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'SNL' takes on government shutdown with 'Deal or No Deal' parody

The government shutdown got the game show treatment as "Saturday Night Live" returned to TV screens this weekend.

>> Government shutdown: Senate to take up Trump plan this week

Saturday's episode, hosted by actress Rachel Brosnahan, didn't waste any time tackling the issue, pitting Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump against parodies of Democratic leaders in a "Deal or No Deal" spoof.

>> Watch the sketch here

"We decided to do this in the only format you can understand – a TV game show with women holding briefcases," Kenan Thompson, playing Steve Harvey, told Baldwin's Trump as the game began. 

>> Trump offers deal to end shutdown in Saturday speech

The fake Trump opened with an offer to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and "release the kids from cages so they can be free-range kids" in exchange for $5 billion toward a border wall. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Kate McKinnon) wasn't having it.

"OK, $1 billion and you say, 'Nancy's my mommy,'" she countered, opening a briefcase bearing the same words. 

Baldwin's Trump refused, then called on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (Alex Moffat).

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"My offer is whatever you want," Moffat's Schumer said before changing his offer to, "$15 and a pastrami on rye."

Baldwin's Trump also turned to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Beck Bennett) and Democratic U.S. Reps. Maxine Waters (Leslie Jones) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Melissa Villaseñor) before accepting a deal from a Clemson football player (Pete Davidson) with a box of fast food.

"Hamberders," it read – a reference to a spelling mistake in one of Trump's tweets.

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Meat, poultry recalls nearly double since 2013, study finds

Recalls of food and poultry products have increased significantly since the nation’s last major food safety law, the Food Safety Modernization Act, passed in 2011.

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Recent high-profile recalls — from romaine lettuce to eggs to beef — reveal how fundamental flaws in our current food safety system have led to a jump in these recalls since 2013, a new report from the Public Interest Research Groups found.

>> On AJC.com: Perdue recalls 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after wood found in them

According to PIRG, overall recalls since 2013 increased 10 percent, but recalls of the most hazardous meat and poultry products rose 83 percent during the same time frame.

A report from the PIRG Education Fund, based on the study, says new technology might have contributed to the increase, but the reports reveals that element is inconsequential.

>> On AJC.com: Massive beef recall expands; 12 million pounds of meat affected

“Americans should be confident that our food is safe and uncontaminated from dangerous bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella,” it states.

>> On AJC.com: FDA issues recalls for dry dog food

Key findings from this year’s report include:

  • An 83 percent increase in meat and poultry recalls that can cause serious health problems: USDA Class 1 recalls “involve a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death.” This includes recalls of beef for E. coli, poultry for Salmonella and others.
  • Food recalls overall increased by 10 percent between 2013-2018From crackers to children’s cereal to lettuce to meat, we’ve seen the total number of food recalls increase over the last six years.
  • Archaic laws allow meat producers to sell contaminated products: It is currently legal to sell meat that tests positive for dangerous strains of Salmonella. A case study of the recent recall of 12 million pounds of beef sold by JBS could likely have been prevented if it this policy was changed.
  • Bacteria-contaminated water used on vegetables and produce: A case study helps demonstrate how irrigation water polluted by fecal matter from a nearby cattle feedlot likely contaminated romaine lettuce with E. coli in the spring of 2018.

Why Martin Luther King Jr.'s father changed their names

When he was born Jan. 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr.’s name was Michael. It’s the name originally on his birth certificate.

He was named after his father, the Rev. Michael King, who was senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

>> On AJC.com: Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 90 this year — A brief timeline of the origins of MLK Day

In 1934, Ebenezer sent “Daddy King” to Europe for a Baptist World Alliance meeting. Although the meeting was in Berlin, King “traveled to Rome, Tunisia, Egypt, Jerusalem and Bethlehem” first, the Washington Post reported.

While in Berlin, the senior King witnessed the beginnings of Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler had become chancellor the year before King’s arrival. 

“This Congress deplores and condemns as a violation of the law of God the Heavenly Father, all racial animosity, and every form of oppression or unfair discrimination toward the Jews, toward coloured people, or toward subject races in any part of the world,” the Baptists responded.

>> On AJC.com: 5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr.

King toured much of Germany, the country that is the birthplace of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, which lead to a split with the Catholic Church.

When he returned to Atlanta, the senior King decided to change his name and his son’s from Michael to Martin Luther, after the German Protestant leader, according to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford.

