Mon 15-DEC-2014 Early A.M. News Script

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- I'm ... And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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Families across Vermont are STILL in the dark this morning -- following last week's storm. At the height of the outages, officials say more than 100 thousand homes were without power. But, that number has been steadily decreasing. Officials say a slight warmup Sunday compounded the problem of snow-filled trees falling onto power lines. As of this morning, about 23-hundred customers remain without power. The outages are in all corners of the region. Officials say some outages could continue to stretch into later this week.

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State leaders say they have no regrets about a new contract with Fairpoint to build Vermont's next generation 9-1-1 system-- despite hundreds of public complaints, and a new investigation by the Public Service Board. The 11 Million dollar deal was signed last month, less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint's network knocked much of the current 911 system out of service for more than five hours. Enhanced 911 Director David Tucker says he remains confident in FairPoint's ability to build the new system and maintain it. The company worked on a similar system in Maine.

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Two people are lucky to be alive -- after their car was hit by an Amtrak train. This is what's left of the car. State police say it got stuck on the tracks at an un-gated railroad crossing on North Windsor Street in South Royalton Saturday night.. The collision tore the front of the car off and spun it before it came to a rest 20 feet down the track. Incredibly -- neither of the car's occupants were injured.

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Airfare sticker shock is getting the attention of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. The Democrat wants to know why ticket prices are so high despite what he describes as "record" airline profits and "rapidly declining" fuel costs. The International Air Transport Association forecasts airline profits to grow this year by 26 percent to $25 billion in estimated profits next year. Meanwhile, oil prices have dropped by 40 percent.

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Snowy owls have been spotted across Vermont, and this weekend, some lucky Vermonters got to see one up close. And so did Channel 3's Rose Spillman!

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Every year, the Vermont Institute of Natural Science-- better known as VINS, dedicates a Saturday in December to celebrate their feathered friend the snowy owl. This weekend guests were invited to the Quechee campus meet their resident female and have fun while learning about the arctic bird. (00:40:01 Tile 6915) ((Ashley Swasey/Trainer "Some ongoing crafts, some different educational activities so people can learn about the snowy here in Vermont as well as their home territory up in the arctic."00:40:11)) Guests were excited to meet the special owl made famous in part by the Harry Potter series, but some visitors simply loved the bird for its bold and uniquely colored feathers. (00:50:14 Tile 6927((Elsa Mccloy"I like them cause, cause they're very white."00:50:21)) This Snowy Owl Appreciation Day focused on both fun and education. Guests who already had an interest in owls were inspired by the experience. 00:51:27 "I love owls!." 00:51:29 (00:51:33 Tile 6928) ((Ella Dailey/9 "In fact I was thinking about being a scientist about animals when I grew up. First I wanted to be an astronaut when I was really little." 00:51:43)) VINS is just one place to get a glimpse at a snowy owl up close. Though the birds are native to the arctic, they are occasionally seen around the Green Mountain State. Rose Spillman, Channel 3 News, Quechee.

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(anchors introduce gary) Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Today: AM clouds Some afternoon sun Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: Light Tuesday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Rain/snow showers Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 42 Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 25 to 32 Highs: 30s Friday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 28 to 38 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 28 to 38 Sunday: Chance for snow showers Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 28 to 38

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A gunman has taken an Australian cafe -- and is holding hostages inside. The situation has been developing this morning, and Lauren Lyster has the latest.

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Police in Australia have surrounded a café in Sydney...where an unknown number of hostages are being held by at least one gunman. At one point, some people inside were reportedly forced to hold up a black and white flag with Arabic writing on it... However, authorities have not confirmed that the incident is terror related. The country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, is urging people to remain calm. Former Vice President Dick Cheney is pushing back against the scathing Senate report on harsh CIA interrogation techniques following 9-11. Yesterday, Cheney appeared on NBC's Meet the Press saying the methods used by the agency during the Bush era did not amount to torture...and that he would 'do it again in a minute.' But in an interview on CBS' Face the Nation, Republican Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, defended the report's release. And, a 1-point-1 trillion dollar spending bill is on its way to President Obama for his signature. The Senate voted 56-40 late on Saturday, despite reservations from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. The measure provides funds to run most of the government through the end of September next year. Those are some of the day's top stories. I'm Lauren Lyster CBS News New York.

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You may remember us telling you last week about the top trends on Facebook for 20-14. Well another social media giant -- says it's been keeping track -- and this year -- has been all about selfies. That's right... 20-14 has been named the year of the Selfie by Twitter. The word selfie -- has been mentioned a whopping 92-million times during the past year. That's a 500-percent increase in selfie mentions from 20-13. Twitter analyzes top trends and tweets each year -- and the top five topics were the world cup, bring-back-our-girls, indy-ref, the Hong Kong protests, and Black-Lives-Matter.

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This may be the new trend in Christmas light viewing -- by drone! Check out this bird's-eye view of this holiday light display in Richmond, Virginia. The homeowners have been decking out their place like this since 1999. This year... they used more than 170-THOUSAND lights, nearly 800 homemade decorations, 50 breakers, and 100 outlets. They say it took 537 HOURS to put it all up!!

