Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Car Plunges Into Calif. Family's Swimming Pool

    A mother in California awoke this Mother's Day to find more than just breakfast in bed or roses on the table.

    She found, instead, a silver Lexus at the bottom of her family's swimming pool.  The car was not a strangely placed gift for her, however, but the unfortunate landing spot of a suspected drunken driver.

    The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that the suspect, 40-year-old Modesto Cabral, was driving through the Los Angeles suburb of La Peunte, Calif., early Sunday morning when he plowed through a cinder block wall surrounding the home of the Diaz family and ended up directly in the family's swimming pool.

    ""We woke up to an awful noise and looked outside, and a car was in the pool," the Diaz's teenage daughter, Janelle, told the paper.   "We had always joked around about it - that someone was going to end up in the pool - because they've hit our wall before."

    California Highway Patrol officials say that Cabral allowed his 2006 Lexus GS430 to drive through an

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  • Arizona Man Hits Lotto Luck, Times Six

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    It's not much of a mystery to figure out the lucky number that one Arizona man now claims for the rest of his life: 6.

    That's the number of Powerball tickets purchased by the Glendale man that made him a millionaire, not once but six times over.

    The man, who asked not to be identified, as the Arizona Lottery allows, used the same combination of numbers for six Powerball tickets he purchased late last month, according to an Arizona Lottery spokeswoman.

    The tickets were all second-place winners, leaving the man with six $1 million prizes.

    The lucky lotto winnings were just announced this week, but the man has already collected his million-dollar winnings over the course of several visits to the state lottery's headquarters in Phoenix.

    Similar good lotto luck fell on a Virginia resident last  month.   Virginia Fike, of Berryville,  had two tickets that matched five of the six Powerball numbers in an April 7 drawing, so that each ticket was worth $1 million.

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  • Prince Charles Takes Over BBC Weather Forecast

    BBC viewers in Scotland tuning in for their lunchtime forecast on Thursday likely did a double-take when they received a forecast of wet and rainy, with a surprising chance of royal.

    Stepping in for their usual weatherman was none other than Britain's own Prince Charles.   The 63-year-old royal was visiting the channel's headquarters in Glasgow to celebrate its 60 th year of broadcasting when he decided to have a little fun with the lunchtime forecast, according to the BBC.

    Charles, visiting the station with his wife, Camilla, stepped right in front of the camera and looked like an old pro against the weather map, predicting "cold, wet and windy" conditions brought on by an "influence of low pressure."

    The incident was not entirely spontaneous, however.  The BBC reports that Prince Charles worked off a specially written script that highlighted royal residences in Scotland.

    When he got to the part of the script that called for "a few flurries over Balmoral," a favorite

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  • Arkansas Child Lodges Arm Inside Gumball Machine

    An Arkansas toddler reaching for a sweet treat instead found firefighters reaching out to rescue him from the grasp of a gumball machine.

    Terrell Parks Jr., 2, was on an outing with his father Monday afternoon when, like most toddlers, he was lured in by the line of candy machines near the front of the Texarkana store where they were shopping.

    Perhaps not understanding the full mechanics of how a candy machine works, Terrell reached his arm into the gumball machine for a brightly colored ball to chew on.  What he got instead was his arm stuck inside the machine.

    "I turned my back for one minute," the boy's dad, Terrell Parks Sr., told local station KSLA.  "They were trying to get some gum from the gum machine and his hand was stuck up there completely."

    Terrell's arm was so far lodged inside of the machine that firefighters had to be called to the scene.

    "As far as getting an arm out of a gumball machine, that is not a normal rescue," firefighter Vincent Johnson told

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  • Deion Sanders Explains Tweeting Pictures of Kids

    When NFL legend Deion Sanders made headlines last month it was not for setting any type of football record, but for the way he put his children in the center of a domestic dispute between him and their mother, his estranged wife, Pilar.

    Now the former Dallas Cowboys star says he did what he had to do - including tweeting pictures of him and his sons filing out police reports - in order to protect his very public, all-star image.

    "I can't be alleged the guy that's lost his mind," Sanders said today on " Good Morning America."  "That's not who I am or what I am.  I'm opening up schools. I'm doing many things for the community.  I have endorsements."

    Sanders, who was referring to his charity work as co-founder of the charter school Prime Prep Academy, was cited late last month by police in the couple's hometown of Prosper, Texas, for misdemeanor simple assault one day after an alleged altercation with Pilar. As a result, his wife was arrested and held overnight in

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  • Dare to Sail the Titanic II?

