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WATCH: Pregnant woman in SUV allegedly runs over suspected thief in Walmart parking lot

A pregnant woman driving an SUV reportedly chased down a suspected purse thief and struck him with her vehicle in a Walmart parking lot in Asheville, North Carolina – and it was all caught on video.

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According to WLOS-TV, Christine Braswell, 26, confronted the man Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly grabbed her purse and other items from her SUV. 

>> Body found in locked Walmart bathroom that employees assumed was out of order for days

"He was with my purse and he took off and I took off after him," Braswell told WLOS. "Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It's not right; it's not fair."

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Police said the suspect, Robert Raines, was treated for minor injuries and faces felony charges of breaking and entering, larceny and property damage. Braswell also faces a misdemeanor charge of assault with a deadly weapon, WLOS reported.

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Major League Baseball umpire stops woman from jumping off bridge before Pirates game

A Major League Baseball umpire, Jon Tumpane, stopped a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge before Wednesday night's Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

"Just hanging on to her and at times when she wanted to go the other way, I was like, 'not on my watch,'" Tumpane said in a press conference Wednesday night. 

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"I was able to mouth to one of the gentlemen in back, and said, 'Call 911, call 911,' and they did," he said.

Tumpane was walking across the bridge on the way from his hotel to the park, where he was scheduled to work behind the plate. 

He came across a woman in distress, apparently preparing to jump off the bridge.

He said he locked his arms in hers and offered to buy her lunch, desperately trying to coax her back to safety. 

"At that point she said, 'Just let me go, it'll be better off that way.' And I said, 'No, let me buy you lunch, we'll talk this over, it'll all work out,'" Tumpane said.

During the press conference, he said between innings he would look at the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the center field wall.

"This was an unbelievable day and I'm glad to say that she can have another day with us," Tumpane said. "This isn't about me. I appreciate the opportunity but honestly, this is for her and people that care about her. I'm just glad it's a positive story and not a sad story."

Developer to resume Topgolf planning despite findings of slave cemetery

When developer Matthew Browder bought a large piece of land five years ago, he had no idea what laid beneath.

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He showed WSOC-TV where radar detected a slave cemetery. 

A newly released report proved there are slave graves on a University City property where developers are trying to build a brand new Topgolf venue. The developers hired a local historian to research the site after neighbors raised concerns over the possibility there was a slave cemetery in the area. 

>> RELATED: New Topgolf could border slave cemetery in University City

White flags mark the 19 bodies buried in shallow graves.

Despite the incredible historical significance, Browder said it will not deter plans to build nearly 400 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail space and a Topgolf. 

“We are going to make sure this is not disturbed and protected regardless,” Browder said.

"(They) plan on moving forward, which is still shocking," said Darrin Rankin, who opposes the development.

A ground penetration crew, using radar equipment, counted 19 bodies buried right outside the cemetery next to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church.

WSOC-TV reported earlier this month that neighbors claimed there was a slave cemetery on the grounds, and now a historian's 28-page report confirms it.

Charter Properties and Browder Development Group are asking the city to rezone the property.

Developers said that they've spent roughly $20,000 on the cemetery, working with a consultant. They are promising not to disturb the graves and said they plan to work with the church to preserve them.

“There is a right thing to do here, and that's what we're going to do, regardless of what happens,” said Browder. “So whether we get our zoning or don't get our zoning, whether something is approved or not approved, this area is not going to get disturbed, period.”

Neighbors who've been fighting the proposal said they're not satisfied with the report.

“How big is this slave cemetery? How deep into the woods does it go?” Rankin asked.

The historian who reviewed the property said he is confident they have found the boundaries of the slave cemetery.

Browder said the slaves are buried on less than a tenth of an acre, and he plans on leaving them there.

“It’s important to the history of the area, and it’s important that these people be recognized and respected,” Browder said.

Pregnant woman bitten by brown recluse spider while sleeping

A pregnant woman is still recovering from a brown recluse spider bite that happened over a month ago. 

Kendall Butler was woken by the bite. She killed the spider and took it to the hospital with her immediately.

