Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images(DARLINGTON, S.C.) — Kasey Kahne is one of the drivers who will be turning back the clock this weekend at South Carolina’s Darlington Raceway.

Hendrick Motorsports Wednesday revealed a throwback paint scheme that will be featured on Kahne’s car. The red-and-white No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet SS will pay homage to the car driven by Geoff Bodine in 1984, the first year Hendrick Motorsports — then known as All-Star Racing — participated in the Cup Series.

In a story posted on the organization’s website, Kahne says it’s “neat” to take part in the tribute.

“There has been so much history at Hendrick Motorsports with wins and championships, and to go back to when it started with All-Star Racing, Geoff Bodine and kind of that paint scheme — to drive that car is great,” he adds.

You can check out the paint scheme on Hendrick Motorsports’ social media sites or on HendrickMotorsports.com.

Many Cup teams are using throwback paints schemes this weekend to honor the move of the Bojangles’ Southern 500 race at Darlington back to Labor Day weekend.

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Aydin Bacak/iStock/Thinkstock(FORT CARSON, Colo.) — Two soldiers were hospitalized on Wednesday when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter suffered a hard landing during a training mission.

A press release from Fort Carson noted that the training was occurring on U.S. Forest Service land, and that four soldiers were on board at the time. Chief Deputy Steve Johnson of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said that all four “had varying degrees of injury,” but that only two remained hospitalized on Thursday morning. None of the injuries are believed to have been life-threatening.

One of the soldiers on board the helicopter was able to alert authorities to the crash and provide the location of the helicopter, a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office representative said at a Wednesday press conference.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A federal judge has overturned Tom Brady’s four-game suspension ordered by the NFL.

The decision that will allow the New England Patriots quarterback to play in the team’s season opener on Sept. 10 came down Thursday morning after weeks of unsuccessful negotiating.

In a 40-page ruling, Judge Richard Berman wrote that the league gave Brady “inadequate notice” of both the potential suspension and the misconduct he was accused of, that Brady was not afforded the chance to examine one of the league’s lead investigtors, and that he was denied equal access to investigative files.

“The Court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others or participation in any scheme to deflate footballs, and non-cooperation with the ensuing investigation,” Berman wrote. “Brady also had no notice that his discipline would be the equivalent of the discipline imposed upon a player who used performance enhancing drugs.”

Berman did not, however, agree with Brady’s claims that Goodell was “evidently partial,” that the evidence of ball deflation used to suspend him was not present in the report compiled by Wells, or that Goodell was “locked into” supporting the Wells report based on prior praise regarding the report’s reliability.

Brady had been fighting the four-game suspension that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered over the “Deflategate” accusation that stemmed from the last year’s playoffs.

Brady’s suspension was first handed down in May, along with a fine levied against the New England Patriots. The suspension was then upheld by the NFL in July. The punishment revolves around the deflation of footballs used during the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 18. The Patriots won that game 45-7, then went on to win the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks.

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Christian Taylor, right, poses alongside his younger brother Joshua Taylor. (Courtesy Joshua Taylor)(ARLINGTON, Texas) — Christian Taylor, the college football player shot to death by police in Arlington, Texas last month, had marijuana and a psychedelic drug in his system at the time of the shooting, an autopsy confirmed.

According to the autopsy report released on Wednesday, Taylor was shot four times by police, but had six gunshot wounds found on his person. In his system, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office found THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and 25iNBOMe, a psychedelic drug that the report says can “cause distorted perceptions, agitation and hallucinations, and have been associated with random and bizarre behavior in users.”

The Angelo State University football player was seen on surveillance video bashing car windows, starting one vehicle, and driving that vehicle through a gate ito the showroom. The video did not capture his shooting.

The autopsy report said that officers attempted to use a Taser to subdue Taylor, but that only one of the stun gun’s two prongs struck him.

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Police officers search an area for suspects involved in shooting an officer September 1, 2015 in Fox Lake, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — A woman was charged Thursday morning with falsifying a report about suspicious men near the Illinois town where a police officer was shot and killed earlier this week, authorities said.

A manhunt continues for the three suspects responsible for the death of Lt. Joe Gliniewicz, who was shot and killed Tuesday in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.

According to a Lake County Sheriff’s Office press release, Kristin B. Kiefer, 30, called police at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday to report that two men approached her car in the town of Volo, but later fled into a cornfield.

Federal, state and local authorities spent five hours searching the area – but no one was located.

Kiefer later admitted that she fabricated the account, the sheriff’s office said, because “she wanted attention from a family where she was employed as a nanny.”

“Additionally, she indicated she chose this location to fabricate the event, as she was aware of the death of a police officer in the area,” the press release states.

Kiefer was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct for falsifying a police report, and is currently being held in jail pending a bond hearing, authorities said.

