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Police: Texas man posed as Amazon delivery worker, took ex-girlfriend hostage

A Texas man is accused of posing as an Amazon delivery worker in order to take his ex-girlfriend hostage, police said.

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Thomas Hill, 31, is accused of using Amazon packages to block his face as a ruse to force his way into his ex-girlfriend's home on Aug. 6, KXAN reported. Hill allegedly held his girlfriend hostage until Aug. 9, when the woman's home security company alerted police.

Hill's former girlfriend told police that the pair ended their relationship about four months ago and that Hill was mentally unstable. The former girlfriend said she had a protective order against Hill.

When Hill barged into the home, he brandished a gun, according to the arrest affidavit. The ex-girlfriend felt it necessary to go along with his commands, because he threatened her and her daughter and physically assaulted her when she didn't obey, KXAN reported. An opportunity to get help arose Aug. 9 when Hill left the home to get groceries. She was able to alert her home security company, who in turn alerted authorities. 

Police arrested Hill, who has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, burglary and assault, along with violation of a protective order, according to the Williamson County Jail records.

Former CIA Director John Brennan: ‘I will not relent’

Shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is revoking John Brennan’s security clearance, the former CIA director replied on Twitter: 

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”

>>MORE: Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

Brennan later appeared in an MSNBC interview discussing the announcement.

"I think Mr. Trump is getting more and more concerned, more and more desperate and I would say more and more frightened, as there is closer and closer magnification of some of the things that those around him have been involved in. So I do think it's important that I continue to speak out," Brennan told MSNBC.

The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking into the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials. 

Person bitten by shark off Cape Cod

A person was bitten by a shark off Cape Cod, sources tell Boston 25 News.

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The harbormaster said that a Medflight has been called to take the victim to Tufts Medical Center.

Crews are now out looking for the shark.

The victim reportedly has "deep puncture wounds."

Truro police are handling the investigation. 

This is a developing story. Check Boston25News.com for updates. 

1 dead in fatal industrial accident near Walt Disney World employee area

61-year-old man has died after an industrial accident near a Walt Disney World employee area, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.

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According to deputies, two employees were emptying oil and grease byproduct from a semitrailer into a vat at the Harvest Power energy facility in Reedy Creek near Western Way just after midnight Wednesday morning. The facility is near Cast Connection and Property Control, not far from Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Deputies said one of the employees, a 61-year-old man, was standing on a grate when he slipped and fell into the vat.

The other man tried to pull the victim from the vat but was not able to help, deputies said.

According to deputies, fumes from the byproduct overwhelmed the victim and he slipped further into the vat.

Reedy Creek Fire assisted with the recovery of the man.

Deputies have not released any names.

Harvest Power released a statement that read, "This was a tragic accident. We are all deeply saddened by the loss of this co-worker. We are in shock and grief and figuring out what happened." 

‘John Doe’ buried in Georgia ID’ed by DNA as Michigan teen missing 39 years

Forensic experts on Tuesday identified a body buried in Georgia for nearly 40 years as a 15-year-old Michigan boy who was reported missing in 1979.

Andrew Jackson Greer Jr., of Clayton, vanished Feb. 12, 1979, after leaving Addison High School and failing to return home. Michigan State Police officials said in a news release that the cold case was reopened in 2014 with the help of new technology and resources. 

“A forensic analyst from the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas today confirmed that DNA from a ‘John Doe,’ who was buried in a pauper’s grave in Macon, Ga., in 1979, matches Greer’s DNA,” officials said in the release.

The positive identification came just three days after what would have been Greer’s 55th birthday. 

The Daily Telegram in Adrian, Michigan, reported that Greer, who apparently ran away from home after getting in trouble at school, was hitchhiking through Georgia two days after his disappearance when he was struck by a semi truck along Interstate 75 near Macon. 

The teen, who reportedly had only candy bars and taffy on him when he died, was trying to cross the interstate when he was struck, the Telegram reported. Another truck driver told investigators in Georgia that he’d given the hitchhiker a ride in the Atlanta area. 

Michigan State Police Detective Larry Rothman told the Telegram that the teen told the driver he was traveling to Key West, Florida, to visit relatives. Greer had family living there at the time. 

