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Super wolf blood moon: 10 stunning photos from the lunar eclipse

Astronomy buffs got a special treat Sunday as a combined lunar eclipse, blood moon and supermoon added a red glow to the night sky.

>> PHOTOS: Super wolf blood moon lunar eclipse delights skygazers

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Social media users are sharing their snapshots with the hashtag #SuperBloodWolfMoon. Here are some of our favorites:

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1. San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Photo by @PatrickDillons, Twitter

2. New York City

Photo by @maximusupinnyc, Instagram

3. Austin, Texas

Photo by @zandi_photography, Instagram

4. Toronto

Photos by @TorSunphoto21, Twitter

5. Walland, Tennessee

Photo by @OneLanePhoto, Twitter

6. Colorado

Photo by @jason_odell, Twitter

7. Birds Hill Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada

Photo by @ryanlucenkiw, Instagram

8. Olin, Iowa

Photos by @BillWeirCNN, Twitter

9. Martinez, California

Photo by @jcfphotog, Twitter

10. New York City

Photo by @guygabriel57, Instagram

Oregon man shot dead after killing 4 family members, including baby, deputies say

An Oregon man is dead after police say he killed four of his family members, including his baby daughter, deputies said. 

According to The Associated Press, Clackamas County sheriff's deputies shot and killed Mark Leo Gregory Gago, 42, of Woodburn, at his home late Saturday as he was attacking his girlfriend's 8-year-old daughter.

"Deputies used deadly force on Gago, saving the girl's life," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release Sunday.

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Authorities said Gago had killed four others before deputies arrived, including Gago's parents, Jerry Bremer, 66, and Pamela Bremer, 64; his girlfriend, Shaina Sweitzer, 31; and his 9-month-old daughter with Sweitzer, Olivia Gago. Officials have not said how Gago killed the victims.

"We're not sure what was used at this time," sheriff's Sgt. Brian Jensen said Sunday, the AP reported. "I've been told that there were numerous weapons, swords, things of that nature in the residence."

A roommate also was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said. 

Read more here or here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alabama police shooting: Mobile officer killed; man charged with capital murder

A 19-year-old man is facing a capital murder charge in the shooting death of a Mobile officer.

According to WALA-TV, Mobile police were trying to apprehend Marco Perez, who had been accused of property theft and filing a false police report, Sunday afternoon when gunfire erupted at West Mobile's Peach Place Inn. Officer Sean Tuder, 30, was shot and killed, police said.

Police arrested Perez on a capital murder charge. Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich requested that he be held without bond, AL.com reported.

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Earlier this month, authorities said Perez's mother, Tiffany, 38, filed a false police report claiming that Perez had been kidnapped days before a scheduled court appearance. According to WPMI, she told police that the supposed kidnappers had sent her messages saying Perez was dead. She was arrested Thursday.

Mobile police said Tuder had been with the department since March 2016, AL.com reported.

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Patriots beat Chiefs to win AFC championship, earn spot in Super Bowl LIII

The Patriots are Super Bowl bound after their big 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC championship game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Sony Michel and the Patriots' running game got things going in the first half, helping to drain more than eight minutes off the clock in the first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead.

>> Super Bowl LIII: What time, what channel, how to watch

The Patriots' defense shut down and shutout the Chiefs' high-powered offense in the first half, heading into the break with a 14-0 lead.

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Patrick Mahomes got the Chiefs' offensive mojo back to start the second half, with a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to make it 14-7.

A field goal from Stephen Gostkowski and another touchdown pass from Mahomes made it a 17-14 game in the fourth quarter.

After the Chiefs made it a 21-17 game with a Damien Williams touchdown, the Patriots got one of their own with a Michel touchdown run on fourth down. The Chiefs bounced back with a field goal, sending the game to overtime.

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In overtime, the Patriots drove down the field after winning the coin toss, scoring a touchdown to clinch the 37-31 win.

With the victory, the Patriots advance to Super Bowl LIII to play the Rams in two weeks.

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Photos: Super wolf blood moon lunar eclipse delights skygazers

The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear.

