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10,000 mourners honor the teens killed in the Santa Clarita school shooting

(CNN)Thousands of Californians united in grief Sunday night to remember the young victims of the Saugus High School shooting. “I watched you grow more and more every day,” he said. “My favorite about you, Gracie, was how funny you were. You were always able to put a smile on my face, and that’s one of the things I’ll miss the most,” he said. “Thank you for being the best sister ever. I wouldn’t want anyone else. Until I see you again, I love you, Gracie.” Mourners also grieved the death…

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Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand

(CNN)Ryan Costello, a prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, was found dead in New Zealand at age 23. Costello, from Wethersfield, Connecticut, was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB draft after playing at Central Connecticut State University. He was traded to the Twins in July, 2018. “The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Ryan Costello yesterday in New Zealand,” the Twins said in a statement Monday. “On behalf of the entire organization, the Twins send their most…

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Florida couple gives birth to boy thanks to ‘Win a Baby’ contest

(CNN)A “Win a Baby” contest hosted by a Florida radio station helped turn one couple into parents. Infertility is an issue affecting millions of people. In 2017, the American Medical Association declared infertility a disease. In the summary of the decision, the association expressed hope that the new designation would “promote insurance coverage and payment” and remove some of the stigma. IVF costs, on average, roughly $20,000 a cycle and is not, in most cases, covered by insurance. For the majority of the infertile population, this means they either have…

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A rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl teams and more this NFL Sunday

(CNN)One of the biggest story lines in the NFL came to pass Saturday when free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, best known for his protests against police brutality, took to the field for an NFL-arranged workout. Whether Kaepernick lands on a team remains to be seen. But there’s plenty of action to keep an eye on this NFL Sunday, everything from a battle of AFC heavyweights to a rematch of the 2017 Super Bowl.

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Coretta Scott King Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of Coretta Scott King, civil rights and peace activist. Birth place: Marion, Alabama Birth name: Coretta Scott Father: Obidiah Scott Mother: Bernice (McMurray) Scott Marriage: Martin Luther King Jr. (June 18, 1953-April 4, 1968, his death) Children: Bernice, March 28, 1963; Dexter, January 30, 1961; Martin III, October, 23, 1957; Yolanda, November 17, 1955 Education: Antioch College, B.A. in music and education, 1951; New England Conservatory of Music, voice and violin, 1954 Religion: Baptist Other Facts She didn’t believe James Earl Ray murdered her…

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No kids came to this 11-year-old’s birthday party. Then his favorite hockey team made his dreams come true

(CNN)After no invited friends showed up to his 11-year-old son’s birthday party, Jason Foster took to Twitter to crowdsource some birthday love for his little boy. Kade was able to watch the morning skate and meet the team in their locker room. A video posted by the team shows him shaking hands with players Jason Spezza, Morgan Rielly and others. If being flown to Toronto, meeting the entire team and watching his favorite players on the ice wasn’t enough, Kade was also serenaded by fans. Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear…

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Nike to launch investigation after former athlete claims coach’s regimen drove her to suicidal thoughts

(CNN)Footwear and apparel company Nike says it will launch an investigation into allegations made by a former athlete against the disgraced former head coach of its now shuttered elite running program, the Nike Oregon Project. A spokesperson told CNN the company had “always tried to put the athletes and their needs at the front of all of our decisions,” at the time. READ: Nike Oregon Project to shut down following Alberto Salazar ban In the video, Cain, who’s now 23, says Salazar publicly shamed her if she didn’t hit what…

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The Chicago Teachers Union has scheduled a vote on whether to suspend the strike

(CNN)The Chicago Teachers Union believes it has reached a tentative agreement, and says it is prepared to vote on it Wednesday night if Mayor Lori Lightfoot and officials agree to make up the instructional days lost during the strike. A House of Delegates vote is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time, Chicago Public Schools said on Twitter. “The CTU may have reached a monumental agreement and want to convene our HoD to suspend the strike,” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said in a statement. CPS said: “Depending upon the…

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Chicago schools reach a tentative deal with a union. But teachers are still on strike

(CNN)First, the good news: Chicago Public Schools has reached an initial deal with a union it’s been sparring with for weeks. “We want to get back to work. We miss our students,” Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey said. “But we have a little ways to go still.” A union claims ‘victory’ but is back on the picket lines In a sign of progress, Chicago Public Schools reached a tentative deal with SEIU Local 73, the union representing school support staff. “This is a victory for working people in Chicago…

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Here are 5 simple ways to celebrate Make a Difference Day

(CNN)Greta Thunberg once said, “You’re never too small to make a difference.” Even the smallest things can make somebody feel so much better. If you’ve noticed someone in your life really needs a task done but doesn’t have time to do it, go ahead and take care of it for them. Offer to take something off their plate or surprise them with a cooked meal at the end of a hard day. Acts of kindness can be small gestures, like getting a person their favorite candy or listening to them…

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California gets ready for power outages as the strong winds, dry conditions expected this week

(CNN)Just as firefighters got a grip on a blaze that tore through the swanky Pacific Palisades, other Californians are at risk of unpredictable wildfires this week. The company began Monday notifying customers by texts, emails and automated phone calls they could have their power shut off, and did so again Tuesday. “We will continue to monitor the forecasted wind event and update our customers and communities accordingly,” Quinlan said. A combination of gusty winds, dry grass and dead and dying trees are fueling the fire risk, and therefore the need…

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Three soldiers killed in training accident at Army base in Georgia

(CNN)Three US soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division were killed, and three others injured during a training accident in Georgia early Sunday morning, according to the Army. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy,” he said. The accident is under investigation by the 3rd Infantry Division and a team from the US Army Combat Readiness Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The names of the soldiers — who…

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Santa Anita Park has second horse death of fall meet, 34th since December

(CNN)A horse racing at California’s Santa Anita Park on Saturday broke his left front ankle and was euthanized by doctors — the 34th horse death at the famed track since December. “The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed to learn what, if anything, could have been done to prevent the accident,” Benson said. “Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board to investigate this accident and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.”…

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Rick Perry Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of US Secretary of Energy and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. Father: Joseph Ray Perry, a farmer Mother: Amelia (Holt) Perry Marriage: Anita (Thigpen) Perry (November 6, 1982-present) Children: Sydney and Griffin Education: Texas A&M University, B.S., 1972 Military Service: US Air Force, 1972-1977, Captain Religion: Methodist Other Facts:Is an Eagle Scout. Met his wife, Anita, in elementary school. Is the longest serving governor in Texas history. Timeline:1972-1977 – Serves in the US Air Force flying transport planes. 1977 – Returns to Texas…

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A Utah state trooper recalls the moment he rescues a man from an oncoming train

(CNN)Utah State Trooper Ruben Correa headed to a call of a car on the train tracks, but when he got to the scene a man was still in that car — and a train was coming. “I had to make a decision at that point,” Correa said. “I decide to stay with him and do my best to keep him alive.” Correa gave the man a big hug and unbuckled his seatbelt with his thumb. Just before the train hit, he safely pulled the man from the car and darted…

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