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Southern California mudslides: 17 dead, others missing

(CNN)The founder of a Catholic school is among the 17 people killed in deadly mudslides and flooding in Southern California. Hundreds of rescuers and dogs continued searching for people Wednesday, slogging through mud and debris.

Roy Rohter, 84, and his wife, Theresa, were swept from their Montecito home, the headmaster said. Theresa was rescued, said Michael Van Hecke, headmaster of St. Augustine Academy in Ventura, which Rohter founded in 1994.
Authorities have not confirmed the names of the dead. Children are among the victims, said Santa Barbara County fire spokesman Mike Eliason.
    Heavy rains early Tuesday caused rivers of mud and debris to run down from hillsides in Santa Barbara County, demolishing homes in the affluent seaside community of Montecito weeks after wildfires in the area. Many people are on edge, awaiting news about missing loved ones.

    Latest developments

    Deadly storm: The 17 deaths were reported in Santa Barbara County, authorities said.
    More missing: Officials said 17 people were unaccounted for.
    Rescue operation: More than 500 first responders and 10 dogs continued to search for people in Santa Barbara County.
    Trapped residents evacuated: First responders used a helicopter to rescue some of 300 residents trapped by debris blocking their way out of Montecito’s Romero Canyon area, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown. Some residents wanted to stay in their homes, Brown said.
    Hundreds of calls: As the storm hit hard between 3 and 6 a.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s office dispatchers handled more than 600 phone calls for assistance, Brown said.
    Rescues: Dozens of people have been rescued in Santa Barbara County, officials said. The US Coast Guard said it used helicopters Tuesday to collect people from rooftops, including a couple and their three children in Carpinteria.
    Injured: Twenty-eight people were hurt in Santa Barbara County, officials said.
    Destruction: Floodwaters and mudslides destroyed 100 homes and damaged another 300 residences in Santa Barbara County.
    Road closed: US 101 in parts of Montecito and Santa Barbara will remain closed for at least 48 hours because of the muddy debris covering it, authorities said Tuesday.
    “For some reason, she opened the front door” and was swept away, Brewer said.
    The boyfriend also was carried away and became stuck between boulders before being rescued, Brewer said.
    Brewer and others planned to search the property.
    “I just want to find my friend,” Brewer said, in tears.
    Hours later, Brewer confirmed Gower’s death.
    “Josie grew up right around the corner from me; she was 15, I was 5,” Brewer said.
    She added: “It was always a full a life with Josie. Now, it’s just a hole.”

    The missing

    Family members waited for word about their missing loved ones. Many turned to social media in their search.
    James and Alice Mitchell, an elderly couple from Montecito, are among those missing, the couple’s granddaughter, Sarah Weimer, told CNN Wednesday. Weimer said her mother was in Montecito helping with the search.
    Rebecca Riskin, the founding partner of Riskin Partners, a Montecito real estate company, is also missing, a relative, Lynne Creighton said.
    Riskin began selling real estate in Los Angeles. In 1990, she moved to Montecito, where she climbed to the top of real estate industry, according to the biography on her firm’s website.

    ‘River of mud’

    Thomas Tighe was outside his Montecito home when he heard “a deep rumbling, an ominous sound I knew was … boulders moving as the mud was rising,” he told CNN affiliate KCAL.
    He saw two cars moving sideways down the middle of the street “in a river of mud.”
    Peter Hartmann said the destruction was everywhere.
    “There were gas mains that had popped, where you could hear the hissing,” he told the TV station.
    “Power lines were down, high-voltage power lines, the large aluminum poles to hold those were snapped in half. Water was flowing out of water mains and sheared-off fire hydrants.”
    Before the storm hit, Santa Barbara issued mandatory evacuations for 7,000 people, including in parts of Carpinteria, Montecito and Goleta, which are below areas scorched by wildfires, county spokeswoman Gina DePinto said.
    “While some residents cooperated with the evacuations, many did not. Many chose to stay in place,” said Brown, the sheriff.
    Sheriff deputies spent Monday conducting door-to-door evacuations for 7,000 people in a mandatory evacuation area. But the area where homes were destroyed, south of Highway 192, was not in a mandatory evacuation zone.
    Rescue personnel still have areas to search, Brown said.
    “It was literally a carpet of mud and debris everywhere, with huge boulders, rocks, (downed) trees, power lines, wrecked cars — lots of obstacles and challenges for rescue personnel to get to homes,” Brown said.

    Oprah: Debris is ‘everywhere’

    Oprah Winfrey posted a video on social media of her trudging through the mud in the yard of her Montecito home.
    “There used to a fence right here,”she said, pointing in the direction of a neighbor’s home. “My neighbor’s house, devastated.” Winfrey said debris is “everywhere.”
    “Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern,” Winfrey wrote on the social media post.
    She said her home had minor damage, but it pales in comparison to what her her neighbors suffered.

