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Drunk liquor store owner arrested after trashing own business, police say

Police arrested the owner of a liquor store in Memphis, Tennessee, after he had too much to drink, according to court records

According to the arrest affidavit, Richard Coda, who is the owner of Coda’s Liquor, was drunk and irate inside his business on Dec. 9. 

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When officers with the Memphis Police Department arrived, they found him behind the counter. Officers said he was shirtless, had slurred speech and could barely stand on his feet. They could also smell alcohol on his breath. 

While inside, officers said they saw multiple broken bottles. 

For Coda’s safety, police took him to the Memphis Mental Health Institute to detox, however, he was so irate that a nurse refused to treat him, according to the affidavit.

Coda was booked into jail and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Catherine Zeta-Jones celebrates Kirk Douglas' 102nd birthday with moving tribute

Iconic actor Kirk Douglas celebrated his 102nd birthday Sunday, and daughter-in-law Catherine Zeta-Jones paid homage with a moving tribute, ETonline reported.

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Jones, who is married to Douglas’ son, Michael Douglas, posted a black-and-white video on Instagram that showed the 49-year-old actress’ daughter, Carys Zeta Douglas, playing the piano as a young child (she is now 15) and singing Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful,” ETonline reported. The video included black-and-white photos and videos of Douglas, highlighting his life, People reported.

"Happy 102nd birthday to the most beautiful man. We love you Kirk," Zeta-Jones wrote on Instagram.

Carys also posted on Instagram, posting a photo of her grandfather and writing that “I can’t put into words how much you mean to me.”

Another grandchild, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on Instagram of Douglas in a boxing pose and wrote, “Happy birthday Pappy 102 years!!! Though you are adored by millions, my love for you is by far the greatest. Love you forever and always,” he wrote.

Jacquees gets dragged on social media for calling himself 'king of R&B'

R&B singer Jacquees has had a year full of buzz -- from his unauthorized but popular remake of Ella Mai’s “Trip” to the release of his debut album “4275.” Though he has attracted a legion of fans, some R&B music lovers have knocked the 24-year-old down a peg after his boastful comments on Instagram over the weekend.

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The Shade Room reported that Jacquees, whose real name Rodriquez Jacquees Broadnax, shared a message with his Instagram followers about his dominance of the R&B genre, especially for the folks in “this generation.”

“I just want to let everybody know that I’m the king of R&B right now -- for this generation,” he said in the Sunday post. “I understand who done came and who done did that and that and that, but now it’s my time. Jacquees the king of R&B. I just heard them say it and I been feeling like that.”

The 24-year-old has not made it to the Billboard chart’s top 40 in 2018, but his 2016 single “B.E.D.” spent seven weeks on the charts, peaking at No. 30 on the R&B and hip-hop charts. His most notable song this year has been a remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” but the team behind Ella Mai ripped the track from Soundcloud, reportedly due to the singer-songwriter publishing an unauthorized version of the song.

Jacquees’ sentiment on his R&B royalty status was not well-received for the most part on social media Monday, with many pointing out the singer had little evidence of his dominance, especially when compared to singers like Chris Brown. 

It wasn’t just music fans who took issue with the singer’s declaration. Actor and singer Tyrese also chimed in. On Instagram Monday, Tyrese called Jacquees out for “trolling” social media users. He cited Chris Brown and Trey Songz as current contenders for the “king” title.

Though the reception was mainly negative, Jacquees’ comments did get support from those who applauded his confidence.

Roger the ripped kangaroo dies at 12 

Roger the ripped kangaroo, a kickboxing marsupial who sprang into the public consciousness when a 2015 photo of him crushing a metal bucket went viral, has died, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. He was 12. 

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The kangaroo died of natural causes at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia.

"We have lost our beautiful boy," Chris Barns, the owner of the wildlife sanctuary, said in a statement. "He lived a lovely long life and was loved by millions around the world."

Roger stood 6-foot-7 and weighed nearly 200 pounds.

He was rescued as a 5-month-old joey in 2007 after his mother was killed in a car accident, the BBC reported. Barns removed Roger from his mother’s pouch.

"I rescued him out of his dead mother, 25 kilometers north of Alice Springs, when I was out patrolling the roads checking roadkill," Barns told ABC. "I used to call him Roger Rabbit because he looked like Roger Rabbit with these big ears that flopped over the top. And then that just became Roger as he got older.”

Roger became an internet sensation when images of him crushing a metal bucket between his paws like it was a piece of paper went viral, the BBC reported.

"Roger was as muscular as they come," Barns told the network. "Ever since he was featured on TV and clips went viral, there's been a lot of love and attention for him.”

