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Bondi cop receives special valour award for "exceptional bravery"

<p>The police officer who stopped the Bondi massacre has been honoured with a valour award at a police induction ceremony.</p> <p>Inspector Amy Scott fatally shot Joel Cauchi in the middle of his terrifying rampage through the Bondi Junction Westfield shopping centre, which resulted in the deaths of six people. </p> <p>On Friday, ten weeks on from the mass stabbing, NSW Premier Chriss Minns announced the officer would receive a Commissioner’s Valour Award “for displaying exceptional bravery in a life-threatening situation” at a police graduation ceremony. </p> <p>“She has been rightly labelled a hero,” he said. “She was calm, decisive, and as a result she saved many lives.”</p> <p>“She gives us all an example of what we ask of our police, many of whom are young, to walk into terrible situations as an ordinary part of their job.”</p> <p>The special award is a commendation for officers who display exceptional bravery in life-threatening situations, and is reserved for the most decorated officers.</p> <p>Inspector Scott was the first officer on scene on April 13th, confronting the 40-year-old Cauchi alone before shooting him dead with a bullet to the chest.</p> <p>While waiting for back-up officers to arrive, Scott performed CPR on Cauchi and some of his victims. </p> <p>The award for Ms Scott was part of a larger ceremony to welcome 169 new probationary constables into the NSW Police at the Goulburn Police Academy.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p>

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Hall of Fame fighter hospitalised after saving elderly parents from fire

<p>In the heart of Ohio, a story of heroism and sacrifice has emerged from the flames of a devastating house fire.</p> <p>Mark Coleman, a revered figure in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) and the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), found himself in the midst of a harrowing ordeal, where his actions transcended the octagon to demonstrate unparalleled bravery and love for family.</p> <p>On a fateful Tuesday morning, as the dawn painted the sky over Fremont, Ohio, tragedy struck the Coleman household. Details of the fire initially emerged through local news outlets, shrouded in anonymity. However, it wasn't long before the truth surfaced – it was Mark Coleman, the UFC legend, who had selflessly rushed into the inferno to rescue his elderly parents from imminent danger.</p> <p>Reports indicated that Coleman, aged 59, wasted no time in the face of adversity. With unwavering determination, he courageously carried both of his parents, Dan and Connie Foos Coleman, to safety, braving the engulfing flames that threatened to consume their home. Yet, his valour knew no bounds as he plunged back into the fiery abyss, driven by an instinctive urge to save another beloved member of the family – their loyal dog, Hammer.</p> <p>Tragically, despite his desperate efforts, the canine companion did not survive the blaze. Coleman's daughter, Kenzie, revealed on social media that Hammer's persistent barking had roused her father from slumber, ultimately saving his life. This heartbreaking loss added another layer of sorrow to an already traumatic event.</p> <p>As news of Coleman's heroic act spread, an outpouring of support and prayers flooded social media platforms. His second daughter Morgan, in an emotional Instagram post, recounted her father's selfless deeds and pleaded for continued prayers during this trying time. To the Coleman family, Mark wasn't just a UFC pioneer; he was a beacon of strength and resilience, a cherished father and a beloved friend.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/C4bQHaopteq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/C4bQHaopteq/?utm_source=ig_embed&utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Morgan Coleman (@mocoleman18)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mark Coleman's legacy in the world of MMA is undeniable. Dubbed "The Godfather of Ground-and-Pound", he etched his name in the annals of UFC history as the organisation's inaugural heavyweight champion in 1997. His contributions to the sport earned him a well-deserved place in the UFC Hall of Fame in 2008, solidifying his status as a true icon.</p> <p>However, beyond the glitz and glory of the octagon, Coleman's journey has been marked by personal struggles and triumphs. In 2020, he battled a heart attack, a testament to his resilience in the face of adversity. A year later, he confronted his demons, seeking rehabilitation for alcoholism, and emerged stronger, embracing a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>Author Jonathan Snowden, who shared a close bond with Coleman and was poised to document his remarkable life story, offered a glimpse into the aftermath of the fire. Through poignant images capturing the devastation, Snowden provided a raw and unfiltered portrayal of the ordeal. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is what's left of the house Mark Coleman and his family were in last night. </p> <p>Mark's dog Hammer woke him up to a house in flames. He saved both his parents and is fighting for his life. <a href="https://t.co/hicYhv7SDm">pic.twitter.com/hicYhv7SDm</a></p> <p>— Jonathan Snowden (@JESnowden) <a href="https://twitter.com/JESnowden/status/1767637195555299781?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 12, 2024</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Images: Instagram / Twitter (X)</em></p>

