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Sony Says Theaters Don’t Have to Show “The Interview” After Threats

Sony Says Theaters Don’t Have to Show “The Interview” After ThreatsiStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Sony has told theaters they do not have to show The Interview, after the group claiming responsibility for stealing troves of Sony executives' emails released a note apparently threatening attacks on the theaters wher...

Pa. Shooting Spree Suspect Found Dead with Self-Inflicted Wound

Pa. Shooting Spree Suspect Found Dead with Self-Inflicted Wound

Montgomery County District Atty(SOUDERTON, Pa.) -- The body of a murder suspect has been found near his Pennsylvania home the day after he allegedly killed six of his relatives, according to the district attorney.Bradley William Stone, 33, allegedly shot and killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives at three different crime scenes on Monday, and police found his body in a wooded area near his home Tuesday afternoon.Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri confirmed on Tuesday that Stone was found dead after an apparent self-inflicted cutting wound in "the center part of his body." His body was found about a half mile from his home.Vetri went on to describe how each of his alleged victims died, which were a mix of gunshot and cutting wounds. The sole survivor of the attacks, Stone's ex-wife's 17-year-old nephew Anthony Flick, is in serious condition after sustaining "quite significant" cutting wounds to his head and hands but is expected to recover."They were defensive in nature and he was fighting off his attacker," Vetri said of Flick's wounds.The Monday morning killing spree had prompted local and federal authorities to launch a manhunt in the suburbs of Philadelphia.The discovery of Stone's body came just hours after police held a news conference and released two new photos of Stone in the hopes of finding him.In order to make the most recent photo they found on his cellphone during the investigation match their latest description of the suspect, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri said that authorities digitally removed the facial hair that he had in the photo because they believe he shaved recently.The motive for the murders remains uncertain, but legal documents indicate that Stone and his ex-wife, one of his alleged victims, had been having custody issues over the control of their 5- and 8-year-old daughters.Stone and Nicole Hill divorced in March 2009 and Montgomery County court documents show that they reached a shared custody agreement in April 2010 but there were some disputes over the arrangement in the years since.The details from the documents are not publicly available, but earlier this month, Stone filed an emergency motion seeking custody. There was a resolution in the case on Dec. 9 but the specifics of that agreement were not available.At Tuesday's news conference, Vetri said that both of the couple's girls, as well as Stone's current wife and their daughter, are all safe.Montgomery County court documents also show that Stone has been arrested three times -- all related to charges of driving under the influence. Court documents show that a 2001 case ended with probation and the 2003 charge resulted in a mitigated judgment. He pleaded guilty to his most recent case in 2013 but was late in paying the resulting fines, court papers show.

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Second-Graders’ Ferguson Protest Sparks Controversy

Second-Graders’ Ferguson Protest Sparks Controversy

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) -- A protest put on by a group of second-graders in Massachusetts has sparked controversy, but the school says it was just teaching the kids a lesson in civics.Second-graders gathered on the sidewalk outside of the school with signs, some that said "Honk for Justice," after learning about the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, both killed by police officers. The peaceful demonstration happened on Friday, a spokesman for the Alma del Mar Charter School in New Bedford told ABC News Tuesday."A group of scholars played on the playground while other scholars held their demonstration without incident," Will Garner, the school's executive director, said in a statement Tuesday.But the protest went awry when a friend of a police officer, whose daughter attends the school, saw the students and alerted him that his 7-year-old daughter was taking part, the spokesman said.That father, George Borden, told The Boston Globe he believed the event was anti-police and shouldn't be condoned by the school.

While Alma del Mar says the protest was the students' idea, Borden disagrees."I don't think 7-year-olds can come up with the idea to go out and protest on the street," he told the newspaper.ABC News could not reach Borden for comment, but Borden's father, who is also named George, said he agrees with his son."What second grader wants to give up recess to go stand on a busy street corner and chant, 'We want justice'?" he said. "My son's a cop, so he's really upset, and after his daughter got in the car, she asked if he shoots people."The school says it sent students home with a note before the lesson about Garner and Brown, to give parents the chance to opt out. The protest, which was not mentioned in the note, was an idea the students came up with in class, the school spokesman said."We have spoken with the concerned officer and his family on several occasions and he has agreed to meet with both the teacher and school administrators to discuss his concerns and come up with productive next steps," Will Garner said in a statement.

