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Villanueva regrets being the lone Steelers player to stand for the national anthem

Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva apologized to his teammates and the franchise Monday for standing alone during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.

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He said he only told team leadership about his plan to leave the tunnel for the national anthem just before the game. 

Earlier Monday, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said the team agreed in a players-only meeting late Saturday night that the team would stay in the tunnel for the anthem as a show of team unity.

Villanueva, a retired Army Ranger and veteran of combat in Afghanistan, said he received numerous texts from other veterans before the game imploring him to salute the anthem. He also noted the game was played at Chicago's Soldier Field, which is named to honor military veterans.

Villanueva confirmed statements made by Roethlisberger and defensive lineman Cam Heyward earlier in the day that they wanted to stand with him to support him but they were blocked by people going through the tunnel until the anthem began.

He said he had no doubt that if his teammates had known his intentions, they all would have stood with him, even those who were inclined to kneel or sit during the anthem.

"When everyone sees an image of me by myself, everybody thinks the team and the Steelers are not behind me, and that's absolutely wrong," he said. "It's quite the opposite."

Villanueva apologized to his teammates, head coach Mike Tomlin and the franchise, saying he felt "embarrassed" by photos showing him standing alone and appearing to break the image of unity the team wanted to project.

Teen trying to mimic Youtube stunt killed by train

An Ohio high school junior was killed after he was struck by a train in metro Dayton while trying to duplicate a stunt he saw on an Internet video, a relative said Monday.

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Centerville High School student Joseph Fernandez, 16, died Friday night in Miamisburg when he was hit by a Norfolk Southern train after he laid down on the tracks, police records show.

“I just hope this raises awareness with every single parent in this community,” the teen’s uncle, Joshua Fernandez, said Monday, when grief counselors were on hand at Centerville High.

The elder Fernandez added, “You’ve got to talk with the children because this is what happens when something goes wrong….All these videos on YouTube of people doing this exact same stunt and not dying is what encouraged these kids to do this. People should stop posting this stuff.”

A service for Joseph Fernandez is set for Thursday in Centerville.

The fatality that happened about 7:40 p.m. Friday is considered an “an accidental death for now” with no indication of suicide, said Cindi Threlkeld of the Miamisburg Police Department.

>> Related: Ohio ranks high in rail pedestrian casualties

The railroad crossing arms and signals “were working exactly how they were intended to,” she said, noting there are “multiple avenues we’re investigating right now.”

A 911 caller told a dispatcher Friday night “I guess he didn’t hear the train” before admitting Fernandez had laid down on the tracks.

“I think he had the idea of laying on the tracks and tried to survive it,” the caller said.

Read more here.

Luke Bryan announced as second judge on ABC’s ‘American Idol’ reboot

Country singer Luke Bryan is joining ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” according to Variety.

The trade publication reported that the country singer joins Katy Perry, who is making $25 million as a judge. She was announced as part of the show in May.

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Musicians Charlie Puth, Keith Urban -- who previously judged on Fox’s original version of the show --  and Lionel Richie were also reportedly in the running for a role as a judge, but none are likely.

Perry’s $25 million contract has reportedly taken up a significant amount of the shows budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TMZ reported that Richie’s team wanted $10 million for the musician, but it was double what “Idol” wanted to pay.

ABC declined to comment. Representatives for Bryan have not commented.

“American Idol” is set to premiere in March. Auditions begin next week.

Girl gets pet hamster after her letter to Petco ends up at power company Pepco

It’s not often you get your pet from an electric company, but that was the case for an 8-year-old girl in Washington, D.C.

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Serenity Williams wrote a letter, meant to be sent to Petco, asking for a pet hamster, but an accident landed it in front of a customer care worker for the electric power company PepcoWJLA reported.

According to WTTG, Serenity addressed her letter to “Petco” but accidentally used the Pepco headquarters address.

This is what Serenity wrote:

“Dear Petco pets, 

I'm Serenity. I'm 8 years old. I live in Washington D.C. I'm going to 2nd grade. May I please have a hamester because I never had a pet. I (love) hamesters because they eat carrots, and grass. I will take good care of it because I'll let it eat. I will make sure I clean the cage. If I (receive) a hamster, I will do better in school, make more friends, and become responsible."

Cornell Reddon, with fellow customer care worker Clay Anderson, called Serenity’s mother to make sure it was OK if he bought the girl a hamster. When she said yes, he went to Petco and bought the animal, WJLA reported.

