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Officer offers to drive grieving man 100 miles to be with family after sister's death

An Ohio law enforcement official is making headlines for his heartwarming act of kindness for a grieving man who had just learned about his sister's death.

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According to "Inside Edition," Mark Ross found early Sunday that his teenage sister had died in a car crash. Ross, who doesn't have a car, asked an acquaintance to drive him from Indiana to Detroit to be with his family.

"Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit," Ross wrote in a Facebook post that has been shared nearly 85,000 times. "And we got pulled over in Ohio."

Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post Lt. Joe Gebhart told WHIO-TV that Sgt. David Robison pulled the vehicle over for speeding on Interstate 75, just south of Piqua.

Unfortunately, the driver had a suspended license and "ended up getting locked up," Ross told "Inside Edition." The car was towed.

Ross was worried that he'd go to jail, too, because of an outstanding petty warrant in Wayne County, Michigan, but officials there refused to pick him up because of the distance, Ross wrote on Facebook.

"I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother ASAP," Ross wrote. "I broke down crying, and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He reaches over and began praying over me and my family."

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That officer, identified as Sgt. David Robison, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, offered to drive Ross 100 miles to Detroit, Ross said. He instead asked troopers to drive him to the Miami County Jail, Gebhart said, where friends or family picked him up to drive him the rest of the way to Michigan.

"Everybody knows how much I dislike cops, but I am truly grateful for this guy," Ross wrote on Facebook. "He gave me hope."

Happy ending: Elderly couple forced to live in separate nursing homes, reunited

The story of their forced separation dominated social media. Now, there's a happy ending for an elderly couple from Canada who were forced to lived apart in separate nursing homes.

Ashley Bartyik posted a photo on Facebook last month of her grandparents, Wolfram Gottschalk, 83, and Anita Gottschalk, 81, wiping away tears.

Friends please read! This is The saddest photo I have ever taken. This is my Omi and my Opi. As you can see they are...Posted by Ashley Kaila B on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

"This is the saddest photo I have ever taken," Bartyik said in the photo caption.

>>Read: Woman says grandparents married 62 years are forced to be apart

Bartyik said her grandparents are unable to live together in the same care home because of "backlogs and delays by our healthcare system," and lack of space in the care facility.

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Bartyik said the system "(has) the power to have my grandpa moved to the same care facility as my grandmother" and the situation is made worse by Wolfram Gottschalk's developing dementia and his lymphoma diagnosis.

In a statement to CBC News, Fraser Health spokeswoman Tasleem Juma said the health care service provider was "exploring options other than this particular facility that his wife is at now."

"Certainly when the scope is narrowed to one facility, it becomes difficult to place them there, because we have to wait for another bed to become available," Juma said.

Juma told CTV News the company will "continue to work to reunite this couple."

And the couple will soon be reunited, The Star reported.

Wolfram and Anita will now be living a the same care home after Wolfram moves to Anita's Morgan Heights care home on Thursday.

The story isn't ending there. Family members told The Star that they will continue to work for other couples who are going through the same thing. 

7 things to know now: Presidential debate; Musk on Mars transporter; 'big meteor' in Australia

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

What to know now

1. First debate: He said he’d release his taxes when she releases her emails. She said she’s prepared to be president and that he’s “dangerous.” There was no shortage of fireworks at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in New York on Monday. The Democratic and Republican candidates argued trade, ISIS, race issues, “stop and frisk,” and who has stamina during the 90-minute debate. Both sides claimed victory.

2. Musk to Mars: Elon Musk is expected to outline his plan to build a city on Mars within the next 10 years as he speaks at the International Astronautical Congress meeting Tuesday in Mexico. Reportedly, in the speech, “Making Humans a Multi-planetary Species,” Musk will talk about his “Mars Colonial Transporter” which he says will take 100 people at a time to Mars.

3. Iowa flooding: The Cedar River is expected to crest at 23 feet Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which would cause the second largest flood in the city’s recorded history. Residents there have placed sandbags and other barriers to hold back the rising waters which are already 4 feet above major flood stage.

4. The new SAT: The new version of the SAT college entrance exam has been taken by nearly a million and a half high school students since its debut in March, according to the company that owns the test. The new test offers more “real world” vocabulary and has a new format. No word on scores yet.

5. Rescued at sea: A Vermont man whose family says he has a form of autism was rescued off the coast of Massachusetts on Sunday after spending a week at sea in a life raft.  Nathan Carman, 22, and his mother, Linda Carman, were last seen on Sept. 18 when they left to go on a fishing trip on Nathan’s boat. A freighter found Nathan Carman adrift in the life boat, but there was no sign of his mother.  Carman told Coast Guard officials his boat ran into trouble and sank quickly. He said he tried to find his mother after the boat sank, but could not.