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Doctors were able to stop the infection and keep her unborn child safe by using antibiotics. However, she does have a large area of skin on her stomach that died because of the spider’s venom.

Doctors said they don’t want to fully treat the wound yet because of the baby. Originally, the plan was to evacuate the wound and then look into skin grafts once the child is born.

Now, Butler’s doctors say the wound needs to be evacuated sooner. They will wait until July 10 when the baby is seven weeks from the due date. Experts believe she’ll be strong enough by then to be born early, just in case anything happens during the procedure.

A Green Country entomologist said that Oklahoma’s mild winter caused more dangerous insects to come out early.

Experts say people should take precautions against insects while outside, but that there isn’t much to be done indoors but have homes sprayed.

The Centers for Disease Control says that even though people fear bug spray with DEET is bad for pregnant women, it’s actually recommended with the same precautions as those who are not pregnant or lactating.

Uber now allows users to request a ride for someone else

Need to help your friend or family member catch a ride? Uber can help you out, because you can now use the service to request a car for someone else. 

The company announced the news this week, revealing you can book a trip for anyone in your contact list, even if they don’t have the app. 

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“We’re committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family – including seniors,” Uber said in a post on its newsroom site. “So no matter where your loved ones need to be – and where you are located – a safe, reliable ride is just a few taps away.”

Related: Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick resigns as CEO, report says

When you’re ready for an Uber, you will have the option to select yourself or another person as a passenger. Once the request has been processed, the rider will receive a text message with all the details of the trip, a link to track it and the direct contact information for the driver.

RELATED: Is Uber safe? People questioning after reports of recent assaults 

You will also be able to follow along and pay for the trip with the card stored in the app. For areas that accept cash, the passenger can pay for the ride at the end of the trip.

The feature, which is currently available in the U.S. and 30 other countries, became available on Tuesday.

Ohio man survives overdose on tracks as train passes over him

Emergency crews say a Middletown, Ohio, man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks.

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When Jesse O’Neill, 46, allegedly overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard, fire officials said. O’Neill fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a Norfolk-Southern train passed over him around 8:30 p.m., officials said.

He was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him five milligrams of Narcan, according to Middletown Division of Police report. He was taken to Atrium Medical Center.

O’Neill told officers and paramedics he snorted heroin after he got into an argument with his live-in girlfriend. He told police he didn’t remember passing out nor the train passing over him.

The conductor told police he saw the man lying between the tracks, and by the time he stopped the train, 26 rail cars had passed over the man.

The train was stopped between 30 and 45 minutes and blocked four city intersections: University and Manchester, Central and University, First and University, and Grand Avenue and University, the report stated.

O’Neill was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and inducing panic.

Oxford English Dictionary extends definition of ‘woke’

If you’ve attended a social-justice protest or watched an episode of “Dear White People,” you’ve likely heard the word “woke.” But the term wasn’t being used to refer to sleep. It was being used to describe political awareness, and the Oxford English Dictionary is taking note. 

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This week, the organization has expanded the meaning of “woke.”  

It no longer just defines the word as the past participle of “wake.” It’s now also an adjective that means “alert to injustice in society, especially racism.”

“By the mid-20th century, woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being ‘aware’ or ‘well informed’ in a political or cultural sense,” Oxford told The Huffington Post. “In the past decade, that meaning has been catapulted into mainstream use with a particular nuance of ‘alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice.’”

RELATED: ‘Fo’shizzle’ and ‘twerk’ among new words in Oxford Dictionary

The dictionary also noted that the word was popularized by Erykah Badu’s 2008 song “Master Teacher.” In it, she sings, “I stay woke.” The phrase began to be more widely used in 2014 in association with the Black Lives Matter movement.

RELATED: ‘Wine o'clock,’ ‘awesomesauce’ among new words in Oxford

“Woke” isn’t the only African American slang word to be added. “Bootylicious,” “bling bling” and “twerk” have also been included in the dictionary.

The word has been updated on Oxford’s website and in its upcoming print edition.

Video: Female sniper laughs after ISIS bullet explodes into wall over her head

In the war for the Middle East, locals have been trying to take their homeland back from the Islamic State. Rebel fighters, often trained by Americans and using American-provided weapons, fight the battles. In a new clip that has surfaced online, we see the resilience of the local fighters battling for their homeland.

