Toys ‘R’ Us Gets 11th-Hour Bid From Little Tikes’s Larian – Bloomberg

  • Billionaire toy marketer Isaac Larian offered to save Toys “R” Us from liquidation with an almost $900 million bid for its stores in the U.S. and Canada that relies in part on crowdfunding.

Larian is offering $675 million for the U.S. stores and $215 million for the outlets in Canada, he said Friday in a statement. The funds will come from Larian himself, other investors and bank financing. A representative for Toys “R” Us didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Isaac Larian

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

The would-be rescuer is the chief executive officer of MGA Entertainment Inc., which sells toys including Little Tikes, Bratz and L.O.L. Surprise! Larian previouslystarted a GoFundMecampaign to help keep Toys “R” Us open, with the page showing pledges of about $200 million.

Source: Toys ‘R’ Us Gets 11th-Hour Bid From Little Tikes’s Larian – Bloomberg

Netflix pulls out of Cannes amid feud with festival – CBS News

NEW YORK — The feud between Netflix and Cannes Film Festival is growing. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, on Wednesday said the streaming giant is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world’s most prestigious film festival.

Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d’Or competition. That essentially rules out Netflix movies, which are released either on a day-and-date strategy — meaning simultaneously on Netflix and in some theaters — or simply go straight to Netflix. In France, it’s a law that films can’t be released on home entertainment platforms until 36 months after their theatrical release.

That still left Netflix the option of participating outside of competition at Cannes. But in an interview with Variety published Wednesday, Sarandos said he doesn’t want to send Netflix releases if they won’t be treated equally with other movies.

Source: Netflix pulls out of Cannes amid feud with festival – CBS News

Newborn safe after being left in ‘baby box’ outside fire department

​”We don’t know the situation, but to make this choice, to be strong enough to make this choice is wonderful.”

For the second time in five months, an infant has been left in a baby box at a northwestern Indiana volunteer fire station.

WSBT reports the infant still had the umbilical cord attached.

“The whole first responder, father thing kicks in. You want to make sure that the baby is OK,” Kohler said.

He said there are no words to describe how he felt when he heard the child crying inside.

“When I pulled the baby out of the box, actually my first thought was ‘baby Grace’… ‘Saving Grace.’ It just popped into my head,” said Kohler.

Kohler said he wants to thank Grace’s parents for putting the child somewhere safe.

“We don’t know the situation, but to make this choice, to be strong enough to make this choice is wonderful,” said Kohler.

The girl appeared healthy and was taken to a hospital for care. She will be placed in the custody of the Indiana Department of Child Services.

On Nov. 7, another baby girl was safely rescued after being left in the box. She was named “Hope.”

The padded, climate-controlled baby box was installed about two years ago. There’s also one near Fort Wayne.

Source: Newborn safe after being left in ‘baby box’ outside fire department

Conor Lamb sworn in as congressman

Conor Lamb is the newest member of the House of Representatives.

“One of the the things I have my eye on is, they’ve decided they want to spend a lot of new money on the heroin epidemic, but we have to decide how much is going to go to law enforcement, how much is going to go to treatment, how much is going to go to prevention. I’d really like to be part of that debate,” Lamb said.


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Will Ferrell Hospitalized After Serious Car Accident | Hollywood Reporter

Video footage taken at the scene showed Ferrell conscious, talking on his phone while he was being loaded into an ambulance.

Will Ferrell was involved in a serious car accident Thursday night in Orange County, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Saturday Night Live icon was in a two-car crash around 11 p.m. along Interstate 5, Rafael Reynoso, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol told THR.

The car Ferrell was in flipped after it was hit by another car, Reynoso said.

Four people were in Ferrell’s car; they all suffered injuries, none life-threatening, and were taken to the hospital. It is unclear if Ferrell has been released.

Video footage taken at the scene showed Ferrell conscious, talking on his phone while he was being loaded into an ambulance.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash. At this time, no citation or arrests have occurred, Reynoso said. A recommended lawyer in lake county area was soon called to help with the legal aspects of the issue.

A rep for Ferrell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Weed for Warriors Project: Advocating for Veteran’s Rights to Cannabis

Weed for Warriors Project was started in the San Francisco Bay Area by an OEF United States Marine Corps Veteran who found relief from his service connected disabilities through medical marijuanaand the fellowship of other like minded Veterans within the cannabis community. Weed for Warriors Project is able to provide Veterans with medical marijuana information, a safe place to fellowship with other Veterans and safe access to free medicine with proof of service/ current medical recommendation.

