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I-74 Eastbound ramp closed for semi rollover, gas leak

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MOLINE, Illinois- Police closed the I-74 Eastbound ramp to I280 Westbound for a semi rollover.

State Police say the accident happened Tuesday, July 30.

The truck came to a rest in the center median and there were no injuries.

Moline Fire Department was on scene and closed the ramp while diesel fuel leaking from the truck was stopped.

They say the ramp will be re-opened once the fire department clears the area.

The 51 -year-old driver was given a ticket for failure to reduce speed.

As of 3:22 p.m. Tuesday the ramp was closed.

You can now outfit your home in Pottery Barn’s ‘Friends’-inspired collection

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(CNN) — Could this be any more exciting?

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the television series “Friends,” Pottery Barn has released its collection of limited-edition pieces inspired by the show.

“Friends” fanatics can pretend they’re living it up in New York City with furniture and other home décor, starting Tuesday.

One of the pieces up for sale is an apothecary table — although Phoebe may not approve — that was featured in season 6 of the show.

The “Friends” Instagram account teased a picture of the collaboration.

The image shows a Central Perk-esque background with two mugs, one with the line “You’re my lobster” and the other with a picture of a lobster. It’s a reference to Phoebe’s belief that lobsters mate for life, so if someone is your lobster, you’re meant to be with them forever.

If the Pottery Barn collection isn’t enough, “Friends” fans can try to score tickets to a pop-up shop in New York City this fall.

Ohio hospital is dressing up newborns in Baby Shark onesies for Shark Week

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CINCINNATI – If you thought Shark Week couldn’t get any better, you were wrong.

Discovery Channel’s sacred summer tradition began Sunday and The Christ Hospital Health Network decided to celebrate too.

Every baby born at the Cincinnati hospital from July 28 through August 3 will receive a limited edition Baby Shark Onesie.

And they are cute.

The fun isn’t just for baby sharks.

For the complete Baby Shark experience, a special Snapchat filter has been activated at the hospital’s two birthing centers and the aquarium.

Bo McMillan, a senior marketing consultant at The Christ Hospital Health Network, told CNN the hospital has been giving out special edition onesies for about a year.

“We typically pick a holiday in a specific month and give out onesies on that day or the weekend of the holiday,” McMillan said. “This is the first time we’ve done it for a full week.”

The hospital has already given out 75 onesies and expects at least 150-175 babies to be born by August 3.

It’s the end, doo doo doo doo doo doo.

Iowa commission approves final set of sports betting rules

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials approved on Tuesday a final set of rules for the state’s new law allowing sports betting, which is set to go live at noon on Aug. 15.

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission approved the new rules during a meeting in West Des Moines, the Des Moines Register reported. Iowa’s new bill was signed into law in May establishing a legal way to bet on professional, collegiate and international sporting events. It also legalizes fantasy sports contests and internet fantasy sports betting, but delays betting based on college sporting event statistics until next May.

The new law excludes betting on some events, like in-state college team players. While it allows betting on-site or through a mobile app, players must first travel to a casino to prove their age and identity and set up an account with that casino. Mobile apps also will only be operable within state borders. So, for example, residents in Omaha, Nebraska, would have to cross state lines each time they wished to place a bet on their phones.

Brick-and-mortar sportsbooks are or will soon be in place at 18 of Iowa’s 19 licensed casinos, with only the Casino Queen in Marquette currently not planning yet to offer the new betting, commission administrator Brian Ohorilko said. Of the 18, at least 15 are expected to have mobile apps to support their sports betting operations, he said.

Not every casino will be taking bets immediately on Aug. 15. The two primary target times are Aug. 24, for the start of college football season, and the Sept. 5 kickoff for the National Football League slate.

But Prairie Meadows in Altoona, which is already the state’s hub for horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering, won’t be waiting. The casino is prepared to turn the lights on at its 8,600-square foot, fourth-floor sportsbook on Aug 15.