    Thanks everyone for your prayers and concern. My property is fine.Some mud , and minor damage that pales in comparison to what my neighbors are going thru. #mudslides🙏🏾

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    The debris also shut down parts of the oceanside US 101, a major thoroughfare connecting Northern and Southern California.
    A stew of floodwater, mud, tree limbs and other debris covered the highway in Montecito, making it impassable. Some cars were left on the highway, mired wheel-deep in the muck.
    As workers clear debris to make areas accessible, more damage is revealed. Along Montecito’s Coast Village Road, the mudslide overturned trees and covered the pavement. At one spot, a car appeared to be sheared in half — its front half pointed skyward, jammed against a pile of muddy wreckage.

    More than 1 inch of rain per hour

    The rain fell at more than 1.5 inches per hour at one point early Tuesday in parts of Southern California. About a half inch per hour is enough to start mudslides, said Robbie Monroe of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
    The downpour fell in areas charred by recent wildfires, which burned vegetation thatotherwise could make the terrain more resistant to mudslides.
    The Thomas Fire — the largest wildfire in California’s recorded history — has burned more than 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties since it began in early December. It was 92% contained, and officials don’t expect full containment until later this month.
    Montecito and Carpinteria are especially vulnerable to mudslides because the steep terrain in some places goes from thousands of feet above sea level to sea level in “a matter of just a few miles,” said Tom Fayram, a deputy public works director with Santa Barbara County.
    Mudslides are not uncommon to the area and can be deadly. In January 2005, a landslide struck La Conchita in Ventura County, killing 10 people.

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    David Sirota wants you to pity the poor journalist being told he sucks on Twitter

    There’s no question that there’s a palpable tension between President Trump and the press. Trump used to elicit loud boos by pointing out the reporters covering his campaign rallies, and now he’s preparing his own fake news awards:

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    KERPLUNK! Big ‘SCOOP’ on former sheriff David Clarke Jr. falls flat

    Lefty Twitter was pretty psyched on Friday after an FBI search warrant dated March 7, 2017 of former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Jr.’s emails relating to a civil rights investigation surfaced online:

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    Official: Inquiry considers if train engineer was distracted

    Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday.

    The official, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, said investigators want to know whether the engineer lost “situational awareness” because of the second person in the cab.

    The train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone Monday morning when it ran off the rails along a curve south of Seattle, sending some of its cars plunging onto an interstate highway below, National Transportation Safety Board member Bella Dinh-Zarr said late Monday, citing data from the locomotive’s event recorder.

    Dinh-Zarr said it is not yet known what caused the train to derail and too early to say why it was going so fast. She said investigators will talk to the engineer and other crew members. In previous wrecks, investigators looked at whether the engineer was distracted or incapacitated.

    The engineer, whose name was not released, was bleeding from the head after the wreck, and both eyes were swollen shut, according to radio transmissions from a crew member. The transmissions mentioned a second person in the front of the train who was also hurt.

    The train, with 85 passengers and crew members, was making the inaugural run along a fast new bypass route that was created by refurbishing freight tracks alongside Interstate 5. The 15-mile, $180.7 million project was aimed at speeding up service by bypassing a route with a number of curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic.

    Positive train control — technology that can automatically slow or stop a speeding train — wasn’t in use on this stretch of track. Track sensors and other components had been installed at the time of the accident, but the system isn’t expected to be completed until the spring, transit officials said.

    Regulators have been pressing railroads for years to install such technology, but the deadline has been extended repeatedly at the industry’s request and is now the end of 2018.

    The 7:34 a.m. accident left mangled train cars up on top of each other, with one hanging precariously over the freeway. The screech and clang of metal were followed by silence, then screams, as the injured cried out to rescuers and motorists pulled over and rushed to help.

    In addition to the three killed, more than 70 people were injured, 10 of them seriously. Soon after the crash, The Associated Press reported six people had been killed. That figure was based on what turned out to be erroneous information provided in a briefing to U.S. officials.

    Train passenger Emma Shafer found herself at a 45-degree angle, staring at the seats in front of her that had come loose and swung around.

    “It felt oddly silent after the actual crashing,” she said. “Then there was people screaming because their leg was messed up. … I don’t know if I actually heard the sirens, but they were there. A guy was like, ‘Hey, I’m Robert. We’ll get you out of here.'”

    Two of the dead were identified as train enthusiasts who belonged to the rail advocacy group All Aboard Washington and were excited to be aboard for the inaugural run: Jim Hamre, a retired civil engineer with the state Transportation Department, and Zack Willhoite, a customer service employee at a local transit agency.

    “It’s pretty devastating. We’re having a tough time,” said All Aboard Washington executive director Lloyd Flem.

    In 2015, an Amtrak train traveling at twice the 50 mph speed limit ran off the rails along a sharp curve in Philadelphia, killing eight people. Investigators concluded the engineer was distracted by reports over the radio of another train getting hit by a rock.

    In September, a judge threw out charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment against the engineer, saying the wreck did not appear to rise to a crime. Prosecutors are trying to get the case reinstated.

    In the Washington state crash, speed signs were posted 2 miles (3 kilometers) before the speed zone changed, according to Kimberly Reason of Sound Transit, the Seattle-area transit agency that owns the tracks.

