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2018 Grammys: Mastodon, the ‘weirdo heavy rock band,’ up for two awards

Brann Dailor has a T-shirt that reads “Three-Time Grammy Loser.”

Perhaps tonight, inside Madison Square Garden, the universe will align for the Mastodon drummer and his bandmates and they will finally get to make an acceptance speech or two at the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

If that happens, Dailor is ready — at least in his head. He doesn’t believe in preparing a speech because, “then you’ve got hope in your pocket — and that’s the worst!”

Even so, he knows who he wants to thank: “My mom and dad and grandparents; my wife; our manager and Brendan O’Brien, who produced this record; everybody at Warner Bros. and the academy. Should I just do the speech now and get it out of the way?” he asked with a laugh.

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Yes, it’s true that the Atlanta-based quartet — Dailor’s description is “weirdo heavy rock band” — previously watched the Grammy carrot dangle in 2007, 2012 and 2015, only to be defeated by Tenacious D, most recently for best metal performance.

On Sunday, Dailor, bassist Troy Sanders and guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher will again vie for best metal performance for “Sultan’s Curse” but, for the first time, also compete in a rock category — for best rock album with “Emperor of Sand,” their muscular seventh release that bowed in March.

It’s the first time a Mastodon album has been nominated. “Emperor” enters with heavy themes about mortality, death and, specifically, the gut-wrenching cruelty of cancer, whose tentacles touched the band during the making of the album at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Kelliher’s mother died of a brain tumor; Sanders’ wife was diagnosed with breast cancer; and Dailor’s mother, who has battled illness for years, underwent another round of chemotherapy.

“We’ve always used (music) as some kind of personal purge,” Dailor said. “That’s how we decided we wanted to use our music in Mastodon, to deal with some of the harder life stuff.”

Dailor, 42, said he watched the Grammys growing up and placed friendly bets with his mother and sister on the winners. He’s quiet as he ponders what a win would mean for Mastodon, which just celebrated its 18th anniversary.

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“I look at it more as an exciting thing for heavy music. I feel like it’s a cool thing for people in bands right now to see it as a possibility — that you can go from playing basements and VFW halls and booking your own tours and playing tiny clubs to winning a Grammy, that it’s still a possibility and — quote unquote — the American Dream,” Dailor said.

He’s talking while seated on the bed in the “clown room” of the two-story Atlanta home he shares with Susanne, his wife of nearly 15 years, and their affable pets — a Dalmatian named Thriller and a one-eyed, slate-colored kitty, Don Tickles.

Rows of jesters gape from the shelves, some grinning maniacally with jagged teeth. On another wall is a series of portraits — sad clowns against black velvet, happy clowns who nonetheless look untrustworthy.

“I’ve always liked clowns, aesthetically. I like the colors,” Dailor said. “I like the creepiness of a regular clown. I don’t usually go for the scary-on-purpose clowns. I feel like clowns are inherently creepy.”

Dailor has a deep affinity for color. At Mastodon’s 2015 Grammy appearance, Dailor strode the red carpet in a suit bedecked with a rainbow palette of balloons — his “birthday suit.”

This year, he’s prepared a pair of ensembles, one for the record label party a few days before the Grammys and one for the big night.

“I have two $50 tuxes from the ‘70s. One is light blue, with a big, fat ‘60s tie and a white tux with tails with giant black lapels and a black bow tie. I had them both custom-tailored to be more ‘now,’” he said. “It will be fun, because we’ll be all dressed up and if you’re all dressed up in something ridiculous, then you can’t be bummed out. You just can’t, because at some point you have to look in the mirror.”

Dailor is opting for the light blue suit for Grammy night, but since Mastodon’s two categories — along with more than 70 of the 84 categories — will be distributed earlier in the day at the “Premiere Ceremony,” fans will have to watch for his sartorial unveiling online.                    

The “Premiere Ceremony” will stream live on Grammy.com from 3-6 p.m. Sunday and be available on demand following the broadcast. Those awards will be handed out at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, beneath the main arena, in a ceremony hosted by Paul Shaffer. Performers including India.Arie, Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ will entertain between categories, while the presenter lineup offers Atlanta’s Zac Brown (also nominated with the Zac Brown Band), Ledisi, Natalie Grant, Lisa Loeb and Jimmy Jam.