According to Hemze Hamza, a journalist who uploaded the video to Twitter, the woman is a Kurdish fighter. He wrote, “Kurdish women have no fear.” Hamza is embedded with the YPG (Yekineyen Parastina Jin, the People’s Protection Units) in an all-female unit. Amazingly, after a bullet smashes into the wall inches from her head, she crouches down and laughs off the brush with death — she even sticks her tongue out. The footage was reportedly taken outside the ISIS-held city of Raqqa in Syria.

The West has become fascinated by the YPG, particularly their all-female forces. In 2014, a Kurdish fighter named Rehana went viral after a tweet claimed that she had killed more than 100 ISIS terrorists.

>> RELATED: Watch what happens when Somali pirates mess with Americans who break out the big guns

The United States has been supporting the YPG in hopes of defeating ISIS. In May, the Pentagon announced that President Donald Trump had authorized an arms shipment to the YPG. That announcement came only days before President Erdogan of Turkey visited the United States. Erdogan has been strongly opposed to the Kurdish forces and repeatedly criticized Obama for propping up the Kurds, telling Al-Jazeera, “Obama deceived us,” and calling the YPG a “terrorist group.” But Erdogan’s own visit was thrown into controversy after his personal security attacked protesters, a move that a bipartisan group of senators called “unacceptable.”

Tarantulas, scorpions discovered in abandoned apartment

A renter in Texas who moved out of his apartment recently left behind some strange friends.

The apartment complex staff was surprised this week to find tarantulas and scorpions in containers all over the apartment, KPRC reported.

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The Houston chapter of the the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was called in to manage the unusual case. In total, over a dozen tarantulas and almost 60 scorpions were found in the apartment. Ten of the tarantulas were alive, and of the 59 scorpions, 54 were babies, the SPCA said. Almost all of them were venomous, though not enough to kill a person, SPCA officials said.

It's unclear how long the creepy guests had been abandoned in the unit. They can live weeks without resources, according to the SPCA.

No charges have been filed yet in the case, and a custody hearing is scheduled in July, the SPCA said.

As for the apartment, it will be exterminated, though officials said they can't be sure all of the arachnids have been found, KPRC reported.

Major overhaul in works for Disney's Epcot

After nearly 40 years of fun, a major overhaul is in the works for Disney’s Epcot.

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Permits already filed reveal big changes for the Universe of Energy pavilion.

Sources said a "Guardians of the Galaxy" ride will likely be announced at D23, a fan event in California held in July.

There is also talk of a "Tron" light cycle ride, like the one in Japan.

>> Read: Disney gets permit to add gondola rides at theme park

WDW News Today said cast members are already being told Universe of Energy will close Oct. 1 to make room for a new roller coaster.

“Those permits are already filed. That’s months ahead and people don’t think Universe of Energy will last through the year,” said Tom Corless of WDW News Today.

Earlier this week, plans were also revealed for some kind of project between France and Morocco.

It’s rumored it will be "Ratatouille," which is already in Disneyland Paris.

“Clearly, the 'Ratatouille' ride, and whatever is going to replace Universe of Energy are happening immediately, like they’re going to begin construction by the end of the year,” Corless said.

According to WDW News Today, work will begin this fall and will be executed in phases.

The overhaul should be complete in five years, just in time for the park’s 40th birthday in the fall of 2022.

Actor Jason Statham, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley welcome first child

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Jason Statham officially became parents on Saturday, and just announced the news on social media.

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“Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th,” Huntington-Whiteley wrote on a Tuesday Instagram post alongside a sweet photo of her newborn holding her fingers.

Huntington-Whiteley announced her pregnancy in February with a photo of herself in a bikini with her baby bump on full display.

“Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x Photo by @jasonstatham,” she wrote.

According to E! News, Huntington-Whiteley was joined by 40 to 50 close friends and family members at her baby shower on May 20.

“Everyone was really chill, and the spotlight was Rosie,” a source told the entertainment site, adding that she looked “flawless” at the party.

