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Worker who sent mistaken missile message reassigned

The person who hit the button that sent an emergency alert warning people living in or visiting Hawaii that a ballistic missile was heading to the island state has been reassigned.

Officials have not named the person responsible, but NBC News reported that the person has a new job that is not connected to the emergency alert system.

USAToday reported that the person at the center of the mistaken alert, and who has been reassigned has worked for the agency for a decade. 

“All we will say is that the individual has been temporarily reassigned within our Emergency Operations Center pending the outcome of our internal investigation, and it is currently in a role that does not provide access to the warning system,” Richard Rapoza, a spokesman for Hawaii Emergency Management System told NBC News.

Rapoza did not disclose what the person’s job is.

>>Missile threat alert in Hawaii is false alarm, rattles nerves

The worker ran an internal test Saturday and was supposed to select a template that would have kept the message internally. Instead the person chose the template that sends the message to everyone, CNN reported

The fail-safe for sending a message is a warning that requires the person to confirm the message is to be sent. The person clicked “yes” instead of “no” and sent the message to everyone in Hawaii, including radio and television stations, CNN reported.

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Hawaii has been running siren tests since North Korea announced that it has the capability to hit the U.S. with a missile. The tests have been suspended as officials investigate the message that was sent over the weekend. Officials have also set up a new template for false alarms, CNN reported

Minutes after the alert went out, Hawaiian officials said there was no threat via social media. 

But it took nearly 40 minutes for a second alert to be pushed out to devices through the alert system.

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

Former Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’ Riordan died suddenly in London at 46, her publicist told BBC.

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"(O’Riordan) was in London for a short recording session,” her publicist told BBC. "Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

O’Riordan, lead singer for The Cranberries, shot to fame with the group in the early 1990s. The group’s release “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” sold more than 40 million records. 

The group broke up in 2003 but reformed in 2009 and announced in 2017 it was going to tour the United Kingdom and the U.S., according to the Limerick Leader. However, the tour was cut short in May because of O’Riordan’s health issues with her back, according to the BBC.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Ex-postal worker burned 20 tubs of mail for over 6 months

A postal worker pleaded guilty Friday to burning at least 20 tubs of mail at his home over the course of six months, the U.S. attorney’s office said

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Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, pleaded guilty to use of delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee. 

Thompson took mail from his rural route in Elmer to his home to burn from Dec. 1, 2016, to May 1, 2017, according to officials. 

He faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is in April.

Google app matches selfies to artwork

Have you ever been told you have a doppelganger? Well, a new feature on the Google Arts & Culture app finds your look-alike in famous artwork.

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By taking a selfie, the app will match you up with the piece of art it thinks you resemble … although, you might not be thrilled with the result.

People have been sharing their results -- good and bad -- on social media:

Social media remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As former President Bill Clinton noted, it has been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s  final birthday, but the words he spoke and the actions he took still resonate today.

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And as his message still inspires Americans to make their country better, many are taking to social media to note how his fight continues today and what we can learn from King’s work.

Pizza shop manager gives woman concussion during 'violent altercation' at restaurant

Two people have been charged after a violent incident at a Pittsburgh pizza restaurant on Friday night, police said.

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According to police, Mahmut Yilmaz and Jade Martin were involved in a “violent altercation” at Pizza Milano on Fifth Avenue in the Uptown neighborhood.

The incident between Yilmaz, a manager at the restaurant, and Martin was caught on camera, and the video quickly spread via social media.

According to the complaint, Martin, 34, told police she had been drinking at a nearby bar before deciding to go home. She missed her bus, however, and tried to enter the restaurant to use the washroom.

Witnesses told police Martin was yelling on her phone before entering the restaurant and asking them for money for a ride home. One of the witnesses, who apparently was an employee of the restaurant, notified Yilmaz of Martin's behavior.

When Martin tried to enter the restaurant, Yilmaz, 41, told her she wasn't welcome there, witnesses told police. When she was refused entrance, she redoubled her efforts to enter.

That's when the video starts. At one point, she pushes past Yilmaz, who grabs her by the arm and pulls her back by the entrance, where he pins her against the doorframe. After a few moments, the video shows him appearing to headbutt Martin. 

"The unique thing about video is that the video speaks for itself and his actions were clearly demonstrative," said Martin's attorney, Todd Hollis. "His violent behavior and demeanor was unwarranted."

Yilmaz turned himself into officers Saturday, police said. He is facing charges of simple assault and aggravated assault.

Channel 11's Shelley Bortz spoke with Martin's mother about the incident. 

“I’m heartbroken,” said Darlene Wall, Martin’s mother. “That man could have murdered my daughter in this restaurant and he is not even in jail."

