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Teen abducted from Florida hospital at birth reunited with parents

An 18-year-old was reunited with her birth parents on Saturday, 18 years after she was abducted from a Jacksonville hospital.

Kamiyah Mobley was finally reunited with her biological mother and father on during the afternoon.

The biological parents drove to South Carolina from Jacksonville after hearing their daughter was found living in Walterboro.

Mobley’s father Craig Aiken said  his daughter was glad to meet him.

>>Read Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

"I never gave up hope, I always thought I’d find her,” Aiken said. "It’s been 18 years, it’s going to be hard to make that up, you know." 

Mobley also met her biological mother for the first time since she was taken just hours after her birth.  

The two were guarded by police as they drove away.

>>Read Friend of 1998 infant abduction suspect: 'No one can really believe this'

The reunion happened at a police department in Walterboro, a community where Kamiyah Mobley has been living as Alexis Manigo.

Police say she was raised by Gloria Williams, a woman who is accused of abducting her from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 hours after she was born.

Williams was arrested at her home in Walterboro Friday morning and is now in custody. 

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Williams is from a town called Ruffin, which is about 20 minutes from Walterboro.

A lot of her family still lives there and a cousin told Action News Jax that the family had no idea of what police are accusing Williams of having done.

Friend of 1998 infant abduction suspect: 'No one can really believe this'

Friends and family of the woman accused of abducting an infant from a Jacksonville hospital in 1998 said it’s hard to believe she would do something like that.

Gloria Williams is accused of taking Kamiyah Mobley from a Jacksonville hospital on July 10, 1998, when Kamiyah was just hours old.

“There's always two sides to every story and then there's the truth,” Melissa Hiers, longtime friend of Gloria Williams, said. “Honestly, I don't believe it until it is actually proven in court.”

>>Read Newborn taken from Florida hospital in 1998 found; woman arrested

Tips led law enforcement officers to a young woman with the same date of birth but a different name and fraudulent documents in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Officials matched the woman’s DNA to that of the missing newborn. The results came back Thursday night and Williams was arrested.

Hiers came to the Colleton County Detention Center to see Williams on Saturday.

She said she met Williams when Kamiyah was 2 years old.

“I just hit it off with Gloria. She's that type of person,” Hiers said. “You could just easily talk to (her) you know? Always blessing you.”

Hiers said she watched Kamiyah, known to her as Lexi, grow up during her 16 years of friendship with Williams.

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She said Kamiyah and Williams were involved in church, and Williams was very active in the community.

“Lexi always had everything, always had everything she ever wanted,” Hiers said. “If you asked anybody else in the community that will talk to you, they will tell you Gloria is the sweetest person in the world.”

Hiers said she believes the accusations are a mistake, and said she is waiting for Williams’ time in court.

"This is a very small town and you have people that have nothing else better to do than to throw the pot and I would say, 'Mind your own business,'" she said.

Kamiyah met with her biological parents on Saturday in South Carolina. 

After the reunion, her father Craig Aiken said he always had hope that his daughter would be found. 

"It's hard to put it in words right now," Aiken said. "It's hard to deal with. Like I said, we are just trying to process it. It's been 18 years. It's going to be hard to make that up."

Aiken said his daughter told him she was happy to meet him. He said it will be up to her if she wants to come to Jacksonville.

"It's been 18 yrs, it's going to be hard to make that up" Craig Aiken, Meeting biological daughter in SC @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/FwEtqvwPBO— KatieMcKee (@KatieMcKeeANjax) January 14, 2017

#KamiyahMobley biological fathers response when asked if the 18 yr old will be coming to Jacksonville @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/xSqezMd6u3— KatieMcKee (@KatieMcKeeANjax) January 14, 2017

Atlanta mayor to Trump: 'John Lewis an American hero'

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pushed back Saturday on President-elect Donald Trump’s assessment of civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis’ district.

In a series of tweets, Reed said: “John Lewis is an American hero & a national treasure. Period. Full stop."

“That PEOTUS Trump would attack Congressman Lewis on MLK Day weekend for 'all talk…no action' when he bled to actually 'Make America Great' is why far less than half the country supports him at the dawn of his presidency.”

>>Read Trump fires back at John Lewis for calling his presidency 'not legitimate'

Trump said Lewis’s Atlanta-based district was “in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime infested)” in an early Saturday tweet.

Leaders throughout the metro area voiced their opinions Saturday on the controversy, including Georgia Republicans.

Trump was reacting to Lewis’ comments in an interview that he did not think the incoming president was legitimate and raised questions about Russia’s involvement in the election.

In his tweet, Trump said Lewis “should spend more time on fixing and helping his district.”

Former Mayor Shirley Franklin said Trump has Atlanta all wrong. She said crime in Atlanta, like America in general, is down and that Atlanta has seen significant positive growth over the last two decades.

