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Baby’s newborn photo shoot shows trials, hope of IVF

A Phoenix couple did everything they could to have a baby. They started in vitro fertilization to help grow their family, thinking that it was going to be an easy process. 

“You think, ‘Oh I’m going to walk in and they’re going to do it and it’ll be done, and in nine months we’re going to hold our baby,” Patricia O’Neill told AZ Family.

But the process was not that simple. 

Patricia O’Neill had a blood clotting disorder that made it difficult for her to conceive. She also miscarried three times. At that point, Patricia and Kimberly O’Neill gave up hope. 

But they gave it one more chance and after four years of trying they can now hold baby London in their arms, AZ Family reported.

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Kimberly came up with the idea to save the more than 1,600 syringes to document the path to parenthood.

Recently they bundled up two-week old London, and the syringes, and took them to Packer Family Photography

Photographer, Samantha Packer, arranged the needles in a heart shape, put the baby girl in the middle of them, and snapped the photo that has gone viral after being shared more than 54,000 times.

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The photo will also be a beacon for the couple’s little girl.

“Hopefully she’ll [London] learn that you never give up on a goal that you have, and that even when you have no hope, hold onto it because there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and you can get there,” Patricia told AZ Family.

 

Mom who paid $25K for son’s prom send-off faces fraud charges

Saudia Shuler made headlines for her son’s lavish prom send-off that included camels and enough sand to blanket their Philadelphia neighborhood last year. The pre-prom party cost Shuler $25,000.

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Shuler is in the news again, this time charged with six counts of wire fraud, one count of theft of government funds and two counts of social security fraud, WPHT reported

She was indicted after the government said she collected nearly $37,000 in benefits, WCAU reported.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said the alleged fraud started in 2014.

Officials said that Shuler applied for Social Security Administration benefits, saying she was disabled and not able to work. Her benefits were approved, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office said she continued to work and owned and operated the Country Cookin’ restaurant in Philadelphia. 

The prosecution said her income and the work she allegedly did were not reported to Social Security.

“She said that she was disabled and in terms of assets said that she only had $30 in her bank account,” Beth Leahy, deputy chief of Health Care and Government Fraud for the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania told WPHT. “As far as quality of life, she said she rarely made food for herself and had a cousin that cooked for her.”

>>Related: Mom spends $25k on cars, camels for son’s exotic-themed prom send-off

Shuler told WCAU that she celebrates the good things that have happened to her because her family has faced many obstacles. 

Her son’s father was murdered and she has had several health scares.

“I had a stroke. I had seizures. I had cancer all within the last three years,” Shuler told WCAU.

In addition to the prom party, she threw a Christmas party for her neighborhood that included hundreds of gifts and even two reindeer. She was called “Saudia Claus” after giving out 140 bikes, 50 scooters and Batman cars to children in her community. Shuler said she received donations from all over the country to help provide the gifts, WCAU reported.

Shuler’s attorney said that he read the indictment, but is waiting to see what evidence the U.S. Attorney’s Office will present.

“She is obviously upset because there are allegations contained in the indictment that are absolutely untrue,” Tariq El-Shabazz told WCAU

If found guilty, Shuler faces 140 years in prison, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Man gets 25 years added to sentence for stabbing ex-wife 47 times in front of daughter

A Tennessee judge added a 25-year prison term to the life sentence given last year to a man who fatally stabbed his ex-wife 47 times in front of his 2-year-old daughter, the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported.

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Tyler Enix, 39, is serving a life sentence for the October 2015 stabbing death of his ex-wife, Kimberly McFarland Enix. The extra 25 years came in a sentencing hearing for Tyler Enix robbing his ex-wife of her money and bank card after the murder, the newspaper reported.

The man left Knox County with the child and fled before authorities captured him in Ohio, the News-Sentinel reported.

Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword ruled that Enix’s crimes after the slaying merited additional punishment.

“This was a situation where you have a brutal murder with a child there … stolen away (by Enix) from the family that loves her,” Sword said. “What is significant to me … is (he) takes this child and jeopardizes her life.”

Knox County Assistant Public Defender John Halstead said Enix would be 87 before he would be eligible for a parole hearing on the first-degree murder conviction in his ex-wife’s death.

“He’s already being punished,” Halstead said.

Sword said he was “mindful of that” but added he believes Enix is too dangerous to go free, the News-Sentinel reported.

Phoenix police officer, gunman critical after shootout

A Phoenix police officer and the driver of a car he was attempting to stop were in critical condition early Friday after exchanging gunfire, KNXV reported.

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Authorities said the officer was attempting a traffic stop but the driver initially refused to stop, the television station reported.

The driver finally did stop and reportedly shot the officer, who returned fire and wounded the person, KNXV reported.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with Phoenix Police, the incident happened at around 8 p.m., KSAZ reported.

"It's one of those things that we say a lot: We don't know what's gonna happen when you put on the uniform," Fortune said during a news conference. "You come to work, and you hope for the best, you know, understanding that not everybody, obviously, wants to cause us harm, but you just never know."

