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Justin Timberlake surprises Super Bowl selfie kid with tour tickets

Days after Super Bowl LI, 13-year-old Ryan McKenna is still coming down from getting a selfie with halftime performer Justin Timberlake.

The photo -- and footage of Ryan trying to get his phone to snap the image -- has made the seventh-grader a viral sensation.

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Ryan has been making the rounds speaking to media about the viral moment, but got a special surprise when he was on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Friday.

The New England Patriots fan from Hingham, Massachusetts said he didn’t know the musician would be walking through the crowd until it happened.

Ryan wasn’t in the prime spot at first.

“I pushed through—I was elbowing people,” said. “But I got there and I was there with him.” 

Related: Meet the 13-year-old who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl LII halftime show

Memes emerged of Ryan struggling with his phone, but he explained that he was trying to switch to video.

“Yes, I saw all the memes. I’ve seen those,” Ryan said. “My dad told me he was coming up so I had to push out there, but I had the video (on) when I was going out to Justin, and then I had the iPhone 6 and that thing is slow. So it just shut off, and that’s why all the memes formed.”

DeGeneres surprised Ryan with a phone call from Timberlake, who then surprised him with tickets to his show in Boston. DeGeneres then told him that the NFL gifted Ryan and his family with tickets to a Patriots home game next season and four pre-game tickets.

“Ryan, I look forward to meeting you and our second selfie together,” Timberlake said.

Watch Ryan chat with Timberlake on “Ellen” in the video below.

Friend of slain brothers grieves through helping others by baking

Classmates of two Brockton brothers killed this past weekend are finding a way to grieve through helping others

Eight-year-old David Rittenberg was friends with 8-year-old Edson Brito, who along with his 5-year-old brother Lason, was allegedly stabbed to death by their mother, Latarsha Sanders. David heard the grisly details after watching the news when investigators were near his house. It was only later the second-grader learned one of the victims was his friend.

“I had heard the helicopters Monday, I was so eager to know what was going on” David’s mother, Debra Egan, said. “When David walked in with the letter [from school] it was too bad. He had already known the details so there was no taking it back. It was just, ‘Mom, that lady did that to my best friend.’” 

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David, who has developmental disabilities, is now coping with the shocking crime by baking cakes to bring to a vigil in Edson’s favorite color.

He said he wants to bring 1,000 slices: enough for every person who attends the vigil to celebrate the lives of two young boys.

“I can’t wrap my head around it. There’s two ways to go, you either sit there and think about it or you get up and you ty to help, and that’s what we’re trying to do because I was physically sick sitting there and thinking about it,” Debra said.

The candlelight vigil will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday outside of 245 Prospect St. in Brockton.

Washington teen who biked 14 miles to, from campus graduates high school

Tacoma-born teen forged a bond with a resource officer at her high school after sharing her story while job shadowing.

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The Shalon Franklin, 19, had been biking 14 miles to and from Kentlake High School each day.

She even made the trip in “rainy, pretty cloudy conditions,” Shalon said. It was dark when she awakened in the morning to leave.

During the last four days of high school, the officer that Shalon job shadowed, Deputy Jana Wilson, got permission to drive Shalon to and from school.

Wilson was impressed with Shalon's work and her appreciation of the simple gesture of commuting together. "I've enjoyed getting to know her,” Wilson said.

Shalon was born in Tacoma and spent nine years in Texas before returning to Washington with her mom and sisters.

She is one of six kids and has a twin sister, Akeia, who has a young daughter and a baby on the way.

School has always been important to Shalon; she most enjoys history, the study of the past and how life has changed.

She lives now in a Lake Fenwick home with her sister. 

In high school, she worked binding books and stacking and grading wood.

"I just pushed through," she said

Shalon graduated in January. She wants to pursue architecture in college. When she job-shadowed Wilson, who coincidentally has twin 19-year-old daughters, it was to see Wilson's side architectural business. 

"I love looking at buildings -- and homes particularly." "I always had this idea like, 'One day, I'm gonna build my mom a house,'" Shalon said. 

When describing a dream home for herself, Shalon mused happily on the countryside. She'd want a "cabin-looking house" with "a big kitchen."

Shalon has advice to offer those in the middle of a hard time.

"I would say, 'Don't give up, no matter how hard it gets.'" Shalon said.

"It's going to be amazing in the end."

