Day: May 19, 2017


Child temporarily paralyzed after undetected tick bite

A mother in Oregon shared an alarming video of her young daughter struggling to stand after she was unknowingly bit by a tick, and the footage has since gone viral on Facebook. Amanda Lewis, who lives in eastern Oregon with her husband, Lantz, their their daughter. Evelyn, and a young son, said Evelyn had trouble standing earlier this week and had been acting strangely.

“She didn’t want to stand up after her bath to get into her pajamas,” Lewis posted on May 13. “I helped her and got her in bed. She was a little fussy last night and I ended up sleeping in bed with her all night.”

“This morning she was having a hard time standing. She could barely walk, or crawl, and could hardly use her arms,” Lewis posted.


The concerned mother wrote that due to her husband’s history with an undisclosed cancer, they sent a video of Evelyn struggling before taking her to the emergency room.

“The doctor talked to us for a minute and said over the past 15 years he had seen about 7 or 8 children her age with identical symptoms and more than likely she had a tick,” Lewis posted.

Doctors eventually found a tick hiding in Evelyn’s hair and diagnosed her with tick paralysis, which she has since recovered from. Lewis said she hopes that by sharing the video, other parents know what to look for if their child or pet starts acting oddly without any obvious causes.


“My husband and I are still in shock that this happened to our baby girl and I’m glad we were able to spread some awareness about this,” Lewis wrote in an update to the post. “It’s not terribly common for this to happen but it’s good to be aware that if your children or pets start having weakness in their limbs to look for a tick! The doctor told us that the type of tick that was found on her does not typically carry lyme disease (dog tick) but we are keeping a close eye on her anyway.”

As of Friday, Lewis’ video had racked up more than 8.9 million views and had over 301,000 shares. She thanked supporters for their concerns about Evelyn and encouraged others to be vigilant.

Health officials have previously warned about an increase in the number of overall ticks this season after noting a growth in their population. A note from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the geographic ranges of ticks are expanding and infections from tick-borne diseases are steadily increasing. 

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Times Square crash: Suspect allegedly said he wanted to 'kill them all' – Suspected Times Square driver tackled by Planet Hollywood security guard – SLIDESHOW: Car plows into Times Square crowd

The man accused of steering his car onto one of the busiest sidewalks in Times Square and mowing down pedestrians on Thursday told police he wanted to “kill them all,” prosecutors said. 

Richard Rojas, of the Bronx, was charged with murder, 20 counts of attempted murder, and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, police said.

In court on Friday, Manhattan prosecutors said that Rojas told police after he was arrested that he wanted to “kill them all” and that officers should have shot him. He also told them he was “hearing voices.” 

Rojas’ lawyer did not comment on the case. 

The 26-year-old was arrested Thursday afternoon after his car sped down three blocks in Times Square, hitting nearly two dozen people before steel security barriers finally stopped him.

An 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, Alyssa Elsman, was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was among the 22 injured, four of them critically.

The suspect had served in the U.S. Navy, but was discharged after disciplinary problems, military officials said.


Several witnesses told Fox News after the driver crashed, he tried to escape; however, he ultimately was pinned to the ground by five people who held him at the scene until police arrived.

“It sounded like a bomb going off,” said Dave Willis, a tourist from the U.K. “I ran over and it was over in seconds. He was tackled to the ground.”

Rojas initially tested negative for alcohol, but more detailed drug tests were pending, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly, and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The officials said Rojas told officers he had been hearing voices.


The carnage unfolded in a part of the city that has long been considered a possible terrorist target because of its large crowds, a concern that became elevated after the Sept. 11 attacks and compounded by recent attacks in England, France, and Germany in which vehicles plowed through crowds of pedestrians.

Rojas’ motivation was unclear, but Mayor Bill de Blasio said there was “no indication that this was an act of terrorism.”

Police identified the woman killed by the car as  a woman of Portage, Michigan, who graduated last year from Portage Central High School.

“If you didn’t know her, you might think she’s reserved or shy,” school principal Eric Alburtus said. “But if you could talk to her for a minute, you’d realize she was engaging. She was bright. She was funny.”

The Assocated Press contributed to this report.

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Steering wheel reinvented

Ford is planning to introduce a fully-autonomous car in 2021 that doesn’t even have a steering wheel, but that doesn’t mean it’s stopped thinking about the old school man-machine interface.

Its new GT supercar pushes things to the next level by moving most of the car’s controls – including the wipers and turn signals – onto the front of the wheel, where they’re operated by a dozen buttons, toggles and knobs.

As with a lot of performance cars, there are also paddles behind the wheel that you can use to change gears, but you still have to use a knob on the center console to select Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive.

That won’t be the case if a patent Ford has applied for ever comes to fruition.

Uncovered by Motor 1, the filing describes an automatic transmission gear shift that uses steering wheel-mounted paddles to handle the PRND thing.

