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TheGatorCrusader(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Here is one man who doesn’t take his moniker “the Gator Crusader” lightly.

Michael Womer of Orlando, Florida, who calls himself “the rock star of the alligator world,” decided to do something even crazier than his normal stunts by placing a GoPro compact video camera on his head and offering his crown to an alligator.

He says inquiring minds have always wondered “what is an alligator bite like?”

So, offering himself up to find out, Womer strapped the camera to his noggin, only an inch away from his forehead.

“I feel like Doc Brown wearing this thing,” Womer joked in a video of the gator-human encounter. “OK, let’s go try it!”

As seen in the video, Womer asks the gator to “smile,” and the gator opens wide.

The gator slowly lowers its jaw onto the GoPro.

Womer was not injured in the experiment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEDELLIN, Colombia) — At least seven people died when a boat carrying more than 150 passengers capsized while on a sightseeing tour on a reservoir in northwestern Colombia.

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos visited the El Peñol-Guatapé reservoir, about 40 miles east of the city of Medellin, and promised authorities would do “everything in their power” to rescue any survivors and promised that searches would continue through the night.

Colombia’s National Disaster Risk Management Unit said Monday night that two were still missing and 158 were rescued.

“Rescue operations will continue as long as the weather conditions allow. There are 25 well-equipped rescue experts working,” said the agency’s director, Carlos Iván Márquez Pérez.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Barry Cadden, the owner and head pharmacist of the now-defunct New England Compounding Center (NECC), has been sentenced by a federal judge to 9 years in prison for his role in a deadly nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak.

More than 750 patients who received injections of an NECC-manufactured steroid were diagnosed with the fungal infection in 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 64 of those patients in nine states died, making it the largest public health crisis ever caused by a pharmaceutical product.

Cadden, 50, was convicted of 57 charges in March, including racketeering and fraud, but was found not guilty by a federal jury on 25 counts of murder.

Prosecutors urged U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns to sentence Cadden to 35 years in prison, while his attorneys recommended 3 years.

“Barry Cadden put profits over patients,” said Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb for the District of Massachusetts in a statement. “He used NECC to perpetrate a massive fraud that harmed hundreds of people. Mr. Cadden knew that he was running his business dishonestly, but he kept doing it anyway to make sure the payments kept rolling in. Now he will have to pay for his crimes.”

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The Humane Educational Society(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — Three young children have been removed from a Tennessee home authorities say was trash and feces-filled after the kids were allegedly found in “deplorable” conditions.

The children’s parents, Stacy Tallent and Dustin Tallent, both 31, were arrested Monday and charged with aggravated child neglect, said Sgt. Marty Bowman of the Soddy Daisy Police Department.

A total of 21 animals were also removed from the home, authorities said. Eleven of those animals were found dead in a freezer, including two dogs, two turtles, a rabbit and five parakeets, said Bob Citrullo, executive director of the Humane Educational Society in Chattanooga.

Four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, a python and a lizard were found alive, Citrullo said, describing the animals as “very thin” and covered in parasites and fleas. They are currently being evaluated by veterinarians.

The children — ages 2, 2 and 5 — were not home on Saturday when police performed a welfare check at the Soddy-Daisy home, Citrullo said. But, officers on the scene made note of the conditions of the animals on the property, prompting members of the police department to call the Humane Educational Society (HES) on Monday morning, Citrullo said.

All three children are boys, ABC Chattanooga affiliate WTVC-TV reported. The 2-year-old boys are twins, according to the station.

When two HES officers were investigating the home, one peered inside a room and saw a child sitting on a mattress on the floor, allegedly surrounded by filth, Citrullo said. At that point, the HES officers called police, Bowman said.

Citrullo said an HES officer told him that it appears the children were being locked in one room in the home.

BREAKING: This picture shows the latch on one of the bedroom doors. HES officer says kids were inside room with this on door. pic.twitter.com/u8QdIIUFgJ

— Stephanie Santostasi (@Stephanie_NC9) June 26, 2017

When police arrived at the home, they immediately contacted children’s services, who took custody of the three kids, Bowman said. He added that the conditions of the home were “deplorable.”

Photos taken by the Humane Educational Society show the interiors of the home filled with trash. There was also animal feces scattered throughout the home, some of which was smeared on walls, Citrullo said.

Stacy and Dustin Tallent are currently in custody at a Hamilton County jail, Bowman said. It is unclear if they have retained an attorney.

