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95-year-old woman reunites with firefighters who helped her to safety

A 95-year-old great-great-grandmother got the thrill of a lifetime when two firefighters came for a visit to her Georgia home.

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Irene Grundy, who is bedbound and receiving hospice care, had wanted to thank the firefighters since they helped her to safety during a tornado scare in April; however, she didn’t know their names or how to contact them.

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Her daughter, Victoria Glance, reached out to Wish of a Lifetime, a national nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling life-enriching wishes for seniors to combat isolation, for help finding the two men and arranging a visit for her mother.

The organization found the firefighters, Julius Holinek and Andy Poteet, at Alpharetta Fire Station 81, and quickly planned their visit with Grundy.

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“Look at my handsome firemen!” Grundy exclaimed when they came through the door.

The two brought bouquets donated by a local florist, posed for photos, and visited with Grundy and her family.

Grundy proudly showed off intricate feathered hats she used to make for her church friends in the 1950s and kept the firemen laughing with jokes that produced belly laughs. “(This experience) boosted her morale,” said her daughter. “It was a miracle. It changed her whole attitude (and) brightened up her life.”

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Glance was moved by how the community came together to celebrate her mother during a difficult time for their family.

“It seemed like a family gathering, and we all hugged at the end," she said.

"Even the guy who delivered food gave her a kiss on the cheek and wished her well.”

Grundy spent her life caring for others. She raised four children, has 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She is now receiving all the care she deserves with this outpouring of love from her family and the community of Alpharetta, her daughter said.

Justin Bieber apologizes to fans for cancelling tour, says ‘everything’s fine’

Justin Bieber has a message for his fans after announcing the cancellation of the remaining dates of his Purpose World Tour Monday.

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The singer was seen in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, hours after the announcement, TMZ reported. Video recorded by paparazzi shows him being asked about the cancellation and if he was OK.

“Yeah, everything’s fine,” Bieber told the paparazzi. 

An official statement said that the tour was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.” Tickets will be refunded to fans.

Billboard reported that the singer canceled the rest of the dates because he was feeling burned out. His comments in the video reflect that sentiment.

Related: Justin Bieber cancels last leg of Purpose World Tour

After saying that he’s been on tour for two years, Bieber said he’s “just resting, getting some relaxation.”

“We’re gonna ride some bikes,” he told the paparazzi. 

At the end of the clip, Bieber apologized to his fans.

“I love you guys. I think you guys are awesome,” Bieber said. “I’m sorry for anyone who feels, like, disappointed or betrayed. It’s not in my heart or anything, and have a blessed day.”

Watch a video of Bieber’s message to fans below.

Garth Brooks reveals sex of fans’ baby, offers to pay for college during concert

Garth Brooks participated in a special moment with one couple during his Friday tour stop at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Wesley and Katy Hansen, who are expecting their first child, wanted the country superstar to help them reveal the sex of their unborn baby. They held up a sign that said, “Working on a full house. Girl or boy?”

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When Brooks noticed the couple’s poster, he told them to come toward the stage. They made their way to the front and handed him a sealed envelope containing the baby’s sex.

Related: Trisha Yearwood helps pull off this big surprise for her hit-making husband, Garth Brooks

“You don’t know, and it’s in here?” Garth asked, as he took the envelope from the expecting wife. To his surprise, the couple promised that they’d name their baby Brooks no matter the outcome.

“All of the sudden I’m nervous,” the father of three said. Brooks started to get teary-eyed when he opened up the envelope and realized the two are having a baby girl.

“I’ve got to tell you that I’m extremely happy for you because I have three of these,” Brooks said. “Now you tell them that they don’t need some stinking boy to tell them how cool they are.”

The singer then made an offer that made the moment even more special.

“We’ll make a deal,” he said, “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we’ll pay for her college.”

Watch a fan-recorded video of the reveal below.

NFL player uses Heimlich maneuver to save man’s life in airport

Chicago Bears linebacker and former Indianapolis Colt Jerrell Freeman found himself in a serious situation Sunday. 

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Freeman was eating at a restaurant in Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport when Freeman saw a man in distress. 

He performed the Heimlich maneuver twice on a man that was choking. Freeman told the Chicago Tribune that the maneuver was successful. 

