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Where Was Missing NH Teen for the Past Nine Months?

Where Was Missing NH Teen for the Past Nine Months?

Conway Police Department(CONWAY, N.H.) — Questions surround the return of a teenage girl who disappeared on her walk home from school nine months ago.Abigail Hernandez vanished when she left her school in Conway, New Hampshire, on Oct. 9, and aside from one letter to her mother this winter, there had been no indication by officials that there was any trace of her until she was reunited with her parents on Sunday.Investigators were remaining tight-lipped about the 15-year-old’s return, refusing to even say how the girl was reunited with her mother, Zenya Hernandez.The criminal investigation into the teen’s disappearance has not stopped, authorities said.”We have said from the beginning and we continue to believe that this was a 14-year-old girl who went missing in October,” Associate Attorney General Jane Young told ABC News. “She was gone for nine months. She didn’t have the means to orchestrate and facilitate this on her own.”Abigail’s whereabouts during her disappearance remain a mystery, with the only two locations publicly connected to the case being her school, Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire, and her mother’s home in Conway.According to the website established to bring attention to her case, Abigail was last seen walking on a path near a power line near her school at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 9. Her final text to a friend was sent at 2:57 p.m. that afternoon and her cell network noted last contact with the phone at 3:07 p.m.She did not have money, IDs or any additional sets of clothes with her when she went missing, according to the website.The biggest break in the case appeared to come in November when, according to officials, her mother received a letter from Abigail postmarked in late October.”Our worst fear right now is that while she could have left willingly, someone may now be coercing her, someone may now be manipulating her,” FBI Special Agent In Charge Kieran Ramsey said in a December press conference detailing the letter. “When we received this letter, I’ll tell you it was unprecedented. …It gave us hope.”That hope was rewarded Sunday when Abigail was reunited with her sister and mother, who said, “Today, we are the happiest people on earth.”
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Robbers Get Away with Nearly $200K in Atlantic City Casino Heist

Robbers Get Away with Nearly $200K in Atlantic City Casino Heist

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — A pair of gunmen pulled off a heist early Tuesday morning at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.The Press of Atlantic City reports that two masked robbers brandished guns, likely in the casino part of the hotel, and obtained more than $180,000.They then fled the hotel in a car around 6:20 a.m., according to a bulletin distributed to police and obtained by the Press.Caesars operates a high-rise building that takes up an entire block between the city’s famous boardwalk and Pacific Avenue, which runs parallel to the boardwalk. It sits between two side streets, Arkansas and Missouri Avenues, that could all have allowed the perpetrators access to a vehicle.Caesars operates a casino, hotel, spa and multiple restaurants and attractions inside the massive building, but the robbery likely happened in the casino portion of the building, according to the report.The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau, which has jurisdiction over casino floors, is investigating the incident rather than the Atlantic City police, which monitor the other public areas of the hotel, according to the report.
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Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Almost everyone has experienced being put on hold on the phone. Between the music selection and the automated voice that thanks you for calling, many encounters can be frustrating and seemingly endless.Meet Aaron Kleinhandler, whose job it is to keep you on the line.“Nobody wants to be on hold,” Kleinhandler, who essentially makes a living out of it, told ABC News.Kleinhandler is a founder and CEO of Spectrio, a Florida-based company that produces more than 4,000 custom hold messages for companies each month, making him an on-hold guru of sorts for companies looking to keep customers engaged for as long as possible.Seemingly random music and a voice asking you to “please hold for the next available representative” may seem simple enough, but the science of being put on hold can be surprisingly complex.“People stay on the line less than 30 to 45 seconds,” said Kleinhandler, noting that the messages have a very short time to convince callers to stay engaged in the call before hanging up.First, “we profile a client and figure out what his brand voice is,” said Kleinhandler. “We find the image that the client wants to portray.”“The hardest part is trying to get businesses to think like their client being put on hold,” he explained. “You have no idea how many companies will say ‘We don’t put our people on hold.’”“Then, our creative team will write a script,” said Kleinhandler. The automated voice on the other end of the line isn’t just feeding you any old excuse for putting you on hold — a careful script is specifically written for each business based on the personalities of their clientele.Phase three: finding the perfect voice.Suzette is “young, relatable, inviting and polished.” Beverly is “adaptable, pleasant, authentic and relatable.” Walt is “adaptable and friendly with a positive vibe.”Based on descriptions that sound like dating website profiles, Kleinhandler helps companies to pick from 29 female and 18 male voices, all with distinct “personalities.”“Women’s voices always seem to be more popular,” said Kleinhandler. “People find them more calming. If you’re going to be taking the customer’s time away, you don’t want to sound like a car salesman.”After finding the right soothing voice to keep your customers calm, it’s time to choose the music that will keep callers tapping along while they wait.“What is the overall vibe or tone that you would like to convey at your place of business?” is just one example of the questions that go into choosing the right tune. “Calm and serene? Energetic and lively? Hip and modern?”From serene smooth jazz and classical music choices to the more upbeat Caribbean and world beat options, there are 11 genres for companies to choose from.“[On hold] music now tends to be more of a contemporary drive,” said Kleinhandler, “Ten to 15 years ago it was more classical.”Regardless of the genre, all selections are purely instrumental.“You don’t want to have music that has words in it,” said Kleinhandler, who explains that bombarding customers with too many messages is overwhelming.When the thorough research and selection process has been completed, businesses are sent on their way, hopefully with less frustrated clients waiting to speak to a representative.Perhaps the biggest irony is that Kleinhandler admits that being on hold is downright annoying.“I hate being on hold,” said Kleinhandler. “But now I have a better appreciation of it.”
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California Fruit Recalled Across Canada over Listeria Risk