Serenity was presented with her new pet on Friday, and she decided to name the hamster “Brick.”

Pepco also provided Serenity with a hamster cage and supplies.

Ivanka Trump used personal email for government business, watchdog group says

A watchdog group said Monday that emails released to the organization show that President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump used a personal email address to conduct White House business as recently as March, although a White House spokesperson said that the first daughter did not have a government email account when the correspondence was sent.

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The discovery by watchdog group American Oversight came one day after Ivanka Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, said through a statement by his attorney that he used a private email address to conduct government business.

>> Related: Jared Kushner used personal email to conduct White House business, lawyer says

The emails from Ivanka Trump to Linda McMahon, administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, were sent in February, according to copies of the correspondence released by American Oversight. At the time, Ivanka Trump was not a federal employee but was “operating inside the White House in a nonofficial capacity,” Newsweek reported.

In a statement obtained by Newsweek, a White House spokesperson said that Ivanka Trump became a federal employee in March.

“She made clear that one of her reasons for doing so was to ensure that she would have access to government-issued communications devices and receive an official email account to protect government records,” the spokesperson said, adding that at the time of the communications, Ivanka Trump did not have an official email account.

Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight, however, said that the situation shows “yet again … that there’s one rule for the Trump family and another for everyone else.”

“It’s simply breathtaking that both Ivanka and Jared Kushner would conduct government (business) on a personal email account after running a campaign centered on that very issue,” Evers said. “The fact that they would brazenly ignore rules governing email use raises even more questions about their judgment and fitness to hold positions in the White House.”

The Hill reported that the emails from Ivanka Trump showed that she copied her chief of staff, Julie Radford, on the emails, and that Radford had a White House email address.

Donald Trump criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sharply last year for her use of private email, leading supporters on chants of “Lock her up” and insisting that her actions were illegal as the two vied for a seat in the Oval Office. The FBI determined last year that Clinton did not break the law, although then-FBI Director James Comey said that she and her colleagues were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

John McCain reveals increasingly worrisome health prognosis

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) offered insight into his struggle with an aggressive brain cancer diagnosis Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” saying doctors have not given him a good prognosis.

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One estimate puts his chance of survival in the single-digit percentile, he said.

“It’s very, very serious ... Some say 3 percent, some say 14 percent,” he said. “You know, it’s ... it’s a very poor prognosis.”

McCain, 81, said that despite the grim news, he was happy to have lived a wonderful life.

A former naval aviator shot down over North Vietnam in 1967 and held as a prisoner of war until 1973, McCain said he wants to be remembered for his service to his country and he wants his memorial service to be held in Annapolis, Maryland, at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy.

Though his health may be failing, McCain remains dedicated to service and America, he said, especially in the current political climate, where he has become a dissenting Republican voice on health care. Fixing health care may ultimately mean McCain will have to work with President Donald Trump, though the two have repeatedly clashed, the senator acknowledged.

“I’d be glad to converse with him. But I also understand that we’re very different people. Different upbringing. Different life experiences,” McCain told CBS. “He is in the business of making money ... I was raised in the concept and belief that duty, honor, country is the lodestar for the behavior that we have to exhibit every single day.”

Florida woman pulls gun, uses racial slur in road rage incident

Florida authorities have charged a 22-year-old woman in a road rage incident earlier this month.

Savanah Huffman is accused of pulling out a gun, pointing it at another driver in traffic and using a racial slur to tell the other driver she would kill her, according to Palm Beach County deputies.

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On Sept. 13, Huffman was driving in suburban West Palm Beach, when she allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at the driver of a Toyota Tacoma. The driver of the truck, a 52-year-old woman, later told investigators she had no idea why the woman pulled the gun out and pointed it or said she would kill her, using a racial slur.

According to the report, Huffman admitted to the road rage incident but gave no reason for singling out the woman.

Another driver who witnessed the incident called 911 and followed Huffman to her house to get her tag number.

When deputies arrived at the home, Huffman let deputies search her vehicle. Inside, they found an unloaded 9 mm pistol under the passenger seat, according to the report.

>> Related: 18-wheeler and SUV caught on camera in road-rage incident

Huffman was arrested on charges of of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and improper exhibition of a firearm.

She was jailed in Palm Beach County and later released on $15,000 bond.

Steelers fans burn memorabilia over national anthem stance

The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t take to the field Sunday as the national anthem played before the team faced the Chicago Bears, and that decision isn’t sitting well with some fans.

