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‘Office’ actress Angela Kinsey tells why her character loved cats

Actress Angela Kinsey played a cat lover on the beloved NBC sitcom “The Office.” Turns out it wasn’t all an act.

She also deeply cares about cat health and care in her everyday life.

Her character, Angela Martin, originally wasn’t supposed to be cat-obsessive, but it felt organic to Kinsey.

“When I auditioned … my character was described to me as sort of the judge-y lady in the corner,” she told Fox News. “And in the pilot episode our director, Ken Kwapis, asked me if I would pass out papers in the background because we were all each other’s background.”

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“I’d been doodling on a Post-It note. I’d drawn a little picture of a cat and I wrote ‘You’re invited to Sprinkles’ first birthday party, 4 p.m. in the parking lot.”

The actress added: “I’d just sort of made up for myself that I found a cat in the parking lot and adopted it and I passed [it] out to everyone. And then Jenna [Fischer] as Pam improvised a line off of that Post-It note and Sprinkles made it into the pilot, and I think the writers just were like, ‘Yes.’ And they just ran with it.”

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Pictured from left: Catherine Tate as Nellie Bertram, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly Halpert, Leslie David Baker as Stanley Hudson, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance, Creed Bratton as Creed Bratton (Chris Haston/NBC)

Her ”Office” co-star,Kate Flannery will be hitting the stage this fall on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” but Kinsey insisted she doesn’t need any advice.

“I cannot wait,” she said. “I told her I said. ‘You have to get me tickets; I have to come to a taping. I have to.'”

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“She is so talented,” Kinsey said. “I think a lot of people might not know this about Kate but she’s an amazing performer-entertainer. She’s been touring with [actor] Jane Lynch. They have a whole Christmas album and just like a big band. And she’s phenomenal. So I can’t wait.”

But Kinsey “would never ever” be part of the celebrity cast. “I love watching ‘Dancing With the Stars, but no one needs to see me dance,” she joked.

The “Haters Back Off” star is currently working with Royal Canin to promote cat health and encourage owners to take their pets to the vet.

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Angela Kinsey teamed up with Royal Canin, a leader in pet nutrition, for National You’re your Cat to the Vet Day.  (Michael Simon/StartraksPhoto.com)

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She’s also an advocate for pet adoption but advised about choosing the right type of pet, depending on your lifestyle and where you live.

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Andrew Yang proposes ‘giant space mirrors’ to tackle climate change

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s climate plan aims to get the U.S. to net-zero carbon emissions with a range of new initiatives — including investing in major geoengineering projects like giant mirrors in space.

Like many of his fellow Democratic presidential candidates, Yang has proposed using a wide range of tools to ramp up renewable energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, establish new standards on emissions for buildings, cars and the entire electric grid, and boost nuclear energy capacity.

However, his 20-year, $4.87 trillion climate plan differs in one way, and that’s in terms of geoengineering — the notion that humans should take deliberate and large-scale action concerning climate in order to stop or slow down the planet’s warming. Yang’s plan would provide $800 million to NASA, the Department of Defense and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to research geoengineering, which includes investigating “giant foldable space mirrors” as an emergency measure of last resort.

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Businessman Andrew Yang addresses the South Carolina Democratic Party convention, Saturday, June 22, in Columbia, S.C.. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

“Space mirrors would involve launching giant foldable mirrors into space that would deploy and reflect much of the sun’s light [away from the planet]. This method would be extremely expensive, which is why it should be investigated as a last resort. However, since we would be able to “undo” the mirror after deployment if needed, it’s less permanent,” Yang has written.

The entrepreneur proposed that America become a global leader in green technology.

“We’re the most entrepreneurial country in the history of the world. It’s time to activate the American imagination and work ethic to provide the innovation and technology that will power the rest of the world,” Yang wrote.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has proposed a wide-ranging plan to tackle climate change. (Yang2020.com)

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Although most mainstream climate plans proposed by Democratic presidential candidates have a technology investment component, one expert urged a bit of caution.

