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    A man woke up to a lot of commotion in the lobby of a Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky, days ago, but when he realized that the “noise” was actually a stunning rendition of the national anthem, he made sure to have his camera rolling. >> Watch the video here >> On Rare.us: No players knelt during the Super Bowl national anthem Garrett Mager soon learned that the Kentucky State Choir Finals were to explain for all of the youthful voices collected in one place. He said that he witnessed a “proud #American moment tonight” when he heard the performance live, and it seems many others who watched Mager’s video agreed. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Not only has the video been shared more than 600,000 times since Wednesday, Feb. 7, it’s also been watched more than 24 million times. >> Read more trending news  “Had a proud #American moment tonight. Woke up in my hotel hearing a lot of noise outside in the lobby. I went out and found this. The Kentucky State Choir Finals schools are all staying at my hotel,” Mager wrote on Facebook. “They decided to sing the National Anthem together on every single floor. #Amazing.” The comments on Facebook were overwhelmingly positive, with many saying the performance brought tears to their eyes and gave them chills. >> On Rare.us: Pink nails National Anthem despite flu diagnosis Others echoed Mager’s thoughts, saying they were proud to be an American. WKYT reported that the performance is an annual tradition and that more than 650 students took part.
  • The 2018 Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma is a FREE three-day event for all homeowners, taking place July 27th-29th at Expo Square. Make plans now to take the whole family to the 10th annual Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma. Parking and admission are both FREE.  This FREE three-day extravaganza will feature nearly 300 exhibitors from throughout Green Country displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more.  One lucky attendee will even win $500 cash that will be given away each day of the show (no purchase necessary). Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann broadcast his live weekly radio show from 9:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday, July 28th on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG. JULY 27-29, 2018 The River Spirit Expo Center at Expo Square 4145 East 21st Street Tulsa, OK 74112 SHOW HOURS: Friday, July 27th: 12pm-8pm Saturday, July 28th: 10am-8pm Sunday, July 29th: 11am-5pm Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days?  Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com. SHOW OFFICE: Home & Garden Expo of Oklahoma C/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, OK 74129 (918) 523-2067 - show office (918) 493-5357 - show fax line
  • A tradition of playing Powerball together led a group of 10 North Carolina coworkers to a $200,000 lottery win. “We’ve been playing the Powerball every week for the last three years,” Ronald Lute of Lincolnton said. “We each pitch in $10 and get our tickets.” >> Read more trending news  On Jan. 20, Lute stopped by Bob’s Superette in Lincolnton and got tickets for him and his fellow Ethan Allen employees, WSOC reported. [PAST COVERAGE: Caldwell Co. woman wins lottery twice in one day] Dale Hedrick of Newton was the first one to realize they had a winning ticket. “I checked my phone Sunday morning,” Hedrick said. “I just kept looking at the numbers. I looked at them so many times, I memorized them.” Hedrick immediately called Lute to tell him, but he didn’t answer, so he called Anthony Rowe of Conover instead.  “I couldn’t believe we actually won something after playing all these years,” Rowe said. Eric Dellinger of Lincoln was the last to find out. He didn’t learn about the win until three days later.  “I was on vacation,” Dellinger explained. “I didn’t answer my phone because I thought it was work. I couldn’t believe it when I finally found out. It’s exciting.” Dennis Setzer Jr. of Sherrills Ford, Roger Smith from Lincoln, Matthew Hedrick from Catawba, Randy Jones from Lincolnton, Randy Heavner from Lincolnton and Johnny Moss from Newton are the other co-workers who won. The group claimed their prize Friday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh, WSOC reported. After required state and federal tax withholdings, they each took home $14,100. They all said they plan to save the money or use it to pay bills. The winning ticket beat odds of one in 913,129. It matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because the ticket had the $1 Power Play feature, the prize quadrupled to $200,000 when the 4X multiplier was drawn.
  • Two young girls from New Hampshire are using their musical talents to sell Girl Scout cookies. Lyla and Avery Holzapfel are 8 and 6 years-old. With the help of their parents, Brynne and Doug, they wrote a little ditty to make some sales, Boston25News reported. >> Read more trending news  And it's taken off. The video has several thousand views since it was posted on Tuesday.  Doug Holzapfel, a composer and producer, tells Boston 25 his family of seven recently moved back to New Hampshire after spending some time in Los Angeles, Boston25News reported. It appears creativity and talent runs in the family.
