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Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas During Latest Clashes with Protesters

Ferguson Police Use Tear Gas During Latest Clashes with Protesters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, clashed again Wednesday night, as police used smoke bombs and tear gas to disperse the crowd.Unrest has roiled the city of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon.
“What do we Want? Justice,” the protesters yelled.

Police, dressed in riot gear, warned the protesters to leave.

Police fired smoke bombs soon after, trying to get the crowd to disperse.

Two reporters said they were detained Wednesday night while working from a McDonald’s in the area, and witnesses told ABC News that officers appeared to be trying to clear the streets at all costs.The police department has been criticized for its heavily-armed response to protesters, some of whom looted and vandalized stores on Sunday night.Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson earlier Wednesday defended his department’s use of rubber bullets and tear gas to quell protesters.”There are complaints about the response from some people, but to me, nobody got hurt seriously, and I’m happy about that. I’m happy that nobody got hurt,” Jackson said at a press conference. Earlier he told ABC News the police had only used tear gas and rubber bullets when protests had turned violent on recent nights.Jackson also defended the use of riot gear being used by the officers as necessary to protect police from what he said was a trend around the country of increasingly dangerous street weapons.”None of that was military equipment. All the SWAT teams have big vans with that. People are using bombs now, pipe bombs and so forth,” he said before Wednesday night’s clashes.Earlier Wednesday, Jackson asked protesters to remain peaceful during their gatherings and to disperse before nightfall, but said there was no curfew in place.”We ask that any residents wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner,” a statement from the police department said. “We further ask that all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants.”
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Despite the chief’s urging that gatherings disperse before sundown, another vigil was held for Brown’s supporters. Before that, Jackson planned to march with civil rights leaders as a show of support to them.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon weighed in, calling for law enforcement to respect the rights of residents and media members.
“Situation in Ferguson does not represent who we are,” he wrote.
 

As Governor, I’m committed to ensuring pain of last weekend’s tragedy does not continue to be compounded by this ongoing crisis. #Ferguson
— Governor Jay Nixon (@GovJayNixon) August 14, 2014

 
 
The shooting death of Brown has angered the town, with many residents demanding a full, transparent investigation into why an officer fired multiple shots at an unarmed teenager. Brown’s family, the NAACP, and the Rev. Al Sharpton have all demanded the police identify the officer involved.Jackson was adamant, however, that he would not release the name of the officer who shot Brown due to concerns for the officer’s safety. Even if Brown’s family began to take legal steps to have the name made public, “there’s the appeal process,” Jackson told ABC.Brown’s parents’ attorney, Benjamin Crump, told ABC News Wednesday that the family was still deciding whether to sue the department to force the release of the officer’s name.Jackson said Wednesday that the name of a different officer had been circulated on social media as the identity of the shooter, and Jackson had to move that officer and his family out of Ferguson to protect them. Jackson himself has received death threats, including a “nice young woman’s voice” telling him “I want you to die.”The FBI is investigating Brown’s death. The shooting happened following a fight with the officer, police said. Witnesses say the officer shot after Brown raised his hands.The officer who shot Brown has been placed on administrative leave.Jackson said Wednesday that St. Louis County police were waiting until they had spoken to all of the witnesses of the incident before releasing any details about the shooting, the number of bullets fired and where on the body they hit.
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Repeat Stowaway Sentenced to 177 Days in Jail

Repeat Stowaway Sentenced to 177 Days in Jail

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The woman accused of repeatedly attempting to stow away on flights in the state of California was sentenced to 177 days in jail on Wednesday.Marilyn Hartman was arrested earlier this month after she successfully snuck onto a flight from San Jose to Los Angeles. She had been arrested and given probation just the day before her latest arrest.Hartman has been arrested as many as seven times in the last six months for attempting to sneak onto planes. Hartman had been caught repeatedly trying to board flights at San Francisco’s international airport without a ticket — but airport staff has been able to quickly pick her out when she is spotted making her way from the food court to security screenings, authorities said.Prosecutors described her at a May court hearing as having a major mental illness, though no official diagnosis has been publicly released.
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Runaway Boy, 14, Lived in Walmart for Two Days

