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Our talented staff works hard each day to deliver quality news to you. We have backgrounds from notable organizations such as GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, TBN (TRINITY BROADCAST NETWORK), ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, THE WEATHER CHANNEL and THE ART INSTITUTE OF ATLANTA just to name a few. Sign1News is the first and only digital network, partnered with world news leader CNN, to offer on-line news and information in American Sign Language. Sign1News provides equal access to local, regional and national news and information to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community via a daily post-produced broadcast. Sign1News: Your Life. Your Language.

Mission: SIGN1NEWS, an affiliate of world news leader CNN, will provide equal access to local, regional and national news and information to the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community in American Sign Language.

11/23/2019
Christmas creep: Love it or leave it? (ASL - 11.22.19)

Christmas creep: Love it or leave it? (ASL - 11.22.19)

Have you ever heard the term "Christmas creep?"

Here's an example: you're sitting at home watching your favorite scary Halloween movie and during the commercial break, several Christmas themed ads pop up.

For many people, decking the halls while the jack-o'-lanterns are still lit is unthinkable.

But for others, the festive ads and decor serve as added motivation to get out and get that holiday shopping started early.

In fact according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), about 40 percent of consumers actually began their holiday shopping before Halloween.

And retailers are responding by offering holiday shopping promotions earlier.

More enthusiasm around shopping translates into more spending.

The NRF forecasts holiday retail sales to hit nearly $730 billion over November and December.

Yet even with the Christmas creep, the five days between Thanksgiving and cyber Monday will still be some of the busiest shopping days of the year.

The NRF is projecting $114 million being spent on Black Friday alone.

So are you an early bird shopper or a strict after-Thanksgiving traditionalists?

Personally, I hate shopping.

It's just not for me.

That means more for you. Have at it.

11/23/2019
Edible Arrangements selling CBD-infused edibles (ASL - 11.22.19)

Edible Arrangements selling CBD-infused edibles (ASL - 11.22.19)

Edible Arrangements is now selling CBD-infused edibles.

Don't confuse CBD with edible marijuana products however.

CBD is not psychoactive.

The new product line is called "incredible edibles."

CBD infused treats include smoothies, chocolate dipped fruit and baked goods.

The slogan is "Health, not high."

Proponents of CBD do say it has benefits like helping to manage inflammation and treating conditions like insomnia.

CBD has become a mainstream phenomenon since the passage of the US Farm Bill last year which legalized hemp with some conditions.

The FDA still has not decided how to regulate CBD products.

Right now the incredible edibles products are only available in Dallas.

But the company plans to roll it out to 200 stores by the end of the year.

11/23/2019
Program gives kids chicks to fight internet addiction (ASL - 11.22.19)

Program gives kids chicks to fight internet addiction (ASL - 11.22.19)

Several parents in Bandung, Indonesia appear to be supportive of a program they dubbed "chickenization."

City officials are giving children baby chicks and chili seeds to fight internet addiction.

Indonesia internet users spend on average eight hours and thirty-six minutes per day online.

That's two hours higher than the global average.

The program hopes students will spend less time on electronics and more time caring for their pets or plants.

Two thousand chicks and 1,500 chili seeds are being provided to ten elementary schools and two junior high schools.

Local education authorities say it will take some time before they know if the program works.

But several children who were given chicks said they already have plans for their birds.

One fifth grader said he hoped to breed chickens one day.

However one seventh grader said he hoped to care for his chick until it was big enough to cook.

11/23/2019
Teen develops ‘popcorn lung’ after vaping flavors or THC (ASL - 11.22.19)

Teen develops ‘popcorn lung’ after vaping flavors or THC (ASL - 11.22.19)

A new study suggests vaping could cause different kinds of damage to the lungs including the condition called "popcorn lung."

The Canadian Medical Association Journal published the study Wednesday.

In the study, researchers looked at a case involving an Ontario teenager.

The teen was placed on life support after officials say he suffered a severe vaping related illness.

Researchers found the teen's condition was more in line with popcorn lung.

The lung disease got the nickname after factory workers developed it from breathing in chemicals found in buttery or caramel-like flavors.

Doctors point to this case as proof that vaping related illnesses can take different forms and are calling for more research.

Meanwhile the number of lung injury cases associated with vaping continues to rise in the US.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new numbers Thursday, bringing the number of cases to 2,290 and forty-seven deaths.

11/23/2019
McDonald’s workers sue for risk of violence (ASL - 11.22.19)

McDonald’s workers sue for risk of violence (ASL - 11.22.19)

Earlier this week you may have seen this disturbing video.

It shows two customers assaulting a McDonald's drive-through employee after getting into an argument over the cost of their meal.

This incident happened in Henrico, Virginia.

But apparently seventeen Chicago-area workers are suing McDonald's over what they call a nationwide pattern of violence at the restaurants.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in an Illinois state court.

The employees claim there are more than twenty 911 calls a day from Chicago area McDonald's.

The lead attorney on the case says McDonald's stores were not designed with safety in mind.

