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When is the best/worst time to leave if you are traveling for Thanksgiving? Here’s what Google says

If you are traveling this holiday weekend you have probably already mapped out your route, but do you know the best time to leave so you can avoid the Thanksgiving rush?

With Thanksgiving being the most traveled holiday of the year, at times it can feel like everyone who is traveling is in front of you as you sit in slow-moving traffic.So, when is the best time to leave to get a jump on traffic in your area? Google’s here to help. The search engine has designed a chart based on travel data collected during last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. It used the information to determine the best times to leave certain metropolitan areas to avoid the heaviest traffic.

Here are the best and the worst times to travel from major U.S. cities for Thanksgiving.

  • Atlanta – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Boston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Charlotte – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Chicago – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Cleveland – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Dallas – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Denver – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Detroit – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Houston – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Los Angeles – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Miami – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Minneapolis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • New York – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Orlando – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Philadelphia – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Phoenix – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday
  • Pittsburgh – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Portland – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Raleigh – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Sacramento – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • San Francisco – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Seattle – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • St. Louis – Best: 5 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Tampa – Best: 4 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 4 p.m. Wednesday
  • Washington DC – Best: 3 a.m. Wednesday; Worst: 3 p.m. Wednesday

Teen to spend most of his life behind bars in murder of young father

An Oklahoma teenager was sentenced to up to life in prison Tuesday morning after a jury convicted him of first degree murder and other charges earlier this month in the shooting death of a Tulsa father last year.

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Convicted killer Emmitt Sam, is now 18, but he was 17 at the time of the June 2016 carjacking that left 27-year-old Jonathan Stephens dead.

A jury convicted Sam of robbing a Broken Arrow couple, stealing their car and carjacking another couple in east Tulsa before killing Stephens near his front door.

His alleged, Nathan Simmons, will go on trial in January.

Following Sam’s conviction, the jury held another hearing in order to recommend life in prison for the teen. Because he was a minor at the time of the crime, the recommendation required an additional hearing.

At a formal sentencing hearing Tuesday morning, the judge upheld the jury’s recommendation: a 45 to life prison sentence for the murder charge, plus 17 years for each robbery conviction.

A total of 62 years in prison with an 85 percent mandatory serving time means Sam will be at least 70 before he can request parole.

Stephens’ mother, who planned to be in court for all testimony, wants to keep her son’s memory alive. She said Stephens was a great father to his young daughter, a loving son and a person with a smile always on his face.

>> Related: Judge gives life sentence for teen who killed Tulsa father

Stephens' family is working to pay for a final resting place for him in a special plot near his family.

Those who would like to help can visit their GoFundMe page.

Cyber Monday - By the Numbers

Cyber Monday - By the Numbers

Report: Gwyneth Paltrow engaged to TV exec Brad Falchuk after years of dating

Gwyneth Paltrow’s boyfriend of three years, Brad Falchuk, has proposed to his actress girlfriend, Us Weekly reports.

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Citing multiple unnamed sources, the publication reported the engagement was more a matter of when than if.

“They both knew it would happen, but it wasn’t a big thing to them because they were both in long marriages before. There wasn’t a rush,” one source revealed.

Paltrow and Falchuck met on the set of “Glee” in 2014. Falchuk, 46, was co-creator and executive producer of the former Fox show, and Paltrow had a reoccurring role as substitute teacher, Holly Holliday.

According to Us Weekly, the pair revealed their relationship to the public in September 2015 during a premiere of “Scream Queens” -- another of Falchuk’s projects.

“I think she just supports everything I do, thankfully,” Falchuk said of his now-fiancee at the time.

Paltrow, 45, made headlines in 2014 when she announced her divorce from Coldplay’s Chris Martin after 10 years of marriage. While the divorce was surprising to many, it was what Paltrow called the separation that had people scratching their heads. Their statement on Paltrow’s lifestyle site Goop read, in part, “We have always conducted our relationship privately and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and co-parent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”

RELATED: Gwyneth Paltrow dished about how leaving the world of Hollywood to start Goop was the best decision of her life

“Conscious uncoupling” became a meme of it’s own, which Paltrow would eventually grow to regret. The pair are still amicable and co-parent son, Moses, 11, and daughter Apple, 13.

Falchuk also shares two kids, Isabella and Brody, with ex-wife and TV producer Suzanne Falchuk.

RELATED: Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian tied the knot in a secret, star-studded bash

Nintendo plans expansion at Universal Studios, sources say

It seems the Nintendo ride could be expanding to other parks within Universal Studios, sources told WFTV.  

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Sources told WFTV that Universal Studios plans to eventually add more Nintendo rides and attractions to Islands of Adventure and the recently purchased 500 acres of land on the other side of Interstate 4 near Universal Boulevard.

Read more: Details released on Nintendo World at Universal Studios in Orlando

Originally, the Nintendo project was slated to take a portion out of the KidZone section where Woody Woodpecker and the Barney rides are located.

Building permits released Tuesday include a Super Mario Land, Donkey Kong and Mario Kart at Universal Studios Florida.

Sources have said the idea is to expand on a possible film project with Illumination Entertainment, the studio behind "Despicable Me," to eventually make a Super Mario Brothers animated movie.

Read more: Universal's Super Nintendo World to likely feature 'Mario Kart' ride, live video game events

"Nintendo has so much to offer for them to just confine it to a small kiddie land inside an existing park to me, personally, doesn't make a lot of sense,” Thom Pratt, of The Kingdom Insider, told WFTV.