Runaway Boy, 14, Lived in Walmart for Two Days

Walmart(CORSICANA, Texas) –  A Texas runaway hid out in a Walmart store for more than two days, burrowing into a stack of paper towels and toilet paper with a second hideout among baby products and strollers, according to authorities and video evidence.The 14-year-old boy, who has not been identified, was reported missing on July 28. He was staying with his aunt in Corsicana, Texas, while his parents were out of town, Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said Wednesday in a statement. The family told police he has a history of running away, the statement said.Two days later, at around 11 p.m., police were called to an around-the-clock Walmart, where employees had found the boy.The runaway was brought to the police station after he was found and was in “fine condition” physically, the chief said.Police did not notify Child Protective Services as there were no indications the boy was living in a dangerous environment or was the victim of abuse or neglect, according to the release.The county’s Juvenile Probation Office is now handling the case.A spokesman for Walmart told ABC News Wednesday the company is “looking into the situation.”
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Law Students Sue After Bar Exam Malfunctions

Law Students Sue After Bar Exam Malfunctions

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The worst people to make mad? A group of future lawyers.
A Florida software company learned that the hard way when its computer program through which law students submit their bar exams online malfunctioned, seeming to threaten their chances of passing the test.
Although the software company apologized for the snafu and said deadlines in all states had been extended, students say stress over whether their exams uploaded wasn’t fair.
“You spend two months preparing for the exam, it’s grueling,” Catherine Booher, one of five students suing the company, ExamSoft Worldwide Inc., told ABC News. “You re-learn everything you learn in law school.”
ExamSoft is a program exam-takers must purchase and download if they want to submit their exams online, rather than in writing, she explained.
Booher, who recently graduated from Wake Forest University School of Law, is one of many exam-takers who struggled to upload the essay portion of the bar exam during the test on July 29, according to the lawsuit, filed on August 5 in Washington state.
“The files wouldn’t upload,” she said. “I kept trying and trying and trying, and every time you try, you get an email after you get the yellow screen of death. I had about 13 emails saying the files didn’t upload.”
The problem even triggered two hashtags on social media: #Barmageddon and #Bargazhi.
The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners confirmed to ABC News that everyone who took the exam in North Carolina, like Booher, successfully uploaded their answers, but Booher and other plaintiffs also want compensation for their stress and anxiety, her attorney, Gretchen Freeman Cappio, said.
It’s not clear how many exam-takers were affected by the malfunction. ExamSoft did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but apologized on its website.
“The delay in processing did not relate to, or impact, answer content, and we are therefore very confident in the integrity of your state submissions,” the statement reads. “To accommodate for the delays, we worked with state jurisdictions to extend your upload deadlines as needed and tried our best to communicate those extensions.”
But Booher, 25, says the apology isn’t enough.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that they’re not issuing refunds,” she told ABC News, noting the software cost her $125.
The company has not responded to the lawsuit.
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Ferguson Police Chief Defends Use of Force, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets

Ferguson Police Chief Defends Use of Force, Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Ferguson, Missouri police chief Tom Jackson on Wednesday defended his department’s use of rubber bullets and tear gas to quell protesters in the city over the past three nights.Unrest has roiled the city of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer Saturday afternoon.The police department has been criticized for its heavily-armed response to protesters, some of whom looted and vandalized stores on Sunday night.”There are complaints about the response from some people, but to me, nobody got hurt seriously, and I’m happy about that. I’m happy that nobody got hurt,” Jackson said at a press conference Wednesday. Earlier, he told ABC News the police had only used tear gas and rubber bullets when protests had turned violent on recent nights.Jackson also defended the use of riot gear being used by the officers as necessary to protect police from what he said was a trend around the country of increasingly dangerous street weapons.”None of that was military equipment. All the SWAT teams have big vans with that. People are using bombs now, pipe bombs and so forth,” he said. No bombs have been used in Ferguson.Earlier Wednesday, Jackson asked protesters to remain peaceful during their gatherings and to disperse before nightfall, but said there was no curfew in place.”We ask that any residents wishing to assemble in prayer or in protest do so only during daylight hours in an organized and respectful manner,” a statement from the police department said. “We further ask that all those wishing to demonstrate or assemble to disperse well before the evening hours to ensure the safety of the participants.”Despite the chief’s urging that gatherings disperse before sundown, another vigil will be held for Brown’s supporters Wednesday at 7 p.m. Before that, Jackson said he plans to march with civil rights leaders as a show of support to them.The shooting death of Brown has angered the town, with many residents demanding a full, transparent investigation into why an officer fired multiple shots at an unarmed teenager. Brown’s family, the NAACP, and the Rev. Al Sharpton have all demanded the police identify the officer involved.Jackson was adamant, however, that he would not release the name of the officer who shot Brown due to concerns for the officer’s safety. Even if Brown’s family began to take legal steps to have the name made public, “there’s the appeal process,” Jackson told ABC.Brown’s parents’ attorney, Benjamin Crump, told ABC News Wednesday that the family was still deciding whether to sue the department to force the release of the officer’s name.Jackson said Wednesday that the name of a different officer had been circulated on social media as the identity of the shooter, and Jackson had to move that officer and his family out of Ferguson to protect them. Jackson himself has received death threats, including a “nice young woman’s voice” telling him “I want you to die.”The FBI is investigating Brown’s death. The shooting happened following a fight with the officer, police said. Witnesses say the officer shot after Brown raised his hands.The officer who shot Brown has been placed on administrative leave.Jackson said Wednesday that St. Louis Count police were waiting until they had spoken to all of the witnesses of the incident before releasing any details about the shooting, the number of bullets fired and where on the body they hit.
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German Artists Claim Responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch

German Artists Claim Responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York police believe that the German artists who claimed responsibility for switching out the flags on the Brooklyn Bridge are likely the perpetrators.
Investigators think they have a photo of one of them exiting the subway at the Brooklyn Bridge stop about 3 a.m. the morning it happened.Mischa Leinkauf and Mattias Wermke said Tuesday that the Brooklyn Bridge stunt was their latest work, and was intended as a celebration of public art and not as any political statement. On Wednesday, a law enforcement source told ABC News that the New York Police Department is starting to believe the artists’ description of the intricate flag.The Berlin-based duo said that the flags that they put on top of the bridge were not bleached white but were made of white material and then hand-stitched so that it was done in Old Glory style with white stars and stripes. They said that they followed U.S. Flag Code in their handling of the American flags that they took down and promised to return them, but did not say where they are currently being stored or when they plan to give them back.New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the police are still looking over their video surveillance tapes and they will have the final decision whether or not to prosecute.”I am going to leave it to the NYPD to answer in specific. If they have violated the law, of course they should be prosecuted,” de Blasio said.The artists have a history of daring performance art that has shown them scaling buildings and bridges across the globe and if the Brooklyn Bridge stunt is true, it’s not their first “performance” on the Brooklyn Bridge. The duo has pictures on their website showing balloons that they “installed” on the cables of the bridge in 2007.In a statement, the artists said that their inspiration to change the flags was in tribute to the bridge’s creator, John August Roebling.”He was a pioneer in the field of suspension bridges and his creations have become landmarks and unique architectural pieces of American history,” they wrote in the statement.They claim they used the anniversary of his death — July 21, 1926 after an on-site accident — as the justification for their timing this year and paid tribute to Roebling’s own inspiration before the stunt by visiting a church in Germany, the design of which reportedly influenced his creation of the Brooklyn Bridge.The artists told ABC News that they would not be able to immediately respond due to the large number of media requests at this time, though they did share photos of a selection of their prior works.Their website includes slideshows of their work, which shows that the pair regularly scales buildings and landmarks in the name of art, including not only a number of landmarks in their hometown of Berlin but also smokestacks in Prague and a skyscraper in Tokyo.
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Massive Red Tide Off the Coast of Florida

Massive Red Tide Off the Coast of Florida

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Southwestern Florida residents are being alerted to a massive red tide that is blooming and continuing to grow near the coastline.Researchers are saying that it stretches 60 miles wide and 90 miles long in the Gulf of Mexico, and is the largest since 2005.A red tide is a natural occurrence, and this particular type happens when a microscopic algae multiplies. This algae is called Karenia brevis (K. brevis for short) and produces toxins that can attack the central nervous system of fish and birds.The red tide is still about 20 miles away from the coast, but if it reaches within 1 mile, that’s when it can affect humans. This could be a possibility by the end of the month if weather systems do not interfere.
The force of the waves at the shoreline can actually break up the K. brevis molecules and release these toxins into the air. These toxins are not deadly, but can be irritating to people with asthma and allergies, causing upper respiratory problems and a skin rash.Red tides are part of the natural system in the Gulf and have been observed in Florida since the 1700s. Trying to alter or stop the bloom is difficult considering it can affect the well-being of other marine life and animals.
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Abigail Hernandez Was ‘Violently Abducted,’ Lawyer States