The left one switches between Park, Reverse and Neutral, while the right one is all about Drive. Several operating cycles are described, including one that changes through Park and Reverse then stops at Neutral until you put it into Drive. Another allows for an infinite PRN loop, assuming your foot is on the brake. Hit the left paddle while you’re moving and it shifts straight into Neutral — just the thing for a showboaty engine rev.

The whole point of this is to open up space on the center console, which Lincoln did by employing a pushbutton transmision control on the dashboard.

Ford isn’t the first to try to reimagine the functionality of steering wheel paddles, however. Chevy Corvettes with manual transmissions use them to engage a rev matching function for their seven-speed stick, while pulling on one in the Chevy Volt or Bolt electric cars activates a regenerative braking system that uses their electric motors, instead of the brakes, to slow them down.


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Iranian regime agents operating polling stations across US, sources say

The Iranian regime is believed to be operating polling stations across the United States ahead of the country’s election on Friday, an effort that appears to violate U.S. laws barring Iranian agents from operating on American soil in this manner, according to sources apprised of the situation.

There are nearly 50 such polling stations where Iranian expats can vote across the United States, including in major American cities such as New York City and Washington, D.C., according to a list of polling stations published online.

Iranian polling stations have already been shut down in Canada and calls are mounting for the Trump administration to take similar action, according to a White House petition created by Iranian dissident groups that call on President Donald Trump to “shut down illegal Iranian regime election sites in the U.S.”

As Iran gears up to hold its presidential election on Friday—a process critics have described as corrupt—Iranian regime opponents are warning that the polling sites will be staffed by agents of the Islamic Republic. This may be a violation of U.S. laws barring regime officials from traveling across America without explicit permission from the State Department.

At least 27 polling sites appear to have been set up across the Eastern Seaboard, according to information published online, with more across the country.

U.S. law prohibits agents of the Iranian regime from traveling 25 miles outside of New York City and Washington, D.C., without explicit permission from the government. Additionally, sanctions prohibit U.S. individuals from conducting business with representatives of the Iranian government.

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Triplets graduate at top of their high school class – Father, son graduate from William Paterson University together

High achievement is a family affair in one North Texas household, but it didn’t start out that way.

The Tran triplets are taking the top three spots at their high school graduation.

Before enrolling at the school, the identical girls were high school drop-outs living in America with their dad while their mom stayed in Vietnam.

“This is a very, very great honor,” Han said. “We never would imagine being that high rank in our class. And we just feel that the hard work that we did really paid off. It’s just unimaginable.”

“That’s the case for many of our students, they have had certain roadblocks and barriers, some self-inflicted, some just bad experience,” said Evolution Academy Founder Cynthia Trigg. “But it’s not how you start, it’s how you end.”

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Chunky monkey on diet after gorging on junk food

A morbidly obese wild monkey who gorged himself on junk food and soda left behind by tourists has been rescued and placed on a strict diet of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

Wildlife officials caught the chunky monkey — nicknamed “Uncle Fat” by locals — after photos of the animal started circulating on social media last month.

Wild monkeys roam free in many parts of Thailand, attracting tourists who feed and play with the animals. Most of the monkeys are macaques like Uncle Fat, and they typically weigh around 9 kilograms (20 pounds).

Uncle Fat weighs three times that, tipping the scales at around 26 kilograms (60 pounds).

“It was not easy to catch him,” said Kacha Phukem, the wildlife official who conducted the capture and rescue on April 27. “He was the leader of his pack, and when I tried to go in, I had to fight off a flock of them with sticks.”

The subordinate monkeys fed into Uncle Fat’s bad habits.

“He had minions and other monkeys bringing food for him but he would also re-distribute it to younger monkeys,” said Supakarn Kaewchot, a veterinarian in charge of the monkey’s diet.

“After he ate food given by humans for a while, he developed a fat mass, which became a type of benign tumor,” Supakarn said. “He is now in critical condition where there is a high risk of heart disease and diabetes.”

Uncle Fat is believed to be between 10 and 15 years old. To help him lose weight, his new diet is limited to 400 grams worth of lean protein, fruits and vegetables twice a day. Supakarn said she hopes that within a few months they can consider releasing him to the wild.

She said Uncle Fat is an example of why people shouldn’t feed wild monkeys unhealthy food.

“I understand that people feel sorry for the monkeys and want to feed them when they see them,” Supakarn said. “But please don’t feed them food that people like to eat like snacks and soda. It is very bad for their health and the problem is entirely man-made.”

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Massachusetts boy called police to say dad had drugs in luggage

An 11-year-old boy helped Massachusetts cops bust his father on a drug trafficking charge.

The boy dropped a dime on his father Wednesday, according to reports. Lawrence police quoted the boy as saying his father had a stash of drugs in a suitcase, and that he had seen him selling drugs earlier in the day.

