Singer Katy Perry coyly announced she was engaged to Orlando Bloom in an Instagram post on Valentine’s Day, using a tongue-in-cheek caption to match the design of her ring -- a pink stone surrounded by eight diamonds, Vogue reported.
“Full bloom,” Perry wrote on the social media site, while Bloom used the same photo and posted “Lifetimes” on Instagram.
Perry was married to comedian Russell Brand in 2010, splitting up 14 months later. Bloom split with Miranda Kerr in 2013 after three years of marriage, the magazine reported.
Pro wrestling star John Cena has never had difficulty projecting to an audience. His long and varied resume will now include game show host.
Cena will serve as host and executive director of the reboot of “Are You Smarter Than a 5th-Grader,” Nickelodeon announced in a news release Thursday.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosted 111 episodes of the show from 2007 through 2015, according to the IMDb website.
According to Nickelodeon’s news release, the new version of the show will follow the same format as the original series, with adults answering questions taken from fifth-grade curriculum. The reboot will add an additional “cheat” option, new ways contestants can get help from their grade school classmates, and a “final exam” that will pit participants against the clock.
Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins said the company was “very happy to go back to school with an amazing talent like John Cena.”
“Today’s kids and parents are laser-focused on their family time together, so we want to give them shows and series that appeal to every member of the household,” Robbins said in the Nickelodeon news release.
Cena, the World Wrestling Entertainment star, said he was “excited” to partner with Nickelodeon again. He previously hosted the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards program and also was the host of the Fox reality show, “American Grit,” according to Bleacher Report.
“I can’t wait to see kids defeat grownups who find themselves back in the classroom,” Cena said.
A 73-year-old Texas woman was hit by a stray bullet while she was gardening in her backyard, KSAT reported.
San Antonio police said the woman was hit in the arm just before 3 p.m. Thursday, the television station reported.
Police believe the bullet could have come from a drive-by shooting that was reported about the same time, KSAT reported.
The woman was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, Spectrum News San Antonio reported.
A Pennsylvania woman is accused of raping a boy while her accomplice held him down, WJAC reported.
Brittany Sheetz, 24, of Buffalo Mills, is charged with rape, incest of a minor, corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age and selling and furnishing liquor to a minor, the Altoona Mirror reported.
Police said the victim contacted authorities Jan. 28 and claimed Sheetz had given him alcohol and sexually assaulted him while Derek Edwards, 36, held him down, WJAC reported.
A Kansas couple helped a woman in distress during a domestic dispute by calling the front desk at a Topeka hotel.
While hotel officials paid for Susan and Rodger Doherty’s room for their quick thinking on Feb. 3, a letter from the distressed woman was much more precious, KSN reported.
"I will always save this note," Susan Doherty told the television station.
"Thank you for saving my life last night, from the helpless lady in room 211, I can never thank you enough," the woman wrote.
On Feb. 3, the Dohertys were in their hotel room when they heard a commotion across the hall, KSN reported.
"I said, ‘Boy somebody is having a fight with each other across the hall,’" Susan Doherty told the television station.
The argument escalated, Susan Doherty said.
"I suddenly heard. ‘Help me, stop it,’" she told KSN.
That’s when the Dohertys called the front desk. Police arrived and arrested a man, the television station reported. The man was charged with aggravated domestic battery and criminal restraint, according to the Topeka Police Department.
A black cat has been stuck atop an electrical pole in a Denver neighborhood for two days, KDVR reported.
Oliver sneaked out of his home on Tuesday, the animal’s owners told the television station. Moments later, the owners heard the 1-year-old cat meowing, perched on top of the electrical pole.
The owners have tried catnip and food to lure the feline down, but have not had any success, KDVR reported.
The owners said police, fire department personnel and electric company officials have declined to help due to safety concerns, the television station reported.
A 6-year-old girl was injured after ice flew off a tractor-trailer and smashed through the windshield of the car she was riding in, Massachusetts State Police said.
Around 1:45 p.m. Thursday, state police received calls reporting a large piece of ice coming off a tractor-trailer on I-495 in Andover.