Roger was buried at The Kangaroo Sanctuary, ABC reported.

2 middle school students charged in school shooting hoax, police in Maryland say

Police have charged a pair of middle school students in connection with a false school shooting threat made last week in Maryland, authorities said.

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A parent called officials at Aberdeen Middle School on Dec. 3 after seeing a post on social media warning students not to go to school the next day because a student had threatened to shoot it up, police said.

Investigators later determined the threat was not credible and that the student blamed for it never made the threat, officials said.

Police charged an eighth-grade student with making a false statement to a peace officer and charged another with disturbing school operations in connection with the threat, officials said.

“The Aberdeen Police Department encourages students and parents to report threats of violence to our children and schools, as safety is our main concern, however at the same time, false reports or the posting/reposting (of) threats on social media will not be tolerated,” police said in a statement.

Applebee's offering $1 Jolly Rancher cocktail in December

Applebee’s is once again offering a $1 cocktail as a new month is underway.

The restaurant chain announced late last month that its December Drink of the Month is the Dollar Jolly.

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The vodka-based drink is made with cherry or apple Jolly Rancher mix and is available at participating restaurants for a dollar. It also comes with a Jolly Rancher hard candy on the side.

“We created a drink to help spread the cheer as friends and loved ones gather together during the holidays,” Patrick Kirk, vice president of beverage innovation at Applebee’s, said in a Nov. 30 news release. “The DOLLAR JOLLY embodies the holiday spirit: joy, delight and good times. Oh, and vodka too.”

Although the drink is being offered for $1, prices vary by location.

Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, reaches plea agreement: Reports

A Russian woman charged earlier this year with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation appears to have reached a plea deal with prosecutors, according to reports and court records released Monday.

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Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian citizen living in Washington D.C., was charged in July with “undertaking activities without officially disclosing the fact that she was acting as an agent of the Russian government,” according to authorities. Butina was charged on July 16 with failing to register as a foreign agent, as required by law, and pleaded not guilty.

 

>> Who is Maria Butina, the woman charged with acting as a Russian agent in the US?

In a joint motion filed Monday by Butina's attorneys and prosecutors, officials asked for a hearing to change her plea as soon as Tuesday.

"The parties have resolved this matter, and the Defendant Mariia Butina remains in custody," the motion said.

Butina’s attorney and prosecutors said last month that they were in talks to settle the case, Reuters reported.

Justice Department officials allege that, starting as early as 2015, Butina schmoozed with influential people and organizations in the U.S. in order to advance the interests of Russia.

>> Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

Authorities said she was directed by a “high-level” former Russian lawmaker who was among 24 Russian oligarchs and senior Russian government officials sanctioned by the Treasury Department for profiting from the country’s alleged illegal and subversive activities in the U.S. and abroad.

Butina’s charges were brought by federal prosecutors in Washington D.C. The case is not related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to The Associated Press.

'Fearless Girl' statue moved to New York Stock Exchange

“Fearless Girl” has a new home.

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The 4-foot bronze statue of a girl defiantly posed with her hands on her hips was unveiled outside the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, WABC reported.

Sculptor Kristen Visbal’s statue was removed Wednesday night from its Bowling Green location, the New York Daily News reported.

A marker at the old location, where Fearless Girl had stood since March 2017 as a tribute to International Women’s Day, invited visitors to plant their feet and face Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull monument, the newspaper reported.

State Street Global Advisors of Boston installed the Fearless Girl statue to encourage corporations to put more women on their boards, WABC reported.

The installation was meant to be temporary, but the statue was so popular it became a permanent fixture, the television station reported.

The bull will follow Fearless Girl to her new location at a later date, WABC reported.

'Day of the Dozens:' Krispy Kreme offering $1 original dozen Dec. 12

Krispy Kreme is celebrating its “Day of the Dozens” holiday Dec. 12 with a special treat.

The doughnut chain is offering a dozen original glazed doughnuts for $1 with the purchase of any dozen at regular price. The offer is only at participating locations.

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“On 12/12 buy 12 get 12 more for just $1. A dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for $1 is a sweet deal,” Dave Skena, Chief Marketing Officer for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts said in a Dec. 4 news release. “Come in and enjoy!” 

There is a limit of two per customer for the offer. The deal is only on Dec. 12.

How to watch the spectacular Geminid meteor shower

 

The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most spectacular light shows of the year.

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The Geminids are visible every December when the Earth passes through a massive trail of dusty debris from a rocky object named 3200 Phaethon, long thought to be an asteroid or an extinct comet. The particle debris burns up when it strikes Earth’s atmosphere, resulting in a heavenly display of shooting stars.