Girl all smiles in viral photo after teacher shows up with identical hairdo

A photo of a Texas teacher and her young student has gone viral after the woman kept her word last week and showed up at school with a hairdo identical to the girl’s.

Leigh Bishop, a pre-K teacher at Lakeview Elementary in Sugar Land, is being called “teacher of the year” across social media platforms after a photo of her with her student, who she identified only by the first name August, went viral. Bishop posted on Facebook Jan. 30 about an exchange she and August had the day before. 

“[Monday] Me: Oh my goodness! I love your hair August! Don’t be mad at me when I come to school with my hair just like that tomorrow …. August: Okay, Ms. Bishop. *Rolls eyes, keeps walking,*” Bishop wrote

Bishop used emojis to show the surprise on August’s face, and her dad’s, the following morning when they arrived at school to find Bishop sporting the same braided hair as the little girl. 

“Me: You thought I was playing? Girl, we are CA-UTE together!” Bishop wrote.

The internet at large agreed, with more than 15,000 people reacting to the post, which included a photo of Bishop crouched down next to August, her hands cradling the little girl’s chin. A beatific smile shines on 4-year-old August’s face as she looks at her teacher. 

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As of Wednesday, another 4,000-plus people had shared Bishop’s post on their own Facebook timelines, and hundreds of people had chimed in on the photo on both Facebook and Twitter. 

Commenters praised her for giving August, who, like Bishop, is black, representation in her school. 

“You are why we NEED black women teachers,” one woman, Paola Patrice, wrote. “You are beautiful inside and out! This made me smile at my phone. So grateful for you! You can never be paid enough!”

“Look at that smile!” TE Howell wrote. “It tells a beautiful story. The day my teacher let me know I’m beautiful, my hair is my glory and who I am will impact the world.”

“You are amazing,” another commenter, Toni Hunter, wrote. “You just built a beautiful little girl’s self-esteem.”

“God has placed you in the right place to touch kids’ minds and hearts,” Vickie Platenburg wrote. “You are a teacher that thinks outside of the box. Keep up the good work.”

“Thanks, everyone,” Bishop wrote in response. “Any chance I get to make a student feel whole and important, I take it. (Plus, I REALLY loved her hair.)”

The teacher said that August was thrilled by the gesture.

“She was soooo tickled the whole afternoon!” Bishop wrote. “It was the cutest thing.”

One of Bishop’s friends wrote that the photo belongs in the school yearbook. 

“You know, I took it just to show her what we looked like standing together!” Bishop responded. “Not even thinking it would turn out like this … it seriously speaks volumes. (Definitely) yearbook worthy.”

Bishop’s Facebook page is full of stories and photos from her work. Her teacher biography on the Lakeview Elementary website, where she goes by Leigha Bishop, states that she is certified to teach elementary education, English as a second language and gifted and talented students. She is working toward a master’s degree in school and mental health counseling.

“I am thrilled to be at a school with so much history, and a school that my dad and his siblings attended,” Bishop states on the page. “I am also thrilled to be part of a school district I grew up in.”

She wrote that, outside of her work, she enjoys spending time with her own daughter, hiking, “chasing waterfalls,” and baking. 

Meet Lucas, first Gerber Baby with Down syndrome

The world has a new Gerber Baby. 

Meet Lucas, the 1-year-old baby from Dalton, Georgia, who is now the face of Gerber, USAToday reported. He’s also the first company “spokesbaby” with Down syndrome, the “Today” show reported

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Lucas’ mom Courtney Warren told “Today” that she entered her son’s photo on a whim, using Gerber’s hashtag on Instagram. The family found out that Lucas had beaten 140,000 other kids to win the title of 2018 Gerber Baby, “Today” reported.

Gerber’s CEO and president, Bill Partyka, said, “Every year, we choose the baby who best exemplifies Gerber’s longstanding heritage of recognizing that every baby is a Gerber baby. This year, Lucas is the perfect fit.”

Lucas’ mom hopes that people see more than his disability.

“He may have Down syndrome, but he’s always Lucas first,” Warren told “Today.” “He’s got an awesome personality and he goes through the milestones of every child ... We’re hoping when he grows up and looks back on this, he’ll be proud of himself and not ashamed of his disability.”

Being named 2018 Gerber Baby isn’t the only honor bestowed on Lucas. He also will receive $50,000 that his parents hope to use for his education, Time magazine reported.