The boy even gave the truck driver a name before they parted: Drew Greer. 

The details of the Georgia investigation never made it to Michigan at the time, and the unidentified young man was eventually buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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Another investigation in 2000 failed to turn up information on Greer’s whereabouts, Michigan State Police officials said. The cold case was reopened in 2014, at the urging of Greer’s family, with the hope that new technology could help find the missing teen. 

Anthony Strickland, a retired Bibb County deputy who, as a young officer, had seen Greer buried in an unmarked grave in April 1979, took a look at the case in 2017 and linked it to Greer’s disappearance, the Telegram reported

He compared notes with Rothman, and their information fit, the newspaper reported. Rothman traveled to Georgia and the long-buried body was exhumed. 

“A DNA sample was taken from ‘John Doe’ at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and sent to the Center for Human Identification for comparison,” the troopers news release said. “The results concluded that it was 1.9 trillion times more likely that the DNA from ‘John Doe’ was that of Greer than not. Together, the DNA results and police reports conclude they are one in the same.”

Greer’s half brother, John Bowman, told the Telegram that he believed authorities had found his brother in February, when the remains were exhumed. 

“I felt confident when we got the news in February about what they found then that it was him,” Bowman told the newspaper. 

Bowman, who was just 4 years old when his older half brother vanished, told The Detroit News the family plans to have Greer’s remains cremated and returned to Michigan, where they will hold a memorial service. 

Unfortunately, the brothers’ mother died last year never knowing what happened to her son. 

“It was my trying to help my mom find that answer that led us to this place,” Bowman told the News. “Hopefully, she knows the truth today.”

Do you know her? Body found in Georgia landfill has several distinctive tattoos

The body of a woman found in a landfill in Bartow County, Georgia, was cut into “numerous pieces,” Bartow County Sheriff Clark Millsap said at a news conference Wednesday. 

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“I’ve been doing this 35 years and I’ve never seen something like this before,” he said. 

The pieces were packed into individual bags and placed in a container at the Cedar Creek Collection Center, a recycling facility in Cartersville, according to authorities. They said she had been there since Saturday. 

On Monday, the container was taken to the Bartow County landfill, where a sanitation worker found one of the body parts while dumping the container, Millsap said. A bottom torso fell out of a bag that had opened.

“Fortunately for us, all the parts were in one location,” he said. 

GBI officials are still working to determine the cause of death. In the meantime, the sheriff’s office is cross-referencing missing person’s cases for a potential identification. 

No cameras are located at the recycling facility, but Millsap is hoping the distinctive tattoos on the woman will help them with leads. According to officials, the woman has two names tattooed on each of her shoulder blades. She also has a tattoo on her chest. 

She is described as being between 5-foot-2 and 5-foot-6, weighing 150 pounds with brown or reddish hair. She is believed to be 18 to 35 years old. 

“Because of the way it happened and the dismemberment, it’s a very disturbing case,” Millsap said

Cinnabon, Carvel team up for churro ice cream sandwich

Cinnabon and Carvel are bringing two sweets together for a new menu item: Churro Ice Cream Sandwich.

Delish reported that the company has launched the Cinnabon Churro Swirl and Churro Frosting Sandwich -- both include a swirled, circular churro with cinnamon sugar.

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As an extra indulgence, the company joined Carvel to create the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich, which is at some locations of Cinnabon bakeries.

“We are thrilled to incorporate our signature Cinnabon swirl to our irresistible Churros,” Cinnabon President Kristen Hartman said in a statement. “An innovative spin on a classic treat our fans know and love, our Churro Swirls are made with the same quality ingredients as our cinnamon rolls and provide another way to enjoy our iconic baked goods.”

The treat is only available for a limited time. One Churro Swirl is $2.49 and the Frosting Sandwich is $4.99, with the ice cream sandwich likely around the same price.

Girls throw hot coffee to fend off attacker, police say

Four girls leaving a gas station convenience store fended off a man who tried to kidnap one of them Friday by throwing hot coffee on him, police said. 

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The girls, aged 11 to 14, were confronted by Bruce Hopkins, 22, when he grabbed Allison Eickhoff by the head and tried to take her, WJRT reported.