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Steelers fans across America posted videos on social media showing them burning their memorabilia after the team failed to show up for the anthem. The protest comes amid tension between NFL players, who first started taking a knee during the anthem last year in protest of inequality and police violence, and President Donald Trump, who called the protests disrespectful.

>> Related: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

Jim Heaney, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, posted on YouTube and said, “Can't come out and stand for our anthem or flag? I'm done with you. #BoycottPittsburghSteelers #BoycottTheNFL.”

6 ways you might be disrespecting the flag without even knowing it

How and when the U.S. flag and national anthem should be publicly respected and honored has become the matter of much debate and consternation, but what does the law say?

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It’s actually easier than you think to disrespect the Star-Spangled Banner, at least according the sometimes-obscure U.S. Flag Code.

The rules went into effect on the very first Flag Day — June 14, 1923 — but fell out of the spotlight until recently. Title 36, Chapter 10 of the United States Code, listed as “Patriotic Customs,” is quite specific and straightforward when it comes to what you should and should not do with the flag and during the national anthem, including what “respecting the flag” entails.

Most Americans know by heart at least a few of the 11 “respect for the flag” rules listed under Section 176. Never letting the flag touch the ground or water and only displaying the stars and stripes upside-down as a serious distress signal qualify as fairly common knowledge. But who knew about the part of the law that says the flag should never be used to cover the ceiling?

Here are some common ways the flag is disrespected every day, according to the federal code:

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“The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” So that’s going to be a no to American flag bikinis, bedspreads and curtains.

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“The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” The law is the law, even for iconic American brands.

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“It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.” Fourth of July picnics can be just as delicious without the star-spangled napkins and paper plates.

4.

“No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.” It would seem even well-intended patriotism can put sports teams on the wrong side of the law.

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“It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.”

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Incidentally, the law is also pretty straightforward when it comes to what’s expected of Americans when the national anthem is played, given that the anthem is typically accompanied by a display of the flag. If the flag is being displayed, “all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart,” and those not in uniform should remove their hats, holding them at the left shoulder, which would put your hand over your heart. Those in uniform salute the flag for the entire song. If there’s no flag on display, everyone is supposed to face wherever the music is coming from and conduct themselves as if the flag is on display there. Kneeling, sitting or otherwise sitting out the anthem is not addressed in the law as illegal or otherwise.

Netflix email scam targeting bank account info, reports say

A new email scam is targeting Netflix users in order to obtain access to their bank account info, according to multiple reports.

The Guardian reported that, according to a reader letter to its consumer division, an email that appears to be from Netflix warns users that their Netflix accounts are on hold.

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“A link in the email takes users to a fake Netflix page, where you are invited to input your bank details. It is realistic and will no doubt catch out a few people whose bank card has just expired,” a user said in a Tuesday letter to the publication.

WGN also reported about the phishing scam stateside, saying that customers are told that their payment details need to be updated because of a billing error, the Monday report said.

The email may ask for updated bank information to be emailed, and in other cases, it may link to a fake website requesting bank information.

similar scam was reported in January.

Like any phishing scam, consumers are warned not to click on any links in the email.

According to the Netflix help center website, the company will never ask for personal information to be sent over email, including credit and debit card numbers and passwords.

“Netflix may email you to update this information with a link to our website, but be cautious of fake emails that may link to phishing websites. If you’re unsure about a link in an email, you can always hover your cursor over the link to see where it directs in which you can see the real linked web address at the bottom of most browsers,” the website reads.

Suspicious emails can be reported to Netflix by forwarding them to phishing@netflix.com and deleting the email. The message and header information should be included in the forwarded email. More information on reporting suspicious emails to the company are at the Netflix website.

Here’s the truth on whether NFL rules require players to stand for the national anthem

After Donald Trump inserted himself into the national anthem protest debate, there’s been plenty of conversation on whether teams were breaking NFL rules by protesting.

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Here’s what is currently circulating on Facebook and other platforms.

“The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the NFL League Rulebook. It states:“The national anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the national anthem.

“During the national anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition…

…It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the national anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”

>> Related: Live updates: Trump slams NFL players for national anthem protests, athletes react

Here’s what the 2017 official NFL rulebook says.

As for being on the field ahead of the start of the game, there’s no mention of the national anthem or requirement to stand for it. There is a requirement for teams to be on the field 10 minutes prior to the kickoff. That means teams that stayed in the locker room Sunday, typically had ample time to make their way to the field.

