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UK Dad’s Desperate Plea on Social Media Prompts Chinese Factory to Grant Christmas Wish for Boy With Autism

Ben Carter, who has severe autism, has drunk from the distinctive Tommee Tippee two-handled cup since he was a toddler. “We will produce around 1,000 pieces. (Credit: Marc Carter/Twitter)

UK Dad’s Desperate Plea on Social Media Prompts Chinese Factory to Grant Christmas Wish for Boy With Autism

Ben Carter, who has severe autism, has drunk from the distinctive Tommee Tippee two-handled cup since he was a toddler. Lo said the generous act would only cause a slight disruption to manufacturing operation. Four machines and a dozen workers in a Chinese factory will be repurposed for a whole week, just to make about 1,000 Pearlized Green Tommee Tippee cups for 14-year-old Ben Carter. “We have more cups than we could have dreamt of.”


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Father’s Desperate Plea Prompts Lifetime Supply of Cups for UK Boy With Autism “About a week was spent to retrieve the tools and to check on their condition … The (original) cup was produced between 2001 to 2003 and production was ceased in December 2003,” Mayborn Group Regional Marketing Manager Michelle Lo told CNN. But after a desperate social media post, Marc was inundated with offers for help and cups, including from the company who originally designed it. “You’ve been incredible, the people who’ve helped me find cups, I’ve got cups, I’ve got six here, I’ve got 35 coming and the others won’t be made till New Year,” he said. He’d had it since he was two years old and it was the only thing he’d drink from, refusing other vessels even to the point of dehydration. “Although no leftover sample in the exact color was found, fortunately the manufacturing tools are retrieved and still in good condition,” Lo said. Further arrangement will be made with Ben on the quantity (he wants),” she said. Marc Carter needed to find a new cup for his severely autistic son, Ben. It may take a bit of time to get the color exactly right — samples have been sent to Ben for consideration — but as soon as it is, Lo said they’ll get to work. (Credit: Marc Carter/Twitter)

A boy with autism needed a replacement for his beloved sippy cup — instead he got a thousand. In a video posted just two weeks after his original call for help, Ben’s father Marc described how he had been inundated with cups from around the world. ‘You’ve been incredible’
It wasn’t just the company who has pulled out all the stops to help Ben. Cups may be ready for Christmas
Tommee Tippee, owned by the Mayborn Group, started looking for samples of their original cups as soon as they heard, including in their Dongguan factory. It was the heartwarming story that went viral around the world. All of them will be forwarded to our UK head office in Newcastle.

‘Humiliated’ Man Died of Emotional Distress After Being Forced to Clean Soiled Walgreens Bathroom in Florida: Lawsuit

Fernando’s family is suing for an unspecified amount, but, according to court documents, included an offer to settle for $500,000. Fernando’s family is suing, saying the incident directly caused his death. A 69-year-old man died after being forced to clean the Walgreens bathroom in Florida, that employees had accused him of soiling, his family claims in court papers obtained by television station WFTV in Orlando. “We need to know how cleaning a bathroom led to a death, it’s just an allegation with no specificity.”
Perry added that employees cannot force a customer to clean a public bathroom in the store against his will. 15, 2012. According to the lawsuit, which moved from state to federal court Monday, Maria Elizarraras said that her husband, Fernando Elizarraras,  died as a result of the emotional distress caused by his trip to the Walgreens on Landstar Boulevard in Orlando on Oct. But a legal expert told WFTV the case will be difficult to prove – especially since the court papers don’t specify how much time elapsed between the trip to Walgreens and Elizarraras’ death. In the lawsuit, Elizarraras stated that Walgreens workers stopped the 69-year-old on his way out of the store after using the bathroom, and physically forced him back to the restroom, saying, “You left a mess, (expletive) all over the bathroom.”
Fernando wasn’t allowed to leave for 20 minutes until he had mopped and cleaned the bathroom, causing him to be “humiliated, disgraced and injured in his feelings, emotionally and mentally,” according to the lawsuit. “In all my years in the court system, this is new to me, never seen it,” legal analyst Belvin Perry told the TV station. 28.538335

