underdeveloped muscles on one side of the body and could cause abnormalities in the chest, shoulder, arm and hand, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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Poland syndrome happens in about 1 in 20,000 newborns and more often in boys than girls, according to the NIH.

In 2014, Hailey’s mother, Yong Dawson, asked officials at the University of Nevada Las Vegas if they could build her daughter a hand so she could ride a bike, WGN reported

But that was only the first obstacle Hailey tackled. She wanted to start raising awareness of Poland syndrome, and to do that, she wanted to throw the first pitch at each ballpark in the major league. 

So far she’s done it 13 times, the latest Tuesday at the White Sox game against the Cleveland Indians in Chicago, WGN reported.

Not only did she get to throw the first pitch, she also was given a batting glove by Chicago third baseman Yolmer Sanchez and an autograph from Pitcher Lucas Giolito, WGN reported.

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The next game she’s appearing at is the St. Louis Cardinals for pitch number 14 Wednesday night.

To follow Hailey’s quest, click here.

Raccoon released after scaling 25-story skyscraper, capturing hearts nationwide

A raccoon's captivating climb up the side of a 25-story Minnesota high-rise came to a happy ending Wednesday after the fuzzy daredevil was released back into nature after reaching the top of the building.

Update 2:45 p.m. EDT June 13: Officials with Wildlife Management Services, a pest control business based in Brooklyn Park, said they released the raccoon Wednesday afternoon on private property in the suburbs of the Twin Cities.

The company shared a short video of the raccoon’s release. It darted away from rescuers after only a small amount of prodding.

Update 9:45 a.m. EDT June 13: Officials said they plan to release the raccoon "somewhere safe" after it was lured into a trap baited with cat food on Wednesday morning at the top of St. Paul’s UBS Tower, the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tad Vezner reported.

Reports surfaced earlier Wednesday that the climbing raccoon had been caught after spending hours scaling UBS Tower.

Update 8:45 a.m. EDT June 13: The raccoon was trapped by 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Nelson. Earlier Wednesday, Nelson reported that animal control officers had placed cat food in a trap at the top of the 25-story UBS Tower in an attempt to catch the critter.

A representative of the Paige Donnelly Law Firm, situated on the top floor of the high-rise, wrote Wednesday morning on Twitter that building management said the raccoon was “safely in a cage.”

>> PHOTOS: Raccoon’s captivating climb up 25-story skyscraper goes viral

Original report: According to Minnesota Public Radio, the raccoon's harrowing journey began after it got stuck on a ledge of St. Paul's Town Square building. After maintenance workers tried to rescue the frightened critter, it ran to the roof, fled to the neighboring UBS Tower and started climbing. 

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The raccoon slowly made its way up the building Tuesday, taking occasional nap breaks on ledges. It eventually reached the 23rd floor, reported MPR's Tim Nelson, who documented the animal's trek with the now-trending hashtag #mprraccoon. 

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Late Tuesday, the raccoon began to descend the building, taking a breather at a 17th-floor ledge. But it shifted course again early Wednesday, climbing until it reached the roof about 3:30 a.m. EDT.

Although many concerned onlookers had called for help, city officials said saving the animal could be risky for rescuers and the raccoon, which could get scared and fall, according to the Pioneer Press. Instead, animal control workers placed a food trap on the roof, a city Department of Safety & Inspections spokeswoman told the newspaper.

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Another challenge: Employees who work at UBS Tower said the building's windows do not open, the Pioneer Press reported.

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Strange animal friends: Baby moose, dog break internet hearts

Who knew that a moose and a dog can become friends?

It is possible, though, thanks to a video and photos posted that is melting hearts all over the internet. 

Shannon Lugdon said her dog Leo and a days-old moose were checking each other out on Saturday, WMTW reported. Lugdon calls the moose Maggie. 

She called game wardens, worried that the baby was abandoned by its mother. They said it was not likely and that the moose mom was probably watching nearby, WMTW reported.

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So Lugdon and the game wardens helped get Maggie back to the spot where they thought she was left.