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"Thus we can see that Berlin was partly responsible for Martin Luther King, Jr., becoming the man we celebrate today," King Institute director Clayborne Carson said.

That is why King Jr.’s birth certificate — filed with the Georgia Department of Public Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics — was altered on July 23, 1957, when he was 28. “Michael” is crossed out, and “Martin Luther Jr.” is printed next to it.

1 egg a day may help keep Type 2 diabetes away, new study says

One day they’re bad for you. The next day they’re “incredible.” Eggs have long been a contentious food.

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The benefits of eating eggs have been winning in the past few years, however. In fact, Healthline.com states, “eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.”

new study out of Finland suggests another reason to enjoy an egg: It might stave off Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 — or adult onset — is the more common form of diabetes.

>> On AJC.com: Eat this popular breakfast food daily to avoid heart attacks, strokes

>> On AJC.com: The best way to crack an egg

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland found that subjects who ate an egg every day had a blood metabolite profile related to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes. A metabolite is a product of metabolism.

Eggs have long been a controversial food. Their high cholesterol content caused many people to avoid them. But the Cleveland Clinic says eating eggs in moderation is not only fine, but also beneficial.

>> On AJC.com: Most countries don’t refrigerate their eggs — why do Americans? 

Citing a 2012 study in the journal Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care, it found that people who ate moderate amounts of eggs did not show increases in cholesterol when compared to those who cut eggs out of their diets completely.

Similar studies have found the antioxidants in eggs reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, and even helped to lower blood pressure.

>> On AJC.com: Noisy workplaces linked to high blood pressure and high cholesterol, study finds

“Although it is too early to draw any causal conclusions, we now have some hints about certain egg-related compounds that may have a role in type 2 diabetes development,” said Stefania Noerman, early stage researcher and lead author of the study. “Further detailed investigations with both cell models and intervention studies in humans ... are needed to understand the mechanisms behind physiological effects of egg intake.”

New Jurassic Park roller coaster headed to Universal Orlando, documents show

Universal Orlando appears to be making way for a new roller coaster in the "Jurassic Park" section of Islands of Adventure, according to documents reviewed by WFTV.

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Earlier this week, carnival games and vendor kiosks were removed, and construction walls went up around a portion of the old Triceratops Encounter area, which has been defunct for almost a decade. 

That matches work described on a demolition permit filed with the city of Orlando in May for Project 791 in that 1.36-acre area. Contractor documents indicate the project includes construction of “a new attraction” and estimates that demolition and construction will take 1 1/2 years. 

A document reviewed by WFTV shows a roller coaster track layout for that area. The document shows the queue starting on the southern edge of the waterfront by the Discovery Center. 

Records indicate the Raptor Encounter attraction currently in that area will be relocated as part of the construction. 

The demolition permit for the area is in the final stages of approval, according to the city website. 

Permits to construct the actual coaster have not yet been filed, city records show. 

Universal spokesperson Tom Schroder declined to comment for this story. 

In a tweet last week, Universal said in response to a question about the Jurassic Park section, "We've got some exciting plans and look forward to more exciting details to come!"

Detectives turn to Instagram to build case in alleged killing over stolen PlayStation

The Sheriff's Office in Seminole County, Florida, said Friday that it has asked Facebook to provide access to Instagram Direct messages sent between two men and their former roommate, whom they are accused of killing over a stolen PlayStation.

Investigators said Jake Bilotta and Ian McClurg contacted Josh Barnes through Instagram to try to lure him to their home in the Fern Creek neighborhood so they could kill him.

The Sheriff's Office said in a search warrant filed last week that it wants Instagram to turn over records, including posts, metadata, direct messages, photographs and videos from Bilotta and McClurg's accounts.

McClurg said Bilotta baited Barnes on Nov. 26, 2018, by inviting him to their South Boulevard home prior to a party, deputies said.

Detectives said McClurg told them several times that Bilotta said he was going to kill Barnes.

WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said it could take some time for Instagram to compile the data investigators seek, but it will be sent.

"Instagram will respond to a valid federal or state warrant seeking information, including content that they will have in their possession," he said.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Bob Kealing said digital footprints can provide critical evidence for investigations.

"Those electronic trails often fill in some of the very important holes in cases," he said. "It's such an important tool in our toolbox, and it's something we use all the time."

The warrant said Bilotta fled the home, but he was captured nearby with a bloodstained shirt and hands.

"I had to do it. I shouldn't have run," he is alleged to have said.

Bilotta and McClurg have court dates scheduled for March.