Dog gets her day; after 525 days in shelter, dog finally adopted

Every dog has its day and Cassie, a hound-shepherd mix, finally had hers – after 525 days waiting for adoption. 

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Cassie lived at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton for nearly a year-and-a-half until Wednesday when the 5-year-old dog found her forever home. 

Jessica Hendrickson of West Carrollton said she had been looking for a dog for a while when she first came across a profile of Cassie on the Humane Society’s website. 

“My heart went out to her because she had been there so long,” Hendrickson said. 

Cassie first arrived at the shelter on Aug. 9, 2017 and stayed longer than any dog in recent memory, said Jessica Garringer, marketing and development manager at the Humane Society. 

She was adopted a couple times but returned when the adopters found Cassie would be happiest in a home without cats or small children. 

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“We narrowed it down that she needed to be in a home where the spotlight is on her only,” Garringer said. 

While living at the Humane Society, Cassie attended the START program, a partnership with the Dayton Dog Training Club. She learned basic commands and graduated to more advanced dog training. That experience landed her a spot in a commercial for Jeff Schmitt Auto Group – and an opportunity to find a home. 

Hendrickson was home studying the Humane Society website, reading about Cassie when she looked up at her television. 

“The Jeff Schmitt ad was on right as I was reading her profile,” Hendrickson said. “I fell in love with her. I thought, ‘all right, we need each other.’” 

When Hendrickson picked Cassie up at the Humane Society , “the entire staff was in the lobby hugging the dog and shedding tears,” Garringer said. “It was a celebratory day.” 

Henrickson said Cassie is adjusting well and immediately curled up in bed and went to sleep when she arrived at her new home. 

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“She is so sweet and loving and mellow. She comes up and wants to be petted and have her belly scratched and paws at you if you stop,” Hendrickson said. “She is super affectionate, but also independent. I like that about her.”

Atlanta natives Chloe x Halle to sing ‘America the Beautiful’ at Super Bowl

Atlanta natives and Grammy-nominated sister singing duo Chloe x Halle will sing “America the Beautiful” before Super Bowl LIII, the NFL announced Sunday.

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The group joins the previously announced Gladys Knight in the pre-game festivities at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Feb. 3. Knight is set to sing the national anthem.

Chloe and Halle Bailey, just 20 and 18 years old respectively, were born in Atlanta and caught the attention of Beyoncé in 2013 after posting a cover of her song “Pretty Hurts” on YouTube.

They were subsequently signed to her label Parkwood Entertainment and released their debut album “The Kids Are Alright” last year. Their vocal talent and contemporary R&B style earned them Grammy nominations for best new artist and best urban contemporary album for next month’s ceremony.

>> Related: Gladys Knight explains her decision to sing the national anthem

They also opened for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s joint “On The Run II” tour last year, and star on the show “Grown-ish.”

They previously sang the national anthem at the NFL Draft in 2017.

Jury awards woman injured by cart at Kroger's $2.7M

A woman who was injured when a cart at a Kroger grocery store malfunctioned was awarded $2.7 million by a jury, lawyers said.

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Zula Wortham said she injured her knee and had to have surgery on her hip after a wheel popped off a shopping cart she was using Aug. 25, 2016, without warning at a Tennessee Kroger. 

"A jury rendered a verdict (Friday) in favor of Mrs. Wortham, 91 years old now, and against Kroger for $2.7 million," lawyers for Wortham told FOX13Memphis.

NFL wide receiver Calvin Ridley's car stolen at gas station

Calvin Ridley had his car stolen at a gas station in Buckhead on Saturday night, police confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Falcons rookie wide receiver was at a BP station when he went inside the store with his 2018 Dodge Challenger still running, said Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown.

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Between 9:50 and 10 p.m., Ridley told police, someone drove away with his car. He said his car was push-to-start and he still had the keys on him.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Ridley called for the public to help get his car back and added that he was grateful there was no violence.

