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High temperatures will continue Sunday, but a cold front will soon bring relief from the heat wave

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(CNN) — The deadly heat wave that has blanketed much of the US is in its final day.

A cold front moving through the Midwest will reach the East Coast by Monday, bringing heavy rain and cooler air, according to CNN Meteorologist Ivan Cabrera.

The front will quiet days of extreme temperatures, Cabrera said.

This week’s high temperatures prompted cities across the US to open cooling centers, issue safety instructions to residents and cancel many outdoor events. New York’s mayor declared an emergency. One death has been attributed to the high temperatures: Former NFL player Mitch Petrus, 32, died of a heat stroke after working outside Thursday during a heat advisory in Arkansas, officials said.

Part of the relief comes from the dropping of overnight temperatures in the Midwest, which had often hovered near 80 degrees in the past week.

While temperatures on the East Coast and Midwest may sink down to the 70s on Monday, Sunday still has some heat in store.

Sunday severe weather

Although down from Saturday’s 157 million, there are still more than 95 million people under a heat warning or advisory for Sunday.

The heat index has much of the Midwest feeling as if it’s in the 90s, while the East Coast faces triple digits — with Washington, D.C., at the highest with 110.

And although the more central states are being cooled a bit by the moving front, at least 350,000 people are without power across Michigan due to severe weather, according to Poweroutage.US.

Staying safe in the final stretch

With one day of extraordinary heat left, officials are still asking people to take steps to stay safe.

Over the past week, the heat wave stretched from New Mexico to Maine, prompting authorities across the country to put out warnings and recommendations to help deal with the heat.

While many people — especially in regions that tend to see higher temperatures regularly — underestimate the dangers of summer heat, it annually kills more Americans on average than any other natural disaster, Cabrera said.

Those most vulnerable include the elderly, infants, children, those in cities and people who live or work outside, according to a report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

To reduce those dangers, the report and city officials recommend staying hydrated, avoiding being outside during peak heat hours, training medical staff and community members on heat stroke symptoms and enlisting the help of friends, family and neighbors to check on people particularly at risk.

Climate change’s impact

The threat of heat waves will become more serious across the globe and more widespread as the climate crisis continues, says Francesco Rocca, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

A new report by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre says 17 of the 18 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.

“Climate projections indicate that if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current pathway, by the year 2100 three out of four people on Earth could be subject to at least 20 days per year of potentially deadly heat and humidity levels,” the report says.

And in the US, the number of days each year with a heat index of more than 100 degrees will more than double by mid-century, a report by the Union of Concerned Scientists says.

A missing toddler drove himself down to the county fair on his toy tractor

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(CNN) — How far can a little one really go?

Well, one determined Minnesota 2-year-old got himself all the way down to the county fair, according to the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office received a call Friday night about a missing toddler, according to a Facebook post from the office.

But the determined tyke wasn’t in danger — he just decided he wasn’t done at the fair.

The young boy hopped on his battery-powered John Deere toy tractor and drove it down the sidewalk to a back entrance of the festivities, according to CNN affiliate KMBC.

The journey was a little over a block, according to Sgt. Jason Foster.

Sheriff’s deputies found him next to the Tilt-a-Whirl, his favorite ride, the station reported.

“He was reunited with dad,” the sheriff’s office said, “who promptly suspended his son’s license by removing the battery from it.”

This Denver flight attendant still takes to the skies – 30 years after surviving a deadly crash

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GOLDEN, Colo. -- Thirty years after they nearly died in a plane crash, a group of survivors gathered in Golden Friday night to remember those who didn't make it out alive. Among them was a flight attendant who didn't let the near-death experience force her out of the job she loves.

The men and women were among the 185 people who walked away from the wreckage of United Flight 232. The crash killed 112 passengers.

The anniversary gathering was held at the home of Susan White. She was a rookie flight attendant at United when she boarded the DC-10 at Denver's Stapleton Airport on July 19, 1989, bound for Chicago O'Hare.