    After the Philadelphia wreck, Amtrak agreed to pay $265 million to settle claims filed by victims and their families. It has also installed positive train control on all of its track between Boston and Washington.

    The NTSB’s Dinh-Zarr said it is too soon to say whether positive train control would have prevented Monday’s tragedy.

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    This story has been updated to reflect that authorities said Monday night that three people died. A U.S. official said earlier that six people were killed.

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    Balsamo reported from Los Angeles.. Associated Press staffers Phuong Le and Sally Ho in Seattle, Michael Sisak in Philadellphi and Manuel Valdes in Dupont contributed to this report.

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    Sony’s $1,700 robot dog is every bit as stubborn as a real puppy

    After the robots irradicate humankind, they’re going to need puppies to keep them company. Fortunately, Sony has them covered.

    The Japanese giant showed off its next-generation robot dog “Aibo” at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, marking the first time it’s been shown outside of Japan. Undeniably cute, the plastic puppy is able to understand hand gestures and voice commands, like sit, shake, and fetch. At least, it’s supposed to. A demo at CES proved Aibo needs more visits to the dog trainer before it’s ready for primetime.

    “Get the bone, Aibo,” one Sony rep desperately plead to the small robot sitting a few feet away. It didn’t budge. “Go get the bone.” Nothing. After a few tries, the poor rep started to pet the dog’s back. It reacted by wagging its tail but looked no more interested in the toy. After trying everything short of slathering peanut butter on the bone, another dog appeared. Again, it wasn’t interested in these strange human games. At one point, dog A stood up, stretched, and then started barking. Yes, even a robot puppy does what it wants.

    Obviously, this wasn’t a good sign for any heartless grinch hoping to replace their drooling, misbehaving dog with one that will follow commands without hesitation. But there were some signs of life during the failed demo. Aibo had no problems raising its OLED puppy eyes to its owner when they spoke. It even adorably lifted its head up and down and perked up its ears. All this made the dog feel surprisingly lifelike, perhaps even placing it in so-called “uncanny valley” territory.

    Aibo isn’t just about being cute. It has a camera inside its nose so it can act as a guard dog when you’re away. It also has a quad-core CPU, LTE compatibility, and built-in WiFi. Made of 22 different parts, the dog can yip and yap using integrated speakers and its four microphones are designed to recognize human voices.

    But it will struggle to justify its insane 198,000 JPY price ($1,725) and additional $26/month service charge (think of it as a dog food fee) if it can’t perform core functions. Still, in the words of WeRateDogs, all dogs are good dogs—even robot ones. 12/10.

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    Parking Garage Fire Destroys Roughly 1,400 Cars in U.K.

    London (AP) — An estimated 1,400 cars were destroyed in a huge fire that raged through a multi-story parking garage in the northern English city of Liverpool.

    The fire next to Liverpool's Echo Arena also threatened horses that were stabled in the garage for performances at the Liverpool International Horse Show.

    The horses were moved to safety inside the arena. The popular horse show was canceled because of the fire, which was brought under control early Monday morning. The charred remains of ruined vehicles were visible in the seven stories of the parking garage.

    There were no reported injuries in the blaze. Officials set up an emergency shelter to help the many people who could not get home because their cars had been burned.

    Fire officials said two dogs were rescued from vehicles parked in the structure. They are believed to have been the only animals inside cars at the time.

    The Echo Arena said all people and horses were safe.

    Witnesses said cars seemed to explode every couple of seconds when the fire was at its peak. They said the fire appeared to start in the engine of an older Land Rover and quickly spread.

    Police said initial reports indicate that an "accidental fire within a vehicle caused other cars to ignite." The blaze started Sunday afternoon.

    Witness Sue Wright, who helped move some of the horses, said flames were shooting out of the Land Rover engine.

    "It looked like a ball of fire on the front of the car and it was producing a lot of smoke," she said.

    She said the fire was "ferocious and spreading."

    Nearby apartments were evacuated because of the heavy smoke.

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      30+ Times Dogs Surprised Humans With Their Incredibly Heroic Acts

      Many of us, especially those of us who grew up with TV classics like Lassie, have a soft spot for heroic dogs.

      Dogs are everyday heroes in so many ways, from guide dogs to rescue dogs and those that keep us safe by sniffing out explosives and drugs, there are countless ‘tails’ of man’s best friend standing up and doing amazing things. Sometimes dogs are heroes just by being our companions, loyal and non-judgemental friends we can always rely on when times are ‘ruff.’

      Here at Bored Panda we have decided to compile a list of just some of those stories, courageous canines that took on situations by the scruff of the neck and emerged victorious. Scroll down below to check them out, and feel free to add your own stories in the comments!

