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Father of 2 Takes Down Alleged Attacker in Wrong-Home Invasion

ABCNews.com(GOLDEN, Colo.) — A Colorado father of two is recovering from stab wounds after a home invasion in which the alleged intruders apparently entered the wrong house Monday night.

Three men knocked on the door of Jesse and Jessica Swift’s home in Golden, Colorado, around 9 p.m. and forced their way in, according to police.

The men then allegedly attacked Jesse Swift, at least one with a knife, as Jessica, who had answered the door, ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

“There’s three men that just came in my house and attacked my husband and I,” Jessica Swift told the 911 dispatcher. “They knocked on my door and then they came in my house.”

“I have two little kids,” she said crying.

“You have kids in the house?” the dispatcher asked.

“Yes,” Jessica Swift said.

Jesse Swift, a middle school teacher, like his wife, managed to get a knife from the kitchen and stab one of the alleged assailants but was also stabbed several times by the suspects, police said.

Police say the alleged intruders were expecting to find $10,000 in cash and drugs, but apparently had the wrong address.

“There were three guys, we have one of them down inside our house,” Jessica told 911, adding that she did not know the suspects. “Oh, my God, please help! My husband’s bleeding very badly.”

Jesse Swift suffered stab wounds to his kidney and a punctured lung, along with several other lacerations but is expected to survive, according to police. The Swifts’ children were asleep in the basement of the home, and were not harmed in the invasion, police said.

Police have arrested two suspects so far, 21-year-old Caleb Williams and a 17-year-old juvenile male. Williams is in custody at a hospital with stab wounds police say he received from Jesse Swift during the altercation.

Authorities are also searching for suspect Cody Jones, 20, and an unknown woman they believe may have been driving a getaway car.

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Massachusetts Trooper Shares Meal With Panhandling Homeless Mom

Mass. State Police(NEW YORK) — A homeless mom of four, down on her luck, never saw this one coming.

While out on the street Tuesday asking for money, she noticed a Massachusetts state trooper driving toward her. He pulled over, and, certain that she was about to be cited for panhandling, she immediately offered to leave, authorities said.

Trooper Luke Bonin, however, had other plans.

“She was holding a sign and asking for help from anyone who would pay attention,” Massachusetts State Police said in a Facebook post. “Trooper Bonin continued to drive on – directly to a local establishment, where he ordered two meals. He returned to the woman, pulled up, and exited his cruiser … Trooper Bonin told her, ‘I’m not here to kick you out.’ He then extended the two meals and told her to pick one.'”

The other meal was for Bonin, who was dressed in civilian clothing after leaving court.

Unbeknownst to the two highway picnickers, a passerby snapped a photo as Bonin sat on his bumper, eating and talking with the woman.

The photo is making its rounds on social media, with commenters praising Bonin for exchanging the long arm of the law for outstretched hands of care and compassion.

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Why Yellowstone Euthanized Bison Calf After a Visitor Put It in His Car

Karen Olsen Richardson(NEW YORK) — A bison calf recently had to be euthanized at Yellowstone National Park after visitors put it in the back of their car, according to park officials.

Now, many are asking, “Why?”

“There are multiple reasons,” Charissa Reid, who works for the park’s public affairs office, told ABC News Wednesday. “First, we want people to understand that our rangers really made a heroic effort to return the calf to the wild. No one ever becomes a park ranger because they want to kill animals. What happened was really unfortunate.”

Park rangers spent over two days trying to get the bison calf to return to a herd, but it just kept getting rejected, Reid said. She added that the calf “wouldn’t eat” and kept returning to the roadway and seemed to “be very imprinted on cars and people.”

“Rangers had to make the tough decision because we didn’t want it to get hit or cause an accident that could harm itself or other people,” she said.

Reid also explained why the baby bison couldn’t just be sent to a wildlife sanctuary or zoo.

“You have to understand that we’re not in the business of animal rescue,” she said. “It’s also illegal to transport wild bison outside the park without having them tested and monitored for brucellosis.”

