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Propane torch used to kill spiders may have sparked mobile home fire

A mobile home fire in Arizona may have started when a man tried to kill spiders with a propane torch, officials said.

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According to KVOA, the blaze broke out Sunday night at the home on East Blacklidge Drive in Tucson, fire officials said. An elderly woman received minor injuries when she was carried from the home, which was seriously damaged in the fire, Tucson News Now reported.

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Firefighters believe the man had been torching spiders and their webs, according to KVOA.

The man and woman have been displaced and are receiving aid from the Red Cross, KVOA reported.

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Toddler’s kidney transplant stalled due to dad’s latest arrest

The organ transplant of a 2-year-old boy who was born without a kidney will likely be stalled for months.

The reason? His father’s latest arrest.

Anthony Dickerson, 26, is no stranger to the criminal justice system. He has been in and out of jail on misdemeanor theft charges and a first-degree forgery charge since 2011, according to Gwinnett County jail records.

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Just this month, he was released on a $2,600 bond on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of attempted felonies.

But Dickerson promised that his son would be the one thing he did right in his life, the child’s mother, Carmellia Burgess, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

So when he found out he was a match to donate his kidney to Anthony Jr., he jumped at the chance to help.

>>Related: Cops worked to release jailed father for kidney donation to son

The family was “hysterical” when they found out the day of the planned surgery Oct. 3 that Emory University Hospital had changed the plan.

“They’re making this about dad,” Burgess said. “It’s not about dad. It’s about our son.”

In a letter The AJC obtained from Burgess, a hospital official said the surgery would be pushed back until Dickerson could provide evidence he has complied with his parole officer for three months.

“We will re-evaluate Mr. Dickerson in January 2018 after receipt of this completed documentation,” the hospital representative said in the letter.

Emory officials refused to answer The AJC’s questions about the decision or its policies, and Gwinnett law enforcement agencies have not responded to requests for comment.

Janet Christenbury, an Emory spokeswoman, said in a statement the hospital is committed to the highest quality of care for its patients. 

“Guidelines for organ transplantation are designed to maximize the chance of success for organ recipients and minimize risk for living donors,” Christenbury said. “Because of privacy regulations and respect for patient confidentiality, we cannot share specific information about our patients.”

Burgess said news of the hospital’s decision caught her by surprise because Emory had earlier been supportive of the dad being the donor.

The hospital even requested Dickerson’s temporary release from jail, according to a letter from Emory’s Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program to the Gwinnett County jail where Dickerson was being held.

“If Mr. Dickerson could be escorted to Emory for blood work and a pre-operative appointment tomorrow, September 29, we will be able to continue with the scheduled surgery,” an Emory official said in the letter dated Sept. 28.

Even though jail records show Dickerson was released Oct. 2, the child’s surgery has not been rescheduled for this year.

Burgess created a web petition to urge the hospital to allow the surgery sooner. It has garnered more than 18,400 signatures, but Burgess said she doubts the petition will make a difference.

 GoFundMe page also was set up with a $1,000 goal.

“I’m just taking it day by day,” she said. “That’s all we can do.”

SEE IT: Roofers stand for national anthem in viral photo

A photo of three Maine roofers standing for the national anthem is going viral.

>> Florida man hires pilot to fly 'Boycott Jags, NFL' banner over stadium amid anthem protests

According to WKRG, Michelle Lyons Cossar posted the photo to Facebook on Saturday after she spotted the roofers, who were standing on top of a house, acknowledging the anthem before a football game between Old Town and Waterville high schools.

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"Standing for the National Anthem at the Old Town Waterville football game today and from behind the stands we hear, 'Hey, look! They aren't kneeling.' When I turn to see who said it, this is what I saw...three men roofing a house and respecting the flag," she wrote.

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The post has been shared hundreds of times and sparked headlines nationally amid ongoing protests by NFL players.

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Florida man hires pilot to fly 'Boycott Jags, NFL' banner over stadium amid anthem protests

A man from Green Cove Springs, Florida, took his issues with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the NFL to the sky Sunday.

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At 1,000 feet, you could read the statement on the plane-towed banner saying, “Be American. Boycott the Jags and the NFL.”

Terry Smiley had the message printed on a banner that was flown above EverBank Field before the Jacksonville Jaguars' game against the Los Angeles Rams. 

This all-American sport is dividing fans after some NFL players took a knee during the national anthem.