About an hour into the flight, she heard a thunderous explosion. The plane suffered a catastrophic failure in its tail engine, and pieces of the engine fan disc ripped apart the plane's hydraulic systems, making the aircraft nearly impossible to control. The captain was forced to make an emergency landing in a corn field just shy of the airport in Sioux City, Iowa.

"There was a huge ball of fire immediately as soon as we landed, and I calmly just said to myself, 'I'm burning to death. That's how I'm dying,'" White told KDVR.

To this day, she sees the flight number everywhere.

"I see that number everywhere, 232. I wake up in the middle of the night and I see that number, during the day I look at my phone and it's 2:32. I'll go to send a text to my mother and it's 2:32," White said.

From the time the engine blew to the time of the crash landing, she and the others had 45 minutes to prepare to die.

"I started assessing my life. I imagined my pastor announcing my death in church. I thought about all the friends I had met throughout my whole life and I was never going to see them again. Thought about my family especially, and how sad my parents were going to feel losing a child," White said.

What made the crash even more tragic was the amount of children on board. United was running a special that day called United "Children's Day," allowing kids to fly for a penny. There were 52 children on board, including toddlers sitting in their parents' laps.

When the plane crashed, it split in to pieces and filled with flames and smoke. Eleven of those 52 children died. But somehow, White made it out alive.

"The tail where I was, we broke off and then started tumbling and we violently tumbled down the tarmac. Pieces of metal were ripping apart the airplane and flying around  I had my hands over my head, I had my eyes open, because I wanted to see what was coming at me. And then it stopped and I couldn't believe I was alive," White said. "I finally released my seat belt and got out, and I looked around and then I saw the big gaping hole [in the fuselage]."

First responders told White she was one of only about eight people in the back of the plane who lived through the crash.

"And then, later, people started coming out of the cornfield. And more survivors. And it was just the greatest miracle ever," she said.

White stays in touch with other survivors and the families of those killed. She is also still a flight attendant.

"There are a lot of people who can't believe I went back to work, and they'll tell me they would've quit. But I was so young at the time, I was 25 and I loved my job. And I thought, 'If I let that defeat me, I'll let so many other avenues defeat me.' So I pushed on and went back. And I'm so glad that I did," White said. "I feel there is a purpose, and I'm so grateful to be alive."

Sportscast July 20, 2019

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Wilton advances in the 2A Post season with a 4-0 win over Mediapolis.  Jared Townsend drives in all 4 run, Collin McCrabb goes the distance in the win.

Quad City River Bandits hand out Colby Lopez Bobble heads before the game.  Then the Bowling Green Hot Rods spoil the fun beating the Bandits 3-2.

‘I know my rights’: Indiana mother frustrated after being told not to breastfeed at water park

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KOKOMO, Ind. – A mother of four is frustrated after she says a local water park told her she couldn't breastfeed her child in public.

Kayla Britton and her kids recently visited Kokomo Beach Water Park. Britton said she was walking and breastfeeding her newborn when a lifeguard told her to stop. The guard suggested she should use the onsite breastfeeding room.

“I just said, ‘Uh, no,’ and just kept on walking because I know my rights," Britton said.

Indiana law allows a mother to breastfeed in any place that she is allowed to be by law. City officials released a statement saying in part Britton was walking through the water and the lifeguard feared the baby may ingest pool chemicals.

"The City of Kokomo recognizes and respects a woman’s right to breastfeed anywhere the woman has a right to be. In this situation, the woman was in the pool, with her newborn, and fully exposed. Concerned there may be safety issues for the mother and her newborn, including the child possibly ingesting chemicals from the pool water, the lifeguard suggested the mother consider nursing in the room that is available onsite for breastfeeding mothers. The woman responded “no,” and that she would do it anywhere she wanted. That was the end of the interaction."

Britton disagrees with their story and said she was walking at the water's edge to another shaded part of the park.

“I don't know how that would be possible with me walking and carrying him," Britton said. “I'm well over five-foot tall, so I don't think he could be exposed to pool water five feet above it."

Britten said she hopes her story teaches other businesses to learn and respect breastfeeding laws.

They showered in contact lenses, then lost vision

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The woman’s eye, which appears green because of a dye used to detect cornea damage. (New England Journal of Medicine)

A scary reminder to wearers of contacts to take them out before showering or swimming.

