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Must see: Infant photo shoot fit for Disney princesses

All little girls are princesses in their parents eyes when they’re born, but a California photographer has made the dream come true.

Karen Marie of Belly Beautiful Portraits came up with the idea of dressing the newborns as Ariel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Belle and Jasmine, KCRA reported.

TSA ends testing, will not screen passengers’ books separately

TSA officials will not screen and search books separate from luggage during security checks before passengers board planes at airports across the country.

The agency announced the decision to end testing the practice at select airports at the end of June. Testing was being performed at two U.S. airports.

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Many people criticized the book screenings, saying TSA agents could potentially choose passengers to search based on the titles and topics of their reading materials.

“Academics are unsurprisingly big readers, and since we don’t simply read for pleasure, we often read materials with which we disagree or which may be seen by others as offensive,” Henry Reichman, chair of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, said last month. “For instance, a scholar studying terrorism and its roots may well be reading -- and potentially carrying on a plane -- books that others might see as endorsing terrorism.”

Other critics said publicly disclosing reading material could feel like an invasion of privacy to some travelers. 

“A person who is reading a book entitled ‘Overcoming Sexual Abuse’ or ‘Overcoming Sexual Dysfunction’ is not likely to want to plop that volume down on the conveyor belt for all to see,” said notes privacy expert Jay Stanley in an analysis of the TSA’s previous plan.

But the TSA has asserted the the book search, which has been terminated at test airports will not expand across the country as previously planned.

Passengers do not need to remove books from carry-on bags before sending luggage through X-ray machines.

“We’re always testing procedures to help stay ahead of our adversaries. We were testing the removal of books at two airport locations and the testing ran its course,” the TSA said in a news release. “We’re no longer testing and have no intentions of instituting those procedures.”

In the release, the TSA said it implemented the book screening test because “adversaries seem to know every trick in the book when it comes to concealing dangerous items, and books have been used in the past to conceal prohibited items.”

“We weren’t judging your books by their covers, just making sure nothing dangerous was inside,” TSA said

Social Security Scammers Trying To Get Personal Info In New Phone Hoax

Social Security Scammers Trying To Get Personal Info In New Phone Hoax

Teacher Convicted Of Sex With Student Sues Him For Damaging Her Reputation

Teacher Convicted Of Sex With Student Sues Him For Damaging Her Reputation

Neighbors' spat over bamboo, Jimmy Buffett reaches appeals court

You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Meet the Hayes and Carrigans of Indian Hill, Ohio.

Jeffrey Hayes, who lives on 4.7 acres in the wealthy Cincinnati neighborhood, took his next door neighbor Pamela Carrigan to court. Hayes said Carrigan applied a toxic herbicide to his bamboo.

Carrigan, who lives on 5.2 acres, had her own beef with Hayes: She says he plays Jimmy Buffett’s music too loudly and mows his lawn too early in the morning. On top of that, Carrigan alleged in a countersuit, the bamboo was an invasive nuisance.

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The local police and courts got involved in the bamboo fight. In 2016, the trial court decided that each party had committed trespassing, ordered each to pay $11,000, and dismissed their other claims.

That wasn’t good enough for Hayes or Carrigan. They each appealed the decision to the First District Court of Appeals.

First District Judge Dennis Deters wrote in an opinion that Carrigan had not proven trespass and Hayes failed to substantiate his claim for damages.

While mowers droning at 7:30 a.m. and listening to “Margaritaville” on repeat might be annoying, the appeals court decided it didn’t rise to “physical discomfort” and “real, material and substantial” damages.

Moon’s interior could hold vast quantities of water – why is that good news? 

A group of Brown University scientists has discovered evidence suggesting the moon is hiding a lot more water than previously thought.

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The researchers studied layers of lunar rock samples containing tiny glass beads formed from magma inside the moon billions of years ago, trapping water inside them. 

After examining satellite data to see where else those glass beads are located, the scientists found high levels of beads, suggesting high levels of water, inside the numerous deposits of volcanic material across the moon’s surface.

The discovery of water inside those deposits "bolsters the idea that the lunar mantle is surprisingly water-rich,” the researchers said in a news release.

>> Related: 11 things you probably never knew about the historic Apollo 11 moon landing

The findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, show where exactly those water-rich areas are (near the Apollo 15 and Apollo 17 landing sites), but they don’t conclude how much water there is.

But why is this good news?

Scientists have speculated the possibility of water in the lunar poles, but those areas are much more difficult to access. If water exists in these volcanic (or “pyroclastic”) deposits, it’ll be significantly easier for them to access, lead author Ralph Milliken said.

>> Related: 7 things to know about rare total solar eclipse in August

And importantly, huge pockets of water on the moon could save explorers from having to transport water from earth to space, which is both a heavy hassle and huge expense.

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Survivors: Truck in deadly immigrant-smuggling incident had up to 200 people at one point

Immigrants who survived a trip inside a big rig in which eight people were found dead in San Antonio this weekend told police as many as 180 to 200 people had been in the trailer at some point during the trip, according to court documents.

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A criminal complaint filed Monday against James Mathew Bradley Jr. also outlines the danger and cost of crossing the Texas-Mexico border illegally, including an expensive river crossing and protection payments to men with alleged ties to the notorious Zetas drug cartel.

When authorities found the vehicle on the southwest side of San Antonio on Sunday, there were 39 people inside, including the eight dead. Two more died from their injuries after being taken to area hospitals for treatment.

The immigrants, identified only by their initials, told investigators that they had paid thousands of dollars to enter the country.

