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Sour Patch Kids cereal coming to store shelves, but not everywhere

After weeks of rumors, Post has confirmed there is, in fact, a Sour Patch Kids cereal coming soon.

Today reported that the company announced a cereal with the flavors of the sour and sweet gummies will be available Dec. 26.

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The item will only be at Walmart.

According to Thrillist, the cereal has a smell similar to the candy. The cereal pieces, which are shaped like the candy, all taste the same. 

“This tastes like Sour Patch Fruity Pebbles, and that is not a bad thing,” the publication said.

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Those looking to get their hands on the item will pay $3.98.

A representative for Walmart told Today the cereal will be at other stores nationwide in June.

Guns seized at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson checkpoints sets national record

More guns have been seized at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s security checkpoints in 2018 than at any other airport in the nation, setting a record even before the year is out.

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The Atlanta airport has held the No. 1 spot in the nation for guns uncovered at checkpoints for the last two years.

A total of 293 firearms have been found in carry-on bags and as improperly packed or undeclared guns in checked luggage so far this year. On average, 80 to 90 percent of them are loaded, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

“I know you can’t imagine this, but the passenger will say, ‘I forgot it was in the bag,’” said TSA’s Atlanta federal security director Mary Leftridge Byrd at an airport press conference Wednesday.

Last year, a record 245 guns were discovered at security checkpoints at the Atlanta airport.

Of the 293 guns found most recently, 248 of them were seized from carry-ons at security checkpoints. Another 45 improperly packed or undeclared guns have been found in checked baggage.

Of course, there’s still time for other airports to catch up before the end of 2018.

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Check your bags, check your purses,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Double and triple check before you come to the airport to make sure you do not have a firearm, if you intend to fly.”

Pak said he’s looking at ideas for more ways to get the message out, such as reminders to travelers when they check in online with Delta Air Lines and more signs at airport parking notifying passengers that guns are not allowed at security checkpoints.

Guns caught at checkpoints increase security wait times and result in penalties for offenders, including a civil TSA penalty of up to $13,333, according to officials.

“If you are caught with a weapon in your bag, even a first-time offender will pay a fine. You will be issued a citation. You’ll have to appear in court to resolve the citation. You’ll lose your gun. You won’t make your flight,” said Jim Hurley, FBI assistant special agent in charge in Atlanta.

Repeat offenders could be charged with a federal misdemeanor, punishable with up to a $100,000 fine and a year in jail, Pak said.

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While Hartsfield-Jackson is the airport that handles the most passengers in the world, it does not have the most passengers going through security checkpoints. That’s because the majority of passengers at the Atlanta airport are just passing through and connecting, and they go through security at other airports.

Hartsfield-Jackson officials also said Wednesday they expect more than 96,000 passengers at security checkpoints on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, which would be a record for Atlanta.

The most recent record was set over the Memorial Day travel periodthis year, when more than 93,000 passengers were screened in a single day at the Atlanta airport.

While the Sunday after Thanksgiving will be the busiest day for travel for the upcoming holiday period, Thanksgiving Day itself will be the lightest, according to the airline industry group.

Over the travel period from Nov. 16 through Nov. 26, a total of more than 3 million passengers are expected to pass through Hartsfield-Jackson.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the airport’s busy period will run from the Thanksgiving period all the way through the Super Bowl in Atlanta next February.

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Nationally, the Transportation Security Administration also expects a record-breaking Thanksgiving travel season. At a press conference at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, TSA Administrator David Pekoske said the agency expects to see a 5 to 6 percent increase in the number of passengers at checkpoints over the holiday season compared with last year.

The U.S. airline industry expects to fly a record 30.6 million people over the Thanksgiving travel period, up from 29 million last year, according to industry group Airlines for America.

The total daily passenger count on all U.S. airlines will reach as high as 3 million during the peak period.

FBI investigating death of American on cruise ship bound for Aruba

Investigators with the FBI are probing the death of an American woman on a Princess Cruises ship bound for Aruba, according to multiple reports.

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The 52-year-old woman, whose name was not released, died early Tuesday while aboard the Royal Princess, The Associated Press reported.

Princess Cruises officials told WPLG in a statement that Aruban authorities boarded the ship, which can carry 3,600 passengers, when it arrived in the country.

“We are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities, including the FBI,” the statement said. “An official cause of death has not been announced.”

Citing local media reports, CBS News reported that Aruban authorities are investigating the case as a possible homicide.

The Royal Princess left Florida’s Port Everglades on Nov. 9 for a 7-day Southern Caribbean cruise. It will return on Saturday to Fort Lauderdale.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Atlanta bans pet stores from selling cats and dogs

Under a new bill signed into law Tuesday, pet stores in Atlanta cannot sell cats or dogs to customers.

The ordinance is a preventive measure, as officials aren’t aware of any stores that were selling dogs or cats in the city — a practice that has fallen out of fashion as more pet owners choose to adopt from shelters instead of large commercial breeding facilities.

