Right on time for Veterans Day, a Minnesota couple welcomed the birth of a daughter who was born at 11:11 p.m. on Nov. 11, WCCO reported.
Erin Potts gave birth exactly 100 years -- and 12 hours -- after the armistice ended hostilities during World War I.
“It was a long labor from about 5 a.m. until 11 p.m., but the delivery went smoothly,” Potts told the television station.
It was the first child for Potts and her husband, Mike, who are from Hugo. They have yet to name the child.
A Texas grandmother was told to lose weight because her health was threatened. Six years later, she is 100 pounds lighter and is feeling great.
“Some grandmothers play bingo," Greta Ross, 61, told WFAA. "But, this grandmother goes to the gym."
Ross, from Irving, said she used to weigh 237 pounds. She refused medication from doctors but heeded their warnings to change her lifestyle.
"(It) scared me because I didn't want to leave my daughter and grandchildren behind," Ross told WFAA. "I knew I had to do something. Doing nothing wasn't an option.
"I had bad habits. I wasn't sleeping properly. I wasn't eating properly. I knew I had to do something. So I started walking."
Because of her weight, walking was the only exercise Ross could do comfortably, the television station reported. But with determination, Ross began to see results.
"It just became a routine," Ross told WFAA. "We would get up every morning and just walk. Next thing I know, the weight just started coming off.”
Within a year, Ross had lost 100 pounds, and she has kept the weight off for the past five years, the television station reported.
"I didn't stop. I just kept going and going and going," Ross told WFAA. "When I saw the transformation of my body, then my mind. ... my confidence level went through the roof. It was just incredible."
Ross has posted on social media about her turnaround.
"I just tell my real story so that way people will know you can do this," Ross told WFAA. "Is it a journey? Yes. Is it a process? Yes. Does it take time? Absolutely. But you have to be willing to say I am worth that. My family is worth that."
Major-league pitcher Daniel Mengden and Ironman competitor Rick D’Amico helped rescue two puppies that had been trapped in a Houston storm drain for several days, KHOU reported.
The two athletes were helping a group called Reggie's Friends to retrieve the pups, KPRC reported. LaChrystal Ricke, who runs Reggie’s Friends, said she had been unsuccessfully trying to round up a pregnant dog before she gave birth to a litter of eight. Over three weeks, Ricke said rescuers were able to rescue the mother and six of her puppies, but two had strayed, the television station reported.
Residents could hear the two puppies barking in a storm drain, and on Monday the Houston Fire Department opened a manhole cover to allow rescuers to find the dogs, KTRK reported.
"We could hear them crying so we knew they were still alive," D'Amico told KHOU.
"You know they're hungry. You know they're potentially hurt because they fell a great distance," Ricke told the television station. "No food, no clean water, and it's really hard."
D'Amico and Mengden put a ladder into the sewer water to lure the pups to safety. .
"I was whistling to them and they kept yelling and barking. Finally, it just got louder and louder and louder," Mengden, a pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and a Houston native, told KHOU. "One of them kind of put up a fight. It was biting at us and stuff. It was just scared.”
The dogs were taken to a veterinarian to ensure they were healthy.
Mengden said he and his girlfriend were going to adopt the two puppies, KHOU reported.
The wartime letters between Sgt. Warren Holly and his sweetheart, Jean Holly, are dated more than 60 years ago.
The mystery began about three weeks ago when Dan Heater bought a box of knickknacks from a stranger at Grumpy Jerry’s Flea Market. He found about 60 letters inside the box.
Heater read one letter and found terms of endearment and stories of war.
“He talked about the gunfire and everything and he kept saying he was OK. So I know he had to go through a lot,” said Heater.
But Heater didn't want to go much further so as not to invade the privacy of the couple.
Every letter is addressed from Warren Holly to Jean Holly except one written from her to his commander, pleading for him to be moved from the front line.
Heater wonders if the sergeant ever made it home and back to his sweetheart.
“I do wonder, and I hope he did. If the man's alive, I would love to meet him,” Heater said.
