Watch: New York woman finds empty apartment behind bathroom mirror

March 5 (UPI) — A New York woman investigating a hole behind her bathroom mirror went through the proverbial looking glass and made a startling discovery — an entire empty apartment.

Samantha Hartsoe, who chronicled her discovery in a series of TikTok videos, said she was investigating the source of a cold draft in her Roosevelt Island apartment, and she tracked the blowing air to her bathroom mirror.

Hartsoe removed the mirror and discovered it was hiding a large, square hole into a dark room.

“Curiosity killed the cat, curiosity is going to kill me,” Hartsoe recalled thinking in an interview with NBC New York. “I can’t not know what’s on the other side of my bathroom.”

Hartsoe climbed through the opening and discovered the room was part of a two-story vacant apartment. She said she explored the whole residence, finding only trash bags, an uninstalled toilet and an empty water bottle.

“I was kind of expecting there to be somebody, especially with the water bottle being there,” Hartsoe told Curbed.

Hartsoe said she made sure the door to the unfinished apartment was locked before making her way back to her own residence. She said the front door to the vacant domicile was located elsewhere in the apartment complex from her own home.

She said she contacted maintenance to patch the hole in her bathroom and a representative from the management office is expected to visit her apartment soon to investigate her discovery.

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Mucky pup! Pet owner finds her WHOLE kitchen covered in muddy paw prints

Mucky pup! Pet owner finds her WHOLE kitchen covered in muddy paw prints after her rain-soaked dog sneaks in via the cat flap

  • Kerry Templeton, from Hampshire, accidentally left her cat flap open when she went out on Saturday night, giving her dog Maddie a way into the garden
  • Torrential rain seen in the UK over the weekend had left her garden a ‘swamp’ 
  • Maddie rolled around in the mud before squeezing back into the house and covering the whole kitchen with her dirty paw prints
  • Kerry posted photos of the mess on Facebook, and admitted she had to clean the kitchen twice and was still finding splatters of mud the next day 

A puddle-loving dog has showed the carnage that can ensue when muddy paws meet a clean kitchen. 

Pet owner Kerry Templeton, from Gosport, Hampshire, shared on social media what happened when her adorable-looking dog, Maddie, managed to squeeze through the cat flap of her home and enjoy a run out during a downpour.  

The hilarious photos – which greeted Kerry when she returned from a night with friends – show exactly what happened when Maddie squeezed back in, with the whole kitchen covered in mud, and a very sheepish-looking dog looking up at her. 

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A real-life What-a-Mess! Kerry Templeton, from Hampshire, accidentally left her cat flap open when she went out on Saturday night, giving her dog Maddie a way into the garden

A real-life What-a-Mess! Kerry Templeton, from Hampshire, accidentally left her cat flap open when she went out on Saturday night, giving her dog Maddie a way into the garden

Torrential rain seen in the UK over the weekend had left Kerry's garden a 'swamp'...and when Maddie returned after some fresh air, the pet left par prints everywhere

Torrential rain seen in the UK over the weekend had left Kerry’s garden a ‘swamp’…and when Maddie returned after some fresh air, the pet left par prints everywhere

Owner Kerry Templeton said she was relieved she'd shut the kitchen door or the chaos could have continued into the living room

Owner Kerry Templeton said she was relieved she’d shut the kitchen door or the chaos could have continued into the living room

Maddie, who actually has white fur, was covered from nose-to-tail in dirt after she’d managed to squeeze through the cat flap and roll around in the garden.

Returning back to the warmth of indoors, Maddie preceded to cover the whole white and beige kitchen in mud.

Paw prints covered the entire kitchen floor with the walls, stools, washing machine, fridge and door also all splattered with mud. 

After cleaning up the kitchen, Kerry’s daughter Scarlett had to give Maddie two baths to get all the dirt out of her coat.

Posting on Facebook on Monday, Kerry revealed what she’d come home to, saying: ‘Thought I’d share this with you as it has brought lots of laughter on my private FB page. I can laugh about it now!

‘Saturday night I went out with friends to come home to this. I had left the cat flap open (which my dog can fit through) and the torrential rain had turned my garden into a swamp!

She added: ‘Thank God I closed the kitchen door!’ 

Later she added that she would normally leave the catflap closed when on a night out: ‘Just forgot this time.