"I grabbed him again and hit him again with it," Freeman told the Chicago Tribune. "And when I put him down the second time, his eyes got big. He was like, 'Oh, my God! I think you just saved my life, man!' It was crazy."

Freeman later posted a photo to Twitter to explain the situation he encountered:

Freeman signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Chicago Bears before last season. Before moving to the Bears, he played four seasons with the Colts. 

Justin Bieber cancels last leg of Purpose World Tour

Justin Bieber has canceled the last leg of his Purpose World Tour, a Monday statement on his website said.

According to TMZ,the pop singer had 14 shows left. The tour started March 9 in Seattle.

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“It wasn’t a decision made overnight,”an insider told Variety, which confirmed the news. “He’s had some time off and was able to consider his commitments.”

A post on the singer’s official site confirms that the remainder of the concerts will be canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the Purpose World Tour over last 18 months,” the post said. “He is grateful and honored to have shared that experience with his cast and crew for over 150 successful shows across 6 continents during this run. However, after careful consideration he has decided he will not be performing any further dates. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.”

The tour had remaining dates in North America and Asia after 154 previously performed stadium shows. The shows section of Bieber’s website now only contains the statement on the cancellation.

Ice Cube strikes out, delivering worst rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ ever, maybe

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube showed up at Wrigley Field in Chicago to take a swing at an old classic during the seventh inning stretch at the Cubs game on Saturday.

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Social media lit up afterwards, calling Cube’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” one of the worst baseball fans had ever heard.

Judge for yourself:

But not everyone panned it. Some fans thought the rapper hit a home run.

‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

A sequel to the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” is in the works; at least, that’s the word following a weird Warner Bros. flash card announcement at Comic-Con over the weekend.

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The studio flashed a title card with the words “Wonder Woman II” during a “Justice League"panel, according to CBS News.

Lead actor Gal Gadot is expected to reprise her role as the crime fighting superhero, but’s it’s unknown whether Patty Jenkins will return to direct the sequel. 

>> Related: “Wonder Woman’ breaks box office records, makes history

“Wonder Woman” has grossed $398 million at the North American box office since opening in early June.

Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park on Monday remembered frontman Chester Bennington as a “fearless” man with “the biggest heart” in a statement released four days after the musician’s death.

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The remembrance, written as a letter to Bennington, was posted to the band’s social media pages on Monday morning.

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the letter said. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”

Bennington was found in dead of an apparent suicide in his home near Los Angeles last week, The Associated Press reported.

>> Related: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide

The band said it’s still trying to come to terms with its grief.

“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place,” the statement from Linkin Park said. “You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

Linkin Park canceled its upcoming tour, meant to kick off July 27 in support of the band’s new album, “One More Light.”

>> Related: Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

The band also launched an online memorial to celebrate Bennington’s life and impact. Suicide prevention information is featured prominently on the page.

“While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you,” the band said. “Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”

MIT-designed dance party lamp kit aims to illuminate STEM for girls

When learning is fun and creative, kids don’t find it to be a chore -- that’s the idea behind a new toy created to get girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics.

Jubilite is a fully functioning lamp that a middle school-aged child can build.

“It’s a dance party lamp kit, to help get kids excited about STEM," explained Maria Yang, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "They build and design a lamp that combines arts and crafts and electronics, and results in this lamp you can keep in your room as part of your room décor.”

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Yang developed Jubilite with Tony Hu, a lecturer at the MIT Toy lab and the founder of Brainy Yak Labs.

“There’s research that shows girls, around middle school age, their participation in STEM classes and curriculum starts to drop off," explained Yang. “What we want to do with Jubilite is get girls back on the STEM train by engaging their interests.”

Jim James sells a lot educational toys at Park Street Books in Medfield. He says making these types of toys appeal to girls takes a lot more than just making them pink. Right now, he says most them are sold to boys or their parents.

A former teacher, James believes Jubilite could be successful because it becomes a usable product.

“There is satisfaction in using what you make, rather than just building it and it sitting there...and that crosses all the genders,” he said. 

Tony Hu has created many toys and couldn’t agree more.

“What we are trying to do is sneak in a bit of that STEM education thru creative play, so we know that kids love engaging in arts and crafts, drawing, other creative play and we are trying to marry that with electronics and other STEM topics," he said. 

Hu and Yang are currently in China with their prototypes, looking for a plant to manufacture Jubilite.