“Whatever the start date was is always what our date was projected to be,” said Brad Rhines, Prairie Meadows’ senior vice president and chief strategic officer. “Day 1, Hour 1 has been our aim.”

Iowa will become the 11th state in the United States to offer legal sports wagering to adults 21 and older, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year allowed it nationwide.

DNC chairman not worried amid concerns party is moving too far leftward in 2020 debates

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(CNN) — Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez on Tuesday brushed off concerns that the party is veering too far leftward during the 2020 presidential debates, saying he wasn’t worried about “bold” ideas from the candidates that may turn off voters.

The comments from Perez come hours before 20 Democratic hopefuls face-off during two debates hosted over subsequent days in Detroit by CNN and the DNC. The debates, held Tuesday and Wednesday, will feature match-ups between two of the progressive front-runners and will also give centrist candidates a chance to convince voters why their vision for the country should prevail over their more progressive opponents in the upcoming primary.

“And we just sat down with a group of Michigan voters. They are very split on whether this is the moment for pragmatism or progressives. And half of them think only a progressive can stir the base and turn out people and excite college kids to vote — like, say, Elizabeth Warren. And the other half strongly believe only somebody pragmatic, from the middle — Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden — can do it and can beat (President Donald) Trump. So which one do you think?” CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Perez on “New Day.”

“I think it’s a false choice, Alisyn. Because I think that we can be bold. We’ve been — the Democratic Party’s always been bold,” Perez replied, making reference to President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act and President Franklin Roosevelt’s Social Security Act.

“And that’s what we’re about. Is making sure — I want to be a part of the accomplishments wing of the Democratic Party. I want to move the ball forward with the American people,” he added.

Perez noted that there are “differences of opinions” within the field of candidates, saying that a discussion about the candidates’ various approaches to health care policy will be a necessary part of the debates.

“Sen. Sanders, Sen. Warren, you know, they have one approach — others share that approach. And then there are others who want to build off of the Affordable Care Act. That’s a legitimate debate that we should have and voters that should decide which pathway to universal health care is the pathway they think is best for America,” he said. “And that’s fair game.”

From ‘Pink Lady Bandit’ to ‘Attila the Bun,’ here’s why the FBI nicknames bank robbers

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(CNN) — The Bad-Breath Bandit. The Barefoot Burglar. Attila the Bun. And now the Pink Lady Bandit: All of them captured, investigators say, due in no small part to their unique nicknames.

It’s common for the FBI to call unidentified serial robbers by descriptive, often silly monikers. And while the names certainly make for a colorful directory of criminals, they’re also important tools that help agents crack a case.

Criminals are named for a defining feature

The Pink Lady Bandit stirred up interest for the pink handbag she carried during at least two of her robberies in Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina. Investigators identified 35-year-old Circe Baez as the banditand arrested her Monday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A nickname like “Pink Lady” probably won’t inspire civilians to take a criminal seriously. But funny names are serious business.

Nicknames help investigators ID nameless perps and generate publicity that can aid in their capture, retired FBI Special Agent Harry Trombitas said.

He’d heard about the practice at other bureaus and started it as his office in Cincinnati, which often investigated more than 130 robberies every year. A catchy nickname helped investigators keep crooks straight, he said.

“We wanted to come up with a way to get the information out to the public and hopefully draw some attention to it,” he said.

Agents pinpoint a suspect’s defining feature, be it their clothing, age, geographic region or general M.O., and slap the descriptor on “Wanted” posters.

Bad-Breath got her name after a witness complained about her smell when she approached the bank teller’s station. Barefoot was notable for his shoeless break-ins. Attila the Bun rocked a messy updo during her heists.

“Instead of reporting a mundane bank robbery, this gave it a life of its own,” Trombitas said.

Nicknaming is how the FBI ‘advertises’ criminals

Ira Kalb, assistant professor of clinical marketing at the University of Southern California, told CNN in 2010 that criminal nicknaming isn’t unlike advertising.

