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Babysitter charged after 2 children found in neighborhood at night

Two children were returned to their home after a woman said they showed up at her front door, according to Middletown, Ohio, police.

The children, ages 1 and 2, were found at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, not properly clothed and barefoot, when the temperature was about 50 degrees and windy, according to a police report.

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A woman called police after she found the children at her front door. She told police she didn’t know where the children lived.

Police canvassed the area and found a home where there were toys and car seats scattered in the yard and the front gate was open. The woman who answered the door told police she was babysitting the children and other juveniles.

The mother showed up and told police she had left the children in the care of the babysitter while she went to the store.

The babysitter was issued a summons for child endangering. Police also forwarded a copy of the report to Butler County Children Services.

Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

The Georgia State Patrol says a man is dead after he managed to fire a weapon that he had hidden behind his back while he was handcuffed during a traffic stop on Interstate 75 in Georgia.

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The shooting happened at exit 293 in Cartersville, near the exit ramp to Highway 411 in Bartow County.

Officials say a trooper pulled a couple over around 5 a.m. Thursday and the trooper found contraband in the car.

The female driver was taken into custody. Authorities said the male passenger originally gave a false name and, at some point, the first trooper called for backup.

When a second trooper arrived, the officers determined the man was a wanted parole violator who had been on the run for months, officials said. The troopers searched the man’s car for weapons and handcuffed his hands behind his back, according to investigators.

>> Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

The man was able to grab a weapon hidden behind his back in his pants and fired at the troopers. One of the officers was struck in the stomach, but protected by a bullet-proof vest. 

The troopers shot back at the suspect, authorities said. The man was taken to the hospital and later died, according to officials. 

The trooper was treated at the hospital and released. 

Authorities continue to investigate.

Abandoned house ordered from Sears catalog in 1920s, still standing, haunted residents say

A house built from a Sears catalog kit in the 1920s that has been abandoned for the last 20 years is becoming a popular photo stop.

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"It's kind of a ghost house," resident Michelle Jones told KRQE. "People love it for this time of year, for Halloween."

The house was built by lawyer Fred Ayers in the 1920s. It came as a kit from the Sears Roebuck and Co. catalog. The company sold about 70,000 build-it-yourself house kits under the Sears Modern Homes name from 1908 to 1940.

Members of the Ayers family, who also raise cattle on surrounding property, still own it, KRQE reported.

Some believe the doorless edifice is home to something macabre. 

"If you drive by, sometimes you can see ghosts standing in the window," resident Raul Zubia told KRQE.

It has attracted visitors hoping to snap a photos of a ghost. Some are concerned about trespassing and have had to chase people from the building.

"I just think it's wonderful that it's in our town," Jones told KRQE.

More than half of parents believe myth about flu shot, survey finds

Doctors across the country have stressed the importance of the flu vaccine. However, there are still misconceptions about the shot, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from the Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital recently conducted a study to assess parents’ attitudes about the vaccination. 

“We know that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about the flu,” study coauthor Jean Moorjani said in a statement. “In this day and age we have so many ways to get information, so if anybody has questions or concerns, we recommend they talk to a doctor they trust to get the right information about what's best to protect themselves and their families.”

>> What is the flu? 17 things to know about flu symptoms, flu shot side effects and more

For the assessment, they surveyed 700 adults in America. After analyzing the results, they found more than half of parents with children under age 18 believe their child can get the flu from the flu shot and a third of them think the shot does not protect against the flu.

“The parts of the virus that are used in the vaccine are completely dead, so you cannot get the flu from the flu shot,” Moorjani clarified. “It takes time for your body to get strong and ready for flu season, which is why we recommend everybody get the shot as soon as they can. If you are infected with the flu shortly after getting your flu shot, your body may not be able to fight it off.”

>> CDC reminds everyone who can, to get a flu shot this year

The survey results also revealed parents question the safety of the flu shots. About 28 percent believe that it can cause autism. 

“After extensive studies, we know that the flu vaccine is safe,” Moorjani said. “You cannot get autism from the flu vaccine. It is not a conspiracy for doctors to recommend the flu vaccine. Doctors recommend it because we know -- based on science, research and facts -- that it is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu.”