“Man they got me last night in Buckhead,” he wrote. “Car Stolen. No such thing as a safe part of town so be careful. Grateful there was no violence, they just got me at the gas station & rode out.”

Ridley was the latest victim of a troubling trend known as “slider crimes,” when thieves target unlocked cars at gas pumps.

He just completed his rookie season with the Falcons. He had 10 touchdown receptions.

Teen wearing MAGA hat in protest video speaks out

Nick Sandmann, the teen seen wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat, grinning and standing inches from a Native American who was chanting and drumming during the Indigenous Peoples March, said Sunday he did nothing wrong and shared his account of the incident in a prepared statement.

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Sandmann, a junior at Covington Catholic High School, was identified as the student seen in a polarizing video across from Nathan Phillips, a Vietnam veteran and former director of the Native Youth Alliance. 

In a statement released to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Sandmann said: 

“At no time did I hear any student chant anything other than the school spirit chants. I did not witness or hear any students chant ‘build that wall’ or anything hateful or racist at any time. Assertions to the contrary are simply false. Our chants were loud because we wanted to drown out the hateful comments that were being shouted at us by the protestors.

“After a few minutes of chanting, the Native American protestors, who I hadn’t previously noticed, approached our group. The Native American protestors had drums and were accompanied by at least one person with a camera.

“The protestor everyone has seen in the video began playing his drum as he waded into the crowd, which parted for him. I did not see anyone try to block his path. He locked eyes with me and approached me, coming within inches of my face. He played his drum the entire time he was in my face.

“I never interacted with this protestor. I did not speak to him. I did not make any hand gestures or other aggressive moves. To be honest, I was startled and confused as to why he had approached me. We had already been yelled at by another group of protestors, and when the second group approached I was worried that a situation was getting out of control where adults were attempting to provoke teenagers.

“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation. I realized everyone had cameras and that perhaps a group of adults was trying to provoke a group of teenagers into a larger conflict. I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.

“During the period of the drumming, a member of the protestor’s entourage began yelling at a fellow student that we ‘stole our land’ and that we should ‘go back to Europe.’ I heard one of my fellow students begin to respond. I motioned to my classmate and tried to get him to stop engaging with the protestor, as I was still in the mindset that we needed to calm down tensions.

“I never felt like I was blocking the Native American protestor. He did not make any attempt to go around me. It was clear to me that he had singled me out for a confrontation, although I am not sure why.

“The engagement ended when one of our teachers told me the busses had arrived and it was time to go. I obeyed my teacher and simply walked to the busses. At that moment, I thought I had diffused the situation by remaining calm, and I was thankful nothing physical had occurred.

“I never understood why either of the two groups of protestors were engaging with us, or exactly what they were protesting at the Lincoln Memorial. We were simply there to meet a bus, not become central players in a media spectacle. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever encountered any sort of public protest, let alone this kind of confrontation or demonstration.

>>Read Teen wearing red MAGA hat taunts drum-beating Native American during Indigenous Peoples March

“I was not intentionally making faces at the protestor. I did smile at one point because I wanted him to know that I was not going to become angry, intimidated or be provoked into a larger confrontation. I am a faithful Christian and practicing Catholic, and I always try to live up to the ideals my faith teaches me – to remain respectful of others, and to take no action that would lead to conflict or violence.

“I harbor no ill will for this person. I respect this person’s right to protest and engage in free speech activities, and I support his chanting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial any day of the week. I believe he should re-think his tactics of invading the personal space of others, but that is his choice to make.

“I am being called every name in the book, including a racist, and I will not stand for this mob-like character assassination of my family’s name. My parents were not on the trip, and I strive to represent my family in a respectful way in all public settings.

“I have received physical and death threats via social media, as well as hateful insults. One person threatened to harm me at school, and one person claims to live in my neighborhood. My parents are receiving death and professional threats because of the social media mob that has formed over this issue.

“I love my school, my teachers and my classmates. I work hard to achieve good grades and to participate in several extracurricular activities. I am mortified that so many people have come to believe something that did not happen – that students from my school were chanting or acting in a racist fashion toward African Americans or Native Americans. I did not do that, do not have hateful feelings in my heart, and did not witness any of my classmates doing that.

