Former first lady Barbara Bush died Tuesday at 92, and people on both sides of the aisle took time to fondly remember her, her legacy and how she shaped her family. Jenna Bush Hager, a “Today” show anchor and daughter of President George W. Bush, posted a heartwarming statement on Instagram to remember her grandmother.

Bush Hager said her grandmother was “the glue that held our family together,” and that she constantly was stopped by people wanting to praise the former first lady. “She adored my Gampy, the first man she ever kissed,” Bush Hager wrote. “Their love story is so engrained (sic) in the history of our family.”

Read her full caption below:

“I already miss this FORCE of a woman— the ‘enforcer’ because she was the glue that held our family together. She taught me to use my voice but also to value the opinions of others. She adored her friends and family; her loyalty was unwavering. Humor helps, she often said and it does, Gans, but I will miss your laugh terribly. She adored my Gampy, the first man she ever kissed; their love story is so engrained (sic) in the history of our family. Thinking of my Gampy tonight —no doubt missing his beloved desperately. Gans, people stopped me all the time to tell me how much they loved you. I didn’t mind sharing you with them. I love you more than tongue can tell, my Ganny.”

Some of Bush Hager’s cousins, fellow grandchildren of the former first lady, have also spoken out on social media to remember Barbara Bush.

Jeb Bush Jr. urged people to honor her legacy by reading a book to a child, by or “finding an opinion different [than] our own.”

Thanks to all the prayers, texts,emails, and notes received – how lucky are we to have had Ganny in our lives! Praying for one fly boy after losing his heart and soul of 73 years 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽❤️


— Jeb Bush, Jr. (@JebBushJr) April 18, 2018

I think my Ganny would have wanted us to remember her by picking up a book and reading to our child, grandchild, or finding an opinion different then our own. I love her and miss her very much.

She did it her way – with grace and class.

— Jeb Bush, Jr. (@JebBushJr) April 18, 2018

George P. Bush noted that his grandmother’s “entire life was focused on others.”

My grandmother’s entire life was focused on others. For my grandfather, she was his top adviser and confidante. For her family, she was a steady, loving and guiding hand. And for her country, she was an inspiration and an example for all. 1/2

— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 17, 2018

My grandmother didn’t just live life; she lived it well. And the sorrow of her loss is softened by the knowledge of her impact on our family and our country. I will miss you, Ganny—but know we will see you again. 2/2

— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 17, 2018


A special session on the death of 16-year-old Kyle Plush that lasted nearly five hours remained mostly calm until his family felt things went too far.

Cincinnati officials apologized to the family of the Seven Hills School sophomore who died after he was trapped by a rear bench in his minivan and police failed to find him, despite his calls to 911.


Tuesday’s five-hour meeting was coming to an end when it took an intense turn. Comments made by Councilman Wendell Young caused Plush’s family to erupt in frustration.

After expressing empathy for the Plush family, Young seemed to suggest the city may face a lawsuit in connection with Kyle’s death.

Wendell Young: “I suspect that there will be attempts to do what the law allows to be done ,to try to, in some way, to make up for what happened with you. But there’s no amount of money that’s going to make you happy. There’s no amount of…

Kyle’s father, Ron: “This isn’t about money!”

Young: “I believe that there’s no amount of blame that’s going to make the situation better. So I think at the end.. (Kyle’s aunt gets up and motions for other loved ones to stand) of the day…”

Kyle’s uncle: “You know what, stop this right here.”

Young: “At the end of the day…”

Kyle’s uncle: “This is the most insensitive thing I’ve ever heard. You guys were doing wonderful until this guy started talking. I’m tired. You’ve crossed the line. You have crossed the line.”

As Kyle’s father, uncle, aunt and grandmother were leaving council chambers, Young said, “I hope that we are able to find a solution that, again, makes certain we don’t suffer this.”

Vice Mayor Chris Smitherman tried to process what happened.

“It’s painful to the see the family leave these chambers within that way,” Smitherman said. “It’s very disheartening.”

At the start of the meeting, Mayor John Cranley said Plush’s death was “heartbreaking for all of us.” He apologized to family members, including Kyle’s father, who found his body the evening of April 10.

City Council members also offered their thoughts and prayers.

“I feel blame personally, and I think we all should. Regardless of who’s at fault. Things didn’t go the way they were supposed to go and that is on us,” Cranley said. “I’ve said it to the family and let me say it again. I’m sorry.”

Tuesday’s special meeting was called to find out what happened after Plush was trapped inside his vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to his school in Madisonville.

Plush used his phone’s voice feature to call 911 twice from the 2004 Honda Odyssey, but police couldn’t find him. The Hamilton County coroner said he died of asphyxiation due to “chest compression.”