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Take a look at this rare weather phenomenon seen Friday morning in the Grand Canyon. You can see a blanket of clouds essentially make it disappear in this time lapse. It's called a "total cloud inversion". It happens when warm air above keeps the clouds closer to the ground -- kind of like if you were to hold your hand above a helium balloon to keep it from rising. Usually this only happens about once a decade -- but is the second year in a row -- people have been able to witness this spectacular event.

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Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Welcome back! Anyone who's been on the roads in the last few days knows conditions can be tricky. This morning driving expert Mark Rocheford joins us in studio with some tips to keep us all safe. ((· Knowing what to pack in your emergency kit · Getting Stuck - Knowing what to do, and how to do it properly . Snow tires vs. All season -- where do you stand on the debate? · The proper way to break when a quick stop is required)) Mark Rocheford thanks for joining us!

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Coming up on the Channel 3 News... FIGHT ARRESTS -- police say a shotgun was fired during an argument in Royalton ... SANTA PHOTOS -- why a photo session went to the dogs... and HELP WANTED -- the new job openings in our region this morning.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Two men are facing charges this morning following a fight in Royalton involving a loaded shot gun. Police the fight ensued when 31 year-old Travis French Dyer wouldn't leave 35 year-old Jeremy Colsons house. That's when police say Colson came out of the home and fired a shot gun at the ground near Dyer. Dyer then attacked Colson -- and beat him up using the gun. Dyer was arrested for Aggravated Assault and Trespassing. Colson was hospitalized with minor injuries. He face a Reckless Endangerment charge for firing the gun.

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New York State police used social media to help catch an alleged robber in Plattsburgh. The robbery happened around 5:15 Saturday night at Bark's Shell Station. New York State Police posted surveillance photos on facebook -- and received a tip. They arrested 21-year-old Philip Taft and charged him with Robbery, Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. Police say Taft is currently on parole for previously robbing the Stewart's Shop in Peru.

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Some lucky four-legged friends had their pictures taken with Santa Sunday. At Play Dog Play in Burlington, dogs got their picture with St. Nick -- raising money for two rescue organizations that place dogs in new homes. Save our Strays and Pitbulls -- and More Animal Rescue put on the event.

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(***SOT***} (Eli Ferree/Burlington 37:19)(("That was interesting because our dogs are pretty young, pretty rambunctious, so it was kind of like herding cats.")) (47:55 Ryan Norton/Play Dog Play)(("It has turned into an opportunity for us to give back to the community and help a lot of different rescue organizations.")) It's an annual tradition. This was Santa's 20th Christmas posing with the dogs.

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We've got a number of job openings to tell you about in our region -- let's take a look at this morning's Help Wanted. Bourne's Energy is looking for an experienced oil and or L-P technician in the Barre, Waterbury and Morrisville areas. Applicants must have oil and or C-T-E-P certifications, at least 2 years' experience in the field and a solid reputation for quality work. Bournes is also hiring L-P and or oil delivery drivers. This position is for the Morrisville, Montpelier, Waterbury and Lyndonville areas -- depending on where you live. Applicants must have C-D-L class B or A -- Hazmat endorsement tanker endorsement. To apply you can head over to their website -- Bournes Energy -- dot com.

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Boot Hill Metal Benders in Monkton is looking to hire a sheet metal foreman. The fulltime position includes paid holidays and vacation time, a company vehicle with negotioable pay. The work is mainly ductwork for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems -- and will be both inside and outdoors work. Applicants must have a drivers license -- and the ability to measure, fabricate and install ductwork. Most of the work is in Addision, Chittenden and nearby counties. To apply -- you can call Andy Tracy at 802-989-0396.

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And Vermont Precision Tools in Swanton has several open jobs. The company is looking for an I-T Manager to join their team and help grow their technical infrastructure for their 3 facility operation. Candidates should have a technical degree, 5-8 years of related experience and have strong project management and problem solving skills. Vermont Precision Tools is also hiring an Associate Technology Analyst - who would be tasked with technical work on a variety of end-user programs and applications. Applicants should have a technical degree, 2-4 of experience and strong time management and interpersonal skills. To apply you can email a resume to H-R at -- Vermont Gage dot com. For a complete list on how to apply to these jobs -- you can check out our website -- www.wcax.com. If you have open jobs you would like to post -- you can email Help Wanted at wcax.com.

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(anchors introduce gary) Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Today: AM clouds Some afternoon sun Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: Light Tuesday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Rain/snow showers Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 42 Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 25 to 32 Highs: 30s Friday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 28 to 38 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 28 to 38 Sunday: Chance for snow showers Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 28 to 38

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Good morning everyone... A great chance for the uvm men's and women's basketball teams to build some momentum Sunday afternoon... The hoopcats hosting Wagner in a rare doubleheader at Patrick Gym. (((TRT:3:00 OC: STANDARD)))

