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iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) -- A burned body was found Saturday at the scene of a raging wildfire in Santa Clarita, California, north of Los Angeles, that has spread to 20,000 acres and forced the evacuation of 1,500 homes, officials said.

The body was discovered outside a home on Iron Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, and detectives are trying to determine whether the person was killed by the blaze or another cause, Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. Rob Hahnlein told the AP. The home also may have burned, he said.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed to ABC that homicide detectives responded to that address to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a man. The investigation is ongoing.

#BREAKINGNEWS: Sheriff's deputies investigating body found near Sand Firehttps://t.co/ksTPQJKfxc pic.twitter.com/2cweFGTD05

— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) July 24, 2016

The so-called Sand Fire broke was first reported Friday afternoon along the northbound side of the 14 Freeway near Sand Canyon Road. The fast-moving brush fire grew to thousands of acres overnight and this morning was spreading toward the Angeles National Forest and away from the more heavily populated areas of Santa Clarita, which is home to around 180,000 residents.

#sandfire sand canyon and warmsprings. Top of warmsprings pic.twitter.com/28tkQsYoaE

— Joe childs (@Joechilds4) July 24, 2016

Nighttime images and videos of the Santa Clarita hillsides showed long glowing lines along the ridges, topped by soaring flames and swaths of smoke. Pictures from this morning showed plumes of smoke still billowing into the air. Containment remained at 0 percent Saturday morning but changed to 10 percent by the afternoon, and remained at 10 percent as it spread later in the day, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The blaze prompted mandatory evacuations in the area, including one that is still in effect for about 300 people and 100 homes in the Little Tujunga Canyon area. Some evacuation orders for other areas were lifted by Saturday morning, according to ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department and the U.S. Forest Service are in "unified command," utilizing helicopters and bulldozers to fight the blaze. One firefighter has suffered a minor injury and no structures have been destroyed so far, officials said.

 A thousand homes and about 100 commercial buildings remain threatened, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Officials said an evacuation center has been set up at Golden Valley High School, while Wayside Jack Bones Equestrian Center is receiving large animals along with Hansen Dam Equestrian Center.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A prolonged heat wave is blanketing much of the United States, with dangerously high temperatures believed to be responsible for at least seven deaths, including that of a 4-year-old girl.

The girl died in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, after being left for hours in a hot car as temperatures hit 97 degrees, police told ABC affiliate in Scranton WNEP-TV.

There have also been five heat-related deaths since Wednesday in Roseville, Michigan, where temperatures soared into the high 80s and low 90s. Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland told the Macomb Daily that five people have died from heart attacks or breathing difficulties, all linked to weather over the past three days.

The high temperatures are also creating deadly conditions in Memphis, Tennessee, where a man was found dead inside his home on Friday. The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the man’s death was heat-related, according to ABC local affiliates.

Heat indices over 100 degrees Fahrenheit were felt across the eastern half of the nation today and are expected to go as high as 100 in New York City and to stay above 80 degrees in urban areas tonight, meteorologists said.

Boston on Friday hit 98 degrees -- the city’s hottest temperature since July 2013.

Sunday is forecast to be slightly cooler in the north and southeast regions of the U.S., with less humidity and temperatures in the low to high 90s. But the worst is yet to come as scorching temperatures are expected to return next week. The feel-like temperature on Monday afternoon is expected to surpass 100 outside of New York City and push to 110 degrees from Philadelphia to Richmond, meteorologists said.

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Monday for northern Delaware, central and southern New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania.

With the Democratic National Convention set to start in Philadelphia on Monday, officials in that city have put in place a heat plan to help ensure visitors and protesters stay safe and hydrated, according to ABC local affiliate WPVI-TV.

High humidity is exacerbating the extreme heat in the middle of the country.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the temperature reached 105 degrees Friday -- tying the record for the hottest July 22 on file in the Arkansas capital city and the hottest day overall in the state since 2012. Local hospitals have seen a rising number of people checking in for heat exhaustion symptoms since the beginning of summer, according to ABC local affiliate KATV.

In Illinois, an excessive heat warning for Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle counties is expected to expire at 7 p.m. today. For the Chicago area, maximum heat indices were near 111 degrees this week.

