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1876 documents that launched MLB headed for auction

It could be called the Ten Commandments of Major League Baseball, even though it’s 74 pages long. Or perhaps, since it has just been discovered, it could be baseball’s version of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Regardless, the 1876 “Founding Documents and Original Constitution of Major League Baseball” are a valuable piece of sports memorabilia. The documents will go on sale May 24 in online bidding sponsored by SCP AuctionsSports Collectors Daily reported.

The artifact is a handwritten document that officials from California-based SCP Auctions claim is of “unprecedented historical significance.” The contents became part of baseball’s early bylaws, but the location of the original documents had been a mystery. They had been in the possession of the family of a longtime National League executive and had been passed down through the generations, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

“This is a huge revelation,” SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler told USA Today. “This is not a document that has made the rounds publicly. It’s never been exhibited in a major institution. It’s never been sold previously in a prior auction. It has never appeared anywhere.”

Baseball became a professional sport in 1869 thanks to the barnstorming tour of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, and in 1871 the National Association was formed. But after the 1875 season, baseball owners realized that more rules and structure were needed to make baseball more successful and profitable. In a meeting held on Feb. 2, 1876, in New York, Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert proposed a blueprint for operating professional baseball.

The other owners hammered out a plan and a new association was formed, dubbed “The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs.” The league’s inaugural franchises would be located in Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Hartford and Louisville.

Copies of the plan were given to each club but the one coming to SCP Auctions is the first original known to have survived, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

“Very few documents of this importance exist in tangible form,” Imler told USA Today.

“It's really remarkable to think that a document of such historical importance has never been unearthed until now," SCP Auctions spokesman Terry Melia said Sunday. "We're just excited to see what kind of reaction the original MLB constitution gets from the collecting community when our online bidding starts May 24.

“We expect it will be very strong." 

Authenticating the constitution took several months, as experts confirmed the age of the ink and the paper. The handwriting was analyzed and baseball historian John Thorn added his expertise as a consultant, USA Today reported. 

The baseball constitution continues a trend of originating documents that have come to auction. In 2016, SCP Auctions sold a set of 1857 documents representing the original rules of baseball for $3.26 million on auction, Sports Collectors Daily reported. James Naismith’s original 13-page “Rules of Basket Ball” sold for $4.34 million in 2010 by Sotheby’s to a consortium put together by Josh Swade, who chronicled his quest in his 2013 book, “The Holy Grail of Hoops One Fan’s Quest to Buy the Original Rules of Basketball,” and in an ESPN documentary.

The SCP auction for the baseball constitution documents will close on June 10.

Doritos sends dates to prom in helicopters

Four teens got the chauffeured experience of a lifetime when they were taken to their prom by helicopter.

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Shaedon Wedel asked his friend Carson Wittmann’s sister, Carli, who has Down syndrome, to prom. He wore a custom Doritos T-shirt and tweets of the video plea to his prospective prom date caught the attention of the chip maker last month.

So Doritos sent two red helicopters to pick up Wedel and Carli as well as Carson and his date Saturday. A Wisconsin couple sent Carli a fancy evening gown so she could complete her dream of being Cinderella.

“This is absolutely amazing, this is so cool,” Wedel told the Kansas City Star. “Such a cool experience. Especially to do it with her though: to be able to have her this happy, it’s all I wanted.”

Doritos also gave Carli a year supply of chips.

Protests, pride on display for Confederate Memorial Day

State offices will be closed Monday in Alabama and Mississippi -- the only two states that honor Confederate Memorial Day.

The day observes those who died fighting for the South during the Civil War after those states seceded from the U.S.

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Opponents are against it because they say it honors those who fought to maintain slavery. Supporters say the holiday recognizes the history and legacy of those who fought in the Civil War.

“I’m troubled that in a state made up of 40 percent people of color, our leadership continues to openly sanction the use of taxpayer funds to endorse a neo-Confederate agenda,” Lea Campbell, president of the Mississippi Rising Coalition, said in a release.

The group has a protest planned for Monday at the Harrison County Justice Court in Gulfport.

The Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans says it is a historical group working to preserve history and the day honors the legacy of those who fought.

Alabama and Mississippi are not the only states that celebrate their Confederate past. 

Georgia removed the “Confederate” designation from its holiday in 2015 but state employees still have the day off. Now the last Monday in April is called “State Holiday.”

In South Carolina, Confederate Memorial Day is celebrated in May to mark when Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson died.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Student dies in hammer throw accident at college track-and-field event 

A freshman at Wheaton College died after being accidentally hit during the hammer throw while volunteering at a track-and-field event Saturday.

Ethan Roser, 19, was struck about 4:15 p.m. during the hammer throw event, in which competitors throw a weighted, tethered iron ball, at Chicago-area college the school said in a statement.

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Roser was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to the statement.

Roser was a 2016 graduate of Mason High School in Ohio, where he played soccer, according to

"Our hearts are heavy as we absorb the news about this tragedy. All of Roser's family and friends are in our thoughts as we mourn together," Mason City Schools spokeswoman Tracey Carson said in a statement to WCPO.

“We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope," Wheaton College President Philip Ryken’s said in a statement. "We ask people to pray for Ethan's family, his friends and our campus community."

Barack Obama's first post-White House speech 

Barack Obama’s vacation days are coming to an end and this week he’s set to deliver his first speech since leaving the White House. 

On Monday, the former president will attend an event at the University of Chicago to discuss civic engagement and community organizing with young leaders.