“I cannot speak for everyone, only for myself. But I can tell you my experience with Covington Catholic is that students are respectful of all races and cultures. We also support everyone’s right to free speech.

“I am not going to comment on the words or account of Mr. Phillips, as I don’t know him and would not presume to know what is in his heart or mind. Nor am I going to comment further on the other protestors, as I don’t know their hearts or minds, either.I have read that Mr. Phillips is a veteran of the United States Marines. I thank him for his service and am grateful to anyone who puts on the uniform to defend our nation. If anyone has earned the right to speak freely, it is a U.S. Marine veteran.

“I can only speak for myself and what I observed and felt at the time. But I would caution everyone passing judgement based on a few seconds of video to watch the longer video clips that are on the internet, as they show a much different story than is being portrayed by people with agendas.

“I provided this account of events to the Diocese of Covington so they may know exactly what happened, and I stand ready and willing to cooperate with any investigation they are conducting.

“This is the only statement that has been made by the Sandmann family. Any comments attributed to any member of the family that is not contained in this document are fabricated. The family will not be answering individual media inquiries.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: What’s open and what’s closed?

Monday, Jan. 21, marks the federal holiday for influential civil rights pioneer, social activist and Baptist preacher Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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The federal holiday is held on the third Monday of January and commemorates King’s legacy.

Because it’s a federal holiday, government agencies, including the U.S. Postal Service, are closed.

Public schools are closed.

Courts are closed.

The New York Stock Exchange is closed.

Most banks, including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BB&T and Federal Reserve Banks, are closed.

FedEx will be open, although FedEx Express and FedEx SmartPost will operate under modified service, according to USA Today.

According to its holiday schedule, the United Parcel Service will also provide services on MLK Day.

>> Related: 5 things you didn't know about Martin Luther King Jr. 

Most grocery and retail stores will also open for the holiday.

Call ahead or go online to check on attractions and tourist destinations in your city to verify hours of operation on the holiday.   

Generation Z most likely generation to report poor mental health, report says

Generation Z is more likely to report mental health issues, like stress, anxiety and depression, than other generations, according to a new report.

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The American Psychological Association surveyed 3,458 adults and 300 teenagers in the United States.

“Our 2018 survey results show that high-profile issues, such as sexual harassment and gun violence, are significant stressors for Gen Z,” the authors wrote.

“America’s youngest adults are most likely of all generations to report poor mental health, and Gen Z is also significantly more likely to seek professional help for mental health issues.”

People of this generation, born between the mid 1990s and early 2000s, report more stress about the state of the country. Their reported stress on a scale of 1-10 is 5.4. Average adults report a 5.3 ranking on the scale.

However, Gen Z, those between 15 and 21 years old, is more positive about the future of the country than other generations, with 71 percent of them stating they were hopeful about what’s ahead, and approximately 60 percent said they were politically involved in the last year.

Minority members of Generation Z, however, were more stressed about certain issues than their white counterparts.

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“For around four in 10 Gen Zs of color, personal debt (41 percent) and housing instability (40 percent) are significant sources of stress, while three in 10 white Gen Zs (30 percent) say the same about personal debt and less than one quarter (24 percent) of this demographic cite housing instability,” the authors wrote.

Need a hotel room or Airbnb in Atlanta for the Super Bowl? Good luck.

The downtown Atlanta hotel rooms with high-rise views and the East Atlanta Village treehouse suspended above roaming alpacas are both booked for Super Bowl weekend.

“Basically, the city’s sold out,” said William Pate, head of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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The two teams playing won’t be known until Sunday, but long ago, many of metro Atlanta’s hotels and Airbnbs were claimed. And even before the Falcons lost in Houston last February, corporations booked rooms in Atlanta as part of their Super Bowl packages to impress clients.