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Unlike some artists, who might feel as if the “Premiere Ceremony” doesn’t carry the cachet of the CBS broadcast, Dailor is “absolutely thrilled” that the band’s categories aren’t televised.

“You gotta get up on stage and the whole front row is littered with the most famous stars in music,” he said. “Stevie Wonder might be sitting there! And even if he can’t see me, I can see him and that would make me really nervous because I’m such a huge fan. That’s not how I want to envision my first time interacting with Stevie Wonder — fumbling and bumbling over some poorly delivered speech.”

Even if Mastodon is again denied the industry’s most notable validation, the band still enjoyed a massive 2017. “Emperor of Sand” debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart with first-week sales of 43,000, their largest ever. And the band’s extensive 2017 tour zigzagged across the U.K. and U.S., including an inaugural performance at the Fox Theatre (the band will embark on another U.S. tour this year).

“Playing the Fox felt like a huge achievement. It’s one of those kinds of things where it feels like we’ve been let in somewhere where heavy metal is not let in,” Dailor said. “We’d drive past it in our van in the days when we were playing the Star Bar and go, ‘One day, we’re gonna play the Fox.’ Playing there, it felt like we won an award.”

So, in a way, mission already accomplished.

19-year-old with rare cancer achieves dream to marry high school sweetheart

Dustin Snyder always said she was a keeper. 

On Sunday, the 19-year-old, who is suffering from a rare form of cancer, will marrySierra Siverio, his high school sweetheart.

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Snyder has battled synovial cancer -- which doctors said has no cure available -- for the last year and a half, according to WTSP

Throughout the treatments and hospital visits, Siverio was by his side. 

They met in middle school, lost touch for some time, then reunited as high school seniors, according to WTSP

“She was there with me since the beginning and I couldn't imagine being with anyone else,” he told WTSP.

The community came together to donate the venue, rings and a gown for the ceremony, which is Sunday. 

GoFundMe account was set up to help with the wedding and other costs.

“If two people love each other and they want to be together for the rest of their lives, why can't they be?” Siverio asked.

Oklahoma community helps Korean War vet with medical benefits, home

An Oklahoma community banded together to help a Korean War veteran in need.

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James Long, 80, has been through periods of homelessness over the last 30 years. He served in the army during the Korean War, is disabled and suffers from various medical problems.

He lost his DD Form 214, a certificate of release from active duty, and was unable to get his veteran medical benefits. But the Gospel Rescue Mission in Muskogee stepped in to help him fill out the paperwork to get the benefits.

After receiving medical care, Long got an apartment at an income-based facility in Muskogee.

Hundreds of people helped him furnish his apartment after they saw his story on social media.

Ohio WWII vet's dog tag found buried in Virginia 

Five days after photos of an Ohio World War II veteran’s U.S. Army ID were posted on social media, the dog tag was in the hands of his daughter in Preble County.

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“I got it this afternoon, it’s in my hand right now,” Pamela Weadick said from her home.

Ronald Sneed and Kathy Ruth found the military ID in the backyard of their Bristol, Virginia, home last month. On Saturday, Sneed posted photos of it on Facebook, where Weadick’s cousin spotted it and alerted her. The next day, Weadick confirmed the tag belonged to her father.

Weadick said her father had been on her mind all week long.

“I was in total shock,” she said. “We never dreamed it would be found … It’s just phenomenal to me.”

The tag could have been buried for up to 76 years, and was found where her father used to live. Her father, who legally changed his name from John Scott Faulkner to Scott Falkner as a young man because he didn’t like the name John or the “u” in his last name, joined the Army in 1941. Six months later, he was medically discharged because a firearm blew out his eardrum, Weadick said.

He worked as a farmhand for years, as a tool and die maker and later as an auto mechanic, she said. Her father and mother settled in Eaton around 1945, where they raised four children. Scott Falkner died in 1970. Weadick said of her siblings, only she and her brother, Ronnie “Bud” Falkner of Piqua, survive.