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Massachusetts Woman Rescued After Car Plunges into River

Massachusetts Woman Rescued After Car Plunges into River

iStock/Thinkstock(TAUNTON, Mass.) -- A dramatic 911 call shows the fear of a Massachusetts woman who was close to being swept away after her car crashed down an embankment into a river.“Oh my God, the water’s coming in. It’s getting higher,” Debora Wrigley Dooley can be heard saying in the 911 call. "It’s too deep for me to get out and it’s rapid. It’s moving real fast."Authorities say Dooley was driving down a street in Taunton, Massachusetts, Monday when she swerved to avoid another car, according to local ABC News affiliate WCVB.Dooley’s car was sent careening down an embankment into the Mill River. As water filled her car, Dooley described to the 911 dispatcher how her car was moving down the river."It’s stopped right now,” she said. “Every once in a while it moves a little but it stops.”Rescuers used the car’s OnStar navigation system to track Dooley’s vehicle as it moved down the river.Around four minutes after Dooley dialed 911, rescuers arrived and pulled her to safety.“By the time we arrived…the current had taken her car 150 yards down the river,” said Taunton Fire Department Captain Steven Lavigne.Dooley was taken to a local hospital, where she remained overnight. Her specific injuries are not known.

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Search Intensifies for Shooting Spree Suspect in Pennsylvania

Search Intensifies for Shooting Spree Suspect in Pennsylvania

Montgomery County District Atty(SOUDERTON, Pa.) — A suspect in a deadly shooting rampage remains on the run outside of Philadelphia Tuesday morning, forcing residents to stay indoors and local schools to close as a precaution.Bradley William Stone, 35, is suspected of killing six members of his ex-wife’s family at three separate locations in Montgomery County -- allegedly killing his ex-wife, his former mother-in-law, former grandmother-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece.His former nephew, 17, was wounded and taken to a hospital in Philadelphia for treatment. Stone took his two children to a neighbor's home before the shootings began, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri told reporters, and they are safe.Stone is a former Marine reservist who served from 2002 to 2011. He had one deployment to Iraq, leaving with the rank of sergeant, according to a Marine spokesperson.A man matching the description of Stone was spotted in Doylestown, Bucks County, Monday after a resident was confronted by the man with a knife, according to a statement from Doylestown Township.The victim was walking his dog when a man, described as a white male approximately 5'10" wearing camouflage clothing, demanded his car keys.The victim resisted and fell to the ground, but had a gun and fired multiple rounds at the suspect, according to the statement.The man matching Stone's description was last seen running into the woods.Residents throughout Montgomery and Bucks counties were being told to stay in their homes and lock their doors as the search continued."Stone may be wearing military fatigues, in either sand or green color," the district attorney's office said in a statement posted to Facebook. Stone is known to use a cane or walker.Matthew Schafte, who told ABC News that he's known Stone for 20-plus years, says he broke down in tears when he heard about the shootings."I would describe him as a laid-back guy -- loving his family, loving his country. I know he had issues with his children over a custody battle or something," he said. "A decorated veteran, who would do anything for his country, anything for anybody.""I just broke down in tears. I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it, because this isn't the Brad that I know.""A couple of months ago, I was hanging out with him, we sat down and had a drink," he added. "We were just talking about old times, how everybody was doing, and he told me he was going through some things with his kids, but that's about it."Earlier in the day, SWAT teams surrounded a home at Penn and Highland avenues in Souderton, Pennsylvania, where a suspect in the shootings was originally believed barricaded inside, police told ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.Witnesses heard a loud boom shortly before an unidentified person was taken out of the house on a stretcher.Police also surrounded another home in nearby Pennsburg.