“I think that he’s essentially on the right track to focus on science and technology, but I think that his faith in technology may be a little bit misplaced,” Steven Cohen, director of the research program on sustainability policy and management at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, told The Verge.

“It’s one thing to do the research … but another thing to count on it to save the world.”

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Concussions in NFL players linked to erectile dysfunction, Harvard study says

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Former NFL players who have experienced head injuries — namely concussions — may be more likely to also experience low testosterone and erectile dysfunction (ED), a new Harvard study found.

The study, published in the JAMA Neurology Monday, was based on a survey of more than 3,400 NFL players —  which researchers with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School noted represents “the largest study cohort of former professional football players to date.”

The survey was conducted between 2015 and 2017, according to a news release regarding the findings.

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For the survey, “participants were asked to report how often blows to the head or neck caused them to feel dizzy, nauseated or disoriented, or to experience headaches, loss of consciousness or vision disturbances— all markers of concussion. Responders were grouped in four categories by number of concussive symptoms,” researchers explained.

“Next, the former players were asked whether a clinician had recommended medication for either low testosterone or ED, and whether they were currently taking such medications.”

By the end, researchers found those who reported the most concussion symptoms were two-and-a-half times more likely to say they were either recommended to take, or are currently taking, medication for low testosterone compared to those who reported the fewest symptoms. Similarly, those who reported the most concussion symptoms were roughly two times more likely to say the same about ED medication.

“Notably, even former players with relatively few concussion symptoms had an elevated risk for low testosterone, a finding that suggests there may be no safe threshold for head trauma,” the researchers added.

“Former players with ED may be relieved to know that concussions sustained during their NFL careers may be contributing to a condition that is both common and treatable.”

— Rachel Grashow, the study’s lead author

Overall, 18 percent of participants reported low testosterone, while 23 percent reported ED. About 10 percent said they experienced both.

Though the findings are observational and do not prove a definitive link between head trauma and ED, the results “do reveal an intriguing and powerful link between history of concussions and hormonal and sexual dysfunction, regardless of player age,” the researchers said.

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“Notably, the ED risk persisted even when researchers accounted for other possible causes such as diabetes, heart disease or sleep apnea, for example. Taken together, these findings warrant further study to tease out the precise mechanism behind it,” they noted.

Injury to the pituitary gland — a small organ at the base of the brain that’s responsible for hormone production — could affect testosterone levels and ED, researchers said of a possible explanation.

“Former players with ED may be relieved to know that concussions sustained during their NFL careers may be contributing to a condition that is both common and treatable,” Rachel Grashow, a researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, said in a statement.

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James Roberts: Trump and the G-7 minefield – Successful fight against progressive agenda will bring rewards

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President Trump successfully navigated the minefields laid for him at last weekend’s G-7 summit in France. It wasn’t easy, but in the process he pushed back against the progressive agenda in ways that will benefit him politically.

Progressive European Union bureaucrats use various techniques trying to keep the EU together and keep taxpayer money flowing to Brussels. One of their favorite ploys is to propose big government solutions to huge problems – such as climate change or inequality – that will never be completely eliminated.

Such proposals translate into lifetime job security for the bureaucrats and lucrative government contracts for their “woke” corporate cronies. Bureaucrats in the U.S. government do the same thing.

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In this context, it was no surprise to see French President Emmanuel Macron harp about the fires in the Amazon in the weeks leading up to the G-7. Macron started a bitter personal feud with Brazil’s new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro.

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Bolsonaro, for all his faults (he has been called the “Trump of Brazil”), represents the same disruptive threat to the international progressive agenda that Trump does.

If the issue were really environmental policy, Macron and previous European leaders would have piped up long before now. After all, AccuWeather reports that fires during the dry season in the Amazon Basin have been just as bad, or worse, in seven of the last 17 years (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2016).