City officials are examining the response to the 911 calls and possible staffing and equipment issues at the emergency center.

Police Chief Eliot Isaac said there are “many questions to be answered” in the police department’s investigation. He said he hopes to conclude it quickly, possibly in 10 days.

“In your professional opinion, chief, was human error a cause of what happened here?” Councilman Jeff Pastor asked Isaac.

“We’re trying to determine that. Clearly, something has gone wrong.” Isaac answered.

Isaac said a 911 operator who had been put on leave following the youth’s death will return to work Wednesday, but will not be taking emergency calls as the investigation continues.

In his second call, Plush provided a description of his vehicle while saying: “I’m almost dead.” But police said officers in the area didn’t have that information. Investigators are trying to determine whether there was an operator error or equipment failure, or both.

A technology company examined the Computer Aided Dispatch system and sent a letter that Smitherman received Tuesday.

Information in the letter disputed information that the CAD system had gone down during the incident.

“Our analysis of the activity concludes the CAD did not crash and was operational throughout the event,” Smitherman read from the letter. “One of the workstations running CAD in the backup center was restarted prior to the 911 call. This workstation was operational at the time of the call and logs show there was normal operator activity before, during and after the call.”

The dispatcher on the second call Kyle Plush made to 911 told supervisors that she didn’t hear anyone on the line.

The analysis from the technology company said the CAD system is independent of the headset dispatchers use.

“The CAD does not control or interact with the 911 calls and could not affect the quality of the voice in the headset,” Smitherman said as he read the letter.

The Hamilton County prosecutor also plans a probe.

Honda has said the minivan model had no seat-related safety recalls and that the company has shared information with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Federal transportation officials have said they are in contact with Honda and Cincinnati area authorities.

Kyle’s parents said in a statement last week that their son “embraced life with a passion far beyond his years.” They added: “We also have questions and want answers.”

Port Alberti, British Columbia —

Two parents, who allegedly took matters into their own hands against a man they say was propositioning their 13-year-old daughter, may now be charged with assault after apparently restraining that man with zip ties when he turned up at their home in Canada.

The unnamed parents in Port Alberti, British Columbia, said the 28-year-old man showed up at their home Thursday, expecting to have sex with their teenaged daughter, CTV News reported.


The girl’s parents then allegedly tied up the man and called police. The couple also apparently filmed a Facebook Live video of the restrained man, with the woman calling him a “predator” and saying police refused to go to the house for the “meeting.”

“We f—–g tackled him and zap-strapped him and called the police,” a female voice could be heard in the video.

“Because earlier today when I asked the police to come here for this meeting, they said no,” the voice continued. “…Why wouldn’t the police come and help me catch this predator that just came to my f——g house?”

Canadian police confirmed parts of the account, telling news outlets that they responded to a disturbance that left a man tied up as “a result of vigilante actions.” The man was then freed from his restraints and taken to the hospital by police. He has not been charged.

The girl’s parents were arrested at their home.

Police later stated the couple could face charges of assault resulting in bodily harm and forcible confinement, according to CHEK News.

The parents defended their actions against the man, saying they discovered the 28-year-old was sending her daughter “explicit messages” via Instagram over a month ago. The mother told news outlets that they told the police about the messages but were told to block the man’s account and forget about it.

“They wouldn’t even look at my phone,” the woman told CTV News. “I’ve been waiting for six weeks for the police to give me a name behind the Instagram account.”

The woman then said she messaged the man, pretending to be her daughter, inviting him over to their home. When she asked police to be there, she said they refused. When the man, who is an apparent acquaintance to the family, showed up, that’s when the couple allegedly assaulted him.

A corporal with the Port Alberni Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the man has been under investigation for child luring since March, and slammed the couple’s “vigilante actions” in an issued statement.

“Police want to stress that at no time should the public take the law into their own hands,” said Cpl. Amelia Hayden.

“These are serious matters and the police are investigating and taking appropriate steps to address the original complaint filed in March. Vigilante actions like these are not only illegal and put people in danger, but they also have the potential to compromise the original ongoing investigation.”

Hayden said the mother was also told not to pursue the meeting, but went forward with it anyway.

In an interview, the father called the charges “ridiculous.”

“Shouldn’t a guy be able to protect his own family in his house? This is ridiculous, and I felt that was the best way to do it.”

The mother added: “If I get charged, I still feel it was the right thing.”

In 2016, Arjan Dwarshuis took his love for birdwatching to extreme lengths. He boarded over 140 flights to 40 different countries, journeying through jungles and forests in search of the birds of the world.


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Albuquerque Police are searching for a missing 81-year-old woman.

