A mother gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mix-up, lawsuit states

(CNN)A couple from New York is suing a fertility clinic after a woman gave birth to other couples’ babies because of an IVF mixup, according to a federal lawsuit filed in US District Court. In vitro fertilization is a series of procedures in which an egg is fertilized in a lab and then transferred to a uterus, according to the Mayo Clinic. CHA Fertility claimed on its website to be one of the “premier fertility treatment networks in the world,” the lawsuit states. The clinic says on its site that it has “fulfilled the dreams of tens of thousands of aspiring parents” in over 22 countries. The lawsuit says that the couple spent more than $100,000 for the IVF services, …

Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue’s preschool

(CNN)Officials have substantiated multiple accusations of child sexual abuse by a preschool teacher at a prominent synagogue in Washington, DC, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the DC superintendent of education to the synagogue in June. But the congregation and its early childhood education center have been thrown into turmoil since allegations of child sexual abuse arose last August. The cease-and-desist letter is believed to be the first public finding of an investigation into the alleged abuse at the school by DC authorities. The school allegedly allowed the accused abuser to lead groups of children to a wooded area outside the center and the bathroom, and dismissed other staff members’ verbal complaints about the alleged maltreator “disappearing with children …

Courage and sacrifice: 6 activists behind LGBTQ progress

(CNN)Activism takes different forms, whether it’s marching in the streets, speaking on behalf of marginalized people or influencing pop culture to embrace people from society’s fringes. Marsha P. Johnson: The defender of transgender rights Marsha P. Johnson’s name isn’t in most American history books, but it should be. When a judge asked her about the “P” in her name, she responded that it stood for “Pay it no mind.” The judge laughed and dismissed the charges against her. Her persistence and advocacy made her one of the most significant figures in LGBTQ and AIDS activism. The term “transgender” wasn’t commonly used in Marsha’s lifetime, but she identified as a “transvestite,” gay and a drag queen and used she/her pronouns. “I …

Why Border Patrol isn’t accepting donations for kids in custody

(CNN)Rep. Terry Canales heard the reports of children suffering in squalid conditions at Customs and Border Protection facilities and knew what he had to do. Two people who attempted to donate items at a Texas facility this week also told CNN their items weren’t accepted. The situation, first reported by The Texas Tribune, has left would-be donors scratching their heads and drawn criticism from Canales and others who accuse the federal government of letting red tape get in the way of human decency. Why wouldn’t the agency accept donations? CBP officials said Tuesday that they aren’t running low on supplies, but are looking into whether they can accept donations in the future. And a former CBP official told CNN it …

South Bend bar shooting kills 1 person and wounds 8 others the same day as Pete Buttigieg’s town hall

(CNN)A melee at a South Bend bar left one person dead and eight victims injured just as mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg gets ready to address issues in his Indiana city. The shooting happened the same day that Buttigieg is scheduled to speak at a town hall with South Bend’s police chief. The event, moderated by NAACP South Bend Chapter President Michael Patton, will outline the process for officer-involved shooting investigations. Buttigieg has touted his leadership of South Bend on the presidential campaign trail. But he’s come under criticism in recent weeks after an officer shot and killed a man who was allegedly breaking into cars with a knife in hand. In response, Buttigieg canceled an appearance at a …

Norman Lear Fast Facts

(CNN)Here’s a look at the life of award-winning television producer Norman Lear, the creator of some of television’s most popular shows of his time, including “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “The Jeffersons.” Father: Hyman “Herman” Lear, a securities broker/salesman Mother: Jeanette (Seicol) Lear Marriages: Charlotte Rosen, (1943-divorced); Frances Loeb (1956-1986, divorced); Lyn Davis (1987-present) Children: With Lyn Davis: Brianna, Madelaine and Benjamin; with Frances Loeb: Maggie and Kate; with Charlotte Rosen: Ellen Education: Attended Emerson College Military service: Served in the Army Air Corps, 1942-1945; Air Medal recipient Other Facts:Has won four Primetime Emmys out of 14 nominations, plus was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. His works are considered groundbreaking because he did not …

These are some of the 9/11 first responders who brought Jon Stewart to tears

(CNN)They are the people whose plight brought comedian and activist Jon Stewart to tears during an impassioned appearance before Congress this week over funds for other ailing first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As of May, more than 12,500 cases of cancer had been diagnosed. The most-diagnosed ailments, however, are upper and lower respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, musculoskeletal disorders and mental health conditions. Here are two of their stories: He lost part of left foot to gangrene after ground zero accident 9/11 responder: Zero tolerance for members of Congress “They go for the tens of thousands of people who didn’t get their awards yet,” he said. “Getting them down from where they live in New York or New Jersey, …

Prosecutors drop criminal charges in Flint water scandal

(CNN)Nearly four years since the city of Flint declared a state of emergency over the state of its water — and three years after the first criminal charges were filed against government officials — prosecutors on Thursday dismissed all pending criminal cases, pledging to start the investigation from scratch. Prosecutors noted in the press release that “the voluntary dismissal is not a determination of any defendant’s criminal responsibility.” Prosecutors are not precluded from refiling charges against the defendants in the future. A community conversation in Flint has been scheduled for June 28, where Hammoud and Worthy will speak directly to the people of Flint. Residents feel blindsided Melissa Mays, 40, a Flint resident and founder of local advocacy group Water …