The lawsuit outlines several incidents that include a customer beating an employee with a wet floor sign and another customer pulling a gun and jumping over the counter.

One employee and plaintiff in the lawsuit says police found a dead body in her store's bathroom.

But she says McDonald's never provided any safety training or offered any trauma support.

The company released a statement saying it will continue to make investments in training programs that uphold safe environments.

11/23/2019
Public impeachment hearing ends, dems consider next steps (ASL - 11.22.19)

Public impeachment hearing ends, dems consider next steps (ASL - 11.22.19)

It's been a busy week for House investigators.

They've listened to days of testimony behind closed doors from seventeen witnesses with twelve of those also appearing publicly.

So what's next?

House Democrats are now moving one step closer to impeaching President Trump.

They are building their case that he orchestrated a plan to withhold military aid and a meeting at the White House from Ukraine in exchange for investigations into his political rivals.

Multiple Democratic sources tell CNN they are hoping to wrap up by Christmas including holding proceedings before the House Judiciary Committee, drawing up articles of impeachment against Trump and then holding a vote.

But the investigation has hit some roadblocks.

The White House and State Department are both blocking House Democrats from accessing important documents and having access to top administration officials allegedly involved in the scheme.

Still House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says they have enough evidence to press forward.

Trump has told his House allies to "keep fighting tough."

Sources say he's looking ahead to a possible impeachment trial by reportedly meeting with GOP senators including critic Mitt Romney.

11/23/2019
Sign1News 11.22.19

TODAY’S HEADLINES:
-Public impeachment hearing ends, dems consider next steps
-McDonald’s workers sue for risk of violence
-Teen develops ‘popcorn lung’ after vaping flavors or THC
-Program gives kids chicks to fight internet addiction
-Edible Arrangements selling CBD-infused edibles
-Christmas creep: Love it or leave it?

11/22/2019
Need a holiday gift? Checkout Sign1News’ online merchandise store (ASL - 11.21.19)

Need a holiday gift? Checkout Sign1News’ online merchandise store (ASL - 11.21.19)

In case you missed our announcement earlier this week the official Sign1News online merchandise store is now open!

And just in time for the holidays.

Check it out.

You can be one of the first to own a Sign1News hoodie, T-shirt, coffee mug, hat or backpack.

We even have items for kids, babies and pets too.

Just head to www.Sign1News.com/shop.

And if you order before November 29th, you will receive a 15-percent discount.

Sign1News: Your life, your language and now your style.

11/22/2019
Hollywood executive wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman (ASL - 11.21.19)

Hollywood executive wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman (ASL - 11.21.19)

"Harriet" film screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard says a Hollywood executive once suggested that white actress Julia Roberts play Harriet Tubman.

The recently released film tells the story of Harriet Tubman the iconic African-American abolitionist and activist.

Tubman escaped from slavery and helped hundreds of slaves find freedom during the U.S. Civil War era through the Underground Railroad.

In a recent interview with Focus Features Howard says about twenty years ago, an unnamed executive at Disney suggested Roberts be cast in the role of Tubman.

Howard says when someone suggested Roberts could not play the role, the executive responded, "It was so long ago. No one is going to know the difference."

Actress Cynthia Erivo ended up getting the part in the film.

There's no word whether anyone actually approached Julia Roberts about the role of Harriet Tubman.

But many on social media reacted to news about Roberts, upset that a white actress would be considered to portray Tubman.

11/22/2019
Uber may audio record trips for safety (ASL - 11.21.19)

Uber reportedly wants to start listening in on customer rides.

According to The Washington Post in December the ride-sharing company is going to test the feature in Latin America.

The idea of recording audio during rides is to provide better security for Uber customers.

This move comes after several high-profile assault scandals and growing safety concerns.

But implementing the plan in the U.S. will be challenging.

States have different laws regarding voice recordings and privacy.

An internal memo viewed by The Washington Post indicates Uber plans to test the feature in the U.S. soon.

Uber has not made a comment on the plan yet.

11/22/2019
Aniah Blanchard abduction witness says wife told him to 'stay out of it' (ASL - 11.21.19)

Aniah Blanchard abduction witness says wife told him to 'stay out of it' (ASL - 11.21.19)

During a hearing on Wednesday an unarmed witness testified that he believes he saw missing 19-year-old Aniah Blanchard being taken against her own will.

But he didn't come forward sooner because his wife told him to "stay out of it."

The witness testified he was present at an Auburn convenience store Blanchard was last seen in on October 23.

Two days later Blanchard's SUV was found damaged in Montgomery.

Ibraheem Yazeed is the man accused of kidnapping Blanchard.

On Wednesday Yazeed was ordered by a judge to submit a DNA sample after prosecutors presented evidence of a man being inside Blanchard's vehicle.

DNA evidence in the form of blood was found inside Blanchard's SUV and police say they believe she was harmed during the crime.

Officials confirmed the blood was Blanchard's.

Blanchard is the stepdaughter of ultimate fighting championship heavyweight Walt Harris.