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These Cheap Fall Decor Finds Are Amazon’s Best-Kept Secret This Season


Autumn, arguably the most beautiful time of the year, is officially here, and these surprisingly inexpensive home goods are ready to make your house look (and smell) like the season. 

There are tons of affordable ways to decorate your home for fall — think burlap bunting, orange plaid throw pillows, gorgeous gourds, and cozy candles. We foraged Amazon’s home department and discovered tons of fun fall finds that are all loved by shoppers, come with hundreds of rave reviews, and (perhaps the best part) are all under $30. 

Fall Decor Under $30

  • Yihong Orange Fairy Lights Set, $10.32 with coupon (orig. $13.99)

  • Happy Fall Burlap Bunting Banner, 8.99

  • 4th Emotion Buffalo Check Throw Pillow Covers Set, $12.99

  • Yankee Candle Crisp Fall Night Jar Candle, $23.41

  • Ulmisfee Autumn Outdoor Lantern, $19.99 (orig. $39.99) 

  • Fall Leaf String Light Garland, $9.89 (orig. $10.99)

  • Mulee Plaid Check Pillow Case Covers Set, $14.99

  • Simhomsen Embroidered Leaves Table Runner, $19.99

  • RY King Battery-Operated Flameless Candles Nine-Pack, $25.99 (orig. $39.99)

  • Gold Tan Ivory Tassel Garland, $10.49 (orig. $13.99)

  • Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Large Jar Candle, $16.88 (orig. $27.99)

  • Denlix Mercury Glass Pumpkin Light, $23.75 with coupon (orig. $25)

Shoppers looking to add shades of red, orange, and yellow to their home can do so with a festive garland or a colorful embroidered foliage table runner. Updating your throw pillows with buffalo check-clad covers is another easy upgrade, and these $13 beauties have earned a near perfect rating and over 4,700 five-star reviews.

Fragrant candles and twinkling lights are the way to go if you want to warm up your space. Battery-operated candles and fairy lights can be set up just about anywhere, while fall-inspired scents, like “Autumn Wreath” and “Crisp Fall Night,” will infuse your abode with seasonal aromas. Take a cue from Meghan Markle and fill your home with both scented candles and unscented pillars that you can light up during your next cozy night in.

If you’re in need of more inspiration, there are seemingly endless decorations and styling ideas featured in the retailer’s home section, or you can keep it simple and stick to these shopper-loved pieces below. With tons of Prime-eligible options, you can give your house an affordable refresh in no time. 


Buy It! Yihong Orange Fairy Lights Set, $10.32 with coupon (orig. $13.99);


Buy It! Happy Fall Burlap Bunting Banner, 8.99;


Buy It! 4th Emotion Buffalo Check Throw Pillow Covers Set, $12.99;


Buy It! Yankee Candle Crisp Fall Night Jar Candle, $23.41;


Buy It! Ulmisfee Autumn Outdoor Lantern, $19.99 (orig. $39.99);


Buy It! Fall Leaf String Light Garland, $9.89 (orig. $10.99);


Buy It! Mulee Plaid Check Pillow Case Covers Set, $14.99;


Buy It! Simhomsen Embroidered Leaves Table Runner, $19.99;


Buy It! RY King Battery-Operated Flameless Candles Nine-Pack, $25.99 (orig. $39.99);


Buy It! Gold Tan Ivory Tassel Garland, $10.49 (orig. $13.99);


Buy It! Yankee Candle Autumn Wreath Large

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These Luxe-Looking Kitchen Finds Are Cheap (& Actually Useful)

As much as we dream of pristine cabinetry, bold granite countertops, and gleaming stainless steel accents, our cook-space reality looks more cramped budget than luxury living. But, just because we don’t have the coin for some big remodeling project doesn’t mean we can’t achieve elevated kitchen status — we just need to be thrifty about it.

After pounding the virtual pavement in search of the most effective solutions for making cheap look luxe while still serving a purpose, we distilled our findings down to the most cover-worthy cooking material. Ahead, our under-$50 hacks to take kitchens from meh to okurr in an add-to-cart instant — from Spanish-style stick-on tiles to Art Deco oven mitts, geometric trivet sets, and more.

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High drug prices driven by profits, House panel report finds

Enormous drug company profits are the primary driver of soaring prescription drug prices in America, according to a damning investigation that Democrats on the House Oversight Committee began releasing Wednesday.

