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Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

A good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard helped rescue 15 people from a tilted liftboat Sunday.

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The good Samaritan vessel, the Starfleet Guardian, brought six people aboard, while the Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Isle rescued the other nine people, WBRZ reported

The liftboat reported control issues after a power loss, tilted to a 45 degree angle and could not correct itself, KATC reported. It had nearly 14,000 gallons of diesel on board but none of it has spilled. 

7 of 10 most stressed states in country are in the south; where do you rank?

Your commute is too long. Your mortgage or rent is too high. You’re stressed.

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Welcome to Georgia.

>> Related: Georgia is one of the unhappiest states in US, report says

A new analysis and ranking by Zippia, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2012-2016, puts Georgia as the No. 2 most stressed state in the country.

>> Related: Georgia among the most stressed states in 2017

Being stressed out is nothing new to Georgians, though. Last year, WalletHub put the Peach State at No. 8 on its ranking. In 2014, Movoto ranked Georgia at No. 2 on its stress scale.

For its study, Zippia used six criteria:

  • Long commute times
  • Unemployment
  • Hours worked
  • Population density
  • Home price to income ratio
  • Percent uninsured population

Zippia then ranked each state from 1 (most stressed) to 50 in each category, and combined those rankings for one majorly stressed out score.

That put Georgia at No. 2, right behind New Jersey. 

>> Related: Florida, Georgia most stressed out states in 2014

According to Zippia’s analysis, “many Georgians must tackle a high unemployment rate, high uninsured rate, and a long commute.” 

The state’s unemployment outlook is improving, however. The unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent in July, its lowest level since 2001.

>> Related: People who live in this Georgia city are among the most stressed in America, study says

What about traffic? Anyone who drives to work — or a game, or a concert, or through Atlanta on their way somewhere else — will tell you traffic is terrible

In 2017, the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard determined Atlanta has the eighth-worst traffic congestion in the world

>> Related: Report confirms Atlanta has some of the world's worst traffic

If you’re thinking of moving somewhere less stressful, don’t stay in the South. Seven of the top 10 stressed out states are southern.

  1. New Jersey 
  2. Georgia 
  3. Florida 
  4. California 
  5. New York 
  6. Louisiana 
  7. Maryland 
  8. North Carolina 
  9. Virginia 
  10. Mississippi

The country’s least-stressed states are clustered in the north central part of the country: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota. 

‘Malcolm in the Middle’ star Frankie Muniz 5-story brownstone destroyed by cat

“Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz didn’t lose his home in the California wildfires like other celebrities did. It was his cat that inadvertently destroyed the actor’s five-story brownstone.

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Muniz left for a trip to France to attend his uncle’s funeral, and when he returned, he found four stories home under 3 feet of water.

“I know this sounds ridiculous, but I swear it's true. You wouldn't believe the destruction,” Muniz said on social media.

His cat accidentally turned on a sink and flooded the brownstone.

“Everything I own, destroyed. Every wall, piece of artwork, personal photos, furniture ... All because my cat accidentally turned on a sink a few days ago while we were gone,” he said.

Muniz, who has been co-hosting “Dancing with the Stars Juniors,” said it was a rough week to begin with, even before the nightmare he discovered at home.

>> Trending: Actor Martin Sheen flees Malibu wildfire; says little chance home survived

“I'm devastated and exhausted from a tough week with the loss of my Uncle Skip, 45 hours of travel to and from France to walk in to find this disaster. I've cried more yesterday and today then my whole life combined. Forgive me for venting. I just need some support.”

He said he got that support from his girlfriend, Paige Price.

>> Related: Pink’s husband Carey Hart threatens to shoot wildfire looters in Malibu

A number of Hollywood stars lost their homes last week in the California wildfires, including Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus, Martin Sheen, Neil Young and Robin Thicke.

Pedestrians fatally struck by Christmas-themed train

Two pedestrians were struck and killed by a Christmas-themed train in Wareham, according to Massachusetts State Police.

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Police and emergency workers responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discover two people had died near 72 Minot Avenue after being hit by the train.

According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, the preliminary investigation revealed that the deceased victims were a 33-year-old woman and a 36-year-old man, both from Wareham.

The victims are not being identified at this time.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed they were assisting with the scene, and an Airwing was also called in to help.

Investigators said the "Train to Christmas Town" had more than 300 people on board, most of them children. No passengers were injured.

According to the DA's office, the train conductor made attempts to stop the train and activated the emergency braking system before the collision occurred.

Children on the train weren't told of the incident, but instead were told the train had run out of "magic gas" and had to stop.