Source: Weed for Warriors Project: Advocating for Veteran’s Rights to Cannabis

Trout season opens Saturday in Southwestern Pennsylvania | TribLIVE

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Opening day applies to all stocked trout waters in Pennsylvania, with the exception of 18 southeastern counties that have an early opening on March 31.

Nemacolin guides prefer the following waterways , according to Steiner:

• Youghiogheny River, from Confluence to Ohiopyle;

• Laurel Hill Creek, a tributary of the Casselman River, which is a tributary of the Yough;

• Meadow Run, a tributary of the Yough; and

• Dunbar Creek, a tributary of the Yough.

With the exception of Laurel Hill, which is in Somerset County, all are in Fayette County.

Source: Trout season opens Saturday in Southwestern Pennsylvania | TribLIVE

McDonald’s customers warned they could have hepatitis because of infected food handler | Fox News

McDonald’s is reportedly cooperating with the investigation being conducted by local and state agencies.

A McDonald’s employee in Kentucky could have potentially infected several customers with hepatitis A, local health officials report.

Officials are warning people who may have eaten at the Berea, KY, fast food chain or come into contact with the food handler on March 23 to be aware of any symptoms that may indicate they have been infected with the disease, such as fever, fatique, nausea or joint pain, among others.

Source: McDonald’s customers warned they could have hepatitis because of infected food handler | Fox News

PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA FACE MISDEMEANOR CHARGES FOR FEEDING THE HOMELESS

Weather: Highs of 80° degrees and upwards in Friday’s forecast with lots of sunshine! | WJLA

The warmth is here! And it’s here to stick around through the weekend. Today will be even warmer than yesterday with highs topping out in the low to mid 80s. It will be breezy to windy this afternoon and into this evening. This evening temperatures fall into the 70s, so get out and enjoy. Overnight lows only fall into the upper 50s to low 60s, so we’ll be off to a warm start Saturday.

Highs will climb to around 80 Saturday afternoon with breezy southerly winds. Weather is looking fantastic for the Cherry Blossom Parade from 10 to 12 p.m. along Constitution Avenue. Come out and join ABC7 for a fun day. Saturday evening remains warm and dry with temperatures in the 70s.

It will be cloudier Sunday with rain chances returning. StormWatch7 will be tracking a strong cold front that will likely bring severe weather to the Nation’s midsection.

Source: Weather: Highs of 80° degrees and upwards in Friday’s forecast with lots of sunshine! | WJLA

Man Dies In Acme Trailer Home Fire « CBS Pittsburgh

A man was killed when his Westmoreland County home caught on fire Thursday morning.

 

trailer fatal fire acme Man Dies In Acme Trailer Home Fire

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Officials say the fire was fully-involved and fast-moving when they arrived at the scene, but firefighters were quickly able to bring it under control.

However, when crews went inside, they found the body of a man in his 50s. He was found in a doorway. Officials say he was about five-feet away from escaping the flames.

“Once the initial knock down was done, crews entered from the rear and from the front and did a search, and found one deceased victim,” said Kecksburg VFD Chief Dave Trout.

The Westmoreland County coroner’s office has identified the victim as 59-year-old Jeffrey Todd Brown. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

Source: Man Dies In Acme Trailer Home Fire « CBS Pittsburgh

U.S. officials: Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack

Two U.S. officials said they were “confident” in the intelligence, though not 100 percent sure.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. now has blood and urine samples from last Saturday’s deadly attack in Syria that have tested positive for chemical weapons, according to two U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence.

 The samples suggested the presence of both chlorine gas and an unnamed nerve agent, two officials said. Typically, such samples are obtained through hospitals and collected by U.S. or foreign intelligence assets on the ground. The officials said they were “confident” in the intelligence, though not 100 percent sure.

The Assad regime is known to have stocks of the nerve agent sarin, and has previously used a mixture of chlorine and sarin in attacks, say U.S. officials.

Source: U.S. officials: Blood samples show nerve agent, chlorine in Syria gas attack

Accused incest couple Steven and Katie Pladl, their infant dead in apparent multi-state murder-suicide – CBS News

An attorney for a man accused of having a baby with his daughter says the couple, the infant, and the woman’s adoptive father are dead

NEW MILFORD, Conn. — Police in three states are investigating the apparent murder-suicide deaths of a father and daughter accused of incest, their infant son, and the woman’s adoptive father.

