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Hurricane Irma: Man braves waves to snap photos at Key West's Southernmost Point, instantly regrets it

If a hurricane is barreling toward you, it's obviously not the best time to visit a tourist attraction and take some photos.

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But one man in Key West was caught on camera doing just that as Hurricane Irma approached.

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According to ABC News, a livestream at the Southernmost Point Buoy captured video of a man snapping pictures of the landmark as waves crashed around him – and then into him, soaking him and knocking him to the ground.

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Apparently, he wasn't the only one braving the surging waters. Other videos and screenshots purportedly from the same livestream circulated on social media.

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Although the stream has gone down, part of Saturday's footage has been posted on YouTube.

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– News965.com and Rare.us contributed to this report.

Hurricane Irma: Tim Tebow works with Florida Gov. Rick Scott in preparing for storm

Tim Tebow is doing charitable things once again.

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Per "The Paul Finebaum Show," the former Florida Gators quarterback is working alongside Gov. Rick Scott in helping the Sunshine State prepare for Hurricane Irma, which is supposed to arrive this weekend.

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Irma already has caused the cancellation of several college football games, including the Gators hosting Northern Colorado on Saturday. Miami decided not to travel to Arkansas State, and South Florida vs. Connecticut also was postponed.

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Scott has been asking Florida citizens to volunteer to assist those who are in need as the disastrous storm heads their way.

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People willing to volunteer can go to VolunteerFlorida.org to sign up.

Hurricane Irma: Florida sheriff's office shares beautiful rainbow photo ahead of storm

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office shared a beautiful photo of a rainbow as Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma.

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The photo was taken at Jacksonville Beach, one of the areas under a mandatory evacuation.

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It quickly got thousands of likes and shares on Facebook.

Hurricane Irma: Florida girl, 8, saves family from storm-related fire

An 8-year-old Florida girl helped save her family from a fire that was started because of an electrical issue related to Hurricane Irma.

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Jahnay Smith said she and her mother were sleeping in their home in West Park, near Miami, when she smelled smoke Saturday, according to WPLG.

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Smith said they “escaped just in time” after she noticed the fire, but added, “Now our house is gone,” WPLG reported. 

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The Broward County Sheriff’s Office posted images of the destruction to Twitter and said three families are displaced after the fire. 

>> On PalmBeachPost.com: Woman learns by text that husband survived Irma

“We’re getting two of the city vans to transport both families out to Lakeside Elementary — the new shelter that they just opened up,” Commissioner Kristine Judeikis told WPLG. “We're also coordinating with the Red Cross to make sure they get any necessary supplies, toiletries, that kind of stuff. We're trying to make it as easy a transition for them as we can.” 

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Read more at WPLG

Percentage of white American Christians decreasing, report says

The percentage of white Christians in America is decreasing, according to a new report.

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The Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) published the report Wednesday, with findings that U.S. residents who identify as white and Christian are less than half of the country’s population. 

The shift comes with increased immigration into the country and as more people reject organized religion altogether, The Associated Press reported.

Forty years ago, about eight in 10 Americans were white Christians. Now, only 43 percent of the population identifies as such. Still, 70 percent of the overall population identifies as Christian, according to the PRRI.

The survey, conducted from January 2016 to January 2017, collected information from more than 100,000 participants. It found that 25 percent of the population doesn’t identify with a faith group. 

>> Related: Religious groups unite to shelter Harvey survivors

Predominantly white Protestant denominations, such as Presbyterians and Lutherans, have seen drops in membership, and the number of white evangelicals has decreased, the survey found.

As the presence of Latino Catholics in the U.S. has increased, the percentage of white American Catholics has decreased; approximately 55 percent of American Catholics identify as white, compared with 87 percent 25 years ago. And some white Catholics are leaving the church.

The percentage of Americans who identify as white evangelicals has decreased too.

According to the survey, about 17 percent of Americans identify as white evangelical, compared with 23 percent 10 years ago.

In regard to political affiliation, the PRRI found that more than 33 percent of Republicans identify as white evangelicals and nearly 75 percent identify as white Christians.

Only 29 percent of those who identify as Democrats are white Christians. Forty percent of Democrats surveyed said they have no religious affiliation, according to the report.

Read more at The Associated Press.

Gap, Banana Republic closing 200 stores

Gap Inc., which owns Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta and two other brands, will close hundreds of stores to make way for new ones. 

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According to The Associated Press, the clothing retailer plans to close 200 Gap and Banana Republic stores in the next three years. The company plans to open 270 new Old Navy and Athleta stores during that time. 

The move supports efforts to leverage Old Navy and Athleta, which have reported rising sales, while Gap and Banana Republic have reported drops in sales.

Gap Inc., like many other retailers, has seen the impact of consumers’ preference to shop online, making it difficult for some brick-and-mortar stores to report significant earnings.

According to the AP, Old Navy is on track to surpass $10 billion in sales in the next few years, and Athleta is expected to exceed $1 billion in sales.

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Dog rescued from dumpster headed to landfill

A dog in Michigan was rescued just in time after she was found Friday in a dumpster on its way to a landfill.