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(((Starting with the men's game... Hector Harold missing the game with a foot injury but Brendan Kilpatrick returning from a head injury... --- Vermont needs both at full strength ASAP... First field goal on the day coming 10 minutes into the game. Brandon Hatton for 3 of his 10 points. --- Then the feed goes to Kilpatrick who buries three. Vermont within 1. --- Trae Bell Haynes with a team high 16 points including the first half lay-up as the Cats take 27-22 lead into the break. --- The Lead grows to 15 early in the second half, off the back door feed, Dre Wills slams it home. 11 for Wills. --- Wagner cuts the lead to 3 with under 7 to play, but with the shot clock winding down, Cam Ward banks home a clutch three. --- Vermont takes it from there beating Wagner 61-47 improving to 5-4 on the season. ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- --------- (((TRT:28 OC: WE'RE GOOD))) (((John Becker//"You can say this game was ugly and not pretty. We did a lot of things we have to clean up, but we did a lot of good things. Wagner's been a team that has been a really good program in the past. They can in hungry for a win and we found a way to win."))) (((Trae Bell-Haynes (16-21)/"Coming off of exams and having a week before our last game, things got kind of sloppy, but the good part about it was the defense was there for most of the game. We're concerned more about the defense than the offense, so as long as the offense is there, we're good."))) ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- In the late game, the Vermont women off their first win looking to make it back to back against 0-7 Wagner --- Not looking good early... Kayla Burchill jumper at the first half buzzer. But Cats down 11... --- Fast forward, tied at 65, less than 20 sec to go, Jasmine Nwajei 3 of her game-high 39 ....Wagner up 3. --- Vermont answers back ... Six second left, Sydney Smith with a must-have 3, we're going to overtime at 68 all... Smith with 25... a career high for the sixth straight game... --- And then in OT... All Niki Taylor for the hoopcats... She comes alive with 10 of her 16 points in the extra session... 2 and the foul here... --- Vermont rallies past Wagner 82-75 in OT... They've won 2 in a row ... ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- (((TRT: 21 OC: WE'RE COMING BACK... Our team has learn to never quit, even though things weren't going well... We kept fighting and a lot of people stepped up... Vermont basketball is here, we're going to fight and win as many games as we can... We're coming back... ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- And congratulations to Milton high school lacrosse coach Trevor Wagar (WAY-GER)... Wagar scored two goals Sunday to help the Toronto Rock defeat the Rochester KnightHawks 15-7 in a national league lacrosse exhibition game at the Bell Centre... That's the sportswrap, I'm Dylan Scott, have a great day!)))

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Many Vermonters are starting their work week in the dark this morning... as utility crews work around the clock to try to get the power back on from last week's nor'easter. At the height of the outages, officials say more than 100 thousand homes were without power. But, that number has been steadily decreasing. They say more snow-filled trees fell onto power lines during the slight warmup Sunday. Right now, about 2-thousand customers remain without power. It's unclear when everyone will be back online.

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Two people are lucky to be alive after their car was hit by an Amtrak train. State police say the car got stuck on the tracks at an ungated railroad crossing on North Windsor Street in South Royalton Saturday evening. That train was going nearly 60 miles an hour -- and had 71 passengers on board. As you can see from that photo, the collision tore the front of the car off and spun it before it came to a rest 20 feet down the track. Incredibly -- neither of the car's occupants were injured, and the train wasn't damaged.

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A gunman is holding hostages at a chocolate shop in Australia this morning. Hostages have been forced to stand by the window with their hands pressed against the glass. So far -- five people have escaped. Two of them appeared to be employees of the shop where the hostages have been held for hours. Three other people fled the building through a fire exit. The state's premier says they will get through this.

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(((Mike Baird, NSW Premier)- We are being tested today in Sydney, police are being tested, the public is being tested. Whatever the test, we will face it head on. We will remain a strong, democratic, civil soceity.)) A flag with an Islamic phrase was held up to the cafe's window. Police have had contact with the hostage-taker, but they're not saying anything about his motives.

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Back here in the U-S ... A 1-point-1 trillion dollar spending bill is headed to the President's desk for his signature today. The bill funds nearly the entire government through September 30th of next year and avoids the threat of another government shutdown. Supporters say it aims to boost manufacturing and funds key projects. However, the bill received a no vote from 40 Senators including New York's (Kursten Jill-a-brand) Kirsten Gillibrand and Vermont's Bernie Sanders. Sanders has said the bill lacks regulation for big banks and ignores the needs of the middle class.

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Sky rocketing airfares have caught the attention of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. The Democrat wants to know why ticket prices are so high despite what he described as "record" airline profits and "rapidly declining" fuel costs. The International Air Transport Association forecasts airline profits to grow this year by 26 percent to $25 billion in estimated profits next year. Meanwhile, oil prices have dropped by 40 percent.

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Plus -- check out these images from a spectacular meteor shower that dazzled stargazers over the weekend. The Geminid meteor shower happens each year in mid-December when the Earth encounters debris from an extinct comet.

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And -- that's a wrap. Gary, over to you.

