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19-year-old wins $500,000 in lottery, gives it to his parents

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 6:20 PM

One teen struck gold while playing the lottery in Lansing, Michigan, but instead of using the money to buy lavish gifts for himself, he decided to give most of the winnings to his parents.

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The Lansing State Journal reported that the 19-year-old won $500,000 playing Michigan’s Golden Wild Time scratch-off game after buying the ticket at a Sunoco gas station. He immediately decided to help out his parents by giving them the money, according to Michigan State Lottery officials.

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The Michigan state lottery website said the winner wanted to remain anonymous. 

“I’m going to keep about $5,000 for myself to invest, and I’m going to give the rest to my parents,” said the teen. “My parents have done so much for my sister and me, helping them takes a big weight off of their shoulders and mine.”

He said he’s glad he can help alleviate some of his parents’ financial burdens.

“It’s just incredible,” he said. “I can’t get the smile off my face.”

WATCH: Miley Cyrus honors Manchester attack victims with performance on 'The Voice'

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:34 AM

Miley Cyrus isn’t coaching “The Voice” until next season, but that hasn’t stopped her from making an early appearance on the show.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old hit-maker sang her latest single, “Malibu,” as part of the second half of the Season 12 finale.

Miley dedicated her performance to her “good friend” Ariana Grande and the victims of the Monday attack in Manchester, England, which took place outside of one of Grande's concerts.

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“Our hearts are with you,” Cyrus said before launching into her breezy ballad surrounded by a scenic stage setting of wildflowers and waterfalls.

“Malibu” was released earlier this month and is the first taste of Cyrus' new musical direction. She previously made clear to the public that she is returning to her roots with her forthcoming record. “Malibu,” which she co-penned in honor of her fiancé Liam Hemsworth, is set to appear on her as-yet untitled album, due out later this year.

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In addition to Cyrus' performance of “Malibu,” the star-studded episode included performances from artists such as Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts and many more.

Cyrus coached on Season 11 of “The Voice.” She will return to coach on Season 13, alongside co-stars Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson.

Montana congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly body-slammed a reporter to the ground

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:28 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:40 AM

MISSOULA, MT - MAY 24:  Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte speaks to supporters during a campaign meet and greet at Lambros Real Estate on May 24, 2017 in Missoula, Montana.  Greg Gianforte is campaigning throughout Montana ahead of a May 25 special election to fill Montana's single congressional seat. Gianforte is in a tight race against democrat Rob Quist.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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On the night before Montana’s special election to fill Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’s vacant congressional seat, GOP candidate Greg Gianforte reportedly body-slammed The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs to the ground and shouted “Get the hell out of here” at him.

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“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs said while in an ambulance after the incident. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

In the audio of the interview Jacobs was attempting to orchestrate at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters in Bozeman, Montana, Gianforte can be heard saying, “I’m sick and tired of you guys. The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here. Get the hell out of here. The last guy did the same thing. Are you with The Guardian?”

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“Yes! You just broke my glasses,” Jacobs replied.

“The last guy did the same damn thing,” Gianforte said.

“You just body-slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacob said.

That’s when Gianforte yelled, “Get the hell out of here.”

Jacobs immediately filed a police report, but Gianforte reportedly left without speaking. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin issued a statement late Wednesday saying that authorities issued a misdemeanor assault citation for Gianforte, who is scheduled to appear in court by June 7.

In a statement provided to media outlets, the candidate gave an alternate account of the incident, saying, “Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions.”

The statement goes on to say that Jacobs was asked to lower the recorder, but did not. After Gianforte tried to grab the recorder, “Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.”

6-year-old asks people on Facebook to ‘stop killing each other’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:31 PM


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A Facebook video featuring kindergartner, Jeffrey Laney, urging people to end violence and violent crime has gone viral.

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According to KTVI, Laney’s mother, who posted the video, said she hopes that the video will affect those whose actions kill innocent children.

“We need to value life more and we need to watch what we do around these little ones,” Leanndra Cheatham told KTVI.

Cheatham told CNN that her 16-year-old cousin was shot to death last month.

Read more at KTVI.

Cav’s J.R. Smith shares photos of premature baby girl since coming home from hospital

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:53 PM

J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and his wife, Jewel Smith, brought his daughter Dakota home after she spend months in NICU. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Months after his daughter’s premature birth, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith and his wife, Jewel Smith, were able to bring baby Dakota home.

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E News reported that Smith shared on Instagram a photo of the family leaving Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, Tuesday. 

“We Walked In Together We Walked Out Together!! Thank you so much to our extended family at the #NICU You all are truly the WORLDS GREATEST,” Smith captioned the photo on Instagram.

Dakota was born five months premature Jan. 2, weighing 1 pound, making her a micro preemie.

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Now 7 pounds 5 ounces, Dakota joins big sisters Demi, 8, and Peyton, 7.

In February, Smith was able to hold his daughter for the first time and shared the milestone on social media.

On Wednesday, Smith shared a photo of Dakota getting skin-to-skin contact with her dad as a big sister looked on.

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Smith’s team, the Cavaliers, are leading the NBA conference finals 3-1 against the Boston Celtics.