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Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

A fast-thinking employee at a Colorado Chick-fil-A restaurant saved a co-worker who was choking, ABC News reported.

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Andrew Myrant was on his break at the restaurant in Highlands Ranch when a co-worker signaled he was choking, ABC News reported. A video captured Myrant quickly coming to his co-worker’s aid and performing the Heimlich maneuver. After the co-worker was safe, Myrant sat down to finish his meal.

“I mean, it makes me feel pretty awkward because I don’t feel like it, but they say ‘hero’ a lot, and one of my managers bought me a sandwich for the other day, so that was nice,” Myrant told ABC News.

The co-worker was able to resume his duties. Myrant, a college student, said he learned the Heimlich maneuver while in high school.

Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel

It’s a hotel that Disney is hoping guests will marvel at.

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Disney’s Hotel New York, a 565-room property near Disneyland Paris’ Disneytown. will be renovated to feature the props, drawings and costumes from Marvel films, television shows and comic books, Travel & Leisure reported.

The Art of Marvel will be the first Marvel Comics hotel. It will boast a skyscraper facade and likely will include Stark Tower, Travel & Leisure reported, continuing Marvel’s expanded presence among Disney properties. 

The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, and has opened two attractions -- Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission Breakout! at Disney’s California Adventure; and Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland. Walt Disney World’s Epcot park in Florida will be opening a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster soon, while Avengers attractions are being proposed for the Disney California Adventure park, Travel & Leisure reported.

Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'

A Michigan man on trial for the murder of his 5-year-old stepdaughter said he killed the girl because “it wasn’t dinnertime.”

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Thomas McClellan, 25, already had admitted to the stabbing death of Luna Younger, the Lansing State Journal reported. During a recorded interview, Detective Charles Buckland pressed McClellan for the reason behind the girl’s death.

The interview was recorded when McClellan turned himself in, hours after the girl’s burned body was found by firefighters inside an apartment in Holt.

The recording was played during McClellan’s murder trial in Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court. Arguments and testimony ended in the three-day trial on Thursday. McClellan faces charges of open murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree arson, the State Journal reported.

In the interview, McClelland said he was at home with the child and was taking a nap, the State Journal reported. The girl knocked on his door around 5 p.m. on Nov. 1, 2016, and told McClellan she was hungry. 

“What was so awful about Luna today that you had to kill her,” Buckland asked. “I don’t want to guess something, Tom. I want to hear it from you.”

After a long silence, McClellan said “I told her it wasn’t dinnertime.”

McClellan said he tried to shoo the girl out of his room, but she resisted.

"It tipped me over the edge," McClellan said. "She gave me more attitude."

He said he then grabbed the kindergartner by the shoulder and pulled her onto the floor. Then he sat on her torso and stabbed her in the chest with a pocket knife several times, the State Journal reported.

McClellan’s attorney, Patrick Crowley, said his client was guilty of second-degree murder and arson. 

“I found myself in a difficult position as an attorney before you today,” Crowley told Judge Joyce Draganchuk. “I really am not going to take a position with regard to second-degree murder or arson.

“I believe the evidence stands for what it is.”A verdict is expected on Friday.

Reports: Trump’s lawyers probe conflict of interest among Mueller’s investigators 

President Donald Trump’s legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among the investigators hired by special counsel Robert S. Mueller, according to several reports.

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The New York Times reported that the president’s lawyers are digging into the professional and political backgrounds of Mueller’s team members, seeking information they could use to discredit the probe. The Times, quoting three unnamed sources, said the background checks could even be used to fire Mueller or get some members of his team recused.

The Washington Post, also citing anonymous sources, said Trump’s lawyers are discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons. One source said Trump asked about his power to pardon aides, family members or even himself.

Trump’s lawyers refused to comment on the issue, the Post reported. However, one adviser said the president was simply trying to understand the breadth of his pardoning authority, along with the limits of Mueller’s investigation.

“This is not in the context of ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,’” the Post reported, citing a close adviser.

A conflict of interest is one instance that an attorney can cite to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department rules, the Post reported.

Mueller’s team has begun examining financial records and has requested documents from the Internal Revenue Service related to Paul J. Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, the Times reported. The records are from a criminal investigation that took place before Trump’s campaign began, and Manafort was not charged in that case, the Times reported.

Meanwhile, Trump is reshuffling his legal team, CNN reported.

Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s longtime personal attorney, will see his role diminished, CNN reported. John Dowd, along with Jay Sekolow, will take over as the president’s personal attorneys for the investigation, CNN reported. Dowd will be the lead attorney.

Couple arrested, accused of letting 9-year-old smoke marijuana, making him shoplift 

A couple in Rogers County is has been arrested Wednesday after being accused of allowing their 9-year-old son to smoke pot and making him shoplift. According to an affidavit, Kimberly Broyles, 45, and Michael Whitaker, 40, allowed their son to smoke marijuana in their presence. 

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The affidavit was prompted by a child abuse complaint from a self-proclaimed addict that lived with the couple. According to the woman, the couple forced the boy to steal from Dollar General. The woman also told deputies that Whitaker kicked the boy in his back, neck and head as the boy was curled up in a fetal position screaming for him to stop.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said deputies raided the house and arrested the couple. According to Walton, Whitaker told the boy to run. The boy was taken into DHS custody.