Heater said he wants all the attention he can get for the letters, and hopes someone who sees them can help get them back to the Holly family.
A garbage collector picked up a 93-year-old woman Thursday who was left home alone as ravenous fires spread through Butte County.
Margaret Newsum’s caregiver had already left for the day and hoping she would be seen by someone passing by, she waited on the front porch for help.
Shortly thereafter, Waste Management driver Dane Ray Cummings drove by. He was told about the fire by a supervisor who wanted him to stop working, but Cummings wanted to finish his route.
"I been on that route eight years, and I just picked the people that I knew were older, and I tried to stop and help them,” Cummings told KCCI. "She was my last stop. I probably went to 45 or 50 people to see if I could help them."
Cummings broke company rules and loaded Newsum, who had no family in the area, into the big, green garbage truck. They were together in it about five hours as other people evacuated the area.
Cummings learned that Newsum overcame cancer three times. She was hit by a semitruck after hang gliding when she was 70. Her whose husband was in the Marine Corps, witnessed the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Most incredibly, Newsum said she also spent time as a backup singer to Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin
"I wish I'd known her when she was younger. I would've married her, you know what I mean? It was the best conversation I've had in a truck ever," Cummings told KCCI.
She returned later, the Camp Fire, which has become the most destructive in California history, had not reached her home.
A group of Georgia inmates penned a heartfelt letter to police in support of law enforcement in the wake of the death of of a Gwinnett County officer.
The identities of the Gwinnett County inmates have been redacted, but the letter is addressed to Sheriff Butch Conway and written "on behalf of myself and a number of fellow prisoners who are currently serving time."
"I wish to extend condolences to officer Toney's family and the G.C.S.O. (Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office) as a whole," it reads. "This was a tragic incident that never should have occurred. And though law enforcement and criminals may be considered opposites, the intrinsic value of a human life transcends those boundaries by far."
The letter goes on to thank all police officers, military personnel and first responders.
"Your service and sacrifice make the world a better place for all," it reads.
The letter appears to be signed by at least 20 inmates, though the Sheriff's Office withheld their names to protect their privacy.
In a Facebook post, the Sheriff's Office said it shared the letter because it is "deeply appreciative of this act of kindness from these men."
"Sheriff Butch Conway received a heartfelt letter from the most unlikely group of citizens expressing their sorrow at our loss and their support of law enforcement," the Facebook post reads. "The return address on the envelope is our own because the letter was sent by a group of inmates currently housed in our jail."
Toney was 30 years old when he was gunned down last month. His killer was shot and killed by police.
Keegan Hall, 5, was in an SUV with his grandmother on his way to school Tuesday when his grandmother blacked out, crashed and rolled her vehicle onto its top on Yellow Springs-Fairfield Road in Fairborn.
It’s what Keegan did next that may have saved his grandmother’s life.
"I unbuckled myself while I was hanging — I hanged my arm and pushed down the lever that opens the car seat and that's how I got out,” Keegan told News Center 7’s John Bedell.
Keegan was able to get the attention of a person nearby to help pull him and his grandmother out of the SUV and call 911.
"Couldn’t be more grateful to the first responders who took care of mom — and ensured Keegan’s safety and then stayed there at the hospital with him until family got there,” said Jeff Hall, Keegan’s father.
The crash happened around 11:45 a.m. near a Fairborn firehouse. Firefighters were nearby training, but were able to take the emergency call.
Hall said his mother suffered a heart issue before the crash.
Keegan said he knew what to do in an emergency “because the car crashed.”
Hall said Keegan was thinking about his grandma from the time the crash happened, because she needed help.
“Very worried about his grandma, he loves his grandma and worried about school, getting to school,” Hall said.
The crash left Keegan without a backpack after the bag and its contents were ruined by gasoline that leaked in the wreck.
Keegan’s dad said he wants to thank the firefighters who waited at Soin Medical Center with Keegan until family arrived, and a nurse who bought the 5-year-old a new backpack full of supplies.
