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Pinal County Sheriff’s Office(ELOY, Ariz.) — Two skydivers collided midair in Arizona Wednesday but survived the mishap despite one person falling unconscious, police said.

Around 10:30 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s office received a call detailing the skydiving accident in Eloy, Arizona.

The unconscious skydiver’s parachute deployed at the emergency deployment altitude, police said, but he was unable to control it and came in for a hard landing. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he is currently in surgery, police said. His condition is unknown at this time.

The other skydiver was not injured in the collision, police said.

The investigation into the collision will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration, police said.

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WLS(CHICAGO) — An Illinois boy has become one of the youngest people to receive an artificial heart after recently getting the life-saving device implanted at age 11, doctors said.

Jaheim Whigham is the youngest person to be given a new kind of artificial heart originally designed for women, according to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Jaheim underwent a heart transplant at age 7 after being diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects blood flow through the heart, the hospital said.

During a routine check-up in October, doctors found that his transplanted heart was failing after his immune system started to attack the donated organ.

“We had no other options but to implant Jaheim with the artificial heart,” Dr. Carl Backer, division head of cardiovascular surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said Tuesday in a statement.

Doctors performed the operation to implant the artificial heart in December, after his other organ systems started to fail.

“Since the artificial heart implant on December 1, 2016, Jaheim’s other organs have recovered nicely,” Backer added. “He keeps getting stronger and has now been listed for a heart transplant.”

He is the youngest person to get the 50 cubic-centimeter SynCardia artificial heart, which was designed for women and men of smaller stature. The artificial heart is not a cure but used to help patients survive until they can get a transplant.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s former GOP primary rival, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, will come before Congress tomorrow for his confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Energy Department.

Trump selected Perry to serve as his Secretary of Energy on December 14, nearly a year-and-a-half after a contentious primary season where the two ran against each other.

When announcing Perry for Secretary of Energy, Trump praised his gubernatorial record in Texas, saying he had produced millions of jobs and lower energy prices when he ran the state.

Perry is likely to face tough questioning from Democrats about the Keystone pipeline, the controversial oil transportation plan that President Obama rejected last November, but Perry supported during both of his presidential runs.

Perry was one of the first in the 2016 race to attack Trump, calling him a “cancer on conservatism.”

The Department of Energy was one of the federal agencies Perry said he wanted to eliminate during his first Presidential run in 2012.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, two senior transition officials tell ABC News.

Perdue’s nomination must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. The nomination will complete Trump’s proposed cabinet.

Trump’s Department of Agriculture pick was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Perdue, 70 — the 81st governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011 — served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. He is also a veterinarian.

Upon his inauguration in January 2003, he became the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Vice President–elect Mike Pence assured Americans currently covered by the Affordable Care Act that they “should have no anxiety about losing their insurance.”

“Any American who has insurance today, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no anxiety about losing their insurance,” Pence told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an interview today. “We’re committed to an orderly transition, to a new and better health insurance set of reforms that are going to work for every American, just like the president-elect said.”

Pence said he anticipates a plan to replace “Obamacare” will be brought forward in the “early weeks” of the new administration.

“Right now, literally as we speak, our policy team is working with leaders in the House and the Senate and some Democrats coming together to fashion that replace plan,” he said.

He did not give details on the replacement plan but pointed to an open-marketplace approach.

“I think the president-elect really believes in the power of the marketplace. He’s a businessman. He understands the strength of the American economy,” Pence said. “On the campaign trail he talked consistently about his enthusiasm for allowing Americans to purchase health insurance across state lines the way we buy life insurance, the way we buy car insurance.”

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AMC/Gene Page(MIAMI) — In response to feedback from viewers shocked by Negan’s bloody rampage on the season premiere of The Walking Dead, producer Gale Ann Hurd says the creative team has adjusted the level of violence on the show.

Some viewers balked at the premiere, which saw Glenn and Abraham bludgeoned to death — and in Glenn’s case, his head smashed into a puddle of goop — by Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s baddie and his barbed wire-covered bat.

“We did tone it down for episodes we were still filming for later on in the season,” Hurd explained Wednesday at the annual National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Miami. She added, of the highest-rated series on TV, “This is not a show that is torture porn.”

The Walking Dead returns to AMC February 12 at 9 p.m.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ryan Lochte and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid are having a boy.

Lochte told ABC News about having a son when he joined reporters Michael Rothman and Charli James in the pool to promote the new PowerBar “Clean Start Pledge.”

The setting was Aqua studio in New York City and Lochte said the PowerBar campaign is a propos given his tumultuous 2016, which he is eager to put behind him. Lochte admitted last summer that he lied about “one part” of a story where he and fellow U.S. Olympic teammates had claimed that they were held up at gunpoint. Lochte later took responsibility and admitted he made a “big mistake.”

“Everyone deserves a clean start,” he said of his new campaign. “I am putting 2016 in the past. … And my clean start is a family, ’cause now I’m gonna be a father!”

Getting deeper into his personal life, the six-time gold medalist said he got emotional both times — finding out his fiancee was pregnant and then a few days ago when they found out the gender of the baby.

“We want definitely a unique name,” he said. “My biggest thing I knew when I found out I was going to have a kid was I’m going to spoil that kid rotten. Not with material things, I don’t believe in that, it’s definitely going to be with love. That’s what I got spoiled with growing up.”