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“There was so much more for her to achieve”: Selfless mum remembered for her heroic save

<p>Mother and pioneer for the deaf community Leonie Jackson was enjoying time at the beach with her children when their day - and their lives - took a devastating turn for the worst. </p> <p>When Leonie’s 10-year-old son, Byron, got caught in a rip at Congo Beach, the brave woman dove into the dangerous conditions to save him. She was successful in keeping his head above the water, but the same couldn’t be said for her. </p> <p>The pair were brought to the shore by a surfer who was nearby, and CPR was performed on Leonie by paramedics at the scene. Tragically, they were unable to revive the 50-year-old. </p> <p>A memorial service was held at the beach, with her loved ones paying tribute to her remarkable life and dedicated work for the deaf community. Leonie is survived by her two children: 12-year-old Byron and 15-year-old Tobian. </p> <p>"It's just been shattering," Tony Abrahams told <em>ABC</em>. “It's just one of those events that completely upends lives and communities."</p> <p>According to Tony, Leonie was only in the area to celebrate her 50th birthday for a few days with her friends. </p> <p>“I’d never seen her happier than on the day she died,” he said. “Here is this beautiful place where we shared such a wonderful celebration. It's also the scene of the ultimate sacrifice of a mother swimming out and saving her son and keeping him afloat for several minutes that allowed him to get his breath and to be saved."</p> <p>Alexander Jones - Leonie’s close friend and the father of her children - had similar words to share to the <em>AAP </em>(through an Auslan interpreter), explaining that ““Leonie made that decision because of her love for her children.</p> <p>“She had to do that. There was no other choice to make.”</p> <p>Leonie’s heroism has since been recognised, with the brave mother being awarded a posthumous medal for her actions that fateful day. </p> <p>The awards are distributed each year to those who have demonstrated brave conduct, and recognise members of the community who face danger in pursuit of helping others. Leonie was one of 11 to receive a medal for her bravery, and was announced as a recipient by Governor-General David Hurley. </p> <p>"The courage they showed is matched by their selflessness and they deserve our respect, gratitude and recognition,” Hurley said of the recipients. </p> <p>“For the loved ones of those no longer with us - I hope that the posthumous acknowledgement of their bravery brings comfort. Their stories will not be forgotten.”</p> <p>“It’s heartwarming to know that her act is recognised but I have to say, she would have gotten many more medals if she was still here,” Alexander admitted.</p> <p>“There was so much more for her to achieve.”</p> <p>Leonie had spent years advocating for the deaf community, dedicating her life to the fight for equality in education for deaf children, even establishing Australia’s very bilingual program for deaf and hearing children alike. </p> <p>As Alexander explained, “Leonie was selfless her whole life.”</p> <p>“She was such an impressive human being. She was creative. She was full of ideas. She was a trailblazer.”</p> <p><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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“A special girl”: Orphaned crash victim receives bravery award for saving baby brothers