“SECTION 2 STARTING A PERIOD OR HALF

ARTICLE 1. KICKOFF ON SCHEDULE. Both teams must be on the field to kick off at the scheduled time for the start of each half. Prior to the start of the game, both teams are required to appear on the field at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff in order to ensure sufficient time for proper warm-up. Designated members of the officiating crew must notify both head coaches personally of the scheduled time for kickoff prior to the start of each half.”

Here is the only real policy on political statements and NFL standards, via the official rulebook.

>> Related: Roger Goodell calls Trump’s attack on NFL players’ protests ‘divisive’

“SECTION 4 EQUIPMENT, UNIFORMS, PLAYER APPEARANCE

ARTICLE 8. PERSONAL MESSAGES. Throughout the period on game-day that a player is visible to the stadium and television audience (including in pregame warm-ups, in the bench area, and during postgame interviews in the locker room or on the field), players are prohibited from wearing, displaying, or otherwise conveying personal messages either in writing or illustration, unless such message has been approved in advance by the League office. Items to celebrate anniversaries or memorable events, or to honor or commemorate individuals, such as helmet decals, and arm bands and jersey patches on players’ uniforms, are prohibited unless approved in advance by the League office. All such items approved by the League office, if any, must relate to team or League events or personages. The League will not grant permission for any club or player to wear, display, or otherwise convey messages, through helmet decals, arm bands, jersey patches, or other items affixed to game uniforms or equipment, which relate to political activities or causes, other non-football events, causes or campaigns, or charitable causes or campaigns. Further, any such approved items must be modest in size, tasteful, non-commercial, and non- controversial; must not be worn for more than one football season; and if approved for use by a specific team, must not be worn by players on other teams in the League.”

>> Related: WWII veteran, 97, kneels in support of NFL’s national anthem protests

So that means the players who wore “I’m with Kap” shirts could have broken NFL rules if the league did not approve them ahead of time. 

>> Related: NASCAR owners threaten to fire those who protest during national anthem

The league could have also taken action at kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest if it deemed it conveying a personal message through illustration. It’s quite clear that the NFL won’t do so at this time.

Jared Kushner used personal email to conduct White House business, lawyer says

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, used a personal email account to discuss official government business, despite his father-in-law’s criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for doing the same, according to multiple reports.

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The email account was set up in December, Politico reported, noting that Kushner also uses an official White House email account. The news site was the first to report on Kushner’s use of private email.

“Fewer than 100 emails from January through August were either sent to or returned by Mr. Kushner to colleagues in the White House from his personal email account,” Kushner’s lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said Sunday in a statement to Politico. “These usually forwarded news articles or political commentary and most often occurred when someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal rather than his White House address.”

Trump, who faced Clinton last year in the race for the White House, criticized the former secretary of state numerous times for her use of private email, leading supporters on chants of “Lock her up” and insisting that her actions were illegal. The FBI determined last year that Clinton did not break the law, although then-FBI Director James Comey said that Clinton and her colleagues were "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Politico reported that there were no indications that Kushner used his private email account to discuss sensitive or classified information.

An unidentified government official told The New York Times that “unlike in the Clinton case, Mr. Kushner had not set up a private server to house the personal email account. While Mrs. Clinton used her personal account exclusively, the official said that Mr. Kushner does use his government account.”

At a news briefing on Monday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that, to her knowledge, Kushner’s use of private email was “very limited.”

“White House counsel has instructed all White House staff to use their government email for government matters,” she said, adding that staff was “instructed on this one pretty regularly.”

Government officials are required to keep records of their correspondence under federal law. Lowell told the Times that all White House-related emails were forwarded to Kusner’s official government address in order to create a record of the correspondence.

Monster alligator is catch of a lifetime for Louisiana fisherman 

After days of fishing with nothing to show for it, a Louisiana man was dumbfounded when he hauled in the catch of a lifetime: a massive alligator measuring 12 feet 1 inches long.

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Fisherman Mark David Jr. was about to throw in the towel last week on Anacoco Lake, west of Leesville, when he discovered the monster gator on one of his hooks.

“I’m no gator expert,” Davis told The Leesville Daily Leader. “We’ve caught a few gators out of Anacoco Lake before, but never this big.”

Davis said it was a struggle getting the reptile back to shore and an even bigger struggle getting the animal on his truck. It took six people in the end to get the massive gator onto Davis’ truck.