The couple kept things private ahead of their son’s birth and most recently appeared on the red carpet at the premiere of Statham’s film “The Fate of the Furious.”

Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have been dating since 2011 and became engaged in 2016.

Fans, critics surprised, delighted at Kendall Jenner's birthday gift to North West

North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, turned 4 earlier this month. To celebrate, Kardashian and West gifted their daughter with a puppy, but it’s what North West’s aunt, Kendall Jenner, got her that fans are delighted by. 

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Jenner, 21, gave her niece a book with more than 20 science projects.

Along with the book were materials and ingredients for four of the projects. 

Kardashian, who said she loved the gift, shared video of the book and prepared kits on social media. She said she appreciated the creative package.

Many praised Jenner for getting the gift “instead of something expensive and lavish.” 

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says he ‘didn’t want to die’ in new interview 

Vicky Cornell is opening up about her husband Chris Cornell’s final night.

On May 18, the Soungarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after performing one final concert. The corner ruled his cause of death to be suicide by hanging, but his wife thinks there’s more to the story.

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“My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm,” Vicky Cornell said in this month’s issue of People. “This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.”

Cornell previously struggled with addiction issues but had been sober for years, according to his wife. Shortly after his death, it was revealed that Cornell had prescription drugs and an anti-anxiety medication in his system. Vicky is unsure how the medical examiner could so quickly rule the death a suicide without waiting for toxicology results or a full autopsy report.

Related: Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report

She believes the drugs in his system significantly altered his state of mind.

“He didn’t want to die,” she said. “If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this.”

She continued, “Chris was humble, sweet, kind and good, with the patience of a saint.” The family was reportedly looking forward to an upcoming trip to Disney World with their kids, Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also a father to Lily, 17, from a previous marriage.

Related: Chris Cornell toxicology report indicates multiple prescription drugs in system, did not cause death

Because Cornell was sober since 2009, she is now left guessing if she missed the signs of a relapse.

“I relaxed, I guess,” she told the publication.

The rocker was prescribed the Ativan as a sleep aid last year though it left him feeling deprived of rest. His widow said that was a sign. Following the Detroit concert, Cornell reportedly woke his wife up by turning the lights off and on in their home, remotely using an app on his phone. Vicky Cornell said when she awoke, she called her husband.

“He was on a rant,” she said. “I said, ‘You need to tell me what you took,’ and he just got mean. That wasn’t my Chris.”

Related: Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and other celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

That’s when she decided to send Martin Kirsten, Cornell’s bodyguard, to check on him. After breaking down the doors, Kirsten found him slumped in the bathroom. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Addiction is a disease,” Vicky Cornell said. “That disease can take over you and has full power. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other children don’t have to cry like mine have cried.”

Sharks swim within arm’s reach of Florida beachgoers

A vacationer captured an incredible video of sharks swimming just off Florida’s Gulf Coast. 

Stephanie Stevens Adcock, from Arkansas, was off the coast of Okaloosa Island in Fort Walton when she spotted the sharks, according to KARK

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On Monday, Adcock shared the video and pictures on Facebook with the caption, “Yes that's my crazy husband in the green shirt ... WAY TO CLOSE to the sharp tooth sharks.”

Her husband wasn’t the only one dipping his toes in the shark-infested water. In the video, a group of beach goers got within arm’s reach of them. 

>> Related: Charter captain know to hand-feed sharks suffers bite

>> Related: Teen recovering from terrifying shark attack in Gulf of Mexico

One man even ran toward the water with snorkeling gear, while another woman is seen splashing the fish. 

Luckily no one was hurt, according to KARK.

Adcock’s video, which she posted as a cautionary tale, has been shared over 20,000 times. 

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Nuclear plant uses bikini contest to hire interns

A nuclear power station in Czech Republic got a toxic reaction from the public after it decided to use a swimsuit contest to hire interns. 

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CEZ's Temelin power station posted to their Facebook page photos of high school graduates posing in bikinis and hard hats last week, USA Today reported.

The post, which has since been deleted, said the woman with the greatest number of likes would be titled “Miss Energy 2017” and get a two-week internship. 

