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TSA officer at Texas airport missed loaded gun, according to police reports

A man made it through Austin Bergstrom International Airport with a loaded gun after it was missed by a Transportation Security Administration security officer.

According to KVUE, police reports say that on June 16, a man from Georgetown, Texas, went through TSA Checkpoint 1 in the airport with no problems. After he went through the checkpoint, he told police he went to look for his headphones in his carry-on bag and noticed his gun, a Ruger LCP .380,  was in one of the front pockets. It had six bullets in it.

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The man alerted a Delta agent, who notified police. Austin Police Department officers ran a check on the man’s background and made sure the gun wasn’t stolen. The man’s bag was searched for other illegal items, KVUE reported.

The man emphasized that he was not aware the gun was in the bag, and he apologized to police multiple times. 

Because he reported the gun after noticing it was left in his bag and passed a background check, the APD did not charge him.

The TSA said in a statement to KVUE that the security officer responsible has been fired.

“After a thorough investigation, TSA determined that a Transportation Security Officer made an error and did not identify the firearm at the checkpoint,” the agency said. “The officer is no longer employed by TSA.”

Florida man faces life in prison for killing infant

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A 29-year-old Florida man faces life in prison after jurors found him guilty of abusing and killing an 8-month-old child he was babysitting.

The state attorney's office in southwest Florida said in a news release that jurors deliberated for under two hours following a four-day trial.

Prosecutors say Rafael Antonio Carrion Jr. had been babysitting the baby and two other children in November 2016. On Thanksgiving Day, he called 911 because the baby was unresponsive. The child was taken to a hospital where he later died of blunt force trauma to the skull. He also had significant bruising and had cocaine in his system.

Officials say Carrion gave conflicting accounts of how the child was injured, but didn't admit to harming him.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 1.

T. rex tries its hand at selling houses in hilarious listing

The tyrannosaurus rex may have gone extinct millions years ago, but as Jeff Goldblum says, life, or in this case, the reality market, finds a way.

Realtor Casey Lewis of CearnalCo Realtors, came up with way to get a home sold in Granbury, Texas, and get it sold fast. 

Lewis featured a T. rex in everyday situations at a home for sale to show that it could fit just about everyone, even a large, extinct carnivorous dinosaur.

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“This was an idea I had years ago and just had to wait for the right client and right property to highlight,” Lewis told the “Today” show.

The home sold after only two days on the market earlier this month and before the out of the (moving) box thinking went viral, “Today” reported.

He said that after the photos got out, it generated more interest, but the house was already under contract with the sold sign being posted on the home by the T. rex himself.

DC mayor mocks 'reality star' Trump after military parade canceled

The mayor of Washington, D.C. mocked President Donald Trump in a tweet Friday after the president blamed Washington politicians for the cancellation of his planned Veterans Day military parade.

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“Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad),” the Democratic mayor wrote.

Officials with the Department of Defense said Thursday that the parade, which the president hoped to hold on Nov. 10, would not happen in 2018. Trump said Friday morning that the move was prompted by exorbitant costs.

>> Veterans Day military parade postponed until 2019, Trump tweets he canceled it

“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it.”

He added that the parade might happen in 2019 "when the cost comes WAY DOWN." 

The parade was set to be held in Washington and feature armored vehicles, aircraft flyovers and soldiers parading in World War I-era uniforms, CNBC reported, citing an estimate from the Defense Department. The parade was initially expected to cost about $12 million, an estimate based on the cost of the victory parade after the 1991 Gulf War, according to NBC News reported. The news network reported that parade cost about $8 million.

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told Congress in February that the parade would cost between $10 million and $30 million. However, CNBC reported Thursday that the expected cost had risen to $92 million.

Despite Trump’s allegation that politicians were to blame for the price hike, The Associated Press reported a majority of the cost “was believed to cover Pentagon costs for aircraft, equipment and personnel.”

Heavy metals found in popular baby foods could cause behavioral issues, report finds

Many popular baby foods, including cereal, packaged fruits, vegetables, snacks and entrees, might contain harmful metals that could cause behavioral issues in children, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.

Researchers tested 50 prepackaged food products and found that each item had measurable levels of at least one of three metals -- cadmium, inorganic arsenic or lead.

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Most came from the two biggest U.S. baby food manufacturers: Beech-Nut and Gerber. Other brands that tested positive for metals included Baby Mum-Mum, Earth’s Best, Ella’s Kitchen, Happy Baby, Parent’s Choice (Walmart), Plum Organics and Sprouts, according to Consumer Reports.

Snacks and products containing rice or sweet potatoes were more likely to contain high levels of heavy metals, Consumer Reports found.

Organic foods were also just as likely to contain heavy metals, since they occur naturally in soil and water.