>> Related: Alligator attacks man wading in river with daughters, suffered severe bite injury

 

Woman allegedly held up at airport because no one believed how old she was

A woman said she was stopped by airport security because no one believed she was as old as her ID said she was.

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Ukrainian singer Natalia Dzenkiv, 41, was asked to present her ID at a Turkish airport, but her youthful looks led airport security to believe that she had presented a false ID. Security pulled her into a room and questioned her.

“When I found out the reason for my arrest, I even started laughing, as it was the age in my passport,” she said, according to Lad Bible. “I am already used to compliments about the way I look, but I couldn’t have imagined that it might be a reason for detaining me.”

After a few fans of Dzenkiv’s band, Lama, recognized her in the airport and asked for an autograph, security to let her through.

Lama won the award for Best Ukrainian Act MTV’s Europe Music Awards in 2007.

Usher hailed as ‘hero’ after stopping church shooter

Friends know Robert Engle by his middle name, Caleb.

He’s tall, kind and considerate of others. 

Engle, 22, was an usher Sunday at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, where he has attended since he was a child, when a masked gunman walked in and started firing indiscriminately at the 42 parishioners.

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"I've been going to this church my whole life,” Engle said. “I would have never, ever thought something like this would have happened."

Emanuel Kidega Samson, 25, fatally shot a woman in the parking lot before entering the church where he shot six more people. Engle was pistol-whipped by Samson while trying to stop the gunman as he entered the church. Engle, who has a permit to carry, went to the parking lot and retrieved his gun. He ran back into church where he tackled and held Samson at gunpoint until police arrived. 

“I ask everyone to pray for the victims, family members of the victims, our church community. Please pray for healing,” Engle said in a statement. “Also, please pray for the shooter, the shooter’s family and friends. They are hurting as well.” 

The six people injured suffered life-threatening injuries. Samson also shot himself, although it was unclear whether it was on purpose or accident. He was treated for the gunshot wound to his chest and released into police custody. He was charged with murder.

Engle was treated at the hospital and released Sunday night. Law enforcement officials called him “an extraordinarily brave individual.”

“He’s the hero,” Metro Nashville police Chief Steve Anderson said during a news conference. “He’s the person who stopped this madness.”

But Engle eschews being called a hero.

“I do not want to be labeled a hero,” Engle said in a statement. “The real heroes are the police, first responders, medical staff and doctors who have helped me and everyone affected.” 

Engle’s grandmother said she’s proud of him.

“He’s just someone who care about a lot of people,” Rheta Engle told the Tennessean. “He has all their feeling at heart.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Could flood-ravaged Houston become jackpot spot for HGTV?

The thousands of flood-damaged homes across southeast Texas could bring a boom to at least one Lone Star industry.

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Some real estate investors are counseling buyers to purchase homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey, pay for the repairs and then resell them, according to Reuters.

These property “flippers,” as they’re known in the industry, expect to take advantage of a tight housing market, especially in Houston, to reap a potentially substantial profit, Reuters reported.

Ray Sasser, a real estate investor and advisor, followed a similar plan advisors are currently reemploying to attract the home front venturers when Tropical Storm Allison struck Houston in 2001.

He bought several homes -- some for as low as 30 percent of their market value -- selling many of them a year later at full market price.

RELATED: Houston suburb tops best value neighborhoods list

At a recent Houston real estate seminar, Sasser revealed his plan to purchase 50 flooded homes for pennies on the dollar, invest 15 to 20 percent for repairs, aiming to then turn them back onto the market in a short time.

With an estimated 268,000 homes suffering some damage due to the floods, what was a tragedy for a significant number of Houstonian homeowners may be a lucrative opportunity for eager flippers.

Many homeowners may consider walking away from their damaged homes with whatever cash they can get, so flippers can buy properties at near-record-low levels.

Meanwhile, the tight nationwide housing market, combined with Houston’s diverse economy and growing population, are creating ideal conditions for flippers to find buyers.

As new homes go up on the old sites, flippers may also be looking at quick sales for prices at or near full market value.

RELATED: Some Houston neighborhoods better for investment return than others

For homeowners looking to sell their damaged homes, the Better Business Bureau posted some advice on how to avoid scams on its website, including the following:

  • Checking if the company has a local office
  • Meeting in person at the buyer’s office to learn about their processes
  • Avoiding paying any “application fees” or “processing fees”
  • Contacting the buyer’s lender to see if they have the funds to complete the purchase
  • Examining the contract to ensure that the seller is no longer obligated to make mortgage payments

Read more at Reuters.

