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Iowa farmers blame Trump for biofuels rule they view as betrayal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Wednesday with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

Since Trump became president, the EPA has given 85 oil refineries exemptions from blending ethanol into the gasoline they sell.

That has removed 4 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol from the market, angering farmers who rely on the ethanol industry to buy nearly 40% of the corn crop produced to make the renewable fuel additive.

After months of pressure from farmers, trade groups and lawmakers and governors in farm states, Trump on Oct. 4 announced plans to require oil refineries to replace the ethanol gallons lost through the exemptions.

Farmers and lawmakers say the EPA had agreed to add waived ethanol back into the fuel supply by calculating the amount waived over a three-year period, which would add about 1.3 billion gallons (2.5 billion imperial gallons) of biofuels back into the nation's fuel supply next year.

That would ensure that beginning in 2020 the government would comply with the 15 billion gallon (12.5 billion imperial gallon) standard already required under federal law. The deal would not restore the already lost biofuels, a compromise the industry was willing to make in exchange for an EPA promise to change policy going forward.

On Tuesday, the EPA released the draft rule that would use a three-year average of gallons the Energy Department recommended waiving instead of the actual waived amount, increasing biofuels blending by about 770 million gallons (641 million imperial gallons), about half of what the industry expected.

"I thought a deal was a deal. When Donald Trump makes a deal isn't it a deal?" said Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, a trade group for the 43 ethanol plants and 11 biodiesel refineries in Iowa, the nation's largest biofuels producer.

The exemptions were designed to ease the burden on small refineries that might not be able to economically blend required ethanol amounts, but the EPA under Trump has allowed exemptions for profitable larger refineries.

The exemptions have led to the closing of 20 ethanol plants nationwide, Shaw said.

"My personal perspective is that President Trump has lost a lot of support," said Kelly Nieuwenhuis, a farmer in Primghar in northwest Iowa and board president of an idled ethanol plant in Sioux Center.

"Pretty much everyone I have talked to that's involved in agriculture and the biofuels industry have really lost trust and are really frustrated."

Iowa Corn Growers Association CEO Craig Floss said corn farmers are outraged.

A spokesman for the EPA said in response to an email seeking comment that the draft rule "is the text of the agreement negotiated by President Trump, USDA and EPA that was announced on October 4."

The EPA will take comments for 30 days, hold a public hearing on Oct. 30, then release a final rule.

Shaw said Trump could regain some trust by forcing the EPA to stand by the deal that was made on Oct. 4.

"I don't think it's too late to get this back on track and restore some of that confidence," he said. "But if it's finalized as it is it becomes Trump administration policy and the buck stops at the Oval Office."

Identical twin babies were delivered by identical twin nurses at a Georgia hospital

(CNN) -- As a pair of identical twin girls entered the world, they were greeted in the delivery room by two people who had been there before: Tara and Tori, the identical twin nurses working in their delivery room.

After a serendipitous turn of events, the twin nurses at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Georgia were able to deliver Addison and Emma Williams on September 25.

Brannan Williams, the father of the newborns, said he was happy to hear there would be twins in the delivery room (in addition, of course, to his own).The father says he has been asking Tara and Tori for advice on how to raise his own daughters as twins.

"I was really nervous about the walk into the C-section room," he told CNN. "And then learning that, I was like, oh, that's pretty cool! It kind of relaxed me a little bit."

His wife, Rebecca Williams, delivered the babies three minutes apart.

Sisters Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard have worked at Piedmont Athens Regional for years. Tori works in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and Tara recently made the switch from being in the emergency room to working in the labor and delivery unit.

When the hospital delivers babies that need to go to the NICU, there are often nurses from both teams present to assist with the delivery. There must also be one nurse per baby. In the case of the twins, that meant that both Tara and Tori would be needed.

Though they've both worked at the hospital for years, Tara and Tori had never worked in the delivery room together, Piedmont Healthcare said. Just an hour before the delivery, the two figured out that they would finally get the chance to do just that.

While the novelty of twins being delivered by twins didn't sink in for the nurses or the parents until after the delivery, Brannan and Rebecca have since found their relationship with Tara and Tori to be invaluable.

Brannan says he has been asking Tara and Tori for advice on how to raise his own daughters as twins. He said he hopes Addison and Emma will be able to appreciate the special relationship once they're old enough.