WWE's Kane visits Kentucky man fighting cancer

Pro wrestling star Kane is known for his chokeslam finishing hold, a move that requires strength.

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In a recent visit to Kentucky, the WWE star offered strength and comfort to one of his biggest fans, who is battling brain cancer, WYMT reported.

Glenn Jacobs, who wrestles under the name Kane, visited T.J. Brewer in Harlan County. It was a gesture that was appreciated by Brewer’s brother, Chris Brewer, who watched Kane wrestle when they were children. 

“We obviously flocked to Kane and Undertaker because on the storyline they were brothers,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.T.J. Brewer has been diagnosed with cancer five times over the past 12 years, WYMT reported. Doctors had given him only days to live at one point, but T.J. continues to show strength, his brother said.

“He was given three months to live he was in Stage 4 (which is) very aggressive and he just kept battling and he used that as like a rallying cry,” Chris Brewer told WYMT.

T.J. Brewer was inspired to start a ministry and share his strength with community members. The response has been positive, Chris Brewer said.

“We've had about 500 visitors, everybody in this community,” he said.

And outsiders like Kane, too.

Former Bengals star Chad Johnson leaves large tip for Applebee’s waitress

Former Cincinnati Bengals star wide receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter after he tipped an Applebee’s waitress a big-league amount.

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Johnson, who was also known as Chad Ochocinco during his NFL playing career, posted a video on his account Friday night and he appeared to be surprised that he could pay using a tablet at the table.

“Did you guys know they had these machines at Applebee’s?” Johnson said.

Johnson continues to increase his tip as he presses the icon on the screen as the waitress watches.

“When my finger cramps that’s when I’ll stop,” Johnson said in the video.

The final bill? $268.17. That’s including the 342 percent tip.

Texans’ J.J. Watt wins Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who raised more than $37 million in 19 days for a Hurricane Harvey relief fund, won the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year Award on Saturday night.

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“It's an incredible honor to be mentioned in the same breath as Walter Payton, his legacy and everything he meant to football on the field, and, more important, his humanity off the field,” Watt said. “This award goes to so many more people than just myself. It goes out to the City of Houston and everything they've been through. It goes to the hundreds of thousands of people who helped donate. And it goes out to my family and everybody who supported me. It's much bigger than just one man. It's about resiliency and the ability to overcome adversity.”

In his first year as a finalist, Watt joined former Oilers quarterback Warren Moon as the only Houston players to win the Man of the Year Award, The Houston Chronicle reported. The award annually honors a player who makes charitable contributions off the field and combines it with excellence on the field.

Watt is the fourth defensive lineman to win in the 48-year history of the award, the Chronicle reported. The others were Pittsburgh defensive tackle Joe Greene (1979), New York Jets defensive end Marty Lyons (1984) and Miami defensive end Jason Taylor (2007).

“To be able to represent Houston and be able to shine a light on some of the positive things that go on in the NFL all the time – some of the good work that goes on in the community – I think that's just so special,” Watt said during his acceptance speech. “The more we can all do in the community and help each other out the better off we're going to be.”

Massachusetts man with cerebral palsy will realize Super Bowl dream

A Massachusetts man doesn't let personal struggles stand in the way of his dreams. He works as a ticket taker at every New England Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, and on Sunday he'll be at Super Bowl LII when his favorite team takes the field.

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Liz and William Fahey arrived in Minneapolis Thursday night and they are beyond excited to be a part of the entire experience -- made possible by a mother's determination. 

"We have a saying. … where there's a William, there's a way," Liz Fahey said.

Liz Fahey said when it looked like the Patriots were going to another Super Bowl, she had to find a way to get her son there.

William's attachment to the team and quarterback Tom Brady only grew, despite his cerebral palsy, when he joined the ranks at Gillette Stadium five years ago.

"He always wanted to work in professional sports and wanted to be involved with football, which is his favorite sport,” Liz Fahey said. 

"I work the concerts, the soccer games ..." William Fahey said.

"He’s been working for the team for five years, and, every year they go to the Super Bowl, and every year he asks can we go to the Super Bowl," Liz Fahey said.

So as the playoffs began, Liz began laying the groundwork for the big trip, the airfare and a place to stay. After the Patriots defeated Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, she went on Facebook for help tracking down ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) seats for the Super Bowl.