Weird David Spade mural with Kurt Cobain quote a head-scratcher

Australian artist Lushsux painted a mural of comedian/actor David Spade on a wall in Linz, Austria last week, alongside a quote that has completely confused social media users.

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The image of Spade might be pretty good, but there’s just one problem - the quote is wrongly attributed to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a drug overdose in 1994 at the age of 27.

Lushux’s piece is clearly referencing a popular internet meme, which wrongly-attributes quotes to famous people beside a picture of a completely different person, but that didn’t stop people on social media from freaking out about the whole thing.

>> Related: Internet freaking out over these beer belly fanny packs

The mass confusion eventually caused the “Ridiculous 6” and “Grown Ups” star to respond on Twitter with just five words linked to the mural: “everyone is sending me this.”

The best US cities to avoid effects of climate change, according to report

Weeks after parts of Texas, Florida, Georgia, many of the Atlantic islands and other regions were ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, in the wake of Hurricanes Jose and Katia and in the midst of Hurricane Maria, climate change has gained steam again in continued conversations about global warming and humans’ interactions with the earth.

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Included in those discussions are worries that parts of Florida are in danger as sea levels rise.

A new report by Business Insider lists 13 American cities that are “the best U.S. cities to live in to escape the worst effects of climate change.”

“The bottom line is, it’s going to be bad everywhere," Bruce Riordan, the director of the Climate Readiness Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, told Business Insider.

But “there are places that might at least temper the effects of climate change,” according to Vivek Shandas, an urban-planning professor at Portland State University.

Shandas and a group of researchers looked at a variety of factors, including policy and politics, community organization and infrastructure, to determine the cities safest from the dangerous effects of climate change over the next 50 years.

According to the report, the Pacific Northwest is the best U.S. region to live to escape the negative effects of climate change, according to Shandas, who said that “their infrastructure tends to be newer and more resilient to major shocks” like heat and rising water.

Austin, Texas, about 160 miles from Houston, which was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, is also among the top 13 cities -- in part because of durable infrastructure as well as plans to combat carbon dioxide levels and offset emissions.

“We often write off the South as somewhere that’s going get hammered by heat waves and hurricanes, but there are some really interesting places like Austin,” Shandas told Business Insider.

Here’s the full list in no particular order: 

  • Seattle, Washington
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Austin, Texas
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Salt Lake City, Utah

Read more at Business Insider.

Prince Harry visits girlfriend Meghan Markle on set of ‘Suits’

Prince Harry made a surprise appearance on the set of his girlfriend Meghan Markle’s show “Suits” this week as he visited Toronto.

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Harry is in town for the Invictus Games, where Markle was spotted showing support for the British royal, and reportedly kept a low-profile on the set of the series.

“He was super low-key, met some crew and was so happy to watch his lady,” a source told Hello! magazine.

“He’s incredibly supportive of her work.”

>> Related: Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico

Markle, who plays Rachel Zane on the series, showed her boyfriend around the set, according to the publication.

On Sept. 23, Markle was spotted in the audience for the opening night of the Games. Harry created the Invictus Games after he served as an officer in Afghanistan in 2008.

>> Related: Photos: Meghan Markle through the years

The couple was not seated together during the ceremony; instead, Harry sat in a VIP section next to first lady Melania Trump and near Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The prince is expected to remain in Toronto until Saturday, Sept. 30. 

Copperhead snake bites woman inside Longhorn Steakhouse; I felt ‘excruciating pain’

A Virginia woman on her way to dinner at a Longhorn Steakhouse was bitten three times by a venomous copperhead snake inside the restaurant. 

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Snake bite victim Rachel Myrick was walking through the second set of entry doors at the restaurant in Spotsylvania County earlier this month when she felt an excruciating pain in her foot, according to WJHL-TV.

“Initially it felt like I was stung by a bee or a hornet or something ... I reached down and grabbed my foot because of the amount of pain and under my fingers felt it wiggle,” Myrick told the TV station.

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Before she could figure out what was happening, she told the news station that the snake bit her two more times. 

After shaking it loose, her boyfriend and son killed the snake by stomping on it. 

“I’ve bred and raised reptiles for 15 years,” her boyfriend, Michael Clem, told  Fredricksburg.com.

“There was no question what it was.”

She has since spent several days in the hospital and is facing about three months recovery, she told WJHL. 

Longhorn Steakhouse said in a statement it is looking into how the snake attack occurred and is taking steps to prevent an incident like this from happening again.

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