Much has changed since the city last hosted a Super Bowl in 2000. Beyond the world-class aquarium, bustling Midtown and thousands of new hotel rooms, online home rental service Airbnb has entered the market. Even with the additional stock, rooms are filling fast miles away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In 2016, the NFL bought 20,100 of metro Atlanta’s 100,000 hotel rooms for workers and sponsors of the 2019 Super Bowl. Some are near the airport, where officials said about 90 percent of the 8,000 rooms are booked, many for at least $300 a night. Clayton County’s tourism department says it is 85 percent full. 

With rooms closer to the stadium filled, the northern suburbs have some vacancies, but those, too, are disappearing. Cobb County reports that more than 60 percent of its hotel rooms have been booked that weekend — including the 264-room Omni Hotel at The Battery, which a spokeswoman said sold out in November. The tourism board for Alpharetta, about 25 miles from the stadium, said about 88 percent of the city’s 3,300 rooms are already claimed.

Just four of Alpharetta’s 26 hotels have availability. One of them, Courtyard Atlanta Alpharetta/Avalon, is a hotel that opens a week before the big game and just started taking reservations online — the hotel that isn’t even open, yet is 30 percent booked for Super Bowl weekend.

Peter McMahon is the general manager of the Hyatt Regency downtown, which features the rotating Polaris restaurant and lounge overlooking the city. He said 1,000 of his 1,260 rooms went to the NFL early and the remainder sold more than a year ago.

To prepare, he said he talked to supervisors at Hyatts in cities that had recently hosted Super Bowls. He said he decided to bring in a dozen operations managers, not only because of the number of guests, but also to be sure the hotel met the expectations of more elite guests.

“The people that are going to come to this event are going to be top-earning,” he said. 

Those in Atlanta’s hospitality industry know that if they can impress the parade of VIPs set to swarm the city, it could mean repeat business in the form of conventions or blow away the right executive, which it could mean a new headquarters in the metro area.

“This is a chance for Atlanta to show itself to the world,” McMahon said.

Erica Qualls-Battey said she and her staff at the five Marriotts she manages, including three near the airport, have been preparing for more than a year. She said she plans to have 40 or 50 extra staff members in just the downtown Marriott alone. Qualls-Battey said all of the 3,000 rooms at her hotels are long gone.

A renewed push for rooms is expected after the conference championship games Sunday determine the two teams playing Feb. 3 and their fans race to make last-minute plans. They will probably be out of luck with hotels in the city, but maybe not with Airbnbs.

According to Airbnb’s analysis from the Super Bowl last year in Minneapolis, 60 percent of its 7,000 guests booked after the two teams were set. The analysis found the average nightly room price booked the week of the event was $286, which was about 3.7 times the usual Airbnb listing for the area.

L.A. Adams thought ahead and checked every day for two weeks last year to see how the Airbnb prices were fluctuating in Minneapolis.

She has listed two properties near Mercedes-Benz Stadium, including one near Northside Drive and Magnolia Street, basically in the shadow of the stadium. The price for the house that can sleep six people: $4,000 a night. Adams, who lives in Gwinnett, thinks as soon as the teams are set on Sunday, her properties will both sell.

Kara O’Brien and Kate Giroux own the treehouse in East Atlanta Village that sits above grazing alpacas and llamas and a 30-foot-tall bamboo forest, it is the most wish-listed Airbnb in Atlanta.

O’Brien said she listed it at a “ridiculous” rate — $1,000 a night — on Wednesday. Someone snatched it up hours later.

But when some hosts realize how much money there is to be had, they can leave out-of-towners in the lurch.

Elisha McCready had two Airbnb hosts cancel on her once they realized she had booked during Super Bowl weekend. In January, she and a friend booked a room for $200 a night.

“My apologies, the rate was not set correctly for Super Bowl weekend,” read one response she received from a canceled host.

The landscape had changed by the time the host had canceled on her. “Way fewer options. There were still a few that ended up being under $200 that were smaller and further away from where we wanted to be,” she said.

Her friend isn’t coming, but McCready cashed in on some Southern hospitality and, after all the partying, she will be crashing on a friend’s couch.