“The wardens asked us not to go near her for 24 hours. Wild animals often leave their babies to eat, drink and rest,” Lugdon told WMTW

But the next morning, when Lugdon was putting Leo out, who was there to greet him? Maggie of course.

“He walked right over and Miss Maggie and Leo became fast friends. She followed us around all day begging for attention. You can’t imagine how affectionate she was,” Lugdon told WMTW.

The wardens were called again, but this time, a biologist came along to pick up Maggie, who was only 27 pounds, taking her to a wildlife park, WMTW reported.

Watch: Police officer saves toddler running into traffic

A police sergeant in Naperville, Illinois, is being hailed a hero after he rescued a young boy who was running into traffic on a busy highway.

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Sgt. Anthony Mannino, a 24-year veteran of the Naperville Police Department, told WBBM that he was driving down Route 59 when he spotted the boy run into the road.

“The kid just got out of the house, mom was with the kid and in a fleeting second, the child ran out of the house,” Mannino told WBBM. “The mom showed up and was obviously very emotional.”

In the dashcam video posted to the Naperville Police Department Facebook page, Mannino can be seen using his police car as a barrier between the child and traffic.

He ran after the boy, caught up with him and pulled him out of the road.

Mannino received the department’s “Life Saving Award” for his quick actions on June 7.

‘Hangry’ woman calls police over late pizza, officers say

A woman in Ontario, Canada, called police because her pizza order was taking too long.

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According to The Star, the woman, 32, and her son, 10, called 911 from the eastern Ontario restaurant just after 10 p.m. on Monday, complaining that her pizza order had not been prepared on time.

Police found the “hangry” woman and her son waiting for officers in the parking lot, Global News reports.

The Oxford Dictionary has defined “hangry” as a person who is “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.”

Officers told The Star they educated the woman on what qualifies as an appropriate time to call 911. 

“The 911 system is for those that are in imminent danger,” said Constable Sandra Barr. “It’s for emergency situations in need of police, fire or ambulance. It’s not for pizza calls.”

The woman is not expected to face any charges for misuse of emergency services. 

Domino’s Pizza paving potholes across the country

Domino’s Pizza is fixing potholes across the country, writing “OH YES, WE DID” on the repaved area to let residents know where the company has been. 

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The company has repaired dozens of potholes across the country, in states including Georgia, Texas and Delaware.

“Potholes, cracks, and bumps in the road can cause irreversible damage to your pizza during the drive home from Domino’s,” the company said in a release. “We can’t stand by and let your cheese slide to one side, your toppings get un-topped, or your boxes get flipped. So we’re helping to pave in towns across the country to save your good pizza from these bad roads.”

Domino’s customers can nominate their city for pothole repair on the Domino’s website.

'I just jumped in the water': 19-year-old saves couple from submerged car after hit-and-run crash

A 19-year-old man jumped into action Monday after a dark-colored Nissan sideswiped another car in Florida, running it off the road and into a ravine, according to troopers.

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Alexander Miranda, 19, said water reached his chest and was filling the car when he jumped into the ravine to save a couple inside the vehicle

He said the crash pushed the back end of the car toward the opposite bank of the ravine while the front end sank into the deepest waters. He struggled against the water and thick mud to get to the vehicle.

He said he pulled a 62-year-old man out of the driver’s side of the car then reached in to help the woman on the passenger side unbuckle her seat belt.

“I threw my shoes off, I jumped down and I just jumped into the water,” Miranda said. "The lady, she actually still had her seat belt on. So, I tried to reach in and took the seat belt off for her. Then I pulled her out of the driver's side, as well.”

The driver and passenger went to a hospital with minor injuries.

Girls’ trip to Florida beach helps women honor friend who died of cancer

Like a lot of people, a group of women from metro Atlanta took a beach trip this summer. Unlike most people, they became internet stars while frolicking in the sand.

