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Copy of Declaration of Independence found in unlikely location

You never know what could be stashed away in a dusty records office. 

Two researchers do know and they made the discovery of a lifetime, thanks to a one-line entry in a catalog from a records office in England, The Washington Post reported.

The entry read “Manuscript copy, on parchment, of the Declaration in Congress of the thirteen United States of America.”

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In other words, Emily Sneff and Danielle Allen found a long-forgotten copy of the Declaration of Independence. 

Sneff is a researcher with the Declaration Resources Project, an effort to document every known edition of the Declaration of Independence. 

She found the entry in August 2015, but wasn’t hopeful then that it was the real deal, according to a press release from Harvard.

“I’d found vague descriptions of other copies of the Declaration that turned out to be 19th-century reproductions of the signed parchment in the National Archives, so that was what I was expecting.”

What she wasn’t expecting was the description that it was a manuscript on parchment. 

Sneff first contacted the archive and received images of the document. 

When the details didn’t match other copies, Sneff realized she had a mystery on her hands. 

First she and Allen needed to date the parchment, then find out who commissioned it and why they decided they needed a copy and finally how it ended up in England.

They are using handwriting analysis, parchment preparation study and spelling errors in the signers’ names to try to pinpoint who commissioned it and who wrote it.

At a conference at Yale, Sneff and Allen said they believe it was commissioned by James Wilson of Pennsylvania. Wilson would eventually help write the Constitution and was one of the first justices on the Supreme Court.

They believe the newly discovered document was written about 10 years after the original and shines a light on the political upheaval in the new country.

On what is being called the “Sussex Declaration,” the names of the signers are not in the usual order, grouped by state. They are split. Only one other known version has the names not grouped by state, an engraving from 1836 showing that the 13 states became one group, not a group of independent states.

Click here to read more on Sneff and Allen’s investigation.

New campaign will focus on the right time to turn car seats around

Most parents turn their child’s car seat facing forward too early, according to a new study by baby brand Chicco. The study shows that 72 percent of parents say they are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping their children riding in a rear-facing position, USA Today reported.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they are at least 2 or until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer, USA Today reported. The CDC reports that 59 percent of car seats are misused in a way that could reduce effectiveness. 

On Monday, Chicco launched TurnAfter2, a website aimed at spreading car seat safety information and celebrating those who follow the AAP guidelines.

In a C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health conducted in 2011, 73 percent of parents reported turning their child forward-facing before age 2. More recent studies show lower percentages, but some still report nearly 25 percent of those polled switched too early, USA Today reported. 

Daphne Oz, celebrity ambassador for TurnAfter2, said that while parents receive advice on many child-raising issues, they are often left to guess what is best for their children.

“It’s not that scolding, mommy-shaming nonsense,” Oz told USA Today. “We can and should be each other’s resources especially if you see something that puts a child in harm’s way. This is a way for you not to be the bad guy.”

To participate, parents can share photos on social media using the hashtag #TurnAfter2.

Fearless Cat Stands Off With Rattlesnake

Fearless Cat Stands Off With Rattlesnake

Police ‘arrest’ goats on the lam

Things can get a little wild in Maine. 

Just ask the police in Belfast who had to answer the call to “arrest” a couple of trespassing goats.

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The goats, named Louis and Mowgli, were picked up by Sgt. Daniel Fitzpatrick after he received a call from a woman who had trapped them in her garage.

They had walked up to the woman’s home and discovered and ate her cat’s food. She closed the garage door, keeping them inside so they wouldn’t get injured before someone could come and help, “The Today Show” reported.

Fitzpatrick used the power of Facebook to help find Louis and Mowgli’s owners. He also drove around the town hoping to find them as they were out searching for their missing animals.

Fitzpatrick told “The Today Show” that Louis and Mowgli made themselves at home in his police car. One just slept, while the other paced in the back seat, bleating out of the window. He also shared some of his lunch with his two “prisoners.” He was paid back for his kindness or lunch with licks on his ear from the smaller of the two animals.

Eventually, Fitzpatrick found Louis and Mowgli’s owners thanks to the Facebook post.

Fitzpatrick said he wished they could have stayed since they were good company.

“Therapy goats in cruisers for everybody would work wonders,” he told “Today.”

Police who dragged passenger from United flight stand by use of force

The police report from the aviation security officers who were recorded on video dragging a passenger off an United Airlines flight earlier this month has been released.

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The officers said David Dao was aggressive and said they used “minimal but necessary force to remove the subject,” WGN reported.

>>Read: Man forcibly removed from flight after not voluntarily giving up seat on flight

United had randomly selected Dao to leave the flight to allow employees fly to their work destination in Louisville.

Police reports said Dao told officials, “I’m not leaving this flight that I paid money for. I don’t care if I get arrested,” WGN reported.

The report was written by Officer Maricio Rodriguez Jr., The Chicago Tribune reported.

Video of Dao’s removal caused an uproar across the country after going viral.

One of the officers said in the report that Dao was “swinging his arms up and down with a closed fist.” He added that the passenger was “flailing and fighting” when Officer James Long tried to remove him and that is what caused Dao to hit his own head on a seat divider, The Tribune reported.

>>Read: When can an airline force a ticketed passenger off a plane?

Dao, according to the report, returned to the flight and the flight crew said he had been “spitting blood” in the galley.

It was later discovered that Dao had a concussion, a broken nose, a sinus injury and lost two front teeth, The Tribune reported.

