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Police officer appears to sleep in patrol car in viral photo

A photo circulating on social media appears to show a Memphis Police Department officer sleeping inside his patrol car.

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The photo was posted on Saturday, and several viewers sent it to WHBQ.

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Memphis police acknowledged the photo and issued the following statement:

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"The officer in question has been identified, and an administrative investigation is underway. This behavior will not be tolerated, and I can assure you that corrective actions will be taken," said Director Michael Rallings. "This type of behavior does not represent the hardworking men and women of the Memphis Police Department."

Truck driver behind viral anti-Trump bumper sticker adds one more

The Texas driver of a truck sporting a large anti-Trump window decal has made room for one more.

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As KHOU reported, the truck’s owner, Karen Fonseca, added a second decal to her truck, which reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TROY NEHLS AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.”

Nehls serves as the sheriff for Fort Bend County and earlier this month he posted a photo of Fonseca’s truck to Facebook in an effort to locate her to “discuss” the original “(EXPLETIVE) TRUMP AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM” decal with her. Of the decal, Nehls also said, “Our Prosecutor has informed us she would accept Disorderly Conduct charges regarding it, but I feel we could come to an agreement regarding a modification to it.”

Spirited commenters debated the legal basis of Nehls’ claim on Facebook, and eventually Nehls took the photo down. 

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported that Fonseca had been jailed on an outstanding warrant from 2014. Fonseca told KHOU that she believes her arrest is related to the decal. 

“People abuse the badge, and in my opinion, money talks. When you're in politics, people know how to work the system,” Fonseca told the station. “It’s hard to believe that a simple sticker could cause so much arousal. I have no regrets.” 

Commenting on her new bumper sticker, Nehls said he isn’t surprised and called the message “somewhat disgusting.”

This coffee riddle has baffled the internet – can you solve it?

You may want to have a cup of joe – or two – before you try to solve this viral puzzle that is baffling social media users.

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If you've checked Facebook or Twitter over the past few days, you've probably seen the image of four coffee cups under a maze of pipes, followed by the question, "Who gets coffee first?"

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Turns out, the puzzle is easier to solve than you may think.

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J. Crew apologizes after photo of black model with messy hair sparks controversy

J. Crew is facing criticism after a photo of one of its models and her seemingly unkempt hair surfaced online.

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The black woman, dressed in a Madewell dress, was photographed with her natural hair messily pulled back in a ponytail. But everyone wasn’t impressed with the look.

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One Twitter user took to the platform to express her disapproval. She uploaded the picture of the model with the caption, “J. Crew..... girl.... y’all wrong.”

Many seemed to agree with her sentiment, because the post soon went viral, racking up more than 11,000 retweets and 20,000 likes. 

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Several chimed in, accusing the fashion brand of prepping the model for the shoot without using the proper practices needed to style African-American hair. 

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Others, including the model, Marihenny Pasible, thought the look was in line with J. Crew’s relaxed and natural campaign.

Some challenged the critics, asking them to embrace the care-free look for all cultures.

>> On #BlackHairChallenge: A celebration of black hair on Twitter

After the barrage of comments, J. Crew released a statement on Twitter.

“J.Crew strives to represent every race, gender, and background. We sincerely apologize for the styling of this model and the offense that was caused,” the company wrote. 

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Sexual harassment at work can increase risk of eating disorders, drug use for women, study says

Workplace sexual harassment can be detrimental. In fact, those who experience it are more likely to suffer from depression, eating disorders and drug use, according to a new report.

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Researchers from the American Psychological Association recently conducted a study, published in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, to further explore how enduring sexual harassment can cause psychological harm.

To do so, they surveyed 2,000 Britons. They found that women are more likely than men to report the effects of sexual assault, which could include anxiety, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, post-traumatic stress and a lower level of overall happiness.

Although men may be at a higher risk for mental health issues after experiencing sexual harassment, women are also more likely to report incidents of it. 