Man asks Manhattan clerk, 'Are you Arabic?' before punching him

A man asked a bodega clerk in Manhattan “Are you Arabic?” before punching the surprised man in the face, The New York Daily News reported. 

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The man asked the question on Aug. 9 at the Green Olive Deli around 10 a.m., police said.

Surveillance videos do not show the punch being thrown, but police said the man hit the clerk before fleeing the store, the Daily News reported.

The video showed a bald man with a beard and wearing a backpack walking past the bodega. He stopped and then entered the store, then left the building and assumed a fighting stance, the newspaper reported.

Police are still looking for the man, the Daily News reported.

FDA cautions some people using pets to obtain opioids

Pet owners could be stealing opioids that were meant for their pets, according to a statement Wednesday from Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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“We recognize that opioids and other pain medications have a legitimate and important role in treating pain in animals -- just as they do for people,” Gottlieb said. “But just like the opioid medications used in humans, these drugs have potentially serious risks, not just for the animal patients, but also because of their potential to lead to addiction, abuse and overdose in humans who may divert them for their own use.”

Gottlieb’s statement comes a week after a paper released by the American Journal of Public Health urged the veterinary, public health, pharmaceutical and regulatory communities to address prescription opioid diversion in veterinary medicine, CNN reported.

"I was thrilled to see the FDA commissioner make a statement that not only validated our findings but also demonstrates why research is so important for good policy," Liliana Tenney, a senior instructor with the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus who co-authored the paper, CNN reported.

Serena Williams learned sister's killer was paroled before worst loss of career

Serena Williams said she learned 10 minutes before the worst defeat of her professional tennis career that the man who killed her older sister had been paroled, Time reported.

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Williams, who owns an Open-era 23 Grand Slam singles titles, lost 6-1, 6-0 in 52 minutes to Johanna Konta on July 31 at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic. 

Time published an interview Thursday that detailed Williams’ comeback after her pregnancy and the challenges of balancing motherhood and her professional career.

Williams told the magazine that she learned that Robert E. Maxfield, who was convicted in 2003 of killing 31-year-old Yetunde Price, was paroled three years short of his full sentence, ESPN reported.

"I couldn't shake it out of my mind," Williams told Time.

"I have so many things on my mind; I don't have time to be shocked about a loss that clearly wasn't at my best right now," Williams said after her loss to Konta. "When I was out there, was fighting. That's the only thing I can say."

Williams said she found out about Maxfield’s parole while checking her Instagram account, ESPN reported.

"It was hard because all I think about is her kids and what they meant to me,” Williams told Time. “And how much I love them."

"No matter what, my sister is not coming back for good behavior. It's unfair that she'll never have an opportunity to hug me."

Williams was asked if she could forgive Maxfield but told Time she was “not there yet.”

“I would like to practice what I preach, and teach (daughter) Olympia that as well.” Williams told the magazine. “I want to forgive. I have to get there. I'll be there."

Multiple students arrested after brawl at Indianapolis high school

Thirteen students were arrested after a brawl Thursday at an Indianapolis high school, the Indianapolis Star reported.

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The fight, witnessed by more than 100 students, occurred at Arsenal Tech High School, WXIN reported.

Authorities said no weapons were involved during the fight, which began inside the school’s cafeteria and spilled out into the courtyard, the Star reported.

At least seven people were injured and three were taken to the hospital, the newspaper reported. The students arrested were charged with disorderly conduct, the Star reported.

At least one officer used pepper spray to control the crowds, the newspaper reported.

"This is what happens when you put 600 more students on a campus this big. You mix multiple gangs," Merry Juerling, a parent of one of the students, told WXIN. "It is clear they are setting this place up to fail. When you mix 600 new students and multiple gangs this is going to happen and I’m not OK that my child is not safe."

New York boy who drowned gives life to 3 people via transplants

A 23-month-old New York boy who drowned last month has provided life to three people since his death, WSTM reported.

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Jaxson Finizio died July 27, several weeks after he wandered out of a home and into a pool. His family decided to donate the child’s organs, the television station reported.

According to the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the donated organs “have given life to others.”

Jaxon's kidneys were transplanted into the body of a man in his early 50s who has been waiting for a donation since August 2016, WSTM reported. His liver was donated to a 16-month-old boy, while his heart was transplanted into the body of a 3-year-old girl, the television station reported.

NYU offering free tuition for medical students

The New York University School of Medicine announced Thursday that it will be offering free tuition to all of its students, WNBC reported.

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The college, citing concerns about the “overwhelming financial debt” for graduates, made the announcement during its annual “White Coat Ceremony” for new students and their families, The New York Times reported. The tuition break will cover all current and future students, the newspaper reported.

In a statement, NYU said that it would be the only top-ranked medical school nationally to offer full-tuition scholarships to all students.

Tuition had been expected to be approximately $55,000 for the upcoming school year, WNBC reported.

There are 93 first-year students, and another 350 students who have up to three years left before graduating, the Times reported.

While the tuition burden has been lifted, students still will need to fork over about $29,000 annually for room, board and other expenses, WNBC reported.

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