Abigail Hernandez Was ‘Violently Abducted,’ Lawyer States

Conway Police Dept.(CONWAY, N.H.) — The lawyer for Abigail Hernandez, the New Hampshire girl who disappeared for nine months, said Wednesday she was “violently abducted” and endured “numerous acts of unspeakable violence.”It was the first time anyone from the girl’s family, police or her lawyers have addressed the circumstances of her disappearance during her walk home from school on Oct. 9, 2013.”Abby was violently abducted by a stranger. For many months, she suffered numerous acts of unspeakable violence,” attorney Michael Coyne said in a letter posted on the website dedicated to her search efforts. “Through her faith, fortitude and resilience, she is alive today and home with her family.”Coyne said that they decided to release the statement in an effort to dispel some of the speculation that has risen as a result of the tight-lipped investigation.”Discussing the situation with Abby, the real concern is that there’s been a lot of misinformation, there’s been a lot of hurtful accusations and she’s got enough to deal with presently physically and emotionally,” Coyne said.Because of the silence around her disappearance, questions were asked about how she first encountered her abductor and what led her to be released before she walked into her mother’s home on July 20.Investigators arrested Nathaniel Kibby, 34, and charged him with kidnapping Hernandez, but they have not given any details about how he allegedly kidnapped her, where the teen was for nine months or what she endured. More information and the probable cause statement were originally due to be shared in court this week, but that hearing has been pushed back until September.”With respect to the specific acts of the case, we’re really not going to release any further details,” Coyne told ABC News.The lawyer’s statement hinted at trauma suffered by the teen.”Abby needs and wants some time and space to physically and emotionally heal. It is going to be a long process in pursuit of justice for Abby and for Abby to get physically and emotionally stronger,” Coyne wrote.”As the justice system moves forward, and the evidence is revealed, questions about this horrific event will be answered,” the statement said.The lawyer said that he and his legal partners, Steven Hyde and Briana Coakley, only started working on the case within the last week and were put in touch with the Hernandez family through mutual friends. Coyne said that they are handling the case free of charge.
“We’re really here to help,” he said.Hernandez, who turned 15 while she was missing, was seen in the front row of the courtroom when Kibby was first charged with kidnapping.Police have been seen searching Kibby’s mobile home in Gorham, New Hampshire, as well as a shipping container unit that was also found on his property.
At an emergency hearing on Aug. 6, Associate Attorney General Jane Young told the court that the container was divided into three sections, one of which that she would not describe it publicly. Young did not immediately return calls for comment Wednesday.In her only public appearance aside from the hearing, Hernandez and her mother stopped by a local newspaper’s office to thank them for their continued coverage throughout her disappearance. During that visit, Hernandez said that she had seen issues of the paper, The Conway Daily Sun, at different points while she was being held.
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The Most Dramatic Images of East Coast Flooding

The Most Dramatic Images of East Coast Flooding

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — Heavy rains fell across the East Coast overnight, leaving roadways flooded and drivers stranded before Wednesday’s morning commute.Several highways and roads have been closed on Long Island, New York. On the Southern State Parkway, dozens of abandoned cars were strewn across the roadway.

Drivers attempted to drive through the standing water, trying to reach their destinations.
Sections of Maryland were submerged Tuesday, forcing drivers to leave their cars. Anne Arundel County in Maryland saw more than 10 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Baltimore saw 6.3 inches of rain, making it the second-wettest day ever recorded in the city’s history.
Southern New Jersey received 9 inches of rain in some areas. In Millville, Cumberland County, several basements collapsed due to the water, police said.
As the rain moves north from the New York area Wednesday, up to 4 inches of rain is possible in New England.In Detroit, highways turned to waterways Tuesday, making it impossible for drivers to continue their journeys.Heavy rain also fell in Phoenix, Arizona, because of a monsoon, with one man trying to find refuge from the rushing waters atop his car. Firefighters drove a fire truck into the water to help rescue him, with the driver jumping to safety.