Furthermore, researchers found men in the military are 10 times more like to endure sexual harassment, compared with civilian men. However, 81 percent of military men who are harassed keep quiet. 

“Sexual harassment in the workplace is a significant occupational health psychology problem,” APA President Antonio E. Puente said in a statement. “Psychological research has offered understanding into the causes of workplace harassment, as well as some strategies for preventing or reducing it. However, there is limited research regarding the characteristics of harassers, which makes it difficult to predict who will do it and where and when it might happen.”

While the APA acknowledges there is more research to do, it is encouraging organizations to be proactive by establishing policies that prohibit sexual harassment, raising employee awareness and creating reporting procedures.

“Psychology can help, in the form of sexual harassment training,” Puente said, “but it only works if it is part of a comprehensive, committed effort to combat the problem.”

Young hunter who mistakenly shot elk won't be able to keep its meat

A 14-year-old hunter from Missouri who shot an elk by mistake will not get to keep the meat, hide or antlers of the animal, conservation officials said.

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Abby Wilson, 14, shot the elk Saturday in Boone County, thinking it was a large white-tailed buck, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Her father, Donald White, immediately called the Conservation Department upon realizing his daughter's mistake.

Abby killed the bull elk with a single shot from a .243-caliber rifle, the News-Leader reported.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is refrigerating the elk carcass and may donate the meat to needy families. 

Abby’s story went viral Monday. Many posters on social media poked fun at her mistake, with one even suggesting that Abby should be jailed. 

Donald White was upset with the tone of many of the posts, suggesting that her daughter was being bullied and mocked.

"There's no sense in it, people doing that," he told the News-Leader. "Don't come at my daughter saying lock her away. Wow. If my daughter gets fined, I'll pay it and move on. So be it. We'll deal with it."

Facebook bans artist’s winter animal Christmas cards, labels them ‘adult items’

Facebook image processors may have taken the term “robin redbreast” a little too literally last month when they banned a Scottish artist’s animal-themed Christmas cards, saying the social media network doesn’t allow “the sale of adult items or services.”

Jackie Charley, an artist based in Hawick, Scotland, wrote on Oct. 27 that Facebook had blocked her Christmas cards from her online shop due to their “shameful, sexual nature.”

The cards in question boasted innocuous images of robins, deer and other wintry creatures.

“Please judge for yourself! (Can’t stop laughing!),” Charley wrote, “And if you’d like a pack of six at £5.99, plus postage and packaging, let me know.”

Commenters on Charley’s post also found themselves laughing.

“I think it’s the robin,” one woman joked. “He’s definitely got a ‘come hither’ glint in his eye.”

Some commenters wondered what the squirrel was doing with his nuts. Another had an opinion on the deer. 

“Yes, he’s a strapping buck; are his antlers too sexy?” the woman wrote. “Maybe I need to avert my eyes.”

Others did not find the ban as funny.

“Hilarious? More like frightening and sad,” one man wrote. “Meanwhile, you can post without any problems pics of your gun collections and racists can group together to share ‘ideas.’ I’ve reported so many pages, I’ve lost count.”

Charley assured her followers that they could find her Christmas cards and other work on her Etsy page, BothycraftStudio. As the story of the ban on her Facebook store went viral and made news across the globe, she found herself with new fans. 

“Big shout out and thanks to everyone who has liked my art page over the last few days,” she wrote on Monday. “Every little click is much appreciated.”

Many on Twitter also had opinions on Facebook’s reaction to the cards. 

“I’m so glad Facebook is there to protect us from this,” one man wrote alongside a link to a story from the Guardian. 

“Facebook can immediately ban a #robinredbreast Christmas card, but apparently is incapable of countering #fakenews to any meaningful extent whatsoever,” another wrote. 

Mashable reported Monday that Facebook had reversed the ban.

“Our team processes millions of images each week, and occasionally we incorrectly prohibit content, as happened here,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We approved Jackie’s post as soon as we became aware of our mistake, and are very sorry for the inconvenience caused.”