Police said the incident doesn't appear to be suspicious and is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Police and the Wareham Police Department.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Diddy remembers 'soulmate' Kim Porter in Instagram post

Diddy is publicly speaking about the death of Kim Porter, his on-again, off-again girlfriend of 13 years and the mother of his three children, for the first time.

Porter was found dead in her Los Angeles home Thursday at age 47.

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“For the last three days I’ve been trying to wake up out of this nightmare. But I haven’t,” Diddy wrote in an Instagram post Sunday, according to Vibe. “I don’t know what I’m going to do without you baby. I miss you so much. Today I’m going to pay tribute to you, I’m going to try and find the words to explain our unexplainable relationship. We were more than best friends, we were more than soulmates. WE WERE SOME OTHER (expletive)!! And I miss you so much. Super Black Love.”

Related: Kim Porter, former model, ex-girlfriend of Diddy, dead at 47

The caption was posted along with video from the couple’s December 2006 Essence magazine photo shoot. The video showed Porter, who was pregnant at the time with their twin girls Jessie James and D'Lila Star Combs.

The music mogul dated the actress and former model off and on for 13 years, ending their relationship for good in 2007. The pair notably remained friendly after their breakup, supporting each other at events and appearing together at family events. 

A cause of death has not yet been announced.

Toyota offers to replace man’s truck burned by California wildfires

A nurse used his Toyota Tundra to evacuate patients from the California wildfires at the intensive care unit he oversees. 

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While Allyn Pierce was able to help get himself and others to safety, the truck, nicknamed “The Pandra” was not as fortunate. The fire’s heat welded the rear doors shut, the light covers were partially melted and the hood warped, the Washington Post reported

“This truck literally saved my life today,” Pierce wrote in a post on social media. “My little town of Paradise was literally burning down around me and @the_pandra got me to safety where I could help others … twice.”

The Camp Fire is one of the most devastating in California history. 

Toyota found out about Pierce and the Pandra.

"We are humbled you'd risk your life and Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety,” their official account responded on Pierce’s post. “Don't worry about your truck, we're honored to get you a new one!"

Later Toyota reiterated its commitment to get Pierce a new truck.

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the devastating California wild fires. We are extremely grateful to all of the emergency crews who are working tirelessly to extinguish the fires and helping people to safety,” officials told Motor Trend. “We are especially thankful to one hero in particular, Allyn Pierce, for risking his life and sacrificing his Toyota Tundra to drive people to safety. Toyota is so humbled by Mr. Pierce's selfless act that we're pleased to offer him a brand new Tundra."

Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

After spending nearly 30 years on the shelf of an independent bookstore, a book has a home.

According to a tweet from Broadhurst Bookshop in Southport, England, the book was sold on Saturday after having been in the store since 1991.

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“I have just sold a book that we have had in stock since May 1991,” the tweet said. “We always knew its day would come.”

Joanne E. Ball, of the University of Liverpool, said on her own Twitter account that she tweeted the good news.

“As well as archaeology I also work part-time in a bookshop (@BroadhurstBooks),” Ball wrote. “I did this Tweet late yesterday afternoon at work & it has gone viral; this is a totally surreal experience.”

In a follow-up tweet from the bookshop account, Ball said the book was a children’s biography of William the Conqueror. 

Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Two Daytona Beach police officers escorting Mr. and Mrs. Claus to a tree lighting ceremony broke up a major theft ring in the parking lot Saturday night, the Police Department said. 

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Officers Joe Evans and Courtney Wooleyhan were returning to duty, after escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Tanger Outlets tree lighting, when they saw two men stealing a tire from a vehicle in the parking lot. 

The officers detained the men as well as two women who accompanied them.

Inside the suspects’ car, the officers found stolen merchandise from Old Navy, H&M, Express, Polo, Rue 21 and Under Armour. 

Police identified the suspects as Johnarian Young, 19; Shaijuan Christie, 25; and Debbie Champagnie, 47, and an unidentified 16-year-old. 

The stolen merchandise and tire were returned to their rightful owners, police said. 

Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

A man investigators said raped a 16-month-old child has been taken into custody, officials said Sunday.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Simon Porter, 33, has been located and captured in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Porter was arrested and charged with aggravated rape.

Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

With several celebrities posting on social media that they plan to boycott Georgia after Brian Kemp won the gubernatorial race, his former rival Stacey Abrams implored them not to do so.

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In a tweet Saturday evening, she wrote, “I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA - but please do not #boycottgeorgia. The hard-working Georgians who serve on crews & make a living here are not to blame. I promise: We will fight - and we will win.”