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Amazon Headquarters Evacuated Due to Threatening Note, Threat Not Deemed Credible

Amazon Headquarters Evacuated Due to Threatening Note, Threat Not Deemed Credible

Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Amazon.com's headquarters in Seattle was evacuated on Monday morning as police investigated a threatening letter found on campus."Out of an abundance of caution," police said the complex was evacuated. Officers from the Seattle Police Department and Amazon security searched the area after a threatening note was found in a bathroom on the campus early Monday. Arson and Bomb Squads were at the scene to investigate, but police said later Monday that there was no indication that the threat was credible.

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Police Arrest 25 at Oakland Protest

Police Arrest 25 at Oakland Protest

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Twenty-five people were arrested on Monday morning outside the main Oakland Police Department building during a protest against the recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers involved in the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y.According to a release from the OPD, "multiple groups of protesters blocked the main entrances of the building by chaining shut four of the building's doors and then chaining themselves to the doors." Police said that those actions crossed the line legally as they prevented the public from accessing police records, including inhibiting the reporting of crimes, obtaining public records, and accessing paperwork for vehicle impound releases.Police estimated that about 150 to 200 people were present at the protest. One group of protesters connected themselves to each other and blocked the intersection of Broadway and 7th Street, prompting their arrest.The OPD said the 25 arrests were for either obstructing or blocking a public building and obstructing or delaying a police officer.

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Jury Rules Against Boy Scouts of America in $7 Million Lawsuit

Jury Rules Against Boy Scouts of America in $7 Million Lawsuit

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A jury ruled against the Boy Scouts of America on Monday in a multi-million dollar lawsuit in which the organization was accused of keeping a secret file of scout masters who had been accused of abusing scouts during the 1970s. The plaintiff in the case says that he was sexually assaulted by a scout master as a child. Despite winning the lawsuit, his attorney Paul Slager said that "it's not the kind of situation that, as a person who represents victims of child sexual abuse, that I really see as a victory." Instead, he said, "it's more a validation and an important statement."The jury awarded the plaintiff $7 million. Slager said that award is "a very, very loud statement in recognition of the suffering that one man, one very courageous man here in Connecticut, has been through."The Boy Scouts of America provided a statement on the ruling to ABC News, in which the organization said it "[appreciates] the court's time in the evaluation of this matter" though the Scouts "disagree with the findings" the organization says it will "...review the decision and comply accordingly.""Youth protection is of paramount importance to the Boy Scouts of America, and our organization has always focused on the best interests of our youth," the statement read. "In the nearly four decades since these events took place we have continued to develop and enhance our efforts to protect youth, regularly consulting with experts from law enforcement, child safety, psychology, and other disciplines to ensure its efforts consistently evolve along with the ever-changing awareness of the dangers and challenges facing youth."The Boy Scouts of America also note that the group aims to prevent child abuse by combining education on the subject with a comprehensive selection process for leaders and criminal background and other checks.

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LA Neighborhood Blames Waze App for Morning Traffic Jam

LA Neighborhood Blames Waze App for Morning Traffic Jam

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Thanks to its pervasive use by drivers seeking a clear patch of road, the Waze traffic social app is being blamed for causing congestion in a once-quiet Los Angeles neighborhood.Paula Hamilton, 80, who has lived at her home in Sherman Oaks for 35 years, told ABC News that morning traffic on her street took a turn for the worse two to three months ago.“The traffic has never been this bad. It’s bumper-to-bumper traffic now in the morning. Cars move at 10 miles an hour,” she said. 

Hamilton said the congestion is so bad she won’t leave home from 6:45 a.m. to 8 a.m.Mila Reeder, who lives five doors down the road from Hamilton, agrees that in the 30 years she has lived in her Sherman Oaks home, traffic has never been this heavy.“There are no sidewalks on the narrow curvy streets near my home and with the number of cars driving by in the morning people are always about to be hit. It’s really dangerous,” Reeder told ABC News.While complaints are being leveled at Waze for diverting freeway traffic to residential neighborhoods, Bruce Gillman, public information officer for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, tells ABC News that it’s unfair to place all the blame on Waze.“There is more than one traffic app out there and they all have similar functions,” said Gillman.These apps give real-time traffic data to motorists by tracking the speed of those using the apps, then suggesting alternate routes, sometimes through residential areas.Gillman, who said he uses traffic apps, noted that neighborhood roads are not off limits.