"(Tara and Tori) have become our friends," he says. "I look forward to letting the girls know about this one day, and hopefully they'll get to meet them and keep carrying this thing on."

The babies are scheduled to go home Thursday.

In yet another connection, Rebecca works at Piedmont Athens Regional as a recruiter, so Brannan said he is sure the family will keep in touch.

Mendota teachers go on strike

MENDOTA, Illinois-  Elementary school teachers in Mendota Illinois are on strike.

Classes were canceled in three schools in the district on October 16.

The union representing the elementary teachers said their contract expired back in August.

The sticking points include salary, increased health care costs, and planning time for teachers.

See video from the strike below.

LeClaire Police Department will undergo $500,000 renovation – no more condos

LECLAIRE, Iowa – The building that's housed the LeClaire Police Department for the past 20 years, was originally designed to be condos but will soon undergo a renovation.

If people are coming to LeClaire on South Highway 67 the LeClaire Police Department is the first building to greet visitors, which is what the officers want to keep after a new $500,000 renovation.

The first floor will get new flooring, walls, and a more functional design.  But it’s the upstairs that will see the most change.

“This is condo number two; we use this as a conference room,” explains Chief Shane Themas, on a tour around the department.

He says the department needs a home that is meant to be a police department, not one that was built for condominiums.

“We have bedrooms and offices and numerous bedrooms and bathrooms that all amount to a lot of wasted square footage,” Themas says. “The flooring is becoming destroyed because of the heavy foot traffic and so on.”

For example, the Chief’s office is one of the master bedrooms, complete with a master bathroom where he stores his fire gear – and there’s a Jacuzzi included.

Themas says the bedrooms are wasted space on top of the four bathrooms on the second floor alone.

“Unfortunately, the upkeep and the maintenance now is becoming expensive enough to the point that we need to do some major renovations,” mentions Themas.

Themas says changing the department's location was never a question.

“Location is a main reason, so that we are visible for the public,” Themas explains. “We are in the downtown corridor, we are accessible – the most accessible area of the city for the police department.”

Once the renovation is complete, the department will look different on the inside, but the outside will look the same and will welcome all visitors.

“We will have a new police department in an old building,” says Themas.

The city says they will be accepting bids from architects for the renovation until Nov. 14th

The police department will remain open during the renovation.  Police say they hope to be in the new space for the next 30 years.

YOUR HEALTH: Freezing away allergy symptoms

NEW YORK CITY – Nasal congestion can be treated with over the counter medication, prescription drugs, or even surgery as a last resort.

But now, an FDA-approved therapy means patients can be treated in the doctor's office and avoid the unpleasant side effects and recovery time of an invasive treatment.

It's helped David Gorovoy.

He has had a tough time breathing through his nose for years.   It's especially hard on this medical resident who is often on duty or on call.

"Mainly I wasn't getting a great night sleep and I would snore too."

David tried medication but had no relief.

Until ear, nose and throat specialist Gregory Levitin offered David an in-office therapy called ClariFix.

"Basically he said he would shrink down some of the tissues in the nasal passage and that would help open them up," explained Dr. Levitin, Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgery Director at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital.

Clarifix uses cryotherapy to freeze nerves at the back of the nose that are out of balance.

Once they are treated, the nerves no longer send the signal to drip or run.

"Instead of having to cut tissue, we're actually just applying a topical freezing to a nerve in the back of the nose."  - Dr.Gregory Levitin

The procedure takes up to 20 minutes compared to a nearly four-hour surgery.

"It takes about 15 minutes to make them numb and literally less than a minute and we've made a big difference," said Dr. Levitin.

"It's only the small area here at the end that actually touches the patient in the back of the nose, and we apply that to the back of the nose where the nerve exits out."

Three doctors in the Chicago area use the ClariFix therapy.

Dr. Levitin added that patients start feeling the results within a few days of treatment.

"Within 30 days, we're seeing a reduction of 50% or more in nearly every patient with less congestion, less runny nose breathing better and sleeping better."

For David, it's changed his life.

"Makes a huge difference being able to do your job more accurately you know that's priceless."

And the best part, it is a one and done procedure.

"It`s been a real game changer for a lot of patients," added Dr. Levitin.

Side effects include:

  • A cold feeling to the head often described as brain freeze during the treatment
  • A headache 20 minutes after the procedure
  • A little extra congestion for the first week after

But some see it as a short term impact for long term relief.

If this story has impacted your life or prompted you or someone you know to seek or change treatments, please let us know by contacting Jim Mertens at jim.mertens@wqad.com or Marjorie Bekaert Thomas at mthomas@ivanhoe.com.

Newlyweds killed, 13-year-old injured after fleeing carjacking suspect slams into their car

WEST COVINA, Calif. – A husband and wife were killed – and the wife's 13-year-old son left injured – when a carjacking suspect crashed into their car in the Southern California city of West Covina Saturday, family members told KTLA.

Gracie and Edward Contreras, both 55, had recently gotten married. They were on their way home in Covina with her son early Saturday when a man fleeing police crashed into their vehicle. Both adults were ejected, officials said.

Edward Contreras was declared dead at the scene, while Gracie Contreras died a short time later at a hospital. She leaves behind two adult children.

Her son, identified by a family member as Jacob, remains hospitalized and must undergo several surgeries. He was left with a punctured lung, a broken leg and a facial injuries, Gracie Contreras' brother Octavio Medina told KTLA.

“It’s really affecting us and hurting us really bad,” Medina said. "He's a strong boy ... he's going to pull through."

The boy does not know that his mother and stepfather died in the crash, but his father is at his side, Medina said.

A GoFundMe was started to help with funeral costs and the boy's recovery. Candles and flowers were being left at the site of the crash on Monday.

The driver involved in the crash has not been identified. He was taken to a hospital before being booked into jail.

The incident unfolded just before 9 p.m. Friday when Baldwin Park police responded to a carjacking near a teen center and skate park along the 15000 block of Badillo Street. The suspect brandished a knife and demanded the victim's Jeep Patriot, then sped off in the SUV.

The driver then headed into West Covina and authorities there were notified. Police spotted the Jeep about 2 a.m. near Durness and Sandy Hook streets and officers tried to pull it over, but the driver fled.

Eventually, the driver collided with the vehicle the family was in.

Wheel of Misfortune; De Jay Thorpe Jr.

Each Wednesday on News 8 CrimeStoppers of the Quad Cities introduces the community to one of the area's most wanted criminals.

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, the "Wheel of Misfortune" landed on 22-year-old De Jay Thorpe Jr. He's 5' 5", 181 pounds, black hair, brown eyes. He is wanted by Davenport Police for assault with a dangerous weapon and escape on original charges on criminal mischief, eluding, car theft, controlled substance violation.

He is considered armed and dangerous with violent tendencies.

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers. Tips leading to an arrest could be eligible for a $500 reward.

Davenport releases price tag of record flooding, $3.5 million

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Record flooding cost the city of Davenport about $3,500,000.

Officials say that million-dollar total takes into account clean up and flood-fighting efforts.

However, it does not take into account the extensive damage to businesses.

The costs include labor, overtime and flood damage.  About half a million was related to the temporary floodwall breach in late April.

"Our final numbers on clean-up and flood fighting efforts are expected to go to FEMA by the end of the year, so this number is approximate.  Some clean-up has been done on contract, while other clean-up has been done by City staff and we are still reconciling these.  Costs related to employee labor, overtime, materials, loss replacement, contract work and equipment depreciation that are known are conservatively $3.5 Million, some calculations as far as amount that can be claimed for vehicle depreciation, etc. are still being worked on which is why the number is approximate. For further context, around $500,000 of that total is directly related to the breach (overtime, lost equipment), the rest of the cost is related to the multiple clean-ups, extensive overtime and flood damage to facilities/roads due to height/duration of the flooding."

Half a million students would lose free school lunches under food stamp rule changes, USDA says

(CNN) — The Trump administration has acknowledged that its proposed changes to the food stamp program could leave nearly 500,000 children without access to free school lunches.

The US Department of Agriculture released an analysis late Tuesday afternoon that showed the agency’s proposed rule would mean nearly 1 million children would no longer be directly certified for free school meals based on their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the formal name for food stamps.

About half of those children would continue to be eligible to receive free meals because they come from families with annual household incomes of no more than 130% of the federal poverty level, or $33,475 for a four-person family in 2019.

However, another 497,000 kids would only be eligible for reduced-price meals since they come from households with annual income of between 130% and 185% of the federal poverty level, or no more than roughly $47,650. These students would have to pay a maximum of 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Another 40,000 students from families with higher incomes would have to pay for their meals.

