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Burger King to stop buying from farms that abuse chickens

Burger King officials said Tuesday that the company plans to stop buying chickens from farms that grossly mistreat the animals,CNN reported.

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By 2024, the fast-food chain said it plans to buy only chickens raised according to welfare standards established by the animal advocacy group Global Animal Partnership

"Chickens raised for meat, also known as 'broilers,' are among the most abused animals on the planet," GAP said in a joint statement. "They are bred to grow so unnaturally fast that they are often crippled under their own weight. Many suffer from constant leg pain so severe they cannot stand, and so spend nearly all their time sitting in their own waste." 

Burger King’s action follows similar commitments made in recent years by companies including Chipotle, Red Robin, Quiznos, Panera Bread and Starbucks, CNN reported.

According to the organization's website, GAP-certified farmers must provide birds with access to light and keep their barn living conditions cleaner. The chickens also must be rendered unconscious before they are slaughtered to minimize pain.

Hawaii judge who blocked Trump’s revised travel ban target of threats

The Hawaii federal judge who ruled against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban has been the target of threatening messages, according to the FBI.

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U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson's ruling last week resulted in a temporary restraining order nationwide, CNN reported — hours before the revised travel ban was set to go into effect.

In the 43-page ruling, Watson ruled that the state of Hawaii had established "a strong likelihood of success" on their claims of religious discrimination, CNN reported.

Watson, who presides in Honolulu, has received threatening messages since the ruling. FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said the agency is aware of the situation and prepared to assist.

The FBI declined to provide additional details on the investigation. The U.S. Marshals Service, which is spearheading the investigation, said it does not discuss specific security measures.

"The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously," it said in a statement.

"While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted."

Trump decried Watson's ruling during a rally in Nashville, Tennessee, last week.

"This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach," Trump said.

Watson's ruling, which applies nationwide, means people from six Muslim-majority countries and refugees will be able to travel to the United States. The countries were Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable. The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed," Watson wrote.

Shirtless man brandishing knives threatens Michigan restaurant patrons

A man walked into a Michigan restaurant Tuesday, waving knives at customers and ordering them to leave, WJBK reported.

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The 26-year-old man walked into the Mexican Fiesta restaurant in Dearborn Heights and threatened customers, witnesses told WJBK.

"He was really loud, and excuse my language, (he said) everybody get the (expletive) out," Jacob Latigo said.

Latigo and his wife recorded cell phone video of the incident Tuesday evening, showing the man shirtless at the bar counter.

"He said he wanted a beer," Latigo told WJBK. "They said ‘we weren't going to serve you’ and it looks like he got more agitated. So he put these knives in his fingers and started waving them around."

"He had like six of them," another witness, Sally Hanf, told WJBK.

The man also had cooking grease all over his body.

Dearborn Heights Police arrived and had to use a Taser gun on the man in order to arrest him, WXYZ reported.  

More millenials live with parents in S. Florida than anywhere else

A new study suggests that millennials in South Florida live with their parents at a higher rate than anywhere else in the country.

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The study conducted by Abodo found that 44.8 percent of millennials in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area still live with their parents. That’s the highest percentage among the 40 metropolitan areas looked at by the study, and above the national average of 34.1 percent.

According to Abodo, the finding represents the first time in 130 years that people in the 18-to-34-year-old range are more likely to live with their parents than any other situation, including cohabiting with a spouse, living alone and living with roommates.

Despite the stigma, millennials may have a good reason for living under their parents’ roof. If millennials living at home in South Florida were to move out, U.S. Census Bureau data indicates that they would spend more than 90 percent on their monthly income on rent. Millennials from six other metropolitan area would also spend more than 90 percent of their income on rent. In the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria area, millennials who would pay 110 percent of their income on rent.

The study found that millennials living at home have a median monthly income of $1,121, which falls well below the $2,023 median monthly income of all millennials.

Read more at Abodo.

Fire destroys North Dakota church owned by white supremacist 

A North Dakota church recently bought by a self-proclaimed white supremacist has burned to the ground, KVRR reported.

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The Attorney General’s office said there isn’t any new information to release, but Craig Cobb said he knows the fire was set intentionally and believes it was a hate crime.

“I was going to turn it over to the creativity movement with a stipulation that that branch of the church be called the Donald J. Trump. … President Donald J. Trump, Creativity Church of Rome, not Nome, Rome,” Cobb told KVRR. “A little play on history there, you see.”

Cobb said he had big plans for the church, formerly known as Nome Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“I absolutely would have if they would have given me half a chance, which the hater did not by burning down my property,” Cobb told KVRR. “An arsonist did it, of course. That’s all, an arsonist, it’s really simple.”

Cobb was in Sherwood, North Dakota, when he received an email from an attorney about his destroyed property.

