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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.

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.

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.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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“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:

Country stars Rascal Flatts surprise bride with performance at wedding reception

It’s often said that the most precious gifts you can give someone are your time and attention. Rascal Flatts was definitely feeling generous when it came to giving newlyweds Sara and Brandon McInnis a wedding gift.

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The bride and groom had planned their June 24 wedding in Watertown, Wisconsin, to include playing Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” during their first dance. A DJ was set to play the 2005 single, but the couple’s longtime friend, Tammy, had other plans.

Related: Watch as this bride is stunned during the most important dance of her life

“I knew that Rascal Flatts was up at Country USA, and I thought, ‘You know what, wouldn’t it be really cool if they could stop (by),’” Tammy said in a video posted on Rascal Flatts official Facebook page. “So, I sent them an email and gave them kind of a little background story about Brandon and Sara and who they are.”

Related: Rascal Flatts’ thoughtful gesture brings “Today’s” Hoda Kotb to tears

That was all the award-winning country trio needed to show up. The group didn’t just sing the first dance song, they also grabbed a photo with the newlyweds, then had an impromptu meet-and-greet with family members who wanted a picture with the country stars, too.

Watch a video of the surprise from Rascal Flatts below.

‘It’s a blessing:’ Teen paralyzed at age 4 graduates middle school as valedictorian

A rising high school freshman has a lot to celebrate after graduating as valedictorian from his eighth grade class. Nine years ago, a gunshot left him paralyzed.

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In 2008, Mantrell Stevens was struck by a stray bullet fired by a gang in a Chicago neighborhood. On Tuesday, Stevens graduated at the top of his class at Wadsworth STEM Elementary School.

Related: Father and son graduate together, plan to continue their educations together in the fall 

He credits his success to that tragedy.

“It’s a blessing, it’s not a curse,” the now 13-year-old told WBBM-TV. “Now I’m finally realizing it happened for a reason.”

“That kind of humbled me, because when it happened, I was just a kid, but now I look on it now and I’m glad it happened,” Mantrell said.

The bullet struck his spinal cord, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Now, he’s getting ready to attend a private boarding school in Boston, where he received a full scholarship.

“He’s a bright kid. Keeps a smile on his face. Always positive. He’s my motivation,”

Martrell’s mother, Lakeesha Rucker, said.

“You could always do what you put your mind to. If someone tells you you can’t do that, do it anyway, because you will never know if you don’t try,” Mantrell said.

Man who robbed 3 Waffle Houses in 24 hours sentenced to life in prison

A man convicted of robbing Waffle House restaurants in Cobb and Gwinnett counties will spend the rest of his life in prison.

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Cobb County Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell handed down the sentence Friday after a jury convicted Robbin Haynes, 23, of armed robbery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony for the 2014 crime.

Haynes and another man, Otis Lee Barnes, used a gun and large, orange bolt cutters to rob restaurant workers off Highway 92 near Sandy Plains Road on March 13, 2014. They got away with $400.

That restaurant wasn’t the only one they hit.

Investigators say the pair robbed two other Waffle House restaurants the same way.

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In a release sent to WSB-TV, Assistant District Attorney Lauryn Perry, who prosecuted the case, said, “Mr. Haynes committed three armed robberies in about 24 hours. The first occurred in Gwinnett County, the second one in Cobb County and the last one in Gwinnett County. He showed a lack of compassion for his victims and a streak of violence that the state believes is reflected in his sentence.”

Haynes was previously convicted in Gwinnett County for the two related armed robberies there and was sentenced to life in prison.

In addition to the life in prison sentence, the Cobb County judge also added a mandatory five years to serve in prison on the firearms charge. Haynes’ sentence will run concurrently with the sentence imposed in Gwinnett.

Barnes, 25, pleaded guilty to charges in both counties. He was sentenced in Cobb County to 20 years, with 10 years to be served in prison.

Joe’s Crab Shack makes some drastic changes ahead of possible sale of company

Weeks after Joe’s Crab Shack announced that it was filing for bankruptcy protection ahead of a possible acquisition, Ignite Restaurant Group, the operator of the restaurant chain, is laying off its remaining 87 employees, according to documents released Monday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

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“In connection with these proceedings, Ignite has sought court approval of a sale procedure that is expected to result in the sale of substantially all of Ignite’s business assets,” the documents reveal. “This sale procedure will result in the termination of employment of all of Ignite’s employees.”

>>RELATED: The owners of Joe’s Crab Shack just filed for bankruptcy

Ignite announced June 6 that it would reorganize under Chapter 11 in advance of an acquisition by KRG Acquisitions Co., an affiliate of Kelly Cos., a San Diego-based private-equity firm.

7 things to know about the human plague, symptoms and how to protect yourself

Two new cases of the human plague have been confirmed in New Mexico Tuesday, according to health officials.

» RELATED: Possible plague case in Georgia 

This year, New Mexico has seen three cases of the plague, the first of which was reported in early June.

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All three cases required hospitalization, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.

Here are seven things to know about the plague:

What is it?

According to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plague is a disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis that affects humans and other mammals.

» RELATED: Stray cat's plague death prompts 'fever watch' 

What is the history of plague?

Historians and scientists have recorded three major plague pandemics, according to the CDC.

