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Oregon Teen Accused of Bringing Homemade Bomb to School

Oregon Teen Accused of Bringing Homemade Bomb to School

iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — A 16-year-old boy is in jail after allegedly bringing a homemade bomb to his high school in St. Helens, Oregon.

The student at St. Helens High School, near Portland, showed off the device he made to friends at school Friday morning, police said. Those friends then told school officials, who called police and quickly evacuated the high school.

“I was shocked. Who would bring that to school?” Kenny Collord, a friend, told ABC News affiliate KATU.

Collord said the boy told him that he made the bomb.

“I guess his intention wasn’t to scare the school,” he said. “He just brought it.”

Police said the homemade bomb was “explosive and certainly dangerous.”

“It could have hurt somebody,” said Lt. Terry Moss of the St. Helens Police Department. “To what end, I don’t know. We aren’t talking about a situation where you are going to blow up the whole school but certainly someone could’ve been hurt.”

After the school was evacuated, students were bussed to a local elementary school as police and a bomb squad investigated. During a sweep, police said they found the homemade bomb in the student’s locker.

The student didn’t threaten to do anything with the homemade bomb, police said.

After the all clear, students were allowed to return to class but many opted to go home.

The student, who hasn’t been identified by police, faces several felony charges for possessing and manufacturing an explosive device and for disorderly conduct. He’s scheduled to face a judge on Monday.

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Arizona Man Trades $160K Diamond for $20 Weed, Cops Say

Arizona Man Trades $160K Diamond for $20 Weed, Cops Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — An Arizona man could have gotten himself one of the fanciest cars on the road and had money left over with what a diamond he allegedly stole was worth, but instead police say he traded the $160,000 gem for $20 worth of marijuana.

Walter Earl Morrison, 20, of Phoenix, Az., was charged with felony theft after he allegedly stole a package containing the diamond while unloading a UPS cargo plane, authorities told ABC’s Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV.

The diamond was valued at $160,000, according to KNXV-TV. That’s enough money to buy a Maserati sports car and still have enough left over to make a down payment on a house.

But Morrison had different plans.

He traded in the $160,000 diamond for $20 worth of weed, which according to a global marijuana price index is the rough equivalent of two joints.

A spokesperson for UPS told KNXV that the diamond was recovered and delivered to its intended customer. Morrison was fired.

Morrison is scheduled to appear in Phoenix’ Maricopa County Superior Court on Tuesday.

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Chelsea Clinton Gives Birth

Chelsea Clinton Gives Birth

(NEW YORK)—Chelsea Clinton gave birth to a daughter. Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky was born on Friday 9/26/14. In a tweet, Clinton posted: “Marc and I are full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Cl…

Chicago Flight Cancellations Overwhelm Airports

Chicago Flight Cancellations Overwhelm Airports

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Nearly 10 hours after firefighters extinguished the blaze at a Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Illinois, at least 1,669 flights have been canceled on Friday in and out of the two Chicago airports, one of which is the world’s busiest.

As of 3:25 p.m. ET, there were 1,669 canceled flights that were to go in and out of O’Hare and Midway Airports Friday and 353 delayed flights.

The fire, thought to be started by a contract employee, started a day after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proudly proclaimed O’Hare as the world’s busiest airport for the first time since 2004, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. More than 580,000 flights departed or landed at the airport from January to August.

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Contract Employee Charged in Fire That Grounded Chicago Flights

Contract Employee Charged in Fire That Grounded Chicago Flights

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The contract employee accused of starting the fire at an FAA facility outside Chicago that canceled and delayed hundreds of flights Friday is a 36-year-old man who used an unidentified accelerant and acted alone, according to the Aurora, Illinois, chief of police.

More than 2,000 flights at O’Hare and Midway airports were cancelled when the facility went down, disrupting flights for travelers across the country.

Police late Friday charged Brian Howard of Naperville, Ill., in connection with the fire at the FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill. Howard was charged in U.S. District Court in Chicago with one count of Destruction of Aircraft or Aircraft Facilities. Harris faces a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

Chief Greg Thomas earlier Friday said Howard suffered self-inflicted stab wounds that he is expected to survive. He’s in stable condition at an area hospital, the FBI said in a statement.

