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NYPD recalls nearly 3,000 body cams after one explodes 

The New York Police Department is recalling nearly 3,000 body cams issued to officers after one exploded during a Saturday night shift. 

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An officer with the 121st Precinct “noticed there was smoke exiting from the bottom portal and immediately removed it,” according to a department statement. “After it was safely removed, the device exploded.”

The officer was not injured. 

In light of the incident, officials recalled all Vievu LE-5 body cameras issued to its 2,990 officers. 

The police academy also uses the device. A training Monday was canceled, the Daily News reported.

Older LE-4 cameras also used by the department are not affected. The NYPD has 15,500 body cameras in use, the Daily News reported

The NYPD launched its body camera program last year with a goal to issue cameras to all of its 22,000 patrol officers by the end of 2019.

Police: 6 people shot, 3 critically, near Jacksonville Jaguars stadium

Six people were shot -- three critically -- near the football stadium where the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars play, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Sunday.

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The shooting happened “outside the stadium footprint” while a game was underway, but did not impact the game, authorities said

Update 5:40 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: Jacksonville police released a photo of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting Sunday that injured six people, three of them critically.

Investigators believe the suspects were driving a silver grey four-door sedan, and that the victims were intentionally targeted.

Update 3:31 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The shooting occurred on a sidewalk at 12:35 p.m at A. Philip Randolph Boulevard and Pippin Street, a spokesman for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said at a news conference Sunday. The victims -- five men, one woman -- ranged in ages from “their 20s to 70s,” the spokesman said. The vehicle carrying the suspect or suspects was a silver gray sedan and possibly a Nissan Altima or Maxima, the Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

Authorities said the shots appeared to come from the passenger’s side of the vehicle. The spokesman said the shooting could be gang-related.

Update 3:28 p.m. EDT Oct. 21: The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said that six adults were shot, with three people in critical condition. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspect was driving a gray-silver four-door vehicle.

This is a developing story.

Piano teacher accused of child molestation found dead in jail cell

The Roswell piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges last month was found dead in his Fulton County Jail cell Saturday morning, officials said.

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Roswell resident Troy Lawrence Palmer was found hanging in his cell around 8 a.m. Saturday, the Atlanta Police Department said in a statement. An investigation is underway, but the initial cause of death appears to be suicide, officials said

Palmer was accused of molesting two children “multiple times between 2008 and 2012 while inside Palmer’s home,” Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said in September. Investigators said there could have been more victims.

Palmer, 55, was arrested on Sept. 13 and charged with two counts of aggravated child molestation.

He taught piano for more than 35 years, and offered lessons at his home for 13 years, Holland said. He had taught piano to hundreds of students over the years, officials said.

>> Related: Piano teacher arrested on child molestation charges; police seek more victims

Palmer’s death comes just days after another metro Atlanta teacher, Zachary Meadors, was found dead after he was accused of sexually abusing a minor.

Man orders 2 waters, leaves $10,000 tip

A customer left a server at a hot dog restaurant a $10,000 tip Friday after ordering two waters. 

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MrBeast, a YouTube star with nearly 9 million subscribers, surreptitiously sat down at Sup Dog restaurant, ordered two waters, browsed the menu and then left after plunking down 100 $100 bills and a note that read; “Thanks for the delicious water,” WRAL reported

“He said he wants everyone to know that good things still happen to good people," restaurant owner Bret Oliverio told WRAL. "I thought it was pretty cool. I think he wanted to make someone's day and wanted to get that 'wow' factor."

Millions of viewers subscribe to MrBeast’s videos, some of which include episodes where he gives random online video game players thousands of dollars.

Some of MrBeast’s friends stayed behind to record the reaction; however, a video is not yet posted.

The server was impressed and generous. She kept $800 and split the rest with her co-workers.

Amazon accused of illegally using eBay's internal messaging system

eBay filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Wednesday that accused the online giant of illegally poaching sellers using eBay’s internal messaging system.The lawsuit says Amazon “perpetuated a scheme to infiltrate and exploit eBay’s internal member email system” in order to “recruit high-value eBay sellers to Amazon.” The system allows sellers to communicate with one another, with the company and with customers.

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“The breadth and scope of Amazon’s conduct is startling -- involving large numbers of Amazon reps, targeting many hundreds of eBay sellers, and spanning several countries overseas and many states in the United States,” eBay attorneys said in the complaint.

The suit filed in Santa Clara County, California, alleges that Amazon representatives have established eBay seller accounts to recruit the sellers since 2015. The online marketplace had previously sent a letter to Amazon to cease the activity and provide information about the conduct.

Amazon at the time said it was investigating the accusation, but it didn’t stop the conduct or provide information, eBay said in the complaint.

Both Amazon and eBay rely on independent merchants to provide products to sell on the websites.

