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Australian senator ‘changes gender’ in abortion clash

An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported. In response, the man declared his gender “to be a woman” so left-wingers could no longer attack him over his views, according to a video of his speech that was shared  on social media.

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National Party senator Barry O’Sullivan, 61, made a motion Monday to prohibit pro-choice activists from disrupting the annual Day of the Unborn Child on March 25. The day was established by Pope John Paul II to provide a "position option in favor of life,” 9 News reported.

Green Party senator Larissa Waters criticized the motion, telling O'Sullivan he would never understand women's choices.

"Senator O'Sullivan needs to get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries and those of the 10,000 Queensland women who have an abortion each year," Waters told Parliament.

Both senators represent Queensland.

“She attacked me for my religious basis ... using words like rosary beads, because I had the audacity to raise issues around late-term abortions,” O’Sullivan told Parliament. “I am going to declare my gender today, as I can, to be a woman and then you’ll no longer be able to attack me.”

Waters later withdrew her remark after another senator said it reflected on O’Sullivan’s religion, 9 News reported.

O’Sullivan’s motion failed by a 32-12 mark, with 32 abstentions.

Disney Monorail door unhinged while passengers boarded

The door of a Monorail at Walt Disney World unhinged from the train as passengers were boarding it on Tuesday.

A Disney representative said a motorized scooter hit the door as people were getting on the train, causing the door to unhinge.

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The representative said the train never left the station. Instead, all the passengers got off and took a bus or ferry to their destination while the train door was repaired.

>>Read: Disney donates $500K to support California firefighters amid wildfires

Disney said the Monorail train was back up and running by Tuesday afternoon.

Safety group announces top 10 dangerous toys for 2018’s holiday season

Hopefully you haven’t done all of your holiday shopping yet. Safety group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., has released its list of the top 10 dangerous toys.

This is the 46th year for the group’s list of toys you may not want to see under the tree during the holidays, The Associated Press reported.

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This year, W.A.T.C.H. says the toys on the list have either choking, eye or other safety hazards. The group encourages parents to shop “defensively” and not just look at a trusted brand or retailer, according to the AP

The list this year includes

  • Cabbage Patch Kids Dance Time Doll has a removable tutu and headband that could be choking hazards.
  • VTech’s Zoo Jamz Xylophone has a mallet that could also be a choking hazard.
  • Nerf Vortex VTX Praxis Blaster guns fire soft discs that have a potential for eye injuries.
  • Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket sends foam-tipped rockets 200 feet in the air and poses eye, face and other impact injury dangers.
  • Cutting fruit set includes a rigid plastic knife and has the potential for puncture and blunt force injuries.  
  • Nickelodeon Nella Princess Knight Pillow Pets Sleeptime Lights pose ingestion hazards and potential battery leakage hazard.
  • Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel Superstar Blade has the potential for blunt force and eye injuries. 
  • NICI Wonderland Doll: MiniClara the Ballerina has a potential for choking injuries because of the kitten accessory.
  • Chien A Promener Pull Along Dog has the potential for entanglement and strangulation injuries. 
  • Marvel Black Panther Claw has a potential for eye and facial injuries. 

The claw comes with a warning not to hit or swing at people, but the group said that the warning is not enough. 

“When you call it a slash claw, there’s likely one thing a child is going to do with that claw,” James Swartz, the director of W.A.T.C.H. said.

Photos: 2018 top 10 dangerous toys according to W.A.T.C.H.

For more than 40 years, the safety advocacy group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., have announced the top 10 toys that it says are dangerous. Take a look at what was selected for the 2018 holiday season.

What is seasonal affective disorder?

People who get more than just blue in the winter months may find they have seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. Before self-diagnosing, it’s important to research the disorder and speak with a health care provider.

Here are some things to know about SAD.

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What is it? 

According to the National Institutes of Health, SAD, also called seasonal depression or seasonal mood disorder, is a type of depression that typically starts in late fall and early winter and goes away during the spring and summer.

For some it starts in the spring and summer and goes away in the fall or winter, but that’s very rare.