“I am asking people to boycott the football games. I don’t watch it on TV,” Smiley said. 

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: Jaguars fan says he was asked to leave stadium for silent protest

People's feelings about politics and football seem to bleed together on the turf. 

“People need to realize the true message that they’re trying to send,” Jaguars fan Jay Crossman said. 

Smiley said he was disgusted by the Jags players who knelt in London. Now, he’s taking a stand, making his voice be heard. 

“Do you believe in your country? Do you believe in 'The Star-Spangled Banner'? If you don’t stand up for it now, you won’t have it in the future,” Smiley said. 

As a former Jags fan, he hired a pilot to fly his banner over the stadium for two hours to send his message about players kneeling. 

“I have the right to protest, and I’m going to protest it with bumper stickers, airplanes – whatever I go to do. I will continue to protest,” Smiley said.

>> Pence abruptly leaves Colts game after players take a knee during anthem

Some fans are on the offensive, saying players are kneeling for a greater cause – equality. 

“They are taking it in a peaceful manner. They are trying to use their words and use their actions instead of taking it to violence,” Jaguars fan Jaumari Day said. 

“They have publicly stated that they care about veterans and the flag and that’s not what they’re kneeling against,” Crossman said. 

Smiley is giving away bumper stickers in hopes his supporters will join him and boycott NFL football. 

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“We boycott them and we hit them in the pocketbook where it (hurts) them. (Before) long, we’ll have them on both of their knees,” Smiley said. 

“We have people who are legitimate concerns who happen to be NFL players. They still live in the community. They have a right to protest. That’s (Smiley's) right. Just like the NFL players who take their knee that’s their right. He has the right to do what he is doing,” Jaguars fan Calvin Sinclair said. 

Taliban hostage rescued after 5 years in captivity didn't believe Trump was president

A Canadian man who had been held in Afghanistan for five years by Taliban-tied kidnappers revealed that he thought his kidnapper was joking when he said Donald Trump was president of the United States.

Joshua Boyle said one of his captors told him Trump was president just before he was forced to film a “proof-of-life” video, according to the Toronto Star.

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“It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” Boyle said.

The Boyle family, including Joshua, his American-born wife, Caitlan Coleman, and their three young children, who were all born in captivity, were rescued by Pakistani forces after U.S. intelligence informed them of the of the family’s location.

The family was in the trunk of a car being transferred to another location when their kidnappers engaged in a shootout with Pakistani forces. Some of their kidnappers died in the fight while others fled, but the entire family made it to safety.

Hostage shot by police nine times during bank robbery files lawsuit

A woman taken hostage during a deadly bank robbery filed a lawsuit against a law enforcement agency for more than $75,000 after being injured. 

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Officers shot Julie Huff nine times while trying to take down Cedric Norris. Norris was supposed to be in prison in Texas when he robbed the Bank of Eufaula. 

Norris walked into the bank and shot and killed Randy Peterson. He shot another employee and then took Huff, who had been in the bank as a customer, as his hostage. 

Her attorneys say the gunfire from police left her disabled, unable to work and feeling that her quality of life had decreased. 

KOKI-TV tried to contact the defendants listed in the two lawsuits. Some have not returned calls, while others were advised not to comment on the pending litigation. 

Her attorneys sent the following statement:

Julie Huff was an innocent customer at the Bank of Eufaula when she was taken hostage. The Bank failed have proper security measures in place which caused her to be taken hostage and then severely injured. The Bank had multiple, unmonitored entrances and exits which encouraged this armed robbery. The Bank also failed to have an armed security guard which is in violation of proper banking standards. Further, the Law Enforcement officers knew Ms. Huff was an innocent hostage yet they deliberately shot her nine (9) times. Not one of the nine (9) bullets which hit Ms. Huff came from the kidnapper. All the bullets came from the law enforcement officers—one of whom shot her with an AR15. She was severely injured and has undergone many surgeries. Ms. Huff feels very lucky to be alive, but she has been permanently scarred and injured as a result of the failures of the Bank of Eufaula and the reckless and careless actions of law enforcement.

Some students getting paid to walk around Washington campus as digital billboards

A start-up in Bellevue, Washington, has taken the concept of billboards, made it digital, and a lot smaller. Nomad has launched the product on college campuses around the country -- starting with the University of Washington.

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On the way to class on Monday, Derek Ishii made $15 on the University of Washington campus.You’ve probably seen a human sandwich board before — those people who wear advertisements like a poncho. Think of Ishii as the millennial version of that.

