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'Firefighters saved my life,' rattlesnake victim says

A Polk County man believes that he wouldn't be alive if it weren't for members of Polk County Fire Rescue. 

Jerome Roddenberry was bitten April 9 by a 5 1/2 foot rattlesnake at the River Ranch hunting grounds. 

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Officials said someone shot the snake in the midsection and Roddenberry thought it was dead, so he picked it up. The snake bit him on the hand. 

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When fire rescue crews arrived, they realized that Roddenberry needed advanced medical care. He was airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center so he could receive antivenin. 

Officials said Roddenberry received 32 vials of antivenin at the hospital. 

Roddenberry was reunited Friday with some of the firefighters who rescued him. 

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He told firefighters that the bite didn't hurt but "things got bad fast."

Roddenberry said he couldn't take more than 10 steps after the bite and he couldn't remember anything that happened after that. 

"You saved my life," he told firefighters. "You kept me going until I got to the hospital." 

Fox News faces new lawsuit alleging racial discrimination, harassment

Legal troubles at Fox News grew worse Tuesday with 13 plaintiffs, including reporter and anchor Kelly Wright, joining a lawsuit that alleges racial discrimination and harassment at the company. The plaintiffs are all former or current employees. Their suit accuses the network of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”

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The lawsuit expands upon a previous complaint filed by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the payroll department. Brown and Wright claim that Fox News comptroller Judith Slater made racist comments that were ignored by the company’s higher-ups.

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Their complaints have since been joined by several other Fox News employees or former employees who insist they experienced the same type of behavior from Slater.

>> Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement.“We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”

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The class-action lawsuit — which names Slater, Fox News lawyer Dianne Brandi, Fox News and 21st Century Fox as defendants — alleges that Brandi knew about Slater’s actions dating back to 2008 and refused to do anything about it because she “knew too much about senior executives.”

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Slater would allegedly make fun of the way black employees said the words “ask” and “mother” and asked some of them, “Who is going to Africa?” after Donald Trump won the presidential election. She also is accused of making minority workers arm-wrestle white female supervisors for her own “entertainment and amusement.”

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The suit also lists complaints against former host Bill O’Reilly, who was recently fired amid ongoing accusations of sexual harassment and after it became evident that O’Reilly and the network had already paid out $13 million in settlements to five of the accusers.

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Wright alleges that O’Reilly regularly shunned him from his show and once refused to allow him to share a series of positive stories because they “showed Blacks in ‘too positive’ a light.” O’Reilly allegedly suggested that Wright call then-CEO Roger Ailes and co-president Bill Shine to “offer to sing the national anthem at the Fox News Town Halls” instead.

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As Wright put it, he felt that he was “effectively sidelined and asked to perform the role of a ‘Jim Crow’ — the racist caricature of a Black entertainer.”

>> Fox News contributor accuses Roger Ailes of sexual harassment

“We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the Company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys Wigdor and Christensen said, as the network has not yet responded to the allegations.

Snakes dumped in Walmart parking lot

Police in Paragould, Arkansas said someone may have dumped dozens of snakes in the parking lot of the popular box store.

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Calls came in Sunday night. Many thought they were dangerous poisonous snakes like copperheads or water moccasins, KAIT reported. Luckily one of the police officers knew the slithery serpents and determined they were all not venomous.

No one was hurt, but police warn that the snake surplus could have had a different outcome.

“It could cause a panic with people trying to get away,” Detective Jack Hailey told KAIT.

No one is facing charges, but if someone was caught, they could face at least disorderly conduct of causing alarm to a public place, Hailey said. And if some would have gotten hurt, charges could reflect the injury.

7 things to know now: Man kills daughter on Facebook Live; ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested; sanctuary cities

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Man kills daughter on Facebook Live: A man in Thailand murdered his infant daughter, broadcasting the crime on Facebook Live Tuesday. Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, hanged his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself. His death was not broadcast on the social media site. His body was found by police next to his daughter, Jullaus Suvannin, according to authorities.

2. Flynn may have broken the law: The leaders of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, appeared to violate federal law when he spoke at an event in Russia without first seeking permission from the U.S. government. After speaking at the event, Flynn then failed to report money he received for his appearance. The committee also questioned Flynn’s ties to a businessman who represented Turkey's government. Flynn received $530,000 for consulting work for the man.

3. Judge blocks sanctuary cities plan: Trump’s plan to withhold funding from so-called “sanctuary cities” was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge. According to U.S. District Judge William Orrick, the president does not have the authority to issue an executive order that would attach new conditions on federal spending that has already been approved by Congress.

4. Mother charged with abuse: The mother of the 15-year-old Tennessee girl kidnapped by her teacher last month has been charged with abusing the girl and her nine siblings. The woman is set to appear in court next month on five counts of abuse and neglect.  

5. Fox News sued: A racial discrimination lawsuit against Fox News has been expanded. The suit, filed Tuesday in New York’s Supreme Court, accuses the company of discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit was expanded to include eight former and current Fox employees to the case that had been brought by three former Fox employees. Fox News has denied the claims. Kelly Wright, a current Fox News anchor, is among the plaintiffs.

And one more

Chris Soules, a contestant on ABC’s “The Bachelor,” was arrested and charged with “leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident” Monday in Iowa. Soules' attorneys released a statement Tuesday that read, “Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family." Soules allegedly rear-ended the tractor-trailer Mosher, 66, was driving.