Walmart responds after video shows carts of food thrown out after tornado

Walmart responded Monday after a man accused the chain of wasting cartloads of food in a video that went viral on Facebook.

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Gary Joe Ahrns posted a video on Facebook last week showing dozens of shopping carts filled with deli meat, milk, butter, cakes and other foods sitting outside a Walmart in Celina, Ohio.

“They don’t let employees have it,” Ahrns says in the video. “They won’t sell it to anybody else. They’re throwing it away.”

(Warning: The below video contains language that may be offensive to some viewers. Discretion is advised.)

“People starving to death in the world… and they’re going to throw it all away,” Ahrns says in the video. “Good old U.S. of A, we’ve got so much stuff we can throw it away. … This is wrong, and you all know that this is wrong. This is terrible.”

The video was taken on Nov. 6, one day after a tornado knocked out power to the area for hours.

Walmart officials said in a post on the store’s Facebook page that the food wasn’t safe to eat, despite the fact that none of the foods had reached their expiration dates.

“The food being disposed of was unsafe for consumption after the store lost power for 14 hours,” officials said. “Per internal and health department policies, we followed proper procedures by disposing of the food.”

Eight people were injured when a pair of EF-2 tornadoes swept through Celina on Nov. 5, prompting the city’s mayor to declare a state of emergency, according to WHIO.

The storm caused heavy damage to buildings in the area.

“I’ve seen a lot of hard hit areas with storms, even as far as having relatives down in the hurricanes,” Mayor Jeffrey Hazel told WHIO. “I can say this is pretty tremendous damage in this area.”

Celina is about 120 miles north of Cincinnati.

Walmart cashier helps struggling man, says ‘we’ve forgotten how to love one another’

A Walmart customer said her “heart was warmed” during a recent visit.

Spring Bowlin stopped by a Clarksdale, Mississippi, Walmart on Nov. 9. As she was standing in line at the check-out, she noticed the older man in front of her struggling to pay.

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She said on Facebook, “He looks apologetically back at me and starts taking handfuls of change out of his pockets. He miscounts and starts to get flustered. Gives me a muttered, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Bowlin said the man’s voice and hands were shaking, and what the cashier did next made her smile.

She said, “The beautiful cashier takes his hands and dumps all the change on the counter and says, ‘This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together.’”

After the man left, Bowlin thanked the cashier for her patience. The woman told her, “You shouldn’t have to thank me, baby. What’s wrong with our world is we’ve forgotten how to love one another.’”

Bowlin shared a photo of the heartwarming moment on Facebook, saying, “I want to be more like her.”

4-year-old best friends believe they're twins, melt hearts: 'They don't see color'

A pair of 4-year-olds who are convinced they’re twins are stealing millions of hearts across the country.

Jia Sarnicola and Zuri Copeland of Miami met at school and became fast friends. Their June birthdays are days apart, and this year, they celebrated with a combined party. Now, they proudly proclaim they’re twins.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Biracial twins who went viral for their looks celebrate a very big milestone 

“They have very strong personalities and are both super outgoing, well-spoken, intelligent and not afraid to tell you what they want. They hit it off right away,” Jia’s mom, Ashley Riggs Sarnicola, told ABC News.

Zuri’s mom agreed.

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“It is unbelievable. They connected very well immediately,” mom Valencia Copeland said. “It was amazing how they’ve gelled together.”

Jia is blonde and white, and Zuri has black hair and is African-American.

“They don’t see color. We’ve never talked to them about it, period,” Sarnicola said.

Photos shared to Instagram show both girls’ families enjoying outings together, such as concerts and playdates.

On Facebook, Sarnicola shared a story about an incident that happened at a recent birthday party that proved the strength of the girls’ bond.

Sarnicola explained that Jia started crying because a little girl told her that she and Zuri weren’t really twins.

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Jia quickly told her, “You don’t know anything because we have the same birthday and the same soul,” Sarnicola wrote on Facebook. “When she said that, it took me aback. It was so sweet.”

