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Couple's quest to visit every Cracker Barrel in America nears end

An Indiana couple have nearly completed their decades-long quest to visit every one of the 665 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations across the United States, according to multiple reports.

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Ray and Wilma Yoder, both 80, have only one location left to visit: a Cracker Barrel in Tualatin, Oregon, The Lebanon Democrat and the “Today” show reported.

Ray Yoder told the newspaper he embarked on his mission to visit each Cracker Barrel 40 years ago, while he was working a job that saw him traveling the country to deliver recreational vehicles.

“It took the boredom out of being on the road,” Ray Yoder told the Democrat. “It has a down-home spirit, and everybody is friendly. It’s like being at home.”

His trips were initially made without his wife, who stayed home with their four children, according to a 2015 report from The News Herald in Morganton, North Carolina. Wilma Yoder eventually joined her husband.

In the 1980s, Ray Yoder said the couple thought, “Well, now why don’t we try to go to all of them?”

“It’s not like a McDonald’s place, where they have 26 or 30 thousand of them,” Ray Yoder told The News Herald. “It was something we wanted to do, so we are trying to hit all of them.”

The Yoders have since traveled more than 5 million miles in their quest, which once included trips to eight Cracker Barrel locations in a single day, according to the Democrat.

In all their visits in the last 40 years, Ray Yoder said, they never had a bad experience.

“It’s the same good service and great people wherever you go,” he told the Democrat.

Texas man ordered to pay child support for another man's child

A Houston man has been ordered by a judge to pay child support for a teenage girl who is not his biological daughter.

A judge ruled that Gabriel Cornejo, 45, must pay $65,000 in back child support to an ex-girlfriend who had a daughter by another man, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The case goes back to 2003, shortly after the girl was born. Cornejo’s ex-girlfriend sued for child support, stating that she had only been intimate with him. Court records indicate the Cornejo was subpoenaed in the case, but he denies receiving the notice and never fought the case, the Chronicle reported. The attorney for the child’s mother claims that the refusal to dispute the case indicates that Cornejo was willing to take responsibility for the payments.

Since the relationship ended, Cornejo has married, has three children of his own, and is caring for his brother’s two children, according to KTRK. When he received court papers telling about the child from the previous relationship, he and his wife met with the child and her mother. Cornejo took a paternity test, which showed that he was not the child’s father.

Cornejo said the child was a nice girl. He described her as being wonderful and very smart, with a lot going for herself. She’s just not his daughter.

Despite the scientific evidence, both the state and the child’s mother insist that Cornejo make the child support payments, KTRK reported. He and his attorneys are attempting to have the case re-opened and get the payments dismissed.

“I never thought in my whole life I would have to defend myself for something that I am innocent of,” Cornejo said, according to KTRK.

Cheryl Coleman, Cornejo’s attorney, also spoke out about the decision.

“They say he should have fought back then and he failed to do so,” she said. “But how can you fight something you don’t know anything about? Unfortunately, this young child is the one who suffers.”

Read more at the Houston Chronicle and KTRK.

95-year-old woman reunites with firefighters who helped her to safety

A 95-year-old great-great-grandmother got the thrill of a lifetime when two firefighters came for a visit to her Georgia home.

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Irene Grundy, who is bedbound and receiving hospice care, had wanted to thank the firefighters since they helped her to safety during a tornado scare in April; however, she didn’t know their names or how to contact them.

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Her daughter, Victoria Glance, reached out to Wish of a Lifetime, a national nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling life-enriching wishes for seniors to combat isolation, for help finding the two men and arranging a visit for her mother.

The organization found the firefighters, Julius Holinek and Andy Poteet, at Alpharetta Fire Station 81, and quickly planned their visit with Grundy.

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“Look at my handsome firemen!” Grundy exclaimed when they came through the door.

The two brought bouquets donated by a local florist, posed for photos, and visited with Grundy and her family.

Grundy proudly showed off intricate feathered hats she used to make for her church friends in the 1950s and kept the firemen laughing with jokes that produced belly laughs. “(This experience) boosted her morale,” said her daughter. “It was a miracle. It changed her whole attitude (and) brightened up her life.”

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Glance was moved by how the community came together to celebrate her mother during a difficult time for their family.

“It seemed like a family gathering, and we all hugged at the end," she said.

"Even the guy who delivered food gave her a kiss on the cheek and wished her well.”

Grundy spent her life caring for others. She raised four children, has 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She is now receiving all the care she deserves with this outpouring of love from her family and the community of Alpharetta, her daughter said.

Petition: Replace Confederate monument with statue of Snooty the manatee

In the wake of the tragic loss of the world's oldest manatee in captivity, residents in Manatee County, Florida, have taken to the internet to remember the beloved Snooty with a statue that would replace a Confederate monument, the Bradenton Herald reports.

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The Change.org petition had more than 3,200 signatures early Tuesday. “For a manatee as loved as he was in the community, it’s amazing to see the support,” said Anthony Pusateri, who started the petition. He said it will be submitted to the county and city of Bradenton for consideration.

Pusateri said he's not asking for the complete removal of the Confederate monument that now stands in front of the county courthouse. It could be moved to another location, he said, paving the way for Snooty to take the prime spot in the center of downtown Bradenton.

