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Father murders 9-year-old son with hatchet

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A father from Sacramento, Calif., is accused of murdering his 9-year-old with a hatchet.  The victim, Matthew Hernandez, was asleep on the couch when his father, Phillip Raymond Hernandez, 36, broke through the sliding glass door and attacked his son. An adult family member living at the residence woke up when the sliding glass door […]

Boy can't eat real food or drink his normal formula

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Parents of a 3-year-old boy in Florida are starting to panic because their son can only drink a special prescription-only formula and they believe the ingredients in the formula have changed, causing their son to suffer from severe diaherra and vomitting. Michael Gonzalez suffers from Food Protein-Induced Entercolitis Syndrome.  While the syndrome is not uncommon […]

Deadbeat dad owes $1.2 million in child support

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A New York father, listed as the number one deadbeat parent in America, spent over a decade on the run from his child support obligations. Robert Sand, 50, pleaded guilty to evading child support payments to his two former wives for his three children.  Sand moved from New York to Florida, then left the country […]

Doctors 'freeze' baby to correct heart rate

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Doctors saved a newborn baby’s life by trying an unconventional method to correct his heart rate after  standard medical treatments failed. Claire Ives was seven months pregnant when she discovered that her baby’s heart rate was 300 beats per minute, almost double the normal 160 beats per minute.  The baby, named Edward, was delivered by […]

Study shows hyper-parenting can depress older children

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A new study has found that parents who are too involved in their college-aged children’s lives can make their children depressed. Holly Schiffrin, an associate professor of psychology and researcher from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia, found that over-controlling parents can negatively affect their college-aged children by undermining their independence.  Schiffrin’s study, published […]

Folic acid during pregnancy lowers autism risk

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A new study from Norway has found that women who take extra folic acid before and after becoming pregnant are less likely to have a child with autism. Dr. Pal Suren from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health led the study which was published in the Journal of American Medical Association.  Suren’s study followed 85,000 […]

Elementary student finds name on "kill list"

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Desiree McKinney, a 5th grade student at Fremont Elementary in Modesto, Calif., found her name on a classmate’s “kill list” on Wednesday.  The list was handwritten in a notebook and had several other students’ names listed. Desiree’s mother, Bernita McKinney, learned about the list from her daughter and says that she didn’t receive notification from […]

11-year-old boy in coma after bully attack

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Sixth grader Bailey O’Neill, 11, is in a medically induced coma after being hit in the face repeatedly during a fight at school. Bailey attends Darby Township School and was attacked about four weeks ago.  One of the kids hit Bailey in the face several times, fracturing his nose.  The kids also knocked Bailey down, […]

9-year-old girl from Mexico gives birth

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A 9-year-old girl gave birth to a healthy baby girl and is now one of the youngest mothers in the world.  The girl, identified as “Dafne,” gave birth by C-section at the Zoquipan hospital in Jalisco, Mexico on January 27.  The baby weighed 5.7 lbs. According to the hospital director, Dr. Enrique Rabago, “Due to […]

Father kills self and his two teenagers

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Residents in the small town of Murphys, Calif. are grieving after two teenagers were found murdered by their father.  Phillip Marshall, 54, shot his son, Alex Marshall, 17, and his daughter, Macaila Marshall, 14, and the family dog before turning the gun on himself. The two teens attended Bret Harte Union High School and their […]

100,000 child porn images in man's possession

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A Ceres, Calif. man was arrested Friday morning after the FBI and Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department found over 100,000 images of child pornography in his possession. The investigation started in October when someone called 911 and reported that George Pires, 52, was in possession of child pornography.  Details of the October 911 call were not […]

Catholic hospital lawyers say fetuses are not people

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The Catholic Church preaches that life begins at conception, but according to a Catholic health care company in Colorado, fetuses are not people. Jeremy Stodghill’s wife, Lori, died on New Year’s Day in 2006, while pregnant with twin boys.  She was 28 weeks pregnant when she began vomiting and having shortness of breath.  Jeremy and […]

