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WATCH: Lakers fan sinks half-court shot to win $30K, tries to high-five team

A Lakers fan sank an incredible half-court shot Monday night to win a $30,000 jackpot, then tried to celebrate with some of the players.

Spoiler alert: It didn't work out.

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Video of the hilarious moment before the fourth quarter of the Lakers-Spurs game quickly went viral, with tens of thousands of views on Twitter.

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The fan, identified as 26-year-old Ali Sabbouri of Anaheim, California, seemed to take the denial in stride, flashing a huge grin as he accepted his check. 

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Chocolate labs don’t live as long as yellow and black siblings, study finds

The color of a Labrador retriever’s coat seems to be related to its lifespan and health, according to new research.

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Chocolate labs tend to live shorter lives then their yellow and black counterparts, and they tend to have a high rate of skin and ear disease, Live Science reported, citing a new study by an international group of researchers. 

The scientists, part of a research project called VetCompass, studied some 2,000 labs from a larger database containing information on more than 30,000 of the breed.

They found that chocolate labs had a higher incidence of ear and skin disease and lived on average 10.7 years compared to the black and yellow labs’ 12 years.

Researchers believe genetics could play a role in the differences, according to Live Science.

"The relationships between coat color and disease may reflect an inadvertent consequence of breeding" dogs to be certain colors, lead author Paul McGreevy, professor of veterinary science at the University of Sydney and chair of board of VetCompass, said in a statement.

>> Related: Your dog knows when you’re behaving badly, new research shows

Scientists noted that while there seems to be a link between fur color and health, they don’t know what it is yet and that more study is needed.

Georgia woman arrested, charged with kidnapping in teen’s 1991 disappearance 

After 27 years, an arrest has been made in the disappearance of a 19-year-old Macon woman.

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Melinda McSwain, 46, was arrested by the GBI’s Perry office and charged with kidnapping in connection with the Sabrina Long missing persons case. McSwain now lives in Broxton, located in Coffee County in southeast Georgia.

Long was last seen Aug. 14, 1991, at a home in Macon. The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office initially handled the investigation before the GBI got involved in 1992.

“By conducting multiple interviews as well as serving numerous search warrants in the Middle Georgia area, the GBI developed enough probable cause to secure an arrest warrant charging McSwain with kidnapping,” a GBI news release said.

Investigators said Friday it expects additional “investigative acts” in the next few weeks.

>> Related: Where is Sabrina Long? Her family searches for answers

According to The Charley Project, which profiles cold cases around the country, Long worked at Bibb Manufacturing Company and lived with her former stepfather at a home on Ashland Drive in the Bloomfield area of Macon. He and her mother had divorced.

The Southwest Macon High School graduate also had a boyfriend. The stepfather and boyfriend both had alibis for the time during her disappearance, The Project reported.

Over the years, Long’s family had told the Macon Telegraph they suspected multiple people were involved in her disappearance. Long's mother told authorities that her daughter had received numerous disturbing phone calls before Aug. 14, 1991.

Her parents had her declared legally dead in 1999, according to The Project.

>> Related: Middle Georgia cold cases: Out of thin air

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the GBI Perry office at 478-987-4545 or the GBI TIPS Line at 1-800-597-8477.

WWE star Roman Reigns reveals he has leukemia, relinquishes championship 

The WWE’s reigning universal champion, star wrestler Roman Reigns, stunned an audience at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday night, by admitting before an arena full of fans that he has leukemia.

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“My real name is Joe, and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years. And, unfortunately, it’s back,” Reigns, a polarizing performer, told the audience on Monday’s episode of “Raw.”.

"Because the leukemia is back, I cannot fulfill that role. I can't be that fighting champion, and I'm going to have to relinquish the WWE Universal Championship," Reigns, 33, whose real name is Joe Anoa'i, said as he held back tears.

“I’m not looking for sympathy. I’m not looking for you to feel bad for me, because I have faith,” he said as the shocked crowd, some visibly crying, listened.