      A man who broke his neck outdoors in freezing conditions survived lying in snow for nearly 24 hours thanks to his dog, who kept him warm through the night and barked for help. Anticipating a journey of only several metres, man was wearing just long johns, a shirt and slippers when he went outside, despite the temperature being around -4C. However, he slipped and broke his neck. Kelsey, five-year-old Golden…

      A man who broke his neck outdoors in freezing conditions survived lying in snow for nearly 24 hours thanks to his dog, who kept him warm through the night and barked for help. Anticipating a journey of only several metres, man was wearing just long johns, a shirt and slippers when he went outside, despite the temperature being around -4C. However, he slipped and broke his neck. Kelsey, five-year-old Golden Retriever, kept him warm by lying on top of him, and kept him awake by licking his hands and face

      Our house caught fire at 2 am in November, 2016. Our dog Molly woke us up. She saved the lives of 7 people, 2 dogs, and 4 cats. She was blind and given 2 months to live 4 months before the fire. 2 years later, and she is still alive and kicking. We take her to the vet weekly to get fluid drained from her lungs. She is still happy…

      Our house caught fire at 2 am in November, 2016. Our dog Molly woke us up. She saved the lives of 7 people, 2 dogs, and 4 cats. She was blind and given 2 months to live 4 months before the fire. 2 years later, and she is still alive and kicking. We take her to the vet weekly to get fluid drained from her lungs. She is still happy and wagging.

      A woman saved a pit bull named TatorTot just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized and less than a week later TatorTot returned the favor when he helped save her 4-year-old son. That night the pit bull began barking and running back and forth between woman and her son. She thought that TatorTot just hadn’t exercised out all of his energy, but the pit bull wouldn’t give up…

      A woman saved a pit bull named TatorTot just hours before he was scheduled to be euthanized and less than a week later TatorTot returned the favor when he helped save her 4-year-old son. That night the pit bull began barking and running back and forth between woman and her son. She thought that TatorTot just hadn’t exercised out all of his energy, but the pit bull wouldn’t give up until she finally went to check on her son. He was barely breathing, TatorTot was on his bed, barking and pawing at him, licking his face.

      One late evening in May 2012, a freight train conductor riding in Shirley, Massachusetts saw the silhouette of a person and a dog on the tracks ahead. He radioed for the train to stop, but could tell there wasn’t going to be enough time. Christine Spain had tripped on the tracks while walking her dog, Lilly, and fell unconscious. The conductor saw that the silhouette was moving — Lilly was…

      One late evening in May 2012, a freight train conductor riding in Shirley, Massachusetts saw the silhouette of a person and a dog on the tracks ahead. He radioed for the train to stop, but could tell there wasn’t going to be enough time. Christine Spain had tripped on the tracks while walking her dog, Lilly, and fell unconscious. The conductor saw that the silhouette was moving — Lilly was attempting to pull her immobilized owner off the tracks. As the train passed over the pair, the conductor claims to have felt a thump. When he was able to safely exit the train, he found Spain unscathed; Lilly had covered her owner and took the hit for her. While waiting for emergency services, Lilly continued to watch over Spain, though the dog herself was suffering from extreme injuries, including to her front right leg, which had to be amputated in surgery.

      On December 12, 2008 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, a dog named China was honored with the Shining World Hero Award by Supreme Master Ching Hai, for her brave maternal love. On a frigid winter night China found an abandoned baby girl in a field and carried her back to the pen that held her own newborn pups. Together with her pups China kept the baby warm through the…

      On December 12, 2008 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, a dog named China was honored with the Shining World Hero Award by Supreme Master Ching Hai, for her brave maternal love. On a frigid winter night China found an abandoned baby girl in a field and carried her back to the pen that held her own newborn pups. Together with her pups China kept the baby warm through the night until her human caretaker heard the cries of the infant and took her to the local hospital for medical attention. The baby was aptly named “Esperanza,†meaning hope, at the hospital.

      Man was walking his dog who began behaving peculiarly, and he noticed the dog buried up to her head. Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her. She was surrounded by rocks and also she was attached to a large sack filled with gravel (to keep her from escaping). Thanks to a dog and owner who happened to see her…

      Man was walking his dog who began behaving peculiarly, and he noticed the dog buried up to her head. Only her head was visible and it was difficult to see given the amount of earth covering her. She was surrounded by rocks and also she was attached to a large sack filled with gravel (to keep her from escaping). Thanks to a dog and owner who happened to see her head emerging from the ground the buried dog survived

      “Our Hero Buster came into our lives when my husband started a job that required him to travel. I looked for a puppy and found the best friend ever. Soon after Buster came into our lives my husband became very sick. After multiple hospital stays and surgeries he came home from the hospital. Buster was 10 months. My husband was sleeping downstairs in our living room, he was unable to…

      “Our Hero Buster came into our lives when my husband started a job that required him to travel. I looked for a puppy and found the best friend ever. Soon after Buster came into our lives my husband became very sick. After multiple hospital stays and surgeries he came home from the hospital. Buster was 10 months. My husband was sleeping downstairs in our living room, he was unable to use the stairs after his operation. Buster and I were sleeping upstairs, we were having a terrible ice storm that night. Buster woke me up barking. That wasn’t like him. He’s not a barker..I thought he may have heard a snow plow outside, but I realized he wasn’t barking at the window, but he was barking at the bedroom doorway. I decided since I was awake I would check on my husband. It was a good thing I did, when we got downstairs my husband was unconscious on the floor. He had gotten up and blacked out. He hit his face on a piece of furniture and cut his face. When I got him to the hospital his blood pressure was 55/30. The doctors said if I hadn’t found him when I did he very likely would have stroked out and possibly died…If it wasn’t for Buster I never would have gone down to check on my husband, I didn’t hear him fall but Buster did..My husband thanks Buster everyday for saving his life.”