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Photos of the friends and a sweet message about the power of their bond sent them soaring to internet fame on the wings of more than 365,000 likes and retweets. Here’s the story of how Sharon Robinson, Della Jackson, Daphne Thompson, LaTangie Ingram, Lisa Alexander and Denise Williamson became Twitter famous.

“We’ve gone through valleys and mountains,” Jackson said.

It was in eighth grade at C.L. Harper High School that a group of girls forged a lifelong bond. 

“Della and Daphne have known each other all their lives; their mothers were friends,” Robinson clarified. “Lisa and I went to elementary school together.”

During a sleepover, someone came up with the name “Sensational Six.” It stuck. They were inseparable throughout their school years, although college, marriage and careers took them in different directions, the Sensational Six never strayed far from each other.

Today, the women live in Atlanta, Douglasville, Warm Springs, Stone Mountain and Jonesboro and get together regularly. Sometimes their children (11 between them) and husbands are included, and sometimes it’s just the girls.

“One of our favorite hotels is the Embassy Suites,” Robinson said. “We would sit and talk and eat and cry.”

In July 2016, Williamson shared the news with her fellow Sensationals: She’d been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Her sister-friends showered her with love, making sure she had all the emotional and logistical support she needed. 

“She led so many people to Christ and build a solid foundation in Christ,” Alexander said.

In April, Denise’s battle ended. Two months later, her friends carried her in their hearts to Florida.

“There are five of us here, and our angel Denise,” Robinson said Saturday, after a photo of the friends posed with a picture of Denise had gone viral.

It was a vacation with a few more tears than usual, and no one had to explain when a wave of emotion came crashing down. 

“We just have that bond where we know how each other feel,” Robinson said.

The outpouring of social media support has been formidable, with many admirers clamoring for a movie or television series about the Sensational Six. Given Atlanta’s stature in the filming world, it could happen easily.

For now, the surviving women are content to keep enjoying their lives together, grateful for the ties that bind.

“There are times I can’t talk to my husband about exactly how I feel,” Alexander said. The Sensationals, though, “They’ll understand because they’re probably going through it, too. I could make it through this world without this sister-friend bond, but it makes it easier.”

Walt Disney World caper: Squirrel caught stealing candy

A shoplifter has been caught red-handed (or would it be red-pawed?) at “The Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Well, at least caught on video.

Jessica Dornfried captured the hungry squirrel as it snatched a bag of candy from a shelf at a store in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and ran away with its prize, CBS News reported.

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What did the the squirrel seek out? Why a bag of peanut M&M’s, of course, CBS News reported.

The video was shared by Dornfried’s friend, Brianna Bradshaw, who also added some photos of the furry thief. The video has more than 1.24 million views so far.

Ashton Kutcher visits sick kids at Iowa hospital

Ashton Kutcher may be a big star in Hollywood, but he hasn’t forgotten his Iowa roots.

The star of “That 70’s Show” and “Punk’d,” who was born in Cedar Rapids and went to the University of Iowa, took time out to visit patients at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, KWWL reported.

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Hospital officials posted photos of his visit to Facebook, saying they were grateful to him for the time spent with patients and families.

High school pitcher delays celebration to comfort childhood friend

It’s a great feeling when you win the big game to advance to a state tournament, but when that win comes at the cost of a friend losing their big game, what do you do? 

A high school baseball player in Minnesota showed not only good sportsmanship but also great friendship when he left the mound at the end of the game to console his buddy.

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Ty Koehn was pitching for Mounds View and struck out Jack Kocon from Totino-Grace. As Koehn’s teammates rushed the mound to celebrate getting to states, he left them behind to comfort Kocon. Koehn gave Kocon a hug and walked him to his team’s dugout then went to back to his team to celebrate, The Star Tribune reported.

It turns out that Koehn and Kocon were close friends and played youth baseball together until high school years separated them, The Star Tribune reported.  Mounds View is a public school. Totino-Grace is a private one.

Koehn’s goodwill to his friend was caught on video and is going viral.

Georgia triplets graduate summa cum laude from high school

Triplets from metro Atlanta have graduated from high school with honors and a number of college credits.