"He said, 'You're coming with me.' And like, he grabbed my face," Allison told WJRT. "This cannot be happening; I thought it was a test at first, but then I'm like, 'This is real.'"

The other girls kicked, hit and threw their hot coffee at Hopkins until he released Allison, police said. Hopkins then tried to grab another girl and was hit and kicked until he let go, police said. 

"I grabbed my drink and chucked it at his head. I tried, I punched him in the head," Allison’s sister, Lauren Eickhoff, told WJRT. “Seeing that your little sister was going to get taken is very scary."

The girls ran to a nearby hotel and called police. None of them were injured. 

Hopkins was arrested and charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault and battery and criminal sexual conduct, WJRT reported.

Officer's 4-year-old granddaughter killed in car accident

The 4-year-old granddaughter of a Paulding County Sheriff’s Office detention officer was killed Tuesday in a car accident, officials said.

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Alora Rose Sell was involved in a crash on Georgia 101 south, which is in the Union community, the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post Wednesday on the agency’s Facebook page.

On a GoFundMe page created to assist the family with funeral costs and other expenses, Alora’s mother said she left work to pick up two of her children from her parents’ house. 

Haley Borders Sell said she, Alora and her 3-year-old son were hit from behind by a speeding vehicle. The Sheriff’s Office has not released details about the crash or any possible arrests.

“She was barely alive as my dad pulled her from my van and I administered CPR,” she wrote. “My other children watched. This has been a nightmare that I just want to wake from.”

More than $4,000 in donations have poured into the GoFundMe page. The goal is $20,000.

“I’m banged up pretty bad,” Sell said. “My vehicle (is) totaled.”

She said, “(The worst part is), I’m planning a funeral instead of a ‘Trolls’ birthday party for my sweet beautiful baby girl.”

Lennon, McCartney back together? Well sort of

Lennon and McCartney have teamed up again. But it wasn’t some long-lost recording of John Lennon fronted by Paul McCartney years later. 

It was actually the sons of the two music legends.

Sean Ono Lennon and James McCartney recently spent time together and took a selfie that could, at a quick glance, be taken for an image of their two fathers from years ago.

Lennon posted the photo to Instagram this week.

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Both are following in the footsteps of their fathers, having become musicians themselves, CNN reported.

Ono Lennon is the son of the late John Lennon and Yoko Ono. McCartney is the son of Paul McCartney and the late Linda McCartney. 

Some of the younger Lennon’s followers are hoping there is more than a photo opportunity, asking them to do a musical project together, CBS News reported.

Lennon also recently posed with a photo with the late George Harrison’s son Dhani, CBS News reported

Trump revoking former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

President Donald Trump is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

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The announcement came weeks after Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Trump was looking in to the process required to revoke security clearances from half a dozen former Obama administration officials. 

Huckabee Sanders cited Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" as the reasoning behind the revocation and accused him of "lying" and "wild outbursts." Brennan has been critical of Trump, calling his performance at a joint press conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous."

>>MORE: Former CIA Director John Brennan: 'I will not relent'

Huckabee Sanders did not say Wednesday that Brennan leveraged his security clearance for financial gain -- an allegation she levied at some former intelligence officials last month.

>> Trump wants to revoke security clearances for ex-Obama intelligence officials, White House says

During a July 23 news briefing, Huckabee Sanders said Trump was exploring options to remove security clearances from former officials who have “politicized and, in some cases, monetized their public service.”

Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that officials continued to look at revoking the clearances of other former officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Black woman denied job because of ‘ghetto’ name; company claims email hacked

A Missouri woman who applied for a customer service job was shocked Monday when she received an email stating that her “ghetto” name had lost her the position. 

Hermeisha Robinson, 27, of Bellefontaine Neighbors, posted the email response from Mantality Heath on her Facebook page. 

“Thank you for your interest in careers at Mantality Health,” the email read, according to Robinson’s post. “Unfortunately, we do not consider candidates that have suggestive ‘ghetto’ names. We wish the best in your career search.”

The email was signed Jordan Kimler, a nurse practitioner with the company. According to the company’s website, Mantality Health provides treatment to men suffering from low testosterone. It has multiple locations in several states. 

