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Mother stabbed while walking baby in stroller, police say

A woman has been arrested and charged with assault after she repeatedly stabbed a West Seattle mother who was walking her baby in a stroller, Seattle police said.

Sarah Hanson was walking her baby Oct. 2 when she heard footsteps approaching from behind in the middle of the day.

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“All of a sudden there was a knife attacking my head,” Hanson told KIRO 7. “I fell to the ground, just trying to protect my head out of shock.”

In a matter of seconds, a walk with her baby turned into a fight to save her life. The stranger was relentless and kept attacking Hanson, according to reports from investigators.

Sarah could only think of her 5-month-old son, Luke, in the stroller.

“I need to run to get away from the stroller to draw her away from him,” Hanson said.

Despite the violent attack, Sarah and her husband say they’re overwhelmed by how many things they’re thankful for, because they don’t know how bad it would have been if the people living on 41st Avenue didn’t respond to her screams for help.

“Turns out it was this 79-year-old man who came between me and her,” Hanson said. “He was just like a wall just facing her. She was pacing back and forth with this big kitchen knife.”

While he shielded Hanson from the attacker, another neighbor ran across the street and grabbed Luke.

“That’s what saved our lives,” she said.

Her husband, Graeme, hopes those neighbors know how grateful they are.

“They probably won’t see themselves as heroes, but they are,” he said. “I’m just very thankful.”

Kierra Ward, 26, was arrested and charged with first-degree assault. She’s homeless and lives at a park not far from the neighborhood, according to investigators. Neighbors told KIRO 7 she appears to be suffering from a mental illness but they never knew she would be capable of this.

“I just remember her saying that I was made of iron,” Hanson said. “She was so removed from reality.”

Hanson was stabbed in the back of her head and her face. Cuts to her arm may require surgery. She hopes to begin taking walks with her son again very soon.

Trump supporter’s Halloween decorations spark controversy

It’s not political, it’s just a Halloween decoration.

The white sheet read: “Make America Great Again. Purge and Purify,” emblazoned in red paint.

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While it was meant as an homage to the horror movie “The Purge: Election Year,” which used “Keep America Great,” as a tagline, neighbors, as well as social media users, called the display racist.

"Apparently I'm getting a lot of heat for it for being racist,” homeowner Kade Rogers said in a Facebook video. “In no way, shape, or form am I racist, at all. I believe we all bleed the same color. It doesn't matter what color you are, as long as you're a patriot."

So, Rogers slightly changed the wording:

“Keep America Great. Purge and Purify.”

Neighbor Nathan Peterson, who first thought the sign was a racist attack, now knows about the movie and feels differently about the edited sign.

“Now that we know it’s a Halloween prop, it’s not that big of a deal,” Peterson said. “I kind of feel bad for making it a big deal, but still, he chose the wrong wording at first.”

Rogers got death threats and his car was keyed, according to KTSU. Still, he is not taking down the decoration.

“I didn’t mean for it to be political,” Rogers, who is a supporter of President Donald Trump, told KSTU. “This is just a Halloween decoration. That’s all this is.”

Harvey Weinstein booted from film academy 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expelled embattled producer Harvey Weinstein Saturday.

The academy’s 54-member Board of Governors vote was in excess of the two-thirds majority required.

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“We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the academy said in a statement. “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

Carmine Caridi, an actor who shared screener copies of movies, is the only other academy member to be expelled, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Producers Guild of America votes Monday on expelling Weinstein from the group, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts suspended Weinstein earlier in the week.

Women started to come forward after The New York Times published a report last week detailing complaints of sexual harassment made against Weinstein over nearly three decades.

Three women, former aspiring actress Lucia Evans, Italian actress Asia Argento and a woman who was not identified, accused Weinstein of rape in a report published Tuesday by The New Yorker.

Actress Rose McGowan slammed Weinstein earlier in the week and said Ben Affleck had known about Weinstein's alleged sexual misconduct. McGowan received a $100,000 settlement from Weinstein in 1997 "after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival," the New York Times reported.

Weinstein was ousted from his position at The Weinstein Company on Sunday in the wake of the New York Times report. His wife, Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman, said Tuesday that she was leaving Weinstein in light of the allegations. Weinstein said in a statement on Wednesday that he was going to counseling.

He denied the rape allegations in a statement to The New Yorker issued by one of his representatives.

So-called magic mushrooms could help reduce depression symptoms, study finds

Need help dealing with depression? So-called magic mushrooms might do the trick, according to a new report. 

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Researchers from Imperial College London recently conducted an experiment, published in Scientific Reports, to determine how psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in certain fungi -- dubbed magic mushrooms by those who ingest them recreationally for their hallucinogenic properties -- can treat depression.To do so, scientists rounded up 20 patients “with treatment-resistant form of the disorder,” the authors said. They then gave them a 10 mg dose of psilocybin and a 25 mg dose one week later. 

The subjects also underwent brain imaging, which measured changes in blood flow and signals transmitted between brain regions.

Immediately after the treatment, patients reported a decrease in depressive symptoms. 

"We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments,” lead author Robin Carhart-Harris said in a statement. “Several of our patients described feeling 'reset' after the treatment and often used computer analogies.” 

The brain imaging also revealed reduced blood flow in areas of the brain associated with emotional responses, stress and anxiety. 

