Sunday, August 31 2014 5:20 AM EDT2014-08-31 09:20:57 GMT
Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44...Full Story >
Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and under fire for seven hours by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, Philippine officials said Sunday, leaving 44 Fijian troops...Full Story >
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An Afghan spokesman says 23 people were killed when a passenger van and a fuel tanker collided in western Afghanistan.Full Story >
A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving.Full Story >
ANTHEM, AZ (CBS5) -
A 17-year-old Anthem girl's battle with cancer has come to an end.
A candlelight vigil Wednesday evening was not just to mark the end of Katie Wagner's battle, but to honor her journey and how she united so many people.
Members of the Boulder Creek High School choir honored their friend and fellow choir member with a song of peace sung in Hebrew.
"She was a really good Christian girl who put other people's problems before her own," said Karlee Sershen, Wagner's friend.
In October 2011, on the night of one of her performances, then 15-year-old Wagner learned the stomach pain she'd been experiencing was a form of cancer so rare, it affects five in 1 million kids.
Since that diagnosis, the teen endured a year of aggressive chemotherapy. She returned to school when she was strong enough, even singing off stage when she couldn't stand with the choir.
With the entire community rallying behind her, Wagner gave everything she had in hopes of inspiring others.
"She's practically famous throughout Anthem and she did not use her fame for herself," said another one of her friends, Lacy Ross. "And she did not complain about how much pain she was in or how miserable she was."
Just when it appeared she had won the battle earlier this year, the cancer returned and ultimately took her life.
On the surface, it may seem as if cancer won. But those who knew Wagner have reason to sing, saying she completed her mission and she did so valiantly.
"She stood for what was right," said choir director Kirk Douglas. "For fighting when you're hit with something hard, for carrying through to the end."
Choir members said they plan to perform the special song at the end of every performance this year in Wagner's honor.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 9:57 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:57:07 GMT
A New York teenager has died after he crashed a lamborghini into a guard rail while taking it for a test drive. According to FOX News, 18-year-old Samuel Shepard was driving on a county road in MountFull Story >
A New York teenager has died after he crashed a lamborghini into a guard rail while taking it for a test drive.Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 9:34 PM EDT2014-08-31 01:34:11 GMT
The Coast Guard says the pilot of a small airplane lost consciousness while flying and the plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia coast.Full Story >
A pilot lost consciousness and the plane drifted into restricted airspace over the nation's capital, scrambling fighter jets that stayed with the small aircraft until it ran out of fuel and crashed Saturday.Full Story >