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Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Welcome back --this morning in Everything Animals we are focusing on Horse Allergies. Dr. Toby Pinn joins us now good morning. What types of allergies are most commonly seen in horses? -Insect hypersensitivity -Respiratory allergies to mold/dust in environment -Food allergies are less common What is the most common insect allergy? -In the summer some horses are incredibly allergic to small biting midges of the culicoides family -Horses are allergic to the proteins in the biting midge's saliva -Horses with this allergy will cause self trauma and sometimes infections where they are the most itchy (under the belly, around the udder and sheath, legs, ears). -Treated by minimizing exposure to these midges through the use of fans, fly sheets, fly spray -Some horses will require treatment with anti-histamines and steroids How do you know if a horse is having an allergic reaction? -Hives on the skin -Intense itching - Increased respiratory effort, coughing and exercise intolerance (coughing during exercise) are symptoms seen in horses with allergies to mold/dust in environment Are respiratory allergies common in horses? -Heaves, also called recurrent airway obstruction, is a respiratory condition in horses that have hypersensitivities to mold/dust in the environment. ---Typically seen in horses older than 15 years of age. This condition is compared to COPD in people. ---Clinical signs include spontaneous coughing, nasal discharge, increased respiratory effort when at rest, exercise intolerance, development of a 'heave' line on their sides behind the rib cage. ---Treated by making environmental modifications: increasing turnout time, improving barn ventilation, soaking hay, avoiding dusty environments ---Medication may be required - systemic steroids, bronchodilators to open the airways (clenbuterol) ---Inhalers before exercise and for maintenance Do younger horses have respiratory allergies as well? -Inflammatory Airway Disease is seen in younger horses. -These horses show exercise intolerance and may have spontaneous cough and airway mucous, but no increased respiratory effort at rest. Is there a way to determine what a horse is specifically allergic to? -Skin testing is the recommended method for allergy testing in a horse -Skin testing involves injecting small amounts of different allergens under the skin and watching for a hive to form at the injection site.

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Good morning it's 5:00 -- It's nice to have you with us. I'm Keith McGilvery. I'm Ali Freeman. And I'm ... Gary Sadowsky

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weather intro (anchors thank in 3-shot-transition to lead story)

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Utility crews are working this morning to restore power to those who are still in the dark from last week's storm. At the height of the outages, officials say more than 100 thousand homes were without power. But, that number has been steadily decreasing. Officials say a slight warmup Sunday compounded the problem of snow-filled trees falling onto power lines. As of this morning, about 23-hundred customers remain without power. The outages are in all corners of the region. Officials say some outages could continue to stretch into later this week.

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State leaders say they have no regrets about a new contract with Fairpoint to build Vermont's next generation 9-1-1 system-- despite hundreds of public complaints, and a new investigation by the Public Service Board. The 11 Million dollar deal was signed last month, less than three weeks before problems on FairPoint's network knocked much of the current 911 system out of service for more than five hours. Enhanced 911 Director David Tucker says he remains confident in FairPoint's ability to build the new system and maintain it. The company worked on a similar system in Maine.

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Two people are lucky to be alive -- after their car was hit by an Amtrak train. This is what's left of the car. State police say it got stuck on the tracks at an un-gated railroad crossing on North Windsor Street in South Royalton Saturday night.. The collision tore the front of the car off and spun it before it came to a rest 20 feet down the track. Incredibly -- neither of the car's occupants were injured.

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Airfare sticker shock is getting the attention of New York Senator Chuck Schumer. The Democrat wants to know why ticket prices are so high despite what he describes as "record" airline profits and "rapidly declining" fuel costs. The International Air Transport Association forecasts airline profits to grow this year by 26 percent to $25 billion in estimated profits next year. Meanwhile, oil prices have dropped by 40 percent.

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Taking the kids to see Santa is a holiday tradition for many. But what about the pooches as well? Alex Apple explains.

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((Say cheese NAT)) It's a timeless tradition. Photos with santa. On Sunday humans were out of the picture...in their place -- dogs. ((Jingle Bella Ho ho ho)) This is Bella -- a seven month old rescue dog from South Carolina. (45:08 Donna Aviano/Milton)(("It's a fun time to come out here and meet santa with Bella.")) Bella was at a shelter and one day away from being euthanized when she found a home. (45:23 Donna Aviano)(("She was in a shelter and on the kill list at five months old.")) Donna Aviano adopted Bell and Sunday -- for her first Christmas -- brought her to see Santa at Play Dog Play -- a doggie daycare in Burlington. (48:57 Ryan Norton/Play Dog Play)(("It has turned into an opportunity for us to give back to the community and help a lot of different rescue organizations.")) Every photo raised money for Save our Strays and Pitbulls and More Animal Rescue -- - two companies that help dogs like Bella find a home. (45:51 Donna Aviano)(("She's great. She's so lovable everyone she meets she just wants to hug and kiss them.")) With extra kisses reserved for jolly Ole St. Nick. (41:08 Santa Claus/North Pole)(("Most of em ask for dog treats and a loving forever home.")) (Eli Ferree/Burlington 37:19)(("That was interesting because our dogs are pretty young, pretty rambunctious, so it was kind of like herding cats.")) Eli Ferree's pitbull puppy was a little too excited to sit with Santa. -- but after bribing him with treats -- Kohee settled down for his Kodak moment. It's Santa's 20th year posing with the puppies -- and he's taken a liking to the Green Mountains. (41:23 Santa)(("This weather is terrific. Makes me feel right at home.")) And he says he'll return Christmas day with a promise of an extra chew toy under the tree for Bella and her furry friends.. Alex Apple channel three news in Burlington.

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(anchors introduce gary) Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Today: AM clouds Some afternoon sun Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: Light Tuesday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Rain/snow showers Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 42 Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 25 to 32 Highs: 30s Friday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 28 to 38 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 28 to 38 Sunday: Chance for snow showers Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 28 to 38

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Five people have escaped from a cafe in Sydney Australia... where a gunman is holding hostages this morning. It's unclear what the gunman wants -- but he is speaking with police. Don Champion has the latest.