The reward for helping to find Blanchard and any perpetrators involved in the case stands at more than $100,000.

11/22/2019
Sign1News goes behind the scenes of democratic debate (ASL - 11.21.19)

Sign1News goes behind the scenes of democratic debate (ASL - 11.21.19)

For the first first time in 27 years, a presidential debate was held in Georgia.

The event took place at Tyler Perry Studios as ten presidential hopefuls argued their case for why they are the best candidate to beat Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

But if you've ever wondered what it's like to cover a debate from the media's perspective, more specifically from a deaf media perspective, let me show you.

Sign1News MMJ Martha Anger, a team of interpreters and myself were at Tyler Perry's studios for the event.

And while the media coverage was thrilling, our team had its fair share of challenges too.

11/21/2019
Sign1News 11.21.19

TODAY’S HEADLINES:
-Sign1News goes behind the scenes of democratic debate
-Aniah Blanchard abduction witness says wife told him to 'stay out of it'
-Uber may audio record trips for safety
-Hollywood executive wanted Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman
-Need a holiday gift? Checkout Sign1News’ online merchandise store

11/21/2019

#ICYMI Drive thru customers beat employee over meal cost (11.21.19)

11/21/2019
Grammy nominees revealed (ASL - 11.20.19)

Grammy nominees revealed (ASL - 11.20.19)

On Wednesday the nominations for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards were announced.

Artist Lizzo who quickly rose to fame this year led among nominees with eight nominations.

And music industry newcomers Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X each earned six nominations apiece.

You can find the full list of nominees in all 80 categories on Grammy.com.

Alicia Keys announced she will host the ceremony for the second year on "CBS This Morning."

It is set to air on CBS January 26.

11/21/2019
Town throws birthday parade for special needs toddler (ASL - 11.20.19)

Town throws birthday parade for special needs toddler (ASL - 11.20.19)

Doctors said 3-year-old Nash Stineman with special needs wouldn't live to see his second birthday.

But he proved them wrong.

On Sunday, November 17 his town threw him a parade in Chicago, Illinois to celebrate his third birthday.

Nash has a rare neuromuscular disease known "SMARD" which causes muscular weakness and a sudden inability to breathe.

And there's no cure.

It also means he has a weak immune system and can't be around a lot of people, so the parade was the perfect birthday party.

Hundreds of people from his community came out to celebrate with him.

More than 100 trucks, jeeps and cars of all kinds drove down the family's street.

And instead of throwing out candy like a typical parade, there was banana pudding for Nash.

It's the only food Nash eats by mouth because he gets intravenous nutrition.

Nath's mom Brittany Stineman said it was surreal how may people wanted to celebrate her son.

Stineman started her own nonprofit called Smash SMARD, to find effective treatments for kids like Nash.

Since February, they've raised more than 2 million dollars.

11/21/2019
Breakstone's Cottage Cheese recalled (ASL - 11.20.19)

Breakstone's Cottage Cheese recalled (ASL - 11.20.19)

Thousands of cases of cottage cheese have been recalled because they may be contaminated with metal and plastic pieces.

The recall affects Breakstone's two-percent low-fat large curd cottage cheese, as well as their small and large curd four-percent cottage cheese.

The company says it has received six complaints from consumers, but no reports of anyone being injured.

However, Kraft Heinz says metal or plastic pieces can cause injury to the mouth, teeth, throat and stomach.

Don't eat the products and return them for a refund.

11/21/2019
Teen arrested in alleged church attack plot (ASL - 11.20.19)

Teen arrested in alleged church attack plot (ASL - 11.20.19)

A 16-year-old white high school student is in custody in Gainesville, Georgia for allegedly planning an attack on a historically black church.

Police say the girl had been planning to attack Bethel AME Church for weeks.

They say that she went so far as to show up at the church armed with butcher knives, with the intent of carrying out a knife attack on a small group of members of the church.

But when she arrived no one was there.

It was on Friday that an alert student at Gainesville High School overheard the girl's plans on the attack and notified a school resource officer who called police.

The girl was then taken into custody.

At a press conference the police chief in Gainesville called the girl "a racist."

The girl is being charged with criminal intent to commit murder, though authorities are considering on whether or not to charge her as an adult.

11/21/2019
Autistic teen missing in wilderness for ten days (ASL - 11.20.19)

Autistic teen missing in wilderness for ten days (ASL - 11.20.19)

16-year-old Wyoming teen Joey Peterson who has autism has been missing since November 10.

Investigators in Wyoming are using dogs and horses to help locate the teen.

Peterson left his rural home in Natrona County wearing just a hoodie and pajama pants.

On Saturday trackers located his footprints miles away from his house and headed toward a steep mountainous area.

Searchers have combed through 240 square miles of prairies, wooded areas, and bodies of water looking for Peterson.

On Tuesday they discovered new footprints which they hope will lead to find Peterson.

People with autism are known to sometimes wander off on their own and get lost.

Authorities do not suspect foul play in the case.

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