“Using these apps is a normal reaction. We try to navigate around traffic,” he said.Julie Mossler, senior director of communications at Waze, tells ABC News that the allegations that Waze is causing neighborhood traffic in Los Angeles started around Thanksgiving this year.“Waze draws the most attention because we have 50 million users worldwide. However, to say we’re causing bumper to bumper traffic is not accurate. This isn’t how the algorithm of Waze takes care of itself,” she said.Mossler explained in a note to residents how the app works: “Waze finds open stretches of road and spreads cars across the grid of public streets, helping not only to alleviate congestion but promote a safer drive, as bumper-to-bumper traffic often means a greater risk of accidents and unsafe driving behavior. We have millions of drivers in Los Angeles who work together to warn each other about objects in the road, construction and more. In turn, avoiding these obstacles prevents further issues.”“Also, I want to stress that we alternate which routes are used, based on real-time conditions, to avoid generating congestion of our own on a different set of roads -- it simply wouldn’t be effective to route a large amount of Wazers down your street,” said Mossler in her note.Mossler said in her letter that “Los Angeles is a powder keg of cars, construction and population that will only continue to get worse. With or without Waze, drivers will be looking for alternatives to major thoroughfares.”Mossler told ABC News that Waze operates on a massive scale by helping to spread cars out.

“By doing that it certainly makes it easier for emergency vehicles to get through and improved your commute to the airport, for example,” she said.Sherman Oaks residents have raised their complaints to their council member, Tom LaBonge.“My field deputy met with them so we can find a solution to their problem. The collector streets in Los Angeles recommended by apps like Waze as alternate routes are not equipped to handle this amount of heavy traffic. Some of them are narrow, some are not properly divided, and some are unmarked for example,” LaBonge told ABC News.LaBonge is working on a motion for the City Council addressing the safety of these apps.

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Families of Sandy Hook Victims Sue Gunmaker, Seller

Families of Sandy Hook Victims Sue Gunmaker, Seller

Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- Nearly half of the 26 families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting two years ago have filed a lawsuit against the maker of the gun used in the shooting and where it was sold.Ten families are suing Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill their loved ones, children and adults.In addition to Bushmaster, the families have named Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the store where the Bushmaster rifle was purchased in 2010.  The 10 families represent a mix of victims, students and teachers, and allege negligence and wrongful death in their suit.They argue the AR-15 should never have been publicly sold because it's a military style assault weapon.“The AR-15 was specifically engineered for the United States Military to meet the needs of changing warfare,” said Josh Koskoff of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, the Connecticut firm representing the families.  “In fact, one of the Army’s specifications for the AR-15 was that it has the capability to penetrate a steel helmet. This weapon was not designed for home defense or hunting. This weapon was designed to efficiently kill other human beings in combat.”The suit says the AR-15 is legitimate for soldiers and police, but not for civilian use.The filing was submitted to a court marshal on Friday.

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Manhunt Underway for Suspect in Pennsylvania Shooting Spree