California Fruit Recalled Across Canada over Listeria Risk

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a food recall warning Tuesday for Sweet 2 Eat brand fruit products imported from California because of concerns about a possible listeria monocytogenes contamination.The recalled fruits include whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots. The CIFA urges consumers to throw out the potentially contaminated fruit or return it to the store they were purchased from. If consumers eat fruit contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, they can suffer from symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.The Wawona Packing Co. released a statement about the recall, quoting company President Brent Smittcamp as saying, “We are aware of no illnesses related to the consumption of these products, by taking the precautionary step of recalling product, we will minimize even the slightest risk to public health, and that is our priority.”
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Israeli Soldier Missing After Weekend Attack in Gaza

Israeli Soldier Missing After Weekend Attack in Gaza

Hemera/Thinkstock(GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip) — An Israeli soldier is missing following an attack on an armored vehicle in Gaza over the weekend that left six other soldiers dead, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on Tuesday.In a statement, the IDF said Sgt. Oron Shaul, 21, of the Golani brigade, “is the soldier whose identification process is yet to be completed.”The combat soldier is now believed to be in the hands of Hamas, which triumphantly claimed that an Israeli soldier had been captured after Sunday’s attack. The group did not say whether the soldier was dead or alive.
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Voyagers Have Last Laugh in Win Over Chukars

Voyagers Have Last Laugh in Win Over Chukars

IDAHO FALLS, ID — The Chukars managed to erase a 7-0 deficit and end Dane Stone’s streak of 22 straight scoreless innings on Monday.  However,  it was the Voyagers who had the last laugh with a late grand slam propelling Great Falls to a 12-8 win.  They also clinched the Pioneer League North first half […]

New Miss Idaho Proudly Wears Insulin Pump

New Miss Idaho Proudly Wears Insulin Pump

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Sierra Sandison has become a role model for many ever since she took the Miss Idaho crown after learning to embrace her diabetes diagnosis with pride. Sandison, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012, wore her insulin pump clipped to her clothing at last week’s Miss Idaho pageant, including […]

Whiskey Complex Fire Almost 50 Percent Contained

Whiskey Complex Fire Almost 50 Percent Contained

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Firefighters continue to gain the upper hand on two wildfires burning in the Boise National Forest. The lighting-caused Whiskey Complex Fire has burned nearly 15 square miles since first erupting a week ago. With the help of more than 1,000 firefighters sent to suppress the flames, the fire is now 40 […]

Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

Idaho Woman Appeals NSA Surveillance Lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are joining in a northern Idaho’s woman appeal over the National Security Agency’s collection of cell phone information. Anna Smith of Coeur d’Alene sued the NSA last year, contending that the agency’s collection of the data amounts to an illegal search […]