The Henry Herald reported that Kolby, Sydney and Kendall Belcher all graduated summa cum laude last month from Ola High School in McDonough, Georgia. They each earned 4.0 GPAs.

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Because the siblings were also dual enrolled in college while attending high school, they’ll commence their freshman year of college with nearly a year of credits.

“I’m very happy and proud of them,” their mother Cathey Belcher told the Henry Herald

The kids began their education as early as age 3 with both their parents teaching them reading and writing. 

“They took off from there,” their mom explained. “They knew they were expected to do their best and never settle for a B or C grade when they could get an A.”

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Both Kolby and Sydney Belcher will attend Georgia State University. Kendall Belcher will head to Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia. Kolby Belcher is planning on working in marketing and wants to get a master’s degree in business administration. Sydney Belcher will study to become a nurse at Georgia State. She hopes to get a master’s degree and work in the hematology/oncology department at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Kendall Belcher plan on working in the financial services industry and will get a business administration degree at Gordon State. She also has her sights on a master’s degree.

“I’m excited about them going to college,” Cathey Belcher said. “We’re encouraging them to keep doing what they’ve been doing and reminding them to always give back to their community.”

Two Minnesota women in their 70s learn they were switched at birth

Denice Juneski was surprised when she recently took a DNA test and did not match any of her family members.

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The Eagan, Minnesota, resident took a retest and got the same result.

“Either 23andMe made a mistake, or I was switched at birth,” Juneski told KARE.

Juneski was right. The 72-year-old grandmother was switched at birth.

“It’s a crazy thing,” Juneski said. “People just automatically assume they got the right family.”

So, who was Juneski switched with?

The mystery began to unravel 40 miles away in Hammond, Wisconsin, when Linda Jourdeans’ daughter noticed Juneski on her DNA test result, KARE reported.

When Jourdeans found out, she took her own DNA test. Her results matched Juneski’s family.

“I did my DNA right away, because I've got to see this on paper,” Jourdeans told KARE.

The two women, who met in April, discovered that two girls were born on Dec. 19, 1945, in St. Paul, Minnesota, KARE reported: Denice Mary Mayer at 2:17 a.m. and Linda Jean Nielsen 31 minutes later.

What remains a mystery was how they were switched.

“We'll never know,” Jourdeans told KARE. “And I'm sure the nurses are dead that probably took care of us.”Family photos of both women when they were young offered more evidence, KARE reported. Jourdeans, a redhead, was among a family of blondes. Juneski, who was blonde, lived among redheads and brunettes.

“Sometimes I had that sense that I didn't quite fit in,” Juneski told KARE. “I was really supposed to be another person.”

Juneski’s mother, Marianne Mayer, is 99. She now gets visits from the daughter she raised, Juneski, and the daughter she gave birth to, Jourdeans.

“Now you have more grandchildren -- red-haired ones,” Juneski told KARE.

Rochelle Nielsen, the other mother in that Minnesota hospital in 1945, died of cancer when Jourdeans was 17.

Now, at age 72, Jourdeans has found her birth mother.

“Unbelievable,” Jourdeans told KARE.

Game warden saves fawn's life with emergency C-section on highway

An Oklahoma game warden saved a fawn’s life after responding to a report of a deer hit by a car on Highway 123.

>> Heartwarming video: Scared baby deer is rescued from road by mama

According to the Oklahoma Game Wardens Facebook page, Game Warden Ryan Walker arrived at the scene to find a doe and fawn dead on the road. He reportedly noticed movement around the doe’s stomach and realized the deer was pregnant and still had a fawn trapped inside.

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Walker performed a Caesarean section on the doe and got the fawn out within seconds. It was taken to a rehabilitator in Osage County. 

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To the rescue: Firemen coax Saint Bernard back into second-story window

Saint Bernard dogs have a reputation for saving people, but one large canine in Minnesota was rescued in dramatic fashion on Friday, the Star Tribune reported.