The proposed rule, unveiled in July, curtails so-called broad-based categorical eligibility, which makes it easier for Americans with somewhat higher incomes and more savings to receive food stamps. It could strip more than 3 million people of their benefits.

Republicans have long argued that this expanded eligibility option is a “loophole” that permits those with higher incomes and assets to get public assistance.

Consumer advocates, however, say that the option helps low-income working Americans get the help they need.

Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat, first raised concerns in July that half a million kids could be affected by the proposed rule. He called on the agency to revise its proposal to include the estimate.

“The internal analysis released by the Department of Agriculture shows that the impact of its proposed rule would be even worse than we had feared,” Scott said Wednesday ahead of a hearing on the issue. “Even for those who remain eligible, forcing low-income families to navigate the burdensome paperwork will inevitably lead to eligible children losing access to a critical source of daily nutrition.”

School district to spend $2.4M on gender neutral locker rooms at Pennsylvania high school

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. — A school district in Pennsylvania plans to spend $2.4 million renovating locker rooms to make them non-gender specific.

According to WGAL, board members from the Eastern Lancaster County School District approved the plans on Monday.

The changes will only impact the high school and will feature 76 private showers and 48 private changing areas.

“We took the input from a lot of different groups along the way, and I think we’re at a point now where everyone sees the wisdom in doing what we’re doing,” Superintendent Bob Hollister told the TV outlet.

The decision comes after controversy involving a transgender student’s use of a locker room.

WGAL said a student who was born a female but identifies as a male was allowed to use the male locker rooms.

That brought concern for some students and parents. The district felt this was the best solution.

“It’s been a difficult, long journey, the last seven to nine months, but that long, difficult journey has produced a product that I think is a win for everyone,” Hollister said in his interview.

Construction is expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Sterling police department fully staffed for the first time in twenty years

STERLING, Illinois -- Sterling's police department is now fully staffed for the first time in two decades.

"(Police officer shortages are) not an issue unique to Sterling Police Department," Chief Tim Morgan says. "Everywhere is short-staffed."

A full staff at the department is 29 police officers. Just over a year ago, the department had nearly 10 officers less than that. That shortage primarily affected the department's patrol division -- the largest function at the department.

Chief Morgan says he owes the increase in officers to more recruiting at local universities and a city-wide salary increase in recent years, along with trained officers moving into the area.

"Public service isn't in the front of everyone's mind nowadays," Chief Morgan says. "Being a police officer, there are challenges and it's not easy. The pay isn't great and the hours are long so you have to find the right person."

Finding the right person can be difficult with fewer people applying for the job, he adds.

"When I tested (more than 20 years ago), there was only one vacancy and 110 people tested," Chief Morgan says. "Now, we're ecstatic if we get 20 people to test."

Chief Morgan says that the shortage was mostly attributed to officers leaving the department to "broaden their horizons," at bigger police departments in Chicago and the suburbs, along with state and federal agencies.

The lower number of applicants is something both Chief Morgan and Officer Clay Hadley owe to a changing field, with higher levels of media scrutiny following recent police-involved shootings and murders. 

"They make the job not seem as prestigious as it used to be," Officer Hadley says.

"There's some police officers who've made horrible mistakes, and it reflects on the profession, not just the person or the department," Chief Morgan says.

Chief Morgan emphasizes the importance of building social equity with the community, building trust and relationships.

"I want 90 percent positive police contact," he says. "Do something to foster a relationship with the public."

Officer Hadley recognized that even though it isn't completely possible for the community and police to always see eye-to-eye, he too wants a positive relationship there.

A Bureau of Justice survey found that the number of police officers across the country mostly increased over the last 20 years, with a dip in numbers between 2013 and 2016.

The worst news for Joe Biden Tuesday had nothing to do with the debate

(CNN) — Just as Joe Biden — and the rest of the 11 Democratic contenders — were rounding the final turn in the fourth presidential debate on Tuesday night, a bombshell dropped.

No, not on the stage in Westerville, Ohio. All the way back in Washington, DC, where reports detailing how much each of the candidates raised, spent and most importantly have left in the bank began to land at the Federal Election Commission.

