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911 Dispatcher Disciplined for Not Helping Baby Locked in Hot Car

911 Dispatcher Disciplined for Not Helping Baby Locked in Hot Car

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) –  A Florida police dispatcher will be disciplined for not offering help to a frantic mother whose toddler son had locked himself inside her broiling car, officials said on Tuesday.Shana Dees had just left a Tampa drug store on Saturday when she strapped her 10-month-old son in the backseat of the car and shut the door, she told WFTS, ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate. She quickly realized baby Jack, who often plays with her keys, had them in his hands – but it was too late. He hit a button that locked the doors, trapping himself inside the car on a day the temperature reached 95 degrees.
Dees, whose purse was also locked inside the car, used a stranger’s cell phone to call 911, she said.”Can somebody come out and open the door? I don’t even know if that is something you guys do,” she says in the 911 recording, obtained by ABC News.The dispatcher wasn’t very helpful.”They won’t be able to try to gain access [to the] car unless the child is in some kind of distress, and, well, by that point they may just smash your windows.”Dees watched as her son turned red and began to sweat, she told WFTS.The Tampa Police Department says the dispatcher handled the situation poorly.”He is going to be disciplined,” Andrea Davis, a police spokesperson, told ABC News. “He should have been more aggressive and asked location.”Davis pointed out that the dispatcher did not refuse to send an officer to the scene. Dees ended the call, she said.Eight minutes later, an off-duty police officer noticed Dees panicking and called 911 again, according to the local report.He explained that Dees was told police wouldn’t help, and a dispatcher told him that information was wrong and that police would help, according to a recording of that phone call.Another bystander eventually helped Dees break the window and free Jack.The police department says the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, the dispatcher is on administrative duty instead of answering 911 calls, Davis said.An average of 38 children die in hot cars every year, according to KidsAndCars.org.
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Earthquake Clean-Up Continues in Northern California

Earthquake Clean-Up Continues in Northern California

ABC News(NAPA, Calif.) — Many Northern Californians spent Monday cleaning up, 24 hours after the Napa Valley region suffered it strongest earthquake in 25 years.Damage from the 6.0 earthquake could reach $4 billion, according to Kinetic Analysis Corp., a company that studies catastrophe risk, while insurance payouts will probably total $1 billion.A state of emergency remains in effect following the temblor, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It caught many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them.The jolt injured more than 200 people, buckled roads and damaged historic buildings in the heart of the state’s wine country. A 13-year-old was critically injured by a crumbling fireplace.Approximately 49 buildings in Napa were red-tagged, meaning they’re not safe to be inhabited, while 100 others were yellow-tagged so they might be eventually approved to reenter.The earthquake was the largest one to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake that killed 63 people and caused $20 billion worth of damage.Since Sunday’s earthquake, dozens of aftershocks have followed — including a 3.9-magnitude one on Tuesday — but should lessen in intensity as the week progresses.
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Desperate Search for Student Who Never Arrived for College

Desperate Search for Student Who Never Arrived for College

iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOULA, Mont.) — Lucius Robbi packed his car a week ago and set out from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, heading for Missoula, Montana, to start his junior year of college. But the California resident never made it to the University of Montana’s campus.
Friends, family and volunteers are desperately searching across the vast mountain wilderness for any sign of the 21-year-old.His father, Marc Robbi, said it’s not like his son to go missing.“We’re very, very worried at this point,” Marc Robbi said.Lucius Robbi is a skilled outdoorsman who worked summers as a rafting guide. Relatives say he planned to explore on his return trip to college, even bringing along two orange kayaks.Volunteers scouring through gas station surveillance footage spotted what appears to be Robbi’s green 1997 Subaru Legacy in Garden Valley, Idaho. His cell phone was picked up in the nearby town of Lowman.From there, the trail goes cold.Search parties are pouring over maps, calling for more planes and helicopters, hoping someone spots the bright orange kayaks that they hope will lead them to Robbi.His mother, Tina Glaessner, is holding out hope that her son is okay.“If anyone can survive out there for seven days, he can do it,” she said.
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Four Reported Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