Wal-Mart to Invest More Than $1.3 Billion More in Mexico, Add 10,000 Jobs

Like its parent company in America, Wal-Mart de Mexico is the largest single employer in Mexico, employing over 200,000 people. Mexico’s President, Enrique Pena Nieto, cheered the news. Pena Nieto is right about uncertainty. and Mexican economies, experts say. (Credit: Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images)
“This investment affirms our confidence in Mexico, strengthening the logistical infrastructure to achieve our growth goals,” Walmart de Mexico CEO Guilherme Loureiro said at the presidential palace in Mexico City Wednesday night. His administration is currently in talks with President-elect Donald Trump on how to renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade deal between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. To be clear, Wal-Mart is not moving jobs to Mexico from America. Neither side has said exactly what details they will renegotiate, but several trade experts say tearing it apart could risk jobs for both countries. Wal-Mart store signage is seen from the store lot on April 23, 2012 in Mexico City. Its subsidiary is adding jobs. He has threatened to slap a 35% tariff on any U.S. Wal-Mart’s subsidiary announced Wednesday night it’s going to add 10,000 jobs in Mexico over the next three years. 23.634501
-102.552784 Getting rid of NAFTA, which Trump has also threatened, would hurt both the U.S. The subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico, said it would invest $1.3 billion in Mexico, adding that the investment stems from profits made in the country. Trump did not tweet about the Wal-Mart announcement. Some Spanish media saw the Wal-Mart announcement as a snub toward President-elect Donald Trump. “We are attracting larger investments in a world of huge uncertainty,” Pena Nieto said at the event, attended by Wal-Mart de Mexico execs. company that sends jobs to Mexico — even though current U.S. The company’s presence in Mexico has rapidly expanded since its first store opened in 1991. trade laws don’t allow that. “Walmart challenges Trump and announces an investment of $1.3 billion in Mexico,” read the headline of El Pais, a Spanish newspaper widely read across Latin America. Walmart now has over 2,300 stores across Mexico and Central America.

Sears, Kmart to Ramp Up Rapid Pace of Store Closures Following Another Quarter of Losses

Indeed, Sears Holdings has lost $9.8 billion since 2011 thanks to six straight years of losses. Sears Holdings, which owns both retailers, did not disclose how many stores it plans to close in the coming months. But Hollar said management still believes the company can be restored to profitability. (Credit: KTLA)

Troubles continue to mount for Sears and Kmart, as the iconic retailers posted another quarter of large losses and warned that its rapid pace of store closings will ramp up. That’s on top of the 58 Kmart stores and 23 Sears stores closed in the first six months of the year. 37.090240

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78 Kmart, Sears Stores to Close Nationwide; 4 Locations Are in California It also announced earlier this year it is looking for potential buyers or partners for its established brands such as Kenmore, Craftsman and Die-Hard. The company is looking for ways to raise cash and may sell off some of the real estate it owns. Hollar acknowledged that the company has “fallen short” of its own turnaround plans. “We will continue to accelerate the closing of underperforming stores,” said Chief Financial Officer Jason Hollar. The two chains had 4,000 stores as recently as 2011, but are now down to 1,500 stores. Revenue tumbled 12.5%, due to both the store closings and a 7% drop in sales at the stores that remained open. The company lost $748 million in the most recent quarter, up from the $454 million loss in the year-ago period. The company closed 82 Kmart stores and seven Sears stores during the three months ending in October. A Kmart store is seen in a filephoto. “We do not intend to borrow money to fund continued operating losses,” he said. Shares of Sears Holdings, which were already down 41% so far this year, about 4% in early trading. (Credit: KTLA)

Sears, Kmart to Ramp Up Rapid Pace of Store Closures Following Another Quarter of Losses

A Kmart store is seen in a filephoto.

Federal Judge Ends Election Recount in Michigan

Jill Stein’s 1% temper tantrum cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars and would have cost them additional millions of dollars if not for the actions of President-elect Trump, the Michigan Republican Party, and Attorney General Bill Schuette.”
Stein has spearheaded a recount effort in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — three battleground states where Donald Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton. On a Facebook live chat following the Michigan ruling, Stein said “this fight is the right one and it’s only just begun.” She said that her team would be huddling with their attorneys to “figure out the best course forward.”
Stein can file an appeal of the latest ruling with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. A recount of ballots cast in Oakland County, Michigan from the 2016 US presidential race takes place at the Oakland County Schools building on December 5, 2016 in Waterford, Michigan. 44.314844
-85.602364 But, to date, Plaintiffs have not presented evidence of tampering or mistake. Stein’s campaign, who withdrew a recount request in a Pennsylvania state court, filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday morning seeking a statewide recount there. In his ruling, Goldsmith declined to adopt the unusual exception applied in Bush v. Gore to disregard a state court’s interpretation. (Credit: JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
US District Judge Mark Goldsmith issued the order late Wednesday — dissolving a previous temporary restraining order against the Board of Elections that allowed the recount to continue. In federal court, Stein counter-argued this was a “distorted interpretation” of the law and that it was within her constitutional right to have the recount. Trump supporters in Wisconsin have unsuccessfully tried to stop the recount in progress there. “It’s not over yet,” Stein pledged. That court concluded Stein was not an aggrieved party since she had no reasonable chance of winning by virtue of the recount. Goldsmith agreed that the issues Stein raised — fraud and mistakes — were “serious,” but said there was no evidence of such violations. In her motion, Stein had argued against a Tuesday ruling by the State of Michigan Court of Appeals in favor of stopping the recount. Instead, they present speculative claims going to the vulnerability of the voting machinery — but not actual injury,” read Goldsmith’s order. A federal judge has ordered Michigan’s Board of Elections to stop the state’s electoral recount. Goldsmith’s latest opinion effectively denies Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s request to block the Board of Elections from halting the recount. “A recount as an audit of the election,” Goldsmith concluded, “has never been endorsed by any court.”
Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel declared the order a victory for voters of Michigan. “The courts have affirmed the stance the campaign has maintained from day one: Jill Stein, who received only 1.07% of the vote in Michigan, is not legally entitled to hijack the will of voters and drag them into an arduous and expensive publicity stunt. “Rather, Plaintiffs’ asserted right to a recount is just a restatement of her right to participate in a fair election, free from tampering or mistake. Stein has raised nearly $7 million to fund the recount efforts, following news that security experts alerted Clinton’s campaign to the possibility of hacks in key counties in those states.

