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Plane carrying 4 disappears over Bermuda Triangle; debris found

Members of the Coast Guard have located debris they believe belongs to a plane that was carrying a New Hampshire man and three others, including two children.

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Nathan Ulrich from Lee, New Hampshire, was listed as the pilot for the plane, which was flying from Puerto Rico to Titusville, Florida, on Monday morning when it disappeared.

A businesswoman from New York, Jennifer Blumin, and her two young sons were passengers on the plane. Blumin was listed as the owner of the plane.

Ulrich is an engineer and the co-founder of a company that makes adult scooters. His ex-wife, actor Rae Dawn Chong, tweeted about what was happening Tuesday.

Ulrich's father, Gael, issued the following statement to WFXT:

"We were devastated and shocked to learn that Nathan, Jennifer and her children have been missing since leaving from Puerto Rico on Monday. Nathan is our beloved son, brother and uncle and we wish for resolution as the Coast Guard search continues. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Blumin family and James Ramsey in this difficult time.

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"We appreciate the respect for our privacy as we deal with the situation together with our family and prefer no further press contact. We appreciate the kind wishes and thoughts of those who have reached out to us."

The Coast Guard said it believes the debris is from the missing plane flown by Ulrich.

"Some of the helicopters that found the debris field yesterday, they were able to recover some components from the debris that we sent to the aircraft mechanic who confirmed they are from the same type of airplane as the missing airplane," Eric Woodall from the USCG said.

Brantley Gilbert, wife Amber expecting baby in November

If babies were flowers, then we’d all be walking through a country music garden this year. And after several years of trying, we’ve just learned that Brantley Gilbert and wife Amber will be adding their own little blossom to the field.

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Brantley and Amber have not shied away from the subject of babies since they married just two years ago. In multiple interviews, the country star admitted that they were trying, but no announcement came. That is, until now.

In an interview with People, the country star said the delay in adding to their family was beyond their control. Brantley explains, “We’d been to see a fertility specialist, and two different folks that told me it would be close to a miracle if it happened without IVF. I’m not much of a quitter, but I was really, really frustrated.”

Still, the couple waited to start in vitro fertilization. Then in February, Amber had a surprise for her husband while they were on the road. “She handed me a box and there were three pregnancy tests in there and all of them were positive,” Brantley says. “I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers.”

Of course, they’re both excited, but the outlaw country star, who is actually a teddy bear, admits, “I’m not an emotional guy, but this has got me crying like a baby. I’m pretty good around other folks now, but when I’m by myself, if I look at one of the pictures from the doctor’s office, I lose a few tears.”

Brantley and Amber’s first baby is due in November and the couple is planning to learn the gender in the coming weeks.

100-year-olds who share same birthday go on blind date at supermarket

A pair of 100-year-olds who share the same birthday live just a few miles apart but met for the first time on a blind date recently.

The pair live in England and were brought together by home support staff, who realized the two centenarians share the same birthday.

According to the Stokes Sentinel, Arthur Moult and Florence Philips were born just hours apart during World War I.

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They recently went on a blind date at a supermarket cafe near their homes.

“I’ve never been on a blind date before!” Florence said.

They shared a meal and some cake. Arthur even serenaded Florence at the end of the meal.

“Arthur is a wonderful man, and he has a wonderful singing voice,” Florence said, according to The Sun.

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The two got along so well on their first date that they plan to stay in touch.

“My wife died 25 years ago, and I have lived alone since, but being with Florence is very fun,” said Arthur. “It would be lovely to keep seeing her.”

10,000 marshmallow-only Lucky Charms boxes up for grabs in giveaway

Fans of the marshmallows in Lucky Charms cereal could end up with a whole box full of them.

General Mills is launching a contest in which it is giving away 10,000 boxes of 

Lucky Charms marshmallows.

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According to The Huffington Post, the contest is in response to customer demand after General Mills gave away 10 boxes of the cereal during a social media sweepstakes.