Two UK patients were left legally blind in one eye after contracting a rare parasitic eye infection linked to water, reports Live Science. A 41-year-old woman described two months of pain, blurry vision, and light sensitivity in her left eye before doctors found a defect in her cornea, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The woman was ultimately diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a parasitic infection “most common in people who wear contact lenses,” according to the CDC. It describes risk factors including improper handling and “swimming, using a hot tub, or showering while wearing lenses.”

The woman eventually received a partial cornea transplant, which slightly improved her vision.

Nick Humphrey is awaiting the same procedure on his right eye. “If I get my sight back I’ll never wear contacts again,” the 29-year-old says, per Fox News. He contracted Acanthamoeba keratitis in 2018 after regularly showering with contact lenses.

“I’d wake up, pop my lenses in, and head to the gym before work, then I’d jump in the shower before heading to the office,” he says.

He’s working with charity Fight for Sight to warn others that this “can happen because of something as simple as getting in the shower.” (More about the risks here.)

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3 original NASA moon landing videos sell for $1.82 million at auction

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(CNN) — While the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing Saturday, Sotheby’s auctioned off three original NASA videotapes of the event for a whopping $1.82 million.

That’s more than 8,000 times what then-NASA intern Gary George paid for them in a government surplus auction in 1976, the auction house said in a news release.

The videos have not been restored, enhanced or remastered, and are the “earliest, sharpest, and most accurate surviving video images of man’s first steps on the moon,” Sotheby’s said.

“Fifty years ago today, we achieved the world’s greatest human accomplishment, and what we universally recall about that event is best documented on these tapes,” said Cassandra Hatton, vice president and senior specialist in Sotheby’s Books & Manuscripts Department, said in a release. “We are truly over the moon about today’s outstanding result.”

The auction house didn’t say who bought the recordings.

The tapes contain the images shown the world over: Neil Armstrong‘s first step, Buzz Aldrin descending the ladder after him and bouncing over the moon’s surface, and the astronauts planting the American flag there, but the images are “sharper and more distinct” than those shown elsewhere, Sotheby’s said.

The footage shown on network television broadcasts lost video and audio quality with each transmission from microwave tower to microwave tower, Sotheby’s said.

George was an engineering student at Lamar University when he interned at the NASA Johnson Space Center and occasionally went to government surplus auctions, Sotheby’s said. In June 1976, he paid $217.77 for a lot of about 1,150 reels of magnetic tape that had belonged to NASA.

George sold and donated some of the tapes, but he saved three of them after his father noticed they were labeled “APOLLO 11 EVA | July 20, 1969 REEL 1 [–3]” and “VR2000 525 Hi Band 15 ips.” He didn’t give them much thought until he found out in 2008 that NASA was trying to locate its original tapes for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, Sotheby’s said.

The tapes have a combined run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes, and they show the entirety of the moon walk as seen by the Mission Control staff, from the first walk to the phone call with then-President Richard Nixon, the auction house said,

Massachusetts police ask residents to refrain from crime until after the heat wave passes

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(CNN) — It’s dangerously hot across much of the country this weekend — so hot, in fact, that police in Braintree, Massachusetts, are imploring would-be criminals to hold off on illegal activity until Monday.

The Braintree Police Department asked the community to put a pin in crime until the heat wave passes in a Facebook post Friday.

“It is straight up hot as soccer balls out there,” the department wrote in the post, which has racked up more than 106,000 shares since Friday.

Yes, a police department really used the phrase “hot as soccer balls.”

The department confirmed to CNN Saturday that the post is, indeed, legit.

The heat is criminal enough. The National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for parts of the eastern United States, including Braintree in eastern Massachusetts.

While temperatures in the area could reach 102 degrees, it’ll likely feel even worse: The heat index, or the more accurate temperature your body feels when air temperature and humidity are both factored in, could be as high as 115 degrees, the weather service said.

That’s simply too hot for lawbreaking, Braintree police said.

Committing a crime in this sort of weather is “next level henchmen status,” the department said, not to mention dangerous to the offender’s health.

