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9 Investigates pot for pets

It's a hot trend in pain relief for dogs and cats, but is it truly soothing or a new fad?

We've told you about CBD oil, the supplement derived from the marijuana or hemp plant. It’s sold everywhere from health food stores for humans and now animal groomers for pets. 

9 Investigates breaks down the science behind it and separates fact from fiction on the new alternative treatment for animals.

Watch this story Monday on Channel 9 Eyewitness News at 5:45 p.m.

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Mario Batali faces criminal investigation, NYPD officials say 

The New York Police Department is investigating celebrity chef Mario Batali, but police haven’t said exactly what they are investigating

CBS News reported on “60 Minutes” that multiple former female employees of  The Spotted Pig, a restaurant that caters to the rich and famous in New York, claim that Batali and the co-owner of the eatery, Ken Freidman, sexually harassed or assaulted them.

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Trish Nelson called Batali a monster, saying “Behind the scenes, he’s hurtful and he does not respect women.”

Nelson told Anderson Cooper for the “60 Minutes” interview that Batali was called “The Red Menace” and a warning would go out when he was expected to show up at the restaurant.

Other employees told “60 Minutes” of times they claim Batali would grab them and come on to female servers, making inappropriate comments.

A woman who did not want to be named said that Batali drugged her in 2005. She woke up by herself in a room on the third floor of The Spotted Pig. The woman was an employee at Babbo, one of Batali’s restaurants. He had invited her to The Spotted Pig for a party. They drank white wine together when she said she lost time.

“I remember a moment where I was on his lap, kissing him. Like he was kissing me. And then I remember throwing up -- in a toilet. And that is all,” the woman told 60 Minutes.

The woman said she woke up, alone, in an empty room. She said she saw empty bottles and had deep scratches on her leg. 

“The first thing I think is, ‘I’ve been drugged.’ That was the first thing I thought is, ‘I’ve been -- I’ve been assaulted.’” the woman told 60 Minutes.

The woman returned to work hours after waking up, when she said that Batali called into the restaurant. She claims he wouldn’t talk to her when she asked what happened the night before.

She spoke with a detective from the NYPD, but declined to file a report, 60 Minutes reported

Batali responded to the accusations, telling 60 Minutes via a statement, “I vehemently deny the allegation that I sexually assaulted this woman.”

B&B Hospitality Group, the restaurant group founded by Batali and Joe Bastianich, told Fox News that the company is breaking ties with Batali, saying, “The accounts tonight were chilling and deeply disturbing. This was the first we learned of them. Our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending.”

In December, Batali was fired from “The Chew” on ABC and has left day-to-day operations from his businesses, NBC News reported.

Florida's hurricane fund flush with cash entering storm season

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida fund that helps private insurers pay out claims after a hurricane remains in good shape heading into a storm season.

Read: 5 things to know before hurricane season

Despite losses from Hurricane Irma, estimates show the Florida Hurricane Catastrophe Fund will have $17.3 billion available this year. This means that the fund has more money than it would need to pay out if storms racked the state.

The estimates were formally approved last week.

Read: 15 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane

The financial health of the fund is important because the state can impose a surcharge on most insurance policies to replenish it if the money runs out. Some critics have called the surcharge a "hurricane tax."

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The fund built up its reserves during a lengthy period when there were no storms. The fund is expected to pay out $2 billion for claims associated with Irma.

Rainy season arrives in full force in Sunshine State

MIAMI (AP) - Rainy season hit South Florida with full force over the weekend, bringing heavy rains, flood watches in low-lying areas and a smattering of power outages.

And the outlook isn't making for a happy Monday for much of the sunshine state, where more rain is expected.

The National Weather Service says a flood watch remains in effect until noon in Broward County, where many areas have experienced flooded roads.

The agency says more than 14 inches (35 centimeters) of rain fell near Coconut Creek and 11 inches (27 centimeters) of rain fell in nearby Fort Lauderdale during a 24-hour period from Saturday evening to Sunday evening. Further south, just under 2 inches (5 centimeters) of rain fell in Miami Beach.

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here.

According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance.

>> On ActionNewsJax.com: New drug could reduce migraines

But how does Aimovig work? The FDA said it blocks "the activity of calcitonin gene-related peptide, a molecule that is involved in migraine attacks." Amgen researchers said participants in one study saw their migraines reduced by half and experienced "minor side effects" like colds, the AP reported.

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If Aimovig doesn't sound right for you, you're still in luck: Three similar shots and various pills to combat migraines are in the works.

Read more here.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

FBI investigates in-flight fight at OIA

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