Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell takes a stand on the biggest topics of the day that people across the country are buzzing about.

Jane visits wild bird fund

Jane visits wild bird fund

Jane found a pigeon in distress and took it to the Wild Bird Fund’s new wildlife rehabilitation and education center in New York.  She was so impressed that she went back for a tour of the center. For more information visit wildbirdfund.org

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

'Duck Dynasty' star ignites firestorm

'Duck Dynasty' star ignites firestorm

In an interview with GQ magazine, "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson made anti-gay remarks and compared gay sex to bestiality. The quote in GQ reads “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

READ MORE: Roasted 'Duck': Phil Robertson's hairy road to fame

Grandma: 'Just pray for Jahi, please'

Grandma: 'Just pray for Jahi, please'

Jahi McMath went into the hospital to have her tonsils removed. Three days later she was declared brain dead.  The 13-year-old was having the surgery to help with her sleep apnea, weight gain, short attention span and uncontrolled urination.  The surgery seemed to go well at first, with Jahi alert and talking after the procedure. But then something went wrong.

Jahi was rushed to the intensive-care unit. Jahi’s grandmother said “there was way too much blood.” Jahi’s oxygen levels were low and she went into cardiac arrest.  A CT scan later revealed that two-thirds of Jahi’s bran was swollen.  Jahi’s uncle told CNN, “Now she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead.”

Hero dog saves man from subway

Hero dog saves man from subway

A scary story with a happy ending.  When Cecil Williams, a 61-year-old blind man, began to faint on the platform of a Manhattan subway station, his loyal guide dog Orlando started to bark and tried to pull him back from the edge of the train tracks.  But Cecil lost consciousness and fell, and Orlando fell in after him.  Orlando barked and licked his owner's face in an attempt to wake him up.  As a train approached, witnesses screamed at the motorman to slam on the breaks.  He slowed the train, but the first two cars ran over Cecil and Orlando, who were luckily positioned between the rails.  Cecil suffered a few cuts and scrapes, and Orlando was up and moving just after the accident.

This miraculous story had a tragic twist--Orlando is about to turn 11 years old, which means that he’ll have to retire as a guide dog and Cecil’s insurance will stop paying for his care just next month.  Cecil said he didn't have the money to care for Orlando himself, so he was going to be forced to give the dog that he calls his best buddy up for adoption.

Routine surgery ends in life support

Routine surgery ends in life support

Jahi McMath went into the hospital to have her tonsils removed. Three days later she was declared brain dead.  The 13-year-old was having the surgery to help with her sleep apnea, weight gain, short attention span and uncontrolled urination.  The surgery seemed to go well at first, with Jahi alert and talking after the procedure. But then something went wrong.

Jahi was rushed to the intensive-care unit. Jahi’s grandmother said “there was way too much blood.” Jahi’s oxygen levels were low and she went into cardiac arrest.  A CT scan later revealed that two-thirds of Jahi’s bran was swollen.  Jahi’s uncle told CNN, “Now she is 100% brain damaged. Medically dead.”

Saving America's wild horses

Saving America's wild horses

There are approximately 45,000 wild horses being kept in government holding pens as a result of the wild horse round-ups. Now, we are learning almost 700 of these horses are in open pens in Wyoming and Utah where temperatures dip below 20 degrees.

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to a Carol Walker, a photographer, who visited one of these pens.

Shooting at Nevada medical building

Shooting at Nevada medical building

A gunman killed one person and injured two others before shooting himself inside a medical building in Reno, Nevada, Tuesday. According to Reno Police Department Deputy Chief Tom Robinson, two people are confirmed dead inside the medical building -- including the shooter who died of a self-inflicted wound.

For more on this story, watch Jane Velez-Mitchell weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on HLN. Follow the show on Facebook, and follow Jane on Twitter.

The prescription drug abuse epidemic

The prescription drug abuse epidemic

The Centers for Disease Control says more people today are overdosing from legal drugs than from illegal drugs.  MTV is taking a look at this epidemic in the reality series “True Life I’m Addicted to Pills.”

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to the director of the True Life and to Dr. Drew about the dangers of prescription drugs.

Cow abuse caught on video

Cow abuse caught on video

A horrible case of alleged cow abuse at a dairy farm.  Mercy for Animals claims animals just like you were allegedly punched, kicked, stabbed, and dragged--and it was all caught on tape.  I need to warn you this is graphic content, and we can't show you even one tenth of the horror.  Cops are investigating Wiese Brothers Farm in Wisconsin, and the company has fired two employees and removed a third from animal handling duty.  In a statement, they said, “We are shocked and saddened to see a few of our employees not following our farm's policies for proper animal care.  We have zero tolerance for animal abuse.”

Wiese Brothers Farm supplies milk to Foremost Farms, which uses that milk to supply cheese for DiGiorno pizza.  Foremost Farms released the following statement:  “Foremost Farms USA is extremely disappointed by the animal treatment depicted in the video taken at a Wisconsin dairy farm...To protect consumer trust and confidence in the dairy industry, we have discontinued receiving milk from the farm featured in the video.”

Slice of happiness: If only for a second

Slice of happiness: If only for a second

The Mimi Foundation teamed up with Leo Burnett France to bring an amazing experience to 20 people battling cancer.  The participants were taken to a studio where they were given full hair and make-up all without being able to see what was happening to them. When the makeover was finished their new look was revealed and that moment of shock and laughter was captured in photographs.

The project called “If only for a second” tried to find that moment where the person forgot about their disease. See the video and find out more about the project here

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