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WATCH: Falcons, Saints join hands midfield in circle of unity before kickoff

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints kicked off their game with a unique moment Monday night.

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After everyone stood for the national anthem, the teams left the sidelines and came together in the middle of the field where they held hands.

The two teams formed a circle around the 50-yard line for a moment of unity and reflection. Some players bowed their heads for a few moments before the teams returned to their sidelines.

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The ESPN announcer said the players decided to do the show of unity in light of last week’s police shootings and the demonstrations that have been going on around the NFL.

“With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before #MNF,” the Falcons posted on their Facebook page.

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Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

The first of three presidential debates was full of chatter about checking facts, those infamous Hillary Clinton emails and Donald Trump's stance on stop-and-frisk, but one thing may have been spoken about the most.

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People could not ignore the Republican candidate for president's sniffles.

Whether or not Trump has a cold isn't clear, but Twitter had some concerns.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

Trump's sniffing was also likened to former Vice President Al Gore's sighing at the 2000 presidential debate against former president George W. Bush.

And in true Twitter fashion, Trump's sniffing got its own Twitter profiles.

1 of 2 missing boaters found alive

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The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two boaters missing for a week has been found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, of Middletown.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

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The Coast Guard in Boston says Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter, the Orient Lucky, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

He was listed in good condition and reportedly told the Coast Guard by phone he had food and water in his life raft.

Linda Carman's whereabouts remain unknown. The Coast Guard said Monday they do not plan to reopen the search for Linda and that it's now "beyond the survivability window."

Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard the boat they were on started taking on water and when he got in a life raft he couldn't find his mother, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

Nathan Carman, who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, disappeared in 2011 after he became distraught over the death of his horse, his parents said at the time. After a widespread search, the then-17-year-old Carman was found in Sussex County, Virginia. Police said he had taken a bus to Virginia and bought a scooter that he had planned to ride to Florida.

A friend of Linda Carman said she was ecstatic when she learned the boater's son was found alive. But Sharon Hartstein's feelings quickly turned to terror when she learned her friend was still missing.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Carman family was also struck by tragedy in 2013 when Linda Carman's father -- John Chakalos of Windsor, Connecticut -- was found dead in his home of a gunshot wound to the head. No arrest has been made in that case.

Nathan Carman grew up in Connecticut, but has lived in Vernon, Vermont, in recent years.

Crossing guard saves child from attempted abduction

Crossing guard Adrian Young went into “mother mode” when she saw an 8-year-old girl being abducted near her post.

"The little girl just started screaming, she was like, 'Please, don't let her take me, I don't know her, she's not my mom,'" Young told KABC. "I just told her to grab onto me as tight as she could, and I held onto her and the lady just began to attack me, so I just thought about attacking her to make sure she can't take this little girl."

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Young was recognized for her valor last Wednesday.

"I kind of went into mother mode at the time, and as a crossing guard, because I couldn't see myself letting this little girl be taken,” Young told KABC.

The child’s mother is thankful for Young’s efforts but said the school needs to do more needs to be done to keep children safe.

“To me, I didn't feel that they did what they needed to do to keep my child safe, and apparently they seemed like they didn't care because, thankfully, someone helped her,” Sharon Arellanno told KABC.

Maria Ramirez, 50, was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping, according to KABC. She was being held on $100,000 bail.

Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

On debate night, security made sure the Green Party's candidate wasn't anywhere near the podium.

Jill Stein was talking to the press outside Hofstra University, the first presidential debate site, when police reportedly told her she would need to finish up her interviews and get off the campus immediately. 

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Police said Stein didn't have the credentials to get so close.

Stein left without incident — this time. During a 2012 debate, which just so happened to be at Hofstra University, Stein was arrested for disorderly conduct and shackled to a chair while the debate played out.

The Stein campaign said she wouldn't take the chance of getting arrested again because she and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, already have warrants out for their arrest after they allegedly vandalized construction equipment at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

Though she was denied access again, Stein has a plan to get her message out to voters and avoid getting arrested this time around.

The Green Party candidate held a protest just outside the school's gates, calling for an end to the two-party system and saying the debates should be more open.

She's also planning to have her own version of the debate on Twitter, responding to the moderator's questions 140 characters at a time and answering questions from Twitter users. 

California law OKs smashing car window to rescue pets

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Good Samaritans can smash a car window in an effort to rescue a pet locked inside under a California bill signed into law Saturday. The rescuer can break the vehicle window if the pet appears to be in danger, if the door is locked or if law enforcement does not respond quickly enough. >> Read more trending stories Whoever breaks the glass has to stay at the scene until police arrive. The bill was introduced after a few dogs died after being locked in hot cars in separate incidents.

It looks like Hillary Clinton’s name was spelled wrong on debate tickets

Well, this is awkward.

The first presidential debate between Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is tonight, but before it begins, a piece of paper is making news.

