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22-year-old uses ‘odd’ strategy to win $2 million on lotto scratch off

A 22-year-old man whose strategy is to only play odd-numbered scratch off tickets, won $2 million from the Michigan Lottery’s Diamond Dazzler game.

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The player, who wanted to remain anonymous, took the lump-sum payout of $1.3 million Wednesday, according to lottery officials

“Winning this much money at my age gives me endless opportunities if I’m smart about how I spend it, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” he said.

The win came from the player’s odd strategy. 

He walked into the Busatti Party Store and asked the clerk what number the ticket was on his favorite game, the Diamond Dazzler. 

“Twenty-one,” she replied. 

He had to have it. He scratched the $20 ticket off in the store and saw it was a winner. He looked at the clerk then at his friend who was with him before running out to his car.

He plans to buy a new vehicle and invest the rest. 

More than $72 million in prizes remain, including two $2 million top prizes.

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles over cruise control issue

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles that could prevent drivers from turning off the cruise control function.

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The cruise control could become dangerous when an affected car accelerates under cruise control, like when trying to climb up a hill, Fiat Chrysler officials told CNN. This could cause the car to become locked in cruise control, and the driver might not be able to tap the breaks or hit the designated switch to turn it off.

One incident related to this issue has been reported to Fiat Chrysler, but there have been no reported injuries. 

Affected car owners are told to stop using the cruise control function immediately until the vehicle can be repaired, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated in a press release.

If this issue happens while driving, the NHTSA said drivers might be able to stop the vehicle by pushing the break pedal and placing the vehicle in park once it is stopped. Drivers could also shift the transmission to neutral or forcefully apply the manual break and place the car in park once it has stopped. 

Fiat Chrysler officials are asking owners of the recalled vehicles to bring them to a dealership for a software update.

The models covered under the recall include:

• 2015-17 Chrysler 200 sedan

• 2014-18 Chrysler 300 sedan

• 2014-18 Dodge Charger sedan 

• 2014-18 Dodge Durango SUV 

• 2014-18 Dodge Journey crossover 

• 2014-18 Jeep Cherokee SUV 

• 2014-18 Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV 

• 2014-18 Ram 2500 pickup 

• 2014-18 Ram 3500 cab chassis 

• 2014-18 Ram 3500 pickup 

• 2014-18 Ram 4500/5500 cab chassis

• 2014-19 Ram 1500 pickup 

• 2015-18 Dodge Challenger coupe 

• 2017-18 Chrysler Pacifica minivan 

• 2018 Jeep Wrangler 

Noblesville, Indiana middle school shooting: 2 injured, student in custody

Police took a middle school student into custody Friday morning on suspicion of firing shots at Indiana’s Noblesville West Middle School, leaving at least two people injured.

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Update 11:43 a.m. EDT: Vice President Mike Pence thanked law enforcement officers and shared condolences after a shooting at a middle school in his home state, Indiana.

“Karen and I are praying for the victims of the terrible shooting in Indiana,” Pence wrote on Twitter Friday, referring to his wife, Karen Pence. “To everyone in the Noblesville community -- you are in our hearts and in our prayers.”

Update 11:28 a.m. EDT: Noblesville police Chief Kevin Jowitt confirmed that a teacher and a juvenile were injured Friday morning in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

Police did not identify either of the victims. They were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital, respectively, Jowitt said.

Officials with Riverview Health said earlier Friday that a second student was treated for an ankle fracture after the shooting.

Authorities had a suspect, identified as a male student, in custody Friday morning.

Jowitt said Noblesville West Middle School had been cleared by 11:30 a.m. However, he added that authorities also received reports of a threat made at Noblesville High School.

Police are investigating the report.

Update 11:18 a.m. EDT: Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said he and other officials are monitoring the situation in Noblesville after at least two people were injured in a shooting at Noblesville West Middle School on Friday.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details about Friday’s shooting in a news conference later in the day.

Update 10:55 a.m. EDT: Chad Lancaster, whose eighth-grade daughter and sixth-grade son attend Noblesville West Middle School, told the Indianapolis Star that his daughter called her mother, his ex-wife, while hiding under a desk amid reports of an active shooter on campus.

He told the newspaper he has been unable to get in touch with his son.