Four Reported Dead in Ohio Plane Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — A plane crashed on takeoff in northern Ohio Monday, killing four people, police told ABC News affiliate WEWS.The plane was taking off at about 10 p.m. from Cuyahoga County Airport when the accident happened. Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Brant Zemelka told WEWS that it appears the plane lost power.After that, it “just nose-dived into the ground and caught fire,” Zemelka said.Neighbors also reported the plane sounding like it was having trouble before the crash.Mark Gerald yelled for his son to call 911 then ran toward the wreckage — but then the fuel tank exploded.“I got up really as close as I can, but it was just too hot, too involved,” Gerald said. “There was nothing I could do.
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Great White Shark Spotting Shuts Down Massachusetts Beach

Great White Shark Spotting Shuts Down Massachusetts Beach

Ralph A. Clevenger/Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Swimmers at an East Coast beach faced a scare Monday after a great white shark was spotted about 75 yards offshore.The shark shut down Duxbury Beach in Massachusetts, sending swimmers out of the water.
A police helicopter spotted the great white — estimated 12 to 14-feet long — just outside the buoys for swimmers.“When it is that close to the coast, we’d rather be safe than sorry,” Massachusetts State Police Trooper Dustin Fitch said.Monday’s shark sighting follows other shark sightings off of Cape Cod during the past week.
Shark sightings are up this summer, and concern is heightened as beachgoers flock to the coasts during a busy vacation weekend and the ensuing Labor Day weekend.Those sharks are being tracked by the non-profit OCEARCH, with the sharks represented on an online map with orange and blue dots.
According to OCEARCH, five shark sightings have been recorded in the past 24 hours along the United States’ eastern coastline, and another shark was spotted in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Soldier Dies After Shooting Self at Fort Lee in Virginia

Soldier Dies After Shooting Self at Fort Lee in Virginia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FORT LEE, Va.) — A soldier who shot herself Monday at the Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia, prompting a temporary shutdown, has died, authorities said.
The female soldier, who was not identified, was pronounced dead at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, according to a news release issued by Fort Lee.
The soldier had walked into the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters building at 9 a.m., officials said, and then turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot.
The base was temporarily placed on lockdown before it was lifted a short time later. A statement posted on Fort Lee’s Facebook page said “the law enforcement event is over.”
The building where the shooting took place is the headquarters of CASCOM, which lists its mission as to “design, develop, and integrate sustainment capabilities into warfighting requirements, foster innovation, and lead change for the future force,” according to its website.
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Mother of Freed US Writer Peter Theo Curtis Prepares to See Son Again

Mother of Freed US Writer Peter Theo Curtis Prepares to See Son Again

Nancy Curtis Speaks with ABC’s Amy Robach. Photo Credit: ABC News(NEW YORK) — The mother of U.S. writer Peter Theo Curtis, who was freed Sunday after being held hostage for two years by Syrian militants loyal to al-Qaeda, is preparing to be reunited with her son.”I’ll give him a big hug and probably cry,” Nancy Curtis told ABC’s Amy Robach. “And he’ll probably cry.”Peter Theo Curtis, 45, of Massachusetts, was held captive for 22 months by Syrian terrorist group Jabhat Al-Nusrah, a different terror group than the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) extremists who beheaded U.S. photojournalist James Foley. Curtis’ release comes as U.S. officials say they are closing in on the ISIS executioner who killed Foley last week. ISIS had held Foley hostage for two years prior to his death.Curtis was handed over to United Nations peacekeepers in Al Rafid village, located in the Golan Heights region between Syria and Israel, Sunday evening, 6:40 p.m. local time, according to the United Nations. He received a medical checkup before he was given to U.S. officials, and is making his way back to U.S. soil.Curtis’ family had been working with the U.S. State Department to bring him home since his 2012 capture.”Theo’s mother, whom we’ve known from Massachusetts and with whom we’ve worked during this horrific period, simply refused to give up and has worked indefatigably to keep hope alive that this day could be a reality,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement Sunday.The United States reached out to “more than two dozen countries,” asking for “tools, influence, or leverage” to negotiate Curtis’ release, Kerry said.
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Sharpton Calls for Change in Honor of Michael Brown

Sharpton Calls for Change in Honor of Michael Brown

Pool/ABC News(ST. LOUIS) — The Rev. Al Sharpton gave an impassioned plea Monday that slain Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown not be remembered as someone who sparked violent clashes but as someone who caused America to change the way police treat citizens.”Michael Brown wants to be remembered for making America deal with how we are going to police in the United States,” Sharpton said to rousing applause at Brown’s funeral Monday. “We are required in his name to change the country.”

