iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Residents of a Texas apartment building are recovering Monday morning after one person was found unconscious after being exposed to carbon monoxide.

Twelve patients in total were transported to the hospital, the Houston Fire Department told ABC News.

Officials say the leak came from a boiler room attached to the building.

Exposure to the colorless, odorless gas can be extremely dangerous — as one couple from Oregon learned last week.

Kendra Platt and Steven Roberts were enjoying a quiet night at home, when Platt says she started to feel sick.

The next morning, she says she was still woozy, and then Roberts passed out.

“I knew something serious had happened, but not sure what,” Roberts said.

“If I passed out we both would have been dead right now,” Platt added.

She managed to call 911, but the audio of the call revealed the responding officers weren’t certain of what caused the incident.

The couple was treated in a hyperbaric chamber to restore oxygen levels.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness and vomiting.

Experts advise to have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home.

As of Sunday night, all the patients were OK, officials said.

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trekandshoot/iStock/ThinkStock(BEIJING) — The highest smog warning this year has been issued in Beijing, China, reports the BBC.

The alert is an “orange level” and is the second highest. The “orange level” requires factories to begin cutting production.

Heavy-duty trucks are banned from the roads in the city and building sites will not be allowed to transport materials, says BBC News.

Air pollution poses chronic health risks. Relief is expected by Wednesday as a cold front is expected to move in.

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Read More → — Cookie, a Wheaton Terrier missing in suburban Maryland since October 2014, was rescued Friday afternoon by animal service officers and Montgomery Country firefighters, according to spokesman Pete Piringer.

The 30-pound dog, also known as Mai Thai, was originally rescued from Thailand after escaping the “illegal dog meat trade,” according to the Facebook page set up to find him.

He was discovered around 2 p.m. Friday when a neighbor walking their great Dane was suddenly pulled toward the storm drain.

“I went over and I just saw a dog in there,” Nick An told ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. “[It was] pretty beat-up looking.”

In video of the rescue, firefighters can be seen using a power saw to cut through the metal bars while the trapped dog waited below.

When the dog could not be coaxed out with food, workers used a firehouse padded with towels at the end to gently nudge the dog to one end of the drainpipe where it could more easily be rescued.

The dog’s owner picked him up Friday night, said Piringer.

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John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — An E. coli outbreak caused by Costco’s chicken salad has now been linked to specific ingredients within the salad.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a sample of celery and onion was taken from a Costco store that was used to make the rotisserie chicken salad and results from the Montana Public Health Laboratory revealed the prsence of E. coli.

The CDC said laboratory testing was still ongoing.

Because of the lab results, Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. has recalled many of its products that contain celery due to the E. coli concern.

Earlier this week, 19 people were reported to be infected by the outbreak, according to the CDC. Five people were hospitalized, two developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, and most of the reported illnesses came from the western United States, said the CDC.

Consumers were advised to throw out any rotisserie chicken salad purchased before Nov. 20 bearing the label “Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” with item number 37719, according to the CDC.

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ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — It was a heartwarming mother-daughter reunion that went viral this spring.

Zella Jackson Price overflowed with joy as she hugged her daughter Diane Gilmore, whom she hadn’t seen since her birth nearly fifty years ago.

The initial awe of the reunion, however, soon turned to anger. Gilmore thought her mother abandoned her after birth. But Price pointed the finger at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, in St. Louis, Mo., where she said Gilmore was born.

Price claims that just hours after she gave birth at the hospital a nurse told her that Gilmore — who was born prematurely and weighed only 2 pounds — had died. Price’s lawyer Al Watkins later went public with the claim that the hospital was at the center of a baby-stealing ring and that Price might not have been the only victim.

Despite records that contradict Price’s claim, she said she is standing tall, and other mothers who gave birth at the hospital have newfound hope that they might too be reunited with children they thought died at birth.

Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20, on Friday, Nov. 27, at 10 p.m. ET., and read below to see who the key figures are in this story:

Zella Jackson Price

Zella Jackson Price, 77, saw her daughter Diane Gilmore on April 9, for the first time in 49 years. A DNA test before the reunion determined that Gilmore was indeed Price’s daughter.

