Hurricane season begins every year on June 1. Here are some simple tips to keep your pets safe if you are in the path of a storm.
Prepare ahead for safety and comfort of your pet
Do not leave pets at home, especially if you live in an evacuation area. Even if they survive the storm, they might flee a damaged home and be lost in the chaos.
It might be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for your animals in the midst of a disaster, so plan ahead. Here are some options:
Hotels: Contact hotels and motels outside your area in advance to check policies on accepting pets and restrictions on number, size and species. Ask whether “no pet” policies could be waived. Keep a list of “pet-friendly” places, including phone numbers, with other disaster information. For an impending storm, call ahead for reservations. The Humane Society of the United States recommends the following websites to find pet-friendly lodgings.
Friends and relatives: Ask friends, relatives or others outside the area if they can shelter your animals. Make arrangements with neighbors to help evacuate pets in the event you can’t get home.
Pet-friendly shelters: Find out if pets will be permitted at an evacuation shelter.
If you haven’t already done so, get those shots now. Infectious diseases can become a big threat after a disaster.
If a pet becomes lost or escapes during the confusion of an evacuation, proper identification will increase the chances of a safe return home. Tag should include your cell number and, if space allows, the number of an out-of-town contact. Consider having your pet tattooed or having an ID microchip implanted.
You will need a pet carrier or cage for each dog, cat, bird or small animal. Make sure it is large enough for each pet to stand up and turn around comfortably.
Take clear, color photos (frontal, left and right sides) of you with your pet, and store these with your pet’s license, medical records and ownership papers in a waterproof carrier to take with you. Include pictures of the pet with you to help with any challenge to your ownership. Take photos with your cellphone so they’re stored there as well.
Set up a pet disaster kit
Put together a pet disaster kit with medications and medical records in a waterproof container, a leash and collar or harness for each pet, non-spill food and water dishes, a 14-day supply of food, water in non-breakable containers, a manual can opener, grooming supplies, your pet’s blanket and a favorite toy, cleanser and disinfectant to handle waste, newspapers or litter, paper towels and plastic bags.
Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has postponed tour dates in June and revealed she has breast cancer, according to a statement posted on her official Facebook page Tuesday.
“Olivia Newton-John is reluctantly postponing her June U.S. and Canadian concert tour dates,” the statement said. “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasized to the sacrum.”
Newton-John will “complete a short course of photon radiation therapy” along with natural wellness therapies, which were not specified.
“I decided on my direction of therapies after consultation with my doctors and natural therapists and the medical team at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” Newton-John said.
People reported that, according to a representative, Newton-John is “resting and going through treatment.”
Entertainment Tonight reported that the actress was diagnosed with breast cancer before in 1992. She underwent chemotherapy after initially trying alternative treatments like acupuncture and homeopathy.
Fans who bought tickets to the postponed dates can contact venues directly for refunds, according to the statement.
Rescheduled dates will be posted on Newton-John’s official site.
Legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand took to social media over the weekend to share the sad news that her treasured companion of 14 years, her dog Samantha, had passed away.
“This is the last time my picture was taken with my beloved girl Samantha,” Streisand wrote alongside the photo.
“May she rest in peace. We cherish every moment of the 14 years we had with her. May 2003 – May 2017.”
“Barbra was devoted to Sammie,” a source told People.com.
“At home in Malibu, he [sic] followed her around wherever she went. He was truly a loving companion. Her best friend.”
Samantha was a white Coton de Tulear, also known as the “Royal Dog of Madagascar.” Streisand likes the breed and has owned several in the past
Instagram was a fitting place to publicly mourn her beloved pooch, as the singer often shared pictures of Samantha on her account.
In October, Streisand asked fans to pray for Samantha before the dog was scheduled to undergo surgery. The procedure was later canceled.
Streisand didn’t explain how her dog died, if it was natural causes or something else.
A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport.
U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it.
At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend.
Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money.
“He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.
A piece of our childhood may be coming to the big screen.
Warner Bros. has tapped director Conrad Vernon to helm its planned animated film “The Jetsons,” Variety reported.
Vernon has co-directed hits like “Shrek 2” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.” He also voiced the Gingerbread Man in the “Shrek” films.