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Woman recalls breathtaking water rescue caught on video

A woman is speaking out after she was involved in a hydroplaning accident in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, that ended with her car fully underwater.

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Video released Friday showed good Samaritans rescuing the woman trapped upside-down inside the submerged vehicle.

Now, she says she is doing well, but her car did fill up all the way with water, so she’s lucky she got out when she did.

Christina Hadway says she lost control, so she turned the wheel toward what she thought was grass to avoid hitting oncoming traffic.

Next thing she knew, she says she was upside down and water was filling the car.

“There’s no time for thinking,” she said. “(I was) just scared, you know.”

With no breathing room left, Hadway says she reached a moment of giving up, but then she felt a rock hit her hand and started swimming to where it came from.

It was the good Samaritans, who jumped in the water after seeing the crash, broke the window and saved her life.

“I’m grateful for all the people who helped me,” Hadway said.

She says she did not have insurance, and she’s working to raise $10,000 to buy a new car.

Woman scares burglar away through security camera

A Newton County, Georgia, woman stopped a burglar in his tracks while he was inside her home, and it’s all on video.

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She had some choice words for him, too, and he clearly got the message.

The man broke into her Covington home on April 14 around 5:30 a.m. He checked out the TV, got on the floor to look under a couch and then got an abrupt welcome.

“Hello. You better get the f*** out because the police are on the way. You better get the f*** out,” Camille Hunter said through her camera.

Hunter told WSB-TV that she was visiting family members in Gary, Indiana, when she got the alert on her phone.

“I was chilling with my friends, and my alert came through on my phone. He went through the back window,” Hunter said.

Hunter said the burglar was in her house for about three minutes.

“The alarm company got the call. Law enforcement was notified and during that time she accessed her camera,” said Allan Seebaran, who is the public information officer for the Covington Police Department.

While police were on the way, the man got away empty-handed.

“He was looking around. I don’t know if he wanted to sleep there or what his purposes was,” Hunter said.

Covington police are asking anyone who recognizes the man to call them.

Mother-to-be loses everything in fire, firefighters come to her rescue

An expectant mother  was devastated when a fire destroyed her Lauderhill, Florida, apartment, along with baby shower gifts that she needed to welcome her baby girl, but, thanks to her local fire department, she has a new home and everything she needs to welcome her baby.

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WSVN reported that firefighters with the Lauderhill Fire Department in Florida surprised Nicola Taylor with a baby shower Wednesday.

“God is amazing,” Taylor told WSVN. “This is more stuff that I had. Thank you.”

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The firefighters also presented the family with a brand-new apartment.

Taylor is due in just a few weeks. The firefighters said they wanted to help her in whatever way possible.

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“Having a family myself-- I have two young kids -- and going through that whole process of having a baby shower, having the babies, it hit home,” B.J. Smith, a Lauderhill firefighter, said.

Grandfather Glenton Daley was moved to tears by the fire department’s act of kindness.

“All I had on my back was my shirt and one pants,” Daley said. “I really appreciate what everybody has done for me.”

You can now rent dressed up llamas to attend your wedding 

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area, you now can have llamas at your wedding.

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As first noted in Brides.comMtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas will provide llamas (or alpacas) to make a wedding or reception memorable.

The non-profit organization specializes in animal-assisted therapy utilizing llamas and alpacas. 

The website details what to expect:

Planning a party, and looking for that special “something” that will have all your guests talking for months (and maybe years!) afterward? INVITE A LLAMA!! (or an alpaca, if you prefer!) Our animals are “pros” when it comes to parties and special events- always decorated to compliment, our llamas can easily handle all ages, and any size of crowd! More than just “entertainment”, we provide a unique interactive experience for your guests, that most have never experienced before, and smiles that will last forever!

All proceeds go toward funding their therapy and education program.

Read the full story at Brides.com or visit Mtn Peaks Therapy Llamas & Alpacas on how to 

invite a llama for your big day.

Man tossing child into frigid waters off Boston caught on camera, charged

A 29-year-old man was arrested and accused of throwing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old into the frigid waters off Constitution Beach in East Boston on Monday, according to Massachusetts State Police.

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Mikel Anthony Hilerio dropped his girlfriend off at her job before taking her 4-year-old twin boys to the beach and putting them in the water, troopers said.

When the troopers arrived on scene, they said they found the children “shaking uncontrollably” after having been exposed to the cold water and cold air.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), coastal waters in Boston were about 47 degrees Fahrenheit Monday.

They were taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for evaluation.

Hilerio has been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment to children and operating with a suspended or revoked license. 

Hilerio refused an evaluation by a drug recognition expert, police said.

In court Tuesday, prosecutors played a cell phone video showing a man apparently tossing a child into the water off Constitution Beach. 

The Department of Children and Families has been notified.

 

Cute baby photo alert: Mom is a firefighter, dad is a police officer

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in Florida, shared a picture of its newest addition on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Baby Crnolic's mom and dad both serve Jacksonville, JSO said.

Dad is an officer for JSO and mom is a firefighter for the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.

The photo is courtesy EP Photography-Jacksonville Newborn Photographer: www.epphotoonline.com | Facebook

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