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The first two reports in the investigation focus on Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb’s Revlimid cancer treatment, which saw its price hiked 23 times since 2005, and Teva’s multiple sclerosis drug Copaxone, which went up in price 27 times since 2007.

Those costs have little to do with research and development or industry efforts to help people afford medication, as drug companies often claim, according to the probe.

“It’s true, many of these pharmaceutical industries have come up with lifesaving and pain-relieving medications, but they’re killing us with the prices they charge,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) as the hearings began Wednesday. He added that “uninhibited pricing power has transformed America’s pain into pharma’s profit.”

The top Republican on the committee, Rep. James Comer of Kentucky, called the investigation a partisan attack. “These hearings seem designed simply to vilify and publicly shame pharmaceutical company executives,” Comer said.

Much of the drug industry’s profits come at the expense of taxpayers and the Medicare program, are used to pay generous executive bonuses and are guarded by aggressive lobbying and efforts to block competition, regulation or systemic change in the United States while the rest of the world pays less, the reports say.

“The drug companies are bringing in tens of billions of dollars in revenues, making astronomical profits, and rewarding their executives with lavish compensation packages — all without any apparent limit on what they can charge,” committee chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) wrote in a letter attached to the first two staff reports.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the former committee chairperson who died last October, had launched the probe more than a year ago. It has since produced more than a million documents. CEOs of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Celgene and Bristol Myers Squibb were testifying Wednesday.

Amgen, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and Novartis were scheduled to appear Thursday.

Celgene CEO Mark Alles verified the accuracy of the documents obtained by the committee but stuck with the standard explanations that the company’s pricing is entirely aboveboard and merited.

“The pricing decisions for our medicines were guided by a set of long-held principles that reflected our commitment to patient access, the value of a medicine to patients in the health care system, the continuous efforts to discover new medicines and new uses for existing medicines and the need for financial flexibility,” Alles said. He said that in 2018 Celgene “committed to full pricing transparency by limiting price increases to no more than once per year,” pegged to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ projected national health expenditures.

Teva CEO Kåre Schultz demurred from addressing specific questions about much of the report, saying he took over only in 2017, in part to repair a company suffering after its Copaxone patent finally expired.

He also sounded the familiar refrain that prices

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Spy community not postured to handle rising China threat, House Intel finds

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said in a statement that the intelligence community’s “capacity to address hard targets like China has waned” after two decades of focusing on counterterrorism in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The nation’s intelligence agencies “have a lot of work to do to fully address the challenge posed by China,” he said.

Wednesday’s report is the result of a so-called “deep dive” the House panel began last year into what it viewed as China’s troubling activities around the globe, including Beijing’s malicious cyber efforts and disinformation campaigns; its exportation of invasive surveillance technology; and the continued threat its intelligence services pose to the security of U.S. personnel and national security information.

A committee official said most of the recommendations for reform were aimed at the senior leadership level. The official added that the panel encountered “different results” among the various U.S. intelligence elements about their focus on China, but declined to say which of the 17 clandestine agencies have been better at tackling China-related issues. Committee officials spoke on condition of anonymity to more freely discuss the panel’s findings.

Among the public recommendations: a formal review of the governance of open-source intelligence within the clandestine community and a broader and more formal effort by leadership to mentor the next generation of China analysts.

The committee official said some of the classified recommendations would be easier for agencies to address, however some contained in the public summary — such as creating a bipartisan, bicameral congressional study group to evaluate how the intelligence community organizes around these issues and how authority is divided up — could take up to a decade to fully implement. The report included 36 public recommendations and more than 100 classified recommendations.

The summary doesn’t mention the kind of election interference that has been alleged in recent weeks by Trump, Attorney General William Barr and other senior administration officials. But it does highlight the risk posed by Beijing’s “influence actors” and the government’s propaganda and disinformation efforts around events like the protests in Hong Kong and the Covid-19 outbreak.

China’s “disinformation evolution — in conjunction with the multitude of foreign influence threats and state-backed disinformation activity emanating from Russia, Iran, and other adversaries — will set the stage for further assaults on the truth, damaging the United States’ ability to advance its policies abroad and effectively engage with American citizens,” the summary states.

A second Democratic committee official said the origin of the examination could be traced back to the panel’s 2012 bipartisan report that concluded Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE were a national security threat.