The celestial spectacle peaks in the early morning hours of Dec. 13 and 14.

The best viewing time is around 2 a.m. and no special equipment is needed to see the show, but the darker the viewing area the better with as little light pollution as possible, and clear skies are mandatory. Also give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the darkness and make sure you’re looking up.

Dark skies are the most important aspect for viewing the Geminids or any meteor shower, for that matter.

>> Related: North Taurid meteor shower puts on show in midnight sky for stargazers with patience

The Geminids are visible around the world, but the best viewing areas are in the northern hemisphere away from city lights.

The Geminids first appeared in the early 19th century, shortly before the U.S. Civil War, according to NASA.

 

Singer Ty Dolla $ign indicted for felony cocaine possession

Ty Dolla $ign may face more than a decade in prison after being indicted by a grand jury on drug charges.

TMZ reported that, according to court documents, the singer and rapper is facing three counts of drug charges, including two felonies.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in September that Ty was arrested in Atlanta on charges of felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

The 36-year-old, whose birth name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., is from Los Angeles. In Georgia, drug laws are stricter than his home state, according to TMZ.

Related: Ty Dolla $ign caught with cocaine, marijuana in Atlanta, police say

At the time of his arrest, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown told the AJC officers stopped the vehicle Ty and six others were in. TMZ reported that DJ Skrillex was also in the limo. Body camera footage from the arrest shows an officer telling another officer he smelled marijuana, prompting them to get everyone out of the vehicle. Only Ty was arrested after police said they found marijuana and cocaine in his bag. 

“He had no drugs on his person at all,” the singer’s lawyer, Drew Findling, told WSB in September. “Apparently there was a small amount of some drug found in the car, and they let five people walk away. And they let the international superstar go into custody.” Griffin was released on $6,000 bond.

If convicted, TMZ reported, the singer could get up to 15 years in prison. Ty has not responded to the reports. 

Search intensifies for missing Colorado woman

Colorado police have stepped up a search for a Woodland Park woman who disappeared during Thanksgiving weekend, KDVR reported.

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Kelsey Marie Berreth, 29, a pilot instructor and mother of a 1-year-old daughter, has not been heard from in more than two weeks, the Denver Post reported.

According to investigators, Berreth’s cellphone was pinged near Gooding, Idaho, where she has relatives, KDVR reported.

Security cameras at a Safeway store in Woodland Park recorded Berreth shopping on Thanksgiving, the television station reported. When her mother asked police three days later to conduct a welfare check on Berreth, nobody was at her residence, KDVR reported.

Berreth’s brother held a vigil in Tacoma, Washington, for his missing sibling, the Post reported. Friends and family sang “Silent Night” by candlelight, a video of the vigil showed.

"All I can ask is people continue to pray, continue to share, continue to know her face and if they see her anywhere, please, please say something," Brandon Kindle, Berreth's brother-in-law, told KDVR.

Family members have set up a Facebook page dedicated to finding Berreth.

To report information to the Woodland Park police, call (719) 687-9262

Green Monday 2018: What is it and where are the deals?

Green Monday may not be a term you are familiar with, but taking advantage of what has become the biggest online shopping day in December could brighten up your holiday season.

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Today is Green Monday and retailers are offering some deep discounts on holiday gift favorites. The term Green Monday was coined by eBay in 2007 as the name for its top sales day in December. The name caught on and other retailers followed suit, posting sales on the second Monday in December. 

Here are some Green Monday deals. Remember, most deals are available on Monday only.

Amazon: Green Monday is electronics day in Amazon’s 12-days of deals. Check here for the latest deals in real time.

Belk: Get an extra 30 percent off regular and sale prices and up to 70 percent off Bonus Buys, plus free shipping on all online orders.

Best Buy: Look for the “Apple Shopping Event” at Best Buy. An Apple 21.5" iMac with an Intel Core i5 (2.3GHz), 8GB memory and a 1TB hard drive is $1,099.99.

eBay: Look for 30 percent off sitewide with new deals every hour.

Calvin Klein: You can get 50 percent off sitewide plus free shipping.

JCPenney: Take 30 percent off when you spend $100 or more; take 25 percent off when you spend up to $100.

Kohl’s: Kohl’s is offering several coupons for shopping today. Click here for details.

Macy’s: Use code FRIEND to get 30 percent off.

Melissa & Doug: Use code GRNMONDAY to get buy-one-get-one-50 percent off, in addition to free shipping.

Neiman Marcus: Get a 20 percent off sale items.