Anoa’i, 33, said he was diagnosed with the disease in 2008 when he was 22, but that he was able to get it into remission pretty quickly.

The wrestling champ, a former college football player at Georgia Tech, credited the WWE for giving him a chance when he was down, and said he’s relinquishing his championship title immediately.

Anoa’i said he planned to go home and focus on his health, but he said it’s not over yet.

“I’m coming back because I want to show you all at home and my family and my children and my wife that, when life throws a curveball at me, I will choke up and I will swing for the fences every single time. I will beat this and will be back, so you will see me very, very soon.”


Titanic II preparing to retrace legendary ocean liner’s maiden voyage by 2022

In the chilly, early morning hours of April 15, 1912, in the North Atlantic Ocean, the British luxury liner RMS Titanic, billed as an unsinkable modern shipping marvel, struck an iceberg on her way from Southampton, England, to New York and sank. 

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In one of the deadliest commercial shipping accidents in modern history, more than 1,500 of an estimated 2,200 passengers and crew died in the frigid waters when the famed vessel went down.

Now a replica of the legendary ocean liner, called Titanic II, is preparing to retrace the ill-fated voyage by 2022.

After a delay of several years over a $500 million financial dispute, construction on the replica has resumed, according to USA Today.

The Titanic II will be almost identical to its namesake with the same cabin layout and public areas, including the swimming pool and the Titanic’s famous Turkish baths, except the replica will be 13 feet wider with modern safety and navigation technology.

It will have a welded, not riveted hull, along with modern evacuation plans, controls, navigation and radar, James McDonald, marketing director of the Blue Star Line, told the Belfast Telegraph. It will also carry a similar number of passengers about 2,400 and a 900-member crew.

The new ship is under construction in China, instead of Belfast, Northern Ireland, where the original Titanic was built and launched. And when it begins its maiden voyage, it will sail from China to Dubai, then on to England where it will then retrace the Titanic’s original route from there.

>> Related: Titanic II scheduled to set sail in 2018

“The ship will follow the original journey, carrying passengers from Southampton to New York, but she will also circumnavigate the globe, inspiring and enchanting people while attracting unrivaled attention, intrigue and mystery in every port she visits, Blue Line chairman Clive Palmer told MSN.

13-year-old 8th grader stabs middle school teacher with ‘butcher knife,’ police say

A Georgia 8th grader was in custody Monday afternoon after he allegedly stabbed his teacher at a metro Atlanta middle school, according to WSB-TV.

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It happened at Trickum Middle School in Gwinnett County, a northern Atlanta suburb, during a class change, WSB reported.

Update 7:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 22: The 13-year-old called the teacher over, then pulled out the eight-inch knife and stabbed the teacher in the chest, according to WSB.

Gwinnett County Public schools officials said a school resource officer quickly apprehended the student.

The teacher was conscious and talking to first responders as she was transported to a local hospital, according to Trickum principal Ryan Queen.

The school was put on lockdown during the incident, but it did not impact dismissal time.

No students were injured in the incident.

Original story: A middle school student was in custody after allegedly stabbing a teacher Monday afternoon at Trickum Middle School, according to WSBTV.

Police said the victim, a woman, was taken to an area hospital after the incident.

According to WSBTV’s Gwinnett County Bureau Chief Tony Thomas, the school was on lockdown after the incident. The lockdown has since been lifted.

Principal Ryan Queen sent the following statement to parents:

I need to share with you a serious incident that occurred at school this afternoon. A student has been taken into custody after stabbing one of our teachers during a class. This occurred in an 8th grade language arts classroom. The student was immediately apprehended and all other students are safe. The teacher has been transported to an area hospital, but was conscious and talking to first responders. Again, all students and teachers are safe. We anticipate dismissing as usual. I will communicate more as additional information becomes available.

In-N-Out hamburger chain turns 70

A California fast-food institution celebrated its 70th birthday Monday, and what began as a tiny food stand in Baldwin Park has expanded to 334 locations in six states. KABC reported.