In the post, the department suggested everyone wait out the heat wave indoors and suspend the illegal stuff until things cool down.

“Stay home, blast the AC, binge Stranger Things season 3, play with the face app, practice karate in your basement,” police said. “We will all meet again on Monday when it’s cooler.”

The message is signed, “The PoPo.”

In a postscript, the police pleaded with people not to spoil the plot of the Netflix series’ new episodes. According to the post, Braintree police are just finishing up the second season of “Stranger Things.”

Seriously, though: Heat waves are dangerous

Heat waves are no joke. This weekend’s extreme temperatures are set to impact more than 150 million people.

The National Weather Service has urged residents in affected areas from the Great Plains to the East Coast to take the heat seriously and avoid outdoor activities during mid-afternoon and early evening hours, the most dangerous parts of the day, according to the agency.

The best ways to avoid heat-related illnesses, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies? Drink lots of water. And avoid staying outside, but if you must, stay in the shade.

Cooling centers and portable water stations are essential in combating heat stroke and dehydration, too, the organizations say. Major cities such as New York and Chicago have opened hundreds of public cooling centers.

Woman ‘extremely lucky’ to survive freak lawnmower accident

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BRIDGEWATER, S.D. – A South Dakota woman is recovering after a freak lawnmower accident sliced open her neck, KSFY reports.

It could have been much worse. A flying piece of debris narrowly missed critical parts of her neck including her carotid artery and trachea.

"I thought that I got hit by a rock, it felt like something hit me, and then fell off me. I didn't know that my neck had been sliced open," Kendra Jensen said.

Her husband, Andy Jensen, was worried his wife would bleed out in front of him.

Kendra Jensen describes herself as "extremely lucky".

Her husband was mowing their lawn when the mower kicked up a piece of debris.

"I was immediately just like 'that hurt,' and so I grabbed my neck. That's when I realized I was bleeding, and it was wet. And that's when I freaked out," Kendra said.

Andy saw her in pain and immediately knew what to do.

"He ran to his car and grabbed his trauma bag, I make fun of him all the time for having it, I'm like, 'we're never going to need that,'" Kendra said.

Andy put his thumb in the cut and started applying gauze.

An ambulance quickly arrived and took Kendra to the hospital.

After the incident, she posted photos to Facebook to show family and friends.

"My intent on posting what happened to me was to update my family and friends about it," Kendra said.

That post has now been shared more than 16 thousand times and it has generated some backlash.

"The ones that keep making comments that are like 'you shouldn't have done this,' or just shaming my husband like it was his fault, he didn't even know I was outside," Kendra said.

She's not letting all the negativity affect her recovery, though. Kendra and her husband hope her story will remind people that anything can happen in the blink of an eye.

"No one is definitely ever going to be outside again when I'm mowing," Andy said.

Local union hosts construction trade expo

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois -- A Rock Island trade union set up an event for prospective construction workers on Saturday.

Local Union 25 put on the organized labor career fair on Saturday, July 20th at the Church of Peace United in Rock Island.

The expo was held to discuss apprenticeships and careers in area construction trades and featured participants from unions across the area.

More than five of the unions had booths at the expo offering paid apprenticeships to workers, giving them opportunity to learn the trade while making a living wage.

The unions are planning to hold the event again on September 7th at the Martin Luther King Center in Rock Island.

Cat filter mistakenly applied during police news conference on double murder

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Canadian police are apologizing after an officer speaking about the murders of two people appeared in livestream video with cat ears and whiskers, thanks to a popular social media filter.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sgt. Janelle Shoihet had already been speaking to the press about the deaths of North Carolina woman Chynna Noelle Deese and Lucas Robertson Fowler, of Australia, when the filter popped on, The Daily Hive reports.

The B.C. RCMP are giving a press conference on the two people murdered on the Alaska Highway, and they have the cat ear filter on. pic.twitter.com/j8GvkvKA4u

— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) July 19, 2019

Police confirmed the use of the ill-timed filter on Twitter, blaming an “automatic setting” and adding that they were working to fix it.