  • Imagine finding gold at the end of a rainbow — twice. That’s how lucky a Massachusetts couple has found themselves over the last few months. Robert Goodwin won a $1 million jackpot after scratching off a $5 instant lottery ticket, the Massachusetts State Lottery announced Monday. Anyone would be astonished at his good fortune, but for Goodwin and his wife, this wasn’t their first rodeo. Back in August, Jane Goodwin won a $1 million prize in the Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes. >> See the clip here Robert Goodwin is taking his winnings home in a lump sum, which will leave him with $650,000 in his pocket — definitely nothing to scoff at. The couple is planning on combining their earnings to buy a home in a retirement community. Their reason? “No more shoveling,” said Robert Goodwin. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Just last week, a New Jersey woman found out she’d be taking home a staggering $5 million after finally checking the numbers on a scratch-off lottery ticket she accidentally purchased two weeks ago. Oksana Zaharov, 46, meant to buy a $1 scratch-off ticket while she was shopping in New York City, but she was mistakenly issued a $10 one by the clerk instead. Even though she went ahead a bought it anyway, she waited a full two weeks to check it. “When the clerk handed me the wrong ticket I felt bad, so I decided to just go ahead and buy it,” she said on Tuesday, according to a Fox News report. “I actually used the ticket as a bookmark for a couple weeks before I decided to scratch it.” >> Read more trending news  She plans on setting her winnings aside for her children’s college plans, but before then, a family vacation to the Bahamas is on the horizon. “I never win anything,” Zaharov said. “I was sure the ticket was fake. It wasn’t until I brought it into the office that I knew it was for real.”
  • Many people are starting 2018 by watching a man chop cilantro. It's one of the first offbeat videos to go viral in the new year. >> Read more trending news  Rebecca Castañeda first posted the video on Snapchat. The video was taken at El Camino Real Mexican Food, her family’s California restaurant. She received such positive feedback that she decided to post it on Twitter as well. Castañeda said users find the video 'satisfying.' Whatever the reason, the video of Rogelio expertly chopping a massive amount of cilantro is a viral sensation, with over 4 million views so far.
  • The holidays are over and it’s time to get back in shape, but officials are warning consumers about potential gym membership scams. >> Read more trending news  In 2017, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office received about 140 complaints involving fitness or health club memberships. Top problem areas included cancellation and billing issues. Under Ohio’s Prepaid Entertainment Contracts Act, consumers generally have three business days to cancel a contract for gym memberships and other “health spa services,” martial arts training, dance studio lessons, or social referral services (such as a dating service). >> How to keep your New Year’s resolutions this time “This is a time when many people are thinking about joining a gym, and that can be a great way to get in shape. We just want consumers to understand what they’re signing up for,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. “A little bit of prevention can go a long way.” >> PHOTOS: Most controversial figures from 2017 DeWine’s tips for avoiding scams include the following: 1. Research the gym. Look for complaints on file with your local attorney general’s office or Better Business Bureau, and check online reviews for feedback from current or past customers. Pay attention to how a business addresses customer complaints. 2. Read contracts carefully. Make sure verbal agreements are put in writing. Otherwise, they are not guaranteed. 3. Watch out for extra fees. Determine the total cost of your membership. Find out if there are any extra fees for services like fitness classes or personal training. Also find out if payments will be withdrawn automatically from your account. 4. Check the cancellation policy. Understand what you would need to do to cancel your contract and how far in advance cancellations must be made. Many contracts renew automatically, so be sure to check the total length of the contract. 
  • A Texas couple has reached a remarkable milestone, celebrating their 80th wedding anniversary earlier this month. Lois and B.E. Thompson, both 98, have been through a lot together. B.E. is bedridden and in the latter stages of Alzheimer's disease, WFAA reported. The couple’s loving bond has only grown stronger since they were married in 1937. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  The Thompsons have four children, 17 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, WFAA reported.Lois told WFAA that what has kept them together for so long is always showing love to one another.While family gathered to mark the milestone anniversary, Lois mostly remained by her husband's bedside. When asked if love for someone can remain as strong as it was 80 years ago, Lois said, “I love him more. And I’m not ready to see the end.' 
