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Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

Study says people would rather hang out with their dogs than friends

A new study says that most dog owners would rather spend time with their pup than their friends. Fox News reported that a study of 2,000 dog owners conducted by smart dog collar company Link AKC says more than half prefer their pet over pals. Owners said they sometimes skip out on social events to be with their dog. >> Read more trending news  Eighty-one percent of those surveyed said they spoke to their dog like they would a friend. Single dog owners were twice as likely to talk to their pet about relationship problems. Eighty percent of owners said it’s a deal breaker if their partner didn’t like their dog. The study found that six in 10 pet owners said their dog takes care of them in some way, with many saying their pet helped them get through a breakup or death of a loved one.  Sixty-two percent of the pet owners surveyed said their dogs helped get them out the house at least twice a day for a walk and more than two-thirds said their dog helps them exercise more regularly. “The physical benefits of dog ownership are often the first that come to mind, but we’ve found the emotional and mental health benefits of having a furry companion are just as impactful,” Link AKC chief marketing officer Herbie Calves told Fox News. “People consider their dogs members of their family and are looking for ways to connect and interact with them on a deeper level.” The survey supports Calves’ claim. Fifty-five percent say unconditional love and constant companionship is among the biggest benefit of dog ownership. “Dog ownership is a great responsibility but also comes with great physical, emotional and mental benefits,” Calves said.

Teen accused of killing acquaintance who sold him paprika instead of pot 

Teen accused of killing acquaintance who sold him paprika instead of pot 

A Utah teenager has been charged as an adult in a homicide that police investigators said took place after another teen sold him cooking spices instead of marijuana. Seth Carreras, 17, of Layton, was moved into the adult population at the Davis County Jail earlier this month, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. He is being held without bail on charges of murder and assault by a prisoner. Reporters described Carreras as “smirking” during a Jan. 5 court hearing in the death of Hunter Woodson, 19, who was gunned down in his Sunset home on Nov. 21. Carreras is accused of barging into the house and shooting Woodson to death in front of his girlfriend. Woodson’s family members described Carreras’ facial expression in court as an “evil smile.”  “I feel like he had zero remorse for what he did,” Travis Woodson, Hunter Woodson’s uncle, told the Tribune. “He was proud of what he did. He was acting like he’s proud of it.” Court documents obtained by the newspaper allege that Carreras went to Woodson’s home the afternoon of the shooting after the pair messaged back and forth about a marijuana sale. They initially smoked a joint so Carreras could test the drug Woodson was selling, but the younger teen did not have cash on him, so he left.  >> Read more trending news He came back later in the day to buy 1 ½ ounces of the drug. Woodson did not have that much marijuana on hand, but told Carreras that he did.  While he sent his 17-year-old girlfriend out to collect Carreras’ cash, Woodson filled a small, pink plastic bag with paprika, salt, pepper and other spices and taped it shut, the affidavit said. When Woodson’s girlfriend delivered the fake marijuana to Carreras, he felt the bag and sensed that something was not right. As he ripped the bag open, the girl ran into the house to warn Woodson, the Tribune reported.  Carreras followed her inside and into Woodson’s bedroom, where the girl hid behind the door while Woodson took a fighting stance, the affidavit said.  The girl told police that when Carreras walked into the room with a gun, Woodson asked, “What are you going to do about it, shoot me?” Carreras did just that, firing “a lot of times” and causing Woodson to fall to the floor, the girl told investigators. He then stood over Woodson and continued shooting.  Before he fled, he rifled through Woodson’s pockets for his cash, the affidavit said.  Carreras was arrested less than 30 minutes later at his home, where officers found him trying to crawl under a car to hide, the Tribune said.  Woodson’s obituary described him as a high school senior who, “after hitting a rough patch … was getting his life turned around.” He had started taking some college courses and was looking forward to the future, his family wrote. “You could usually find Hunter with his shaggy hair and charismatic smile doing what he loved more than anything else, eating,” the obituary read.  “Hunter loved skateboarding, playing football and doing MMA,” his family wrote. “He was training for his first fight. He also loved the outdoors and spending time with family.” Police officials who searched Carreras’ home after the shooting found hundreds of pill bottles, guns, ammunition and two machetes in a shed on the property, the Tribune reported in December. They also found scales used to measure drug amounts and “marijuana shake,” or small bits of plant matter that remain after larger nuggets are bagged or used, on the floor. When investigators opened the shed door, they found a man sitting inside with a sword, the Tribune reported. He dropped the weapon and was arrested without incident. Prior to his move to the adult jail, Carreras was held in a juvenile detention facility. His pending assault charge stems from a Dec. 22 incident in which he is accused of kicking the leg of a juvenile detention staff member. 