RCMP officials have since recorded an updated press conference on their Facebook page, sans cat ears.

Yes we are aware and addressing it as it's an automatic setting. Thank you, we will rectify and issue a video shortly.

— BCRCMP (@BCRCMP) July 19, 2019

Police confirmed that Deese and Fowler, whose bodies were found along the Alaska Highway in a remote part of British Columbia, were both murdered. Police are currently asking the public for any information that could help in the investigation.

It appears that the RCMP aren’t the only ones to find two pink ears, a black nose, blush and whiskers appear at a bad time. A similar incident happened last month during Pakistani politician Shaukat Yousafzai’s press conference:

So this happened today when PTI's SM team forgot to turn off the cat filter while live streaming a press conference on Facebook. @SAYousafzaiPTI looks kinda cute pic.twitter.com/IjjJrua7DL

— Ahsan Hamid Durrani (@Ahsan_H_Durrani) June 14, 2019

Midwestern brewers unite for Homebrew Festiv-Ale

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ROCK ISLAND, Illinois — A local brewery held a gathering of area home-brewers on Saturday.

Home-brewers from across Iowa and Illinois came to Wake Brewery in Rock Island for their 2019 Homebrew Festiv-Ale on Saturday, July 20th at 2 p.m.

The event featured 50 unique brews from local breweries and collaborative brews made by home brewers working together with professionals. Attendees received 15 tickets to sample the brews and a special event glass.

All proceeds from the event are going to the Kings harvest Pet Rescue No Kill Shelter in Davenport.

Monmouth man barricades himself inside burning home

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MONMOUTH, Illinois — A Monmouth resident started a house fire and then sealed himself inside the building, authorities say.

The Monmouth Police and Fire departments responded to a fire call just before noon on Saturday, July 20th to find local resident Brian Sage barricaded inside the burning residence.

Monmouth police were able to get inside the building and evacuate Sage before area fire departments successfully doused the flames.

Sage was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. The fire did not destroy the residence, nor did it spread to neighboring buildings.

The Monmouth Police Department is continuing to investigate the incident.

7-Eleven to give $7,111 to baby born July 11 at 7:11 p.m., weighing 7 lbs. 11 ozs.

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ST. LOUIS – 7-Eleven is donating an auspicious amount of money to the college fund of a St. Louis girl who was born on July 11 at 7:11 p.m. weighing seven pounds and 11 ounces – $7,111.

Rachel Langford of St. Louis gave birth to daughter J’Aime Brown baby girl on 7-Eleven day, July 11 — yes, 7/11.

“After catching wind of the incredible news, 7-Eleven decided to pledge $7,111 to the newborn’s college fund to honor her entry to the world,” 7-Eleven spokeswoman Gaby Harris told USA Today.

Langford, who also has a 6-year-old son, told CNN last week she kept on seeing the numbers 7 and 11 during her pregnancy, but didn’t think it meant anything.

“I thought it was weird at first, and I didn’t know that (the numbers) meant so much,” she said. “A lot of the times (during the pregnancy) I would look at the clock and it was 7:11.”

Harris said 7-Eleven is also going to send J’Aime’s parents diapers, onesies and other goodies to help them out along the way.

CNN Wire contributed to this report.

Chris Minor inducted into the Silver Circle; recognized nationally.

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DAVENPORT, IA — Former News8 reporter Chris Minor is being recognized at the highest level for her talents as a journalist.

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), which is most famous for its annual Emmy awards, selected Minor to be accepted into its Silver Circle on June 13th, and is being recognized tonight at 5:00 p.m. during a ceremony at Hotel Blackwater in Davenport.

In the words of NATAS, the Silver Circle is a recognition of individuals working in various parts of the television industry who have made significant contributions for at least twenty-five years.

Beginning in 1985, Chris Minor would have a 33-year career at WQAD News8, becoming a beloved and award-winning journalist, specializing in investigative reporting and crime. She retired from WQAD in 2018.

Click here to re-experience Chris’s most important stories. 

