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TSA officer breaks it down in dance battle with young flyer

A TSA agent brought smiles to the security line after he showed off his dance moves and competition skills with a young flyer.

Joshua McCall noticed a boy was dancing as his family of five was going through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, USA Today reported.

The boy then challenged McCall to a dance-off. 

The TSA posted the ensuing battle to its Instagram account, where it took off. 

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New Jersey TSA federal security director Tom Carter said employees accept dancing challenges as long as all passengers are secure, according to the Instagram post, USA Today reported.

New Zealand politician rides bicycle to give birth

New Zealand’s minister for women rode her bicycle “mostly downhill” to a hospital Sunday to give birth, The New York Times reported.

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Julie Anne Genter, 38, who is also associate minister for health and transport, posted pictures on social media of herself and her partner, Peter Nunns, enjoying a “beautiful Sunday morning” ride to the hospital, the Times reported.

“There wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew. ... but it also put me in the best possible mood!” Genter wrote on Instagram.

Genter, who is 42 weeks pregnant, will become the second government official in New Zealand to give birth this year. Prime Minister Jacinda Aldern gave birth in June, the Times reported. Genter, who was expecting her first child, was scheduled to be induced at an Auckland hospital, the newspaper reported.

Genter, who grew up in Los Angeles, emigrated to New Zealand in 2006. She has had two miscarriages, the NZ Herald reported. She is expected to take three months off from Parliament before returning to her post in November, the newspaper reported.

7 swimmers rescued from dangerous rip currents; 2 dead

Two people are dead after rip currents forced several rescues at a New Hampshire beach.

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Seven swimmers were pulled from the water at Seabrook Beach, near 131 Ocean Drive, just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Seabrook Police said two of the people were unconscious when they were brought to shore.

The beach does not have lifeguards, but lifeguards from nearby Hampton Beach helped pull a man from the water around 12:59 p.m. He was transported to the hospital where he later died. New Hampshire State Police have not released his identity, but said the victim is a 49-year-old Methuen man.

"They were probably three-quarters of a mile out from what I could see," Rich Ferrara said. "Pretty intense."

A 47-year-old woman was transported to the Seabrook Emergency Room and was pronounced dead Monday morning. Officials said the two were married.

"I've never seen anything like that, where so many people were in trouble," Ferrara said

Seabrook Police said an officer helped several of the people to shore before helping in the search for the last person, who was unaccounted for at the time.

"One of the police arrived and stripped down, took off his gun belt," Ferrara said. "He dove into the water and started swimming out because there were people screaming that there were girls missing."

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The officer was one of the first to jump in, helping to bring everyone involved to shore.

"He pulled a woman in, she wasn't breathing when he finally got her in," Linda Farrell said.

The Seabrook Fire Department, along with Seabrook Beach Patrol were the main responding agencies in the incident.

Woman chases down man she said recorded daughter change in store's dressing room

A Utah woman wasn’t going to let the man she said was trying to record her daughter who was trying on clothes in a store’s changing room get away.

Police said the woman chased down Jorge Leon-Alfaro after witnesses said the 36-year-old man was trying to record the woman’s daughter from a changing room next to the teen at a Rue 21 in Salt Lake City, KSTU reported.

The mother recorded the man, and the comments she made to him, as they waited for police. 

The woman called him a predator, saying, “This right here is what a predator looks like. I caught this guy underneath my daughter’s stall while she was changing at Rue 21.”

She warned Leon-Alfaro that she was going to make sure people knew what she said he did, KSTU reported.

“Not today, buddy Not today,” the mother said. “I’m going to make sure your face gets out, so that you’re not in any more stalls, looking under little girls dressing.” 

The video was uploaded to Facebook where it has been watched millions of times. 

Police attribute people being aware of what was happening for being able to arrest Leon-Alfaro who now faces felony charges of voyeurism of a child under 14, KSTU reported.

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Shanann Watts ‘beat all the odds’ to have her children, brother says

Shanann Watts’ Facebook profile is one filled with love; love for her family and love for her job.

>> UPDATE:  Father charged with murder

The pregnant Colorado mother of two was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday, not far from where the bodies of her daughters, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, were found hidden inside oil tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the oil and gas exploration company for which their father worked, Weld County court records show. 

