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Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported.

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Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night.

"I was literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded,” Mitchell told ABC News in an emailed statement Sunday. "It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long … I don’t know. Either way, it burned the heck out of my arm."

When the device began to burn, Mitchell said she ripped it off her arm and tossed it on the floor. She told ABC News that her doctor had to pick pieces of plastic and rubber out of her arm after the incident.

An emergency care provider in the Milwaukee area told KTRK that Mitchell was treated the day after she said the incident occurred.

Mitchell, who said she got the tracker as a birthday gift, said Fitbit offered her a free replacement device after she notified the company.

A Fitbit spokesman told ABC News that the company is investigating the issue. The company said it was unaware of any other similar complaints.

Kasich gives Trump ‘incomplete,’ keeps options open for 2020 

During a town hall meeting in New York moderated by CNN, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Monday that he would grade President Donald Trump's performance as an "incomplete."

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“It's not even a 100 days, so you have to give the guy a chance,” Kasich said to CNN's Anderson Cooper. "He's never held public office before.”

Kasich, whose book “Two Paths: America Divided or United” hits stores Tuesday, said it was “very unlikely” he would run for president in 2020. But when pressed by Anderson, the former presidential candidate said he would keep his options open.

“How do you close the door on anything?” he said. “If I see something I need to do to help my country, that I really believe that I have to do, then I would think I would probably do it.”

Anderson cited a Washington Post-ABC news poll that showed 94 percent of Trump voters approve of his job performance, while only 42 percent of all Americans feel the same way. Kasich said the divide was “symptomatic.”

“‘I voted for him. I wear that uniform.’ — ‘I didn't vote for him. I wear a different uniform.’ I think people who voted for him, who see things they don't like, have to recognize that,” Kasich said. “And people who didn't vote for him have to recognize when he does something that's positive.

“We want to be for our president, because if we are tearing each other apart, nothing will ever get done.”

President Trump’s Hollywood star vandalized again

For the second time in less than six months, President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star has been vandalized, the New York Daily News reported.

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In October, a 52-year-old man destroyed the star with a pickax and sledgehammer. This time, the Hollywood star was defaced with a black marker and an obscene phrase, according to a photograph acquired by TMZ.

The star was replaced after James Lambert Otis destroyed it last fall, one week before the presidential election, the Daily News reported. At the time, Otis said he planned to auction the star to raise money for the women who accused Trump of sexual assault.

Otis was sentenced to three years of probation and 20 days of road maintenance work in February after pleading no contest to vandalism, the Daily News reported. He was also ordered to pay $3,700 to the Hollywood Historic Trust and $700 to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The Los Angeles Police Department did not return a request for comment about the recent explicit message left on Trump’s sign, the Daily News reported.

Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

It’s a bedtime story full of fun llama drama, thanks to hip-hop artist Ludacris.

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The singer took the Anna Dewdney’s classic “Llama Llama Red Pajama to a new level when he rapped the book’s text on Power 106’s “The Cruz Show,” the Huffington Post reported.

Ludacris, a father of four, provided a jaunty, bubbly, free-form version of the bedtime story. It’s part of a recurring segment on the “The Cruz Show,” a hip-hop program. The host gives a rapper a copy of the book to read over a beat. 

Other artists who have rapped the text include DesiignerJeezy and Migos.

Penelope Cruz gets Julia Roberts to lip-sync iconic song

Julia Roberts relived a scene from her iconic 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” thanks to some prodding by actress Penelope Cruz, ETonline reported. 

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At Wednesday’s Lancome's Stars & Wonders gala in Monaco, California, one of the bands covered Dionne Warwick’s 1967 song “I Say a Little Prayer.” 

Cruz captured the moment on Instagram, then led a lip-sync singalong, which included Roberts, ETOnline reported.

The song was a part of a memorable scene in “My Best Friend's Wedding” as Rupert Everett's character convinces everyone in a restaurant — including Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Dermot Mulroney — to sing along with him.

Florida man steals woman’s panties, leaves them on porch with note

A Florida man allegedly stole woman’s underwear from her bedroom and left her other pairs on her property along with handwritten notes, deputies said. 

