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Good Dog!

One Utah family is thanking their dog for foiling a porch pirate and a doorbell camera caught the entire thing. A man can be seen running up to their porch and grabbing a package. Seconds later, Zero, a 9-year-old lab, bolts from the house towards the thief. The thief had a getaway car waiting, he got in the car but threw the package back out onto the road. Zero's owner, Whitney Cahoon said, "I just kind of yelled, ‘Get ‘em Zero! Get ‘em! He just went for it, it was awesome!" Whitney said porch pirates have been a common occurrence in the neighborhood. Cahoon said, "I'm hoping that they word spread from them not to mess with us." So what was in the package anyway? A four-dollar dimmer switch from Ikea. (FOX 13 Now)

You Can't Be Serious - National Anthem Edition

One of the weirder Super Bowl "prop bets" that takes place is how long the national anthem will last. Believe it or not, on Sunday, Gladys Knight's version managed to create controversy. The common bet was whether she'd go over 1:50, and Knight sang for 2 minutes and 1 second. Easy call? Not so much. She sang the final word, "brave," more than once, and because of a similar controversy with Christina Aguilera's version in 2011, most betting sites now have a rule that says the official time ends after the first "brave." As USA Today notes, for example, the offshore site BetOnline.ag put her official time at 1:49.5. That's because its rules stipulate that the anthem time is "from moment she starts singing until the note ‘brave' ends for first time." (Newser)

Sucky Super Bowl, Sucky Ratings. 

Yeah, the Super Bowl kind of sucked this year, and not surprisingly, the ratings were down. Oh sure, a lot of people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night-just not as many as usual, according to early numbers. Deadline reports that preliminary figures suggest the Patriots-Rams game might end up being the lowest-rated game in 10 years. The overnight rating was 44.9, which translates to the percentage of all households tuned in to the game, explains CNN. That's down about 5% from last year, though it still means that somewhere around 100 million people were watching. By comparison, the highest-rated game in 2015 (between the Patriots and Seahawks) had a 49.7 rating. (Newser)

Are Your Kids Using Too Much Toothpaste?

Didn't think it was possible but apparently your kid can use too much toothpaste. The right amount for kids is about the size of a grain of rice or a pea. Kids up to age 3 get the rice-sized dollop, kids 3 to 6 get the pea-or they risk developing white streaks or lines on their teeth from a condition known as dental fluorosis. The CDC takes claim for this warning after its latest study, based on data from 2013 to 2016 on 5,157 kids between the ages of 3 and 15, found that young children are using too much toothpaste and swallowing too much of it, which also means they're swallowing the fluoride in it. Almost 40% of children between the ages of 3 and 6 are using toothpaste to excess, per the study. The American Dental Association notes the excess fluoride only affects emerging teeth, which is why only kids get the telltale white spots on their chompers. Confusing parents is that the CDC's suggestion for when kids should start using fluoride toothpaste is at odds with the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: The CDC says to wait until kids turn 2, while the two dental groups say a small amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used as soon as teeth start to poke out, which can be as soon as a baby is 6 months old. (CDC)

Hey Siri!

A 13-year-old boy in Indiana ended up in juvenile detention after asking Siri a disturbing question-and sharing the results online. The Valparaiso Police Department says the teen told the Apple digital assistant, "Siri, I am going to shoot up a school." Police say the teen then posted a screenshot of the response, in which Siri obligingly provided a list of nearby schools. The teen was charged with intimidation and taken to the Porter County Juvenile Detention Center, though police say the picture was posted as a joke and the boy did not have access to weapons. The boy, a Chesterton Middle School student, was reported by his online contacts. They say there was no direct threat to any specific person or school. However, these types of communications are taken very seriously by the Valparaiso Police Department. Hey Apple - Fix that! (Northwest Indiana Times)

Comedians in Cars... But Not That Car!

Jerry Seinfeld says it's a lawsuit about nothing, but the comedian is being sued by the buyer who plunked down $1.54 million on his 1958 Porsche Carrera Speedster and now claims he "misrepresented" the car's provenance. In addition, Fica Frio Ltd. claims that Seinfeld reneged on a voicemail he left that agreed to refund the purchase price and all costs incurred. In the auction listing, Seinfeld claimed the car has "the distinction of being the only Carrera Speedster known to have been finished at the factory in Auratium Green," while Fica Frio says the car is "not authentic and is not the automobile that Mr. Seinfeld and the vehicle summary provided at the Auction represented." Seinfeld is asking Fica Frio for evidence to back its claim, says his lawyer, but "Fica Frio ignored Jerry and instead filed this frivolous lawsuit." (Page Six)

What the What?

A cabin pressure issue has forced a flight bound for Florida to return to Connecticut's Bradley International Airport. A Southwest flight from Hartford to Tampa turned around Friday night because several passengers complained of pain and discomfort. At least one passenger was bleeding from the ears. The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of the Boeing 737 reported a possible pressurization issue and requested the landing. Emergency medical technicians met the flight when it landed and treated several passengers. There was no indication any of the injuries were severe. Southwest said it has removed the aircraft from service. Wait a minute, pain and discomfort and bleeding from the ears? Are you sure they weren't just watching the Super Bowl halftime show? (WTSP)

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