The court records, obtained by 9News in Denver, also indicated that the victims may have been strangled. Their autopsy results had not been released as of Monday morning. 

>> Related story: Shanann Watts, 2 daughters likely strangled, records show

Christopher Lee Watts, 33, of Frederick, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of tampering with physical evidence in the slayings, which investigators believe took place Monday. That was the day that a friend of Shanann Watts’ reported the mother and daughters missing after she went to the family’s home and found no sign of them.

Investigators said the victim’s vehicle and purse were at the house, as were medications for the girls.  

In her social media posts, Shanann Watts appeared thrilled to be carrying her third child. In a video she posted June 11, she wore a T-shirt that read, “Oops, we did it again,” her way of telling Chris Watts he was again going to be a father. 

In the recording, Chris Watts walks into the room and stops, reading the shirt. He laughs.

“I like that shirt,” he says. “Really?”

“Really,” his wife responds. 

“That’s awesome,” he says. After kissing Shanann Watts, he says, “Guess when you want to, it happens.”

Shanann Watts also recorded the moment she told her daughters that “Mommy has a baby in her belly.” Both girls cheer and jump up and down with excitement. 

Shanann Watts juggled motherhood with her work as a salesperson for Le-Vel, a health and wellness company that sells nutritional products. Though she and her husband filed for bankruptcy protection a few years ago, her work and his job with Anadarko appeared to rejuvenate the couple’s finances. 

Her Facebook feed was dedicated to her family and her work, which allowed for much travel. 

“We have qualified for so many amazing trips in two years that we never otherwise would have been able to visit,” she wrote in one post

Shanann Watts’ brother, Frankie Rzucek, wrote on Facebook Friday that his sister, who he looked up to, was the “hardest working person (he’s) ever known.” In an extensive post describing his only sibling, he revealed that she had lupus, an autoimmune disease that causes a person’s body to attack its own organs. 

According to WebMD, it also means that any pregnancy is considered high-risk. 

“Lupus can complicate pregnancy with an increased risk of miscarriage, premature delivery and preeclampsia, as well as heart problems in the baby,” according to the medical website.

“When our family found out she beat all the odds and became pregnant, I can't even explain our excitement,” Rzucek wrote. “Shanann was born to be a mother and help change lives.”

He called her a “picture-perfect” mother.

“I was blown away when I moved out there and lived with her for a few months after her first-born daughter, Bella (My Bella Bean),” Rzucek wrote. “I was exhausted by just watching my sister. She made being a parent look easy.”

Shanann Watts publicly shared many photos of her girls, along with videos. Bella was often the star of the videos, including one in which she sang a song calling her father a hero. 

“My Daddy is a hero, he helps me grow up strong,” Bella sings, a shy smile on her face. “He reads me books, he ties my shoes. You’re a hero, through and through. My Daddy, Daddy, I love you.”

“I totally just cried!” Shanann Watts wrote in the caption of the video. 

In another video, the expectant mother asks Bella how many babies are in her belly. 

“Five!” Bella says, grinning.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa,” a male voice says from off camera. 

“That’s a lot of babies,” Shanann Watts says. 

Bella, who would kiss her mother’s pregnant stomach each night, giggles as Shanann Watts tells her that she needs to grow up quickly because she’ll need a lot of help with all those babies. 

In a June post showing a scrape on Celeste’s forehead, Shanann Watts calls the 3-year-old “one of the toughest kids (she knows).” She says that Celeste and her energy is the reason she started using Thrive, one of the products she sold for Le-Vel. 

“Lawd, this kid gives me mini heart attacks on the regular,” Shanann Watts wrote. 

In an interview with 9News in Denver the day before his arrest, Chris Watts also described the couple’s children. 

“Celeste, she’s just a bottle of energy,” he said. “I call her ‘Rampage’ because she's got two speeds: go, or she’s sleeping. She’s always the troublemaker, she’s always the one, like, jumping off things. Bella, she’s the more calm, cautious, mothering type, and she’s more like me -- she’s more calm. Celeste has definitely got her mom’s personality, where she’s all gung-ho, ready to go.”

See Chris Watts’ entire interview with 9News below.

