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Delta Flight Re-Routed Due to Passenger Disruption


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A Delta flight from New York to Florida was re-routed Monday, the airline confirmed – the third flight diversion caused by passenger disruption in recent weeks.Delta Flight 2370 departed New York at about 7 p.m. Monday, en route to West Palm Beach. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville due to the disturbance.“Out of an abundance of caution, the captain elected to divert to the closest airport,” the airline said in a statement. “Local law enforcement met the flight and removed the passenger.”The flight continued on to West Palm Beach, arriving after 11 p.m.Clashes over shrinking legroom contributed to two incidents last week. A Miami to Paris flight landed in Boston on Wednesday after air marshals on the plane restrained a man who fought with a passenger trying to recline in front of him, a law enforcement source told ABC News.That incident came days after a man on a United Airlines flight used a product called a Knee Defender to keep the seat in front of him from reclining. The woman in front, unable to recline, got into an argument with the man and reportedly threw a cup of water in his face. Both passengers were seated in United’s Economy Plus section, which gives fliers extra legroom for an extra fee.The argument prompted the Newark, New Jersey-to-Denver flight to be diverted to Chicago, United Airlines confirmed, adding that the unidentified passengers were not allowed back on when the plane continued on to Denver.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ferguson Police Receive Body Camera Donation


iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A mobile video surveillance company has donated body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department, the Missouri police department that has been roiled by protests after an unarmed teenager was shot and killed by a police officer.Witnesses claimed the teenager, Michael Brown, was surrendering and putting up his hands when he was shot at least six times. Defenders of the police officer, Darren Wilson, claim the officer suffered a serious facial injury in his confrontation with Brown and that the teenager was moving toward Wilson when he fired.The Ferguson police department did not have body cameras at the time of the encounter. A state grand jury is hearing evidence in the case and the Justice Department is also looking into the shooting.Safety Vision, a Texas-based manufacturer of video equipment for law enforcement agencies, has donated five body cameras to the Ferguson police department.In a statement released on their website, the company said the donation was made "in an effort to protect both law enforcement and the public with the capture of indisputable evidence."The body cameras have eight hours of recording life and a police radio interface, according to the company's website.The Ferguson Police Department did not return ABC News' request for comment.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Ellis Island Hospital Tours Coming in October


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For the first time in 60 years, visitors to Ellis Island will be able to reenter its south-side hospital this October.A massive complex comprised of 30 buildings, including staff residences and a mortuary, the hospital screened immigrants for infectious diseases before it was shuttered in 1954. But thanks to the diligence of nonprofit group Save Ellis Island in partnership with the National Parks Service, new tours will now be offered to groups of 10 visitors at a time.Previously, the buildings in the public health complex were considered too dilapidated and dangerous to permit entry. After partial restoration, however, program tours will now make 18 stops around the campus and allow guests to experience another side of American history: Approximately 10% of the 12 million immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island arrived too sick to enter the country, according to the nonprofit group.A photography exhibit by artist JR is also being installed on select interiors of the complex, and will include life-size portraits of immigrants pasted onto windows and walls to add context to the spaces.Ticket prices have yet to be announced but will be available for purchase on the Save Ellis Island website beginning Sept. 25. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the further remediation of the complex.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

New Hampshire Police Searching for Men Who Tried Kidnapping College Student


iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.H.) -- Police in New Hampshire continue to look for three men who tried kidnapping a college student as she walked home but were stopped by her friends.The attempted abduction happened near the University of New Hampshire in Durham early Friday morning.According to investigators, the woman told police she was walking home when three "military-looking" men pulled up in a tan, four-door sedan."It was an attempt to introduce themselves to her and when that seemed to fail, it was a little bit more aggressive," said Durham Police Chief David Kurz.She told police two of the men grabbed her by the arm and tried throwing her inside the sedan's open trunk. The attempted kidnapping was foiled when her friends arrived and the men drove off.The university alerted students about the abduction attempt the next day, ABC News affiliate WMUR-TV reported."It's pretty scary because we live around the corner," said student Morgan DiDonato."That could be me one day," added Cassandra Izzo, another student. "I could be walking by my friend's house and someone could try to pick me up."The incident also has parents like Sherri Trocci worried with classes beginning Tuesday."It's a little disconcerting," she said. "We did some safety training. We did a little self-defense training before she came here. Hopefully, that will be in the back of her mind."After the attempted abduction, several students told ABC News they downloaded the Live Safe app, which includes neighborhood safety reports and real-time sharing location with friends and police.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Children Shoot Guns at NM Firing Range


iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A New Mexico shooting range encourages children to practice shooting guns, despite a fatal accident this week involving a 9-year-old girl in Arizona.Calibers, a shooting range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lets children as young as 8 pull the trigger, according to ABC affiliate KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.The children can shoot "Uzis, MAC-11s, AR-15s, and AK-47s," Calibers Training Director Jordan Nighbert told KOAT.It's common for children to shoot the weapons at the range, he said.One Calibers customer, John Thompson, even added that he first took his kids shooting when they were only 6."To take the curiosity from it," Thompson told KOAT, explaining his motivation. "Whether they like it or not, they respect them."No one has ever been hurt while a child shot a gun at the Calibers firing range, Nighbert said.That's in contrast to the case of an Arizona firing range where a 9-year-old accidentally shot and killed her gun instructor last Monday. The girl was shooting a semiautomatic Uzi.Nighbert doubts that such an accident could happen at his gun range-- he only allows children to shoot weapons with barrels longer than 16 inches, he told KOAT."With a short barrel, it's a very short movement for that barrel to cover my body and put me in danger," he said. "With a long barrel, even if you had poor recoil control, the muzzle can't cover my head."Nighbert also said Calibers considers a customer's shooting skill, physical skill and maturity before allowing children to shoot weapons.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Children Shoot Semiautomatic Weapons at NM Firing Range


iStock/Thinkstock(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- A New Mexico shooting range encourages children to practice shooting semiautomatic weapons, despite a fatal accident this week involving a 9-year-old girl in Arizona.Calibers, a shooting range in Albuquerque, New Mexico, lets children as young as 8 pull the trigger on handguns, rifles and even semiautomatic weapons, according to ABC affiliate KOAT-TV in Albuquerque.The children can shoot "Uzis, MAC-11s, AR-15s, and AK-47s," Calibers Training Director Jordan Nighbert told KOAT.It's common for children to shoot the weapons at the range, he said.One Calibers customer, John Thompson, even added that he first took his kids shooting when they were only 6."To take the curiosity from it," Thompson told KOAT, explaining his motivation. "Whether they like it or not, they respect them."No one has ever been hurt while a child shot a gun at the Calibers firing range, Nighbert said.That's in contrast to the case of an Arizona firing range where a 9-year-old accidentally shot and killed her gun instructor last Monday. The girl was shooting a semiautomatic Uzi.Nighbert doubts that such an accident could happen at his gun range. He only allows children to shoot semiautomatic weapons with barrels longer than 16 inches, he told KOAT."With a short barrel, it's a very short movement for that barrel to cover my body and put me in danger," he said. "With a long barrel, even if you had poor recoil control, the muzzle can't cover my head."Nighbert also said Calibers considers a customer's shooting skill, physical skill and maturity before allowing children to shoot weapons.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Eight-Year-Old Turns Lemons Into Lemonade for Wounded Vet