On Nov. 25, 1965, Price, then 26, said she was only six months pregnant when she went to Homer G. Phillips Hospital to give birth. Price was a young married mom with two children.

“When she was born I was by myself, nobody was with me, no one,” Price told ABC’s 20/20. “She was crying [a] little faint cry, kept hollering.”

When hospital staff arrived, Price said a nurse took her newborn baby and vanished. Price said she told staff she wanted to name her daughter Diane. Hours later, Price said the nurse returned and told her Diane passed away.

Price said she believed it because five years earlier she also lost a baby boy she named Michael. She said she then went home without a death certificate.

Price went on to gain local fame with her gospel music and became widely known for her rendition of “I’m His Child.” She also had two more children at Homer G. Phillips Hospital.

At the time Diane was conceived, Price said she was separated from her then-husband and became pregnant by another man, who she later married.

Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Homer G. Phillips Hospital was a beacon of hope in the black community in St. Louis. The city-run facility was once considered one of the most technically-advanced hospitals in the world.

Dr. Will Ross, an associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine, who is writing a book about the iconic hospital, was floored by Price’s claims.

“They were going to deliver class A care, secondary to none with high standards, the best outcomes,” Ross told 20/20. “[It was] the premier training ground for African-American physicians, the pride of that community.”

But funding was for the hospital was an issue, according to St. Louis Dispatch reporter Robert Patrick.

“Homer G. Phillips Hospital struggled each year for money. And I think one of the things that suffered was administration, staffing, maybe record keeping,” Patrick told 20/20. “They were putting their priority on patient care and perhaps not on writing everything down.”

Former Homer G. Phillips nurses, who reunited recently, are proud of their association with the hospital and said Price’s story doesn’t make sense.

“No nurse would come and tell someone that their baby passed. That was the doctor’s role and responsibility,” former nurse Xenobia Thompson told 20/20.

“When you get the right truth, you owe us an apology, because you have just degraded us,” former nurse Dorothy Thornton told 20/20, referring to those leveling the new charges.

Today, the former hospital is a senior residential community.

Diane Gilmore

Price’s daughter Diane Gilmore was born deaf. After her birth, she was taken in by a foster family who told her she had been abandoned by her mother.

According to her birth certificate, Gilmore was not born at Homer G. Phillips Hospital but across town at St. Louis City Hospital 1, which Price denies.

Gilmore, now 50, was later raised by foster parents Muriel and John Young, who cared for her along with other foster children.

During her reunion with her mother, Gilmore told Price she forgave her for abandoning her, although she soon learned that was something her birthmother denied.

Gilmore has four children, including twin daughters Melika and Mehiska Jackson, who helped make Gilmore’s reunion with her mother possible. Price is learning sign language to better communicate with Gilmore, who is deaf.

Al Watkins

Price contacted St. Louis attorney Al Watkins after she reunited with her daughter.

Watkins dug deeper into Price’s story and made a stunning allegation about why Price and Gilmore were separated after Gilmore’s birth.

“The place to buy was Homer G. [Phillips Hospital], and babies were being sold out of the parking lot. It was pay for play, cash on delivery,” Watkins told 20/20.

Watkins even launched a website to help other women who believe their babies may have been stolen at Homer G. Phillips Hospital. After the publicity of Price’s story, dozens of women reached out to Watkins for help.

Watkins believes Gilmore was stolen from Price and sold into adoption, but once the adoptive parents realized Gilmore was deaf, Watkins guessed that the adoptive parents tried to return her to the hospital.

But because Price said the hospital told her Gilmore died, Watkins said, Gilmore was then put through the foster care system.

When documents that contradict these claims were found, Watkins suggested that these documents, including Gilmore’s birth certificate, might have been forged.

Diane Gilmore’s Foster Family

Barbara Richardson’s parents Muriel and John Young took Diane Gilmore in as a foster child when she was 5 months old. Barbara Richardson was 25 years old at the time.

