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4-year-old with brain tumor gets star treatment as honorary police officer

A 4-year-old was smiling ear to ear Saturday while he got to be an honorary Boston police officer for the day and member of their basketball team at a cancer research fundraiser in Massachusetts. 

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"We won't know where we'll be a year from now, but today my son's as happy as he can be," said dad David Higgins. 

Declan Higgins, a huge BPD fan, and is being treated for a stage 3 brain tumor. He's had surgery and radiation at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the tumor. 

"It's one day at a time," David said. 

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On Saturday, complete with a hat and mini badge, Declan was picked up from his Medfield home and escorted to West Roxbury for a day of fun and basketball. 

Boston police officers were playing in the annual A Shot For Life: Battle of the Badges to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research at the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. Declan got the chance to be part of their team as an honorary player.

"I'm honored that he's here. He's my favorite player today," said nonprofit leader Mike Slonina.

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Slonina started the nonprofit following his mother's brain cancer diagnosis in 2010. 

"It's supposed to united people through basketball," he said. 

And that it did. A large crowd of people were in West Roxbury to cheer Declan on as he arrived before the game. There were posters, cheerleaders and plenty of police officers giving the 4-year-old the basketball star treatment. 

"We open up our hearts; that's we do," said Sgt. Detective Joe Sullivan with the BPD, who helped organize the day. 

Declan walked into the gym and changed into his BPD jersey. He shot some hoops and even got into the game with the officers as they played in the Battle of the Badges. 

In support of the fundraiser, the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, TD Garden and Prudential Tower were lit in red and blue Saturday night.

Baby born with 'parasitic twin' undergoes risky surgery, makes remarkable recovery

A baby girl is beginning her new life after a successful but risky surgery to remove extra body parts from what doctors call a “parasitic conjoined twin.”

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Baby Dominique was born in the Ivory Coast in Africa with four legs and two spines. According to Advocate Health Care, the extra body parts were from an undeveloped parasitic conjoined twin.

Dominique was flown to the U.S. to undergo a life-changing surgery to remove the extra body parts at Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois.

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On March 8, doctors performed the complicated surgery after weeks of preparation. Six hours later, they successfully removed the parasitic twin.

WGN-TV reports that Baby Dominique is recovering with her foster family in Chicago and will return home to her family in Africa soon.

>> Watch a video about Baby Dominique here

Woman sends thank you note to police after they arrest her daughter

It’s hard to be a parent when your child gets arrested. And not everyone takes it well.

But one mother showed gratitude to police who arrested her daughter in Florida while she was on spring break.

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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office posted the text of a letter it received last week on its Facebook page. In the note, a mother thanks the department for arresting her 19-year-old daughter for underage drinking.

“Yesterday, my daughter was one of the thousands of spoiled spring breakers ‘living it up’ on the beach,” she wrote. “She got arrested for underage drinking. She was holding a can of beer on the beach. A stupid move that I warned her about before she left, but I’m just her mother, so ‘in one ear and out the other.’” 

She said the arrest taught her daughter a lesson, and she thanked the officers for their professionalism.

“The arrest scared the hell out of her, and I’m hoping she learned her lesson. The reason that I am sending this is that every officer that I talked to or that I could hear in the background talking to her was so nice! Firm, but nice,” the mother wrote. “For a mom hundreds of miles away, that was very reassuring. I know you all have to deal with this on a daily basis, which must be completely annoying, and I'm very sorry my daughter added to your workload yesterday. They say you always have one child that makes you go grey early and she is mine! Thank you for saving me a few more grey hairs last night.”

The post has been liked more than 3,000 times.

Babies named Romeo and Juliet born to different families at same hospital

Two star-crossed babies named Romeo and Juliet are stealing hearts after arriving unexpectedly early to different families at a South Carolina hospital.

Photos shared by Cassie Clayshulte, Coastal Carolina Hospital’s resident photographer, show the babies resting peacefully after their arrival.

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According to CBS News, Morgan and Edwin Hernandez welcomed baby Romeo on Sunday. Just 18 hours later, Christina and Allan Shiffett welcomed baby Juliet.

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Clayshulte made the exciting realization. After confirming her hunch at the nurses station, she asked both parents if she could photograph little Romeo and Juliet together.

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Clayshulte couldn’t believe her luck.

“Both parents had picked the names out early on in their pregnancies, and neither couple knew each other until they met that day,” Clayshulte told CBS News.

She said the parents were touched by the photos.

“They both cried,” Clayshulte said. “They just loved them.”

Teacher gets hilariously inappropriate sympathy cards from students after father dies

There’s nothing quite like a bunch of second-graders to make you laugh during tough times.

When an elementary school teacher's father passed away, her students wrote condolence letters to help her get through the tough time.