Hollis said Martin has a large bruise on her forehead, and she has a severe concussion and a bruise on the front of her head.

"She's a mother of two, and from what I saw on the video, she didn't do anything to deserve this type of treatment or this level of violence," Hollis said. 

Martin told Channel 11 on Sunday that her head was still hurting and she's trying to spend time with her family.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto released the following statement on the incident:

"This morning I was made aware of the deeply disturbing video from Milano's Pizza. I have worked through the day with Pittsburgh Police leadership and charges have now been quickly brought. I want to thank the community for their assistance in the investigation, and the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police for their hard work throughout the day. It is my sincere hope that these charges are another step in sending a very clear signal that Pittsburgh will not tolerate violence against women and that we will work as a community to protect all women, and notably African American women, from physical and emotional violence."

Martin is being charged via summons with defiant trespassing and disorderly conduct, according to police.

Several people held a protest in front of the restaurant on Saturday, and local activist groups are advocating for a boycott of Pizza Milano following the altercation.

The Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and the Greater Pittsburgh Coalition Against Violence (CAV) issued a release Sunday laying out their stance on the incident and the restaurant.

In the release, the groups said they will no longer “order food or services” from Pizza Milano as a result of the “outrageous, disrespectful, and unacceptable treatment” of Martin. 

B-PEP encouraged a boycott of the restaurant because their coalition “opposes violence against all people.”

The release called for respect to be given to all people, and the groups are encouraging prosecutors to pursue the charges against Yilmaz “fully and vigorously.”

CVS to stop digitally altered images in its store brand advertising, will label other brands’ manipulation

CVS is making sure its beauty ads live up to real life. 

It’s stopping the practice of photo manipulation on its store-brand beauty products and will mark other company’s advertisements with a notation on images that have been Photoshopped, USAToday reported.

The company will also mark photos that have not been altered with what it is calling the CVS Beauty Mark. 

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The initiative has a deadline of 2020, the company announced.

CVS has 9,600 stores across the country and is considered one of the largest sellers of beauty products with 80 percent of the customers women. 

CVS Pharmacy President, Helena Foulkes told USAToday, “We’re all consuming massive amounts of media every day and we’re not necessarily looking at imagery that is real and true. To try to hold ourselves up to be like those women is impossible because even those women don’t look like how they appear in those photographs.”

The company hopes to have the CVS Beauty Mark on photos this year.

Texas man charged in plot to kill players, fans during Steelers game

There was a slight scare ahead of Sunday’s Steelers game at Heinz Field after police arrested a man who allegedly threatened to kill players and fans at the game.

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Authorities arrested Yuttana Choochongkol, 40, who is from San Antonio, in Texas.

Investigators said the man made several threats online, sending them to the director of security at Heinz Field.

“The Steelers game will be packed, and that's when I plan on killing Steelers football players and fans before taking my own pitiful life," Choochongkol wrote.

The Steelers issued a statement regarding the threats. 

“We take all threats seriously and turned over information to the FBI and the City of Pittsburgh police,” said spokesman Burt Lauten. “We are thankful law enforcement was able to identify and track down the individual to make an arrest."

Rare video shows MLK predict African-American president

Decades before Barack Obama became president, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. predicted that one day the United States would see an African-American in the White House. In a rare clip pulled from the WSB-TV archives, King talked to reporters about the power of the black vote and said that an African-American president could be elected in the "not-too-distant future."

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King famously fought for African-Americans' right to vote, which were formally protected by the Voting Rights Act in 1965. In the clip of a press conference on April 25, 1967 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, King talked to reporters about the 1968 presidential race. Some newspapers and activists had advocated for King to run for president, which, earlier in the clip, he announced he would not do. 

In later remarks, King insists that he believes African-Americans are capable of leading the country:

I do not want to give the impression that I feel that a Negro is not capable of being president. There are many Negroes who were capable this day and yesterday and day before yesterday and many days in the past. But because of prejudices and narrow-mindedness, Negroes have been held out of the political arena and certainly held out of the presidency. But I do think that the day will come in the not-too-distant future when the Negro vote itself will be powerful enough to be a coalition with liberals and the white community and thereby elect a Negro president of the United States.

King was assassinated a year later on April 4, 1968. It would be four decades after his death until the country elected its first African-American president. 

Good Samaritans ticketed for feeding homeless in California

No good deed goes unpunished.

Nine well-meaning people in California have found that out after receiving tickets for giving food to the homeless in a park in El Cajon, KNSD reported.

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It all started Sunday, when volunteers gathered in Wells Park to give clothes, food and toiletries to the homeless.

Police stepped in, accusing those giving the handouts of violating the city’s municipal code. The law prohibits food sharing in public places like a park, KNSD reported.