While Amazon’s sales have taken off, eBay has struggled. While it saw a 9 percent increase in revenue after the first quarter of 2018, its operating expenses also increased, causing the company to lay off 274 workers.

High school seniors building prosthetic hand for 4-year-old girl

Four-year-old Hansika Hamre has a rare genetic condition that caused her to be born without a right hand. Now, four seniors from Lakota East High School are using advanced technology to give her a new one.

According to her parents, Hansika is a very active little girl.

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“She climbs ladders and she plays and she bounces balls,” Hansika’s mom, Cara Hamre, told our news partners at WCPO.

Hansika was born with symbrachydactyly, a condition that causes babies to be born with shorter digits or missing fingers and toes. Her left hand is fully developed; her right hand is not. Usually, her mother said, it’s not an issue.

“She adapts very well,” Hamre said. “You wouldn’t know that she was missing her fingers.”

However, she added that some activities — zipping up a zipper, for example — present a real challenge.

That’s why a group of Lakota East seniors is working to build her a prosthetic hand that will, hopefully, make daily tasks like that one easier.

“We wanted to do a project that makes a direct difference in someone’s life,” said Cali Hoffman, one of the Lakota seniors who is working on the project.

“We got to meet her and it was really sweet, just kind of tugged at your heart strings a little bit,” Hoffman said. “(We were like) we have to deliver, you know … you don’t want to disappoint her.”

Hoffman and her classmates — Logan Spilie, Ben Roth, and Sam Billisits — co-presented the details of their project to engineers at Kinetic Vision, where engineers used a 3-D scanner to capture geometric data of Hansika’s hands.

“We’ll be able to leverage these data sets to scale (and) change geometry,” Kinetic Vision lead imaging specialist Alex Doukas said. “If we need to do any sort of changes, this will all be manipulatable data.”

Butler Tech and Lakota East engineering instructor Ken Kinch said he wants to send his students into college with applicable engineering skills and working to help Hansika will get them just that. Their capstone project will include taking 3D scans, finding materials and then finding a way to 3D print the prosthetic hand.

“The (3D) scan (done at Kinetic Vision) was so, so big for us because now we can model something and actually overlay it over top of that 3D scan to make sure the fit’s right,” Kinch said.

The group will work on Haniska’s prosthetic, which they hope will be able to grow alongside its user, throughout the school year.

Hansika’s project is one of 17 different ones at Lakota’s East and West high schools, which are projects also guided by faculty at Butler Technology and Career Development Schools. Every capstone project by the students is designed to accomplish a single mission of helping the community in some way.

“It’s exciting for us to engage with students and make them aware of the latest (research and development) tools,” said Jim Topich, VP of engineering at Kinetic Vision, which has partnered with Lakota Schools and Butler Tech since 2014.

“At the end of the day, the real reward in harnessing all this technology is when we all see Hansika using a functional new hand,” he said.

How you can watch Orionid meteor shower, which peaks this weekend

The dazzling Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak at the tail end of this weekend and you don’t want to miss out on the much-anticipated celestial event.

The annual shower has been called “one of the most beautiful showers of the year” by Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office, and is a popular celestial event for stargazers everywhere.”

Here are 11 things you need to know about the 2018 Orionid meteor shower:

Why are these meteor showers called Orionids?

The meteors radiate (or originate) from a region close to the constellation Orion the Hunter.

What causes the meteor shower?

According to Space.com, the meteor’s particles come from Comet 1P, also known as  Halley’s Comet, which zips by the planet every 75 to 76 years.

As the comet passes Earth, it leaves behind “a trail of comet crumbs,” and every now and then, the Earth’s orbit around the sun crosses paths with the comet’s debris.

What’s the difference between a meteoroid, meteor and meteorite. anyway?

Cooke told Space.com that a meteoroid is essentially space debris. For example, the crumbs from Halley’s Comet are meteoroids.

Once the meteoroids enter Earth’s atmosphere, they become meteors (or shooting stars).

Though most meteors disintegrate before hitting the ground, meteors that do strike the surface of the planet are called meteorites, Cooke said.

How fast will the Orionids be?

According to Cooke, some will zoom at speeds up to 148,000 mph in relative speed — less than 4 mph slower than the Leonids.

When will it peak?

The Orionid shower will peak between Sunday, Oct. 21, and Monday, Oct. 22 this year, but you may be able to catch a meteor or two before then.

Peak visibility is around 2 a.m.

Orionid meteors usually fly between Oct. 2 to Nov. 7 each year.

How many meteors will I see?

According to EarthSky.org, you can expect to see up to 15-20 meteors per hour during peak time.

Where do I have to go to watch the meteor showers?

The meteor shower will be visible from anywhere on the planet, but be sure to go somewhere far from city lights.

How to find the shape of Orion the Hunter

The meteor shower will radiate from Orion’s sword, which is slightly north of the star Betelgeuse.

