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Philadelphia Transit Officers Help Woman Deliver Baby on Train

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — It was quite a Christmas delivery.

Two transit officers in Philadelphia helped a woman deliver a baby Thursday while on board a train, reports ABC News station WPVI.

The delivery happened on the Market-Frankford subway train.

Sgt. Daniel Caban was the first to respond. He didn’t have much time to spare.

Officer Darrell James joined Caban, with the two helping the woman deliver her baby, a healthy boy.

A SEPTA officer was later seen holding the baby. Officials said the mother and child were taken to a local hospital in good condition.

The birth marked a special surprise for Caban.

“I had already opened all my presents. I didn’t know I had another one waiting for me around 5:53 this afternoon,” Caban told WPVI.

James was just thankful that the mother and baby were OK.

“They tell us there will be crazy days. They never told me it would be on Christmas Day now, but all in all, this is a blessing,” James said.

Thomas J. Nestel III, the Chief of SEPTA Transit Police, expressed the department’s excitement over the birth.

Transit Police SGT and PO deliver baby on Market Frankford El train!!!! WOOHOO!!! Now that’s a Christmas gift!!!

— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) December 25, 2014

For those that have asked, I have waived today’s fare for our newest rider. Congratulations!!!

— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) December 26, 2014

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Third Grade Teacher Wins $150,000, Then Donates It All to Her School

iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — A third-grade teacher in Boston who won $150,000 in an online contest donated her entire winnings to her school.

Nicole “Nikki” Bollerman, 26, was honored this week by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh after she donated her grand prize of $150,000 from a Capital One #WishForOthers contest that also funded three books per school child.

“To me there was no other real option. I mean, I wished for it for the kids. Where else would it go other than them?” Bollerman told Boston public radio station WBUR. “As you can see they are so wonderful, and I just wanted it to go to them.”

Bollerman teaches at UP Academy Dorchester, a public charter school that’s a year old.

“My #wishforothers is that my voracious, adorable, hardworking, loving scholars all leave for their December break with a book in their hand,” wrote Bollerman in her winning entry, according to the school’s website.

Capital One’s video of the book unveiling has been viewed about 900,000 times.

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How NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony Gives Back During the Holidays

Michael Stewart/WireImage(NEW YORK) — NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is known for making magic on the court but during the holiday season you can find the New York Knick spreading magic off the court as well.

For the past five years, Anthony, 30, has held an annual event he calls “A Very Melo Christmas” to give back to middle-school students at a crossroads.

“At that age … that’s a pivotal time,” Anthony told ABC News’ Ryan Smith. “A lot of times during that age, you’re going through something. You’re growing up, you know, mentally, physically, emotionally.”

“You don’t know what you want to do, what you want to be,” he said. “So it’s just so easy for me to, you know, tell them to stay the course and staying the course is staying in school, you know, when times get rough.”

At the center of this year’s event, the sixth annual, was a screening on the opening night of the film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

The price of admission for the nearly 200 kids invited by Melo to the Dec. 19 event was to write an essay in their after-school programs on what it means to “be more.”

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The essay’s theme, according to Anthony, is designed to challenge the tweens to give back, while also paying tribute to his hometown, Baltimore, otherwise known as B-more.

Once at the event, the kids sat down to watch the third installment of the Night At the Musuem series with Anthony. Moments before the lights dimmed, they were shocked when the basketball star introduced a special guest.

Ben Stiller, the movie’s star, arrived to offer the kids a warm welcome and holiday greetings.

“For them to be in this intimate environment, seeing Ben, not only in person but on the big screen, it’s a great feeling for me,” Anthony said.

“It’s only 90 minutes out of my day,” Anthony said of the yearly event, run by the NBA star’s Carmelo Anthony Foundation.

“To be able to come and take that time out and spend 90 minutes with some kids, that’s going to have a lifelong impact on them,” he said. “If you’re not willing to do that, then something’s wrong.”

When Anthony celebrates Christmas with his own family on Dec. 25, the athlete says it will be spent with family members and “food, music, laughing and joking.”

When he returns to the court in the New Year, Anthony, who has battled an injured knee and watched his team post a losing record this season, is hopeful.

“To be better than 2014,” Anthony responded when asked for his 2015 basketball goals. “Anything in 2015 could be better than 2014.”

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Missouri Salvation Army Kettle Gets Anonymous Diamond Ring Donation

Mario Tama/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — An anonymous person dropped a diamond ring in a Salvation Army kettle in Missouri this week, and this time it was on purpose.

After a handful of mistakenly dropped jewelry in the metal kettles, Salvation Army Capt. Karen Holness figured this diamond ring was an intended donation because it had an appraisal letter with the words “for the feast of Stephen” written on the back. Thursday is St. Stephen’s Day, or the Feast of St. Stephen, commemorating Saint Stephen.

“We count it as a blessing — especially since our kettles are down 50 percent of our goal,” Holness told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday.

The gold, 1/2 karat diamond ring was dropped in a Salvation Army Kettle at the Dierbergs grocery store in Florissant, Missouri, on Tuesday.