In a Father’s Day post accompanied by a photo collage of the family, Shanann Watts praises her husband.

“Chris, we are so incredibly blessed to have you! You do so much every day for us and take such great care of us. You are the reason I was brave enough to agree to number 3! From laundry to kids’ showers! You are incredible, and we are so lucky to have you in our life! Happy Father’s Day!”

Rzucek wrote that he let his anger toward Chris Watts get the better of him in a previous post, in which he called his brother-in-law a “heartless psychopath” and said he wanted just 30 seconds alone with him. 

He said he would never delete or regret his comments, however. 

“He stole my whole world and treated them like they were trash,” Rzucek wrote. “I’ve never been so mad, sad, enraged, hurt, heartbroken, lost and shocked in all my life. So forgive me for how I went about it. My sister and nieces meant the absolute world to me. They made me strive to be an even better man. I wanted them to be proud of their uncle.”

Rzucek wrote that he could go on for days with memories of his beloved sister, who recently visited family in North Carolina with Bella and Celeste, but instead said he was proud and honored to receive the love and well-wishes of those who will miss Shanann Watts. 

He also asked people to pray for Chris Watts’ family, who is also mourning.

“I'm trying really hard not to hate him because that's not how we were raised, but I just can't find it in my heart. I really don’t know what to say,” Rzucek wrote. “I just thank God that I got to spend the last six weeks loving, laughing,and enjoying what precious time I had with my sister and nieces that I loved with every inch of my soul. 

“I wish I could go back in time and be there to keep you safe from harm. Sorry Uncle couldn't save you.”

Bus catches fire near New Jersey entrance to Lincoln Tunnel

A commuter bus traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York caught fire late Sunday near the New Jersey entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, NJ.com reported.

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“You can feel the heat,” a person in a car driving past the blaze said in a YouTube video published Monday. 

According to the New Jersey State Police, the bus caught fire around 9:30 p.m., NJ.com reported. All the passengers escaped safely, authorities said.

Charlotte Young-Foye, a passenger on the bus, told NJ.com the bus had blown a tire before bursting into flames.

"Woke up this morning feeling extremely grateful after experiencing a horrific fire on the Peter Pan Bus," Young-Foye, of Brooklyn, wrote on Facebook.

“One of the scariest things I’ve ever seen… a bus being completely engulfed by flames and literally melting from the heat,” Jason Gellman wrote on Twitter

The fire occurred in an area where lanes have been closed because of construction, WPIX reported.

Lanes were closed for more than an hour. At 10:40 p.m., police opened one left lane, and all lanes had reopened by 1 a.m., NJ.com reported

Couple finds prehistoric megalodon tooth on North Carolina beach

A couple out for a stroll last week along Wrightsville Beach came across something much more exciting than the typical seashell or sea glass.

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Sydney Williams found a megalodon tooth as she walked on the beach last Tuesday morning, WECT reported.

The megalodon was a prehistoric shark, and the tooth could be 2.6 million years old.

Williams said she and her boyfriend, Brian Piccirilli, take walks on the beach most mornings, but have never found anything like this.

“Well, (Brian) dropped down to his knees and was just kind of like, ‘Ahhhh!’” Williams said.

“We called our parents. They were excited,” Piccirilli said. “And then showed everyone at work.”

The couple brought the megalodon tooth to their friend, Audrey Longtin, who works at The Workshop, a store that specializes in shark tooth jewelry. Longtin was able to confirm that the tooth had belonged to a megalodon.

“As soon as a tooth is over 3 1/2 to 4 inches long, you know it’s a megalodon,” Longtin said. “The megalodon is the biggest predator that ever existed, so they are the biggest teeth you can find. So, when you find something that big, it’s easy to recognize.”

The tooth Williams and Piccirilli found is about 4 inches long.

Williams and Piccirilli plan to keep the tooth and show it off in a shadow box.

Texas shooting: 2 dead, including suspect, after employee opens fire at food warehouse, police say

A woman opened fire on her co-workers during an overnight shift at a food warehouse in Texas early Monday, killing one person and injuring another.

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Authorities said the suspect also died after getting into a shootout with a responding officer, but it was not immediately clear if she was killed by a police bullet or a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Update 2:05 p.m. EDT Aug. 20: Authorities have identified the person killed Monday morning in a workplace shooting at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City as overnight manager Francisco Reyes, KPRC-TV reported.

