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iStock/Thinkstock(CAIRO) — The Egyptian military released footage of the ongoing search for EgyptAir Flight MS804 after it went missing overnight 174 miles off the coast of Egypt.

The video, filmed with a long-range camera aboard a helicopter, shows footage of a military ship searching the Mediterranean Sea Thursday. Planes could also be seen overhead, combing the waters for any sign of the missing plane.

Early Thursday, the airline released a statement saying Egypt’s Ministry of Civil Aviation had received word that a floating object was found in the Mediterranean Sea near the island of Karpathos. But this statement was later disputed, with EgyptAir Vice President Ahmed Adel saying on CNN that no wreckage was found.

It was not clear what caused the plane to disappear.

The Airbus 320 was en route to Cairo from Paris overnight when it lost contact with the radar tracking system over the Mediterranean Sea at 2:45 a.m. at an altitude of 37,000 feet, according to the airline. Sixty-six people were on board, including 56 passengers, three EgyptAir security personnel and seven crew members, the airline said.

The flight included two infants and one older child, according to EgyptAir. No Americans were on board.

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Naomi Jael Covert (NEW YORK) — A photo of a woman breastfeeding at a wedding in Germany has gone viral, reigniting a conversation in the U.S. about breastfeeding in public.

Naomi Jael Covert told ABC News she had no idea that when she posted a picture of herself breastfeeding her 10-month-old son Anthony “TJ” Covert Jr. at her best friend’s wedding in her native country that she would spark a heated conversation.

“But I’m married to an American and I know it’s kind of an issue there,” the mother said, referencing her husband of a year, Anthony Covert, who serves in the U.S. Army. He’s been deployed since last November.

When empoweredbirthproject, an Instagram account that posts empowering images of motherhood, shared Covert’s photo, it was liked more than 13,000 times but also had over 600 comments, both positive and negative.

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“I read the comments and I was like, ‘Oh wow’ because people were so rude,” Covert, 21, recalled. “It kind of hurt. I had heard before that it’s frowned upon in America and [women] get treated mean or maybe even thrown out of restaurants, but I often thought it was made up.”

In April, mother of two Stephanie Rhodus said she was kicked out of a Henderson County, North Carolina, courtroom for breastfeeding her 8-month-old boy, Archer, during a child custody hearing — despite the fact that it’s legal to breastfeed in public in North Carolina.

“That’s all I know,” Covert said of breastfeeding. “My grandma breastfed. My mom breastfed. I have five siblings and she breastfed of all us until we were 16 months and they’re my role models.”

Covert added that the wedding guests thought her breastfeeding was “normal.”

“It’s literally like you’re eating a snack right now or you’re drinking your coffee,” Covert continued. “I’m not doing anything wrong.”

In the U.S., breastfeeding laws vary across states.

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5/19/2016 – 3:37 pm

The Hancock County Emergency Management Agency is conducting a full-scale hazardous material drill on Saturday.

The drill is set to begin at 9 a.m. at the University of Findlay’s All Hazards Training Facility, 5000 Fostoria Ave., according to the agency, and should run until noon. The Hancock County EMA says that there will be several training props and other pieces of equipment, including a fog machine, in order to simulate a hazardous materials leak and response.

Assisting with the drill will be the Findlay Police Department, Findlay Fire Department, Hanco EMS, American Red Cross, Blanchard Valley Hospital, Hancock County Hazmat Team, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Findlay.

Anyone with questions should contact Hancock County EMA at 419-424-7092.

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5/19/2016 – 3:34 pm

A Findlay woman was injured following an accident around noon Thursday. The Courier reports the accident happened at the intersection of Sixth and Williams Streets when 46-year-old Kevin Fisher of Findlay turned left onto Sixth Street in front of a car driven by 75-year-old Barbara Hession of Findlay. The cars collided and Hession was taken to Blanchard Valley Hospital with neck and back injuries.

Both cars were towed from the scene and Fisher was cited with operating a vehicle at a stop sign.

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5/19/2016 – 2:07 pm

What can local businesses do to detect fraud in their businesses? The Findlay Police Department has encountered many cases of fraud and criminal activity in area businesses over the years. Brian White with the Crime Prevention Division says that businesses encounter both external and internal fraud.

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External fraud, White says can include a whole range of issues from shoplifting, theft, overcharging for products and services, and cyber crimes. This also includes classic scams such as passing counterfeit bills and the quick-change scam.

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In addition to understanding the types of fraud and criminal activity, White says that when business owners, managers, and worker encounter criminal activity in the workplace, it’s best to proceed in a calm, quiet manner in order to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation.