“On my way to class, I just open up the app, click the start advertising button,” Derek told us, showing us the iPad he straps to his backpack or his chest.He’s a "nomad" — working for the Bellevue start-up with the same name.Jonah Friedl, 23 — barely out of college himself — founded the company when a restaurant he worked for while attending Washington State University tasked him with developing a unique strategy to attract student customers.“If we want to put people on campus, put these representatives on campus — it’s really hard to do that — hard to track, hard to manage," Friedl said. "So we thought we could build some technology to help us out with that."Here’s how it works: A brand like KIRO 7 will advertise on the screen. The nomad then wears the screen around campus. Due to sensors in the screen, the company can tell which areas they go to and how many interactions they have.Then, Friedl tracks it.“This shows density of exposure -- where they’re getting the most impressions,” he told us, showing us a map of the University of Washington campus on his computer, with areas highlighted like weather radar.Sometimes impressions mean handing out a coupon card with a code, seeing how many are redeemed -- “and then correlate sales or app downloads and attribute that to Nomad,” Friedl said.

The nomads themselves — mostly college students — can lease an iPad from Nomad (the company) or use their own. Like rideshare drivers, they “walk” when they want to, with some limitations.“Obviously 1 a.m. on a Monday isn’t very valuable, so we can kind of control when they’re out there and when it’s available to them,” Friedl said.

Ishii does it every day — he says — because getting paid to walk to class is what’s paying for class.

“Most of the financial responsibility is on me for paying for college,” Ishii concluded.

Georgia has Airbnb's most desired rental property in the world

Treehouses. People want to stay in treehouses.

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Airbnb, the online home rental site, recently released its top wish-listed destinations and properties for October, and treehouses were at the top. 

As Airbnb put it, "A penchant for fantasy is evident when examining the most Wish Listed properties by type. The adventure of an outdoor treehouse is by far the most popular type of property on Wish Lists."

The most desired of those desired treehouses, based on the frequency with which active listings appear on people's wish lists, is one in Atlanta.

Hidden away in Buckhead, there are three connected treehouse rooms that rent for $375 a night, with a two-night minimum.

The living room, bedroom and deck are connected by rope bridges. The bathroom is in the main house, a 30-second walk away.

The first vacancy, according to the Airbnb listing, is in March.

Other desired treehouse locations include this one in Italy and this one, which has a pool, in Bali.

Maybe treehouses aren't your thing. In that case, check out the Seashell House in Mexico or this "Pirates of the Caribbean" getaway in California.

Wild turkey breaks into dentist's office in Rhode Island

On Monday, Pezza Orthodontics posted on its Facebook page that a wild turkey broke into its reception room and perched on one of the chairs.

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The staff at the Cranston, Rhode Island, dentist's office made the best of the bizarre and surprising situation.

They'll need to have a window replaced, as the bird smashed it during the break-in. 

In the post, they say it’s just one of those strange things that can happen, and that, no, they do not take turkeys as patients. 

By the end of the day, the glass had been cleaned up and the room had been cleaned and disinfected. The office says it'll take one to two weeks to replace the window and it apologizes for any inconveniences to its patients. 

Sorry, parents, one of this year’s hottest toys for Christmas is already selling out

It’s mid-October. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?

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If not, you may already be too late to snag one of this year’s hottest toys.

The L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which is sold at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com and is the equivalent of last year’s Hatchimal, is already nearly impossible to find.

So what is an L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, you ask? Honestly, I have no idea. The L.O.L. Surprise brand taps into the insanely popular unboxing movement by allowing children (frequently elementary-school-age girls) to peel back numerous layers of surprises, such as stickers, charms and outfit accessories, before uncovering a collectible doll. The brand has been topping sales charts since it debuted in 2016.

According to the L.O.L. website, its latest offering, the Big Surprise, “provides the ultimate unboxing experience” with “50 never-before-seen surprises inside.” All of those surprises are packaged neatly inside a large, glittery copper ball that can double as a purse and is sold for $69.99.

If you can find it, that is. It’s currently sold out on Walmart.com, ToysRUs.com and Target.com, but you can buy it from third-party retailers on Amazon.com. However the sales prices there start at $114.

Think you’re the only one who may have missed out? Never fear. Apparently it’s an international ordeal.

Need a Plan B? Click here to learn about some of the other hot toys for 2017.

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