And the bombshell was this: Joe Biden, the former vice president of the United States and the 2020 Democratic front-runner from the day he entered the race officially in the spring, ended September with less than $9 million in the bank after spending more money than he raised in the previous three months.

SIREN.

Then consider this: Biden’s total cash on hand is less than all of his main rivals for the Democratic nomination, including even California Sen. Kamala Harris ($10.5 million) who has dropped precipitously in polling over recent months. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders ($33.7 million) has more than three times more left to spend than Biden, while Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren ($25.7 million) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg ($23.4 million) have well more than double Biden’s total.

DOUBLE SIREN.

Why should these numbers cause panic — or at least real concern — for Biden? After all, money isn’t everything in politics! Donald Trump won the Republican primary in 2016 spending a trifle of what people like Jeb Bush and even Ted Cruz did.

True! Money isn’t always determinative. But what fundraising does signal — especially in a crowded and uncertain field with a few months left before anyone actually votes — is momentum and organic energy. Think about it: Taking some of your hard-earned money and giving it to a candidate is one of the strongest signs of support you could possibly offer. You are saying, in essence: I believe in this person so much that I am willing to invest in him or her. That’s a big deal!

So Biden’s total cash haul — $15.7 million — isn’t great. (He was outraised by Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg.) But his burn rate — the amount he spent — is even more concerning. Biden spent more than $17.6 million, meaning $2 million more went out than came in. Which is bad! But could be mitigated somewhat if Biden had previously stocked away a Scrooge McDuck-like set of gold coins (or just plain dollar bills) that he could draw from to fund his efforts in the third fundraising quarter.

Unfortunately for Biden, however, there is no store of gold doubloons. He spent more than he raised and he has half (or less) of the cash on hand than his main rivals for the nomination. That’s bad stacked on bad, with bad slathered on top.

On a symbolic level, Biden’s fundraising struggles are indicative of his broader issues with energizing broad swaths of the Democratic base beyond the black community. (According to CNN’s Fredreka Schouten, small-dollar donations — typically a sign of grassroots energy — accounted for less than one-third of Biden’s total contributions in the third quarter.)

On a practical level, Biden’s cash-poor status will complicate his efforts to a) build and maintain top-level organizations in not only the four early-voting state but also the slew of states slated to vote on March b) run the necessary TV ads in early states to reintroduce himself to voters and c) raise more money to fund all of these efforts because money is driven by momentum.

Yes, Biden remains the best-known candidate in the field. And yes, because of that status, he has less introducing (or reintroducing) of himself to do to voters. So his cash situation isn’t a death knell as it might be for some of his rivals.

But make no mistake: Biden’s fundraising situation is bad. And there are few signs it’s getting better.

Lay’s launches grilled cheese and tomato soup chips

Lay’s is taking a beloved food pairing and morphing it into chip form.

Just in time for the cooler weather, Frito Lay announced its new grilled cheese and tomato soup chips.

The company describes the new snack as a “dynamic combination of tomato taste and buttery cheese with underlying creamy and toasted notes.”

The grilled cheese and tomato soup chips are expected to hit grocery store shelves next Monday.

It’s the same day lay’s is also planning to launch their “Gotta Have Lay’s” campaign.

The contest will give customers a chance to win a year’s worth of lay’s products.

‘I like killing people’: Suspected ‘spree killer’ arrested in Florida

WINTER PARK, Fla. – A man suspected of slashing three people to death -- two in Florida and one in Tennessee -- was arrested in Winter Park, Florida, after barricading himself in a house for six hours, shooting at sheriff's deputies and fighting a K-9 officer that found him hiding under a pool table, authorities said Tuesday.

The standoff and arrest Monday capped a multi-state manhunt for Stanley "Woo Woo" Mossburg, 35, who boasted that he'd killed more people, Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd said at a news conference.

Judd said he based that partly on comments Mossburg allegedly made to the housemate of the man and woman slain in Winter Park.

"Suspect Mossburg told our live victim, 'I want to be a serial killer. I like killing people,'" Judd said. "Mossburg said the two victims in Winter Haven were number seven and eight, but his goal was to kill 11."

Judd said investigators don't have any evidence to support Mossburg's claims. Only three deaths are linked to Mossburg, but investigators are intensely questioning him. Nobody has offered a motive for the violence.

"Stanley, without a doubt, is a spree killer," Judd said. "We hope and pray there are no other victims; that he's just bragging. We know that he killed three over two states and certainly he has the proclivity to kill others."

