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Weekend Express with Lynn Smith

Fast-paced look at the day's essential news and buzz-worthy stories

New car seat aims to prevent hot car tragedies

New car seat aims to prevent hot car tragedies

Every year, dozens of children die when they are left in hot cars. Evenflo and Walmart have teamed up to sell a new infant car seat that will sound an alarm if a child is still strapped in the car seat after the car ignition is turned off.

NASCAR thanks military family

NASCAR thanks military family

NASCAR said "thank you" to a U.S. Army veteran for his 20 years of service.  Driver Aric Almirola handed over the keys to a new Ford Fusion painted to look like a race car!  Luther Martin and his family also received a year's worth of groceries.  

Standing up is 'breathtaking' change for paralyzed patients

Standing up is 'breathtaking' change for paralyzed patients

New research into nerve pathways had had some surprising results. Several paralyzed patients in the study can now raise themselves from sitting to standing.  They hope that even this small change can lead to big developments for more people.
Hotel fire "took off like a rocket"

Hotel fire "took off like a rocket"

Some guests ran for their lives, others stopped to take photos and video of the fire at the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas.  Fire broke out in the Bamboo Pool area of the hotel Saturday afternoon.  Las Vegas Fire Chief Greg Cassell says he's never seen anything like this fire.  "What made it move so fast were all the fake palm trees," Cassell said. The plastic foam used to make the trees "is like solid gasoline to us," he said. That's why the fire "took off like a rocket."  No one was seriously injured. 

CNN Wires contributed to this report.

 
Slain Marines might receive Purple Hearts

Slain Marines might receive Purple Hearts

The Marines have four Purple Hearts ready to go for the families of the men who were murdered July 16 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The FBI must classify the attack on the Naval Operation Support Center as an act of terrorism for the Marines to qualify for the honor.

Man shot, killed in front of family after road rage incident

Man shot, killed in front of family after road rage incident

Road rage apparently led to a deadly shooting in Tampa, Florida.  Robert Doyle is charged with shooting Candelerio Gonzalez to death in front of his family Thursday night.  Doyle told police that Gonzalez tried to force his car off the road, then followed him home.  Gonzalez's wife called 911 to report Doyle's "aggressive driving" and the operator warned them not to follow Doyle.  The recording of the call picked up her screams when her husband was shot.  Legal analyst Danny Cevallos says, Doyle might try to argue self-defense.

Hulk Hogan, WWE part ways over racial slurs

Hulk Hogan, WWE part ways over racial slurs

Wrestler Hulk Hogan is apologizing for using racial slurs that can be heard on an unauthorized sex tape.  The National Enquirer released a transcript of the wrestler's rant, in which he talks about his daughter dating African-American men.  Hogan has apologized and says he resigned from WWE, but the wrestling organization says it fired him.

Seau's family won't be allowed to speak at Hall of Fame induction

Seau's family won't be allowed to speak at Hall of Fame induction

When Junior Seau is inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame next month, his family won't be allowed to speak at the ceremony.   It's a tough blow for his family, who believes that Seau's 2012 suicide was directly related to brain injuries he received playing pro-football.  They've filed a suit against the NFL.  The Hall of Fame say the policy of not allowing family members to speak has been in place since 2010.

Be a hoop star! Workout can help shed pounds

Be a hoop star! Workout can help shed pounds

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Sandra Bland: lessons learned from traffic stop tragedy

Sandra Bland: lessons learned from traffic stop tragedy

You've likely seen the dashcam video of a Texas state trooper arresting motorist Sandra Bland. The interaction between trooper Brian Encinia and Bland seemed to quickly go from routine to confrontational. Three days after she was arrested, Bland was found hanging in her jail cell. An autopsy ruled her death a suicide. Despite the autopsy report, Bland's family insists that she would never have taken her own life. The Bland case is focusing the conversation on the apparently lack of trust between people in the black community and law enforcement. How can that relationship be repaired? And what are your rights when you get pulled over by the police? To get some insight, HLN’s Lynn Smith sat down with Cedric Alexander, former police chief of DeKalb County, Georgia.

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