>> Unvaccinated child dies of flu, Florida health officials say

During the 2017-2018 season, 180 children died after contracting the illness, which was the most severe on record. 

Experts recommend everyone over 6 months should get the shot. Children under the age of 8 who are receiving the shot for the first time should receive two doses spaced a month apart to build their immunity.

“As a parent,” Moorjani said, “the flu shot is just another level of protection I can give my kids, and with so many places offering flu shots, it's really simple.”

Wendy’s worker fired after calling customer ‘Chubby’ on receipt 

An employee at a North Carolina Wendy’s who called a customer “Chubby” on a receipt has been fired.

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Officials with the Carolina Restaurant Group Inc. apologized to customer Jimmy Shue and fired the employee, who has not been identified. 

Shue went to the restaurant earlier this month and ordered two sandwiches. He said he provided his name “clear as day.” However, he noticed the name “Chubby” was written on the receipt.

Another employee called out the name on the receipt when the order was ready, prompting laughter from people dining at the restaurant. 

Shue, embarrassed, left the restaurant and contacted Wendy’s corporate.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Man carrying replica machine gun fatally shot by police, cops say

State authorities are investigating a deadly shooting involving police in Monroe, officials said.

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The incident happened about 9 a.m. Thursday in the 400 block of East Marable Street in Walton County when police responded to a report of a man with a gun, Monroe Public Safety Director Keith Glass said in a statement.

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A 63-year-old man was shot and killed after police said he was carrying a gun that turned out to be a replica Thompson machine gun, WSBTV reported.

The scene is about one block from Athens Technical College’s Walton campus.

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It was one of two officer-involved shootings in Georgia on Thursday. The second was reported in Bartow County.

>> Suspect shot dead after pulling gun during traffic stop, injuring officer, Georgia State Patrol says

Officer-involved shootings in Georgia this year are on track to pass the 88 recorded in 2017, according to the GBI. The Monroe shooting is the 73rd such investigation the agency has opened in 2018.

Arby’s offering duck sandwich at some locations for hunting season

First it was venison, now it’s` duck.

Arby’s announced it is offering a seared duck breast sandwich in “very limited quantities” at some locations just in time for hunting season.

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USA Today reported that the fast-food company will start offering the sandwich Oct. 20.

“Our Duck Sandwich features a premium duck breast, smoked cherry sauce, crispy onions all on a signature Arby’s bun,” the company said on its website.

The locations where the duck sandwich will be offered are below.

  • 2731 Dorchester Square, Cambridge, Md.
  • 329 N Main St., Summerville, S.C.
  • 2741 Papermill Rd., Wyomissing, Pa.
  • 4415 Roswell Rd., Atlanta
  • 11233 Shadow Creek Parkway, Pearland, Texas
  • 1210 US Highway 2 W, Kalispell, Mont.
  • 3413 10th St., Great Bend, Kan.
  • 5540 O St., Lincoln, Neb.
  • 1191 Cherokee St., Marshall, Mo.
  • 723 E Parker Rd., Jonesboro, Ark.
  • 3333 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Lafayette, La.
  • 3210 N Kinney Coulee Rd., Onalaska, Wis.
  • 1122 S Carson St., Carson City, Nev.
  • 774 S Main St., Brigham City, Utah
  • 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, Calif.
  • 10499 SE 82nd Ave., Happy Valley, Ore.

For those unable to get to a location offering a duck sandwich, Arby’s has brought back deep fried turkey sandwiches at participating locations across the country.

In previous years, Arby’s offered venison sandwiches in six states and tested elk meat sandwiches at three Wyoming locations.

Psychologist mom crashed SUV in attempt to kill self, infant son, police say

A South Dakota woman who works as a clinical psychologist is accused of trying to kill herself and her 6-month-old son in a car crash out of fear the baby has an attachment disorder, court documents allege. 

Julia Jacquelyn Alzoubaidi, 34, of Sioux Falls, is charged with attempted premeditated first-degree murder and abuse or cruelty to a child under the age of 7, records show. The Argus Leader reported that bail has been set at $250,000. 