The law is intended to discourage the operation of puppy and kitten mills, where breeders are often accused of raising animals in inhumane conditions. Animals seized from these mills frequently end up at animal shelters and with pet rescue organizations.

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The legislation was proposed last month by Atlanta City Councilman Amir Farokhi, who adopted a dog named Roxie from Rescue Me Georgia last October. It was co-sponsored by Councilwomen Carla Smith and Natalyn Archibong.

“I thought it was best if the city was forward-thinking and humane in its policies, alongside our polices for people,” Farokhi said. “It seemed like a simple thing to do that would help our agencies.”

Atlanta is the ninth Georgia city to pass an ordinance prohibiting the retail sale of puppies and kittens, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The issue has also gotten statewide and national attention. More than 250 municipalities across the country have adopted similar pet sale bans, according to media reports. In February, the Georgia Senate defeated a measure that would have stopped local governments from banning the sale of dogs. A similar bill also failed in the House. In some states, the legislation is called Petland Bills, after the Ohio-based franchiser of pet stores that has been active in opposing such measures.

There are no Petland stores in Atlanta, but the controversial chain, which has been sued for allegedly selling sick dogs, has locations in the metro city area. During a Nov. 6 Atlanta City Council meeting, Lauren Petz, director of public relations for two local Petlands, sported an orange “No Retail Pet Ban” shirt and urged officials to table the vote and do more research.

The ordinance was unanimously passed 14-0.

Elizabeth Kunzelman, Petland director of public affairs, said the company is “shocked that city leaders would ban the only regulated source of puppies in favor of unregulated, black market, puppy mill operators.”

“By passing this ban, the city is encouraging the 83 percent of breeders who have no oversight and no regulation to advertise and sell within the city and they are punishing responsible regulated breeders,” Kunzelman said in a statement to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

The legislation doesn’t prohibit people from buying from “mom and pop” breeders, or from buying pets from stores outside the city limits. Pet stores in Atlanta may still house and offer dogs or cats for adoption, if they are older than 8 weeks and owned by an animal care facility or rescue organization.

“Pet stores have been the primary sellers of cruelly bred puppy mill puppies, and these unscrupulous retail outlets profit from breeding practices that can cause animals to suffer from illness and congenital problems,”Jennifer Hobgood, Southeast region director of state legislation for ASPCA -aid in a statement.

If any Atlanta store violates the new ordinance, it will face a $500 fine per offense.

Rapper Young Dolph returning to Memphis to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys

A rapper is giving back to the city that he says made him who he is today. 

Young Dolph will make a guest appearance for teens and young adults from Memphis Athletic Ministries on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.

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Students from all five ministry locations will be bused to a Memphis community center to hear a message delivered by Young Dolph. This event is not open to the public. 

Afterward, Young Dolph will be making sure several Memphis families have a turkey on their table for Thanksgiving Day. 

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According to a news release, Young Dolph will be donating Thanksgiving turkeys to the community.

Butterball turkeys will be given to the residents of Castalia Heights and the surrounding neighborhoods at the MAM-Hamilton Community Center from 5:30 p.m to 7:30 p.m. 

The release doesn't detail how many turkeys will be given away. In past years he has donated them by the hundreds. In 2016, 300 turkeys were given away. In 2015, Dolph bought 200 extra turkeys when demand was so high that they ran out of the first round of items.

First responders rescue woman escaping California wildfires in wheelchair with dog 

Rescuers last Thursday helped a woman who was escaping the California wildfires in a wheelchair, holding a small dog. 

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Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean found the woman along the side of the road near where the Camp Fire, one of the most destructive in state history, was raging, KGO reported.

The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital, where she was checked out and appeared to be OK, KGO reported.

Pregnant woman slain with crossbow; unborn son survives

Imtiaz Muhammad was putting a cardboard box in his family’s garden shed Monday morning when he found his wife’s ex-husband hiding there -- with a loaded crossbow. 

When all was said and done, Muhammad’s pregnant wife, Sana Muhammad, 35, was dead and their tiny son, born by emergency Cesarean section, was fighting for his life. 

The morning was a typical one in the family’s home in Ilford, London, until Imtiaz Muhammad came across Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo in the shed, the grieving widower told London’s Evening Standard

“He stared at me. He was going to shoot, so I ran into the house,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “My wife was doing the washing up, (and) I was shouting, ‘Run, run, run!’”

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Sana Muhammad was shot before she could get away. Her other five children, ages 1 to 17, witnessed the shooting, the Standard reported

The Daily Mail reported that the three oldest children are Sana Muhammad’s children with Unmathallegadoo. The two youngest are from her second marriage. 

“I can’t help thinking she took my arrow,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Standard. “Maybe it should have hit me.

“The kids were all there; it was horrific.”

Officials from the Metropolitan Police said Sana Muhammad was shot in the abdomen. She died a short time later at a hospital. 

Unmathallegadoo has been charged with murder, police officials said. He remained in police custody Thursday. 