Woman wins $2M from scratch-off lottery ticket dad gave as gift

A woman won $2 million from a scratch-off lottery ticket her father gave her as a gift. 

The only time Melissa Spagnola plays the lotto is when her parents buy tickets for the family, which they have been doing for years, no special occasion necessary. 

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Her father had bought tickets and gave Spagnola a 100X The Bucks ticket, which turned out to be worth $2 million, lottery officials said Tuesday. 

Having never played it before, Spagnola was not sure she had won. 

“Is it real?” she said, showing her parents the ticket.

It was.

Winners can choose 25 annual gross payments of $80,000 or a lump-sum cash option of $1,458,000, NJ.com reported. Spagnola claimed her prize April 21, 2018. Lottery officials wait weeks or months to announce prize winners.

>> Read Man wins $1 on scratch-off ticket, asks for ‘big check’ when he claims prize

Spagnola plans to share the money with her family, taking them all on a vacation to the Bahamas, and the remaining portion to help with her own financial stability. 

Horses chase down suspect, run him out of pasture for police to nab 

The owner of a trio of horses that helped deputies capture a suspect in Volusia County is talking about what happened and why the horses reacted the way they did.

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Infrared video from the Volusia County sheriff's helicopter showed the horses chasing the suspect out of their pasture Wednesday morning.

Authorities said the suspect was driving with a suspended license and violating probation when he fled from deputies.

He started walking through a pasture to get away from authorities but picked the wrong one to try and pass through.

A video shows the three horses chase the suspect down and force him to jump a fence.

The horses’ owner Brenda Heartz said she thinks the horses knew something was wrong.

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She said they're friendly horses and would not have chased after just anyone.

International battle over moose statues: ‘Don't mess with Mac the Moose’

Two giant moose statues an ocean apart are pitting a small Canadian town against people near Oslo, Norway, who now contend their giant moose has the edge over Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

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Moose Jaw has held bragging rights over the tallest moose statue in the world since 1984, when Mac the Moose was built at a staggering 32 feet high.

Then people between Oslo and Trondheim in Norway erected their own giant moose, called Storelgen or Big Moose, in 2015. Big Moose was about 11 inches taller than Mac, according to BBC News.

That’s not sitting well with folks in Moose Jaw.

“We’re considered to be very mannerly and respectful, but there are things you just don’t do to Canadians,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie told the BBC.

“You don’t mess with Mac the Moose,” Tolmie said.

Norway’s Big Moose was created by an artist and was erected to prevent traffic accidents.

People in Moose Jaw have been suggesting ways the town can make Mac taller still, including adding a large antler rack to his head.

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Moose Jaw claims Mac the Moose, made of 10 tons concrete, steel and metal mesh, is one of the most photographed roadside attractions in Canada, according to the city’s tourism department.

Shelby Mustang sells for $1.1M at auction to benefit charity

A 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 sold for $1.1 million at an auction over the weekend. 

Ford auctioned the vehicle with vehicle identification number 001, with all proceeds to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. 

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The winning bidder was auction chairman Craig Jackson, an avid Mustang collector, Fox News reported

It is the second-highest price a Mustang has sold for at auction, behind a $2.2 million experimental Shelby GT500 Super Snake, Fox News reported

January’s super blood moon: The only total lunar eclipse of 2019

The first celestial event of the new year is a triple threat you won’t want to miss.

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On Jan. 20-21, we’ll get the chance to catch a total lunar eclipse, a blood moon and a supermoon. The first full moon of the year is also called a wolf moon.

The next visible total lunar eclipse won’t occur until May 26, 2021. 

For those living in parts of Europe, Africa, North or South America, the total lunar eclipse will be visible overnight from Sunday, Jan. 20 into Monday, Jan. 21. The phenomenon will be visible in its entirety in North and South America.

>> Related: Photos: Amazing NASA photos through the years

“At 6:36 p.m. PST (9:36 p.m. EST) on January 20, the edge of the Moon will begin entering the penumbra,” according to the agency. “The Moon will dim very slightly for the next 57 minutes as it moves deeper into the penumbra. Because this part of Earth’s shadow is not fully dark, you may notice only some dim shading (if anything at all) on the Moon near the end of this part of the eclipse.”

