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Teen says his pro-Trump shirt was censored in school yearbook photo

A 17-year-old from Wall Township, New Jersey, is speaking out after he took a look at the yearbook and saw that the Trump T-shirt he wore on picture day was Photoshopped out.

Grant Berardo said he wore the shirt in his yearbook photo for Wall Township High School because he was too young to vote for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but he wanted to show his support.

This is what the shirt actually looks like.

“It was Photoshopped,” Grant said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press. “I sent it to my mom and dad, just like, ‘You won’t believe this.’ I was just overall disappointed. I like Trump, but it’s history, too. Wearing that shirt memorializes the time.”

Wall Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said she is “quite disturbed by the entire situation.” The photo company, Jostens, did not comment. Whether a school employee or the photo company was responsible for the edit decision remains to be seen.

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The school says political shirts are not a dress code violation.

The teen’s father, Joseph Berardo Jr., called it “censorship” and believes “it was probably politically motivated.”

The father wondered what kind of message this sends to someone interested in politics before they can vote.

“What are you doing? Don’t you go to school to debate this stuff – at the collegiate level, at the high school level,” he asked. “What’s frustrating to me is that this was the first election he took interest in, but what message did the school send?”

United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group has issued a voluntary recall for multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. 

The recall – which covers the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit – was issued after United Pet Group identified that certain rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Columbia, and one its suppliers in Brazil, were using an ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the making of the rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

>> Click here to read the full recall announcement on the FDA website

The primary complaint received was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported from owners.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. 

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The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility. All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

United Pet Group recalls 5 brands of rawhide dog chews

United Pet Group has issued a voluntary recall for multiple brands of rawhide dog chew products that were distributed to retail outlets and sold online in the U.S. 

The recall – which covers the brands American Beefhide, Digest-eeze, Healthy Hide, Healthy Hide Good-n-Fun and Healthy Hide Good-n-Fit – was issued after United Pet Group identified that certain rawhide chew manufacturing facilities located in Mexico and Columbia, and one its suppliers in Brazil, were using an ammonium compound mixture as a processing aid in the making of the rawhide chews.

The compound is an anti-microbial chemical that is approved for cleaning food processing equipment, but it has not been approved in the U.S. as a processing aid in the production of rawhide chews for dogs.

This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide. Only products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB and which list expiration dates from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 are affected by this recall. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

>> Click here to read the full recall announcement on the FDA website

The primary complaint received was that the affected product had an unpleasant odor. Diarrhea and vomiting were also reported from owners.

Exposure to quaternary ammonium compounds through direct ingestion may cause the following symptoms in dogs: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. 

>> Read more trending news

The affected product was distributed nationwide from United Pet Group’s Edwardsville, Illinois, distribution facility. All of the dog chew products included in the voluntary recall identify an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 located on the back of the package.

Consumers who have purchased the products described above are urged to dispose of the product or return it directly to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they initially purchased the product for full refund.

WATCH: Patriotic boy stops to say Pledge of Allegiance in heartwarming viral video

A video showing a young boy pledging allegiance to the flag when no one was looking is being circulated around the internet.

>> Watch the video here

Utah woman Jami Warner caught her 7-year-old son, Wyatt, pledging allegiance to the flag all on his own while her neighbor’s security camera recorded the footage. In the video, Wyatt rides his bike up to the neighbor’s doorstep. Before he rings the doorbell, he stops and notices the American flag hanging on the porch.

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Wyatt then immediately puts his hand over his heart and recites the Pledge of Allegiance.

“He doesn’t pledge allegiance, that I am aware of, other than at school ... or at an event,” his mother told Fox News after sharing the video on Instagram. “I can’t remember a time when he did this on his own.”

When she saw the video, Warner knew she wanted to share it with other parents to show them that kids to listen to them.

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“I wished I could show it to every parent who feels like what they teach their kids goes in one ear and out the other,” she said. “We try to teach our three kids about how lucky they are to live in this country and about the men and women who have served and died for our freedom.”

Read more here.

Firefighter warns others after daughter chokes on fidget spinner part

A firefighter in Indiana is warning other parents after his daughter had a frightening encounter with a fidget spinner.

The firefighter was not identified by name, but his story was posted on the Decatur Township Fire Department's page on Thursday. The firefighter said his daughter was in the back seat of the car playing with the fidget spinner and talking. "It broke out of the holder, flew in her mouth, and lodged in her throat. I did about 5 minutes of back blows and with her coughing it became dislodged and went to her stomach."