Sheriff delivers a timeline

Mossburg is from Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he is well known to authorities, Judd said. He has more than 30 nonviolent, low- level charges in his background, a sheriff's office news release said.

Authorities across the South started looking for him after a killing in Greeneville, Tennessee, about 70 miles from Knoxville.

Christopher Scott Short's body was found October 2 outside Celebrity Coin Laundry, according to a news release from the Greeneville police department posted on Facebook. Mossburg was identified as the suspect and charged with murder, robbery and kidnapping.

The news release didn't provide details about how Short died. Judd said he was slashed.

Mossburg stole Short's truck and drove to Spartanburg, where his sister bought him a bus ticket to Orlando, Judd said. Short's truck was found at a scrapyard in Spartanburg and Mossburg apparently stole another truck in Seffner, Florida, Judd said.

On October 11, Polk County authorities received information that Mossburg was pawning items in the area and started looking for him, Judd said. On Sunday, October 13, home security video captured Mossburg ringing a doorbell at a Winter Haven home on 16th Street, but the homeowner ordered him off the property, Judd said.

The manhunt for Mossburg intensified about 6 p.m. Monday.

That's when a man called 911 to report someone had killed his two housemates and held him captive for about 14 hours inside the home the three shared, the news release said. The home was next to the house where Mossburg rang the doorbell.

'He slashed and murdered both of these victims'

The caller said he came home from work around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to find Mossburg had killed his male housemate, leaving his body in the master bedroom, and tied his female housemate to a chair, but had not killed her yet, Judd said. Mossburg tied up the man, Judd said, and during the night killed the female housemate, Judd said.

"He slashed and murdered both of these victims," Judd said.

Mossburg untied the third housemate because he'd cooperated, Judd said. Between noon and 1 p.m. Monday, Mossburg left the house in the female victim's SUV, saying he'd return to "deal with the bodies," and warned the man not to call police, Judd said.

At 6 p.m. the man ran to a neighbor's and called 911, Judd said. Police warned residents to stay inside and beware an armed and dangerous suspect.

Police searching the neighborhood found the still-warm SUV nearby around 9 p.m. Shots were fired at officers from a house, SWAT teams arrived and a standoff of more than six hours began.

"From approximately 10:30 p.m. on Monday until 5:10 a.m. on Tuesday, the SWAT team members summoned Mossburg via a PA system, and inserted chemical agent into the house in an effort to get him to surrender," the news release said.

"Not only did he refuse to surrender, he continued to shoot at the deputies. At 5:10 a.m., the SWAT mobile armored vehicle made entry into the garage, and deputies located Mossburg hiding under a pool table. A (Polk County Sheriff's Office) K-9 apprehended Mossburg as he continued to refuse to surrender and fought with the dog."

Deputies went inside the house and took Mossburg into custody. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for dog bites and booked into the Polk County Jail, the news release said. No deputies were reported being injured. The names of the Winter Haven victims have not been released.

The suspect's first appearance in court is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday

Netflix misses on subscribers, but stock is up

(CNN) — Netflix fell short of its own expectations on Wednesday when it reported in its third quarter earnings that it added 6.8 million new subscribers. That is just tick under the 7 million that the company was projecting.

Netflix now has 158.3 million subscribers globally. The company’s stock went up 10% in after hours trading.

This story is developing…

Man arrested after 8-year-old escapes home wearing straitjacket, locks

SHAWANO COUNTY, Wis. – Prosecutors charged a Wisconsin man with tying up a child in a basement for days and abusing him.

Nathan Pogrant, who has a history of crimes against children and is listed on the sex offender registry, is facing 12 counts in the 18 page complaint, according to WISN.

Passersby spotted the boy walking on Highway 45 near County Road O on October 5.

The boy, who prosecutors said had just escaped the horrible conditions, told them “Nathan” put a makeshift straitjacket, made from a hooded sweatshirt, on the boy and “tied a cord around his body,” with bike locks and left the boy to use the bathroom on himself.

The boy added that Pogrant and the boy’s mother would “turn off the lights and turn up the music so they wouldn’t hear him crying.”

According to the complaint, investigators found several bruises on the boy’s face and body. He told them he had only been fed a peanut butter sandwich the entire previous day. When the boy would steal food, the complaint said, “Nathan told him that they would break his fingers if he steals more food.”