A 3-year-old Texas girl who missed Halloween because of her cancer treatments got to trick-or-treat a week later, thanks to her neighbors, KPRC reported.
Helaina Trotter was decked out in her pony costume as she walked through her Kingwood neighborhood, the television station reported.
"Helaina hasn't been able to participate in Halloween (for) the last couple of years because she was diagnosed with neuroblastoma on her second birthday," the child’s mother, Sarah Trotter, told KPRC.
Helaina spent Halloween getting treatment at a New York City hospital, so she was unable to trick-or-treat with her two older sisters, the television station reported.
"I was really excited because this is going to be the first year doing it and unfortunately she had a reaction to the drug and they put her in ICU," Trotter said.
A family friend, sensing Helaina’s disappointment, suggested a Halloween do-over, KPRC reported.
Several neighbors on Helaina’s street took part, passing out candy to the girl when she came knocking.
"It really makes me feel so good about our community that they're doing so much for us because we don't know what's going to happen in the next year," Trotter told KPRC.
The Trotter family has started a GoFundMe page for Helaina.
A Burger King employee’s continued act of kindness toward an elderly man has gone viral on social media, WTVR reported.
Alexis Easter, 19, who works for the fast-food franchise in Mechanicsville, Virginia, escorts a customer she calls “Mr. John” back to his car after he finishes eating at the restaurant.
"The man always comes in the Burger King, so when he’s done I help him to the car because he has a terrible back," Easter told WTVR. "When we get to his car we talk and I make sure he's safe.”
Elizabeth Chandler was driving outside the Burger King on Nov. 2 when she saw Easter walking the man to his car, and she took a photograph and posted it on Facebook, the television station reported.
"It’s so seldom to see pure simple kindness in today’s world," Chandler told WTVR. "She took time from her job to help someone else, and expected nothing in return."
"Shout out to the cashier at the Mechanicsville Burger King, making this world a little brighter," Chandler wrote on Facebook.
Easter said she doesn’t think twice about helping customers.
"Always go out of your way to help others," Easter told WTVR.
An Indiana teen with an inoperable brain tumor is busy selling hot chocolate to raise money -- not for himself, but to help pay for expenses after his father’s knee surgery.
Jake Anders, 17, sits under a tent and sells the warm drink and cookies so his father, a truck driver who will be out of work at least six weeks after his knee replacement surgery, can recover, WXIN reported.
“His bones were grinding into each other," Anders told the television station. “It would cause permanent damage if he didn’t get the knee surgery.”
Anders was diagnosed with a brain tumor before he turned 12, and the cancer returned last December, WXIN reported. Given three to six months to live, Anders fought on and his tumor has begun to shrink, the television station reported.
“He is one of the most giving kids, always has been," Anders’ mother, Amy Anders told WXIN. "He just has a great big heart and always wants to help people.”
Jeff Anders said he was proud of his son’s thoughtfulness and was surprised about the fundraiser.
"I didn't know anything about it until yesterday evening when I finally started reading Facebook,” Jeff Anders told WXIN.
Jake Anders will return to his tent to sell chocolate Saturday, figuring that the cold weather that has settled into Indiana will boost sales.
"Everybody loves hot chocolate, especially on a cold day like today,” he told WXIN. "It’s one heck of a cold day!
Jake Anders set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for his dad.
A Massachusetts pet owner was emotionally reunited with her dog after more than a year apart.
The owner, Cheryl Kelly, had adopted the 7-pound terrier mix named Carl from the MSPCA Adoption Center in Jamaica Plain in 2007.
Then, the journey came full circle when she took home the dog from the same location Thursday.
Carl had gone missing more than a year ago, and was nervous and groggy before the reunion after coming out of anesthesia.
Meanwhile, Kelly had feared the day for a reunion would never come. Then, she was able to walk toward her beloved pup Thursday and embrace him for the first time in far too long.
"Oh my God, Carl!" Kelly said when they reunited.