Amanda Grenier said she was on her way home from Woburn with her child Avery after picking up Valentine's Day gifts.
Avery, who was in a car seat in the backseat, was taken to Lawrence General Hospital after the ice smashed the windshield of the 2018 Toyota she was in.
"My daughter was screaming and I had turned around quickly, seen she was bleeding and I just pulled over," Grenier said. "Luckily, she has no glass in her eyes, no glass stuck in her. She was a trooper."
Grenier said the truck driver looked right at her, but kept driving.
"I was beeping like crazy trying to get the guy’s attention, and the guy looked at my car," Grenier said. "He seen I was going crazy, beeping, and he kept driving."
A witness called State Police with the truck's license plate number.
Now, Grenier is hoping to send a message to the driver that caused the incident to happen.
"Clean off your snow," Grenier said. "If cars have to do it, 18-wheelers have to do it, because luckily my daughter didn’t get as hurt, but she could have."
Police say the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A funeral home is a somber place, where families gather to pay their final respects to a loved one. Emotionally, it can be a draining experience.
However, a Minnesota funeral home has found a way to ease the sting caused by death.
Jackie is a therapy dog that greets patrons at Gearhart Funeral Home in Coon Rapids, WCCO reported.
“She loves being around people and she looks forward to going to work in the morning,” Gearhart funeral director Ryan Scharfencamp told the television station. “Most people aren’t expecting to see a dog, so it’s like, oh, it makes them feel at home.
Jackie, a 1-year-old lab mix, has been trained to comfort grieving families.
“Her trainer even mentioned that she’s a natural for it,” Scharfencamp told WCCO.
Jackie seems to sense when a soft touch is needed and responds accordingly, Scharfencamp said.
“It’s just one of those things you have to see,” Scharfencamp told the television station. “She’ll see someone and just go up to them and put her head on their lap or just lay down in front of them.”
Based on reaction to Jackie, Scharfencamp said he may add a second therapy dog.
“I anticipate the way it’s going, and continuing to go, that down the road, we will add additional dogs. That’s my hope,” Scharfencamp told WCCO.
An Arizona man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he hired to babysit his daughter, KNXV reported.
Joseph Sisemore, 41, of Chandler, faces 11 counts of sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Arizona Republic. He was booked into the Maricopa County Jail, the newspaper reported.
According to police, Sisemore hired the teen to babysit his 10-year-old daughter in November 2018. Officials alleged that Sisemore had more than 20 inappropriate encounters with the teen at the man’s home, KNXV reported.
Sisemore was arrested while walking out of a local drug store after purchasing a morning-after pill for the victim, Chandler Police Detective Seth Tyler told the Republic.
An Arkansas woman was seriously injured Saturday morning when the car she was riding in was hit by a tire thrown from an interstate overpass, KARK reported.
Briana Zilches and her fiancé were driving I-530 early Saturday when the incident occurred.
"I'm really scared to come over this bridge now,” Zilches told the television station. “I never knew somebody would do that.”
Zilches suffered a broken nose, a concussion and issues with her jaw and teeth, KARK reported.
"I'm hurting. Yeah, it's a little tire, but it messed me up," she told the television station.
According to the Arkansas State Police, minutes before Zilches was injured, a truck was damaged by a possible rock that was thrown over the overpass.
Pulaski County deputies said they do not know who is responsible, but they did see a truck and multiple people on the overpass, KARK reported. Because it was dark, it was difficult for deputies to see who was parked there, the television station reported.
Three boys at a middle school made sure that every girl felt special on Valentine’s Day.
It’s not surprising that one of the Kansas cupids was named Valentine.
Eighth-grader Tristan Valentine, seventh-grader Kyan Rice and sixth-grader Lincoln Holmes pooled their money to buy flowers for all 270 girls and 70 female staff members at Summit Trail Middle School in Olathe, KMBC reported.
The three boys got to school early Thursday with buckets of carnations and passed out the flowers to every girl at the school.