A total of four officers, Rodriguez, Long, Stephen Smith and Sgt. John Moore, are suspended with pay. Long, who is seen dragging Dao down the aisle had returned from a multi-day suspension for not guarding an airport entrance, WHAS and WGN reported.

>>Read: All passengers on United Flight 3411 to receive compensation

Moore had also faced suspension during his tenure with the department for not being at work and not telling his bosses, WHAS reported.

The airline apologized multiple times after the incident came to light. It also has changed how and when passengers can be removed from a flight.

23 Men Arrested In Metro Atlanta Underage Sex Sting

23 Men Arrested In Metro Atlanta Underage Sex Sting

Amateur Florida python hunters can win prizes

Catch a snake, win a shirt. And perhaps more.

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That’s the pitch being made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which on Monday introduced a “Python Pickup Program.” According to the Tampa Bay Times, anyone who captures a python in the wild can submit a photo of the snake they caught in order to win.

Each amateur snake-snatcher will receive a "Python Pickup" T-shirt and be entered into a drawing for prizes that include “snake hooks, custom engraved Yeti tumblers, Plano sportsman's trunks, GoPro cameras and Badlands backpacks,” according to a news release issued by the agency.

Next month's prizes include a $100 gas card, the Times reported.

On the last Friday of each month, wildlife officials will draw two or three raffle tickets for the monthly prizes. Next spring, they will choose a grand prize winner, who will be awarded a lifetime hunting permit.

7 things to know now: Arkansas executions; O'Reilly speaks; Hannity accusations walked back

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now

1. Arkansas executions: Arkansas executed two inmates hours apart on Monday night after a U.S. district judge first issued a stay, then lifted it about an hour later. Jack Jones was executed first, then attorneys for Marcel Williams questioned whether Jones suffered unnecessarily during his execution. Williams was put to death just after 10 p.m. It’s been 17 years since two men were executed on the same day at the same prison.

2. O’Reilly speaks: Bill O’Reilly said he was surprised to be fired from the Fox News Channel amid allegations he sexually harassed women and vowed that “the truth will come out.” O’Reilly talked Monday about his firing on a podcast broadcast on his personal website. "I was very surprised how it all turned out." O'Reilly said. “… I can tell you that I'm very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised, but I think you're going to be shaken, as I am.”

3. Dealing on border funds: President Donald Trump told a group of conservative media reporters on Monday that he would be willing to delay his demand that any government spending legislation includes funds to build a border wall. Trump said he would wait until the fall to press for the money to build the wall so a bipartisan deal on a bill to continue funding the government could go ahead this week. If a bill is not passed by Friday, some government services will shut down.

4. Senate to hear briefing: Every member of the U.S. Senate has been invited to the White House on Wednesday for a briefing on the situation in North Korea, according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. The briefing will include updates from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Spicer said. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), convened the meeting.

5. Moran died from cancer: Former actress Erin Moran, who was found dead on Saturday in a small town in Indiana, “likely succumbed to complications of cancer,” the Harrison County Coroner’s Office said in a statement on Monday. Moran, 56, had suffered from stage four cancer, according to the statement. She starred in the sitcom “Happy Days.”

And one more

A woman who claims Fox News host Sean Hannity invited her back to his hotel room when they were together at a book signing years ago said Monday that she had not intended to accuse the Fox News host of sexual harassment. Debbie Schlussel told LawNewz Network on Monday that she did not accuse Hannity of sexual harassment during a radio interview Friday, but simply meant she found his behavior “weird and creepy.” Schlussel said Hannity’s actions did not rise to the level of sexual harassment. Hannity threatened to sue Schlussel over comments she made in the radio interview.

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Bill O’Reilly breaks silence on podcast

Bill O’Reilly broke his silence on Monday night, telling listeners during his 19-minute, “No Spin News” podcast on his website that “I am sad that I am not on television anymore.”

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It was the first time O’Reilly had addressed listeners after he was fired from Fox News last week amid sexual harassment allegations that he has denied, the New York Times reported. He conceded that his podcast, which will be free this week before turning into a subscription-only broadcast, was “a completely different experience than what you’ve had in the past.”

He added that he could not say much about his ouster from Fox News after a 20-year run that established him with high ratings on cable television. “There’s much stuff going on right now,” he said on the podcast. “But I can tell you that I’m very confident the truth will come out. And when it does — I don’t know if you’re going to be surprised, but I think you’re going to be shaken, as I am. There’s a lot of stuff involved here.

“I can’t say any more because I just don’t want to influence the flow of the information, OK?” O’Reilly said. “I don’t want the media to take what I say and misconstrue it.”

O’Reilly said his podcast would run four nights a week and would concentrate on current events, the New York Times reported.



Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported.

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Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night.

"I was literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded,” Mitchell told ABC News in an emailed statement Sunday. "It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long … I don’t know. Either way, it burned the heck out of my arm."

When the device began to burn, Mitchell said she ripped it off her arm and tossed it on the floor. She told ABC News that her doctor had to pick pieces of plastic and rubber out of her arm after the incident.

An emergency care provider in the Milwaukee area told KTRK that Mitchell was treated the day after she said the incident occurred.

Mitchell, who said she got the tracker as a birthday gift, said Fitbit offered her a free replacement device after she notified the company.

A Fitbit spokesman told ABC News that the company is investigating the issue. The company said it was unaware of any other similar complaints.

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