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Florida man accused of threatening state representative on Facebook

Saying he was "fed up" with the Republican Party, a 33-year-old man lashed out Sunday on Facebook, threatening the life of state Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, R-Miami, the Miami Herald reports.

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Steve St. Felix, 33, of Miami-Dade County was arrested Monday and charged with making, written threats with intent to do bodily injury. Diaz contacted authorities after the threat appeared on his Facebook page.

"I’ll kill your ass and you better not show up to the next REC meeting," Felix is accused of writing. The comment, which was quickly removed, appeared to refer to the county's Republican Executive Committee. 

St. Felix told police that he was "fed up" with the GOP and that he hadn’t taken his medications when he posted the threat, the Herald reported.

On Tuesday, St. Felix was ordered held on $500,000 bail and told to have no contact with Diaz, according to NBC 6 in Miami. Before his arrest, he was out on bail for threatening another public servant along with burglary, prosecutors said. 

During the court appearance, his attorney said St. Felix has a mental health issue.

Diaz, 37, is preparing for a primary election on July 25 for the state Senate seat vacated by Frank Artiles, who resigned in April after a tirade that included vulgar and racially charged comments about other senators.

Eminem shows off beard, natural hair color in new photo

Eminem rarely makes public appearances when he isn’t promoting new music, so it came as a surprise to fans when he appeared in a photo with a beard and his natural brunette hair.

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Allure magazine reported that the 44 year-old-rapper made an appearance at the red carpet for “The Defiant Ones,” HBO’s four-part documentary on rapper and producer Dr. Dre and music producer Jimmy Iovine.

Photos from the event Thursday show Eminem with noticeably brown whiskers on his face and what appears to be dark brown hair.

The rapper, whose birth name is Marshall Mathers, is notable for having platinum blond-dyed hair and a clean-shaven face.

He posted a photo to his Instagram page and acknowledged his changed appearance in the caption.

“Just a couple of guys from Compton and one from Detroit. With a beard,” he wrote under the photo, taken of himself, Dr. Dre and rapper Kendrick Lamar. Both Dre and Lamar are from Compton, California. Eminem is from Detroit.

Fans and observers expressed their surprise at the look on Twitter, including D12, a hip hop group Eminem is a part of.

That’s not to say the rapper has never been seen with facial hair before. Some photos online show the rapper with a shadow, but they are few and far in between.

Eminem recently paid tribute to the late rapper Prodigy on a radio show, according to XXL Magazine. Lamar was also on the show doing a tribute.

Princess Diana allegedly made threatening phone calls to Camilla while married to Prince Charles

A new tell-all gives royals fans new details into Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage.

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According to “The Duchess: The Untold Story,” Duchess Camilla received “threatening and unnerving” phone calls from Princess Diana at all hours of the night.

Author Penny Junor writes that Diana would call and say, “‘I’ve sent someone to kill you. They’re outside in the garden. Look out the window; can you see them?’” Junor got this information from a number of sources close to Camilla.

Diana also reportedly left similar messages on others’ answering machines.

>> RELATED: A new tell-all claims Prince Charles was the “architect of the disaster” in his marriage to Princess Diana

“We know where you are, and so does your wife [sic]. I know you’re being disloyal to me,’” Diana reportedly said to Patrick Jephson, her private secretary.

Camilla is said to have broken Prince Charles’ heart after accepting Andrew Parker Bowles’ proposal in 1973. The two reportedly maintained an affair through the years they were each married to Bowles and Diana.

“She wrote to Charles herself to tell him. Her letter broke the prince’s heart. In great distress, he fired off anguished letters of his own to his nearest and dearest,” according to an excerpt from the book. “It seemed to him particularly cruel, he wrote in one letter, that after ‘such a blissful, peaceful and mutually happy relationship,’ fate had decreed that it should last a mere six months.”

Charles and Diana eventually split in 1992 and divorced in 1996. He married Camilla in 2005.

These states have most overweight pets, research reveals

Dogs and cats in America are becoming increasingly overweight, according to a report from Banfield Pet Hospital.

Time reported that research from Banfield Pet Hospital released Tuesday shows that the number of overweight or obese pets in America is growing, and two states have the most hefty cats and dogs.

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The company, which operates close to 1,000 veterinary clinics in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, used information from 2.5 million dogs and 505,000 cats seen at Banfield Hospitals in 2016.

