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WATCH: Woman jumps on car to thwart attempted carjacking

A Wisconsin woman went to extreme lengths to stop her car from being stolen Tuesday afternoon.

Melissa Marian recounted the incident in a Facebook post. She was pumping gas at a Milwaukee gas station when four teens pull up in what she says was also a stolen car. Surveillance video shows one teen jumping out and sliding into the driver's seat while Marian is on the other side of the vehicle. When Marian realizes someone is in her car, she jumps on the hood and hangs onto the windshield wiper as the teen drives off. 

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The teen soon decides to abort the carjacking attempt, jumping out of Marian's car with her purse, iPhone and wallet. He jumps into the getaway vehicle which flees from the scene. Marian is able to bring her car to a stop as it rolls its way into the street. A man is seen coming to her aid at that point.

The incident left Marian shaken, but unharmed.

Marian said the teens were laughing throughout the incident, and she has a message for them: "This is not cool and it will not make you successful or good honest money."

Marian told Fox6News that her actions may not have been wise, but were fueled by “pure adrenaline.”

The suspects have not been caught, but the car was fingerprinted, according to police.

WATCH: Celine Dion's first live performance of new 'Beauty and the Beast' song

Céline Dion was a reflection of Disney princess Belle at her concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas on Wednesday.

At the concert, Dion performed her new hit “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from the new “Beauty and the Beast” film for the very first time for the crowd. The song was played during the end credits of the film.

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Dion payed homage to Belle during the performance by wearing a yellow ball gown like the heroine wears in the film. As she sang, the ballroom dance scene played on the screens behind her.

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On Tuesday, Dion addressed the attack near the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

“What happened last night, makes no sense whatsoever. We live in different times and we need to love each other more than ever,” Dion said. “We need to support each other more than ever as well. What do you say we show our love to all of those in Manchester tonight? What do you think about that?”

>> Related: Manchester attack at Ariana Grande concert: What we know now

She then asked her audience, background vocalists and band to stand and join hands for a moment of silence for the victims.

“They will be seeing you and they will feel your love,” she said.

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Taking Uber or Lyft? Read these 7 safety tips before getting in the car

City dwellers, students, travelers and citizens without vehicles of their own often rely on ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft to get from one place to the next.

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But with all the news stories involving imposter drivers, driver-involved assaults and violent altercations, passengers should take some precautions before getting into the vehicle.

» Related: Is Uber safe? People questioning after reports of recent assaults 

Here are some safety tips for passengers when using a rideshare service:

Confirm the name of the driver and make of the vehicle.

There have been several cases of people posing as drivers, but both Uber and Lyft offer passengers details such as the driver’s name, their photo and car type.

According to Campbell Matthews, a Lyft representative, the company also offers an “amplified” way to identify your driver.

Lyft drivers have a bright, color-changing pill-shaped device (called the Amp) made of multiple LED lights on their dashboards.

The color in your Lyft app will match the color of the Amp in your driver’s car. 

Before getting in the car, make sure you’re getting in the right one.

» Related: Uber driver charged with assault on pregnant passenger 

Check the driver’s rating.

Just like you’re less likely to sign a lease on an apartment known for its low management or maintenance ratings and reviews, rideshare ratings can be used to determine the quality and safety of your ride.

Rideshare apps give passengers their potential driver’s ratings ahead of the car’s arrival, so if you’re uncomfortable with the rating, cancel your ride and call another.

Share your trip details with friends or family.

According to Uber, you’re able to tap “Share status” in the mobile app and share your driver’s name, photo, license plate and location with a friend or family member.

They can then track your trip without downloading the Uber app.

» Related: Uber plans to take ride-sharing off the ground 

Lyft users can tap the “Send ETA” icon on the bottom bar, which will send a text message to family or friends with a link to your current route and location.

If your ride-hailing service doesn’t offer a quick status or ETA share, snap a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and send the photo (and any additional details) to a family member or friend.

Avoid riding in the front seat.

Passengers (especially women) who ride up front have been on the receiving end of assaults, groping and other aggressive, unwanted behavior, according to Taxicab, Limousine and Paratransit Association spokesman Dave Sutton.