“We are truly thankful to the anonymous donor who graciously dropped this beautiful ring into the kettle,” Holness said. “It is truly encouraging to know someone out there would see something of their past go toward a new beginning or second chance for someone in need.”

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Hawaii Gets a White Christmas Following Blizzard Warning

DeAgostini/Getty Images(HONOLULU) — Parts of the Big Island of Hawaii were dusted with Christmas snow following a blizzard warning on Christmas Eve.

The two highest mountain peaks on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, got a White Christmas, webcams revealed Thursday morning. Mauna Kea stands at 13,796 feet above sea level, and Mauna Loa at 13,678 feet.

To reach blizzard level, winds must be at least 35 mph or greater with falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility to a quarter mile or less for at least three hours, according to the Weather Channel.

The snow likely melted quickly, as the temperature reached 57 degrees by 8 a.m. local time with sunny skies, according to local weather reports.

The flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service was in effect for the Big Island yesterday, while Mauna Loa remained closed.

“The USGS web cam shows plenty of snow at the summit crater, Moku‘aweoweo and it looks like it’ll be a white Christmas for the island, at least at our highest elevations on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea,” the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park stated on its Facebook page yesterday. “Take these closures seriously…earlier this year, park rangers rescued a backcountry hiker stranded in a blizzard for two nights.”

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Hawaii Gets a White Christmas Following Blizzard Warning

DeAgostini/Getty Images(HONOLULU) — Parts of the Big Island of Hawaii were dusted with Christmas snow following a blizzard warning on Christmas Eve.

The two highest mountain peaks on the Big Island, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, got a White Christmas, webcams revealed Thursday morning. Mauna Kea stands at 13,796 feet above sea level, and Mauna Loa at 13,678 feet.

To reach blizzard level, winds must be at least 35 mph or greater with falling or blowing snow that reduces visibility to a quarter mile or less for at least three hours, according to the Weather Channel.

The snow likely melted quickly, as the temperature reached 57 degrees by 8 a.m. local time with sunny skies, according to local weather reports.

The flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service was in effect for the Big Island yesterday, while Mauna Loa remained closed.

“The USGS web cam shows plenty of snow at the summit crater, Moku‘aweoweo and it looks like it’ll be a white Christmas for the island, at least at our highest elevations on Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea,” the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park stated on its Facebook page yesterday. “Take these closures seriously…earlier this year, park rangers rescued a backcountry hiker stranded in a blizzard for two nights.”

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More Arrests in Threats to New York City Police Officers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two more people have been charged with threatening NYPD officers, including one who allegedly called a threat into the grieving police precinct of two officers who were slain last weekend.

The NYPD said 41-year-old Tyrone Melville allegedly called the 84th precinct switchboard, where the slain officers were based, at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and said he wanted to kill more police.

When Melville allegedly called the precinct, he identified himself as the dead suspect, Ismaayil Brinsley, and asked for Officer Ramos.

According to police, the officer who answered the phone said, “Is this a joke?” Melville answered that he was looking for Officer Ramos so he could remove the bullets from his head and “shoot more of you guys.”

Melville was arrested at his Upper Manhattan home and charged with felony making terroristic threats and aggravated harassment.

In a separate arrest, 26-year-old Jose Maldonado of Brooklyn posted a threat to kill police on Facebook. “Might just go out and kill two cops myself!!!” he allegedly posted, along with pictures of the two officers lying in the streets, and photos of a Tech 9 and a MAC-10.

Detectives spotted his threatening Facebook posts on Christmas Eve morning, and he surrendered to detectives in the 90th Precinct by the end of the day. He was charged with felony making terroristic threats, police said.

Six people have now been charged with threatening the NYPD in days following the shooting.

Police said the other four arrested were:

Devon Coley, 18, arrested 11 p.m. Monday, charged with two counts of making terroristic threats. Coley allegedly posted threatening remarks and photos on Facebook, including a photo of a gunman shooting into a police cruiser.

Robert Bowman, 52, arrested 7 p.m. Monday, charged with making a false report. Bowman allegedly called 911 falsely stating a cousin was planning to kill officers on Staten Island because of Eric Garner’s death.

Yasin Shearin, 16, arrested 6 p.m. Tuesday, charged with making a terroristic threat. Shearin allegedly posted “let’s kill the cops” on Facebook with a cartoon of a gun pointed at the head of a police officer.

Roberto Labita, 46, arrested 7 p.m. Tuesday, charged with making a false report. Labita allegedly called 911 and said he picked up a man who had threatened to kill police officers, later determined to be false.

There have been at least 40 separate threats against New York City police since two officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Half of those threats have been deemed not credible. The rest are still under investigation.

“All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information,” the department said in a statement.

NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), issued a statement Wednesday noting that the department “received notice there would be a violent act committed at Precincts 73rd, 79th and 81st in Bedford-Stuyvesant,” the Brooklyn neighborhood where Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain Saturday.

“This potential threat is currently under review, and as a result, members of the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) team have been assigned to ensure the safety of the general public and our officers in and around the precincts. We take every threat seriously,” Mullins said, adding, “We refuse to let threats trump the goodwill and spirit of the holidays.”