Related: CHRIS MINOR SPECIAL: A Storied Career

Fans honor Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington on the second anniversary of his death

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(CNN) — Linkin Park is marking the second anniversary of frontman Chester Bennington’s death by asking fans to to share their memories of the beloved rock singer on Twitter.

“Remembering Chester today,” the band wrote on Twitter. “Feel free to share your favorite photo or video of Chester / LP below.”

Bennington died by suicide on July 20, 2017.

Thousands of fans responded with personal photographs and stories of the times they met Bennington and how he impacted their lives.

‘I miss him very much’

One fan, who goes by the name Brown Sugar XOXO on Twitter, shared a photo of Bennington and himself standing together. He included a short story about how they met by accident at Disneyland.

“He was with his family yet told me he would wait for me after the ride ended so we could chat and have a picture … he kept his word,” the fan said.

Maria Ruiz, another fan, said meeting Bennington is her “most treasured memory.”

In another post, a proud father recalled the time his children met Bennington, who signed their t-shirts. “They will never forget meeting a rock legend,” he wrote.

Chasy, a German fan, shared a short video from a Linkin Park concert she attended in Berlin. “His energy was contagious,” she said. “I miss him very much.”

Some fans even shared images of their Linkin Park tattoos, an everlasting tribute to the band and Bennington’s influence and legacy.

“I got my very first tattoo, 2 years ago today,” wrote Twitter user Gwen. “To honor and remember Chester forever when I look down on my wrist. His voice and music has been there for me my whole life. Thank you Chester and thank you Linkin Park.”

Asking for help

The suicide rate in the United States has seen sharp increases in recent years. But studies have shown that the risk of suicide declines significantly when people call the national suicide hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.

There is also a crisis text line. For crisis support in Spanish, call 1-888-628-9454.

The lines are staffed by a mix of paid professionals and unpaid volunteers trained in crisis and suicide intervention. The confidential environment, the 24-hour accessibility, a caller’s ability to hang up at any time and the person-centered care have helped its success, advocates say.

The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also provide contact information for crisis centers around the world.

Watch Apollo 11 rocket projected onto Washington Monument for 50th anniversary

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WASHINGTON – The Washington Monument just got even more iconic.

On Tuesday, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch, the 555-foot national symbol lit up with an image of the moon-bound shuttle blasting into space.

The 363-foot projection of the Saturn V rocket will appear for two hours every night during the anniversary of the mission that put the first two humans -- both Americans -- on the moon.

On Friday and Saturday, the celebration of this historical milestone will culminate in a 17-minute light show taking viewers back to July 16, 1969 when Apollo 11 made its giant leap for mankind from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

And yes, that is a 40-foot-wide re-creation of the famous Kennedy Space Center countdown clock at the monument's base.

The illuminating display was launched (so to speak) by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the US Department of the Interior.

Tracking a few severe storms Saturday evening

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An Excessive Heat WARNING continues for the entire Quad Cities through Saturday evening, but already we’re tracking a complex of showers and storms that will likely break the extreme heat and humidity by this evening.

Temperatures this afternoon have quickly climbed into the 90s with heat index values in the 100s. On the radar early this afternoon we have a complex of severe thunderstorms that have had a history of producing wind damage roaring through Minnesota and northern Iowa. These storms are on the leading edge of some extreme energy which has allowed them to produce winds as high as 80 MPH in spots. This complex will continue to quickly move east through the afternoon impacting much of extreme northeast Iowa and south Wisconsin.

As for storms here in the immediate Quad Cities, we’ll be tracking more energy arriving with a front later this evening. That’s when widespread shower and storm activity is expected to take off, especially after 5pm and through much of the night. Some scattered strong to severe storms are likely here with winds up to 70 MPH, extremely heavy rainfall, and frequent lightning. The bigger threat for more widespread damaging winds will remain just to our north in south Wisconsin and extreme northeast Illinois.

The timing for storms favors between 5pm this evening and 7am Sunday morning. That’s when the front will be pushing through and widespread activity will be found. Any storms that can move over the same areas repeatedly will carry a high flash flood threat with them as our atmosphere contains very high amounts of moisture. The risk for damaging winds will also remain elevated. Due to the warm nature of our current air mass, the threat for hail and tornadoes will remain lower.