<p>Synthia Rose Day, a five-year-old girl from Western Australia, has received a Children of Courage award for her actions in the devastating crash that orphaned herself and her two younger brothers. </p> <p>Synthia was in the car with her mother Cyndi Braddock, Cyndi’s partner Jake Day, and her two brothers when their Land Rover left the road in Wheatbelt and flipped a handful of kilometres short of their home. Jake was 28, and Cyndi only 25. </p> <p>In the backseat with her little brothers, Synthia survived the accident, but the trio were not found for 55 hours in the wake of the tragedy despite a frantic search by both their loved ones and the local authorities. </p> <p>While the situation the children found themselves in was nothing short of devastating, Synthia stepped up, and took action to make sure her brothers got out of there okay. </p> <p>"She took the seatbelt off the one-year-old Charles,” the childrens’ uncle, Al Slatter, informed <em>9News</em>, “[she] got him out of the seat and then got her foot stuck so she couldn't move … and what she did for Bevan was amazing."</p> <p>The children, freed from the vehicle and watched over by young Synthia, were eventually found on the roadside. </p> <p>For her actions that day, Synthia has been presented with a Children of Courage award, and was nominated by her teacher, Tony Smeed.</p> <p>“She's always been a caring and compassionate person,” Smeed said of the decision to put Synthia forward for the award, “and obviously the bravery she showed in 50 hours of heat to keep her brothers alive was just amazing.”</p> <p>“The award will mean that much to her,” their uncle, Al Slatter added, “and I even had a tear in my eye when they read it out to me, because she’s a special girl.”</p> <p>Synthia’s beloved brothers - two-year-old Bevan and one-year-old Charles - were in attendance to support their hero big sister, and the family had to travel more than three hours from their home in Kondinin to Perth to attend the ceremony. </p> <p>Slatter also opened up to <em>9News </em>about Synthia’s attitude since the tragedy, as the children adjust to their lives in their grandparents’ care, saying, “Charles, she loves him, but Bevan, wherever he goes - if he’s out riding his pushbike out the front - she’s got to be out there checking on him, making sure he’s not too far from Nanny.”</p> <p>Synthia was one of 38 exceptional children across Western Australia to be recognised for demonstrating resilience, determination, and positivity while living with trauma and various health challenges. </p> <p><em>Images: 9News</em></p>

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AGT judges moved to tears after "brave" act

<p>An emotionally charged backstory to a card trick has left the judges of <em>Australia's Got Talent </em>in tears. </p> <p>On Monday night's episode of the variety talent show, contestant Michael Webb shared a story about a man named Jack who decided to seek help for his mental health issues. </p> <p>However, the story of “Jack” was Michael’s own story, and it moved the judges immensely.</p> <p>While the story alone brought tears to the eyes, it was the “perfect” card trick supporting the story that stunned the audience and judges.</p> <p>“I have a deck of cards to help me tell the story,” said Michael, who was standing in front of the judges’ desk.</p> <p>He asked Alesha Dixon to shuffle the cards well, before instructing Shane Jacobson to choose any card, sign his name on it and show the other judges and audience the card.</p> <p>Michael took that signed card - without seeing which one it was - and shuffled it into the deck.</p> <p>“I came here to tell you all a story that means a lot to me. And I hope you like it,” Michael began, holding onto the deck of cards.</p> <p>“It’s actually a story about a guy I know named Jack,” he said, as he drew a Jack card from the deck, stunning the audience.</p> <p>“And if you met Jack, you’d probably think he’s the luckiest guy in the world."</p> <p>“He’s got a loving family and plenty of mates. And they think he’s kind of funny, they always think of him as a bit of a joker,” he said pulling out a Joker card.</p> <p>“When he’s out on the town with his mates, they really get around him. They call him the king,” he said, drawing a King card.</p> <p>“Which is kind of ironic,” he continued, as he pulled out a Queen card, “because whenever the night ends up at the karaoke bar, he’s always the one always singing Queen.”</p> <p>The story continued and Michael kept drawing cards that perfectly linked to his story such as “full house” and “flush” and relevant numbers.</p> <p>“But even on the most joyous of occasions, like Christmas, or even his birthday, he would often look around at the full house of family and friends having such a good time."</p> <div> <p>“And he’d stop and think, what’s wrong with me? Like, why can’t I have fun?"</p> <p>“The more he thought about this, the worse he felt, and the worst he felt the more guilty he felt."</p> <p>“And all of a sudden, he’d have shame and become flushed with emotion. So what would Jack do? He’d find a nice quiet room in the house and cry."</p> <p>“You see, Jack was a 28-year-old man and, in his mind, 28-year-old males - they need to be strong, and they don’t talk about their feelings.”</p> <p>Michael said that it was not until “Jack” learned that one in 10 Australians actually sought professional help that he realised he wasn’t alone, and told his friends about his struggles.</p> <p>“(Jack’s friends) thought it showed true heart to talk about his feelings,” Michael said.</p> <p>“So he started to do some research and he was shocked to learn that, in the most recent year, 3318 Australians took their own lives.</p> <p>“That’s 63 people every single week, and, for every person that did, another 20 attempted to.</p> <p>“In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 to 44 - and he didn’t want to become another statistic.”</p> <p>Michael added that "Jack" was inspired by hearing other people's stories, including those from “Australian royalty” such as Miranda Kerr, Julia Gillard and Buddy Franklin.</p> <p>“Hearing these people share their own personal stories about their struggles helped Jack recognise his fears and made him realise he’s not alone,” Michael said.</p> <p>“So do you know what Jack decided to do?"</p> <p>“Jack decided to share his story on <em>Australia’s Got Talent</em>, and by sharing this story today, I hope I can make just at least one person get their head straight,” Michael said, holding back tears.</p> <p>Trying to control his emotions, Shane whispered to him, “You’re doing great, mate.”</p> <p>Michael continued, “I want all Australians genuinely who are struggling with their mental health to remember that without the rain there can be no rainbow.</p> <p>”So I want all Australians to shine bright like a diamond,” he said, pulling on Shane’s signed ace of diamonds card - stunning the room.</p> <p>Shane told Michael that the issue of mental health awareness is very close to his heart, and he praised him for sharing his "incredibly personal" story on such a public stage. </p> <p>“You, my friend, are incredibly brave, know that,” he said.</p> <p>“Thank you so much for sharing your story and making people aware that they are not alone,” Kate Ritchie told the talent.</p> <p>David Walliams said he has never heard the audience so quiet during an act, before saying, “You are magic because you’ll have changed people’s lives.”</p> <p>Michael went on to get four yes votes from the judges, moving on to the next round.</p> <p><strong><em>If you or someone you know needs mental health advice, or help in a crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. </em></strong></p> <p><em>Image credits: Australia's Got Talent</em></p> </div>