“It gets the public much more interested. It kind of brands the bandit,” he said.

A memorable nickname that’s just strange enough to make headlines helps the public remember the feature that earned it, especially important when the suspect is still on the lam. It’s likely that someone in the audience will recognize them, he said.

“When you give something a name, it gives it more identity,” he said.

A criminal typically earns a nickname after their second or third heist, Trombitas said, though they’re not usually caught until after their third or fourth, when they’ve made the rounds in the media.

Not every name is a winner

With thousands of names claimed, there are bound to be flops: “Bow-Legged,” “Bearded” and “Move Quick” are a bit more vague than “Dollar Store Grandpa” or “Dirty Bieber” (a name Trombitas devised when a witness told him a suspect looked just like Justin Bieber if he hadn’t showered recently).

If they’re lucky, criminals end up with a semi-flattering nickname. Some like theirs so much they continue to use them in prison, former FBI special agent Bill Rehder told CNN in 2010.

Others are less than thrilled with their identifiers. The Clearasil Bandit, named for his acne-scarred skin, unsuccessfully sued the FBI after fellow inmates teased him about his nickname in prison, he said.

Agents exercise caution

Investigators tasked with creative nicknaming are careful not to lend criminals notoriety or trivialize their crimes, Trombitas said.

“Because it’s a serious matter, we don’t want to make too much of a joke about that,” he said. “These are not victimless crimes.”

Rehder said the practice is purely an investigative tool.

“It doesn’t make a hero out of them,” he said. “It helps bring somebody to justice quicker.”

A teen was gored after walking between two fighting bison at a North Dakota national park

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A 17-year-old from Colorado was gored by a bison Saturday at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, officials said.

The teen was stabbed in the thigh and is in stable condition, park officials said Monday, declining to name the youth.

The visitor was walking along a trail in the park near a herd of bison; two bison had sparred earlier and stood on either side of the trail.

One of the bulls charged the teen from behind, goring them in the back of the right thigh and tossing them 6 feet into the air, officials said.

The teen was airlifted to a hospital in Bismarck.

“Park staff would like to remind visitors that bison are large, powerful and wild,” officials said. “They can turn quickly and easily outrun humans.”

It’s the second time a bison has charged a visitor in a national park this month. On July 22, a bison threw a 9-year-old girl several feet into the air at Yellowstone. The girl was taken to an onsite clinic and released, park officials said.

Bison have injured more people in Yellowstone National Park than any other animal, according to the National Park Service.

Officials remind park visitors to stay at least 25 feet from the mammals, which can charge at up to 35 mph.

Cameras catch Oklahoma woman tossing puppy into dumpster

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A puppy was tossed into a dumpster like a bag of trash, and it was all caught on camera.

“I saw a female lady that had taken a dog by the neck, walked it across the parking lot, carrying it and chucked it into the dumpster,” C.R. Head told KFOR.

Head is the property manger at the Red Rose Apartments in northwest Oklahoma City. He was shocked when he went back to look at surveillance video from last Tuesday.

“It's very disturbing, you know. They left it there for about 10 -15 minutes, crawled back in the dumpster, threw the dog back on the ground,” he said.

Police were called and arrived shortly after. But since there was no dog in the dumpster, no official report was made.

Head said he has a good idea who the woman is who threw away the puppy.

“I don’t know the exact relationship to the person that lives here; I do know who it is,” he said.

Head told KFOR that the other woman in the video lives in the complex. KFOR knocked on her door. But, no one answered.

Head said with the video and a shot of the woman's license plate, it should be easy for officials to take action.

“It needs some attention brought to it. If they are going to do that to an animal, what if they do that to another human being,” he said.

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Superintendent Jon Gary watched the and said it was absolutely a clear instance of animal cruelty.

“Definitely this is something our officers will be investigating and there is potential even felony-level cruelty. Obviously, that is a very cruel act," Gary said.