She knows exactly where to put her new-found treasure: “I’m going to buy a small picture frame and I have my dad’s flag that was on his casket … I have it in a shadow box and I’m going to put this in with that.”

Her cousin, Bobby Faulkner, told her he plans to search the Bristol property with his grandson’s metal detector to see if he can find the second tag that goes with the set. If they find it, she said her brother can have that one.

Saints’ Cam Jordan gives Super Bowl tickets to 108-year-old WWII vet

A 108-year-old World War II veteran and Saints fan is heading to Super Bowl LII, thanks to New Orleans defensive end Cam Jordan.

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Jordan gave a pair of Super Bowl LII tickets to Lawrence Brooks, who was born Sept. 12, 1909, and served in the 91st Engineer Battalion during WWII, WGNO reported. 

The Saints posted a video of Wednesday’s Facetime call between Brooks and Jordan on its Facebook page.

“We wish we would be in the Super Bowl, but honestly I think we have a great shot at it next year,” Jordan said. “I just wanted to say thank you for everything you did in military service back in your younger days.” 

“I appreciate everything you do, too,” Brooks said. “And I want you to keep it up, keep it up, you hear?”

Brooks’ battalion, with a predominantly black roster, was stationed in New Guinea during WWII, WGNO reported. Brooks attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war. 

He worked as a forklift operator until he retired in 1974, WGNO reported. He was 95 years old when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and he and his wife had to be rescued from the roof of their house by helicopter, WGNO reported.

On Feb. 4, Brooks will head to Minneapolis to watch the New England Patriots defend their Super Bowl title against the Philadelphia Eagles.  Brooks is more than twice as old as the Super Bowl and was 11 years old when the NFL was formed in 1920.

Hospital helps with nurse’s helipad proposal

She thought it was a normal call to the helipad, but a nurse in Massachusetts had a surprise of a lifetime thanks to her co-workers and her new fianceé.

Sandi Moniz, who works as a nurse at Charlton Memorial Hospital thought her call to look at the building’s helipad was normal training. But when she looked outside, she realized it was so much more, WJAR reported

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Written out in lights at the center of the landing zone were the words “Marry Me.”

Next to the lights was her longtime boyfriend, Andrew Campos, who had been planning the surprise for a month.

“He knows how much I love my job. It made me feel really happy my boss was a part of it, the president of the hospital was part of it, security, the director of nursing, everyone,” Moniz told WJAR.

The couple plan on getting married in spring 2019, WJAR reported.

Good Samaritans save man in wheelchair from oncoming train

A school bus driver helped save a man whose wheelchair got stuck in railroad tracks moments before an oncoming train crossed Wednesday. 

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Larry Hickam, 70, was driving to work at Deer Park Transportation, when he saw a man in an electric wheelchair stuck at a railroad crossing, according to Newsday.

“I could see the light of the train coming down,” Hickam told Newsday. “When we finally got him off the tracks, the gates went down and the train came by.” 

Hickam, with the help of another passerby, were able to pick up the man, who was not identified, and the motorized cart, and move them off the tracks. The gates went down and the train passed moments later, Hickam said.

“He kept high-fiving us and thanking us,” Hickam said.

Homeless man gets new lease on life after chance encounter at laundromat

An older homeless man now has a new family, all thanks to the kindness of strangers.

John Knight, 79, has been living in his car and on the streets in Bonaire, Georgia. 

A chance meeting at a laundromat has changed his life and that of another family.

John Knight met Michelle Gowan and her daughter when they struck up a conversation at the laundromat. The Gowans helped him with laundry, filled up his car and invited him to church, WMAZ reported.

He accepted their invitation and sat with them in the same row at church.

“I don’t have my parents with me anymore, and for me, I just looked at this gentleman, like, he looks like everybody’s Pa’ Pa,” Gowan told WMAZ.

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As the temperature dropped, Gowan was worried about Knight, and told her husband to get a hotel room for him to stay warm for the night.

Knight was so thankful for the family’s kindness that he called them just to say how good the water tasted. But Gowan’s family couldn’t keep him in the hotel forever. 