“This is surreal," Lancaster told the Star. "This happens in high school, not here."

Officials with Riverview Health said one of the two people injured in Friday morning's shooting was taken to the hospital and transfered to Riley Hospital in stable condition. A second person, a student, was being treated for an ankle fracture.

Officials told the Star earlier Friday that an adult was also injured in the shooting.

A suspect, who has not been identified, was in custody after the shooting.

Update 10:40 a.m. EDT: Indiana University Health officials told the Indianapolis Star that an adult and a teenager were injured in Friday’s shooting at Noblesville West Middle School.

The two have not been identified. Indiana State Police said earlier Friday that they were taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for treatment of their injuries and that their families had been notified.

Update 10:20 a.m. EDT: Indiana State Police confirmed two people were taken to a hospital after authorities responded Friday morning to reports of an active shooter at Noblesville West Middle School.

Officials said a suspect was in custody after the shooting. Authorities were expected to provide additional details at a news conference later Friday.

Original report: Authorities confirmed around 9:40 a.m. that police had a suspect in custody after responding to a report of an active shooter situation at the middle school.

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Volunteers brave the heat to give veterans' graves some TLC ahead of Memorial Day

The final resting place for our nation’s heroes in Jacksonville is now a sea of American flags.

But in order to accomplish that goal, every year, the Jacksonville National Cemetery, like other cemeteries across the country, needs help.

Edna Trambley and her sisters went to visit their mom’s grave Thursday not knowing it was the same day volunteers would come out to place flags at each grave.

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It was a welcome surprise.

“Makes me glad I’m an American, makes me so happy,” said Trambley.

Trambley got emotional while at her mom’s grave at the Jacksonville National Cemetery.

Visiting her ahead of Memorial Day has become a tradition for her and her sisters Fran Evans, Ruby Rodgers, and Linda Waite who each traveled from out of town to be there.

“We’re very proud,” said Evans.

“Absolutely she was too she didn’t waste a moment to tell you that she was in the military,” said Trambley.

Their mom, Veronica Anthony, proudly served during World War II.

Her grave site and nearly 15,000 others got some TLC.

Two-hundred volunteers came out to place flags at each grave site Thursday.

Some got to put flags at their own loved one’s graves but no matter the reason that brought them out, one thing is clear -- each and every one buried there matters.

“It was worth coming out here to witness this,” said Trambley.

From children to the elderly to those currently serving and those who served, all of them braved the heat to lend a hand.

The volunteers showed everyone the real meaning of Memorial Day.

For Trambley and her sisters, the kind gesture means the world.

“Even after we’re gone years and years in the future our mother will be honored,” said Trambley. 

Cruise ship deserter captured at Atlanta Amtrak station, officials say

An Albanian national was pulled off an Amtrak train in Atlanta days after he deserted his cruise ship while it was docked in the Port of New Orleans, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Carnival vessel agent notified the New Orleans customs office May 21 that cruise ship member Gentian Kurdina, 23, failed to return, the agency said.

New Orleans and Atlanta customs officers coordinated during the investigation and search for the man. He was boarding a train in Atlanta bound for New York City late Tuesday night when authorities took him into custody for removal from the U.S., according to officials.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection maintains a high level of vigilance and works closely with a myriad of law enforcement partners as part of efforts to manage our borders," said Steven Stavinoha, the director of the New Orleans Office of Field Operations. "This is just the latest example of the men and women of CBP working hard every day to secure our borders and keep our nation safe."

Eat this popular breakfast food daily to avoid heart attacks, strokes, study says

Beware of skipping out on breakfast. One popular food may help lower your cardiovascular disease risk, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from health institutions in China recently conducted a study, published in the Heart journal, to determine how certain foods affect the disease, which can cause heart attacks and strokes. 

To do so, they examined more than 500,000 adults in China between 2004 and 2008 and their egg consumption. They then narrowed their search and evaluated participants who had not been diagnosed with cancer, diabetes or heart disease. 

About 13 percent of those subjects, who were aged 30 to 79, said they ate about an egg a day, and 9 percent said they never or rarely had an egg. The analysts followed both groups for nearly 10 years, tracking any coronary events, including heart attacks and strokes.

After analyzing the results, they found that eating about five eggs a week reduced ischaemic heart disease risk by 12 percent, and eating an egg daily lowered risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 18 percent.

