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White House photographer shares his favorite pictures of the Obamas

White House chief official photographer Pete Souza has shared many photographed moments of the Obamas.

Over the years, he's repeatedly been asked to name his favorite photo. So, as he gets ready to leave the White House, he decided to share that favorite moment.

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It came in 2010, when Washington, D.C., was covered in snow, and Souza was forced to sleep in his office at the White House because he knew he probably couldn't drive there in the morning.

"People are always asking me to choose my favorite picture of the President. But I just can't do it," Souza wrote on Instagram. "So let me tell you about my favorite day. It was a Saturday in February 2010. Washington was under siege with snow. I slept in my office overnight, knowing I probably couldn't drive to the White House the next day. And then I guessed...and yes, hoped...that the President of the United States would be a dad and play with his girls in the snow. And he did."

A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:22pm PST

He followed up his original photo with two more of the same special moment in time, each showing President Obama playing in the snow with his daughters, Malia and Sasha. The first was captioned, "Snow angels. 2010."

Snow angels. 2010. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:24pm PST

The next was captioned, "Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia."

Snowstorm 2010. The President with Sasha and Malia. A photo posted by Pete Souza (@petesouza) on Jan 17, 2017 at 7:25pm PST

Police officer accused of assaulting 5-year-old

A polilce officer in Revere, Massachusetts, was arrested over the weekend on charges of child abuse.

Police say Marcos Garcia, 32, of Saugus, physically abused the 5-year-old child of a woman he was having an affair with.

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The child, who is not being identified by name or gender, is now in the care of a family member.

Neighbors in Saugus say Garcia lived at home with his wife and toddler.

Garcia is charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault and battery on a child causing injury. He is scheduled to appear again in Chelsea District Court on Thursday.

Garcia and a second officer have been placed on leave during the investigation.

Pulse gunman's widow pleads not guilty to 2 federal charges

The widow of the gunman who opened fire on a crowd gathered at Florida's Pulse nightcub last June pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two federal charges during a hearing in California.

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Noor Salman, 30, is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting the attempted provision of material support to a foreign terrorist organization. A detention hearing was set for two weeks from Wednesday.

Salman's late husband, Omar Mateen, was the shooter who left 49 people dead and dozens injured at Pulse in Orlando.

Her unofficial attorney said there will be significant evidence presented on Feb. 1, but he did not elaborate. 

>> Related: Pulse nightclub shooter's wife, Noor Salman, appears in court

An indictment filed against Salman in federal court on Jan. 12 was unsealed Tuesday. In it, prosecutors allege that she "did knowingly aid and abet" her husband's attempt to give "material support" to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina was not surprised that Salman had been charged.

>> Related: Indictment: Wife knowingly aided Pulse nightclub shooter's attempt to send 'material support' to ISIS

"We knew, suspected, that she had deep involvement in this and would be arrested at some point," he said.

Speaking outside the federal courthouse Tuesday, Salman's uncle, Al Salman, said he raised Noor Salman and knew she could never be involved in something like the attack at Pulse.

"She is an innocent, simple person," he said. "She will not hurt a fly."

It was only after Mateen opened fire at the nightclub in the early hours of June 12 that Noor Salman had any idea he was planning the attack, her uncle said.

Charles swift is filing paperwork to officially be her attorney. Has not happened yet but will be with noor salman during interview #wftv— Shannon Butler (@SButlerWFTV) January 18, 2017

"She called him, called him or texted him, he told her, 'Didn't you know what happened?' She told him, 'No.'" Al Salman said. "He said, 'I love you baby,' and hung up."

In a phone call to 911 as the attack was ongoing, Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The FBI arrested Salman on Monday at her parent's home in California, where she was living with her 6-year-old son.

>> Related: Some neighbors 'not surprised' after wife of Pulse nightclub shooter arrested

While there, federal agents said they confronted her with video of her and Mateen purchasing ammunition.

Sources told WFTV that Mateen left the home with a bag of guns while Salman begged him not to go. 

Salman was booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Alameda County without bail. She will be transferred from Northern California to the Middle District of Florida, the FBI said.   

'Will and Grace' returning to television

Hit television series "Will and Grace" will return to television for a 2017-2018 season.

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NBC announced the show's 10-episode revival Wednesday.  

THEY'RE BACK! Your favorite foursome is returning to NBC!#WillAndGrace— NBC (@nbc) January 18, 2017

"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. "This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary -- all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture -- is coming back where it belongs."

"All four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production ... a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

According to Entertainment Weekly, "Will and Grace" was one of the highest-rated sitcoms for adults aged 18-49 from 2001-2005 and attracted more than 18 million total viewers for its series finale in 2006.

Cast members Debra Messing, Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes shared their excitement about the Emmy-winning show on social media. 

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94-year-old woman graduates college with honors

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

A 94-year-old woman got a big surprise after earning her bachelor's degree online with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

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Amy Craton, of Honolulu, has been keeping herself busy by taking online classes at Southern New Hampshire University.

