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Mother says daughter received birth control implant during educational trip

A Tulsa parent is speaking out after she says her daughter had a birth control implant embedded into her arm during a trip from school.

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Miracle Foster says her parental rights were violated.

It all started when her 16-year-old daughter attended a Youth Services of Tulsa lecture about sex education at Langston Hughes Academy.

After one of the sessions, the teen and other girls reportedly said they wanted to learn more, and the school arranged for Youth Services of Tulsa to pick them up and take them to a clinic.

Rodney L. Clark, the school's principal, says he called Foster to get permission to allow her daughter to go on the trip before they left.

Foster says that her daughter then received a three-year Norplant implant at the clinic without her parental consent.

Representatives from Youth Services of Tulsa say they do not have to tell a parent about any contraceptives given to minors.

Title X federal guidelines allows for teens as young as 12 to receive various forms of contraceptives without a parent's consent.

They also said they merely inform and transport teens to the clinics of their choice. They are not involved in the conversations between the teens and the physicians at theses clinics.

Foster told FOX23 that she feels that she and her daughter should have had the opportunity to discuss what's best for her. 

Clark released a statement Wednesday: 

"This was not a field trip. Youth Services of Tulsa does an annual in-service on Sex Education. They offer students an opportunity to contact them on their own for more information. The parent gave her child permission to leave the school. Under Title X once young people are at the clinic and are of reproductive age, they can make decisions on their own without parental consent. As you can understand this situation involves a minor and we do not release information about students. Nevertheless, the student was well within their rights of Title X which is a federal guideline that provides reduced cost family planning services to persons of all reproductive age."

7 things to know now: Trump conversations collected; health care vote; Sweet 16 play; London attack

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

What to know now 

1. Trump communications collected: Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), announced Wednesday that private conversations between President Donald Trump and his transition team may have been improperly distributed to spy agencies after they were inadvertently collected as part of an intelligence investigation of other targets. Nunes said he was troubled enough by information provided to him about the communications to go to the White House on Wednesday to inform the president in person. Nunes said the information collected had nothing to do with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The FBI said Monday it is investigating any possible connection between the Trump campaign and Russian meddling in the election.

2. Health care vote: A vote on a health care bill that is essential in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – is set to take place Thursday in the House. Trump and leaders in the House have lobbied members to vote for the bill, but as of late Wednesday, they had not locked down enough votes for it to pass. The president has warned those who don’t vote for the bill that they could face consequences come re-election.

3. London attack: A man stabbed a London police officer to death Wednesday after he ran down pedestrians on a bridge near Parliament in a terror attack on the British government. Four people, including the attacker, were killed, and at least 40 others injured. British lawmakers sheltered in place in Parliament for hours after the mid-afternoon attack. One woman was pulled alive from the waters of the Thames after she was either knocked off the Westminster Bridge or jumped to avoid the car. The suspect has not been identified. An early morning raid in the London area Thursday netted seven people suspected of being involved with the attack. 

4. Wisconsin shootings: A Wisconsin police officer and three others were killed Wednesday in what law enforcement officials said was a domestic violence incident that led to three separate shootings. The shootings took place in a bank, at an attorney’s office and in an apartment complex near Everest, Wisconsin, which is about 90 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

5. Sweet 16: The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues Thursday as the next round of playoffs gets underway. Sixteen teams – the Sweet 16 – will play over the next two days as we make our way to the Elite Eight, then the Final Four. The championship game is set for April 3. 

And one more

Nominations for the Daytime Emmy Awards were announce Wednesday. The CBS daytime drama “Young and the Restless” snagged 25 nominations, with ABC’s “General Hospital” and CBS’ “Bold and the Beautiful” getting 23. NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” got 22 nods.

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Who is Adam Schiff? Here are 7 things you may not know about him

California Rep. Adam Schiff grabbed the national spotlight Monday when he was given 15 minutes to present a case accusing President Donald Trump’s campaign of colluding with Russian officials to meddle with the 2016 presidential election.

Schiff, who was elected to Congress in 2000 and is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took the time to lay out a blistering attack against Trump, naming campaign workers and other associates whom he claims have ties that are too close for comfort with various Russian officials and those who support them.

On Wednesday, Schiff was in the spotlight again when he attacked the HPSCI chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, (R-California), for announcing publicly that it is likely that some of Trump’s communications ended up being “captured” during routine surveillance operations. That information, Nunes said, included names of the people involved in those conversations and those names, he claims, were shared among intelligence organizations. 