      By 11:10 we could see the first of the flames across the valley. By 11:15 they were growing larger and the winds went mad. We had loaded up the dogs and cats, but Odin, our stubborn and fearless Great Pyrenees would not leave the goats. Even under the best of circumstances it is nearly impossible to separate Odin from the goats after nightfall when he takes over the close watch from…

      By 11:10 we could see the first of the flames across the valley. By 11:15 they were growing larger and the winds went mad. We had loaded up the dogs and cats, but Odin, our stubborn and fearless Great Pyrenees would not leave the goats. Even under the best of circumstances it is nearly impossible to separate Odin from the goats after nightfall when he takes over the close watch from his sister Tessa. I made a decision to leave him, and I doubt I could have made him come with us if I tried. We got out with our lives and what was in our pockets. Cars behind us on Mark West Springs Road were pouring flames out of the windows as they roared down the road. Later that morning when we had outrun the fires I cried, sure that I had sentenced Odie to death, along with our precious family of bottle-raised goats. Today, we were able to make it back to the smoldering wasteland of our forest. Every structure is in ruins. Trees are still burning. Yet, eight goats came running to see us and get cuddles and kisses. Dixon has a burn on his back the size of a nickel. Other than that they are perfectly fine. Odin’s fur is burned and his whiskers melted. He is limping on his right leg. And he has adopted several baby deer who huddle around him for safety and water from their trough, which is miraculously intact and full of relatively clean water. We dropped off several bails of orchard grass and gave them fresh water. Tomorrow we hope to reunite them all with his sister Tessa. I’m sure Odin believes she is perished. I can’t wait to see their faces when they see each other. Odin has lived up to his namesake. Pray for him and his charges. He is our inspiration. If he can be so fearless in this maelstrom, surely so can we

      He served for 18 months and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and once caught a German soldier by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him. Sgt. Stubby is the subject of an upcoming animated film, scheduled for release in April 2018.

      Roselle had led Hingson through the noise, smoke and rubble of the office to descend the stairway. Once on ground level in the middle of the human panic Roselle remained focused as they continued walking away from the chaos. When they were about two blocks away, Tower 2 began to collapse. To escape the ash and debris, they started running for the subway. Roselle eventually guided Michael to the home of…

      Roselle had led Hingson through the noise, smoke and rubble of the office to descend the stairway. Once on ground level in the middle of the human panic Roselle remained focused as they continued walking away from the chaos. When they were about two blocks away, Tower 2 began to collapse. To escape the ash and debris, they started running for the subway. Roselle eventually guided Michael to the home of a friend in mid-Manhattan where they stayed until the trains were running again. They were finally able to arrive home in New Jersey after seven that night.

      On Monday, May 12, 2017, deputies investigated an officer involved shooting in Jupiter. The subject was a suspect in a robbery and he opened fire on the deputies as they attempted to apprehend him. K9 Casper, a bomb detection and patrol dog, was on scene and was struck during the exchange of gunfire, taking a bullet meant for his handler. Casper was rushed into surgery and has since returned home…

      On Monday, May 12, 2017, deputies investigated an officer involved shooting in Jupiter. The subject was a suspect in a robbery and he opened fire on the deputies as they attempted to apprehend him. K9 Casper, a bomb detection and patrol dog, was on scene and was struck during the exchange of gunfire, taking a bullet meant for his handler. Casper was rushed into surgery and has since returned home to continue his recovery.

      “About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house,†reads the text of a letter written by her new owner and shared in the post. “She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running…

      “About 11am this morning, Peanut started going crazy at our house,†reads the text of a letter written by her new owner and shared in the post. “She was running up and down the stairs, barking and yelping. She then went and got my husband, who was in the garage working on some projects, and alerted him that she wanted to go outside. He said he could hear her running around upstairs but didn’t understand why.†It turns out there was a very good reason for Peanut’s behavior, the dog apparently sensed something was amiss outside. “He let her outside where she went barreling into the field behind our house at full speed,†the letter says. “My husband followed her and to his surprise, he found a naked, shivering, 3 year old girl curled up in a ball. He scooped her up, wrapped her in his sweatshirt, and brought her inside. He called 911 and reported the incident.â€

      After coming home from Iraq, Atlas’ owner struggled with PTSD. After regular visits to VA doctor, he ended up on a cocktail of 33 pills that left him feeling hazy and helpless. Wanting to make a change he adopted Atlas, who has turned out to be a lifesaver. Atlas has been trained to sense the changes in his owner that precede a terrifying flashback and respond by redirecting…

      After coming home from Iraq, Atlas’ owner struggled with PTSD. After regular visits to VA doctor, he ended up on a cocktail of 33 pills that left him feeling hazy and helpless. Wanting to make a change he adopted Atlas, who has turned out to be a lifesaver. Atlas has been trained to sense the changes in his owner that precede a terrifying flashback and respond by redirecting his owner’s attention. With this support, her owner feels in control of his life once again and is a more active part of his family. Atlas is also the “face” of, and inspiration behind the creation of The Battle Buddy Foundation, a beacon of hope to many other veterans struggling to cope.

