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Saturday, August 22, 2015

On Monday, the pro wrestler John Cena will become the first celebrity in the history of the Make a Wish Foundation to grant 500 wishes. He'll host Rocco Lanzer, an 8-year-old Queens, New York, boy with leukemia, in a ringside seat at the Raw WWE show. Cena also gave the boy a championship belt and other swag on Thursday's Today show. "I want them to have an experience that will stay with them to forever," Cena said. "I don't ever want the children or their families to be treated in a way where they feel as if they're up against anything at all."


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Little League International officials had to intervene after allegations arose that a team threw one of its games at the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, on Monday. A Snohomish, Washington, team -- hoping to knock out an Iowa team from the next round it had struggled to defeat -- sat its best players, played all its reserves and told all players to bunt in an 8-0 loss to a team from Salisbury, N.C. "It was very evident right away what was going on. They weren't striving to win," said Central Iowa Little League coach Charlie Husak. Little League International officials responded by making Snohomish play Iowa to advance. Snohomish lost.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. "I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare," the 90-year-old Carter said in a statement. "A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week." read more


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that recent liver surgery revealed he had cancer that had spread to other parts of his body.

"I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare," Carter said in a statement. "A more complete public statement will be made when facts are known, possibly next week." read more


A Wisconsin judge ruled Monday that two 13-year-old girls accused of stabbing a classmate to please the fictional character Slender Man will stay in adult court, where they could face decades in prison. The girls, who were 12 when the crime occurred, planned to walk 300 miles to the Nicolet National Forest and live in Slender Man's mansion. "They've committed an offense that was ... frankly vicious," Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren said. The judge acknowledged the girls' delusions and mental illness, but said if he moved them into the juvenile system they'd be free at age 18 with no oversight and no more treatment. read more


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