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“Clearly the president-elect’s tweet doesn’t do justice to all the strengths of the district,” she said. “Like much of America it has issues that need to be addressed, but when you look at in totality (Trump’s statement) factually is not true.

“Tweeting may have been beneficial in winning the presidential election,” Franklin added. “It is yet to be seen whether it will benefit the American people when the president-elect governs.”

Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell called Trump’s response to Lewis a “vicious attack” and “only serves to validate the sentiment initially expressed by Lewis, a Democrat who has represented Georgia's 5th Congressional District since 1987.

“From being the site of the world’s busiest airport, the Centennial Olympic Games, numerous Fortune 500 companies, and an unparalleled civil and human rights heritage, Atlanta is a strong and proud city,” Mitchell said in a statement. “While our city does not require validation from anyone, it is my sincere hope that as president Mister Trump will be actively supportive of Atlanta’s commitment to become an even stronger American city.”

Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens said Lewis has stood “face to face with bullies from Selma and the Edmond Pettis Bridge to every corner of this country in the fight against discrimination.

“He has been a staunch and vigorous advocate for his district and the country and no amount of political bullying can erase that record,” Dickens said.

Man arrested after Islamic Center burned in arson

An arson fire badly damaged the Islamic Center of the Eastside early Saturday, and one man was arrested, police said.

At 2:44 a.m., a witness reported flames coming from the building. Firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. There were no injuries.

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“Firefighters arrived and extinguished the suspicious fire,” Bellevue police spokesman Seth Tyler said in a statement. “Meanwhile, police officers located a 37-year-old man on the north side of the building who was subsequently arrested for suspicion of arson. At this time, investigators believe that he is the sole suspect.”

Crews were still at the scene investigating the fire. Bellevue police and fire investigators are planning a 5:30 p.m. news briefing on the arson.

Over the last six months this and a neighboring Islamic center have seen numerous acts of vandalism, according to a fundraising page launched early Saturday. While investigators remained at the scene Saturday, the funding page already raised $1,133 of its $150,000 goal.

Fire and Bellevue PD are on scene of a fire at an Islamic Center in Bellevue. @KIRO7Seattle @PhotogJKIRO7 #WakeUpWithUs pic.twitter.com/rbZp55fO0Y— Jason D. Nobles (@PhotogJKIRO7) January 14, 2017

Police chief posthumously promotes killed officer to lieutenant during funeral

Orlando police Chief John Mina posthumously promoted Master Sgt. Debra Clayton to lieutenant Saturday afternoon while thousands were gathered at First Baptist Orlando church for her funeral service.

"You exhibited the best in policing," Mina said. "She urged the people to not give up on our Police Department."

The funeral service began at 2 p.m. and will last until 5 p.m. Clayton’s body will then be taken to Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha, where she’ll be laid to rest.

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Hundreds packed the church Friday evening for a viewing, the same church where a viewing was held for Orange County Deputy Norman Lewis. His funeral is planned for Sunday.

As Clayton’s relatives, friends and colleagues filed into the church Friday, they passed Clayton’s patrol SUV, a reminder of her two decades on the force. A few feet away was a parked hearse -- a reminder of Clayton’s sacrifice for the community she so loved.

“You never know when God’s going to call you home,” Gina Riley, a friend of Clayton, said Friday.

Riley said Clayton mentored her niece and occasionally stopped by the family’s home just to chat.

“She was just a good role model,” Riley said. “I know my niece aspired to be like her.”

Clayton died Monday morning after police said homicide suspect Markeith Loyd shot her multiple times in a Pine Hills-area Walmart parking lot.

Police said Clayton confronted Loyd, who was already being sought in the shooting death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend, Sade Dixon.

Clayton was born Aug. 14, 1974, to Rudolph Thomas Sr. and Yvette Shackelford, and was raised by her late grandparents, Earnest Thomas and Annie Thomas.

The fallen officer, who grew up in Orlando, graduated from Dr. Phillips High School in 1993. She then obtained an associate's degree from Valencia College in 1996.

Two years later, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in public administration. In 2002, Clayton earned a master's degree in criminal justice from the school.

Clayton joined the Orlando Police Department in 1999. She was promoted to sergeant in 2007 and earned the rank of master sergeant in October.

Friends said she had recently started a nonprofit to improve relations between police and the community. She was also involved in numerous outreach programs through the Police Department.

Clayton leaves behind her husband, who she married a year ago in Jamaica, and an adult son.

She authored a book titled "Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Community."

Clayton and her husband were members of the Winning Souls for the Kingdom church in Auburndale.

Report: Jennifer Holliday pulls out of Trump inauguration concert

Broadway star Jennifer Holliday has decided not to perform at the Trump inaugural welcome concert, according to an exclusive report from The Wrap

Holliday retweeted The Wrap's report on her Twitter account.In a letter addressed to "my beloved LGBT community," Holliday explained why she initially accepted the invitation to perform at the inauguration, saying she wanted to perform for the people, not for Trump. But after a vocal backlash, Holliday has decided not to perform. 