Schiff responded with his own press conference, claiming that Nunes had “tainted” the investigation into Russian interference in the election and now only a special prosecutor could fairly look into the accusations.

Who is Adam Schiff and how did he get to this position? Here are a few things you may not know about him.

  1. He is an attorney. He graduated from Harvard. 
  2. He wasn’t a shoo-in for Congress. He lost three elections to the California State House before being elected to the state Senate. He was then elected to the U.S. House in 2001.
  3. He may run for Sen. Diane Feinstein’s Senate seat if she retires in 2018.
  4. As the ranking member of the HPSCI, he’s a member of the “Gang of Eight.” In that role, he is privy to high-level intelligence information. By law, he receives information about intelligence from the White House.
  5. He is on leave from the House Appropriations Committee, and served on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
  6. He voted for the Patriot Act, and also has sponsored animal rights legislation.
  7. He’s married. His wife’s name is Eve. The couple have two children.

Man is praised after stopping fight

He has been praised by LeBron James, Snoop Dogg and soon, the City Council.

Ibn Ali Miller, 26, was running an errand for his mother when he came across an altercation between two boys, stopped it and lectured the pugilists as well as a throng of onlookers.

In video of the incident, Miller calmly walks toward two boys who are fighting in the middle of the road as a group of teens looks on from the street corner. He points his fingers at the group and said:

"Everybody on their phones, y'all the real cowards. Record that, too. It ain't cool, man,” Miller started lecturing the fighters and gesturing to the crowd. “Y'all in the middle of the street. Look, they laughing. Look. He's got a big smile on his face. ... He's supposed to be your man."

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Miller continues in the more than four-minute clip:

"Y'all got parents. Don't make your parents look like this.”

Miller, who is a student and father of five, did not leave until the brawlers shook hands.

"It's sad to say, but it's not the first fight I broke up and it's probably not the last," Miller told the Press of Atlantic City on Tuesday. "You can't pick that 'today, I'm gonna stop some kids from fighting', but God does what he wills."

The video has been viewed more than 26 million times with more than 66,000 comments, even garnering a retweet of the video by Cleveland Cavaliers star James.

"To me the fact that LeBron and others have seen it ... it's cool. I'd be more excited when I was a younger man," Miller said. "But I want people to take away from it to pay it forward. That's it."

Nail salon allegedly charged overweight people more

A nail salon in Tennessee allegedly tried to cash in on people’s weight. 

Deshania Ferguson said she was appalled after seeing this sign at Memphis nail salon:

“Sorry. But if you are overweight, pedicures will be $45 due to service fees for pedicurists. Thank you!” the sign read.

The owner of the alleged salon said the sign was not placed anywhere on his property despite the similarities between his business and the space seen in the photo. He told WREG that he didn’t put the sign up but he considered doing so, as he doesn’t want to provide pedicures to severely overweight customers.

Son Nguyen said it is harder for his technicians to give heavier people pedicures and that they’ve broken chairs in the past, WREG reported. He said broken chairs have cost up to $2,500.

The salon isn’t only specific in their practices regarding  weight. Nguyen told WREG his salon, which has been running for nine years, charges men an extra $5 because they don’t come as often.  

Read more at WREG

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Man searches 'teen marriage' days before kidnapping former student

A Tennessee man who kidnapped his former student searched “teen marriage” on the internet a little more than a week before kidnapping her, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

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Tad Cummins, a former high school teacher in Maury County, Tennessee, allegedly kidnapped his then-student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas on March 13. 

In the days before the two disappeared, Cummins also searched to learn what features of his vehicle might allow law enforcement to track him.

According to the TBI, concern about Cummins’ relationship with Thomas has heightened the urgency in the midst of an ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama.

The agency believes Cummins, 50, may have abused his position as Thomas’ teacher “in an effort to lure and potentially sexually exploit her." 

During one incident about two weeks before Cummins and Thomas disappeared, one of Thomas’ fellow students reported an incident to the school in which the student said Thomas and Cummins appeared to be kissing at school. Both Thomas and Cummins denied the allegation, and school officials allowed Cummins to continue working at the school while school officials investigated the incident, The Tennesseean reported. 

