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Community rallies around family after daughter, 11, killed by parade float

Grace Eyre came off a float to hand out candy at her hometown parade Friday when she was run over and killed by it.

The small town has rallied behind the family during the loss, helping to raise thousands of dollars through online fundraising, and T-shirt sales, as well as by passing buckets around at community events.

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Grace, 11, touched the lives of many and is remembered for her uplifting spirit.

"I remember this one time someone said, 'Grace, slow down,'" Brandi Webster, her second grade teacher, told KSTU. "She said, I don't know how to go slow."

The community created a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $18,000. A youth exercise group Grace was involved with also started selling T-shirts with all proceeds going to the family. Attendees of the Ute Stampede passed around bucket with “Give for Grace” written on them, raising $16,000. Another $6,000 was raised at a parade as well. 

Woman injured by falling chimney may never walk again, family says

The 21-year-old woman who had a chimney fall on her in the North end of Boston last week may never walk again.

Erin Field was visiting her brother’s North End apartment on July 11 when the hammock she was lying in collapsed on top of her, pulling the chimney it was attached to with it.

Once rescue crews cleared the debris off her, Field was taken to Mass. General Hospital where she has undergone multiple surgeries, but may never regain full use of her limbs.

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Field’s family started a GoFundMe updating with the severity of her injuries, and they’ve already raised more than $40,000.

Field would have been a senior at Goucher College in Maryland and planned to go to London this fall to study abroad.

She remains in the ICU after surgery on her spine and will remain at Mass General for at least two more weeks before heading to a rehabilitation center.

Family outraged after being kicked off JetBlue flight

A family of five from New York City captured on video an altercation with JetBlue staff after they got kicked off a JetBlue plane at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

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Tamir Raanan and Mandy Ifrah said they were heading home with their three children on July 2 when Ifrah got into an argument with another passenger over her 1-year-old daughter kicking the back of the person’s seat, WTVJ reported. She told WTVJ the issue was shortly settled with the passenger.

In a cellphone video recorded by Raanan and Ifrah, a JetBlue manager is then seen speaking to the couple and asking them to get off the plane.

“I want to hear from you, what was the story you heard? I want a reason why?” Ifrah is heard asking the JetBlue manager. “I want my kids home in New York.” 

Ifrah and Raanan became angry and did not agree to exit the plane. The manager did not specify a reason in the video, but is heard offering them a refund for the flight. 

Then, Broward County sheriff’s deputies got involved.

“Whether it’s right or whether it’s wrong, it’s their plane, and they can do whatever they want to do,” a deputy can be heard explaining to the couple. 

“Don’t worry we will get a lawyer and handle it the right way, you had no reason to kick off my family,” Ifrah says to the manager and deputies.

The family told WTVJ that they did not get their checked luggage back until a week later, and JetBlue banned them from all future flights but did not say why. 

The airline issued a statement on Wednesday over the incident, explaining why the family was taken off the plane: 

"After a verbal altercation that included physical threats and profanities against a nearby customer, the aircraft door was reopened and our airports team politely asked the customers to step off to discuss the situation. The customers refused repeated requests and our crew members deplaned the entire aircraft. Law enforcement escorted them out of the gate area and we provided a refund,” the statement said.

JetBlue also added that the family was “not removed due to the actions of their children.”

“We are investigating whether the customers’ behavior warrants restrictions on JetBlue travel and we thank our crew members for their professional handling of this unfortunate incident,” the statement said.

Baby dies after woman puts newborn in trash, police said

An 18-year-old woman is behind bars after police said she gave birth and then placed the moments-old baby in the trash.

Police said that Estela Ruiz-Gomez gave birth in the bathroom at the restaurant where she worked, WHNS reported.

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Ruiz-Gomez took a break from busing tables, saying she had a stomach ache. Her mother, Lorenza Gomez Rodriguez, who also worked at the restaurant, went to check on her daughter. She came out saying that Gomez-Rodriguez needed to go to the hospital, WHNS reported.

Police said that another employee was emptying the trash and taking it across the parking lot when it ripped open. The newborn fell out. The baby’s father, who also was at the restaurant grabbed the baby and brought the boy inside. 

The baby was rushed to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead, WHNS reported.

The baby’s death was ruled a homicide since he wouldn’t have survived being put in the garbage, police said.

Ruiz-Gomez was charged with homicide by child neglect. Rodriguez was charged with aiding and abetting homicide by child abuse.

Homeland Security is also investigating both Ruiz-Gomez and Rodriguez. Government officials said that Ruiz-Gomez was told to leave the U.S. in 2016, but did not, WHNS reported.

Ivanka Trump's security clearance questioned by House Democrats in letter to FBI

A group of House Democrats is questioning first daughter Ivanka Trump’s security clearance, asking the FBI to conduct a review.

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In a letter to the FBI, the lawmakers point to Trump’s obligation to disclose her foreign contacts and the contacts of her spouse and siblings. They want to know whether she omitted anything from her security clearance application.

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“Lack of candor, particularly regarding contacts with Russian officials, has been a significant issue for the Trump administration,” the letter, which was signed by 22 lawmakers, said.

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The letter explicitly notes meetings Trump’s husband, Jared Kushner, and brother, Donald Trump Jr., had with a Russian lawyer and other Russian officials. It questions how much she might have known and whether she has had any foreign communications that have not been documented.

