ABC News(NEW YORK) — Rielle Hunter became the most vilified woman in America when she had an affair with married presidential hopeful John Edwards and gave birth to his child, and in an interview with ABC News, Hunter said she still loves Edwards and that he’s very much a part of her life and the life of their daughter, Quinn.

“I view him as family. I mean, he’s family. I absolutely love him,” Hunter told ABC News’ Amy Robach. “We’re very, very good friends. And great co-parents. And we have the same goals. We want the best for Quinn. We get along great.”

Hunter was full of praise for Edwards’ attention to his daughter.

“Oh God, he loves her so much it’s cute. I think he has a real soft spot for her. He does. He gets very choked up by her, it’s sweet,” she said.

Quinn, who is now 8 years old, agreed that her father was “great.” Asked how often she got to see him, the girl replied: “As often as I can.”

Hunter, then an unknown actress and movie producer, began her affair with the then-U.S. senator from North Carolina in 2006 as he traveled the country ahead of his 2008 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The affair continued even when Edwards’ wife, Elizabeth, had a recurrence of breast cancer.

Tabloid rumors of the affair persisted until 2010, when Edwards admitted to having fathered a child with Hunter. That child, Quinn, was born in 2008.

The fallout was intense. Edwards was later indicted for allegedly using more than $900,000 in campaign funds to hide his mistress, but he was acquitted on one count and a mistrial was declared on the other counts.

Elizabeth Edwards died in 2010 after a six-year battle with breast cancer.

Hunter, 52, has enjoyed her time out of the spotlight.

“The last few years have been great. Very filled with joy, and I as a mom, like, everything I do now is based upon being a mom first, and my choices, how they are going to impact Quinn,” she said.

Their shared activities include a love or horseback riding. Hunter rode as a child and her daughter is following in her footsteps. The child recently qualified for the finals of a pony riding competition.

Quinn chatted with Robach about her horse named Howie.

“He thinks he’s a fancy show horse and he’s just a pony,” Quinn said, adding that the horse “taught me how to be a better rider and how to find happiness.”

Mother and daughter are sharing their passion in a new children’s book. “Howie Do It: Finding Happiness Right Now” was written by Hunter and illustrated by Quinn.

Hunter’s happiness has come after having endured extreme scrutiny and criticism. Robach asked her whether she was concerned that the book’s release and its attendant publicity would force her to relive the past.

“I think you can’t go away, you know, when you make a mistake, when you have bad things going on you have to take responsibility for it, say you’re sorry, forgive yourself and then move on,” she said.

It’s a lesson she’s managed to impart to her child. When Robach asked Quinn what she had learned from her mother, the girl replied: “That it’s okay to make mistakes. And not to be hard on myself.”

‘I’m With Her’

Hunter told Robach that what bothered her the most about the time after the affair was exposed was the “meanness” to which she was subjected.

“You know the lack of compassion and understanding that happens when people make mistakes … everyone judges and jumps so fast,” she said.

He experiences appear to have had an impact on her choice of presidential candidate.

“Part of what I love so much about Hillary Clinton is she has had everything thrown at her but the kitchen sink, and maybe even the kitchen sink … she doesn’t ever give up and I admire that,” she said.

When Robach asked whether Hunter would be voting for Clinton, she laughed as replied: “As a mom, she’s a great role model … I’m with her.”

She then leaned over to her daughter and said “We’re with her.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(HUGO, Colo.) — Officials have urged residents in a small Colorado town not to consume their water after several wells tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

So far no illnesses have been linked to the water in Hugo — a town of around 700 people located roughly 100 miles southeast of Denver — according to officials.

The announcement comes after a local company was testing its own water and got a positive result. Local law enforcement was then notified and further testing in other locations took place, which revealed additional positive results, reports ABC Denver affiliate, KMGH.

“At this point we’re not taking anything off the table,” Captain Mike Yowell with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office told KMGH. “We’re looking at all angles here.”

Investigators said during a press conference Wednesday evening that six of the ten water samples taken had tested positive for THC.

While officials said their field tests weren’t able to show how much THC was in the water — only that the chemical was present — they have urged residents to stay clear.

“As a precaution until we know more about the levels of contamination in the water, Hugo residents may want to consider other sources of water for drinking and cooking,” the Department of Public Health and Environment released in a statement.