People reported that the ranking for the states with the most cats and dogs diagnosed as overweight both have Minnesota and Nebraska in the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. See the top 10 states in each category below.

Overweight and Obesity in  dogs per 100 cases:

  1. Minnesota: 41 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 39 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  3. Michigan: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 38 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  5. Nevada: 36 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  6. New Mexico: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  7. Washington: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  8. Utah: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  9. Indiana: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight
  10. Oregon: 34 of 100 dogs diagnosed as overweight

Overweight and Obesity in cats per 100 cases:

  1. Minnesota: 46 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  2. Nebraska: 43 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  3. Iowa: 42 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  4. Idaho: 40 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  5. Delaware: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  6. Michigan: 39 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  7. Nevada: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  8. Kansas: 38 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  9. Utah: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight
  10. New Mexico: 37 of 100 cats diagnosed as overweight

The hospital’s research found that lack of exercise, overfeeding, breed and genetics and the commonality of obesity in pets are some factors that contribute to how so many pets became overweight. 

Pet owners can manage the weight of their cats and dogs by coming up with a weight loss plan with their veterinarian, having more playtime with their pets and giving out less treats, particularly limiting human food.

More information can be found at Banfield.com.

At least 17 registered sex offenders list same Walmart as home address

Shoppers at a Walmart in Cocoa, Florida, expressed concern after learning that at least 17 registered sex offenders, some designated as sexual predators, listed the store as their home address.

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State law allows homeless sex offenders to use the address of the closest physical address for their registration.

Most of the sex offenders listing the Walmart as their home address likely live across the street in a homeless camp set up in a wooded area, police said.

Mother, and Walmart shopper, Heather Poole said she couldn’t believe so many sex offenders lived in such close proximity to a place children and families regularly visit.

“We go there, like, 10 times a week,” Poole said. “We literally live right down the street.

“It’s pretty scary, you know? We have kids and, you know, you don’t want (the sex offenders) being around and you don’t know who it is.”

In a statement, Walmart said that the company goes to great lengths to keep shoppers safe.

Walmart admitted, though, that it did not know about the homeless sex offenders using the Clearlake Road store as their home address.

Walmart’s full statement:

“We work to maintain a safe environment for our customers and associates. It’s disturbing to learn that convicted felons would list our store as their residential address. We condemn such a practice and must refer any other questions to local law enforcement.”

According to the Cocoa Police Department, after registered sex offenders are released from prison, officers verify the address listed on their paperwork and check on the individual again in six months.

Update: Police in Florida review test kits after drywall tests positive for cocaine

Police in Oviedo, Florida, said they will take a closer look at their drug-test kits after what may have been drywall powder tested positive for cocaine.

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Karlos Cashe was pulled over in March for driving without headlights. 

A K-9 officer made a hit on possible drugs on the passenger side of Cashe’s vehicle, police said.

>> EARLIER: Powdered drywall mistaken for cocaine lands innocent man behind bars for 90 days

Oviedo police used a test kit and said a powdery substance tested positive for cocaine; police said they also found marijuana in the car. 

Cashe was on probation for marijuana and cocaine charges. 

However, further testing by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed the powdery substance was really drywall. 

Cashe sat in jail for 90 days before the test results came back. 

>> RELATED: Florida police officer who mistook doughnut glaze for meth resigns

“I sat there 90 days knowing I was innocent,” Cashe said. 

Police Tuesday released body-camera video of Cashe’s arrest in March. 

“We had probable cause. Our presumptive tests on the cocaine was positive and that’s what we go off of. That’s why with every presumptive that we do, we send it off to FDLE,” said Lt. Heather Capetillo with the Oviedo Police Department. 

Police use a NarcoPouch, made by Safariland, to test for the narcotics. 

Safariland is the same company used by Orlando police when they arrested a man after doughnut glaze tested positive for meth. 

WFTV asked Oviedo police if there was an issue with the test kits. 

“We will probably review test kits. (We will) contact FDLE and see if there are other test kits or other brands we can use,” Capetillo said.

Leslie Jones says Los Angeles Ritz Carlton doesn’t ‘like black people’

Leslie Jones isn’t happy with the Ritz Carlton in Los Angeles, according to her Twitter feed.

After hosting the BET Awards Sunday, the “Saturday Night Live” cast member and comedian checked into the luxury hotel franchise but was not happy with the service and said so in a tweet to her 600,000 followers Monday.

