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Obamas vacation in Italy; Michelle’s fashion draws praise

Former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama were spotted this week in Italy as the two continued their post-White House vacations. 

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The couple visited the Museum of Opera, one of the oldest private museums in Italy, during a visit to Siena on Monday. According to The Associated Press, the couple arrived in Tuscany on Friday and plans to stay for six days. 

Earlier this month, the two visited Milan, Italy, where Barack Obama discussed climate change and food security at a global sustainable food summit.

Photographers captured images of Michelle Obama in what some have called an “off-duty look.”

The former FLOTUS sported a pink and white one-shoulder shirt and white denim capris with white sandals during a day on the town. She also donned hoop earrings, bangles and a small, white cross-body purse.

Michelle Obama’s top, from Finnish desinger Teija, costs $397

Barack Obama was photographed over the weekend golfing at the exclusive Castiglion del Bosco course. According to the Daily Mail, membership to the Castiglion del Bosco Golf Club is by invitation only and it is the country’s only private golf club in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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The Obamas were photographed earlier in February vacationing in the British Virgin Islands with British media mogul Richard Branson after the inauguration of Donald Trump. 

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The former first couple was also spotted dining with U2’s Bono at a New York City restaurant in March and was seen yachting in French Polynesia in the company of Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey in April. 

Barack Obama will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thursday in Berlin for an event promoting the Obama Foundation’s global effort to “inspire and support young people active in narrowing inequality, combating climate change, working on public health, empowering women and girls and boosting young entrepreneurs,” CNN reported.

Bystanders thwart alleged snatching of toddler from mother’s arms, police say

Bystanders in California are credited with saving a mother unimaginable heartache Monday morning after they intervened when a stranger allegedly tried to grab her toddler son from her arms, police said. 

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a woman visiting from Missouri with her 3-year-old son was in the city’s historic Ferry Building, which houses a farmers market and other businesses and tourist destinations, when they were approached by another woman. Witnesses told police that the women exchanged words briefly before the stranger, described as homeless, grabbed the boy. 

“It was just strange,” witness Steve Bourne told the Chronicle. “The homeless woman just came up and grabbed the baby.”

Two employees from the nearby Golden Gate Meat Company heard the commotion and stepped in, subduing the woman while other shop owners called police. They held her at the scene until officers arrived.   

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Bay-area reporters captured images from the scene, including photos of the alleged suspect being taken away in handcuffs.

Another witness, Kathryn Bregar, told CBS San Francisco that she saw the employees’ intervention in the alleged attempted abduction. 

“I heard some commotion around the corner, a woman yelling, ‘That’s my baby! That’s my baby!’” Bregar told the news station. “They kind of laid on top and said, ‘She’s under citizen’s arrest.’ And the woman tried to get up and get out, so another man from Golden Gate secured her until the police showed up.”

The mother and son, who police have not identified, were shaken up, but uninjured. 

The woman who is accused of trying to take the boy was placed into custody, though her name has not been made public. Investigators are trying to determine her mental state and what charges should apply in the case. 

When she first ‘liked’ his Instagram photo, he had no idea she would soon become his wife

Scott and Laura Ulrich’s love story is beautiful, but a little unusual. Their journey started with a simple “like” on Instagram, and now the happy couple is married and enjoying life together in Atlanta.

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This coffee-brewing, city-living, cat-loving couple proves that anything can happen if you meet the right person, and you’re willing to be a little bold. According to Laura:

Scott and I went to the same college, Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. I knew who he was, but he didn’t even know I existed. I remember when I saw him for the first time, he had the most beautiful eyes that I had ever seen. We spoke for maybe two minutes, then he walked away.

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In that moment, Scott had no idea that he was speaking to his future wife for the first time, but Laura knew he was special from that very first moment:

I joked with my friends that I was going to marry Scotty Ulrich… well, I was sort of joking.

A year went by, and their brief conversation turned into nothing more than that. They both transferred to Georgia State University around the same time, and that’s when things started to get interesting. Laura explained that timing and location was all they needed to get the ball rolling.

It has been a little over a year since I had thought about Scott, but then randomly one day while I was in the car with a friend, Scott’s name popped into my head and I just had to see what he was up to. I quickly realized that he was also living in Atlanta. I followed him on Instagram, and shortly after we started liking each others pictures. Then I did something bold and a little out of character for me; I sent him a message telling him that we should be friends.

