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Walt Disney World announces new 'nature-inspired' resort

Walt Disney World guests will have another place to call home in a few years.

Company officials announced Thursday plans to build a nature-inspired resort along the shores of Bay Lake, situated between Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

The hotel complex will also not be far from Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Contemporary Resort and will include 900 hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas.

It will be the 16th Disney Vacation Club property, according to a Disney press release.

Disney officials said the new deluxe resort, which has not yet been named, will open in 2022. 

Officials also did not reveal how much the resort will cost to build or how much it will cost for guests to stay at the new accomodations.

The location is also near the former River Country water park, which closed in 2001. Disney did not say if the new hotel will be built on the site of the old water park.

Three other new resorts are also in the works at Walt Disney World, including an expanded Coronado Springs resort, the new Riviera resort near Epcot and an immersive Star Wars-themed hotel near Hollywood Studios. 

Disney officials said more than 1,700 new hotel rooms and DVC villas will open over the next four years.

Husband posts search for kidney for wife on back of van

A vehicle is driving around Lubbock, Texas, with a very important message -- “My wife needs a kidney.”

Gloria Parra-Adame thought that three years ago she was getting a cold, but it never went away. Doctors discovered she was in kidney failure, KCBD reported.

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After three years, Parra-Adame is still on the kidney transplant waiting list, KCBD reported, so her husband Roberto Adame, took an unusual path to finding the organ she needs by covering the rear window of their vehicle with a sign that reads: “HERO NEEDED MY WIFE NEEDS A KIDNEY 806-319-3674.”

Their grandson works at a printing shop and printed not only the sign, but cards and shirts too, KCBD reported.

So far the family has received more than 500 calls, but have yet to had a match, KCBD reported.

Houston museum apologizes for questionable email subject line

A Houston museum issued a public apology for using a subject line that could be construed as racially offensive, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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The Houston Museum of Natural Science used the term “Party with spooks” in the subject line of its bi-weekly electronic newsletter, the newspaper reported.

While the word "spook" is a synonym for "ghost," it is also a derogatory slur for black Americans.

"It's a tie to our annual Halloween party, which we've been doing for 10 years,” museum president Joel Bartsch told the Chronicle. “The word was meant to be a riff on the word spooky. That was the intention."

Bartsch said that when his employees saw the subject line, they addressed it by sending an explanation, the newspaper reported.

"Internal eyes noticed the subject line directly after it was sent,” Bartsch told the newspaper. 

The explanation reads:

"HMNS is committed to diversity and inclusion. We deeply regret that the subject line in this newsletter included a word with an offensive connotation, and sincerely apologize to everyone who received it. We are revisiting our internal policies and editorial review procedures to ensure this does not happen again."

Police: Disabled dog drowns after being tossed in pool during domestic argument

A South Florida man fighting with his ex-wife threw a disabled Chihuahua into a backyard swimming pool, telling the animal “You can’t swim but you’re going to learn tonight” before it drowned, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

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Pembroke Pines police arrested Juan Manuel Gonzalez, 40, on Thursday night and charged him with domestic violence and animal cruelty, the newspaper reported. Gonzalez’s ex-wife, who is four months pregnant, was injured during the domestic dispute, police said.

The arrest report does not describe the dog’s disability, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Gonzalez’s ex-wife called police around 11 p.m. Thursday, telling them she was grabbed by her face and suffered a cut lip.

“The victim advised that during the physical altercation, the defendant was screaming and yelling and destroying personal property within the house,” the arrest report said. “The victim also stated that she could hear the dog apparently suffering and crying for a short period of time. Ultimately, the family dog drowned.”

Police said Gonzalez was the “primary” aggressor in the dispute, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Gonzalez denied hurting his ex-wife but admitted throwing their dog into the pool, the newspaper reported.

RAE CARRUTH: "I just truly want to be forgiven"

After nearly 19 years in prison, former Carolina Panther Rae Carruth is nearing the end of his sentence. Days ahead of his release, Carruth spoke exclusively to WSOC to reflect on his time behind bars and how he feels about becoming a free man in a matter of days.

Carruth was sentenced to prison for planning the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams. Doctors managed to save their son, Chancellor Lee, but the trauma Cherica suffered before she died left the child with cerebral palsy.

Carruth spoke to WSOC anchor Erica Bryant by phone, telling her he had mixed emotions about getting out of Sampson Correctional Facility in Clinton, North Carolina.

“I’m excited about just being out of here. I’m nervous just about how I’ll be received by the public,” Carruth said. “I still have to work. I still have to live. I have to exist out there and it just seems like there is so much hate and negativity toward me.”

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Rae Carruth will walk out of prison Monday in Sampson County, North Carolina, almost 19 years after the shooting that killed his girlfriend, severely injured his unborn son, and shook a community.

Cherica Adams was shot four times as she drove down Rea Road early on the morning of Nov. 16, 1999.

She managed to call 911 and told the operator that her boyfriend -- and baby’s father, Rae Carruth -- was driving in front of her and had slowed down before the shooting.

Det. Darrell Price questioned Carruth later that morning at the hospital, but said he denied being involved.

“I feel certain he thought we would never solve that case,” Price said. “Because cases are hard to solve without a crime scene. They're very difficult without a crime scene. And we had very little to work with. Our crime scene was her body.”

Adams died four weeks later, and police relied on cell phone evidence -- which back then was new technology -- to make their case against Carruth.