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“Wow was such a great night at the BET awards. But then had THE WORST STAY @RitzCarlton DO NOT STAY THERE!! THEY DONT LIKE BLACK PEOPLE!!” she tweeted.

Jones did not specify what made her stay an unhappy one, but the hotel brand responded to the tweet, writing, “We’re very sorry to hear this. We pride ourselves on providing excellent service to all. Please DM us & we’ll look into this right away.”

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to the hotel for comment and received the following statement: 

“Diversity and inclusion are part of the fabric of The Ritz-Carlton culture and operations. We remain committed to providing an environment where all feel welcome. While we do not comment publicly about individual guests, we take every guest concern seriously and work quickly to resolve issues.”

E! News reported that it is not clear if the issue has been privately resolved.

Fake Time magazine covers displayed at Donald Trump’s golf club locations

UPDATE June 27 at 7:00 p.m.: The Washington Post reported that by Tuesday evening, a spokeswoman for Time Magazine said that the publication “asked the Trump Organization to remove the phony cover from the walls where it was on display.”

Original story:

President Donald Trump has a framed Time Magazine cover of himself decorating at least four of his golf clubs, two in the United States and two overseas, but according to reports, the cover is fake.

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According to a report in The Washington Post, the magazine cover is dated March 1, 2009, and features a full-size image of Trump. The headline reads, “Donald Trump: ‘The Apprentice’ is a television smash!”

Then, in another place the cover, in all caps no less, is the statement: “TRUMP IS HITTING ON ALL FRONTS . . . EVEN TV!”

RELATED: President Trump reacts after three CNN journalists resign over a retracted Russia story

A reporter visiting one of Trump’s properties recently saw the cover and noticed several discrepancies from normal Time covers. For one, the red border on the Trump cover was thinner than a normal Time cover, and it lacks the thin white line that the magazine usually features. The fake cover also features two exclamation points – something that a cover from Time normally wouldn’t feature.

The Washington Post contacted Time Magazine to find out if the cover was, in fact, a fake, and the publication revealed that it was not a real magazine cover.

There was no March 1, 2009, Time Magazine, and on top of that, Trump was not featured on any of the publication’s covers in all of 2009.

The Trump Organization has not responded to requests for comment from The Post, and when they contacted White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to find out why the clubs displayed a fake cover, she replied that they “couldn’t comment on the decor at Trump Golf clubs one way or another.”

LA Fitness in Florida tests positive for Legionella

At least one of the Central Florida LA Fitness gyms the state health department linked to four cases of Legionnaires’ disease tested positive for Legionella bacteria.

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The Orange County Health Department reported that multiple samples from local LA Fitness came back positive.

>> Read: 4 LA Fitness members contract Legionnaires' disease in Orlando

Officials are still waiting to get the results from the LA Fitness in Metro West in unincorporated Hunters Creek.

Legionella can cause two illnesses, including Legionnaires' disease, which is a rare but serious form pneumonia. 

The affected gym will have to consult with a water systems management company.

>> Read: 2 cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to hot tub at Clermont retirement community

Earlier this year, three members of the LA Fitness in Ocoee were sickened by Legionnaires’ disease, but test results came back negative for the Legionella bacteria.

In Orange County, LA Fitness gyms were also linked to the disease in 2008 and 2010.

Double rainbow appears in Detroit before fireworks show

Those gathering for a fireworks show in Detroit Monday night received an opening act via Mother Nature.

A double rainbow appeared in the sky over downtown Detroit, delighting those attending the 59th annual Ford Fireworks show.

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Images of the double rainbow were posted on social media.

Not to be outdone, the fireworks show was also spectacular.

Young parents charged with murder in opioid-related death of toddler

The parents of a 2-year-old Georgia girl who died after ingesting the opioid pain killer Oxycodone are now facing murder charges. 

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According to warrants released on Monday, Aubree Hendrix consumed the drug sometime on March 7 or 8 at her father’s home in DeKalb County. 

The child later suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jazea Lyles, 20, and Jalen Hendrix, 22, have been charged with felony murder and cruelty to children due to negligence in connection with the toddler’s death.

In Georgia, one doesn't have to have intended to kill to be charged with felony murder.

Police haven’t revealed exactly how they believe the child ingested the drug.