Hilda Pack lefter her home near Gibson and Carlisle around 5:00pm Tuesday afternoon with her black and white Shih’ Tzu.


Her caretakers say she was going to have a neighbor look at her taxes.

She does suffer from dementia and can become confused.

If you see her, call Albuquerque Police.

In the hours following the first accident-related fatality on a U.S. passenger airline since 2009, pictures and video spread online of the terrifying scene inside Southwest flight 1380 Tuesday. Some of those images showed panicked passengers wearing their oxygen masks incorrectly.

Pre-flight safety demonstrations — with which all frequent travelers are familiar — instruct passengers to cover their nose and mouth with the oxygen mask if the cabin loses pressure. But on Southwest flight 1380, it appeared several passengers were wearing the drop-down masks in a way that only covered their mouths.

According to the FAA, airline “phase-sequential continuous-flow” masks are capable of providing passengers sufficient oxygen to prevent oxygen deficiencies in emergencies up to 40,000 feet

Pull the mask toward you, place it over your NOSE AND MOUTH! Secure the elastic band and breathe normally #southwest#Idontcareaboutthesafetyinstructions 🤦🏼‍♀️

— Veco (@vecotita) April 17, 2018

The Southwest Boeing 373 blew an engine Tuesday at about 30,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window and damaged the fuselage, which killed a passenger and injured seven others, authorities said. The flight from New York to Dallas was forced to make an emergency landing in Philadelphia.

There were reports from passengers and crew on board that someone may have been partially sucked out of the plane, but the National Transportation Safety Board didn’t mention it in a briefing.

“I just remember holding my husband’s hand, and we just prayed and prayed and prayed,” passenger Amanda Bourman, of New York, told the Associated Press. “And the thoughts that were going through my head, of course, were about my daughters, just wanting to see them again and give them a big hug so they wouldn’t grow up without parents.”

Bourman said she was seated near the back and was asleep when she heard a loud noise and oxygen masks dropped. She said the plane was fairly quiet because everyone was wearing a mask.

The NTSB sent a team of investigators to Philadelphia. Sumwalt said the engine will be taken apart and examined to understand what caused the failure.

The love bonding former first lady Barbara and former President George H.W. Bush was evident even in the former’s last moments.

The ailing former first lady, who died at her Houston home Tuesday, did so with her beau by her side.

A heartbroken, yet “stoic,” George H.W. Bush held his wife’s hand throughout her last day, a family spokesperson said, living out his commitment made more than 73 years ago to love and care for her until death did they part.

But George H.W. Bush is still determined to be the rock of the Bush family, his Chief of Staff Jean Becker said.

“It will not surprise all of you who know and love him that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family,” Becker said. “He is determined to be for them as well.”

The couple held the title as the longest presidential marriage in American history, beating out John and Abigail Adams’ 54-year union in 2000.

The elder Bush couple married on Jan. 6, 1945, as World War II raged in the European and Pacific theaters. They tied the knot in Rye, New York, as Bush was recuperating from fighting in the Pacific. He was 20 and Barbara was 19.

They met when Bush was just 16 years old, at a Christmas dance at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.

“I married the first man I ever kissed,” Barbara once told reporters. “When I tell my children that they just about throw up.”

They would later have six children, including future President George W. Bush, former Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Neil Bush.

The former first lady was also the fourth cousin four times removed of Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States.

In the past, the couple had been caught on the “Kiss Cam” at a Texans game at NRG Stadium. They smooched to the delight of thousands, proving that even seven decades later, they still had fun with one another. They were even at the fifth game of the 2018 Astros World Series at Minute Maid Park, one of the biggest moments in Houston sports history.

The former first lady would have turned 93 on June 8. The former president turns 94 years old just days later.

Tulsi Kamath contributed to this report.


Toby the cat has finally found a loving family after the folks he felt closest to tried to have him put down.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the SPCA of Wake County said the 7-year-old cat was given away after his original family no longer wanted him. Instead of settling into his new digs, Toby walked 12 miles and returned to his first humans.


The SPCA said the initial owners still didn’t want Toby, and actually took him to an animal shelter to be euthanized.

The SPCA said the shelter instead sought its help in getting Toby a loving home. Many commenters said the family who tried to have Toby euthanized should be blacklisted from adopting pets in the future.

“Toby is safe here at the SPCA Pet Adoption Center, waiting to find his forever home. He would prefer to be the only cat in his home. We hope his story inspired you to take a stand for animals in need,” the shelter captioned a video of Toby.

But Toby’s story has a happy ending. Last week, the SPCA reported Toby found a new home where he lives with another cat and two kids.

He even has an Instagram page. A video of Toby has had more than 5,300 views.