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      The Dows Biggest Loser Last Year Was Its Biggest Winner This Week

      After a disastrous 2017, General Electric Co. kicked off this year with the best start on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The question is whether the gains will last.

      With no major developments specific to the company, the shares probably got a boost from investors anticipating a rebound after last year’s selloff, said Deane Dray, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets. While that’s a welcome respite for long-suffering shareholders, GE still faces an arduous turnaround effort.

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      After a poor 2017, GE was the top performer in the Dow during the first week of 2018

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      “There is this reflexive dogs-of-the-Dow bias,” Dray said. “There are still too many negatives and unknowns to give anyone the clear signs that the worst is behind them.”

      GE is grappling with weakness in the markets for its power-generation and oilfield equipment, and Chief Executive Officer John Flannery is selling assets and cutting billions of dollars in costs. The manufacturer is also contending with a pension deficit and challenges from a long-term-care insurance portfolio.

      But at least for the holiday-shortened first week of the year, GE gave off a faint glimmer of its former stock-market glory. Shares gained 6.2 percent, their biggest weekly increase in more than a year. That followed last year’s 45 percent plunge, which wiped out $128 billion in shareholder value and was the worst drop on the Dow.

      GE is likely to rise 10 percent in the next 12 months, according to the average of analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. It should at least get a boost from broad economic health, said Nicholas Heymann, an analyst with William Blair & Co.

      Demand Recovery

      “The macro environment for the global industrial economy is shaping up in 2018 to perhaps be the best so far this century,” Heymann said in a report Thursday. Rising oil prices and strength in commercial aerospace are likely to lift sentiment for GE this year after a “horrendous 2017,” he said.

      “We sense forward expectations have been taken down to the level where they can be achieved in a ‘sleep-walking’ environment,” Heymann said. Still, the turnaround “will require an endless amount of heavy lifting.”

      GE still needs to demonstrate its ability to reduce its pension deficit, improve cash flow and pull off asset sales, Heymann said. Dray pointed to pending reserve charges related to long-term-care insurance as another concern. GE has been studying the impact of that on the finance business and announced that dividends paid by GE Capital to the parent would be suspended as a result.

      The Boston-based manufacturer will announce its fourth-quarter earnings Jan. 24 and may provide additional details on expectations for the year.

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        23 Heartwarming Transformations Of Neglected Dogs That Prove Love Is The Best Medicine

        Dogs don’t just make wonderful pets, but they also make the greatest friends humans can have. When people say that dogs are a man’s best friend, it’s not just a catchphrase – it’s true. As a dog owner, and am not only disgusted, but shocked to see how some people can treat dogs and other animals in such a heartless manner, disregarding their rights as living creatures, and treating them like dirt.

        Although some of these before images will be difficult to look at, the after pictures will bring a tear of joy and relief to your eye, and it proves that with some love, care and attention, dogs can overcome such cruelty and once again live a happy life.

        23. What A Difference Love Can Make

        This gorgeous dog was found living in a pile of garbage after her owner abandoned her. I honestly didn’t know animals could look so ill and mistreated. However, the after picture was taken just three months after she was rescued. Sure, the medication saved her life, but it was the love and care she received from the vets and her new owners that changed her life.

        22. Treasure

        Treasure was just a heartbreaking two-years-old when she was found at the side of the road by a motorist. Her fur had become so matted that she was unable to walk. After being spotted and taken to a vets, she was nursed back to health and adopted by a family that really do treat her like a treasure. Just look at her now! With that big smile on her face.

         

        21. Sammy

        This creature in the before picture isn’t even recognisable as an animal, let alone a dog. However, thanks to the Quebec Society for the Protection of Animals in Montreal, Canada, she has been looking better and better each day. Sammy even has been gifted with lovely scarf.

        20. Olivia

        Olivia has been living at an animal shelter since she was rescued from an abuse household that found it humorous to try and starve her to death. Despite the fact she is still waiting for her forever home, she has made an extraordinary recovery and is now fighting fit.

         

        19. Ellen

        That right here is approximately two pounds of matted fur, which had to be shaved off Ellen due to the fact it was matted all the way down to the roots. Thankfully, you can’t even recognise her after she was freed from her fur, and now she is finally healthy enough to be adopted by a loving family.

         

        18. Cedar

        Just looking at the before picture of Cedar is painful. Not only had he gone weeks without a proper meal, but the stressed he suffered caused him to lose his fur. With his bones sticking out of his flesh, the vets knew they had to act quick to save his life. Cedar survived, and as you can see, since being adopted by a loving family, he looks happy and healthy.

