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7 things to know now: 4 killed at amusement park; Obamacare going up; keeping babies safe

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Four killed at park: A day at an Australian amusement park turned deadly when four people were killed on a ride that malfunctioned. Two men and two women died on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Authorities are trying to determine why two people were pitched from one of its rafts and two others either trapped under the water or actually in the ride. The accident took place at Dreamworld, a park in Queensland.  

2. Man jumps hold kids: A man holding his two children jumped from a New Jersey interstate overpass Monday. The man was found dead near where he jumped, but the children survived the incident that happened near the Wanaque River in the northern part of the state.  

3. Fogle’s ex sues: The former wife of Jared Fogle, who starred in commercials for the Subway sandwich chain, is suing the company saying executives knew her husband was a pedophile but failed to alert authorities. Katie McLaughlin divorced Fogle after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and having sex with minors. "A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations," the lawsuit reads.  

4. Obamacare going up: The price of premiums for the Affordable Care Act are set to rise nearly 25 percent next year, according to a government report. Premiums for the plan known as Obamacare are increasing at the same time large insurers have announced they are leaving the program because of massive losses from customers who are sicker than anticipated. 

5. Keeping infants safe: The American Academy of Pediatrics says you can protect children from sudden infant death syndrome by keeping them close during the night. The AAP is recommending that parents keep their sleeping babies in the same room with them at night, preferably for a full year, but at least until the baby is 6 months old. They warn, however, that infants should never sleep in the same bed as adults or other children. About 3,500 babies die of SIDS each year in the United States. 

And one more

A Texas family is looking for help to find their daughter, a college student, who disappeared two weeks ago. Zuzu Verk, 22, was last seen out with friends and her boyfriend on Oct. 12. Verk’s father says her boyfriend has refused to help authorities in the search.  

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This is what football can do to a child's brain after just one season

The results of a new study may have some parents rethinking whether they allow their children to play football.

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Three million children in the U.S. play in tackle football programs. While many doctors and scientists have taken a look at the impact of concussions, new research by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center studied the impact of less-serious blows to the head that are common during games.

The study included 25 players between the ages of 8 and 13 and was centered on a youth program in Winston-Salem, N.C. Each boy was outfitted with a helmet that measured the severity and frequency of head blows.

“This is important, particularly for children, because their brains are undergoing such rapid change, particularly in the age category from maybe 9 to 18. And we just don’t know a lot of about it,” Dr. Chris Whitlow, a lead researcher, told NBC News.

Researchers say their findings indicated that even at this young age, the boys were receiving pretty hard hits.

The doctors then performed MRIs on the players and determined there were some changes in the brain’s white matter, the tissue that connects the gray matter of the brain.

“We have detected some changes in the white matter,” Whitlow said. “And the importance of those changes is that the more exposure you have to head impacts, the more change you have.”

Young players who did not have concussions were also found to have been impacted by repeated hits. Brain changes were found even after a single season of playing the sport.

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So far, doctors are not cautioning parents against letting their children play football since there are still some unclear areas following the study. Doctors don’t know if these changes will continue as the boys play football. They also don’t know what long-term impact the repeated blows to the head will have on the players.

Still, some parents say the sport is worth the risk — for now — because of the joy it brings to their children. Football also encourages their kids to stay on top of their grades.

Kindra Ritzie-Worthy has two sons who play football. She says they take their footballs everywhere they go. One even sleeps with his ball.

“Worth the risk?” she told NBC. “I say absolutely.”

The study is published in the journal Radiology.

Weeks after giving birth, soccer star undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor

Former U.S. women’s soccer player Lauren Holiday is recovering after undergoing a successful surgery to remove a benign brain tumor Thursday at Duke University Hospital.

The 28-year-old is married to New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. She was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor called meningioma during her pregnancy with their first daughter.

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In late September, the couple welcomed baby Jrue Tyler. The baby’s original due date was mid-October, but doctors decided to induce labor early to expedite brain surgery, ESPN reports.

Jrue Holiday is currently away from the Pelicans indefinitely as he helps his wife through the recovery. His teammates and coach have been supportive of his decision to take some much-needed family time.

Doctors are confident that Lauren Holiday will make a full recovery, ABC News reports.

Happy Birthday to my best friend, my adventurer and my partner in life. So thankful for the day you were born. I love you. A photo posted by @laurenholiday12 on Jun 12, 2016 at 9:22am PDT

WATCH: President Obama reads 'Mean Tweets,' slams Trump on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

In a Monday night appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," President Barack Obama gave the show's popular "Mean Tweets" segment another go – and took a jab at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in the process.