Brown, 18, was killed when a police officer in his hometown of Ferguson shot him six times after a scuffle in the street on Aug. 9, setting off two weeks of protests and clashes with police.The funeral Monday at the Friendly Temple Baptist Church in St. Louis was attended by hundreds of supporters, including Rev. Jesse Jackson, a delegation from the White House, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill,D-Mo., members of Congress and many civil rights activists and clergy.The ceremony was filled with music, song, dance and clapping, along with tearful moments among Brown’s parents and family members. Brown’s stepmother told the congregation that the teen had been having visions of death in the weeks before his death.Cal Brown, who is married to Michael’s father, referred to her stepson as “Mike Mike.” She said that they had been having conversations about God this summer and when she was in the hospital a month ago, he told Cal Brown that he was afraid she would “not make it.””Mike Mike told me, ‘I didn’t think you were going to make it.’ And I said why and he said, ‘Because I’ve been dreaming of death, seeing pictures of death, seeing pictures of bloody sheets hanging on clotheslines,’” Cal Brown told the church filled with mourners. “That touched me. That’s what it was like when he was laying there on the street (after being shot). He prophesized his own death.”Cal Brown also said that on the day of his high school graduation earlier this summer, Michael Brown had told his father and stepmother that he wanted the world to know who he was.”We took him out to lunch after graduation and he was talking about God,” she said. “And he said, ‘someday the world is going to know my name.’”

Many of the speakers at Michael Brown’s funeral called for justice for Brown’s death, including Sharpton, who criticized police for leaving Brown’s body lying in the street for hours after his death.”Once you put on that state badge and gun, you cannot react like another citizen because you are supposed to be trained above that. You should expect that in our community like in any other community. No community in America would tolerate an 18-year-old boy lying in the street for four and a half hours and we won’t either,” Sharpton said.”This is about justice,” he said. “This is about fairness. And America is going to have to come to terms with (the fact) there’s something wrong.”A grand jury is hearing evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the shooting.
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Mass of Remembrance Held for James Foley

Mass of Remembrance Held for James Foley

Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images(ROCHESTER, N.H.) — Less than a week after grisly video circulated of James Foley’s murder at the hands of ISIS, the American journalist was fondly recalled Sunday at a remembrance mass in Rochester, New Hampshire.Residents of Foley’s hometown attended the event, during which Bishop Peter A. Libasci asked everyone to pray for peace.Foley’s parents, John and Diane Foley, were among the audience, along with New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte.The Foleys spoke to the congregation before the end of the service to thank them for their support.Along with an online memorial, dubbed Remembering Jim, Foley’s family is collecting donations for a scholarship and fund in his honor.Earlier, Gov. Hassan directed flags across New Hampshire to be lowered to half-staff to honor the journalist.
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‘All Clear’ Given at Fort Lee Army Base After ‘Active Shooter’ Report

‘All Clear’ Given at Fort Lee Army Base After ‘Active Shooter’ Report

Alex Wong/Getty Images(FORT LEE, Va.) — The “active shooter” alert at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia was prompted when a female soldier entered a building Monday morning with a gun and fired once, injuring herself, authorities said.The female soldier walked into the four-story Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters building at 9 a.m., according to a statement from Fort Lee’s media office.Early reports from officials said the woman turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot.Officials said the woman, whose identity was not released, was taken to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Her condition is not known at this time.Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating the incident, which prompted Fort Lee to issue an alert of an “active shooter” situation.The base was temporarily placed on lockdown before it was lifted a short time later.

Active shooter incident reported at CASCOM HQ, Bldg. 5020. All personnel enact active shooter protocols immediately. Post on lockdown.
— U.S. Army Fort Lee (@ArmyFortLee) August 25, 2014

A statement posted on Fort Lee’s Facebook page said “the law enforcement event is over.”
The building where the incident was reported to have taken place is the headquarters of CASCOM, which lists its mission as to “design, develop, and integrate sustainment capabilities into warfighting requirements, foster innovation, and lead change for the future force,” according to its website.The Department of Homeland Security typically uses the term “active shooter” to describe someone actively trying to kill people, usually in a very populated area such as a building or campus.
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California Quake Fires Quenched with Water from Swimming Pools