And in Indiana, a heat advisory for Benton, Jasper and Newton counties is expected to expire at 7 p.m. today, according to ABC affiliate in Chicago WLS-TV.

 

This map says it all. Stay safe as it heats up: Drink water, stay out of the sun, and check on your neighbors. pic.twitter.com/c1qFTmq2IV

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 20, 2016

 

The heat wave is lingering in the southwest today, with temperatures remaining in the triple digits in parts of southern California. Palm Springs could hit 118 degrees, while the Antelope Valley could get up to 109. Los Angeles and Orange counties will see temperatures around 94 degrees. The area will cool slightly on Sunday, remaining in the mid-80s.

Southern California's valleys and Inland Empire will also be brutally hot today, with high temperatures potentially reaching 107 degrees before lowering slightly to the high 90s over the next week, according to ABC affiliate in Los Angeles KABC-TV.

Amid the extreme heat, a fast-moving brush fire broke out Friday afternoon in the hillsides of Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles. It had charred 5,500 acres with no containment early Saturday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials told KABC-TV. Mandatory evacuations for some 300 homes in the area were in effect. No injuries or damage to property have been reported so far, KABC-TV reported.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The family of an autistic man, whose caregiver was shot while trying to help him, said he's "utterly traumatized."

Arnoldo Rios Soto, 26, had run away from a group home in Miami on Monday when Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist went to go help him out of the street. Kinsey was shot in the leg while lying on the ground with his hands up next to Soto.

"It's just so sad that he couldn't walk down the street with his caregiver," Soto's sister, Miriam Rios, told ABC News.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said this week that the officers on the scene "saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said. "The officers all thought the individual had a firearm."

The object in Soto's hand was not a weapon, but a toy truck. Kinsey can be heard on video trying to explain to police who he was, that Soto was holding a toy truck, and that he was a behavioral therapist. Soto was handcuffed by police and kept in a police car for three to four hours, according to a statement from his family.

Officer Jonathan Alleda, who shot Kinsey, was put on paid administrative leave and a second officer is now suspended without pay as officials investigate whether he fabricated part of the police report.


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iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A beloved California K-9 officer named "Idol" passed away in a hot police car last month after an unknown malfunction caused the vehicle and its air conditioning to shut off while the dog was in the back, according to the Porterville Police Department.

On June 20 Idol's handler decided to put the dog in his air conditioned police car to cool down the Belgian Malinois. Temperatures last month in Porterville reached over 90 degrees. Less than two hours later, the officer returned to find the vehicle was no longer running and Idol was dead in the back, the police department said in a statement.

The vehicle's warning system, meant to alert the handler when temperatures reached unsafe levels, did not activate, according to police.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident and determined there was no criminal act committed by the officer. The police department described Idol's death as a "tragic loss" in a statement.

The police department announced it is in the process of refitting all K-9 units with new, state-of-the-art warning systems as well as other safety procedures to prevent this type of loss from happening again.

"In his terms it's like losing a kid. They've been together for two years. This officer is one of our top officers, he's SWAT, he was our officer of the year last year for the department. He's a stellar officer, he pays attention to all the details. It's just a tragedy," Porterville's police chief Eric Kroutil told local ABC News affiliate KSFN-TV in Fresno, California.

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iStock/Thinkstock(VISALIA, Calif.) -- One soldier took the meaning of “home sweet home” to the max on Thursday.

Army Sgt. Eddie Martinez surprised his family on their doorstep, home from his second deployment, this time in Iraq. And he got a surprise of his own, as well: holding his 7-month-old baby girl for the very first time.

“It was pretty hard,” Martinez, of Visalia, California, told ABC News of keeping the surprise a secret from his wife, Angie. “She didn’t think I could do it. She always said I was really bad with surprises, so this time I had to prove her wrong.

“I coordinated with my mother-in-law and mom to help keep her from being so nosy,” he added. “She had an idea I would be home sometime within the next two weeks to a month, but no clue I’d be there that day. I just got back the day before.”

The second the front door opened, tears started flowing.

“It went better than I expected,” he said, thrilled about being able to pull it off. “I was thinking she wouldn’t be that shocked because I thought she had kind of an idea. But when we got here, the look on her face was just awesome. I knew I got her.”