Brucellosis is a disease that causes abortions, infertility and lowered milk production in bison, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

“The park just doesn’t have the facility or capacity to quarantine, test and monitor the calf,” Reid said, adding that the process also takes months.

“It was just a very inhumane situation,” she said. “The calf was either going to starve to death, get sick, get hit or cause an accident, so we had to make the difficult decision to put it down.”

Reid also said that wildlife in national parks being euthanized is an “extremely rare occurrence.”

“There might be an occasion where a deer or elk gets fatally injured, and a ranger might shoot the animal to end its pain,” she said, “but we do not do this lightly or frequently.”

In contrast, incidents of illegal visitor interactions with wildlife have become more common in the past few years, Reid said.

“It could be that we’ve had more people coming than ever or the advent of the cell phone and people wanting to get that picture,” she said. “But regardless, visitors need to realize it’s important to follow the rules for their safety and the animals’ safety.”

Reid added, “You should stay at least 25 yards away from any animal and at least 100 yards away from wolves or bears.”

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Bear in Tree Tranquilized After Putting School on Lockdown: Police

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.) — A bear that was in a tree for several hours Wednesday morning has been tranquilized after placing a school on modified lockdown in Rancho Cucamonga, California, according to police.

The bear, believed to be a black bear, will now be relocated somewhere safe by California Department Fish and Wildlife officers, the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department tweeted Wednesday.

It was first reported walking around the community around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday before climbing up a tree in the backyard of a large residential property in the city, said Deputy Sheriff Jacob Bailey, public information officer for the Rancho Cucamonga Police Department.

Vineyard Vine Junior High School was placed on modified lockdown as a precautionary measure, Bailey told ABC News Wednesday. The bear did not set foot on the school’s campus and all students and staff are safe, he added.

The bear was corralled by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers later in the morning, though it was stuck about 60 to 70 feet up a tree for a few hours before authorities were able to get it down and tranquilize it for relocation, Bailey said.

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NYC Nanny Arrested on Kidnapping Charges

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A New York City nanny has been arrested on kidnapping charges after she disappeared with the 3-year-old girl who was in her care, police said.

Brooklyn resident Fatima Alexander, 59, was last seen with Gabriella Russo at the child’s lower Manhattan home Tuesday around 9:15 a.m. before the two were reported missing by police, the New York Police Department said.

The department tweeted a “missing person” poster later that day at 6:47 p.m.

Alexander was supposed to bring the child to day care when she picked her up Tuesday morning, ABC News station WABC-TV reported.

More than 15 hours later, Alexander returned the toddler to the child’s home Wednesday just after midnight, police said, describing the pair as in “good condition.” After a subsequent investigation, the nanny was arrested and charged with kidnapping, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful imprisonment, police said.

Alexander had worked with the family for more than a decade and had no known medical problems, WABC-TV reported.

The child was taken to the New York Downtown Hospital for evaluation, according to the station.

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Bear in Tree Puts School on Lockdown in California, Police Say

Rancho Cucamonga Police Department(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.) — A bear that’s been in a tree for several hours placed a school on modified lockdown Wednesday morning in Rancho Cucamonga, California, according to police.

The bear, believed to be a black bear, was first reported walking around the community around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday before climbing up a tree in the backyard of a large residential property in the city, said Deputy Sheriff Jacob Bailey, public information officer for the Rancho Police Department.

Vineyard Vine Junior High School was placed on modified lockdown as a precautionary measure, Bailey told ABC News Wednesday. The bear has not set foot on the school’s campus and all students and staff are safe, he added.

The bear was corralled by California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers shortly after but was still in the tree, Bailey said.

“Since it’s about 60 to 70 feet up, the plan right now is to get it down to a safe height before possibly tranquilizing and relocating it for its safety,” he said, adding that the bear has not shown signs of aggression.

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100-Year-Old Unofficially Breaks 100-Meter Dash Record for Centenarian

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Move over Usain Bolt, a new record-setting sprint champion has arrived on the scene.