“The Jetsons” has been on the planning board for years after Warner Bros. hired Matt Liberman to pen the script in 2015, Variety reported.
The original “Jetsons” tv series aired for one season in prime time on ABC in 1962-63, Smithsonian reported.
This isn’t the first feature film for the space-age family. Universal released an animated “Jetsons” film in 1990 which was directed by Joseph Barbera, co-founder of Hanna-Barbera studios and one of the creators of the series.
Prince Harry is opening up about his own struggles with mental health.
“I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine’ … and most of us aren’t up for going that deep. So today I’m OK. I’m a little bit nervous. I’m a little bit tight in the chest but otherwise fine,” Harry, 32, told Gordon.
He revealed that losing his mother on such a “public platform” affected not only his personal and public lives, but also his mental health.
“I can safely say that losing my mom at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had quite a serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well,” Harry said. “My way of dealing with it was sticking my head in the sand, refusing to ever think about my mum because why would that help?”
Harry admitted that the years of burying his emotions led to “two years of “total chaos” in his 20s and, with the support of his brother, Prince William, he decided to seek professional help when he was 28.
He said that both seeing a therapist and practicing boxing has helped him gain control of his emotions.
“Because of the process that I’ve been through over the last 2½-3 years, I’ve now been able to take my work seriously, be able to take my private life seriously as well, and be able to put blood, sweat and tears into the things that really make a difference,” he said.
Harry, who has a mental health charity called Heads Together with Prince William and Duchess Kate, also shared advice for those who may be struggling to find the courage to ask for help.
“No matter who you are, the conversation has to be the beginning,” he said.
A retired nanny has lost her life savings after falling victim to an alleged scammer and she doesn’t expect to see any of her money again.
Dorothy Edge was approached by a woman who claimed her visa was set to expire and that she needed money to return to South Africa. She also told Edge that she wanted to donate $100,000 from a large inheritance, but couldn’t take the money to South Africa, asking Edge to donate the money for her, WPIX reported.
But the unidentified woman wanted to make sure that Edge had money of her own so she wouldn’t take the woman’s.
The the alleged fake pastor stepped in with bible in hand, saying that he would also donate,flashing cash to “reassure” the woman that he wasn’t taking her money, WPIX reported.
Edge then went to her home to get $28,000 -- which was her life-savings -- and returned to the pair.
The pastor and the woman said they wanted to bless the cash so she handed it to them. They handed back a bag; she thought contained her money, but in reality held shredded newspapers.
Police are looking to identify the pair.
Edge told WPIX that she’s angry at herself because she handed the money to the alleged scammers.
Kittens mysteriously trapped in the wall of a house in Seminole County, Florida were rescued by a caring sheriff’s deputy.
The homeowners called authorities on May 20 after hearing a strange noise coming from inside a wall.
The couple decided to cut a hole into the wall to investigate and found two kittens stuck inside, deputies said.
Deputy Nick Stewart carefully reached into the wall and pulled the kittens to safety.
The homeowners, who don't own a cat, said they were surprised to find the felines.
They said they believe the mother gave birth to the kittens in their attic and that the felines somehow fell between the studs and the drywall and became trapped behind the wall.
It could have been a scene out of the movie “Jaws.” In a stunning move, a nine-foot great white shark leaped out of the water and dove onto a fishing boat off the coast of New South Wales, injuring a 73-year-old fisherman.
In 60 years of fishing, Terry Selwood told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he’s never seen anything like it.
“He came right over the top of the motor and then dropped onto the floor,” he said.
“There I was on all fours and he’s looking at me and I’m looking at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough,” Selwood added.
The Marine Rescue Unit came to his aid, transporting him to shore where he was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injury.
Selwood said conditions were clear at the time of the breach, with nothing unusual happening in the water around his boat.
“For some unknown reason he just launched himself out of the water and must have come up four feet out of the water to clear my outboard motor and drop straight in the boat.”
It’s nearly summer and the urge to get out and spend can be strong.
Before you head out on a shopping spree, FatWallet.com, he website that directs consumers to daily deals and saving opportunities, has a few suggestions for you.
