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Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The father of the 15-year-old who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane for five hours said his son was saved by God.

The teen survived through chilling temperatures and high altitudes in the unpressurized area of the jetliner. In an interview with the Voice of America, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi said his son is recovering in a Hawaii hospital.

"I heard that he survived, God saved him, I was extremely happy, but, it was something unexpected, it is something that crosses anyone’s mind," Abdi told VOA on Wednesday.

The father identified the teen as Yahya Abdi, who was spotted by airport workers on the tarmac in Maui after crawling out of the wheel well. He explained that his son had a "tough time with his schoolwork," which may have attributed to his decision to make the trip in the Boeing 767. The teen also frequently spoke about going back to Africa where his grandparents are, his father said.

"He didn’t study while in Africa, starting high school in here, was difficult, that could also be the cause, excessive absent, and learning became difficult for him," Abdi said.

An airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the teen told ABC News he said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and dad.

Airport surveillance video captured him exiting the wheel well at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law, and depending on how you see it, it’s either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”

The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.

Georgia’s governor, up for re-election, signed the law Wednesday.

“As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

There are many supporters in Georgia from all walks of life.

“It’s something that’s long overdue,” Samuel Hayes of Atlanta said. “It’s a tremendous victory for law-abiding citizens.”

“You should still have the right to be able to protect yourself,” another man said.

Across the country, however, gun control advocates are sounding the alarm.

“To do it in the name of safety? It’s beyond preposterous. It’s tragic,” said Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “You know, guns and alcohol don’t mix and yea, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of this.”

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Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, are accusing their team of demeaning treatment and unfair pay.

“Our dream as being a Buffalo Jills cheerleader was taken advantage of,” former cheerleader identified only as Maria P. told ABC affiliate WKBW.

The suit, filed by five former Buffalo Jills, says the team controlled everything from how much bread to eat at formal dinners to how to properly eat soup. The cheerleaders say the team even regulated what color nail polish they could wear.

At an annual golf tournament, the cheerleaders say they were required to wear bikinis and were subjected to degrading sexual comments and touched inappropriately.

And every week, they say they had the “jiggle test” and those who failed, in some cases, “were penalized, suspended or dismissed.”

“Everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and have us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling,” former Buffalo Jill Alyssa told ABC affiliate WKBW.

According to the suit, one Bills cheerleader says she was paid just $105 for the entire season.

“We are aware of this lawsuit, and it is our organizational policy not to comment on pending litigation,” Scott Berchtold, the Bills’ senior vice president of communications, told The Buffalo News.

The NFL isn’t commenting.

Buffalo follows suits by cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, some of whom claim they were paid less than $5 an hour.

The Jills suit says while they earned less than minimum wage, the highest-paid player on the team raked in an average of $16 million a season.

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Wavebreak Media / 36 / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing this week in New York City was located and reconnected to her family by the work of Reddit users.

According to a post on the social sharing site Reddit, a user named Josh Goldberg posted Tuesday that his 59-year-old mother, May Goldberg, had wandered out of her apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was missing.

Goldberg described his mother as having “severe dementia” and posted several photos and a description of her to the site. He said he first reported the incident to police, who distributed her photo in hopes of finding her.

Just seven hours later, another user of the site found May Goldberg wandering New York City. That user, “geryorama,” posted around midnight that he saw someone on the street who looked like the woman in the photos. He double-checked the Reddit post on his, stopped the women, and called for help, he wrote.

“I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar,” he wrote.

 

I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

Other Reddit users dubbed him the “Where’s Waldo” champion of the world for spotting a woman in a city of eight million.

“I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family,” he wrote.

Josh Goldberg updated the thread to say his mother is safe and being checked out at a hospital as a precaution.

“A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities,” Goldberg wrote. “The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.”

The Goldbergs could not be immediately reached for comment.

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BananaStock / 360 / Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials on Wednesday to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids.

School officials said a 10-year-old fourth-grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colo., on Monday.

“He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for the Greeley-Evans School District, told ABC News.

The next day, Gates said one of the three young buyers brought a marijuana edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold the pot on Monday. That boy took a bite, but did not suffer any ill effects, Gates said.

Both boys apparently got the weed from relatives, according to Gates.

“Both of these kids took the marijuana without the consent of their grandparents,” said Gates.

Gates said the four students involved will be suspended for a “significant” number of days, but declined to say exactly how long the punishment would be. Initially, police were called but officials have determined the incident will not be handled as a criminal matter, he said.

“We hope to send a good message here without ruining anybody’s lives. The message we really want to get out here to the adults is, ‘for crying out loud, secure it,’” Gates said.

Adults 21 and older have been able to buy recreational marijuana legally in Colorado since Jan. 1.

In a letter sent home to parents, Monfort Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sheldon said no student was injured.

“We know that many adults have greater access to marijuana since the change in the drug’s legal status in Colorado,” Sheldon wrote. “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

Colorado’s legislature is currently considering new safety regulations for marijuana edibles, including bills requiring stronger warning labels and lowering the amount of THC permitted in food.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio





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