L.A. City Attorney Accuses Big Retailers of Deceptive Advertising, Plans Lawsuit

city attorney’s office said in a statement. JC Penney said it “doesn’t comment on pending litigation.” Sears declined to comment, while Macy’s and Kohl’s did not respond to requests for comment. Click here to read the full story on Please enable Javascript to watch this video

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office said it plans to sue four big retailers for deceptive advertising which allegedly misled shoppers into believing that thousands of products were on sale at a hefty discount. These tactics — called false reference pricing — “play a major role in the companies’ overall marketing and business strategies,” the L.A. (Credit: CNN)
The retailers — JC Penney, Sears, Kohl’s and Macy’s — falsely advertised high “list” or “regular” prices on merchandise that was never actually for sale at that price, according to the lawsuits to be filed Thursday. Macy’s is seen in a file photo. That led customers to believe that they were getting a better bargain with the “sale” price than they actually were. 34.052234

Take 5 to Care: Give a Pet a Home for the Holidays

Thursday, December 8, 2016 between 9am and 6pm, people can adopt any pet for FREE (the regular adoption screening still applies) The normal cost is between $70 and $125. Onsite parking available. View our adoptable pets HERE. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

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As part of our KTLA Take 5 to Care This Holiday Season, we are hosting a Pet Drive to support the Pasadena Humane Society. Regular adoption screening applies. Adopted pets are spayed or neutered, microchipped and receive a set of vaccines. To help support, viewers can also text their donations: Text PAWS to 27722

Date: December 8th
Adoption Hours: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Free adoption applies to all adoptable animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, birds and reptiles.

Habitat for Humanity’s Christmas Tree Lane

Tickets: $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00. If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at The CHRISTMAS TREE LANE Raffle is now through December 12th at the Promenade Temecula. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Gayle Anderson was live in Temecula for the Inland Valley Habitat for Humanity’s CHRISTMAS TREE LANE, where we can win one of 20 uniquely designed Christmas trees, each valued at more than $1,500! For more information, check their website or call 951 296 3362.

Racial Slur Left in Snow at Idaho Black History Museum

It’ll take more than a slur in the snow to stop a museum in Idaho from its mission. By dragging her shoes along the ground, Kirsten Furlong drew a giant heart in the museum’s front yard. “There’s a lot more people who don’t agree with that message, so those people have to act.”
Thompson said the fact that people continue to leave racial slurs proves that the museum’s stated mission — to build bridges between cultures — is still valid. A giant heart
But whenever ugliness rears its head, the goodness comes to counter it. “And we’re not.”

-114.742041 “I saw it and I almost chuckled, but I was also shocked,” Thompson told CNN affiliate KBOI. Phillip Thompson, the museum’s board president and executive director, said he saw it Wednesday morning. “The hate just spreads. In 2002, vandals drew a swastika on the building’s doors. That’s why we have to stop it and take action,” she said. Someone wrote the N-word in the snow on top of a storage unit at the Idaho Black History Museum. One museum supporter, repulsed by the slur, left a message of her own in the snow. “What they did was pointless (given how cold it is).”
Thompson’s not making a police report, reasoning the cops wouldn’t be able to do anything about it and that “they have much more important things to do.”
Also, this isn’t the first time the facility’s been hit by hate. “People want to (act) like this doesn’t exist, or act in such a way that we’re past this,” he said.