The cause of the disorder is not known, but researchers say those who have the disorder are found to have an imbalance of serotonin, which affects mood, and not enough vitamin D, which comes from sunlight, among other places. They also have too much melatonin, which regulates sleep, according to the NIH. 

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may include feeling sad, irritable, hopeless or worthless, having low energy, difficulty eating or sleeping, a gloomy outlook, losing interest in activities you used to enjoy and thoughts of death or suicide. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms specific to winter-onset SAD include oversleeping, wright gain and appetite changes, particularly craving high-carb foods. Symptoms specific to summer-onset SAD include insomnia, agitation or anxiety, loss of appetite and weight loss.

People with those symptoms and who feel depressed for days at a time should see their doctor.

Who does SAD affect?

Anyone can be affected by SAD, but it is more common in women, young people, and people who live far from the equator, in areas where there is less sunlight throughout the day. People who have bipolar disorder or major depression, as well as those with blood relatives with SAD or other forms of depression, are more likely to be at risk of the disorder.

How can it be treated?

Light therapy is typically the main treatment for SAD. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, other treatments include medication, such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and psychotherapy.

Men rescue shivering horse in backyard pool hiding from Camp Fire

Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover.

"There's no telling how long she was there but she was shivering uncontrollably," Hill wrote on Facebook. "She was all caught up in the pool cover but her being suspended by it prevented her from drowning."

>> California wildfires: How to help victims and firefighters

Hill added in his post that he and a friend unhooked the pool cover and guided the horse out of the shallow end of the pool.

When the horse scrambled out of the pool, it “loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you," Hill wrote.

>> Sandra Bullock donates $100,000 to help animals impacted

Hill and his friend called for help and waited for authorities to escort the horse out of the fire zone, CNN reported.

Fox News and a dozen other outlets back CNN in lawsuit against Trump White House

CNN filed suit Tuesday against President Donald Trump and his top aides, arguing they violated both the network’s and reporter Jim Acosta's constitutional rights when he was banned from the White House last week.

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Update 12:05 p.m. EST Nov. 13: In a court filing Wednesday, the Justice Department argued, "No journalist has a First Amendment right to enter the White House," after CNN sued the Trump administration for revoking Acosta’s press credentials, The Hill reported.

"The president and White House possess the same broad discretion to regulate access to the White House for journalists (and other members of the public) that they possess to select which journalists receive interviews, or which journalists they acknowledge at press conferences," attorneys said in the filing, according to The Hill.

Attorneys for CNN filed suit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington. A judge scheduled a hearing in the case for 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Update 11:45 a.m. EST Nov. 13: More than a dozen news organizations on Wednesday announced their intent to support CNN in the network’s suit against the Trump administration.

"Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions," officials from organizations including The Associated Press and The New York Times, said Wednesday in a joint statement.

"It is imperative that independent journalists have access to the President and his activities, and that journalists are not barred for arbitrary reasons."

Update 11:15 a.m. EST Nov. 13: Fox News plans to file an amicus brief in support of CNN in the news network's lawsuit against the Trump administration, Fox News president Jay Wallace said Wednesday in a statement.

"Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized," Wallace said. "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people."

CNN filed suit against Trump and several officials Tuesday, days after reporter Jim Acosta had his press credentials revoked following a contentious exchange with the president.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused Acosta in a statement released after the incident of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Update 10:25 p.m. EST Nov. 13: A federal judge has given the Trump administration until 11 a.m. Wednesday morning to respond to CNN’s lawsuit demanding a temporary restraining order in the battle over the White House’s revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials, according to The Washington Post.

A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Washington.

CNN’s attorney said the network is considering whether to request financial damages in its claim against President Donald Trump.

Original report: In the lawsuit, filed in D.C. District Court, attorneys for CNN asked for Acosta’s press credentials to be immediately reinstated and protected.

>> White House suspends CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials

“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone,” CNN officials said in a statement. “If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials.”

Attorneys for CNN named six defendants in the suit, including Trump, chief of staff John Kelly and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The lawsuit alleged the decision to revoke Acosta’s credentials was a “severe and unprecedented punishment” following “years of hostility by President Trump against CNN and Acosta based on the contents of their reporting.”

