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CNN, New York Times barred from White House press briefing

Several news organizations were barred Friday from attending a White House press briefing, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and The Hill.

The Hill reported that the blocked organizations also included the Los Angeles Times, BuzzFeed News, the Daily Mail, BBC News and the New York Daily News.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer decided against holding a traditional press briefing on Friday afternoon in favor of a smaller question-and-answer session known as a "gaggle," according to The Hill.

Scene in the White House briefing room as reporters got turned away from the gaggle in Spicer's office. pic.twitter.com/UvIW7rbGzx— Katherine Faulders (@KFaulders) February 24, 2017

Spicer allowed several conservative-leaning news outlets to attend the gaggle, along with the major television news networks. Among the groups granted entry to the question-and-answer session were Breitbart News, the One America News Network and the Washington Times, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Breitbart, OANN, Washington Times are all in White House briefing. CNN and NY Times (and LA Times) not allowed in.— Noah Bierman (@Noahbierman) February 24, 2017

Also included were reporters from major television networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, and national wire services like Reuters and Bloomberg, The Hill reported. The Associated Press and Time were allowed in but boycotted it "because of the way it was handled," BuzzFeed reported.

AP and Time boycotted the gaggle today because of the way it was handled.— Adrian Carrasquillo (@Carrasquillo) February 24, 2017

In a statement, White House Correspondents' Association president Jeff Mason condemned the decision to include some organizations while excluding others.

"The WHCA Board is protesting strongly against how today's gaggle is being handled by the White House," Mason said. "The board will be discussing this further with White House staff."

CNN called the decision "unacceptable" in a statement and blamed the administration's anger over recent news stories for the situation.

"Apparently, this is how they retaliate when you report facts they don't like," the statement said. "We'll keep reporting regardless."

News organizations were blocked from the gaggle just hours after President Donald Trump took to the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference and denounced what he deemed to be irresponsible news reporting.

>> Related: Full Transcript: Read Donald Trump's remarks at CPAC

"We are fighting the fake news. It's fake. Phony. Fake," he said. "A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. They are the enemy of the people. … They make up sources. They're very dishonest people."

Florida man who posted videos of country club fire on Snapchat faces arson charge

A 25-year-old Florida man is accused of setting fire to a suburban Lake Worth country club last week and posted videos on Snapchat during the blaze, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records said.

Anthony Stowers of Lake Worth was arrested late Thursday on an arson charge. A judge ordered him be held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $50,000 bond.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews found the Sherbrooke Estates clubhouse fully engulfed in flames early Feb. 11. The blaze caused more than $800,000 in damage, sheriff’s records said.Stowers sent Snapchat videos during the fire to multiple high school students, records showed.

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In the videos, Stowers said that his father pays rent to the community and was upset that the clubhouse hadn’t been maintained, according to the Snapchat videos.

“You know what?” Stowers allegedly said. “Y’all gonna see a structure fire tonight. I hope you all enjoy.”

A teen texted Stowers about the fire. Stowers told the teen that he “blacked out” and “didn’t even remember doing it,” according to sheriff’s office records.

He told the teen that he drank an entire bottle of “Captain,” a brand of rum.

Stowers spoke with officials Thursday and admitted to starting the fire. However he couldn’t remember the details of the fire, including how it started. He told detectives that he always carries a lighter in his pocket.

Students fall ill at N.C. middle school for second straight day

Emergency crews were called to a middle school in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Friday afternoon, just a day after a dozen students fell ill on campus.

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Officials with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools said symptoms reported at McClintock Middle School on Friday included nausea and vomiting along with dizziness and lightheadedness.

Twenty-three students and an adult were sickened, fire officials said. The students were released to their parents.

A mother leaving the school told WSOCTV that her child was sick for a second day in a row. She picked her up to take her to the doctors.

UPDATE @wsoctv 4 ambulances and Medic multi-patient bus at McClintock Middle where students were reported sick yesterday. CMPD also on scene pic.twitter.com/wGqhQrLmiH— Blaine Tolison (@BTolisonWSOC9) February 24, 2017

Another mother said she saw a teacher at the school who was sick, in addition to several children.

Paramedics responded Thursday afternoon to the middle school after 12 students reported feeling dizzy and lightheaded, school officials said.

WSOCTV was at the school Thursday and witnessed one student drop to the ground as he was led to an ambulance, while another student was taken on a stretcher.

A message was sent to parents after Thursday's incident that said the illness appeared to be heat-related, but school officials couldn't be sure.

Crocodile spotted with dog in its mouth in Florida neighborhood

A viral video of a crocodile with a dog in its mouth is serving as a warning to neighborhoods in South Florida.

Coral Gables resident Christopher Carey posted the disturbing video to Facebook after the crocodile snatched the animal and dragged it underwater in a backyard marina , WTVJ reported. 

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It was the second dog to be attacked by a crocodile in the last few weeks, residents said. But Caution signs are posted throughout the neighborhood informing them about the crocodiles. 

"It's only a matter of time before they take a kid," a resident told WTVJ. 

Alligators and crocodiles are a threat to unsupervised dogs and children. The reptiles lurk in backyards, golf courses and national parks

Jeep unearthed from dune after 40 years

A crowd gathered this week to watch a bulldozer pull out a Jeep that had been stuck in a dune in a Massachusetts town for 40 years.

The Cape Cod Times reported that the Jeep Wagoneer was inside a garage that became overtaken by the dune in Truro years ago. 

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The town would not let the owners move the sand because of concerns about the dune system.

However, town officials recently changed their approach to the shifting sands and asked the family to remove the vehicle.

The rusty Jeep was dragged out, worn down by years of salty air. It was loaded onto a truck piece by piece to be taken away, presumably to the dump. 

Washington state gears up for battle over legal pot

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is ready to defend the will of his state's voters after White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that President Donald Trump's administration may crack down on states with legalized marijuana for recreational use.

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In his daily news briefing, Spicer said the Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana.

Ferguson, who also led states in challenging Trump's executive order on immigration, noted in a statement that he and Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats, previously were prepared to defend the state's legal marijuana system.

