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Boys, 5 and 2, go for joyride, crash mother's car

Two toddlers, 5 and 2 years old, hit the road on Monday, taking their mother’s car to go on a 3-mile joy ride, according to news reports.

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The eldest brother was behind the wheel, with the 2-year-old his passenger, as they headed down country roads in Putnam County, West Virginia, deputies told WSAZ

According to KSTU, the 5-year-old knew his mother kept an extra set of keys under the mat in her car, and the boys wanted to visit animals on their grandfather’s farm seven miles away.

The boys made it nearly halfway to their destination before driving off the road down an embankment, Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said. Homeowners in the area saw the crash and called police, KSTU reported.

Deweese told WSAZ authorities found the boys’ mother about an hour after they crashed. She told them she thought the boys were playing in their front yard. She hadn’t known they were missing, KSTU reported.

The children were taken to a hospital and released without injuries. 

“I’m so glad that the kids didn’t get seriously injured, and hopefully, the mother will do her parental duties and watch her children,” Deweese said.

So far, no charges have been filed, but the owner of the apartment complex where the family lives is kicking them out. 

“I have families that live here,” Sharlene Wiseman told WSAZ. “We have other tenants. Our children play out here. They're not expecting anything like a runaway car coming by.”

Read more at WSAZ and KSTU.

Coffee recalled for Viagra-like ingredient

A coffee brand has issued a recall after the FDA found it contained an ingredient similar to the active one in Viagra.

Bestherbs Coffee LLC voluntarily recalled all the lots of New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee after an FDA lab found “the presence of desmethyl carbodenafil. Desmethyl carbodenafil is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, an FDA-approved prescription drug for erectile dysfunction.”

The analysis also said instant coffee brand contains undeclared milk.

>> Read the recall notice here

Additionally, the recall notice said: “These undeclared ingredient [sic] may interact with nitrates found in some prescription drugs, such as nitroglycerin, and may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease often take nitrates. In addition, people who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.”

Now, it should not be a total shock, as “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee is used as a male enhancement.”

Still, the recall notice has been issued for the 13-gram, red packs with UPC 557205060083 on the box and containing 25 packets.

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The packages were distributed from July 2014 through June 2016. New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee is consumed as an instant coffee. No illnesses have been reported so far.

The recall notice advises: “Bestherbs Coffee LLC is notifying its customers by phone. Consumers that have New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Natural Herbs Coffee which is being recalled should stop using/discard/ and contact their doctor. Please return the product to Bestherbs Coffee LLC, 4250 Claremont Dr, Grand Priarie, TX 75052. Customers returning the product will be reimbursed by check for the returned goods and postage. Consumers with questions regarding this recall can contact Bestherbs Natural Coffee at 817-903-2288 or Albertyee.abc@hotmail.com, Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm CST. Consumers should contact their physician or healthcare provider if they have experienced any problems that may be related to taking or using this drug product.”

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a new health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic.

If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this chemical listed as the active ingredient. Avobenzone is the active ingredient in most sunscreens as it protects against UV rays.

>> The 14 most dangerous sunscreens for kids, according to experts

“I have this one (because) I bought it just for my daughter, but I don't even know if it has it. Oh, avobenzone, there it is – first ingredient. And [the sunscreen is made] for babies, so that's not good,” said Candice Brown of Mattapan, Massachusetts.

“It's an incredibly common ingredient in sunscreen,” said Dr. Abigail Waldman, Brigham and Women’s dermatologist.

>> Here are the 19 best sunscreens for kids, according to experts

But a new study first conducted in Moscow and published in the Chemosphere Journal, which is now being cited here in the United States, found that avobenzone can break down when exposed to a combination of light and chlorinated water, such as in a swimming pool, and it can degrade into some very harmful compounds, some of which are known to cause cancer.

“Anytime you put on a sunscreen or a lotion, it can react with chlorine and byproducts can form, which are chlorinated byproducts that can potentially could be harmful and whether that's on your skin initially or it's floating in the pool and you get exposed, those are two main ways of having exposure,” Waldman said.

