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Vanessa Trump divorcing Donald Trump Jr. after 12 years of marriage

Vanessa Trump has filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr.

The New York Times reported that the former model made the filing from President Donald Trump’s oldest son Thursday afternoon in a Manhattan court.

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“After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways,” the couple said in a joint statement, according to The New York Times. “We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time.”

Vanessa Trump, 40, has filed for an uncontested divorce from 40-year-old Trump Jr. The two met in 2003 when Donald Trump Jr.’s father introduced them at a fashion show.

In February, Vanessa Trump was hospitalized after being exposed to a white, powdery substance after opening a suspicious letter addressed to Donald Trump Jr.

Trump Jr. later issued a statement saying his wife was not harmed.

“Thankful that Vanessa & my children are safe and unharmed after the incredibly scary situation that occurred this morning,” he said on Twitter. “Truly disgusting that certain individuals choose to express their opposing views with such disturbing behavior.”

Trump Jr. and Vanessa Trump were married in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2005 at Mar-a-Lago.

The end is near: NASA's Kepler space telescope running out of fuel

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft is running out of fuel, giving the planet-hunting observatory a few months for one last maneuver.

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“Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during its nine years in flight, from mechanical failures to being blasted by cosmic rays,” NASA announced in a news release Wednesday. “At this rate, the hardy spacecraft may reach its finish line in a manner we will consider a wonderful success.”

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Scientists plan to “squeeze every last drop of data from the spacecraft” in its remaining time, but note that without a gas gauge, they only have estimates about how low its fuel is running.

Kepler is expected to run out of fuel and reach its death “within several months.”

“It’s like trying to decide when to gas up your car. Do you stop now? Or try to make it to the next station? In our case, there is no next station,” Kepler mission system engineer Charlie Sobeck wrote in the news release. 

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The Kepler mission, NASA Discovery’s 10th mission, first launched in March 2009 with a goal to survey the Milky Way and hunt for Earth-size and smaller planets near the galaxy or “habitable” regions of planets’ parent stars.

In 2014, the Kepler space telescope began a new extended mission called K2, which continues the hunt for planets outside our solar system along with its other cosmic tasks.

During this extended mission, the spacecraft was required to shift its field of view to new regions of the sky every three months. This process is called a campaign.

“Initially, the Kepler team estimated that the K2 mission could conduct 10 campaigns with the remaining fuel,” Sobeck wrote. “It turns out we were overly conservative. The mission has already completed 16 campaigns, and this month entered its 17th.”

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According to, “Kepler spots alien worlds by noticing the tiny brightness dips they cause when they cross the face of their host star from the spacecraft's perspective.”

Since 2009, Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets ranging between Earth-size and Neptune-size (four times the size of Earth).

MUST HEAR: Dr. Elvis, the singing surgeon, tells everyone ‘It’ll be alright’ in viral video

Their calling may be to save lives and put people back together again, but two Mayo Clinic surgeons could have answered another calling.

You have to hear Dr. Elvis Francois, yes Dr. Elvis, sing. In a viral video that has more than a million views, Francois, with Dr. William Robinson on the piano, performs “Alright” by Mike Yung, WCCO reported.

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Their selection couldn't be more appropriate for visitors to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

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Francois posted on Facebook, “As health care providers we often meet people at their greatest time of need. And sometimes the best gift you can give is a simple reminder that everything will be alright.”

Cows roam NY interstate after cattle truck involved in crash

Several cows were reported wandering along I-86 in south-central New York early Friday after a crash involving two tractors and a sedan, WENY reported.

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Police said one of the vehicles was a cattle truck that had approximately 35 cows on board. There was no official cause for the crash, which occurred at 12:30 a.m. Friday on the eastbound lanes of I-86, WENY reported.

At least three cows were killed, police said. The driver of the truck was not injured.

First responders spent hours trying to round up the cows and clean up the debris, WENY reported.

Teen’s party causes $20,000 in damage to rental house

A 14-year-old girl, her parent’s credit card and a short-term home rental website has cost one family $20,000.

The teen, who has not been identified, was able to book a rental home in Vancouver to throw a huge house party, CTV News reported.

The cost -- nearly $800 for the rental.

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But the party came to an early end after getting calls from upset neighbors. Police responded and found about 200 teens running from the house, according to the police report.

Inside, they discovered the destruction left behind. Furniture and artwork were destroyed. A mattress was tossed on the home’s roof and graffiti lines the home’s walls, according to CTV.

The home’s owner isn’t pressing charges and the girl’s parents have agreed to pay for the damages from their daughter’s party, police said in their report.

The estimates for the cleanup and repair of the damage left behind is about $20,000, CBC reported.

Pokemon Go players raising funds to repair defaced statue of Jesus

After a statue of Jesus at a New York chapel was defaced, several residents banded together to raise money to fix it. They got help from an unusual source: Pokemon Go players.