“I’ve wanted this for the past six years, but hadn’t found the right [partner],” he said of fatherhood.

When he first found out Kayla was pregnant, he said it took a minute for the realization to set in, then he basically tackled her with excitement, before the duo shed some happy tears about becoming parents.

“I was doing ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and I came back from rehearsal … she was like, ‘Hey, I have something to tell you,'” he explained. “I was like, ‘No you’re not, stop joking with me’ … Then it hit me! … We seriously held each other and started crying.”

He even said he “lost it” yet again when the duo were at the doctors days later and heard the heartbeat during the ultrasound.

In fact, Lochte’s excited for all that comes with being a parent, even changing diapers. “I’ve been practicing, so I’m ready!” he added.

He’s also started preparing by waking himself up in the middle of the night by setting an alarm, so he’s used to waking up.

“I’ll wake up to anything,” he said of being a light sleeper and being more than happy to get up to feed or change a crying baby.

Then, there’s Lochte’s hope that a move to Los Angeles will result in an acting career. He doesn’t quite know what roles he’s going to look for just yet, but he is pitching a reality show about himself, his son and his fiancee that he said could possibly be titled, “Lochte in Love.” That’s a working title, nothing set in stone, he joked.

With all that’s going on in his life, swimming will not be taking a backseat. Lochte said he’ll definitely continue to train for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.

“I’ve always said I’ll retire when swimming stops being fun,” he said. It hasn’t stopped being fun just yet.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s far from likely that former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will run for mayor of New York City next year, but a new poll from Quinnipiac University Wednesday shows she’d be a strong contender for the job.

The new poll shows the former secretary of state garnering 49 percent of the vote in an independent bid vs. only 30 percent for current Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most of the rest say they wouldn’t vote or don’t know who they would choose.

Clinton hasn’t given any indication she plans to run for the top spot in the nation’s most populous city after her failed bid for the White House in November. And while some have speculated that she could make a successful run for the mayor’s office, many believe she isn’t likely to run for public office again.

The poll shows Clinton leading Democrats by roughly 30 percentage points. She leads in all five boroughs except Staten Island. Roughly half of New York voters — 49 percent — say de Blasio does not deserve re-election vs. only 42 percent who say he does. His job approval sits at 45 percent.

And a poll of the Democratic primary race shows de Blasio at just 35 percent — short of the 40 percent necessary to avoid a run-off election. Other candidates garnering noteworthy support include former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Comptroller Scott Stringer and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries.

This poll from Quinnipiac University was taken from Jan. 11 to 17 and has a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.

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The White House(WASHINGTON) — In his final White House press conference, President Obama said he’s emphasized to President-elect Trump the importance of surrounding himself with a strong team of advisers.

“This is a job of such magnitude that you can’t do it by yourself,” Obama said. “You are enormously reliant on a team: your cabinet, your senior White House staff, all the way to fairly junior folks in their 20s and 30s, but executing on significant responsibilities. And so, how you put a team together to make sure that they are getting you the best information and they are teeing up the options is probably the most useful constructive advice I’ve been able to give him.”

While the president has offered his advice and counsel to Trump, Obama said it’s fitting that the president-elect will pursue a different agenda from his own.

“It is appropriate for him to go forward with his vision and his values, and I don’t expect that there’s going to be, you know, enormous overlap,” Obama said. “It may be that on certain issues, once he comes into office and he looks at the complexities of how to, in fact, provide healthcare for everybody, something he says he wants to do, or wants to make sure that he is encouraging job creation and wage growth in this country, that may lead him to some of the same conclusions that I arrived at once I got here. But I don’t think we’ll know until he has an actual chance to get sworn in and sit behind that desk.”

The president would not further elaborate on his conversations with Trump, but said their talks have been “cordial” and “substantive.”

The president also applauded the work of the White House press corps in holding him accountable as president and encouraged the press to continue to do the same going forward.

“You’re not supposed to be sycophants, you’re supposed to be skeptics,” Obama told reporters in the briefing room.

“My hope is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us, to do the hard work of getting to the bottom of stories and getting them right and to push those of us in power to be the best version of ourselves and to push this country to be the best version of itself,” Obama said. “I have no doubt that you will do so, I’m looking forward to being an active consumer of your work rather than always the subject of it. I want to thank you all for your extraordinary service to our democracy.”

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President Obama defended commuting the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning during his final news conference of his administration.

The commutation of Manning was announced Tuesday prompting questions about what will happen to other people who leak government information.

“I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has still been sent that when it comes to our national security,” Obama said Wednesday.

“Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence,” Obama said. “So the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think that it goes unpunished, I don’t think would get that impression from the sentence that Chelsea Manning has served.”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison in 2013 and she will now be released on May 17. Her lawyer released a statement after the announcement that her sentence was commuted saying that her time in prison included “long stretches of solitary confinement — including for attempting suicide.”

Obama was asked about a tweet from Wikileaks which said that if Manning was granted clemency, founder Julian Assange apparently offered to be extradited from the U.K. to the U.S. “despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case.”

“I don’t pay attention to Mr. Assange’s tweets,” Obama said. “And I refer you to the Justice department for any criminal investigations, indictments, extradition issues that may come up with him.”

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