A church friend connected the Gowan family with a woman who had been homeless herself after a divorce, WMAZ reported.

Glenda Eades now opens her home to those down on their luck who are sent to her for help until can be on their own again. 

Knight believes that God sent the Gowan family to help him. 

“By the help of the good Lord, everybody started pitching in. Everybody started blessing, then I had a place to stay, food, money for gas and out of the cold,” Knight told WMAZ.

He’s now saying with Eades in his own room, complete with his own bed, his Bible and a hot cup of coffee every morning.

He says he feels at home in Eades’ house, WMAZ reported.

Dad who wore T-shirt asking for a kidney to Walt Disney World receives transplant

Like anyone, he wore a T-shirt as he visited Walt Disney World last year, but his shirt was different from everyone else’s. It was his plea for life-saving surgery. Rob Leibowitz was looking for a kidney donor.

Leibowitz told WFTV that he had kidney problems since he was 12 years old and he wanted to have as much time with his children as he could.

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A photo of the shirt went viral after being shared on Facebook. In the first 24 hours after posting, it had 30,000 shares. Now it has more than 90,000 shares. The unusual shirt did its job.

Richie Sully, from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was helping victims of Hurricane Harvey by donating blood when a friend showed him the photo of Leibowitz shirt. He called and left a voicemail, WPIX reported.

Sully is a single dad who took time off of work to travel from Indiana to New York for two weeks to get to know Leibowitz. 

“We walked around Manhattan for like six hours and we had sushi and he took me to Times Square. And we talked about music and about being dads and things like that. And really hit it off,” Sully told WPIX.

Last week, Sully gave Leibowitz another chance at life when the pair underwent surgery, transplanting Sully’s kidney into Leibowitz, WPIX reported.

Now they all plan on going to Disney World together and they’re inviting the couple who helped make Leibowitz story go viral.

Becoming an Organ Donor

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 123,000 Americans are on a waiting list to receive an organ transplant and more than 101,000 need a kidney.

The foundation said 17,000 people receive one each year and that 12 people a day die waiting for a kidney. 

Deceased Donation

You can visit the Donate Life America website to join your state's online registry for donation. You can also declare your intentions on your driver's license.

The National Kidney Foundations says letting your family or other loved ones know about your decision is vitally important. Family members are often asked to give consent for a loved one's donation.

Living Donation

You can also consider being a living kidney donor. Living donation is when when a living person donates an organ or part of an organ to someone in need of a transplant. The donor is most often a close family member, such as a parent, child, brother or sister. A donor can also be a more distant family member, spouse, friend or co-worker.

Religion and Organ Donation

Virtually all religious denominations approve of organ and tissue donation as representing the highest humanitarian ideals and the ultimate charitable act, the foundation says

WFTV contributed to this report.

Southwest fills plane with pets, flies abandoned animals from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico 

Dozens of animals from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico are now getting a new “leash” on life thanks to Southwest Airlines and a Virginia-based animal rescue group.

Recently, a 737 was filled with dogs and cats rescued from the streets of the island territory on their way to new foster and adoptive homes.

The animals were found in the wreckage left behind after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico more than four months ago. They were abandoned and starving, the Washington Post reported.

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The pet flight was the brainchild of Mirah Horowitz and her rescue group, Lucky Dog Animal Rescue.

Some of the animals were strays, nicknamed “satos,” others were surrendered by people who barely have enough for their families and have nothing to spare to care for a pet.

Southwest Airlines donated the round trip flight to Lucky Dog Animal Rescue. The entire flight crew made the trip, agreeing to do it without getting paid. Lucky Dog worked with the rescue group called PR Animals, the Dallas News reported.

One flight attendant told the Washington Post that she took the route to find a new pet after her dog died four years ago.

But it wasn’t just a pick-up mission. Lucky Dog’s volunteers also used the flight down to take much-needed supplies like Clorox wipes, trash bags and diapers, in all 14,000 pounds of supplies.

Once the plane landed, the supplies that filled almost every available space were offloaded and the dogs and cats, 62 of them, were brought on the flight to their new home, Dallas News reported.