Extra guards have been posted at precincts when necessary and Mayor Bill de Blasio has implored the public to report any threats they may see online. The NYPD counts about 35,000 uniformed officers, with 22,000 patrolmen.

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More Arrests in Threats to New York City Police Officers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Two more people have been charged with threatening NYPD officers, including one who allegedly called a threat into the grieving police precinct of two officers who were slain last weekend.

The NYPD said 41-year-old Tyrone Melville allegedly called the 84th precinct switchboard, where the slain officers were based, at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and said he wanted to kill more police.

When Melville allegedly called the precinct, he identified himself as the dead suspect, Ismaayil Brinsley, and asked for Officer Ramos.

According to police, the officer who answered the phone said, “Is this a joke?” Melville answered that he was looking for Officer Ramos so he could remove the bullets from his head and “shoot more of you guys.”

Melville was arrested at his Upper Manhattan home and charged with felony making terroristic threats and aggravated harassment.

In a separate arrest, 26-year-old Jose Maldonado of Brooklyn posted a threat to kill police on Facebook. “Might just go out and kill two cops myself!!!” he allegedly posted, along with pictures of the two officers lying in the streets, and photos of a Tech 9 and a MAC-10.

Detectives spotted his threatening Facebook posts on Christmas Eve morning, and he surrendered to detectives in the 90th Precinct by the end of the day. He was charged with felony making terroristic threats, police said.

Six people have now been charged with threatening the NYPD in days following the shooting.

Police said the other four arrested were:

Devon Coley, 18, arrested 11 p.m. Monday, charged with two counts of making terroristic threats. Coley allegedly posted threatening remarks and photos on Facebook, including a photo of a gunman shooting into a police cruiser.

Robert Bowman, 52, arrested 7 p.m. Monday, charged with making a false report. Bowman allegedly called 911 falsely stating a cousin was planning to kill officers on Staten Island because of Eric Garner’s death.

Yasin Shearin, 16, arrested 6 p.m. Tuesday, charged with making a terroristic threat. Shearin allegedly posted “let’s kill the cops” on Facebook with a cartoon of a gun pointed at the head of a police officer.

Roberto Labita, 46, arrested 7 p.m. Tuesday, charged with making a false report. Labita allegedly called 911 and said he picked up a man who had threatened to kill police officers, later determined to be false.

There have been at least 40 separate threats against New York City police since two officers were shot and killed in Brooklyn Saturday, the NYPD said Wednesday.

Half of those threats have been deemed not credible. The rest are still under investigation.

“All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information,” the department said in a statement.

NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), issued a statement Wednesday noting that the department “received notice there would be a violent act committed at Precincts 73rd, 79th and 81st in Bedford-Stuyvesant,” the Brooklyn neighborhood where Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were slain Saturday.

“This potential threat is currently under review, and as a result, members of the Emergency Service Unit (ESU) team have been assigned to ensure the safety of the general public and our officers in and around the precincts. We take every threat seriously,” Mullins said, adding, “We refuse to let threats trump the goodwill and spirit of the holidays.”

Extra guards have been posted at precincts when necessary and Mayor Bill de Blasio has implored the public to report any threats they may see online. The NYPD counts about 35,000 uniformed officers, with 22,000 patrolmen.

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Missouri Governor Calls Berkeley Shooting ‘Reminder’ of Difficult Job Police Officers Have

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BERKELEY, Mo.) — Gov. Jay Nixon, D-Mo. called the shooting of a teenager by a police officer in Berkeley on Tuesday night a “reminder” of the tough job police officers do on a daily basis.

“The events in Berkeley are a reminder that law enforcement officers have a difficult, and often dangerous, job in protecting themselves and law-abiding citizens,” the Missouri governor said in a statement on Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, Antonio Martin, 18, was shot by a police officer. St. Louis County Chief of Police Jon Belmar said Wednesday that the officer responded to a report of a larceny. During what appears to be a conversation with Martin, surveillance footage shows the the teen raising his arm — police say while holding a gun — at which point the officer fired his own weapon three times, killing the teen.

A crowd of over 200 people swarmed the gas station where the shooting took place on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday night, police prevented protesters from breaking into stores at a strip mall nearby. At least one person was escorted away by police.

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JetBlue to Offer Free Flights to Law Enforcement to Funeral for Slain NYPD Officer

icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — JetBlue is offering free flights for law enforcement agencies who want to send representatives to the funeral for Rafael Ramos, one of the New York police officers killed last weekend, as well as flights to the families of the slain officers.

“Our teams offered fights to the families of the fallen officers and are currently working with a partner carrier to assist in flying in the family of Officer [Wenjian] Liu from overseas,” a JetBlue spokesperson told ABC News Wednesday.

Additionally, according to the New York Post, up to two officers from each department will be able to fly at no charge to New York City for the funeral on Saturday.

Ramos and Liu were shot while sitting in their patrol vehicle on Saturday night. City officials, including Police Commissioner William Bratton have called the killing an “assassination.”

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