BREAKING: Another person has been arrested. One woman and one man. Both handcuffed. Police talking to them now. pic.twitter.com/02jvhqGA4X

— Stephanie Santostasi (@Stephanie_NC9) June 26, 2017

The Humane Educational Society plans on recommending animal neglect charges on the parents to the Hamilton County District Attorney, Citrullo said.

Further details on the condition of the children were not immediately available. Hamilton County Children’s Services did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review two lower court’s rulings on President Donald Trump’s travel ban when it reconvenes in the fall, but until then the president’s travel ban faces potential implementation challenges.

The court granted the Trump administration’s request for a stay in part, allowing a 90-day ban on foreign nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries and a 120-day halt on the U.S. refugee program to go into effect, with the exception of “foreign national[s] who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

It’s a compromise but the travel ban could be difficult to enforce, according to ABC News’ legal consultant and law professor Kate Shaw.

Part of Trump’s travel ban will presumably go into effect in 72 hours, or on Thursday. At that point, the 90-day and 120-day time periods will start running. However, the Supreme Court isn’t back in session to hear arguments on the travel ban until October.

During that time, it will be up to Department of Homeland Security officials and the district courts to interpret which individuals have a “bona fide” connection to the United States.

According to Shaw, the road ahead might include “a lot of litigation over the summer about who exactly has enough of a connection to satisfy the Supreme Court standard.”

The government will also proceed with a worldwide review of its vetting procedures, as laid out in the executive order. The Supreme Court agreed with the Ninth Circuit that that review “may proceed promptly, if it not already underway.”

The executive order gives the Department of Homeland Security 20 days to review and 50 days for foreign governments to bring their practices in line.

The Supreme Court said the administration should have enough time to “conclude its internal work and provide adequate notice to foreign governments” by the end of 90 days, when the ban on entry from the six countries expires.

The Trump administration could try to make the travel ban permanent after its vetting review.

“The question is whether President Trump re-issues the ban, or some similar order, to keep the dispute live going forward,” said Stephen Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law.

If Trump doesn’t attempt to keep the travel ban alive after the 90-day period, the case could be moot before the Supreme Court hears it on the merits in the fall.

“There’s a very good chance that, by the time the justices once again consider this issue, there’s nothing left for them to do,” Vladeck said.

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Chadonka/Instagram(CAPE POINT, N.C.) — A new island that has appeared off the coast of North Carolina is exciting water-loving locals and tourists alike.

It’s being called Shelly Island. And thanks to the changing tides of the Atlantic Ocean, those enjoying Cape Hatteras’ Cape Point can now trek to this newly formed island.

“It’s a dynamic area. Because of the two different currents — the Gulf Stream and the Labrador Current — the sand is always shifting and moving,” Mark Dowdle, the deputy superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which oversees the island, told ABC News.

“A large sandbar has formed off the tip of Cape Point and essentially created a new island,” he added. “It could continue to grow or soon it could be completely gone. We don’t know.”

For now, those visiting have been enjoying the new island, which measures about a mile long and several hundred yards wide, according to Dowdle.

Those visiting have been collecting sea shells along with enjoying long walks on the beach.

Bill Smith recently used a kayak to trek to the island.

“It’s fun to go out there. It’s a great place to shell,” Smith, the president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, told ABC News. “Historically, that area is a very good place to fish too.”

Still, Smith warns that because of that, it’s probably not best to walk over to the island at low tide when the water may appear shallow.

In fact, the park service has several warnings for those trying to enjoy the long summer days on the new island.

“If someone were to go out there, use the buddy system. Do not go alone,” Dowdle said, noting that the water is particularly rough near the island thanks to strong currents and riptides.

He added that if you do attempt to swim out there, use flotation devices such as paddle boards or surfboards along with a life jacket.

Dowdle continued that there could be various “marine life,” such as jellyfish. “There could be other marine life too and because the water’s agitated from the waves, you can’t always see.”

Dowdle had one more piece of advice he’d like to give to those visiting. “The island is new and it’s drawing a lot of interest … but there are many other beaches to enjoy at Cape Hatteras including three life-guarded beaches,” he told ABC News.

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ABCNews.com(SPRINGDALE, Ark.) — An escaped Arkansas inmate who had been on the run for 32 years was found and brought into custody on Sunday.

Steven Dishman escaped from the Cummins Unit Prison in Grady, Arkansas on May 28, 1985, according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. He was discovered Sunday at a home in Springdale, Arkansas.

Dishman was convicted of burglary in 1984 in Washington County and was eligible for parole in 1987, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections told ABC News. His discharge date was set for 1991.