Furthermore, they also discovered that those who consumed one egg a day had a 26 percent lower risk of hemorrhagic stroke and a 28 percent reduced chance of dying from one. 

Alexis Cutchins, a cardiology expert at Emory University, believes the study provides useful information about the link between eggs and heart disease risk.

“It is nice to see a prospective study performed on a large population of patients that looks at dietary preferences as they relate to risk of future cardiovascular events,” said Cutchins, who was not a part of the study. “Eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide some Omega-3 fatty acids which improve your body’s cholesterol profile and overall heart health.”

The Chinese scientists did note that their study was observational. The information they collected was self-reported through questionnaires, and they did not investigate those who ate more than one egg a day. They also said Chinese dietary habits differ from Western and Japanese, so their results could be interpreted differently.

“While it is useful to see that eating, on average, almost one egg a day helps reduce cardiovascular risk, the study findings cannot be directly adapted to the American population,” Cutchins said. “The AHA recommends an egg a day for cardiovascular health which is supported by the findings from this study based on a Chinese population.”

Parents remember son killed in car crash on the way to take his final exam

The family of a Floyd County high school senior is planning his funeral just days before they were planning to see him graduate.

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His family told Channel 2's Matt Johnson they're overwhelmed by the support they've received.

Blue ribbons are everywhere near Model High School, even on the school itself, to honor Caleb Keller, 18.

"He was a very special kid," said his mother, April Helton. "He said, 'I'm going to make it, I'm going to walk across that stage,' and we are all just so excited."

But four days before graduation, the high school senior died in a two-car crash on the way to take his finals.

Floyd County authorities said Keller crashed his car into another truck at Mango Road and Wayside Road at around 10:30 a.m.

He died Tuesday morning.

His family said he was on his way to school to take his finals, but the road was wet.

"The road right there is a gravel road, and it had washed, and he just lost control," said his father, Clint Helton.

His family said the community has placed hundreds of blue ribbons for Keller all across the county, including some at his high school.

They are thankful and hopeful that Caleb's friends can still enjoy the graduation ceremony.

"We want this to be bright and happy for them because that's what Caleb would want," April said.

His parents want everyone to know through their pain and their heartbreak, they feel incredibly proud of their beloved son.

"Even though Caleb's not going to be there to walk with them, he's just as much a part, and he's there," April said.

The other driver involved in the crash was released from a hospital with minor injuries.

Mystery wolf-like creature stumps experts in Montana

A large wolf-like animal shot and killed by a rancher near Denton, Montana, has left wildlife officials puzzled over what it was.

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A rancher shot and killed the animal May 16 after it came within several hundred yards of his livestock, according to KRTV. He reported it to wildlife officials, as required by law. 

The animal was first believed to be a wolf, but when specialists with Montana, Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) examined the animal, they doubted it was purebred.

The animal had long greyish fur that is uncharacteristic of a common wolf, with a short body, large head and extended snout, experts told the Great Falls Tribune. In addition, its ears were too large and the claws on the front paws were too long to be a wolf. 

>>Read: Could DNA finally prove, disprove Loch Ness Monster’s existence?

Officials with FWP told KRTV that they do not want to speculate on what it was. The animal carcass will be shipped to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife service laboratory in Ashland, Oregon for further testing. 

People on social media have been calling this creature everything from a wolf-hybrid to a werewolf. 

The North American Dogman Project, a group of volunteer researchers that tracks sightings of mysterious wolflike creatures across the United States, posted a photo of the Montana animal on its Twitter page.

View the photo here.

Harvey Weinstein to plead not guilty to charges of rape, sex abuse

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to authorities on Friday to face charges related to sexual abuse allegations in New York.

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Update 5/25 10:10 a.m.: Weinstein will plead not guilty to charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct, his attorney, Benjamin Braffman, said outside a New York courtroom Friday morning.

“We believe at the end of this, Mr. Weinstein will be exonerated,” he said.

Update 5/25 9:45 a.m.: A judge set a $10 million bond for Weinstein on Friday as he awaits trial on charges including rape and sex abuse.

Weinstein was ordered to surrender his passport and to wear an electronic monitor. The Associated Press reported he will post $1 million bail.