“The high standard to which we hold public servants, particularly senior advisers to the President of the United States, requires that these questions be raised, and promptly answered,” the letter ends.

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Mickey Mouse helps tell kids they’ve been adopted

A family grew by two recently with the help of a little Disney magic.

Janielle, 12, and Elijah, 10, have lived with Courtney and Tom Gilmour for the last three years, Babble reported

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And on their first trip to Walt Disney World earlier this year, the Gilmours had a big surprise for the brother and sister: They were going to be adopted.

Courtney first had the idea to book a Fastpass to see Mickey at his Main Street greeting location, and quietly give him a sign announcing the adoption, Babble, which is owned by the Disney company, reported. .

Then she posted their celebration pins to her Twitter account, where the park’s social media team took notice. That’s when Disney took over, booking them a special meet-and-greet, Babble reported .

Courtney posted the video to her Facebook page where it has more than 1.2 million views.

Bride honors generations of family with wedding dress photo shoot

A Minnesota bride was able to honor her mother, mother-in-law and great-grandmother during her pre-wedding bridal photo shoot.

Colleen Dejno found out that her family saved the gowns from previous weddings, so she came up with the idea to show the fashion progression of the past 100 years while remembering those who walked down the aisle before her, KARE reported

Dejno works at a children’s museum, but in her free time is a performer and a costume designerABC News reported.

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The oldest dress, dating to 1910, was sewn by her great-grandmother, who was a seamstress, for her own wedding. The fabric and time to sew the dress, according to Dejno, was a gift from her great-grandmother’s bosses using her working hours to wear it, KARE reported

In a vintage inspired setting, Dejno sat in the over 100-year-old fabric, with a photo of her great-grandparents’ wedding party to the side.

Next were her grandmother’s from 1947, her mother-in-law’s from 1967 and then her mother’s from 1973 

Working with her photographer Jeannine Marie, they matched the tone and and the feel of the historic time periods of when the dresses were originally worn.

They also used wigs to recreate time-period hairstyles to match the eras in the photo shoot at Semple Mansion in Minneapolis.

One photo got second looks at the wedding when they were put on display.

“One person said it was weird to see the photos because it looked like my mom with a different groom,” Dejno told ABC News.

The final photo was taken three weeks after the vintage photo shoot, as Dejno added her own gown to the line of wedding wear.

Dejno said she hopes to keep the dresses intact, ABC News reported.  She told KARE that if she has a daughter, maybe she’ll carry on the tradition at her own wedding. 

Family says police never showed up after security company put in call

Members of a Tulsa, Oklahoma, family said they were left high and dry as thieves broke into their vehicle.

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The family members said their security system alerted them about someone prowling in their car, but no one ever showed up after their security company called police.

Tulsa police say they canceled the call when they found that the family didn't have a First Response Certificate with the City of Tulsa..

Tulsa police, like police in some other cities, require for residents to have the paid permit before they will respond to a call from a burglary alarm.

They say they will respond if they know that a resident is in a home or if the resident makes the call, regardless of whether or not they have a permit.

However, if an alarm company calls on a resident's behalf and police don't know that the resident is in the home, police say they will not respond if the resident does not have a permit.

Police say the move is part of an effort to cut down on officers' responding to false alarms.

They say they will still respond to any business "hold up" alarm, regardless of whether or not the business owner has a permit, because they say it usually means an active robbery is underway.

Florida woman leaves child behind while fleeing robbery, police say

A Florida woman was charged with theft and child neglect after police say she left her child behind when she tried to steal almost $200 in groceries. 

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Asia Griffin, 26, and another woman tried to leave a Publix in Tamarac on Monday without paying for groceries, according to an arrest report obtained by WPLG.

When a store manager grabbed the cart to stop them, they ran off, leaving behind the groceries, and a child.

Griffin returned to the store while deputies were there and told authorities her relationship to the child, according to an arrest report. She also told them the name of her accomplice.

The women, who allegedly attempted to steal $192.65 worth of groceries, were also caught on store’s surveillance cameras.

Griffin was arrested and charged with petit theft and child neglect.

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Video shows two men, dog attacked by bobcat that tested positive for rabies

A man in Anthem, Arizona, and his dog were seen on video being attacked by a bobcat Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say tested positive for rabies.

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KSAZ reported that, according to Daisy Mountain Fire officials, a bobcat was following a man and his German shepherd and attacked the dog.

“The German Shepherd was able to protect both itself and its owner from the bobcat when a bystander stopped to aid the man and his dog,” Daisy Mountain Public Information Officer Brent Fenton told KTVK.

Video taken by an onlooker shows two men trying to get the bobcat off the dog. The dog’s owner was trying to pull the pup away from the animal and another man got the animal off the dog. The bobcat can be seen latching onto a man’s hand and the man swinging to try to get it off.

The dog owner was not hurt, but the other man who was bit received first aid and had his hand wrapped by firefighters who arrived on the scene. He drove himself to the hospital and was told to get a rabies shot, KTVK reported.

Arizona Game and Fish officials attempted to capture the bobcat, but it had to be killed after it continued to behave aggressively.

The Associated Press reported that a necropsy was conducted on the animal. Tissue samples sent to the Arizona Department of Health Services determined the bobcat tested positive for rabies.

Video of the attack can be seen below. It contains graphic images and explicit language.

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