Letter to AG Sessions: https://t.co/MBEHCTO1IU pic.twitter.com/K8g0MiU2jo— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) February 23, 2017

Ferguson and Inslee sent a letter last week to new Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request a meeting on the topic. 

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Washington state voters legalized marijuana nearly four years ago.

When it passed, the U.S. Attorney General's Office promised to take a hands-off attitude, as long people in Washington State kept it away from children and kept locally grown marijuana from crossing state lines. Under a new attorney general that could change, as selling it still remains a crime under federal law.

Enforcement would shift away from marijuana policy under the Obama administration, which said in a 2013 memo that it would not intervene in state's marijuana laws as long as they keep the drug from crossing state lines and away from children and drug cartels.

The Justice Department has several options available should it decide to enforce the law, including filing lawsuits on the grounds that state laws regulating pot are unconstitutional because they are pre-empted by federal law.

During a Seattle panel about presidential power in modern politics in early February, criminal law expert and University of Washington professor Trevor Gardner explained that he believes tackling local marijuana laws will be difficult for the federal government.

Here is some of his reasoning:

  • The federal government does not have ability to direct state and local police
  • Of 1.2 million law enforcement agents, only 80,000 are operating at federal level, which means in order for federal government to broadly enforce marijuana prohibition it needs to cooperation of state and local police. The DOJ prosecutes after arrests have been made by state and local police. 
  • In the event Sessions does not have that cooperation, it will be difficult for them to prosecute and enforce the marijuana prohibition broadly in decriminalization states.         

Eight states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Twenty-one states have decriminalized marijuana. This means certain small, personal-consumption amounts are a civil or local infraction, not a state crime.

"(Sessions has) taken the Obama administration to task by name and mentioned Obama, attorney generals -- Loretta Lynch and Eric Holder -- as well as FBI director James Comey saying they have all (failed) to enforce federal marijuana prohibition in criminal decriminalization states," Gardner said.

"I do think the federal government, the Department of Justice, and Jeff Sessions are going to be very aggressive about prosecuting marijuana production, distribution, and decriminalization states … This is not going to be an easy task for the government."

Before his confirmation for U.S. attorney general, Sessions openly said during a Senate drug hearing last year that "good people don't smoke marijuana" claiming the drug is dangerous. According to the Washington Post, Sessions' former colleagues testified years ago that he used the N-word and joked about the Ku Klux Klan, saying he thought they were "okay, until he learned that they smoked marijuana." Sessions denied the accusations.

Thursday's announcement is the Trump administration's strongest indication to date of a looming crackdown on the drug, even as a solid majority of Americans believe it should be legal.

Spicer said during the news conference on Thursday that Trump "understands the pain and suffering that many people go through who are facing especially terminal diseases, and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them."

But according to Spicer, medical marijuana use is "very different than recreational use, which is something the Department of Justice will be further looking into."

He offered no details about what such enforcement would entail.

Washington's recreational marijuana sales passed the $1.1 billion mark with sales tax revenue reaching $410 million in 2016.

Man makes up kidnapping to make police ‘work harder’ to find stolen car, cops say

A Philadelphia man is accused of making up a story of a small child being abducted so police would respond faster to his car being stolen.

Marcus Fletcher, 22, is charged with making a false report to police, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Police told the news station that Fletcher was working Monday night as a pizza delivery driver when he reported being robbed. Philly.com reported that Fletcher’s wallet, cellphone and cash were taken, along with his 1995 Ford Escort.

When Fletcher called police, he told them that his 4-year-old nephew was in the car when it was stolen.

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Officers found the car a short time later after an intense search, WPVI-TV reported. After it was found, Fletcher gave inconsistent statements about the robbery and was vague about the child’s identity.

He finally admitted that he lied about the boy being in the car because he’d been robbed before and was not happy with the police response in that case, authorities said.

“Therefore he made up the aforementioned story to watch the police work harder,” police said, according to Philly.com.

The robbery remains under investigation. 

Full Transcript: Read Donald Trump's remarks at CPAC

President Donald Trump addressed the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.

Here's a transcript of his remarks.

"Great to be back at CPAC. It's a place I have really — I love this place. I love you people. So thank you very much. First of all, I want to thank Matt Schlapp and his very, very incredible wife and boss, Mercedes, who have been fantastic friends and supporters and so great when I watch them on television defending me; nobody has a chance. So I want to thank Matt and Mercedes.

When Matt called and asked, I said absolutely I'll be there with you.

The real reason I said it, I didn't want him to go against me, so I said absolutely. And it really is an honor to be here. I wouldn't miss a chance to talk to my friends. These are my friends. And we'll see you again next year and the year after that. And I'll be doing this with CPAC whenever I can, and I'll make sure that we're here a lot.

If you remember, my first major speech — sit down, everybody, come on.

You know, the dishonest media, they'll say he didn't get a standing ovation. You know why? No, you know why? Because everybody stood and nobody sat. So they'll say he never got a standing ovation, right?

They are the worst.

So sit down. Donald Trump did not get a standing ovation. They leave out the part they never sat down. They leave that out. So I just want to thank you.

But you know, my first major speech was at CPAC, probably five or six years ago. First major political speech, and you were there. And it was — I loved it. I loved the people, I loved the commotion, and then they did these polls where I went through the roof and I wasn't even running, right? But it gave me an idea. And I got a little bit concerned when I saw what was happening in the country, and I said let's go to it. So it was very exciting.

I walked the stage on CPAC; I'll never forget it, really. I had very little notes and even less preparation. So when you have practically no notes and no preparation and then you leave and everybody was thrilled, I said I think I like this business.

I would have come last year, but I was worried that I'd be at that time too controversial. We wanted border security, we wanted very, very strong military. We wanted all of the things that we're going to get, and people consider that controversial, but you didn't consider it controversial. So I've been with CPAC for a long time. All of these years we've been together, and now you finally have a president, finally. Took you a long time. Took you a long time. And it's patriots like you that made it happen, believe me. You did it because you love your country, because you want a better future for your children, and because you want to make America great again.

