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South Carolina Boy Dies After Suffering Heat Stroke in Car
Jul07

South Carolina Boy Dies After Suffering Heat Stroke in Car

iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C.) — A 3-year-old South Carolina boy died Sunday after he was trapped inside his family’s hot car.

Officials in Lancaster County say Logan Cox suffered severe heat stroke after climbing into the car last Wednesday.

Logan was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in North Carolina.

His mother, Amber Bender, says she’d been asleep when her son wandered out of the house with their pet dog. Bender reportedly woke up and saw the blinkers on her car flashing, and then found her son inside the car, passed out. The dog was already dead.

It is not yet known if charges will be filed.

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Woman Says She Returned $200 Stolen 15 Years Ago Because ‘I Regret It’
Jul07

Woman Says She Returned $200 Stolen 15 Years Ago Because ‘I Regret It’

iStock/Thinkstock(BEATRICE, Neb.) — A woman paid back $200 she stole from a bar 15 years ago while bartending because “it was wrong and I regret it.”

When Pamela Hedges, owner of the sports bar Gibb’s, found a letter in her mailbox, she thought it was a credit letter from a bank. But when she opened the envelope, she was stunned to find a $200 check and a handwritten apology from a thief.

The note came last Thursday from an ex-employee who worked for Hedges’ bar 15 years ago, asking for forgiveness of a crime. Pamela Hedges, 57, and her husband Gibbs Hedges, 71, owned the bar for 30 years in Beatrice, Neb. While working at the bar, the employee had stolen about $200, the letter stated.

“I worked for you at Gibbs back in 1999 or 2000 (I think),” the letter read. “.. Not only was I flaky employee, I also stole from the drawer when I worked.”

The ex-employee, who now lives in Omaha, Neb., wrote that she regretted everything she did.

“I want to make sure you know I was appreciative of the job and that I regretted stealing from you. Please accept this check for what I estimate to be how much I stole. I hope you are both well,” the woman wrote.

The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, told ABC News, “I returned the money because it was wrong and I regret it.”

“I was young and I was dishonest. I only worked at the bar for a month or two on the weekends. I wasn’t a very good bartender,” she said.

“If I can speak with them [Pamela and Gibb Hedges] again, I would tell them how much I appreciated the job,” the ex-barmaid said. “I have my life back on the right track now, and I regret everything I did.”

Hedges said she and her husband knew that some employees were taking cash out of the register, and some drinks were poured but never paid for.

“Sometimes there was only $200 in the cash register by the end of the night when we knew we made more than that,” Hedges told ABC News.

“My husband actually took the register to the repairman to see if it was broken,” Hedges said.

“The repairman said, ‘The register is not broke, but you are,'” Hedges laughed.

Hedges said both she and her husband were stunned to receive the letter.

“My husband couldn’t believe this,” Hedges said. “It was just such a rare circumstance. Especially for her to do that after 15 years.”

“We don’t really remember the employee. But it was so courageous for her to first, admit her mistake. Second, to financially compensate for what she did,” Hedges said. She declined to make public the woman’s name.

Hedges said she is curious about why the ex-employee wrote to her after so much time, and she plans on writing her back.

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Mosquitoes Spreading Viral Disease in US
Jul07

Mosquitoes Spreading Viral Disease in US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More cases of a viral disease that can cause joint pain is spreading in the United States via mosquitoes.

The disease is said to have started in Africa, then spread to Asia, Southern Europe, and the Caribbean.  

ABC Chief Health and Medical Editor Doctor Richard Besser says these mosquitoes tend to bite during the day, and that’s when they transmit infection.

Besser says, “the only you can do to prevent this is to prevent getting the mosquito bites.”

“It’s important people think about that now anyway, because a number of things are spread by mosquitoes,” he adds. “In the United States, the summer and early fall is the peak period for West Nile virus, so the mantra to remember is Fight the Bite. Put on insect repellent, avoid periods of time when mosquitoes are biting actively, get rid of standing water around your home.”

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Calif. Lifeguard Drowns While Rescuing Swimmer
Jul07

Calif. Lifeguard Drowns While Rescuing Swimmer

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A beach lifeguard in Southern California drowned on Sunday while rescuing a struggling swimmer.

Ben Carlson, 32, went underwater when the two were hit by a huge wave.

The swimmer made it to shore safely while Carlson did not.

Twelve-foot swells hampered search efforts, and Carlson’s body was found three hours later.

Tom Gill, spokesperson for the United States Lifesaving Association, said, “For a professional lifesaver to lose their life in the line of duty like that is as rare as we could ever imagine.”

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Study: Consuming Alcohol Regularly May Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease
Jul07

Study: Consuming Alcohol Regularly May Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Previous studies have suggested that wine holds health benefits, but new research suggests any kind of alcohol can be good for you, if you drink the right amount. 
Two new Swedish studies in the journal Circulation c…

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