Now, Craton is one of the oldest graduates to earn a bachelor's degree in the world.

"I couldn't see just sitting there watching Netflix all the time," she told WPVI.

Craton, who is a great grandmother, first enrolled in college in 1962. She didn't initially finish her collegiate career because she put her education on hold while she worked to raise and support her family. 

Although Craton wasn't able to attend the recent graduation ceremony in person in New Hampshire, SNHU's president, Paul LeBlanc, hand-delivered Craton's Creative Writing and English degree on a special trip to Hawaii. LeBlanc even surprised her with a party.

"Amy is an extraordinary student. At the age of 94, she earned a degree that was 54 years in the making and with a 4.0 GPA no less," LeBlanc said. "Amy is the epitome of a lifelong learner, and my hope is that her story will remind others that it's never too late to follow their dreams or learn something new. The entire SNHU community could not be more proud of her accomplishment."

"It feels good to graduate, but in many ways I feel I am still on the road," Craton said. "I have more to learn."

Craton said she plans to get her Master's degree next.

"I'm trying to live my life to the fullest," she told WPVI. "You have to live. You have to learn as long as you can. Go to college, go to college. Don't be afraid of it."

“He’s hacking into her!” Chilling 911 calls describe machete attack on teen

A North Carolina teen attacked with a machete by an alleged stalker survived more than 46 cuts to her face, head and hands as her assailant tried to “saw her head off,” her family and prosecutors said.

Priyanka Kumari, 18, of Apex, had just gotten off of her school bus Thursday afternoon when she was attacked. Her alleged assailant, Neel Salil Mehta, 20, of Cary, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Wake County jail records show that Mehta is being held in lieu of $2 million. Anna Davis, an assistant district attorney for Wake County, told the judge in Mehta’s first court appearance on Friday that prosecutors plan to upgrade the charge to attempted murder, according to the News & Observer in Raleigh.

Davis said evidence indicates that Mehta targeted Kumari following a break-up. She said he told investigators that Kumari had stopped returning his calls, text messages and emails.

The newspaper reported that Davis said the investigation showed that Mehta had stalked Kumari for some time and had planned the attack for weeks beforehand.

Raleigh-based ABC 11 reported that it obtained a Snapchat photo Mehta sent out Thursday, shortly before the attack, in which he appears to be blowing a kiss with a large machete in his hand. It was not immediately known if the knife in the photo was the same one used in the alleged assault.

Kumari’s father, Pankaj Kumar, who denied that his daughter had dated Mehta, told ABC 11 that the accused threw her down on the ground before attacking her with the machete. She suffered a total of 46 wounds to her face and head alone, he said.  

“(He) stomped her by his feet and jumped on her body, and then started to cut her throat and cut her head off,” Kumar said. “She said that, at one point of time, ‘I feel that I’m going to die.’”

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Witnesses to the alleged attack, some of whom are said to have captured portions of the brutal assault on cell phone video, corroborated Kumar’s statements. In 911 calls released Friday by the Apex Police Department, frantic callers pleaded with dispatchers to send help.

“There’s a guy assaulting a girl and he’s got a knife, and he’s cutting her and she’s bleeding and she’s gonna die!” one woman said breathlessly. “He has a weapon and he’s stabbing her and she’s bleeding profusely. He’s stabbing on her throat! He’s trying to kill her!”

The female dispatcher got the woman to describe the suspect before transferring her to Apex police officers to provide additional information.

In another call, a woman told a male dispatcher she was recording the attack.

“Please come right away! She’s not going to make it!” the woman screamed.

The dispatcher assured her that emergency responders had already been notified and were on the way.

“He’s killing her! I have some of it on video!” the woman said.

“What do you mean he’s killing her?” the dispatcher asked.

“She’s not going to make it! There’s blood everywhere!” the woman responded frantically.

She told the dispatcher that cars were stopping on the street, but that the attacker was not deterred.

“He’s not stopping! Everyone’s stopping! The cars are stopping and he won’t stop! She’s not going to make it! You don’t understand! You need to get here quick! Someone needs to stop him! Oh my God. Please. Please,” the caller cried.

Click here to listen to some of the 911 calls obtained by ABC 11.

The News & Observer, which also obtained the 911 calls, reported that one man told a dispatcher that the attack had been going on for about five minutes. The man said he couldn’t help Kumari because her attacker had a “big blade.”

“We got to get the cops here,” the man said.

Another woman who called 911 started out calmly, giving a male dispatcher the address where the attack was taking place. As he attempted to transfer her call to Apex police, however, her demeanor changed as she saw the assault unfolding.

“He’s hacking into her! Oh my God!” the woman could be heard screaming in the background.

Mehta dropped the machete only when confronted by responding officers, the News & Observer reported. He suffered minor injuries during the alleged assault.

Kumar’s extensive injuries can be seen in photos her father provided to ABC 11. The graphic images were taken in her hospital room at Duke University Hospital in Durham.