Richardson insists fostering Gilmore was about love and not money.

“They loved me, and they treated her the same as they treated me, so it sounds like love to me,” Richardson told 20/20.

According to Richardson, Gilmore was abandoned after she was born prematurely.

“When it was time to be released, no one had been to see the child, and no one came, you know,” Richardson said. “She was an abandoned baby, abandoned at birth.”

Wilma Jones was a family friend who lived in the neighborhood. She said Diane’s foster mother was quite open about Gilmore’s origins.

“[She said they got the baby] through the division of family service,” Jones told 20/20. “She was told that this child had been abandoned at Homer [G.] Phillips Hospital and that the child only weighed so many grams, less than a pound and that she had been in an incubator for all that time and that they needed someone to take her.”

In fact, Richardson said when Gilmore was 9 years old they went looking for her biological mother. Richardson said her mother got a phone number for a woman named Zella Mae Jackson in St. Louis and called her. Richardson’s mother asked the woman if she had given birth to a baby at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in November 1965, Richardson said.

“The woman just said, ‘No, I didn’t have a baby.’ So, I mean, what do you do at that point?” said Richardson. “As far as we were concerned, that was not the woman.”

Price denies ever getting the call and records do show there was another woman in St. Louis with the same name.

Richard Callahan

U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan led the investigation into Price’s story.

Callahan said old records his investigators dug up didn’t add up with what Price had claimed.

“That began to paint a different picture from what Zella Price was saying,” Callahan told 20/20. “The records were certainly contradicting the story.”

Through the investigation, Callahan was unable to find evidence of a baby-stealing conspiracy, and decades-old records even put Price at a completely different hospital from the one where she said she was told her baby died. He said the records instead suggest that Price abandoned her baby, despite Price denying she would ever intentionally leave her baby behind.

Documents from 1965 also showed that authorities reached out to Price, even visiting the home address she gave, and were told she moved and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Social workers called, wrote and visited relatives, according to records, but could not reach Price. The social workers noted that Price’s grandmother and uncle “are either unable or unwilling to give any information regarding Mrs. Jackson’s whereabouts.”

Callahan went public with his conclusion of his investigation into Price’s story on Aug. 14.

“We can say with complete certainty there are no truth to these allegations and our investigation is now closed,” Callahan said at a press conference.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Synthetic drugs are not only deadly but also easily accessible.

The drugs began growing in popularity in 2013. Now, more than 300 synthetic designer drugs have hit the streets and under various names, like Spice, N-Bomb and K2.

Parents who believe their kids may be under the influence should look for these symptoms: A change in behavior, combativeness, anxiety or agitation.

To help protect your kids, ask lots of open-ended questions — and ask often. Also, remember to explain the risks of drugs to your kids over and over again.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WEST POINT, N.Y.) — What started as a lighthearted tradition meant to build camaraderie, transformed into chaos on Aug. 20 when the United States Military Academy at West Point’s annual pillow fight turned bloody, leaving 30 freshmen injured, investigators said Wednesday.

Nicknamed “plebes,” first-year students are responsible for organizing the pillow fight, held almost every year since 2001.

The list of injuries at this past gathering, included a broken nose, fractured cheek and 24 concussions.

The investigators stated in the report, that one cadet was knocked unconscious before the pillow fight ended and was treated by a certified emergency medical technician.

The unconscious student may have been the victim of what is called a “Blue Falcon” move. A maneuver where cadets are hit from behind and knocked to the ground, the investigation explained.

“Many injuries were the result of cadets having been hit by elbows or other body parts during the scuffle of the pillow fight or from simply falling or being knocked to the ground,” the report said, adding that several participants wore body armor and helmets to the fight.

But, military police say that one cadet is facing discipline after he was seen striking another with a hard object inside a pillow case. The victim of his crime did not receive medical attention at the time, the release stated.

Administrators listed on the report said, the event will no longer take place because of insufficient planning, lack of supervision from upper class men and insufficient communication by academy leaders.

