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Investigation into Natalee Holloway’s disappearance leads to discovery of human remains

Twelve years after her unsolved disappearance, human remains have been discovered in connection to a search for Natalee Holloway.

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Her father, Dave Holloway, and private investigator T.J. Ward announced on Wednesday’s episode of “TODAY” that an 18-month investigation, which was documented for an Oxygen show that airs Sunday, led them to discover the remains, which are currently being DNA tested to confirm if they are indeed Holloway’s.

>> RELATED: Docu-series about Natalee Holloway’s disappearance sparks a new lawsuit

“When we determined these remains were human, I was shocked,” her father said. “I know there’s a possibility this could be someone else, and I’m just trying to wait and see.”

Natalee Holloway disappeared in 2005 on a post-high school trip to Aruba, and her disappearance has remained a mystery as no one has been charged. Speculation has swirled around Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man whom Holloway was last seen with at a bar. Van der Sloot is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence in Peru for killing student Stephany Flores on the fifth anniversary of Holloway’s disappearance in 2010.

An informant put the young woman’s father and his private investigator in contact with a man who claimed to have helped van der Sloot hide Holloway’s body. The man claimed Holloway died after being given a date rape drug and was buried in a park. He then led them to the discovery of the human remains.

>> RELATED: Eleven years after her daughter went missing, Natalee Holloway’s mother is still searching for justice

“We have a person who states he was directly involved with Joran van der Sloot in disposing of Natalee’s remains,” Holloway’s father said. “I thought, you know, there may be something to this … We’ve chased a lot of leads and this one is by far the most credible lead I’ve seen in the last 12 years.”

The DNA test would take several weeks to a month to determine if the remains are Holloway’s, but her father is looking forward to possibly gaining some closure.

“It would finally be the end,” he said.

Confederate monument in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles removed

The Long Beach chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy has removed a monument to the Confederacy at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

KABC reported that many were unaware that the Confederate memorial was in the cemetery. It was installed in 1925.

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“The Daughters said we are a benevolent organization. We didn’t seek this attention. We don't want to be part of this uproar,” president and co-owner of the cemetery, Tyler Cassity, told KABC.

The monument was removed around 4 a.m. Tuesday, KNBC reported.

Cassity told told the Los Angeles Times someone wrote, “No” in black marker under the monument’s plaque.

Related: There are hundreds of Confederate monuments, not just in the South

Significant attention was drawn to the monument after the LA Times wrote an op-ed about California’s Civil War history. The violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which led to the death of Heather Heyer, an anti-racist counterportester, increased demand for the monument’s removal.

“Some people said, ‘If you don't take it down, we will,’” Cassity told KNBC.

After the vandalism, Cassity contacted the Daughters of the Confederacy about removing the monument.

“All we wanted was peace, quiet, as we had for many years,” a Daughters of the Confederacy spokeswoman said. “Cemeteries should be respected.”

Theodore Hovey, a spokesman for the cemetery, told the Los Angeles Times the monument will be moved to an undisclosed location.

Man shoots himself in heart with nail gun, drives to hospital

Doug Bergeson is your typical construction worker, except he’s got a story that would make even the most hardened roofer shudder.

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The Peshtigo, Wisconsin man was working on a fireplace when his nail gun accidentally fired and a 3.5-inch nail sunk dangerously close to his heart. A graphic photo of the image shows just how disturbing the situation was.

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Thankfully, Bergeson is back on his farm, but he had a close call. He had to undergo open heart surgery to remove the nail. He explained to WBAY “I was just bringing the nail gun forward and I was on my tip-toes and I just didn’t quite have enough room, and it fired before I was really ready for it, and then it dropped down and it fired again.”

Rather than calling for help, Doug decided to take himself to the emergency room. He joked with WBAY, “I felt fine, other than a little too much iron in my diet.”

Hospital staff at the Bay Area Medical Center decided to rush Doug to another medical center where cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Alexander Roitstein, was working. Roitstein was able to remove the nail but noted that “a wrong heartbeat [or] a wrong position” could have been the end for Doug. But he made it out all right and humbly admitted he “must have somebody watching over [him].”

Arnold Schwarzenegger Donates $100,000 To ‘Anti-Hate Organization’ After Charlottesville Violence

Arnold Schwarzenegger Donates $100,000 To ‘Anti-Hate Organization’ After Charlottesville Violence

Woman’s long-lost engagement ring found on carrot

A Canadian woman was reunited with a long-lost engagement ring that she believed she’d never see again.