The complaint said the boy escaped the basement while the adults were asleep.

When asked why it happened and why she didn’t stop the abuse, the complaint said the boy’s mother replied, “I don’t know.”

The complaint implies wrongdoing on the mother’s part, however, she is not currently facing charges.

While Pogrant is a convicted sex offender, the complaint does not suggest the boy was sexually assaulted.

Still, Pogrant, if convicted of the 12 charges in the complaint, could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Drone finds missing 6-year-old boy in cornfield using thermal imaging

BECKER, Minn. — A 6-year-old boy is safe Wednesday morning thanks to a massive search effort overnight that ended after a drone with a thermal camera spotted the child his dog in a cornfield north of the Twin Cities, according to a report from WCCO.

The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office says Ethan Haus was found around 2 a.m. in a field not far from his home in Palmer Township, which is just north of Becker. The 6-year-old had disappeared late Tuesday afternoon and was missing for nearly 10 hours before being found.

Ethan was brought to a hospital early Wednesday morning. Authorities say he was cold overnight, when temperatures were in the low 40s, but otherwise OK.

Some 600 volunteers turned out to help search for Ethan, who went missing around 4 p.m. after getting off his school bus and running off to play with the family dog, Remington. After Ethan’s family couldn’t find him, the call for help was issued.

One of those volunteers, Steve Fines, who owns a drone imaging company, brought a drone with a thermal camera. The device spotted Ethan and the family dog in a corn field east of the family’s home that had already been searched by volunteers.

“If not for that drone, I’m not sure we would have found him,” Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said.

Fines, whose company is called Fines Imaging, said that he’d never used a drone in a search operation before.

“It was a moment that was going to make his parents so happy, and vicariously we all felt that,” he said.

The county sheriff thanked all the volunteers and law enforcement agencies that responded to the search for Ethan.

“This truly was the epitome of a community caring for its own,” Brott said, in a statement. “To see the outpouring of support in such a short time period to come out and help find this boy and his dog is heartwarming.”

‘Office Ladies’ podcast takes you inside Dunder Mifflin

(CNN) — There something I wish I’d known before walking into an interview with Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey: quoting them would be nearly impossible at the end.

Not because they’re not well spoken or don’t have interesting things to say — in fact, the whole reason they’ve been given their own podcast, the reason we are talking in the first place, is because they have so much to say about their time on one of the most beloved American comedies of this generation.

But what these alums from “The Office” will tell you — and eventually show you — is that they are best friends in real life. And not, it seems, Hollywood “best friends,” the people you would invite to an event as a plus one but not over to your house when you’re wearing sweats. They’re real best friends — the kind you can call out for hoarder tendencies without fear of hurt feelings and effortlessly finish sentences for.

The latter makes it hard to quote them. The realness of their bond makes it easy to like being around them.

That’s what they’re counting on with “Office Ladies,” a podcast launched Wednesday in which Fischer and Kinsey take a stroll down memory lane with the goal of reliving every single episode from the show’s nine seasons in a way only they could.

Only they can talk about the struggle of having audio packs with Velcro straps snagging on pantyhose or when a very-pregnant Kinsey had to get through a scene in the “Dinner Party” episode with her daughter furiously kicking her. Only they can talk about the moments and storylines that came to life from impromptu brainstorm sessions between scenes or what it sounded like when John Krasinski took a hit to the face from a basketball during a scene.

“I think there’s so many memories from each episode and so many fun things to talk about in each of them that it became difficult to choose which ones to pick and choose episodes,” Kinsey said. So they decided to do them all.

The idea for “Office Ladies” was born when Kinsey and Fischer came across several plastic bins worth of memorabilia from their time on the show during respective cleaning sprees. The desire to put their memories in one place to preserve and share with fans was a mutual one — as was the desire to work together again for the first time since the show concluded.

Fischer begins to explain another reason for their desire to do the podcast, but stops herself.

“I know what you’re going to say,” Kinsey pipes in. “You were saying, like, ‘How can we work together and be in sweat pants?'”

“I WAS!” Fischer shouts. “I was like, ‘I don’t know how to say that.'”

“I know your mind, lady,” Kinsey says, smiling.