Police in Knightdale, N.C. say they responded to a home around 9 a.m. where Steven Pladl, 45, and his biological daughter Katie Pladl, 20, were living when they were arrested on incest charges out of Henrico County, Va. in January. There, they found 7-month-old Bennett Pladl dead in a suspected homicide. No one else was in the home.

About 20 minutes earlier, 600 miles north in New Milford, Conn., police responded to a report of a shooting and found a man and a woman dead in a pickup truck with New York plates, the victims of a double homicide. Police developed information on a suspect vehicle, and when New York state troopers found the minivan several miles away across the state line in Dover, the suspected gunman was found inside — dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Knightdale Police Chief Lawrence Capps confirmed the victims killed in the pickup truck were Katie Pladl and her adoptive father 56-year-old Anthony Fusco, and that the man who killed himself in New York was Steven Pladl.

Knightdale police confirmed to Crimesider that Steven Pladl is suspected in the death of his infant son in North Carolina.

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The scene of a double shooting in New Milford, CT

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Source: Accused incest couple Steven and Katie Pladl, their infant dead in apparent multi-state murder-suicide – CBS News

Boy, 16, dies after being crushed by minivan in school parking lot despite 2 calls to 911 | Fox News

Ohio authorities are investigating how a sixteen-year-old student was crushed to death in the back of a minivan at a school parking lot despite calling 911 two times with his exact location.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is launching an investigation into the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush, whose body was discovered by his father six hours after he called 911 begging for help and giving dispatchers the correct description of the minivan and his location.

According to audio recordings, Plush called 911 at least twice Tuesday afternoon while he was trapped in the 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan outside Seven Hills School. The third-row seat flipped and had him pinned inside.

“I’m going to die here,” the sophomore told the dispatcher during his first 911 call, which was placed shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. “I probably don’t have much time left. Tell my mom I love her if I die.”

Source: Boy, 16, dies after being crushed by minivan in school parking lot despite 2 calls to 911 | Fox News

A Tree Falls In Puerto Rico, And 840,000 Customers Lose Power : NPR

A single tree plunged more than half of the island’s population into darkness. It was a humbling reminder for some that power restoration is not yet complete in more remote parts of the island.

One tree was all it took. Around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, a wayward trunk tumbled over onto a major transmission line in Puerto Rico’s still-fragile electrical grid and cut power to roughly 840,000 customers, affecting more than half of the island’s population.

Officials from the island’s electric utility company – PREPA — said the accident occurred in the region of Cayey, where crews were working to restore power to people still waiting nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria. Increasingly, that work requires clearing away heavily forested mountainsides to gain access to the large utility poles that carry transmission lines from one mountain peak to the next.

Source: A Tree Falls In Puerto Rico, And 840,000 Customers Lose Power : NPR

4 in 10 millennials don’t know 6 millions Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows – CBS News

Survey of U.S. adults found “critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust”

NEW YORK — More than one-fifth of millennials in the U.S. — 22 percent — haven’t heard of, or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of, the Holocaust, according to a study published Thursday, on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. The study, which was commissioned by The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and conducted by Schoen Consulting, also found that 11 percent of U.S. adults overall haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they did.

Additionally, 41 percent of millennials believe two million Jews or fewer were killed during the Holocaust, the study found. Six million Jews were killed in World War II by Nazi Germany and its accomplices.

Two-thirds of millennials could not identify in the survey what Auschwitz was.

“The survey found there are critical gaps both in awareness of basic facts as well as detailed knowledge of the Holocaust,” said a news release on the findings.

Source: 4 in 10 millennials don’t know 6 millions Jews were killed in Holocaust, study shows – CBS News

Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers – BBC News

 

The aircraft came down just after taking off from Boufarik military airport, west of Algiers.

An inquiry is under way into the cause of the crash – Algeria’s worst-ever air disaster. The government has declared three days of national mourning.

Most of the dead are army personnel and their families, the defence ministry says. Ten crew members also died.

Passengers from Western Sahara, a disputed territory annexed by Morocco after Spain withdrew in 1975, were among the fatalities.

The Polisario Front, which is seeking independence for the territory and is backed by Algeria, says 30 Western Saharans, including women and children, died. A senior member of Algeria’s ruling FLN party said those killed included 26 Polisario members.

