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Goat breaks down door of family home, takes nap in bathroom

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iStock/Igor Vershinsky(ASHLAND, Wisconsin) — A goat who escaped from an Ohio farm ended up breaking into a family home and taking a nap in the bathroom.

The goat, named “Big Boy”, went missing from a local farm in Ohio before he ended up a few miles away inside the Keathley residence in Ashland County’s Sullivan Township.

Big Boy allegedly butted his head against a sliding glass door repeatedly before breaking the glass and entering the Keathley residence.

Jennifer Keathley said that her 18-year-old son, Logan, came home from school last Friday afternoon to discover their German Shepherd in the driveway, the broken glass on the back porch, and the house smelling terrible, according to the Associated Press.

“This is the most random story in the world,” Jennifer Keathley said earlier this week.
Home surveillance showed Logan’s hilarious reaction once he arrived home to find the goat taking a nap in the bathroom.

“Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope,” said Logan once he saw the goat in the bathroom and ran out of the house after he discovered Big Boy.

Two Ashland County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene not long after and attempted to lure the goat, albeit unsuccessfully, from the Keathley residence using carrots, a dog bone and grass, according to AP. When their attempts didn’t work, Big Boy was eventually grabbed by his horns and dragged outside where he was secured in a dog cage while he awaited his owner’s arrival.

Jennifer Keathley was able to locate the owners after she put a message out on a local community Facebook page. The apologetic owner came forth later that same evening to collect Big Boy and loaded him onto a livestock trailer to take him home.

After the break in the Keathley’s discovered that their home insurance policy covers damage from deer and bears – but not goats.

The family tried to get rid of Big Boy’s odor using carpet deodorant and urine neutralizer, according to AP. But the scent apparently still lingers.

Keathley, however, took the incident in stride.

“There’s all these awful stories in the world, people need this,” said Keathley.

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Author Jennine Capó Crucet responds after white college students burn her book

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Twitter/@elainaaan(ATLANTA) — A Latina author and New York Times contributor responded after students at Georgia Southern University (GSU) burned a copy of her new book after she gave a talk on campus.

“This book began as an act of love and an attempt at deeper understanding,” Jennine Capo Crucet said in a statement released Friday on Twitter.

“I hope GSU can act from the same place and work to affirm the humanity of those students who might understandably feel unsafe in the aftermath of the event and the book burning, and that the campus continues the difficult and necessary conversation that began in that auditorium,” she continued.

Crucet spoke at the school’s performing arts center on Wednesday about her novel “Make Your Home Among Strangers” that follows the story of a Hispanic girl, inspired by her own struggles growing up in a predominantly white environment.

She said in the statement that she gave a talk there she’s given at other colleges and that “nothing close to the events at GSU has occurred during any of my previous campus visits.”

After her talk, the author and University of Nebraska professor opened up the floor for questions, and one student pressed her about generalizations of white privilege, according to the university’s newspaper, The George-Anne.

“I noticed that you made a lot of generalizations about the majority of white people being privileged,” the student said, according to the paper. “What makes you believe that it’s OK to come to a college campus, like this, when we are supposed to be promoting diversity on this campus, which is what we’re taught. I don’t understand what the purpose of this was.”

“I came here because I was invited, and I talked about white privilege because it’s a real thing that you are actually benefiting from right now in even asking this question,” Crucet responded, per the paper.

In her Friday statement, Crucet said the student had a “hostile reaction” that “closely mirrored the exchange that I recount in the essay itself. it was very surreal and strange.” She continued that “after students began shouting back and forth at each other,” she asked faculty to find the student who asked the question “and other students who were similarly upset, and follow up with them because a compassionate and continuing conversation needed to occur.”

Crucet added that “the event continued as planned, with other students apologizing for the strangeness and rudeness they felt their peer had shown in the way the question was delivered.”

Later Wednesday evening after the event, a video was posted on Twitter that showed a group of students allegedly burning her book.

“While it’s within the students’ First Amendment rights, book burning does not align with Georgia Southern’s values nor does it encourage the civil discourse and debate of ideas,” John Lester, vice president for strategic communications and marketing said in a statement to The George-Anne.

Crucet said that during the event “many students remarked on how much the story of the novel’s protagonist mirrored their own, and expressed gratitude for the book.”

“To think of those students watching as a group of their peers burned that story — effectively erasing them on the campus they are expected to think of as a safe space — feels devastating,” she said.

Crucet has a second book, “My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education,” that includes a collection of essays on “feeling like an ‘accidental’ American and the tectonic edges of identity in a society centered on whiteness,” according to her website.