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Six inches from death: New biography reveals Prince Harry’s bravery while serving in Afghanistan

<p>In 2007, Prince Harry was deployed to southern Afghanistan with the Household Cavalry and now, a new biography has detailed his time in the war-torn Hemland Province and his close brushes with death.</p> <p>Harry was based in the Gamsir area, close to the Pakistani border, which was, according to his commanding officer Major Mark Millford “about as dangerous as it can get”.</p> <p>Harry was employed as a forward air controller, which involved studying “Taliban TV”, a live feed from cameras mounted on aircraft and unmanned drones, reported the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5513595/New-biography-reveals-bravery-Prince-Harry.html" target="_blank"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Daily Mail.</span></strong></a></p> <p>Carefully analysing the images before him, Harry would search for troop movements or signs of body heat that could reveal the position of the Taliban.</p> <p>The job involved hours of consulting detailed “pattern of life” studies to identify schools, mosques and marketplaces with innocent civilians to ensure they were not targeted.</p> <p>For the first time in his life, Harry found that he could be unrecognised as a member of the royal family which allowed him to talk with the village elders and learn about local life.</p> <p>However, his anonymity meant he was in just as much danger as all his other comrades.</p> <p>Captain Dickon Leigh-Wood, who knew Harry since their time together at Ludgrove prep school and who had trained with him at Combermere Barracks, explained the time Harry and his unit “drove over” an unexploded landmine.</p> <p>“One of the vehicles in the column suddenly noticed something flick underneath the tank in front and everyone was ordered to stop,” Captain Leigh-Wood said.</p> <p>“You automatically think, ‘This is gonna go off. This is it’.</p> <p>“The previous vehicles, including Harry’s, had missed the pressure plate of an IED by about six inches. If any of us had gone over it, it would have been game over.”</p> <p>The captain said that Harry slept in trenches with up to four people in sleeping bags, with temperatures as low as -26C at night.</p> <p>“I never once heard him complain.”</p> <p>“He often went into the villages with the interpreter to chat to locals, just to find out what was going on, drink some chai, and experience their life. “He was never recognised and I think he really cherished that. These people had no TV. </p> <p>“I don’t think they’d have recognised the Queen if she’d have been there. He was also brilliant at keeping everyone’s spirits up. </p> <p>“We had a lot of Fijians in our troop. </p> <p>“They love playing touch rugby and Harry’s obsessed with it, so he would often instigate a game right there in the middle of the desert with a ball he kept in the tank.”</p> <p><em>Image credit: Air Force Space Command </em></p>