Carl went missing in July 2017 when he was 14 years old, and Kelly and her friends posted flyers, knocked on doors and filed lost dog reports as they searched for Kelly's missing companion.
"It's unreal," said Kelly's friend, Shamus Moynihan. "I mean, a year-and-a-half ago, he went missing. After a while, you still want to have hope, but a year and a half is a long time."
They had hope during their search at first, but so much time had passed.
"I missed you so much," said Kelly's friend, Bethany McIvor. "I never thought this would happen."
With his ears cleaned and his matted fur shaved, Carl is healthy and very happy to be back home.
"I just wanted to know where he'd been and what he'd seen," McIvor said. "If he could only talk and tell us where he was for a year and a half."
The reunion was made possible after someone found Carl on the street, decided to keep him and brought him into the Jamaica Plain MSPCA's clinic Thursday for a neuter and grooming. Staff quickly realized Carl, who had been microchipped, belonged to someone else.
"This is the first dog that I can think of that we’ve had come in for an appointment, and then be able to reunite them with somebody who had been looking for them for so long," Anna Rafferty-Fore, associate director of the MSPCA Boston Adoption Center, said.
After all of this time, Kelly knows how lucky she is to have Carl back in her life.
"I'm going play my numbers later," Kelly said.
Though Carl is going home to be nurtured and spoiled, he'll be sharing the attention with a new addition from the last 17 months.
"I had a baby," Kelly said. "Carl hasn't met the baby yet. We'll see how that goes."
More than a dozen African American women have been elected to serve as judges in Houston, Texas.
It’s another history-making election in a long list of them for the 2018 midterms.
NewsOne reported that 19 black women who ran for judicial seats in Harris County all won, marking one of the biggest electoral victories for black women in the history of the county.
The women who won are Sandra Peake, Ramona Frankin, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Hollerman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn A. Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda M. Dunson, Toria J. Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia G. Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin and Lori Chambers Gray.
BuzzFeed News reported that Harris County is the largest county in Texas. Including the 19 women, all 38 district judges elected are Democrats.
Two months before the election, then-candidate Williams said in a Facebook post that she was humbled by the chance to make history.
“Never did I imagine that the day I decided to run to be judge, I'd become a part of a club of phenomenal Black women, sisters-in-law, gifted, brilliant, strong - everything I hope to be!” Williams said. “It is with great pride and excitement that I share this ‘Black Girl Magic’ with you! Congratulations - you are truly black girl magic!”
A 51-year-old woman who raised three daughters on her own and who celebrated the purchase of her first home last week vowed Monday to do good while claiming a $343.9 million Powerball jackpot in Iowa.
“My girls and I used to dream of winning the lottery,” Lerynne West, a mother of three with six grandchildren, said Monday while claiming her prize at the Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive. “Never thought we would be here today.”
West grew up with seven siblings in Earlham, a town about 30 miles west of Des Moines with a population of 1,450, according to the 2010 U.S. Census and the Des Moines Register. She said Monday that she started a family shortly after earning her GED when she was 19 years old.
“As a single mom, I worked full-time,” she said Monday. “I went to school full-time at nights and weekends, and my daughters had to sacrifice a lot for that.”
She said that when she had the money, she played the lottery twice a week. Before the Oct. 27 Powerball drawing, she said her biggest prize had been $150.
Last week, she retired early from her job in the insurance industry after learning of her jackpot win.
“I know she’ll do right with the money,” West’s friend, Ruth Easter, told the Register. “Single mom does good. She deserved it.”
West bought her winning ticket at Casey’s General Store in Redfield, where she bought her first home late last month. She said she and her sister stopped at the shop for coffee and a slice of pizza while she was getting packed when she thought to pick up a lottery ticket.
She didn’t think of the ticket again until Oct. 27, when a friend sent her a text asking whether she had won the lottery. She said the message was the first she had heard that someone from Iowa had won the Powerball jackpot, but after a search, she couldn’t find her ticket.
She called her sister, who had noticed the lottery ticket in her truck. She sent West a photo of the ticket.