iStock/Thinkstock(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- An Iraq war veteran who served 12 1/2 years protecting his country would be considered by most a hero.But for this war veteran, his hero is a generous 8-year-old girl named Rachel Mennett."She's helped us accomplish so much in such a little amount of time," Nick Bailey, 34, of North Charleston, South Carolina, told ABC News. "For an 8-year-old girl to do something like this, to me, that is just heroic."Bailey was injured by a mortar attack while on duty in Iraq. He sustained spinal injuries and nerve damage and has undergone several surgeries to try to help his physical pain, but those aren’t the only remnants of war that ail him. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.One of Bailey's biggest comforts throughout it all, however, has been his faithful friend-- his dog, Abel.He and his wife, Vanessa, have had the German Shepherd ever since he was a 10-week-old puppy. Abel comforts Bailey when he's awoken from nightmares, lays on his lap while he suffers from migraines and helps steady his balance while he walks with a cane.But in order to truly help to the level that Bailey requires on a daily basis, Abel needs formal service dog training, which comes with a lofty price tag."Our original goal was to go to a trainer in Arizona who is the best of the best, but it's $15,000,” Vanessa explained. "We never thought we'd be able to reach that. But every other organization we went to kept turning us down."The family set up a GoFundMe page in the beginning of August to try to raise at least $6,000 before taking out a loan to fulfill the rest, but it just wasn't coming close to the amount they needed. That is, however, until little Rachel entered the picture."I had never met her until that day at the pet store when her brother called and said, 'Hey, my sister is doing a lemonade stand,'" Bailey recalled.Rachel's older brother works at a pet store in Summerville, South Carolina, where Bailey would often take Abel. Once her brother got wind that Bailey was actively searching for service training for Abel, but didn't have the funds to afford it, he shared the story with his family."He took an interested to it and went home to his family and his little sister, at 8 years old, said, 'I think I'd like to help him. I want to do a lemonade stand,'" said Bailey. "At her age, that's amazing."And sure enough, that's exactly what she did. Rachel set up shop in the pet store to help raise money for the wounded veteran she'd never met."It means a great deal to me," Bailey explained. "For a veteran like myself who sees a lot of dismay in the world today, it gives us hope for the next generation."The attention the lemonade stand has received has significantly helped Bailey towards his goal, something for which he is eternally grateful."This little girl has done so much, more than she'll ever know," he said. "I'm really hoping once Abel is finally fully-trained, that he and I can go visit her at her school to do an assembly to present her with something to thank her. She's just an exceptional child, an exceptional human being, actually."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Woman Ran Multi-Million Dollar Prostitution Ring Out of Bikini Barista Stands, C


iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A Washington woman has been charged with running a multi-million dollar prostitution ring from the "bikini barista" stands she owned and operated.Carmela Panico, of Snohomish County, Wash., was charged with promoting prostitution and money laundering, police told ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.Police say they caught baristas at six bikini barista coffee stands owned by Panico across Snohomish County engaged in acts with customers that went beyond merely serving coffee.According to court records obtained by KOMO-TV, Panico allegedly set a sales goal for the women working each coffee shift that was used as "effectively rent that the girls paid to have the opportunity to perform lewd conduct and acts of prostitution."The young women made anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 a month, according to the documents. One girl allegedly made $89,000.The baristas were fined if they did not wear high heels, have a tan, or wear makeup, according to the documents.Panico's bank records, obtained by police, show that she deposited more than $2 million between 2010 and 2013.Police say she kept two sets of accounting books. The first book was allegedly intended for the IRS and Washington State Department of Revenue and the second detailed her actual profit.Detectives also allegedly confiscated $227,863 in cash from Panico's home, according to KOMO-TV.A police investigation into Panico and her coffee businesses began when the department began to receive complaints about baristas showing their breasts to customers for tips.Last summer, a sergeant at the Snohomish County Detective's Office was arrested for allegedly giving Panico information on undercover operations to gain evidence against her suspected prostitution ring, in exchange for sex.The sergeant resigned after he was charged with promoting prostitution and official misconduct.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Texas Firefighters Comfort Grieving Widow With Act of Kindness


iStock/Thinkstock(BAYTON, Texas) -- Texas firefighters finished mowing the lawn of a man who suffered a heart attack mid-mow and comforted his wife in an act of kindness that has brought together an entire community.Firefighters from Bayton, Texas, responded to a 911 call on Tuesday for a man who suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn, according to a statement released by the City of Bayton on its Facebook page.After taking the man to a hospital, members of Bayton Fire Department's Station 4, A-Shift returned to the man's home to finish mowing his lawn. They then put the lawnmower away and locked the garage.They also left behind a note with comforting words for the victim's wife."We felt bad that your husband didn't get to finish the yard," the firefighters said.The firefighters also let the woman know they would be there for her in the future."We are very sorry that your husband became ill, we hope he has a speedy recovery," they said. "Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you out."Members of the Baytown community have rallied around the firefighters for their act of kindness."All of our City employees are proud to serve the citizens of Baytown, but this is truly special," the city said in a statement posted on Facebook. "We couldn't be prouder of our guys from Station 4. Our prayers are with the family at this sad time."The heart attack victim, who has not been identified, died.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

First NFL Player is Arrested Following League's New Domestic Violence Policy


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has been booked on domestic violence charges, becoming the first NFL player to be arrested since league commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new penalties last week for domestic violence.On Thursday Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL domestic abuse policy, including a six game suspension for a first time offense and a potential lifetime ban on any subsequent offense.The NFL is aware of McDonald's arrest and a spokesman tells ABC News the league is looking into it. The San Francisco 49ers says the team is still gathering facts.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Wet, Windy Weekend Promises a Labor Day to Forget