“The water is considered safe for bathing, showering, brushing teeth, washing hands, watering yards, washing dishes, cleaning, and laundry,” the statement added.

The FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were called in to help with the case.

Local police will begin distributing bottled water starting Friday morning.

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Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Sprint Cup Series season rolls on this weekend with a visit to one of auto racing’s most notable tracks.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host the Crown Royal presents the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 at the Brickyard on Sunday afternoon. NBCSN’s coverage of the race begins at 3 p.m. ET.

As previously reported, Jeff Gordon will fill in for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is recovering from concussion-like symptoms.

Last week’s winner, Matt Kenseth, was penalized 15 driver points this week after his car failed a post-race inspection following his victory at New Hampshire.

Kevin Harvick is the points leader entering Sunday’s race, with a 14-point edge over Brad Keselowski.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Tampa Bay 7, Oakland 3
Baltimore 4, N-Y Yankees 1
Boston 13, Minnesota 2
Detroit 2, Chi White Sox 1 (7 Innings, shortened due to rain)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

St. Louis 6, San Diego 5
Colorado 7, Atlanta 3
L.A. Dodgers 6, Washington 3
Miami 9, Philadelphia 3
Pittsburgh 5, Milwaukee 3

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SE Innovation/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was shot and injured Thursday night, police said.

A Chicago police officer has been shot at 18th and Calumet. Shot in the lower body, no info on condition. Transported to area hospital

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 22, 2016

The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where police superintendent Eddie Johnson later provided an update on the officer’s condition.

The shooting occurred in the city’s Near South Side neighborhood.

Johnson said the officer suffered a gunshot wound to the thigh and his injuries are not life-threatening.

According to Johnson, the officer and his partner approached a man talking on a cell phone and requested that he hang up so they could talk to him. The man then pulled a gun out of his backpack and opened fire. Multiple officers returned fire, Johnson said, shooting and killing the suspect.

It was not immediately clear whether the suspect died at the scene or en route to a hospital.

“It’s another example of too many guns, too many people willing to use them,” Johnson said at a Thursday night press conference. “But it also demonstrates how Chicago police officers put their lives on the line every day to keep people safe.”

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SE Innovation/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A Chicago police officer was shot and injured Thursday night, police said.

Anthony Guglielmi, communications director for the Chicago Police Department tweeted, “A Chicago police officer has been shot at 18th and Calumet. Shot in the lower body, no info on condition. Transported to area hospital.”

A Chicago police officer has been shot at 18th and Calumet. Shot in the lower body, no info on condition. Transported to area hospital

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 22, 2016

The officer was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where police superintendent Eddie Johnson will provide an update on the officer’s condition.

The shooting occurred in the city’s Near South Side neighborhood.

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Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says he would give up his entire salary if an NFL team signs him this season.

The running back, out of football since his suspension during the 2014 season for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator, made the promise in a story posted to the USA Today website.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved,” Rice admitted, “because domestic violence is a horrible thing.”

The 29-year-old played six seasons in Baltimore and made three Pro Bowls. He was suspended indefinitely in September 2014 after video of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator surfaced. That suspension was later overturned by a neutral arbitrator, but Rice was released by the Ravens and no other team signed him.

“Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me,” Rice told USA Today. “I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me.”

“But,” he said, “I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness.”

“I’m not saying I’d be [donating the salary] to get on the field,” Rice clarified, “but it’s something that will show where my heart is.”

“I think the biggest donation that you can give to domestic violence is your time,” Rice told USA Today. “I’m not just going to be giving it because I have money. I’m going to be giving it because I did the background and the research and spect a lot of time with people who understand the cause.”

Rice also pointed out that awareness is key to preventing domestic violence. “It’s an epidemic,” Rice said. “I know that my situation raised awareness. I’m not thankful for being that guy, but I’m thankful for the people that now are not afraid to ask for help, because I had to go get the help myself after to realize the severity of what domestic violence is.”

Rice and his now-wife Janay married soon after his indictment in the 2014 incident. They have a four-year-old daughter and a second child due in September.