Moreover, The New York Times reports that “most of the fires [in the Brazilian Amazon Basin] are burning on agricultural land where the forest had already been cleared.”

Unfortunately, many of these fires were set by farmers to fertilize their fields. It’s an ancient, primitive, and backward Third World farming technique, to be sure. But it is not the destruction of virgin rain forest.

There are also fires being set by peasant farmers in Bolivia’s Amazon Basin so that they may take advantage of jungle land given to them by leftist Bolivian President Evo Morales as part of his ongoing wealth re-distribution schemes.

Funny though, we heard plenty about the “villainous” Bolsonaro at the G-7, but nary a peep about Morales.

In any case, all of these facts didn’t stop the climate change lobby and its mainstream media cheerleaders from whipping up some hysteria about Bolsonaro’s supposed war on the environment.

The fact that these attacks came in the run-up to the G-7 gave away the game: the real target was President Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement. In this case, Bolsonaro was just a proxy for Trump.

And who stands to gain from that Paris agreement? Well, France does, for starters. Where better to establish a gigantic public sector clearinghouse to supervise the sale to fossil fuel sinners of carbon indulgences? And who would staff that huge secretariat? You guessed it:  French bureaucrats with lifetime job security.

No wonder Macron took the lead on putting climate on the G-7 agenda.

Trump was right to push back against climate and the other “niche” agenda items (as the White House described them) and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions.

Macron also pulled the last-minute dirty trick of inviting the Iranian foreign minister to the G-7 meeting to embarrass Trump. The French and the Germans are still angry about Trump pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal that they and President Barack Obama signed.

The U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran by Trump have made it difficult for the Europeans to sell their high-tech manufactured goods to the brutal regime in Tehran. Apparently they are not much bothered by Iran posing an existential threat to Israel. After all, there’s money to be made selling to Iran.

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Trump was right to push back against climate and the other “niche” agenda items (as the White House described them) and insist that the G-7 leaders focus on the big economic policy questions. That necessary and useful discussion to coordinate economic policies at the G-7 took place under the large shadow cast by China.

President Trump has reasserted American leadership in the world, most especially by taking on the increasingly aggressive and predatory actions of China under President Xi Jinping that have upended the global trading system.

China has also committed other “deadly sins” (as White House trade adviser Peter Navarro would say), including the theft of intellectual property, forced tech transfers and cyberwarfare.

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And China’s actions affect not just the United States but market-based democracies all over the world. The other G-7 leaders were probably privately delighted that the U.S. has finally taken the lead in confronting Beijing.

It’s lonely at the top, as President Trump was reminded yet again at another summit. But it’s a fight worth fighting, for America and for the free world.

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Bangladesh court rules to drop ‘virgin’ question on marriage forms

Bangladesh’s top court has ruled that women in the Muslim-majority country will no longer have to declare whether they are virgins on their marriage registration forms — a decision women’s rights groups say is a step in the right direction toward gender equality. 

The high court ruled Sunday that “virgin” – or “kumari” in Bengali – will be replaced with “unmarried.”

The two other options on the form, “divorced” and “widow,” will remain.

Women’s rights groups have long argued that the word “virgin,” which has been used on marriage certificates since 1961, was humiliating, restrictive and discriminatory.

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Lawyers for the group who filed the case in 2014 also argued the word breached a woman’s privacy and fundamental rights.

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Bangladesh’s high court (pictured) ruled Sunday that the word “virgin” will be replaced with “unmarried.”  (Google Maps)

Under Bangladesh’s laws, a bride, sometimes a very young girl, had to select from one of three options on the form.

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Separately, the high court also ruled that grooms will now have to disclose their marital status, according to the BBC.

A full version of the verdict is expected to be released sometime in mid-October.

Bangladeshi lawyer and civil rights activist Nahar Kumrun hailed the decision as an “historic” one, telling CNN: “As far as our constitution is concerned, men and women are equal, but in practice, for example, in these marriage forms, that is not the case.”