The release of the report also comes as the White House is in the midst of legal wrangling over President Donald Trump’s recent executive order barring access to the popular Chinese mobile app TikTok, citing national security concerns. Earlier this week a federal judge said the administration “likely” exceeded its authority when it tried to impose restrictions on the short form

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She Finds Peace and THE SECRET GARDEN

Coming to Bluray, DVD and Digital from director Marc Munden, STX Films and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is the struggle for beauty until they find THE SECRET GARDEN.

Mary (Dixie Egerickx) is living in India during their revolutions. After losing her parents, she is found alone in her home and sent to Uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) in England. Arriving, she is met by Mrs. Medlock (Julie Walters) and told that the life she once knew is not going to be the same. Given instructions about where she can and cannot go in the house, Mary is left alone in a very depressing room.

The next day she meets Martha (Isis Davis) and learns she has a younger brother Dickon (Amir Wilson) who roams the moors. Staying out of the way of everyone in the house, Mary finds solace in walking through the woods, especially when she meets Jemima – a stray who befriends the young girl. Meeting her uncle, Mary sees a very sad and angry man who hasn’t gotten over the death of his beloved wife.

Following Jemima one day, Mary discovers a wall and behind it is a wonderful garden. She takes Dickon there and it becomes their special place. Roaming the house, Mary also discovers Cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurt) who is bedridden and believes he is ill. The one thing she has in common with her cousin is feeling unloved by their parents.

But Mary wants to help her cousin by taking him to the garden introducing him to the beauty and the history between their mothers. Mrs. Medlock is not happy about what Mary has been doing and sets it up to anger Mr. Craven enough to send Mary away to boarding school. It all turns into chaos when a fire changes everything.

But not the secret garden!

Egerickx as Mary goes through a traumatic experience with the passing of her parents. Building up her own personal wall, she is not moved by her new home and its curious rules. Egerickx gives us the curiosity with her exploring the grounds as we all would at that age. When she finds the garden, it becomes her refuge from all the trauma and gives this character a chance to bloom like the plants around her. It’s a beautiful portrayal.

Firth as Craven is a man living with the painful memories all around him yet he shuts them up in rooms and drowns them in drink. Not wanting contact with those under his own roof, he takes isolation to the extreme. Firth is amazing at portraying this sadness as with many of the roles he has done especially with period pieces such as this film.

Walters as Mrs. Medlock is straight forward and a stickler for the rules. Clearly, she isn’t happy with having Mary around and makes every attempt to find a reason to send her away. Walters is just a wonderful actress who I have been following ever since seeing her in the 1983 film EDUCATING

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Amazon fall home decor finds you’ll love for 2020

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, at least for people who love fall.

One of my favourite things to do this time of year is make little decorative changes around the house to welcome the season. Small things like replacing florals and throws, adding decorative gourds and scented candles go a long way to help your space feel cozy as the temperatures cool and the leaves start to change.

ALSO SEE: The best scented candles for fall 2020 — including ones that smells like ‘Canada’ and a ‘Book Club’

In our house, shopping on Amazon is a way of life. From gadgets to skincare, serums to leggings, it’s not unusual for there to be a few packages on my door step filled with some of my most recent finds. Aside from the necessities, Amazon is a great resource for home decor.

You can find affordable products with plenty of customer reviews that add a certain element of confidence to my purchases.

I’ve gathered some of my favourite fall home decor finds to help entice you to add a little pumpkin spice to your space!

Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween
Gresorth 6 PCS Fake White Pumpkins Fall Autumn Halloween

This collection of six white (faux!) pumpkins are perfect for decorating your home without looking like you’re prepping for Halloween.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $17 (originally $19)

DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.
DII 100% Cotton, Machine Washable, Heavyweight Woven Fringed Table Runner for Everyday Use, Fall & Holidays. Image via Amazon.

This cotton runner helps set the scene for your favourite floral arrangement and thanksgiving dinners.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $13

Decorative Wheat
Decorative Wheat

An easy way to update your home for fall is to add decorative wheat or cotton stems to a vase. These arrangements would look best as part of your entryway decor.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $14

Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Pack of 2 Velvet Soft Solid Decorative Throw Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.


These super luxe cushions feature boho-inspired tassels and come in 20 different colours – including seasonal fall colours.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $23 (for 2 covers)

Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.
Rivet Bubble Textured Lightweight Decorative Fringe Throw Blanket. Image via Amazon.