The media didn't think we would win. The pundits — you're right — they had an idea. The pundits didn’t think we'd win. The consultants that suck up all that money — oh, they suck it up — they're so good. They're not good at politics, but they're really good at sucking up people's money. Especially my opponents’, because I kept them down to a minimum. But the consultants didn't think we would win. But they all underestimated the power of the people, you, and the people proved them totally wrong. This is so true, and this is what's been happening. Never underestimate the people. Never. I don't think it will ever happen again.

And I want you all to know we are fighting the fake news. It's fake. Phony. Fake. A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are. They are the enemy of the people. Because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none. I saw one story recently where they said nine people have confirmed. There are no nine people. I don't believe there was one or two people. Nine people. And I said give me a break because I know the people. I know who they talked to. There were no nine people. But they say nine people. And somebody reads it and they say, oh, nine people, they have nine sources. They make up sources.

They're very dishonest people. In fact, in covering my comments, the dishonest media did not explain that I called the fake news the enemy of the people — the fake news. They dropped off the word “fake”. And all of a sudden the story became the media is the enemy. They take the word “fake” out. And now I'm saying, oh, no, this is no good. But that's the way they are. So I'm not against the media, I'm not against the press. I don't mind bad stories if I deserve them, and I tell you, I love good stories, but we won't talk — I don't get too many of them. But I am only against the fake news media or press. Fake. Fake. They have to leave that word.

I'm against the people that make up stories and make up sources. They shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name. Let their name be put out there. Let their name be put out. A source says that Donald Trump is a horrible, horrible human being — let them say it to my face. Let there be no more sources. And remember this, and not in all cases. I mean, I had a story yesterday written about me in Reuters by a very honorable man that was a very fair story. There are some great reporters around, they are talented and honest as the day is long; that is great. But there are some terrible, dishonest people that do a tremendous disservice to our country, and to our people.

They are very dishonest people, and they shouldn't use sources. They should put the name of the person. You will see stories dry up like you've never seen before. You have no idea how bad it is because if you are not part of the story — and I put myself in your position sometimes because many of you, you're not part of the story — and if you're not part of the story, you know, then you sort of know if you are part of the story, you know what they're saying is true or not.

So when they make it up and they make up something else, and you saw that before the election — polls, polls. They come out with some of these polls — and some of them got it right. I must say, Los Angeles Times, shocking, they did a great job. We had a couple of others that were right. Generally speaking, I can tell you the network. Somebody said, "A poll came out." I said what network is it?

And they'll say a certain — let's not even mention names, right? Shall we? Well, you have a lot of them. The Clinton News Network is one. Totally. Take a look, honestly. Take a look at their polls over the last two years. You'd think they'd fire the pollster, right? After years and years of getting battered. I mean, who knows, maybe they're just bad at polling. Or maybe they're not legit. But it's one or the other. Look at how inaccurate. Look at CBS, look at ABC also. Look at NBC.

Take a look at some of these polls. That were so bad, so inaccurate. And what that does is it creates a false narrative. It creates this narrative that it's just like we're not going to win. People say I love Trump but I'm not feeling great today. He can't win, so I won't go and vote. It creates a whole false deal, and we have to fight it, folks. We have to fight it. They're very smart, they're very cunning, and they're very dishonest.

So just to conclude, it's a very sensitive topic, and they get upset when we expose their false stories. They say that we can't criticize their dishonest coverage because of the first amendment. They always bring the First Amendment. I love the First Amendment. Nobody loves it better than me. Nobody — who use it is more than I do? But the First Amendment gives all of us — it gives it to me — it gives it to you, it gives it to all Americans the right to speak our minds freely. It gives you the right and me the right to criticize fake news and criticize it strongly.

And many of these groups are part of large media corporations that have their own agenda. And it's not your agenda and it's not the country's agenda, it's their own agenda. They have a professional obligation as members of the press to report honestly, but as you saw throughout the entire campaign and even now, the fake news doesn't tell the truth. Doesn't tell the truth. So just in finishing, I say it doesn't represent the people, it never will represent the people and we're going to do something about it because we have to go out and we have to speak our minds and we have to be honest.

Our victory was a win like nobody has ever seen before. And I'm here fighting for you and I will continue to fight for you. The victory and the win was something that really was dedicated to a country and people that believe in freedom, security and the rule of law. Our victory was a victory and a win for conservative values. And our victory was a win for everyone who believes it's time to stand up for America, to stand up for the American worker and to stand up for the American flag. Yeah, there we should stand up. There we should stand up. And, by the way, we love our flag.

By the way, you folks are in here, the place is packed. There are lines that go back six blocks and I tell you that because you won't read about it, okay? But there are lines that go back six blocks. There is such love in this country for everything we stand for. You saw that on Election Day and you're going to see it more and more. So we're all part of this historic movement, a movement the likes of which the world has never seen before. There's never been anything like this. There's been some movements but there's never been anything like this. There's been some movements that petered out, like Bernie. Petered out. But it was a little rigged against him. Super delegate, Super delegate. She had so many delegates before the thing even started. I actually said to my people how does that happen?

Not that Bernie — but a lot of Bernie people voted for Trump because you know why? He was right about trade. Our country is being absolutely devastated by trade deals so we got a lot of support. So actually I like Bernie.

I'm here to tell you what this means for the future of the Republican party and the future of America. First, we need to define what this great, great unprecedented movement is and what it actually represents.

The core conviction of our movement is that we are a nation that will put its own citizens first.

For too long we've traded away our jobs to other countries, so terrible. We've defended other nations’ borders, while leaving ours wide open — anybody can come in. Oh, we're going to build a wall, don't worry about it. We're building the wall. We're building the wall. In fact, it's going to start soon. Way ahead of schedule. Way ahead of schedule. Way, way, way ahead of schedule.

General Kelly, by the way, has done a fantastic job. Fantastic, the job he's done. And remember, we are getting the bad ones out. These are bad dudes. We're getting the bad ones out. Okay? We're getting the bad — if you watch these people, it like oh, gee, that's so sad. We were getting bad people out of this country. People who shouldn't be, whether it's drugs or murder. We're getting bad ones out. They're the ones that go first. I said it from day one.

Basically all I've done is keep my promise. We've spent trillions overseas while allowing our own infrastructure to fall into total disrepair and decay. In the Middle East we've spent as of four weeks ago $6 trillion. Think of it.

And, by the way, the Middle East is in what — I mean, it's not even close —it's in much worse shape than it was 15 years ago. If our presidents would have gone to the beach for 15 years, we would be in much better shape than we are right now. That I can tell you. Could have been a hell of a lot better. We could have rebuilt our country three times with that money.

This is the situation I inherited. I inherited a mess, believe me.

We also inherited a failed healthcare law that threatens our medical system with absolute and total catastrophe. Now I've been watching and nobody says it but Obamacare doesn't work, folks. I could say, I could talk. And now people are starting to develop a little — but the people that you're watching, they're not you. They're largely, many of them are the side that lost. They lost the election. It's like how many elections do we have to have? They lost the election.

But I always say Obamacare doesn't work and these same people two years ago and a year ago were complaining about Obamacare. And the bottom line, we're changing it. We're going to make it much better, we're going to make it less expensive, we're going to make it much better.

Obamacare covers very few people. And remember, deduct from the number all of the people that had great health care that they loved that was taken away from them. Was taken away from them. Millions of people were very happy with the health care. They had their doctor, they had their plan. Remember the lie? 28 times. You can keep your doctor. You can keep your plan. Over and over and over again you heard it. So we're going to repeal and replace Obamacare.

And I tell Paul Ryan and all of the folks that we're working with very hard, Dr. Tom Price — very talented guy — but I tell them from a purely political standpoint the single best thing we can do is nothing. Let it implode completely. It's already imploding. You see the carriers are all leaving. It's a disaster. But two years, don't do anything. The Democrats will come to us and beg for help. They'll beg. And it's their problem. But it's not the right thing to do for the American people. It's not the right thing to do.

We inherited a national debt that has doubled in eight years. Think of it, $20 trillion. It's doubled. And we inherited a foreign policy marked by one disaster after another. We don't win anymore. When was the last time we won? Did we win a war? Did we win anything? Do we win anything? Do we win anything? We're going to win. We're going to win big, folks. We're going to start winning again. Believe me.

But we're taking a firm, bold and decisive measure, we have to, to turn things around. The era of empty talk is over. It's over. Now is the time for action. So let me tell you about the actions that we're taking right now to deliver on our promise to the American people and on my promise to make America great again.

We've taken swift and strong action to secure the southern border of the United States and begin the construction of a great, great border wall. By doing this and with the help of our great border police, with the help of I.C.E., with the help of General Kelly and all of the people that are so passionate about this. Our border patrol, what they do — they came and endorsed me, I.C.E. came and endorsed me, — they never endorsed a presidential can't before. They might not be allowed to but they were disgusted what they saw.

We'll stop it, we'll stop the drugs from pouring into our nation and poisoning our youth. Pouring in. Pouring in. We get the drugs, they get the money. We get the problems. They get the cash. No good. No good. Going to stop.

By stopping the flow of illegal immigration, we will save countless tax dollars. That's so important because the dollars that we're losing are beyond anything that you can imagine. And the tax dollars that can be used to rebuild struggling American communities, including our inner cities. We are also going to save countless American lives. As we speak today, immigration officers are finding the gang members, the drug dealers and the criminal aliens and throwing them the hell out of our country. And we will not let them back in. They're not coming back in, folks. They do, they're going to have bigger problems than they ever dreamt of.

I'm also working with the Department of Justice to begin reducing violent crime. I mean, can you believe what's happening in Chicago, as an example? Two days ago, seven people were shot. And I believe killed. Seven people. Seven people. Chicago. A great American city. Seven people shot and killed.

We will support the incredible men and women of law enforcement. Thank you and thank them.

I've also followed through on my campaign promise and withdrawn America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership so that we can protect our economic freedom. And we're going to make trade deals, but we're going to do one-on-one — one-on-one — and if they misbehave, we terminate the deal and then they come back and we'll make a better deal. None of these big quagmire deals that are disaster.

Just take a look at NAFTA, one of the worst deals ever made by any country having to do with economic development. It's economic un-development as far as our country is concerned.

We're preparing to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare, we're going to save Americans from this crisis and give them the access to the quality health care they need and deserve.

We have authorized the construction one day of the Keystone and Dakota Access pipeline and issued a new rule — this took place while I was getting ready to sign — I said who makes the pipes from the pipeline? Well, sir, comes from all over the world, isn't that wonderful? I said, nope, comes from the United States or we're not building it. American steel. If they want a pipeline in the United States, they're going to use pipe that's made in the United States. Do we agree?

But can you imagine — I told this story the other day. Can you imagine the gentleman, never met him, don't even know the name of his country — I sort of know it but I want to get it exactly correct.

Big, big company. They spend hundreds of millions on the pipeline. They got their approvals everything in the case of Dakota, then all of a sudden they couldn't connect it because they had people protesting that never showed up before. Before with the Keystone — so they spend hundreds of millions of dollars with blood sucker consultants, sucking the blood out of the company, don't worry, I used them all my life, okay? Don't worry, I'm going to get it approved, I'm connected, I'm a lobbyist, don't worry.

Bottom line, Obama didn't sign it. Could be 42,000 jobs, somewhere around there. Didn't sign it. But can you imagine? He gave up. A year ago, it was dead. Now he's doing nothing, calling his wife, hello, darling, I'm a little bored, you know that pipeline project, that has killed us, that has killed our company. Knock, knock. Mr. So and so. The Keystone pipeline, sir, out of nowhere has just been approved. Can you imagine the expression? You know the sad part?

The same blood sucking consultants that hit him for all the money and failed, they're now going to go back to him and say didn't we do a great job? We want more money. That's the way the system works — a little bit off — but that's the way the system works.

We're preparing bold action to lift the restrictions on American energy, including shale oil, natural gas and beautiful, clean coal and we're going to put our miners back to work. Miners are going back to work. Miners are going back to work, folks. Sorry to tell you that, but they're going back to work. We have begun a historic program to reduce the regulations that are crushing our economy. Crushing.

And not only our economy, crushing our jobs because companies can't hire. We're going to put the regulation industry out of work and out of business. And, by the way, I want regulation. I want to protect our environment, I want regulations for safety, I want all of the regulations that we need and I want them to be so strong and so tough, but we don't need 75 percent of the repetitive regulations that hurt companies, hurt jobs, make us noncompetitive overseas with other companies from other countries, that we don't need. But we're going to have regulation. It's going to be really strong and really good and we're going to protect our environment and we're going to protect the safety of our people and our workers, okay.

Another major promise is tax reform. We are going to massively lower taxes on the middle class, reduce taxes on American business and make our tax code more simple and much more fair for everyone, including the people and the business. In anticipation of these and other changes, jobs are already starting to pour back into our country. You see that.

In fact, I think I did more than any other president. They say President-elect. President-elect is meeting with Ford, he's meeting with Chrysler, he's meeting with general motors. I just wanted to save a little time because Ford and Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Intel and so many others are now because of the election result making major investments in the United States, expanding production and hiring more workers. And they're going back to Michigan and they're going back to Ohio and they're going back to Pennsylvania and they're going back to North Carolina and to Florida.

It's time for all Americans to get off of welfare and get back to work. You're going to love it. You're going to love it. You are going to love it.

We're also putting in a massive budget request for our beloved military. And we will be substantially upgrading all of our military, all of our military, offensive, defensive, everything. Bigger and better and stronger than ever before and hopefully we'll never have to use it but nobody's going to mess with us, folks. Nobody. It will be one of the greatest military buildup in American history. No one will dare question, as they have been, because we're very depleted, very, very depleted sequester. Nobody will question our military might again.

We believe in peace through strength and that's what we will have. As part of my pledge to restore safety for the American people, I have also directed the defense community to develop a plan to totally obliterate ISIS. Working with our allies, we will eradicate this evil from the face of the Earth.

At the same time, we fully understand that national security begins with border security. Foreign terrorists will not be able to strike America if they cannot get into our country. And, by the way, take a look at what's happening in Europe, folks. Take a look at what's happening in Europe. I took a lot of heat on Sweden. And then a day later I said has anybody reported what's going on? And it turned out that they didn't — not too many of them did.

Take a look at what happened in Sweden. I love Sweden. Great country, great people, I love Sweden. They understand I'm right. The people there understand I'm right. Take a look at what's happening in Sweden. Take a look at what's happened in Germany. Take a look at what's happened in France. Take a look at Nice and Paris.

I have a friend, he's a very, very substantial guy, he loves the city of lights. He loves Paris. For years every year during the summer he would go to Paris. It was automatic. With his wife and his family. Hadn't seen him in a while. And I said, Jim, let me ask you a question, how's Paris doing? Paris? I don't go there anymore. Paris is no longer Paris. That was four years, four, five years hasn't gone there. He wouldn't miss it for anything. No he doesn't even think in terms of going there.

Take a look at what's happening to our world, folks. And we have to be smart. We have to be smart. We can't let it happen to us. So let me state this as clearly as I can, we are going to keep radical Islamic terrorists the hell out of our country.

We will not be deterred from this course, and in a matter of days we will be taking brand new action to protect our people and keep America safe. You will see the action. I will never, ever apologize for protecting the safety and security of the American people. I won't do it. If it means I get bad press, if it means people speak badly of me, it okay, it doesn't bother me.

The security of our people is number one, is number one. Our administration is running with great efficiency, even though I still don't have my cabinet approved. Nobody mentions that. Do you know I still have people out there waiting to be approved. And everyone knows they're going to be approved. It's just a delay, delay, delay. It's really sad. It's really sad. And these are great people. These are some great people.

We still don't have our cabinet. I assume we're setting records for that. That's the only thing good about it, we're setting records. I love set being records. But I hate having a cabinet meeting and I see all these empty seats.

I say Democrats, please, approve our cabinet and get smart on health care, too, if you know me. But we're taking meetings every day with top leaders in business, in science and industry. Yesterday I had 29 of the biggest business leaders in the world in my office. Caterpillar Tractor, Campbell soup, we had everybody. We had everybody. I like Campbell soup. We had everybody. And we came to a lot of very good conclusions and a lot of those folks that are in that room are going to be building big, big massive new plants and lots of jobs. You know what? They're going to be building them in this country and not in some other countries. We're meeting with unions, meeting with law enforcement and leaders from all around the world. They're going to be building them in this country and not in some other countries.

We're meeting with unions, meeting with law enforcement and leaders from all around the world. Where the White House doors — they were closed, folks, you don't realize that, they were closed — they're now wide open and they're open for people doing business for our country and putting people to work. And when they come into the White House, we're translating these meetings into action.

One by one we're checking off the promises we made to the people of the United States. One by one. A lot of promises. And we will not stop until the job is done. We will reduce your taxes, we will cut your regulations, we will support our police, we will defend our flag.

We will rebuild our military. We will take care of our great, great veterans. We're taking care of our veterans. We will fix our broken and embarrassing trade deals that are no good. None of them. You wonder where did the people come from that negotiated these deals? Where did they come from?

Well, they came also from campaign contributions, I must be honest with you. They're not as stupid as you think. We will cut wasteful spending. We will promote our values. We will rebuild our inner cities. We will bring back our jobs and our dreams. So true. So true. And, by the way, we will protect our Second Amendment.

You know, Wayne and Chris are here from the NRA, and they didn't have that on the list. It's lucky I thought about it. But we will indeed. And they're great people. And, by the way, they love our country. They love our country. The NRA has been a great supporter. They love our country.

The forgotten men and women of America will be forgotten no longer. That is the heart of this new movement and the future of the Republican party. People came to vote and these people, the media, they said where are they coming from? What's going on here? These are hardworking, great, great Americans. These are unbelievable people who have not been treated fairly. Hillary called them deplorable. They're not deplorable. Who would have thought that a word was going to play so badly? That's the problem in politics. One wrong word and it's over. She also said irredeemable, but we won't mention that.

The GOP will be from now on the party also of the American worker. You know, we haven't been as a group given credit for this, but if you look at how much bigger our party has gotten during this cycle, during the early days when we had 17 people running, the primaries, millions and millions of people were joining. I won't say it was because of me but it was, okay? And we have an amazing, strong, powerful party that truly does want to see America be great again and it will see it and it's going to see it a lot sooner than you think, believe me.

A lot sooner than you think. We will not answer to donors or lobbyists or special interests, but we will serve the citizens of the United States of America, believe me. Global cooperation, dealing with other countries, getting along with other countries is good. It's very important, but there is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag. This is the United States of America that I'm representing. I'm not representing the globe. I'm representing your country.

There's one allegiance that unites us all, and that is to America. America. It's the allegiance to America. No matter our background or income or geography, we're all citizens of this blessed land, and no matter our color or the blood, color of the blood we bleed, it's the same red blood of great, great patriots. Remember great patriots. We all salute with pride the same American flag and we all are equal, totally equal in the eyes of almighty god. We're equal.

Thank you. And I want to thank, by the way, the evangelical community, the Christian community, communities of faith. Rabbis and priests and pastors, ministers because the support for me was a record, as you know, not only in terms of numbers of people but percentages of those numbers that voted for trump. So I want to thank you folks. It was amazing, an amazing outpouring and I will not disappoint you. As long as we have faith in each other and trust in god, then there is no goal at all beyond our reach.

There is no dream too large, no task too great, we are Americans and the future belongs to us — the future belongs to all of you. And America is coming about, it's and it's coming back and it's roaring and you can hear it. It's going to be bigger and better. It is going to be, it is going to be. Remember. And it's roaring. It's going to be bigger and better and stronger than ever before.

I want to thank you and Matt and Mercedes, I want to thank the two of you, and all of the supporters I have all over the place, you are really great people. I want to thank you. And I want to say to you god bless you and god bless the United States of America.

Thank you, folks. Thank you. Thank you."

Most Americans have no idea who's up for an Oscar this year

And the Oscar goes to ... um, you know, that movie, with that guy, about that thing...

That's how the average American might hand over the hardware come trophy time this Sunday. A National Research Group poll conducted for the Hollywood Reporter found that 60 percent of Americans polled in early February could not name a single best-picture nominee. But 70 percent plan to watch the awards show, airing at 7 p.m. on ABC, anyway.

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The poll surveyed 800 people, half of whom voted for Hillary Clinton and half of whom voted for Donald Trump in November's election, to ensure a balanced representation.

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"On average, Clinton fans were slightly more cinema-aware and were more likely to have seen the nominated films," the Hollywood Reporter noted.

To refresh your memory, the nominees are "Arrival," "La La Land," "Moonlight," "Fences," "Hacksaw Ridge," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Lion."

>> Related: 2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

Judging from buzz and other awards leading up to the Oscars it looks like "Moonlight," and "La La Land" are the favored contenders.

Sex offender arrested after school dance photo surfaces

A registered sex offender is back in jail after a father raised questions about the man, who he said was visiting his child's school.

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Charlie Bell said something seemed off about the man, who was dating the mother of his 5-year-old daughter.

"So I took his name and looked him up on the internet, and there he was," he said.

William McDougal, 37, showed up in the sex offender database. He was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for child molestation. He served three years and was out on parole.

Bell said McDougal started visiting and checking his daughter and her older sister out of school. He even showed up at the school's Valentine's Day dance, according to Bell.

How this image landed a convicted child molester back behind bars tonight @ 11 pic.twitter.com/4KA1sshw1W— Carl Willis (@CarlWillisWSB) February 24, 2017

McDougal's probation conditions said that he was to have no contact with minors.

"I'm really upset. I really am, because I have talked to the police department. They've known since Friday evening," Bell said.

McDougal was arrested at the probation office. 

The child's grandmother said she is thankful for the arrest. 

"That he can't be in contact with not only my grandchildren, but also other people's children," Lorie Bell said. 

McDougal's original case was out of Clayton County, and he will be transported out there overnight for his probation violation hearing.

'Father of the selfie' has taken daily photo of himself for 30 years

A Boston College professor has become the unofficial "father of the selfie" after leading a creative project in which he has taken a photo of himself daily for the last 30 years.Karl Baden, 64, launched the project on Feb. 23, 1987, according to The Associated Press. He uses the same 35mm camera, tripod, backdrop and lighting for each photo, and tries to maintain the same expression. Baden said taking the photo has become part of his daily ritual.  

Baden said the project touches on the notions of mortality, obsession, incremental change and perfection, according to The Associated Press.

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"As much as I try to make every picture the same, I fail every day," Baden said. "There's always something that's a little different, aside from the aging process."

The photo project is now approaching 11,000 photos and has been featured in gallery exhibits.While Baden has taken care to maintain his appearance over the years, he underwent chemotherapy in 2001 to treat prostate cancer, which altered his appearance temporarily.

Even while battling cancer, he managed to take his daily selfie. Baden admitted that over the 30-year span, there was one day where he forgot to take a photo: Oct. 15, 1991. He didn't have a good excuse, calling it a "dumb moment of forgetfulness."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lawsuit: Rapper Young Jeezy blew off concert to party

A Houston music promoter said in a lawsuit that he agreed to pay Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy $1,000 a minute for an hour-long concert in Texas last December, but the musician skipped the concert for a party and kept his $30,000 deposit.

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Now Jay Jenkins, the 39-year-old rapper who goes by Jeezy or Young Jeezy, faces a civil lawsuit filed Feb. 8 in the U.S. District Court in Houston that accuses him of fraud and breach of contract.

The promoter, Darryl Austin, said in the lawsuit that Jenkins' brush-off damaged his reputation and cost him more than $100,000 in expenses and lost revenues. Austin said he had sold $154,000 worth of concert tickets and paid for advertising and booking Houston's Arena Theatre for the Dec. 9 concert.

"Fans think it is (my) fault," Austin said in his lawsuit. "The venue has lost confidence in plaintiff Darryl Austin's ability to follow through when he books events at their facility and will require more up-front money for him to reserve events."

So far, he added, the Arena Theatre hasn't returned the deposit he paid to reserve the space.

The lawsuit also named Sammy Mumphery and YJ Productions and Concerts, Jenkins' Atlanta agent and promoter who had arranged the contract for the concert performance.

Austin said he had worked with the same parties to set up earlier concerts by Jenkins in Houston.

Jenkins and Mumphery couldn't be reached for comment.

According to Austin's lawsuit, Jenkins didn't like the venue, even though he had played there "on at least six other occasions."

Last October, Jenkins agreed through his agents to put on a one-hour concert at the Arena Theatre for $60,000, according to the lawsuit. Austin said he signed a contract with Jenkins' agent for the engagement the next day and paid a $30,000 deposit.

However, a month later, Jenkins' agents told Austin the artist didn't want to perform at that venue. Austin said he had already sold more than 1,000 tickets at that point, according to the lawsuit.

"Feeling cornered and in distress," Austin said in the lawsuit, he agreed to increase Jenkins' fee to $80,000.

"However, at the last minute, (Jenkins) decided to attend an album release party in Atlanta for his new album and to nix the Dec. 9 … performance in Houston," Austin said in the lawsuit.

He said he tried to salvage the concert by offering to fly Jenkins back to Atlanta afterwards in a private jet, or to reschedule the concert to Dec. 17.

But Jenkins "still refused to perform and refused to return the $30,000 he had taken as a deposit," according to the lawsuit.

Austin said he wants Jenkins to pay at least $100,000 in damages plus more cash for the damage done to his reputation, and he wants his deposit back.

Or "in the alternative," according to the lawsuit, Jenkins can perform the concert he agreed to and pay whatever damage award a jury decides.

This is not the first time Jenkins has faced legal troubles, according to multiple news accounts.

In 2005, he was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, for alleged illegal possession of a concealed firearm, but the charges were later dropped, according to The Associated Press.

In 2007, after destroying his Lamborghini when he crashed into a taxi on Peachtree Street, he told The Atlanta Journal Constitution that the accident gave him "a new appreciation for life." Several months later Atlanta police charged him with DUI.

In 2014, Jenkins was arrested for battery after an alleged fight with his son.

He was arrested again several months later in California, a few days after a deadly shooting backstage at a concert, when police raided his tour bus and found an AK-47 assault rifle.

The charges were dropped after it was determined the rifle belonged to Jenkins' security chief, who had been hospitalized earlier after being shot at another event.

Jenkins has also faced legal disputes with other artists over music copyright issues.

Heroin overdose deaths spike nationwide

The number of people dying from heroin overdoses has tripled since 2010, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

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In 2015, more than 52,000 people died from drug overdoses.

Overdose deaths involving fentanyl and tramadol also increased, according to data from 2015, which is the latest year available.

Katherine Gallagher Robbins with the Center for American Progress said the impact of the epidemic stretches past those who are struggling with addiction, with dire consequences for families, communities and the economy.

"It's in every corner of this country," Robbins said. "We need to think of this and all drug addiction as a public health crisis."

According to the report, the four states with the highest drug overdose rates in 2015 were West Virginia, New Hampshire, Kentucky and Ohio.

Robbins said rural communities are hardest hit.

Deaths increased in all age groups, with adults aged 45 to 54 having the highest drug overdose death rate.

Deaths also increased across all races and ethnicities.

President Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail addicts would get the services they need.

Robbins criticized GOP priorities laid out so far this year that she said could do more harm than good.

"I think if we don't address things now we are looking at some really dark things coming in the future," Robbins said.

The data in the report shows fewer people died in 2015 from taking powerful and addictive opioid drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone.

Couple who kept 430 animals, seized in cruelty investigation, worked at animal center

Authorities have identified the residents of a Texas home where about 430 animals were seized Monday in an animal cruelty investigation.

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The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said Joseph Flores and Sarah Arevalo lived at the home in the 100 block of Misty Drive in Uhland.

Authorities did not say what charges they face, but Sheriff Daniel Law said charges are likely.

The two are employed at the University of Texas and investigators have been in contact with university police.

UT spokesman J.B. Bird told the American-Statesman that Flores and Arevalo work at the Animal Resources Center. They have been placed on administrative leave with pay pending investigation, he said.

"President (Gregory L.) Fenves is going to call for an outside review of the Animal Resources Center to ensure all safety and care guidelines have been followed," Bird said.

Bird said there is no indication that any of the university's animals, which are used for research, are missing.

Snakes, dogs, rabbits, goats, rodents and birds were among the cache of critters removed from the home. Caldwell County sheriff's deputies and the Dallas-based SPCA of Texas seized the following:

  • 86 snakes
  • 28 dogs
  • 26 rabbits
  • 15 goats
  • 9 pigs
  • 267 other animals, including guinea pigs, ferrets, skinks, bearded dragons, geckos, gerbils, tarantulas, turtles, tortoises, mice, rats, doves, pigeons, ducks and turkeys

The SPCA would house and care for the animals taken from the property, the sheriff's office has said.

Sheriff Law said the discovery of the animals was "disturbing" and that ammonia levels from all the animal waste in the house was dangerously high.

The animals were not being kept properly, Law said, but the species were in separate containers.

Law said it was unclear why so many animals were being kept.

"Right now, it's still an ongoing investigation," he said.

Statesman reporter Ralph K.M. Haurwitz contributed to this article.

Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

A Florida man remains jailed after he took a $150,000 Maserati on a test drive, then allegedly stole the car, according to an arrest report.

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Michael Lewis McGilvary, 45, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

McGilvary walked into the Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale dealership on Tuesday and asked to go on a test drive, the report said.

A salesman went on the ride with McGilvary, who said he wanted to drive to the Boca Raton Resort and Club, on East Camino Real east of Federal Highway, to show the car to his girlfriend.

Once they reached the resort, McGilvary told the salesman he wanted to go inside to show him his father's boat, the report said. The men reached the facility's boat dock when McGilvary said he would be right back with his girlfriend.

