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Florida man pleads for return of wife's ashes stolen in burglary

A Maitland, Florida, man said Friday that he feels like he lost his wife a second time after her ashes were stolen in a home burglary just weeks before a planned trip to Hawaii to spread them on the beach.

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Frank Schieber bought his Maitland home with his wife, and “love of my life,” Nancy in December.

Four weeks ago, she died of cancer. But before she did, Nancy asked her husband to take her ashes back to the beach in Hawaii where they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.

“In her last few days in hospice, we were chatting with (her and asked), 'Well, what would you like done with your ashes?'” Frank Schieber said. “And she didn’t have a really good idea, and I said, ‘Well, you know, I could take you back to that beach in Hawaii.’ And she just lit up and said, ‘You’d do that for me?’ And I said, 'Yeah, I would.'”

He would have flown to Hawaii with his son Aug. 1, but on Monday, someone broke into Schieber’s home and, among other things, stole a travel bag containing a box with her ashes.

“When I realized the bag was gone, I was running through the house (saying), ‘No, no, no. How could it be gone?’” Schieber said.

Now he worries the burglars may have ditched the box in the trash and it may be gone.

It’s a hard thing to process, Schieber said.

“I can just imagine that once they figured out what it was, after leaving the home, that she’s going to end up in a dumpster or in a ditch, and she deserves much better than that,” he said. “Nothing is like losing the ashes of the person you love and being unable to fulfill her dying wish.”

Schieber didn’t think the burglars knew what they were taking and hoped it wasn’t too late for his wife’s ashes to be returned.

“They’re certainly of no value to anyone but me,” he said. “To understand what it feels like, if your momma had died and you had her body ready for burial and someone took it and threw it in a dumpster, how would you feel? 'Cause that’s how I feel. She didn’t deserve that.

“I just want it back so I can do the right thing and take her where her last wishes wanted me to take her.”

Anyone with information on the location of Nancy Schieber’s ashes is asked to contact the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.

If the person who took them still has the ashes and wants to return them, no questions asked, they can be dropped off at DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, Frank Schieber said.

The funeral home is located at 9001 N. Orlando Ave., in Maitland.

Inmate at Georgia jail, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report. 

Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said. She faces a charge of sexual assault by a law enforcement agency employee or agent who engages in sexual contact with an individual in custody. 

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Risby had been with Correct Care Solutions, the medical provider for the jail, for two months when authorities were told about the alleged relationship with inmate Jerrell Hopkins, officials said. Hopkins, 22, had been in jail on a slew of charges including aggravated assault, obstruction battery, possession of a firearm and false imprisonment, according to records. 

Lt. Deputy Sheriff Anthony Volley wrote in his report that he was given the letters Monday and interviewed Hopkins the next day. Hopkins confessed that he and Risby would have sexual intercourse in the far corner of the new intake area, according to the report

Hopkins also gave Volley a note from Risby indicating she wanted “to find a place where (they) can touch,” according to the report. Some of the letters revealed the two would also hug and kiss. It is not stated when the relationship began or if the two knew each other before Risby began her job at the jail. 

Authorities monitored conversations between Risby and Hopkins and arrested the former nurse, the report states. Risby opted not to make a statement to officials on the allegations. 

Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 3. 

Great American Eclipse: Economic boon or bust for towns in path?

The tiny town of Herculaneum, Missouri, canceled the Fourth of July this year.

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It’s saving its celebrations for the Super Bowl of celestial events — a total solar eclipse that will turn the Mississippi River-hugging burg of 4,000 dark for a full two minutes, 32 seconds on Aug. 21.

Scores of cities from Oregon to South Carolina are planted in the 70-mile-wide path of totality for the historic eclipse. With one month to go, they are watching with wary excitement, bracing for an onslaught of eclipse chasers and hoping for a solar system-sized economic boost.

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“We’re doing a two-day festival prior to the eclipse,” said Herculaneum Mayor Bill Haggard, who is also overseeing the sales of city-stamped eclipse glasses, T-shirts and commemorative coins. “We’ve been working on this for a couple years now trying to get the word out.”

A total solar eclipse last touched the U.S. in 1979, turning day to night along the path of a moon shadow that crossed five states. The Aug. 21 eclipse is the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

For many, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, with hotels filling up more than a year in advance and reservations spilling over into dorms at universities eager to cash in on their location.

But economists doubt a significant economic boon will be felt in most areas.

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Small towns are limited by how many people they can house, feed and entertain. At the same time, unlike a sporting event held in a specific city, the coast-to-coast eclipse spreads out spending with no one town as a focal point.

“Nashville is the largest city in the path and it will see the largest impact because it has the biggest hotel capacity,” said Jeff Humphreys, director of economic forecasting for the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. “A lot of the smaller towns won’t have the infrastructure to accommodate big crowds, so people won’t be spending a ton of money in them.”