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Registrar Mohammad Ali Akbar Sarker told Reuters he is waiting for the Ministry of Law and Justice to officially inform him about the changes to the form.

“I have conducted many marriages in Dhaka and I have often been asked why men have the liberty to not disclose their status but women don’t,” he said. “I always told them this wasn’t in my hands.”

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‘Love Island’ star Theo Campbell reveals he lost sight in his eye after champagne cork accident

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“Love Island” star Theo Campbell has revealed he has gone blind in his right eye after being hit by a champagne cork.

The reality star, 28,  – who broke the news today – was rushed to hospital while on holiday in Ibiza and underwent two rounds of surgery after his eye “split in half.”

Sharing an image of himself with an eye patch on, while lying with girlfriend Kaz Crossley, he told fans today: “Thanks for all the messages and support I’ve got over the last couple days they’re all very much appreciated.

“So yeah basically 2 eye surgeries later after a really unfortunate accident, I’ve lost all vision in my right eye as it got split in half, who would have thought a champagne cork would be the end of me..”

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He added: “But I still have 1 eye left, looking at the bright side of things. Thanks for flying out to look after me as well babe.

“If anyone knows where sells cool eye patches let me know :). #captinhook #thor #fettywap.”

A source told OK! online: “Theo was on holiday in Ibiza enjoying himself when someone popped a bottle of Champagne and the cork flew into his eye.

“People were screaming when they realized what happened and saw the state of his eye. One of the guys said it looked like his eye had exploded.

“Theo was taken to hospital and we haven’t heard from him since. Kaz flew out to see him and will be staying with him until he’s able to leave and go back to England.”

Just two days ago Theo shared a picture of himself partying in Ibiza alongside Wayne Lineker at O Beach, on champagne Veuve Clicot’s table.

Theo was inundated with messages of support from his friends, including “Love Island” host Caroline Flack, who wrote:  “Send Love xxx.”

Georgia Harrison commented: “Love you more than anything in the world. Nothing will hold you back I promise xxxxxxxx.”

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Marcel Somerville, who was on the show with him, wrote: “Ah bro sorry to hear this news, everything will be bless g, mad things happen in life but we roll with the punches. Mans jus got a new niche fashion accessory to rock.”

And Laura Anderson added: “Omg! This is insane. Hopefully see you both soon. Glad @kazcrossley is there to look after you. Story to tell the grand kids hey.”

Kaz – who also found fame on “Love Island” – flew out to Ibiza to be by his side after they started dating earlier this year.

The couple went public in May of this year after spending time filming together in Thailand and have been inseparable ever since.

Kaz split from Josh Denzel in January – and Theo’s been mostly single since getting together with Tyla Carr in the “Love Island” villa.

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Before going on “Love Island” in 2017, Theo –  who is from Bath – was a 400-meter sprinter.

This article originally appeared in The Sun.

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Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits

The ruling Monday ordering Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to clean up Oklahoma’s opioid crisis could impact similar lawsuits seeking to hold the drug industry accountable for overdose deaths across the country.

And the impact could be felt rather quickly.

A federal judge in Ohio is presiding over 1,500 opioid lawsuits brought by state, local and tribal governments, with the first two set for trial in October. The plaintiffs in those two cases are Ohio counties.

The Oklahoma verdict could put more pressure on Johnson & Johnson and the other drug industry defendants in those cases to settle while bolstering the claims of plaintiffs.

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“Today’s ruling holding Johnson & Johnson liable for Oklahoma’s opioid epidemic serves as another milestone amid the mounting evidence against the opioid pharmaceutical industry who we allege started, fueled and conspired to create the largest public health crisis of our time,” said lead plaintiffs’ attorney Paul Farrell.

Oklahoma convinced the judge that Johnson & Johnson misled consumers about the risks of opioids creating a public nuisance — one of the claims being advanced in the Ohio litigation.