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

INTERLEAGUE
Texas 4, San Diego 3, 10 Innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 9, Oakland 4
N-Y Yankees 13, Boston 8
Baltimore 7, Tampa Bay 6, 11 Innings
Toronto 5, Cleveland 1
Minnesota 3, Chi White Sox 0
Kansas City 12, Detroit 1
Seattle 8, Houston 3

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 7, Atlanta 3
Cincinnati 7, Chi Cubs 4
N-Y Mets 9, Philadelphia 4
Milwaukee 9, Pittsburgh 4
Washington 4, St. Louis 3
Colorado 9, Arizona 4
L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1

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Jeremy Frechette/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — One dad is warming hearts all over world after sharing a tear-jerking letter he wrote to his daughter, following her long-awaited wedding day.

“Everything that’s in that letter I’ve already said to her before,” Paul Daugherty of Cincinnati told ABC News. “The response has been exactly what I hoped it would be, parents pretty much saying, ‘We’ve have the same worries you had and we are just overjoyed that this worked out for her.

“When you have a child with a disabilities, all you want to hear for the first few days is that everything’s going to be OK. We didn’t have that. We had people telling us all the things Jillian could not do and we through that all of that in the trash.”

Daugherty said he was prompted to write a note to Jillian, who has Down syndrome, when a website publishing inspirational stories about people with disabilities approached him about doing a piece.

In an effort to express how proud he was of his daughter, 26, Daugherty wrote a letter Aug. 26 focusing on how far she has come before her June 27 nuptials.

The letter read, in part:

In two hours, you will take the walk of a lifetime, a stroll made more memorable by what you’ve achieved to get to this day. I don’t know what the odds are of a woman born with Down syndrome marrying the love of her life. I only know you’ve beaten them. What we couldn’t do was make other kids like you. Accept you, befriend you, stand with you in the vital social arena. We thought, What’s a kid’s life, if it isn’t filled with sleepovers and birthday parties and dates to the prom?

I worried about you then. I cried deep inside on the night when you were 12 and you came downstairs to declare, “I don’t have any friends.”

We all wish the same things for our children. Health, happiness and a keen ability to engage and enjoy the world are not only the province of typical kids. Their pursuit is every child’s birthright. I worried about your pursuit, Jillian.

I shouldn’t have. You’re a natural when it comes to socializing. They called you The Mayor in elementary school, for your ability to engage everyone. You danced on the junior varsity dance team in high school. You spent four years attending college classes and made lifelong impressions on everyone you met.

Do you remember all the stuff they said you’d never do, Jills? You wouldn’t ride a two-wheeler or play sports. You wouldn’t go to college. You certainly wouldn’t get married. Now… look at you…

Daugherty said Jillian married her longtime sweetheart, Ryan, with whom she played on a soccer team for teens with disabilities over 10 years ago.

The wedding day, he added, was something out of a fairy tale.

“The dress fit perfectly, the hair was perfect, Jillian’s happy all the time but take that to the next level,” he said. “I’ve never seen her look more beautiful.

“Jillian’s the nicest person I know and everyone who’s gotten the chance to meet her and not just look at her, has felt the same,” he added. “So, to anybody I can tell, parents with newborns or younger children with disabilities, it does get better.”

Daugherty said he plans on presenting Jillian with the letter in private, when the time is right.

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ABC News(LYCOMING COUNTY, Pa.) — A dog that has spent the past two years acting as a crossing guard for the Jersey Shore Area School District in Pennsylvania has been “fired,” according to local media reports.

Though residents and students have credited Patches with helping keep kids safe, the superintendent of the school district told ABC affiliate WNEP that Patches has been removed for safety reasons.

“We have clear policies in the school district regarding any type of animal during the work day,” Superintendent Dorothy Chappel said in a statement to WNEP. “Yes, he is a cute, adorable pet. … The bottom line: There are always unanticipated risks with an animal. Any known distraction needs to be removed.”

Crossing guard Brad Curtis previously told ABC News that Patches, who used to don a highlighter-colored vest and a mini stop sign, helped cars slow down by his presence alone.

“A lot of people know he’s there in the afternoon, and they get a kick out of seeing him,” he said. “They pay more attention. They slow down. He’s really helped keep down the speed of traffic in the particular intersection.”

He added that Patches was never a problem and followed him at his heel.

“I didn’t really train him to do this,” he said. “He just started doing it on his own. He follows my every movement, and his eyes are totally focused on my feet. There’s no voice command, and I don’t have treats. He just follows me when I stop and go. It’s amazing.”

But Jersey Shore Area School District officials told WNEP they believe Patches could be a distraction, and thus, a safety hazard. The school district added that its employees who monitor the crosswalks didn’t know about the pooch until local media reports put a spotlight on the pint-sized crossing guard. No one had ever reported the dog to the school.

“Patches is missing,” resident Amy Wampler told WNEP. “We didn’t see him this morning and we wondered why, and now he’s not here.”

Another resident, Lyra Clark, said she always used to see the cute Malti-Poo from her shop, Country Beary Shack.