Manhunt Underway for Suspect in Pennsylvania Shooting Spree

WPVI(SOUDERTON, Pa.) -- A manhunt is underway in and around Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, for a suspect in an overnight shooting spree that left six people dead and wounded another, authorities said.Officials identified the suspect as 35-year-old Bradley William Stone of Pennsburg. All of the victims at three separate locations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, are related to Stone, police said.According to a Marine spokesperson, Stone is a former Marine reservist who served from 2002 to 2011, with one deployment to Iraq, leaving with the rank of sergeant.The suspect may be wearing military fatigues and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office. Stone is known to use a cane or walker. Residents in the area were being told to stay in their homes and lock their doors as the search continued late Monday afternoon in the area 50 miles north of Philadelphia."Stone may be wearing military fatigues, in either sand or green color," the district attorney's office said in a statement posted to Facebook. "Stone should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information about Stone’s whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach him."Matthew Schafte, who told ABC News that he's known Stone for 20-plus years, says he broke down in tears when he heard about the shootings."I would describe him as a laid back guy -- loving his family, loving his country. I know he had issues with his children over a custody battle or something," he said. "A decorated veteran, who would do anything for his country, anything for anybody.""I just broke down in tears. I couldn't believe it, I couldn't believe it, because this isn't the Brad that I know," Schafte said."A couple of months ago, I was hanging out with him, we sat down and had a drink," he added. "We were just talking about old times, how everybody was doing, and he told me he was going through some things with his kids, but that's about it."Police said they are conducting an extensive search in and around Pennsburg, at both known and outdoor locations where Stone may be located, the statement added. "People in that area should remain indoors, keep their doors locked and call 9-1-1 if they think they have seen the suspect," police said in the statement.SWAT teams earlier surrounded a home in Souderton, Pennsylvania, where the suspect was originally believed barricaded inside, police told ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Witnesses heard a loud boom shortly before an unidentified person was taken out of the house on a stretcher.Police also surrounded another home in nearby Pennsburg.The first shooting was reported before 4 a.m. in Lower Salford Township, where police found a woman shot to death, WPVI reported.More shootings occurred at a location in nearby Lansdale, with two people killed, WPVI reported.Two more people were killed at a third scene in Souderton borough, according to the station.It was not immediately clear where the sixth victim was killed.

Late Monday night, the search for Stone was expanded to Doylestown Township, after the victim of an attempted armed robbery provided a description of his attacker that was similar to the description of Stone.

Upper Perkiomen schools will be closed Tuesday while the manhunt continues.

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Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Exec Promised Him Two-Game Suspension

Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Exec Promised Him Two-Game Suspension

Bob Levey/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A newly revealed recording between Adrian Peterson and a top NFL executive raises questions about the star running back’s suspension over child abuse charges.The Nov. 12 recording, obtained exclusively by ABC News from Peterson's lawyers, features his talking with Troy Vincent, a former player and now the league’s executive vice president of football operations, according to Peterson’s lawyers.In the conversation, Vincent promises the Minnesota Vikings’ running back a two-game suspension instead of the indefinite ban handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell six days later.“It will be two additional games, not time served?” Peterson asks during the conversation.“No, no, no, no…it won’t…The one this weekend,” Vincent responds. “So really, it’s just next week and you…you…you…you will be back.”During part of the conversation, Vincent acknowledges the potential for Peterson to gain reinstatement.“Unless you want a different hearing, you want a proceeding go to another hearing,” Vincent says. “You will be reinstated and back with your club, you know, potentially the…you know, that next week.”The six-time All-Pro, who pleaded no contest with no jail time for beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, lost his suspension appeal on Friday. But at that appeal hearing, his lawyers claimed the league retaliated against the former NFL MVP for failing to meet with the league days before he was suspended -- a meeting his lawyers claimed was not required under league rules.On the phone call, Vincent, a three-time All-Pro himself, seems to say that such a meeting was key.Peterson, 29, asks whether his suspension would be lifted in two games.“Yeah, that is it…but you cannot…you got…you’ve got to act. You gotta just go through the process,” Vincent, 44, said.Later in the call, Vincent seems to make a plea to the suspended superstar.“I gave you my word the other day. I think we looked at each other and in my heart, I’m praying that we can just get your family restored and get you back on this field so that you can continue to be the ballplayer, the citizen, the father, the husband that God’s called you to be,” Vincent said. “You’ve done a lot, paid…paid a price and I think everybody is…everybody understands that.”At Peterson’s appeal, Vincent denied making promises, saying, “I didn’t promise Adrian anything. Never promised. Adrian needed to show up…all things were to be considered.”Appeals officer Harold Henderson -- appointed by Goodell -- agreed, saying Vincent wasn’t speaking for the NFL, but trying to “help Peterson put this issue behind him and get back to his life, his family, and football.”