Both senior military members and cadets will be punished for failing to live by the army’s values, the release said.

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Photodisc/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Ovaries make cysts for a living, but when is a cyst suspicious for cancer?

Ovarian cancer is called the “silent killer” because it can produce vague symptoms that often go ignored by either the doctor or the woman, delaying the diagnosis until it’s at an advanced stage.

All women should be aware of the symptoms. They include pelvic pain or pressure, increase in urination and bloating.

If you feel any of these symptoms for two weeks or more, talk to your gynecologist.

Here are my top things to know about ovarian cancer:

New data shows it mostly starts in the fallopian tube.

Birth control pills dramatically reduce your risk of ovarian cancer over your lifetime.

Just having an ovarian cyst doesn’t necessarily mean that you have ovarian cancer.

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Courtesy Jason Henley(NEW YORK) — In September, Jason Henley, a UPS driver, made a life-saving delivery to Greg Hall, a man he barely knew.

Hall, 31, had often signed for deliveries at a UPS store on Henley’s route in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 2014, when Henley noticed Hall’s absence at the store, he asked about it. He eventually learned that Hall, a father and husband, had been diagnosed with kidney failure, was on dialysis and needed a transplant.

“Being a UPS driver gives me the opportunity to come into contact with a lot of people,” Henley, 35, said. “I got to know [Greg] as an acquaintance over a month or so period. … so when I got to know Greg and immediately heard that he was sick. … [I thought,] ‘How can I help him in that?’ … The only thing I knew was his last name and where he worked.”

Henley, also a husband and father, said he got tested, found out that he was a match and decided that he was going to donate his kidney to Hall.

“I blew him off at first, thinking why would you want to give me a kidney,” Hall said.

Ten weeks after surgery, both men said that they were thankful and that during the process, they’d also become pretty good friends. In fact, Hall and Henley also learned that they shared the same birthday.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve told him, ‘Thank you,'” Hall said Wednesday. “It’s a whole new life. … Life is great.”

Hall said, he’d recently gotten the doctor’s OK to return to work and Henley said that he planned to go back to work after Christmas.

“If I was able to do this all over again, I would,” Henley said. “I have been more blessed during this entire process, more than I could have imagined.”

“That’s my brother right here,” Hall said.

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Courtesy Julian McDonald(NEW YORK) — During her deployment in Afghanistan, U.S. military combat dog, Layka, saved many lives and now some of them are helping save hers.

Layka, a Belgian Malinois, lost one of her front legs when she was shot four times during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2013. Despite her wounds, the dog managed to save the soldiers from an attacker inside the building she was sent to clear.

Now 5 years old and adopted by her Afghanistan handler, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Julian McDonald, Layka faces the possibility of losing her remaining front paw from a bad ATV jump earlier this fall.

“It’s a big injury because she only has one leg,” said Rebecca Switzer of Oklahoma, who met Layka and her handler at an event more than a year ago. “She struggled along with one leg and now her other leg is in jeopardy.”

Switzer and her husband have been helping Layka get the care she needs since 2014, the year they met her and raised funds to get the dog a prosthetic leg. When she was injured this year, they again jumped in and helped get her to the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Hospital, where she’s being treated for her broken paw.

“We love animals and we help a lot of animals,but she’s a hero, she saved our troops,” Switzer told ABC News. “She didn’t ask to go in, she was trained to go in. We’re just enamored with her and what she has been through in her deployment.”

Many of the donors for both fundraising campaigns are some of the soldiers she helped save during that ambush while in combat, Switzer said. It’ll be a long road to recovery for the “hero dog.”

“Before her second injury, she could still attack,” Switzer said, adding that Layka will have to live a calmer life from now on. “She still has a lot of rehab to do.”

Layka’s injuries are not only physical, she still gets on edge when hearing loud noises.

“That for her means something else,” Switzer said, comparing the sound of firecrackers to that of gunfire.

When she gets better, Layka will return to her handler. Attempts to contact the former ranger were unsuccessful, but in April he told ABC News Layka is “kind of my rock.”

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