Martinez’s 5-year-old son, Jordan, was thrilled to see his best friend.

“We always called each other best buds and reassured each other that we’re best buds as a way to make sure he knows his daddy is coming home,” said the proud father.

But the best treat of all, Martinez said, was getting to hold his new baby girl.

“It was an unreal experience,” he explained. “It was everything I thought it was going to be, coming home knowing I missed her birth and first seven months. It was unreal to hold her and know that it’s my daughter. It’s so special.”

Martinez will be home for four days and the family plans to enjoy every moment of the happy homecoming.

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Hilton Napoleon(MIAMI) -- A North Miami group home employee has been hailed as a "hero" after he was shot and injured by a police officer while he was lying on the ground next to a man with autism, who had run away from the home.

Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist at an assisted living facility, is seen in video released by his attorney talking to police while he is lying on the ground with his hands in the air, and with the man with autism at his feet.

The North Miami Police Department said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. "At some point during the on-scene negotiation" with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey "put his own life at risk" to protect the 24-year-old with autism, said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

"He did everything he was supposed to do -- everything anybody is ever trained to do to prevent that from happening and he still got shot," Bower told ABC affiliate WPLG on Thursday.

"There’s obviously risks they have in their job, but certainly not [the] risk of being shot by police," Bower said. "My employee was a hero."

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

Bower said Kinsey went looking for the autistic man after he ran away, and when the man sat down in the street, Kinsey tried to get him out of the road so he wouldn’t get hit by a car. Kinsey's training as a behavioral therapist also included crisis intervention training, Bower noted.

In the video of the encounter, Kinsey tells police, "all he has is a toy truck in his hand" -- referring to the man with autism sitting at his feet.

"I am a behavior therapist," Kinsey says in the video. He tells the man with autism, "Please be still."

"My employee was telling police everything they needed to know -- this individual has autism, this individual has a [toy] truck. You can hear him saying that," Bower told WPLG, noting that you can also hear Kinsey saying “get down!" to prevent the man with autism from getting shot.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday afternoon that the officers "saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said. "The officers all thought the individual had a firearm, not a toy truck."

Rivera said the officer "was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey."

"The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said.

The officer has been identified as North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda, a member of the department's SWAT team. He was placed on administrative leave, police said. The officer said in a statement released by the police union, "I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney's office is also looking into the case, police said.

Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, "There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don't have a gun and that they're a mental health counselor."

"The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them," Napoleon said.

"And he also explains to the police that the instrument in the autistic guy's hand is a toy truck," Napoleon said. "When you look at the video, there is no argument that can be made that that is a gun. The appearance of it is rectangular, it's white, it's not shiny, it's not painted, and it's not even shaped like a gun."

Napoleon said that Kinsey was physically "doing OK."

"I think one of the biggest hurdles that's going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he's not armed and that he's trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual," Napoleon said. "It's going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear."

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Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce/Facebook(MIAMI) -- North Miami Police Officer Jonathon Aledda was identified Friday as the officer involved in the shooting of an unarmed man earlier this week.

City officials said Aledda is a member of the department's SWAT team. He was placed on paid administrative leave.

Jeff Cazeau, North Miami City Attorney, said the release of the officer's name was delayed due to safety concerns, but added that he is safe now.

Another officer who was at the scene, but did not shoot, was Commander Emile Holland. Holland was put on administrative leave without pay, officials said, noting there was evidence that Holland tried to fabricate the police report.

The incident happened Monday when Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, was shot and injured while lying on the ground next to a man with autism.

Kinsey's discussion with the police during the incident was caught on video and later released by his attorney.

The officer said in a statement Thursday through the police union, before his name was released: "I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."

The North Miami Police Department had said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. "At some point during the on-scene negotiation" with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday that the officers "saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said. "The officers all thought the individual had a firearm."

Rivera said the officer who shot "was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey."

"The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said.

Kinsey's employer told ABC News Friday that the police union tried to “change” the narrative Thursday by saying “the resident was threatening the employee,” which was “shocking."

"I really hope they walk that back," said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

Bower called Kinsey a hero to the company, to the community and “to all the people in the disability community.”