Woman dying of cancer saved thanks to her ex-husband's new wife

A woman battling stage IV cancer is thanking her ex-husband’s new wife for helping her beat the disease.

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According to The Independent, doctors told Nicola Hitchen, 41, in March that there was nothing else they could do for her. The mother of two from England turned to a pioneering chemotherapy center in Turkey.

>> On HotTopics.TV: Photo of blended family goes viral

After five 10-day sessions, many of the tumors in Nicola’s body shrank significantly, The Mirror reports. But she was running out of money for treatment. The first round of treatment cost the equivalent of over $100,000.

That’s when her ex-husband’s wife, Clare Hitchen, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money.

“I feel this is not an option,” wrote Clare on a crowdfunding page. “The boys need their Mum and she deserves the chance to watch them grow into men and have their own families.”

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The family is hoping to raise an additional £50,000, or about $66,000, to pay for further treatments. So far, they’re about halfway to their goal.

“The support I’ve been given is phenomenal, not just from my family but from complete strangers, too,” Nicola told The Mirror.

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Women brawl over chicken McNuggets at drive through window

The video a Texas woman recorded of a brawl over chicken McNuggets at an Indiana McDonald’s is going viral.

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The fast-food battle royale happened about 2:30 a.m. Friday at a McDonald’s in Indianapolis when Monique McNeely was waiting for her food in the drive-through. She says that all she wanted was a coffee and a snack for her daughter.

McNeely said she had just placed her order when she saw the two women dive through the drive-through window.

"Then I started recording because I knew this was going to be an important video,” she told the Indianapolis Star.

McNeely, who was in Indiana with her daughter for a band competition, said that at some moments, she was a bit afraid, telling the Star:

“I was worried that they were going to see me. If you see the video, you can see me trying to hide behind the wheel. There was a point where I knew they saw me, but then they just got back in their car and drove off.”

She didn’t think too much about the incident and drove back to the hotel where she posted the videos on Facebook. But the next morning her phone refused to stop rumbling across the nightstand as people called and texted, trying to find out about her early-morning run-in with the McNugget maulers.

The manager at the restaurant told WISH-TV that the woman pulled up at the second window and argued that they ordered 10 McNuggets — not four as they were given. When he showed them the receipt, proving that they only ordered a four-piece, one of them leaped through the window and fists started flying.

The manager escaped the incident unscathed, but the women knocked over a pot of tea and broke the tablet register. It’s hard to make out exactly what’s going on in the videos, but you can clearly see the women climbing out the window and hurling threats at the workers inside.

At one point in the video, McNeely captured the license plate of the car that the women were driving. However, police have not announced any charges.

It is unclear how many McNuggets the suspects managed to get away with.

District investigating after school video mocking slavery goes viral

A senior at a high school in Washington state is upset about a video featuring her classmates that she says mocks slavery.

Michelle Boyd told KIRO7 she recorded the video this week at Lindbergh High School. For a school project, students performed a song  during which they changed the lyrics to a well-known nursery rhyme.

"Old MacDonald had a slave," the students sang. "E-I-E-I-O. And with that slave he worked all day. E-I-E-I-O."

Boyd explained why she found the video offensive. "I mean I don't think it was necessary for them to make a mockery out of it. Because people did die in slavery. They were raped and beaten and stuff like that. I don't think that is a joke at all," she said.

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Boyd confronted the students, but she claims they told her that the teacher gave them permission to perform the song.

Boyd showed the video to her mother, Charrita Tatum, who posted it on Facebook.

Tatum said she learned almost immediately she wasn't the only one who found the video offensive.

"Anytime there's a question, it should have just been nipped in the bud," Tatum said. "I do feel like the teacher's judgment call on this was absolutely incorrect."

"It's disturbing," Renton school district spokesman Randy Matheson told KIRO7. "It's inappropriate and it needs answers."

Matheson says with school out for Veterans Day, the teacher will have to answer for this Monday.

"A teacher should certainly know that checking with students to find out if it's OK is not the way you go about making sure something is appropriate in the classroom," Matheson said.