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Exclusive: Jennifer Holliday Pulls Out of Trump Inauguration, Apologizes to LGBT Community https://t.co/4a3bw3jV9j pic.twitter.com/b0WXRzD78u— TheWrap (@TheWrap) January 14, 2017

According to The Associated Press, Holliday was referred to as an "Uncle Tom" and her decision to participate would be a career-ending move.

>>Two big country names to perform at Trump inaugural concertHolliday, best known for her Tony-winning role in "Dreamgirls" on Broadway, said she voted for Hillary Clinton, and has performed for Republican and Democratic presidents.In the open letter, Holliday apologized for her "lapse of judgment" and for "causing such dismay and heartbreak to my fans."Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood and 3 Doors Down are scheduled to perform Thursday at the "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial.

Man battling cancer robbed at knifepoint inside his apartment

A Pennsylvania man battling lung cancer was robbed at knifepoint Thursday morning inside his apartment. Dale Cianflone said that he wishes he never would have opened his front door when he heard a loud knock. "I proceeded to get up, went to the door, opened the door and boom, they come flying in,” he said.

>> Read more trending stories  Police said two men forced their way into Cianflone’s apartment, threw him down and threatened to kill him if he refused to hand over his money and medications. Authorities said that the men made off with nearly 200 morphine, OxyContin and Xanax pills -- medications Cianflone needs to fight off his chronic cancer pain every day. "I'm upset, sad, scared (and) violated. I don't think my kids can come here anymore,” he said. Cianflone said he can't begin to understand how someone could take advantage of someone dying from cancer. He said he feels like he was targeted, but Cianflone said that he believes in karma. “If you're out there, I’m going to let you know one thing: You're going to get caught. I'll catch you,” he said.  As of Friday night, Uniontown police had no one in custody in connection with the robbery.

Trump fires back at John Lewis for calling his presidency 'not legitimate'

President-elect Donald Trump had a strong response Saturday to the controversial remarks made by Rep. John Lewis on Friday, in which the longtime congressman from Georgia and civil rights icon questioned the legitimacy of Trump's presidency.Trump took to his favorite social media platform, Twitter, to address the issue Saturday morning. He said that Lewis should focus on the needs of his district.

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>>12 times Lewis broke the internet in 2016

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Trump's retort sparked a spirited response on Twitter.

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High school math homework contains inappropriate questions

Officials at a Pennsylvania high school have apologized after students received sexually inappropriate questions for a homework assignment, including subjects about sexual assault and prostitution.

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KYW reported that a math equation given to students at Pennridge High School in Perkasie follows up with a multiple choice statement: "Angelou was sexually abused by her mother’s ___ at age 8, which shaped her career choices and motivation for writing." 

After doing the math, the answer choices were boyfriend, brother or father, KYW reported. 

The next question also references Angelou, with the statement that "Trying to work as a single mother, she worked as a pimp, prostitute and ___."

Students then had to work out the equation and fill in the blank either with bookie, drug dealer or nightclub dancer, KYW reported. 

Pennridge School District officials said in a statement that the assignment was “downloaded from a website that allows teachers around the world to share educational resources.

"It is not part of our approved curriculum."

The district apologized for the question and said they have taken steps to make sure that never happens again, KYW reported.

Really? @PennridgeSD has good staff but some are terrible. This is what some low-grade staff thinks is ok to put on a test @PennridgeHS pic.twitter.com/LPkOHLITxe— Pennridge Reform (@PennridgeReform) January 12, 2017 <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

An Excel scroll took a toll: 9½ hours’ worth

Have you ever thought about scrolling down to the bottom of an Excel spreadsheet to find out how many rows there were? Not the easy way, by pressing “ctrl + down,” but manually?

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Didn’t think so.

But an Oklahoma man was up to the challenge and found the answer — 1,048,576 rows. And it took a while, too: 9 hours, 36 minutes, 10.19 seconds.

Hunter Hobbs of Norman recorded himself on YouTube manually scrolling through the Microsoft Office program, taking no breaks and never giving into the temptation of pressing that control key. Mercifully for anyone watching on YouTube, Hobbs speeds up the video to a more manageable 2 minutes, 39 seconds.

“This is probably the dumbest idea ever, but hey, somebody’s gotta do it,” Hobbs says as he begins his challenge.

Writing on his YouTube page, Hobbs said he “Didn't use Ctl + down on PURPOSE or use something to hold it down, just wanted to make a challenge no one else has done!”

He’s right. The feat was unprecedented. Hobbs has garnered 428 subscribers and 581,170 views since creating his current YouTube account on Dec. 26, 2016.

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