No motive for the crime was given. The Daily Mail reported that friends of the Muhammads said Sana Muhammad, who went by the name Devi Unmathallegadoo during her first marriage, was previously Hindu and that her first marriage had been an arranged one. 

Her marriage to her second husband, for whom she converted to Islam, was one of love, the Mail reported

Medical staff were able to deliver the couple’s son, who the arrow missed by inches. The Mail reported that the projectile was still lodged in Sana Muhammad’s abdomen even as the baby was removed from his mother’s body. 

“The arrow went up into her heart but did not touch the unborn baby,” Imtiaz Muhammad told the Mail. “The baby was due in four weeks. They operated with the arrow still in, because it would have been too dangerous to take out.”

The baby, who has been named Ibrahim, was initially listed in critical condition, but Scotland Yard officials told the Standard that he has been upgraded to stable condition. 

Unmathallegadoo is expected to stand trial for murder sometime next year.

Neighbors described the scene for the newspaper. 

“I can hear the man screaming a lot, saying, ‘Help, help,’” one man told the Standard. “He’s knocking the doors, on the neighbors as well, he’s asking for help, screaming for help.”

Nisa Khan, who lives across the street, called the homicide a terrible thing. She was friends with Sana Muhammad. 

“She was more like a sister than a friend. I knew her for a good seven years, ever since they moved there, we’ve known them,” Khan told the Standard. “She was just a lovely lady, lovely mother, lovely wife. I never saw her being upset, she always had a smile on her face even in the hard times.

“It’s just horrible. Everyone goes from this world, we all go, but the way she’s gone, it just hurts.”

GoFundMe page established by the Newbury Park community in Ilford is raising money to help Sana Muhammad’s family. A local Muslim cemetery, Gardens of Peace, has offered its services to the family free of charge.

“Nothing can replace any loss, but we have come together as friends and as a community to provide additional support to the family,” the page said.

Couple offers refuge to 93-year-old evacuee who escaped California wildfires 

Tracy Grant was handing out hamburgers to wildfire evacuees when she met Lee Brundige standing by himself in the parking lot full of people. 

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The 93-year-old man lived alone in a house he built years ago for himself and his wife in a neighborhood that is likely destroyed by the Camp Fire, which has been one of the most destructive in state history. 

“When I first met him, I knew he was special," Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was the only person in this parking lot who was by himself with no one else with him. I made it my mission to keep my eye on him. When the rangers came, I went up to him and said, 'You're coming with me.'"

After some hesitation, Brundige joined Grant. They went to her house in Oroville, where Brundige was able to change out of his two-day-old clothes. Grant called her boyfriend, Josh Fox, to let him know they were housing an evacuee. He brought home bags of new clothes for Brundige.

“They hit it off when Lee said he was the littlest guy in his unit so they made him be the tail gunner over the South Pacific," Grant told the Chronicle.

Brundige was able to contact his son, who is in his 70s, and let him know he is safe. 

Brundige has also bonded with Axle, the couple’s dog. 

"I thought, ‘If that were my grandpa, where would I want him to be?" Grant told the San Francisco Chronicle. “We told him this could be his forever home but that is totally up to him."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Woman one step closer to becoming Green Beret

A female is one step closer to becoming a member of the elite Green Berets. 

The woman is the first female to complete the Special Forces Assessment and Selection, a U.S. Army Special Operations Command spokesman told CNN

The soldier’s name has not been released because of the sensitive missions assigned to Green Berets. 

The woman will attempt the Special Forces Qualification Course, USASOC spokesman Lt. Col. Loren Bymer said.

The Army Times reported that several women have tried the Special Forces Assessment and Selection process, a 24-day program but,  before now none have advanced.

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The Green Berets is one of the Army’s only divisions that doesn’t have female members. Since being permitted to join combat groups, more than a dozen women have earned the Ranger tab, the Army Times reported.

Three women joined the Marines infantry in January 2017, as part of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

One of the women, Cpl. Remedios Cruz was discharged in September after admitting to having had an intimate relationship with a subordinate, The New York Times reported. She and the lower-ranking Marine eventually married, the Times reported.

She faced charges of fraternization, adultery and accessory to larceny, but pleaded guilty to fraternization to avoid going on trial. 

An officer who was in charge of a pretrial hearing found no probable cause for adultery and larceny charges but said that she should be administratively punished for fraternizing with the man she had married before the charges were investigated, the Times reported

But her battalion commander said that all three charges should go to trial, despite the pretrial hearing’s findings. She was given the choice of going to trial, or accepting the plea agreement, admitting to fraternization. 

Cruz, who was a sergeant at the time, was reduced to a corporal rank and restricted to base, The New York Times reported.

She is awaiting separation from the service, the Marine Corps Times reported.

As of September, there were approximately 185,000 active-duty Marines, and about 15,900 were women, according to the Department of Defense

The Army has about 740 women serving in combat roles that were restricted to only men in the past, The New York Times reported

There are about 476,000 serving on active duty in the Army as of September, according to the Army Times. Of them, there are about 70,000 women, according to Department of Defense records

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