Day: August 9, 2017


Krispy Kreme shares big news

Krispy Kreme is trying to make the eclipse a more immersive experience by adding an edible component.

On the same day of the total solar eclipse, August 21, the doughnut shop will be releasing a very special, never-before-seen doughnut — a chocolate rendition of its beloved Original Glazed.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut stores currently offer chocolate-iced variations of their doughnut, but this special edition doughnut will be totally “eclipsed by a mouth-watering chocolate glaze,” per a press release the company issued on Wednesday.


In the announcement, Krispy Kreme explains that they want to bring the once-in-a-lifetime excitement of the eclipse to everyone, stating, “The Chocolate Glazed Doughnut is a delicious way to experience the solar eclipse — no matter where you are.”

But before doughnut fans think they have found their new chocolatey go-to, there’s a catch — the chocolate creation will only be available for that one single day in stores.

However, Krispy Kreme’s will be hosting a preview of their anticipated doughnut two days before the eclipse is set to take place. On August 19 and 20, customers can visit a Krispy Kreme store during its “hot light” hours to sneak a peek — and a taste — of the sweet treat.


Those who can manage to get to a store during the weekend will be able to witness the “chocolate glaze waterfall” that the company promises. Just don’t get too used to it — the original glaze will be back on Tuesday.

The Original Glaze Doughnut will still be offered during the special weekend.

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TRUMP'S DISCONTENT Tweets take on McConnell's sluggish health bill effort

On a day filled with declarations about the threat North Korea poses to the United States, and comments from multiple cabinet secretaries, President Trump shifted his focus back to health care and Capitol Hill, slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter.

“Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?” Trump tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

The president’s tweet was seemingly in response to comments McConnell, R-Ky., made in a Rotary Club meeting in his home district earlier this week.

McConnell explained to constituents the “complexity of legislating” in response to questions regarding the lack of a “repeal and replace” of ObamaCare.


“A Congress goes on for two years. Part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because, in part, the president and others have set these early timelines about things [that] need to be done by a certain point,” McConnell said Monday.  “Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before, and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”

The president has, repeatedly, expressed his discontent with Republicans in both the House and the Senate for their failure to pass a plan to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with a new health care plan. The administration was left without a major legislative win before the August recess, with lawmakers, seemingly, willing to shift their focus from health care to tax reform when they return to Capitol Hill.

And after fighting Republicans tooth-and-nail for years on their repeal and replace message, Democrats have started touting a slew of proposals aimed to improve the ailing health care system.


Some Senate Republicans have welcomed Democrats to the process. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said they needed to “stick with” health care and “end it.”

“The end is going to be sitting down with our colleagues from the other side of the aisle and getting something passed,” Flake said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

Senate hearings to discuss health care, in a bipartisan fashion, are set to begin September 4. 

Brooke Singman is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @brookefoxnews.

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Pence's real power move…

The vice president’s office hasn’t been one of the competing power centers in President Donald Trump’s faction-riven White House — but the recent arrival of Nick Ayers, the veteran campaign operative now serving as Mike Pence’s chief of staff, is starting to change that.

Ayers’ hire, according to interviews with eight current and former administration officials, was less about a secret campaign to challenge Trump in 2020 and more about helping the vice president — who, at just 58, has a political future ahead of him in the post-Trump era — preserve his future political options, whatever they may be.

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A veteran political operative, Ayers had for months been quietly warning the vice president that Trump’s troubles could cause collateral damage and that he needed to take a more aggressive posture on a range of issues to ensure he enters the post-Trump era on solid ground, according to two White House officials.

Ayers arrived in the West Wing as Reince Priebus, one of the few White House aides with Washington experience, was replaced as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff by retired Marine Gen. John Kelly. Ayers, a 34-year-old Georgia native, replaced Josh Pitcock, the long-serving Pence aide distinguished by his quiet and inoffensive manner.