ISU Conducts Mars Research at Craters of the Moon

ISU Conducts Mars Research at Craters of the Moon

(ARCO, ID) – Geoscience students at Idaho State University are studying volcanic formations at Craters of the Moon to learn more about Mars. Researchers are using equipment and techniques from NASA to better understand how planets are formed. They say studying the old eruptions at Craters will provide them a glimpse into volcanic activity throughout […]

Pocatello PD Gets MRAP

Pocatello PD Gets MRAP

(POCATELLO, ID) – The Pocatello Police Department has a new armored personnel carrier. Federal authorities have been selling Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, to law enforcement agencies around the nation. The vehicles are normally used for combat operations in the Middle East. KPVI reports that the Preston Police Department also has an MRAP, […]

Gay Rights Activists Sentenced

Gay Rights Activists Sentenced

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Nearly two dozen gay-rights activists who were arrested after they blocked doorways in the Idaho Statehouse were sentenced Monday in Boise. The 23 defendants took part in peaceful protests during the 2014 legislative session as part of an effort to convince lawmakers to add legal protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and […]

Storms Cause Power Outages

Storms Cause Power Outages

(POCATELLO, ID) – Monday night thunderstorms cut off power to about 10,000 people in eastern Idaho. Dime-sized hail struck the Gate City at around 7:30 p.m, accompanied by heavy showers and strong winds. The outage lasted about a half-hour. Minor flooding was reported along Yellowstone in Pocatello, as well as other low-lying areas. No significant […]

Speed Limits Increasing Thursday

Speed Limits Increasing Thursday

(IDAHO FALLS, ID) – Interstate traffic around eastern Idaho is about to speed up. Starting Thursday, vehicle traffic on Idaho freeways will increase to 80 miles per hour. Truck speed limits will also go up to 70 miles per hour. 65-mile-per-hour speed limits will remain in place in Idaho Falls and Pocatello, as well as […]

Major Marijuana Bust in Rigby

Major Marijuana Bust in Rigby

(RIGBY, ID) – Rigby Police uncovered a marijuana growing operation over the weekend.  Authorities say marijuana was being grown at a rental property on Idaho Avenue. Officers found about 20 marijuana plants inside a motor home belonging to the renter. He’s believed to have grown the plants in a garage, then transferred them in pots […]

Bike for Kids Idaho Presents Bikes to Special Needs Kids

Bike for Kids Idaho Presents Bikes to Special Needs Kids

(IDAHO FALLS, ID)  – Bike for Kids Idaho presented five customized bikes to five special needs kids on Monday.  Each bike was built for the specific needs of the children chosen.  The program began six years ago and works along side with the The Children with Disabilities Foundation.  Both organizations are made of up of volunteers from […]

Todd Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment in New Book

Todd Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment in New Book

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Todd Akin may regret how he said it, but he doesn’t regret what he meant.The former Missouri Republican’s Senate campaign crumbled in 2012 after he said that “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” and prevent an unwanted pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”Now, just months before the 2014 mid-term election, Akin has returned with Firing Back — a book about his life, his politics and, yes, an attempt to clarify what may have been the most notorious comment of the previous cycle.“Obviously no rape is legitimate,” Akin told ABC News in an interview. “It’s a serious, serious crime. But legitimate rape is a law enforcement term for legitimate case of rape. Rape is not legitimate, it’s the particular circumstances.”Akin went on to say that his remark related to the female body’s ability to shut down reproductive abilities if raped was “not very well stated.”“What I was simply saying is: stress plays a role in whether somebody’s eggs fertilize or somebody gets pregnant,” Akin said. “The probability of pregnancy as a result of rape is less than it might be otherwise.”Akin said he knows it is possible for women to get pregnant through rape, noting that he had volunteers working on his campaign who were conceived through rape.The heart of the debate, from Akin’s perspective, is over whether children conceived through rape have the same right to life as children conceived through consensual sex. As a strict adherent to pro-life principles, Akin opposes abortion except in cases when it is necessary to save the life of the mother.“The first question is, ‘Is it ever right to intentionally take the life of an innocent person?’” Akin said. “The second question is, ‘What is it that is inside a woman when she’s pregnant?’ …They still have a right to life in my opinion; now, whether the rapist has a right to life, that’s a different discussion.”Akin said there’s an ironic contrast between his status as a Republican outcast and former President Bill Clinton’s revered status within the Democratic Party. About two weeks after Akin’s infamous remarks, Clinton was a speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.“Clinton still has a long history of…sexual inappropriate behavior, and he gets a standing ovation or whatever it is, they’re clapping, cheering because he’s their keynote speaker,” Akin said. “Now, there’s a difference between an action and a word.”The timing of Akin’s book release during an election year begs the question of whether the disgraced politician is trying to make a political comeback. And while he said he doesn’t currently have any plans to run for office, he isn’t ruling it out.He also had some choice words for Karl Rove, whose American Crossroads Super PAC has been a major force in supporting moderate Republican candidates in primaries across the country. He was also one of the earliest Republican operatives to denounce Akin following his “legitimate rape” remarks.“[Rove says] we’re going to give up on primary elections in various states, and we’re going to select the guy we know that’s the best, he says ‘the most conservative guy we can get elected,’” Akin said. “What they’re saying is they believe in selection over elections. So, it’s just a really dumb thing to do. And because I’m not running for office, I don’t mind calling dumb dumb.”
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See Video of Lighter-Fluid Truck Bursting Into Flames After Train Crash

