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One dead, one injured after EMTs run over by their own stolen ambulance

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By Louis Milman

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — One EMT from the Fire Department of New York is dead and another is injured after their ambulance was stolen and they were run over with their own vehicle.

The incident occurred in the Bronx, New York, at just after 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to local ABC-owned station WABC. Police said the EMTs were standing outside the ambulance when it was taken, WABC reported.

The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, WABC reported. One of the victims has since died, while the other remains in critical condition, ABC News has confirmed.

A person is under arrest and the incident is being investigated, according to WABC.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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Airport security officer hailed a hero for thwarting man's apparent suicide attempt

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By Louis Milman

Starflamedia/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A security officer at Los Angeles International Airport is being hailed a hero for stopping an apparently suicidal man from jumping off a pedestrian bridge inside the airport’s international terminal.

The incident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Los Angeles airport police told ABC News.

John Solis, a 40-year old security officer, was walking across the pedestrian bridge leading from the international terminal’s screening area to the grand hall when he saw a 25-year-old man throw his leg over the bridge railing “with the intent to fall, [60] feet to the ground below,” airport police said in a press release.

“Solis quickly grabbed the distraught man, pulled him from the railing, and away from the edge,” the release continues. “The man laid on the ground and refused to speak while Solis tried to console him. Suddenly the young man leapt to his feet, threw his leg over the railing again, and tried to jump. Security Officer Solis grabbed him, wrestling him to the ground as help arrived.”

Chief of Airport Police David Maggard praised Solis’ quick thinking, crediting him with saving the man’s life.

“Security Officer Solis, like our other employees, is constantly prepared for situations involving people who are distraught,” Maggard said in a statement. “I am proud of him, and all of my officers for their ability to balance compassion and respect as part of their response.”

The man, who has been put on a mental hold, is alive and doing well, airport police said.

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New York City prepares for 256th Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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By Louis Milman

(Photo by Andy Katz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marches in the 2016 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.(NEW YORK) — New York City will hold its 256th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday morning and the city is working hard to prepare.

Following this week’s snowstorm, sanitation crews spent Thursday moving huge piles of snow and ice into a melting machine, hoping to clear intersections and swaths of Fifth Avenue.

The city expects 150,000 marchers on Friday, and as many as two million spectators.

Security is expected to be on alert Friday, in similar fashion to the levels it was for the Thanksgiving Day Parade and for New Year’s Eve in Times Square. Sand trucks and other vehicles will be placed at intersections to prevent rogue vehicles from entering the parade route.

Mayor Bill de Blasio will march in the parade, which he had boycotted until last year, when gay and lesbian groups were allowed to participate. The honorary grand marshal will be Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health.

In a first, the parade will march past the home of the sitting president — Trump Tower. Spectators will not be allowed to watch from the sidewalk across from the building, and 57th Street will be closed until the parade passes.

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Muslim Marine is traveling the US with a sign saying, 'Ask anything'

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By Louis Milman

(Credit: Mansoor Shams) Mansoor Shams, who served for four years as a Marine, is traveling the U.S. to educate people on what it is to be a Muslim. (NEW YORK) — A U.S. Marine is traveling around the country with a sign that reads, “I’m A Muslim U.S. Marine. Ask Anything.”

Mansoor Shams, who served four years in the Marine Corps before being honorably discharged in 2004, said he aims to foster a greater understanding of his religion among people who may have never met a Muslim before.

The Baltimore, Maryland, man was inspired to go on his quest after his religious community ran a campaign called, “Meet a Muslim,” where community members would go out and engage people in conversation.

“I was inspired by that for sure and felt that I could have an ever greater impact because of the resume I held,” Shams, 34, told ABC News.

“Given the current day climate … I came to realize that it’s time for people like myself to sort of come out of their comfort zone and and engage in conversation,” he added. “That’s the only solution … within my abilities.”

Shams has stood holding his sign for a couple of hours at a time in places such as his hometown in Maryland and locales in Colorado, Washington and New York.

He recalled an encounter in Houston, Texas, that he said he’ll never forget.

“A gentleman walked by and he sort of stared me down in a very, very bad way,” Shams said.

Eventually the man came up to Shams asking him, “What did you say?”

Shams said he told the man, who appeared to be white and in his 50s, “‘You gave me an evil look, man!'”

“And I just stand there to see what’s about to happen, and he just sort of calms down,” Shams continued. “[He said] ‘You know, I just want to apologize to you. I didn’t read the whole sign.’ He only read the Muslim part.”

Shams said he then asked the man, what if that was all his sign said? He said his question led to a civil conversation in which the man said, “‘I’m sorry. You’re right. I’ve been ignorant. I feel like I’m being played like a pawn. Help me to understand.'”

The two would go on to exchange numbers and have kept in touch to this day.

Shams is now planning a trip to Tennessee and Kentucky next week. He also plans to go to Georgia and Alabama in April.

“I believe that it’s my responsibility and sort of a duty, a job, an obligation upon myself, particularly for me as a Muslim Marine,” Shams said. “I was giving back to my country in uniform and now I’m giving back to my country in a different way.”

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Watch now: Oprah Winfrey featured in trailer for "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

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By Stephen Iervolino

OWN – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — HBO has released the first trailer for the upcoming biopic The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, starring Oprah Winfrey.

The movie, which is told from the perspective of Henrietta Lacks’ daughter, Deborah, played by Winfrey, tells the true life story of Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were harvested without her permission in 1951 for use in medical research. The story follows Deborah’s search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot, as she learns about the mother she never knew and discovers how her cells helped create important medial breakthroughs, such as the polio vaccine and gene mapping.

In the newly released trailer, Deborah and Skloot, played by Rose Byrne, are seen discussing Henrietta’s important contribution to medicine. “What you don’t understand is, we didn’t know nothing about nothing,” Deborah tells Skloot in a heated exchange.

Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, Adriane Lenox, Roger Robinson, Melvin Van Peebles and Renée Elise Goldsberry,who plays Henrietta in flashbacks, co-star in the film from writer-director George C. Wolfe, based on Skloot’s 2010 book of the same name.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premieres April 22 at 8 p.m. ET on HBO.

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