» Cops: Fake Uber driver sexually assaulted woman leaving Buckhead bar 

Follow along in your own maps app.

Open up your own maps tool, enter your destination and follow along, noting any odd route shifts.

Travel in groups when possible.

There’s often safety in numbers. Try riding with a friend or two or consider using the carpool option some ride-hailing services offer (Uber Pool, Lyft Line).

Trust your gut.

If you have an inkling of discomfort or sense something fishy, don’t get in the car. If you’re already on the road and are in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.

Teen wows shoppers with impromptu performance on thrift store piano

A teenager’s talent drew an audience at a Michigan thrift store when she started singing and playing a piano while waiting on her mother. 

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Another shopper caught Genavieve Linkowski’s impromptu performance and shared the video on social media Saturday, where it has been viewed more than 700,000 times.

"I turned my head and there were all these people out with their phones and they were all recording me," Linkowski told WJRT

Linkowski, 18, who hopes for a career as a singer, was passing time while her mother was shopping and started jamming on the aged, upright piano. A group of people gathered around as her voice carried through the store.

She was about to stop when the crowd asked her to continue.

“Really? Keep going?” Linkowski said in the video. 

She continued to play. 

She is been even more surprised since the video has gone viral. 

"Yesterday morning, one of my friends texted me and he was like, 'Oh, you're famous' and I was like, 'What?!'" she told WJRT. "And I'm looking and I was seeing all of this and I was just flabbergasted. Like, nothing like this has ever happened to me."

Memorial Day 2017: Quotes about patriotism, freedom

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who gave their lives in defense of the country. 

Here are a few quotes about patriotism and freedom.

  • "A hero is someone who has given his of her life to something bigger than oneself." -- Joesph Campbell 
  • "A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers and woods, it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." -- George William Curtis 
  • "All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can't do anything about it... Then you understand the horror of war." -- Norman Schwarzkopf 
  • "Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war." -- Otto von Bismarck 
  • "I have long believed that sacrifice is the pinnacle of patriotism. " -- Bob Riley 
  • "Only the dead have seen the end of war." -- Plato 
  • "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." -- Mark Twain 
  • "The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one's country deep enough to call her to a higher plain." -- George McGovern 
  • "The patriot volunteer, fighting for country and his rights, makes the most reliable soldier on earth." -- Stonewall Jackson 
  • "The patriot's blood is the seed of Freedom's Tree." -- Thomas Campbell 
  • "These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror." -- Michael N. Castle 
  • "They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this nation." -- Henry Ward Beecher

Hair spray can explodes in hot car, cracks windshield

A Washington woman returned to her car after work Tuesday and found her windshield badly cracked, but it was the object stuck in the windshield that really shocked her.

On closer observation, Karmen Ayres discovered that it was a can of hair spray she had accidentally left in the backseat of the car, KGW reported.

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"It launched like a rocket," Ayres told KGW. She was surprised that the can could explode with such force and do that much damage to her car. 

High temperatures caused the can to explode. KGW reported that it reached the low-90s in the Vancouver area Tuesday. 

Drug counselors overdose at halfway house, recovering addicts find them  

Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the deaths of two drug counselors at a halfway house in Chester County in metro Philadelphia in apparent separate heroin overdoses.

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The men were found unresponsive in separate bedrooms at the Freedom Ridge Recovery Lodge by recovering residents at the group home on Sunday, according to WFMZ TV.

The residents tried to revive one of the counselors with the opioid antidote naloxone, but it didn’t work.

Authorities found small baggies of heroin and used needles near the bodies of both victims, CNN reported.

The counselor’s jobs included planning daily activities for the six recovering addicts at the center and supervising medication for the recovering addicts.

An investigation into the deaths is underway.

Memorial Day 2017: Should you buy it or should you wait? Here are some shopping tips

It’s nearly summer and the urge to get out and spend can be strong.

Before you head out on a shopping spree, FatWallet.com, he website that directs consumers to daily deals and saving opportunities, has a few suggestions for you.

If you are looking for that perfect pair of shorts, this is a great time to shop. On the other hand, if you want a new laptop, you may want to wait a bit. 