According to the court documents, computer data from Alzoubaidi’s Mazda CX-5 indicate she accelerated from 50 mph to 70 mph just before the crash. She never hit the brakes, the arrest affidavit says. 

KELO-TV in Sioux Falls said that Avera Health confirmed Alzoubaidi is a psychologist within the health care system. By Thursday morning, her profile page on the system’s website had been removed. 

“Our hearts go out to the Alzoubaidi family during this incredibly difficult time, and we are holding them in our prayers,” Avera Health said in a statement obtained by The Argus Leader

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said 911 dispatchers received a call around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday about a vehicle that had left Interstate 229 near Minnesota Avenue and rolled into a ditch. The scene of the crash is close to the Big Sioux River.  

The court documents say that Minnesota state troopers were first on the scene. 

“As they made their way to the SUV, they heard splashing and moaning near the river,” the arrest affidavit said. 

One of the troopers found Alzoubaidi facedown in the river under a bridge that crossed a culvert, the document said. He pulled her to shore, where he found her unresponsive, but breathing and shivering. 

The temperature at the time was 37 degrees, with a wind chill of 32 degrees, the affidavit said. 

Alzoubaidi’s 6-month-old son was found on the bank of the river, wet, cold and not breathing. The affidavit says the troopers began CPR and continued performing it until Sioux Falls fire medics arrived.

Both Alzoubaidi and the baby were taken to Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center for treatment. According to the arrest affidavit, the baby was rushed into the pediatric intensive care unit, where he was treated for hypothermia and aspiration pneumonia, or water in his lungs. 

Meanwhile, the first responders were unsure if there were more victims in the water. Clemens told reporters the morning of the crash that the uncertainty of the situation resulted in a large response -- 15 patrol cars from the Highway Patrol and Sioux Falls Police Department, as well as two fire trucks and a rescue unit. 

“I think part of it was they thought it was going to be a water rescue,” Clemens said. “Both of them had been in the water at some point in time. I think that was probably part of the response.”

Initially, first responders also believed more people might have been involved in the crash, but Alzoubaidi’s husband, when reached by police, was able to confirm his wife and son were likely the only people in the vehicle, Clemens said. 

See Clemens brief the media on the crash and the charges against Alzoubaidi below, courtesy of The Argus Leader.

The troopers noted that all the doors on the SUV were closed, except the door next to the infant boy’s child safety seat, and they determined that Alzoubaidi and her son were not ejected into the water.

A suicide note was found in the vehicle, the affidavit says. The note, the contents of which were included in the affidavit, indicated that Alzoubaidi believed her son had signs of reactive attachment disorder. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, reactive attachment disorder is a rare but serious condition in which an infant or young child fails to establish healthy attachments with his parents or caregivers. 

“Reactive attachment disorder may develop if the child's basic needs for comfort, affection and nurturing aren't met and loving, caring, stable attachments with others are not established,” the Mayo Clinic website says. Signs of the disorder include a failure to smile, a listless appearance, failure to seek comfort or respond when comfort is given, failure to engage in social interaction and a failure to reach out when picked up. 

“The prognosis is poor and I couldn’t let him live a life of misery and pain,” Alzoubaidi wrote in her suicide note. “Most kiddos I know with the disorder are institutionalized, suicidal and homicidal and tortured souls. (Name redacted) doesn’t deserve that.”

The note also indicated she blamed herself for her son’s condition and believed she’d caused her husband nothing but pain, the affidavit says.

Read the affidavit seeking an arrest warrant for Julia Alzoubaidi below. 

According to the document, Alzoubaidi told emergency room staff treating her that she believed her son had the disorder because he did not enjoy being held. 

“When she picked the baby up, he would cry,” the affidavit reads. “The defendant told the ER staff that her solution was to kill the baby and herself.”

Alzoubaidi’s husband told investigators that he did not worry when his wife was not in bed because she often woke during the night to feed their son or pump breast milk, the affidavit said. He did not realize anything was wrong until he was awakened by police officers knocking on the door around 4 a.m.

He told officers he was aware that his wife was concerned about the possibility of reactive attachment disorder, but he did not know his wife intended to harm their son or herself, the document says. 

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Alzoubaidi reiterated her concerns when investigators interviewed her in the hospital, the affidavit says. She said the lack of bonding she felt with her son made her feel “inadequate as a mother.”