    An Australian billionaire has revealed plans to build a replica of the Titanic cruise ship, with plans to set it sail along the original sunken ship's path from England to New York.

    Real estate and coal magnate Clive Palmer announced Monday that he has signed an agreement with a state-owned Chinese company, CSC Jinling Shipyard, to build in their shipyard a modernized version of the Titanic, the infamous ship that crashed into an iceberg and sank in 1912, killing more than 1,500 people.

    "It will be every bit as luxurious as the original Titanic, but … will have state-of-the-art 21st-century technology and the latest navigation and safety systems," Palmer said in a statement.

    Placing a bet that the lure of the Titanic name will be greater than the deadly legacy it carries, Palmer said he will call the ocean liner Titanic II.  He expects the ship, with room for 1,680 passengers, to make its maiden voyage four years from now, in 2016.

    The announcement comes just weeks after

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  • Injured Hiker Survives 4 Days in Utah's Wilds With No Food

    A poncho and some medical know-how were what kept a 59-year-old Maine woman alive in the wilds of Utah for four days with a broken leg, no food and temperatures that dipped near freezing.

    Victoria Grover, of Wade, Maine, set out last Tuesday for a six-mile day hike in Utah's Dixie National Forest.  Two miles short of the trailhead on her return journey, Grover, described as a veteran outdoor enthusiast, jumped off a 4-foot ledge and broke her leg.

    That accident turned her otherwise routine  yet challenging  hike in the remote Utah desert into a race for survival.  Grover, who had only the clothes on her back and had not left a hiking  itinerary behind with others, holed up along a creek at an elevation of about 4,500 feet, the Associated Press reported.

    A physician's assistant, Grover made a splint from her walking stick and pulled herself to a nearby creek for water.  She had hiked the same area nearly four decades before on a Brigham Young University survival course and

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  • World Trade Center Back on Top of New York's Skyline

    By the time the moon rises over Manhattan tonight, a new tallest building will rise above all others on the city's famous skyline.

    The building is One World Trade Center and its reclaimed record as the city's tallest has been more than a decade in the making.  Construction on the building began six years ago and it stands on the site of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers that were the tallest buildings in the city before they were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

    PHOTOS: New World Trade Center Stands High in the Manhattan Sky

    Credit: Port Authority of NY & NJ, Photographer: Matthew McDermottWorkers will today erect the building's steel columns that will officially make it taller than New York's iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the 102nd floor observation deck. "Good Morning America's" George Stephanopoulos broadcast live from the top of the building today.

    WATCH: WTC Foremen Discuss Building the City's Tallest Skyscraper

    The new record does not mean, however, that the

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  • Deion Sanders Cited in Domestic Dispute

    Former NFL star Deion Sanders was cited for misdemeanor simple assault late Tuesday, one day after an altercation with his estranged wife, Pilar, who was arrested for misdemeanor family violence.

    Police in Prosper, Texas, where the couple live, said further investigation of the domestic violence claims led to a charge also being filed against the football star.  The charge, which did not lead to Sanders' arrest, covers any act considered aggressive and carries a fine of up to $500, Prosper police spokesman Celso Martinez told the Associated Press.

    Sanders' citation is the latest chapter in a "War of Roses" divorce drama that neither side has been afraid to make public.

    On Monday the Hall of Famer tweeted that his estranged wife attacked him in front of their kids.

    "Pray for me and my kids now! They just witnessed their mother and a friend jump me in my room. She's going to jail n I'm pressing charges!," he wrote.  He also posted a photo of himself with two of his

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  • Florida Man Mistakes Girlfriend for a Hog, Shoots Her

    Life at home for one Florida man  got a lot more complicated when he accidentally shot his girlfriend in both legs thinking she was a hog.

    Flagler County Sheriff's deputies say 52-year-old Steven Egan was hog hunting Saturday night with   girlfriend Lisa Simmons  at a hunting camp off a rural county road in Flagler,  in the northern part of the state.

    Around 7:30 p.m., officials said, Egan shot at a hog and then left Simmons behind in the tent to go look for it.  When he heard a noise in the woods he fired his gun again, thinking it was the animal.

    Unbeknown to Egan, Simmons had also left the tent to pick up loose oranges that had fallen from trees on the property.  Instead of hitting his wild target, Egan struck his girlfriend in both legs with a .30-caliber bullet.

    "He saw a hog and thought he shot it and went to look for it," Maj. Steve Clair with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office told  "He heard her and thought it was a hog and just shot."

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