The first, called the Justinian Plague (after 6th century Byzantine emperor Justinian I), began in A.D. 541 in central Africa and spread to Egypt and the Mediterranean.

The “Great Plague” or “Black Death” originated in China in 1334 and eventually spread to Europe, where approximately 60 percent of the population died of the disease.

» RELATED: The 'Black Death': Are gerbils, not rats, to blame for plague? 

Lastly, the 1860s “Modern Plague,” which also began in China, spread to port cities around the world by rats on steamships, according to the CDC.

In 1894, French bacteriologist Alexandre Yersin discovered the causative bacterium, Yersinia pestis.

Ten million deaths resulted from the last pandemic, which eventually affected mammals in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

It was during this last pandemic that scientists identified infectious flea bites as the culprit in the spread of the disease.

More about the history of plague.

Where in the U.S. is human plague most common?

Human plague usually occurs after an outbreak in which several susceptible rodents die, infected fleas leave the dead rodents and seek blood from other hosts.

These outbreaks usually occur in southwestern states, particularly in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico, according to the CDC.

» RELATED: Lyme disease risks could increase after mouse plague, experts warn 

According to the World Health Organization, an average of five to 15 cases occur annually in the U.S.

Since 1900, more than 80 percent of those cases have been in the bubonic form.

Worldwide, there are approximately 1,000-3,000 cases of naturally occurring plague reported every year.

More about plague in the U.S.

How do humans and other animals get plague?

Usually, humans get plague after a bite from a rodent flea carrying the bacterium.

Humans can also get plague after handling (touching or skinning) an animal (like squirrels, prairie dogs, rats or rabbits) infected with plague.

According to the CDC, inhaling droplets from the cough of an infected human or mammal (sick cats, in particular) can also lead to plague.

» RELATED: Rare tick-borne illness worries some medical professionals 

What are the types of plague and their symptoms?

Bubonic plague (most common)

  • Tender, warm and swollen nymph nodes in the groin, armpit or neck usually develop within a week after an infected flea bite.
  • Signs and symptoms include sudden fever and chills, headache, fatigue, muscle aches.
  • If bubonic plague is not treated, it can spread to other areas of body and lead to septicemic or pneumonic plague.

Septicemic plague

  • Occurs when bacteria multiply in the bloodstream.
  • Signs and symptoms include fever and chills; abdominal pain; diarrhea; vomiting; extreme fatigue and light-headedness; bleeding from mouth, nose, rectum, under skin; shock; gangrene (blackening, tissue death) in fingers, toes and nose.
  • Septicemic plague can quickly lead to organ failure.

Pneumonic plague (least common)

  • Pneumonic plague, which affects the lungs, is the most dangerous plague and is easily spread person-to-person through cough droplets.
  • Signs and symptoms (within a few hours after infection) include bloody cough, difficulty breathing, high fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, weakness.
  • If it is not treated quickly, pneumonic plague is almost always fatal.

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How is plague treated?

Immediately see a doctor if you develop symptoms of plague and have been in an area where the disease is known to occur.Your doctor will likely give you strong antibiotics (streptomycin, gentamicin or others) to combat the disease.

If there are serious complications like organ failure or bleeding abnormalities, doctors will administer intravenous fluids, respiratory support and give patients oxygen.

How to protect yourself, your family and your pets against plague

You and your family

The CDC warns against picking up or touching dead animals and letting pets sleep in the bed with you.

Experts also recommend eliminating any nesting places for rodents such as sheds, garages or rock piles, brush, trash and excess firewood.

Other ways to protect yourself and your family include wearing gloves if handling dead or sick animals, using an insect repellent with DEET to prevent flea bites and reporting sick or dead animals to your local health department or to law enforcement officials.

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Pets

Flea medicine should be administered regular for both dogs and cats.

Keep your pet’s food in rodent-proof containers and don’t let them hunt or roam in rodent habitats.

If your pet becomes ill, see a veterinarian as soon as possible.

More about plague at CDC.gov.

Roommate admits fatally stabbing Georgia college student in the heart

On Aug. 27 of last year, Breyana Davis dialed 911 to report a stabbing. Davis had just plunged a knife into the heart of her roommate, a 21-year-old Georgia State University student, and doused him with boiling water at their DeKalb County apartment.

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On Monday, Davis, 22, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the killing of Charles Rudison, a business major who also worked at a Publix distribution center.

Judge Gregory A. Adams sentenced her to 20 years in prison.

Davis was initially charged with murder, but the district attorney’s office allowed her to plead to the lesser offense after “extensive discussions with the victim’s family,” DA spokeswoman Yvette Jones said.

Rudison’s sister, Karla Jones, had mixed feelings.

“I wish the years were longer,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “but (at) least she's getting punishment for this.”

Jones and the rest of the family were devastated and confounded by the crime.

>> Related: Woman killed, five others hurt in valet parking accident

Rudison, who had met Davis on an online student housing board, died after a night out in downtown Atlanta. Davis, whose attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, left him and another friend at one point and went back to their shared apartment.

Rudison and the other friend were angry with Davis because they had to catch a ride home with a ride-sharing service.

Once they arrived at the apartment, it took only moments for Davis to douse Rudison with boiling water and stab him, a detective testified in a previous hearing.

Even now, the motive for the crime is still mysterious.

Read more here.

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