Among the reasons Ayers didn’t join the White House in January was a long-running feud with Priebus, who reportedly blocked Ayers’ ascension to the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee in December and, according to one White House aide, worked to keep him out of the administration. Priebus has said the decision was not personal — that he considers Ayers a friend and wanted him in Washington — but that he wanted his successor to be a member of the RNC.

Last week’s passing of the baton from Priebus to Kelly and from Pitcock to Ayers has heralded broader changes in the White House — reining in presidential aides and prompting more assertiveness from the vice president’s allies.

With the exception of political director Bill Stepien, a former Chris Christie aide, the political operation is now staffed almost entirely by Pence World operatives — from Ayers himself to congressional liaison Marc Short, who moonlights as a surrogate to top-dollar donors, to former Pence aide Marty Obst, who is leading the super PAC charged with supporting the administration and hammering its enemies.

It wasn’t just Pence who wanted Ayers back in the West Wing. Among those encouraging him to join the White House staff were Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner and chief strategist Steve Bannon, as well as the president’s son, Don Jr., with all of whom he worked closely during the campaign, where he served as the chief conduit between Pence World and Trump Tower. “Nick previously served as a key asset contributing to the success of the campaign and is a great addition to the team,” Kushner told POLITICO in a statement.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders added: “The vice president is committed and dedicated to helping the president and assisting him in helping his agenda and committed to his reelection in 2020.”

Ayers is a schmoozer whose crisis-management skills the vice president has come to rely on. Given their close relationship, several administration officials said that his hiring was unsurprising. Nobody was more frustrated than Ayers, for example, at the sluggish response to reports that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had deceived Pence about his meetings with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — including the vice president himself, according to a person familiar with the situation — and Ayers has consistently pushed Pence to get off his hind legs and show some attitude.

During the campaign, Ayers served at Bannon’s behest as the chief conduit between Pence World and the president’s core team, working with them on the vice presidential vetting process, for example — and spent the last two weeks of the race traveling with the president. “He’s a Trump guy,” Bannon said.

But some members of the administration felt that the synergy between the two worlds that developed on the campaign trail evaporated with Ayers’ absence from the White House, even though he’s been spending two days a week in Washington since November.

Ayers declined to comment for this piece, as did a spokesman for Pence.

Though they have grown close over the past three years, some who know the vice president well say that Ayers is a departure from the sort of aides with whom the vice president typically surrounds himself. “Throughout his career, he has consciously surrounded himself with people who are not super political,” according to Ryan Streeter, who served as deputy chief of staff for Pence during his time as Indiana governor, when he would scold aides he overheard strategizing in the office for “playing politics.”

“He has always trusted his own political instincts,” Streeter said.

On the campaign trail and for much of his time in the White House, Pence has gone out of his way to be a loyal lieutenant — serving as the first line of defense for the president on a range of crises, often at the expense of his own credibility, and keeping his head down during internal policy battles. He stayed quiet even on issues close to his heart, like the executive order on religious liberty that Trump signed in May, according to a senior White House aide.

Pitcock, who is reserved by nature, did little to check those impulses. Though he had spent a dozen years by Pence’s side, the vice president — who harbors ambition for a political future beyond the Trump administration — found himself pining for Ayers’ sharp elbows amid the daily turmoil of the administration and called him frequently for advice and counsel.

White House aides say the vice president does seem to have gotten a jolt of energy. He has for the first time taken substantive positions on some of the most controversial debates within the administration. In response to entreaties from National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, he has become a key voice in favor of increasing U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, helping to build consensus within the administration and to make the case to the president. An aide to the vice president disputed that characterization, saying that Pence is serving as an honest broker between the various factions and is not advocating for any particular outcome.

“For the first six months of the administration, Pence was sort of afraid to take any sort of substantive position on anything, in any deliberations,” said a senior White House aide. Sanders disputed that characterization, telling POLITICO she had seen the vice president weigh in on internal policy debates, though she declined to name any.

Pence has also been quietly ramping up his political activity, cultivating Republican donors at small private dinners and headlining an event alongside Ivanka Trump that raised more than a million dollars for Republican candidates. His outreach to the party’s wealthiest donors doesn’t require much political calculation: It’s an area that Trump, who has little interest in glad-handing deep-pocketed donors, has left wide open for him.