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The firefighter called 911 and the girl was taken to a hospital, where she was treated and released. 

The fire department posted an image of the girl's X-ray, where the fidget spinner piece can clearly be seen lodged in the girl's body. 

The firefighter wanted to share his story to warn other parents that fidget spinners, the latest toy fad, can be choking hazards. This is not the first time a fidget spinner has caused injury. A 10-year-old girl choked on a piece of the toy in May, and a piece got stuck in her esophagus, requiring surgery. 

Pet owners warned as highly contagious dog flu spreads after dog show

Officials are warning about the dog flu after five confirmed cases in Georgia.

The new strain was apparently spread by out-of-state dogs at a dog show in Houston County last month.

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Veterinarians said the dog flu is so contagious that a dog can sneeze 20 feet away from another dog and pass it or people can spread it by petting another dog.

“It can easily be transferred from one city to another, simply because of a plane flight or a car ride,” Dr. Cary Mackey said.

Mackey’s clinic is stocking up on vials of the dog flu vaccine, which may soon be administered all around the metro. 

Related: 5 things to know about dog flu

“It may not offer full protection, but if the dog gets infected, it should help prevent severe symptoms of the flu in your pets,” she said.

A growing number of pet owners are getting their dogs vaccinated and state officials are spreading the word that the flu is out there. 

“(It can spread in) shelters, kennels, things like that where you have a lot of dogs collected in one place,” Assistant State Veterinarian Dr. Janemarie Hennebelle said. 

Officials advise dog owners to be on the lookout for dogs that are sneezing or coughing. They said the flu can make dogs sick, but it is not usually fatal. 

“Very rarely is this fatal, but unfortunately there have been a few patients that have passed away due to the flu and side effects of being infected,” Mackey said.

Nearly 200 at-risk dogs, cats flown to Pacific Northwest to find ‘forever’ homes

Nearly 200 at-risk dogs and cats have been flown to the Pacific Northwest so they can find forever homes.

The animals were saved from overcrowded California and Texas shelters that planned to euthanize the dogs.

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Most shelters in Washington state have a no-kill policy.

A total of 103 dogs on a flight Wednesday into Paine Field in Snohomish County. They were then taken to shelters, including the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce County, the Kitsap Humane Society and the Seattle Humane Society. 

Another 100 or so cats arrived Thursday afternoon from Dallas. Now, the goal is to find the animals homes where they can spend the rest of their lives.

The animals were flown to Washington with the help of Wings of Rescue, GreaterGood and Freekibble,

“Most of these dogs and cats won’t survive if they don’t make this flight,” Freekibble wrote on its Facebook page.

Wings of Rescue is an alternative to a traditional shelter system. The organization has the lives of more than 20,000 animals and flew 400 animals just this week.

Video of a rescue at Boeing Field, from Wings of Rescue, can be seen below.

10 tips for taking perfect summertime photographs

Looking to take the best photos to capture summer memories and to post to social media accounts?

Follow these 10 tips: 

1. Get up early or stay up late

Sunrise and sunset are the best time for photography, especially during summertime, when the “magic hours” can start well before dawn and extend late into the evening. Locations near water are ideal for these type of shoots, because the water will mirror the sky and give you a dynamic background.

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2. Evening golden hour is best

Sunrises are special, but evening golden hours usually provider warmer light because it is scattered and diffused by the thicker atmosphere. That’s why the sun often looks bigger at sunset than at sunrise. With lengthening shadows in the foreground creating interesting shapes, a sunset can look stunning. For a sunrise or sunset, use as long a telephoto lens as you have to exaggerate the size of the sun.

3. Work in the blue hour, too

There’s night photography -- when the sky is black and the stars are out -- and then there’s twilight, or blue hour photography. It’s that crossover time between sunset and darkness when there is still color in the sky. It also happens before dawn. This is a great time to balance man-made illumination -- cityscapes, long-exposure car headlights -- and a colorful sky.

4. Work with shapes

Once the golden hours are over, the sun gets high in the sky quickly, creating harsh light and dark, dense shadows. This kind of light isn’t flattering for portraits or landscapes, but cityscapes can pop against a bright blue sky. Buildings, bridges and other man-made structures can create strong, visually interesting images on a clear summer’s day, so head to the city and experiment with unusual viewpoints and wide-angle lenses to create dynamic compositions.

5. Polarizers are your friends

This tip gets into a little bit of techy-talk, but it’s not scary. Polarizers are filters that screw onto the end of your lens. They’ll help your summer shots by deepening blues, reducing glare and lessening the effects of haze. Circular polarizers are a good filter for most beginning photographers to invest in first.