Kinsey "did everything he was supposed to do, and was more concerned with protecting the individual he was responsible for than his own life," Bower said.

“He can come back to work whenever he wants. If he needs to take a year off he’s getting paid," Bower said.

Following the shooting, the autistic man “was clearly traumatized," Bower said. “Since this happened, nobody from the city has asked me how he’s doing."

Bower said he’d like “the city to step forward” and announce training for officers for how to work with people with disabilities.

Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, "There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don't have a gun and that they're a mental health counselor."

"The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them," Napoleon said.

The footage also captured audio of Kinsey talking to police while he was lying on his back with his hands up, explaining that he is a behavioral therapist and that the man sitting at his feet is holding a toy truck.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney's office is also looking into the case, police said.

Napoleon said Thursday that Kinsey was physically "doing OK."

"I think one of the biggest hurdles that's going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he's not armed and that he's trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual," Napoleon said. "It's going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear."

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Austin Police via KVUE-TV(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Two Austin Police Department officers are now under investigation after dash-cam video shows one of the officers throwing a black woman to the ground during a traffic stop. A second video taken from inside the police car after the woman was arrested shows another officer suggesting to the woman that black people have "violent tendencies" and that’s "why a lot of white people are afraid of them."

Although the incident occurred in June 2015, Austin's police chief Art Acevedo said that it only came to his attention on Tuesday, when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg called him and advised him that a reporter from the Austin American-Statesman was working on a story on the incident.

Video from the traffic stop, publicly released by police Friday, shows the woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Breaion King, stepping out of her car. An officer, identified as Austin officer Bryan Richter, then commands her to get back in her vehicle.

"Okay ma’am you’re being pulled over right now, so I need you to take a seat back in the car," Richter says.

“Are you serious?” King responds.

“Yes, ma’am, I’m not joking,” Richter replies. King appears to go back into her car, leaving the driver's door open.

Richter then tells King he needs to see her driver’s license and explains that she was stopped for speeding. He then asks her to put her feet in the car.

King asks Richter if he can "please hurry up," and Richter then tells her to "stand up" and he appears to try to pull her out of her car.

King starts screaming and says, “No! Why are you doing this to me? Oh my God!"

Richter tells her to "stop resisting" and an altercation ensues. He then yells, "Get out of the car!"

King responds, "I’m getting out, let me get out. Do not touch me."

Richter appears to forcibly pull King up and throw her down to the ground. On the ground, King yells, “Oh my God!” and Richter tells her she was "resisting."

Richter then appears to struggle handcuffing King, who asks him, "Why are you doing this to me?"

King attempts to stand up but Richter throws her back down to the ground before handcuffing her and escorting her into the police car.

On a different piece of video, inside the police car, King seems to calmly converse with another officer identified by police as Austin police officer Patrick Spradlin.

He asks King if she believes racism goes both ways, and she says, "I do," but "I believe that the Caucasian class has more supremacy over black people, just to be honest. They have more rights." She adds that a lot of people are “afraid of black people."

Spradlin then asks her why she thinks a lot of people are afraid of black people, and King replies, "That's what I want to clear out."

Spradlin then says, "I can give you a really good idea why it might be that way -- violent tendencies. And I want you to think about that. I'm not saying anything. I'm not saying it's true. I'm not saying I can prove it or nothing. But 99 percent of the time, when you hear about stuff like that, it's the black community that's being violent. That's why the white people are afraid, and I don't blame them."

He later adds, "By no means am I saying that there is no racism, because I know there is and everybody knows there is. Black people tend to be violent and that’s why a lot of white people are afraid, and I don’t blame them."

According to the police report, obtained by ABC affiliate KVUE-TV, Richter wrote that he acted quickly because he "was increasingly concerned with King's "uncooperative attitude." He added that King "began reaching for the front passenger side of the vehicle." He noted that he was unaware if there was a weapon in the vehicle and that King resisted by pulling her arms away from him and wrapping “her hands and arms around the steering wheel.”

King told KVUE-TV on Thursday that she was "genuinely fearful" for her life during the incident and that she "literally didn't understand what was happening."

She added that she wanted something done and that she had "become afraid of the people who are supposed to protect me and take care of me."