‘Pink Lady Bandit’ arrested in North Carolina after string of bank robberies

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The alleged "Pink Lady Bandit" is in custody.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation Charlotte Division announced two arrests Monday after a string of bank robberies on the East Coast.

Circe Baez, 35, and Alexis Morales, 28, were arrested on Sunday. Investigators found the two at the Charlotte Speedway Inn and Suites in Charlotte.

The FBI believes they are responsible for at least four bank robberies.

The first was on July 20 at an Orrstown Bank in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Three days later, a robbery was reported at M&T Bank in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

The next day, the robbers allegedly struck again at a Southern Bank in Ayden, North Carolina.

The last reported robbery was at a BB&T in Hamlet, North Carolina, on Friday.

According to the FBI, the bureau worked with police from Greenville, Ayden, Hamlet, Carlisle and Delaware State to identify the "Pink Lady Bandit" as Circe Baez.

Additional evidence pointed to Moralez as an accomplice.

They were taken to the Pitt County Detention Center where they're both held under a $4 million bond.

So far, they have both been charged in the Ayden and Hamlet robberies. Baez was also charged by Carlisle police.

The FBI reports it's likely that both will be charged by other agencies as well.

According to the FBI, the investigation involved the help of several agencies, including FBI Charlotte, Delaware State Police, Carlisle Police Department, Ayden Police Department, Hamlet Police Department, Greenville Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, FBI Baltimore, and FBI Philadelphia.

Quad Cities kids get foul ball signed by Bandits employees

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Ask most kids what they want to do at a baseball game and a good portion of them would probably say they'd like to get a foul ball. That happened to two kids from the Quad Cities at a River Bandits game in early July. But what they did with the ball after they got it -- might surprise you.


Weather to show little change in the days ahead

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It’s one of those days when the weather is so nice you want to throw in a bottle and save for later.  We might have to grab a few more bottles!

Highs today have climbed in the lower 80s with low humidity.  This pleasantly dry air will also cool quite nicely with lows dipping into the mid to upper 50s.

This fabulous weather will extend through the rest of the work week and even through the weekend.  We’ll see temperatures inch up a degree or two each day before peaking next Monday with highs reaching 90.  Could see a stray shower come later Sunday afternoon.  Otherwise, nothing of significance until potentially next Tuesday.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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Illinois woman loses $35,000 home down payment to internet hackers

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Chicago (WBBM) — Dalisay Penganiban has been saving for years to buy the perfect home for her and her children.

“You’re talking every paycheck, put money aside,” she said.

But after finding the perfect house and saving thousands for a down payment, she lost it all to internet hackers.

CBS 2 Investigator Dorothy Tucker found industry leaders are now proposing bold new steps to stop the scammers from stealing people’s money.

Panganiban saved $35,000. When it was time to close on the condo, she was instructed, or so she thought, to wire the money.

There were a lot of emails going back and forth to the title company.

The email looked real.

But it wasn’t.

The scammer used her attorney’s name and email address and sent her wiring instructions to transfer her hard earned cash into the criminal’s account.

“Because I trusted him, and I’m thinking this is the process so this is what I have to do,” she said.

But when Panganiban got to the closing, her attorney asked for a check.

“I say, ‘I wired it,’ and he goes, ‘What do you mean?’” she said. “And I showed him the email. And goes, ‘I did not send you this.’ At that moment I was very angry, in disbelief.”

Panganiban eventually sued her attorney.

They settled the case, and she got most of her money. Three years later, she’s still angry and wants to warn others.

“Reading online there’s been so many victims who’ve lost even more than what I have,” she said.

The numbers are staggering. Last year, 11,300 people became victims of wire transfer fraud, losing $149 million.

“It really is an epidemic,” said Cynthia Blair, president of the American Land Title Association.

“Criminals have figured out that title companies are taking in and sending out millions and millions of dollars every day,” she said.