Pence, for example, has longstanding ties to the Koch brothers’ political network, which was a strong supporter of his governorship but stayed on the sidelines of the 2016 election due to widespread opposition among donors to Trump’s candidacy. Short, whose adorns his office with Pence paraphernalia, is a former president of the group that oversees the Koch brothers’ political activism, which has declined over the past 18 months.

Few believe there’s a conceivable chance that Pence — whose loyalty to Trump has at times bordered on obsequiousness — would launch a primary campaign against him in 2020. He denied a New York Times report over the weekend that he was eyeing a presidential campaign, which he called not only “categorically false” but “disgraceful and offensive to me, my family, and our entire team” — though Ayers’ aggressiveness was evident in the vigor of his response.

“The guy’s not stupid, he’s smart, and he’s proven pretty well that he’s loyal to Trump,” said Stanley Hubbard, a Minnesota billionaire and longtime Republican donor. “I think it’s ridiculous to think that he’d be so foolish.”

But there’s little doubt the 58-year-old vice president harbors ambitions for a political future after Trump. A former radio talk-show host, Pence has spent most of his professional life in politics — a dozen years in Congress and four in the governor’s mansion, where he fielded entreaties to run for president from leaders of the tea party movement as well as from some of the party’s leading intellectuals — first in in 2012 and again in 2016.

Ayers is around to ensure that if Trump is out of the picture for one reason or another his man will be ready. He is elbowing his way into meetings at which the vice president was previously unrepresented and, while Pitcock would limit himself to delivering brief updates on Pence’s upcoming events, Ayers freely shares his views on the White House’s messaging and political strategy. He is making himself a ubiquitous figure, pacing the hallways, talking on his cellphone.

“He walks around like he owns the place,” said a senior White House aide.

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Woman mowed down by moped gang in London

A woman was mowed down on the London Bridge early Wednesday by a moped gang fleeing cops.

Police said they were pursuing a gang of three people shortly before they reached the famous London landmark. They said the gang was not being followed as they crossed it, the Sun reported.

“We are aware of an incident which took place at 12:40 a.m. this morning whereby three mopeds mounted the east pavement travelling southbound on London Bridge,” City of London Police told the Sun. “A pedestrian was hit and sustained injuries. The case remains ongoing.”

The woman, believed to be a 51-year-old German tourist, was hurt when one of the suspects dodged the anti-terror barriers installed following the terror attack at the Westminster and London bridges in June.

The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for a leg injury.

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Witnesses told the British tabloid the suspect rode along the sidewalk, hitting the woman and missing another pedestrian “by millimeters.”

Scott Hepworth, 49, told the Sun he was on the bridge when he saw the headlights heading his way.

“He was doing about 55 miles per hour and missed me by millimeters,” he said. “As I walked on, I saw a woman being comforted on the floor.”

Moped gangs have been terrorizing the streets of London for several months. Last month two teenagers were arrested in connection with five acid attacks conducted over a span of 90 minutes by men on mopeds. Several people were injured. 

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Chupacabra sighted in the Carolinas? Strange animal sparks debate

Has the Chupacabra been spotted in the Carolinas? Pictures of a strange animal taken by a golfer in South Carolina are sparking lively debate about the mythical beast.

Doug Stewart posted five photos of the animal on Facebook Saturday and asked for help identifying its species. “Ok…playing Golf in Santee SC,” he wrote. “Can somebody pleeeeease tell me what the flock this is!?!? #ThatAintNoDog”

The post has been shared more than 1,400 times, and has prompted plenty of comments. Some commenters described the animal as the Chupacabra, a legendary creature typically associated with the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America. Others say that the hairless animal is a fox or coyote with mange, a highly contagious skin disease that causes hair loss.