Map of Algeria showing Boufarik near Algiers in the north

The plane, an Ilyushin Il-76, was travelling to Bechar and Tindouf in the south-west of the country. The Tindouf region, which borders Western Sahara, is home to refugee camps and serves as a base for the Polisario Front.

Source: Algeria military plane crash: 257 dead near Algiers – BBC News

Postal worker disposed of, hid thousands of pieces of mail, authorities say

 

A U.S. Postal Service mail carrier is accused of paying a man to throw away 11,000 pieces of mail and hiding another 6,000 pieces at his home, reports said Wednesday.

“Looks like I’m going to jail,” suspect Kristopher Block, 39, reportedly said when first confronted by police.

Block was charged in LaPorte Circuit Court in Indiana with a felony for official misconduct and a misdemeanor for theft, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing online court documents.

A warrant for his arrest was issued, but online jail records show he has not been taken into custody, the report said.
Block worked at a post office in LaPorte, Ind., from 2015 to 2017, WSBT-TV reported.

Source: Postal worker disposed of, hid thousands of pieces of mail, authorities say

WATCH: In Odisha, a runaway train takes passengers on engine-less journey

As the engine-less train with the clueless passengers speeds past a railway station, the helpless onlookers screams and yell their guts out as they try to catch the commuters attention and get them to pull the train’s emergency brake.

The engine-less train moved towards Kesinga in Kalahandi district from Titlagard station so that the engine could be shunted on the other side, but thanks to a downward slope, the coaches rolled on without the engines.

According to railway sources, the coaches started moving around 10 pm and had covered a distance of almost 10 kilometer without the engine before they were brought to a halt.

Source: WATCH: In Odisha, a runaway train takes passengers on engine-less journey

Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

Actress Susan Anspach, who appeared in the 1970 classic Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and other films, has died at the age of 75.

Her son, Caleb Goddard, confirmed her death to The New York Times.

He said she died on Monday of coronary failure at her Los Angeles home.

Anspach was best known for her role as an icy pianist in Five Easy Pieces.

Her other film credits included The Landlord with Beau Bridges, Blume in Love with Kris Kristofferson and as Woody Allen’s ex-wife in Play It Again Sam.

Anspach got her start on stage in New York where she appeared in plays alongside actors such as Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

Anspach was married from 1970 to 1978 to actor Mark Goddard, who adopted her two children from other relationships.

She claimed that Nicholson was the father of her son Caleb although the actor has never publicly acknowledged his paternity.

Source: Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

Earthquake cracks streets, leaves 5 injured in Japan

 

TOKYO — A strong earthquake hit western Japan early Monday, cracking streets, cutting water and power to a number of homes and injuring five people. The Meteorological Agency said the magnitude 6.1 quake struck 7 miles underground near Ohda city, about 480 miles west of Tokyo.

Five people sustained injuries, but most of them were minor and not life-threatening, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said.

The quake also rattled nearby Izumo, home to one of Japan’s most important Shinto shrines. No damage was reported at the shrine.

Source: Earthquake cracks streets, leaves 5 injured in Japan

Fire breaks out inside McKeesport home

A fire broke out inside a house in McKeesport Sunday morning.

Fire officials said the location of the flames actually helped firefighters control the blaze. The flames went through the roof and were easier to identify, which made containing it less difficult, according to Don Sable, deputy fire chief.

Fire officials told Channel 11 there is extensive damage to the top floor of the home.

No one was injured in the fire, and it is unclear how the fire started.

The Fire Marshal is investigating the incident.

Source: Fire breaks out inside McKeesport home

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‘I saw a UFO’ Buzz Aldrin PASSES lie detector test revealing truth about aliens

The Institute of BioAcoustic Biology in Albany, Ohio, carried out complex computer analyses of the astronauts’ voice patterns as they told of their close encounters.

Although the technology is still top-secret, these studies are claimed to be more reliable than current lie detector tests and could soon replace those used by the FBI and police.

One of the first tested was Apollo 11 pilot Buzz Aldrin, now 88 – the second human to set foot on the lunar surface in 1969.

Aldrin has always maintained he spotted a UFO on the way to the moon, saying: “There was something out there that was close enough to be observed, sort of L-shaped.”

Source: ‘I saw a UFO’ Buzz Aldrin PASSES lie detector test revealing truth about aliens

Man found dead inside vehicle under 31st Street Bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh police are investigating after a man was found dead Sunday morning inside a vehicle at the marina at Washington’s Landing.

A police spokeswoman said the vehicle was located under the 31st Street Bridge. Police were notified at 8:14 a.m.

