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    An adorable video is melting hearts across the web. Newsflare, an online news and video licensing site, reported a little girl named Gabby was recorded on a video uploaded on Sept. 26 sharing how she felt upon meeting her adoptive parents. >> Read more trending news  “Well when we were born we became two little babies and then Lily was still a baby and I was 4 years old!' the girl said. 'I got so big and Lily was still a baby!'  According to the New York Post, Gabby and Lily live in Dallas with their parents. “Do you know what happened to my heart? Well, when the first time I saw you my heart fell in love with you!' Watch the video below.
  • A school district in Pennsylvania will be spending $2.4 million to renovate the high school's locker rooms so they are nongender specific. The school board for the Eastern Lancaster County School District unanimously greenlit the project at Garden Spot High School, WGAL reported. >> Read more trending news  The remodel will create four zones with 76 private showers and an additional 48 private changing areas. Garden Spot locker room design by LancasterOnline on Scribd The decision was made after a transgender student, who was born female but identifies a male, fought to use the male locker rooms, WGAL reported. The new facilities are being called a 'ready area' and will help guarantee students' privacy and safety, district officials said, according to Lancaster Online. School Board President Glenn Yoder says the design idea will become popular in other school districts when other leaders have to consider the privacy of their students, Lancaster Online reported. The project is expected to be completed by next December, with demolition starting in March.
  • In a shocking video that may be difficult for some to watch, a WSOC-TV viewer captured footage of hundreds of birds scattered across the ground near the entrance of the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina, after flying into the side of the building. >> Read more trending news  Hollie Cameron's disturbing cellphone video shows dozens of birds lying on the ground outside the building and captures other birds crashing into the large windows. WSOC reporter Gina Esposito spoke with the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, who said their rehab team responded to the NASCAR Hall of Fame around 11 p.m. and treated hundreds of birds. They said a total of 310 birds hit the windows of the building. Roughly one-third of those birds were dead when they arrived, and another third was seriously injured. The rest appeared to be stunned but will be OK, the organization said. >> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Some viewers may find the video below disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.) In the video, Cameron watched as a bird crashed into the window and then fell to the ground, joining dozens of others. Cameron told WSOC that she was working in the area when she started recording on her phone around 9 p.m. You can hear her talking with a security guard who claims the phenomenon had been going on for about an hour. 'Oh my God, look at them all,' Cameron says in the video. 'There's something wrong with them. This is not OK.' Carolina Waterfowl Rescue posted more video on Facebook of the birds at their facility. About 100 of the surviving birds are being treated for broken wings and fractures. The rescue group said the birds are chimney swifts and that the colony lives in a roost. They think something disturbed the colony Tuesday night, causing the birds to fly into the windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue officials told WSOC that this was not a naturally occurring event and the birds' migration could not have been a factor because the swifts only migrate during the day. They plan to investigate more on Wednesday. CMPD reportedly responded to the scene to begin cleaning up the birds. Carolina Waterfowl Rescue said rehabbing the injured birds is expensive, and they desperately need volunteers since the birds will need to be hand-fed. Visit their Facebook page for more details on how you can help.