 
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Hashtag Criticizes Portrayal of Michael Brown

Hashtag Criticizes Portrayal of Michael Brown

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Twitter hashtag poignantly critiques the way media portrays black victims of crime through the images it chooses to use and it has generated thousands of tweets this week.The hashtag, #IfIWereGunnedDown, asks the question, “If I were gunned down, which images would the media use to portray me?”It began after the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, who was shot multiple times by a police officer Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.Some media accounts showed a picture of Brown using a hand sign, like a sideways peace sign, that some called a “gang sign,” while other images portrayed him as a successful high school graduate in cap and gown.Twitter users have been posting two images of themselves to illustrate their points. In one image, they are doing something wonderful: graduating from school, playing with a small child, dressing up in a sharp suit for an event or a military uniform. In the other, they are seen in a less polished moment: holding up their hands in a way that the media often calls “gang signs,” or drinking alcohol, or dancing in a suggestive way.The comparison shows how one person can be portrayed as either an accomplished, successful young adult or a thuggish, out-of-control one, and criticizes the media for often choosing the unflattering photo in relation to black victims.
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Defense Denies Accused Killer Asked Siri for Help

Defense Denies Accused Killer Asked Siri for Help

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — A defense lawyer challenged the suggestion that an accused murderer asked the iPhone application Siri for help in hiding the victim’s body.Pedro Bravo, 20, is accused in a Gainesville, Florida, courtroom of killing his friend Christian Aguilar in 2012 in a jealous rage allegedly because Aguilar was dating Bravo’s ex-girlfriend from high school, Erika Friman.The prosecution on Tuesday displayed for the jury a grab from Bravo’s iPhone that asked Siri, “I need to hide my roommate.” The grab showed a supposed response from Siri that replied, “What kind of place are you looking for?” and listed swamps, reservoirs, metal foundries and dumps.Under cross examination, however, Detective Matt Goeckel conceded that Bravo had an iPhone 4 which did not have Siri capability and there was no proof that Bravo had asked Siri for suggestions on disposing of a body. The detective said the image on Bravo’s phone was a “cached photo.”The defense also pointed out that Bravo and Aguilar were not roommates.Several news outlets, including ABC News, initially reported that the prosecution contended that Bravo had asked Siri for help in deciding where to hide a body. The Gainesville Police Department tweeted Wednesday that “GPD Det. Goeckel certainly did not testify to that.”Aguilar’s body was found in a forest.During Tuesday’s testimony, medical examiner Martha Burt told the court about fragments of duct tape found on the victim’s body.“The tape appeared to be looped around both wrists,” Burt said.The jury heard the accused killer Monday, when his interrogation tapes were played in court. In that interrogation, Bravo admitted to police that he met Aguilar on the night of his death.“He got out of the car and I fought him and after that, I remember going in the car and I remember seeing him in my rearview mirror while I was driving away,” Bravo said during the interrogation.Prosecutors agree that Bravo drove away, but they allege that he did so with Aguilar’s body in the back of his SUV, later stashing it in a remote field.Aguilar’s body was discovered 22 days after he went missing.Bravo, who has pleaded not guilty, sat stone-faced during Tuesday’s testimony.Prosecutors last week revealed a photograph in court of the belt they say Bravo used to kill Aguilar. Authorities have also focused on a sketch pad they say Bravo filled with hate-filled messages.“No one will stop me,” he wrote in one passage, prosecutors allege. “I will get out of Miami and into Gainesville by January 2013 and I will get her back.”
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Another Police Shooting Reported Near Site of Missouri Protests

Another Police Shooting Reported Near Site of Missouri Protests

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A police officer shot a man who police say pointed a gun at an officer in Ferguson, Mo., overnight, near the site of protests for the fatal weekend shooting of an unarmed teen.The shooting was not related to protests, police said.The death of Brown, 18, has caused ripples nationwide, with President Barack Obama calling the shooting “heartbreaking.”Nights of protests, violence and looting have followed.
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Police, dressed in riot gear, have patrolled the streets, firing tear gas to disperse the crowds.
The FBI is investigating Brown’s death.