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Waldman explained that the particular concern is ingesting it, such as “after swimming in a pool and putting your hand in your mouth or sucking your thumb,” she said.

Waldman's advice is to keep kids' hands out of their mouths, towel or shower off immediately after pool time, and consider look for a sunscreen with zinc.

Mothers told WFXT that they're going to make the switch.

“So yeah, we gotta think about that,” Brown said.

Waldman also said that despite all of this, people shouldn't stop using sunscreen altogether.

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She said using sunscreen, even with avobenzone, is better than using nothing at all because going without it can lead to skin cancer.

Photo: Tour de France cyclist shares shocking photo of veiny legs

People across the world marvel at athletes’ physiques and rightfully so. They train months, even years, to get in great shape. 

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However, what people don’t always see is the grueling effect it has on the body. Polish cyclist Pawel Poljanski changed that this week when he shared a picture of his veiny, muscular legs on Instagram

Poljanski, who is competing in the Tour de France, captioned his photo: “After sixteen stages I think my legs look (a) little tired.”

In just 21 hours, the photo garnered more than 22,000 likes on Instagram and hundreds of comments. 

The image was also shared on Twitter, where users expressed awe and disgust.

Invasive toads in South Florida could kill pets

An invasive toad species are in high population in South Florida now that the rainy season is here, which means pets could come into contact with them. 

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The Cane toad, also called giant or Bufo toads, secrete a milky-white toxin on their skin that can get dogs and cats sick if they bite or eat them.

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These toads are mostly found in yards near canals and ponds and have a reddish-brown to grayish-brown color with a yellow belly, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. 

The toads can grow from 6 to 9 inches long and breed year-long in standing water, streams, canals and ditches.

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The Cane toad first made its mark in South Florida in the 1930s to help get rid of agricultural pests, but their population became fully established when pet traders let them loose in the 1950s, according to the FWC. Its native range is the Amazon basin in South America, north to the lower Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas.  

» Potentially deadly parasite found in 5 Florida counties

Veterinarians said if a dog licks a Cane toad, it can get seizures, have heart problems or even die, WTVJ reported. If a pet owner believes their dog or cat has come into contact with a toad, they should wash their pet’s mouth out immediately and call a veterinarian. 

Read more at NBCMiami.com.

TJX opens HomeGoods spinoff store: Homesense

The newest cheap home decor chain is on its way to the United States.

The parent company of T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods is launching a new home store concept called Homesense. Parent company TJX announced in March that it would open a new discount chain selling home decor items, but didn’t release any other information.

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The company told People magazine that Homesense stores in the U.S. will be similar to the locations already open in Europe and Canada. The stores will offer furniture, art, sodas, chairs, pool tables, lighting and other home decor items.

Homesense also carries items like cleaning essentials, home improvement items, hardware items and storage supplies. The first store will open Aug. 17 in Framingham, Massachusetts, and more locations are set to open this year in New Jersey.

“Just as our customers enjoy shopping both TJ Maxx and Marshalls, we are confident that loyal customers and new shoppers alike will be excited about shopping both Homesense and HomeGoods,” HomeGoods and Homesense president John Ricciuti said in a statement. “We are excited to bring consumers an expanded selection of quality merchandise at incredible prices, along with a new shopping experience in which they can discover and curate the home of their dreams.”

According to reports, there are three major differences between HomeGoods and Homesense: the “general store” offerings including hardware, home improvement and cleaning materials, the store’s layout and availability of more furniture and big design items. 

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Princess Charlotte appears to wear Prince Harry's hand-me-down shoes from 1986

The royal family is in the midst of their visit to Poland, and all eyes are on the children of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Prince George was already spotted wearing some adorable shorts and ankle socks, but his little sister, Princess Charlotte, has gotten a different kind of attention drawn to her fashion choices.