And one more

People are still trying to figure out what caused a bright flash and loud boom over the skies of northeastern Australia Monday. Residents reported that the earth shook as they saw a bright light streak across the sky. Scientist say it was likely a “big meteor” strike. 

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Red tide cause of fish kill on Florida coast

A massive fish kill along Florida's gulf coast is being blamed on red tide.

Thousands of dead fish have been washing up on beaches in Sarasota and Manatee counties, WTVT reported.

A red tide is when toxic algae bloom, releasing a toxin in the water that kills wildlife. The same toxic gas is released into the air and can affect people with asthma or other breathing issues, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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The phenomenon isn't new, with it dating as far back to the 1700s. 

Visitors to the gulf coast beaches have been greeted with the smell of the decaying dead fish left behind during the latest red tide, some leaving the area as soon as they arrive, WTVT reported.

Businesses in the area are also being affected by the fish kill. One restaurant recently has lost 40 percent of its business because of the dead fish, WTSP reported.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission tracks the red tide. Click here for the latest report.

WATCH: Dee Gordon pays tribute to Jose Fernandez with emotional home run

Miami second baseman Dee Gordon took New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon deep on Monday in the Marlins' first game since the death of Jose Fernandez.

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On Sunday, Fernandez died in a boating accident off the coast of Florida.

The left-handed Gordon, who was one of Fernandez’s closest friends, paid tribute to the ace pitcher by taking Colon's first pitch as a righty. Gordon then switched back to his left side before knocking Colon's third pitch out of the park for his first homer of the season. The crowd went into hysterics as Gordon, visibly emotional, rounded the bases. He burst into tears once he reached the dugout.

>> Marlins honor Jose Fernandez on emotional night

"It seemed like it took forever," Gordon told The Associated Press. "I was trying to get back to my teammates as fast as possible. I was just wondering why Jose wasn't there standing on the top step cheering for me."

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton called the moment "pure emotion."

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"There's no other way it could be scripted, unless you're in a movie rewriting everything that just happened," Stanton said.

The Marlins won 7-3.

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

Celebrities react to the presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over trade policy, race and law enforcement issues and who has the better temperament to combat terrorism during Monday night’s debate.

Here’s a look at how famous viewers rated their performances:

>> 5 must-see moments from the first presidential debate

John Legend wasn’t impressed by Trump:

>> PHOTOS: Clinton, Trump face off in first debate

Kirstie Alley has expressed support for Trump previously but mainly objected to Monday’s debate format:

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Sorry, but Kanye West was unavailable:

>> Trump vs. Clinton: When is the next presidential debate?

Rob Lowe, who also has expressed conservative views, didn’t say much during the debate but retweeted this sentiment about host Lester Holt:

>> Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

Seth Rogen also focused on the moderator:

>> Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

Alyssa Milano retweeted several commenters critical of Trump, but this is her pinned tweet:

5 must-see moments from the first presidential debate

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their first debate Monday night at New York's Hofstra University, trading jabs for 90 minutes as they tried to win over voters in a tight race. 

Here are some must-see moments from the showdown, moderated by NBC's Lester Holt:

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1. Candidates spar over taxes, emails. In one of the most heated exchanges of the night, the candidates clashed over two big issues: Trump's refusal to release his tax returns and Clinton's email scandal.

"The reason nominees have released their returns for decades is so that voters will know if their potential president owes money to – who he owes it to and any business conflicts," Holt said. "Don't Americans have a right to know if there are any conflicts of interest?"

Trump replied, "I'm under a routine audit. And it'll be released. And as soon as the audit's finished, it will be released."

>> Trump vs. Clinton: When is the next presidential debate?

When Holt pointed out that the IRS has said that Trump is "perfectly free" to release his taxes during an audit, the Republican nominee turned to Clinton's email scandal.

"I will release my tax returns – against my lawyer's wishes – when she releases her 33,000 emails that have been deleted. As soon as she releases them, I will release," Trump said to cheers from the audience.

>> PHOTOS: Clinton, Trump face off in first debate

Clinton responded by outlining why she believes Trump isn't releasing his taxes, questioning his income, charitable donations and business dealings.

"Or maybe he doesn't want the American people, all of you watching tonight, to know that he's paid nothing in federal taxes," she said.

>> Police escort Jill Stein away from the presidential debate site

Trump responded, "That makes me smart." 

Clinton also addressed the email controversy, saying, "I made a mistake using a private email."

"That's for sure," Trump shot back.

Clinton continued, "And if I had to do it over again, I would, obviously, do it differently. But I'm not going to make any excuses. It was a mistake, and I take responsibility for that."

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2. Clinton fires back after Trump questions her stamina. When asked to weigh in on his recent comment that Clinton doesn't have "a presidential look," Trump responded, "She doesn't have the look. She doesn't have the stamina. I said she doesn't have the stamina. And I don't believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina."