See Video of Lighter-Fluid Truck Bursting Into Flames After Train Crash

Purestock/Thinkstock(SOMERSET, Ky.) — A truck driver was in stable condition Tuesday morning recovering from an accident on a Kentucky highway in which a train smashed into his tractor-trailer, officials said.The driver’s truck, loaded with charcoal lighter fluid, burst into flames as the train hit it.The truck was headed into Warner Fertilizer in Somerset, Kentucky, Friday when it was hit by a southbound train, investigators say. The truck split on impact, leaving the cab on one side of the track and the trailer on the other.The driver didn’t notice the approaching train as he made a turn, focusing on the rear of his truck to ensure that it wouldn’t run off the road, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.Officials said a UPS train trailer loaded with black powder was just a few cars from the fire on the train, but the fire never made it that far.“It would be a completely different situation [if fire reached black power],” Doug Baker, chief of Somerset-Pulaski Special Response, told ABC News Tuesday. “Luckily, that didn’t happen, thanks to the quick actions of the local fire department.”
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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed their baby girl earlier this month.Now, the talk show host is introducing her to the world.”We’ve been off work for the last two weeks. We’ve actually been on vacation. I got a lot done. I painted a mirror in my house. I grew this beard. Oh, and I had a baby also. My wife and I made a baby,” he said on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. “You know how we did it? We made it out of sex.”Kimmel, 46, said his wife, 36, is “doing fine” after giving birth to baby Jane.”I’m fine too. I was so brave,” he added. “I didn’t scream. You guys would’ve been very, very proud of me.”Describing his daughter as having a “tiny” head (“Her head’s the size of a plum!” he marveled), he explained that her name has a sentimental origin.”We named her after my grandmother,” he explained. “Her name is Grandma Kimmel.”The comedian, who also has two adult children from a previous marriage, said that he’s been busy taking thousands of photos of his baby every day and re-learning how to parent a newborn.”It’s interesting how much you forget. Did you know they don’t eat pizza at this stage?” he said with a smile. “Rest assured we’re going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy called Jesus.”

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Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals First Photos of Newborn Daughter

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, welcomed their baby girl earlier this month.Now, the talk show host is introducing her to the world.”We’ve been off work for the last two weeks. We’ve actually been on vacation. I got a lot done. I painted a mirror in my house. I grew this beard. Oh, and I had a baby also. My wife and I made a baby,” he said on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night. “You know how we did it? We made it out of sex.”Kimmel, 46, said his wife, 36, is “doing fine” after giving birth to baby Jane.”I’m fine too. I was so brave,” he added. “I didn’t scream. You guys would’ve been very, very proud of me.”Describing his daughter as having a “tiny” head (“Her head’s the size of a plum!” he marveled), he explained that her name has a sentimental origin.”We named her after my grandmother,” he explained. “Her name is Grandma Kimmel.”The comedian, who also has two adult children from a previous marriage, said that he’s been busy taking thousands of photos of his baby every day and re-learning how to parent a newborn.”It’s interesting how much you forget. Did you know they don’t eat pizza at this stage?” he said with a smile. “Rest assured we’re going to do everything in our power to make this the best baby since a cute little guy called Jesus.”

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