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Whiskey, a Saint Bernard weighing more than 100 pounds, found his way onto an overhang outside a second-story window in a home in suburban Minneapolis.

Spring Lake Park firefighters arrived to find Whiskey outside the window on the overhang, which was above the home’s front door. Renee Roth. who was watching the dog for her son, was leaning out the window, clutching a leash in an effort to coax the dog back into the home, the Star Tribune reported.

“I remember looking dumbfounded and just saying, ‘Wow,’” Fire Department Lt. Anthony Scavo told the Star Tribune. “Whiskey had pushed the screen out of the open window and jumped out onto the roof.”

Police officers tried to lure Whiskey back into the house with a dog treat but were unsuccessful. Then, the firefighters went to work.

Firefighter David O’Keeffe climbed a 16-foot ladder and positioned himself behind Whiskey, while Scavo and Duty Chief Jeremiah Anderson were positioned just inside the window.

They managed to move the animal safely back into the house, the Star Tribune reported.

“Of course, once back inside,” Scavo told the Star Tribune. “Whiskey ate up the treat he was once coaxed with minutes prior.”

9-week-old Saint Bernard, Officer Donut, sworn in as police comfort dog 

A 9-week-old Saint Bernard puppy is in training to become a comfort dog with the Greenfield Police so he can help victims and survivors after a crisis. 

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Officer Donut was sworn in during a ceremony Friday and will train with a human handler and Officer Clarence, a 7-year-old Saint Bernard, who has worked his entire life as a comfort dog and is nearing retirement.

William and Laura Gordon, both lieutenants on the force, are the dog’s handlers. They have worked with Saint Bernards as comfort dogs for more than 10 years. 

They have brought dogs to help comfort victims and survivors in the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the Boston Bombing and the Las Vegas shooting, officials said.

City’s law enforcement arm led by African-American women is first for America

One Atlanta city is shattering a major glass ceiling for both women and minorities. 

WSB has learned that South Fulton is the first American city in which every criminal justice department head is an African-American woman. 

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photo by Reginald Duncan taken for “The Atlanta Voice” this week has made waves on the internet. The powerful image shows eight women staring unflinchingly at the camera inside a courtroom at the City of South Fulton's municipal court, WSB reports.

Six of those women hold the highest positions in the city's law enforcement arm: Chief of Police Sheila Rogers, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, Court Administrator Lakesiya L. Cofield, Clerk of Court Ramona Howard, Solicitor LaDawn Jones and Public Defender Viveca Powell. 

“This is something that happened organically, but it’s a wonderful thing,” Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers said. “We bring our experience as African-American women, mothers, and wives to the table every day. So when we’re making those decisions, we certainly don’t forget our experiences.”

Sellers told WSB that despite their accomplishment, all of the women in their South Fulton offices remain focused on their work, not making history.

“I don’t think anyone is going around thinking we’re going to make history and break barriers. We’re just doing our jobs,” Sellers said. “We are all here and invested in the community, and I think that’s what makes it special.”

Sellers said she often works 14 hours a day, doing her part to keep this city safe.

The newly incorporated city's police force and municipal court just began operation in March 2018. 

Watch: ‘First Man’ trailer starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in the biopic “First Man” is already creating awards-season buzz.

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The debut trailer for the new film dropped Saturday night and already has over 2 million views on YouTube.

Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land, said he wants “First Man” to bring audiences through Armstrong’s journey into space during the Apollo 11 space flight, USA Today reports.

Gosling stars as Armstrong alongside Claire Foy, from “The Crown.

“First Man” opens in theaters and IMAX October 18.

Taco Bell giving away free tacos today after Warriors sweep NBA Finals

Taco Bell is giving away free tacos today, Wednesday, June 13, thanks to the Golden State Warriors NBA championship win.

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It’s part of Taco Bell’s “Steal a game, steal a taco” promo.

The promo states that if a road team won Games 1-3 of the NBA Finals, Taco Bell customers get a free taco.

So, mark your calendar: everyone can get one free Doritos Locos Taco today, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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