Former Florida Gators football captain charged with murder

(CNN)A former captain for the University of Florida football team was arrested and charged with murder on Saturday, making him the second player from that team to be accused of murder. Joiner, 33, played as a safety for Florida from 2004 to 2007 and was a key part of the 2006 national championship team. In his final season he tallied 64 tackles and was a captain of a team that included Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and a freshman tight end named Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez, who played for the Gators from 2007 to 2009 and went on to star for the NFL’s New England Patriots, was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2015. He hanged himself in prison …

A wholesome performance, a pet haven and a tiny fighter

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week A wholesome music moment Unless you’ve been living out in the wilderness, you’ve probably heard the uber-viral country-rap crossover “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. Everyone and their mother loves it, especially the kids at Lander Elementary in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. One of the school’s teachers tweeted Lil Nas a video of the students singing and dancing along to the song at an end-of-year party, and he offered to come meet them. The school …

Dartmouth says letting women use pseudonyms in sexual misconduct lawsuit is confusing

(CNN)Dartmouth College is challenging the use of pseudonyms in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that accuses the school of failing to promptly address sexual misconduct allegations against three former professors. Two more people — both former students — joined the lawsuit in May as Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to nine. The two new Jane Does asked a judge to let them remain anonymous, citing concerns for their mental health, reputations and careers. According to their motion to use pseudonyms, Jane Doe 2 endured sexual assault and harassment by the professors and Jane Doe 3 was the victim of sexual misconduct and harassment. Revealing their names would amplify the emotional distress they …

An independent report finds Ohio State had knowledge of late doctor’s sex abuse as early as 1979

(CNN)Ohio State University personnel were aware of complaints that a school doctor had sexually abused students as early as the late 1970s, but failed to adequately investigate the allegations, according to a report released Friday. The allegations against Strauss — who died by suicide in 2005 — emerged last year after former Ohio State athletes came forward to claim the doctor had sexually abused them under the guise of a medical examination. The university announced last April it had hired a law firm to investigate Strauss’ alleged misconduct. OSU apologizes for ‘fundamental failure’ to act “On behalf of the university, we offer our profound regret and sincere apologies to each person who endured Strauss’ abuse,” Drake said. “Our institution’s fundamental …

Guatemalan teen who died in US custody wanted to save siblings from hunger and severe drought

(CNN)After surviving on one meal a day, Juan de Len Gutirrez left his drought-stricken village in eastern Guatemala and set on a journey to the United States. He just wanted to earn $13 for his family to buy corn and salt. “I asked him to stay because it was very dangerous but he decided to leave,” said Juan’s dad, Tanerjo de León. “He left anticipating a harsh summer.” Juan is the second-born son of seven brothers. He had been cleaning and measuring a field for $4 a day. His mother said Juan would help her fetch firewood, jugs with water and prep the scarce family meals they have. The family doesn’t eat breakfast regularly, Gutiérrez said. Most days they only …

Maine becomes the first state to ban Styrofoam

(CNN)Food containers made of Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, will be officially banned from businesses in Maine after governor Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday. Maryland’s legislature also has approved bills to ban polystyrene, but it’s unclear whether Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will sign the legislation. Democratic Delegate Brooke Lierman, the primary sponsor of the Maryland House bill, said banning foam products was the first step to curbing people’s reliance on single-use plastics. “Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products, so while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not,” Mills said in a statement to CNN affiliate WMTW. “In fact, it will be around for decades to …

An adorable friendship, a strange discovery and a futuristic shoe

(CNN) Want more inspiring, positive news? Sign up for The Good Stuff, a newsletter for the good in life. It will brighten your inbox every Saturday morning. Our favorites this week Get going with some of our most popular good news stories of the week A beautiful friendship How can you look at these adorable photos of Cooper Baltzell and Gregory Watson and not smile ear-to-ear? These two BFFs met a year ago when 4-year-old Cooper offered Watson some candy in the hallway of the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. Cooper has Hirschsprung disease, a rare digestive disease, and spends a lot of time in the hospital. Watson is a housekeeper at the facility, and cleans Cooper’s room every …

Why would someone claim to be a missing child?

(CNN)It didn’t take long for investigators to learn that a young man claiming to be a boy who went missing in 2011 wasn’t who he said he was. The jaw-dropping twist in the case raised the question: Why would someone claim to be a missing child? Jonathon Rini, the man’s estranged brother, was at a loss too. When journalists asked why his brother might impersonate a missing child, he replied, “I honestly do not know.” ‘The Imposter’ The scenario of an adult impersonating a missing boy echoed the events chronicled in a 2012 documentary, “The Imposter” which is centered on a French-Algerian man, Frédéric Bourdin, who claimed to be missing Texas teen Nicholas Barclay. Despite having been found in Spain, …