We’ll keep a close eye on the radar late this afternoon and especially this evening as the threat for storms is on the increase.

Meteorologist Andrew Stutzke

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Sandwiches and salads sold at Target, Fresh Market recalled over Listeria concerns

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(CNN) — The Fresh Market and Target are recalling some of their salads and sandwiches due to a potential listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Elevation Foods says containers of Archer Farms-branded egg salad; Freskët brand egg salad, tuna salad, and Thai lobster salad; and Archer Farms-branded deviled egg sandwiches made on June 18 all fall under the recall.

The Fresh Market said the Thai Lobster Salad sold by the pound in the chain’s self-serve seafood salad bar and pre-packaged containers are included in the recall.

According to the company, 1,087 cases of the products were made at Elevation Foods’ Knoxville facility and shipped to retailer warehouses across the country.

The company says if consumers want to see if they have a potentially contaminated product, they should check the use-by date and lot number printed on the side of the containers or lids.

No illnesses have been reported yet, but listeria bacteria can cause serious illness and sometimes fatal infections in children, the elderly and anyone with a weakened immune system, according to the FDA. Healthy people can develop short-term symptoms such as high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In women, a listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Officials at Elevation Foods said they discovered the problem after receiving a positive test result for three containers of affected egg salad that were sampled and tested by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The company says it is working to figure out the source of the listeria.

Should you find any of the recalled food products, return them to the retailer you purchased them from for a full refund.

A$AP Rocky latest: Trump weighs in on rapper’s jail treatment, Swedish prime minister won’t intervene

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(CNN) — A$AP Rocky has been held in Swedish police custody for weeks, but while President Donald Trump has been negotiating with the country to secure the New York rapper’s release, Swedish officials have not given any indication the President’s contact will have any bearing on the American’s detainment.

Trump — in a Saturday tweet that comes one day after the Stockholm District Court decided the Grammy-nominated rapper should remain in custody for another week while prosecutors finish their investigation — said he spoke with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to discuss Rocky’s case. A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, is being held in prison in Stockholm pending an assault investigation tied to an incident in late June.

“Just had a very good call with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven who assured me that American citizen A$AP Rocky will be treated fairly. Likewise, I assured him that A$AP was not a flight risk and offered to personally vouch for his bail, or an alternative,” Trump tweeted Saturday.

Trump said the two teams agreed to speak again in the next 48 hours, but Lofven’s spokesman Toni Eriksson said Saturday, “It is possible that there will be follow up calls but right now there is not one scheduled or planned.”

Eriksson said the prime minister told Trump in the about 20-minute call Saturday that his government “neither can nor will” try to influence the judicial process with respect to A$AP Rocky’s case.

“The Prime Minister made sure to point out that the Swedish judicial system, prosecutors and courts, are completely independent,” Eriksson, who described the call as “friendly and respectful,” said. “He also pointed out that everyone is equal before the law and that the government neither can nor will try to influence the judicial process.

Prosecutor Daniel Suneson said in a separate statement that the court decided the 30-year-old rapper should remain in prison because he was deemed a “flight risk.”

The rapper has been detained since July 3 following a confrontation in Stockholm where he faces accusations of serious assault, according to CNN Swedish affiliate Expressen. Prosecutors are investigating a brawl that broke out on June 30, which A$AP Rocky is suspected of being involved in.

The President’s involvement in the case came at the request of celebrities and the first lady — the latest incident in which star influence has swayed Trump to make certain decisions.

Trump on Friday credited Melania Trump with bringing A$AP Rocky’s plight to his attention.

The President added, “Many members of the African American community have called me — friends of mine — and said, ‘Could you help?'”

Trump also revealed on Twitter that he spoke to Kanye West about the situation. And on Thursday, Kim Kardashian West thanked Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Trump’s son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner for their efforts in trying to get A$AP Rocky released.

Kardashian West had previously appealed to the President for him to commute the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender.

Last year, “Rocky” actor Sylvester Stallone advised Trump to grant boxing legend Jack Johnson a posthumous pardon.

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