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Michele McPhee for ABC News(SOMERVILLE, Mass.) — Controversy over a Black Lives Matter banner affixed to the front of City Hall in the blue collar suburb of Somerville, Massachusetts, continued to rage Thursday as Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced that the sign would stay despite a request from the police union’s president to replace it with a banner that says “All Lives Matter.” Curtatone’s decision has prompted both outrage and praise in the community.

“The mayor has clearly chosen a side, and it’s not to support law enforcement,” Somerville Police Employees Association President Michael McGrath told ABC News.

The Black Lives Matter banner has hung near the entrance of Somerville City Hall since last August after Curtatone met with Black Lives Matter members who were upset at the arrests of protesters after they blocked a major Boston area highway during a Black Lives Matter protest in January, 2015. Those arrested became known as “the Somerville 18.” Most of them avoided jail time, instead receiving sentences of 60 hours of community service.

The public controversy about the banner began this week when McGrath sent a letter to Curtatone that said police officers were “deeply troubled” and found it “demoralizing” that the city had allowed the sign to remain hanging in support of this movement “while standing silent over the seemingly daily protest assassinations of innocent police officers around the country.”

“The Association is opposed to the misuse of excessive force, including deadly force, as are the well-intentioned members of BLM,” McGrath wrote.

Curtatone released a statement Wednesday that said while he supported his officers, the city will continue to take a stand against what he called “systemic racism in our nation.”

“The City of Somerville stands against all violence and all injustice, which is why a Black Lives Matter banner hangs at City Hall and why a banner in honor of the slain officers is hanging at Somerville Police Headquarters where it would provide the most moral support to our officers — both on my order. Both banners will remain hanging,” Curtatone’s statement read.

Curtatone’s decision was applauded outside of Somerville City Hall Thursday and supported by Somerville Police Chief David Fallon who said that he recognizes that “there is a problem” if anyone in his community feels excluded.

“When I hear the hashtag or see the banner ‘Black Lives Matter,’ it just brings to my mind personally that we have to be inclusive,” he told reporters.

Somerville resident Buddy Keenan, 60, told ABC News that Curtatone “works for the everyday people. Here we are pretty peaceful…but I can understand how the black people feel they are being killed off in other parts of the country by the police.”

But others, like retired police officer Bob DeNapoli, called the Black Lives Matter banner “reprehensible.” DeNapoli was shot six times during a 2011 burglary in nearby Woburn, suffering permanent injuries that forced him off the job.

“Why not hang a banner that reads ‘We All Matter?'” DeNapoli told ABC News.

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Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA is exploring alternative host cities for its 2017 All-Star Game now that it has decided to remove the game from North Carolina, ESPN reports.

The league announced its decision not to hold the event in North Carolina Thursday. It had been considering the move over its objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, which limited anti-discrimination protections in the state. Sources told ESPN that cities including New York, Brooklyn and Chicago “have become options” for the All-Star Game.

In a statement Thursday, the NBA noted that the league and the Charlotte Hornets “have been working diligently [since March] to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change.” The league says it hopes to reschedule an All-Star Game in Charlotte for 2019, though it is not clear if that would require changes to the current law.

“We have been guided in these discussions by the long-standing core values of our league,” the NBA statement reads. “These include not only diversity, inclusion, fairness and respect for others but also the willingness to listen and consider opposing points of view.”

After the owners’ meetings earlier in July, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the league was considering its options. The league had requested changes to the law, but with the North Carolina legislature on summer hiatus, time for such changes is short.

Yahoo’s The Vertical reported Thursday that the league was on the verge of pulling the game from Charlotte, and that New Orleans could be a frontrunner to play host.

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Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — The NBA is exploring alternative host cities for its 2017 All-Star Game if it decides to remove the game from North Carolina, ESPN reports.

The league had not yet made a decision on whether or not the event would be held in North Carolina, but was considering the move over its objection to North Carolina House Bill 2, which limited anti-discrimination protections in the state. Sources told ESPN that cities including New York, Brooklyn and Chicago “have become options” if the league decides not to hold its event in the Tarheel State.

After the owners’ meetings earlier in July, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver admitted that the league was considering its options. The league had request changes to the law, but with the North Carolina legislature on summer hiatus, time for such changes is short.

Yahoo’s The Vertical reported Thursday that the league was on the verge of pulling the game from Charlotte, and that New Orleans could be a frontrunner to play host.

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