But many Facebook users scrutinized the station, commenting on how the post was “unprofessional” and “distasteful,” CNN reported. 

The plant apologized two days later on Facebook and said all 10 of the contestants would receive internships, Fox News reported.

"The purpose of the competition was to promote technical education," the post read. "But if the original vision raised doubts or concerns, we are very sorry."

Train misses man who overdosed, fell between tracks

Emergency crews say an Ohio man who overdosed is lucky to be alive after he fell onto nearby railroad tracks.

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When the man overdosed Friday night, he fell onto the railroad tracks near University Boulevard in Middletown, fire officials said. The man fell between the tracks, and he wasn’t hit when a train passed over him, officials said.

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The man was revived after Middletown paramedics gave him Narcan, fire officials said. He was transported to Atrium Medical Center.

Strangers buy car for man who walked 3 miles to work

Strangers in Texas came together and collected money to buy a car for a man who faced a long walk to work each day.

Justin Korva, 20, walked three miles to his job at Taco Casa before he was surprised with the car on Thursday, The Associated Press reported. The heartwarming moment was captured on video and posted on Facebook.

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The fundraiser was established by Andy Mitchell, who gave Korva a ride to work one day and was impressed by Korva's work ethic. Mitchell set up a donation box at a local restaurant, and the proceeds allowed the group to purchase a Toyota Camry for Korva.

In addition to the car, donations cover a year’s worth of insurance, two years of oil changes and a $500 gas card, The Associated Press reported.

Flight delayed after elderly woman throws coins in engine for good luck

A Chinese flight was delayed several hours after an elderly woman threw coins into the plane’s engine for good luck.

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China Southern Airlines Flight 380, scheduled to travel from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Guangzhou, was delayed after passengers reported seeing the woman with limited mobility throwing coins at the engine, according to the South China Morning Post.

>> Related: Pilot asks passengers to pray when plane violently shakes midair

The woman, who was accompanied by her husband, daughter and son-in-law, threw the coins from the boarding staircase as a form of good luck.

>> Related: Pilot 'congratulates' passengers for drinking all alcohol on plane

Upon inspection, the flight’s maintenance crew found nine metal coins in one of the engines and the captain told the South China Morning Post that the coins could have caused engine failure.

>> Related: Florida woman’s alleged crime spree nets $19, arrest

The odd incident resulted in a five-hour delay, but the flight was eventually able to take off without further incident.

Read more at the South China Morning Post.

Neanderthals practiced crude dentistry, researcher says

A researcher at the University of Kansas has discovered toothpick grooves on teeth and other signs that a Neanderthal who lived 130,000 years ago underwent some kind of prehistoric dentistry, according to a new report

The report in the Bulletin of the International Association for Paleodontology says the teeth, which were found in a cave in Croatia more than 100 years ago, were recently analyzed with modern equipment.

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The findings indicated toothpick grooves and scratches on the teeth that tell a story of pain from impacted teeth. The toothpick grooves were found on two molars that had been pushed out of place by two other molars behind them. Other marks indicated the person tried to remove at least one of the teeth causing the pain.

Florida McDonald’s customers attack employee over broken ice cream machine

A McDonald’s employee in Daytona Beach, Florida, was attacked by three customers over a broken ice cream machine, according to police.

WKMG reported that three females, including two teens, were in the drive-thru of the restaurant Sunday night and wanted to order ice cream.

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The incident report said that the employee told the customers the ice cream machine was down for maintenance and could not be used, according to WKMG.

Related: Police: Woman pulls gun after being shorted one chicken nugget

Police said the upset customers went into the restaurant and argued with the employee when they saw another customer with ice cream.

Related: Pregnant Taco Bell employee choked by woman upset over hot sauce packets, report says

According to the report, the employee told police one of the teens threatened to hit her before the women went behind the counter, hitting the worker and pulling her hair. 

A restaurant manager called 911 after the upset customers left the area. Police said they exited in a red sedan, WKMG reported.

“The safety of our customers and employees is one of our top priorities,” McDonald’s said in a statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, all inquiries are being directed to the Daytona Beach Police Department.”

Police said the employee was not injured in the fight.

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