Scott may not have known who Laura was before, but she definitely caught his attention with that message.

I knew I wanted to take this pretty girl on a date, but I had just gotten into a car wreck and my car was totaled. I ended up buying her a train ticket, and asked her if she wanted to grab coffee with me. We were pretty much inseparable after she entered the station. It was a date that we never wanted to end.

Laura looks back on the day that she decided to check up on Scott via Instagram, and stresses to others that sometimes you have to step outside of your comfort zone to get some of the most special things in life.

Piece of advice: don’t ask your friends to set you up with someone. There’s is no one better to set you up with someone then [sic] yourself. If you never try, you never know. And you are probably much more incredible then you think you are. So I think people should go for it. You have nothing to lose. Be bold.

HS athlete with epilepsy fighting to bring cannabis oil on campus

A high school athlete is at the center of a cannabis oil debate. He is one of 1,700 patients to sign up throughout the state for medical marijuana, but his high school says he can't bring it on campus.

WSBTV’s Rikki Klaus spoke with CJ Harris, who is currently traveling with the Warner Robins High School basketball team.

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He played at Lambert High in Suwannee over the weekend. His family credits medical cannabis oil for keeping CJ seizure-free the last several months.

"It's hard because you don't know if this is your last breath your child is taking. You just don't know," father Curtis Harris told Klaus. 

Harris said he couldn't be more proud of his 17-year-old son, CJ.

Klaus looked on as the Warner Robins High School basketball player hit the court in Gwinnett County over the weekend. But epilepsy kept stealing CJ's thunder, and his prescription pills weren't working.

"I wake up every morning and I pray, ‘Please don't let nothing happen today. Please don't let nothing happen today,’" CJ told Klaus.

Harris said his son has had about 15 seizures, and hit his head half a dozen times.

CJ’s last seizure was in early January.

In mid-January, CJ started taking medical cannabis oil, legal in the state of Georgia for two years now.

Harris said it's worked, so far.

"He's going from having two seizures a month or one seizure a month, and now he hasn't had any? That's like, wow," Harris said.

But CJ has had to miss class, just so he can take his noon dose. 

The medicine is forbidden on his campus. It violates federal law. For Harris and his son, it's a huge inconvenience.

"So I've got to come pick him up every day, check him out of school, bring him to the house," Harris said.

Klaus contacted the Houston County Board of Education, which sent her a statement that reads, in part:

"Per the Safe and Drug Free Schools federal law, the oil may not be brought onto school grounds."

State Rep. Allen Peake, who is responsible for advocating for and ushering in Georgia's medical marijuana program, said cases like this are going to become more and more common, since state law conflicts with federal law.

"CJ's case is not going to be isolated. There are kids all over the state who are going to be facing the same issue, particularly now that autism is added to the list of qualifying conditions," Peake told Klaus.

Harris said the medicine was allowed at his son's old school, a private school in Macon. He wants that same freedom for CJ at Warner Robins.

Peake said school administrators need to get courageous, do what's best for the students and allow cannabis oil on campus. 

Actor Roger Moore, longest-serving James Bond, dead at 89

English actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for his portrayal of fictional secret agent James Bond, has died, family members said in a statement Tuesday morning. He was 89.

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Moore died Tuesday in Switzerland after "a short but brave battle with cancer," said his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, in a statement.

"The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall," the statement said. "The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born."

Moore played James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

Police find 2 overdosing adults, child in car nearly crashed over hillside

A car with a young child in the back seat nearly flipped over a hillside Monday in Pittsburgh’s Carrick neighborhood as the driver and another adult were overdosing, police said.

The car was still running and in drive when police found it crashed off Cloverdale Street shortly after 5:30 p.m. Police said it looked like it was going to tip at any moment and the child was screaming for help.

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According to a criminal complaint, a man and a woman were overdosing on heroin and were slumped over in the front of the car. Officers administered Naloxone to both people, one of whom was turning blue.

Police found that there were “stamp bags littered on the front center cup holder and the front passenger floor,” the complaint said. Hypodermic needles were also in the front of the car.

Both adults and the child were safely pulled from the car.

Boy, 12, sparks brush fire while burning textbooks, police say

A 12-year-old boy is facing charges after police said he started a 10-acre brush fire while trying to record a video for YouTube of himself burning textbooks.