>> Sarah Sanders tweeted ‘doctored’ video of Jim Acosta: WaPost

“(It’s) an unabashed attempt to censor the press and exclude reporters from the White House who challenge and dispute the President’s point of view,” CNN attorneys said in the lawsuit.

Acosta’s press credentials were suspended Wednesday after a White House intern attempted to take his microphone during a news conference with Trump. Huckabee Sanders released a statement after the incident accusing Acosta of “placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.”

Mom overdosed infant on methadone ‘because she was fussy,’ police say

A Michigan woman has been charged and is facing loss of parental rights after she overdosed her 6-week-old daughter on methadone “because she was fussy,” police officials said. 

Jennifer Lynn Pickerd, 37, of Grand Rapids, is charged with second-degree child abuse in the Sept. 30 incident at her apartment, ABC13 in Grand Rapids reported. Court records show that the case against Pickerd was filed Nov. 2. 

She was booked into the Kent County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, but she has since been released, according to jail records

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ABC13 reported that Grand Rapids police officers responded to a 911 call Sept. 30 about an infant having trouble breathing. Pickerd reportedly admitted giving the baby 20 mg of methadone, which she obtained from a clinic at which she was a patient, because the baby was crying and would not go to sleep.

Court documents obtained by ABC13 showed that Pickerd told investigators she believed the baby was going through withdrawal after Pickerd stopped breastfeeding the girl. 

“She denied calling (the child’s) doctor before deciding to give the baby the controlled substance,” the documents said

Pickerd told investigators she gave the baby Narcan when she found her unresponsive and realized she was overdosing on the drug. 

Methadone is an opiate typically used to wean addicts off narcotic pain medication. Narcan is a drug that is administered to people overdosing on opiates. 

The infant girl was hospitalized for several days, ABC13 reported

“The baby was released from the hospital on Oct. 5 after going through detox for methadone,” Sgt. Catherine Williams with the Grand Rapids Police Department said. 

The girl has been placed in the custody of Kent County Children’s Protective Services, ABC13 said. A hearing has been set for later this month to terminate Pickerd’s parental rights. 

Lady Gaga delivers pizza to wildfire evacuees during World Kindness Day

Lady Gaga showed Tuesday she is much more than a singer and actress. She showed how to be kind to those who may have lost everything. 

Tuesday, she showed up at a Red Cross wildfire evacuation shelter bearing pizza and spending time with those who have had to flee the fires, Entertainment Tonight reported

She posted video of her visit to Twitter, encouraging others to also be kind to one another and help those who need it during World Kindness Day.

>>Read: Disney donates $500K to support California firefighters amid wildfires

 

Gaga was also one of the evacuees, having to leave her home because of the Woolsey Canyon fire, Entertainment Tonight reported.

Gaga also delivered hot pizza, coffee and gift cards to those who are living in the shelter, multiple media outlets reported.

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It wasn’t her first visit to a shelter. Gaga also went to another Red Cross location at Pacific Palisades High School and visited with the evacuees there on Sunday, KABC reported.

Woman attacks McDonald's manager after requesting ketchup

Police are searching for a California woman who attacked a McDonald’s manager after she entered the back of the fast-food restaurant and asked for ketchup, KABC reported.

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On Oct. 27 around 11 p.m., the woman entered the work area of a McDonald’s in Santa Ana and asked for ketchup. When told to leave the employee area, the suspect punched and choked the manager, the television station reported.

The incident was caught on surveillance cameras.

"The manager tells her, 'I'll be glad to help you, you just need to go up front,' and for whatever reason she took it upon herself to assault the manager," Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told KABC.

The video shows the suspect, dressed in a light T-shirt, putting her hands around the manager’s neck and slamming her head into a drink machine.

Later in the video, a man wearing a gray hoodie comes through the same back entrance and escorts the suspect out of the restaurant. 

The restaurant manager said the suspect did not seem intoxicated or impaired, but was just angry, KNTV reported.

"There is no reason that any employee at any business should be assaulted by a patron, much less over not getting enough ketchup," Bertagna told told KABC.

Police are searching for the suspect, Bertagna told the television station.

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