According to the complaint, Harris allegedly entered the facility at 5:06 a.m. dragging a black hard-sided roller board suitcase. The complaint alleges that at 5:36 a.m., a message appeared on a Facebook account held in Howard’s name, and that message, containing a reference to ZAU, the three-letter call number for the facility, was subsequently forwarded to law enforcement authorities.

Paramedics from the Aurora Fire Department, responding to a 911 call at 5:42 a.m. by an individual at the facility, entered the basement and followed a trail of blood that ultimately led to an individual later identified as Harris, according to the complaint.

Thomas told reporters this morning, “It appears to be a fire set by a contract employee. There was no terrorist act.”

The suspect was taken to the hospital with burns all over his body and self-inflicted knife wounds, a federal law enforcement source told ABC News. Howard was not an FAA employee but authorized to be in the facility, according to two sources. His motivation is still unclear.

A federal law enforcement official told ABC News “It sounds like it [the fire] was intentionally set,” though adding “it does not sound like it was an attack on the facility.”

The FAA halted flights to and around Chicago, which is served by one of the nation’s busiest airports, O’Hare International, and the smaller Midway International.

City of Aurora spokesman Ferrelli said, “At 5:42 a.m. Aurora Fire and Police responded to the FAA Air Traffic Control Center, 619 W. Indian Trail, for a report of a fire in the basement of the facility.”

He added: “Approximately 15 to 30 employees at the center were evacuated. One other employee, and adult male, approximately 50 years old, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.”

Chief Thomas said the 50-year-old man was released and is not the contract employee.

The fire occurred in the facility’s main telecommunications area, which is an important location for handling communications with aircraft, a senior government official told ABC News.

“At Midway, Southwest Airlines has suspended flights until noon,” the department said in a statement.

Some flights have resumed but, as of 3:25 p.m. ET, the number of canceled and delayed flights at the two Chicago airports totaled 2,022. Officials said more delays and cancellations were expected over the next several days.

The FAA is working with carriers to minimize the disruptions. “There is a potential for delays for people traveling by air today,” it said in a statement. “Several airlines are canceling or re-routing flights. Travelers are encouraged to contact their airlines for further information.”

Meanwhile, according to the Air Traffic Controllers Association, its members have reported for overtime in Indianapolis to try to manage the Chicago-area airspace, but there were technical issues that needed to be overcome.

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Hero Cop Who Shot Attacker Who Beheaded Ex-Colleague Was Also Company Exec

Hero Cop Who Shot Attacker Who Beheaded Ex-Colleague Was Also Company Exec

iStock/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) — An executive at an Oklahoma food processing plant is being hailed as a hero after he used his training as a reserve deputy sheriff to shoot a violent attacker.

The alleged attacker, Alton Nolen, was fired from his job at Vaughan Foods outside of Oklahoma City on Thursday afternoon and went directly from the human resources office to the front office where he started attacking two female employees, police said. He had already beheaded one woman and stabbed the second victim multiple times when Mark Vaughan, the company’s COO, shot him, police said.

“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect,” Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said in a statement released Friday.

“There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions,” he said.

Authorities confirmed that Vaughan has been involved with the sheriff’s office since 2010 and took a 10 month training course to be certified as a reserve deputy. He is a member of the patrol division, the Fast Action Support Team and the tactical team, Whetsel said.

“Mark Vaughan is an example of just how significant these men and women are to our citizens,” Whetsel said in a statement. “Yesterday lives were saved and a criminal threat ended by the quick and unselfish response of Mark Vaughan.”

Nolen has not been formally charged in the incident but has been named by Moore Police Department officials as the individual who beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54. He was stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, when Vaughan shot him.

“This was not going to stop if he didn’t stop it,” Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said of Vaughan at a news conference Friday. “It could have gotten a lot worse.”