“In 2015, 10 lucky people won a box of “Marshmallow Only” Lucky Charms through a social media sweepstakes. But according to the brand’s many marshmallow maniacs, 10 boxes just wasn’t enough,” the General Mills blog on the news said.

“Fans of Lucky Charms are obsessed with our marshmallows,” Priscilla Zee, senior General Mills marketing manager, said. “We were overwhelmed with calls, e-mails, and tweets last year, asking for a box of our Lucky Charms marshmallows. So this year we wanted to give them even more opportunities to win.”

More information can be found at the General Mills website.

Couple finds dog six miles away after being missing for over a year

George, a black shepherd-lab mix with a white chest and brindle paws, slipped his leash and took off during a walk with a dog sitter on Christmas 2015 in Atlanta.

Owners Julianne Green and Matt Furniss were informed of the news while visiting New York for the holidays. Devastated, they cut their trip short so they could begin searching. 

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Nearly 17 months later, they can finally stop. 

A microchip company called the couple last week to tell them George had been picked up in Atlanta’s Oakland City neighborhood — about six miles from their Reynoldstown neighborhood — and was scanned in at Fulton County Animal Services. 

They raced to the shelter. Green was expecting George to be sick, injured or aggressive. But then they saw him.

“He came right up to us and was so lovey and happy,” she said Tuesday. “And it was like he wasn’t gone for one and a half years.”

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Green and Furniss were thrilled, but so were hundreds of others. 

George had gained a following since the couple posted about his disappearance on Nextdoor in December 2015. Many missing-animal posts are on the online forum, but George was a special case. Neighbors helped put up flyers, checked in and posted any time there was a suspected sighting. 

Eventually, the sightings slowed. A naysayer on Nextdoor said the dog couldn’t have survived the winter and advised people to stop posting about him. The couple donated George’s belongings, but remained hopeful. 

Green thinks people became invested in George’s story because he went missing on Christmas and because he kept darting between neighborhoods. Despite the occasional sightings, the then-2-year-old dog was skittish and didn’t recognize his name being called. 

The couple — who adopted George from the Humane Society in Atlanta after a bad flood hit South Carolina — had only owned him for two months.

When Green shared the news that George had been found to Nextdoor, the post got more than 230 “thanks” and more than 100 comments in less than a week.

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Since his return, the couple has since found out their dog is heartworm positive, and have started a GoFundMe to raise money for George’s treatment. Over $1,000 has been raised toward its $3,000 goal.

“He has become a local celebrity,” the fundraising page says. “Chances are when we meet a new neighbor, they have already heard a piece of his journey.” 

The couple said they’re “eternally grateful” for the neighborhood’s support.

Any extra funds from the campaign will be donated to Fulton County Animal Services in George’s name.

Pet mouse that ate heroin saved with Narcan

When a woman took an unresponsive pet mouse to an overdose prevention site in Canada over the weekend, a clinic worker jumped into action.

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The woman told staff that the mouse had eaten heroin. Clinic volunteer Melissa Patton gave the mouse, Snuggles, an oral dose of Narcan, according to the CBC. The drug is widely used to reverse the effects of an opiate overdose. Patton also gave the tiny rodent oxygen.

Snuggles responded well to treatment. Patton has adopted the mouse after the owner said she was going into a treatment center.

Start-up aims to elevate men’s fashion with RompHim rompers for men

A Chicago-based start-up has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support of its aim to diversify the male closet with its recently unveiled romper for men.

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ACED Design launched a Kickstarter campaign Sunday for its RompHim collection.

For $95 -- $90 for the 200 people quick enough to snag an early bird RompHim – aspiring fashionistas can get one of RompHim’s three initial-offer styles. The male-friendly rompers come in red chambray, blue chambray and splatter paint cotton. 

For an extra $100, fashion-forward patriots can get a red, white and blue, striped Fourth of July edition RompHim, with guaranteed delivery before the fireworks go off.