Shoes.com: Get 30 percent off any order in addition to free shipping.

Target: Take 30 percent off home items, children’s clothing and adult clothing, plus discounts on toys and gaming items.

The Children's Place: Get 60 percent off their entire site online and free shipping with no minimum purchase.

Walmart: Green Monday falls on Day 10 of Walmart’s 20 Days of Deal sale. You can find a 50-inch TV for $199.99, and a Farberware 3.2-Quart Oil-Less fryer for $55.

 

Whopper of a mistake: Burger King customer charged $1,000 for penny burger

This was a whopper of a mistake.

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A Los Angeles man said he was charged more than $1,000 when he tried to take advantage of Burger King’s penny Whopper deal the fast-food giant is offering through its phone app, KTRK reported.

The “Whopper Detour,” which debuted Dec. 4 and runs through Wednesday, sends customers to McDonald’s locations, where they can order Burger King’s Whopper for 1 cent, according to Adweek.

>> Burger King offers penny Whoppers, but there’s a McDonald’s catch

Boyce Harvey was one customer who wanted to take advantage of the deal. But when he selected the Whopper Detour in his phone app and went to pick up his sandwich, the restaurant manager said he could not find Harvey’s order, KTRK reported.

Harvey chose another deal, but said he was stunned when he was charged $1,093.91, causing a large overdraft on his bank account, the television station reported.

Burger King officials are working to straighten out the error, KTRK reported.

1th place for spelling: Sacramento street sign baffles residents

A street sign in Sacramento has residents scratching their heads.

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The sign at the corner of L Street and 32nd Street has a slight error, the Sacramento Bee reported.

The sign should read “32nd Street,” but is displayed as “32st,” the newspaper reported. That sparked a conversation among California residents in a post titled “Thirty-seconst Street?” on Sacramento’s subreddit page.

Posters had a field day.

A poster named yourcaviar wrote “I don’t get it? It’s the street that comes after 31nd street.”

Another poster, Johnnyvile, wrote “I think it (is) 32nd est. It the most thirty-secondest street in in Sac.”

CDC warns against eating raw cookie dough, cake mix

Christmas parties, work potlucks and family get-togethers mean a lot of baking in the coming weeks.

If you’re tempted to lick the bowl after mixing cake batter or dig into that raw cookie dough, however, you need to resist.

Consuming unbaked food that is supposed to be cooked can make you sick, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Kids also can get sick from handling raw dough used for crafts, the CDC says.

Most people know that eating raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can cause illness if the eggs aren’t cooked properly.

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The CDC estimates salmonella causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths in the United States every year. Food is the source for about 1 million of these illnesses.

Bacteria aren’t lurking only in eggs, though. Flour, which is usually a raw product, usually isn’t treated for germs like E. coli. The CDC reported an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to raw flour made 63 people sick in 2016. Some E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections, respiratory illness, bloodstream infections and other illnesses.

“Raw flour is a raw product, and it doesn’t go through any heat treatment before you get it,” Benjamin Chapman, an assistant professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University, told SELF Magazine in 2017. “You should treat that flour like you’re handling raw meat.”

It doesn’t mean you can never eat raw cookie dough. Dough that is commercially produced to be edible is safe. 

The CDC suggests the following safe practices to avoid getting ill:

  • Do not taste or eat any raw dough or batter, whether for cookies, tortillas, pizza, biscuits, pancakes or crafts made with raw flour, such as homemade play dough or holiday ornaments.
  • Do not let children play with or eat raw dough, including dough for crafts.
  • Bake or cook raw dough and batter, such as cookie dough and cake mix, before eating.
  • Follow the recipe or package directions for cooking or baking at the proper temperature and for the specified time.
  • Do not make milkshakes with products that contain raw flour, such as cake mix.
  • Do not use raw, homemade cookie dough in ice cream.
    • Cookie dough ice cream sold in stores contains dough that has been treated to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Keep raw foods such as flour or eggs separate from ready-to eat foods. Because flour is a powder, it can spread easily.
  • Follow label directions to refrigerate products containing raw dough or eggs until they are cooked.
  • Clean up thoroughly after handling flour, eggs, or raw dough:
    • Wash your hands with running water and soap after handling flour, raw eggs, or any surfaces that they have touched.
    • Wash bowls, utensils, countertops and other surfaces with warm, soapy water.

SUV donated to single mom whose vehicle, son's wheelchair were stolen

A single mother in New York, whose vehicle containing her disabled son’s wheelchair was stolen last month, received a nice Christmas gift Sunday.