But Jennifer Braceras, director of the Independent Women’s Forum Center for Law & Liberty, said the Oklahoma verdict distorts public nuisance law beyond recognition.

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Judge Thad Balkman arrives to give his decision in the Opioid Lawsuit in Norman, Okla., Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Balkman found Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries helped fuel the state’s opioid drug crisis and ordered the consumer products giant to pay $572 million to help abate the problem in the coming years. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, Pool)

Judge Thad Balkman’s decision “puts manufacturers of all lawful, but politically unpopular, products at risk,” she said.

Echoing her view was Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform, who said if the decision wasn’t reversed “almost any industry could be the target of large-scale litigation.”

The deluge of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers, marketers and distributors has been fueled by an epidemic that has killed more than 400,000 people across the U.S. since 2000, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control(CDC).

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Last year more than 67,000 drug overdose deaths were reported. In 2017, the number of drug overdose deaths was more than 70,000.

More than 6,000 Oklahomans died from opioid abuse in the past two decades, according to reports.

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“Johnson & Johnson was the kingpin behind the nation’s opioid crisis,” Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said after the verdict.

He said the judge’s ruling was still a victory, even though the judgment amount was much less than the $17 billion the state wanted.

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Johnson & Johson “did not cause the opioid crisis in Oklahoma, and neither the facts nor the law support this outcome,” company lawyer Michael Ullman said. He vowed an appeal.

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Oklahoma reached a $270 million deal with Perdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and an $85 million settlement with Teva, both of which faced criticism from state lawmakers, who argued the companies have control over dispersing funds. The Purdue settlement calls for about $200 million to go into a trust to fund an addiction studies center at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jennifer Lopez was warned that ‘American Idol’ could kill her career

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Jennifer Lopez says that she was warned joining “American Idol” as a judge could be the death knell to her career.

The 50-year-old quadruple threat (singer-dancer-actress-producer) signed on as lead judge of the music competition series in 2011, during her marriage to Marc Anthony, despite urging from those around her not to do it.

“I had the kids and wasn’t being offered a whole bunch of stuff,” Lopez told Variety of her workload at the time. “I really concentrated on my marriage. I was going around with Marc. I went on two or three tours with him.”

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Lopez hoped that doing the show would display her character, which she felt had been unfairly maligned in the press following her 2002 ill-fated romance with Ben Affleck — and the focus on her infamous derriere.

“It’s probably what kids deal with, with social media now,” she said, “like ‘Everybody hates me.’ No, everybody doesn’t hate you. It’s just a few people writing a few things.”

J.Lo noted that directors actually commented on her rear in front of her, which she understandably found frustrating. “They would never say to a guy, ‘Your d—k is really big,” she said.

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“American Idol” was a breath of fresh air for Lopez, as well as a guaranteed steady gig, which was a relief at the time, as she says her record label was undergoing management shifts that had potential to put her singing career in jeopardy.

“It was a big turning point in my career. Everybody was like, ‘Don’t do this. Your career will be over, and they won’t offer you any movies. They’ll think you’re a joke as an artist,’” Lopez recalled. “And I was like, ‘The truth is, I’m not getting offered a whole bunch of movies, so what are they not going to offer me?’”

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The “Hustlers” star was happy to improve her reputation through “Idol” and counteract stories of a vicious diva attitude who didn’t know how to carry a tune — all of which ended up being proven untrue during her tenure on the series.

“You can’t hide on reality TV,” she explained. “And they got to see I was a real, caring person who was actually nice.”

Another benefit to being watched by millions weekly: “I don’t think I had been taken as seriously up until then for what I knew about music. Even though I had several hit albums, I think they put me in this ‘pretty pop’ category.”

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After the show, Lopez released her biggest dance hit, “On the Floor,” in 2015 and went on to executive produce “World of Dance” and star in “Shades of Blue” and her own Las Vegas residency.