WATCH: Sri Lankan navy rescues elephants swept out to sea

Two elephants that were swept out to sea were rescued by Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday, according to a CBS report. 

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The navy patrol located the elephants more than a half a mile from the shore, the navy said in a news release.

>> Elephant swept out to sea rescued 10 miles off coast by Sri Lankan navy

CBS reported that the animals, who likely were swept out while crossing a lagoon, were in distress.

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The navy and wildlife officials sent in vessels and divers as part of its "mammoth effort,” the news release said.

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The elephants were “carefully directed to the shore without causing any harm to the animals” and released into the Foul Point jungle, the navy said.

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WATCH: Marine's son, 4, bursts into tears, hugs new stepmom during wedding vows

Better get out those tissues.

A heartwarming viral video shows the moment that a Marine's 4-year-old son burst into tears and hugged his new stepmother Saturday during a wedding tribute to the boy. 

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According to WPVI, Marine Sgt. Joshua Newville's son, Gage, became emotional during his father's wedding to Senior Airman Emily Leehan in Ripley, New York.

"I want you to be safe and to try your hardest and to be a good person," Leehan said while delivering special vows she had written for the boy.

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As the boy began to tear up, Leehan told Gage, "Don't cry," before he rushed into her arms, sobbing.

"I know that you and I will butt heads – except for right now," she continued, her voice breaking as Newville comforted his son. "But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I've only done what is best for you and that I love you."

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She added: "The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy. You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman I am today, and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."

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WATCH: Michael Phelps races great white shark ... sort of

Michael Phelps may be fast, but apparently not as fast as a great white shark.

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In Discovery's highly anticipated Shark Week special "Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White," the 28-time Olympic medalist wore a special wetsuit and monofin to take on a great white – well, sort of – in a 100-meter race.

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Unfortunately for fans, Phelps, with a time of 38.1 seconds, lost by 2 seconds. But that wasn't the biggest disappointment: Instead of facing a real shark, Phelps was shown alongside a computer simulation of a great white. The shark's "time" in the race was based on speed data collected by scientists.

Fans were not amused.

Plane carrying comedian Sinbad diverts after plane hits birds

A jetliner carrying the comedian Sinbad had to divert its flight Saturday after it struck several birds during takeoff in Jacksonville.

In a tweet from his official account, David Adkins, better known as Sinbad, said the Delta plane hit a dozen birds and had to return to the airport.

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The comedian had performed a show Friday night at the Florida Theater and was traveling to Mississippi before the bird strike caused the forced landing. 

The comedian said the birds that hit the plane were turkey vultures. 

The Jacksonville International Airport said it happened at about 3,000 feet in the air "a little ways out" from the airport. The plane returned to the airport, an airport spokesperson said.

The airport said there may have been some damage to the plane's fan blades but its engine never lost power. The airport could not confirm whether the plane was taken out of service.

Sinbad said a storm in Jacksonville further delayed the flight's takeoff time when he tried to board a new flight. 

No one was hurt during the incident. 

Sinbad is known for his role in the Bill Cosby-spinoff in "A Different World" and starring in "The Sinbad Show."

Hoda Kotb posts new pics of new daughter, cutest photos yet

On Friday, Hoda Kotb shared another adorable picture of her new daughter, Haley Joy, whom she calls her “everything” in the caption on Instagram.

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In the picture, Hayley smiles right at the camera with her big, brown eyes shining and sporting some thick, growing hair. Kotb has been keeping fans updated on Haley’s growth ever since announcing her adoption early this year, posting cute photos of her daughter’s sweetest moments.

“Life flies by,” she said on becoming a mom and on celebrating her recent four year anniversary with boyfriend Joel.

>> Related: Hoda Kotb reveals how she kept her adoption a secret

“It’s so funny because you spend so much of your life wondering, ‘When is it going to happen?’ If ever. Sometimes in my life, I thought it was already happening—like the most that could ever happen was happening. I was happy and grateful, and then this happened. It just reminded me that work is work, and life is life.”

Princes William, Harry on their sorrow over last ‘rushed’ call with Diana 

Princes William and Harry are talking about the last, rushed phone call they had with their mother, Princess Diana, before her untimely death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Their painful reflections are part of a new ITV documentary called “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” airing on Monday, July 24. The program comes as the 20th anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales approaches on Aug. 31, and celebrates her life and charitable works, according to ITV.