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell named Defensive Player of the Year 

Jaguars DE Calais Campbell named Defensive Player of the Year 

Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell has been named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America.  Campbell, who has been declared Mayor of Sacksonville, totaled 14.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, forced three fumbles, and had one fumble recovery for a touchdown.  Campbell was acquired by the Jaguars in March and started all 16 games.  His 14.5 sacks set the Jaguars single-season franchise record, and it was also a career-high.  Campbell was also named a Pro Bowl starter at defensive end.  

It was chilly in Jacksonville, but that didn’t stop thousands of Jaguars fans from crowding in to EverBank Field Sunday night to welcome home their team- which had just earned a spot in the AFC Championship.  GALLERY: Jags homecoming celebration The Jags topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 45-42 to win the Divisional match. Soon after the game ended, the City and Jags announced they would be opening up EverBank Field for a celebration. Despite only having a few hours notice, fans came out in force. Head Coach Doug Marrone and several players addressed the crowd, with Defensive End Calais Campbell drawing big cheers by promising “we ain’t done yet”. Still others led fans in a “DUUUVVAAAALLL” cheer. While waiting for the team to arrive, fans were entertained by music, the ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders, the D-Line drum line, Jaxson de ville, and highlight and hype videos. The Club Level was also packed inside, as fans kept warm while waiting for their team. Huge cheers rang out when a plane flew over the stadium- which was soon confirmed to be the team plane. From that point, fans were treated to frequent live looks at the team as they deplaned and made their way to EverBank Field. As soon as they got to the field, they came out immediately- with many players heading straight to the fans for high fives. Many fans told us they’ve been waiting to see this spirit for years. One- who wears customized Jags gear to music raves- tells us he has seen more respect recently, including people yelling “Duval” at him. Other fans are new converts. We found a person in Steelers gear who said now that the Jags had knocked out the Steelers, she would be rooting for Jacksonville moving forward. The Jags play the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 3:05PM for the AFC Championship. Our partner Action News Jax is the official Jaguars station and will have full coverage throughout the week, including special shows at 7PM and pre- and post-game coverage. Players react:
It was chilly in Jacksonville, but that didn’t stop thousands of Jaguars fans from crowding in to EverBank Field Sunday night to welcome home their team- which had just earned a spot in the AFC Championship.  GALLERY: Jags homecoming celebration The Jags topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 45-42 to win the Divisional match. Soon after the game ended, the City and Jags announced they would be opening up EverBank Field for a celebration. Despite only having a few hours notice, fans came out in force. Head Coach Doug Marrone and several players addressed the crowd, with Defensive End Calais Campbell drawing big cheers by promising “we ain’t done yet”. Still others led fans in a “DUUUVVAAAALLL” cheer. While waiting for the team to arrive, fans were entertained by music, the ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders, the D-Line drum line, Jaxson de ville, and highlight and hype videos. The Club Level was also packed inside, as fans kept warm while waiting for their team. Huge cheers rang out when a plane flew over the stadium- which was soon confirmed to be the team plane. From that point, fans were treated to frequent live looks at the team as they deplaned and made their way to EverBank Field. As soon as they got to the field, they came out immediately- with many players heading straight to the fans for high fives. Many fans told us they’ve been waiting to see this spirit for years. One- who wears customized Jags gear to music raves- tells us he has seen more respect recently, including people yelling “Duval” at him. Other fans are new converts. We found a person in Steelers gear who said now that the Jags had knocked out the Steelers, she would be rooting for Jacksonville moving forward. The Jags play the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 3:05PM for the AFC Championship. Our partner Action News Jax is the official Jaguars station and will have full coverage throughout the week, including special shows at 7PM and pre- and post-game coverage. Players react:
