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  • Cat Intruder Makes Weather Report Purrfectt

    1 yr ago

    Weather forecasters in Miami are used to predicting lots of sun and hot temperatures but what one weatherman for the local Univision station there could not predict is the chance of a furry visitor interrupting his live report.

    As Eduardo Rodriguez, the weatherman for WLTV,pointed out temperatures in the 60s in the greater Miami area during Friday's 11 p.m. news, what viewers were likely focused on instead was the black and white cat at the bottom right of their TV screen, coolly walking about the set.

    Ever the pro, Rodriguez plowed through his forecast while laughter from the crew could be heard in the background. Eventually the cat walked off the set and left Rodriguez alone again to bring South Floridians the weather highs and lows.

    Univision posted the video on its YouTube page Monday, where it's already been viewed more than 100,000 times, and offered its own explanation for the bizarre appearance.

    "There are several cats that have turned the Univision parking lot into their home and sometimes they make it into the studio," the station said.

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  • Teens' 'Beat It' Parody Sparks Feud

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Teens at a Pennsylvania library had hoped to inspire kids to read when they transformed the lyrics of Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Beat It" into "Read It" and posted it on the Internet. Instead, they have a fight on their hands with Sony-ATV Records, which owns the rights to Jackson's song with his estate and refused to grant them permission to post it on the Internet.

    The teens at the Lansdowne Public Library say their David vs. Goliath tale began Nov. 19 when and Sony-ATV Records blocked the video from being viewed on YouTube three days after they originally posted it.

    In protest, the teens and the library staff uploaded another video on YouTube titled, "Just UN Ban-It," where students who worked on the film expressed their outrage at Sony.

    "If [Michael Jackson] would have seen this 'Read It' video, he would have blessed it, and I'm just ashamed at Sony," Lansdowne Public Library Director Sandra Giannella said in the video.

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  • Behind the Scenes With 'Hot in Cleveland'

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick are four of the funniest women on the planet. And ever since they landed in Cleveland nearly three years ago, TV has never been hotter. "The first day we read the script around the table, we all went, 'Oh, wow.' We all looked up and went, 'This one feels right,'" Malick told ABC News' Cameron Mathison, who joined the ladies on set for a special behind-the-scenes look at "Hot in Cleveland."

    When Mathison was asked to play the role of Bill, boyfriend to Leeves' character, Joy, he jumped at the chance.

    Mathison said the character he plays on the show is a bit of a "word shortener," which, according to some people, is "a little bit annoying."

    "But he's 6-foot-2 and gorgeous at the same time so we can overlook the word shortening," Leeves joked.

    The cast gets just a few days to rehearse before taping in front of the audience, but during one of the breaks, Mathison took the opportunity to get the scoop on what really goes on behind the scenes.

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  • Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter's Modeling Tribute to Mom

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    ABC News' Lindsey Davis, Santina Leuci and Sabina Ghebremedhin report: Dannielynn Birkhead, the 6-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith, is following in her model mom's footsteps, becoming the new face of Guess Kids. Her father Larry Birkhead said modeling is a way for Dannielynn to connect with the mom she never knew.

    "Dannielynn has always looked up to her mom's image and … I think that this is kind of Dannielynn's way of paying tribute to her mom in her own special way," Birkhead said in an interview with " Good Morning America."

    Birkhead has raised Dannielynn on his own since Smith died of a drug overdose in 2007 when their daughter was just 5 months old. Smith was 39.

    "To see her mom's picture next to hers as a Guess girl and say, 'Hey, I was a Guess Kids girl, my mommy was a Guess girl,' that might be her only connection with her mom," he said.

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  • Outbreak-Tied Peanut Butter Plant Shut

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    The Food and Drug Administration today shut down the country's largest organic peanut butter processor following a salmonella outbreak that sickened scores of people nationwide. For the first time the FDA has utilized new power granted by the 2011 food safety law and shut down Sunland Inc.'s New Mexico processing plant.

    In a statement on their website, the FDA said that the link between the company and the salmonella outbreak that sickened 41 people in 20 states along with "Sunland's history of violations led FDA to make the decision to suspend the company's registration."

    Between June 2000 and September 2012 eleven product lots of nut butter tested positive for presence of Salmonella. And, according to the FDA, between March 2010 and September 2012, Sunland Inc. distributed at least a portion of eight product lots after they had tested positive.

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  • 5 Tips to Win Powerball Jackpot

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    ABC News' Sharyn Alfonsi reports: With a $425 million Powerball jackpot now up for grabs Wednesday night, people are lining up across the country with dreams of money, money, money. "[I] really want that Powerball," Tony Hanson of Georgia said.

    In 2006, eight meatpacking workers - called the "Nebraska 8? - struck gold in Lincoln, Neb., with a single ticket chosen by a computer. They won $365 million - the biggest lottery payout in U.S. history.

    Seven of the eight winners still live in Lincoln. One person lives an hour away in Omaha.

    "They really haven't changed that much at all," said Eric Zornes, one of the Nebraska 8.

    Michael Terpstra took a $15 million lump sum and bought an unassuming $470,000 home.

    Single lady Chastity Rutjens got married a few years ago to Rob Stewart, another one of the lucky eight. His ex-wife got half of his earnings.

    Dave Gehle, a sanitation supervisor, showed up to work for three weeks after he won.

    "We couldn't just leave them in a bind," he told ABC News.

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  • Black Friday: The Hottest Toys of the Season

    ABC News at ABC News Blogs1 yr ago

    It's Black Friday,and that means one thing: shopping. If you have young children on your shopping list, you might be wondering what to buy them.

    Joey Fortman from Toy Insider appeared on "Good Morning America" today to tell you what the hottest toys are this season.

    Here are her top toy picks:

    The Toys

    Babies to Age 3

    The Fisher-Price Cruise and Groove Ballapalooza, $69.99. Fortman says the toy has multiple benefits for young children. Being able to grasp and drop the balls helps them develop hand-eye coordination, and the dancing green lights and musical beats stimulate their senses.

    Another of Fortman's hot picks for toys in this age group was the Playskool Sesame Street Flying Super Grover 2.0. This superhero toy comes to life for children. It sings songs, says phrases and has special sound effects. It retails for about $29.99

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    Ages 3 and Up

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