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Hundreds of people are expected to attend, but those without tickets can still take part in the occasion. 

Here’s what you need to know:

Tell me more about the event.

“A Conversation with President Obama and Young Leaders” is a part of Obama’s post-office goal to encourage and support future leaders around the country and the world. Young adults from Chicago area schools have been invited to participate in Monday’s meeting to discuss ways to improve society.

When is it?

It will be held at 11 a.m. CT Monday at the University of Illinois Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts building. 

How can I watch?

livestream will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. CT. You can also add the event to your Google, Apple or Outlook calendar to receive a notification at the start of the conversation. It will also be televised. 

Will Michelle Obama be there?

The former first lady is not expected to attend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Will he speak on Donald Trump’s presidency? 

Although the mark of the president’s first 100 days is approaching, Obama is not expected to address the topic.

5 people dead in New York house fire

At least five people are dead after a fire ripped through a two-story house Sunday afternoon in New York’s Queens borough. 

There were three children and two adult victims. They have not yet been identified. A sixth person was home but escaped by jumping out of a window on the second floor. 

The fire started around 3 p.m. and spread to a home next door. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames by 4:30 p.m., according to WPIX

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The fire commissioner and Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the scene.

“This is the biggest loss of life in a New York City fire in roughly two years. There will be a full investigation by our fire marshalls,” de Blasio said in a series of tweets. “We don’t have all the answers about what happened here. Our job now is to get down to the bottom of what happened and do everything we can to make sure that no family ever suffers like this again. ”

A man was seen being led away in handcuffs but it was not clear if he was involved, according to WPIX

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Watch: 4-year-old girl falls from back of bus on busy highway, firefighter rescues

A dash camera caught the harrowing moments after a 4-year-old girl fell from the back of a bus onto a busy Arkansas highway and was rescued by a local volunteer firefighter.

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Ryan Ciampoli was traveling behind the bus down Highway 65 in Harrison on Wednesday when his dash-mounted camera, running the entire time, caught a scene he couldn’t quite wrap his mind around.

“I saw it happening, and it blew my mind,” he said. “It was like I wasn’t even seeing what I was seeing.”

The video shows the back door of the bus fly open, with a 4-year-old girl hanging on. She falls to the ground and lies motionless, as the bus continues to drive away and Ciampoli’s vehicle rolls up to her and stops.The volunteer firefighter went into action.

“Obviously, you (normally) want to leave her there if she’s not in danger,” Ciampoli said in a CNN interview, “but we’re in the middle of a state highway, so I couldn’t leave her just lying there.”

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The video shows him very gently rolling her over and keeping her body stable as he moves her out of the way.

“Then the shock kicked in her little body and she started kicking and screaming and ‘where’s my mommy?’,” Ciampoli said. “Stuff like that is really heartbreaking.”

The girl’s mother told CNN she had a broken jaw and would require surgery but is expected to make a full recovery. The girl’s father said he expects the 4-year-old to be released from the hospital on Monday.


Trump boots Obama surgeon general, replaces with deputy nurse

President Donald Trump has appointed Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams as acting U.S. Surgeon General after asking for the resignation of former President Barack Obama’s surgeon general Vivek H. Murthy on Friday.

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Murthy was asked to step down after “after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration,” Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Alleigh Marré said, according to the New York Times. She said Murthy was still a member of the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service.

But the Times reported Murthy’s wife said on Saturday that her husband was fired after he refused to resign. 

Trent-Adams, who was Deputy Surgeon General under Murthy, is one of the first nurses to serve as U.S. Surgeon General. She also served as Chief Nurse Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps from November 2013 through May of 2016.

50,000 bees found in 9-foot long beehive under roof of AZ home

A giant 9-foot long beehive with some 50,000 bees inside was discovered under the eaves and in the attic of a guest house on a property in Tucson, Arizona.

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Homeowner Cindy Stewart called in bee experts to help relocate the massive hive of Africanized honey bees last week, according to KOLD-TV.

Stewart said trying to handle the colony by herself seemed risky.

"They're very aggressive, and they can sting you more than once," she told KOLD.

Stewart got help from American Bee Control’s Greg Denker, who said it took at least a year for a hive to grown that big.

"This is a bee hive that has been undisturbed by people for a long time, so it's grown very large,” Denker said.

The agency is relocating the Stewart’s bees to hives and bee boxes in southern Arizona. 


Donald Trump reveals where he'll be instead of the White House Correspondents' Dinner

Every year, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is one of the social events of the spring. For almost 100 years, journalists, government officials and celebrities have gotten together to crack jokes and eat expensive meals. The event has been attended by Frank Sinatra and Duke Ellington. In 2011, then-President Barack Obama roasted Donald Trump (who was in attendance), and some speculate that night was the moment when Trump decided he wanted Obama’s job.

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However, this year, now-President Trump won’t be in attendance. His decision came via a tweet in February. While it’s not traditional for a president to skip the event, Trump’s ongoing war with the media had many expecting that he wouldn’t be stopping by the Washington Hilton on the evening of the event.

The last president to skip the event was Ronald Reagan in 1981, though Reagan was recovering from a gunshot wound inflicted during an assassination attempt only days before, and he did call in to the event. Nixon also skipped the dinner twice.

Instead, Trump announced Saturday morning via Twitter that he will be holding a rally next weekend in Pennsylvania.

The White House has not said where the rally will be held, and Trump’s website does not have any rallies listed. His last event was in Nashville in March.

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