>> Related: Man claims self-defense in teen’s shooting death, faces murder charge

On Friday, the DeKalb Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit arrested Hendrix at a business in Lithonia, Georgia and Lyles at her home in metro Atlanta. 

Both remained in jail without bond on Monday.

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

A Taco Bell customer in Goshen, Indiana, attacked a pregnant employee because she did not get enough hot sauce packets, according to a report from The Elkhart Truth.

Goshen Police Department spokeswoman Tina Kingsbury said that the woman came into the restaurant Monday afternoon and ordered a meal.

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Kingsbury told The Elkhart Truth that the suspect, described as a woman in her late 30s, became upset over how the 26-year-old pregnant employee handed her hot sauce packets. She also wanted more of the packets.

The woman pushed the employee against a wall and choked her, according to police.

The Elkhart Truth reported that authorities are still investigating the incident. No surveillance footage has been released.

Fireworks recall underway over ‘burn hazard,’ could explode unexpectedly

A fireworks recall is underway just in time for the Fourth of July.

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TNT Fireworks is recalling Red White & Blue Smoke Fireworks, which were sold at Walmart, Target and other stores.

The product can explode unexpectedly, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“The Blue Ammo Smoke effect could rapidly dispel from the bottom of the tube in an explosive manner posing a burn hazard,” the company said on its website.

The pyrotechnics were sold in four states, Ohio, Illinois, Vermont and Wisconsin, between May and this month.

The company said it is offering a refund or a replacement for those who bought the defective fireworks.

19-year-old shoots, kills man trying to break into apartment

Police said a teenager shot and killed a man Monday as he attempted to break into the teen’s apartment in DeKalb County, Georgia. 

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The 19-year-old told police he heard someone banging on the door of his apartment and trying to kick it in. 

He grabbed a gun and shot through the door, authorities said. 

Police found the intruder dead on the stoop. 

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Police said the shooting appeared to be a case of self-defense. Authorities do not plan on charging the teen.

Kitten rescued after getting stuck on the Golden Gate Bridge

If cats have nine lives, how many lives do kittens have?

An orange and white kitten is very fortunate to be alive after dodging traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge last weekend.

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California Highway Patrol received a call Sunday about a kitten running loose on the Golden Gate Bridge, according to the report on its Facebook page. Officers took one pass over the bridge and were unable to find the kitten; on a second pass, officers noticed a furry head popping out of a movable median barrier and blocked traffic to conduct a rescue operation.

The kitten was quickly freed and transported to an animal hospital for an exam and bath. The kitten had no collar or microchip, so it is unknown if he has an owner.

While a search for an owner continues, Officer Smith, one of the kitten's rescuers, offered to foster him.

The kitten has been tentatively named Bridges.

Police officer helps driver pick out car seat for his child after traffic stop

The Dunwoody Police Department is recognizing one of its officers for turning a traffic stop into a teaching moment.

Officer Jeffrey Leach stopped an SUV after noticing a child in a car without a car seat.

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The officer learned the driver did not have a car seat for his youngest child, the department said in a Facebook post Saturday.

“Rather than just issue a citation, Officer Leach used the stop as a teaching moment,” the post said.

Leach offered the driver a chance to accompany him to Target to buy a car seat.

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“Leach is one of our car seat installation technicians, so he knows a thing or two about child car seats and their installation. The driver happily agreed and agreed to share his story. Officer Leach helped the driver pick out the perfect seat and installed it,” the department said.

“We're super proud of Officer Leach for exercising a little compassion and helping keep our Dunwoody streets safe.”

2-year-old dies after falling asleep in hot van

A 2-year-old Idaho boy died after he was left over the weekend for more than six hours in a hot car near St. George, Utah, according to multiple reports.

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Authorities found the boy after they were called around 6:40 p.m. Saturday to a report of an unresponsive child at a home in Winchester Hills, St. George News reported.

The child was pronounced dead at the scene, the news site reported.

The Washington County Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case to determine whether any charges will be filed, although sheriff’s office spokesman David Crouse told The Salt Lake Tribune that it appeared the child’s death was “a tragic accident.”

>> Related: 4-day-old baby left in hot car in Massachusetts

In a statement released to St. George News, deputies said the 2-year-old boy was one of as many as 35 children brought to St. George for a family reunion. The group traveled to St. George for an activity. Deputies believe that the 2-year-old fell asleep on the trip back to Winchester Hills, but no one noticed that he didn’t get out of the van. Meanwhile, a majority of the adults got ready for a religious meeting in St. George.