Robinson wrote that she was upset to be turned away from a position she felt she was well qualified for.

“My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second-guessing my name, trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto,’” she wrote. “I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop!”

Share the post her friends did. As of Wednesday morning, it had been shared more than 10,000 times. 

One of the people sharing Robinson’s post was her cousin, Miltina Burnett. Burnett wrote on Facebook that the response made Robinson -- who was named after her late father, Herman -- question whether she should “change her name to fit in corporate America.”

“Don’t ever change who you are to become more like them,” Burnett wrote. “They had no right to say what they said to her.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch spoke with Mantality Health owner Kevin Meuret, who on Tuesday said that the company’s email system was hacked by someone outside Missouri. Meuret said he believes the hacker may be an angry former employee. 

“I’m a father of three daughters, and that young lady getting that (response) is horrible,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch. “That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train, and that’s unacceptable.”

Burnett shared images of private messages she received from Mantality Health employees about the alleged hacking. 

Company officials believe the hacking may have been done through Indeed.com, where Robinson submitted her application. Mantality Health’s website has a statement addressing the situation.

“The password for the outside job board site used by Mantality was compromised on Aug. 13, 2018,” the statement reads. “We are currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrator and consider appropriate legal action. We share the anger and frustration of those who received these bogus emails.”

Meuret told KMOV News 4 that they believe about 20 applicants got emails similar to Robinson’s.

Dorneshia Zachery was one of them, the news station reported. 

“The company looked at my name and said, ‘We don’t care about what you’ve done in life; your name is going to dismiss you completely,’” Zachery told News 4

Meuret told the news station that the emails are deplorable.

“This is not a reflection of who we are as a company,” he said. 

The company has gotten the Chesterfield Police Department involved in the case, as well as St. Louis County’s cybercrimes division. 

“We will continue to pursue this even if it becomes a federal matter,” Meuret told the Post-Dispatch

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Indeed.com officials told News 4 that they have found no signs of hacking on their end.

“Account security is of utmost importance to Indeed and something that we diligently monitor,” the company’s statement read. “Account holders are responsible for use of their password and we recommend frequent updates and complete confidentiality of your password. Our investigation into this particular account shows no evidence of compromise.”

Cybersecurity experts told the Post-Dispatch that the incident was likely an internal break-in and not a “high-tech hacking event.”

“If you have a guy who knows everything about the infrastructure of the company, it’s going to happen,” Jianli Pan, a cybersecurity professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, told the newspaper. “It’s up to the company how important it is for them to keep their systems secure. But that’s not free. It takes money and training and designating some expert to be in charge of such issues.”

Companies, particularly small ones, should have a checklist of things to do when an employee leaves, according to Joe Scherrer, Washington University’s program director of graduate studies in information systems management and cybersecurity management. The checklist should include eliminating all access to email, social media and all other communication means, Scherrer told the Post-Dispatch

“You should scrub them out of the company. I know that sounds harsh, but it’s how to prevent this from happening,” Scherrer told the newspaper

Police investigate $98,000 ramen noodles heist 

Fayette County officials have confirmed reports regarding a $98,000 ramen noodle heist.

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The incident occurred about three weeks ago, Lt. Allen Stevens, with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

While some outlets are reporting the investigation involves a string of robberies, including multiple car break-ins and one motorcycle theft, Stevens told The AJC that’s not the case.

The noodles were stolen from a trailer parked at a Chevron in Fayetteville. There have been no updates on the heist as of Wednesday afternoon, Stevens said.

The police report did not specify the brand of noodles.

Fun fact: A single packet of Maruchan Ramen typically costs less than 30 cents at your local grocery store. With $100,000, one could devour more than 300,000 noodle-packed meals, though such a regimen would likely not be doctor-approved.

“Between the preservatives and the packaging, instant noodles are a minefield of potential health problems. The more you eat, the worse it is,” Food Revolution reported, citing research from a 2014 Baylor University study that found a link between high consumption of instant noodles and increased risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

After husband’s death, woman finds his beloved lost dog

A woman whose husband’s beloved dog escaped two days before he died has been found. 