But now, Peterson, who told ESPN he considered quitting the game and trying out for the Olympics, reportedly feels let down by a league he says he can no longer trust.ABC News reached out to the NFL for comment, and was sent the appeal officer’s decision, in which the officer ruled that there was not enough evidence to conclude that the suspension was retaliation against Peterson.The players' union, the NFLPA, filed a lawsuit on Peterson’s behalf against the league Monday.

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Coast Guard Searching for Boy, 13, Missing Off of Hawaii

Coast Guard Searching for Boy, 13, Missing Off of Hawaii

iStock/Thinkstock(KOHALA COAST, Hawaii) — Rescue crews are searching for a 13-year-old boy off Hawaii who went missing after cliff jumping with friends.Authorities were notified that the boy was missing at 10:21 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.He had been jumping with friends off of Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Hawaii’s Big Island.A friend reported the boy missing after they jumped from a 15-foot cliff and the boy didn’t resurface, the Coast Guard said. The boy was last seen wearing a black shirt with tan shorts.Hawaii County Fire and Coast Guard crews have searched for the boy using dive teams, surface searches and air searches.

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Three Escaped Alabama Inmates Captured by US Marshals

Three Escaped Alabama Inmates Captured by US Marshals

Pictured from left to right: Justin Terrell Gordon, Demarcus Woodard and Gemayel Culbert. (Choctaw County Jail)(BUTLER, Ala.) -- The three inmates who escaped from a rural Alabama jail on Saturday have all been recaptured.The U.S Marshals Service says Demarcus Woodard, 23, Justin Gordon, 23, and Gemayel Culbert, 32, are all back behind bars after escaping from the county jail in Butler City after overpowering a guard.Gordon, who was in jail on charges of burglary, arson and armed robbery, was captured less than 24 hours later in Tuscaloosa, about an hour and a half away from the jail, said U.S. Marshal Sixto Boyer.Culbert, who was in jail accused of murder, was captured Sunday at a family member's house in Bellamy, Alabama, said Boyer.Woodard, who was also in jail on capital murder charges, was apprehended Sunday night at an apartment in Tuscaloosa, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Choctaw County Sheriff Tom Abate said the guard was lured into a cell after one of the men appeared to be vomiting. After entering the cell, the jailer was attacked by the inmates and had his keys and cellphone stolen.  Two of the inmates wrapped a towel around the jailer's face and sprayed it with Lysol and fled after the jailer became unconscious.

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Cleveland Baby Born at 10:11 12/13/14

Cleveland Baby Born at 10:11 12/13/14

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- A Cleveland baby has defied the odds with a very unusual birth date.The baby girl was born at Fairview Hospital at 10:11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014. In other words, her birth time and date is 10:11 12/13/14, Sabrina Powers, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed to ABC News.The newborn, Hazel Grace, weighed in at 7 pounds and 14 ounces. Her parents are Leisha Campbell and Shawn Zimmerman, of Cleveland. Campbell and Zimmerman already have three other children: Aubree, Adalynn and Josalyn."We knew she was going to be born today, we just didn't know it would be at 10:11 a.m.," Campbell said in a statement released by the hospital. "Everyone is telling us we should play the lottery. We feel this is a lucky day and are excited to get family photos with Santa."Both baby and mother are doing well, Powers said.Zimmerman did not return ABC News' request for comment.

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What Life Is Like in Newtown Two Years After Sandy Hook Shooting

What Life Is Like in Newtown Two Years After Sandy Hook Shooting

John Moore/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- It's been two years since Nicole Hockley's son was murdered by Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old gunman who stormed into Sandy Hook Elementary School days before Christmas and killed 20 young children, six adult school employees and his own mother.Some things are better now, while others have gotten worse, Hockley said."The second year is much harder than the first, as the shock wears out," Hockley told ABC News."Your denial becomes more of a reality, to be honest," she said, referring to the harsh stages of grief. "But there's also progress ... and taking small steps forward."