FatWallet.com offers these shopping tips for the Memorial Day weekend:  

Summer ClothingBUY – The kick-off of summer clothing retail season, some 34% of Memorial Day shoppers buy clothes and another 21 percent buy shoes as dozens of site-wide discounts from top retailers, including 20-50 percent off shorts, tanks, sandals and swimwear, swarm the best deals of the weekend. Be sure to utilize cash back from Ebates to add significant savings to your summer thread purchases!

MattressesBUY - 36 million mattresses are shipped each year. Traditionally, there is no better time to buy a mattress, or mattress sets, than during Memorial Day sales when all specialty sleep, furniture and department store retailers offer their biggest savings and brand selection of the year.

AppliancesBUY and WAIT – More than 62 million major appliances shipped in the U.S. in 2016. Home improvement stores like Home Depot, Sears and Lowe’s will feature Memorial Day deals with up to 50 percent off refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers, etc. that rival their Black Friday prices.

LaptopsWAIT – Like TVs, there are always one-off sales for laptops, especially older models. While a healthy 12 percent will look for deals on electronics during Memorial Day sales, the best time to buy a new laptop is during Back to School sales in July, or on Black Friday when selection and prices on MacBooks, touchscreen laptops and 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptops can drop as much as 50 percent.

Patio Furniture / GrillsBUY and WAIT – A growing industry with $8 billion in sales, spring discounting on patio furniture and grills hit its peak during Memorial Day weekend. Prices go back up in June until summer clearance in the fall when these items are cheapest, but are also ready for storage.

Lawn & Garden SuppliesBUY – As annual retail sales eclipse $6 billion, May brings sweeping spring sales on lawn and gardening supplies that ramp up to Memorial Day. Holiday deals offer some of the best seasonal discounts on mulch, soil, plant food, fertilizers, pesticides and grass seed.

Power ToolsWAIT – A recent survey reports Father’s Day is the best time to buy tools, and 1 in 10 buy them as gifts for dads. Although some tool deals in May offer good savings, especially for outdoor power equipment, waiting until June offers a better over-all selection of savings options that can rival Black Friday tool deals.

Summer TravelBUY – While only 11 percent name Memorial Day as the best time for summer travel, the holiday signals urgency for securing summer vacation bookings. With 81 percent regularly go on vacations and 25 percent multiple times a year (survey), online travel sites like Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz and hotels.com compete to feature their best offers on airfare and hotel deals, cruise deals and car rental coupons for Memorial Day shoppers.

What to know about the ‘Doomsday Vault,’ why we need it and what it’s for

Deep beneath an icy Norwegian mountain, above the Arctic Circle, lies the largest concentration of agricultural diversity on Earth.

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The Svelbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the “Doomsday” vault or bank, is designed to save the world’s crops and plants if disaster strikes.

Recently, after water flooded the facility and questions about the threat of climate change arose, the Norwegian government decided to plan a redesign of the vault’s structure.

>> Related: ‘Doomsday’ tunnel entrance in Arctic flooded by melting permafrost

Here are seven things to know about the vault:

What is the purpose of the vault?

If disease pandemics, asteroid crashes, climate change or any other global catastrophes were to ensue, the seeds stored in the Global Seed Vault could be the source for humans to regrow the crops needed for survival.

But the vault was actually intended as a secure storage space for samples of other crop and plant collections at risk.

Where is it?

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The vault is located on the Arctic tundra island of Spitsbergen in Svalbard, Norway. The icy mountain housing the Seed Vault is called “Platåberget,” or “plateau mountain” in English, according the Crop Trust.

The vault is about 400 feet deep inside the mountain.

What does it store?

More than 930,000 varieties of food crops are stored in the Global Seed Vault. It has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples with each sample containing about 500 seeds, so, according to the CropTrust, a maximum of 2.25 billion seeds can be stored in the vault.

One room in the vault houses seeds for more than 150,000 different varieties of wheat.

>> Related: Arctic ice shrinking to lowest levels ever for third straight year

How much did the vault cost to build?

The Global Seed Vault, which opened in 2008 was administered by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food on behalf of the Kingdom of Norway and reportedly cost approximately $9 million to build.

Who is in charge?

The Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust), Nordic Gene Bank (NordGen) and an international advisory council help manage the facility, its funding and operations.

Read more here.

 

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