It was chilly in Jacksonville, but that didn’t stop thousands of Jaguars fans from crowding in to EverBank Field Sunday night to welcome home their team- which had just earned a spot in the AFC Championship.  GALLERY: Jags homecoming celebration The Jags topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 45-42 to win the Divisional match. Soon after the game ended, the City and Jags announced they would be opening up EverBank Field for a celebration. Despite only having a few hours notice, fans came out in force. Head Coach Doug Marrone and several players addressed the crowd, with Defensive End Calais Campbell drawing big cheers by promising “we ain’t done yet”. Still others led fans in a “DUUUVVAAAALLL” cheer. While waiting for the team to arrive, fans were entertained by music, the ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders, the D-Line drum line, Jaxson de ville, and highlight and hype videos. The Club Level was also packed inside, as fans kept warm while waiting for their team. Huge cheers rang out when a plane flew over the stadium- which was soon confirmed to be the team plane. From that point, fans were treated to frequent live looks at the team as they deplaned and made their way to EverBank Field. As soon as they got to the field, they came out immediately- with many players heading straight to the fans for high fives. Many fans told us they’ve been waiting to see this spirit for years. One- who wears customized Jags gear to music raves- tells us he has seen more respect recently, including people yelling “Duval” at him. Other fans are new converts. We found a person in Steelers gear who said now that the Jags had knocked out the Steelers, she would be rooting for Jacksonville moving forward. The Jags play the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 3:05PM for the AFC Championship. Our partner Action News Jax is the official Jaguars station and will have full coverage throughout the week, including special shows at 7PM and pre- and post-game coverage. Players react:
It was chilly in Jacksonville, but that didn’t stop thousands of Jaguars fans from crowding in to EverBank Field Sunday night to welcome home their team- which had just earned a spot in the AFC Championship.  GALLERY: Jags homecoming celebration The Jags topped the Steelers in Pittsburgh 45-42 to win the Divisional match. Soon after the game ended, the City and Jags announced they would be opening up EverBank Field for a celebration. Despite only having a few hours notice, fans came out in force. Head Coach Doug Marrone and several players addressed the crowd, with Defensive End Calais Campbell drawing big cheers by promising “we ain’t done yet”. Still others led fans in a “DUUUVVAAAALLL” cheer. While waiting for the team to arrive, fans were entertained by music, the ROAR of the Jaguars cheerleaders, the D-Line drum line, Jaxson de ville, and highlight and hype videos. The Club Level was also packed inside, as fans kept warm while waiting for their team. Huge cheers rang out when a plane flew over the stadium- which was soon confirmed to be the team plane. From that point, fans were treated to frequent live looks at the team as they deplaned and made their way to EverBank Field. As soon as they got to the field, they came out immediately- with many players heading straight to the fans for high fives. Many fans told us they’ve been waiting to see this spirit for years. One- who wears customized Jags gear to music raves- tells us he has seen more respect recently, including people yelling “Duval” at him. Other fans are new converts. We found a person in Steelers gear who said now that the Jags had knocked out the Steelers, she would be rooting for Jacksonville moving forward. The Jags play the Patriots in Foxborough Sunday at 3:05PM for the AFC Championship. Our partner Action News Jax is the official Jaguars station and will have full coverage throughout the week, including special shows at 7PM and pre- and post-game coverage. Players react:
Miscellaneous Congress: From Catty Whacks to Pimientos to Surfboard Camera Mounts and Hair-Slides

My father taught me a great lesson many years ago about the Congress, to always be on the lookout for bills that were labeled “technical corrections” or “miscellaneous,” because there was a good chance you might find something interesting – if you took the time to dig into the bill.

So, when the “Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018,” popped up on the House schedule for this week, and was approved Tuesday on a unanimous vote, I had to take a look.

My curiosity was quickly rewarded, as the second section of the bill was about tariff schedule changes for “Frozen, Boiled [More]