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Surveillance Video Captures Violent Carjacking at Miami Hotel

Surveillance Video Captures Violent Carjacking at Miami Hotel

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — New surveillance video shows the moment a carjacking suspect got behind the wheel of a car and crashed through vehicles and people at a Miami hotel before racing away.

Police allege that Alberto Ruiz, 50, calmly slid into the driver’s seat of a brand-new Lexus sport utility vehicle around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the luxury JW Marriott Marquis hotel as the car’s owner got out.

He then allegedly backed into two valets who were unloading the vehicle’s trunk.

After plowing forward and getting stuck between two vehicles, police said, Ruiz again backed up into several valets and pedestrians as they tried to talk to him and remove him from the car.

Several valets were sandwiched between the SUV and another parked car, police said.

He eventually was able to speed off, police said, leaving seven people injured and four vehicles damaged. One valet suffered serious injuries and needed to be hospitalized.

Police later located Ruiz, whom they called a career criminal, at a motel and he was arrested.

He is charged with carjacking and attempted murder in addition to other charges.

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Fired Okla. Food Plant Employee Beheads Woman, Attacks Another

Fired Okla. Food Plant Employee Beheads Woman, Attacks Another

iStock/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) — A man beheaded one woman and stabbed another Thursday at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired, authorities said.

Alton Nolen was reportedly fired from Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma, Thursday afternoon and drove directly from the human resources office to another building in the facility and attacked two women in the front office, police said.

Nolen “became angry” after being fired, the Moore Police Department said in a statement released Friday.

Sources tell ABC News that Nolen may be mentally ill. Law enforcement officials have not discovered any evidence to suggest that the beheading had a connection to radicals overseas and have made no ties to terrorism. The officials said they believe that workplace anger was the main source of his rage.

The FBI is now involved in the case and were called in by the local police “due to the manner of death and the initial statements of co-workers,” according to the Moore Police Department.

“After conducting interviews with Nolen’s co-workers, information was obtained that he recently started trying to convert several employees to the Muslim religion,” police said in a statement.

Authorities are investigating whether Nolen posted a series of fanatical messages on Facebook and, though they have not yet found any connections, they are still looking to see if he was influenced by the recent ISIS beheadings dominating the news.

Nolen, 30, allegedly attacked his first victim, 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, with a knife that is regularly used by employees at the plant, police said.

Police confirmed Nolen severed Hufford’s head and then began stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, multiple times.

Nolen was then shot by the company’s chief operating officer, Mark Vaughan, who is also a reserve sheriff’s deputy, according to the Moore Police Department.

Both Nolen and Johnson have been hospitalized, police said.

The police department responded with a tactical team and treated it as an active shooter incident because the person who called police was unsure where the gunshots came from, police said.

ABC News consultant and former senior FBI agent Brad Garrett, who has extensive experience in criminal profiling, said that on the surface the incident appears to be “workplace violence.”

“It’s within the realm of reasonableness that this is ISIS-related, but you have to go back to the motive, and the motive was he was mad,” Garrett said, referring to the militant group linked to the recent beheading of two American journalists.

Vaughan Foods spokesperson Danielle Katcher said in a statement that “we are shocked and deeply saddened by the events.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the team member we lost and all those affected,” Katcher added. “Our focus is on the safety and well-being of our employees. We will provide counseling and support for our team members and support each other through this difficult time.”

“We are working with authorities on this active investigation,” Katcher said.

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UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Handed Over to Virginia Authorities

UVA Abduction Suspect Jesse Matthew Handed Over to Virginia Authorities

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The suspect in the case of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham has been transferred from the custody of a Texas jail to Virginia law enforcement officers, authorities told ABC News.

Jesse Matthew, 32, was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday and has been held by Texas authorities for the past two days. He has waived extradition hearings.

Investigators from Charlottesville, Virginia, arrived in Texas Thursday to meet with Matthew, who is charged with abduction with intent to defile Graham. He reportedly refused to speak during that meeting, but officials said investigators were able to speak with Matthew later Thursday and again on Friday.

Matthew was spotted camping out on the beach in Galveston by a woman who called police who took him into custody.