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Sarah Tiger was in the Madison area for her husband Jack’s medical care when their dog Hope escaped from a caretaker and was missing for 12 days before being found Tuesday, WISC reported

Tiger told WISC Hope was found around 9:15 p.m. at a park in the Middletown area. She had lost some weight but was otherwise fine.

Before Hope escaped, a visitor had brought the 4-year-old shepherd-beagle mix to visit Jack Tiger while he was in the hospital.

"He didn't recognize his twin, he didn't recognize his parents, he didn't recognize me,” Sarah Tiger told WISC. “But he did recognize her, and his last words were 'My Hopey Hope.'"

He died died Aug. 5, WISC reported.

Cat rescue hiring person to live on Greek island full of felines

A cat rescue in Greece is hiring someone to look after more than 50 felines on an island.

According to Travel & Liesure, God’s Little People Cat Rescue is looking for someone to fill a position that requires both a love and expertise of cats.

In an Aug. 5, Facebook post, cat rescue owner Joan Bowell posted the job offer, located on the Greek island of Syros.

“I am looking for someone who can take over the daily running of my Greek cat sanctuary in my absence,” Bowell said. “You will have 55 cats in your care and need to be able to overview them all + feed and medicate (big added bonus if you’re trained vet. nurse!).”

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Bowell said the job will come with a semidetached tiny home -- water and electricity included -- with a garden and view of the Aegean Sea and a salary. 

“The daily hours is that of a part time job (approx. 4 hours) and the salary reflects the fact that you get the house for free (with everything paid). All expenses for the cats will of course be paid incl. all veterinary care. You will be expected to take a cat to the vet in case of illness and therefore will need to be able to drive a manual car,” the posting said

Bowell included photos of some of the cats along with views of the house, garden and sea on the rescue’s Facebook page.

Bowell and her husband, Richard, moved from Denmark to Syros in 2011.

The two told The Telegraph they found bony cats relying on scraps for food, injured and feral cats and kittens in trash bins when the first got to the island. 

They started taking in strays and working with local veterinary staff, ultimately improving the health of the cats on the island.

According to The Telegraph, the couple is leaving for New York, where Richard Bowell will work with the United Nations.

The couple has recruited five volunteers to narrow down more than 3,000 applications. The best person for the job, according to the posting, is someone who is  45 or older, has veterinary experience, can enjoy being in their own company, and has experience with feral or non-sociable cats.

More information on the position, including how to get salary specifics and where to send an application and photo, is available at the God's Little People Cat Rescue Facebook page. Bowell is still going through applications and said it will take some time to pick the right person for the job.

Police: Credible bomb threat led Rascal Flatts to end Indianapolis concert early

Fans at a Rascal Flatts show Thursday were disappointed after the concert ended abruptly due to security concerns.

The Associated Press reported that the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said a credible bomb threat led to a quick evacuation of Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, a 24,000-capacity venue.

Fans tweeted about confusion about the abrupt end to the show. Some video included a musician at a piano playing a song before he quickly left the stage.

Hours later, Rascal Flatts posted a statement about the incident on Facebook Friday morning.

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“Indianapolis - Due to a security concern at the show last night, standard procedures were quickly executed and everyone was able to safely leave the building,” the band, which includes, Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox, and Jay DeMarcus, said in a statement. “The safety of our fans, band and crew is always the top priority for us, so we are so thankful for everyone who jumped into action and for your understanding. We will be back soon!”

Attendee Britni Sherlock told The Indianapolis Star there was an announcement over the intercom system that said the show was over. 

“Everyone booed. We continued to wait in the pavilion, and that’s when security came up to everyone and told us to leave,” she said. “I asked what was going on and he replied, ‘We were told to evacuate the pavilion immediately.’”

The show ended before the band could come out for an encore performance.

“(Rascal Flatts) had just finished their song ‘Banjo’ and did the what-was-thought-to-be-false 'Good night' before the encore,” concertgoer Andy VonDielingen told IndyStar. “Their piano player started to play and then just stopped and left. A few minutes later lights come on and security is pulling some guy looking to be in his 20s out of the pit. ... Everyone is standing around, looking at each other and wondering what is going on.”

WRTV reported that staff with concert promoter and venue operator Live Nation informed the Sheriff’s Office of a safety issue before the end of the show. 