6. Shoot in the shade

While the light outside is harsh, the light left in the shade can be flattering for portraits and still life shots. Portraits benefit from being shot in the shade because you’ll avoid ugly shadows being cast under noses and in eye sockets. Holding something above your subject’s head will work too -- a diffusing screen if you have one, an umbrella if you don’t.

7. Flower power

Photographing flowers can be a fun exercise in capturing colors and shapes. For closer than your average close-ups, try a a macro lens to capture the delicate details. A zoom lens will also be ideal for shooting large drifts of flowers. The compressed perspective will make the flowers appear crowded together, while shooting at a wide aperture will allow you to isolate one single bloom from its surroundings.

8. Stalking silhouettes

With the bright sunbeams filling the sky, placing a solid object between you and a bright background can quickly make a great silhouette. The object could be anything -- Try playing with different shapes, but easily identifiable shapes are often best to start with. With a fiery sunrise or sunset, the summer sun sitting low in the sky or shimmering highlights on water in the background, you’ve got the makings of a good image.

9. Whether the weather

While blue skies and sunshine are to be expected, a summer thunderstorm can create a dynamic scene to capture. Dark skies, bolts of lightning, and the following rainbows and shafts of sunlight as the storm breaks up can make for wonderful photography. Be safe, grab your camera and head out.

10. Take advantage of the beach

Beaches seem like they might be stereotypical summer shooting ground, but on the right beach, the subjects are endless. Colorful beach huts against the blue sky, backlit deckchairs on the beach, kids playing in the water, boats and windsurfers for action -- a good beach will have it. Try getting a waterproof or water resistant camera if you’re going to be shooting near the waves.

Publix to offer same-day grocery delivery from all stores by 2020

Publix supermarkets, which have already begun offering same-day home-delivery service with a third-party company, will offer the service to customers at all store locations by 2020, the company announced Wednesday. 

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Publix teamed up with online delivery service Instacart in July 2016, offering the home-delivery service to customers in Miami first. 

Lakeland, Florida-based Publix said the service, which has continued to expand, has created 2,800 jobs.

“We selected Instacart because we knew their approach and expertise would deliver a high-quality experience for our customers,” Publix senior vice president and chief information officer Laurie Douglas said in a statement. “The overwhelming response of our customers has proven that Instacart and Publix are a strong and dynamic team. We are excited to take the next steps in building our unique relationship to dramatically grow the service in our markets.”

There are more than 1,000 Publix locations across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Michelle Obama on Barack: 'For eight years he wore the same tux, same shoes' 

Michelle Obama revealed a secret about Barack Obama’s formal wear during his eight years in the White House: He wore the same tuxedo and shoes the entire time.

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During a talk at Tuesday Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California, the former first lady lamented on how every detail of her outfits was critiqued while her husband got away with wearing the same shoes and tuxedo for years, and no one seemed to notice.

>> Related: Obamas vacation in Italy; Michelle’s fashion draws praise

“This is the unfair thing,” Michelle Obama said. “You talk about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers -- no matter what we do, he puts on that same tux. Now, people take pictures of the shoes I wear, the bracelets, the necklace -- they didn’t comment that for eight years he wore the same tux, same shoes.

>> Related: People love pictures of Barack Obama's backwards hat in the Virgin Islands

“And he was proud of it, too. He’s like, ‘Mmm, I’m ready. I’m ready in 10 minutes. How long did it take you?’ I’m like, ‘Get out of here.’”

The former first lady also shared the story behind a photo of her fixing her husband’s bow tie. She told the audience that they would always greet visiting state leaders at the North Portico, and while they were waiting, there were 100 members of the press also waiting and clicking away with their cameras.

“So, we’re standing there waiting for the cars to roll in, and I was bored,” she said. “So I sort of thought, let me make sure my husband looks good.”

It’s unclear how many sets Barack Obama had of his signature outfit, but he was photographed wearing at least one different tuxedo jacket during his term.

>> Related: Barack, Michelle Obama sign multimillion-dollar book deal with Penguin Random House

Fashion wasn’t the only thing that Michelle Obama discussed at the conference. She also talked about her passion for education, especially the education of young girls.

>> Related: Before Michelle, Barack Obama proposed to another woman, book claims

“I’m very passionate about girls’ education, and we still have a long way to go on equality and access,” she said, talking about the absence of women in STEM fields. “We have to teach young girls they are smart and can compete.”

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