Cummins was fired by the school the day after he and Thomas disappeared.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the TBI had received hundreds leads for the pair’s whereabouts from more than 24 states but no credible sightings of the two.

Neither Cummins nor Thomas has contacted family members since disappearing.

"She may not realize that she's a victim, but she is certainly a victim," TBI spokesman Josh DeVine said Monday. "She needs help, she needs our best efforts and she needs the attention of this country to be on the lookout for her."

According to the TBI, Cummins may be armed with two handguns and driving a silver Nissan Rogue with Tennessee tag 976-ZPT. A warrant has been issued for Cummins for sexual contact with a minor and aggravated kidnapping. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

EpiPens recalled abroad due potential failure to activate

The company behind the EpiPen, a life-saving drug delivery device for severe allergic reactions, recalled some sets of the auto-injector abroad on Monday, although none were recalled in the U.S.

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Pharmaceutical company Mylan said in a recall notice that one batch of EpiPens might not work properly. The batch went to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Japan. The company voluntarily recalled those.

Mylan said that it got two reports worldwide of EpiPens to activate out of a batch of 80,000 devices. The issue came from a defective part, the company said.

Mylan came under fire recently for raising the price of the EpiPen to $600. The cost amounts to a 400 percent increase in price between 2007, when Mylan acquired the devices, and 2016.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Firefighters help Walmart greeter achieve goal 

Christopher Echele always wanted to be a firefighter. 

For his 46th birthday, Eureka firefighters helped Echele, who is wheelchair-bound and has worked 25 years as a greeter at Walmart, achieve that goal Tuesday.

“I’ve been a fan of the fire service ever since I was a kid and never really outgrew it,” Echele told KTVI. “So, to be able to meet and interact with all these guys is amazing.”

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Firefighters with the Eureka Fire Protection District surprised Echele at the store. They made him an honorary firefighter, picked up his mother and took them for a ride around their neighborhood. 

Echele has shown a lot of support for the Eureka Fire Protection District. Firefighters worked on the surprise with Walmart store managers. Firefighters told Echele he can visit the station when ever he wants.

“This was amazing,” Echelle told KTVI. “I was shocked.”

Marine saves woman who nodded off, flipped car

A mother’s worry for her sick daughter led to an overturned car in the heart of downtown Marietta, Georgia, on Tuesday.

The 74-year-old driver hit a light pole and flipped her car where Lawrence and Cherokee streets northeast meet in front of the historic Strand Theatre on Marietta Square. No one was injured.

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Police don’t know how long she had been without sleep, bouncing between home and WellStar Kennestone Hospital, where her daughter was a patient. Authorities said the woman nodded off behind the wheel about 4:10 p.m.

“She (said she) just needed to stay awake a little longer to make it to Kennestone, but obviously that didn’t work out,” said Brittany Wallace, Marietta police spokeswoman.

The department posted photos of the scene to its Facebook page Wednesday afternoon.

People passing by reported the flipped car. Before cops could get there, a man and a U.S. Marine Corps serviceman in uniform had pulled the driver out of the vehicle.

Neither man wanted to be identified in the Facebook post.

Wallace said the men told police they were “just there to help, not for the recognition.”

She said crews were out Wednesday fixing the light pole, trash can and planter that were hit.

EXCLUSIVE: Dad wants Cash Me Outside girl out of Hollywood, in therapy

Around this time a year ago, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy Ira Peskowitz stood in a greeting card aisle, fingers trembling as he fumbled through rows of pink and purple birthday wishes to find something pretty for a little girl with eyes like his.

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Months before the six words she uttered on a Dr. Phil episode propelled her to internet infamy, Danielle Peskowitz Bregoli reluctantly accepted the card and a pair of Nikes from Peskowitz in a hastily-arranged meeting at the Boynton Beach Mall – more a peace offering than an early birthday present from a father she hadn’t seen in years.

Tears welled in Peskowitz’s eyes Monday when he recalled that encounter during an exclusive newspaper interview with The Palm Beach Post.

Months into her notoriety as the “Cash me Outside” girl for a fight invitation she made to audience members on the daytime talk show, Danielle is at the center of a custody battle recently revived by her father, who says he wants her out of Hollywood, into therapy and eventually at his house with his wife and their two sons.

“She’s not famous,” Peskowitz said. “She’s a child that is being exploited.”

Read the full interview on The Palm Beach Post. 

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