Matthew was the last person seen on surveillance video on the night Graham vanished two weeks ago.

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Trooper Tells Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein: ‘We Will Find You’

Trooper Tells Accused Cop Killer Eric Frein: ‘We Will Find You’

Courtesy Roman Kamensky(CRESCO, Pa.) — The state trooper leading the manhunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein had a message for the suspect on Friday, calling him a “coward” and telling him, “We are not intimidated. We will not leave.”

Lt. Col. George Bivens, who is leading the manhunt, sent that message to Frein as the dragnet was almost two weeks old.

Bivens had earlier said there were indications that Frein had access to the media, and on Friday he said, “I have reason to believe he may have a radio with him.”

Bivens delivered a taunting message to Frein.

“You are a coward,” the officer said. “We are not intimidated. We will not leave… We will find you and we will bring you to justice.”

The posse hunting Frein zeroed in on a section of Pennsylvania wilderness because the suspect turned on his cellphone in an attempt to call his parents, sources familiar with the investigation confirmed to ABC News Friday.

Frein’s phone was only on for a few seconds, but it was long enough for investigators to track the signal to an area near the border of Monroe and Pike counties in the Pocono Mountains, the source said.

Bivens declined to discuss the cellphone call, saying, “I’m not going to comment on anything that may have been done with cellphones.”

The break in the manhunt, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, came six days after Frein, 31, allegedly ambushed Pennsylvania state troopers at their barracks, killing one officer and critically wounding another.

As many as 1,000 officers have been scouring the woods and surrounding areas for Frein. Bivens said Friday that searchers have “found evidence there has been tampering with some structures in the area,” and the officer suspects it was the work of Frein.

The mountain dragnet sent officers to a sprawling abandoned hotel called the Buck Hill Inn near the town of Cresco. The search failed to locate Frein.

“We do know he has an interest in that location and do know he has spent some time there,” the lieutenant colonel said.

Bivens said that Frein has “experimented with explosives,” and “We are taking that into consideration,” alert for “booby traps” while checking cabins and caves where Frein might have been hiding.

The manhunt has included the use of helicopters and dogs and the combination appears to have flushed Frein out of a hiding spot earlier in the week, but he escaped into woods as it got dark, Bivens said.

“On at least one occasion…. (a tracking dog) caused him to jump out at quite some distance from us and escape,” Bivens said. He said the incident occurred a few days ago “just as darkness was falling,” which made it difficult for the helicopter above to spot him.

He said the last sighting of Frein was on Wednesday.

The investigators said they have recovered a hard drive from a computer that Frein had access to that included Internet searches and research on how to evade a police manhunt and survivalist techniques.

Investigators are also looking for anyone who may have seen Frein’s Jeep Cherokee Sport before Monday, Sept. 15 in and around the Blooming Grove station where the ambush occurred.

The vehicle was found partially submerged in a pond and inside the car were shell casings that matched the bullets fired at the troopers along with face camouflage and two empty rifle cases.

An AK-47 rifle and ammunition was later found in the woods that police believe Frein either abandoned or had stashed.

Frein is believed to be armed with a .308 rifle with a scope, police have said, and is considered to be extremely dangerous.

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Serial Arsonist At-Large in Washington State

Serial Arsonist At-Large in Washington State

iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Firefighters in Spokane, Washington are searching for a serial arsonist they believe may have intentionally set up to 17 fires in the past week.

Spokane County Fire District Chief Tony Neilson says there have been two fires per day, all set in rural areas along roads.

“Somebody is going to be injured. Either a member of the public or one of our firefighters,” Neilson said. “Or somebody is going to lose a home.”

Arson investigators are also looking for the suspect.

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Texas Doctor Accused of Poisoning Lover Found Guilty

Texas Doctor Accused of Poisoning Lover Found Guilty

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — The Texas doctor accused of poisoning her lover has been found guilty of aggravated assault.

Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Angulo was charged after prosecutors say she spiked Dr. George Blumenschein’s coffee in 2013 with ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze.