She has heavily criticized several of Kemp’s actions as Secretary of State, which she called “voter suppression” tactics, such as regular purging of voter rolls, closing voter precinct sites and rejecting absentee ballots for minor issues such as possible signature mismatches. She lost the race by about 1.5 percentage points, or 55,000 votes out of 3.9 million. 

Kemp has stated his support of the generous state production tax credits that have brought hundreds of Hollywood productions into Georgia over the past decade and generated billions of dollars in direct spending. The state is the most generous in the country in terms of direct tax credit payouts, in part because there is no cap. 

Some entertainers who have used or supported #BoycottGeorgia on Twitter have been actress Alyssa Milano, “West Wing” actor Bradley Whitford, actor Steven Pasquale and actor Ron Perlman.

Writer Jacob York, who works in Atlanta for Adult Swim, responded on Twitter.

“When you say #boycottgeorgia you boycott me paying rent,” he wrote. “You boycott raising kids, paying for braces and trying to make a living. All the artists I know in Georgia are mad as hell. But you saying ‘boycott Georgia’ primarily hurts people who already agree with you.” 

Investigators find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Investigators seized 110 illegal weapons, including a rocket launcher and two functional pipe bombs and several pounds of drugs, and indicted 39 members or associates of Florida white supremacist gangs, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday.

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The three-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Blackjack,” snared members of the Unforgiven and United Aryan Brotherhood gangs, WFTS reported.

Those indicted range in age from 24 to 48 and were facing various charges, including possessing firearms and pipe bombs and possession and distribution of heroin and meth, WTSP reported.

“You know, these are one of those very proud moments we have," Pasco County Sheriff Chris told WFTS. “It’s scary when you look over that table and you see those guns and they are in the hands of felons."

The suspects are facing two years to life in prison, WFTS reported. Some indictments have already led to convictions and sentences of up to 10 years, WTSP reported.

Cleveland Browns say they are not interviewing Condoleezza Rice for head coach job

Update 2:20 p.m. EST Nov. 18: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey have each released statements in response to a report that the NFL team was interested in interviewing her.

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Rice said she wasn’t ready to coach, but said she wouldn’t mind calling a play for the team.

“I love my Browns -- and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level. 

“On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts -- and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.  

“BTW -- I'm not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a ‘prevent defense.’”

Dorsey said Rice was not discussed when putting together coaching candidates.

“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” he said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

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A new report says the Cleveland Browns hope to interview former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to fill the team’s head-coaching job.

ESPN reported the news Sunday, citing an unnamed NFL source. The outlet also reported that John Dorsey, the Browns’ general manager, said last week that the team was open to hiring a woman as head coach, ESPN reported.

Rice, who grew up in Alabama, is a longtime Browns fan, and has appeared in the team’s jersey in NFL ads. There have been rumors before about her becoming league commissioner.

From 2013 to 2016, Rice was one of the first members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. 

Rice served in President George W. Bush’s administration, first as national security advisor from 2001 until 2005, and then as secretary of state from 2005 until 2009.

In 2012, Rice became one of the first two women admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters Tournament.

If the interview happens, Rice would be the first woman to interview for head coach in the NFL.

Florida woman forces girl, 13, to walk naked down street

A 34-year-old woman forced a teenage girl to walk naked down a Florida road Thursday as punishment, investigators said.

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Rosalie Contreras drove the 13-year-old girl to a remote location around 4 p.m. She then made the girl get out of the car, disrobe and walk naked and barefoot down the road as Contreras followed behind her, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

When another car approached, Contreras told the girl to get back into the car, WFTS reported. Contreras then smacked the girl in the face, punched her in the back and pinched and twisted her breasts, Pasco County deputies said. 

The victim told investigators that Contreras was mad at her for misbehaving, the Times reported. She also showed deputies visible bruising and red marks on her body. 

Contreras told deputies she struck the girl to discipline her, the Times reported.

The relationship between Contreras and the victim is unclear, Bay News 9 reported

Contreras was arrested and charged with child abuse.

Police looking for man who punched 63-year-old woman on New York subway

Police in New York are looking for a man after a 63-year-old woman said he punched her in the face on the subway because she asked him to move his bag so she could sit down.

Authorities said the incident happened at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 4.

WPIX reported that the woman, who is 63, said she was on the train headed to work. She said the punch knocked her to the floor.

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“I asked him politely, ‘May I sit?’ and he said bad words and punched me in the face,” she told WPIX.

“The man looked normal,” the woman said. "But he wasn’t normal and I was so scared because I didn’t know if he would attack me again.”

Police are asking the public for help identifying the man, who is thought to be in his 20s and about 6 feet tall, weighing 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black hat, a green hoodie and jeans.

Police tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-8477.