Deep, but healing wounds can be seen across her face and shaved head, and her hands, which suffered multiple defensive wounds, are bandaged and secured in foam blocks to help prop them up, ABC 11 said. One blow to her face was hard enough to break her nose.

Kumari also has multiple gashes across her throat.

Kumar said his daughter had already undergone one surgery and would likely need more.

Davis said in court on Friday that Mehta admitted to officers that he committed the attack, the News & Observer reported.

Kumar told ABC 11 that his daughter met Mehta when she previously attended high school in Cary. He alleged that Mehta and some friends in 2015 forced his daughter to do drugs and then dumped her in the middle of a road. He said he transferred his daughter to her current school after that incident.

Mehta allegedly began threatening Kumari when she stopped responding to his efforts to contact her, and her family aimed to take out a restraining order against Mehta later this month, Kumar told the news station. 

Doctor's warning prompts George H.W. Bush to skip inauguration

Former President George H.W. Bush sent his regrets to President-elect Donald Trump last week after deciding to skip the upcoming inauguration based on the advice of his doctor.

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"My doctor says if I sit outside in January, it will likely put me six feet under," the 41st president wrote in the letter, dated Jan. 10. "Same for Barbara. So I guess we're stuck in Texas."

Gracious letter from @GeorgeHWBush to @realDonaldTrump wishing the best "as you begin this incredible journey of leading our great country."— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) January 18, 2017

Bush, 92, was hospitalized Saturday after showing up at Houston Methodist Hospital with "shortness of breath," spokesman Jim McGrath said.

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Bush "responded very well to treatments," McGrath said on Wednesday morning. "(We) hope to have him out soon."

Bush's son, former president George W. Bush, and his daughter-in-law, Laura, will attend Friday's festivities.

>> Related: Donald Trump's inauguration: Here's a list of members of Congress who are not attending

"They are pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power – a hallmark of American democracy – and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice President (Mike) Pence," George W. Bush's office said in a statement.

A spokesman told Politico that neither George W. Bush nor his wife voted for Trump in November. Instead, they voted for "None Of The Above for President," the spokesman said.

Why pit bulls have a bad reputation

You may have heard bad things about pit bulls. More than 700 cities across the country have placed bans on the breed. Stories of attacks, bad behavior and strong bites have made people fear the once-beloved breed. 

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Experts say the culture of dog fighting has contributed to the pit bull's bad reputation. The dogs are often conditioned to make them more angry and aggressive. 

As of 2014, pit bulls were responsible for 68 percent of dog attacks and 52 percent of dog-related deaths since 1982. 

>> Montreal's pit bull ban goes into effect

However, before they were categorized as a fearful breed, pit bulls were popular as household dogs. They were known as loving protectors for children and families. 

Pit bulls make up a large number of sheltered dogs and are euthanized at high rates.

Infant girl killed by family dog in Texas, officials say

An infant in San Marcos, Texas, was found dead with animal bite marks that authorities think came from her family's dog.

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Medics and San Marcos police responded to the 1000 block of Sagewood Trail around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday after getting a report of a 2-month-old girl who had numerous animal bites.

The baby was taken to Central Texas Medical Center but was pronounced dead at 2:08 p.m.

San Marcos police and state Child Protective Services are investigating the incident.

>> Related: Child killed, another injured in pit bull attack

The baby's father told investigators that he fell asleep when the child was napping in an infant bouncer, authorities said. He said he woke up 20 minutes later and found the child with "obvious injury," unresponsive and cold to the touch, officials said.

The city's animal control officers were called in and impounded the family dog, a German shepherd that had been a family pet for more than eight years.

"The dog was submissive when approached by investigators and will be impounded for at least 10 days, after which a determination will be made on whether it will be euthanized," San Marcos officials said in a statement Wednesday. 

Police are also awaiting autopsy results from the Travis County medical examiner's office.

Trump’s tweeting a ‘bad thing,’ according to majority of Americans in new poll

From Twitter rants to business-boosting tweets, President-elect Donald Trump has used the social media platform to attack his critics, announce foreign policy plans, respond to what he calls “the dishonest media,” and much more.

Americans have a message for him: Stop tweeting.

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A majority of Americans, including many Republicans, disapprove of Trump’s use of Twitter, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

No wonder the Today Show on biased @NBC is doing so badly compared to its glorious past. Little credibility!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017

The survey found 69 percent of those polled agreed Trump’s twitter use is a “bad thing,” because “in an instant, messages can have unintended major implications without careful review.”

Democrats weren’t the only ones criticizing Trump’s use of Twitter, although 89 percent of Democrats said they disliked his use of tweets, the poll found. However, 47 percent of Republicans thought it was a “bad thing,” while 46 percent thought it was “good.”

John Lewis said about my inauguration, "It will be the first one that I've missed." WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2017

The poll also found two-thirds of independents disagreed with Trump’s Twitter habit.   

Totally biased @NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2017

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