Gonzalez-Angulo and Blumenschein both worked as oncologists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

Blumenschein’s girlfriend had testified in court this week that he suspected his mistress, Gonzalez-Angulo, was responsible but was afraid to contact authorities.

Evette Toney told a Houston courtroom about how she found out her boyfriend Blumenschein was having an affair with a fellow cancer researcher Gonzalez-Angulo at the prestigious MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Gonzalez-Angulo was charged with aggravated assault after prosecutors say she spiked Blumenschein’s coffee in 2013 with ethylene glycol, a sweet-tasting chemical found in antifreeze. Prosecutors allege that Gonzalez-Angulo poisoned the coffee after Blumenschein picked Toney over her.

The poisoning left Blumenschein with permanent kidney damage, according to testimony from doctors who treated him. Gonzalez-Angulo had pleaded not guilty, but could now face up to life in prison.

The jury is hearing witnesses for the sentencing phase.

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LISTEN: The Frantic 911 Call Following NJ Bear Attack

LISTEN: The Frantic 911 Call Following NJ Bear Attack

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A frantic 911 call captured the moments after a New Jersey man escaped from a bear that had fatally attacked his friend.

Darsh Patel, 22, a senior at Rutgers University studying technology and informatics, was hiking in the Apshawa Preserve this past Sunday with four friends when the attack happened.

A male member of the group, who was not identified, made a chilling call for help after he managed to escape from the bear.

“We were hiking and we saw a bear and we all started running and it started chasing us,” the caller told the dispatcher.

He then proceeds to say that two of his friends were “really close” to the animal.

“I’m scared out of my mind for them. I want to go back but I’m hurt and I don’t know what to do,” he said.

“You’re hurt, you said?” the dispatcher asked.

“Not badly,” the caller replied. “I just scraped my leg. It’s nothing major, but I’m more worried about them. Can anybody get here anytime really soon please?”

Patel, from Edison, N.J., was found dead by police two hours later.

The bear, which wasn’t tagged, is being examined at a state lab for clues as to why it went after the hikers.

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Woman Helped Police Catch UVA Abduction Suspect in Texas

Woman Helped Police Catch UVA Abduction Suspect in Texas

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office(HOUSTON) — A woman who went to a beach in Galveston, Texas, to relax instead helped police catch the suspect charged in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student.

The woman, who identified herself to ABC News station KTRK in Houston as Karen, said she recognized Jesse Matthew from wanted posters related to the Hannah Graham case.

“I instantly knew it was him,” she said. “It was frightening.”

Karen called police and said she directed an arriving deputy to Matthew. He was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged in Texas with failure to identify fugitive intent to give false information.

Matthew, 32, appeared in court the following day. He waived extradition to Virginia, refused a court-appointed attorney and complained about the hard bed in his cell.

“They took all my clothes and had me sleeping on this hard thing,” he said.

Matthew didn’t enter a plea as his attorney, Jim Camblos, waits for his client’s return to Virginia, where he’s expected to arrive in a few days.

“I’m very hopeful I’ll be able to talk to him next week,” Camblos said.

Investigators from Charlottesville, Virginia, tried interviewing Matthew late Thursday but he wouldn’t talk, according to the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Police in Charlottesville say Matthew was the last person seen with Graham, 18, who vanished nearly two weeks ago. He has been charged in Virginia with abduction with intent to defile.

Brice Cunningham, the owner of Tempo Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, told ABC News affiliate WJLA in Washington that an employee thought Graham seemed incapacitated when she left with Matthew. Police say it’s the last place they were seen together, though Cunningham said he and his staff never saw Graham inside.

“As far as we know and the staff knows, nobody saw her,” he said.

Cunningham said an employee later saw the two outside together. “She said he was holding her with his arm around her and she did look drunk,” he said.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo stressed during a news conference Thursday that they are still looking for the missing college student.

“We have an obligation to bring her home one way or the other,” he said.

A reward for information on her whereabouts is up to $100,000.