The fire was reported near the Manchester Lakes Subdivision near Snicole Avenue and Durham Drive.

Melboure police officers, West Melbourne police officers and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the scene, where they said the fire was quickly encroaching on homes in the subdivision. 

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“I’m hosing my roof, I’m, hosing my neighbor’s roof. By the time I looked, it was on top of me,” said resident Eddie Abreu. “This can be replaced. Life cannot. Thank God everybody was good.”

Firefighters from three agencies and the Florida Forest Service battled the blaze while law enforcement evacuated about 10 homes.

Residents said the flames spread quickly.

“It just popped up like it did. You know, it was very scary,” said resident Patrick Corrigan.

Police said the child called 911 and said he was attempting to make a video of himself burning his textbooks.

The fire spread quickly due to the dry conditions and the flames pushed into the yards of several nearby properties.

No structures were damaged, but police said one nearby fence was burned. 

Police filled out a juvenile referral and submitted it to the State Attorney’s Office asking to charge the boy with intentional burning of lands and criminal mischief, which are both felonies.

His name was not released.

Father and son graduate together, plan to continue their educations together this fall

A father and son plan to continue their educations after walking across the stage together to claim their degrees.

Earlier this month, thousands of graduates and their families packed into the BB&T Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for Broward College’s graduation.

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Among the sea of graduates was father and son Francis and Samson Fagunleka. The family moved to the United States from Nigeria six years ago.

Francis said education has always been a high priority for him and his children.

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“I don’t want my children to be in the streets,” Francis told WSVN. “I want them to emulate successful people, and the only way for you to get there is through education.”

The two enrolled at the same time and both plan to continue on to Nova Southeastern University in the fall.

Mother earns honorary degree after helping quadriplegic son through college

Judy O’Connor was a staple on the campus of Chapman University, escorting her son, who is a quadriplegic, to every class so he could earn his master’s of business administration degree.

Marty O’Connor recently graduated with his mother’s help, and she pushed him across the stage to receive his diploma, KTLA reported.

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But the announcer had a surprise for her, calling her a “special individual.” The university gave her a diploma of her own.

The faculty, administration and board of trustees agreed to give her an honorary degree.

The retired elementary school teacher attended all classes with her son, taking notes for him.

Her son is the one who came up with the idea.

“I was just so excited for her because she deserved it so much,” Marty O’Connor told KTLA.

Marty O’Connor became a quadriplegic after falling down a flight of stairs in 2012, two years after he received his undergrad degree from the University of Colorado, Chapman University officials said.

He went through physical therapy five days a week. He got stronger physically, but needed a mental challenge, so he decided to try graduate school.

Judy O’Connor, who was living and teaching in Florida when he was injured, moved across the country to help her son.

And while technology like voice recognition helped, he needed to take notes and handwritten tests. His mother served as his hands when writing was involved.

Marty O’Connor will be part of a sports startup called DIVERTcity as its head of corporate sponsorship and will have a professional assistant to help him, Chapman University said.

7 things to know now: Manchester bombing; Flynn invokes Fifth Amendment; South Korea

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

What to know now:

1. Manchester bombing: Twenty-two people were killed and more than 50 were injured in an apparent suicide bomber attack Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The bomb exploded near the lobby of the city’s arena just after the concert ended. Pleas for help in finding loved ones who attended the concert were posted on social media. No one has been arrested in the attack. 

2. Trump at memorial: President Donald Trump visited the Yad Veshem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying that the slaughter of 6 million Jews should be “burned into our memories.” Trump is on his first overseas trip as president. He will head to the Vatican next.

3. Flynn invokes Fifth: Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on Monday, refusing to give the Senate Intelligence Committee documents that it subpoenaed. The documents for which the committee asked relate to Flynn’s dealings with Russian officials. The request was part of the committee’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 president election.

4. Brennan to testify: Former CIA director John Brennan will testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, explaining why the Obama administration believed that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He is also expected to answer questions about concerns over Flynn’s involvement with Russian officials.

5. Budget released: Congress will be getting a budget wish list from President Trump on Tuesday. The $4.1 trillion budget will seek cuts in some low-income support programs and funds to repair infrastructure and to bolster the military.

And one more

South Korean officials said early Tuesday that they had fired warning shots overnight at an object flying south from North Korea. According to reports, South Korean forces fired some 90 machine gun rounds toward the object, which might have been a drone.

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