“I just want to insert that it’s a terroristic attack,” Cobb told KVRR. “I’m going to ask the DOJ and the FBI to apply hate crime charges against them too.” 

Cobb is offering an award of at least $2,000 to anyone with information that can lead to the responsible party.

“I really want them caught, I really, really want them caught,” he told KVRR.

HGTV to air 'Fixer Upper' and 'Flip or Flop' spin-off shows

HGTV fans, get ready for more “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop.”

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Joanna Gaines, star of hit show “Fixer Upper,” is getting her own spin-off show on HGTV.

In her new show, Gaines will bring viewers a behind-the-scenes look at her creative process when designing a home. The show will be called, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design” and is set to premiere on March 28 after the season finale of “Fixer Upper.”

HGTV has also announced it will produce several spin-offs of “Flip or Flop” set in various cities outside of Tarek and Christina El Moussa’s native in Orange Country, California. “Flip or Flop” remains one of the most popular series on the network despite the stars’ very public divorce.

“The tremendous, consistent ratings success of the original ‘Flip or Flop’ with Tarek and Christina El Moussa inspired us to take a new look at house flipping programming,” said Scripps’ U.S. programming and development GM Allison Page, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We saw an opportunity to highlight what works in other regions by featuring successful couples that had mastered the art of flipping in their town.”

The series spin-offs will be set in Las Vegas, Nevada; Fort Worth, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Chicago, Illinois.

Judge gets death threats after blocking Trump travel ban: report

The federal judge who acted first to block President Donald Trump’s most recent travel ban has received numerous death threats since the ruling, prompting authorities to give him a 24-hour protection detail, according to a report.

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U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, who presides over cases in Hawaii, blocked Trump’s revised travel ban last week. He rejected the government’s claims that the ban was imperative to national security and not a form of religious discrimination.

Several threats have been made against Watson in the wake of his March 15 ruling, Hawaii News Now reported. The U.S. Marshals Service has flown in about a dozen marshals to protect him around the clock, according to the news station.

FBI officials told Hawaii News Now that authorities are aware of the threats but declined to provide details on their nature or form.

Trump called Watson’s ruling an example of "unprecedented judicial overreach" and said his administration would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Deputies: Family kept badly decomposed body, used Vietnam vet's benefits

Authorities in Ohio arrested three people after they discovered the badly decomposed body of a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran in a home, according to multiple reports.

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Deputies with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Bob Harris, 71, after learning that his Social Security debit card was being used despite the fact that he hadn’t been seen for months, WJW reported. The body had decomposed to the point where the remains were mostly skeletal, lying in the living room of a home in Wainwright.

The body was kept a short distance from where the home’s residents slept, according to WJW.

“It’s a horribly graphic case,” Sheriff Orvis Campbell told TimesReporter.com.

He said Harris’ body was found in some “of the most deplorable conditions we can describe.” Trash and animal waste was found near the body.

Harris was living with a married couple and their daughter, according to TimesReporter.com. The family had spread stories about Harris moving to Stark County and allowing them to use his Social Security benefits, Campbell said.

Authorities arrested Brian and Stacy Sorohan on charges of abuse of a corpse and theft of a credit card, according to The Associated Press. The couple’s 18-year-old daughter was charged with abuse of a corpse.

Deputies said the circumstances surrounding Harris’ death were not immediately clear. An autopsy will be performed to determine whether his death involved foul play, according to TimesReporter.com.

Woman accused of leaving young children home alone

A Beaver County, Pennsylvania, mother is accused of leaving her kids, 2 and 4 years old, home alone.

Nikia Shelehada, 23, is facing felony endangerment charges. 

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Police in Monaca said she left two small children alone in an apartment on Marshall Road that was filled with garbage and waste. 

A neighbor found the toddler outside at 1 a.m. March 7 and called police. 

“I looked out the window and she was over on the hillside. I ran out and I got her. I brought her in and she was soaking wet. I cleaned her up. She was very, very dirty,” the neighbor said. 

Here’s why police are warning iPhone users to stop saying ‘108’ to Siri

A viral social media prank asking iPhone users to say the number 108 to Siri is causing uproar within police departments across the nation.

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According to BBC News, 108 is India’s three-digit code for 911. When users participate in the viral craze, Siri connects them to emergency services in their area within five seconds, ultimately wasting resources and tying up phone lines for other serious emergencies.

The craze began circulating on Twitter over the weekend.

“This prank is problematic because it uses resources that are vital for others trying to receive help in real emergency situations,” officials from the Marshall Police Department in Wisconsin wrote on Facebook.

Not only is it harmful, but placing prank 911 calls can also be considered a crime, they wrote.

An Arkansas police department also warned users to steer clear of the prank, stating the shortcut is designed specifically as a panic code for those in real emergencies.

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