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Roxanne Drayton chose a sangria-colored 2011 Kia Sorrento EX, given to her by the owner of the Generation Kia dealership in Bohemia, Newsday reported. 

"It was a fairy tale," Drayton, 60, told the newspaper. "It was so nice. It was so, so nice."

Drayton's 2002 Ford Explorer was stolen from the driveway of her Suffolk County home Nov. 8, News12 Long Island reported. Inside the SUV was an $8,000 custom wheelchair for her son, Todd, 28, who has Down syndrome and epilepsy, the television station reported.

Joe Catalanotto, the owner of Generation Kia, said he contacted Drayton with the offer of a free SUV from his dealership after reading about the theft, Newsday reported.

"I just wanted to make sure she was taken care of, on the car front," Catalanotto told the newspaper. “She really needed an SUV. Whenever we have the opportunity to help someone like that, to change their lives if we can, we always want to do that."

Drayton is now concentrating her efforts toward buying a new custom wheelchair. She set up a GoFundMe page for her son, and nearly $20,000 has been raised.

"I'm thankful for every single person who donated online that helped me, thankful for giving me my faith in humanity," Drayton told News12 Long Island.

Philadelphia apartment fire: 5-alarm blaze contained

About 200 firefighters worked Monday to extinguish a massive five-alarm blaze at a Philadelphia apartment building, WPVI reported early Monday.

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Update 9 a.m. EST Dec. 10: Fire Commissioner Adam Thiel said the fire was contained Friday morning.

“Under control doesn't mean that the fire is out, it just means the fire has been contained to the area in which it's burning,” he said.

The blaze was contained six hours after firefighters were called to an apartment complex near the intersection of 63rd and Jefferson streets around 2:15 a.m.

At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling the blaze, KYW-TV reported.

Original report: Officials said the fire broke out about 2:15 a.m. at the Overbrook Gardens apartments, according to KYW-TV. At least two firefighters suffered minor injuries, authorities said. 

About 50 people have been displaced by the fire, WPVI reported.

WPVI’s Jeannette Reyes tweeted just before 7 a.m. that fire officials said they are “nowhere near done” battling the blaze and can’t get inside the building because it may collapse. 

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Christmas 2018: Florida bikers raise money, hand out toys for children

More than 30,000 motorcyclists in South Florida helped raise money for a local hospital during Sunday’s 31st annual Toys in the Sun Run, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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The motorcyclists, some of whom wore Santa suits and elf costumes, rode 24 miles on a rainy morning to help raise money for patients at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, WSVN reported. They also handed out toys to thousands of children, the television station reported.

Money also will go to the James Junior Fund in Davie, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Sections of I-95 and I-595 in Broward County were closed for a few hours to accommodate the bikers, the newspaper reported.

“It’s a fun ride,” Bruce Sonnenblick, a police officer who has been riding in the parade since 2003, told the Sun-Sentinel. “There’s no other time you can ride on 95 and 595 and not have to deal with vehicle traffic. All along the route, you have hundreds of people cheering us on. People get out of their cars to watch us go by.”

Rick Case, whose business sponsored the event, said the parade helps benefit the community.

“There’s thousands and thousands of motorcycles out here, bringing thousands and thousands of toys for kids in South Florida who may not have gotten one for this holiday season,” Case told WSVN. “It’s a wonderful thing.”

Skip Hop convertible high chairs recalled over fall, injury risks

Parents of small children, take note.

Skip Hop announced last week that it is recalling more than 32,000 of its Tuo convertible high chairs over potential fall and injury risks. According to the recall notice, "the legs on the high chair can detach from the seat." 

>> Infant ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS, Family Dollar recalled

The company said it has received 17 reports of the chairs' legs detaching, but "no injuries have been reported," the notice said.

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The recalled high chairs, which can be converted into toddler chairs, are "charcoal gray or silver/white with clouds fabric" and "have a reversible seat pad, removable tray, five-point harness, beachwood foot rest and legs." They were sold at Babies ”R” Us, Buy Buy Baby, Target, Kohl's, Dillards, Amazon, SkipHop.com and other children's retailers from June 2017 to December 2018.

The affected products include the following:

  • Style No. 304200 (charcoal gray) with date codes HH5/2017, HH6/2017, HH7/2017, HH8/2017, HH9/2017, HH092717, HH030518, HH05182018, HH05312018;
  • Style No. 304201 (silver/white with clouds) with date codes HH092917, HH010518.

If you have one of the recalled chairs, please stop using it immediately. Customers can get a full refund or e-gift card from Skip Hop by calling 1-888-282-4674 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or by visiting SkipHop.com and clicking on "Recalls."

Read the complete recall notice here.

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