If you are looking for that perfect pair of shorts, this is a great time to shop. On the other hand, if you want a new laptop, you may want to wait a bit.
FatWallet.com offers these shopping tips for the Memorial Day weekend:
Summer Clothing: BUY – The kick-off of summer clothing retail season, some 34% of Memorial Day shoppers buy clothes and another 21 percent buy shoes as dozens of site-wide discounts from top retailers, including 20-50 percent off shorts, tanks, sandals and swimwear, swarm the best deals of the weekend. Be sure to utilize cash back from Ebates to add significant savings to your summer thread purchases!
Mattresses: BUY - 36 million mattresses are shipped each year. Traditionally, there is no better time to buy a mattress, or mattress sets, than during Memorial Day sales when all specialty sleep, furniture and department store retailers offer their biggest savings and brand selection of the year.
Appliances: BUY and WAIT – More than 62 million major appliances shipped in the U.S. in 2016. Home improvement stores like Home Depot, Sears and Lowe’s will feature Memorial Day deals with up to 50 percent off refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers, etc. that rival their Black Friday prices.
Laptops: WAIT – Like TVs, there are always one-off sales for laptops, especially older models. While a healthy 12 percent will look for deals on electronics during Memorial Day sales, the best time to buy a new laptop is during Back to School sales in July, or on Black Friday when selection and prices on MacBooks, touchscreen laptops and 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptops can drop as much as 50 percent.
Patio Furniture / Grills: BUY and WAIT – A growing industry with $8 billion in sales, spring discounting on patio furniture and grills hit its peak during Memorial Day weekend. Prices go back up in June until summer clearance in the fall when these items are cheapest, but are also ready for storage.
Lawn & Garden Supplies: BUY – As annual retail sales eclipse $6 billion, May brings sweeping spring sales on lawn and gardening supplies that ramp up to Memorial Day. Holiday deals offer some of the best seasonal discounts on mulch, soil, plant food, fertilizers, pesticides and grass seed.
Power Tools: WAIT – A recent survey reports Father’s Day is the best time to buy tools, and 1 in 10 buy them as gifts for dads. Although some tool deals in May offer good savings, especially for outdoor power equipment, waiting until June offers a better over-all selection of savings options that can rival Black Friday tool deals.
Summer Travel: BUY – While only 11 percent name Memorial Day as the best time for summer travel, the holiday signals urgency for securing summer vacation bookings. With 81 percent regularly go on vacations and 25 percent multiple times a year (survey), online travel sites like Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz and hotels.com compete to feature their best offers on airfare and hotel deals, cruise deals and car rental coupons for Memorial Day shoppers.
The centennial of John F. Kennedy’s birthday is Monday, and in an early Memorial Day tribute, his daughter and grandchildren reflected on the life of the 35th president and the impact he had on their lives.
“Growing up without him was made easier by all the people who kept him in their hearts, who told me that he inspired them to work and fight and believe in a better world, to give something back to this country that has given so much to so many,” she said in the video.
Kennedy, 59, recalled hiding under father’s desk in the Oval Office, and spoke about the generation her father inspired, Today reported.
"As my father said in his inaugural address, 'This work will not be finished in our lifetime, it's up to us to continue to pass these values on to our children and grandchildren,'" she said.
In the video, Tatiana Kennedy Schlossberg spoke of her connection to her grandfather, then described her unique connection to one of the nation's most historical figures.
"One of the defining relationships of my life is with someone I've never met, my grandfather, President John F. Kennedy," she said.
“To me, that is where he lives, as a historical figure rooted in the past, but also as a person connected to so much of what came after him,” she said in the video. “But while my grandfather had reverence for the past, and the lessons it could impart, he also knew that America was a country where change was possible. That we aren't bound solely by tradition if we understand the past with which we are breaking."
Tatiana's sister, Rose Schlossberg, also described the need to reflect upon the past to help shape the future.
"My grandfather would be proud of how far we’ve come as a nation since 1963, but he’d have been the first to tell us that we have a long way to go,” she said.
The president's only grandson, Jack Schlossberg, said his favorite speech by John F. Kennedy was about sending a man to the moon, "not because it would be easy, but because it would be so hard."