  • A 'Wheel of Fortune' contestant is making headlines after his darkly funny introduction on Monday's episode went viral. >> Read more trending news  According to NBC News and a video tweeted by the show, Blair Davis, a trucking business owner from Cardiff, California, didn't hold back when he told host Pat Sajak about his home life. 'I've been trapped in a loveless marriage for the last 12 years to an old battle-ax named Kim,' he said, drawing laughs from audience members. 'She cursed my life with three stepchildren.' He added that he has 'one rotten grandson.' >> Watch the clip here An amused Sajak sarcastically shouted, 'Yay!' while pumping his fist. 'No wonder you came here,' Sajak joked.  Davis later clarified that he was only kidding, saying, 'I love them like nobody's business.' Sajak then asked about the contestant's beard, a favorite of Davis' grandson. 'Every time I threaten to shave it off, he gives me a really hard time,' Davis said. 'Don't get it tangled up in the wheel,' Sajak warned. Learn more here or here
  • Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the first federal trial over the opioids epidemic. Two Ohio counties claim drug companies that made, distributed and sold prescription painkillers engaged in a deadly conspiracy that has inflicted massive damage on their communities and created a costly public nuisance. It's expected to take up to three days for attorneys for Summit and Cuyahoga counties and six drug companies to select a 12-person jury. Prospective jurors from nine northeast Ohio counties were mailed a 19-page questionnaire that asked whether there were people in their lives who used, abused or overdosed on opioids. Those with close connections to the crisis are expected to be excluded from serving on the jury. The pool does not include people from Summit County, which is a separate subdistrict in the 40-county Northern District of Ohio and has its own federal courthouse. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday. It is considered a bellwether because it could help shape how future trials are conducted or possibly spur the global settlement sought by U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster, who is overseeing more than 2,000 lawsuits filed by local governments and other entities against drug companies. The federal lawsuits have been merged into a class action known as multi-district litigation. Polster has made clear since being assigned to the litigation that he wanted communities dealing with effects of the opioid crisis to get help as soon as possible. Counting prescription drugs and illegal ones such as heroin and illicitly made fentanyl, opioids have been blamed for more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. since 2000. Five drug manufacturers, including Purdue Pharma, have used settlements or bankruptcy filings to be dismissed from the trial, winnowing the list of defendants to six: generic drugmaker Actavis, which is now owned by Teva; the distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, Henry Schein and McKesson; and the pharmacy chain Walgreens. The companies say they complied with the law and supplied only drugs that doctors prescribed. The trial itself is expected to last about seven weeks. ___ AP reporter Geoff Mulvihill in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contributed to this report.
  • A Pennsylvania mom is in critical condition after police said she killed her children and husband, then shot herself, Philadelphia police said. >> Read more trending news  Here are the latest updates: Update 5:49 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Authorities have identified the woman accused of killing her children and husband late Monday in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood, multiple news outlets are reporting. According to WPVI-TV, Damyrra Jones Alcindor, 28, also shot herself, police said. As she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she reportedly told officials she did not want to be resuscitated. Philadelphia police Homicide Capt. Jason Smith said Alcindor admitted to fatally shooting her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their father, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon. Although police did not release the victims' names, a family member identified them as Max Alcindor, 38; Maxilla, 4; and Damaya, 10 months, WCAU-TV reported. Investigators said Alcindor, who legally bought the handgun earlier Monday, is facing murder charges in the case, according to WCAU. Original report: According to KYW-TV and the Philadelphia Inquirer, the deadly shooting occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at a home in Philadelphia's Tacony neighborhood. Police said the 29-year-old woman fatally shot her two daughters, ages 10 months and 4 years, as well as their 35-year-old father. All three victims suffered gunshot wounds to the head, authorities said. When police arrived at the Hegerman Street home, they discovered the woman outside 'lying on top of a gun,' the Inquirer reported. Authorities said the woman, who apparently shot herself, was taken to a nearby hospital. Philadelphia police have not released the names of the woman or the victims, the news outlets reported. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities have expanded the search for an Alabama toddler believed to have been abducted Saturday night from a birthday party in Birmingham's Avondale neighborhood. >> Read more trending news  Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney, 3, was outside with other children at the Tom Brown Village apartment complex when an SUV carrying a man and a woman approached about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, AL.com and WVTM reported, citing police. The man got out and placed Kamille inside the SUV before leaving the scene, witnesses said. Here are the latest updates: Update 4:42 a.m. EDT Oct. 16: Birmingham police have identified the two people of interest being questioned in connection with McKinney’s disappearance. According to WIAT, Patrick Devone Stallworth, 39, and Derick Irisha Brown, 29, both of Birmingham, are being held on 'unrelated charges.' Authorities arrested Stallworth on child pornography charges, the TV station reported. He was jailed on $500,000 bond. Brown, meanwhile, was arrested on a probation violation, officials said. She is not eligible for bond, WIAT reported. Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith said interviews with Stallworth and Brown have not provided 'pertinent information' on McKinney's whereabouts, but 'evidence was obtained to allow detectives to obtain warrants on both subjects,' according to WIAT. Update 9:15 a.m. EDT Oct. 15: Family members have released new photos of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney as authorities continue to search for the missing toddler. Authorities said Monday that they were expanding an Alabama Amber Alert issued for Kamille over the weekend to include nearby states. 'Investigators are currently expanding the Amber Alert to surrounding states so that we ensure we have coverage and we're providing a great web for the entire area,' Birmingham police Chief Patrick Smith said Monday at a news conference.'We wanted to make sure we're covering all areas and all angles.' Update 12:45 p.m. EDT Oct. 14: Police said two persons of interest were being interviewed Monday in connection with the suspected kidnapping of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney. 'Unfortunately, investigators have not received any information on the whereabouts of Kamille at this time,' police Chief Patrick Smith said at a news conference. 'Our officers and detectives will continue to canvass the area where the vehicle was located, where the suspects were found and also the location of where she (went) missing.' Smith said that as of Monday, investigators had yet to find any connection between Kamille's parents and the persons of interest in custody. He said police believe other, unidentified people were also involved in her disappearance. 'We definitely remain hopeful that she's still alive and out there,' Smith said. Update 10:22 p.m. EDT Oct. 13: The suspected vehicle involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney has been located and a man was taken into custody for questioning, AL.com reported. Police are still searching for Kamille.  Update 9:29 p.m. EDT Oct. 13: Police released an updated description of the vehicle and images of the male suspect believed to be involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney.  The vehicle is a 2001 to 2006 blue or gray Toyota Sequoia.   Update 3:41 p.m. EDT Oct. 13:  Police issued an updated description and a photo of the vehicle involved in the disappearance of Kamille 'Cupcake' McKinney, 3, from a birthday party in Birmiingham, Alabama. According to WTVM, Birmingham police are looking for a blue-green Toyota Sequioa, with the year of the model between 2001 and 2006. The vehicle has either tan or brown trim, the television station reported. Police said a black man and a white woman were inside the vehicle, WIAT reported. Dominic McKinney on Sunday pleaded for the safe return of his daughter, AL.com reported. “I just want my daughter back. I’ll pay anything, I’ll put up anything,’’ Dominic McKinney said. “Everybody knows Cupcake and I’ll do anything to bring that baby back home.” Original report: In an Amber Alert issued late Saturday, authorities said Kamille, an African American girl with brown eyes and black hair, stands 3 feet tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She was wearing a pink and leopard print Minnie Mouse shirt with leopard print shorts, the alert said. Officials described the man's SUV, which may be an older Toyota 4 Runner, as dark-colored, possibly black or blue. The vehicle has 'rims and a tan protruding bumper,' according to the Amber Alert. Investigators are asking anyone who has information about Kamille's disappearance to call Birmingham police at 205-254-0841 or 911. Read more here or here.
  • Authorities in Indiana said a baby is alive and well after someone discovered the child inside a plastic bag near a fence in Seymour. >> Read more trending news  According to the Tribune and WAVE-TV, police responded to a call about the infant just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. A resident, who had been walking a dog off South Jackson Park Drive, found the child about 60 feet away from the street, investigators said. Crews rushed the baby to a nearby hospital, the news outlets reported. Doctors said the child is healthy, according to WAVE. Seymour police have not yet made any arrests in connection with the incident, the Tribune reported. Read more here or here.
  • A 27-year-old man was arrested and charged Tuesday in the murder of a 2-year-old North Carolina boy who died in September, Statesville police said. >> Read more trending news  On Sept. 5, Statesville police were called to a home in the 1200 block of Alexander Street and found Sevynn Nashir Clark unresponsive. The child was taken to a hospital where he later died. The Statesville Police Department’s investigation led them to Jordan Hoyt Simmons’ arrest, authorities said. Simmons was arrested in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, and charged with second-degree murder and felony intentional child abuse with serious bodily injuries.