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The princes opened up to the filmmakers about the last time they spoke to Diana from the Queen’s estate in Balmoral, Scotland. The brothers, William 15, at the time, and Harry, just 12, remembered that they were playing with their cousins at the time Diana phoned. 

Both William and Harry said they have regrets about that final call to this day.

“Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later.’ … If I’d known now, obviously, what was going to happen I wouldn’t have been so blasé about it and everything else,” William said in the documentary while he and Harry were looking through a photo album. “But that phone call sticks in my mind quite heavily.”

Harry echoed his brother.

“Looking back on it now, it’s incredibly hard. I’ll have to sort of deal with that for the rest of my life,” Harry said. “Not knowing that was the last time I was going to speak to my mum; how differently that conversation would have panned out if I’d had even the slightest inkling her life was going to be taken that night.”

>> Related: Prince William, Harry to rededicate Princess Diana’s grave on her birthday

“I can’t necessarily remember what I said, but all I do remember is probably regretting for the rest of my life how short the phone call was,” Harry said.

The brothers also talked about how much fun their mother was.

“She was very informal and really enjoyed laughter and the fun,” William said.

“She was one of the naughtiest parents,” Harry added.

Prince William and Harry said they are talking candidly about their mother publicly for the first time to help honor her memory and the good works she was known for, including her work with AIDS victims and her activism against land mines. But Prince William said he doesn’t expect to discuss his mother again in such an open way after the events surrounding the 20th anniversary of her death. 

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern. 

>> WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

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The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa), features the words, "You can't save the world alone."

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WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego.

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According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered some words of encouragement. 

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"Now we are friends, so there's no reason to cry anymore. We are together!" Gadot said in a viral video of the exchange shared by Variety, according to "ET."

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Gadot's "Justice League" co-star Ezra Miller also contributed to the pep talk.

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"You're a warrior. ... I think the ability to let yourself cry is what makes you such a warrior," he said, according to "ET." "Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready."

"Sweet kid," co-star Ben Affleck added.

Neighbor amazed to see group of teens cleaning up neighborhood

When a man learned why a group of Georgia youth were cleaning up their neighborhood, he started recording.

Al Grant, of Taylor County, is praising 14 young men for taking initiative and doing good for the community.

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When Grant asked the young men who made them come out and clean, they responded in unison, nobody."

"We aren't in trouble," one man said. "It just feels good to give back to the community."

The young men told Grant that they are not looking for any recognition,

"We save money to buy bags and all," another boy said. "It just brings us together.”

Channel 2's Kimberly Richardson spoke with one of the men who was cleaning the neighborhood.

Zac Ross said he's just doing it for the children in the community.

"We have kids watching people throw trash everywhere," Ross explained. "They desperately need bigger role models."

Ross went on to explain that their community needs unity and positivity, especially in today's world.

"It doesn't matter what color you are," Ross said. "We want to help."

In the video, Grant tells the young men that he wishes that he had done this as a boy, and that he feels "real ashamed."

The conversation was posted on Grant's Facebook page on July 16. Since posting, it has been seen 3.2 million times.

Grant said he hopes the video will help “promote a positive image of African-American youth."

Officers finish treehouse started by slain trooper

Three dozen law enforcement officers came together to finish a project started by New York State Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed in the line of duty July 9.

Davis, 36, had started work on a treehouse for his daughter, Jaila, but he was killed before it could be finished. Davis died days before Jaila's 13th birthday, Syracuse.com reported.

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This week, dozens of active and retired officers helped finish the building of the treehouse. A flag with a blue line was placed on the railing in memory of Davis. Jaila posed for a photo in the treehouse upon its completion.

Davis was responding to a domestic violence call when he was fatally shot, Syracuse.com reported.

Report: Actor John Heard dies at 72

Actor John Heard, best known for playing the dad in the “Home Alone” movies, has died, TMZ reported.

US Weekly confirmed the report.

Heard was found dead in a California hotel Friday, according to TMZ. He was 72.

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The cause of death is unknown, but TMZ reports that Heard had minor surgery on Wednesday, and was staying at the hotel while recovering.

Heard’s acting career included film, television and stage credits. While best known for playing father Peter McCallister in “Home Alone,” other film credits include “Big” and "Beaches," while television credits include “The Sopranos” and “Prison Break.”

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