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Police officers in riot gear positioned themselves outside the Lindt chocolate café in central Sydney, guns drawn...as an armed suspect held hostages inside. Hours into the incident...several hostages emerged from the building safely. Authorities are now working to ensure others are can get alive, too. (SOT New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn) We will work with these people to find out some more information. It's really important I stressed that our number one aim is to resolve this incident peacefully." Witnesses say the whole thing started when the gunman walked into the café and showed his weapon. 8 hours into the siege- hostages called local media outlets relaying the gunman's demands. "he has asked that an isil flag be broght to the lint café" "a second one is that the gunman is demanding to speak directly with prime minister tony abbott" As THE siege unfolded, the heart of Sydney's financial district went into lockdown and buildings were evacuated. At one point, some of the hostages were seen holding up a black flag with white Arabic writing on it, touching off fears of terrorism. (SOT Andrew Scipione, police commissioner for the state of New South Wales) "at this stage that is something we couldn't rule out. We're not tagging it at this stage." The flag resembles one flown by militants with the Islamic state. Australia has been backing the U-S in its efforts against the group in Iraq and Syria. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is urging citizens to remain calm and not to jump to conclusions...as authorities work to establish a true motive. Don Champion CBS News.

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Police are monitoring a Massachusetts beach this morning -- after a grim discovery... Investigators say a resident walking his dog -- spotted what looked like human bones on the shore of Plum Island over the weekend. Police were called in -- and found additional bones further down the beach. After a four hour search combing the area -- they say even more remains were found last night. The medical examiner will now work to identify the remains, while authorities revisit missing person cases.

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If you want Maine lobster this year -- fisherman say prepare to pay more. Maine lobster fishermen say the 20-14 season appears to have resulted in a lower catch than the previous two years. That means slightly higher prices for consumers. They say it was still a productuve year -- but don't expect to touch the 125-million pounds caught last year.

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A Worcester, Massachusetts newborn has a pretty memorable birthday. Baby Clare Elizabeth Keane was born at 10-11pm on Saturday the 13th. That makes her big day 10-11 ON 12-13-14. She weighed 7-pounds and 2 ounces. Baby Clare and her family are all doing well.

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You may remember us telling you last week about the top trends on Facebook for 20-14. Well another social media giant -- says it's been keeping track -- and this year -- has been all about selfies. That's right... 20-14 has been named the year of the Selfie by Twitter. The word selfie -- has been mentioned a whopping 92-million times during the past year. That's a 500-percent increase in selfie mentions from 20-13. Twitter analyzes top trends and tweets each year -- and the top five topics were the world cup, bring-back-our-girls, indy-ref, the Hong Kong protests, and Black-Lives-Matter.

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This may be the new trend in Christmas light viewing -- by drone! Check out this bird's-eye view of a holiday light display in Richmond, Virginia. The homeowners have been decking out their place like this since 1999. This year... they used more than 170-THOUSAND lights, nearly 800 homemade decorations, 50 breakers, and 100 outlets. They say it took 537 HOURS to put it all up!!

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Take a look at this rare weather phenomenon seen Friday morning at the Grand Canyon. You can see a blanket of clouds essentially makes it disappear in this time lapse. It's called a "total cloud inversion". It happens when warm air above keeps the clouds closer to the ground -- kind of like if you were to hold your hand above a helium balloon to keep it from rising. Usually this only happens about once a decade -- but is the second year in a row -- people have been able to witness this spectacular event.

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Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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More men are winning in their battles against breast cancer. Eboni Williams has that story and more in this morning's healthwatch.

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THERE IS GOOD NEWS FOR MEN WITH BREAST CANCER…THEY'RE SURVIVING THE DISEASE AT A HIGHER RATE…BUT STILL NOT AS HIGH AS WOMEN. RESULTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL MALE BREAST CANCER PROGRAM SHOW THAT BREAST CANCERS ARE DIFFERENT FOR MEN AND WOMEN, BUT MALE PATIENTS ARE NOT MANAGED AS WELL AS FEMALES. MALE BREAST CANCER ACCOUNTS FOR LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF ALL CANCER DIAGNOSES. (e-cigs) MORE TEENS IN THE U.S. ARE USING E-CIGARETTES. SCIENTISTS IN HAWAII FOUND 30 PERCENT OF TEENS SURVEYED HAD TRIED E-CIGARETTES, THAT'S THREE-TIMES AS MANY IN 2011 AND 2012. RESEARCHERS SAY LACK OF SALE REGULATIONS, HIGHER TAXES ON TRADITIONAL CIGARETTES AND AGGRESSIVE MARKETING MAY BE REASONS SALES ARE UP. (food - mostly baked goods) AND BRITISH SCIENTISTS HAVE DEVELOPED A NEW INGREDIENT THAT CAN BE ADDED TO FOOD TO MAKE YOU FEEL MORE FULL. THE INGREDIENT CONTAINS THE NATURAL SUBSTANCE PRO-PIE-ON-ATE WHICH STIMULATES THE RELEASE OF HORMONES TO REDUCE HUNGER. INITIAL TESTS IN OVERWEIGHT PEOPLE SHOW IT CAN HELP PREVENT MORE WEIGHT GAIN. . THOSE ARE SOME OF THIS DAY'S TOP HEALTH STORIES. EBONI WILLIAMS, CBS NEWS, NEW YORK.