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Thirty minutes later, the salesman realized something was wrong, the report said.

When the salesman returned to the resort's valet area, he noticed the Maserati was gone. The valet supervisor told the salesman he saw McGilvary jump into the Maserati and leave.

Connecting McGilvary to the stolen vehicle was easy for Boca Raton police. McGilvary presented his driver's license before he was allowed to test drive the Maserati and the valet supervisor at the Boca Raton Resort had known McGilvary for years, the report said. There was also surveillance video of McGilvary at the dealership.

Detectives arranged for a meeting Wednesday with McGilvary at the Starbucks coffee shop on North Federal just south of Northeast 20th Street.

When he was asked if the valet supervisor recognized him when he arrived at the resort, McGilvary nodded his head to say yes, then refused to answer any further questions, the report said. He was then arrested at the Starbucks.

After his arrest, McGilvary was shown the video of his presence at the dealership. McGilvary denied he was the person on the video.

The report does not indicate if the Maserati was recovered.

Premature baby, born as mom suffered congestive heart failure, leaves NICU

Baby Savannah is a tiny, but she's a fighter.

She was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on Jan. 20 at just 30 weeks old because her mother was suffering from congestive heart failure.

"She weighed 3 pounds 6 ounces," mother Tanedra DuBose said.

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A team of doctors and nurses gathered around DuBose during a cesarean section. There was a 30 to 40 percent chance she wouldn't make it.

"At the same time, I'm trying to process this while (I'm) also given paperwork to sign to say, 'Hey, in the event you don't make it, you know, we need someone to make decisions and care for your daughter,'" DuBose said.

She said she remembers herself slipping away and becoming weak as the C-section was happening, but hearing the cry of her daughter gave her strength.

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"It was like a second wind," she said. "It was like the fight began."

She also pulled strength from the team of doctors, nurses and hospital staff that tended to her. They watched Savannah for any problems breathing or eating, the two biggest hurdles for premature babies.

"Savannah did really well," said Wolfson Children's Hospital NICU nurse manager Jennifer Southall. "She came off the ventilator quickly and started eating a few weeks later."

Baby Savannah went home Thursday night.

DuBose said that once she gets Savannah settled at home, she'll go back to the doctors to figure out the next step in getting her heart healthier.

J.C. Penney to close between 130-140 stores

J.C. Penney will be closing 130-140 stores in the coming months, the company reported Friday.

"We believe closing stores will also allow us to adjust our business to effectively compete against the growing threat of online retailers," Chief Executive Officer Marvin Ellison said in a statement.

The company also announce it would launch a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 eligible employees.

In addition to the retail stores, the company says it will also close two distribution facilities.

J.C. Penney said it expected annual savings of about $200 million from the cost-cutting measures. A list of the stores  to be closed will be released in March, the statement said, after the company notifies its employees. All the stores should be closed in the second quarter of 2017.

Police: Flannel shirt on woman’s windshield was a prank

A Michigan woman who believed she was the target of a human trafficker’s tactic was actually the victim of a prank, according to police.

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WEYI reported that two men admitted to putting the shirt on Ashley Hardacre’s car as a prank. They told police they did not know of the prank’s connection to human trafficking and apologized for scaring Hardacre. 

On Feb. 16, Hardacre said she found a flannel shirt wrapped around her windshield wiper while leaving her job at Genesee Valley Center in Flint Township, Michigan. There also was a running car nearby. 

Feeling uneasy, she left the parking lot and discarded the shirt after taking a picture of it. 

Hardacre reported the incident on Facebook along with a message that has been shared more than 100,000 times; the post has since been taken down. 

Flint Township police also saw the post and made contact with Hardacre.

A follow-up investigation and mall security camera footage produced a vehicle description and the two possible suspects.  Security camera footage also showed the men leaving the parking lot more than an hour after Hardacre left, WEYI reported. 

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Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bumblebees playing an improvised game of golf are creating quite a buzz among scientists.

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The bees have learned to push a ball into a hole to receive a reward, New Scientist reported.

Scientists know that bees can learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution. Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t a difficult concept to learn. So Olli Loukola at London’s Queen Mary University tried a more complex task.

Loukola wanted to see if bees could learn to move an object that was not attached to a reward, New Scientist reported. His team built a circular platform with a small hole in the center that was filled with a sugar solution. A researcher showed the bees how to “putt” a ball across the “green,” using a plastic bee on a stick that demonstrated how to move the round object.

The researchers trained three groups  bees differently, New Scientist reported. One group watched a previously trained bee solving the task; another was shown the ball moving into the hole, pulled by a hidden magnet; and a third group was given no demonstration, but was shown the ball already in the hole containing the reward.

The researchers then let the bees do the task on their own. The bees that watched others move the ball were the most successful and took less time to solve the task. Bees that saw the magnetic demonstration also were more successful than those that did not view it.

When the bees were trained with three balls placed at different distances from the hole, most of the successful bees moved the one closest to the hole. This showed that they were able to make generalizations to solve the task more easily, rather than copying exactly what they had seen, New Scientist reported. They also succeeded when faced with a black ball after being trained with a yellow one, showing they weren’t just attracted to the specific color.

“They don’t just blindly copy the demonstrator; they can improve on what they learned,” Loukola said. He thinks this cognitive flexibility could help the bees forage successfully in changing natural environments. “This ability to copy others and improve upon what they observe, I think that’s really important.”

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Little Tikes recalls swing for falling hazard

Little Tikes is voluntarily recalling 540,000 toddler swings saying they have received 140 reports of the swing breaking.

According to the company, 39 injuries have been reported with the Little Tikes 2-in-1 Snug ‘n Secure pink toddler swing, including two children who broke their arms.

The recall includes swings made in the United States between November 2009 and May 2014. The model number of the swings is 615573. Consumers can find the number molded on the back of the swing’s seat.

For more information on the recall, contact Little Tikes at 888-284-1903, or www.littletikes.com. Look for the “At Your Service” menu, then click on “Product Recalls” for more information.

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