"If you’ve wronged someone and you haven’t been reprimanded, then how do you know that you’re wrong?” King asked.

At a news conference evening, Acevedo said his "heart was sickened and saddened" when he first learned about the two videos.

"First and foremost, let me just say this to Breaion King, her family, her friends, her neighbors, her supporters: 'I’m sorry that on the day that you were stopped for going 15 mph [above the speed limit], you were approached in a manner and then treated in a manner that is not consistent with the expectations of this police chief," Acevedo said. "There’s a way to do this job, and that day, we did not approach it anywhere near the way we should’ve approached it."

Acevedo said that "the chain of command" who reviewed Richter's use of force in the incident determined that "the incident was not consistent with the expectations of the department." Richter was told to attend training and counseling.

The chief added that the incident was never brought to his attention nor the attention of other executive members of the department and that an administrative inquiry has now been launched "into the chain of command decision-making process."

As for the second video showing Spradlin suggesting to King that black people have "violent tendencies," Acevedo claimed that the no one in the department had ever uncovered that video before until the District Attorney's Office brought it to the department's attention.

When asked by a reporter at the news conference if he thought Spradlin's comments were "racist," Acevedo replied, "Yes."

"This is not, I believe, reflective of the quality of this organization that we run," he said. "I want you to listen to that conversation and tell me that we don’t have social issues in this nation, issues of violence, issues of racism, issues of people being looked at differently because of their color."

The police chief said that his department has opened investigations into the incident and into the conduct of Richter and Spradlin. He added that both have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg has also requested the Austin Police Department's Special Investigations Unit to "conduct a criminal investigation of the arresting officer’s actions that are well documented on that video," so she can decide whether or not to present the case to a grand jury and decide whether Richter's conduct rises to a criminal offense," Acevedo said. He added that Lehmberg's office has since dropped the charges of resisting arrest against King.

King told ABC affiliate KVUE-TV Friday that she appreciated the chief's public apology and that she believed what happened to her "is an opportunity to make things better and to change things for the better."

An Austin Police Department public information officer referred ABC News' questions Friday to the Austin Police Association.

A representative from the Austin Police Association told ABC News it was not immediately clear if Richter and Spradlin "have obtained outside council but all officers are represented by the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas (CLEAT).

CLEAT did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for information. The Travis County District Attorney's Office also did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information and comment.

The Austin Police Association's vice president, Anthony Nelson, added in a statement to ABC News that the association understood "the public’s reaction to Officer Richter’s response to resistance" and that the association believed "Officer Spradlin’s comments were wrong and not reflective of the values and beliefs of the men and women who serve this community."

"We recognize how incidents such as these can divide our city and cause mistrust," Nelson added. "We have met with community stakeholders and begun a dialogue. We hope that the conversation will lead to substantive changes that will help bridge that divide."

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3D Systems(MYSTIC, Conn.) -- A penguin with an injured left foot is now back on her feet at an aquarium in Connecticut after receiving a custom 3-D-printed boot designed by middle school students with the help of engineers.

Purps the penguin injured her left foot about five years ago after getting into "a little bit of a spat with another bird on exhibit" at the Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut, said Dr. Jen Flower, the aquarium's chief clinical veterinarian, in a video showing how Purps' new boot came to be.

Purps had torn her flexor tendon, which is equivalent to a person's Achilles heel, Flower said. The tear caused her pain and made her walk with a limp.

As a temporary fix, veterinary staff at the aquarium made handmade a boot for Purps that immobilized but protected and supported her damaged foot, according to Flower. However, that handmade boot constantly needed to be replaced, so earlier this year, Flower proposed looking to 3-D-printing a more durable boot for Purps.

Help came from an unlikely source -- the local middle school.

Kelly Matis, the aquarium's vice president of education and conservation, had been on a community board that had recently bought a 3-D printer for Mystic Middle School. She reached out, and a mission was launched to help Purps.

"Working as a team, Mystic Aquarium, ACT Group and the middle school students came together to design and 3-D print a new boot for Purps," said 3D Systems in a news release. 3D Systems manufactured the printer, scanner and software the students used for the project, and ACT Group is a local 3D Systems partner.