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On the Channel 3 News this morning... A TRAIN - CAR COLLISION ... The miracle ending for two people in a car smashed by an amtrak train. GINGERBREAD HOUSES -- using a seasonal treat to get kids interested in the arts... and HELP WANTED -- the new job openings in our region this morning.

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But before we get to those stories -- let's take a quick look at how the weather is shaping up this morning.

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Two people are lucky to be alive this morning after their car was hit by an Amtrak train. This is what's left of the car. State police say it got stuck on the tracks at an un-gated railroad crossing on North Windsor Street in South Royalton Saturday night. The collision tore the front of the car off and spun it before it came to a rest 20 feet down the track. Miraculously -- neither of the car's occupants were injured. The train continued onward after a slight delay.

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Two men are facing charges this morning following a fight in Royalton involving a loaded shot gun. Police the fight ensued when 31 year-old Travis French Dyer wouldn't leave 35 year-old Jeremy Colsons house. That's when police say Colson came out of the home and fired a shot gun at the ground near Dyer. Dyer then attacked Colson -- and beat him up using the gun. Dyer was arrested for Aggravated Assault and Trespassing. Colson was hospitalized with minor injuries. He face a Reckless Endangerment charge for firing the gun.

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Kids in Burlington spent part of the weekend celebrating the arts -- by giving a seasonal favorite a try. Eliza Larson was along for the fun.

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Burlington has a few new architects in town... (TC 00:15:48:26 Title 7004) ((Emi Bedrosian/Gingerbread House Maker "It has four sides and I put a face on the top. And then I put little green M&Ms around it." 00:15:58:18)) That is... if they don't eat their materials first. (TC 00:17:59:16 Title 7006) ((Aziza Kasanga/Gingerbread House Maker "It has a pretzel pathway and there's lots of gumdrops." 00:18:06:24)) (TC 00:17:27:02 Title 7004) ((Emi Bedrosian/Gingerbread House Maker "They were yummy." 00:17:27:22)) Children and parents were at the One Arts Center in Burlington's north end Sunday morning... building houses made of graham crackers... Frosting... and their favorite Christmas candies. (TC 00:11:10:10 Title 713) ((Becca McHale/ONE Arts Center "candy canes, gum drops, M&M's, Christmas candy corn, candy cane hershey's kisses." 00:11:25:28)) ONE Arts Center Co-founder Becca McHale said the graham cracker house building not only brings kids and families out to enjoy a holiday activity together... But also allows people to let their creative side show. (TC 00:11:53:20 Title 713) ((Becca McHale/ONE Arts Center "It feels really good to be able to fill a place and create more of an arts presence in the old north end." 00:11:18:28)) ONE Arts Center works with artists from all over Vermont to promote and sell their work. But apart from show casing pieces in their shop in Burlington... McHale and her partner invite the community in to experience local artwork... and create some of their own. (TC 00:12:19:20 Title 713) ((Becca McHale/ONE Arts Center "One of the things we experience is that people are kind of scared to jump into an artistic activity and sometimes even children are - they think well my artwork isn't very good and we think that's really sad. We think that creative expression is an important part of personal growth and we want to be able to provide opportunities for everyone of all ages to explore that part of themselves." 00:12:47:10)) I sat down with a few of the graham cracker house artists and had them talk me through their creative process. (TC 00:16:16:08 Title 7004) ((Emi Bedrosian/Gingerbread House Maker "This is the face, and this is the way they go. And this is the way they walk.. walk... walk... " 00:16:28:29)) It was obvious these kids were pro's (TC 00:19:17:06 Title 7006) ((Aziza Kasanga/Gingerbread House Maker "This isn't the first time, but it's the first time I've made one with graham crackers." 00:19:20:15)) But the best part of the day... (TC 00:18:59:12 Title 7006) ((Aziza Kasanga/Gingerbread House Maker "Three licks. mmmm five?" 00:19:05:28)) Was getting a chance to sample their work in the end. Eliza Larson, Channel 3 News, Burlington.

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We've got a number of job openings to tell you about in our region -- let's take a look at this morning's Help Wanted. Bourne's Energy is looking for an experienced oil and or L-P technician in the Barre, Waterbury and Morrisville areas. Applicants must have oil and or C-T-E-P certifications, at least 2 years' experience in the field and a solid reputation for quality work. Bournes is also hiring L-P and or oil delivery drivers. This position is for the Morrisville, Montpelier, Waterbury and Lyndonville areas -- depending on where you live. Applicants must have C-D-L class B or A -- Hazmat endorsement tanker endorsement. To apply you can head over to their website -- Bournes Energy -- dot com.

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Boot Hill Metal Benders in Monkton is looking to hire a sheet metal foreman. The fulltime position includes paid holidays and vacation time, a company vehicle with negotioable pay. The work is mainly ductwork for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning systems -- and will be both inside and outdoors work. Applicants must have a drivers license -- and the ability to measure, fabricate and install ductwork. Most of the work is in Addision, Chittenden and nearby counties. To apply -- you can call Andy Tracy at 802-989-0396.