>> PHOTOS: Charming Princess Charlotte, Prince George at ‘Trooping the Color’ parade

According to Hello!, the little princess was seen wearing some red shoes on the first day of the royal tour of Poland on Monday. However, an “eagle-eyed royal watcher” known by the Twitter handle @bojanana believes that Charlotte is wearing the same shoes her uncle, Prince Harry, wore back in 1986.

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Hello! describes the shoes as “Start-rite” and said they “have the same bar strap, rounded edges, beige sole and round buckle.” Hello! also noted that the shoes on Charlotte look scuffed, which could indicate the shoes are aged.

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The site said “it’s not uncommon for royals to reuse clothing and keep traditional pieces for future generations.” George has worn clothes his father wore as a child in the past, such as wearing the same white shirt and blue shorts to Trooping the Colour last year.

Customers at Virginia Chipotle report illness, suspect norovirus

Chipotle temporarily closed one of its restaurants in Sterling, Virginia, after an unspecified amount of customers reported illnesses with symptoms consistent with norovirus after eating food at the Mexican grill, The Associated Press reported.

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According to the AP a “small number” of customers reported the illnesses. 

Chipotle said the company planned to reopen the Virginia location the same day after completing a full sanitation of the restaurant. 

Chipotle officials are working with health officials to discover the cause of the illnesses. Restaurant officials assured customers that norovirus does not come from its food supply.

>> Related: Chipotle testing queso offering

Chipotle’s shares dropped more than six percent Tuesday as investors responded to the incident with concern. 

Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and diarrhea. 

In 2015, Chipotle’s revenue and reputation suffered after an E. coli outbreak at restaurants in nine states and a norovirus outbreak at a Boston location. Approximately 500 customers reported illnesses.

“We may be at a higher risk for food-borne illness outbreaks than some competitors due to our use of fresh produce and meats, rather than frozen, and our reliance on employees cooking with traditional methods rather than automation,” Chipotle officials said at the time

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, restaurant workers are often the source of norovirus outbreaks, as they often touch foods such as raw fruits and vegetables with their bare hands before serving them.

In 2016, Chipotle shut down all locations for a day retrain employees on food safety.

 

Topher Grace, Ashley Hinshaw expecting first child

 Former “That ’70s Show” star Topher Grace and his wife, “True Blood” actress Ashley Hinshaw, are expecting their first child together, according to E! News.

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Grace, 39, and Hinshaw, 28, got engaged in January 2015 and married last May. 

People magazine reported that Grace and Hinshaw were spotted walking to the Sweet Butter Kitchen in Los Angeles on Saturday, when paparazzi noticed Hinshaw’s baby bump.

The child is the first for Hinshaw and Grace, but Grace is godfather to actress Jaime King’s son, James. Jessica Alba is James’ godmother.

Grace is not the only “That ’70s Show” star to be expecting a child this year. Grace’s former co-star and former TV girlfriend, Laura Prepon, is also expecting a baby girl with her fiancé, Ben Foster, later this summer.

15 inspirational Nelson Mandela quotes that helped change the world

The late Nelson Mandela, who fought for democracy equality in South Africa and earned a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, is regarded as one of the most beloved civil rights advocates in the world.

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July 18 would have been the prisoner-turned-South African president’s 99th birthday.

To commemorate Mandela Day 2017, we’ve compiled a list of 11 of his most inspiring quotes:

  1. “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
  2. “There is no passion to be found playing small, in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
  3. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” (from “Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela”)
  4. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
  5. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”
  6. “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” (from “Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela”)
  7. “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.”
  8. “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
  9. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
  10. “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn't leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I'd still be in prison.”
  11. “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
  12. “Freedom is indivisible; the chains on any one of my people were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.” (from “Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela”)
  13. “Your playing small does not serve the world. Who are you not to be great?”
  14. “Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.”
  15. “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

» RELATED: Nelson Mandela through the years

Mandela Day was launched by the United Nations General Assembly on July 18, 2009.

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The anti-Apartheid icon died in December of 2013 at the age of 95 from a prolonged respiratory infection.

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