Whitaker and Broyles are in the Rogers County Jail and each are held on $150,000 bond.

Cat weighing over 30 pounds big hit at North Carolina animal shelter

A fat cat is living the sweet life at the Chatham County Animal Shelter in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and getting attention from the public because of his size.

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The stray weighs 31.4 pounds and is too large to fit in a kennel like other cats at the shelter, so he received special accommodations from the staff.

“He loves sleeping in our cabinet in the break room,” Alan Canady, the shelter’s director, told WNCN. “And he can barely fit in there.”

After the shelter posted a picture of a staff member holding the cat, people became fascinated with the chubby feline from the Siler City, North Carolina, area and started coming to see him.

“Everybody wants to see him, because they think the picture is fake,” said Tiffany Foushee, a shelter attendant. “And then they seem him and they’re amazed at how big he is.”

The cat’s owners have until next Monday to pick him up, and if he isn’t claimed by then, the shelter will put him up for adoption at the $20 adoption special it’s having next week.

Rodents fell from ceiling of Dallas Chipotle, customers say

Chipotle faced a public relations meltdown early this week when customers fell ill after eating at a location in Sterling, Virginia. In what is only the latest in a string of incidents, Chipotle was forced to close that branch. The grills in Sterling were barely cold, when a Chipotle in Dallas caught public attention when a video surfaced of rodents falling from the ceiling.

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Diners captured video of the animals dropping out of the ceiling Tuesday. One patron told NBC DFW, “If we had been sitting at the next table, it definitely would have fell on top of our food, because it was literally right there. […] I kept wondering what it was, until I looked at the floor, and I saw three rats, and I ran.”

In a statement to the NBC Dallas-Fort Worth affiliate, Chipotle said that there was a “small structural gap in the building as a likely access point.” The company added, “This is an extremely isolated and rare incident.” The customer who spoke to NBC DFW said she isn’t likely to return to that location.

Chipotle’s stock has been plagued with drops associated with food poisoning in it’s restaurants. In 2015, an E. coli outbreak caused the restaurant chain’s shares to plummet. On Tuesday, after news of the Virginia food poisoning went viral, the stock dipped more than 6 percent, CNN Money reports.

Celebrities react to death of Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington

The death of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has shocked fans and celebrities, and many are reacting on social media.

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Bennington died of a suicide at age 41, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

The musician was on tour with his group promoting its latest album, “One More Light.” 

“Chester Bennington was an artist of extraordinary talent and charisma, and a human being with a huge heart and a caring soul. Our thoughts and prayers are with his beautiful family, his band-mates and his many friends,” Warner Bros. Records CEO and Chairman Cameron Stang said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Related: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide

Bennington’s bandmates, past collaborators and other celebrities expressed thoughts and condolences about his death on social media.

Dog attacked by otters in Washington state, homeowners say

Linda Willingham said her family was completely shocked Wednesday when they witnessed otters attack their family dog at their lakeside home in Lakewood, Washington.

“She was actually drug under the water and there were like three-four and they were swarming all over her,” Willingham said.

The attack was caught on the family’s surveillance cameras, which clearly show the 2-year-old Labrador retriever named Gracie struggling with something in the water of American Lake before swimming to shore and running back to the family home.

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“We want to make sure the otters are gone before we do that,” Willingham said. “Now, of course, nobody will swim here -- our family, anyway.”

Gracie has some bite wounds, but she’s recovering and her owners say she now refuses to go back into the water.

The family said they can’t recall otters being a problem in American Lake, but Bill’s Boathouse, the boat marina down the street from the family, has had issues with the animals.

“We used to hatch trout in American Lake for 25 years, but we stopped the program last year because the otters would break into the zip-tie pouches we had for the fish,” longtime Bill’s Boathouse owner Dave Anderson said.

Anderson said that while the fish were a problem, the attack on pets is becoming a more common experience. Although his company attempted to hire a trapper who could catch or catch and kill the otters, it didn’t last long before they discovered they were there to stay.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said its marine biologist was not aware of any complaints.

Anderson said game officials notified them if they were granted a hunting license, they could legally kill the otters and have their pelts stamped in Olympia.

Until some sort of solution is found, Willingham said she has kept her family out of American Lake.

“As soon as we know it’s safe from these otters, then we’ll be back in the water,” Willingham said.

Girl threatened by neighbor for opening lemonade stand without permit

A man threatened to call the police on a girl in Discover Bay, California for running a lemonade stand without a business license according to San Francisco reporter Frank Somerville.

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He quotes from the Facebook page of the girl’s father, Richard LaRoche:

“Whoever the man is who threatened to call the police on my daughter for her lemonade stand, you are seriously pathetic. There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things. I understand that you were upholding the ‘law’ but really dude?"

The girl had set up shop on public property. (Her parents told her she could be there for one hour).

LaRoche told SFGate.com, "The man just pulled up next to her and asked for her business license and then told her ‘I’m calling the police’ and then got on the phone and began speaking as if he was talking to police. She was so scared that she came home crying and sobbing and said she didn’t want to go to jail.”

After he posted the story on Facebook, LaRouche told her, per the reactions to his post, that the community was fine with the stand and that some people are jerks.

"We set up a second lemonade stand on our property (on Friday) and she was busy the whole three hours,” he said.

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