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And Vermont Precision Tools in Swanton has several open jobs. The company is looking for an I-T Manager to join their team and help grow their technical infrastructure for their 3 facility operation. Candidates should have a technical degree, 5-8 years of related experience and have strong project management and problem solving skills. Vermont Precision Tools is also hiring an Associate Technology Analyst - who would be tasked with technical work on a variety of end-user programs and applications. Applicants should have a technical degree, 2-4 of experience and strong time management and interpersonal skills. To apply you can email a resume to H-R at -- Vermont Gage dot com. For a complete list on how to apply to these jobs -- you can check out our website -- www.wcax.com. If you have open jobs you would like to post -- you can email Help Wanted at wcax.com.

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(anchors introduce gary) Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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Today: AM clouds Some afternoon sun Highs: 28 to 35 Wind: Light & variable Tonight: Partly cloudy Lows: 12 to 22 Wind: Light Tuesday: Some AM sun Increasing clouds Highs: 33 to 40 Wind: SSE 5 to 15 mph Extended: Wednesday: Rain/snow showers Lows: 28 to 35 Highs: 35 to 42 Thursday: Snow showers Lows: 25 to 32 Highs: 30s Friday: Mostly cloudy Chance for a few snow showers Lows: 20s Highs: 28 to 38 Hyper-Extended: Saturday: Partly cloudy Lows: 15 to 25 Highs: 28 to 38 Sunday: Chance for snow showers Lows: 18 to 28 Highs: 28 to 38

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Finding a place to play indoors -- especially with a bunch of energetic kids -- is often a challenge in the winter. But in Montreal -- they're taking indoor fitness to new heights. Cat Viglienzoni takes us inside this unique trampoline center in Destination Recreation.

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iSaute seems like something out of a child's dream. An entire center -- where you can jump EVERYWHERE. ((SOT Justin Flores, iSaute 100009 Jumping on trampolines is like the first time you jumped on the bed and your parents said no, you can't do that. But here, you can do it 15)) NATS show Most of the employees here are acrobats -- and while it's quiet enough here on weekday afternoons for them to put on their own shows, they say evenings here are packed as people come in to escape the cold -- and push their limits. NATS? In one room, trampolines fill the floor... in another, you and friends can take dodgeball to the next level... or even try your hand at dunking a basket. NATS basketball? ((SOT Justin Flores 5755 It's not just a kid thing. It's really funny. A lot of adults actually go over there just to experience how to dunk 03)) And it's a way to put some fun into a winter fitness routine. ((SOT Justin Flores 5636 Cat: Is this more of a workout than people think they are getting? Justin: A lot more. Much more 40)) He says jumping for an hour will push beginners -- and if you're more athletic, you may be able to go for two hours. ((SOT Justin Flores, iSaute 5947 Cat: What's your experience when you jump? What does it feel like? 50 Justin: Free. Really free. Like you feel like you could do whatever you want 54)) Even if you FEEL like you can do whatever you want -- as I found out, you still need a lot of practice to make it actually happen. And that's where the foam pits come in. ((SOT 10031 Cat: What's the easiest jump I can do? 33 Instructor: Front flip. 34)) ((SHOW the guy's demo)) He makes a front flip look easy. But there's a lot of coordination involved. ((SOT 10143 Instructor: Set high, and then once you're at your maximum, start curving, put your head inside your stomach, and try to grab your shins. 48)) But my first attempt looked less like a front flip... and more like a cannonball. NATS? The second time was a bit more successful. ((SOT 10240 NATS second jump... yeah! 43)) Getting yourself out of the pit... is also harder than it looks. But once I tried one flip -- I wanted to do more. ((SOT 10329 Cat: What's another one people do? Instructor: Backflip. Just the other way around. Cat: Okay.)) This one required more practice -- and it started with learning how to fall. ((SOT 10347 Instructor: You have to jump, push your hips forwards and then fall onto your back. 51)) Jumping without seeing where you are going... is intimidating... ... and while it will be a long time before I look like the pros -- a soft foam pit certainly beats landing on the ground. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Montreal.

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Good morning everyone... A great chance for the uvm men's and women's basketball teams to build some momentum Sunday afternoon... The hoopcats hosting Wagner in a rare doubleheader at Patrick Gym. (((TRT:3:00 OC: STANDARD)))