>> Famous Florida manatee, Snooty, oldest on record, killed in freak aquarium ‘accident’

The statue petition was not the only one filed in tribute to Snooty. Others call for renaming Lakewood Ranch and naming a new high school for the county's unofficial mascot. 

There was an outpouring of emotion Monday across Bradenton, where residents stopped to honor Snooty at the museum. They left flowers, cards, drawings from children, lettuce, carrots and a candle near the front door, according to the Herald.

Snooty drowned Sunday after becoming stuck in the life-support maintenance area at his home at the South Florida Museum, just two days after his 69th birthday. It's not yet known how he got stuck in the small tube, according to another Bradenton Herald story. 

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Divers inspected the tank Monday to ensure the safety of the museum's three manatees undergoing rehabilitation.

Jeff Rodgers, the museum's chief operating officer, told the Herald that a memorial service for Snooty is being planned, along with a special memorial on the museum's grounds.

The first recorded manatee born in captivity in 1948, Snooty had lived at the museum since 1949.

Read more from the Bradenton Herald.

Rep. Blake Farenthold calls out 'female senators' on health care, suggests he would duel them

In an interview with a Corpus Christi radio station, Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican, called out “female senators from the Northeast” for the latest snag in the GOP's effort to repeal Obamacare, adding that he “might” challenge them to a duel if they were men.

Farenthold spoke to KEYS host Bob Jones on Friday morning, according to the Houston Chronicle.

While he didn’t name names, the only Republican female senator from the Northeast to oppose the bill is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is a Republican from West Virginia, not normally considered part of the Northeast. The third female GOP senator to oppose the bill is Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, also not considered part of the Northeast.  

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“If it was a guy from south Texas, I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” Farenthold told Jones, referring to the infamous 1804 duel between Vice President Aaron Burr and Treasury Secretary Andrew Hamilton. Hamilton was mortally wounded in the Weehawken, New Jersey, duel and died the next day.

According to The Associated Press, Collins later responded: "As far as I know, dueling is illegal in every state. He'll be disappointed, I guess."

Farenthold clarified his comments in a statement Monday, the AP reported.

"This was clearly tongue-in-cheek," he said. "That being said, I'm extremely frustrated with Senate Republicans who are breaking their promise to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare."

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Parents dining with kids limited to one alcoholic beverage at N.Y. restaurant

A New York restaurant has committed to limiting parents’ alcohol intake when they dine with their children and plan to drive home. 

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Melissa Gravelle, the general manager at Peddlers Bar & Bistro in Clifton Park, New York, said she fears for the safety of drunken adult drivers and the children who accompany those drivers, and she hopes to prevent unnecessary accidents.

“I could never live with myself knowing that I killed somebody driving. I could never do that,” Gravelle told WTEN. “We love children. Everybody loves children, and children don’t have a voice ... It’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help.”

Bartender Cheryl Faas said restaurant employees explain the policy to adults upfront. 

“(Servers) do get berated at the tables and some come back very upset, but the managers go to the table and they explain we’re not picking on parents, it’s just something that we feel in our hearts is something that we can do in order to help,” Gravelle told WTEN

Customers who don’t adhere to the restaurant’s rule are directed to leave the establishment.

WATCH: Sri Lankan navy rescues elephants swept out to sea

Two elephants that were swept out to sea were rescued by Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday, according to a CBS report. 

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The navy patrol located the elephants more than a half a mile from the shore, the navy said in a news release.

>> Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

CBS reported that the animals, who likely were swept out while crossing a lagoon, were in distress.

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The navy and wildlife officials sent in vessels and divers as part of its "mammoth effort,” the news release said.

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The elephants were “carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals” and released into the Foul Point jungle, the navy said.

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WATCH: Marine's son, 4, bursts into tears, hugs new stepmom during wedding vows

Better get out those tissues.

A heartwarming viral video shows the moment that a Marine's 4-year-old son burst into tears and hugged his new stepmother Saturday during a wedding tribute to the boy. 

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According to WPVI, Marine Sgt. Joshua Newville's son, Gage, became emotional during his father's wedding to Senior Airman Emily Leehan in Ripley, New York.

"I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person," Leehan said while delivering special vows she had written for the boy.

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As the boy began to tear up, Leehan told Gage, "Don't cry," before he rushed into her arms, sobbing.

"I know that you and I will butt heads – except for right now," she continued, her voice breaking as Newville comforted his son. "But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I've only done what is best for you and that I love you."

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She added: "The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy. You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman I am today, and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."

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WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered some words of encouragement. 

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"Now we are friends, so there's no reason to cry anymore. We are together!" Gadot said in a viral video of the exchange shared by Variety, according to "ET."

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Gadot's "Justice League" co-star Ezra Miller also contributed to the pep talk.

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"You're a warrior. ... I think the ability to let yourself cry is what makes you such a warrior," he said, according to "ET." "Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready."

"Sweet kid," co-star Ben Affleck added.

35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

The cat formerly known as Symba has had a busy time since he went viral in June for his eye-popping girth. 

The 35-pound orange tabby has since been adopted by a couple who got married on July 8.

Like many wedding guests, the cat, now named Vito, wanted to look his best. His new owners have placed him on a strict diet and a regular exercise regimen.

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The newlyweds posed with Vito in a series of photographs taken by Kristi Odom. Vito still has a ways to go to reach a healthy weight, but he looks like he's happy and content in his new home. 

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