Hockley's son, Dylan, was 6 years old. Sunday marks the second anniversary of his death.She and her husband Ian have since bought a new house in Newtown, Connecticut. At the time of the shooting, they were renting a place across the street from where Lanza lived with his mother, Nancy -- another one of Adam Lanza's victims that day."We definitely didn't want to be in that house anymore," Hockley said. "We're still in the same neighborhood."In two years, memorials have come and gone, the city has taken possession of the Lanza home in a deal with the Hudson City Savings Bank, and the school, the scene of the bloodshed, has been demolished.A new Sandy Hook Elementary School will open in 2016."I will usually go out of my way not to drive by where the school used to be," Hockley said."Everywhere we go there are reminders," she added. "Sometimes that's a good thing, sometimes that's incredibly hard."Hockley and her husband considered moving, she said, but Hockley realized they would be leaving Newtown for the wrong reasons."It's a topic of conversation my husband and I have once a month or so," she said. "If we move, it would have to be because we wanted to move, not because we were running away. That's just not going to happen."Seeing Dylan's old classmates is another struggle."Eleven children escaped, and I know some of those children and I know some of their parents, and that can be hard," she said.

For the families of the victims, many milestones have passed since Dec. 14, 2012. Erica Lafferty, whose mother was the school principal and one of the adults Lanza killed, got married last year. Francine and David Wheeler, who lost their 6-year-old son in the shooting, had another baby in November.Hockley, too, is focused on another child: Jake, her 10-year-old son, who's learning to cope with Dylan's death."He's still in therapy and likely to be for a long time," she said. "He's a resilient kid. He's happy to an extent. He misses his little brother.""He's seen the worst of what can be out there," Hockley added. "He used to be afraid of things that are not real. Now he knows what real monsters are. It's something we talk about a lot in our house."She said Jake has struggled in school since the shooting."His grades have fallen dramatically," Hockley said. "We've heard through therapists that this is a problem -- math and science -- because PTSD effects memory."Joseph Erardi, Newtown's school superintendent, said federal grants and local support have helped the schools launch impressive counseling services for staff and students. On Friday, he sent a letter to staff, reminding them to "extend your hand and your heart to someone in need during this sensitive time."Some students might be just starting to feel the effects of the shooting."The second year is probably more complex than the first year in terms of rebuilding and recovery," Erardi told ABC News. "I think people run on adrenaline that first year."Arguably, Hockley still is. Last year, she transitioned from her role as a stay-at-home mom to a full-time employee of Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit group that aims to protect children from gun violence.The organization recently released a short film called What They Left Behind, which chronicles the stories of three children who died in a shooting."Trying to fix gun violence is not a quick solution," said Hockley, who has dedicated her life to the cause. "It's about education and awareness. It's about changing the way people think."

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Man Arrested in Killing of Auburn Football Player

Man Arrested in Killing of Auburn Football Player

Auburn Police Division(AUBURN, Ala.) -- A man was arrested on Sunday in the fatal shooting of an Auburn University freshman running back who was shot and killed shortly after midnight at an off-campus apartment.Jakell Mitchell, 18, from Opelika, Alabama, died after he was transported to the hospital with several gunshot wounds, according to the Lee County coroner.The shooting happened at 12:28 a.m. Sunday in a student apartment complex south of the university.Markale Deandra Hart, 22, of Camp Hill, Alabama, was arrested Sunday on a felony warrant charging him with murder. He was being held in the Lee County jail and will be eligible for a $150,000 bond, police said. Police released few details about how they determined that Hart was the alleged shooter, or his arrest, but said that they do not anticipate making any other arrests in the case.There was no indication that Mitchell was involved in gangs or drug deals, police said."I’m devastated and saddened by the passing of Jakell Mitchell," head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Jakell’s family and friends, who are suffering through this senseless tragedy. I know the Auburn Family is hurting, especially our players and coaches, and we are going to love and support them through this difficult time. We have lost a member of our family too young, too soon.”Mitchell missed his senior season of high school with a knee injury. He rushed for 17 touchdowns and had 400 receiving yards his junior season.

