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WATCH: Student-teacher welcomes 4th-grade class with viral rap song, video

A Chicago area student-teacher's creative way of welcoming his class back to school has gone viral.

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According to WMAQ, Dwayne Reed, a student-teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, Illinois, joined forces with his friend, filmmaker Ty Gotham, and producer Stevo Thompson to record a rap song and make a music video for his fourth-graders.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed told WMAQ.

>> Download the track here

According to the YouTube description, "the song and video emphasize the reality that hard work is a must, but that school and learning can certainly be fun!"

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The video, uploaded Saturday, has been viewed more than 161,000 times. 

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7 things to know now: Deadly earthquake in Italy; Clinton Foundation; NY Times hacked

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Quake in Italy: The town of Amatrice, Italy, was leveled by a 6.1 magnitude earthquake Wednesday, that killed at least 37 and injured scores more. The search for survivors continues as crews dig for those buried under the debris of collapsed buildings. The mayor of the town in the Umbria region of the country told reporters, “the town isn’t here anymore.”

2. Clinton Foundation access: The Associated Press is reporting that more than half of the people outside of the government who met with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money to the Clinton Foundation prior to the meetings. Eighty-five of 154 people who requested meetings and had donated to Clinton’s family foundation were able to meet with or speak on the phone with Clinton while she ran the department, the AP has so far found. Together, the 85 donated as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million, the AP is reporting.

3. Missile launched: North Korea has launched a ballistic missile from a submarine in the waters 300 miles off its coast, according to South Korea officials. The missile was tracked to the Sea of Japan. This is the first North Korean missile to be fired into Japan’s air defense zone. "This is a threat to Japan's security and an unforgivable reckless act that significantly damages the peace and stability of the region," Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday morning.

4. NYT hack: U.S. officials say they believe that email accounts for reporters for The New York Times and other news organizations were hacked by Russian intelligence agencies. FBI investigators say they think the same people who hacked Democratic Party organizations and Hillary Clinton’s campaign are responsible for the hacks of the news groups.

5. A shift in policy: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that he may be open to  "softening" laws dealing with undocumented  immigrants. "There certainly can be a softening because we're not looking to hurt people," Trump said. "We want people — we have some great people in this country." Trump was speaking in Austin, Texas, when asked about changing laws in favor of helping law-abiding or longtime immigrants become citizens.

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Ok, who among us hasn’t stood in front of the mirror, grabbed up the imaginary Fender and launched into the meanest air guitar version of Areosmith’s “Walk this Way.” Today in Oulu, Finland, the 21st World Air Guitar Championship get underway with people from all over the world performing their perfect version of imaginary guitar playing. Yes, it is a thing. If you go, careful of the air drummers – you know how those bad boys of pretend bands get.

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Taking the hot wings challenge.

5 new Zika cases reported in Florida, including 1 on Gulf Coast

Five new non-travel-related cases of the Zika virus have been confirmed by the Florida Department of Health.

The agency announced Tuesday that one of the new cases transmitted by local mosquitoes is in Pinellas County and the other four cases are in Wynwood, near Miami.

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The Department of Health said it is going door to door to homes in Pinellas County for mosquito sampling and mosquito abatement.

DOH officials still believe that ongoing active transmission is taking place only within the small identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach in Miami-Dade County.

Pinellas County residents can ask for mosquito control services by clicking here.

Man suspected of killing roommate may have tweeted his intentions

Arizona police say a man may have tweeted about killing his roommates just a day before he said he shot and killed one of them.

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Zachary Penton, 21, is being held in jail on suspicion of second-degree murder after police say he reported himself for shooting his roommate, Daniel Garofalo.

The day before the incident, a tweet from an account that appears to belong to Penton said, "I need to move out of my place before I viciously murder my roommates."

Police say they have yet to confirm the account is Penton's.

Since news of the incident broke, the post has gone viral and as of Tuesday morning had been retweeted more than 38,000 times.

Penton's attorney told Newsy's partners at KNXV that people often tweet things that aren't meant to be taken literally.

Penton told police that he didn't know Garofalo before moving in with him and that he had only been living there for two months.

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According to court documents obtained by The Arizona Republic, Penton claimed Garofalo entered his room and threatened to kill him if he didn't move out.

Penton said his roommate tackled him to his bed. He claims he eventually pulled out his gun and shot Garofalo twice.

Penton is currently being held on a $750,000 bond in the Maricopa County jail.

Devastating photos show aftermath of deadly Italian earthquake

A deadly earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday, killing dozens and reducing buildings to rubble, according to Italian media.

>> PHOTOS: Deadly earthquake leaves Italian town in ruins

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake, centered about 105 miles northeast of Rome, had a magnitude of 6.2, while Italy's geological service said it had a magnitude of 6.0, according to The Associated Press.

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One mayor said his entire town was left in ruins.

"The town isn't here anymore," said Sergio Pirozzi, mayor of Amatrice.

Read more here.

>> Click here or scroll down to see heartbreaking photos from the scene

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WATCH: Indiana state troopers lip-sync to 'Summer Nights' from 'Grease' in hilarious viral video

Four Indiana state troopers have become a viral sensation after a hilarious video of them lip-syncing to "Summer Nights" from "Grease" made the rounds online.

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The video, called "Last day at the fair," was uploaded to Vimeo on Sunday. Since then, the troopers' ode to "oh, those summer nights" has been viewed 235,000 times. 

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Seal escapes pod of killer whales by jumping on tour boat

Cameras were rolling on a whale-watching boat when a seal jumped aboard to take refuge.

(Warning: Video contains mild profanity)

Aug 22 not 26Posted by Nick Templeman on Monday, August 22, 2016

According to CBC News, The tour boat based out of Campbell River, B.C. was watching orcas when they suddenly began hunting.

Nick Templeman, who runs the tour, noticed the seal:

"This seal was tossed around a few times and taken under quite a bit before seeking refuge among the boats in the area,. He got close enough to see us and beelined for the boat," Templeman told CBC.

Templeman  recorded the video on his GoPro camera. Other people aboard captured video of the incident from a different angle:

(Warning: Video contains mild profanity)

Seal jumps on B.C. boat to escape pod of hungry orcasDramatic video shows a seal hitching a ride on a sport fishing boat near Powell River, B.C. to escape a pod of hungry orcas. http://globalnews.ca/news/2898627/watch-seal-flips-on-board-boat-while-being-hunted-by-pod-of-orcas/Posted by Global News on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

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Trump Tower rent nearly quintuples after donors take over payments

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been raking in the money from individual donations recently. And the campaign's landlord — one Donald J. Trump — seems to be taking full advantage.

Trump's campaign headquarters started off as a bare-bones office suite in Trump Tower, paying about $35,000 in rent a month up until May. That was when Trump was still largely self-funding his campaign.

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But Federal Election Commission filings show the Trump campaign's rent has spiked in recent months, hitting almost $170,000 dollars in August.

Those rent hikes came just as individual donors took over the burden of Trump's campaign finances — individual donations jumped from around 20 percent of the campaign's cash intake in May, to around 90 percent in August.

The campaign says it's paying for larger premises within the building ahead of a staffing boost and pointed out Trump's $2 million donation during August dwarfs any money he receives from his business interests.

Despite the price hikes, Trump is still paying less for his campaign HQ than rival Hillary Clinton. The Huffington Post reports her suites of Brooklyn offices costs the campaign $212,000 a month. The site also notes Clinton's campaign employs about 700 staff, while Trump employs about 170 people.

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