A bemused Clinton replied, "Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina."

>> Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

After a round of applause, Trump said, "Let me tell you. Hillary has experience, but it's bad experience. We have made so many bad deals during the last – so she's got experience, that I agree."

The audience applauded once again.

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3. Clinton defends her debate preparation. While discussing African-American communities and his visits to Detroit and Philadelphia, Trump slammed Clinton's recent absence from the campaign trail, saying, "I've been all over the place. You decided to stay home, and that's OK."

"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate," Clinton responded. "And, yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president. And I think that's a good thing."

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4. Trump says "why not" blame Clinton for all the country's problems. After Trump laid into Clinton on economic issues, she joked, "I have a feeling that by the end of this evening, I'm going to be blamed for everything that's ever happened."

"Why not?" Trump fired back.

Clinton said, "Why not? Yeah, why not. You know, just join the debate by saying more crazy things." 

"There's nothing crazy about not letting our companies bring their money back into their country," he responded.

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5. Trump lauds his temperament. When asked how his judgment is different from Clinton's, Trump said, "Well, I have much better judgment than she does. There's no question about that. I also have a much better temperament than she has, you know?"

He added, "I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament. I have a winning temperament. I know how to win."

Clinton later criticized Trump with a line she has used before.

>> It looks like Hillary Clinton’s name was spelled wrong on debate tickets

"So a man who can be provoked by a tweet should not have his fingers anywhere near the nuclear codes, so far as I think anyone with any sense about this should be concerned."

Trump responded, "That line's getting a little bit old, I must say."

"It's a good one, though," Clinton shot back. "It well describes the problem."

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WATCH: Falcons, Saints join hands midfield in circle of unity before kickoff

The Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints kicked off their game with a unique moment Monday night.

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After everyone stood for the national anthem, the teams left the sidelines and came together in the middle of the field where they held hands.

The two teams formed a circle around the 50-yard line for a moment of unity and reflection. Some players bowed their heads for a few moments before the teams returned to their sidelines.

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The ESPN announcer said the players decided to do the show of unity in light of last week’s police shootings and the demonstrations that have been going on around the NFL.

“With a message of togetherness, the Falcons and Saints lock arms and put the rivalry aside for a moment before #MNF,” the Falcons posted on their Facebook page.

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Trump sniffing at the debate gets a lot of attention on Twitter

The first of three presidential debates was full of chatter about checking facts, those infamous Hillary Clinton emails and Donald Trump's stance on stop-and-frisk, but one thing may have been spoken about the most.

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People could not ignore the Republican candidate for president's sniffles.

Whether or not Trump has a cold isn't clear, but Twitter had some concerns.

Related: The first presidential debate: Live updates from Clinton vs. Trump

Trump's sniffing was also likened to former Vice President Al Gore's sighing at the 2000 presidential debate against former president George W. Bush.

And in true Twitter fashion, Trump's sniffing got its own Twitter profiles.

1 of 2 missing boaters found alive

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The U.S. Coast Guard says one of two boaters missing for a week has been found alive, drifting on an inflatable life raft off the coast of Massachusetts.

The Coast Guard on Friday suspended its search for 54-year-old Linda Carman and her 22-year-old son, Nathan, of Middletown.

The mother and son disappeared Sept. 18 after leaving a Rhode Island marina to go on a fishing trip in a 31-foot aluminum fishing boat named the Chicken Pox.

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The Coast Guard in Boston says Nathan Carman was found Sunday by a freighter, the Orient Lucky, about 100 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

He was listed in good condition and reportedly told the Coast Guard by phone he had food and water in his life raft.

Linda Carman's whereabouts remain unknown. The Coast Guard said Monday they do not plan to reopen the search for Linda and that it's now "beyond the survivability window."

Nathan Carman told the Coast Guard the boat they were on started taking on water and when he got in a life raft he couldn't find his mother, according to a Coast Guard spokesperson.

Nathan Carman, who has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, disappeared in 2011 after he became distraught over the death of his horse, his parents said at the time. After a widespread search, the then-17-year-old Carman was found in Sussex County, Virginia. Police said he had taken a bus to Virginia and bought a scooter that he had planned to ride to Florida.

A friend of Linda Carman said she was ecstatic when she learned the boater's son was found alive. But Sharon Hartstein's feelings quickly turned to terror when she learned her friend was still missing.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Carman family was also struck by tragedy in 2013 when Linda Carman's father -- John Chakalos of Windsor, Connecticut -- was found dead in his home of a gunshot wound to the head. No arrest has been made in that case.

Nathan Carman grew up in Connecticut, but has lived in Vernon, Vermont, in recent years.

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