A Montana man promised his wife a diamond for Mother’s Day, and he sure delivered the goods.
Wendell Fox discovered a 2.78-carat champagne-colored diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas on May 13, ABC News reported. Staff at the park confirmed the discovery, calling it the second-largest one found at the Murfreesboro park this year.
"When I told her I was going to find her a diamond for Mother's Day I didn't know I would actually find one," Fox told ABC News. "I sort of pre-committed so I had to follow through.”
Fox, 70, an Arkansas native, named his gem “Way Out Yonder” as a tribute to their home in Montana. The gem will be made into a pendant for his wife, Jennifer, Fox told ABC News.
On March 11, Arkansas resident Kalel Langford found a 7.44-carat brown gem that he named Superman’s Diamond.
The diamond Fox found is “about the size an English pea,” park retail specialist Amanda Johnson told OzarksFirst.
“It contains a few inclusions, like most diamonds from the park, but it also has an unmistakable sparkling, metallic shine,” she said.
Fox and his wife live in Joliet, Montana, but both are Arkansas natives. He said they were walking around the park grounds “looking for a glimmer” when he noticed the diamond.
"I was surface looking, walking very slowly and looking very slowly and I saw it," Fox told ABC News. "I got down for a closer inspection because I wasn't quite sure what to look for, but as soon as I saw it I thought, 'that's probably a diamond.'"
When Fox showed the gem to the employees at the park’s Diamond Discovery Center, "one of the ladies sort of gasped and I just saw this big smile," he said.
"We still can't believe that we found it. It was just by the grace of God and love," Fox told ABC News.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a nursing assistant accused of causing injuries related to a 98-year-old woman's death.
Edna Warren suffered a broken leg during physical contact with nursing assistant Hakim Ogunkunle, 43, on Tuesday at Newnan Health and Rehabilitation.
Warren was taken to Piedmont Newnan Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery, but died during the procedure.
According to the GBI, an investigation revealed that Ogunkunle intentionally caused Warren's injury.
“He gave a preliminary statement about what occurred and it did not match the severity of the injury,” GBI spokesman Bahan Rich said.
Ogunkunle was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated battery and exploitation and intimidation of an elderly person.
GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the agency is focused on fighting crimes against the elderly and disabled, and in cracking cases like this one, it’s important that suspicious activity and injuries are reported.
“Over the years, we have definitely found that there has been underreporting, but since we started training law enforcement and prosecutors, we’ve noticed that there has been an increase in the number of reports that are made in these cases,” she said.
Investigators said they will look into Ogunkunle’s past and work to determine if there are any other victims.
“This case is just one example of if the case doesn’t get reported, there’s a great chance this person can continue to perpetuate these crimes. That is something that cannot be tolerated,” Miles said.
An autopsy will help determine how the victim’s leg was broken and if she had any other injuries.
If you believe someone is being abused, the state has a toll-free hotline to get help: 1-866-552-4464.
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Céline Dion was a reflection of Disney princess Belle at her concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas on Wednesday.
At the concert, Dion performed her new hit “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from the new “Beauty and the Beast” film for the very first time for the crowd. The song was played during the end credits of the film.
Dion payed homage to Belle during the performance by wearing a yellow ball gown like the heroine wears in the film. As she sang, the ballroom dance scene played on the screens behind her.
On Tuesday, Dion addressed the attack near the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
“What happened last night, makes no sense whatsoever. We live in different times and we need to love each other more than ever,” Dion said. “We need to support each other more than ever as well. What do you say we show our love to all of those in Manchester tonight? What do you think about that?”
She then asked her audience, background vocalists and band to stand and join hands for a moment of silence for the victims.
“They will be seeing you and they will feel your love,” she said.
Former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong is getting married to longtime girlfriend Anna Hansen.
Armstrong, 45, popped the question Tuesday evening at Lake Austin. In a photo posted to Armstrong’s Instagram account, Hansen sits on his lap with a sparkling engagement ring on her finger while the sun sets in the background.
The photo was taken by Austin photojournalist Elizabeth Kruetz.