In October, the city council passed the ordinance restricting food sharing to combat a hepatitis A outbreak.

Signs were posted at the park in November.

El Cajon police gave citations to all who were helping the homeless, including a 14-year-old, KNSD reported.

Experts: Parents feed babies solid food too soon

Are Americans feeding their babies solid foods too early?

One group of child-feeding advocates say yes and that the move to feed babies solids early can follow them for the rest of their lives.

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The group, called thousanddays.org, examined nutrition for babies in America.

Thousand days refers to pregnancy through the first two years after birth.

Its research found that nearly 40 percent of parents are introducing solids too early and that only 22 percent of babies are exclusively breastfed for six months.

Thousanddays.org said that more than half of moms say they are getting mixed messages on what to feed their babies.

So what are parents feeding their children and when?

Chloe Barrera with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevents said that she oversaw a study that took a look at what 1,482 babies from the age of 6 to 36 months ate. Parents told researchers when they first ate food that wasn’t formula or breast milk. Other foods included juice, cow’s milk, baby food or other solids. About two-thirds of families were not following official recommendations. Some parents introduced foods too early, or before 4 months (16.3 percent) , many (38.3 percent) gave food to their babies between 4 and 5 months, while some held off solid foods until 7 or more months (12.9 percent), Huffington Post reported.

Barrera’s study was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

But study authors say the numbers may be worse than reported since research depended upon self-reporting and that parents who know the recommendations may have under-reported the ages of their children and when they fed them solid foods, Huffington Post reported.

Experts say babies should be either breast fed or fed for their first 6 months because those foods have the nutrients babies need for development. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services are both working on federal guidelines for children under 2 years old. The guidelines are expected to be released in 2020, Huffington Post reported.

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Cops troll teens after shutting down planned kegger

Police in one Pennsylvania town have taken the steam out of a planned kegger after the officers found a keg in a popular party spot.

Upper Darby police have won the battle for internet trolls this week after this post on Facebook and TwitterPhilly Voice reported.

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In it, the police officer said, “Attn young people - you might want to hold off on buying the red plastic cups for tonight’s party behind the Aronimink Swim Club (aka the palace). There will probably be a lack of attendance now.”

The post has been liked more than 7,000 times on Facebook and has more than 760 comments, with more than 5,300 additional likes on Twitter.

BJ’s tells former Sam’s Club employees they’re looking for you

One company’s misfortune may help another.

BJ’s Wholesale Club, a competitor Sam’s Club, is looking to hire the soon-to-be former employees of the Walmart membership warehouse, CNN Money reported.

The company said in a statement, that it has “had numerous inquiries from Sam’s Club employees. BJ’s Wholesale Club is hiring, and anyone interested in joining our team can go to bjs.com/careers or visit their local club.”

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Walmart unexpectedly closed 63 Sam’s Clubs across the country last week after what the company said was “a thorough performance review.” The president of Sam’s Club told employees, “We’ve decided to right size our fleet and better align our locations with our strategy,” USAToday reported.

Some of the locations impacted are in Florida, Georgia, Ohio and Texas.

The closings came the same day that Walmart announced a wage increase and bonuses for employees throughout the company.

BJ’s told CNN Money that the company had an increase of membership that they said were Sam’s Club members.

BJ’s has more than 210 stores operating in 16 states.

Employees at the shuttered Sam’s Club locations will receive the bonus the company announced and 60 days of pay and, if eligible, a severance package. Walmart also said it is trying to transfer as many employees to nearby stores as it can.

Some of the locations closed last week will be turned into distribution centers used to fill online purchases, USAToday reported.

Oklahoma family seeking medical marijuana for child hopes for legalization

As Oklahoma voters prepare to make a decision on legalizing medical marijuana, one family is using cannabis oil to help a young girl with a rare medical condition.

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>> On FOX23.com: Oklahoma Gov. Fallin sets election date for medical marijuana measure

KOKI has been following the story of Jaqie Angel Warrior for years now. Her mother, Brittany Warrior, said she needs cannabis oil to help with the seizures she has every day.

>> On FOX23.com: New poll finds 62 percent of Oklahomans support medical marijuana measure

Jaqie Angel Warrior suffers from a rare and potentially deadly form of epilepsy. Traditional pharmaceuticals haven't worked well for her, the family says.

She started having seizures at 5 months old. At 20 months old, the family put her on cannabis oil at the advisement of her neurologist. Since then, she has been weaned off all pharmaceuticals.

Jaqie's mother, Brittany Warrior, said they were losing all hope before they tried cannabis oil.

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"Prior to starting cannabis, Jaqie had anywhere from 150 to 300 seizures a day. She was catatonic and life was fading out of her before my eyes," she said.