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(((Starting with the men's game... Hector Harold missing the game with a foot injury but Brendan Kilpatrick returning from a head injury... --- Vermont needs both at full strength ASAP... First field goal on the day coming 10 minutes into the game. Brandon Hatton for 3 of his 10 points. --- Then the feed goes to Kilpatrick who buries three. Vermont within 1. --- Trae Bell Haynes with a team high 16 points including the first half lay-up as the Cats take 27-22 lead into the break. --- The Lead grows to 15 early in the second half, off the back door feed, Dre Wills slams it home. 11 for Wills. --- Wagner cuts the lead to 3 with under 7 to play, but with the shot clock winding down, Cam Ward banks home a clutch three. --- Vermont takes it from there beating Wagner 61-47 improving to 5-4 on the season. ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- ---------------------- --------- (((TRT:28 OC: WE'RE GOOD))) (((John Becker//"You can say this game was ugly and not pretty. We did a lot of things we have to clean up, but we did a lot of good things. Wagner's been a team that has been a really good program in the past. They can in hungry for a win and we found a way to win."))) (((Trae Bell-Haynes (16-21)/"Coming off of exams and having a week before our last game, things got kind of sloppy, but the good part about it was the defense was there for most of the game. We're concerned more about the defense than the offense, so as long as the offense is there, we're good."))) ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- In the late game, the Vermont women off their first win looking to make it back to back against 0-7 Wagner --- Not looking good early... Kayla Burchill jumper at the first half buzzer. But Cats down 11... --- Fast forward, tied at 65, less than 20 sec to go, Jasmine Nwajei 3 of her game-high 39 ....Wagner up 3. --- Vermont answers back ... Six second left, Sydney Smith with a must-have 3, we're going to overtime at 68 all... Smith with 25... a career high for the sixth straight game... --- And then in OT... All Niki Taylor for the hoopcats... She comes alive with 10 of her 16 points in the extra session... 2 and the foul here... --- Vermont rallies past Wagner 82-75 in OT... They've won 2 in a row ... ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- (((TRT: 21 OC: WE'RE COMING BACK... Our team has learn to never quit, even though things weren't going well... We kept fighting and a lot of people stepped up... Vermont basketball is here, we're going to fight and win as many games as we can... We're coming back... ---------------------- ---------------------- ----------- And congratulations to Milton high school lacrosse coach Trevor Wagar (WAY-GER)... Wagar scored two goals Sunday to help the Toronto Rock defeat the Rochester KnightHawks 15-7 in a national league lacrosse exhibition game at the Bell Centre... That's the sportswrap, I'm Dylan Scott, have a great day!)))

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Quiet start to the week - a little sun by this afternoon. Clipper system will bring some rain/snow shower activity Tuesday night, Wednesday. Some leftover snow showers Thu. & Friday. Saturday looks good, chance for snow or rain on Sunday.

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What's black and white ... and perhaps the LAST thing you'd expect to see in Vermont? Cat Viglienzoni takes us to Reading for a sight you're going to have to see to believe.

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The Osgood's property in Reading looks like any other Vermont December scene, with its covered bridge and barn coated in snow. But inside that barn is something you won't see anywhere else in the state. ((NATS 3110 Hey Zeuster, hi....)) A zebra. ((SOT 3349 Cat: Why a zebra? Debbie: I've always wanted a zebra 53)) And Debbie Osgood found that there were no restrictions against having zebras. So seven years ago... they got Zeus when he was just 10 weeks old. ((SOT Debbie 3342 So he's lived his whole life in Vermont 45)) ((NATS 3456 I think he likes you! Cat: I think he does ... )) Like me, Zeus is a California transplant... and both of us know what it's like to see a Vermont winter for the first time. ((SOT Debbie Osgood/Zebra Owner 3546 the first time that it snowed he went running out the barn door like he usually does and all four feet landed in the snow and he just stood there like a statue 55)) ((STANDUP CAT 5555 Now in the winter when Zeus really can't go outside, they do running games indoors here for him to get his exercise. But in the summertime, there are 300 acres out there that are all his to roam 05)) ((SOT Debbie 4105 They typically don't cross waters, they don't like water. 09 Doesn't go in the woods. So whenever we let them out on the property, they know their boundaries 15 And we just close the gate on the bridge and they roam the hillside 20)) Which, she says, can lead to some interesting moments for drivers passing by. ((SOT 4517 He'll be up running around on the hill and cars will just stop 22 'I think I thought I saw a zebra!' (laughs) 26)) Osgood says she often gets asked to bring Zeus off the property -- but it's too risky. She says he spooks easily -- and his kick is five times stronger than a horse's. She also decided not to ride him. ((SOT Debbie 4204 I just wanted him to be a pet. And he so is 08)) Zeus eats alfalfa and apples -- just like a horse. ((NATS 3130 You love getting brushed)) But unlike horses -- his mane, hooves, and tail don't need to be trimmed. And his barn is heated so he doesn't get too cold in the winter. ((SOT 4453 Cat: How do you tell if they're kissing or biting? Debbie: He'll lick you. 54 And a lot of times what he's doing with that smile is -- it's a smile. 59)) Osgood says Zeus's personality is a bit like a dog, crossed with a cat, and throw in a bit of horse. He's sweet and smart, but he's also wary of anything new in his space, and he can tell if you're scared of him. As our photographer Darin found out -- he's also very curious. ((3754 great NATS from Darin "he just stuck his nose in my pocket!")) And though he has several animal friends in the barn with him -- Osgood says Zeus likes to have only one BEST friend. ((SOT Debbie 4025 I'm his best friend. If my husband is up here with me, he will be very protective of me. He'll circle me, and he won't let him get too close 34)) But Zeus is not a fan of the snow, so it may be a few months before you'll see his black and white stripes outside. ((NATS Debbie 4000 Think if you go out there too many times it'll turn to green grass again? 04)) A zebra out of place... yet also at home... in Vermont. Cat Viglienzoni, Channel 3 News, Reading.


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