“She said ….. YES!!!!” Armstrong posted on Instagram.
The couple met through charity work and started dating nine years ago. They have two children together – Max, 7, and Olivia, 6. Armstrong and Hansen spend summers in Aspen, Colorado, and the rest of the year in Austin, Texas, where their children attend school.
There is no word yet on when or where the wedding will take place.
Armstrong was previously married to Kristin Armstrong, with whom he had three children – Luke, 17, and twins Grace and Isabelle, 15. They divorced in 2003.
A lottery player’s luck almost ran out this week after a ticket worth more than $24 million was nearly forgotten in their home.
An anonymous individual with a Lotto ticket came forward to claim the winnings two days before their ticket was set to expire.
News coverage of the unclaimed Lottery prize escalated in the days leading up the deadline, causing the individual to check their house, where they discovered the winning ticket in a pile of other old tickets, the New York Lottery said.
The individual went to a lottery office in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday. The ticket was set to expire Thursday.
Lottery rules allow winners to claim their prize up to a year after a drawing.
“We are thrilled that this lucky winner was able to locate this life-changing ticket,” said Gweneth Dean, director of the Commission’s Division of the Lottery. “We look forward to introducing this multimillionaire who came forward in the nick of time.”
The New York Lottery said they will reveal the identity of the winner after a security background check review.
The winning numbers were 05-12-13-22-25-35 and the bonus number was 51.
Congratulations to Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, the new winners of "Dancing With the Stars."
Jennings came into night two of the two-part finale on the top of the leaderboard. On Monday night, he and partner Slater performed two back-to-back flawless routines that left the judges and audience on their feet. He first performed a flawless Viennese waltz followed by a funky freestyle that earned high praises from the judges.
After part one of the finale, it was clear Jennings had his game face on.
For part two, Jennings and Slater performed a cha-cha and tango fusion as their “24 Hour Challenge.” Slater applauded Jennings’ willingness to “go there” throughout the season.
Bruno Tonioli called the performance “dazzling” and told Jennings he was a “rising star” throughout the competition. Len Goodman shared that was surprised Jennings made it to the finals and applauded him for making it all the way to the end. And fans will be happy to hear that Jennings is joining the summer “DWTS” Summer Nights tour.
The duo earned 39 out of a possible 40 points.
The pair smiled as Jennings took one more final bow with his new trophy surrounded by his fellow season 24 competitors.
In the wake of yesterday’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May has warned the United Kingdom that another attack may be “highly likely,” if not “imminent.” May also announced that the nation had raised the national terror threat level to its highest possible level: critical.
The prime minister also announced that military units would be deployed alongside police to maintain order and public safety, the BBC reported. Armed service members will patrol concerts, sports matches and other high-priority targets to add additional security.
It is only the third time in history that the United Kingdom has formally raised the threat level in this manner. The threat level also reached critical in 2006 and 2007.
May and other politicians temporarily suspended campaigning in the wake of the suicide bombings. The United Kingdom is scheduled to vote on June 8, which is year, just two weeks from now.
The death toll stands at 22, with nearly 60 people still hospitalized.
A Florida mayor’s joke about firing blanks from a machine gun at the media has landed him in hot water.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who joked about pointing the gun at reporters as part of a military exercise, said he has told that same joke before but it didn’t get much criticism until he told it again at a Special Operations Industry Conference last week, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“The first place I point that gun is at the media,” Buckhorn said to a room of more than 1,000 attendees, the Times reported. “I’ve never seen grown men cry like little girls, for when that gun goes off those media folks just hit the deck like no one’s business. It’s great payback. I love it.”
Buckhorn’s words went viral, leading to dozens of complaints made to City Hall. In a statement, his spokeswoman told the Times that Buckhorn, the son of a wire service reporter and brother of a CNN cameraman, respects the media and didn’t intend to offend anyone with his joke.
Buckhorn, who is part of the Democratic Party, dismissed complaints made by war correspondents at first, saying they were silly, but the story gained national attention, and the mayor’s spokeswoman said his joke was never meant to be taken seriously, the Times reported.
The two-term mayor will leave office in 2019 because of term limits.
Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.
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