One told authorities he was traveling with seven relatives in a group of 24 people. He said he’d been held in a stash house in Laredo for 11 days before boarding the rig.

“He stated when his group arrived at the tractor-trailer, there were already 70 people in the trailer and it was very hot,” the complaint said.

Another immigrant told investigators that he was going to pay smugglers $5,500 when he arrived at his final destination in San Antonio.

But even before, he was told by a smuggler that that people linked to the Zetas drug cartel would charge 11,000 pesos (about $622) for protection and another 1,500 pesos (about $85) to cross into the United States by raft at a deep section of the river.

“The money was collected and his group crossed the river by raft in three trips,” the complaint said.

One of the undocumented immigrants told federal investigators that “people had a hole in the trailer wall to provide some ventilation, and they started taking turns breathing from the hole."f

The victims “were very hot to the touch” and the “people were in this trailer without any signs of any type of water,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said. Temperatures reached a searing 101 degrees in San Antonio on Saturday and didn’t drop below 90 degrees until after 10 p.m.

Authorities said 39 people were in the truck when rescue workers arrived early Sunday. Four of the survivors appeared to be between 10 and 17 years old, ICE acting Director Thomas Homan said.

Bradley was charged Monday with transporting immigrants in the U.S. illegally for "commercial advantage or private financial gain." The Associated Press reported that the charge could qualify for a death penalty sentence if Bradley is convicted.

The Associated Press and the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

5-year-old genius visits 'The Dr. Oz Show'

Kid genius Anson Wong is still beaming after a trip to visit Dr. Mehmet Oz on the set of his show.

Anson, 5, of Atlanta, was thrilled to meet Dr. Oz and tape an episode of the show, which is scheduled to air Tuesday.

About Anson Wong

Since infancy, Anson has demonstrated an impressive ability to absorb new information with ease. Videos shared by his mother online show him reading at just 17 months old.

Anson went viral last year when he was filmed talking with a medical school student in an Atlanta grocery store, sharing his knowledge about the immune system.

His parents say he’s voracious when it comes to learning, and they do what they can to encourage that curiosity.

RELATED: Kid genius Anson Wong and how he got so smart

“I’ve always encouraged him to ask questions. I always ask him, ‘Do you have any questions for Daddy?'” Anson’s father, Angelo Wong, told Rare. “When he asks questions, I don’t give him the baby answer.”

Now, Anson stars in his own series, “Anson’s Answers,” where he teaches others about subjects ranging from the solar system to microbiology.

Anson visits Dr. Oz

Impressed by Anson’s knowledge of the human body, “The Dr. Oz Show” flew Anson from Atlanta to New York City to tape an episode about the gut.

Photos show Anson getting a tour of the airplane’s cockpit before setting off on his adventure.

Once in New York, he got to experience the life of a TV personality, including getting his hair and makeup done.

After a little bit of practice, Anson was ready for his big debut. In front of a live audience and big cameras, Anson chatted with Dr. Oz about digestion and even helped him concoct a turmeric lemonade designed to maintain a healthy gut.

You can watch Anson’s interview on “The Dr. Oz Show” Tuesday. Check your local listings to find out when and where to watch in your area.

“Anson’s Answers” features 5-year-old whiz kid Anson Wong. He has a college-level grasp on various areas of science, dreams of becoming the president and can speak multiple languages. Did you catch that he’s just 5 years old? Anson has a passion for teaching others and loves to share videos explaining the human body, the laws of physics and his ideas for the future. Grab a seat, because Professor Anson’s class is in session!

Stay in touch with Anson by following him on Facebook.

 

Health care vote: What time, what to know, live updates

The Senate is expected to hold a vote Tuesday on a motion to proceed to debate the House version of the health care bill.

The vote, a procedural one, is the first step in a Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s what you need to know about the bill and the vote expected for Tuesday afternoon.

What time is the vote?

The vote is expected around 2:30 p.m. ET. It is set for after Republican senators meet for their weekly lunch. The lunch begins at 12:45 p.m.

What are they voting on?

The vote is on a motion to proceed with debate on the House health care bill. 

What happens if the motion passes?

If the procedural motion passes, debate, along with an amendment process would begin. The amendment process would allow an amendment that agrees with budget reconciliation rules.

What happens if the motion fails?

Never say never in Washington. If the vote fails, the Senate may move on to tax reform or could take another stab at the bill, negotiating with the GOP senators who have opposed various parts of the legislation.

Is there a Republican who is solid on a no vote?

Maine Sen. Susan Collins says she will not vote on the motion to proceed.

Anyone on the fence about voting yes?

These Republican senators have expressed doubt on the bill.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito

Sen. Dean Heller

Sen. Ron Johnson

Sen. Mike Lee

Sen. Jerry Moran

Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rob Portman

What are the chances it passes?

Probably pretty good or you wouldn’t see two things that are happening today: One, there likely wouldn’t be a vote if GOP leaders didn’t feel they would win, and, two, Sen. John McCain, (R-Arizona) is returning to Washington in time to cast a vote. McCain was diagnosed with an aggressive type of brain cancer a couple of weeks ago. It would be unlikely he would come back to Washington to vote on a bill that party leaders don’t feel will pass. 

How many votes will it take to pass?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lose only two Republican senators and see the motion pass. That is assuming that every Democrat votes no on the motion. There are 52 Republican senators. If two of them vote no, the bill can still pass with the help of Vice President Mike Pence. The vice president is the tie-breaker if a vote in the Senate ends up in a tie.

Live updates: Come back here beginning at 2 p.m. ET for live updates on the vote to proceed with health care legislation.

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