Photos: New FAO Schwarz toy store opens at 30 Rockefeller Plaza

Images of the opening of the new FAO Schwarz toy store in New York.

Tyler Perry announces tour dates for Madea farewell stage play

Last month, Tyler Perry announced he would be saying goodbye to his beloved Madea character, and now, he’s revealed dates for her final performances

>> On AJC.com: Tyler Perry to end ‘Madea’ franchise

“Madea’s Farewell Play Tour,” which will kick off next year in January, marks the filmmaker’s 21st play and the end of the Madea franchise. 

“I just don’t want to be her age [still] playing her,” he joked during an interview in October.

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The character Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons, played by Perry himself, first appeared as a 68-year-old in the 1999 stage play “I Can Do Bad All by Myself,” followed by the play and film, “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

According to Vanity Fair, Madea has appeared in dozens of productions since — and her films alone have grossed upwards of $500 million globally.

Perry wrapped up on the last series film, “Madea Family Funeral,” two years ago. The movie is set to premiere in March 2019.

Tickets for the January shows of “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour” are on sale now, with additional dates slated for announcement in coming weeks. Take a look below to find out which cities are on the schedule so far:

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  • Jan. 18-20, 2019 - Oakland, CA at Paramount Theatre
  • Jan. 22, 2019 - Phoenix, AZ at Comerica Theatre
  • Jan. 23-26, 2019 - Los Angeles, CA at Dolby Theatre
  • Jan. 27, 2019 - Las Vegas, NV at Planet Hollywood at Zappos Theater

Christmas 2018: Rise in online shopping could lead to holiday shipping delays

Shoppers will want to purchase their holiday gifts earlier than usual this year, as a major jump in online holiday shopping could complicate the delivery system.

Target, Walmart and other retailers have started offering free two-day delivery with no minimum purchase amounts for the holidays, a move to compete with Amazon’s Prime delivery options. Upping the ante, Amazon announced that Prime members would have access to free same-day delivery on some products and everyone else would receive free standard delivery this season.

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“Where things will get interesting is the amount of congestion it causes in the network, especially when you compare the ground versus express networks,” said Sri Sridhar, CEO of lateshipment.com, one of the largest independent trackers of companies’ carrier packages.

While the service seems to all but guarantee timely delivery, experts say shoppers should still plan to purchase holiday gifts and send their packages early as an increase in online sales is likely to congest delivery networks.

That National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend about $720.89 billion this holiday season, up roughly 4.8 percent amid a healthy economy. That includes a 15 percent increase in e-commerce sales, as forecast by Adobe Analytics.

With the increased sales, United Parcel Service, FedEx and the United States Postal Service expect to handle a record number of packages this year.

While ground shipments typically have more volume, the major hike in free two-day shipments could lead to an increase in the number of delays among express shipments compared to the average holiday season, Sridhar said, reaching potentially 14 to 15 percent. Across all service types including standard shipping, about 15 to 23 percent of packages are usually delayed during the holidays.

“The easier technology makes it for consumers to shop; the sooner, the earlier, consumers really need to be willing to pick the gifts, order their gifts and be willing to accept the gifts. ... If they don’t do that, they just jeopardized being able to have the products they want delivered in time for Christmas,” said retail analyst Brittain Ladd.

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: Kroger offering new way to order groceries

During the last several holiday seasons, delivery companies such as UPS, FedEx and the United States Postal Service have struggled to keep up with a growing number of online holiday sales. Consumers last year had major concerns as the second week of December 2017 rolled around and the delivery companies still had major delays after a record Cyber Monday.

And this year, they plan to have record years again, with UPS expecting to handle more than 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Years Day, up from 700 million last year and nearly double the peak of most normal delivery days, said spokeswoman Kim Krebs.

FedEx also plans to deliver a record number of packages this year, with the Mondays between Black Friday and Christmas expected to be the busiest in FedEx history, spokesman Jonathan Lyons said.

“The biggest challenge that shipping carriers face during the holiday season, they know the rush is coming and forecast that it’s going to be record volume again, but then it’s almost impossible for them to find temporary resources ... so there is going to be a crunch,” Sridhar said.

UPS plans to hire 100,000 seasonal employees to work at its facilities, some of which are new or expanded. FedEx also plans to hire 55,000 over the next several weeks while operating extended shifts and increasing hours for current employees.

>> On DaytonDailyNews.com: 5 ways your smartphone can enhance your shopping experience this holiday season

“The technology has simply made it easier to engage with retailers, but the supply chain, the logistics, the last-mile delivery, it doesn’t have an ability to become that much more efficient in that short period of a time. There’s only so many trucks; there’s only so many fulfillment centers, there’s only so many drivers,” Ladd said.