“(Alzoubaidi) sought assistance and advice from her peers and colleagues,” the affidavit says. “This intervention helped for a time, and then she stated her thoughts would eventually turn to ending her life.”

Alzoubaidi’s husband told detectives his wife suffered from anxiety and depression, but that she had gone off her medication during her pregnancy and while breastfeeding their son, the document said. 

As of Wednesday, both Alzoubaidi and her son remained hospitalized, KELO-TV reported

Man swipes 5 cases in ‘textbook beer run,’ police say

Arlington police are asking for help to find a man who stole five cases of beer from a convenience store on Wednesday. 

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The man grabbed five cases of Bud Light and left in a gray Dodge truck, police said. 

“Here is a textbook definition of a beer run,” Arlington police wrote on social media. “This beer baron swiped five cases.”

Mega Million jackpot jumps to $970 million; Powerball prize hits $430 million

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots, topping a billion in total combined winnings.

Update 1 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: The Mega Millions jackpot rose again Thursday to an estimated $970 million Thursday, one day ahead of the next scheduled drawing.

If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $548 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

Georgia Lottery officials said a bump in the estimated jackpot Wednesday was due to “brisk sales” after the jackpot rolled over from Tuesday night’s $667 million drawing, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

Update 12:52 a.m. EDT Oct. 18: The estimated jackpot for Saturday’s Powerball drawing has climbed to $430 million, according to the Powerball website.

Update 11:30 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: No one won the $345 million Powerball jackpot in Wednesday’s drawing, but five lucky players won a $1 million. The Powerball website said the winners were in Michigan and Nebraska.

Update 11:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The winning Powerball

numbers for the drawing on Wednesday, Oct. 17 are: 03-57-64-68-69 and the Powerball number was 15. The jackpot is $345 million.

Update 12:10 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: The Mega Millions jackpot has swollen to $900 million ahead of  Friday’s drawing. If a person wins the jackpot, he or she will also have the option of taking the jackpot as a $513 million cash payout, according to the Mega Millions website.

The next Mega Millions drawing is set to take place Friday at 11 p.m. EDT.

Update 12:59 a.m. EDT Oct. 17: No tickets matched all six numbers in Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing. Friday’s estimated jackpot has climbed to a record $868 million, with a cash payout of $494 million, according to the Mega Millions website.

Update 11:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 16: Mega Millions numbers drawn Tuesday night were 69-45-61-3-49 and the Mega Ball was 9. It is not yet known if there is a winner.

Original report: If you have a few dollars and dreams of riches untold, the coming week could be a game-changer for you.

Two national lottery games – Mega Millions and Powerball – are sporting huge jackpots this week, now topping a billion in total combined winnings.

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The Mega Millions drawing set for Tuesday has the second largest jackpot in the game’s history, worth $667 million (or $372 million with the cash option). That breaks the game’s previous record jackpot of $656 million.  

Related: 7 biggest lottery jackpots in US history

Add to that a hefty $345 million Powerball jackpot, and you’re looking at nearly a billion dollars in lottery money being up for grabs this week.

The Powerball jackpot is the 17th largest in the game’s history. The cash payout on the $345 million would be $199 million.

Related: 7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

How did we get the chance to play for such jackpots? You can thank all those who played and didn’t hit the jackpot. The Mega Millions jackpot has been building since July 24, the last time the grand prize jackpot was won.

The Powerball game has not seen a grand  prize winner since Aug. 11. 

The Mega Millions numbers drawn Friday were 04-24-46-61-70. The Megaball was 07. The Megaplier was 3. 

Related: Which Powerball numbers have hit most often? Will choosing them improve your odds?

One ticket sold in Arkansas matched all five numbers, but did not match the Megaball number. That winning ticket is worth $3 million because the person who purchased the ticket purchased the “Multiplier” option which tripled the $1 million prize.

The Powerball numbers drawn Saturday were 11-14-32-43-65 and the Powerball was 15. The Power Play was 3. Two players – one in Nebraska and one in Michigan – matched the five numbers, but not the Powerball number. Each of those tickets is worth $1 million.

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