The learning curve was sharp, and it took months to finish the final product, according to Sue Prince, library media specialist for Mystic Middle School.

But it was all worth it in the end, the students said.

The kids joined aquarium staff in June to officially give Purps her new boot.

The penguin "took off across the exam room, looking very comfortable in her new boot and walking much more like a normal penguin should walk," said Flower.

Matis, the aquarium's vice president of education and conservation, added that "it's been truly amazing" to see everything come together "in order to make a real benefit to the health of one of our endangered species."

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@rockstar_fly/Instagram(BALTIMORE) — Two bulls escaped from a slaughterhouse in Baltimore this morning and had a few hours of freedom before being corralled about a block from where they were initially spotted on Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.

The bulls, first reported as roaming the streets around 6:30 a.m., were captured at Penn Square apartments around 8:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries or property damage, police said.

 

Where's the beef? Here on Penn. Ave. Bulls contained for now. They escaped a local slaughterhouse.@BaltimorePolice pic.twitter.com/MpzXMbIKoo

— T.J. Smith (@TJSmithMedia) July 22, 2016

 

"Accidents happen," said T.J. Smith, Baltimore Police media relations director. "Hopefully this is it for the running of the bulls Baltimore edition," he said on Periscope.

The bulls found their way out of the Old Line Custom Meat Company slaughterhouse at 2639 Pennsylvania Ave. and wandered about a block away to Penn Square apartments before employees from the meat processing plant and police sectioned them off, keeping them contained until they were put in custody, police said.

Shawnkia Carroll of Baltimore was dropping her son off when she came across the commotion. The complex where her son lives was blocked off and the bulls were “running back and forth” in the area, she said.

The bulls and the meat processing plant are both owned by George Ruppersberger and Sons, a company that has been in the meat industry and the area for five generations.

 

 

Bulls in custody. Thanks for everyone's patience. pic.twitter.com/zI6oO7ZrG8

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 22, 2016

 

 

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rielle Hunter became the most vilified woman in America when she had an affair with married presidential hopeful John Edwards and gave birth to his child, and in an interview with ABC News, Hunter said she still loves Edwards and that he’s very much a part of her life and the life of their daughter, Quinn.

“I view him as family. I mean, he's family. I absolutely love him,” Hunter told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “We’re very, very good friends. And great co-parents. And we have the same goals. We want the best for Quinn. We get along great.”

Hunter was full of praise for Edwards' attention to his daughter.

“Oh God, he loves her so much it's cute. I think he has a real soft spot for her. He does. He gets very choked up by her, it's sweet,” she said.

Quinn, who is now 8 years old, agreed that her father was “great.” Asked how often she got to see him, the girl replied: “As often as I can.”

Hunter, then an unknown actress and movie producer, began her affair with the then-U.S. senator from North Carolina in 2006 as he traveled the country ahead of his 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The affair continued even when Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Tabloid rumors of the affair persisted until 2010, when Edwards admitted to having fathered a child with Hunter. That child, Quinn, was born in 2008.

The fallout was intense. Edwards was later indicted for allegedly using more than $900,000 in campaign funds to hide his mistress, but he was acquitted on one count and a mistrial was declared on the other counts.

Elizabeth Edwards died in 2010 after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Hunter, 52, has enjoyed her time out of the spotlight.

“The last few years have been great. Very filled with joy, and I as a mom, like, everything I do now is based upon being a mom first, and my choices, how they are going to impact Quinn,” she said.

Their shared activities include a love or horseback riding. Hunter rode as a child and her daughter is following in her footsteps. The child recently qualified for the finals of a pony riding competition.

Quinn chatted with Robach about her horse named Howie.

“He thinks he's a fancy show horse and he's just a pony,” Quinn said, adding that the horse “taught me how to be a better rider and how to find happiness.”

Mother and daughter are sharing their passion in a new children’s book. Howie Do It: Finding Happiness Right Now was written by Hunter and illustrated by Quinn.

Hunter’s happiness has come after having endured extreme scrutiny and criticism. Robach asked her whether she was concerned that the book’s release and its attendant publicity would force her to relive the past.

“I think you can't go away, you know, when you make a mistake, when you have bad things going on you have to take responsibility for it, say you’re sorry, forgive yourself and then move on,” she said.