“Last night a safety concern presented itself during the Rascal Flatts’ concert in Noblesville,” Live Nation said in a statement Friday, according to WXIN. “Venue staff and local officials followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artist and staff. Law enforcement agencies are investigating the matter.”

No arrests have been made related to the threat.

Thyroid medications being recalled due to issue with ingredient, FDA says

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall for a pair of medications meant to treat hypothyroidism.

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The levothyroxine and liothyronine tablets, manufactured by Westminster Pharmaceuticals LLC, were sold wholesale in 100-count bottles. They used active ingredients sourced before the FDA issued an import alert about Sichuan Friendly Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., officials said. The alert warned that a 2017 inspection found that the company deviated from current good manufacturing practices, putting the quality of ingredients at risk.

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Officials with Westminster Pharmaceuticals said that as of Aug. 9, they had no reports of illnesses connected to the recall. The company warned that patients taking the recalled medications should continue to do so, at least until discussing options with their doctors.

“Because these products may be used in the treatment of serious medical conditions, patients taking the recalled medicines should continue taking their medicine until they have a replacement product,” FDA officials said in a recall alert.

Harvard students launching cafe to help homeless teens discover their potential

Can a cup of coffee and a donut change a life? Two rising sophomores at Harvard University think it can. 

Tony Shu and Connor Schoen are getting ready to open Breaktime, a coffee shop with a mission. 

"Breaktime is a social enterprise that creates cafes to provide stable employment, vocational training and career advising to young adults experiencing homelessness," Schoen said.

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The two are currently converting an 800 square foot site at 1000 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge into a coffee shop that will employ homeless teens.

A volunteer experience at a homeless shelter sparked the idea for Breaktime. They heard many stories from clients about how hard it was to gain employment because of the stigma of homelessness.

"We hope to show other employers that this is a population that has a lot of talent and a lot of potential. They just need some support," said Shu.

Getting that first job opportunity can be life-changing according to Katherine James of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization that helps homeless youth. She said developing some consistency on the job for a homeless youth can show future employers a person is reliable and has developed marketable skills.

Breaktime will be a streamlined operation, reselling baked goods to reduce fixed costs and licensing requirements. "Our biggest goal is to create a template model that can be used in other cities, other places," said Schoen.

The date for opening Breaktime is late October or early November and the students are still raising funds.

CDC warns of measles outbreak in 21 states, including North Carolina, Florida

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning of a measles outbreak in 21 states. 

So far 107 people have become sickened by the illness in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and the District of Columbia. 

Health officials in South Carolina have also confirmed its first measles case in 21 years. It was confirmed Friday, The Associated Press reported.

The number of people sickened was counted by the CDC through July 14. The case count is preliminary and is updated monthly, the CDC warns.

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The majority of those who contract measles are unvaccinated, according to the CDC

In 2017, there were approximately 118 people who developed measles, and the highest number of patients was in 2014 with 667 cases.

Signs and symptoms of measles include:

  • High fever.
  • Cough.
  • Runny nose.
  • Red, watery eyes.
  • Small white spots inside the mouth two to three days after the first symptoms appear.
  • Rash, three to five days after the first symptoms appear, starting near the hairline and spreading down. 

The fever and rash should fade after a few days, according to the CDC.

Measles are spread through coughing and sneezing. It can live for up to two hours after a person has coughed or sneezed. 

Measles, according to the CDC, is so contagious that 90 percent of people who have come in contact with an infected person can become sick if not immune to the illness.

It can be spread for up to four days before the rash appears and four days after it is visible, the CDC reports.

The CDC recommends that children be vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. Two doses are needed for full coverage -- one at between 12 and 15 months old, and a second round between 4 and 6 years old.

Warning issued after someone abandons Impala at zoo

Someone abandoned a Chevrolet Impala at the San Antonio Zoo Monday, prompting officials to jokingly issue a reminder that the facility does not take in animals. 

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“If you find an animal in need of assistance we suggest you call our friends at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc., a local non-profit that specializes in this,” the zoo said on Facebook

The driver left the car after it got stuck while crossing a bridge designed for zoo trains. 

“The Park Police have your car when you are ready to pick it up,” zoo CEO Tim Morrow said in a tweet.

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