Trending today: First Tenn. woman charged under new pregnancy drug law; terrifying hailstorm caught on video

Published: Jul. 15, 2014 at 1:11 PM EDT
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Mallory Loyola, 26, of Tennessee, became the first person to be charged last week under a...
Mallory Loyola, 26, of Tennessee, became the first person to be charged last week under a controversial state law that can count illegal drug use during pregnancy as assault (Source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office).

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First TN woman charged under new pregnancy drug law

Last week, a woman in Tennessee became the first person to be charged under a controversial state law that can count illegal drug use during pregnancy as assault.

Mallory Loyola, 26, was arrested July 8 and charged with misdemeanor assault after she and her newborn tested positive for meth, WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tenn. reports. Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens told the local news station that Loyola admitted to smoking meth days before the birth of her child.

The law, which just went into effect earlier this month, allows a woman to be "prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant" if her infant is harmed by, or becomes addicted to, the drug. She can be charged with homicide if the baby dies.

Bivens hopes the arrest will deter other pregnant women from drug use. Critics of the law say it discourages women battling addiction from seeking treatment or pre-natal care.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee in particular has called the law "dangerous" and said it raises "serious constitutional concerns regarding equal treatment under the law."

The law does allow anyone charged, as a defense, to enter a treatment program while pregnant and complete it following the birth, WATE-TV reports.

Deadly hailstorm batters beachgoers in Siberia

Sunbathers at a beach in the large Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia on Saturday were hit with a sudden hailstorm as a cold front swept over.

Some of the hailstones were the size of "golf balls and hen eggs," according to media reports.

The terrifying video of the sudden storm was posted on YouTube. The video starts with people laughing but gets more serious as the storm intensifies.

Russian authorities said two children were killed by the same storm in a neighboring town.

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Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett dinner date captured in teen's selfie

Tom White, 16, saw the unlikely pair of Sir Paul McCartney and billionaire Warren Buffett sitting on a bench in Omaha, Nebraska after dinner.

So he did what any teenager in 2014 would do - he turned around, did the thumbs up and took a selfie. White posted the picture on Instagram.

The caption reads, "Chillin with my homies."

The Beatle and the Billionaire ate dinner at an Italian restaurant and had a couple of scoops of ice cream. Their night out instantly became a viral event on Twitter and Instagram.

Rescued sea turtle says 'thank you' in GoPro video

Two divers were spearfishing for tuna off the coast of Mexico earlier this year when they spotted a sea turtle caught in the line, Huffington Post reports.

The pair jumped in to save the turtle, with one working to remove the ropes caught around its left flipper and the other capturing the rescue on a GoPro.

The footage, shared with GoPro and posted on the company's YouTube page, shows the turtle swimming away once freed.

But then to their surprise, it circles back and stops just inches above the rescuer, almost to say "thank you."

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