“Everything changed,” Lopez says of her post-“Idol” career. Except it actually changed for the better.

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Legoland guests stuck 30 feet in air in sweltering heat for 40 minutes

Everything was apparently not awesome at Legoland.

A family claims that a roller coaster got stuck while they were riding it, stranding them 30 feet in the air for about 40 minutes with no shade to protect them from the nearly 90-degree heat.

Danielle Hollins was riding The Dragon when the coaster came to a stop mid-ride, The Sun reports. According to her, this was after seven other rides broke down that same day, which caused longer than normal lines on the working attractions. The family theme park is located in Windsor, Berkshire in England.

After reportedly waiting in line for almost two hours only to have it break down, Hollins says her family was given “priority passes,” which they took to The Dragon.

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A family claims that a roller coaster got stuck while they were riding it, stranding them 30 feet in the air for about 40 minutes. Worst of all, there was no shade to protect them from the nearly 90-degree heat. (Caters News Agency)

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“But just as we got to the top, the ride stopped leaving all of us stuck,” Hollins told The Sun. “It wasn’t just us, there were lots of other small children. They had to escort us all down in twos or threes which was really scary. All the staff had safety harnesses but we had nothing.”

Hollins claims that she and other riders were stuck for more than 40 minutes in the sweltering heat. When she and her family were finally off the ride, she claims, Legoland offered them more priority passes.

“At the very least I think we deserve a refund for the four of us who paid $73 each,” she told The Sun. “My partner complained to customer services and they kept blaming the hot weather. It was forecast so they could have been more prepared.”

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In a statement obtained by Fox News, a spokesperson for Legoland said, “We want everyone to always have the best possible experience with us and are sorry to hear some people experienced discomfort caused by the stoppage on the Dragon roller coaster on Sunday.”

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“Unfortunately, over the course of any day at the Park, rides may stop due to technical issues or guest actions,” the statement continues, “and on the few occasions like this, where an evacuation is required, our only priority is to assist guests from our rides safely – and to do this as quickly possible. Our staff are highly trained on these procedures and at no point were any guests at risk.”

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“In this case, the first guests left the ride within 15 minutes and everyone was off within 40 minutes,” the statement concludes. “We also communicated and reassured guests throughout the process including providing bottled water. Once off the ride guests were taken care of by our team until they were happy to get back to enjoying their day, and were provided with two fast track access passes for rides of their choice.”

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Beto blames U.S. for drought in Guatemala, says God and nature had nothing to do with it

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2020 presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke blamed the United States for the drought in Guatemala and claimed America’s harmful environmental emissions are spreading destruction throughout the world.

O’Rourke was speaking with Texas voters Monday at a small rally and said the drought in Guatemala was not caused by “God, nor by mother nature,” but climate deniers and citizens who generate large carbon emissions. He also blamed America for helping cause civil war in Central America.

“The people of Honduras, and Guatemala, and El Salvador – reduce violence in their home communities, violence which we are somewhat to blame for – the civil wars we’ve been involved in, the drug trade that we’ve facilitated, the war on drugs that has militarized and hollowed out their civic institutions in their home countries,” the failed 2018 Senate candidate began.

“And Guatemala, suffering one of the greatest droughts in their recorded history, caused not be God nor by mother nature, but by you and me and all of us and our emissions and our excesses and our inaction in the face of the facts, and the science, and the truth.”

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O’Rourke previously stated in June that the world had only 10 years left to address climate change and wean off fossil fuels before it was too late. He also said climate change could lead to the extinction of the human race in March.

“The clock is ticking,” O’Rourke said during an episode of “Pod Save America.” “The scientists tell us that there are roughly ten years left to us to free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuel, to make sure that every single one of us is doing our part, that we’re fortifying those communities — very often lower-income and communities of color.”

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“If I think about the single greatest threat that we face, it’s the fact that this climate is changing,” he added.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report

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