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Couple claims they found snake inside package delivered to their home

One couple claims they received more than they ordered from Amazon after they found a snake inside their package.

The couple said it was a small, banded watersnake and that they had to spend $425 to have it removed from their home overnight. 

The couple said finding the snake terrified them and their 1-year-old son. 

What the couple feels Amazon should have done, on Channel 2 Action News at 4 p.m.

A Clayton County couple says they found this snake in their Amazon package yesterday 😳😳story on @wsbtv tonight starting at 4 pic.twitter.com/WDWDrfDOnu — Christian Jennings (@CJenningsWSB) September 24, 2018

Winning numbers drawn in 'All or Nothing Day' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "All or Nothing Day" game were:

03-04-05-06-07-08-12-13-17-19-20-23

(three, four, five, six, seven, eight, twelve, thirteen, seventeen, nineteen, twenty, twenty-three)

Frozen embryos mistakenly destroyed at Seattle hospital 

Dozens of women hoping to have children are dealing with heartbreaking loss after their frozen embryos were mistakenly destroyed at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

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Tina Mankowski, director of strategic communications for UW Medicine, confirmed that 31 patients were affected and that the destruction happened in 2014.

The mistake was not known publicly, however, until one of the couples recently filed a complaint for damages.

According to their attorney, "When these embryos are developed, they’re like extensions of themselves.” 

She said her clients felt their frozen embryos were “living beings.”

“To have them destroyed without their consent, without their knowledge -- it was devastating for this couple," the attorney said.

The lawsuit lawsuit filed by the plaintiff’s lawyer alleges that the existence of a UW Medicine letter is proof of medical negligence.

Biden postpones Georgia trip for Abrams

ATLANTA (AP) - Former Vice President Joe Biden is putting off a campaign trip on behalf of Stacey Abrams, Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Biden had planned to come Thursday to Georgia, but the Abrams campaign and Biden's office say he will reschedule for October during the closing stretch of her battle with Republican Brian Kemp. A Biden aide cited a scheduling conflict.

Biden is ramping up his midterm campaign travel as he mulls whether to run for president in 2020.

Abrams would be the first black female governor in U.S. history. Biden already has endorsed her. President Donald Trump has backed Kemp, and Vice President Mike Pence is expected to be in Georgia soon on Kemp's behalf.

The Democrats' delay almost certainly will help Biden and Abrams avoid competition for attention, in Georgia and beyond.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear Thursday from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on her allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when he was in high school.

Separately, the White House says President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet Thursday amid indications that Rosenstein's job is in jeopardy. Rosenstein supervises the special counsel's investigation into Trump's 2016 campaign and its potential associations with Russia, but he's come under fire after news reports that Rosenstein once had raised the idea of secretly recording Trump and of invoking the 25th Amendment to have the Cabinet remove the president from office.

Abrams' campaign has been a national media juggernaut of its own as she tries both to make history and to establish Republican-run Georgia as a genuine political battleground ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

That's made her a key draw for national Democrats. Former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have endorsed Abrams, as have Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, both potential 2020 candidates.

Other would-be Democratic presidential candidates - Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey - have endorsed Abrams and come to Georgia to campaign for her.

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Falcons' Ricardo Allen out for season with torn Achilles

ATLANTA (AP) - Falcons starting safety Ricardo Allen will miss the remainder of the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, dealing another blow to Atlanta's already injury-ravaged defense.

The team made the announcement a day after the Falcons' 43-37 loss to the Saints in overtime. Allen was carted off the field in the middle of the fourth quarter.

The fourth-year veteran from Purdue is the leader of the Falcons' defense. He has played both safety spots and nickel cornerback.

That left a void in a unit that lost starting strong safety Keanu Neal to a season-ending knee injury in the season opener. Starting middle linebacker Deion Jones is out for at least eight games because of a foot injury. Neal and Jones were Pro Bowl alternates last season.

Atlanta also played Sunday without starting defensive end Takk McKinley, who has a groin strain.

Atlanta hosts Cincinnati on Sunday.

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Parents feel pressured when making child safety choices, study says 

More than 90 percent of parents are overwhelmed when researching child safety products, a study released this week asserts.

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The study -- “Shifting Gears: How Becoming A Parent Changes Driving Forever” -- conducted by the Harris Poll on behalf of Volvo Car USA and coinciding with Child Passenger Safety Week, said that 66 percent of parents are more stressed than last year, when that number was 57. Fifty-seven percent of parents are also more distracted than they were five years ago, up 12 percent from 2017, the study found.

The study also found that 92 percent of parents found it overwhelming to research child safety products, and that rises to 97 percent for first-time parents.

The results come from a survey that was conducted online in the United States by Harris from July 11-17, 2018. There were 1,083 parents age 18 and older who were polled, and these people had children under 18 living in their household.

Other results from the study:

  • Nearly 84 percent of parents surveyed believed that people are more judgmental about the way they care for their children, as opposed to 10 years ago.

  • The top concern regarding child safety involved the car seat. According to the study, 71 percent of parents found the number of models overwhelming, and 58 percent found research frustrating.

  • Buyer’s remorse is sometimes an issue, the study found. Once a car seat was bought, 32 percent wish they had bought a different model. That percentage increases to 41 percent among new parents and to 47 percent among millennial parents.