        17. Alana

        Alana was dumped on the streets, with fur so matted you couldn’t even see her face. She was unable to see, breathe or eat properly. However, after being treated by her local animal centre, the vets discovered a young and lively dog. Just look at her today, loving her fancy scarf.

        16. Boo

        Well, Boo certainly lived up to his name, as he was quite a terrifying sight when he was first discovered. He was found wet and scared on the road in Florida. The Community Animal Rescue and educational Shelter took care of Boo and is now he doing great. Just look at that adorable puppy behind all that fur.

        15. Theo

        Theo was found in an abandoned house after his owner left town. Being forced to fend for himself, Theo’s fur grew uncontrollably, and his health quickly deteriorated. Fortunately, he was rescued by Hope For Paws, and is now feeling a lot better and is looking very handsome in his bowtie.

        14. Vita

        Vita was first discovered in a Los Angeles junk yard and is only weighing 70 pounds, and quite frankly was battling to survive. Although it took him months of veterinary care and feeding off a healthy diet, he is now as reliable and healthy as he should be. The soft grass sure is a big difference from the scrap heap.

        13. Iggy

        The first two photos were of Iggy when he was fund back in Mexico. He was living with a horrendous eye infection. Thanks to the wonders of Social Media, Iggy received a lot of donations that helped him to get transported in the United States to get medical attention. Thanks to all the love and support Iggy received, is now ling a happy life, albeit, with one eye.

         

        12. Shrek

        Named Shrek by the veterinary staff because of his scary appearance, but kind heart, he was first discovered with one of the most neglected coats the staff had ever seen. After a trim, a bath, and some love and attention, they found an adorable 6-year old malti-poo under all that fur.

        11. Woody

        Woody was left on his own after his owner sadly passed away. After the stark shock of being alone, he ran away and lived under some floorboards. The poor pooch was found blind in one eye, filthy and scared. After being treated by the animal rescue shelter, he was later adopted by a loving family.

        10. Kenzi

        Kenzie was taken in by the Cocker Spaniel Rescue of Austin and San Antonio, after he was found severely underweight, and with agonising skin infections. As you can see, he has since regained his strength and nutrition thanks to the loving rescuers, and now loves roaming the nearby flower fields.

         

        9. Betty

        Sadly, Betty was abandoned by her owner, and left to wander the streets, scavenging for food and water in order to survive. Just look at the sadness in the before picture. Some people don’t realise dogs can become as heartbroken and depressed as humans can…

        8. Charlie

        When Charlie was first brought into the animal rescue shelter, he was repeatedly rejecting his food and was too depressed to move. However, after some very patient care from the staff, they managed to win his trust and nurse him back to health. Charlie was later adopted by a loving family, eats A LOT, and loves to smile.

        7. Pepper

        Pepper underwent a very quick transition from abuse to love. After being rescued from an abusive family, it didn’t take long for the veterinary staff to win her trust and nurse her back to help. Within days she was adopted by a new family, and finally has people she can rely on.

         

        6. Bestie

        Bestie was found living on the streets, malnourished and depressed, she was taken to a local animal shelter by a kind man. After receiving the all-clear from the staff, he later adopted Bestie, and they have both found great friendship in one-another. You could call them Besties…

        5. Leela

        When Leela was first brought into the animal shelter, she refused to part from the one toy she was found with. It was clearly the only thing she had left of her previous owners, but after she was adopted, she soon realised her new home offered more love and care than she had ever received. And they had a huge backyard, which she loved.

         

        4. Tyson

        When Tyson was found, he was healthy, but severely depressed. Even in the animal shelter, he struggled to bond with anyone. Tyson certainly wasn’t the most “attractive” dog up for adoption, but one family saw so much in him, and, after a few weeks living in his knew home, he soon had a huge smile on his face.

         

        3. Sophia

        Sophia was actually still without a name when she was adopted by one of the very heartless dog pounds in the US. Realising she needed rescuing, the adoptive owner said that the after photo was taken only two months after she was taken in and she can’t stop grinning!

        2. Griffin

        Griffin had spent A LONG time living in animal pounds, that when he was adopted, he was only a week away from being euthanised. Fortunately though, he is now living with a happy family and is proof that a healthy dog should never be put down.

        1. Dexter

        “When we adopted Dexter, he was 19 pounds, bone thin, and so timid that he didn’t like to play or anything … He’s now a very healthy 65 pounds, and just finished his first off-leash adventure, a 5 mile hike.”

        Although it is a relief that there are so many kind and loving shelters out there who are ready and willing to nurse neglected and abused dogs back to health, we can’t forget the thousands of dogs who are still without a forever home. Remember, a dog will change you life as much as you change theirs, so please, so and adopt a dog today and show one of these animals what a fulfilling life is!

        For one more remarkable transformation, check out the video below! (You’re going to need tissues!)

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        What Meghan Markle Eats In A Day Really Isn’t What You Expected

        From the moment that the Royal Family announced that Prince Harry would be marrying Meghan Markle in May, the world became infatuated with her. Just like ‘The Kate Effect’ which rippled around the globe seven years earlier, Markle’s style began to be imitated by women around the world.