Carruth claimed he had nothing to do with the shooting, but two of his co-defendants, including the man who admitted firing the fatal shots, told the jury at his trial a year later that Carruth had wanted Adams killed because he didn’t want to pay child support.

The jury found Carruth guilty of conspiracy to kill Adams but not guilty of her actual murder.

Click here to read more of WSOC’s exclusive interview with Carruth’s including how he plans to have a relationship with his son.

Manhattan condo strips Trump name from building

A 46-story condominium in New York City has stripped the Trump name off its entrance, WABC reported.

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Trump Place, located between 69th and 70th streets on Riverside Boulevard in Manhattan, will now be known as 200 Riverside Boulevard, The New York Times reported.

The residents of the 377-unit Upper West Side condo joined three other neighborhood buildings in removing the Trump name from their facades:.

The building bought the right to use the Trump name in 2000, paying $1 under a four-page licensing agreement, the Times reported.

In 2015 there were 15 residential buildings in Manhattan that had the Trump name, the Times reported. Three rental apartments near the Riverside location removed the Trump name in 2016, the newspaper reported.

Condominium officials said it would cost $23,000 to remove the letters from the front and back of the building and wash the facade, WABC reported.

Researchers: Man dies after contracting disorder after eating squirrel brains

A New York hunter’s penchant for eating squirrel brains may have led to his death from a rare neurological disorder. 

The 61-year-old man, whose name hasn’t been released, had brain scans that looked like those who suffer from a variant of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (or vCJD). It’s a deadly condition that is connected to the consumption of contaminated meat, Inside Edition reported.

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The man’s family said that he was an avid hunter who had previously eaten squirrel brains, according to Live Science, which was the first to report the story.

Researchers are not sure if the man ate the entire brain or if the meat from the rest of the squirrel was contaminated with pieces of brain matter, Live Science reported.

Shortly before his death, his family said he suffered from psychosis and schizophrenia. He also had lost his ability to walk. 

Dr. Tara Chen, a resident at Rochester Regional Health, did not treat the man, who died in 2016, but did examine his case while she researched a report on Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease at the hospital over five years, according to Live Science

Chen’s report was presented earlier this month during a meeting of organizations discussing infectious diseases.

Other people whose medical records Chen examined who have the disease included a hotel housekeeper, a janitor, a chemist who somehow ate dog food, and a woman who had undergone surgery.

Those who contract CJD usually die within a year of being infected. There is no treatment or cure. About 1 in a million people come down with CJD in the world, with about 350 cases in the U.S. each year, according to the National Institutes of Health.

CJD occurs when proteins called prions leave holes in the brain, according to the NIH.

CJD was in the news when people in the U.K. ate contaminated beef after a mad cow disease outbreak.

Indiana woman accused of giving infant overdose of narcotic

An Indiana woman is accused of giving her month-old baby an overdose of a  narcotic, WXIN reported.

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Janelle Norman, 24, is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury, the television station reported.

The incident took place in Madison County in August, but charges were filed this week.

“This child’s very fortunate to be alive,” Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings told WXIN.

According to court documents, police were called to the hospital, as the baby had overdosed on suboxone, the television station reported. Two doses of Narcan were administered and the baby survived.

According to court documents, Norman told police she found a partially dissolved orange pill in the child’s mouth, removed it and took her to the hospital emergency room, all within a span of about 25 minutes. Norman denied having suboxone or orange-colored pills in the apartment, WXIN reported.

Two other people contradicted Norman’s version, according to court documents.

Trump praises Montana congressman who body-slammed reporter

President Donald Trump praised a Montana congressman who assaulted a reporter on the eve of a special election last year, joking Thursday night that “he’s my kind of guy,” the Great Falls Tribune reported.

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Speaking at a rally in Missoula, Trump mentioned Rep. Greg Gianforte, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in June 2017 after he body slammed Ben Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, on May 24, 2017, in Bozeman.

"Greg is smart and by the way never wrestle him," Trump joked. “Any guy that can do a body slam, he’s my kind of guy.”

Trump then made a gesture that simulated a body slam.

The Guardian U.S., which employs Jacobs, issued a statement after Trump’s speech, The New York Times reported.

“The president of the United States tonight applauded the assault on an American journalist who works for the Guardian. To celebrate an attack on a journalist who was simply doing his job is an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has taken an oath to defend it.” John Mulholland, the editor of The Guardian U.S., said in the statement. “In the aftermath of the murder of (Washington Post journalist) Jamal Khashoggi, it runs the risk of inviting other assaults on journalists both here and across the world where they often face far greater threats. We hope decent people will denounce these comments and that the president will see fit to apologize for them.”

The president did not mention Khashoggi during his speech Thursday, CNN reported.

The reporter was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2. Turkish media reports claim that an audio recording suggests Khashoggi was tortured and killed before being dismembered, CNN reported.

Keith Urban concert in North Dakota raises $5,000 for school charity 

Country music singer Keith Urban’s concert in North Dakota proved to be beneficial for a school charity, the Grand Forks Herald reported.

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Urban, playing in Grand Forks as part of his “Graffiti U” tour, received a $5,000 donation from the Engelstad Foundation for the charity of his choice, the newspaper reported. Urban decided to give the money to the Grand Forks Public Schools Music Program.

The donation will fully fund new guitar classes at Red River and Central high schools, the Herald reported.

Both high schools recently added guitar programs, and now every student can participate with a guitar, the newspaper reported.

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