'Heroic' Boy Fought Off Dad's Ex As She Tried to Kill Him, Police Say

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_c22a38c4cb.jpgWJLA/ABC News (CHEVERLY, Md.) --An 8-year-old boy is being hailed as a hero after he fought his father's ex-girlfriend as she allegedly tried to kill the boy, police said. Jacob Soliz-Amaya was sleeping at his home in Cheverly, Md., on Saturday when his father's ex-girlfriend, Helen Newsome, emerged from a hiding place in the home and smothered the boy with a pillow, police said.

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Cleveland Kidnapper Ariel Castro Found Dead in Prison Cell

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_04c943c91d.jpgAngelo Merendino/Getty Images(ORIENT, Ohio) -- Convicted Cleveland kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro has died after he was found hanged in his prison cell, Ohio Department of Corrections confirmed to ABC News. Castro, 53, was found hanging in his cell at Correctional Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, on Tuesday at approximately 9:20 p.m. local time, corrections spokeswoman JoEllen Smith said.

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Teen Claims Clothing Store Says She Was Too Big to Shop There

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_0f31509bd6.jpgTrevor Williams/Getty Images (EUGENE, Ore.) -- Fourteen-year-old Shelby Buster didn't want to become a poster child for people who are discriminated against because of their weight. All she wanted to do last weekend was shop for her birthday present at a Rue 21 clothing store at the Valley River Center mall in Eugene, Ore.

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Calif. Wildfire 80 Percent Contained

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_a28ea2aada.jpgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images (TUOLUMNE COUNTY, Calif.) -- The wildfire in Tuolumne County, Calif., called the Rim Fire, is 80 percent contained as of Tuesday night. Many evacuation orders have been lifted as firefighters continue to make progress. The number of firefighters has been decreased to 4,185, mymotherlode.com reports.

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Bride’s Big Day Interrupted by Beach Boys Soundcheck

beach boys.jpg?__SQUARESPACE_CACHEVERSION=1378252266199FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images (CLEVELAND) -- Mark Kent and Jaime Diadiun had been anticipating their wedding date since they got engaged seven months ago. But when their big day arrived on Aug. 4, it didn't exactly turn out as planned. "The boat went by and the minister kind of worked it into his sermon and said, 'You know, interruptions are going to happen in your marriage,' so it was a funny touch," Jaime told ABC News.

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