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Rick Lord Some highly caffeinated chaos at a coffee shop in California, some turtles in Texas wishing the weather would warm up, and fairness in Florida on display on this USA Update

December 11, 2013
Reporter: Rick Lord


California... eight people were hurt Wednesday afternoon when a car smashed through a Starbucks in Folsom. Police say the driver was parking a Lexus SUV when the car accelerated over the barrier and into the store. The driver did not seem to be impaired; police are just calling this a bad accident. Six of the eight people hurt have severe injuries...

Texas... a cold snap has shell-shocked some green turtles in Corpus Christi. The stunned sea turtles are washing ashore, with gulf temperatures at below fifty degrees. Water that frigid can paralyze the turtles, killing them if they are not warmed up. An animal rehab center in Port Aransas is taking care of some of these turtles, tagging them so they can measure their progress when they're released...

Florida... Frank Costanza would be proud. An atheist has won his battle to bring a Festivus pole to the Capitol's holiday celebration. The eight-foot-tall pole is made out of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans. It sits next to a nativity scene. The governor's office has given it the go-ahead, against numerous protests. Festivus is a secular holiday celebrated each year on December 23rd. And for the rest of us, that's the end of this USA Update.

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