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Santa Barbara Area Rocked by Another Mass Killing

Santa Barbara Area Rocked by Another Mass Killing

iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — For the second time this summer, a Southern California community has been shaken by an alleged mass killing involving knives.The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office report that a 45-year-old man will be charged in the stabbing deaths of his parents and his two sons.Police said they were called to a home in Goleta where they found Nicolas Holzer along with the bodies of his alleged victims. According to police, the family dog was also stabbed to death.
Holzer was taken into custody without incident.Investigators said there had been no previous reports of disturbances at the home Holzer shared with his father and mother and two sons, ages 10 and 13.Holzer reportedly told arresting officers that he had killed his family members to fulfill his destiny.The stabbings were reminiscent of a deadly spree on Memorial Day weekend where just a few miles away in Isla Vista, Elliot Rodger knifed two roommates and a friend to death before driving around the area of UC Santa Barbara to gun down three more people. Rodger later took his own life.
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Police Not Releasing Name of Cop in Missouri Teen Shooting

Police Not Releasing Name of Cop in Missouri Teen Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The police officer being investigated for the shooting death of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown will not be identified due to concerns over his safety, police said Tuesday.Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said there had been death threats made against the officer involved in the shooting, in which Brown, 18, was shot multiple times Saturday afternoon.Jackson’s decision comes despite a call on Monday from Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., to identify the officer who shot his son several times, killing him.“This person’s got to pay for this,” Brown’s father said. “If the name of the victim is released, how is the name of the perpetrator not released? We cannot in good conscience ask for toxicology tests of Mr. Brown without asking for it of the officer,” said Jamal Bryant, a pastor who appeared at a press conference Tuesday with the Browns, their attorney Benjamin Crump, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.”This doesn’t give the community confidence, it doesn’t illustrate transparence or convince the community that the police aren’t going to sweep this under the rug,” Crump said.The decision to not identify the officer came after another officer’s name was released on social media as being the shooter, according to Jackson. “We’ve been getting death threats as a result to that officer. Officer safety is why we are not releasing the name (of the officer who shot Brown.) It’s too volatile and dangerous. We think that the value of releasing his name is far outweighed by the safety at this point,” Jackson said.The Browns and civil rights leaders also used the press conference Tuesday to urge supporters to remain calm and nonviolent in protesting the shooting. The pleas came after two nights in which protesters clashed with police and looted stores.  “I just want justice for my son. I really do. I need justice for my son,” Michael Brown, Sr., said Tuesday. “I understand everybody has their own pains because they have losses too, but I need everyone to come together and do this the right way so we can get something done about this. No violence, man.”Sharpton emphasized the family’s plea for non-violent protests.”To become violent in Michael Brown’s name is to betray the gentle giant he was,” Sharpton said. “I know you’re angry. I know this is outrageous. When I saw that photo, the outrage rose up in me. But we cannot be more outraged than his mom and dad, and if they can hold their heads with dignity, then we can too.” The town of Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, was filled with tear gas as police in riot gear fired rubber bullets Monday night to disperse protesters, renewing tensions after Brown’s shooting death on Saturday.”We believe in the rule of the law but it’s got to work both ways,” Crump said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.Sharpton, Crump and others said they would only trust a full federal investigation into the shooting. The FBI is reviewing the case, looking into possible civil rights violations, while the St. Louis County police department is the lead investigating agency. Jackson offered additional details Tuesday about the violent encounter that led to Brown’s death.”What I can tell you is it started out as a routine encounter with two young men walking on the street. They were asked to get on the sidewalk,” he said. “It quickly became a violent encounter and then became a fight, some kind of fight inside the car. Shots were fired. I don’t know how many.”Jackson said that the officer has been placed on administrative leave and his gun will be kept by investigators as evidence, though he is not prevented from having another weapon.The officer will have to undergo two psychological evaluations as part of his administrative leave.”He feels terrible about whole thing. He did not come to work with intention of this happening. He came to work to serve the community. He’s sad and he is hurt. He’s doing okay. It’s a difficult thing,” the chief said. Brown and a friend were walking to his grandmother’s house, when the friend says an unidentified officer asked them to get off the street. Police say one of the men fought the officer.Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says her son didn’t fight anyone.“Just because he’s 6-foot (tall), black walking down the city street doesn’t mean he fit the profile,” McSpadden said.