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6-year-old girl tries to stop axe-wielding robber

<p>This is the heart-stopping a fearless young girl tries to stop an axe-wielding robber attacking an employee at her family’s store.</p> <p>CCTV footage captured six-year-old Sarah Patel at her parents’ electrical shop in Auckland, New Zealand, running towards a masked robber as he threatens an employee with an axe.</p> <p>The video shows the masked intruders attacking other employees, but it is one scene that has captured the world – the moment a fearless Sarah runs towards an attacker, who is standing over a store employee with an axe, and pulls his leg in an attempt to stop him. She’s pushed away and her grandfather quickly picks her up to take her to safety.</p> <p>Sarah says she was "trying to save" the 19-year-old employee Jordan Byrt, and that she wasn't scared of the "bad guy".</p> <p>Thankfully, Sarah wasn’t hurt by the incident, but is a bit shaken up by the whole ordeal.</p> <p>Her dad Suhail Patel, told the New Zealand Herald: "The whole incident is not only disturbing mentally it's also too much disturbance in life. She couldn't sleep last night, she has got a bit of nausea and anxiety."</p> <p>“Last night she was very upset. Was in shock. We’ve been trying to say to her ‘You’re the bravest girl’, that sort of thing,” he said.</p> <p>The suspects escaped by car but were caught by West Auckland police after a car chase. Five 16-year-old males have appeared in court charged with aggravated robbery, injuring with intent and breaching bail.</p> <p><strong>Related links: </strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/family-pets/2016/08/the-importance-of-family-gatherings/"><em>The importance of family gatherings</em></a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/family-pets/2016/08/remembering-the-1960s/"><em>A walk down memory lane: Growing up in the 1960s</em></a></strong></span></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong><a href="/lifestyle/family-pets/2016/08/lessons-i-learnt-from-my-grandmother/"><em>21 lessons I learnt from my grandmother</em></a></strong></span></p>

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Woman and her dog heroically rescued from floodwaters

<p>Amid some of the worst flooding the US state of Louisiana has ever seen, a beautiful act of bravery has been captured on video.</p> <p>A woman and her dog were trapped in their rapidly-sinking car in the capital of Baton Rouge when they were spotted by a rescue boat.</p> <p>“Oh my god I'm drowning,” the woman can be heard shouting from the convertible before rescuer David Phung tears open its roof, pulling her from the car.</p> <p>Despite fears the woman’s dog was lost, Phung can be seen emerging from the floodwaters moments later with the beloved pooch, thankfully still alive.</p> <p>Take a look at the incredible footage in the video above and tell us in the comments below, what’s the most daring rescue you’ve ever witnessed?</p> <p><strong>Related links:</strong></p> <p><a href="/news/news/2016/08/little-boy-asks-for-shoes-for-the-poor-instead-of-birthday-presents/"><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>10-year-old boy asks for shoes for needy kids instead of birthday presents</strong></span></em></a></p> <p><a href="/news/news/2016/08/grandmother-gives-up-spot-on-organ-transplant-list/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><em><strong>Great grandmother gives up spot on organ transplant list for younger woman</strong></em></span></a></p> <p><a href="/news/news/2016/08/dolphin-steals-ipad/"><strong><em><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Woman’s iPad stolen by dolphin at SeaWorld</span></em></strong></a></p>

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