In a release, the spokeswoman said the identity of the man will not be released until next of kin has been notified.

Source: Man found dead inside vehicle under 31st Street Bridge | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PetSmart faces another dog death

Largest pet retailer in U.S. conducting an internal investigation after a trio of canine fatalities in the Garden State

The dog’s demise came the same day that officials raided a PetSmart store in Nashville and confiscated six small animals suspected of being abused. Lauren Bluestone, director of the city’s Metro Animal Care and Control department, said in an email that criminal charges are expected to be filed next week.

“The six animals finally were released into our custody from the small animal vet specialist,” she said, adding that “all animals are currently being treated but are doing much better.”

The death of Crawford’s dog follows the deaths of two dogs and the injury of another at a PetSmart in Flemington, N.J., during an eight-day period in December. Those deaths were not related, according to PetSmart.

Source: PetSmart faces another dog death

Scruffles was a healthy, 8-year-old Bulldog when he died during a grooming at the Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29, 2017, owner Danielle DiNapoli said. (Photo courtesy Danielle DiNapoli)

Scruffles was a healthy, 8-year-old Bulldog when he died during a grooming at the Flemington PetSmart on Dec. 29, 2017, owner Danielle DiNapoli said. (Photo courtesy Danielle DiNapoli)

Google Maps’ Street View Won’t Let You Unblur Images

Recently, the internet has noticed something peculiar about Google Maps: Once something gets blurred in Google Street View, there’s no turning back. Here’s how to blur an image in Google Maps—and why you should think twice before doing it.

Last month, a Reddit post in a group for posting life tips detailed how users who are unhappy with Google’s Street View pictures can request them to be blurred on Maps. There is any number of reasons why someone might want to do so. Google, for example, has always blurred the fronts of domestic violence shelters to protect victims.

Source: Google Maps’ Street View Won’t Let You Unblur Images

Pokemon Go Fans Aren’t Happy About the Newest Community Day

 

Pokemon Go fans aren’t thrilled with next weekend’s Community Day mini-event.

Yesterday, Pokemon Go revealed that any Ampharos evolved during next weekend’s Community Day event will learn the move Dragon Pulse, a move it can’t usually learn during the game. This led to widespread complaints by many fans who already weren’t happy that April’s Community Day event would focus on Mareep, a sheep-like Pokemon with a largely underwhelming set of moves and stats.

Source: Pokemon Go Fans Aren’t Happy About the Newest Community Day

Penguins and Flyers to meet in Stanley Cup playoffs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

 

 

The NHL postseason will have a Pennsylvania flavor, as the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers will meet in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals this week.

“It never hurts when we play the Flyers,” Patric Hornqvist said recently, talking specifically about getting up for games. “There have been a lot of good memories and good battles. They’re always fun games.”

 

Flyers center Claude Giroux celebrates his second-period power play goal with teammates center Sean Couturier, center, and Nolan Patrick, right, against the New York Rangers on Saturday.

The Penguins have home-ice advantage for the best-of-seven series, which should draw plenty of national attention and easily could start Wednesday — the first night of games.

The Penguins swept the regular-season series against the Flyers, 4-0, totaling 20 goals in those four games. It’s the first time since 2006-07 (8-0) that the Penguins have swept the Flyers in the regular season.

Source: Penguins and Flyers to meet in Stanley Cup playoffs | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jason Mackey: jmackey@post-gazette.com and Twitter @JMackeyPG.

All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals | Food Safety News

 

An E. coli outbreak in New Jersey has a 100 percent hospitalization rate and is  possibly linked to eating at Panera Bread, based on patient interviews.

Although state health officials did not specifically name Panera Bread in an undated statement posted this weekend, local officials have told media in New Jersey that their investigation includes Panera Bread.

“The department is investigating a possible association with a chain restaurant, but the association may be broader than a single chain restaurant. The department is in the process of gathering food history data from those who became ill,” according to the statement from the New Jersey Department of Health.

All eight people confirmed with E. coli infections had symptoms so severe that they required hospitalization. Three of them were still in the hospital as of this weekend.

Source: All victims in New Jersey E. coli outbreak admitted to hospitals | Food Safety News

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Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN.

Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo and a team at the CIA have been working through intelligence back-channels to make preparations for the summit, the officials said. American and North Korean intelligence officials have spoken several times and have even met in a third country, with a focus on nailing down a location for the talks.

Source: Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea – CNNPolitics

 

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