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Taking an umbrella to the barbecue is probably a good idea this Labor Day weekend.Severe weather threatens to put a damper on outdoor holiday plans for millions of people across the country.Widespread thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail and even some tornadoes are expected across the central United States on Sunday.Rainfall is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday, making it a Labor Day washout for the East Coast and in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City further west.Severe weather has already put a stop to Labor Day festivities nationwide.In Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana heavy rain turned roads into rushing rivers, forcing residents to wade to safety. One Louisiana man had his house entirely submerged by flood waters.And in Florida, heavy rains postponed opening night for University of Florida football fans. Drenched spectators waited three hours before lightning forced game officials to cancel the game.Finally, out west in Washington State, 40 mph winds whipped up a disastrous dust storm that blinded drivers and caused a 50-car pileup on an interstate highway.Watch more news videos | Latest from the USFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NY Man, Already in Prison for Murdering Son, Now Charged in Wife's Death


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York man who is already in prison for murdering his son is now facing new murder charges in California for the death of his first wife.Karl Karlsen, 54, who is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in upstate New York for killing his son Levi Karlsen, was charged today with first-degree murder in the 1991 death of his wife, Christina Karlsen, who is also Levi's mother. She died on Jan. 1, 1991 in a fire at their family home in California. Her death had been initially ruled an accident.Barbara Yook, the district attorney for Calaveras County, charged Karl Karlsen with one count of murder during the commission of arson. Yook declined to comment on the case.Unlike his case in New York state, if convicted in this new case in California, Karlsen could face the death penalty. A court date has yet to be announced.Levi Karlsen, 23, was crushed to death in 2008 when the truck he was working on slipped off a jack and landed on top of him. His death was initially ruled an accident, but prosecutors later claimed Karl Karlsen killed him so he could collect a $700,000 life insurance payout.During his trial last year, Karlsen admitted he rigged the jack so the truck would fall on Levi, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November 2013.New York authorities started investigating Karlsen after his second wife, Cindy Karlsen, came forward last year and told police of her suspicions of Karlsen's involvement with Levi's death. Authorities in California then opened an investigation into Christina Karlsen's death. That investigation was concluded this week.Karl Karlsen collected a $200,000 life insurance payout after his first wife died, but hadn't been charged in anything related to her death until now.Christina and Karl Karlsen's daughter Erin told ABC News' 20/20 in a 2013 exclusive interview that she was always suspicious of her father."We knew what he had done to our mother, and I knew what he did to my brother," Erin said at the time.Erin was 6 years old when she, Levi and their sister Katie escaped from the house fire that killed their mother. According to Erin, their father helped his children get outside safely, and then they stood and watched the house burn."I didn't understand that my mother was behind that wall dying," Erin told 20/20 at the time, adding that her father "didn't make an effort to save her. He just stood there."A week after the fire, Karl Karlsen and his three children left California for upstate New York to be near his family, and he eventually remarried.As they got older, Erin said she and Levi started to wonder if their father had been responsible for their mother's death. However, when they confronted him about it, Erin said, "his biggest concern was that he wondered what the community would think of his own children accusing him of murdering their mother."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Will be Back on the Racetrack Sunday Night


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be back in a race car Sunday night for the first time following a deadly accident.Stewart has taken three weeks off after his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on a Sprint Car Track.The racing community has welcomed him back, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said, "He's been a great asset to NASCAR and a great champion, so it's nice to have him back." Stewart has not been charged in Ward's death but the investigation is still ongoing.Sunday night's race is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Labor Day Weekend Features Severe Weather Threat From the Central Plains to Midw