NASA predicts the total eclipse duration will last about one hour and two minutes and will peak at 12:12 a.m. on Jan. 21 after the moon has made it inside the umbra, or the inner part of the Earth’s shadow. The penumbra is the outer part of Earth’s cone-shaped shadow.

Folks will also see the moon turn a deep red as it passes through the Earth’s shadow, giving it the nickname, “blood moon.”

>> Related: Photos: Supermoon brightens night sky

Those in the Middle East, Asia, Indonesia, Australia or New Zealand can catch it in the evening hours after sunset.

What is a total lunar eclipse?

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon, according to Space.com. 

What is a blood moon?

This phenomenon occurs when “some light from the sun passes through Earth’s atmosphere and is bent toward the moon” during the totality portion of a lunar eclipse, turning the moon red- or copper-colored. 

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“The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere,” NASA scientists told Space.com. “If there are extra particles in the atmosphere, from say a recent volcanic eruption, the moon will appear a darker shade of red.”

Brian Murphy, director of the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, told IndyStar that the reddish moon will be most visible between 11:40 p.m. on Jan. 20 to 12:43 a.m. Jan. 21. 

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What is a supermoon?

According to NASA, the moniker was coined by an astrologer in 1979 and is often used to describe a full moon happening near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth.

Supermoons may appear as much as 14 percent closer and 30 percent brighter than the moon on an average night.

The moon’s average distance from Earth is approximately 238,000 miles.

Where are the best places to see the supermoon?

Wherever the sky is clear and the moon is visible is an ideal place from which to experience the spectacle. 

But if you’re really up to making an adventure out of it, consider heading to a state park or the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville.

>> Related: Your comprehensive guide to Georgia's state parks

Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp is notorious for being one of the best spots in the world for star gazing and was named a gold-tier “International Dark Sky Park.”

You can also make your way to one of the nine best places to see stars around Atlanta.

Any of those spots would make great viewpoints for a supermoon, too. 

Note that “a variety of factors affect the appearance of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse,” according to NASA. “Clouds, dust, ash, photochemical droplets and organic material in the atmosphere can change how much light is refracted into the umbra.”

Because this is a supermoon, the moon may appear darker as it’s deeper inside the umbra shadow.

Best ways to photograph the supermoon?

According to National Geographic, seeing the supermoon near the horizon with buildings, trees or mountains for scale will make the moon appear slightly larger in your photos, even though it isn’t.

“Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself, with no reference to anything,” Bill Ingalls, a senior photographer for NASA, told National Geographic last year. “Instead, think of how to make the image creative—that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place.”

Other photo tips from National Geographic staff photographers:

  • Shoot with the same exposure you would in daylight on Earth.
  • Don’t leave your camera shutter open too long. This will make the moon appear too bright and you won’t be able to photograph lunar detail.
  • If you’re using your smartphone, use your optical lens only. 
  • If you’re using your smartphone, do not use your digital zoom. This will decrease the quality of your photo. Instead, take the photo and zoom or crop later.
  • Use a tripod or a solid surface to keep your phone stabilized.
  • Use your fingers to adjust the light balance and capture the lunar detail.

Florida librarian fatally stabbed opening library for book sale

A librarian was fatally stabbed Sunday morning while opening the library for a weekend book sale. 

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Leroy Hommerding, the director of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library, was stabbed by Adam M. Soules around 9 a.m., the Fort Myers News-Press reported

"It's devastating," Sallie Seabury, president of the Fort Myers Beach Public Library board, told the News-Press. "We were having a book sale, and he went to open the doors."

Seabury told the News-Press that Hommerding, 69, was a staunch advocate and was instrumental in getting the library built.

Soules left the scene, but witnesses followed him and deputies soon arrived to take him into custody, the News-Press reported

Soules, 36, was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide.

“This outrageous act will not go unpunished,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said as a sign behind him for the book sale flapped in the wind.

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