Update 5/25 8:35 a.m.: Police confirmed in a statement released Friday morning that Weinstein has been charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct in cases involving two women.

Update 5/25 7:28 a.m.: Weinstein has turned himself in to police to face charges in a sexual misconduct investigation. He will be charged with first- and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree sex act in a second, CNN reported.

Reporters waited as Weinstein arrived at the police department just before 7:30 a.m. After booking, he will then be transferred to Manhattan Criminal Court to face his charges, NBC News reported.

The charges, according to sources close to the investigation, come from the allegations made by two women, NBC News reported. The women have not been identified, however, many big-name stars have accused Weinstein of various acts. Some of the women who have come out against the mogul include: Rose McGowan, Uma Thurman, Salma Hayek, Lupita Nyong’o and Ashley Judd, NBC News reported. Their speaking out sparked the #MeToo movement.

Update 5/25, 6:39 a.m.: Weinstein is expected to arrive at the NYPD’s 1st Precinct station Friday morning, WNBC reported. It could be as early as 7 a.m., according to Deadline

Police will fingerprint Weinstein, have mug shots taken and be given an arrest ID. Then he will be taken to his court appearance on felony complaint based on allegations of to women, WNBC reported. It is expected he will leave court on $1 million bail and will be issued an ankle monitor, sources told WNBCDeadline reported that Weinstein will also have to forfeit his passport.

Update 5/24, 8:47 p.m.:  Weinstein is expected to face first-degree rape and third-degree rape charges in one case, and a first-degree criminal sex act charge in another case, law enforcement officials told The New York Times.

The Times is reporting that the sex act charge is related to an incident with Lucia Evans, who told the New Yorker and investigators that Weinstein assaulted her during a casting meeting.

It’s unclear which of Weinstein’s many victims over two decades may be at the center of the rape case.

Original story: Two unidentified law enforcement officials told The New York Times on Thursday that Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is expected to bring charges against Weinstein one day after a grand jury convened to hear evidence in connection to allegations of sexual abuse that have been levied against the well-known producer, according to WNBC

Dozens of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of sexual harassment and misconduct after the Times published a report last year detailing complaints of sexual harassment made against Weinstein over nearly three decades. Weinstein, who co-founded entertainment company Miramax, was ousted from his position at The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Times report. 

New York police opened an investigation into Weinstein in 2015, after Filipina-Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez told officers that she was groped by Weinstein without consent.

Authorities outfitted Gutierrez with a wire and had her meet with the producer. In an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The New Yorker, Weinstein could be heard apologizing after he’s confronted about the alleged assault.

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Despite the recording, no charges were filed against Weinstein.

Prosecutors said that they were never consulted about the New York Police Department’s plan to get Weinstein to admit to the assault on tape and that the tape was not enough evidence to convict the 65-year-old. Police defended their actions, saying that the recording was one of multiple bits of evidence collected by officers and presented to the Manhattan District Attorney for prosecution.

>> Harvey Weinstein investigations launched in New York, London

New York City police said last year that they were working to learn of any additional complaints against Weinstein.

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Parent’s cellphone video appears to show school bus driver texting and driving

A parent who didn’t want to be identified sent WSB video that appears to show a DeKalb County school bus driver looking down at her phone while on the road.

The parent said he saw the driver texting while driving on I-20 in Georgia and started filming. He said he believes the driver’s actions were dangerous and irresponsible.

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The video shows what appears to be a cell phone in the bus driver's hand while she steers the wheel with her right hand. A student is seated on the bus.

Katrecia Lo, another parent, told WSB she’s also seen a DeKalb County bus driver on the phone while behind the wheel.

“To know they’re picking up phones and texting while our kids are in their care is gut-wrenching,” Lo said. 

“The DeKalb County School District is currently investigating what appears to be a bus driver using a phone while driving,” a statement from the district said. “This behavior is completely unacceptable. Not only is it illegal, it is not safe for other drivers, and it is a danger to the district’s staff and students. The safety of our students and staff is paramount to the DeKalb County School District.” 

There is no word that the district has taken any disciplinary action against the driver. The parent who recorded the video hopes quick action is taken so something like this never happens again. 

“No child should be in danger,” he said. “No child. That”s my first thought: the children.”

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