The dog, a mixed-breed female, tumbled out with the trash when a roll-off dumpster was emptied at a Detroit transfer station, WXYZ reported. The garbage was headed to the landfill.

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Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue was called and took the dog to a veterinarian to be examined. The dog, named Parlay by her rescuers, did not appear to be injured from her harrowing dumpster journey. She also is heartworm negative and is not pregnant, though rescuer Theresa Sumpter told WXYZ that she thinks Parlay may have given birth recently.

Sumpter said she frequently sees dogs being abandoned after giving birth. She said the person who placed Parlay in the dumpster was, "really an idiot, truly a moron."

Parlay exhibits sweet and gentle behavior. She can be seen receiving a bath in a video posted on the Detroit Pit Crew Dog Rescue Facebook page. Parlay will spend time in a foster home until she is medically cleared, and then will be available for adoption.

Hospitals ready for slew of births during Hurricane Irma

It’s no old wives’ tale, as many a maternity nurse can attest: During hurricanes, expectant mothers give birth at a higher rate due to the drop in barometric pressure.

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At least two hospitals, both bookending Palm Beach County, are gearing up for a slew of Hurricane Irma babies.

“I’m thinking we might have a lot of Irmas,” said Jade Wolkind-Mohl, nurse assistant clinical manager for the maternity ward at Jupiter Medical Center.

The Jupiter hospital plans to have its maternity ward staffed before, during and immediately after Irma. So far only six mothers have pre-registered to be at the hospital to ride out the hurricane but Wolkind-Mohl expects that number to increase dramatically.

“Last year during Hurricane Matthew both our waiting rooms were full,” she said.

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To ride out Irma at Jupiter Medical Center, the mother must be at 38 weeks of gestation and be pre-registered. She can bring one significant other, her own sleeping bag, pillow, and snacks.

It’s been quite the juggling act for the staff of the maternity ward at Jupiter Medical as they prepare their homes and families for the hurricane knowing they will be at the hospital delivering babies.

Brian Altschuler, vice president for ancillary operations at Boca Regional Hospital, said the hospital also will be available for an expectant mother during the hurricane.

“We are here for our community,” Altschuler said. “We are not closed. We are not evacuating. We have great plans in place.”

So why do hurricanes cause expectant mothers to go into labor?

Several studies have suggested that drops in barometric pressure can trigger the rupture of the fluid-filled amniotic sac membrane, which is the green light for baby to vacate the premises.

“It’s certainly not cut-and-dried, but there is some scientific evidence that changes in pressure can contribute to membrane rupture,” Dr. Jonathan Schaffir, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University College of Medicine, told Live Science for a 2012 article

“The idea behind this belief is that the amniotic sac is like a balloon, and if you lower the external pressure on it, there is an increased risk it can ‘pop,’” Schaffir said.

WATCH: Toddler without arms or legs helps baby brother in heartwarming viral video

A 3-year-old boy born without arms or legs is going viral for his nurturing act of kindness toward his new baby brother.

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Camden, 3, was born with Amelia-phocomelia syndrome, meaning he was born without parts of his skeletal system. Despite not having arms and legs, he’s a devoted big brother. A video posted to Instagram shows Camden comforting his brother, Jaxton, by helping to put his pacifier back in his mouth.

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The video shows Camden rolling over on his back to put the pacifier back in Jaxton’s mouth, which made him stop crying.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Little sister speaks beautifully about brother with Down syndrome: ‘He’s perfect’ 

Mom Katie Whiddon of Denton, Texas, posted the video to Instagram. According to the “Today” show, Whiddon openly discusses family life on her blog, Admirably Diverse.

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Learn more here.

These are the most hated foods in each state

Many states are known for producing edible staples -- Georgia is known as the Peach State, Idaho is known for its potatoes, and people traveling to Illinois expect to indulge in some of the nation’s best deep dish pizza.

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But there’s one delicacy locals despise the most in each state, according to a new report. And some of the findings might surprise you. 

Hater, a dating app that matches people based on the things they hate, pulled data from its hundreds of thousands of users to round up the cuisine that every state dislikes the most, compared to the rest of the world.

They found that Georgians can’t stand tuna salad, Floridians don’t like licorice, and people from Nevada don’t deal with La Croix, the popular sparkling water drink. Also according to the results, Oklahomans prefer to stay away from veggie burgers, North Carolina residents don’t favor cottage cheese, and you won’t catch many Pennsylvanians sipping on chai lattes.

 

Possibly surprising? Californians aren’t fans of Chick-fil-A.

Then there were some findings that were more in line with the state’s traditional specialties. 

Texans, known for their grilled and barbecued meats, do not like steak cooked well done, and people from Washington, which is the world center for coffee, stay away from k-cups. 

Others were a bit more specific. Residents in Maryland avoid the corner piece of a brownie, Louisianans roll their eyes at cookies with raisins, and Massachusetts residents don’t like mayonnaise on fries. 

Curious about the other locations? Take a look at the map of findings below. 

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