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3-year-old boy seen hanging off 13th-floor air conditioner

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City mother is facing criticism after her toddler was filmed hanging outside the window near an air conditioning unit on the 13th floor of an apartment building.

The video, taken by Bronx resident Jennifer Mares on Saturday evening, shows the child in a diaper clinging onto the window where the 3-year-old boy had just climbed out. Several people below could be heard gasping and urging the child to go back into the residence.

Mares told ABC News that she was with her son at a park outside their apartment building when she heard someone say a baby was in the window. She called police and began filming the incident, but fearing they wouldn’t arrive in time, she counted the number of floors and ran into the building, she said.

Mares found the apartment where the toddler lives and banged on the door, which was answered by the child’s mother. The child’s 14-year-old sister then grabbed him and brought him inside, Mares said.

The boy’s mother, who was not named, told New York ABC station WABC that he snuck out while she was making dinner. The boy had pushed the air conditioner aside and crawled through the gap, his mother said.

The mother, who immigrated to New York from Mali, said other residents have been calling her names and telling her she will go to jail.

“God saved my boy, and he will save me from these people,” she told the station.

The New York City Administration for Children’s Services is investigating the incident, a spokesperson told WABC.

Officials went back to the apartment the next day after receiving reports that the boy had climbed outside the window again, but the mother insisted that bars installed early Sunday morning would have prevented another escape from occurring, according to WABC.

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Take a peek inside "the hillbilly Smithsonian" as 'Dolly: My Opry Memories' opens in Nashville

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ABC RadioDolly Parton will mark her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry by performing two shows on Nashville’s most famous stage on Saturday, October 12.

To kick off the celebration, the Dolly: My Opry Memories exhibit is now open at the Music City institution. The collection includes two dozen iconic items of clothing Dolly’s worn during the last half-century, including the dress from the night of her Opry induction.

Without her childhood friend Judy Ogle, Dolly’s creative director Steve Summers says the exhibit simply wouldn’t be possible.

“Judy Ogle is Dolly’s best friend, and they have been since they were seven years old,” he explains. “Judy had the foresight, even back then — it would have been in the early 1950s — to start saving everything. Every single thing: Love letters that Dolly was given by other boys — everything!”

“And Judy was just adamant on making sure that these things were taken care of and stored properly,” Summers adds. “And there would be no archives without Judy Ogle.”

Dolly’s niece — and production manager — Rebecca Seaver says you wouldn’t believe what’s in Dolly’s archives.

“Judy has saved everything: her shoes, her costumes, hats, and — most importantly to Dolly — her fan art,” Seaver says. “And we have art that she’s been given from her fans for decades.”

“I’ve never seen another archive from a celebrity or an icon like her. It’s kind of like the hillbilly Smithsonian,” she laughs.

Tickets to see Dolly: My Opry Memories are available now. It’s open at the Opry House through October 31.

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After conquering iTunes with Blake Shelton, Craig Morgan reunites with former label to tackle radio

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Broken Bow Craig Morgan now has a new record deal, after Blake Shelton helped propel his new song to #1 on iTunes through a Twitter campaign.

“The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” is now going to be promoted to country radio stations via Broken Bow Records, Craig’s label home from 2002 until 2008.

Craig wrote the song after the death of his 19-year-old son Jerry three years ago in a tubing accident. Last week, Blake enlisted the likes of Ellen DeGeneresKelly ClarksonGwen StefaniLuke Combs and more to help him promote the song, which peaked at #1 on both iTunes Top Country Songs chart and the all-genre tally as well.

“I am truly humbled by the response to the song so far and to my friend Blake Shelton for what he has done to honor Jerry,” Craig says. “It’s incredible to reunite with the team at Broken Bow to share this song with radio and my hope is [that] it will be a help to those who need it most.”

During his previous time at Broken Bow, Craig recorded signature hits like “Almost Home,” “International Harvester,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Tough,” and “That What I Love About Sunday.”

After accomplishing his original goal on iTunes, Blake went on the predict that “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” would be a #1 song on country radio.  Stay tuned to see what happens next.

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Get a double dose of Paul Rudd in new trailer for Netflix series 'Living with Yourself'

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Paul Rudd is seeing double in the trailer for the new Netflix series Living with Yourself.

In the trailer, we see Rudd as Miles, a man unhappy with his life who undergoes a spa treatment that promises to make him a better person.

However, he soon finds out he’s been replaced by the new and improved version of himself, who’s now living in his house with his wife, played by Aisling Bea. Miles finds himself fighting to get his old life back from Miles 2.0.

The eight-episode series — which marks Rudd’s first leading role in a TV show — debuts globally on October 18 on Netflix.

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Shane Gillis no longer joining 'SNL' following backlash over past racist comments

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NBC(NEW YORK) — Shane Gillis will no longer be joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, after it was revealed he used racist slurs against Asians, including presidential candidate Andrew Yang.

An SNL spokesperson released a statement to ABC News on behalf of Lorne Michaels that reads, “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining SNL.”

The statement continues, “We want SNL to have a variety of voices and points of view within the show, and we hired Shane on the strength of his talent as comedian and his impressive audition for SNL.”

“We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days. The language he used is offensive, hurtful and unacceptable.  We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”

Gillis tweeted his own statement in response to the firing, writing, “It feels ridiculous for comedians to be making serious public statements but here we are. I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get SNL. That can’t be taken away.”

He continues, “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity. I was always a Mad TV guy anyway.”

Gillis had been added to the cast last Thursday, along with Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, the show’s first fully Asian-American cast member. On the same day, backlash against Gillis’ previous offensive statements began. He issued an apology shortly after.

SNL returns September 28 for its 45th season with host Woody Harrelson and musical guest Billie Eilish.

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