“We wanted every girl to feel important and special on Valentine’s Day,” Valentine told KMBC. “We worked hard to make sure it was going to be a surprise to everybody. I only told a few friends, and the girls seemed surprised and happy.”
"I thought it was a great opportunity to give back because being able to make every girl in school at Summit Trail happy on Valentine's Day means a whole lot to everybody," Rice told KSHB.
Summit Trail Principal Sarah Guerrero knew about the plan in advance and eagerly approved it. She told KMBC it was “refreshing to see three young men go out of their way to make others feel happy.”
“I got chills seeing it happen,” Guerrero told the television station. “The ladies were so excited. It gives them something to look up to and feel good about themselves.”
Holmes said other boys said they wished they had thought of the idea.
“One guy even tried to buy a flower for $5 from me,” Holmes told KMBC. “Summit Trail is a special school. And who knows, maybe we started a new tradition here.”
It’s official: Two senior citizens from Louisiana received a certificate proclaiming them the longest married couple in the state, KATC reported.
Wallace and Gladys Menard, of Duson, have been married 80 years, according to the Louisiana Family Forum.
The couple met in 1937 and were married Sept. 17, 1938. When they were married, Wallace was 19 and Gladys was 16, according to the forum.
The state of Louisiana issued a certificate to the couple to honor their long years of marriage, KATC reported.
"LFF honors these couples in a celebration of marriage. Countless accomplishments are recognized in society today – why not celebrate the one that requires the greatest effort of all? Marriage requires hard work, intentionality, and selflessness,” Louisiana Family Forum president Gene Mills told the Franklin Sun. “A successful marriage takes heroic levels of dedication. These couples remind us that lifelong marriages are not only for days of old. In fact, they're happening all around us."
What is the secret for the Menards’ longevity?
“You have to take the bad and the good,” Gladys Menard told KATC.
“When she needed me I was there, when I needed her, she was there,” Wallace Menard told the television station.
There’s never been any question about who former President Jimmy Carter’s valentine is.
The 94-year-old Carter and his wife Rosalynn smooched again during the “kiss cam” promotion at the Hawks-Knicks game on Valentine’s Day Thursday at State Farm Arena.
The Carters have been married since 1946. The couple also kissed for the camera at Braves games in 2015 and 2016.
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Carter, a Plains, Ga., native, was the 39th President of the United States, serving from 1977 to 1981. He also was governor of Georgia from 1971 to 1975. Carter received a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.
A sharp-eyed sheriff’s deputy on patrol in Jefferson County, Missouri, spotted an unusual sight in a ditch on Saturday: a little abandoned dog with its snout and legs bound with duct tape, shivering in the 30-degree weather.
A Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said the dachshund mix was cold, malnourished and possibly had a concussion, according to KTVI-TV. Temperatures in the area the night before the animal was found dipped into the teens.
The good news is the animal, nicknamed Jimmy by its rescuers, is doing better, and investigators made an arrest in the case.
They were able to find a finger print on the duct tape that led them to Paul Garcia, the news station reported.
Garcia, 39, was taken into custody and charged with animal abuse and armed criminal action, according to KTVI. Garcia is jailed on a $50,000 bond.
It’s still unclear if Garcia owned the dog or if others may be involved. The sheriff is still asking for the public’s help in gathering more information in the case.
Several drivers are reporting their vehicles caught fire, and they blame electric seat warmers.
Delecia Douglas drives a 2013 Cadillac SRX. She said she started her SUV to warm up and walked away.
"I just kept smelling something was burning," Douglas said. "It was full of smoke in here."
Victor Florez drove a 2016 Cadillac ATS-V. He used to be a firefighter. He was driving on the highway when his vehicle started on fire.
"As soon as I was starting to pull over, fire and flames started pouring out from underneath the seat," Florez said. "(I slammed) the car in park. By the time that this all happened, there was actually flames going up and over my head. I barely had any time to get out before the car just fully engulfed in flames."
Mercedes Guevara drove a 2013 Cadillac SRX. She has three daughters, ages 11, four and a baby.