Michelle and her mother say they want the district to talk to the teacher and the students, three of whom are African-American, to make sure this doesn't happen again at Lindbergh or any other school.

A person named John Snarski on Facebook who claimed to write part of the song said the entire thing has been taken out of context and blown out of proportion. He also said he’s black and alleged Boyd was laughing during the performance.

5-year-old UPS fan gets special birthday gift

A 5-year-old boy in North Carolina received a special gift for his birthday.

James Walker dreams of being a UPS driver when he grows up. His mom, Lauren Walker, said he has formed a special bond with a driver on their route.

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Lauren Walker told ABC News that the driver, Kellie Martin, “never makes it to the door” before James meets her in the driveway.

She said the family lives in a “rural area,” so when he hears the truck, he rushes out to meet Martin.

Ever since the pair met about a year ago, James Walker has told his mom he wants to be a UPS driver as well so he can “travel the world delivering packages.”

When Martin heard about James’ dream, she submitted him for UPS’s Wishes Delivered campaign.

For his fifth birthday, he was given his very own mini truck, complete with a uniform.

Martin said, “He’s so in love with the truck and the job, I’m just along for the ride.”

Seahawks Michael Bennett stands during national anthem ahead of Veterans Day

Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett -- known for sitting during the national anthem -- stood before Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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According to an NFL sportscaster, Bennett told NBC that he stood for the anthem on Thursday to make it clear he supports the military. 

For months, Bennett has said he sits during games as a demonstration for equality, not because he doesn't respect people who have served. His father served 10 years in the U.S. Navy.

In September, a story about Bennett went viral when he shook hands with veterans on the side of the road outside the Seahawks practice facility. 

Dayna Mink Coats posted a photo of that encounter. She wrote on Facebook that when driving near the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton Sept. 26, she saw a parked car in the middle of the road. 

Coats said as she drove by the veterans and Bennett shaking hands, she became emotional. So she pulled over in tears.

“A few of the veterans came over to see if I was ok and behind them walked up Michael Bennett,” Coats wrote. “I was unprepared and not expecting this situation in my morning. But with eyes welled up with tears and speaking from my heart … I simply said, ‘Michael, I am so torn and I don’t know what to do. I don’t want to disrespect our country, our flag or my husband who’s in the military but I want to understand. I’m a big Seahawks fan and I don’t know what to do?’ He reached in and hugged me.”

They talked for nearly 20 minutes, and Bennett explained how he had family in the military too.

“The word unity was used several times and he admitted he didn’t know where to go from here. I do not know either,” Coats wrote. “Nor do I know what the correct answers are … but I do know, I am thankful for those veterans and thankful Michael stopped to talk with them … and inadvertently, me.” 

Zoo says it ‘cannot confirm or deny’ April the giraffe pregnant 

Seven months ago, April the giraffe made headlines as millions of people tuned in to watch her give birth to her fourth calf live via the internet. Now the viral sensation may be ready for another special delivery. 

Animal Adventure Park owner Jordan Patch appeared on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning to give fans an update on the mother and her son Tajiri, who was born April 15 at the park in Binghamton, New York. 

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When GMA hosts asked if there was another bun in the oven, Patch answered, “I cannot confirm nor deny the possibility of another pregnancy.” 

If she is indeed expecting, the caretaker also teased the likelihood of another livestream. 

Related: 14 fast facts about giraffes

“Are we ready for another giraffe cam, world? You tell me,” he laughed.

Millions of people around the world tuned into the much-anticipated live birth, which first started making headlines in February after YouTube briefly took the zoo's livestream down after animal activists complained the video violated policies against “nudity and sexual content.”

Related: World rejoices as April the giraffe finally gives birth

After the zoo urged commenters to voice their frustrations -- and thousands did -- YouTube restored the stream within an hour.

The zoo teased on a daily basis for weeks that April was close to giving birth, until Tajiri was finally born in mid-April.