  • A genealogical organization in New England has announced the launch of the world's first online gallery of Mayflower passenger descendants. The New England Historic Genealogical Society told The Associated Press that the goal is to document the approximately 30 million living descendants of Mayflower passengers and crew. >> Read more trending news MORE: New bill takes on Native American mascots in Mass. schools The website identifies 108 passengers and crew members known to have left descendants, allowing participants to locate their Pilgrim relative. Those who are a known descendant of a Pilgrim can post their story on the website. The new project will help mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's passage, which takes place in 2020, The Associated Press reported. MORE: Native Americans mark Thanksgiving with day of mourning The Associated Press contributed to this report
  • Braving the crowds on Black Friday may be the easiest part of holiday shopping. Shipping packages to gift receivers around the country can be a huge challenge – both in getting the gifts there in one piece and in keeping your budget under control. Here are 10 tips to help you ship your gifts: >> Read more trending news 1. Buy something you can mail easily This seems like you’re buying for you and not them, but odds are there is something on your recipient’s list that is easy to ship through the mail. Even with the right packing precautions, it’s always safer to buy items you know can survive a bumpy trip through the mail. Apparel, shoes and most toys are a safe bet. >> Start planning now for military holiday shipping deadlines 2. Know the rules The United States Postal Service has restrictions on what can be shipped, both internationally and domestically. Some things, such as ammunition, are completely prohibited, while other things, such as nail polish and perfumes, have restrictions. Find out more at usps.com/ship/shipping-restrictions.htm. >> These are the best gift cards of the 2017 holiday season 3. Pay attention to the box Make sure to use a new, sturdy box that’s a few inches larger than your gift on all sides to allow for plenty of packing materials. Using that box that’s been in the basement all year can result in your gifts cascading out at the wrong moment. The Postal Service estimates that a crease can reduce a box’s strength by as much as 70 percent. >> 10 tips for Black Friday shopping 4. Buy good packing material The Postal Service suggests using higher-performing cushioning materials made of polyethylene or polyurethane. Basic polystyrene cushioning can endure only one impact. Using stronger, but thinner cushioning is better because you can use a smaller box and save on shipping costs if the price is based on the package’s dimensions and weight. Newspaper is not a great choice because it flattens, but it’s good for wrapping fragile items and separating them from other items in the box. >> Oprah’s 2017 favorite things list is the ultimate holiday gift guide — Here are our 11 top picks 5. Shake it You want your packing job to result in a tight fit. Use at least 1 inch of cushioning around the item—top, bottom and all four sides — to fill in any air spaces. There should be very little movement when you shake the box. The key point is to keep the gift items as far away from the box’s walls as possible. When you have a very fragile item, use two boxes, and cushion around the inner box with at least 3 inches of packing peanuts. >> Too much Christmas music is bad for your health 6. Know your deadlines The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the Postal Service. These are the dates they recommend shipping items in the contiguous United States to make sure they arrive on time. USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 14 First Class Mail: Dec. 19 (Alaska Dec. 20; Hawaii Dec. 15) Priority Mail: Dec. 20 (Alaska Dec. 20; Hawaii Dec. 15) Priority Mail Express: Dec. 22 (Alaska Dec. 21; Hawaii Dec. 20) For more information on shipping to the rest of the world, visit www.usps.com/holiday. >> 7 tips for buying the best artificial Christmas tree this season 7. Flat-rate is your friend FedEx, UPS and the Postal Service all offer flat-rate boxes, meaning that you can pack as much as you can into a box and ship it for one price. However, these do come with some limits – for example, UPS and the USPS only allows up to 70 pounds, while FedEx only allows 50 pounds. >> PHOTOS: Rockefeller Center Plaza Christmas Tree arrives in New York 8. Look for deals Do a little shopping around before you ship. Some places, such as PostNet stores, will help you compare shipping prices. You can also do this online at sites such as Shipgooder.com. USPS, FedEx and UPS also have tools on their websites to estimate shipping costs. >> 10 ways to save money during the holidays 9. Avoid missed packages If you want to help your recipient avoid unwanted snooping from neighbors or children, consider sending the gift to their workplace. If it’s meant for kids, that’ll help keep it away from prying eyes. It will also help people from missing deliveries at home. Keep your tracking numbers handy so you can pinpoint the package’s destination and lets its recipients know when to look out for it. >> 10 holiday activities that don't have to involve eating 10. Consider insurance Santa’s delivery service isn’t always perfect, so it’s worth considering insurance on whatever you’re shipping. Ask your shipper about insurance or a declared-value option. The post office includes $100 of insurance in its Priority Mail Express shipping and offers options for declaring a higher value, for a fee. If your package ends up being damaged in transit, but the shipping company determines that you packed it improperly, or did not follow proper packing procedures, they may have grounds to deny your claim.