“It took me a minute going back and forth to figure out that I had won, and I said to my sister, ‘Get that ticket, get in your truck, get up here now and drive slow,’” West said.
She said Monday that she decided to take her winnings as a $198.1 million lump sum payment.
“I know the responsibility I have to do good with this money, and my life has changed forever,” she said. “I plan to make thoughtful and responsible decisions on giving to my friends and family and setting up so that my grandchildren will all have a college education.”
West and her family are also organizing the Callum Foundation, a charitable organization named for her grandson, Callum, who was born premature in April and lived only one day. According to Iowa Lottery officials, the foundation “will be focused on making grants in the core areas of alleviating poverty and hunger; education; animal welfare and veteran’s affairs.”
"We have a board set up that will go over the requests and decide what is in the best interests of the Callum Foundation," West said. "The whole thing of knowing when to pull together a team and work on these plans came from years of playing and daydreaming about winning the lottery. Then, once it finally happens, it's a whole new ballgame."
West said she also plans to buy a car.
“She sacrificed a lot for us to make sure she could give us the best life that she could,” Lerynne West’s daughter, 24-year-old Skylar West, told the Register. “She’s a great mom. … You can’t put into words all the good qualities she has and all the things she would do to help us out.”
Two winning tickets for a jackpot of $687.8 million were sold ahead of last month's Powerball drawing. The other winner, who has not claimed his or her ticket yet, bought a Powerball ticket in New York.
A kitten found in the garage of the North Carolina governor’s mansion in Raleigh has been adopted by the first family of the state.
ABC News reported that the Facebook page First Pets of North Carolina, which posts about the pets of Gov. Roy Cooper and his family, announced the discovery Friday.
“We don’t know where she came from or how she got there, but we’ve started calling her Jennyanydots (after the character from ‘Cats’),” the post said. “She’s friendly, talkative, and enjoys ‘hunting’ certain patterns on the carpet.”
The tiny tortoiseshell cat was announced as an official family member the next day. She goes by Jenny for short.
Ilina Ewen, chief of staff to North Carolina first lady Kristin Cooper, told ABC News the “cuddly and affectionate” kitten is “fitting in well” in her new home.
Jenny has been scheduled to get her shots and has been checked out out by a veterinarian. She also got a bath to get rid of fleas, Ewen told ABC News.
The kitten joins a dog named Benjamin, a black cat named Alexei and a long-haired cat named Adelaide.
An Ohio school bus driver is being hailed as a hero for her clear-headed reaction Tuesday when the vehicle became engulfed in flames within minutes.
The veteran driver, who has asked school officials not to identify her, told the dispatcher to call the fire department and then ordered students to get off the bus using both the front and emergency rear exit door.
Larry Osborne, manager of transportation for Madison Schools in Madison Township, Ohio, said the driver steered the bus off a rural Middletown-Germantown Road onto the grass as gray smoke began to rise from the bus hood. She was unable to travel more than 15 mph.
She directed more than two dozen students to stand a safe distance from the bus and then boarded the bus again, double checking that all students were off.
“There is a school bus on fire, like fully engulfed in flames on Middletown-Germantown Road, a man who called 911 at the time said. “There are flames shooting all over the place.”
“It could have been a catastrophe,” said Osborne. “But the driver’s training kicked in.”
Madison Schools Resource Officer Kent Hall, who is also the township’s fire chief, was the first person at the fiery bus scene on Tuesday. When he arrived he didn’t know if the students were out safely.
“Heavy fire, smoke coming out of all the windows,” Hall said when asked what he saw. “Then I learned all the kids were safe on another bus.”
“I can tell you the bus driver did everything right and everyone is alive (because of that),” he said.
“Thanks to (the driver) everything worked like clock work in an emergency situation,” Osborne said.
Madison Township Fire Department and school district officials said the investigation into the fire that destroyed the bus, which was leased from the Petermann Bus Company and in use since 2009, remains under investigation by the company.
A Texas police chief saved a baby’s life Friday as he was driving to a school district campus, KHOU reported.