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Landings Aborted After North Carolina Airport Goes Dark with No Warning

Landings Aborted After North Carolina Airport Goes Dark with No Warning

iStock/Thinkstock(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — The FAA is investigating why a system used to guide planes onto the runway at a North Carolina airport was shut off, forcing two commercial aircraft to abort landings there.

“We couldn’t even see the approach. No navigation at all,” one pilot said in air traffic control recordings from the late Wednesday scare.

The runway at Wilmington International Airport was supposed to be closed at around midnight because of construction but instead was shut off an hour earlier than scheduled, according to airport officials.

“The airport lights are not on,” one pilot said. “They actually flipped the switch early.”

The Delta flight originating from Atlanta and a US Airways flight from Charlotte instead returned to their departing airports.

“Somebody went in and shutdown everything that had to do with landing at this airport,” said ABC News aviation and military consultant Steve Ganyard, a former Marine colonel. “They shut down the lights, they shut down the instrument landing system. There was nobody to talk to.”

The instrument landing systems (ILS) are installed at both ends of a runway, helping pilots land when visibility is low.

“There was no way that they could have successfully or safely shot an approach into Wilmington with both the runway lights and the instrument landing system turned off,” Ganyard said. “It was an unnecessary risk caused by human error and poor supervision.”

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Arrests in Ferguson Follow Police Chief’s Apology

Arrests in Ferguson Follow Police Chief’s Apology

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A small group of protesters engaged in a standoff with police in Ferguson, Missouri, early Friday morning after several arrests outside the department’s police station.

Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson, who earlier in the day apologized to the family of Michael Brown, came out to address the crowd late Thursday.

“All those things that are causing mistrust are being evaluated and we are going to be making changes,” he told the protesters, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Jackson then began marching with the protesters when a skirmish broke out. At least four people were arrested, reported the newspaper.

A video posted online shows officers and protesters pushing and shoving, knocking several people to the ground.

Police then stood in a line outside the station as protesters lined up across the street from them.

 

The cops are lined up in #ferguson ready to pounce. Crowd has thinned significantly but they are not budging. pic.twitter.com/t28840q3Pn

— mervyn marcano (@britrican) September 26, 2014

 

A memorial for Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9, was burned earlier this week before protesters looted a store in Ferguson.

In the video, Jackson apologized for how long Brown’s body remained in the street after his death.

“I want to say this to the Brown family: No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling,” Jackson said in the video. “I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street.”

Brown’s family hadn’t seen the video as of Thursday afternoon, said their attorney, Benjamin Crump.

Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times by officer Darren Wilson. Weeks of protests and some incidents of looting following after the shooting outraged the Ferguson community.

Wilson, who has been suspended with pay, claimed he was injured in a confrontation with Brown. A state grand jury is investigating whether he should face criminal charges.

The Department of Justice is also looking into the case.

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Alaska Hit by 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

Alaska Hit by 6.2-Magnitude Earthquake

iStock/Thinkstock(JUNEAU, Alaska) — A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook the Cook Inlet region of Alaska on Thursday, with the tremor centering 80 miles northwest of Anchorage.

The incident hit at 9:51 a.m. local time, though no major damage was reported, according to the state’s Earthquake Center.

The quake interrupted a news conference in Anchorage held by Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan.

In Willow, resident Marinne DeMott said cans came off the shelves at a local food mart.

“…I was ready to get out away from the glass. It was shaking that good,” DeMott said.

 

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WATCH: Woman Evades Alleged Intruder on the Roof

WATCH: Woman Evades Alleged Intruder on the Roof

iStock/Thinkstock(VENICE, Calif.) — It was a terrifying scene right out of a movie for a woman in Venice, California.

Melora Rivera, wearing only a flannel shirt and clutching her cellphone, was photographed by a passerby Wednesday morning as she crouched on her roof with alleged intruder Christian Hicks hovering above her.

Authorities said Thursday that Hicks, 29, was homeless. He allegedly broke into Rivera’s home while she was in bed.

“He came out to the roof and was on the other side of the roof while she’s trying to tell police, ‘There’s an intruder in my house,’” a neighbor told KTLA-TV.