The 60-year-old was taken into custody in Springdale by local law enforcement and Arkansas State Police.

Bill Sadler with the for Arkansas State Police told ABC News that an individual who had met Dishman about five years after his escape came forward over the past weekend. That information provided led the state troopers to the Springdale residence.

Dishman served one year of his seven year sentence before escaping. He will now have to serve the remaining six years of his prison term, Graves told ABC News.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have begun to question individuals who may have known Dishman but by a different name, according to Arkansas State Police.

It’s unclear at this point if Dishman will be serving more time for escaping.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — An Alaska man said he survived being pulled off of his bike and attacked by a large brown bear, thanks to his quick-thinking friend.

Alex Ippoliti said he and his friend James Fredrick were riding along a gravel road on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a U.S. military facility in Anchorage, Alaska, on Saturday morning when they heard rustling coming from the woods nearby. Ippoliti said the two kept moving, but the bear went for Frederick.

The bear “came out of nowhere and pulled him off his bike,” Ippoliti told ABC News.

Ippoliti, a member of the Air Force who was on base that day as part of a recreation program, said he knew he had to think fast in order to save his friend’s life.

“When she dropped him, she turned toward me, and I was able to spray the bear,” he said.

The bear scampered back into the undergrowth, and Ippoliti called 911. He then worked with Fredrick to stop his bleeding while they waited for help to arrive.

The pair had taken all the appropriate precautions while traveling along the road, Ippoliti said, and although he has biked in the area many times, he had never encountered a brown bear before.

“We had bear bells on, and there was a lot of visibility on the gravel road as we were coming down,” Ippoliti said. “We didn’t see the bear until she attacked. I had bear spray in a pack on my bike, and it was very easy to get it from there, fortunately.”

After he sprayed the bear to get her away from Frederick, Ippoliti said they noticed a cub up in a tree. The pair walked down the road as quickly as possible away from the mother and her cub.

“There were a couple times I thought we should stop, but James kept telling me, ‘We have to keep going,'” Ippoliti recalled.

Once they made it about 10 minutes down the road, approximately a quarter-mile from the encounter, he said they no longer heard the bear.

An environmental conservation officer who patrols the base for animal-related incidents was the first to meet them, and Fredrick was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage, where he was treated for his injuries. He is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

He later posted a photo with Ippoliti next to his hospital bed with the caption “This dude saved my life yesterday.”

Ippoliti said he met Fredrick about a month ago through an amateur race team and their shared interest in riding on gravel trails.

Ippoliti said that after saving his friend, he hit the trails again the next day with his son. During a mountain bike race on Sunday, about 15 miles from the attack, he said his son and other riders encountered a black bear but no one was hurt.

“It’s a perception lately that there seems to be more [bear attacks] than normal. Everyone is kind of on edge about it right now,” Ippoliti said. “I still plan to go ride and do whatever I can to be smart about it and stay prepared so that I can be safe.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks closed mostly higher on Monday, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite shed most of its recent gains.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 14.79 (+0.07 percent) to finish at 21,409.55.

The Nasdaq slid 18.10 (-0.29 percent) to close at 6,247.15, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,439.07, up 0.77 (+0.03 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent higher with prices over $43 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
Shares of Hertz Global Holdings jumped 13.5 percent on a Bloomberg report that says the car rental service will partner with Apple on its autonomous vehicle software.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment tumbled 3.5 percent after it was revealed Friday the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission were investigating statements made by the company about the 2013 documentary “Blackfish.”

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Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — A cladding manufacturing company announced Monday that it is discontinuing sales of a type of paneling that was used in London’s Grenfell Tower apartment complex, where a devastating fire killed at least 79 people this month.

Arconic said in a statement that it will stop global sales of the aluminum composite material Reynobond PE for use in high-rise applications.

“We believe this is the right decision because of the inconsistency of building codes across the world and issues that have arisen in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy regarding code compliance of cladding systems in the context of buildings’ overall designs,” Arconic said.

In its initial statement after the fire, Arconic acknowledged the use of Reynobond PE as a component in the tower’s cladding system and expressed condolences to the victims.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said tower block safety tests needed to happen more quickly in England, the BBC reported.

Last week more than 800 public housing apartments in north London were evacuated over fire concerns. The tower blocks were found to be covered in the same cladding that surrounded Grenfell Tower, officials said. The buildings will undergo emergency work over the next three to four weeks.

Police announced on June 24 that the massive fire was caused by a faulty refrigerator and they were considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire.

It is unclear how many residents were inside the building at the time.

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