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The statue, located outside the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island in the eastern Long Island city of Manorville, was defaced Saturday night, Newsday reported. Parishioners and area residents began raising money to fix the life-size statue, whose face was smashed. They want to have it fixed in time for the Stations of the Cross that traditionally commemorate Good Friday on March 30.

David Ringhiser, 37, of Mastic, said he usually plays Pokemon Go at the shrine, which he said has several PokeStops — which are locations where players collect game items, Newsday reported. He created an online fundraiser Wednesday night to help fix the statue and shared it in Facebook groups for local Pokemon Go players, Newsday reported.

“A lot of us play Pokemon Go there to load up on items. I think they are great to let us drive around or walk around there with no issues,” Ringhiser wrote.

More than $1,000 has been collected, mostly from people who play the game, Ringhiser said.

The Rev. Pete D’Abele, an administrator at Shrine of Our Lady, said he hasn’t noticed the players, who walk the grounds with their eyes trained on their phones or drive slowly through the parking lot. So he was surprised when Ringhiser stopped by at the church Thursday morning.

“It’s good,” D’Abele told Newsday. “I guess he wanted to pay it forward.”

Ringhiser said he hopes to raise $5,000 for the repair.

“It’s a beautiful place and right now they have a garbage bag covering the statue. They shouldn’t have something like that there,” Ringhiser told Newsday. “We’re just trying to help.”

Plow drivers can't believe man's age after they help him shovel driveway

It had been a long day for two plow drivers in Lawrence Wednesday, but at the end of their shift they found a man attempting to shovel his driveway and decided to help

“You look over the sea of snow and it looked like it was up to his hips,” Martin Gutierrez said.

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Gutierrez and Austin Sciacca of Dream Team Contracting had been plowing for 21 straight hours, but when they saw the man trying to shovel his 60-foot driveway by hand they stopped to lend a hand.

After finishing the driveway, the two men felt they had to ask how old he was. Maurice, the homeowner, told them his birthday was May 13, 1917.

In two months, Maurice will turn 101.

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“We come from a very close-knit family and the elders in the family are what we take care of the most because they started everything, so we definitely want to give our part back,” Sciacca said.

The contractors say they hope this act of kindness will inspire other people to do the same thing – help the elderly.

Nearly 600,000 pacifiers, teether holders recalled amid concerns about choking

The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of nearly 600,000 pacifier and teether holders because of potential choking hazards, WTHR reported.

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The CPSC said the recall of about 590,000 "Dr. Brown's Lovey pacifier & teether holders" was ordered because of a snap that could detach and choke a child.

The holders come in eight styles, WTHR reported: giraffe, zebra, turtle, reindeer, frog, spring bunny, deer and bunny. 

Consumers are asked to contact Handi-Craft, which makes the holders, at 833-224-7674 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or visit the Dr. Brown's website for more recall information, WTHR reported.

The CPSC said it has received 67 reports of the ribbon fraying and the snap coming off, but no injuries have been reported, WTHR reported.

The holders, which retail for about $10, were sold at retailers that included Bed, Bath & Beyond, KMart, Target, Toys R Us/Babies R Us and Walmart. They also were sold online at, between August 2015 and March 2018.

Utah student writes thank you notes instead of walking out of class

When her classmates participated in the national school walkout, a Utah middle school student decided to stay in class and write thank you notes.

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Elizabeth Busdicker, a ninth-grader at South Davis Jr. High School in Bountiful, told KSTU that it was not an easy decision, but she believed she made the right choice.

“Some people walked past our classroom in the halls, kind of gave me these looks, but I just felt like I was doing the right thing standing up for what I believe in,” Busdicker said. 

Busdicker said she does not agree with everything the school walkout stands for. “It's not just about stricter gun policies; it's about being kinder in our daily lives,” she told KSTU.

Busdicker said she wanted to convey some kindness in the thank you notes she wrote, believing that bullying is the core of the issue of guns.

“We wrote 17 thank you notes to 17 different people in our lives to honor their lives,”she told KSTU said.

Busdicker sent a picture to her parents showing her decision.

“Twenty six years in the United States Air Force,” said her father, Mike Busdicker. “I did that so I could protect the freedom and rights everyone in this country enjoys. That’s why I’m proud of my daughter, because she made her decision to stand up for what she believed in even though others were doing something different.”

Augie Garrido, college baseball’s winningest coach, dead at 79

Augie Garrido, the whimsical coach with the small-ball philosophy who led Texas baseball to two national championships and won more games than any other coach in college baseball history, died Thursday morning in California. He was 79.

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Garrido had been hospitalized there since suffering a stroke last weekend.

