Boy Batting Cancer Asks for Box of Birthday Cards

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_9aab130fcb.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (FOXBORO, Mass.) -- A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy battling cancer said all he wants for his upcoming birthday is a box of birthday cards. Danny Nickerson, of Foxboro, Mass., will turn six on July 25. He was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor this past October -- one of the most chemotherapy-resistant cancers. As a result, he has since stopped going to kindergarten.

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American Victim on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Identified

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_684c9551fc.jpgQuinn Schansman/Facebook (NEW YORK) -- Only one of the victims aboard the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight struck by a missile in Ukraine has been identified as an American: Quinn Lucas Schansman. President Obama identified him Friday during a news conference, saying our "thoughts and prayers are with his family through this terrible loss."

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Cluster of Plague Cases Confirmed in Colorado

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_2e89ffa275.jpgCreatas/Thinkstock (DENVER) -- The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment identified three Colorado residents who have been infected with pneumonic plague. Each of the residents reportedly had direct contact with a dog that recently died of plague. The initial patient, whose family owned the dog, remains hospitalized.

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Investigation Launched After Man Dies While Being Taken into Custody by NYPD

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_f1cf165b54.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Richmond County District Attorney and New York Police Department Internal Affairs are investigating after a man was killed while being taken into custody by NYPD officers on Thursday. Police attempted to take Eric Garner, 43, into custody on Thursday on suspicion of selling loose cigarettes, the New York Daily News reports.

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Obama: At Least One American Killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-07_3e6f52d208.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- At least one American was among the 298 people killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, President Obama announced on Friday. "We know at least one American citizen, Quinn Lucas Schansman, was killed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family for this terrible loss," Obama said.

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