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Our news partners at WPTV report that Mary Grams, 84, believed that she had lost the  ring while pulling weeds in her garden in 2004. After losing the ring, she had it replaced.

She received the ring in 1951 from her husband, the year before they married.

Almost 13 years later after losing the ring, Grams said her daughter-in-law was pulling carrots on the family farm this week, and pulled up a carrot that had the ring on it.

Read more at WPTV.

Robert E. Lee Never Wanted Confederate Monuments Built

Robert E. Lee Never Wanted Confederate Monuments Built

Study Finds Over 100 Schools Named After Confederate Figures

Study Finds Over 100 Schools Named After Confederate Figures

Arnold Schwarzenegger donates $100,000 to ‘anti-hate organization’ after Charlottesville violence

Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting his money where his mouth is after seeing coverage of the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday.

In a statement posted on a note on his Facebook page Sunday, the former governor of California said he had been “horrified by the images of Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and I was heartbroken that a domestic terrorist took an innocent life. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer, Lt. Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Bates.” He announced he would be donating $100,000 to an “anti-hate organization.”

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Heather Heyer was killed after police said James Alex Fields Jr. drove into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally.

Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Burke M.M. Bates were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday while assisting with the incident in Charlottesville. The crash, which is under investigations, happened in a wooded area near a home. The two were the only fatalities.

“While these so-called ‘white nationalists’ are lucky to live in a country that defends their right to voice their awful, incorrect, hateful opinions, the rest of us must use our voices and resources to condemn hate and teach tolerance at every opportunity,” Schwarzenegger’s statement said.

“My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder and stronger. There is no white America - there is only the United States of America. You were not born with these hateful views - you can change, grow, and evolve, and I suggest you start immediately.”

Schwarzenegger then said he would donate $100,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles non profit organzation 

“I’m sending $100,000 to an anti-hate organization I've worked with for decades - the Simon Wiesenthal Center, named after the great Nazi hunter who I was lucky to call a friend.”

According to its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center “confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.”

In a statement Monday, the Wiesenthal Center called on President Donald Trump to “specifically condemn the extreme alt-right and white nationalists who sow seeds of hate, distrust and violence. They and all other extremists, left or right, have no place in the mainstream of our nation.”

That same day, Trump denounced white supremacists, Nazis and KKK members in a prepared statement. It was two days after the violence in Charlottesville. 

On Wednesday, he backtracked, returning to his initial statement Saturday in which he said “many sides” were to blame for the violence. 

“I think there's blame on both sides. And I have no doubt about it,” he said at a news conference Wednesday

That initial response drew criticism from Democrats and Republicans.

MoviePass app lets subscribers go to the movies once a day for $10 a month

Remember the days when going to the movies cost less than $10? Maybe you remember when it was less than $5.

These days, a trip to the theater can cost a pretty penny. While the national average is $8.65, in many cities, like Los Angeles and New York, a ticket can cost up to or more than $15.

But thanks to one app, $10 can now go a lot further at the cinema. 

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MoviePass, run by Netflix co-founder Mitch Lowe, is offering subscribers a deal in which they can see one movie per day for $9.95 per month.

According to KSDK: “MoviePass completes their one ticket per day services through the use of a credit card they send you. You pay the $10 a month through their app, then you select the exact movie you're going to see, and the company adds that ticket amount onto the credit card for you to use. You use this credit card at the theater to pay for your ticket. There's no gimmicks or fancy scanning you have to do, just using the credit card they send you.”

MoviePass only works at theaters that accept debit cards as payment.

And although subscribers receive tickets at a significant discount, MoviePass pays theaters the full price of each ticket used subscribers, Bloomberg reported.

Still, major movie theater chain AMC threatened the company Wednesday, calling MoviePass as “a small fringe player” and claiming its $10 plan “is not in the best interest of moviegoers, movie theatres and movie studios,” Variety reported.

“While AMC is not opposed to subscription programs generally, the one envisioned by MoviePass is not one AMC can embrace,” the company said in a statement read. “We are actively working now to determine whether it may be feasible to opt out and not participate in this shaky and unsustainable program.”

“This is so much like Blockbuster was when we rolled out Netflix or Redbox,” said Lowe, according to Variety. “It’s the big guy being afraid of the little guy offering better value to consumers.”

MoviePass, founded in 2011, originally offered the service to subscribers for about $30 a month. The company’s aim was to profit from subscribers who paid the monthly fee but didn’t use the service often enough to take advantage of the deal. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, MoviePass’s official website would not load and the company wrote on social media that it was experiencing technical difficulties as a result of overanticipated demand.  

Read more at Bloomberg and Variety.

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