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And if you should encounter criminal activity, contact law enforcement. White says that the Findlay Police routinely conducts training and workshops for people interested in learning more about fraud in the workplace, including samples of fraud cases. If anyone would like more information on how to detect fraud, contact the Findlay Police Department.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Lawmakers have introduced legislation to help Puerto Rico alleviate its massive debt crisis — including allowing employers to pay less than the minimum wage during a specific time period.

U.S. Treasury secretary Jack Lew said he was “disappointed” that the measure didn’t include some of the Obama administration’s proposals, but called the legislation “a positive step in the right direction.”

“We are pleased the bill reintroduced in the House last night includes restructuring tools for Puerto Rico that are comprehensive and workable,” he said in a statement today.

The U.S. territory has been mired in a recession and weighed down by $70 billion in public debt. The island is likely to default on $2 billion in debt due on July 1.

Yesterday, lawmakers reintroduced a bill in the House that would let Puerto Rico restructure all of its liabilities and provide no bailouts for any creditors, Lew notes.

The Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, or PROMESA, addresses various aspects of the island’s struggling labor market to make it easier for businesses to supposedly hire and keep workers.

For example, the bill says the Labor Department’s new increase in the salary threshold for overtime pay won’t apply in Puerto Rico. The bill also gives Puerto Rico’s governor the authority to designate a time period in which employers could pay newly employed workers below the minimum wage, if those workers are under 25 years old. Any move to lower the minimum wage must be approved by an oversight board and would not apply to current workers.

“We are disappointed the bill does not include our proposals to promote economic growth and provide a long-term Medicaid solution,” Lew said in a statement today. “Additionally, there remain extraneous provisions in the bill, such as those regarding labor standards, which will not help address Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. However, the bill represents a fair, but tough bipartisan compromise.”

Among the other contentious issues is the budgetary oversight board introduced in the bill. The board will be made up of seven people with three-year terms, but lawmakers are at odds over how the board would be appointed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A possible interest rate hike led to a down day on Wall Street Thursday. The Dow and S&P 500 are on track for a fourth consecutive losing week.

The Dow dropped 91.22 points (-0.52 percent) to close at 17,435.40.

The NASDAQ lost 26.59 points (-0.56 percent) to finish at 4,712.53.

The S&P fell 7.59 points (-0.37 percent) to close at 2,040.04, and Crude Oil fell .12 percent, ending the day at $48.66 a barrel.

Healthcare and industrial stocks contributed to the negative day.

Despite the red ink, Walmart was one of the stronger performers due in part to a strong earnings report. The world’s largest retailer had its biggest single-day jump in eight years.

Golfer Phil Mickelson will pay nearly $1 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission after making profit on an unfairly earned stock tip. Mickelson has not been accused of illegal activity but he has been named as a “relief defendant” in the case meaning he benefited from the wrongdoing.

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DigitalVision(NEW YORK) — When it comes to planning a wedding, forget something old and something blue. This year, it’s all about the something new.

More couples are finding ways to incorporate the latest technologies into their wedding day.

“Some people may say that using technology during your wedding day may make it a little bit impersonal. I would argue the opposite,” said Samantha Murphy Kelly, the Deputy Tech Editor for Mashable. “If you’re using in subtle or certain ways you can actually make it much more personal.”

Taylor and Samantha Sinclair had the ultimate, tricked out, high-tech wedding in California last June.

The couple won a contest thrown by The Knot and Mashable, which used every single digital detail they could dream up for the big day.

Drones flew overhead. Monitors tracked the bride and groom’s heart rates as they walked down the aisle. Go-pro cameras were tucked into the wedding bouquet to capture every step. They had robot bartenders and of course plenty of selfie sticks.

“Reading it on a list was not worrisome, but a little weird,” added Samantha. “It’s a little weird to read that there’s going to be robots at your wedding or drones flying everywhere.”

“You never know if that stuff is going to stick out, or if everyone is going to accept it,” added Taylor.

Michael Anderson, the CEO of the New York City-based 3-D printing company DOOB-3D USA, said more people are coming in asking for printed wedding cake toppers.

Hanley Smith and William Connell went to DOOB for a customized topper for their upcoming June wedding in Georgia.

“What we thought was really fun is their wedding toppers aren’t just wedding toppers, they’re actually us in whatever pose we wanted to pick, whatever we thought would most represent us as a couple,” Smith said. “We decided we wanted it to be a surprise, so when they walked by the couple they might be like [gasp] – ‘It’s them!’”

First the couple coordinated their pose, then they stepped into the 3-D scanner where they were photographed from every angle. Then the 3-D printer went to work.

