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Apr 23

'Pure joy,' but concern, too, for family of formerly missing Tenn. student

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — The brother of the Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by a former teacher says that now that she is finally back with her family, “she’s like herself and in ways she’s not.” Elizabeth Thomas, 15, returned to Tennessee on Friday and is currently in a “safe location with family …

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Apr 23

March for Science held in cities around world calls for respect, funding

Simona Granati/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Scientists and supporters of science marched in cities around the world Saturday to push back against what organizers said is “an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery.” The March for Science, coinciding with Earth Day, was set for more than 600 cities worldwide, with the main event …

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Apr 23

Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying homes and displacing thousands

iStock/Thinkstock(NAPLES, Fla.) — Three separate wildfires raged across parts of Florida on Saturday, burning up homes and forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. One blaze has burned 5,500 acres and destroyed nine homes in Collier County near Naples as of Saturday morning. Approximately 7,000 homes have been evacuated since Friday night, according to the …

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Apr 23

Girl Scout troop is 'first single troop' for homeless girls in New York

Courtesy of NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramers office(NEW YORK) — It’s what the Girl Scouts of Greater New York is calling a first. Girl Scout Troop 6000 — which serves homeless girls and women in New York — is the first “full single unit…that serves girls in shelters” in the nation, Meridith Maskara, the …

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Apr 22

Missing Tenn. student Elizabeth Thomas is 'resting' after reuniting with her family

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(CULLEOKA, Tenn.) — The 15-year-old Tennessee girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her former teacher has been reunited with her family and friends, the family’s attorney said in a statement. Elizabeth Thomas returned to Tennessee on Friday and is currently in a “safe location with family and friends where she is …

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Apr 22

Inside the isolated cabin where Elizabeth Thomas and Tad Cummins were found

ABC News(CECILVILLE, Calif.) — The tiny cabin where authorities found former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas, is nestled in the woods in a remote, mountainous area of inland, northernmost California near the Oregon border. ABC News traveled to Cecilville and was able to catch a glimpse of the isolated cabin …

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Apr 22

Memphis high school senior class collects more than $80 million in scholarship offers

Shelby County Schools Newsroom(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) — While students across the nation continue to narrow down their college options, Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tennessee, is already in full-fledged celebration mode with its 2017 senior class so far being offered more than $80 million in college scholarships. Whitehaven held its annual Academic Signing Day last week …

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Apr 22

Arizona police questioning person of interest in Phoenix serial shootings that killed 7

Phoenix Police Department(PHOENIX) — Police in Phoenix are investigating a person of interest in connection with a series of shootings that occurred in 2016 that claimed 7 lives, a law enforcement source told ABC News. In July, the Phoenix Police Department announced that it was searching for a gunman believed to be responding for a …

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Apr 22

What we know about former Tenn. teacher Tad Cummins' relationship with 15-year-old student Elizabeth Thomas

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(CULLEOKA, Tenn.) — After more than a month on the run amid a nationwide manhunt, former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins was found with his 15-year-old student, Elizabeth Thomas, in far northern California. Cummins was arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and sexual contact with a minor. On Friday, the FBI took …

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Apr 22

Georgia mother sues school district after son dies on a class trip in Belize: 'He was everything to me'

Adell Forbes(NEW YORK) — One mother from Georgia is taking legal action after her 14-year-old son died while on a class trip to Belize last year, and is warning other parents to “trust no one” when it comes to sending your children on international school trips. Tomari Jackson, 14, was on a trip with his …

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