Rivera reportedly told police that a passerby had taken her picture as she crawled out of her attic window, 20 feet above the ground. The images were then posted to social media.

Rivera was able to call 911 from the roof. Minutes later, when the authorities arrived, police talked Hicks off the roof while firefighters helped Rivera down.

Hicks was reportedly behind bars Thursday on $50,000 bail for burglary charges.

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Police Chief’s Daughter Fired from Hospital After Tweets Go Viral

Police Chief’s Daughter Fired from Hospital After Tweets Go Viral

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief, facing assault charges, was fired Thursday from her hospital job after allegedly posting photos and information about patients that potentially violate privacy policies.Lan…

Apology by Ferguson Police Chief Not Heard by Michael Brown’s Parents

Apology by Ferguson Police Chief Not Heard by Michael Brown’s Parents

Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown has not seen the videotaped apology by Police Chief Thomas Jackson of Ferguson, Missouri, their attorney said Thursday.

“We haven’t heard about it at all, and we’ll address that when we find out, get something official from them. We don’t have anything official,” attorney Benjamin Crump told reporters at the National Press Club. Brown’s parents appeared at the National Press Club on Thursday with civil rights leaders and the mother of Eric Garner, who was killed by New York City police in a chokehold this summer.

Michael Brown was unarmed when he was shot six times and killed by a Ferguson police officer this summer. The teenager’s body was left uncovered in the street for almost five hours after the shooting as police awaited the coroner and conducted an investigation. The shooting prompted outrage in the St. Louis suburb and days of protests, along with some incidents of looting.

“I want to say this to the Brown family: No one who has not experienced the loss of a child can understand what you’re feeling. I’m truly sorry for the loss of your son. I’m also sorry that it took so long to remove Michael from the street,” Jackson said in a video message posted online Thursday.

“The time that it took involved very important work on the part of investigators who were trying to collect evidence and gain a true picture of what happened that day, but it was just too long, and I am truly sorry for that,” Jackson said.

Jackson also apologized to protesters who were met with a confrontational police force.

“There were many people who were upset about what happened in Ferguson and came here to protest peacefully. Unfortunately there were others who had a different agenda,” he said. “I do want to say to any peaceful protester who feels I did not do enough to protect their constitutional right to protest peacefully, I’m sorry for that.”

Crump did not sound mollified by the police chief’s comments.

“Laying there on the ground for almost five hours in the baking sun — his mother and father and family are out trying to get to their child, and they got the police lines up, and they bring dogs to keep the community back. What about his constitutional rights? What about his due process?” Crump said.

The officer, who has been suspended with pay, claims that he was injured in the confrontation with Brown. A grand jury is investigating to determine whether to press charges against the officer. The Department of Justice is also looking into the case.

Brown’s parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr., were flanked by the Rev. Al Sharpton, National Urban League CEO Marc Morial, new NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, and other civil rights leaders, who called for federal prosecutions of the officers who killed Brown and Garner. They also sought anti-racial-profiling legislation from Congress.

“I’m here in Washington to ask for help in getting justice for my son in Missouri,” McSpadden said. “Missouri has not showed us anything that we’re looking for.”

“I am here to make sure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s family. This is very terrible for us, and for everyone else that has loss, and we are here to get justice. We need your help,” Michael Brown, Sr., said, wearing a necktie that bore an image of his late son.

The family members will meet with Congressional Black Caucus members while in Washington, according to Sharpton’s National Action Network. The CBC Foundation is holding its annual legislative conference at the Washington Convention Center Sept. 24-27.

Speakers made reference to the recent video showing a South Carolina officer shooting an unarmed man, and that officer’s arrest.

“In South Carolina, the police was arrested right away, justified. The police in our case, they’re sitting back. They’re still walking the street, they’re still getting paid. They said they took their gun and badge, but so what? They still go home to their families every night, they still have their salaries, but they need to be held accountable, everyone involved in my son’s death need to be accountable — the EMS, the police officers, everyone,” said Gwen Carr, Garner’s mother.

The South Carolina officer was arrested on Wednesday for the Sept. 4 shooting.

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