Teen helps police catch burglary suspect

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A 13-year-old girl, home alone and hiding in the shower, was brave enough to stare a burglar in the face and help police catch him. Sophie Castaneda was home alone in her Stockton, Calif. home when Lataurean Conway, 31, broke into the house.  Castaneda hid in the shower while the Conway burglarized the home.  Conway […]

Teacher accused of molesting 20 children

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Robert Pimentel, 57, a former fourth grade teacher at George de la Torre Jr. Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly committing lewd acts and sexually abusing 20 children and one adult.  According to court records, prosecutors have filed 15 charges involving sexual abuse and lewd […]

California girls write book of rules

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Two Sacramento, Calif. girls appeared on NBC’s “Today” show after a Walmart employee found their book of rules in a parking lot. Isabelle Busath, 10, and Isabella Thordsen, 8, wrote a book of 158 rules in order to remember lessons and teach fellow classmates to follow the rules.  The girls lost the book in a […]

Teacher arrested, suspected of sexual relationship with student

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A Placer County teacher from Granite Bay, Calif. was arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with a student. Jennifer Lynn Woods, 35, was booked into the Placer County Jail and charged with underage sex and oral copulation with a minor. Woods and the student met two years ago when she was his teacher.  […]

Judge orders release of Boy Scout files

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An ex-Boy Scout is bringing a civil case against the Boys Scouts of America after claiming that he was 13-years-old when a leader molested him 2007.  As a result, about 120,000 pages of internal Boy Scouts files could be made public if the documents are used as evidence. The Boy Scouts of America tried to […]

Teacher fired for being a former porn actress

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A teacher from Oxnard, Calif., hoping to get her job back after she was fired for being a former porn-actress, lost her appeal on Friday and will not be allowed back in the classroom.  Stacie Halas, 32, a science teacher at Haydock Intermediate School, was fired in April after students and teachers found pornographic videos […]

Mom uses kids to shoplift, leaves one behind

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A mother from Stockton, Calif. is on the run after being accused of shoplifting and assaulting three security guards in front of her three daughters. Bobbie Pritz, 44, was shopping in JC Penney’s with her toddler and 16-year-old daughter, stuffing clothes and perfume in the toddler’s stroller, while her 13-year-old daughter was outside waiting in […]

California Governor announces college online education pilot program

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In an effort to lower the cost of higher education and make it more available, California Governor Jerry Brown announced on Tuesday a new college online education pilot program.  The pilot program would allow students to take three entry-level mathematics courses and receive college credits. Brown said in a news conference, “We’re talking about our […]

Boy found guilty of murdering white-supremacist father

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A 12-year-old Calif. boy was convicted Monday of the second-degree murder of his white-supremacist father, Jeff Hall.  The boy, who was 10 at the time of the murder, fatally shot his father at point-blank range with a .357 Magnum while he slept on the sofa. Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard believes that the […]

Dad and his friend use baby and baby stroller to shoplift

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Two Rancho Cordova, Calif. men were arrested Tuesday after using a baby and baby stroller to shoplift items from a CVS Pharmacy. Danny Williams, 26, the father of the baby, and his friend, Deaire Jeffries, 31, pushed Williams’ daughter in her baby stroller throughout the store while hiding items in the stroller.  Before leaving the […]

Teen takes bullet to save mom

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Modesto, Calif. teen Marty Kent, 17, was shot and killed Thursday on his front porch while trying to protect his mother Robin Kent. Robin told CBS13 that she heard yelling outside and she stepped outside to tell the group to move elsewhere.  A man in the group, holding a shotgun, fired at her and Marty […]

KlaasKids Foundation introduces new child safety technology

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On the 32nd birthday of Polly Klaas, who was abducted and killed in 1993 in Petaluma, Calif., Polly’s father Marc announced partnerships between the KlaasKids Foundation and several technology companies to introduce new child-safety devices. The first is a free online web browser by Virtual World Computing called Cocoon for KlaasKids.  It is designed to […]

New bill could make getting a college degree only cost $10,000

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California Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Marysville) is proposing a new bill that would make the cost of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree more affordable.  Assembly Bill 51 would create the Baccalaureate Degree Pilot Program for students in California who want to major in science, technology, engineering, or math. Under the pilot program, high school students […]