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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- U.K. and Ireland KFC restaurant-goers have been disappointed in recent days, as 900 outlets in the countries were closed due to a shortage of chicken. The company first apologized on Saturday, citing growing pains with its new delivery partner, DHL.
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  • Montgomery County chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free(MONTGOMERY, Md.) -- Allison Wachen and her team of bakers crowd around the kitchen counter, juggling broken egg shells, flour bags and cans of cooking spray. They’re baking two, two-layer vanilla birthday cakes in her aunt's kitchen.No one is celebrating a birthday, though — at least not in her family.Wachen is baking them for "Birthday Cakes 4 Free," a non-profit organization that bakes birthday cakes for people — including children and seniors in different communities — who wouldn't otherwise have them.Wachen, 17, an avid baker who said she's always taken an active role in community service projects, was looking for a way to combine her passions when she read about the national charity organization while flipping through a magazine."I couldn’t even believe that people do not receive a birthday cake," said Wachen, co-founder and president of the Montgomery County, Maryland, chapter of Birthday Cakes 4 Free.It was a thought that didn't sit right with Wachen, so she founded a local chapter with her brother. Within two and a half years her chapter’s membership skyrocketed from two members to more than 400 members."I think people at first, since you're a youth and you're starting an organization, maybe assume you're not as organized," she said.Her 15-year-old brother, Robert, who will email with adult volunteers for months, added that grownups are always surprised when they finally meet him."I say, "Hi, my name is Robert. I'm the vice president.' [And] they'll go, 'Wait, you're a kid?'" Robert, the chapter's vice president of technology, said with a laugh."So I think that's a very humbling experience for me because they are taking me so seriously that they're not even considering my age; they're just looking at the organization and saying 'Wow, this is a legitimate organization and I want to help out,'" he added.The teenagers faced some difficulties early on like finding members to help bake and deliver the cakes and finding charities that were willing to accept them. Another challenge was that some of the volunteers were too young to drive and had no income to buy supplies.The group donates more than 100 cakes per month — and each cake container costs $1.50. That's more than $1,800 a year for the containers alone.In the past, the volunteers have asked for grants and held fundraisers like bake sales to cover the costs of the frosting, sprinkles and cake containers. Wachen said she believes her charity gains more credibility and legitimacy as more people personally see the impact and the sheer number of donated cakes."It's just such a basic thing but I think on your birthday, the whole idea of having a birthday cake and having the celebration with your friends and family...reaffirms that you really have a community supporting you, but it's also something just very special," said Wachen before heading out to decorate this month's cakes with her friends and other volunteers at the Potomac Community Center in Potomac, Maryland.Once a month, a dozen or so middle school and high school students get together to decorate the cakes at a local community center or at the home of one of their volunteers. Wachen said she always tries to make every cake as special as possible.It is for someone's birthday after all."I always tell our volunteers: 'Make this cake as if you were giving it to someone in your family,'" said Wachen.For those volunteers who can't make the cake decorating social, they have the option of baking and decorating the cake from their own home and dropping it off at Wachen's house. Wachen then collects the cakes and delivers them, with the aide of her mother's silver minivan, to 17 charities around the area.Those charities include homeless shelters and Boys and Girls clubs in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia region."A birthday cake, I mean, yes, it's delicious, but it's also so much more of a symbol that the community really cares abou
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  • JetBlue(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is offering free flights to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the families of the school shooting victims. The company, which has a corporate office in Orlando, said volunteers in its Family Assistance Center will book free air travel for victims' families, according to the Miami Herald. JetBlue will also provide access to free ground transportation with Lyft.JetBlue is also partnering with the Florida Panthers to hold a blood drive on Feb. 22.On its company blog, JetBlue wrote, “This week’s events are felt by all of our 21,000 crewmembers, many of whom live in, work from and travel through the Broward County area, home to our Focus City, Fort Lauderdale. We want to do our part to help the community, and support South Florida through this difficult time." Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • @NYPDTransit/Twitter(NEW YORK) -- A runaway dog wandering New York City's subway tracks created a hairy situation for transit officials and commuters Friday afternoon.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) issued a service alert around 3:15 p.m. ET announcing changes and delays to the F train "because of a dog on the tracks" at York Street station in Brooklyn. A and C train riders also experienced delays as transit workers and police spent an hour trying to search and rescue the lost pup.The dog, named Dakota, had escaped from a dog park in Brooklyn and somehow found its way onto the subway tracks, according to the New York City Transit Police Department. Police officers and transit workers eventually retrieved Dakota to safety.According to ABC station WABC-TV, the dog was discovered on the tracks at Bergen Street station, two stops downtown from York Street.Dakota was reunited with its owner, who took her beloved pup to the vet for a "minor injury," police said.Normal train service resumed about an hour later.
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  • Photodisc/Thinkstock(BRUSSELS) -- Facebook must stop tracking Belgian users who are surfing the web outside of the social network -- or face a fine of more than $300,000 a day, a Belgian court ruled.The court also ordered Facebook to delete data that it has already gathered from these users. If Facebook doesn't abide by this order, it will face a fine of $312,000 a day, the court ruled.Facebook “doesn’t sufficiently inform” clients about the data it gathers or explain what it does with the information, the Brussels Court of First Instance said in a statement, according to Bloomberg."Facebook can follow your surfing behavior without you realizing it, let alone want it, on the basis of those invisible pixels that Facebook has placed on more than 10,000 other websites," the court said.Facebook said it is “disappointed” with the verdict and plans to appeal, Facebook’s head of public policy for Europe, Richard Allan, told Bloomberg. “Over recent years, we have worked hard to help people understand how we use cookies to keep Facebook secure and show them relevant content,” he said."The cookies and pixels we use are industry-standard technologies. We require any business that uses our technologies to provide clear notice to end-users, and we give people the right to opt-out of having data collected on sites and apps off Facebook being used for ads."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PARKLAND, Fla.) -- After the third deadliest school shooting in U.S. history Wednesday afternoon in Florida, a number of people and organizations have found ways to extend a hand to the affected Florida communities, including GoFundMe campaigns that state officials vow to shield from any would-be scammers.“If you think you’re going to scam people during this tragedy, you’re not,” state Attorney General Pam Bondi reportedly warned this week.The Broward Education Foundation, which raises money for the public school system, has set up a GoFundMe page.GoFundMe has removed campaigns with no direct connection to the victims in the shooting or their families, spokesman Bobby Whithorne told ABC News via email.The Broward County Sheriff's Office Thursday tweeted that there have been "several fraudulent @gofundme accounts" created and posted a link to the correct one.GoFundMe’s Whithorne said, "We guarantee the money raised by those campaigns will be transferred to the right person.”“We will continue to monitor the platform and will stay in close touch with Florida officials.”Meanwhile, Premier Family Health and Wellness, a health care center in Wellington, Florida, is hosting a blood drive on Friday until 4 p.m., according to a news release.Ryan Mackman, the center’s business administrator, is a friend and former classmate of Aaron Feis, the football coach who was among the 17 people killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the news release said.One Blood, a Florida-based blood center, Wednesday night delivered additional blood to the Broward Health North Hospital, which treated massacre victims.One Blood said in a news release it is especially interested in donations of O-negative blood, which is the universal type and primarily used to treat trauma patients.Public Good, an online organization that partners with reputable nonprofits to distribute various donations, is collating trustworthy sites.
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