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Through the remainder of the Labor Day holiday weekend, severe weather threatens outdoor plans from the central Plains to the Midwest.While the weekend started off with only isolated severe weather, the next couple days will feature widespread severe storms across the north central U.S.On Saturday afternoon, isolated strong to severe storms moved through parts of the Southeast bringing heavy rain and gusty winds.On Sunday, an elevated threat for severe weather exists from the central Plains, northward into Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Widespread severe storms are expected to develop Sunday afternoon across the central Plains and then head farther east into Sunday evening.On Sunday afternoon, cities including Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Salina, Kansas, will need to watch the sky for any severe storms that may be in the vicinity.The main threat from any storms that move through will be damaging winds, large hail, and a few tornadoes. As with any strong thunderstorm, frequent lightning will be a threat as well. Anyone attending outdoor activities in these areas should closely monitor weather conditions and head indoors if a thunderstorm is nearby.Another round of severe storms is expected to develop on Monday. The threat zone will be farther east, including cities such as Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. The main threat from these storms will be damaging winds, large hail, flooding downpours, and frequent lightning. The tornado threat will not be as high on Monday, however an isolated, brief tornado could still spin up.The highlighted areas above show where there is an elevated risk for severe weather either on Sunday or Monday. It is important to stay alert to any severe weather watches or warnings that may be issued in this region through the rest of the holiday weekend.The Labor Day forecast across the rest of the country will feature scattered thunderstorms along the East Coast, mostly dry conditions in the west, and more hot temperatures in the south.Increasingly warm and humid conditions will continue to work into the Northeast, something that has been a rarity this summer. While it will not be a washout, scattered thunderstorms could interrupt barbecues from Washington DC up to Boston. High temperatures will be in the 80s, however humid conditions will make it feel more like the 90s by Monday aftenroon.Some of the nicest weather will be across parts of the Southwest, where abundant sunshine and comfortable conditions will be in place. Cooler temperatures will be working into the northern Plains and an isolated shower or two could move through parts of the Pacific Northwest.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Human Skull Donated to Texas Goodwill Store


(iStock Editorial) Credit: dbdurden(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Police in Austin, Texas, are investigating an unusual donation to a local Goodwill store: a human skull.While odd, police do not believe the skull was the result of a crime. Instead, they told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV that they believe the skull may have been part of someone's private collection."We think it was probably something that belonged to the person who donated it, to a relative of the person who donated it and it was part of a collection or an anatomical model," said Austin police detective Derek Israel. "It could have been something that was kept by someone who was a student of anthropology, a student of medicine, dentistry, any of those things."Police are looking to talk to whoever donated the item last month. Similar skulls are often used in medical settings or medical schools. The Travis County Medical Examiner's office has determined the skull is from an adult who likely died two years ago, according to KVUE-TV. Other information about the skull, including sex or race, wasn't released.Although unusual, the donation has not fazed everyone at the Goodwill store."We have gotten prosthetic limbs. We have gotten Rolex watches. We have gotten Krugerrands," Traci Berry, who works at the store, told KVUE. "Our donations run the gamut."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Michael Sam Released by St. Louis Rams


Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.On Saturday Sam tweeted, "The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.Sam came out as gay in February, before the NFL scouting combine. He can still be picked up by another team.Watch more news videos | Latest from the USFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police ID Likely Homicide Victim Without Finding a Body


iStock/Thinkstock(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police have identified the victim of a likely homicide that has puzzled them for two weeks since a federal agent stumbled on a pile of ripped up flooring covered in blood by the side of a road in Auburn, Wash.Commander Mike Hirman of the Auburn Police Department said authorities have confirmed that blood on the material is from 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt.Hirman said police believe it is likely that Zomalt was killed in a homicide, although without a body or further evidence they cannot confirm anything."Obviously it's difficult to know, we have to go based on some assumptions," Hirman said. "[Due to] the amount of blood and some bone fragments, we're investigating it as a homicide. The case started on Aug. 13, when an off-duty federal agent driving home saw a small fire about 20 feet from the road. After the agent pulled over to stop the fire, another man nearby got into a dark SUV and fled the area.The agent was unable to catch up or identify the subject. When the agent returned to the scene he found ripped up flooring, carpet and clothing in the pile. All of the debris was covered in blood.Since then, police have been searching for clues about who the victim or perpetrator could be. Hirman said police were able to identify Zomalt from the State Combined DNA Index System. Zomalt appeared to be from Puyallup, Wash., which is south of Auburn, Hirman said.According to police, Zomalt had a lengthy criminal history including arrests on suspicion of first-degree assault, harassment and domestic abuse. Police said Zomalt did not have a steady address and had been living with family and friends.He has not been seen since before Aug. 13. Police are asking anyone with information to call a tip line at 253-288-7403. The suspect is described as being a possible mixed-race male with a slender build and short dark hair and approximately 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall. He was driving a dark SUV, when last seen.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Teacher Accused of 'Wanna Stab Some Kids' Tweet Back to School


iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, Calif.) -- A high school teacher in Newark, Calif. is back for the new school year despite allegedly posting a series of social media messages in which she vented this summer about wanting to stab her students, once complaining they "make my trigger finger itchy.""I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days," reads another August tweet from the account reportedly belonging to Krista Arata Hodges, a history teacher at Newark Memorial High School.The school issued Hodges, 39, a written reprimand, ABC station KGO-TV reported, but some parents believe that's insufficient. "As a teacher, I think that she should be held to a higher accountability than other people," Lisa Roubineau told KGO."I'm a nurse, and I can't vent about my patients on Facebook, so she shouldn't be able to vent about her students either."Grandparent Wanda Williams said that while she doesn’t think Hodges would act on her words, she also shouldn't be allowed to teach there anymore.It's unclear whether further action will be taken, and the Newark Unified School District, where classes started Monday, declined to provide details when contacted by ABC News. In a statement, the district said it is aware of "comments posted online" by a teacher and has taken action, but declined to identify the teacher or specify what action has been taken.Hodges has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment.The tweets were posted on a Twitter account with the name "Mrs. Hodges" and the handle @kree49. It has since been deleted, but screenshots of the messages have gone viral.Students told KGO-TV that Hodges is a popular teacher and has apologized for the alarming messages."She told me that she's very apologetic about it and she's told me she regrets it and she definitely wasn't serious about it," senior Tristian Mosier said.Another student said Hodges was probably just venting, and didn't mean to threaten her students.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Oregon Beach


Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) -- A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police department said.“When they finally got her out she was unconscious and not breathing,” Palmer said.Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Kusz said the girl was under the sand for about five minutes.Palmer said his officers performed CPR on the girl until medics arrived, but when she was taken to the hospital "she was not breathing." She was later pronounced dead.The lieutenant said he did not know whether the girl, who was not immediately identified, had dug the hole or was playing in a hole that she had found on the beach.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

USC Football Player Advised by Lawyer to Stop Talking to Police


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The lawyer for Josh Shaw, the USC football captain suspended for lying about how he injured himself, has advised Shaw to stop talking to police investigators, he told ABC News Friday.The football player spoke twice with Los Angeles Police, lawyer Donald Etra told ABC News, but he has advised Shaw to not do any more interviews with the cops."It is now time to move on," Etra said.Shaw originally claimed that he sprained both his ankles last Saturday leaping from a second floor balcony to save his young nephew who was floundering in a swimming pool. He later admitted the story was bogus as police reports surfaced that they were called to a Los Angeles address that same night after receiving calls about a woman screaming.Police initially investigated whether the apartment of Shaw's girlfriend had been burglarized, but police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas told ABC News that they are now trying to determine whether Shaw and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute.Detectives from the LAPD said they would like to speak to Shaw regarding the possible domestic dispute.Vanegas pointed out that a domestic dispute is different from domestic violence, which is a crime. A domestic dispute is not a crime.Shaw is not a suspect or considered a person of interest in the burglary investigation, she said.USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Weather to Expect This Labor Day Weekend


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's a weekend we all knew would come too quickly. Labor Day marks the final "unofficial" weekend of summer. Dangerous weather is expected in the center of the country this weekend. From the Dakotas to the Great Lakes and into the Plains -- damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible. Cities that will see these conditions are Bismarck, N.D.; Minneapolis; Des Moines; Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City and Wichita, Kan.In addition, these storms could bring rainfall, producing flash flooding on the interstates from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast. In addition, two tropical systems, Marie in the Pacific and Cristobal in the Atlantic, have been stirring up high waves and strong rip currents on both coasts this week. Luckily, the beach conditions improve just in time for the holiday weekend, on both the east and west, as the storms weaken and move away. The heat and humidity is on the rise for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. After what's been a rather mild summer, a burst of above normal temperatures takes over much of the area over the weekend and into next week. Temperatures will generally be in the upper 80s, with some spots in the 90s further south. It looks to be an unsettled weekend for the east coast, but not a washout. Some days will be better than others, with the best chance for storms falling on Labor Day for areas like Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston. The place to be for abundant sunshine will be the Southwest, and most of the west coast, where a stretch of dry weather dominates the region. The Southwest stays hot with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, but much cooler air will filter into the Pacific Northwest, where temperatures could struggle to even reach the 70s. Seattle is looking at highs in the 60s with the chance of showers each day.According to the American Automobile Association, some 35 million people will be on the roads and at airports starting Saturday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tony Stewart Says Return to Racetrack Will Help Him Heal


Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart made an emotional return into the spotlight Friday as he explained that he sees his return to the race track nearly three weeks after fatally hitting another driver as a necessary part of the healing process. "This has been one of the toughest tragedies that I’ve ever had to deal with... both professional and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever," Stewart said at a news conference. Stewart hit fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. when Ward got out of his car during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York earlier this month. Footage of the incident appears to show that Ward may have been trying to confront Stewart and he was seen gesturing at Stewart’s car just moments before it ran into him. "This is a sadness and a pain I hope no one has to experience in their life," Stewart said. "That being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and his friends are experiencing, is something I can’t possibly imagine." "I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect for Kevin and his family and to cope with the accident my own way. It’s given me the time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted." The news conference came ahead of Stewart's return to the racetrack this Sunday as he is scheduled to compete in the ORAL-B USA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I miss my team, my teammates, and I miss being back in the race car. And I think being back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time," he said. Stewart refused to take questions, saying that he was not emotionally ready at this time, but gave his condolences to each member of Ward's family, listing the 20-year-old's relatives by name in his statement. In spite of that personal connection, it was confirmed later that Stewart has not spoken to any of Ward's relatives directly. Brett Frood, the executive vice president of Stewart-Haas racing, said after Stewart left the press conference that the driver had sent flowers and a note to Ward's relatives around the time of the memorial services but had not spoken with them. The investigation into the fatal August 9 incident remains open, though no charges have been filed. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said earlier this month that they did not find any evidence of criminal behavior in their initial investigation.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

911 Tapes Reveal Drama of Parking Lot Birth


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Utah father helped his wife deliver their baby boy in a parking lot, with the guidance of a 911 dispatcher, after the couple realized they weren’t going to make it to the hospital in time. Mike Anderson and his wife, Kelly, tried to make it to the hospital Monday, but didn’t make it very far and called 911. “I don’t know what to do,” Mike Anderson said, in audio released Wednesday. “Should I just keep going to the hospital?”“That’s up to you,” the dispatcher responded. “If you see any part of the baby, I can help you deliver the baby.” So Mike Anderson pulled their van over in a gas station parking lot and the dispatcher, identified as Julie Merrell, gave step-by-step instructions. The Andersons’ two young children were still in the back seat. The couple worried about so many things that could have gone wrong, but the guidance helped to keep them calm. Working with a ShamWow towel and a shoelace to tie the baby’s umbilical cord, Anderson delivered 7 pound, 8 ounce Benjamin Norman Anderson as the paramedics pulled up. Dispatcher Merrell later met the Andersons. “You did great, by the way,” she told Mike Anderson. “That was terrible…I’m so glad you talked me through that, because it was the worst thing ever,” he said. It’s not the first time Merrell gave delivery instructions as a 911 operator, but it’s the first time she has met someone she helped. “That was amazing,” she said. “Everything went as planned, everyone is happy and healthy.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Shuttle Bus Crashes Near Chicago O'Hare Airport; More Than a Dozen Injured


@amyndickerson/Twitter(CHICAGO) -- Access to Chicago O'Hare Airport was limited after a shuttle bus crashed into a concrete barrier in the westbound lanes of I-190 Friday morning.Police blocked the lanes that lead to the airport creating a major traffic jam."People were basically bailing out of their vehicles in an effort to make it to their flights and it's understandable. But at some point in time, we had to gain control of them to get off the shoulders where the emergency vehicles were trying to get to the scene," said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Tom Sampey.At least 14 people including the shuttle driver were injured in the crash. A total of 13 people were transported to local hospitals, and four people are listed in serious-to-critical condition, ABC News station WLS-TV reports. At least five people are listed in good condition, fire officials said Friday.O'Hare Airport officials confirmed that the bus accident occurred on a road leading to the terminals, but declined to provide anymore information.All lanes of the I-190 ramp toward O'Hare Airport re-opened around 8:45am.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio




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