Retailers are exploring ways around the congested package carriers during the peak holiday season, including early Black Friday-like sales in the first days of November. The deals attempt to persuade consumers to shop early as a way to spread out the delivery congestion following the Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

They’re also experimenting with in-house delivery options and third parties like Shipt, Deliv and Instacart that primarily deliver groceries but could also handle general merchandise used for gifts.

And in the future, consumers can expect to hear about Christmas in February and March as retailers look to use artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine what consumers want for the holidays by July, which could eliminate inventory issues slowing down delivery, Ladd said.

“This is really an evolution; every year there is a change in technology, an improvement in the supply chain,” he said.

'SNL': Steve Carell, 'Office' co-stars reunite, troll fans during opening monologue

Want a reboot of "The Office"? Looks like you'll have to keep on waiting.

Actor Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott on the popular NBC sitcom, hosted this week's "Saturday Night Live" – and managed to both treat and hilariously troll fans with a mini-cast reunion during his opening monologue.

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I am so excited to be back here tonight," Carell began. "It's been awhile; it's been 10 years, and I've been pretty busy doing movies. I actually have one coming out pretty soon –"

But before Carell could tell the audience about the film, a series of familiar faces – including "SNL" stars Heidi Gardner and Kenan Thompson, followed by "Office" cast members Ellie Kemper, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer – interrupted to ask whether "The Office" would return to TV.

"People would really love to see an 'Office' reboot, especially because I need that money. Let's get that money, Steve!" Kemper joked.

Helms later added: "So I just don't think you understand how much money we're talking about. Like, you wouldn't have to do all those sad movies anymore."

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Fischer also chimed in: "Steve, do you remember the last words that Pam secretly whispered to Michael as she left for Denver?"

"Not really," Carell replied.

"OK, she said, 'Steve, don't be a [expletive]. Do the reboot!'" Fischer said.

After another cameo by Carell's wife, Nancy, he turned to the audience.

"Feels like everybody wants this to happen," Carell said. "Do you guys want to see an 'Office' reboot? Is that's what's going on?"

As the crowd cheered, Fischer, Helms and Kemper took the stage for the ultimate fake-out.

"Alright, I am proud to announce, officially, that ... we have a great show tonight!" Carell said to groans from the audience.

Read more here.

Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

There's a new addition to the Biden family.

According to the Delaware News Journal, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, adopted a rescue dog Saturday from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the pooch, a young German shepherd named Major, for eight months.

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Major will join the Bidens' other German shepherd, Champ.

"Today is Major’s lucky day!" the shelter said in a Facebook post. "Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by Vice President Joe Biden & Dr. Jill Biden! The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official. Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!"

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Major and five other puppies had been exposed to "something toxic" in their previous home before they were brought to the shelter earlier this year, the post said

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"The puppies were surrendered to our care due to financial constraints, and working with a local veterinary emergency center, we were able to provide them with lifesaving medical care," the post said.

All six puppies are now in "loving homes," according to Patrick Carroll, the shelter's executive director.

Read more here or here.

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Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

There are several diets that promote weight loss, including low-carb plans. Now experts have more evidence to prove they work, according to a new report

>> On AJC.com: Should you avoid carbs? Here's what the science says

Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital recently conducted a small study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the link between weight loss maintenance and carbohydrates. 

For the first phase of the study, they examined 234 overweight and obese adults, who were fed a weight-loss diet that helped 164 of them drop 10 to 12 percent of their body weight within 10 weeks.

During the second phase, those participants, who were tracked for an additional five months, were required to follow one of three diets: one made up of 20 percent carbs, the second made up of 40 percent carbs and the third made up of 60 percent carbs. The protein remained at 20 percent for each diet, and the calorie intake was controlled to help the subjects maintain their previous weight loss.

After analyzing the results, they found those on the low-carb diet burned about 250 more calories a day than those on the high-carb diet.

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“If this difference persists — and we saw no drop-off during the 20 weeks of our study — the effect would translate into about a 20-pound weight loss after three years, with no change in calorie intake,” Cara Ebbeling said in a statement.

Those with the highest insulin secretion in the low-carb group had even more dramatic results. They burned about 400 calories more per day than the high-carb group. Furthermore, the low-carb dieters had significantly lower levels of ghrelin, which is known as the hunger hormone.

“Our observations challenge the belief that all calories are the same to the body,” Ebbeling said. “Our study did not measure hunger and satiety, but other studies suggest that low-carb diets also decrease hunger, which could help with weight loss in the long term.”

Want to learn more about the findings? Take a look at the full assessment here

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