UPS driver saves dog from icy pond, then finishes route

A United Parcel Service driver stopped in the middle of his route to save a dog trapped in an icy pond. 

Ryan Arens was on his route around Christmas when he heard the dog screaming and yelling in distress, the Great Falls Tribune reported

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"I could see the dog trapped about 10 to 15 feet off of shore, with ice all around it," he told the Tribune.

A man in a rowboat was on the pond, chipping at the ice in an attempt to reach the dog. Arens, who has his own dog and a weakness for animals, ran out to help. 

"I stripped to my boxers and got the guy out of the boat. Then I slid the boat out onto the ice, using it to distribute my weight," Arens told the Tribune. "I shimmed out to where the ice was thin."

Then he crashed through the ice and swam to the dog, which had started to go under the water. He grabbed the dog by the collar and slid her across the ice to the shore. 

"We took the dog inside the older guy's house and got in the shower together to warm up," he said. 

Animal control took the dog, and Arens, who still had 20 packages to deliver, finished his route. 

After the incident, Arens found the dog’s owner and incidentally had a package to deliver to him. 

He found out her name is Sadie and she is a 2-year-old wirehaired pointing griffon. 

"She was freaking out, and when he let her out, she ran to me," Arens told the Tribune. "She must have remembered me. It sure made me feel good."

Police: Wendy's cashier caught stealing customers' info

Police in Atlanta are investigating after they say a Wendy's employee stole several customers' credit card information earlier this week.

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The cashier, who works at a Wendy's in northwest Atlanta, is accused of taking a picture of a man's debit card Monday afternoon as the man went through the drive-thru to place an order.

The victim, identified as Angelo Marrero, said he knew something wasn't right when he caught the woman staring at the security code on his card.

"I noticed that when she gave it back to me, she gave it back to me on the reverse side, and she was looking at the security code," Marrero said.

He rushed back to work and forgot about it – until his bank called him about two hours later.

"They tell me a charge was attempted for a women’s clothing store," Marrero said.

He requested a copy of the receipt and noticed that the address on it was in the same neighborhood as the Wendy’s restaurant.

"I put two and two together and then I said, 'It has to be her because, for one, I saw her looking at the security code, and two, the address on this receipt is 2 or 3 miles away," Marrero said.

He said he called police and headed back to the restaurant.

Marrero said when police went to review surveillance video after he filed a report, the cashier took off running through the back door. 

"She walks out the door and she dashes across the parking lot," Marrero said.

Officials said they are gathering information to file charges and warned there could be more victims. 

"It's an eye-opening experience," Marrero said. "If she did it to me, she did it to the customer before me. You don’t know how many people she’s done this to."

The general manager at the Wendy's said the employee, who had only been working for less than a week, managed to steal customer information eight times -- and it's all on camera. 

The manager said he terminated her and wants everyone to know he had no idea the former worker was stealing information.

Managers at the Wendy's hope the woman is arrested soon. They believe she might be going from job to job, stealing credit card information.

Pastor who bought $200K Lamborghini for wife lives in $1.8M house paid for by church

A pastor who said he did not use church money when he bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary gift lives in a $1.8 million house paid for by the church. 

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Pastor John Gray, who leads megachurch Relentless Church and is an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, was widely criticized in December after spending $200,000 on a Lamborghini for his wife as an anniversary gift. 

He defended the lavish purchase, saying he bought it as a husband, not a pastor. At the same time, Gray was living in a $1.8 million house purchased by the church in October, the Greenville News reported

>>Read Megachurch pastor John Gray defends $200K Lamborghini purchase for wife

"This is not anything new," Travis Hayes, chief financial officer for Relentless, told the Greenville News. "This is a practice that is done with every denomination in the nation. That’s what this is. This is an asset that belongs to the church."

Gray did not comment to the Greenville News.

Man seeking owner of class ring found more than 15 years ago in Japan

A man is looking for the owner of a class ring he found more than 15 years ago in Japan.

Jonathan Beaston knows what it’s like to lose a class ring. He lost his in 1976 while serving in the military.

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That’s why, when he found a class ring in 2002 while stationed at a naval base in Japan, it set off a more than 15-year search for the owner, which still continues. 

The 1978 women’s-style class ring has the words Cheyenne East High and the initials DPS or DRS. 

“This girl, she might have been a merchant marine, or else she could have been a visiting U.S. Navy ship,” Beaston told KGWN. “I know that this person that lost their ring is probably wishing they had their ring back.”

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