"I came down and I said, 'We're going to the Super Bowl' and he said 'We?'" Liz said.

They had their tickets and were on their way to a dream come true.

"I just feel that there's a purpose that I'm here and able to go," William Fahey said.

All made possible by Mom.

"This is what drives Will and keeps him focused and happy -- and anything that can bring so much joy to him -- I’m just so grateful for the opportunity he’s had," she said.

Saints punter presents $221,000 check to Minnesota children's hospital 

New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead returned to Minnesota on Friday, and he was much happier than when he left the state three weeks ago.

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Morstead presented a check for $221,000 to Children’s Minnesota hospital from his foundation, What You Give Will Grow, the Star Tribune reported.

Morstead and the Saints were shocked on the final play of the Jan. 14 NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium when Stefon Diggs caught a 61-yard touchdown pass to give the Minnesota Vikings an improbable 29-24 victory.

In the week after the game, scores of Vikings fans donated to Morstead’s charity, donating $221,143, the Star Tribune reported.

“This is from 600 Minnesotians; I don’t think I said that right,” Morstead said. “This is from Skol Nation.”

Even though the loss was painful, Morstead said he was “blown away” by the generosity of Minnesota residents.

“I keep hearing Minnesota nice. I get it now,” he said. “This is a remarkable thing to see happen.”

A Vikings fan suggested that fans contribute to What You Give Will Grow, the Star Tribune reported, and the online effort soon generated six figures.

The Child Life programs that Morstead’s foundation runs reduce stress through play, relaxation and special events and activities, the Star Tribune reported. The programs are not reimbursed by health insurance; hospitals pay the costs through donations, the Star Tribune reported.

Morstead’s foundation has given away $2.7 million since it was formed in 2012.

The punter met a fourth-grade class later in the day, and the students collected $64 to help with the donations, the Star Tribune reported.

“They were inspired to give back,” Morstead said. “It’s very humbling.”

Bus driver praised for helping woman, daughter after seizure

A Milwaukee bus driver is being praised for helping a woman and her daughter.

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Milwaukee County Transit System driver Michelle Mixon was stopped at a red light when a 6-year-old girl ran to her for help. 

The child’s mother had collapsed on the sidewalk after having a seizure.

Mixon immediately comforted the child and called for help while the girl cried, saying, “I’m scared.”

Other passengers helped to comfort the woman until an ambulance arrived. Mixon, who has children and grandchildren of her own, stayed with the child until the very end.

Mixon said it was “the most memorable and emotional thing” in her 21 years at MCTS.

Adorable kids star in CNN parody for Black History Month

Black History Month is officially underway, and one organization created an adorable news parody starring mini reporters to kick off the celebration. 

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Because Of Them We Can, a group dedicated to sharing the richness of black history through photography campaigns and apparel, uploaded a video titled “Breaking News: Black Excellence Is At An All Time High” to the group’s social media pages Thursday.

The clip features children playing renowned CNN journalists and correspondents, including Don Lemon, Angela Rye, Symone Sanders, April Ryan and Bakari Sellers.

During the segment, the fun-sized influencers raved about inspirational black figures from Serena Williams and Ava DuVernay to Shea Moisture founder Richelieu Dennis and fashion trailblazer Dapper Dan.

“Black excellence is at an all-time high,” the child playing Lemon said.

They also highlighted the successes of black cinema, including “Black Panther,” out Feb. 16, “A Wrinkle In Time,” out in March; “Hidden Figures;” “Girls Trip;” and “Get Out.”

To end the skit, the children declared that “black folks have always been dope and always will be dope.”

Sellers, Rye, Lemon and others reacted to the video on Twitter. 

The post has since gone viral, garnering hundreds of thousands of likes and views after being reposted across Instagram.

Related video: Meet Some Amazing African American Inventors

Grandmother surprised when she hears teen grandson singing song she wrote 30 years ago

What a beautiful way to celebrate a grandmother.

Travis Smith has given his grandmother something priceless. He penned the music to lyrics she had written 30 years ago.

Smith is a teen who is also considered an up-and-coming-singer, Mirror has reported.

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He decided, with a little prodding from his father, to come up with a tune for lyrics Travis’ grandmother, Tommie Sue Wilkey, wrote back in the ‘80s. 

Travis and his father worked with a friend with the musical arrangements and added some backup singers, Mirror reported .