It’s a lesson she’s managed to impart to her child. When Robach asked Quinn what she had learned from her mother, the girl replied: “That it’s okay to make mistakes. And not to be hard on myself.”

'I'm With Her'

Hunter told Robach that what bothered her the most about the time after the affair was exposed was the “meanness” to which she was subjected.

“You know the lack of compassion and understanding that happens when people make mistakes ... everyone judges and jumps so fast,” she said.

He experiences appear to have had an impact on her choice of presidential candidate.

“Part of what I love so much about Hillary Clinton is she has had everything thrown at her but the kitchen sink, and maybe even the kitchen sink ... she doesn't ever give up and I admire that,” she said.

When Robach asked whether Hunter would be voting for Clinton, she laughed as replied: “As a mom, she’s a great role model ... I’m with her.”

She then leaned over to her daughter and said “We’re with her.”


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ABC News(CLEVELAND) — A College of Wooster student found an earring Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention that looked like one of Ivanka Trump’s.

Annabelle Hopkins, 19, found the earring on the convention floor in Cleveland and, after realizing its rightful owner, cleverly took to Twitter, creating a hashtag in an attempt to reach a member of the Trump family to return the piece of jewelry.

The hashtag eventually caught the attention of one of Ivanka's aides.

The pair met at the Trump family's hotel, where Hopkins reunited Donald Trump's daughter with her once-lost earring.

 

Thank you for helping us get the earring back to its owner! Only trying to be honest and kind here, life is good :) pic.twitter.com/LwGtndCHJa

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iStock/Thinkstock(HUGO, Colo.) — Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo -- a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver -- according to officials.

The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH.

"At this point we're not taking anything off the table," Captain Mike Yowell with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office told KMGH. "We're looking at all angles here."

Investigators said during a press conference Wednesday evening that six of the ten water samples taken had tested positive for THC.

While officials said their field tests weren't able to show how much THC was in the water -- only that the chemical was present -- they have urged residents to stay clear.

"As a precaution until we know more about the levels of contamination in the water, Hugo residents may want to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking," the Department of Public Health and Environment released in a statement.

"The water is considered safe for bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing hands, watering yards, washing dishes, cleaning, and laundry," the statement added.

The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were called in to help with the case.

Local police will begin distributing bottled water starting Friday morning.


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Purestock/Thinkstock(BACK BAY, Fla.) -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a distressed dolphin Thursday after it landed in a boat off the coast of Back Bay, Florida.

Video of the rescue shows the dolphin in a small pool of water on the floor of a boat before Coast Guard crew members carefully lifted it back into the water.

"Just keep sliding him back!" one of the crew members can be heard yelling in the video before the dolphin enters the water and makes a splash.

"The Coast Guard coordinated with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine biologist who determined the dolphin should be placed back into the water as quickly as possible to ensure the dolphin's survival," the Department of Defense said in a statement.

There were no details about how the dolphin landed inside the boat or about the dolphin's current condition.

The crew members who completed the rescue were from the Fort Myers Beach Coast Guard station.

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SE Innovation/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was shot and injured Thursday night, police said.

The suspect was killed, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said during a press conference following the shooting, which occurred in the city's Near South Side neighborhood.

Supt. Johnson said the gunshot wound was to the officer's thigh, and is not life-threatening.

Supt. Johnson: Officer shot in leg but is expected to be okay. Suspect dead. https://t.co/KpidohbLLr pic.twitter.com/fMUQyeBb3O

— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) July 22, 2016

The altercation with the suspect began after the officer and his partner approached a man talking on a cell phone and asked the man to hang up so they could talk to him. At that time, Supt. Johnson said, the man pulled a gun out of a backpack and opened fire.

Multiple officers returned fire, Supt. Johnson said, shooting and killing the suspect. Supt. Johnson said he was not sure if the suspect died at the scene or en route to the hospital.

"It's another example of too many guns, too many people willing to use them," Supt. Johnson said. "But it also demonstrates how Chicago police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep people safe."

The injured officer had received medical training and applied a tourniquet to his leg, while his partner applied pressure to help slow the bleeding. He was transported by squad car to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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