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Ohio University suspends student groups over hazing allegations

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iStock(ATHENS, Ohio) — Ohio University has suspended 20 student organizations, including all of its fraternities, over hazing allegations that are roiling the campus.

The public university received reports of hazing last week against nine fraternities, prompting the school to suspend all 15 of its fraternities, spokesman Carly Leatherwood told ABC News on Friday.

“It escalated so quickly and there were so many” people coming forward with allegations, Leatherwood said.

The six fraternities that did not have specific hazing allegations against them are working on a plan to be reinstated.

Five more allegations were reported this week against three sororities, one business fraternity and the marching band, resulting in the additional suspensions.

Leatherwood would not detail any specifics of the allegations but said police had determined that there was “no actionable criminal activity” in all but one of the allegations.

Police are still reviewing allegations against one fraternity, according to Leatherwood. Calls to Athens police were not immediately returned.

Leatherwood said the school is investigating all the hazing claims.

“Any time we have allegations come forward, we take them very seriously,” she said. “These measures were all taken to preserve the safety and security of our students.”

Despite the suspension for the marching band, the 245 members of Marching Band 110 will still be allowed to participate in school-sanctioned activities, like the Homecoming Parade, that count as academic credit. However, they cannot participate in any social gatherings.

Calls to the marching band and the director of sorority and fraternity life were not returned.

More than 2,000 students — or around one in eight undergraduates — are involved in Greek life at the school.

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Memory card found on the street labeled 'Homicide' leads to arrest of alleged killer

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Rawf8/iStock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — A man has been arrested for murder after a memory card labeled “Homicide at midtown Marriott” that contained videos and images of a violent attack was discovered on an Alaska street, authorities said.

A woman called Anchorage police on Sept. 30 to say she found an SD card lying on the ground, and that it contained disturbing videos from early September that showed a woman being beaten, raped and strangled, according to court documents.

The SD card contained 39 images and 12 videos, the court documents said.

Some of the footage showed a naked woman “moaning and struggling to breathe,” and trying to fight back, documents said. In another video, the suspect is seen stomping on the woman’s throat with his foot, documents said and laughing as he strangles her.

Images also showed the victim in the back of a truck, documents said. The victim was later identified as 30-year-old Kathleen Henry, police said Thursday.

Police have charged Brian Smith, 48, with first-degree murder, and said he had a room registered at that hotel in question during that time period and a car matching the truck seen on the footage, and that his accent matches the voice heard in the video, court documents said.

Detectives found that Smith’s phone pinged “to a location on Rainbow Valley Road along the Seward Highway within minutes of the last still image from the SD card of the female in the back of the black truck,” according to court documents.

On Oct. 2, two days after the SD card was found, Henry’s remains were discovered near Seward Highway, the Anchorage Police Department said.

Smith was taken into custody at an Anchorage airport on Tuesday.

Smith has pleaded not guilty. His attorney declined to comment to ABC News on Friday.

A connection between the suspect and the victim was not clear.

The police department said it “extends its gratitude to the citizen who stepped forward with the evidence.”

Her actions “played an instrumental role” and “serves as another example of when you see something suspicious, say something,” said police.

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Parts of California on fire while record snow expected in the Dakotas

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least 9 fires are burning this morning in California, 5 of which are burning in southern California as gusty offshore winds continue.

Some of the highest wind gusts overnight have been up to 72 mph in San Bernardino County and up to 60 mph in Los Angeles county.

Numerous Red Flag Warnings continue in the West including Nevada, Arizona and California with high wind warnings for the Los Angeles metro area.

There is Extreme Fire Danger that was issued by the NOAA for southern California from Los Angeles down to San Diego through this morning and into this afternoon.

Winds this morning and into early afternoon could gust up to 75 mph in southern California with humidity falling to less than 5% in some areas.

Lighter winds are forecast for Friday night and into Saturday but humidity will stay very low throughout the day.

Elsewhere, up to 2 feet of snow fell in Montana and up to 15 inches in Colorado making roads treacherous for millions.

Denver fell 72 degrees since Wednesday afternoon when the area was in the 80’s and now the temp is 11 degrees and wind chill is 1 degree below zero. This is one of the biggest temperature plunge in recorded history!

A Blizzard Warning has also been issued for North Dakota with Winter weather alerts for South Dakota and Minnesota. A combination of winds up to 50 mph and feet of snow could create near zero visibility and shut down interstates such as I-90, I94 and I-29.

This will be a historic October snowstorm for the Dakotas with some areas possibly seeing close to 3 feet, especially in eastern North Dakota.

Behind this storm, however, the coldest air of the season will arrive into the Midwest and the South, with Freeze Warnings from Texas to Wisconsin.

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