Nearly 200 Forced to Flee Fire at High-Rise Apartment Building in Riverside

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Nearly 200 residents had to flee a high-rise apartment building in Riverside when a fire broke out early Thursday morning. A fire had fully engulfed a 10th floor apartment and smoke filled several more units on that floor and above, a public information officer for the City of Riverside Fire Department said at the scene. 33.953349
-117.396156 About 185 residents, many of whom are seniors with limited mobility, had to leave the building as firefighters worked to put out the flames, the spokesman said. Firefighters were called to the 16-story building in the 3900 block of Tenth Street at about 12:30 a.m. Some water and smoke damage also kept some ninth-floor units closed, the spokesman said. Video from the scene showed dozens of displaced residents waiting at a senior center next door to the apartment building. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Once the fire was out, officials began letting some people back inside their units about 4 a.m., but the 10th floor remained closed, the spokesman said.

Navy Admiral Takes Jab at Colin Kaepernick in Pearl Harbor Speech

However, most black men who served during World War II did so under heavy segregation.)

-157.974891 Comments on the moment are a mixed bag: A lot of people congratulated the decorated Admiral on his patriotism, while others expressed concern that he chose such a moment to take a knock at Kaepernick’s self-described protest for civil rights. Henderson/Getty Images)
“You can bet that the men and women we honor today, and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago, never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” he said. Pacific Command Commander Admiral Harry Harris decided to slip in an apparent jab at noted national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick. The Department of Defense doubled down on his statements by tweeting out a video headlined by his quote. (Credit: Thearon W. In a speech commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, U.S. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during their NFL game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 23, 2016. One person pointed out the fact that, at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, black men in the Navy were mostly relegated to positions like mess attendants and cooks (Black men were recruited to general service in 1942, and the first black naval officers were commissioned in 1944. It wasn’t subtle, and the pointed words earned him a robust standing ovation from the crowd.

Gardena Man Shot, Killed After Night at Bar; Police Investigating

25 after reports of gunshots. A man is shown walking directly behind the group while a 4-door SUV vehicle follows him, according to police. He left the bar around midnight, according to witnesses. Immediately following the shooting the man and the two women run towards the SUV together, police said. Andrews Place around 12:47 a.m. on Sep. All enter the vehicle and flee the scene, according to police. The SUV then slows down and the man enters the truck on the passenger side. Police do not yet know the motivation behind the shooting. and spent some time at Mis Amigos, a neighborhood bar. Portillo is struck by the gunfire. The group is seen on different security footage walking in the 15100 block of St. There, they discovered Andy Portillo on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head, police said in a press release. A short time later Portillo is seen on home security footage walking on 150th Street towards his home with two women. Officers were called to the 1900 block of 152nd Street around 12:48 a.m. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Gardena police are asking for the public’s help Wednesday after a 26-year-old man was shot to death on his way home from a bar. Seconds later, the SUV parks down the street from Portillo and the women, police said. Portillo was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle then continues to follow Portillo and the two women. Further investigation revealed that Portillo left his home around 9 p.m. 33.888349
-118.308962 Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Detective Patrick Goodpaster at 310-217-9653. Detectives noted the two women did not appear to be under duress and seemed to willingly join the shooter. A man then exits the vehicle and runs towards the group, shooting at them with a handgun.

Covina Police to Pull Over Law Abiding Drivers, Surprise Them With Gift Card

Police plan to pull over those drivers and surprise them a $25 gift card. Officers will stop drivers who abide by the law and stop for a man dressed as Santa, who will be walking in a crosswalk. “It’s quite a surprise. Gregg Peterson. Officers have already pulled over a few drivers who told KTLA it was a pleasant surprise. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

The Covina Police Department is awarding good drivers with a gift card after receiving a $2,500 donation. The department received a gift of $2,500 from a local school and wanted to return the favor for the holiday season, according to police. I didn’t expect to be stopped for being courteous,” said one driver who was awarded the gift card. “I just sat an hour in traffic and I was thinking I going to get some type of ticket, said Manuel Covina, a gift card recipient. “It’s totally cool.”
Another driver told KTLA that the surprise gave him a new outlook on law enforcement. “It’s something different but it’s a way to show ‘hey, thank you for paying attention to the rules of the road’,” said Sgt. “Good work and it’s given me a whole new perspective towards police officers.”
Officers have 100 gift cards to give out and plan to continue to award drivers until they run out of cards.

Beverly Hills Woman Offering Reward After Man Steals Car With Dog Inside

7, 2016. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

A black BMW was stolen from a Beverly Hills parking lot on Tuesday with the owner’s dog still inside, according to police. The dog, Woodie, is a blond, 11-year-old Chihuahua and his owner says she will do anything to get him back. 34.073620

3 Women Beat Man in Victorville Road Rage Attack

7, 2016. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Dec. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

Three women were caught on camera attacking a man in Victorville during a road rage incident on Tuesday. 34.536218