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>> Trump Twitter insults: New York Times puts hundreds of Trump tweets in one place

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Shocking video shows parent punching 7-year-old in school hallway

It was all caught on camera.

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Security cameras at KIPP DC Spring Academy in Washington, D.C., captured the moment that a parent apparently punched a student in the hallway, WJLA reported. Now police are investigating the incident.

John Mclean, 7, says he was punched in the stomach. Video shows the parent leaving the building after punching John and looking back at him for a few seconds. John can been seen holding his stomach while bent over on ground, obviously in pain.

“It made my stomach real painful,” John told WJLA.

Lena Mclean, John’s mother, wants answers for what happened to her son. She told the station that she and the parent have had interactions before, and she doesn’t know why he would want to harm John.

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“You don’t bully a child. You didn’t torment a child. I wouldn’t do that to you. I wouldn’t do that to none of your kids,” Lena Mclean told WJLA. “I’ll feel much better when he is locked up.”

A police report has been filed, but the parent involved has yet to be arrested, something Lena wants to happen.

The school sent parents a letter about the incident that said, “The health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff remains our number one priority, and we will continue to work closely with the police to ensure that students and staff are safe at school.”

Lena Mclean requested the video from the school.

Mom of conjoined twins holds son alone for first time after separation surgery

Until this weekend, mom Nicole McDonald had never held her twin boys in the 13 months since their arrival. On Friday, she was finally able to hold her son, Jadon, following his separation from his brother, Anias.

"For over 13 months, I've dreamed of this moment... I wrapped my arms around him and rocked. One of the most profound moments of my life." #JadonAndAniasPosted by CNN on Monday, October 24, 2016

Jadon and Anias were born conjoined at the tops of their heads. Because of their condition, Nicole was never able to hold her sons.

>> Surgeons separate conjoined twins; family reunited after surgery

On Friday, she finally got that chance.

>> Boy opens eyes for first time since separated from twin brother

“For over 13 months, I’ve dreamed of this moment,” Nicole wrote on Facebook, according to CNN. “I looked down at Jadon’s angelic face and saw him in a way I’d never seen him before. He whimpered for almost the whole two hours I held him because he had just been extubated, had the area under his scalp washed out and had been weaned from the good pain meds.”

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Before the surgery, if Nicole wanted to comfort Jadon, she would have to wrap her body around him in his hospital bed. Now, she can hold him in her arms.

Nicole’s husband, Christian McDonald, wasn’t at the hospital at the time, but says he’s glad Nicole got the moment she had been dreaming of with Jadon.

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She hasn’t been able to hold Anias yet, because his recovery process has been taking a bit longer, as doctors predicted.

Both boys are recovering well. Two weeks ago, they underwent a risky, 27-hour separation surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. A GoFundMe page has raised more than $280,000 to help cover the family’s medical costs. If you would like to donate, click here.

Posted by Nicole McDonald on Monday, October 17, 2016

WATCH: Security camera captures Florida boy's hilarious overnight romp

This surveillance video of a mischievous Florida boy's overnight high jinks is sure to bring a smile to your face.

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According to ABC News, Cody Wray of Tampa recently noticed that someone had unplugged his home surveillance camera. He watched the recording and quickly discovered that the culprit was his own son, 6-year-old Dylan.

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"Looking through security footage when I found this event in the middle of the night in my living room," Wray wrote on Facebook, posting the hilarious clip of Dylan jumping on the couch and punching the cushions, then cartwheeling and somersaulting across the room.

"This is the last image the camera captured before it was unplugged," Wray added, sharing a close-up of his son's freckled face.

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​Posted by Cody Wray on Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The video has been viewed more than 52,000 times since it was posted Oct. 19.

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When Wray approached Dylan about what he had found, his son responded, "I told you I get up at 2 a.m. sometimes," Wray told WFAA.

"Every time we watch, it's still hysterical," Wray added in an interview with ABC News. "You want to be mad at him since he's jumping on our brand-new couches, but he's just so cute."

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Justin Timberlake flies to Memphis to cast his ballot

Pop sensation Justin Timberlake flew to Memphis earlier Monday to vote.

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In a post on his Instagram account Timberlake said he traveled to Memphis from Los Angeles to cast his ballot.

A photo posted by Justin Timberlake (@justintimberlake) on Oct 24, 2016 at 4:11pm PDT

The “Sexy Back” singer was spotted in Germantown at New Bethel Baptist Church.

“No excuses, my good people! There could be early voting in your town too,” said Timberlake.

Face-biting slaying suspect Austin Harrouff gave interview to 'Dr. Phil' from hospital before arrest

Before Austin Harrouff was arrested and charged with the fatal stabbings and infamous face-biting of a Martin County, Florida, couple in their home in August, he gave a bedside interview with the “Dr. Phil” TV show.