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Tickets to the event have a small, but dubious, typo in them: Hillary Clinton's name is spelled wrong.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

If you look closely at a photo of a Hofstra University debate ticket, Clinton's first name is spelled with one L.

Clinton's first name is spelled with two L's, not one.


Will debate moderators fact-check? One network plans to do so live

"I was totally against the war in Iraq," Donald Trump told Matt Lauer during NBC's Commander-in-Chief Forum.

"I am the only candidate who ran in either primary who said, 'I will not raise taxes on the middle class,'" Hillary Clinton told supporters at a rally in July.

Neither of those statements are accurate. But if Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make those statements again during any of the debates, it's unclear whether moderators will set the record straight.

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"I really don't appreciate campaigns thinking it is the job of the media to go and be these virtual fact-checkers and that these debate moderators should somehow do their bidding," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC's "This Week."

"What do you expect the moderator to do?" Charlie Rose asked Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook.

"Well, all that we're asking is that the record be checked," Mook said.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump  

Whether it's the moderator's responsibility to fact-check the candidates has been the subject of its own debate over the past few weeks.

Most of the moderators of the presidential and vice presidential debates have stayed mum on the subject. 

According to Politico, Bloomberg will provide fact-checks on-screen live during the first debate. And it appears to be the only network to do that.

Related: Are debate moderators biased? Many survey respondents say yes

It's not uncommon for moderators to correct candidates during the debate. But in recent years, they've been criticized for getting too involved.

"It took the president 14 days before he called the attack in Benghazi an act of terror," Republican Presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney said during a presidential debate in 2012.

"Get the transcript," President Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, responded.

"He did in fact, sir. So let me, let me — call it an act of terror in the Rose Garden," debate moderator Candy Crowley told Romney.

"Can you say that a little louder, Candy?" President Obama asked.

Some — including the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates — have said it's each candidate's responsibility to fact-check the opponent. Others have said journalists have a responsibility to step in — especially if the candidates don't fact-check each other.

101-year-old veteran gets wish for one last ride on Harley motorcycle

A 101-year-old veteran is smiling after taking a special ride on a Harley-Davidson.

Ray Weser will turn 102 in October. A group of bikers rallied around the centenarian to give him what they called “One Last Ride” on Sunday.

Weser told KTVK that he fell in love with Harley-Davidsons when he was a teenager. He spent 24 years working for the company.

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“Harley dripping oil, smoke coming out of everywhere and I fell in love with motorcycles right there,” said Weser.

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars partnered with the Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson dealership to give Weser his wish to ride one last time.

His granddaughter said he couldn’t have been any happier.

“This is an amazing thing,” said granddaughter Jennifer Miller. “I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s died and gone to heaven.”

Mom pens mother of excuse notes for tardy daughter

A California mother penned a sarcastic note blaming her daughter’s tardiness on a condition she called “teenage-ism.”

Nicole Poppic was ready and waiting with her son Alex, 10, and daughter Sammi 4, as Cara, 14, overslept and then began arguing with her mother about everything.

"When we finally got in the car and I looked at the clock and realized that we were running late, I started doing the 'mom' thing," Poppic told TODAY Parents. "My lecture went something along the lines of, 'You need to start thinking about other people, Cara. You are not the only person in this family, and you made your brother and sister late, too."

"That is when I saw that Cara had put in her headphones and was staring out her window, completely ignoring me," she said. "I reached over and took her phone off her lap, unplugged her headphones and threw her phone out the car window."

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Poppic walked her daughter into the school to make sure she handed in the note, according to UPI.

"I was a little embarrassed of the note at first, since it said how she threw my phone out the window and it also listed my poor actions," Cara told TODAY Parents. "I guess I was ashamed of acting that way, because my teachers usually know me as the quiet, respectful student in the class, and I didn’t want them to think otherwise. So I was a little embarrassed at first, but after it was all said and done, I laughed about it."

The note read:

“Cara is tardy this morning as a result of a condition known as teenage-ism. Adolescents across our great nation are afflicted, and there is no known cure. Symptoms are multitudinous, but this particular morning, she suffered from an inability to remove herself from her bed, and also felt the need to talk back to her birth-giver.

"She seems to be recovering her senses after watching her cellphone fly out the car window. Please call me if there is another flare-up.”

"When I originally shared the note, it was with the hopes of giving my friends who are moms a laugh and to let them see that even stressful mornings can be lightened up by a little humor," Poppic said.

Poppic was able to find Cara’s phone in a neighbor’s yard. It still worked.

Poppic wanted to emphasize that while the viral letter might send the wrong impression, her daughter is a good kid.

"Cara is a teenager. She is going to act like a teenager. I hope that by correcting her when she has an attitude, I can instill respect and responsibility in her for the long run," Poppic said. "I think what I am doing is working. I have never had a teacher or other adult tell me Cara is anything but respectful and polite. I think teens, actually all kids, show their worst traits to the people they know will love them regardless. But maybe that is just my way of making myself feel better when my children are disrespectful or rude to me."

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