The family has traveled back and forth, and even temporarily moved to states with legalized medical marijuana.

Now that State Question 788 is on the ballot in Oklahoma, Brittany Warrior hopes that voters will support the measure to help her child.

UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments

The girlfriend of the leader of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been suspended from the party after reportedly making racist comments about Prince Harry’s American fiancee, Meghan Markle.

The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages reportedly sent by 54-year-old Henry Bolton’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney.

>> On Rare.us: Meghan Markle’s half-sister slams rumors about her family ahead of the royal wedding

Marney reportedly said Markle would “taint” the royal family, that she had a “tiny brain” and that black people were "ugly."

In a statement to The Mail, Marney said: “I apologize unreservedly for the shocking language I used.”

She added: “The opinions I expressed were deliberately exaggerated in order to make a point and have, to an extent, been taken out of context. Yet I fully recognize the offense they have caused.”

Former deputy leader of the party Peter Whittle wrote on Twitter: “These are disgraceful remarks," adding, “This person should not just be suspended … but expelled altogether.”

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UKIP’s chairman, Paul Oakden, told the Mail on Sunday that Marney had been suspended from the party membership immediately after he was made aware of the messages.

“UKIP does not, has not and never will condone racism,” he said.

Bolton, who was elected party leader in September, tweeted to confirm that Marney had been suspended from the party “immediately upon [UKIP] receiving this information.”

He was responding to a teenage party activist who urged him to publicly call for Marney to have her UKIP membership revoked.

“Her words were blatantly racist and there should be no room for that in UKIP,” Jack Penny wrote on Twitter.

Bolton confirmed his relationship with Marney in a letter to UKIP supporters earlier this month, after seemingly leaving his wife to pursue his new relationship, the BBC reported.

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

>> On Rare.us: Dennis Rodman says Kim Jong Un is a 'madman'

Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI chargeThe Associated PressCNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest.

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The arrest occurred around 11 p.m. in Newport Beach, California.

Rodman has "struggled openly with alcoholism the past 17 years," Rodman agent Darren Prince told CNN, adding that the former NBA standout has "been dealing with some major personal issues the last month, and I know it's time he checks back into a rehab center to work through them."

Rodman has pleaded guilty and no contest to DUI in the past, and also faced charges related to a hit-and-run.

In his post-NBA days, Rodman has made headlines for increasingly bizarre statements about North Korea and its leader, Kim Jong Un, whom Rodman sees as a friend.

Read more here.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Vikings beat Saints on last second touchdown

Although the Saints were down 17-0 to the Minnesota Vikings at halftime, it looked like Drew Brees was on the verge of completing another incredible comeback in the fourth quarter, taking a 24-23 lead with just 25 seconds left.

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But there was still enough time for Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to throw the game-winning 61-yard touchdown to Stefon Diggs as time expired.

After a review and a delay, the Vikings lined up for the PAT -- as per NFL rules -- to complete the 29-24 win.

Prior to the penultimate play, it looked like the Vikings were about to suffer another playoff heartbreaker. The franchise has been plagued with crushing losses in the playoffs in the last 20 years. The Vikings will now move on to the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles in Philadelphia next Sunday.

Photos: 2018 Detroit auto show

Trump: 'I'm the least racist person you will ever interview' 

President Donald Trump answered several questions while entering Trump International Golf Course with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Sunday evening, telling reporters that he is not racist and he is working on a DACA deal. 

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Trump claimed to reporters he didn’t make the offensive remark at the Oval Office meeting last week.

“No. I’m not a racist. I’m the least racist person you will ever interview,” he said.

He also said he was trying to get a DACA deal done, but Democrats were not helping. “A lot of things to talk about. We’re going to talk DACA,” he said. 

When asked if he could make a deal, he said, “Honestly, I don’t think the Democrats want to make a deal... there are a lot of sticking points.”

The president was dining Sunday night with Rep. McCarthy at his golf club in West Palm Beach, according to news sources. McCarthy attended a meeting last week in which the president reportedly referred to Haiti and African countries as “shitholes.” 

1 dead, 14 hurt after casino shuttle boat catches fire, officials say

8:05 a.m. EST Monday: One person is dead and 14 others injured after a fire engulfed a casino shuttle boat near Port Richey, Florida, The Associated Press is reporting.

The woman’s cause of death is not yet known, according to the AP.

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ORIGINAL STORY: A casino cruise ship with 50 people on board caught fire Sunday afternoon. 

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All 50 passengers aboard the Sun Cruz casino ship made it safely to shore near Port Richey where they were treated by emergency rescue crews, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office, Port Richey police as well as other agencies are investigating. 

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