“The effects of early exposure to heavy metals can have long-lasting impacts that may be impossible to reverse,” said Victor Villarreal, an assistant professor in the department of educational psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who has researched the effects of heavy metals on childhood development.

Heavy metal exposure, even in small amounts, may increase the risk of lower IQ and behavioral problems and have been linked to autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

“Babies and toddlers are particularly vulnerable due to their smaller size and developing brains and organ systems,” said James E. Rogers, director of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports. “They also absorb more of the heavy metals that get into their bodies than adults do.”

While the test results are problematic, experts told Consumer Reports that parents should not panic.

James Dickerson, chief scientific officer at Consumer Reports, said these foods do not guarantee a child will develop health problems, but it does increase their risk. Other sources of heavy metals -- including lead paint and contaminated water -- also put children at risk.

“Just because you've been feeding your children these types of foods doesn't mean that they'll necessarily have a specific adverse response to eating them,” Dickerson said. “If you've been feeding these foods to your children, reduce the amounts they are consuming per day or per week. And if you're really concerned about it, talk to your doctor.”

Aretha Franklin’s funeral will be four-day event, report says

A day after the death of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, details are emerging about official plans to celebrate her life.

The musician died at age 76 in her home in Detroit. She had been battling pancreatic cancer.

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WDIV reported that the funeral for Franklin will be a four-day event. Her body will lie in repose at Charles H. Wright Museum for African American History in Detroit for a viewing open to the public.

Related: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin dies: A look back at her legacy

A private funeral for close family and friends will be at Greater Grace Temple, according to WDIV. Her body is being held at Swanson Funeral Home, which is also handling funeral arrangements, according to Detroit Free Press.

Freep reported that Gwendolyn Quinn, a spokeswoman for Franklin’s family, said details will be announced in the next few days, likely early next week.

A specific date for the funeral has not been announced yet.

WATCH: Body camera video shows Flagler County suspect grabbing gun during traffic stop

A Flagler County man was arrested after deputies said he pulled out his gun during a traffic stop. The incident was captured on a deputy’s body camera video. 

Alphonso Brooks was pulled over Thursday night for not stopping fully at a stop sign, deputies said. 

According to a report, Brooks seemed unusually nervous. A Bunnell police officer arrived with a K-9 to assist with the stop.

The K-9 sensed narcotics, so Brooks was asked to step out of the vehicle, according to a report. 

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As he stepped out, deputies said Brooks could be seen reaching back to the driver’s seat, grabbing a gun and holding it to his side in an apparent attempt to hide it from the officers. 

Deputies said as Brooks stood up, the grip of the pistol was grasped in Brooks’ right palm with his fingers wrapped around the grip, consistent with how a firearm is fired.

The deputy yelled, “Gun!” multiple times and drew his firearm from his holster. 

The deputy then pinned Brooks against the vehicle as the firearm became dislodged from Brooks’ grip and fell to the ground. 

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“This encounter could have quickly become a deputy involved shooting caused by the suspect’s actions,” said Sheriff Rick Staly.  “Deputies showed great restraint and are safe because of their training and teamwork. This could have had a very different outcome with the death of Brooks or a deputy of officer.”

Brooks was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of ammunition by a felon and carrying a concealed firearm. 

He’s being held in jail on a $50,000 bond. 

1-year-old rescued from hot car after couple overdoses, police say

A 1-year-old baby was rescued from a hot car after two adults overdosed inside, police said. 

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When officers arrived a woman told officers the infant appeared to be sweating and she removed the baby from the car, WJW reported

Cody Powell was turning blue and was not breathing. Michelle Hall was unconscious lying across Powell’s legs, officers said. Both suspects were given Narcan and then taken to the hospital, WJW reported.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a syringe. At the hospital, Hall told investigators she fell asleep after taking multiple prescription medications, WJW reported. Powell told an officer he bought heroin and he and Hall injected it, WJW reported. Hall told officers that was the last thing he remembers.

Powell and Hall were charged with endangering children, WJW reported. The child was placed in the care of the Mahoning County Child Protective Services.

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Florida's jobless rates drops slightly in July

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's unemployment rate dipped slightly in July.

State officials announced Friday the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent last month. That's lower than the national rate of 3.9 percent.

The latest estimates say there are about 383,000 unemployed people out of a workforce of more than 10.2 million.

National data shows Florida added the second highest amount of jobs in the nation last month. California added 46,700 jobs while Florida picked up 27,400 jobs.

Florida has added 210,600 total jobs since July 2017. California added nearly 333,000 jobs while Texas added more than 377,000.

Florida's overall growth rate for the last 12 months was 2.5 percent, which was tied for the nation's 7th highest rate.

Okaloosa and St. Johns counties had the lowest unemployment rate. Hendry County had the highest.

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