Yamil Mercado, 40, faced a judge Friday on charges of trafficking heroin and reckless endangerment. He was ordered held without bail.

Lawrence Police Chief James Fitzpatrick called the boy “brave.”

Police said they seized 200 grams of heroin mixed with the powerful opiod, fentanyl, from Mercado.

The boy is in the care of family members. Child welfare workers are investigating.

Investigators say the boy was with a 13-year-old cousin when he found the drugs, the North Andover Eagle-Tribune reported.

A police report said the boy called a state agency a year ago to report his father’s drug dealing, but no action was taken, according to the paper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Motorcyclist launched over handlebars, car barrel roll…

– A motorcyclist is in the hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a massive alligator on a Wimauma road early Friday morning, the second such crash in Florida this week.

Calun Nelson, 27, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle westbound on State Road 674 just before 12:30 a.m. when an alligator crossed the road right in front of him. Nelson collided with the 10-foot, 9-inch gator and the impact threw him from the motorcycle. 

Nelson was airlifted to the hospital in serious condition, but he has since been updated to good condition. He is expected to be OK.

A trapper removed the alligator from the roadway. The alligator was “listed in critical condition,” an FHP spokesman offered, but later “expired from injuries sustained during the crash.”

This is the second alligator-involved crash this week. On Tuesday, South Florida attorney Jennifer Rosinski struck a 9-foot alligator on I-75 in North Port, causing her car to flip multiple times. 

Rosinksi suffered only minor cuts and bruises, and is recovering at home. 

”It really surprised me. I didn’t know it was an alligator. It was moving so fast when it happened. I thought it was a fox or a deer,” she told FOX 13. ”Only in Florida are you going to have a gator crossing I-75.”

It’s unclear why the alligators tried crossing the roadways. The crashes happened during what is turning out to be a very active alligator mating season. Some experts say limited rainfall and drier conditions may also get some alligators moving to search for water.  

More stories about alligators:

– Lakeland gators especially active during mating season

– WATCH: Massive gator saunters across path at Polk County reserve

– Meet ‘Pearl,’ the rare albino alligator at Gatorland

– Gargantuan alligator is big draw after viral video

– VIDEO: Burmese python fights alligator in Big Cypress swamp

– Alligator swims peacefully with manatees at Blue Spring

– WATCH: Gator jumps into vacationer’s boat during Facebook Live

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What is NATO, and why is it important?

What does NATO stand for? 

NATO is an acronym for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a military alliance established in 1949. 

Twelve founding members signed the North Atlantic Treaty at the time: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

NATO was launched as “part of a broader effort to serve three purposes: deterring Soviet expansionism, forbidding the revival of nationalist militarism in Europe through a strong North American presence on the continent, and encouraging European political integration,” its website says. 

What is NATO’s goal? 

The alliance says its “essential purpose is to safeguard the freedom and security of its members through political and military means.”

How many members does NATO have? 

Twenty eight. Greece, Turkey, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, and Croatia have all joined.

How does collective defense work? 

If one NATO member is attacked, it’s viewed as attacking the rest of the members. The idea is expressed in Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty. 

NATO members “will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force,” according to the article. 

The article was invoked for the first time in the wake of 9/11. 

Where are the NATO headquarters? 

NATO is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. 

Who is NATO’s Secretary General? 

The former Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, serves as its Secretary General. He’s expected to chair committees, direct discussions, and make sure decisions go into effect, according to the alliance. 

How does NATO defense spending work? 

For NATO members, there is a target to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense. Five members – Estonia, Greece, Poland, the United Kingdom, and the United States – meet that goal. 

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Bodybuilder's amazing change

Jana Roller was ecstatic to show off her dramatic 135-pound weight loss. For two years, she toiled over 5 a.m., hours-long gym sessions to lose the weight and hit center stage at her first bodybuilding competition. However, when she finally made her debut, she was shocked to learn afterward that a photographer did not post her picture from the event online because she assumed the 29-year-old was “embarrassed” by her new body.

Rather than brushing the omission off her shoulder, Roller sought out the photographer for an answer, PEOPLE reported.

Roller explains in an Instagram post that, “He sent me it via private message saying that because my physique wasn’t as great he decided to err on the side of caution to avoid me asking him to remove it or edit the photo.”


But Roller was far from embarrassed. She was downright proud of her body transformation.

“I’m proud of my loose skin,” she writes in her Instagram post. “As someone who has battled body image for years, to stand up there next to beautiful physiques took a lot mentally, explained Roller, who is a professional photographer herself. “I’m so proud of this photo. Not of the photographer who took it.”

Roller has received a tremendous amount of support on Instagram, where she has posted several before-and-after photos that illustrate her hard work.


Commenters have called her “amazing,” “inspiring” and “gorgeous.”


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