On the morning of the delivery, more than 1.2 million people watched to help welcome April’s bundle of joy into the world. 

Why the flu shot worked less than half the time during last year’s flu season

As the temperatures drop, many are bundling up in coats and hats to stay warm and healthy. Folks are also getting their flu shots to ward off illness, but a new report reveals doctors are concerned about the strength of these vaccinations. 

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During the 2014-2015 season, flu vaccine effectiveness was just 19 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it rose to 47 percent during the 2015-2016 season.

While it worked 42 percent of the time last season, it was only 34 percent effective against H3N2, the viruses that were most prevalent last year. 

Why is that?

recent study by researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found the low performance was due to a mutation in the influenza A vaccine strain, which was likely caused by the egg-based manufacturing process most commonly used today to quickly produce large quantities of the vaccine. 

To determine these findings, analysts examined the seed strains, created in chicken eggs, that are distributed to vaccine makers. 

>> Related: 7 ways to stop the spread of the flu

When they aligned the strains of the vaccines with the circulating viruses, which can evolve over time, they noticed the mutation did not allow the antibodies in humans and animals to bind to the flu viruses. In other words, there was a mismatch between the current virus and current vaccine. 

“Influenza vaccine effectiveness can be low when there is a mismatch between vaccine strains and circulating strains,” the authors said. “Viral antigens included in influenza vaccines are routinely updated in an attempt to avoid antigenic mismatches.” But this isn’t always possible to dodge. 

Furthermore, when scientists compared egg-based vaccines with cell-based vaccines formed by insects or mammalian cells, they discovered both humans and animals with the cell-based vaccine responded significantly better to the circulating viruses. 

>> Related: Here is what you need to know about this year's flu vaccine

Scientists now have their eyes on the current season. “The 2017–2018 recommended H3N2 component is the same as 2016–2017,” the study read, which could unfortunately cause another mismatch. 

That’s why they hope to take on further investigations that “address whether egg-adapted mutations constitute another form of antigenic mismatch that alters vaccine effectiveness in other influenza virus seasons,” the authors said. 

But despite the recent findings, researchers noted last year’s vaccine wasn’t an overall fail. It prevented nearly 30 percent of hospitalizations, and it reduced outpatient visits by 42 percent. 

>> Related: What is the flu? 17 things to know about flu symptoms, flu shot side effects and more

Want to learn more about the experiment? Take a look here

Pet owners and fur babies can now snuggle in style with matching pajamas

Pet owners can now snuggle with their fur babies in style.

Thanks to fabdog, Inc., humans and their canine companions can spend their nights cuddling in matching pajamas.

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The company is offering four styles, each costing $50. But unfortunately, the warm attire has been sold out since they announced the line.

Products are expected to be back in stock on November 25, just in time for the holidays.

For those who just can’t wait, fabdog, Inc., also offers festive sweaters, coats and scarfs for pups.

Prankster dressed as Harry Potter plays Quidditch on streets of London

A man in London has gone viral for his wizarding abilities.

YouTuber and skateboarder Aviram Carmeli was spotted “playing Quidditch” on Nov. 1.

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Carmeli wrote on YouTube, “Training for the quidditch championships in the heart of London and outside of Hogwarts.”

This isn’t the first time Carmeli has pranked major cities.

He was also spotted in Tel Aviv riding a “magic carpet” while dressed as Aladdin.

He has also gone viral for his “Titanic” parody.

Watch: Robbery suspect hands out doughnuts after stealing cellphones, money

A robbery suspect in Houston, Texas, was caught passing out doughnuts before leaving the scene.

Crime Stoppers and the Houston Police Department’s Burglary and Theft Division are searching for three males who robbed a local doughnut store.

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The three men robbed a Shipley Do-Nut location on Oct. 16.

Authorities said one man “was holding a handgun” when he “jumped the counter and demanded money from the cash registers.” 

A second man took cellphones from customers before hopping the counter. He then took doughnuts from the display and handed them out to customers before fleeing the store.

Authorities are offering an award of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the three men.

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