  • Twelve candidates took the stage Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio, for the October Democratic presidential primary debate, including former Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; Sen. Kamala Harris of California; Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas; Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont; billionaire entrepreneur Tom Steyer; Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang. Here are five memorable moments from the event: >> Read more trending news  1. Warren fends off more attacks following her rise in the polls. After passing Biden as the front-runner in some national polls, Warren drew more criticism from other candidates Tuesday night – most notably for her support of 'Medicare for All.' When asked whether the health care plan would raise taxes, Warren didn't directly answer but stressed that overall 'costs will go down for hardworking, middle-class families.' Her response came just moments after Sanders conceded that taxes would be higher under the proposal, but that the increase will be 'substantially less' than the costs of 'premiums and out-of-pocket expansions' that people currently face. Klobuchar, a 'Medicare for All' critic, took aim at Warren's remarks. 'At least Bernie's being honest here and saying how he's going to pay for this and that taxes are going to go up,' she said. 'And I'm sorry, Elizabeth, but you have not said that, and I think we owe it to the American people to tell them where we're going to send the invoice.' Klobuchar later added: 'I appreciate Elizabeth’s work, but, again, the difference between a plan and a pipe dream is something that you can actually get done.' >> Watch the moment here 2. Sanders discusses his health.  After Burnett asked Sanders, who suffered a heart attack earlier this month, how he can reassure voters that he's 'up to the stress of the presidency,' the 78-year-old senator promised that he will 'be mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country.' 'That is how I think I can reassure the American people,' he said. He then thanked backers and fellow candidates for their support during his hospitalization. 'Let me take this moment if I might to thank so many people from all over this country, including many of my colleagues up here, for their love, for their prayers, for their well-wishes,' Sanders said. 'And I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I'm so happy to be back here with you this evening.' >> Watch the moment here Sanders' remarks followed a humorous exchange with Booker after moderator Erin Burnett asked Sanders about his health. 'I'm healthy. I'm feeling great, but I would like to respond to that question,' Sanders said, referring to a previous question about pharmaceutical companies.  Booker interjected: 'And Sen. Sanders is in favor of medical marijuana. I want to make sure that's clear, as well.' 'I do,' Sanders said, adding, 'I'm not on it tonight.' >> Click here to watch 3. Biden discusses his son's dealings with Ukraine. Hours after ABC News published an interview with Biden's son, Hunter, about his business dealings with Ukraine, the elder Biden also addressed the issue on the debate stage. 'Look, my son did nothing wrong,' Biden said, fielding a question from moderator Anderson Cooper over whether it was OK for Hunter to be involved in foreign businesses while Biden was vice president. 'I did nothing wrong. I carried out the policy of the United States government in rooting out corruption in Ukraine. And that's what we should be focusing on.' He later added: 'My son's statement speaks for itself. I did my job. I never discussed a single thing with my son about anything having do with Ukraine. No one has indicated I have. We've always kept everything separate. Even when my son was the attorney general of the state of Delaware, we never discussed anything, so there would be no potential conflict.' Biden continued that he was 'proud of the judgment' his son made. Neither Biden has been officially accused of wrongdoing. >> Watch his response here 4. O'Rourke and Buttigieg disagree over gun buybacks. O'Rourke reiterated his support for a mandatory buyback of AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, but when asked about how he'd enforce such a policy, he said he'd 'expect [his] fellow Americans to follow the law.' 'We don't go door to door to do anything in this country to enforce the law,' O'Rourke said. 'I expect Republicans, Democrats, gun-owners, non-gun-owners alike to respect and follow the law.' Buttigieg was not impressed. 'Look, Congressman, you just made it clear that you don't know how this is actually going to take weapons off the streets,' Buttigieg said. 'If you can develop the plan further, I think we can have a debate about it. But we can't wait. People are dying in the streets right now.' He added: 'We cannot wait for purity tests. We have to just get something done.' O'Rourke dismissed Buttigieg's argument. 'This is not a purity test,' O'Rourke replied. 'This is a country that loses 40,000 of our fellow Americans every year to gun violence. This is a crisis. We've got to do something about it.' He went on to say lawmakers should listen 'to those moms who demand action, to those students who March for Our Lives' and focus less on 'polls and the consultants and the focus groups.' 'The problem isn't the polls,' Buttigieg responded. 'The problems is the policy. And I don't need lessons from you on courage, political or personal.' >> Watch the exchange here 5. Harris presses for Trump Twitter ban. Harris, who has previously called on Twitter to ban Trump's account, took aim at Warren for not supporting her plan. Harris, who has previously called on Twitter to ban Trump's account, took aim at Warren for not supporting her plan. 'I just want to say that I was surprised to hear that you did not agree with me that on this subject of what should be the rules around corporate responsibility for these big tech companies, when I called on Twitter to suspend Donald Trump's account, that you did not agree, and I would urge you to join me,' Harris told Warren, alleging that Trump has used the platform 'to openly intimidate witnesses' and 'obstruct justice.'  'So look, I don't just want to push Donald Trump off Twitter,' Warren replied. 'I want to push him out of the White House. That's our job.' Harris didn't back down, responding: 'Well, join me. Join me in saying that his Twitter account should be shut down.' 'No,' Warren said. >> Click here to watch