The sheriff’s office said there’s no legal way it could have prohibited the interview, but the son of the man killed by Harrouff told The Post in an exclusive interview that the sheriff could have arrested the Jupiter teenager sooner.

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In a segment called “The frat boy dubbed ‘cannibal killer’ breaks his silence from his hospital bed,” the show programmers say they have “an exclusive interview, right before his arrest” that is set to air Friday. 

“Harrouff speaks out for the first time from his hospital bed,” the preview reads. “What does he say caused him to go from popular student to an accused killer?”

There was neither a promotional video to tease the story nor photos on the show’s website. The show’s staff only provided a blurb for the upcoming program and made no other comment

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder told The Post on Monday night that his department was aware of the phone interview, conducted a few days before Harrouff’s arrest Oct. 3, but there was nothing it could legally have done to stop it even if he was arrested. He said his office can’t bar anyone from speaking with the media who wishes to do so.

“We were surprised,” Snyder said of the interview.

John Stevens IV, the son of John Stevens, whom Harrouff is charged with killing, said if the sheriff’s office had arrested him sooner, there may have not even been the opportunity to give an interview.

“It may be his right to give a phone interview, but if the process would have been followed like any other double murderer (and he was arrested immediately), he may have not been so inclined to give an interview from jail,” Stevens told The Post.

On Aug. 15, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office says, Harrouff beat Stevens, 59, and Michelle Mishcon, 53 to death at their home on Southeast Kokomo Lane after he stormed out of a Duffy’s Sports Grill in Jupiter where he was with his father. A neighbor tried to intervene and was injured in the process, according to authorities.

Investigators say it’s unclear if Harrouff was under the influence of drugs, but when authorities arrived, he was biting Stevens’ face. While in the hospital, his organs began to fail, and the hospital staff said it believes he drank some cleaning fluids from inside the garage where he killed the couple.

Austin Harrouff is being held at the Martin County Jail on two counts of second-degree murder with a weapon, one count of attempted first-degree murder with a weapon, and one count of burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery. The state plans to pursue first-degree murder charges, which must be presented to a grand jury.

John Stevens IV said even before the 19-year-old Harrouff was taken to the hospital after the slayings, he had the benefit of white privilege on his side. He said if anyone else in any other place had done this type of crime, they would have been arrested right away.

“I’ve never seen a black or minority suspect with such an inherent sympathetic spin (as Harrouff is getting),” he said. “They make him seem as sympathetic as possible because he’s privileged and white, and it’s really, really sad.”

He said when Austin Harrouff’s father, Wade, went on “Dr. Phil” several weeks ago, it was another ploy for more sympathy. In a segment that aired Sept. 7, Harrouff told Dr. Phil that his son suffered from undiagnosed mental illness and apologized for his son’s actions.

When The Post attempted to get comment from Wade Harrouff on Monday evening, he said could not speak at this time.

Stevens said much of the coverage by news outlets has focused on how Harrouff was a good student at Suncoast High School and Florida State and popular, painting him as a victim. What people forget, Stevens said, is two people were killed and others hurt Aug. 15.

“We all live in a time when we’re cynical about media and law enforcement,” he said. “My reaction is general disgust.”

“I really hope people can use their brains and see that (Harrouff) is a monster,” Stevens said.

Hairless hamster gets a tiny sweater crocheted by Oregon humane worker

A hairless hamster named Silky received a special gift from an employee at the Oregon Humane Society.

The employee decided to “crochet (Silky) a tiny sweater to help her stay warm.”

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Silky, who is around 1 year old, was born hairless with short, curly whiskers and soft, sensitive skin, the Humane Society writes.

“Silky is hairless due to a genetic mutation,” Diana Gabaldon, an OHS staffer, said in a release on the society’s website. “While she isn’t fluffy like a normal hamster, she is just as cuddly and playful as any other hamster. She does need to be kept in a heated environment, especially during the winter, and have a higher-protein diet to keep her warm.”

Humane officials say that when Animal Care Technician Selene Mejia saw Silky huddled in the corner of her cage, she felt bad for the little hamster and decided she had to do something about it, crocheting Silky’s sweater, “sized just right to help her stay cozy.”

Silky mostly goes "au naturale" in her warm, clean habitat; she wears the sweater for special occasions.

Here's the full story of Silky the hairless hamster and her tiny sweater. Plus adoption info and of course lots of photos! http://bit.ly/silkyhamsterPosted by Oregon Humane Society on Thursday, October 20, 2016

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