According to Space.com, it could be helpful or just educational to find the shape of Orion the Hunter as you get settled for the show.

But staring straight at the point of origin won’t do much for you, Cooke said. That’s because “meteors close to the radiant have short trails and are harder to see — so you want to look away from Orion.”

Your best bet is to simply look up at the vast, dark sky.

GLOBE at Night has a nifty Orion Finder Chart that will show you Orion based on your location, for anyone interested.

From globeatnight.org:

The easiest way to find Orion is to go outside in the evening and look in the southwest sky if you are in the northern hemisphere or the northwestern sky if you are in the southern hemisphere. If you live on or near the equator, he will be visible in the western sky. You are looking for three bright stars close together in an almost-straight line. These three stars represent Orion's belt. The two bright stars to the north are his shoulders and the two to the south are his feet. 

Do I need binoculars?

According to Space.com, binoculars and telescopes won’t actually help. That’s because those tools are designed to magnify and focus on stationary objects in the sky.

The naked eye will do just fine.

How to safely watch the shower

Space.com recommends heading outdoors around 1:30 a.m. and letting your eyes adjust to the darkness for about 20 minutes.

Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt used around the world, study says

Microplastics are present in 90 percent of table salts tested worldwide, a study published earlier this month found.

Researchers analyzed 39 brands of sea, rock and lake salt produced in 16 different countries on six continents and determined microplastics were in 36 of them, according to the study published in Environmental Science and Technology.

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"In order to limit our exposure to microplastics, preventative measures are required, such as controlling the environmental discharge of mismanaged plastics and more importantly, reducing plastic waste," Seung-Kyu Kim, a marine science professor and author of the study, said in a statement.

The three brands that did not contain microplastics are a refined sea salt from Taiwan, a refined rock salt from China and an unrefined sea salt produced through solar evaporation from France, National Geographic reported

The density of microplastics found varied by brand, with many of the salt samples from Asian countries testing higher, National Geographic reported. 

The study, led by South Korea and Greenpeace, determined salt from Indonesia, which has some of the worst levels of plastic pollution in the world, tested highest for microplastic contamination, National Geographic reported

World Series 2018: Schedule and times released

The Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers will meet in the 114th World Series, and Major League Baseball announced the dates and times for the Fall Classic on Sunday.

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The Red Sox led the majors with 108 wins this season and eliminated the defending champion Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Red Sox are 5-0 on the road this postseason as they seek their fourth crown in 15 years.

The Dodgers took Game 7 of the NL Championship Series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-1 win on Saturday night, landing their 23rd pennant. 

The World Series will open at Fenway Park for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, and all games will be televised nationally on Fox. ESPN Radio will carry the games on radio. 

Here is the schedule for the best-of-seven World Series:

Game 1 - Tuesday, Oct. 23, 8:09 p.m.

Game 2 - Wednesday, Oct. 25, 8:09 p.m.

Game 3 - Friday, Oct. 26,  8:09 p.m.

Game 4 - Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 5 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 8:15 p.m.

x-Game 6 - Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:09 p.m.

x-Game 7 - Wednesday, Oct. 31, 8:09 p.m.

x-If necessary

Amy Schumer backs Colin Kaepernick, won't appear in Super Bowl ads 

Comedian Amy Schumer is following pop singer Rihanna’s lead in not participating in Super Bowl LIII.

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In a Friday post on Instagram, Schumer said she has decided to turn down any offers to participate in commercials for the Feb. 3 game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The move, she said, was in support of the “take-a-knee” protests by NFL players that was started in 2016 by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, ESPN reported. Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality.

“Hitting the NFL with the advertisers is the only way to really hurt them,” Schumer wrote. “I know opposing the NFL is like opposing the NRA. Very tough, but don’t you want to be proud of how you’re living? 

Earlier this week, Rihanna turned down an offer to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show as a way to support Kaepernick.

In 2016, Schumer appeared with Seth Rogen in a politically-themed Bud Light ad, "Raise One to Right Now," during Super Bowl 50, ESPN reported.

In her Instagram post, Schumer said she hoped Maroon 5, set to headline the halftime show at Super Bowl LIII, will reconsider and withdraw.

She also suggested that white NFL players should join black players by taking a knee.

“Why not kneel next to your brothers?” Schumer wrote. “Otherwise, how are you not complicit?” 

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Kaepernick was released by the 49ers after the 2016 season and hasn’t played since.

He filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners last year, accusing them of conspiring to keep him from playing in the league.

Nike ad campaign featuring Kaepernick as the face of the athletic retail giant’s “Just Do It” 30th anniversary has sparked debate, controversy and boycotts.

Schumer was arrested Oct. 4 during a protest in Washington against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, CNN reported.

It was not clear if Schumer was approached to appear in an ad to run during Super Bowl LIII, ESPN reported.

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