Chupacabra, which means “goat sucker” in Spanish, is supposedly known for attacking livestock. The first reported “sightings” were in Puerto Rico in 1995 and rumors have swirled that the animal has been spotted in the U.S. The Charlotte Observer reports, for example, that a “devil dog” spotted on a North Carolina ‘critter cam’ prompted speculation that it was the Chupacabra.

Jay Butfiloski, Furbearer Project manager for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, told ABC News 4 that the animal in Stewart’s photos was a canine with mange, possibly a coyote or fox.

ABC News 4 notes that there has never been a confirmed sighting of the Chupacabra.


The animal spotted in Santee is just the latest strange beast to generate buzz in the Carolinas. A group in McDowell County, North Carolina, for example, recently claimed they may have had a sighting of Bigfoot. A ‘dinosaur-like-creature’ was also reportedly spotted in a North Carolina lake.

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Virginia man tied up, left in burning apartment is rescued by neighbor

A Virginia man who was robbed, beaten, tied up and left to die in his burning apartment was rescued by his neighbor early Tuesday.

Clarence “Skip” Kakert, 70, said a person attacked him, tied his hands and feet and then pillaged through his apartment in Roanoke before setting it on fire, according to WSLS 10.

Omar Romance-Lomax Martin, 20, has been named as the suspect, police said. Martin is being sought for arson and malicious wounding charges.


Kakert reportedly knew Martin, and Martin was asking Kakert for money before the incident occurred, police said. Chad Corby, a neighbor, said he called authorities when he saw Kakert yelling for help.

“He was on his front porch, screaming for help,” Corby told WSLS10. “He was tied and bound, covered in blood. He told me somebody came in, asked to borrow some money. He told them he couldn’t do it. They didn’t like that answer, proceeded to beat the crap out of him, bound him, threw him in his tub, and caught his house on fire.”  

Corby ran to Kakert and cut him loose.


“Standing, bound, had a belt tied around his ankles,” Corby said. He had an oxygen cord and a phone cord tied around his wrists.”

Corby said he is not sure if Kakert would have survived if somebody did not help.

“The fire was scary enough, but to see him covered in blood and the thought that someone would try to rob and kill him was unreal,” he said. 

Police said Kakert suffered from non-life-threatening injuries.

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Taylor Swift trial: Ex-DJ admits photo is 'awkward'

A former disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift has taken the stand again in Denver federal court as testimony resumes in his legal battle with the singer-songwriter.

David Mueller has acknowledged that a photo of him with his hand behind Taylor Swift is “weird and awkward.” But he insists he was touching Swift in her ribs, not her rear, as she alleges in the groping case.


During testimony Wednesday at the civil trial, Swift attorney Douglas Baldridge repeatedly asked Mueller why his right hand is behind Swift in a pre-concert photo op.

Mueller says his hand was touching Swift’s skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms got crossed.

He said his hand was at rib-cage level and “apparently it went down.”

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Baldridge showed the jury several photographs of fans meeting with Swift before the 2013 concert in Denver, pointing out another man who had his arm around Taylor’s shoulder.

Swift’s attorney said several people noticed the pop star was upset after meeting with Mueller.

Her bodyguard Greg Dent has testified in a deposition that he had seen Mueller lift Swift’s skirt, the lawyer told jurors.

In addition, Baldridge quoted a deposition by Swift’s photographer Stephanie Simbeck, who said Swift uttered “that guy” had grabbed her behind.

Dent and Simbeck are listed as possible witnesses at the trial.

Wednesday’s court proceedings were delayed by a closed evidentiary hearing that lasted nearly two hours.


Mueller was fired by his employer, country music station KYGO, and he’s seeking up to $3 million in damages.

Swift countersued, claiming Mueller sexually assaulted her.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Woman in 'Weed World' van busted with $98K worth…

A Birmingham woman was among two people busted in Chicago in a “Weed World” van over the weekend with nearly $98,000 worth of marijuana, authorities said.

Robin Moss, 51, and Bradly Griggs,36, of Georgia were arrested Saturday night during Lollapalooza weekend on North State Street in downtown. Ana Pacheco, a Chicago Police Department public information officer, said officers responded to the area about 7:30 p.m. on a report of a people in a van selling marijuana.