        Her simple, but modern approach to fashion – and life in general – has caused much debate among those who don’t believe she is worthy of British royalty. However, for much of society, the 36-year-old American actress is a breath of fresh air – one who unbelievably indulges in foods you wouldn’t expect a future royal to enjoy. Before she was engaged to the fifth-in-line to the Britsh throne, Markle, who has been married once before, shared her daily life via Instagram. Here she documented a majority of the things she ate, from avocado on toast to donuts, meaning that now we have an inside eye into what the bride-to-be and self-confessed ‘foodie’ really eats. For those trying to imitate not only the Suits star’s style but her enviable physique too, this is essential reading…

        1. Pizza perfection

        Pizza is a regular feature on the California-born actress’ Instagram page. The calorie-laden Italian delicacy is clearly her guilty pleasure – or, not so guilty if her timeline is anything to go by! But how does she manage to tuck into such tasty treats and stay in shape? Well, Markle has a trick up her sleeve which makes it possible. “I try to eat vegan during the week and then have a little bit more flexibility with what I dig into on the weekends,” she once said.

        2. Burger babe

        One of those things that she likes to “dig in” to is a burger. Just like any regular person, the former Deal or No Deal briefcase girl loves nothing more than to sink her teeth into a juicy burger – with a side of fries, of course.

        3. Feeling fruity

        It is unclear if Markle has any religion, but it’s safe to say that she is devout to fruit. Her favorite fruity snack? Apple pieces dipped in almond butter and sprinkled with sea salt – we wonder what Prince Harry will think of that. In addition, she also adores strawberries and bananas. In fact, rumor has it that her wedding cake will be a banana cake as Prince Harry is also partial to the potassium-packed fruit.

        4. Caffeine addict

        Caffeine is clearly something that the soon-to-be Royal cannot live without. In fact, it was a cute picture of her holding a coffee cup that exposed her relationship with Prince Harry to the world when eagle-eyes spotted that the brunette-beauty was wearing a matching bracelet to the red-headed Royal.

        5. Oyster obsession

        The actress is evidently obsessed with oysters if her Instagram feed is anything to go by. Peppered amongst photographs of her on the set of Suits are plenty of snaps of the salty shellfish.

        6. Thanksgiving binge

        Markle may be preparing herself to become a British citizen, but the actress really is American through and through – especially when it comes to Thanksgiving! Every year Markle celebrates with plenty of turkey and lots of other delicious dishes, but as she marries into the very traditional British Royal Family, this annual feast, like one of her beloved dogs, may have to be one of the things she leaves behind.

        8. Sweet treats

        “Generally, I think everything is okay in moderation,” Markle once told The Daily Express, and clearly she wasn’t lying. Every now and then the retired actress will indulge in tasty treats such as ice cream, Nutella and French pastries (croissants appearing to be her particular favorite). However, she does balance out these unhealthy snacks with plenty of exercise. “I do it all on my own, I do DVDs at home, I go for a run by myself,” she told Best Health. “I think if you can self-motivate that’s half the battle.” I wonder if Meghan will be willing to give ANY of this up for her New Year’s resolution? Well, this video will reveal all:

        Apparently not…

        9. Time for wine

        Like any modern woman, Markle loves a glass of vino. Usually enjoyed alongside a meal, Markle’s love for wine is clearly something she has in common with her ‘Playboy Prince’ who is known for his penchant for partying while under the influence!

        11. Let them eat cake!

        There is nobody on this planet who could deny themselves cake, especially on a special occasion. Despite being committed to her workout regime and mostly vegan diet, Markle cannot refuse a slice of the sweet, spongy dessert.

        12. Fried delight

        Being born and raised in America, it would be hard to believe that Markle isn’t a fan of fried chicken – the nation’s delicacy. But alas, she is and she isn’t shy to admit it!

        13. Cheeky cocktails

        Cocktails are clearly this girl’s best friend. No matter where she is, the future-Royal cannot help but tickle her taste buds with a tall glass of some blended drink. She truly was made for Prince Harry, who also loves a tipple!

        14. Sushi

        One thing that she probably won’t have in common with the young Royal is her love of sushi. It’s unlikely that the very traditional British Prince has ever had a taste for the Japanese dish. Maybe she can convert him!

        15. Sunday roasts

        Meanwhile, one British tradition that she seems to have already fully embraced is Sunday roast dinners, complete with Yorkshire puddings!

        16. Green juices

        Markle is a big fan of green juices, which she considers a “nice pick me up.” Speaking to Shape, she explained: “Trying to go for coffee or things like that only end up hurting you at the end, so to get a really good natural source of energy, like a great green juice, something that gets right into your system is a nice pick me up.”

        17. Takeaway time

        Even the most glamorous of people enjoy a quick alternative. From Starbucks to takeaway donuts, Markle is guilty of taking some time off from her healthy diet routine to treat herself to calorie-heavy alternatives. She really is just like you and I!

        18. Fabulous Fries

        Oh, and in addition to her penchant for cake, pizza and burgers, she also loves fries. Now this is someone we can all respect!

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