"I was driving -- just taking a ride to Target with my three daughters," she said. "And I smelled something burning. So I pulled over, got out of the vehicle, and I looked down at my seat and I saw that the seat was on fire. A lot of tears came out, for sure. Me and my kids were very emotional."
She said it burned a hole in the sweater she was wearing.
Last September, Cadillac recalled 53,000 2014-16 CTS models because of the "risk of fire" involving the seat heaters. But, that recall didn't cover Douglas', Guevara's or Florez's vehicles. All three reported the fires to Cadillac.
"I'm not really looking to get anything out of this," Florez said. "I'm just wanting people to know that there's a potential issue with these cars."
Jason Levine runs the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, D.C., and called for action on Cadillac's part.
"The best way to move forward would be for Cadillac to inspect, make transparent, make clear what is going on for these consumers," he said.
He'd also like to see the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigate. Levine says all of that could lead to another recall.
"I don't want this to happen to anyone else. Someone could get seriously hurt," Guevara said.
Those drivers who experienced fires say they hope another recall is coming in the future.
"It's a very big safety concern that I have," Florez said. "I just don't want this to happen to anybody else."
Cadillac officials said in a statement, "We take these reports seriously. Safety is of the utmost importance, and we appreciate the opportunity to follow up with these customers to determine what might have happened."
If your vehicle catches fire, get to a safe spot and make sure you document the case. Take pictures and write down any facts you may forget later.
If you think there was a defect, tell your car company and NHTSA.
You can check your vehicle for any recall here.
A World War II veteran was laid to rest Thursday afternoon in Lawrence, Massachusetts, surrounded by hundreds of strangers.
They turned out to honor James McCue, who died last week at the age of 97.
McCue had at least one good friend, but no surviving family members. So, city and state leaders put out a call to the community asking for volunteers to attend his final services.
And they weren’t disappointed.
Hundreds gathered at Bellevue Cemetery to say a final farewell to McCue.
"My heart hurt because he passed alone and I couldn't imagine not having anyone say ‘I love you’ or anything like that," Linda Richardson, who attended the service, told Boston 25 News.
Valentine’s Day marked a perfect time for the community to gather together for McCue to show how appreciative they were for his service to the country.
McCue was 21 years old when he enlisted in the Army in 1943. The highly decorated World War II veteran served in five major battles, including the D-Day Invasion.
"The sacrifices that that generation made ... and the cause that they fought for ... they all deserve our respect,"veteran Jason Downey said.
Sixteen million Americans served in WWII, but the few of the “Greatest Generation” remain. The National World War II Museum estimates about 350 veterans from that war die every day. As of last year, less than half a million are left.
The survivors are approaching 100 years old and could very well die without family members, too.
"They come out of nursing homes and right to the graveyard. It's happening all the time," veteran Jim Fitzpatrick said.
James McCue requested no prayers at his funeral service so the crowd observed a moment of silence in his honor.
Chicago police are now considering two men being questioned in the attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett suspects in his attack.
The men are in custody and have been arrested but they have not yet been charged with a crime, police spokesman Anthony Guglielimi said Friday, The Associated Press reported.
They have been identified as two Nigerian brothers. Guglielimi said one of them had appeared as an extra on the show.
Chicago police denied reports that Jussie Smollett staged his own attack because he is being written off the show “Empire.”
“We have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Investigators have confirmed they are interviewing two “persons of interest” in the attack.
The two men “are not considered suspects at this time,” but may have been in the area where the attack occurred, according to Guglielmi.
Guglielmi also said police won’t release any details about the case, including a timeline of events during the attack or the identities of those being questioned.
Police reportedly raided the home of the two “persons of interest” Wednesday night, according to WBBM-TV, removing bleach, shoes, electronics, and other items.
The station is also reporting the two men have appeared as extras on “Empire,” meaning Smollett may have known them.
Smollett told police he was attacked around 2 a.m. Jan. 29 in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs. He said they attacked him and wrapped a noose around his neck. He was hospitalized briefly for treatment of his injures.
It’s taken police weeks to find the people they believe were in a surveillance video taken the morning of the attack.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
A new documentary on the life of musician Chris Cornell is in the works by Brad Pitt and Peter Berg’s production company, Film 45.