“It’s a backyard barbeque wedding,” Smith said. “Obviously there will be a band and lights but it’s a real homey kind of wedding. I think bringing this technology into it just enhances the personalized nature of what a wedding should be.”

Another big wedding trend that’s taking off is drone photography. Photographer Brian Ozegovich said about 40 percent of the wedding he shoots want to use drones.

“When you see the footage of your catering hall from the air, and seeing your cocktail hour from the air, you’re able to see that wedding from a whole new angle,” he said. “And they have fun too because what we do is we interact the bride and the groom with the drones and the guests love it.”

Even the wedding dresses are going high-tech. Dress designer Rebecca Schoneveld created an app so brides could scroll through her entire collection and pick and choose features from different dresses to create their own custom designs.

“I just had an epiphany,” Schoneveld said. “What girl wouldn’t want to say, ‘I love the top of this dress, but I love the bottom of this dress and I really want a touch of pink somewhere in it,’ so sure, why not?”

The model in the app can be customized for brides as well, with options to change hairstyle, hair color, skin tone, among other things.

Of course, all of these high-tech features come at a price. A 3-D printed cake topper showing a replica of the bride and groom can cost over $400. Drones can run an extra $800, and Schoneveld’s custom bridal gowns can cost up to $5,000.

For couples looking for just a touch of tech to incorporate into their big day, while not tacking onto their budget, there are dozens of free sites and apps available to help with planning.

“Wed Happy is an app that lets you track all the many different tasks you have to do before the wedding date,” Kelly said. “It will ask you to put in your wedding date and through the many months ahead it will ask you if you’ve ordered invitations, hired an efficient, sort of where you are in process, the alerts and reminders are really great and keep you on track.”

There are also sites that offer wedding hashtag generators and registry help.

As for the Sinclairs, technology ended up playing a sentimental role in their ceremony. Samantha’s mother, who was suffering from cancer, wasn’t able to attend the wedding so the couple livestreamed the event for her so she could watch.

“My mom not being here was obviously the hardest thing about this wedding,” Samantha said. “But from the second I got her I was immediately relieved because I knew she could live in the moment as if she was here.”

The thoroughly modern affair turned out to be their fairytale ending.

“After seeing everything come together, I may not have picked everything but it was my dream wedding,” Samantha said.

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5/19/2016 – 12:03 pm

The director of Millstream Career Center was recently placed on paid administrative leave after coming to work under the influence of alcohol. The Courier reports that Chris Renn has taken vacation leave and an early retirement after having worked with Findlay City Schools for more than 30 years.

Renn was placed on administrative leave on April 21st after it was detected that he was under the influence of alcohol. After an investigation and a meeting with the Findlay Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, Renn was permitted to use his accrued leave until his retirement on June 30th.

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NASA/Greg Shirah(NEW YORK) — Evidence of powerful ancient tsunamis on Mars are lending new credibility to the idea the Red Planet was once home to a northern ocean.

Scientists have long believed ancient Mars had a northern ocean but had struggled to support the theory with evidence. A new study published in the journal Nature details how two mega tsunamis may have decimated the Martian coast billions of years ago, carrying with them sediment and reshaping the coastal terrain.

Using special mapping techniques, the team of scientists, who were led by J. Alexis Rodriguez of the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona, were able to detect a redistribution of sediment in the Martian northern lowlands, an area that has long been speculated to have been a prime location for an ocean, given the necessary climate conditions.

“If you have tsunamis, you need to have an ocean, so it provides evidence for an ocean,” Rodriguez told ABC News. “We identified two very different tsunamis. The first tsunami is rocky, the second is icy. They represent the climate change. … We believe that some of the icy tsunami material can give us evidence or information about the original chemistry of the oceans.”

The waves, which could have been triggered by a meteor impact, caused craters nearly 20 miles wide and would have generated waves ranging from 10 meters to as high as 120 meters, according to the study. It’s believed both events took place around 3.4 billion years ago, although several million years apart.

Scientists observed high water marks in two northern areas — Chryse Planitia and Arabia Terra — and noticed bright, rocky areas bordered dark, flat layers, suggesting the bright area was kicked up by the powerful tsunamis and wiped away parts of what was once a coastline.

While we think of Mars as a dry environment today, the second impact is believed to have occurred when the climate was much colder. Lobes of frozen debris were detected at the point where it is believed the second tsunami came rushing toward the Martian shore.

Rodriguez is now scouring for evidence of other tsunamis on Mars, according to the study. Finding isolated pockets of water could shed new light on places where life could have possibly been sustained on the Red Planet.

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