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Isitro Lee Sanches, 58, of Panama City, was identified as the alleged panty thief after the woman’s boyfriend caught Sanches inside their home, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its Facebook page

It started in January 2017 when the woman found underwear in her car and on her porch railing with notes that “expressed a desire to see the victim wearing the underwear,” according to the sheriff’s office. 

Sanches was arrested on April 13 and charged with stalking and burglary. 

Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around the east coast city of Wonsan.

South Korea's defense ministry could not immediately confirm the report, according to Reuters.

North Korea warned that the United States will have to choose between political and military surrender, according to the Yonhap report.

"If the U.S. and warmongers run amok with a reckless preemptive strike, we will stage the most brutal punishment of a preemptive attack in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice," according to Rodong Sinmun, spokesman of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Civil War cannonballs to be removed from Pittsburgh site

Dozens of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed at a Pittsburgh construction site will be removed starting Tuesday.

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Ordnance Holdings Inc. and Milhaus Ventures have been hired to remove the cannonballs found near the former site of the Allegheny Arsenal. The arsenal supplied the Union Army, and an explosion there in September 1862 killed 78 people, many of them female employees.

Franjo Constructions unearthed the cannonballs — believed to be 35 to 43 of them — during excavation for a planned apartment complex.

The public will not be allowed to watch their removal for safety reasons.

Double execution in Arkansas first in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas completed the first double execution in the country in 17 years Monday night, as the state executed death row inmate Marcel Williams, KARK reported.

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Williams was executed at 10:33 p.m. by lethal injection on the same gurney where fellow inmate Jack Jones died at 7:20 p.m. It was Arkansas’ first double execution since Sept. 8, 1999, according to the Department of Corrections, and the first in the United States since two men were put to death by the state of Texas in 2000.

Williams was the third Arkansas inmate put to death in the past week. Ledell Lee was executed by lethal injection on April 20.

Williams had labored breathing, and then grimaced slightly before losing consciousness, according to an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution. 

Jones’ execution was close to its scheduled time, beginning at 7 p.m. Williams was supposed to follow at 8:15, but the execution was postponed after District Judge Kristine Baker issued a temporary stay as questions arose about whether Jones’ execution was humane or not, KARK reported.

The stay was lifted about an hour later and Williams, who had been on death row for more than 20 years, was put to death. Jones also had been on death row for more than two decades, KARK reported.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson originally scheduled four double executions over an 11-day period, which would have been the most by a state in such a short span since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Arkansas said the executions needed to be carried out before its supply of one lethal injection drug expires on April 30, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Williams was sentenced to death for the 1994 murder of Stacey Errickson. On Nov. 20, 1994, Errickson, then 23, was forced into a car at gunpoint by Williams. He drove her to several ATMs to make 18 different transactions, then raped her, strangled her in an abandoned storage shed, and buried her body in a shallow grave, KARK reported. Two days later, Williams kidnapped and raped two other women within 12 hours.

In 1996, Jones was convicted and sentenced to death for the June 6, 1995, rape and murder of Mary Phillips. Phillips was strangled to death with a coffee pot cord while her 11-year-old daughter Lacey was tied to a chair. Lacey Phillips regained consciousness as police photographers took pictures of the crime scene, CNN reported.

Central Florida man credits firefighters for saving life after snake bite

A Central Florida man credited a Polk County Fire Rescue team for saving his life after he was bitten by a 5½-foot rattlesnake.

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Jerome Roddenberry was bitten April 9 by at the River Ranch hunting grounds in eastern Polk County. 

When fire rescue crews arrived, they realized that Roddenberry needed advanced medical care. He was airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center so he could receive antivenin. 

Officials said Roddenberry received 32 vials of antivenin at the hospital. 

Roddenberry was reunited Friday with some of the firefighters who rescued him. 

He told firefighters that the bite didn't hurt but "things got bad fast."

Roddenberry said he couldn't take more than 10 steps after the bite and he couldn't remember anything that happened after that. 

"You saved my life," he told firefighters. "You kept me going until I got to the hospital." 

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