Garrido ruled the Texas dugout from 1997 until 2016, having previously coached at Cal State Fullerton, Illinois, Cal Poly and San Francisco State. He amassed an 824-427-2 record with the Longhorns, leading Texas to national titles in 2002 and 2005. He won five championships in all, having won with Cal State Fullerton in 1979, 1984 and 1995.

With a career record of 1,975-951-9, Garrido is the all-time winningest coach in Division I baseball history.

“Augie was a giant in our game,” Texas head coach David Pierce said in a statement. “His impact on baseball, on the Forty Acres, and on me and so many others will live on forever. My thoughts are with Jeannie, his friends, his family, and all those who were lucky enough to have met him, played for him, or learned from him. His presence will be sorely missed but his legacy will never be forgotten.”

Response to Garrido’s passing from former players and coaching peers poured in from around the country.

“Pressure is a choice, the world treats winners different than losers, time is the ultimate game, passion will persuade reality,” former Texas pitcher Huston Street tweeted. “Coach you’ve been a genius for so many of us. A friend, our charming second Dad we all thought was just so cool. I love you forever.”

Said longtime Rice coach Wayne Graham: “It is a sad time because I don’t think anyone did more for college baseball and baseball in general than Augie Garrido. He knew the particulars of the game better than anyone.”

Said Oklahoma coach Skip Johnson, who spent 10 years as a Garrido assistant: “I couldn’t have had a better mentor in the game. We still talked at least once a week. When I got the head coaching job here at OU, I told him I wanted to carry on his legacy with all the things he taught me.”

Said former football coach Mack Brown: “He really made you think, made you laugh and always was so much fun to be around. He was truly a special man, one of a kind.”

Garrido set the career wins record in 2003 when Texas toppled top-ranked Florida State for his 1,428th win. Eleven years later, he broke the record for all collegiate coaches in a 5-1 win over Texas State. Florida State’s Mike Martin, who has coached the Seminoles since 1980, could break Garrido’s career record this season.

“College baseball and the world lost one of the finest men in our coaching profession,” Martin said in a statement. “Augie dedicated his life to making young men better people. He will be deeply missed by myself and many others.”

Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart, in Nashville for the Longhorns’ first-round game Friday against Nevada in the NCAA Tournament, called Garrido a mentor and said he was heartbroken.

“I don’t know what to say. I loved Augie,” Smart said. “He taught me so much in the time we were together. He taught me so much about the fact that what we were doing in our case is so much bigger than basketball, and in his case was so much bigger than baseball.”

While at Texas, Garrido coached 27 All-Americans and 102 players who went on to play professionally. Each of the 11 Longhorns that were selected in last year’s MLB draft were recruited by Garrido. In 2016, he told the Statesman that Street was the best Longhorn he had ever coached.

“What might seem exceptional for one person was very normal for him, to be able to perform and be successful in different environments,” Garrido said of Street, who has 324 saves in 13 MLB seasons. “His fearless approach to throwing to the mitt and trusting his teammates to do the rest — he came here with that.”

Texas won 18 of its last 20 games in 2002, with the final one being a 12-6 win over South Carolina to win the national championship at the College World Series. Led by pitchers Justin Simmons and Street as well as Tim Moss’ and Dustin Majewski’s All-American bats, the Longhorns went 57-15 and secured the school’s first baseball title since 1983.

Three years later, Garrido led UT back to the winner’s circle. Following a runner-up finish in 2004, Texas closed out its 2005 campaign with seven straight wins. The Longhorns (56-16) beat Florida 6-2 for the crown.

Texas relieved Garrido of his duties following the 2016 season. The Longhorns had reached the College World Series in 2014, but the program posted losing records in conference play the next two years. Texas went 25-32 in 2016; Garrido’s final game was an 8-2 loss to TCU at the Big 12 tournament.

Following his departure, Garrido had served as a special assistant to the athletic director. But he was occasionally still seen at Texas games. Last month, he and legendary LSU coach Skip Bertman threw out the ceremonial first pitches ahead of the two schools’ first meeting since the Tigers beat the Longhorns for the 2009 NCAA title.

“This is a very, very sad day,” UT athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement. “We lost one of the greatest coaches of all time, a truly special Longhorn Legend and college athletics icon. There will never be another Augie Garrido. He was a once-in-a-lifetime personality whose impact on Texas Athletics, collegiate baseball and the student-athletes he coached extended far beyond the playing field.”

He was born August Edmun Garrido, Jr. on Feb. 6, 1939, in Vallejo, Calif. Garrido’s first appearance in the College World Series was as a Fresno State outfielder in 1959. After three years with the Bulldogs, he spent six years in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system.

In 1966, Garrido landed his first coaching job at Sierra High School in Tollhouse, Calif. Three years later, his college coaching career began when he took over the program at San Francisco State University.

Garrido is survived by his wife, Jeannie, and daughter, Lisa.

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