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NY Man Charged with Stealing $500,000 from Famous Jazz Musician

NY Man Charged with Stealing $500,000 from Famous Jazz Musician

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) — A New York man was charged on Tuesday with stealing nearly $500,000 in prize money awarded to famous jazz musician Cecil Taylor.According to a press release from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Taylor had been awarded the nearly half-million dollars for winning Japan’s Kyoto Award. District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Tuesday that the defendant, identified as Noel Muir, 54, “befriended Mr. Taylor and won his trust, which later made it easier for him to allegedly swindle this vulnerable, elderly and great jazz musician out of his prize money.”Muir was apparently working as a contractor on a building located next door to Taylor’s residence. Taylor is a past recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship — known as a “genius grant.”Taylor was named one of three recipients of the 2013 Kyoto Award, an international award to honor “those who have significantly contributed to humankind’s scientific, cultural and spiritual development.” Thompson said that Muir helped to arrange Taylor’s trip to Japan to collect the award money, accompanied the musician to Japan, and instructed the Ianmori Foundation to send the prize money to his own Citibank account.The $492,722.55 was wired to the account, which has since been emptied. Muir faces a second-degree grand larceny charge, and a civil asset forfeiture action has been filed against him in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
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Two Dead in Michigan Flooding

Two Dead in Michigan Flooding

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is urging his state’s residents to stay off the roads, especially around the city of Detroit, where a storm dropped six inches of rain, caused flooding on a number of major highways and interstates and left two people dead.”Don’t go around barriers, don’t drive into flooded areas because you don’t know how deep it is,” Snyder said. “We want people to be safe.”Jim Fouts, mayor of Warren, Michigan, a city north of Detroit, said his city was left swamped from the floodwater. “Last night resulted in two deaths related to the storm; hundreds of people left like refugees in their own city.””We need help from FEMA today,” Fouts said. “We need it now, not tomorrow, or the next day, we need it right now.” He called the flooding “an absolute calamity” and “the worst disaster that I have seen…for 30 years.”Fouts said that one of the victims of the flooding was a 31-year-old woman who was overcome — believed to have had a heart attack — while running into five feet of water on a highway. The second victim was a 100-year-old woman who was found drowned in her basement.
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Tony Stewart Crash Investigation Expected to Last At Least Two More Weeks

Tony Stewart Crash Investigation Expected to Last At Least Two More Weeks

Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Tuesday that an investigation remains ongoing into the fatal racing accident involving Tony Stewart last Saturday.”The investigation…is ongoing and is expected to continue for at least another two weeks,” Povero said. He noted that investigators are continuing to seek out witnesses, collect evidence and develop a reconstruction of the crash, which occurred at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York and claimed the life of 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr.Thus far, Povero tells ABC News, investigators have received two videos from spectators at Saturday’s race. As of Tuesday morning, they had not found evidence of criminal intent. Not much has changed in the early days of the investigation. However, Povero says, investigators will continue to analyze the evidence they have collected thus far and will continue to investigate thoroughly.
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Whale Sightings in NYC Area Becoming More Common

Whale Sightings in NYC Area Becoming More Common

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New York City is a classic hot spot for tourists of all shapes, sizes and species — even whales, apparently.A humpback whale surfaced off the coast of Manhattan, and was just one of many to vacation in the city this summer, an expert said.“It’s becoming more and more frequent,” Paul Siewada, from the Gotham Whale research division, told ABC News. “What’s caused so much commotion is that people in New York City are just becoming aware that whales are in and around New York.”There have been 49 whale sightings around Manhattan this year, a number that has been steadily rising for the last three years, Siewada said.“We know [the whales] go from southern waters down to the coast of the Dominican Republic during the winter and go up to Maine and Massachusetts in the summer to feed,” said Siewada. “We think the whales have found a suitable feeding ground right here in New York.”This suitable feeding ground, thanks to cleaner water, is what’s keeping some whales hanging around instead of continuing to migrate north.“My boat captain loves to say…New York City is the new Cape Cod,” said Siewada, so it’s safe to say we can expect more whales in the summers to come.
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Teen Convicted of Rape Back on Steubenville High School Football Team