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In-N-Out opened its doors on Oct. 22, 1948. The hamburger chain is celebrating its anniversary by releasing its 2019 T-shirt in restaurants, and an official party will be held Nov. 17 in Pomona, the television station reported.

In-N-Out was founded by Harry and Esther Snyder, The Mercury News reported. Their descendants still own the chain, and current president Lynsi Snyder, 36, granddaughter of the founder, recently told Forbes she does not anticipate opening restaurants east of Texas, the newspaper reported.

In-N-Out was one of California’s first drive-thru restaurants, the Mercury News reported. The newspaper said the world’s first drive-thru restaurant was Red’s Giant Hamburg in Springfield, Missouri, which opened in 1947.

A replica of the original In-N-Out stands near the first restaurant in Baldwin Park.

Former pain clinic CEO accused of plotting to forge dead patient's signature

The former CEO of a closed-down pain clinic in Tennessee is accused of plotting to forge a dead patient’s signature so Medicare could be billed in her name, The Tennessean reported.

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According to federal court documents obtained by the newspaper, John Davis, who was the head of Comprehensive Pain Specialists (CPS), allegedly emailed businesswoman Brenda Montgomery about the forgery plan, which was part of an illegal kickback scheme.

Davis and Montgomery, who were indicted, pleaded not guilty in federal court, The Tennessean reported. Montgomery was the head of CCC Medical Inc., a medical device company, the newspaper reported.

CPS was based in Brentwood and closed down in July. Davis was CEO of the company from 2011 to 2017. He was indicted in April, and prosecutors said the indictment had more to do with a “side agreement” he had with Montgomery, rather than his day-to-day duties at the company.

The court documents allege Montgomery would pay kickbacks to Davis so he would refer patients from CPS who needed medical devices to CCC Medical, The Tennessean reported.

Montgomery allegedly used the referred patients to bill Medicare for at least $4.6 million according to court documents, for which she received about $2.6 million in reimbursements. Documents allege that Montgomery paid Davis at least $770,000 in bribes and disguised some of the payments through another company, The Tennessean reported.

Prosecutors are focusing on the CPS email server, arguing it contains millions of documents. This server appears to be where authorities first discovered the email about forging the signature of the dead patient, the Tennessean reported.

Davis’ attorneys have asked for a copy of the entire server, which they argue will provide context to the emails between Davis and Montgomery, the newspaper reported.

"(Davis) is saying he is making his request in good faith, and is not engaging in a fishing expedition,” federal prosecutors wrote. “However, (he) appears to be standing on the pier with tackle ready.”

Beloved PE teacher killed while crossing busy street

Students, colleagues and friends are mourning the death of a teacher and coach in Fulton County, Georgia, who died Saturday night after she was hit by a van.

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Sue Scheer was crossing busy Alpharetta Street near the restaurant Pure Taqueria in Roswell when she was struck. Police said the van’s driver did not see her.

Scheer had worked for the Fulton County school district for 18 years, the district confirmed. 

She was most recently an adaptive physical education teacher at Vickery Mill Elementary, Mt. Park Elementary and Roswell High School. 

Man indicted on murder charge after 5-month-old son’s death

A Coweta County man was indicted on charges of felony murder and child cruelty more than a year after he was arrested in connection with the death of his 5-month-old son.

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A grand jury handed down the indictment against Christopher Halver-Gene Hansen earlier this month, Coweta County District Attorney Herb Cranford said.

Hansen, 31, of Newnan, was arrested after officials said he caused the death of Sebastian Livingston last year. The child suffered non-accidental trauma after a June 17, 2017, incident at home, doctors told investigators.

At a Newnan hospital, Hansen first told a deputy that Sebastian was choking, according to the report. The child was then flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where he was placed on life support, officials confirmed.

>> Related: Infant dies after incident at home; father charged 

Sebastian died Aug. 1, 2017.

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