Splendora Independent School District police Chief Rex Evans was stopped at a traffic light at 2 p.m. when a person drove up to him, honking and telling the officer that “My baby is not breathing,” KTRK reported.”
Evans reacted quickly, calling for an ambulance while performing CPR on the infant, the television station reported.
The entire ordeal was captured on camera, KHOU reported.
"Come on, baby. Come on, baby. It's OK … She's breathing. She's breathing, OK. … OK," the chief said in footage captured from his body camera.
Customers of a California doughnut shop are buying a dozen of the sweet treats at a time to help the store’s co-owner visit his ailing wife, KCBS reported.
John Chhan and his wife, Stella, have owned Donut City in Seal Beach for three decades, the television station reported. The couple came to the United States in 1979 as refugees from their native Cambodia and have been serving doughnuts ever since.
Stella Chhan recently suffered an aneurysm and is recovering in rehab. John Chhan goes home to tend to her as soon as he sells out of doughnuts for the day, KCBS reported. Since he refused financial help through a GoFundMe account, Chhan’s customers come early and buy at least a dozen doughnuts apiece. They spread the news via newsletters and by word of mouth, the television station reported.
“Hey come and support this guy’s doughnuts,” one customer said, flashing a thumbs up sign outside Chhan’s shop recently. “He’s a great man, great cause.”
“She can talk, she can write,” Chhan told KCBS of his wife’s progress. “Right now she’s trying to start … (to) eat something.”
Piles of debris line the streets. The destructive force of Hurricane Michael is still evident.
But, it was not going to keep children from collecting candy on Halloween.
Heather D’Agostino Piddington rallied the community to celebrate Wednesday.
"The military made us evacuate and we just got back Sunday," Piddington, a teacher whose husband is in the Air Force and stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base, told CBS News. "While being away in Alabama in a hotel, I reached out to my neighbors via our neighborhood Facebook page to see who was around and interested in still doing Halloween.”
Many looked forward to the semblance of normalcy.
Piddington took her children trick-or-treating around 5:30 p.m., and was surprised at the turnout.
Neighbors sat on their driveways to make it easier to be seen by children walking with their parents. Others even decorated their houses.
“Thanks to our amazing neighbors who helped to pull this off,” Piddington wrote on social media with an apocalyptic-looking photo of one of her daughters trick-or-treating. “Her and her sister had a great time and got lots of candy.”
The young girl whose awestruck gaze of former Michelle Obama’s portrait at the National Gallery went viral in a photograph earlier this year decided to dress up as the former first lady for Halloween, WUSA reported.
Reviews were positive for Parker Curry’s outfit, and she even received a thumbs up from Obama, who tweeted “You nailed the look. I love it!”
Parker was 2 when she visited the National Gallery in March. Ben Hines was standing in line behind Parker when he snapped the photo of the girl staring at Amy Sherald’s portrait of Obama and posted it to Facebook.
"Happy Halloween! Can you guess who I am?" Parker tweeted.
Parker’s mother, Jessica Curry, told CNN it was her daughter’s idea to dress as Obama.
“We asked her a few times, ‘Are you sure?'” Curry told CNN. “‘Yes, I do. I want to be Michelle Obama.'”
Obama met Parker a week after the girl saw the portrait and danced with her.
A newborn’s future is looking “so good” thanks to a Kentucky Fried Chicken contest.
Harland Rose won $11,000 in college tuition, all because of her name honoring KFC founder Colonel Harland Sanders.
KFC announced its Baby Harland contest in Aug. 2018, in celebration of Sanders’ 128th birthday and to raise the popularity rating for the name Harland.
So, KFC offered up a “cluckin’” good deal. Babies born on Sept. 9, 2018, who were given the legal first name of Harland qualified to win the $11,000 tuition fill up.
Parents were required to submit official documents that stated the child’s name, birth date and time.
On Oct. 30, KFC announced the winner, Miss Harland Rose, on social media.
According to USA Today, her parents will call her “Harley.”
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