Jimmy Kimmel shares update on infant son following heart surgery

A few months ago, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that his newborn son, Billy, was diagnosed with a congenital heart disease. The newborn was found to have a “hole in the wall of the left and right side of his heart.” Kimmel broke down on his show as he described his son going into surgery and described the wait as “the longest three hours of my life.”

May 1, 2017 announcement: 

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Fortunately, the operation was a success, and Billy is doing better than ever. Kimmel shared a picture of Billy on Twitter.

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“Billy is three months old today and doing great,” Kimmel wrote. “Thanks for all your love & support and please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care Billy got.”

Kimmel’s wife, Molly McNearney, also posted a picture in celebration of Billy turning three months old. From the looks of the big smile on his face, it was almost like he was never sick.

Mom Out Clubbing Left Daughter, 11, To Ask Neighbors For Food

Mom Out Clubbing Left Daughter, 11, To Ask Neighbors For Food

Owl in wheel of plane delays flight out of Portland airport

A flight out of Portland International Airport was delayed last week when flight crew saw a owl in a plane.

KGW reported that a barn owl was in the wheel well of a small PenAir plane.

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The plane was at the airport overnight and was stored in an older hanger that typically has owls around it, according to an airline spokesman.

Crew members found the owl during pre-flight checks, according to KGW. They were able to get the owl out of the well and release it in a safe location.

After a 25-minute delay, the flight took off for Eureka, California.

Watch a video of the owl after it was taken out of the plane in the video from KGW below.

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday with official portrait

Prince George will be celebrating his fourth birthday on Saturday. In anticipation of the little prince’s day, Kensington Palace has released a new portrait of George. E! Online reports that the photo was taken by Chris Jackson of Getty Images, who takes many photos for the royal family.

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“The Duke and Duchess are very pleased to share this lovely picture as they celebrate Prince George’s fourth birthday, and would like to thank everyone for all of the kind messages they have received.” Jackson wrote in a statement.

>> RELATED: Leave it to Princess Charlotte to make a tiny temper tantrum look adorable.

The photo was taken in June at Kensington Palace. A spokesperson for the palace told E! News that the celebration will be held at the family’s home in Norfolk.

“He is such a happy little boy and certainly injects some fun into a photo shoot!” Jackson wrote of the prince and his big, adorable smile.

Charlize Theron opens up about the night her mother shot her father in self-defense

When Charlize Theron was 15 years old, her mother shot and killed her alcoholic father in self-defense. It was a traumatic experience for the Oscar-winning actress, who has infrequently discussed what happened that night in public.

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According to PEOPLE, Theron opened up about the evening her father died in a new interview with Howard Stern to promote her film “Atomic Blonde.”

“I just pretended like it didn’t happen,” she said, explaining that she didn’t want to feel like a victim.

The traumatic shooting prompted Theron to seek therapy in her late 20s and early 30s.

“I think what more affected me for my adult life that happened in my childhood was more the every day living of a child living in the house with an alcoholic and waking up not knowing what was going to happen. And not knowing how my day was going to go and all of it dependent on somebody else and whether he was not going to drink or drink,” she added.

Theron also praised her mother for her strength and resilience in the face of such an awful tragedy. She noted to Stern that her mother never went to therapy in the aftermath of the shooting, instead choosing to acknowledge that what happened was horrible and to move on with her life in a positive way without letting that one moment define her.

Theron added, “I think both of us have dealt with that night really well. I think both of us still have to deal with the life that we had — and that’s what people don’t really realize. It’s not just about what happened one night.”

Cat Weighing Over 30 Pounds Big Hit At North Carolina Animal Shelter

Cat Weighing Over 30 Pounds Big Hit At North Carolina Animal Shelter

Air France to launch new airline specifically for millennials

Air France will launch a new airline specifically for passengers aged 18 to 35.

On Thursday, the airline announced its new airline, Joon, which will begin operating routes this fall. 

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According to a news release, Joon’s targeted clientele is young working professionals whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology.

“Designed for our millennial customers, (Joon) will offer more than just a flight and a fare -- it will offer a global travel experience,” Dominique Wood, executive vice president of brand and communications at Air France, said in a statement.

Joon’s flight attendants will wear casual, chic uniforms.

Joon will begin operating flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle this fall, with plans to expand to longer routes by next summer.

The airline will not be a low cost airline. 

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Wood said the airline plans to release more details about Joon’s destinations and fares in September.

“This generation has inspired us a lot,” said Caroline Fontaine, vice president of brand at Air France. “They are opportunistic in a positive sense of the word as they know how to enjoy every moment and are in search of quality experiences that they want to share with others. Joon is a brand that carries these values.”

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