Just two days after ACED Design unveiled its rompers for men on Kickstarter, the company had raised more than four times its $10,000 goal, selling more than 400 RompHims and gaining the support of over 430 backers.

The RompHim is the result of a brainstorming session between four Chicago-based business school buddies, frustrated by the lack of male fashion that wasn’t “too corporate, too fratty, too ‘runway’ or too basic,” ACED Design said on its website.

“Why wasn’t there anything out there that allowed guys to be more stylish and fun without also sacrificing comfort, fit, and versatility?” designers wondered, according to ACED Design. “The more we thought about it, the more we realized that a romper hits all of these attributes – they can be dressed up or down and they’re unique, fashionable, and cool. But the one thing a romper didn’t have? A version for men. So we set out to fix that.”

ACED Design is offering the RompHim through Kickstarter until June 3, after which the company plans to move its storefront to its website.

Miss USA says affordable health care is a 'privilege,' not a right

The reign of the newly crowned Miss USA is off to a rocky start.

Even before Kara McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, was announced the winner, social media was in a frenzy over her responses during the Q&A segment of the broadcast.

McCullough, a 25-year-old physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was asked whether affordable health care for all U.S. citizens is a right or a privilege.

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“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she said. “As a government employee, I am granted health care, and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you have to have jobs.”

McCullough also set fingers a-tweeting when she said she did not consider herself a feminist.

McCullough, a woman of color, said she was worried about how audiences would view her natural hair in a sea of straight and teased pageant locks.

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“When I chose to wear my hair curly, I was afraid. I didn’t know how people were going to accept it, if anyone was going to be receptive to it at all, but I felt like a Grecian goddess on stage!” she told Refinery 29.

But it was her viewpoints that ended up as the topic of debate rather than her hairstyle:

McCullough is a 2013 graduate of South Carolina State University, a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

She follows the reign of Deshauna Barber, the former Miss USA who also hailed from D.C.

The organization, once owned by President Donald Trump, was sold in 2015 to talent agency and entertainment company WME/IMG.

Police officer donating kidney to sick boy she just met

A police officer is taking her oath to a whole new level, protecting and serving one of the young members of the community by donating her kidney.

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Officer Lindsey Bittorf of the Milton, Wisconsin, Police Department saw a plea on Facebook in December by Kristi Goll, who was desperate to find a kidney donor for her 8-year-old son, Jackson.

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Jackson was born with posterior urethral valves, family members told WISN.

Bittorf was tested and learned that she is a match for Jackson. Doctors were shocked to find such a strong match in someone who wasn’t a blood relative.

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Bittorf surprised the family with the good news at their home. The touching moment was captured on video.

“I took an oath to serve and protect our community,” Bittorf told Jackson, “and now my kidney’s going to serve and protect you.”

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After wedding canceled, bride throws party for volunteers who care for sick kids

When a Minnesota bride’s wedding was called off at the last minute, she turned the event into something special for those who really needed it.

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Jenna Yorkovich, 23, called off her wedding seven weeks ahead of the big day. By then, all of her payments for the venue and catering were nonrefundable.

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Instead of taking it as a loss, she donated everything to the volunteers at Ronald McDonald House charities to thank them for their work, KARE reports.

Yorkovich works at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis and sees the impact Ronald McDonald House Charities has on families every day.

“Seeing how Ronald McDonald influences people’s life, I thought it would be a great phone call to make. And a great phone call turned into a great event, so that helps,” Yorkovich said. “It took a lot of courage to do it, and I’m doing everything possible to make the best of the situation.”

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More than 150 volunteers enjoyed the event and thanked Yorkovich for going above and beyond during the difficult time.

“I feel like I gained a whole other family with Ronald McDonald now,” Yorkovich said.

KARE reports that she is now making the most of what would have been her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, choosing to take her mom with her instead.

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