When they arrived on the scene, they found Moss with an open Coors Light, according to news reports. Police said Grigss had a gun, and there was more than 5,000 grams inside the Weed World van.

Weed World Candies is part of a political movement to help fight for marijuana legalization. The lollipops are marketed and sold in vans across country. The candy sold from the vans usually contains no THC, but the advertising on the vans depicts cannabis plants next to lollipops, suggesting a cannabis flavor or the possibility of intoxication after eating the lollipops.

According to the company’s website, “We tour the country in a fleet of “loud” vehicles promoting the legalization and decriminalization of marijuana. Our product strains include Bubble Kush, O.G Kush, Strawberry Cough, White Widow, SkyWalker Kush, Purple Urkle, and A.K 47 to name a few.”

Chicago police said bags of lollipops–“blue, teal, orange, green, red, and pink” believed to be infused with cannabis were found. Prosecutors said there were six heat-sealed bags of “green paste” believed to be pot; thirteen pot-laced brownies; and eight weed-whacked Rice Krispies, according to the Crime In Wrigleyville and Boystown blog, which first reported the arrests.

Altogether, police say they recovered 6,122 grams of marijuana product worth $97,952 from the van.

Pacheco said Moss is charged with felony possession of cannabis of more than 5,000 grams, felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis of more than 5,000 grams, felony possession of a controlled substance and a city violation of open alcohol inside a vehicle.

Griggs is charged with felony manufacture-delivery of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis, felony possession of more than 5,000 grams of cannabis; and unlawful use of a firearm.

Bond for each is set at $50,000.

In 2015, two Alabama men – one from Bessemer and one from Center Point – were arrested in New Orleans after authorities say they were illegally selling “Weed World Candies” out of van in the French Quarter.

Last year, a Georgia man was arrested on the popular Strip in Tuscaloosa, accused of selling lollipops made with hemp and other chemical agents. A search of the vehicle, she said, turned up about 100 lollipops of various flavors, as well as a small amount of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Tim Tebow's foundation helps child burn victim in Philippines

Through his foundation, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was able to help a burn victim from the Philippines receive the life-changing surgery she could not afford.

The foundation’s Tebow CURE Hospital, located in Davao del Sur, Philippines, helped Jocy, who at 19 months old was unable to escape a house fire before receiving severe burns to her arms and back.

A local hospital had been unable to treat her burns properly, and as a result, her skin contracted as it healed, which left her arms and hands deformed.


For years, Jocy’s relatives said they didn’t think she could attend school or ride a bike because of the inability to use her arms. However, after being admitted to the Tebow CURE Hospital, Jocy underwent intensive burn repair surgery and now has full use of her shoulders and arms.

Helping Jocy isn’t the first act of kindness Tebow’s foundation has performed. In 2016, it hosted a worldwide prom called “Night to Shine” for more than 32,000 people with special needs.

Tebow, who now plays minor-league baseball for the St. Lucie Mets in Florida, has told Fox News that his faith remains front-and-center.

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Foul odor uncovers mother, daughter dead in apartment – Cops: Mom drove to W. Virginia with daughter's body

A foul odor coming out of a New York City apartment led to a gruesome discovery.

Police said building workers investigating the smell at the Washington Irving House in Gramercy Park on Tuesday found a 94-year-old woman and her 70-year-old daughter dead in their 10th-floor apartment.

The two women were found on the floor of a bedroom, the New York Daily News reported.

Sources told News 4 New York that the pair were found lying face down – the mother was naked while the daughter was discovered in just her underwear. They are believed to have been dead for at least two weeks.

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Officials said both women suffered from health problems, but it was not immediately clear how they died. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Investigators found no signs of trauma or foul play, the Daily News reported.

The news agency said neighbors had complained about the living conditions at the 19-story building, which is currently under renovation.

City Housing and Preservation Development records show a dozen complaints made since May.

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