Universal Orlando said it would not comment on speculation.

Japan is scheduled to open its Nintendo land in 2020.

Universal Orlando is scheduled for shortly after that.

Read more: Switch helps Nintendo half-year net profit soar 35 percent

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Police find $500K, guns, drugs after neighbors complain

Three people are facing charges after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found $500,000 in cash, along with guns and drugs, while searching a home in Steele Creek.

[PHOTOS: Neighborhood complaints lead police to find, drugs, guns, cash]

Police said they investigated a house on Hatton Cross Lane after receiving anonymous complaints from neighbors and arrested 30-year-old Anthony Joseph Espinal, 24-year-old Jesus Manuel Rosario and 32-year-old Socrates Jhoneril Gomez.

In addition to the cash, officials said 2.6 kilograms of cocaine, two pounds of marijuana, two guns, a money counter and other drugs were found inside the house.

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Authorities said the cocaine was packaged as bricks and that much of the cash was wrapped in tape and dunked in grease before being stored in metal containers.

Investigators told WSOC that the narcotics are worth about $100,000 and that they believe the bust curbed violent crime in the area.

"To say that this reduced the violent crime aspect pretty much all across the area, I think would be very true," Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Sgt. Danny Meyers. 

Espinal, Rosario and Gomez were each charged with conspiracy to traffic in cocaine greater than 400 grams, felony possession of cocaine, trafficking in opium/heroin/opiates, possession with intent to sell/distribute marijuana, felony possession of marijuana, maintaining a dwelling, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia not for marijuana.

All three suspects received a $1,552,000 bond.

Police said they're looking for a third suspect, 21-year-old Christian Nunez, in connection with the drugs, guns and cash uncovered during the bust.

‘America’s Next Top Model’ winner Eva Marcille pregnant with second child

Eva Marcille, a former “America’s Next Top Model” winner, actress and friend of the housewives on the latest season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” is pregnant with her second child, People magazine reported Tuesday.

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Marcille, who is also on the current cast of VH1’s “Scared Famous,” moved to Atlanta full-time not too long ago to be with her boyfriend, attorney and former Atlanta mayoral candidate Michael Sterling. This will be their first child together, a son.

She also has a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Marley Rae, with ex Kevin McCall, a rapper, songwriter, actor and record company executive. 

Marcille was announced as a recurring character on “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” but after three episodes, she has yet to appear. Kim Zolciak-Biermann, another recurring cast member, is set to show up this coming Sunday, based on the upcoming trailer.

The reality show airs Sundays at 9 p.m.

Official Position: Do not dip Pop-Tarts in ranch

Straight out of the box, frozen, toasted, sandwiched between more treats- there are many ways to enjoy the Pop-Tart, and the brand doesn't seem to mind

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Thinking of dipping the toaster pastry? Chocolate, caramel and fruit dips might be good ideas. 

But apparently Pop-Tart draws the line at one of Oklahoma's favorite dipping sauces: ranch.

Twitter user Taylor shared a Tweet that appears to show a strawberry-flavored Pop-Tart headed for a dish of ranch dressing, declaring "You ain't from Oklahoma if you don't dip your Pop Tart in Ranch Dressing."

The brand responded, retweeting the picture with the caption "This is just disrespectful."

It's not the first time Pop-Tarts responded negatively to a fan's idea. 

Creating a grilled cheese with the treat is also "unacceptable. 

Critter trapped in mother's wall for weeks, ruins Thanksgiving

A mother said her Thanksgiving is ruined because of a rodent living in her wall.

Tiffany Gibson turned to FOX13 after weeks of trying to get the problem fixed with her rental company at the Uptown Square apartments.

“I have been trying to get my landlord, my rent office, to try and help me with a problem I've been having since August,” said Gibson.

It started with noise, like scratching, and Gibson quickly realized a critter had gotten stuck in her walls.

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 “I don't know if it's a rat, a cat, a bat, a squirrel, might be a baby tiger,” said Gibson, a mother of two boys.

She knew it was biting through her wall though when two holes emerged in her kitchen.

“If it can bite a hole in the wall, it can surely bite,” she said.

Tiffany said she has been trying to get management at Uptown Square to fix the issue for months, and told FOX13 the plaster and chicken wire was not providing peace of mind. 

“I should've got a transfer, Maybe they should've given me another apartment,” she said, throwing out options to remedy her current situation.

Instead, the mother has had to cancel hosting Thanksgiving.

“I refuse to have anybody over with holes in my walls and scratching coming from within my walls,” she said.

FOX13’s camera finally caught the critter on video, but for Tiffany, that has not eased her anxiety.

“I just don't want to stay here for the simple fact that I am terrified,” she said.

Her son is also terrified as well. He has been nervous about going to the bathroom by himself because of the incessant noise.

The management at Uptown Square apartments told FOX13 multiple maintenance men have visited the apartment but not heard the scratching.

Gibson said one worker absolutely witnessed the scratching and they know it exists from repairing the holes.

FOX13’s Zach Crenshaw only spent a few minutes in the apartment and heard the scratching and saw the squirrel through the wire.

The property manager said pest control put some bait in the wall on Monday.

Gibson is upset, though, because she said now the squirrel might die in her wall and smell up the apartment.

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