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Man Arrested in Case of Missing Texas Woman

Man Arrested in Case of Missing Texas Woman

ABC News(PLANO, Texas) -- A 24-year-old Texas man was arrested Saturday on a kidnapping charge in the disappearance of Christina Morris, who was last seen in late August.Enrique Arochi was charged with aggravated kidnapping, Plano, Texas, police said.Plano police spokesman David Tilley told ABC News affiliate WFAA in Dallas that Arochi's arrest was partly based on DNA samples taken during the investigation."The DNA evidence and the details that surround that... if we were able to release that, you would understand it more," he said.Arochi's car was also towed from his house on Saturday, WFAA reported. He denied involvement in Morris' disappearance in an interview last month."I feel they are wasting their time on me when they can be looking at somebody else that is actually the suspect or the person that actually did it," he told WFAA."A lot of deception -- on his part -- that we believe was intentional and created problems with our investigation," said Tilley.A lawyer for Arochi declined comment about his client's arrest. Bail was set at $1 million.Morris, 23, was last seen on Aug. 30 in the parking garage of a shopping center in Plano. Surveillance video captured her walking with a friend at 4 a.m. after leaving a party, but she was never seen leaving the garage.Investigators said there were no signs of foul play or a struggle near her car. Her last 15 phone calls went to her boyfriend, with whom she lives, but he never reported her missing, Morris' parents said.In the first weeks of the search, police said Morris' bank accounts hadn't been accessed and her cellphone was off.Her mother told WFAA she long suspected Arochi knew something about her daughter's disappearance."We have gut instincts as parents and as her friends that somehow he had some answers," Jonni McElroy told WFAA.While Morris hasn't been seen since the summer, McElroy is hopeful."In my heart I feel like we are going to celebrate Christmas with her," she said.

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Geminids Meteor Shower on Display Saturday Night

Geminids Meteor Shower on Display Saturday Night

NASA/MSFC/B. Cooke, NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office(NEW YORK) — It's that time of year again, when streaks of bright light and fireballs fly through the sky for the annual Geminids meteor shower.Star enthusiasts can catch the show Saturday night and into Sunday morning, when the meteor shower reaches its peak. The show will be visible, as long as you're far away from bright city lights."This year's Geminid meteor shower will peak on Dec. 13 and 14 with as many as 120 meteors per hour," Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office, said in a press release. "I'm looking forward to a good display."The shower happens every December, when Earth glides into a stream of space debris left over from an extinct comet called 3200 Phaethon.The meteor shower gets its name from the constellation Gemini. Meteors shoot out of the constellation, producing many fireballs.The Geminids are older than the Civil War and were first documented in the early 19th century.

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Families of Slain African Americans Join ‘Justice for All’ March in Washington, DC

Families of Slain African Americans Join ‘Justice for All’ March in Washington, DC

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Thousands of protesters walked down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., Saturday to march alongside the families of African-Americans killed in recent months by law enforcement officers.The families of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice were among those at the "Justice for All" march, where protesters carried signs reading "Black Lives Matter.""Let's keep it strong, long and meaningful," Eric Garner’s widow told the crowd. Garner died in July after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold while stopping to arrest him for allegedly selling "loosie" cigarettes.Also in attendance was the family of Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida, in 2012. The watchman, George Zimmerman, was acquitted in Martin's death.There was a moment of confusion before the march began. A group came on stage with a megaphone, demanding the people of Ferguson, Missouri -- where Brown, 18, was fatally shot over the summer -- be allowed on stage to speak.The rally's MC called for calm, saying he had a message from Michael Brown's father, who was expected to speak later while some in the crowd chanted, "Let them speak.""[Brown's family is] asking that we not do this like this," he said. "We are not going to disrespect the families that have lost real lives here."Reverend Al Sharpton addressed the crowd after the interruption."Don't let no provocateurs get you out of line," said Sharpton. "We are not here to play big shot. We are here to win."Protests -- some violent -- have continued since two grand juries declined to file charges against officers in the deaths of Brown and Garner.Another march is planned for later Saturday in New York City.

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