"Based on what we know from various brain imaging studies with psychedelics, as well as taking heed of what people say about their experiences, it may be that psychedelics do indeed ‘reset’ the brain networks associated with depression, effectively enabling them to be lifted from the depressed state," Carhart-Harris said.

Despite their findings, researchers said people who suffer from depression should not self-medicate. 

While they hope to do more research in the future, they say their results thus far are encouraging. 

“Through collecting these imaging data,” Carhart-Harris said, “we have been able to provide a window into the after effects of psilocybin treatment in the brains of patients with chronic depression.”

Chance the Rapper buys all seats for 'Marshall,' offers tickets for free

Chance the Rapper wants people to see “Marshall,” starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, so fervently that he bought out screenings at two theaters Friday.

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“Go see Marshall for free today,” he urged audiences in his hometown, Chicago, in a social media post.

He also hinted that he would join moviegoers for the 3 p.m. showing, although he did not say at which theater.

"It’s all day, but the later it gets, the more people talk about it, the more seats get filled, but yeah come to the one at 3. I’m good at surprises and stuff," he said.

Patriots' linebacker Harvey Langi injured in car crash

The New England Patriots confirmed in a recently released statement that linebacker Harvey Langi and a passenger were involved in a motor vehicle crash Friday night in Foxborough.

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At approximately 9:30 p.m., Langi and a passenger were sitting at a stoplight when another vehicle rear-ended them. 

The two victims suffered injuries and were transported to a hospital.

Langi will not play in Sunday’s game against the New York Jets due to the accident. 

Rookie Florida cop comes to rescue of new mom

Officer Jonathan Sanchez was hired by the Palm Beach Gardens police to protect and serve.

Delivering babies is just a bonus.

Sanchez responded Oct. 7 to a call of a pregnant woman in pain and found Jay Stern, of Belle Glade, on the bathroom floor ready to give birth, the Palm Beach Post reported.

It’s likely Sanchez had never encountered a similar scenario. Palm Beach Gardens police said in a statement that Sanchez was recently hired by the department and still has a week left in his training.

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“When I got there, I saw that she was on the floor and the baby was on her way,” Sanchez said in a statement provided by Palm Beach Gardens police. “Instinct just kicked in and I did what I had to do to help her.”

Riley, a 6-pound, 7-ounce girl, was born at 5:43 a.m., the Palm Beach Post reported.

Sanchez, Riley and her mom reunited Friday in Belle Glade.

Stern was house-sitting for a friend in Palm Beach Gardens when she went into labor after taking a shower. She was able to call 911.

“He was a big help,” Stern said of Sanchez. “I couldn’t have done it [without him].”

The statement from police noted that both mom and her baby are doing well, and that Sanchez has “recovered, as well.”

Las Vegas shooting victim awakens from coma, takes first steps

A 27-year-old Maryland native who was shot in the eye during the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas is showing promising signs of improvement, doctors and family said this week.Tina Frost was shot in the right eye by Stephen Paddock while fleeing the Route 91 country music festival with a group of friends. Frost had been in a coma for over a week, WBAL reported.

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An update posted Friday on the family's GoFundMe page celebrated the good news in her recovery: Frost has emerged from her coma and has taken a few steps with assistance. Frost's family says she has been able to breathe for awhile without assistance.Dr. Keith Blum, who treated Frost, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal that there's a 90 percent mortality rate for people shot in the head. Frost underwent a very delicate, three-hour surgery, and some bullet fragments remain in her brain. While Frost lost her right eye and has a long road of recovery ahead of her, she continues to amaze her doctors and family, according to the family’s GoFundMe page.

Girl, 8, dies after falling from Carnival cruise ship in Miami

UPDATE: An 8-year-old girl has died from her injuries after falling two stories from a Carnival cruise ship Saturday morning, the Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed. 

Police told NBC Miami that the girl fell at 8:15 a.m. from a balcony inside the ship’s atrium to the lower deck. 

Carnival Cruise line released a statement on the incident: 

"The ship's medical team responded immediately and the child was transported to the ship's medical center. She was subsequently transferred via ambulance to a local hospital. The ship's command immediately contacted Miami-Dade Police Department which is on site. Our most heartfelt care and concern is with the family at this very difficult time." 


An 8-year-old girl fell approximately two stories from a Carnival cruise ship at the Port of Miami on Saturday morning, Miami Fire Rescue said.  

The young girl was taken to a local trauma center and is reported to be in “extremely critical condition,” according to the Miami Herald

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A Miami Fire Rescue captain told the Herald that they responded to the incident around 8 a.m. and rescue workers performed CPR on the girl.

It is still unclear how the girl fell and Miami-Dade police are investigating. 

Check back with the Palm Beach Post for updates. 

WATCH: Florida detective captures 9-foot snake

A Florida detective safely captured a large exotic snake found on the side of a road in Tallahassee.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office posted video on Facebook on Thursday of Detective Emily Shaw placing a 9-foot yellow anaconda into a bag, ActionNewsJax reported.

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The Sheriff's Office said Shaw has experience in handling exotic snakes and believes the snake was someone's pet that escaped.

"If you own an exotic pet, please be responsible. Make sure their cages are completely secure and if you decide you no longer want it, DO NOT release it into the wild. Instead, contact (the) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission," the Sheriff's Office said in its Facebook post.

For more, visit ActionNewsJax.

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