Teen Convicted of Rape Back on Steubenville High School Football Team

Fuse/Thinkstock(STEUBENVILLE, Ohio) — One of the teens who was convicted of raping a female student during a party in Steubenville, Ohio, is back on his high school’s football team this fall.ABC affiliate WSYX-TV in Columbus, Ohio, reported that Ma’lik Richmond, 18, was released from juvenile detention in January. He had served 10 months of his one-year sentence. Richmond is classified as a sex offender in the state of Ohio and must register with the Ohio attorney general every six months for 20 years.The Ohio High School Athletic Association noted that the school has the authority to determine whether the student can participate “since he is otherwise eligible.” According to a statement from OHSAA Director of Information Services Tim Stried, “If the detention sentence had been longer, it would have kept the student from participating this fall, or if the school would have a policy against allowing a convicted sex offender from participating, that would also keep him from being a part of the team this fall.”Still, Stried said, “the OHSAA does not control either of those items.” “There is no question that the OHSAA believes participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege, not a right,” Stried added. “However, this is a local school decision, and there is not a regulation that the member schools have approved that would allow our office to prohibit the student from playing.”
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Alleged Victims of Harrah’s Casino Assaults Call for Criminal Probes

Alleged Victims of Harrah’s Casino Assaults Call for Criminal Probes

Obtained by ABC News(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) — Attorneys for two Philadelphia men who allege they were beaten by security guards at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have called on state and federal prosecutors to launch criminal investigations into the separate incidents, which were both captured on security video.“There is no place for this kind of brutal, barbaric conduct by anyone — let alone security officers in a hotel-casino — in a civil society,” said Michael Maggiano, one of the lawyers for the two men, during a press conference Tuesday. “It must be criminally investigated, over and above the civil litigation, and it must be stopped before someone is killed.”Sean Oaks, a college student, and Rob Coney, an aspiring businessman, were featured in an ABC News 20/20 investigation into the hotel’s security procedures, which aired last week.Both men told ABC News in interviews that modest disagreements in the hotel quickly escalated, and they were stunned to find themselves being tackled by a group of security guards and hauled to a secluded hotel holding room.
Security footage provided to ABC News by the men’s attorneys showed Oaks, 26, emerging from a scuffle with a gash under his eye, while cameras appeared to capture one-time basketball standout Coney, 25, as a security guard struck him on the head with a baton. Coney can then be seen bleeding from the head, with a trail of blood smearing the floor as guards dragged him across the hotel floor.Maggiano and attorney Paul D’Amato told ABC News they believe the incidents are part of a pattern of violent behavior by the security guards at Harrah’s in Atlantic City. Oaks and Coney were among several plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits against the casino over aggressive treatment.Harrah’s and its corporate parent company Caesars Entertainment would not provide anyone for an on-camera interview and declined to comment on specific cases or the videos. But in a written statement Harrah’s said, “Our security personnel are trained to use the least amount of force required to manage any particular incident while ensuring they are taking necessary steps to protect guests, employees and themselves.”Caesars did not respond to an inquiry about the fresh call for a criminal investigation into the incidents. Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey declined to comment on the incidents. A spokesman for the Atlantic County prosecutor said the office also did not wish to comment.The shocking images of tourists being beaten or violently manhandled comes at an inopportune time for Atlantic City, a former gambling mecca that has suffered a sharp decline in business in recent years, according to Mayor Don Guardian.The gleaming 70-story Revel Casino Hotel on Tuesday became the third of the city’s largest casino hotels to announce plans to shut its doors. The Atlantic Club and Showboat also announced plans to close recently. All the closings are a result of a downward spiral in gaming revenue that comes as newly-legalized rival casinos have sprouted up in surrounding states.When ABC News showed Guardian the surveillance footage last month, he said he was shocked by what he saw and dismayed that the incidents could create a further deterrent for tourists looking for a fun place to spend a few days.“This is a city that needs to be hospitable,” Guardian said. “That type of activity can’t occur. When that occurs, we’re in the wrong business.”
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