Meet 100-year-old South Carolina native Ella Mae Colbert, whose 100-meter dash on Tuesday has unofficially smashed the current record for her age group, held by another centenarian.

Her triumph, however, started off with tragedy when she tripped and fell. But she got up, had her chin bandaged, and decided to try again.

Colbert, a retired teacher, reportedly sprinted across the finish line at Chesnee Middle School in just 46 seconds — an impressive 31 seconds less than the current record of 1 minute, 17 seconds, which was set just last month by 100-year-old Ida Keeling at the Penn Relays.

“You do not stop,” she later told reporters with firmness. “Go ahead. You’ll have some trials and you’ll have something that gets in your way, but you don’t let it get you down. Get up, go again.”

The freshly-minted record holder credits her religious life for her motivation, on and off the field.

“I decided, maybe when I was 20, I’d get on the track for somebody else and I chose Jesus Christ as my coach and I’ve been running ever since,” she said. “Best coach I’ve ever had.”

Guinness World Records is now reviewing the results before Colbert can officially take her top spot in the books.

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Police Shoot Man in Midtown Manhattan During Rush Hour

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A New York City police officer shot a man dead in Midtown Manhattan this morning after the suspect was reportedly assaulting or threatening someone with a knife, police said.

Officers responded to the call and confronted the suspect. One of the police officers sustained an apparent slash wound and is now being treated for the non-life threatening injury.

A police sergeant and officer fired shots that fatally wounded the suspect, whose name has not been released. His 8-inch knife was recovered at the scene, police said.

The shooting took place after 8:20 a.m. in front of a Food Emporium grocery story on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, just a few blocks away from Times Square.

NYPD Chief James O’Neill said that the suspect, who he identified as a 46-year-old white male, got into an altercation with a Food Emporium cashier when he was trying to buy beer.

“He got very aggressive and belligerent,” O’Neill said.

A police officer on foot patrol was alerted to the man and other officers were called to the scene. The man “began to struggle with the officer and he fell to the ground outside the store,” O’Neill said.

A female bystander was also injured during the incident after sustaining a graze wound from one of the nine shots fired at the suspect.

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Shooting in Midtown Manhattan During Morning Rush Hour

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City police officer shot a man dead in Midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning.

The suspect, who has not been identified, appeared to have a knife and had attempted to attack people including a police officer, according to police.

Up to three people sustained injuries from the knife attacks but none were life threatening.

The shooting took place in front of a Food Emporium grocery story on 8th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets, just a few blocks away from Times Square.

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Mississippi School District Considering Appeal to Desegregation Order

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND, Miss.) — The Mississippi district that was ordered to desegregate its schools is fighting back. The move comes amid a newly released government report that suggests that segregation in public schools may be increasing.

The town of Cleveland, Miss., was ordered on Friday to desegregate two middle schools and two high schools that remain racially segregated.

In a statement, the Cleveland School District argues that its proposed plans of open enrollment allow students to attend the school of their choice regardless of race or address and that it “strongly believes” the judge’s decision has inaccurately portrayed the district as segregated.

“The undeniable truth is that the Cleveland School District’s student population is integrated and has been for decades,” the school district said, adding that it provides “excellent educational opportunities to all students.”

The school district notes that neither of its two middle schools nor its two high schools have a “majority white enrollment.” The school board believes the court’s decision to consolidate schools will “limit the choices of both parents and students.”

The Cleveland School District’s board “is examining the 96-page opinion of the Court and considering its options for appeal,” the statement read.

The statement was released the same day as the Government Accountability Office issued a report suggesting that segregation is getting worse in the America rather than better, more than six decades after the landmark desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education.

The GAO report asserts that the number of poorer schools that are attended mostly by black and Hispanic students has grown in recent years.

Specifically the GAO found that during the 2000-2001 school year, 9 percent of public schools had 75 percent or more black or Hispanic students. In the 2013-2014 school year, that number went up to 16 percent of all public schools fitting the bill.

The report was released to members of Congress on April 21 and released publicly Tuesday.

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