>> Related: 10 ways to prevent a hot car death

Crouse said at a news conference Monday that teenage family members were watching the children as the adults went to the meeting, KSTU reported.

When they returned to Winchester Hills, the boy’s absence was noticed. His father found him in the van, according to deputies.

>> Related: Waze traffic app includes feature to remind parents kids are in car

It was not clear how long he had been left in the vehicle, although Crouse told the Tribune that the boy appeared to have been in the car for at least six hours.

St. George saw a high of 109 degrees on Saturday, according to the Tribune.

Some call Costco’s new burger ‘Shake Shack copycat’

Some Costco locations are serving up a new burger -- and it’s causing chatter beyond the food court. 

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Observations of the new burger have circulated for weeks, and it’s making headlines because food critics are comparing it to a Shake Shack burger.

Shake Shack, a popular chain that hasn’t made it to the northwest U.S., builds its burger with all-natural Angus beef, a “Chicago-style” potato bun, the Shack's sauce, which is made up of mayo, dijon mustard and dill pickle brine.

>> Related: Dick's Drive-In makes ‘25 Best Cheeseburgers' national list

“The final product looks nearly identical to Shack's beloved burger, though the ingredients are slightly different,” wrote Delish.com's Rheanna O’Neil Bellomo, who simply called it a “Shake Shack copycat.”

Ingredients in the 1/3 pound Costco burger are reported to be an organic beef patty, topped with romaine lettuce, and smoke Thousand Island dressing.

>> Related: This essay about Costco got a high school senior into 5 Ivy League schools

When the Seattle Times checked in with Costco Corporate about Seattle as a test market, it wouldn’t confirm the cheeseburger. But a reporter found one for sale at the Costco location in SoDo, costing a modest $4.99 and not-so-modest 1,140 calories.

According to Eater, the burger is in a localized testing phase.

‘Little People Big World’s’ Zach Roloff introduces new baby to soccer

Reality TV stars Zach and Tori Roloff of “Little People, Big World” fame, took their new baby to his first soccer game this week.

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The couple documented much of the family outing for fans on Instagram as they took in a Portland Timbers game. Zach has a serious passion for soccer and has been a youth soccer coach for more than 10 years.

Baby Jackson Roloff was pictured in Zach’s arms wearing sound-blocking headphones and looking up at his dad, who was beaming with pride.“Ah the way Baby J already looks at his daddy. I choose to think this is a smile. Not just gas. #zandtpartyofthree,” Tori wrote.

>> Related: ‘Little People, Big World’ stars Zach, Tori Roloff reveal new baby a little person

Over the weekend, the new mom soaked up some sun with her baby, but it looked like it lulled Jackson right to sleep.

“I was apparently boring baby J at our pool day today. #zandtpartyofthree,” she captioned the sweet shot.

Small town won't burst Fourth of July fireworks to protect bald eaglet

The Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and Americans are getting ready to host family and friends in celebration of the country’s independence.

But one town is asking its residents to rethink their participation in the popular explosive tradition.

Authorities in Columbia, a small Connecticut town, are concerned about the welfare of a bald eagle family, The Associated Press reported.

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A pair of eagles moved to the town last summer, and a female eaglet hatched only a few months ago. The eaglet has not yet developed the ability to fly. Seeing as its nest is 100 feet off the ground, wildlife biologist Brian Hess, who works for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), is concerned that fireworks might scare the eaglet from its nest.

“Eagles and fireworks are both sort of this great American tradition,” Hess added. “But I can’t think of a more perfectly startling thing than a firework.”

Town administrator Mark Walter announced that an official display was not planned. Residents have been threatened with fines and jail time should any fireworks harm the nest. Walter said  DEEP would be “available for dispatch if needed.”

“The resident trooper will be the enforcement agency to make any finds concerning illegal fireworks,” he said.

“I would not be happy if something happens to that eaglet,” said 28-year resident Janice Thibodeau. Though she said her neighbors have already purchased thousands of dollars in fireworks as they do every year, she suggested that they wait until Labor Day to fire them.

Though bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, harming them invites prosecution on the state and federal levels.

RELATED: Army veteran rescues eagle dangling from tree during nation’s birthday weekend

An email from Hess was forwarded to the residents of the town regarding the decision. A copy of the email was shared with Rare.us:

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