The suspected shooter was identified as Kristine Peralez, according to the news station. A third person suffered a gunshot wound to his leg.

Authorities are investigating social media posts Peralez made before Monday’s shooting, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said Monday at a news conference. The Dallas Morning News reported they were also looking into comments she made to colleagues before the attack.

“I think (she) actually may have spelled that out for us,” Missouri City police Capt. Paul Poulton told the Morning News.

Update 9:20 a.m. EDT Aug. 20: Authorities told KTRK the woman suspected of opening fire at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City was an employee who starting shooting just before 2:30 a.m. Monday in the facility’s warehouse. At the time, between 20 and 25 people were working in the warehouse, Missouri City Police Chief Mike Berezin said Monday at a news conference.

Berezin said the shooting took place during an overnight shift. Two employees were shot, one fatally, according to KTRK. The surviving victim suffered a gunshot wound to his leg, the news station reported.

Berezin declined to identify the victims or suspect in the case or confirm reports from KTRK and KHOU that the slain victim was an overnight manager at the facility.

An officer confronted the shooter outside the warehouse Monday morning and fired at least one shot at the woman, but it was not immediately clear if the bullet hit her. 

“Whether or not the shooter was actually hit by one of the officer's bullets or whether it was self-inflicted, we don't know at this point,” Berezin said. 

The officer was not injured.

“The officer is doing very well right now, considering the circumstances,” Berezin said.

Authorities continue to investigate.

Original report: According to KHOU, police said a woman fired shots before 3 a.m. CDT at the Ben E. Keith Foods facility in Missouri City, killing one person at the scene. Another person was injured and is being treated at a nearby hospital.

KHOU reported that the shooter “suffered a gunshot wound when she was confronted by police outside the facility,” authorities said. Officers didn’t know whether she was hurt while exchanging gunfire with police or if she shot herself. She was taken to the hospital, where she died, police said.

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Woman kicked Pomeranian in head, dog had to be euthanized, police said

A small dog is suffering head trauma after a Memphis woman kicked it in the head.

Investigators responded to a cruelty to animals call at the Memphis Pet Emergency Hospital on August 19.

Officers were told by the veterinarian that Aungelique Smith brought a Pomeranian dog suffering from head trauma to the hospital.

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MPD said Smith “spontaneously” told uniform officers that she was upset this morning about unspecified issues and kicked the dog after she saw the dog peeing in the hallway.

Police say the dog suffered a head laceration, trauma to the head, and was actively having seizures upon arrival to the hospital.

The injury resulted to the dog having to be euthanized due to a brain injury.

Police took Smith into custody and transported her the Raines police station for further investigation.

She then gave a written statement admitting to kicking the dog in the head, causing it to hit its head on the wall.

Smith was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, then transported Jail East.

Drugs hidden in cappuccino maker at convenience store, police say

Exclusive police body camera video shows a raid at a local gas station.

Investigators said people were dealing drugs.

Police said they even found some of the drugs hidden in a cappuccino machine.

Atlanta police charged into the Chevron on Lakewood Way in southeast Atlanta with guns drawn. Officer Kensley Gachette was there, on Aug. 9.

“Because of all the violence and all the drugs that was coming out of this location, it was a very big focus," Gachette said.

We reported in July there were three shootings in just four months at the gas station. In the body cam video we obtained, officers are seen handcuffing men working at the store and there's marijuana on the counter.

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“We also found some crack, some MDMA. The owners were complicit in allowing that to happen,” said Gachette. 

A search of the man's pants reveals a hidden baggie of suspected drugs. Concerned neighbors, plus several hundred stops by the chevron this year, gave police the intel they needed before the raid.

“We saw they kept the drugs in the shelves, in the potato chips, in the cappuccino machine," Gachette said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and Georgia Lottery teamed up on the raid. They said they discovered illegal cash payouts, illegal alcohol sales, and outdated food on the shelves.

Police said they’re proud of the out-of-the-box thinking that led to the collaboration and ultimately the Chevron closing.

"They have been diligent, and they have been persistent, and we finally got the community what they deserve," Gachette said.

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