“People come by, even take pictures of him,” she said previously. “He’s been on the news. Everybody likes him. He’s a really nice dog.”

Though Patches may not be welcome on the crosswalk, Clark said he’s always welcome at the parking lot of her store.

Curtis told WNEP that he plans to continue working as a crossing guard even without Patches.
“We are look to the future,” Mohammed told me. “A better future.”

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ABC News(BALTIMORE) — The six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death can have separate trials, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Deputy State’s Attorney Janice Bledsoe had argued at the pre-trial hearing at Baltimore City Circuit Court that three of the officers should be tried together, saying they exhibited “degrees of the same breach of care.”

But Judge Barry Williams agreed with the defense that evidence in one trial would not necessarily be admissible in another, concluding that trying everyone together “is not in the interest of justice.”

Williams also ruled that the charges against the six police officers will not be dismissed and that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not be recused from the case.

Williams denied the two defense motions. None of the six officers charged was present, only their lawyers.

Andrew Graham, who represented all six officers in the argument for dismissal of charges due to “prosecutorial misconduct,” said that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, “violated public conduct” and was “reckless” during her May 1 news conference about the arrests by implying guilt of the officers and discussing evidence. Mosby was present in court Wednesday but did not speak.

Graham hammered home the fact that Mosby used the phrase “no justice, no peace” — a common protest chant in the Black Lives Matter movement — noting that it was “tantamount to saying no conviction, no peace.”

Graham also argued that Mosby discussed evidence in the case and that it wasn’t her job to represent the Gray family.

Michael Schatzow, there to represent the State’s Attorney’s office, argued that the defense was taking Mosby’s comments out of context and that she only remarked on probable cause, which was a matter of public record.

“She never expressed personal opinion of guilt,” Schatzow said.

That’s when Judge Williams interrupted. The judge rhetorically snapped, “Is it the prosecutors job to calm the city or to prosecute cases?”

Graham also argued that Mosby used the protest chant -“no justice, no peace” – to prevent further crimes.

Judge Williams also dismissed the defense’s motion to recuse Mosby and her office from the case. The judge said that it was “troubling and condescending” for the defense to argue that Mosby was compromised and should be recused because of her marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White were arrested and charged in May in relation to Gray’s death. The charges are varied and include murder and involuntary manslaughter. All six have pleaded not guilty. Gray, 25, was placed under police custody in Baltimore on April 12, and he sustained a spinal injury during that time, authorities said. Gray went into a coma several days later and died a week after his arrest.

A small group of protesters gathered today outside the courthouse in downtown Baltimore and nearby streets, briefly blocking the roadway, according to the Baltimore Police Department, noting that there was one arrest during the protests.

The trial in the death of Gray is set to begin Oct. 13.

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ABC News(BALTIMORE) — The charges against the six police officers linked to Freddie Gray’s death will not be dismissed and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby will not be recused from the case, a judge ruled Wednesday.

In a pre-trial hearing at the Baltimore City Circuit Court, Judge Barry Williams denied the two defense motions. None of the six officers charged was present, only their lawyers.

Andrew Graham, who represented all six officers in the argument for dismissal of charges due to “prosecutorial misconduct,” said that State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, the chief prosecutor for Baltimore, “violated public conduct” and was “reckless” during her May 1 news conference about the arrests by implying guilt of the officers and discussing evidence. Mosby was present in court today but did not speak.

Graham hammered home the fact that Mosby used the phrase “no justice, no peace” — a common protest chant in the Black Lives Matter movement — noting that it was “tantamount to saying no conviction, no peace.”

Graham also argued that Mosby discussed evidence in the case and that it wasn’t her job to represent the Gray family.

Michael Schatzow, there to represent the State’s Attorney’s office, argued that the defense was taking Mosby’s comments out of context and that she only remarked on probable cause, which was a matter of public record.

“She never expressed personal opinion of guilt,” Graham said.

That’s when Judge Williams interrupted. Judge rhetorically snapped, “Is it the prosecutors job to calm the city or to prosecute cases?”

Graham also argued that Mosby used the protest chant -“no justice, no peace” – to prevent further crimes.

Judge Williams also dismissed the defense’s motion to recuse Mosby and her office from the case. The judge said that it was “troubling and condescending” for the defense to argue that Mosby was compromised and should be recused because of her marriage to Baltimore City Councilman Nick Mosby.

Officers Caesar Goodson Jr., William Porter, Edward Nero and Garrett Miller, Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White were arrested and charged in May in relation to Gray’s death. The charges are varied and include murder and involuntary manslaughter. All six have pleaded not guilty.

Gray, 25, was placed under police custody in Baltimore on April 12, and he sustained a spinal injury during that time, authorities said. Gray went into a coma several days later and died a week after his arrest.

A small group of protesters gathered today outside the courthouse in downtown Baltimore and nearby streets, briefly blocking the roadway, according to the Baltimore Police Department, noting that there was one arrest during the protests.

The trial in the death of Gray is set to begin Oct. 13.

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