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The teacher's son, Matt Hunziker, and his New York comedy group, Wolf Spirit, just had to share some of the hilarious notes she received. They shared a video to YouTube titled “Real Sympathy Cards from Second Graders.”

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“I’m sorry for your dad who died. At least you have a mom,” wrote one student.

“I feel droopy and I love you,” wrote another student.

WATCH: Boy overjoyed when brother who lives 1,000 miles away pays surprise visit

Two brothers who live 1,000 miles apart are getting a lot of attention after their heartwarming reunion went viral.

Aaron Davis, 9, misses his older brother, Adam, 19, every day. Adam moved from their home in Columbus, Ohio, to Dallas to study psychology at Southern Methodist University.

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The two have kept in close touch despite the distance.

“He sends me different videos of him playing basketball and will ask, ‘Hey, what do I need to work on?’ and I’ll give him advice,” Adam told ABC News.

The brothers were apart for the holidays because flights were too expensive. So for spring break, Adam bought a ticket and surprised Aaron.

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“My mom picked me up from the airport, and we come home, and I stay in the garage,” he said. “My mom goes inside and tells Aaron to go to the garage to get the groceries out of the car, and when he comes out, he sees me, and he loses it.”

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Terminally ill mom dies after best friend agrees to adopt her 4 children

A mother of four whose story went viral in December has died of ALS, according to an online obituary.

Sara Hankins, 36, of Milan, Illinois, died March 13 surrounded by family and friends.

Her story went viral in December after her best friend, Missy Armstrong, 42, agreed to adopt Hankins’ four children: Alexis, 18; Cayden, 11; Micah, 9; and Amara, 8.

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“The thought of where they would go was killing her more than the ALS was,” Armstrong told People. “It consumed her everyday thoughts, because none of her family members were able to take in all four kids together.”

People reports the two met in cosmetology school in 1999 and have been friends ever since.

Armstrong is also a single mother with two children: Kairee, 14, and Alexa, 22.

“I hug Sara’s babies extra tight because she can’t hold them,” she said.

Hankins is survived by her mother, her four children, her siblings and their spouses, her grandparents, her seven nieces and nephews and “countless friends.”

Video catches twin toddlers partying past bedtime

Twin brothers had no interest in staying in bed one night, and their antics were all caught on video monitors.

“Today” reported that the pair was caught on a Nest home monitoring system set up by their parents,  Jonathan and Susana Balkin, who wondered what their 2-year-old toddlers were up to when they were supposed to be in bed.

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"We heard a whole bunch of giggling, so we started spying on them," Jonathan Balkin said on the morning show Monday.

Video shows Andrew and Ryan Balkin hopping in and out of their cribs, jumping and laying on the love seat in their room and piling up pillows and couch cushions.

"We ended up spying on them for a little while on the camera just to make sure they weren't getting into trouble," Jonathan Balkin said. "Then after a while we decided, OK, it's time to intervene and put them to bed. That didn't really work out so well."

The boys’ dad said that the pair have escaped a few times before.

“People we know that we haven’t seen in years have seen it in their respective country,” Susana Balkin said. “It’s been overwhelming, but full of love.”

“They sleep in their beds really well, so we are exploring toddler beds,” Jonathan Balkin said. “We did change it so you can take off one of those walls, and they just ended up going in and out all night. So the cribs are good for now. Maybe by the summer time, we’ll switch it up.”

Watch the family talk about their viral video below.

'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

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Bus driver saves crying boy outside with no shoes in freezing weather

It was anywhere from 22 to 31 degrees on a chilly Milwaukee, Wisconsin, night when bus driver Denise Wilson pulled over for a short midnight break in January.

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“It’s after midnight, so I’m just like, am I really seeing what I’m seeing?” she told ABC News. She saw a 5-year-old boy crying outside. The boy was alone, without shoes and was wearing clothes unfit for winter.

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“He came out of nowhere, out of nowhere. I just happened to look over and heard him crying and he was just running up Center [Street],” she said.

The Milwaukee County Transit System shared a surveillance video of Wilson helping the child into the bus, covering him with her coat and giving him some food. She could be heard asking if he was OK and if he was still cold from being outside.>> Watch the video here

Wilson sat with him until the police came.

He was eventually returned to his parents. Authorities determined that he “left the house by mistake.”

There was no question in Wilson’s mind that God allowed her to be in the right place at the right time. 

“I’m happy I made that stop,” she said. “You know, I always say God puts us in places, you know, where he needs us at times.”

And she knew in that moment that it was time to act:"I'm a child of God, and a lot of times we try to do what's right when we see something happening, and if we're there to help and have the ability or means to do it, that's what we're supposed to do," she said.

Wilson added that she wasn’t being a hero, she was “just being there to help.”

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