Travis surprised her on Christmas Eve with his version of her song “Fishing in the Sky.”

Wikey was speechless, except for a squeal of surprise before crying, overcome with emotion when she realized was her song.  

Travis’ father, Robert, recorded Wilkey’s reaction, which has gone viral with millions of views, with more than 5.9 million coming from one Facebook post.

The song is now available on iTunesAmazon and Spotify.

You can also follow Travis’ career here

Policeman who adopted homeless addict's baby says birth mom sober for 40 days

New Mexico police Officer Ryan Holets, who adopted the baby of a homeless drug addict, said that the mother and her partner have been sober for approximately 40 days, People reported.

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Holets, who works for the Albuquerque Police Department, made news in December after a video of his encounter with Crystal Champ and Tom Keys allegedly using up heroin outside a convenience store on Sept. 23 went viral.

On Oct. 12, Champ gave birth to a baby girl and the Holets named her Hope. The infant was addicted to opiates, CNN reported.

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Holets, now the father of five, was a special guest of President Donald Trump during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, along with his wife Rebecca and Hope.

“I lose track of time with everything that’s going on, (but) I was recently talking to Crystal on the phone and she was saying she’s excited because their 40 day-mark is coming up,” Holets, 27, told CNN on Wednesday. “So I don’t know if it’s past 40 days or just about there. But 40 days sober, that’s incredible.

“It’s a hope I always had,” Holets told CNN. “I always had faith that we would get to this point. But that’s one of the things I was so incredibly grateful (about the story) is that it went to such a large platform that someone actually went forward to help them.”

Girl who asked Trump for prayers has successful brain surgery

Sophia Marie Campa-Peters took a chance and reached out to President Donald Trump to see if he would keep her in his thoughts during an upcoming medical procedure.

During a recent press briefing, White House press secretary Sara Huckabee Sanders told the country about Sophia’s condition that causes her brain’s blood vessels to narrow and close, putting her at risk for strokes, KFSM reported. Trump told Sophia via Huckabee Sanders, “Keep fighting, to never give up, keep inspiring us all, and never, ever lose faith in God. With Him, all things are possible.”

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Click here to read the entire White House statement.

Last week 9-year old-Sophia had a successful brain surgery performed and is is on the road to recovery, KFSM reported.

Her father posted on Facebook that she had been released from the intensive care unit and was enjoying the things that girls her age do: Pizza and the movie “Frozen,” KFSM reported.

The family was looking to get 10,000 prayers to form a prayer chain through social media.

Minnesota man gives Super Bowl tickets to Eagles fan who is cancer survivor 

One Minnesota man could not stomach watching the Philadelphia Eagles play in the Super Bowl, even though he had won tickets to the game in the NFL raffle. However, he gave his tickets to someone who was thrilled for the chance to see the game in Minneapolis -- a teenage Eagles fan who has battled cancer since he was 3, WCCO reported. 

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Cole Fitzgerald, 13, got the good news Monday. The tickets were delivered to him in Philadelphia by Spare Key, an organization that helps families in crisis with ill children.

The tickets were donated by a man from Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

“The person who won the tickets from the raffle said, ‘I’m a die-hard Vikings fan. There’s no way I can go to the Super Bowl,” Spare Key director of development Mary Serie told WCCO.

When the Vikings lost 38-7 in the NFC Championship game to the Eagles, the man called Spare Key to donate his tickets to Cole, since he read an online story about the boy managing his junior high school football team, WCCO reported.

“That’s when he found Cole,” Serie said.

The youth, who lives in Philadelphia, is an eighth-grade cancer survivor who battled neuroblastoma since he was 3. Serie flew out to Philadelphia over the weekend with the tickets, WCCO reported.

“I want to thank the fan,” Cole said. “Sorry for your season. Good luck next year.”

WATCH: Elephant ignores border laws, leaves China for Laos

An elephant in China threw caution to the wind and crossed the border into Laos.

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CCTV video showed the animal disregarding border laws and crossing a barrier on Saturday, Jan. 27.

In the video, the elephant stomped over a barrier, then skirted around another one. 

Officials said Chinese soldiers were dispatched to find the elephant. It later returned on its own.

The animal wasn’t apprehended or scolded for disregarding the law.

A Chinese border agency soldier told CCTV, “It’s winter now, and there’s not a lot of food in the forest areas. We often see wild elephants hunting for food in nearby villages.”

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