So they’re hacking the emails of everyone involved in the process: attorneys, buyers, sellers, title companies and realtors.

Because of the security issues, Blair says the association has talked to Congress.

The association wants a new federal law requiring banks to match the name on the account with the account number.

“So if they’re sending money to my law firm, Blair Cato, that in fact the name is Blair Cato on the account, and we feel like that would be a big help,” she said.

It might have helped Panganiban and could help others.

“Just make sure everything is legitimate,” she said.

In the meantime, the association suggests consumers double check with attorneys and realtors before transferring money.

It will cost the banks money to verify wire transfers. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Bankers Association said the group is tracking the issue and discussing the proposal.

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QC pool players take home top honors at international tournament

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A group from the Quad Cities who share a passion for pool have risen to the top.

The “You Got Action” team from the Quad Cities participated in the Valley National Eight-Ball Association’s international tournament on Saturday, July 27.

Sam Henderson, Justin Nichols, and Alex VerVynck, ages 12, 13 and 14, were the overall team title winners, taking home first for the VNEA International Jr. Championship.  They competed in a tournament for ages 12-15.  A team from New Zealand took second.

“I feel honored, happy to have the name world champion,” said Sam. “I feel like I made a lot of people happy, my sponsors and people from my hometown.”

Team captain Timmy Bly, age 20 and Kamron Fuller, age 15 took second place in the Scotch Doubles Major Division.  The two of them competed in the majors team division with 20-year-old AJ Howell and took fifth.  They later won the second chance tournament.

Henderson and Nichols took first in the Scotch Doubles Minor Division.

As far as individual titles, Nichols took 1st in the minors division, followed by Fuller in 3rd and Henderson in 4th.

“You Got Action” players won their first state tournament in Iowa in October of 2018.  That win launched them into the July international tournament.

Bly said the team practices throughout the week and appreciate the opportunity to practice with experienced players.

The next tournament they’ll compete in is in October at the River Center in Davenport.

Vacationing teacher finds 2.12-carat diamond at Arkansas state park

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This Nebraska teacher will surely win show-and-tell once the school year begins.

Josh Lanik, 36, was vacationing with his family when he discovered a brandy-colored gem at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.

(Source: Arkansas State Parks)

"It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it," Lanik said, according to a press release from the park issued Monday. "I saw the shine, and when I picked it up and rolled it in my hand, I noticed there weren't any sharp edges."

The teacher from Hebron, Nebraska, showed the stone to his wife and then put the treasure in a bag where he collected other finds. The family spent two hours looking through the park's 37.5-acre diamond search area on July 24. Before leaving, they stopped by the Diamond Discovery Center in the park to see what kind of treasure they'd unearthed.

Unbeknownst to Lanik, he was carrying around the largest diamond found in the park so far this year. It weighed in at 2.12-carat.

More than 75,000 diamonds have been unearthed at the park since the first ones were discovered in 1906. So far this year, 296 diamonds have been registered at the park, weighing a total of 53.94 carats.

“It was blatantly obvious there was something different about it ... I noticed there weren’t any sharp edges," Josh Lankin said describing his 2.12-carat diamond he found at Crater of Diamonds State Park. Full Story:

— Arkansas State Parks (@ARStatePark) July 29, 2019

"Mr. Lanik's gem is about the size of a jellybean and has a dark brown color, similar to brandy," park interpreter Waymon Cox said in the news release. "It has a beautiful natural pear shape and smooth, curved facets that give the gem a metallic shine."

Cox noted that the recent rainfall likely contributed to Lanik's discovery.

"About 14 inches of rain fell at the park on July 16. In the days after the rainfall, park staff registered numerous diamonds found right on the surface of the search area, including two weighing over one carat," he said.

The park has a "finders keepers" policy. When asked if he would sell his gem, which he dubbed the Lanik Family Diamond, he told the park he plans on keeping it for now.


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