When the flight finally landed at Baltimore Washington International Airport, the animals were taken via convoy to Shirlington, Virginia, greeted at the shelter by volunteers who cheered and hugged each animal as their names were announced. The day after their Jan. 20 trip, the animals were taken to a PetSmart in Maryland for an adoption event. Most already have found their new, permanent homes, the Washington Post reported.

Professor holds student’s baby while teaching class

When parents’ schedules collide, what do you do when you have to get to class, but no one can watch your baby? 

If you’re a student of Dr. Rebecca Setliff, you bring the baby to class and even get a hand watching him from the professor herself, WJCL reported.

Jarquita Arrington is a graduate student at Savannah State University. Her husband had a meeting that was delaying him to watch the couple’s children. It just happened to be the first day of the semester, so Arrington emailed Setliff, who told her to bring her 7-month-old son with her.

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When her son started cooing, Setliff came over and scooped up the baby and held him for the rest of the lecture, WJCL reported.

“I wanted to help her, and I wanted to be able to focus on staying in the class. My classes are heavy discussion,” Setliff told WJCL.

Setliff’s theory about education is, “We as a faculty need to work with them [the students] just so they get to classes just like a job.”

Michigan woman facing financial crisis wins lottery jackpot

It has been a difficult year for a Michigan woman, who has struggled to pay the bills while taking care of her mother full time.

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Shawna Donnelly said she was even facing the prospect of being homeless, but her luck changed dramatically when she won $25,000 a year for life in a Michigan Lottery game on Jan. 15, WDIV reported.

Donnelly, 50, from Clarkston, matched the five balls drawn to win the big prize in the Lucky For Life game. 

“I woke up in the middle of the night and had a feeling I should check my tickets,” Donnelly told WDIV. “When I saw I matched five numbers, I must have refreshed my phone 100 times to make sure I really won.

"The last year has been the most difficult of my life. I've been taking care of my mom full-time, and it's hard to make ends meet. Winning this prize couldn't have come at a better time.”

Donnelly decided to take the prize in a one-lump sum of $390,000, instead of taking annuity payments, WDIV said. She visited the Michigan Lottery headquarters Monday to claim her prize.

Donnelly told WDIV that she plans to buy a new home and car, and then save the remaining balance.

NYPD officers help wheelchair-bound veteran who was left in front of steps in the cold

Two New York Police Department officers helped an 85-year-old veteran in a wheelchair who was dropped off at the steps of his apartment in the cold and could not maneuver up them Saturday. 

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The officers from the 75th precinct, whose names were not released, were on patrol when they saw the man, who had been dropped off at his apartment by a taxi driver, leaving the man sitting outside in the cold at the foot of the steps, according to the NYPD.

The officers helped the man, who said he was a Korean War veteran, up the stairs so he could get into his house, according to police. Inside, they all talked. The officers thanked the man for his service and took some photos together before they went back on patrol, the NYPD said.

Dogs save lost woman who had fallen in snow

Adam and Eva were not acting normally. 

The labradoodles were pacing like they urgently needed to go out at 4:30  a.m.

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"(Adam) never tugged on my clothes before, so I was a cautious about letting them out because I didn't know if there was anything out there," Lonnie Chester told MLive.com.

In the snow and darkness, the dogs found a woman in her late 80s, wearing only a nightgown, who had fallen and was struggling in the frigid cold.

"She looked up at me and said, 'I'm so cold,'" Chester said. "I have no idea how long she had been out there. She must have been terrified."

When they found the woman on Jan. 13 it was 9 degrees that morning. They called 911, and personnel came to the scene and treated the woman. 

Family, who had been looking for the woman, came to the Chester’s house as rescue crews were there and asked if they had seen the woman.

"It could have been a tragic outcome had Adam and Eva not woken us," Susan Chester told MLive.com. "I don't know how they knew she was out there."

Patriots fan invited onto field Sunday to get new wheelchair from team

A Patriots fan whose wheelchair disappeared after last weekend’s playoff game in Foxborough received a new one from Robert Kraft before the start of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. 

Cindy Morais, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, was brought to tears when she was given the new wheelchair.

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Kraft invited Morais and her family down to the field before the game to present her the new wheel char. 