T.I. plans pop-up 'Trap Music Museum' in Atlanta

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his album, “Trap Muzik,” Atlanta rapper T.I. is bringing a unique pop-up trap museum to the hip-hop capital of the South.

The artist took to Instagram to share the big news: “I made it a album... but WE MADE IT A GENRE!!!!” he wrote. “This is a celebration of ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS to the CULTURE WE CALL TRAP MUZIK!!!!”

The Trap Music Museum doesn’t have a set location just yet, but according to the official website, the venue will feature a one-of-a-kind escape room as well.

Visitors interested in the Escape the Trap Room will need to chalk up $30 for the experience.

In the museum, attendees will find a variety of featured trap artists, including 21 Savage, Future, the late Shawty Lo and more.

According to Fader, the museum will open on Sunday. You can RSVP via the website.

Escape room and Trap Music Museum hours:

  • Thursday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 p.m. to Midnight
  • Saturday: Noon to Midnight
  • Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.

This article was written by Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

T.I. plans pop-up 'Trap Music Museum' in Atlanta

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his album, “Trap Muzik,” Atlanta rapper T.I. is bringing a unique pop-up trap museum to the hip-hop capital of the South.

The artist took to Instagram to share the big news: “I made it a album... but WE MADE IT A GENRE!!!!” he wrote. “This is a celebration of ALL OF OUR CONTRIBUTIONS to the CULTURE WE CALL TRAP MUZIK!!!!”

The Trap Music Museum doesn’t have a set location just yet, but according to the official website, the venue will feature a one-of-a-kind escape room as well.

Visitors interested in the Escape the Trap Room will need to chalk up $30 for the experience.

In the museum, attendees will find a variety of featured trap artists, including 21 Savage, Future, the late Shawty Lo and more.

According to Fader, the museum will open on Sunday. You can RSVP via the website.

Escape room and Trap Music Museum hours:

  • Thursday: 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 p.m. to Midnight
  • Saturday: Noon to Midnight
  • Sunday: Noon to 9 p.m.

This article was written by Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

47 dogs died after PetSmart grooming, investigation says

An investigation from NJ.com has found that nearly 50 dogs have died after visiting PetSmart for grooming.

According to a report from Sophie Nieto-Muñoz and Alex Napoliello, families have claimed that their dogs have died during or soon after a grooming at the retail chain. The investigation found 47 documented incidents of pet deaths across 14 states since 2008.

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The NJ.com investigation found that 32 cases happened after the start of 2015, adding that 20 of the 47 documented deaths are English bulldogs and similar breeds with short noses and smushed faces.

In 2017, PetSmart announced new standards at grooming salons, including an express service solely for English bulldogs, French bulldogs, pugs, boxers Boston terriers and animals mixed with those breeds to minimize risk. The company also said cameras would be installed in all grooming salons and emphasized that pet stylists must be trained for a year.

Related: Two dog owners say their pets died at same PetSmart after grooming appointments

“Some former employees allege PetSmart’s groomer training — which the company touts as the industry’s very best — can fall short of what’s advertised,” the investigation said. “They say they have seen unprepared trainees rushed into stores because of short-staffing, putting dogs at greater risk of injury.

“Increasingly, the company is pressuring groomers to meet sales quotas, the employees said, and many felt either ignored or retaliated against when they spoke up about safety concerns or wrongdoing by colleagues.”

The report added that many owners whose pets died were offered out-of-court payments. In accepting the payment, some had to sign nondisclosure agreements. Those agreements, the investigation said, required them to delete negative comments and social media posts.

Related: Dog owners sue PetSmart after dachshund dies

The report said that individual groomers are not required by any state to be certified, meaning training and safety are not standardized. Owners get little money, should they go to court, because pets are considered property, and causes of death are hard to prove.

PetSmart said it has considered reasons that may be out of the groomer’s control -- such as unknown medical conditions, old age or natural causes -- for the deaths of some animals.

Related: Dog dies during grooming at NJ PetSmart; pet's owner wants answers

“As a company of pet lovers who are dedicated to the health and happiness of all pets, we empathize with these grieving families. Nevertheless, we are not aware of any evidence suggesting that PetSmart services caused the deaths of these pets,” the company said in statement issued Thursday in response to the NJ.com report. 

“In the case of this story, there are 14 names provided for which we have no record of a groom or incident occurring. For the remaining incidents, many of the dogs were advanced in age, overweight or are suspected to have suffered from pre-existing medical conditions. Finally, one specific case involves a pet parent who has repeatedly hidden veterinary records and necropsy reports from PetSmart and the public, but we expect the truth will be revealed through the ongoing litigation process.

“PetSmart works every day to be the trusted partner to pet parents. If an accident or policy violation occurs while a pet is in our care, we take immediate action and full responsibility. We maintain the highest standards in the industry, but by no means are we perfect. That’s why we’re always exploring enhancements to those standards. Our stylists complete at least 800 hours of hands-on instruction and safety certification, working with at least 200 dogs of all breeds and size.”

On Sunday, the company hosted an open house event across the country, inviting pet owners to tour salons and meet groomers.

The full investigation can be read at NJ.com Projects & investigations.

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