Cornell’s widow, Vicky Karayiannis, is set to produce it, according to Variety.
The frontman for Soundgarden and Audioslave died by suicide after a show in Detroit in May 2017.
A representative for Cornell’s estate confirmed to Variety a documentary is planned, but released no more details.
Cornell just won a posthumous Grammy Award on Sunday night, the third of his career, for best rock performance for his song “When Bad Does Good.” His children – daughter Toni, age 14, and son Christopher, 13 -- accepted the award for him at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“It’s was very difficult,” Toni told reporters backstage after the show, according to news reports.
“We miss him so much and we saw him work on this so hard. He was always working on his music [because] it was his passion. It was really sad, in a way, to feel like he couldn’t be there himself to accept it for something that he was so proud of and worked so hard on.”
“We’re so proud of him,” she said. “It was amazing.”
Cornell received 16 Grammy nominations during his 25-plus-year musical career and won best metal performance with Soundgarden for “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun.”
Cornell and his band Soundgarden first came to mainstream attention in 1994 with the album “Superunknown.” Cornell also collaborated with members of soon-to-be super rock group Pearl Jam in 1991 in the group Temple of the Dog, and he went solo after the breakup of Soundgarden in 1997, forming the band Audioslave, which disbanded in 2007. He reunited with Soundgarden in 2012 and had been touring with the band when he died.
More than two dozen students were sent to hospitals on Valentine’s Day after ingesting snacks and candy at a middle school in Fulton County, Georgia.
The Sandtown Middle School students were taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta campuses at Hughes Spalding and Egleston and Grady Memorial Hospital after being evaluated by paramedics, Fulton County Schools spokeswoman Susan Romanick told AJC.com.
The district initially reported 21 students had been taken to hospitals, but the number grew to 28 by late Thursday afternoon.
Several students complained about feeling “nauseated and disoriented,” Cliff Jones, the district’s chief academic officer, said in a statement.
“When students began reporting their symptoms, we partnered with local municipalities to immediately get them medical attention as quickly as possible. For the safety of all, students and staff were instructed not to eat anything given to them by another person and not to eat anything they didn’t bring from their own home,” he said.
The district’s police department is investigating the incident “but does not yet have a determination of what led to the students feeling ill,” he said.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta spokeswoman Jessica Pope said earlier that “patients are now currently under observation by physicians.”
Epidemiologists, led by the Fulton County Board of Health, are looking into the incident. Food samples are being tested by the GBI.
Spokeswoman Alicia Cardwell Alston said the health board is trying to determine the cause of the sickness. She said officials should know more by Friday morning.
“We don’t have enough to be conclusive really,” she said Thursday afternoon.
Fulton school board president Linda Bryant, who represents the area that includes Sandtown Middle School, said that the district’s area superintendent and other staff are at the two hospitals monitoring how children are doing.
“Zombie deer” disease, officially called chronic wasting disease, or CWD, has spread into 24 states and two provinces in Canada, and researchers are worried humans could contract it, given certain circumstances.
The disease is primarily found in free-ranging deer, elk and moose, and has been identified in farmed deer and elk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The illness is fairly low in free-ranging deer and elk, but in some areas where the disease is more established, infection rates can top 10 percent, the CDC reported, and localized infection rates of 25 percent have also been reported. The numbers are even higher in the captive deer population with rates as high as 79 percent or four out of every five deer in at least one captive herd.
Chronic wasting disease can take as long as a year after infection before symptoms appear, but when they do, they include drastic weight loss, stumbling, listlessness and other neurologic symptoms.
There have been no recorded human infections, but here’s why the CDC is concerned. Studies have suggested that non-human primates, like monkeys, that eat infected meat or come into contact with an infected animal’s body fluid, could be at risk. The CDC said the research raises concern there could be a risk to people as well.
Since 1997, the World Health Organization has recommended keeping any meat infected with CWD from the food supply.
With no treatments or vaccines for so-called “Zombie deer” disease, the illness is fatal, although some infected animals may never develop the disease.
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