“It says ‘do your job,’ that’s from the locker room,” Kraft explained to Morais and her family Sunday. 

The char also had her name on the back and was signed by all the players.

Morais' original wheel chair was eventually found in the stadium, but we’re pretty sure she's going to use the new one instead. 

MORE: Woman's wheelchair stolen from Gillette during divisional playoff

Firefighter reunited with child thrown from burning building in viral video

Dramatic video captured the moment a Georgia girl was thrown off a ladder and caught by a heroic firefighter weeks ago. Now, the two have reunited

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WSB-TV was there when DeKalb County Fire Capt. Scott Stroup met the girl this weekend. 

>> WATCH: Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building

The fire ripped through the Avondale Forest Apartments on Jan. 3. 

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Helmet camera video showed the moment the toddler was dropped down to a firefighter as the flames roared around them.

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An estimated 50 people were left without a place to live after the massive fire at the Decatur apartment complex.

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Man choking on hamburger saved by first responders having lunch

Three off-duty first responders were at the right place at the right time last Friday when they saved a man at a restaurant in Essex.

Essex Police Chief Peter Silva, retired Wenham Police Lieutenant Larry Kavanagh and Hamilton Deputy Police Chief Kirby Brand were having lunch at the Village Restaurant in Essex when an elderly man began choking on his burger.

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The three have been close friends since 1985 and have lunch together every Friday, and luckily, they happened to be at one of their favorite spots when someone needed immediate help.

They had just ordered their food when a woman began screaming for help, and the three men immediately worked together to save a life.

"In a moments notice from across the room it goes to show it doesn’t matter whether your police or fire or whether youre just a citizen," said Silva.

Kavanagh and Brand delivered two abdominal thrusts to clear the man's airway as Chief Silva called in for more help.

Paramedics and first responders were quick to the scene, but by the time they arrived, the man had already been saved by the joint efforts of the three friends.

“There was no need for verbal communication we just knew something had to be done," said Kavanagh.

“Lucky we were here that particular day at that time the stars lined up and we were able to do our job," said Brand.

The man then thanked the three friends after catching his breath and proceeded to finish his meal - and even ordered dessert!

WATCH: Jaguars' Leonard Fournette comforted by Patriots' Ricky Jean Francois after loss

Leonard Fournette, the rookie Jacksonville Jaguars running back, was overcome with emotion after his team lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game.

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Fournette, who had 76 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries Sunday, appeared to be distraught after the game. On Twitter, reporters began to document the running back breaking down, but then a heartwarming moment emerged.

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Cameras captured New England Patriots' defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois going out of his way to hold up the upset running back and offer some words of presumed encouragement.

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Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

The Little Ripper turned out to be a lifesaver for two Australian swimmers caught in churning surf.

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Australian lifeguards were testing a new drone during a practice session at a beach in New South Wales when they received a call about two swimmers caught in 10-foot swells, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales and The New York Times.

Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan, who was operating the drone, responded and steered it toward the swimmers, releasing a yellow inflatable pod into the water, the Times reported. The swimmers grabbed the pod and were able to navigate safely to shore, Surf Life Saving reported.

The rescue took 70 seconds, Sheridan told the Times.

“The Little Ripper UAV certainly proved itself today it is an amazingly efficient piece of lifesaving equipment and a delight to fly,” Sheridan told Surf Life Saving. “I was able to launch it, fly it to the location, and drop the pod all in about one to two minutes. On a normal day that would have taken our lifeguards a few minutes longer to reach the members of the public.”

Grandson surprises grandfather with restored 1957 Chevy

Fred Lamar’s 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sat in a garage, just as he left it, for 30 years.

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Until about a year ago, when his grandson, Cameron Dedman, started restoring the iconic Motor City machine.

On Saturday, Lamar, 81, nearly passed out when the car was revealed to him.

“I have been doing a full frame off restoration of this car a big surprise for my grandpa,” Dedman wrote in a post with the photos of the restored Bel Air. “He’s my best friend and truly deserves it.”

Lamar has owned the vehicle since the 1950s. The pair plan to take it to car shows this spring and summer, according to WHAS.

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