Friday, July 25 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:45:50 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:23:27 GMT
An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Jason Hamilton and his wife Tracy waited years for this, it's the first time they met their 18 month old son Jacob.
"We were like oh my God this is him, and then the wave of emotion," said Jacob's Dad Jason Hamilton.
Jason and Tracy struggled with infertility for five years before deciding on adoption. They researched all their options before choosing to adopt from Russia.
Tracy remembers the first time she saw Jacob's picture. "Oh my God - just tears. I couldn't believe that was going to be my son, and he is so beautiful."
Now it's hard for the Hamilton's to believe that they almost didn't get to take Jacob home. He is one of the last children to be allowed to go home with a family from the United States.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning adoptions to the U.S. within days of when the Hamilitons were set to make the long journey to Russia to get Jacob, they said one of the last if not the last child to get out before the ban takes effect.
But there are dozens of families stuck in the middle - some right in North East Ohio - still waiting to hear if they'll get to finally bring their child home. None we approached were willing to talk on camera - afraid of rocking the boat.
The reasons why Russia decided to ban U.S. Adoptions can be very complicated, but the impact is very simple. You now have children who thought they would have loving homes here that are now stuck in an orphanage.
The ban came right after President Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for Human Rights Violations. But Attorney Mary Catherine Barrett who has done close to 50 Russian adoptions says there's also some distrust about Americans. 19 children have been killed after being adopted by American families.
Mary Catherine Barrett, an adoption attorney said, "Every time I went over there they would ask are they adopting these children for their organs? Are they adopting these kids to work on a farm? I would say no. They will love these children like they were their own."
If Russian children are not adopted - the statistics out there are very grim.
98 percent of the girls would be prostitutes and the boys would be dead from dealing drugs.
Tania Kamis and her husband Michael saw that first hand when they went to Russia to adopt their daughter Anastasia.
Tania said, "It's heartbreaking because a lot of those children are not going to get homes, and when they are 16 they are just sent out of the orphanages without a lot of background on how to take care of themselves."
Everyone hoping this ban will be lifted because no matter what country you adopt from everyone deserves a lifetime of love.
It's obvious there's been a happy ending for the Hamilton family. There is no doubt about it when watching Jacob's smile.
Jacob's mom said "I wake up every day and go, Oh my gosh!!! We did it. We're parents it's amazing. We are excited.."
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >