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Maryland Mansion Fire Families: ‘Embrace Your Loved Ones’

Maryland Mansion Fire Families: ‘Embrace Your Loved Ones’

Obtained by ABC News(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Relatives of two adults and four children feared to have been in a massive fire at an Annapolis, Maryland, mansion thanked their well-wishers on Thursday, but asked people respect their privacy, noting that "our loss demands time and quiet reflection."The relatives' statement, attributed to "the Boone and Pyle families," referenced four children -- Alexis (Lexi) Boone, 8, Kaitlyn (Katie) Boone, 7, Charlotte Boone, 8, and Wesley (Wes) Boone, 6 -- and their grandparents, Sandy Pyle and tech executive Don Pyle, who records list as the mansion's owners.The six family members were believed to have been inside the mansion Monday morning when the fire broke out, according to relatives and neighbors. The remains of two unidentified people were found in the ashes Wednesday."We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation for the love and support being shared with us during this tragic event," the families said in the statement. "We are blessed that so many family, friends, and neighbors have come together for us in our time of need."It added, "Our love for our family is boundless. Our loss demands time and quiet reflection to process these feelings. We ask that you respect our need for privacy."”Life is fragile," the statement concluded. "Make time today to embrace your loved ones.”The statement also recognized "the dedicated efforts" of local and national responders.Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire at the 16,000-square-foot mansion. Investigators and canines were at the scene Thursday to look for remains and accelerants.Crews started going through the wreckage on Wednesday, according to ABC News affiliate WJLA, a process that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators said could take weeks.The house was "built more like a commercial structure," Anne Arundel County Fire Capt. Russ Davies told reporters, so searching is a "time-consuming process."For now, the fire is being handled as a criminal investigation, officials added.

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Shootout Between NM Police Officer, Suspect Caught on Video

Shootout Between NM Police Officer, Suspect Caught on Video

ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- When Albuquerque, New Mexico, police officer Lou Golson first spotted the speeding silver SUV in the middle of the night, he figured he had a drunk driver on his hands.“He came to a screeching halt at a green light, which is not uncommon for drunk drivers,” Golson said.After pulling over the car early on the morning of Jan. 3, Golson walked up to the driver’s-side window. The SUV was stolen, he would later learn.The body camera attached to the front of Golson's uniform caught every terrifying second of what happened next.“He was trying to start the car. It wasn’t starting and I told him to turn it off,” Golson recalled. “And when I opened the driver’s door he spun sideways in his seat. He had the gun in his hand and he fired.”Five rapid shots rang out, with four bullets slamming into Golson, knocking the officer to the ground. The 31-year department veteran drew his gun and fired back.“I needed to protect myself, need to return fire, because at this point even though the door is closed he’s still trying to start the vehicle,” Golson said, speaking publicly about the incident for the first time to ABC News.“My biggest fear is that he’s going to get the vehicle started and run me over,” he said.The video shows Golson firing all eight shots into the side of the silver SUV. The officer tries to reload his weapon, but the fall has broken his right wrist.“I knew something was wrong with my right hand and so I switched the gun to my left hand, and as he’s getting out of the vehicle I take aim,” Golson said. “The gun didn’t fire, but I wasn’t going to advertise the fact that my gun wasn’t working properly. So I kept my gun trained on him.”Golson could only watch as the driver got out of the vehicle and ran away, leaving the officer lying in the street. The officer radioed for help, telling the dispatcher he’d been shot and giving a detailed description of the shooter. His training and experience, he said, helped keep him calm.“If you yell and scream on the radio no one is going to understand what you just said,” he said. “Just because you get shot doesn’t mean you’re going to die.”Fellow officers arrived a few minutes later.“Do you see any blood?” he can be heard asking the officers.Golson was rushed to a hospital. Nearly three weeks and two surgeries later, the married father of five is now recovering at home.Fellow officers built a ramp at his house to make it easier to get around in a wheelchair.One of the bullets traveled across Golson’s abdomen, breaking the femur bone in his right leg. Three other rounds were stopped by his bulletproof vest.“I’m not saying I’m superhuman by any stretch of the imagination," he said. "I just referred to my training, knew what I needed to do and did it."His police department identification card now has a bullet hole near his picture. The card was in a uniform pocket directly over his heart.“My family, my friends, everybody says, ‘You probably ought to hang it up,’” Golson said. “I’ll be back. It won’t be tomorrow but I’m of the mind I’m going to heal, I’m going to be back to work.”The man accused of shooting Golson, 36-year-old Christopher Cook, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree attempted murder and allegedly stealing a car and a motorcycle.Golson said he’s not giving the man who allegedly tried to kill him much thought.“He did what he did. I think he was wrong but I can’t hold any animosity -- because then that would make me not the professional I am,” Golson said.Golson added that his recent experience hasn’t made him any more worried for three of his children now following in his law enforcement footsteps. One son recently graduated from a local sheriff’s academy. Another son and a daughter are applying to be police officers.“I can’t think of a more honorable career to choose. Yes, there is risk involved, but there is risk involved with crossing the street,” he said.Golson hopes his body camera video gives the public a better appreciation for what officers face every day.“It actually captured something that the public doesn’t see a lot,” he said of the roughly 20-second confrontation.“They see in real time how violent our job can turn, and how quickly it can turn,” he said.

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Did Cal Harris Kill His Wife? Third Jury to Decide Father’s Fate

Did Cal Harris Kill His Wife? Third Jury to Decide Father’s Fate

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Cal Harris is a man who knows what it feels like to be in the fight of his life. The millionaire upstate New York father of four who has been tried twice before for the 2001 killing of his wife, is back in court as jury selection in his third trial begins this week.On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001 his wife Michele disappeared.The next morning, as the country awoke to a world forever changed, Michele Harris' van was found at the foot of the family's driveway. According to his attorneys, police immediately focused on Cal Harris as a suspect. At the time of her disappearance Cal and Michele Harris had been in the midst of a bitter divorce.“Law enforcement authorities have focused really exclusively on Cal and alleged that he caused her disappearance,” Cal Harris’ attorney, Bruce Barket, told ABC News.After four years of investigating, authorities were unable to find Michele’s body or a murder weapon -- even after extensive searches of Cal Harris’ 252-acre property in Tioga County, New York.“I knew they were focusing on me,” Harris told ABC News. "I had been completely cooperative with them, turned over my house to them; let them come in my house without me being here. Whatever they asked for I gave them; phone records, financial information."Harris, now 53, says he was shocked by the charges when he was originally arrested in 2005."I knew the possibility was there,” he said. "[But] we knew there wasn't any evidence, so we didn't know how they could possibly get an indictment.”In his first trial, prosecutors argued that blood found in the Harris home suggested Michele had been attacked by her husband.A jury convicted Cal Harris of second-degree murder. But before sentencing, a new witness, Kevin Tubbs, who lived near Harris’ home, emerged.Tubbs claimed to have seen two people arguing at the end of the Harris driveway in the early hours of Sept. 12, 2001. One he said looked like Michele and the other appeared to be a man in his 20s with dark hair. Cal Harris’ attorneys say Tubbs' testimony disproves the prosecutor’s theory of the crime.“Kevin Tubbs is not the only individual who saw the truck and two individuals -- one woman, one man, at 5:30 in the morning, outside the Harris residence,” Barket said. “Another individual by the name of [John] Steele also made the same observations.”Steele died of a heart attack in 2008, before Harris’ second trial. But in light of Kevin Tubbs testimony, the guilty verdict was thrown out and Harris was re-tried in 2009.At his second trial, the jury once again found Harris guilty of killing his wife. This time, the verdict was thrown out by an appeals court. That court took issue with a juror who admitted during jury selection to having an opinion about the case. That juror said “that he was inclined to convict Cal, but thought he could keep an open mind,” Barket said.Now, for a third time, a jury must decide: Did Cal Harris kill his wife Michele?“Absolutely not,” Harris told ABC News. “Absolutely not. And the fact that I’m still sitting here having to go through this is a horror show. Judges on this case at every level have come forward and said this case can’t be proven.”Harris’ attorneys hope to highlight other leads they believe were inadequately investigated by the police. And this time around they have already won an early victory, getting the third trial moved to Schoharie County, 120 miles from where Harris' previous two trials were held. Attorneys say that Cal, a well-known car dealership owner and prominent figure in the community, was unable to get a fair trial in Tioga County, where the case was widely covered.“What the jury will see when they take a look at the entire case is that the police investigation was wanting and that there were other leads that the police should have followed up on,” Barket said. “Had they followed those leads this case might actually be solved.”In 2014, Harris’ four children Taylor, 20, Cayla, 19, Jenna, 17, and Tanner, 15, stepped into the spotlight for the first time, coming out in defense of their father and asking the public for new information in their mother’s disappearance.“We feel like we need to tell people that he’s actually a really great guy and there’s no way he could have done something like this,” Cayla Harris told ABC News. “I have seen a lot of like the comments people write on articles and they say that they think that we’re brainwashed by our dad and that’s not true. We agreed ourselves to do this.”The Harris children are so confident in their father’s innocence that they have never even asked him about that September night 13 years ago."[We] didn’t have to," said Taylor Harris."We didn’t have any doubt he wasn't involved," Tanner Harris agreed.

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Snapchat Stabbing: Dramatic 911 Call Tells How Mom Found Victim

Snapchat Stabbing: Dramatic 911 Call Tells How Mom Found Victim

WCIV(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A harrowing 911 call recording has been released detailing the dramatic moments in which the mother of a teenage girl grapples with the discovery that her daughter's boyfriend allegedly stabbed another boy.The South Carolina mother is heard frantically telling a 911 dispatcher how she is trying to reassure the bloodied victim, identified by police as Lucas Cavanaugh, while she still fears that the attacker is in her house."He's in the house, he's somewhere. He's my daughter's boyfriend," the woman says on the recording, released by authorities on Tuesday. She identified herself to police and gave the dispatcher the address of her home, outside of which the stabbing allegedly happened. ABC News is choosing not to release that information."He's got a pulse and he is breathing but he's completely unconscious," the woman says. "He has been stabbed right in his stomach."The 8-minute call is highly-charged, and the dispatcher regularly has to urge the mother to remain calm and focused. ABC News is withholding the name of the mother to maintain the anonymity of her daughter.At one point, she says that she will have trouble applying pressure to the wound because of the serious nature of his injuries.Cavanaugh, 17, later died, authorities said.Mount Pleasant Police Department documents describe how the fatal altercation occurred after the suspect, Matt Fischer, became upset when he saw a Snapchat that Cavanaugh sent to Fischer's girlfriend.The affidavit states that Cavanaugh "was contacting the defendant's [Fischer's] girlfriend via Snapchat on her iPod. The defendant took the iPod and contacted the victim. Words were exchanged at which point the defendant told the victim 'Come over' and 'I'll kill you man.'"The police report also describes how Fischer, 16, who allegedly stabbed Cavanaugh immediately outside the house, ran back into his girlfriend's house "with the bloody knife," left it there, and then fled on foot.A firefighter on the scene told the responding police officer that Fischer's mother arrived at the scene saying that she had received a phone call from her son, picked him up in the area and brought him back to the house."She stated that she did not know what happened, but that she had the subject in her vehicle," the report stated.Police forced him out of the car at gunpoint and took him into custody, the report stated.Fischer is being charged on the counts of murder and possession of a knife during the commission of a violent crime, according to the County of Charleston's affidavit.Both families were in court for Monday's bond hearing, The Post and Courier reported. Neither family spoke but Cavanaugh's father cried as he stood next to a detective, the newspaper reported.Fischer's attorney, Peter David Brown, spoke on behalf of his client."This is just a tragedy for the entire Wando community and the families involved," Brown said, according to the newspaper.Brown could not be immediately reached by ABC News for comment.

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Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls

Deflate-gate: Patriots Coach Says He Has ‘No Explanation’ for Under-Inflated Balls

Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New England Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he was "shocked" and had "no explanation" about the accusations the team used under-inflated balls in this past Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.“I have no explanation for what happened," he said during a news conference Thursday morning.Belichick said he is cooperating with the NFL's investigation."I can't comment on what they're doing," he added.Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch."Any deflation would then take us under that specification limit. Knowing that now, in the future, we will certainly inflate the footballs above that low level to account for any possible change during the game," Belichik added.

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A deflated ball could be easier for the quarterback to grip in bad weather, such as in Sunday's rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.The Colts had raised concerns as far back as this past November about under-inflated balls supplied by the Patriots following its regular-season Nov. 16 game game, ESPN reported.During that game, Colts safety Mike Adams twice intercepted three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady and gave the balls to the Colts' equipment manager to save. Both times there were concerns about the balls feeling under-inflated, sources earlier this season had told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Those sources also said that the Colts raised concerns to the league, which was aware of the issue going into Sunday's AFC Championship game. New England won the game, 45-7.The minimum disciplinary action for tampering of a football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual.The controversy around “deflate-gate” has taken attention away from the Super Bowl, in which the Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks.

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Yankees Announcer John Sterling Among Hundreds Displaced in New Jersey Fire

Yankees Announcer John Sterling Among Hundreds Displaced in New Jersey Fire

iStock/Thinkstock(EDGEWATER, N.J.) — Yankees announcer John Sterling and hundreds of others were left homeless after a massive fire tore through a luxury apartment complex in New Jersey Wednesday.With the flames engulfing The Avalon at Edgewater in the city of Edgewater, located along the Hudson River across from Manhattan, plumes of thick, black smoke spread from the blaze.

New York emergency officials advised residents in Manhattan and the Bronx that they might see or smell smoke.Residents were ordered to evacuate and were led to a nearby school. As the fire continued to rage, hundreds who lived at the complex, including New York Yankees announcer John Sterling, wondered what would be left of their homes."I don't know what to expect. Now, I have nowhere to go. And I need a toothbrush," Sterling told the New York Daily News after finding a hotel room.

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Home of Sandy Hook School Shooter to Be Demolished

Home of Sandy Hook School Shooter to Be Demolished

Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, Wednesday approved a decision to raze the home of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, and leave it as open space.It was on Dec. 14, 2012 that Lanza, 20, first killed his mother inside the house and then went to the school where he shot dead 20 first-grade students and six educators. Lanza, who was deemed to be severely disturbed, then took his own life.Following the tragedy, a bank acquired the 3,100-square foot home before turning it over to Newtown last December.

Officials first received permission from victims' families about the decision to destroy the house and promised that if the land was sold, proceeds would go to the survivors.Prior to transferring the Lanza home to the town, the bank removed all the contents of the house to be incinerated so that nothing would be left for unscrupulous collectors to sell for a profit.

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Report: Civil Rights Charges Unlikely in Michael Brown Shooting Case

Report: Civil Rights Charges Unlikely in Michael Brown Shooting Case

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The racially-charged case involving a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teen to death in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer will likely end with no civil rights charges filed by the Justice Department, according to The New York Times, although no formal decision has been reached.A grand jury last November absolved former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown's shooting death, a decision that touched off violent demonstrations and a nationwide movement against alleged police abuses against African-Americans.Brown's parents and civil rights activists have hoped that the Justice Department would keep the case open by deeming that Brown's civil rights were violated when he was shot six times by Wilson following an altercation.However, the Times reports that the Justice Department has apparently found no reason to differ from the findings of the grand jury, which took two months to investigate the shooting.To be charged with civil rights violations, there has to be proof that Wilson knew that shooting Brown was wrong but he chose to do so anyway.It's not known when the Department of Justice will make its formal announcement in a legal memo. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is leaving his post, had promised to deliver the decision before stepping down.Meanwhile, it's expected that Brown's family will file civil charges against Wilson and the Ferguson police department.

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St. Louis County Police Release Surveillance Video of 180 Looting Suspects After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

St. Louis County Police Release Surveillance Video of 180 Looting Suspects After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The St. Louis County Police Department is seeking to identify more than 180 suspects who they say looted the Dellwood Market in Dellwood, Mo., in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.The SLCPD posted a surveillance video to its website showing numerous suspects in the looting of the market on Nov. 24, 2014. Police also included screengrabs of many of the suspects, and have already identified at least two of them by name.Police hope the public can aid in the identification of the suspects.

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Commanding Officer at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Relieved of Command

Commanding Officer at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Relieved of Command

Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The officer in charge of the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a “loss of confidence” after he allegedly had an affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead in the waters off the base.Captain John Nettleton was relieved of command on Wednesday by Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, “due to loss of confidence in Nettleton's ability to command,” according to a statement from the Navy.The statement declined to give additional details because of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which is focused on the death of Christopher Tur, a civilian employee at the Navy Exchange on the base who had moved to Guantanamo with his family in June 2011.Tur, 42, was found dead in the waters off the base on the morning of January 10, a day after he had been reported missing, said Navy Region Southeast spokesman Mike Andrews. A U.S. official said there was no obvious cause of death.The official said that information came to light during the investigation into Tur’s death that led the Navy to relieve Nettleton of command. Officials said the investigation found that Nettleton had allegedly been having an affair with Tur’s wife Lara, the director of the Fleet and Family Services Center at the base.Adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.Nettleton has been temporarily reassigned to Jackson’s staff at Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida. He had assumed duties as commanding officer at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Jun. 29, 2012.Nettleton’s command did not include the detention facility at Guantanamo, which is headed by a one-star Navy admiral. The detention camp is a tenant facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.Capt. Scott Gray, Jackson’s chief of staff, has been assigned as acting commanding officer at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

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Cincinnati Man Accused of Planning Attack on Capitol Building Indicted

Cincinnati Man Accused of Planning Attack on Capitol Building Indicted

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- The Cincinnati man accused of planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol Building was indicted on Wednesday.Christopher Cornell faces one count of attempted murder of government employees and officials, one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

A federal grand jury said that Cornell intended to "unlawfully kill officers and employees of the United States...by attempting to attack the United States Capitol Building." Cornell allegedly planned the attack from August 2014 through January 2015.Cornell allegedly possessed two M15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, the indictment says. Cornell was arrested on Jan. 14. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 22.

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Drone Captures Mesmerizing Aerials of Virginia Snowfall

Drone Captures Mesmerizing Aerials of Virginia Snowfall

estt/iStock/Thinkstock(LEESBURG, Va.) -- Wednesday's East Coast snowstorm made the weather outside frightful for some, but one man's drone footage taken with a GoPro shows a winter wonderland.As the drone smoothly glides above a Leesburg, Virginia, neighborhood, the aerial footage captures the snowfall and the mesmerizing symmetry of a series of snow-covered roofs, roads and lawns.Two videos of the snowfall were uploaded to YouTube by Chris Turner, a Leesburg resident and software engineer.The first video, taken around 10:45 a.m., was Turner's first drone flight attempt in snow, according to the description on his YouTube video.The second video is a follow-up on the weather two hours later. It was taken around 1:45 p.m. when it was still snowing and the accumulation was around 2 inches, he says in the video's description.

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Second Day of Jury Selection in Movie Theater Shooting Trial

Second Day of Jury Selection in Movie Theater Shooting Trial

Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) -- Wednesday was the second day of jury selection in the trial of James Holmes, the man who has admitted to killing 12 people at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012.Holmes appeared in court for the second consecutive day, wearing a similar outfit as he did on Tuesday -- a dark coat, khaki pants, a dress shirt and glasses. One potential juror was released to go to a hospital after arriving violently ill, vomiting and requesting an ambulance. That juror is expected to return later.A small number of potential jurors were released over concerns, including the inability to speak English.Holmes sat in his chair, rocking back and forth and listening to the judge. He is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.Through two days, the jury pool still contains about 7,000 potential jurors.

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Surgeon Slain in Boston Shooting Survived by Pregnant Wife, Three Kids

Surgeon Slain in Boston Shooting Survived by Pregnant Wife, Three Kids

David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The doctor who died of his injuries after a lone gunman entered a Boston hospital and shot him Tuesday was expecting a baby with his wife, the hospital said on Wednesday.Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, succumbed to his injuries late Tuesday, officials said.Davidson has three children -- ages 9, 7 and 2-and-a-half years old -- and his wife is 7 months pregnant, Brigham and Women's Hospital said Wednesday.Four of Davidson's colleagues spoke about him Wednesday at the hospital, remembering him as "almost always the smartest man in the room.""You all should be absolutely assured that Michael Davidson was one of the kindest, best possible men that ever walked on this earth," his colleague and mentor Dr. Andrew Eisenhauer said Wednesday at a news conference. "We knew that and his patients knew that and his family knows that."The gunman, who is also dead, was identified by police as Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, Massachusetts. He entered the building Tuesday morning asking by name for the doctor he would soon shoot, authorities said. After the shooting, Pasceri was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.Davidson introduced himself to patients as "Mike Davidson" instead of "Dr. Davidson," played guitar and had "a silly side," his colleagues said. The band he and other Brigham and Women's doctors played with was called "Operating Room."Dr. Pinak Shah, another colleague, said doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital never felt they would be the targets in a shooting like this. "I think we've all said among ourselves we just can't stop the resolve of physicians doing what we do," Shah said. "We just have to keep going. And just try to take this as one of those things that hopefully will never repeat itself."

The hospital lowered its flag to half mast and had a vigil at noon.

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Maryland Mansion Fire Poses Problems for Investigators

Maryland Mansion Fire Poses Problems for Investigators

iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Federal investigators are getting their first up-close look Wednesday at the charred wreckage of a Maryland mansion, with six relatives still missing following a massive fire.Tech executive Don Pyle, his wife Sandy and their four visiting grandchildren remain unaccounted for and are believed to have been inside the home when the fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to family and neighbors. The fire -- which was reported by an alarm-monitoring company -- may have raged, in part, because the $9 million mansion didn't have fire sprinklers, which were not required when it was built.There were no reports of previous trouble at the home, and no records of recent lawsuits or serious financial trouble, ABC News has learned. But agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it's too early to rule out foul play."We are going to sift through pieces of evidence, every piece in there, room by room, so that's going to take time," said Bill McCullem, a special agent with ATF's Baltimore Field Division.ATF investigators said they could be working at the scene of the decimated mansion for weeks.The massive house collapsed as it burned, and heavy pieces of debris will need to be moved, county fire officials said.

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Wife Stunned After Husband Bulldozes Their Home While She’s Away

Wife Stunned After Husband Bulldozes Their Home While She’s Away

WABC-TV(MIDDLETOWN, N.Y.) — A woman in New York state came home to find her husband had torn down their suburban home while she was away.Homeowner Diane Andryshak of Middletown, New York, 60 miles northwest of New York City, said she came home to an empty lot where she lived with her husband of nine years."None of my belongings were taken out. Everything was in the house. I'm in shock, still I'm in shock," she told ABC station WABC."I don't know what happened. I don't know anything. I know that when I got here he was already down at the police station. We were not fighting, we were not arguing," Andryshak told WABC.Her husband, James Rhein, allegedly rented an excavator without a permit and bulldozed the single-family home on Monday morning. Police say he was charged with criminal mischief and released on $300 bail, police said.The couple was renovating the home, and he allegedly told investigators that the house was in a state of disarray and couldn't be repaired, WABC reported."I asked him just kidding around if he was going to knock down the house with a bulldozer, and he said, 'Yeah.' I thought he was kidding. So I went to work and when I came back this is what we found," neighbor Steve Belfiglio told WABC.Unfortunately, now the couple is homeless."I have family and friends, right now I'm staying with a friend," Andryshak told WABC. "I don't have any answers for you, I don't have any answers for you whatsoever."

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Tech Mogul’s Alleged Murder Victim Hailed for Heroism

Tech Mogul’s Alleged Murder Victim Hailed for Heroism

iStock/Thinkstock(LOUDON COUNTY, Va.) — A prominent social media entrepreneur was arraigned for first-degree murder Tuesday, accused of gunning down his ex-wife’s new husband, while the victim is being credited with a final act of heroism to protect his family.Tech mogul Minh Nguyen is accused of killing Corey Mattison. Mattison, a former minor league pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals organization, was married to Denise Mattison for nearly six months before he was fatally shot.According to police, Nguyen broke into the Mattison’s Virginia home Thursday and fired shots at Mattison -- but Mattison wasn’t alone. Two children were in the home, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman said.Mattison ran for the door, leading Nguyen away from the children, police said. Denise Mattison said her 14-year-old daughter, Madison, and a younger sibling were able to hide in the bathroom and call 911.“He was my knight in shining armor,” Denise Mattison said.Nguyen is a tech millionaire, best known for co-founding the online address book Plaxo with Napster and Facebook billionaire Sean Parker. Nguyen was married to Denise Mattison for 10 years before they divorced. She told police that Nguyen was angry recently about his two children spending time with their new step-father.Authorities are still investigating the causes of the shooting, they said.Denise Mattison said her thoughts lie with her husband and his final act.“He literally laid his life down to save me, and there’s not a question of that,” she said.

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Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated

Report: Eleven of 12 New England Patriots Game Balls Were Under-Inflated

Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL says it is "continuing" to look into allegations that the New England Patriots had 11 of their 12 allotted game footballs during Sunday’s AFC Championship game under-inflated.“We are continuing our review and will provide an update as soon as possible,” the league said in a statement.According to ESPN’s report, the footballs used by the Patriots were under-inflated by two pounds per square inch. Footballs, which are weighed before the game, must be inflated to no less than 12.5 pounds per square inch.A deflated ball could be easier for the quarterback to grip in bad weather, such as in Sunday's rain at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. New England won the game, 45-7.Each team provides 12 new Wilson Official NFL footballs for referees to check before games, with additional balls available for backup purposes or at the away team’s discretion. The minimum disciplinary action for tampering of a football is a fine of $25,000, according to the NFL’s game operations manual.The controversy around “deflate-gate” has taken attention away from the Super Bowl, which will feature the Patriots playing against the Seattle Seahawks.

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High Court Overturns Prison Ban on Beards

High Court Overturns Prison Ban on Beards

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In a rare unanimous decision, the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arkansas rule that forbids Muslim prisoners from growing beards.Writing for the court, Justice Samuel Alito said it was "hard to take seriously" the concerns of officials that prisoners could hide contraband in their beards.The case was brought by an attorney for Gregory Holt, who is serving a life term for domestic assault and burglary. Holt, who converted to Islam, was prohibited from growing a half-inch beard.Over 40 states allow prison inmates to have beards and in most instances, longer than the one Holt wanted to grow.Advocates of religious liberty hailed the ruling, which overturned a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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Number of Boy Scouts Down by 200,000 in 2014

Number of Boy Scouts Down by 200,000 in 2014

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It may or may not be coincidental but membership in the Boy Scouts of America tailed off by nearly 7.5 percent in 2014, the first year that the organization allowed openly gay boys to join up.Overall, there were 2.4 million Scouts last year, compared to 2.6 million in 2013.The decision by the Boy Scouts to accept gays was met with protests by some within the group who felt it went against the core values of the 105-year-old program.As a result, many adults and children left the Scouts in 2014 to form Trail Life USA, which is predicated on Christian values. As of this month, membership was around 20,000.The Boy Scouts of America explained that the declining numbers were partially due to “the limited amount of discretionary time of parents and kids.”

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