During the show’s run, the cast of “The Office” would get together for watch parties at each other’s homes. This was in the days before social media and PR-prompted live-tweets. These potluck viewing parties were for them and were extensions of the kinship they felt was building on set.

The benefit of revisiting these years after first watching them, Kinsey and Fischer say, is that time has allowed them the space to see it through a new lens.

“At that time, we were so close to it. And you feel so vulnerable, and you have to go back the next week and make more of it,” Fisher says.

“It’s job when you’re doing it and now we can just be an audience,” Kinsey adds.

The support for the endeavor has been abundant.

After the announcement, cast members Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and several others that had desks inside Dunder Mifflin Paper Company gave words of support. And Fischer and Kinsey say they want each of their co-stars on as guests, as well as directors, writers and other people whose work behind the scenes crafted the show that’s found new generations of fans since signing off in 2013.

Taking their talents behind the mic for the first time has been different, but Fischer says she’s taken to producing well and “leaned into it.” She’s the one who walks into her meetings with a laptop and lists.

“There were like three people who I would go into battle with, and number one is Jenna Fisher because she would have an organized formation. She would know her opponent. That’s who you want on your side,” Kinsey says.

“I do have some Dwight Schute-ian qualities,” Fischer admits.

Though the intention is to cover the whole series, contractually, the pair has committed to doing recording the first two seasons of the show, with episodes to be released weekly. When we met prior to the “Office Ladies” launch, they had a few episodes done, but were leaving room for evolution based on listener feedback.

They plan to take questions and play audio messages from listeners on the show.

“We really want it to be the fans getting to rewatch the show with us — like they’re coming over, they’re sitting on the couch with us, we’re going to watch, and chitty-chat,” Kinsey said.

“Office Ladies,” from Earwolf, is available on Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and anywhere you can download podcasts.

‘Rage yoga’ class includes cursing and alcohol

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rage yoga is "yoga with an attitude, basically," says Kansas City instructor Amanda Kauffman.

Kauffman strolled into the back room at Cinder Block Brewery Monday night with a beer in one hand and a yoga mat in the other. She was there to teach the first ever rage yoga class in Kansas City.

“It’s a little bit different than your traditional yoga," she said. "You have dim lights, you have soft music. This is the complete opposite."

She started practicing yoga seven years ago, but two years back, she came across a new technique she said is more her style.

“A lot of people stay away from yoga because they think, 'Oh well, you know, I’m not good enough for that, or what are people going to think about my poses,'" she said. "And in here, you can just be yourself.”

Kauffman now teaches rage yoga.

“The technique is different. Instead of calming your mind, you’re bringing everything out instead," she said. "Instead of just trying to push it out quietly, you’re going to push it out, and it’s going to be loud!”

Monday night’s class participants each got a beer that they drank throughout their time on the mat, and traditional hand motions and positions were replaced with gestures and sounds you’d more likely see at a rock concert.

“I’ve never done rage yoga before," attendee Hillary Luppino said. "I had recently seen something online about it, and then I saw that it was available here, so I just jumped on the opportunity.”

She appreciated the alcohol twist, but also “the idea of also kind of incorporating the stress release of like yelling or screaming or flipping somebody off, you know what I mean?”

Kauffman described the scene before the 7 p.m. class began.

“We’ll be listening to loud explicit music, we will be cussing, using profanity, yelling, screaming, just letting all the negative energy out tonight. That’s the goal," she said.

The instructor said mental health is as critical as physical maintenance, and the combination of these two things appealed to her.

“In my house, I practice yoga to rock music, to metal music, to loud music," Kauffman said. "That’s just what I enjoy. So when I saw the teacher training program for rage yoga, it spoke to me. It’s the perfect combination of anyone who’s into yoga and into an alternative lifestyle as well.”

The rage yoga practice began in Canada, and has since spread to the U.S., WDAF reports.

Wheel of Fortune contestant gives hilarious introduction about ‘loveless marriage,’ ‘rotten grandson’

Could it be the best “Wheel of Fortune” introduction of all time?

Blair Davis appeared on Monday night’s episode of the game show. Host Pat Sajak introduced Davis as a trucking business owner from Cardiff, California, and then asked him to talk more about his family:

“I’ve been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-ax named Kim. She cursed my life with three step-children named Star, RJ, and Ryan, and I have one rotten grandson.”

Davis’ perfect deadpan delivery had the crowd, and Sajak, laughing appreciatively.

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