This throw blanket adds so much texture to your living space thanks to it’s bubbles of yarn and playful fringe – and would look great year-round.

SHOP IT: Amazon, from $84

The Wreath Depot.
The Wreath Depot.

Even though they can be expensive, with the proper care and storage a wreath can last you years!

SHOP IT: Amazon, $173

Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.
Throw Pillow Cover Autumn Decor Watercolor Pumpkins Morning Pumpkin Pillow Cover. Image via Amazon.

These printed pillow cases are an easy way to add playful fall decor to your home.

SHOP IT: Amazon,

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These festival finds around the Chattanooga area include giant pumpkins, fair foods and Christmas decor

It’s fall, y’all, but in Lebanon, Tennessee, they’re thinking about Christmas — and making no apologies for the nod toward the next season.

“I once read somewhere that 70-80% [of consumers] start thinking about and purchasing their first items for Christmas in the month of September,” said Kristi Rowan, president of Midsouth Media Group, which produces Mistletoe Merchants, scheduled Friday through Sunday in Wilson County’s Farm Bureau Expo Center about 30 miles east of Nashville.

It’s one of five festivals happening or continuing in the tri-state area this weekend. A sixth, the DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair in Fort Payne, Alabama, starts Monday with a nightly carnival and other entertainment leading up to an all-day celebration on Oct. 3.

Other day-trip options include a jaunt to Marietta for a flavorful alternative to the North Georgia State Fair, happening the next two weekends, or to Pigeon Forge for the opening of the six-week Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood.

Closer to home, the Pumpkin Palooza family festival will take place Saturday at Greenway Park & Pavilion in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Rowan said Mistletoe Merchants is one of six spring and holiday markets her company produces in Tennessee and Mississippi.

“Last year we had about 5,000 shoppers, doubling from the previous year of 2,500,” Rowan said of the market, now in its fifth year in the Nashville area. “This event is really catching on and will soon be like our seasoned shows with 15,000 shoppers.”

Her 20-year-old Memphis show typically draws crowds of that size, she said, but it has been canceled entirely this year due to coronavirus concerns. For the Nashville event, several popular mix-and-mingle activities have been dropped, including Cupcakes & Cocktails, Muffins & Mimosas, Sangria Sunday and Santa appearances. However, general-admission shopping among the more than 100 vendors will take place as scheduled.

“This is a shopper’s chance to shop some of these unique businesses that you would not normally see, all while supporting small businesses and our economy,” Rowan said.

Likewise, the North Georgia State Fair has scaled back this year, canceling the midway and blue-ribbon competitions and revamping as Taste of the Fair.

Visitors will drive through to view the menus of at least 15 food vendors, then park for in-car or walk-up service. In-car service will provide a limited menu and an attendant who will take and deliver orders. Walk-up service will provide a full vendor menu, and visitors will leave their cars to order directly from the vendors. Masks are required for anyone choosing walk-up service.

At Dollywood, the seasonal programming includes more than 800 concerts by Southern gospel and bluegrass artists over the next six weeks, along with demonstrations by resident crafters and visiting artists, set amid the autumnal beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. New for 2020 are pumpkins weighing up to 1,000 pounds each, great for using as photo backdrops or just for marveling at their colossal size. As the sun sets, the theme park transforms into a whimsical display of

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Great-uncle charged after 3-year-old finds loaded gun in kitchen drawer, shoots himself in Florida

A negligent gun owner was arrested in Florida over the weekend after his 3-year-old great-nephew found a loaded firearm inside a kitchen drawer and shot himself, authorities said.

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The boy, who’s expected to survive, apparently climbed onto the counter, opened an unlocked drawer and pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the hand and thigh, police said in an arrest report obtained by local news outlets.

His great-uncle, 61-year-old James Romano, admitted to smoking two marijuana cigarettes before the child was dropped off at the home Sunday in Juniper Inlet Colony, according to The Palm Beach Post. He also told police that he forgot he had left the 9-mm. semi-automatic handgun in the kitchen drawer that day.

The West Virginia resident was charged with culpable negligence and unsafe storage of a firearm. He was arrested Sunday night and released Monday after posting $1,000 bond, jail records show.

The boy was at least the second U.S. child to shoot himself with an unsecured firearm in recent days.

A toddler in North Carolina died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound” last week during an incident that is still under investigation. The 2-year-old was home with two adults and a teenager when the shooting happened.

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