California Quake Fires Quenched with Water from Swimming Pools

File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(NAPA, Calif.) — The quake that struck Napa, California, snapped gas lines and sparked at least a half-dozen major fires, but it also ruptured water mains, which crippled firefighters’ efforts until they found nearby swimming pools.The eruption of flames threatened to trap people in their homes, particularly in mobile home parks that were hard hit by the fires.“The fire just exploded,” said Bill Linder, a resident at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park. “It was terrifying.”Four of the homes burned to the ground, with other homes damaged. That damage was compounded by the fact that the earthquake also ruptured water lines — leaving firefighters struggling to find a way to put the fires out.Resident Frank Jones said the firefighters got creative in battling the flames.“We do have two swimming pools here in the community. They were able to siphon water of the pool and into their truck, and come back several times to fight the fire behind my house,” Jones said.Homeowners remain shaken, losing everything but the clothes on their backs.“We didn’t really know what happened. The house was already on fire and it was hard to get out…it was really scary,” said Theresa, one of the residents.The earthquake is the strongest northern California has faced in 25 years, and damage from the earthquake could reach $1 billion.
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Giant Sinkhole Consumes Indiana Couple’s Backyard

Giant Sinkhole Consumes Indiana Couple’s Backyard

ABC News(DYER, Ind.) — An Indiana couple’s backyard turned into a huge sinkhole — prompting issues over who was responsible to fix it.The sinkhole in Frank and Letitia Casto’s yard used to be about four feet wide and six feet deep. It now measures about 40 feet wide and 30 feet deep.“It just keeps dropping and swallowing trees, and this is where we are at,” Letitia Casto told ABC News station WLS.“We’ve been complaining to different people for all this time, and everybody just keeps kind of ignoring us,” Frank Casto told WLS. “It could have been a little problem, but it’s turned into a monster, at this point.”The sinkhole was initially filled with rocks and covered with grass, but it kept growing and swallowing up trees.The location of the sinkhole has made the situation more problematic. The Castos’ land borders on three different Indiana towns — with part of their property in Dyer and another part  in Schererville. Munster is located across the street.Electrical and gas lines, and sewer pipes underneath the sinkhole are shared by all three municipalities, according to WLS. The towns will be sending engineers to the sinkhole Monday.“They were throwing it back and forth and no one would take responsibility for it, and that’s why it got to this point,” Letitia Casto said.

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Damages from Northern California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion

Damages from Northern California Earthquake Could Reach $1 Billion

Wayne Freedman/KGO(NAPA, Calif.) — Northern California is cleaning up Monday, one day after suffering its strongest earthquake in 25 years.A state of emergency remains in effect following the South Napa Earthquake, which struck about 3:20 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — catching many people sound asleep, sending dressers, mirrors and pictures crashing down around them.
The jolt injured more than 100 people, buckled roads and damaged historic buildings in the heart of the state’s wine country. A 13-year-old was critically injured by a crumbling fireplace.
Damage from the earthquake could reach $1 billion, according to EQECAT, a company that studies catastrophe risk.
The earthquake’s epicenter was located about six miles south-southwest of Napa, California, and 51 miles west-southwest of the state capital, Sacramento. Officials have variously referred to the earthquake’s magnitude as 6.0 and 6.1.The earthquake was the largest one to shake the Bay Area since the 1989 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta Earthquake. Dozens of aftershocks followed.Residents remain worried about the potential for further aftershocks. Many people stayed outside Sunday night, not wanting to go into their homes for fear of a follow-up tremor.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company initially showed more than 15,000 customers without power, primarily in Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa Counties.Several buildings in Napa were damaged or on fire in the wake of the earthquake, ABC News station KGO in San Francisco reported. Fires also flared in a mobile home park where four homes were destroyed and two others were damaged, officials said.
Napa City Manager Mike Parness said at least 15 buildings will need to be inspected or repaired before they can be occupied again. John Callanan of the Napa Valley Fire Department said firefighters received more than 100 calls from people who smelled natural gas.”Our resources are exhausted as far as quantity of on-duty personnel,” he said.Dozens of water main leaks were also reported, although city officials said the water was safe to drink.At least 120 people were treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, hospital officials told ABC News. Only a handful of patients needed to be hospitalized.Six of those people suffered critical injuries, including the teen hurt by the fireplace, who was flown to UC Davis Medical Center for further treatment, said hospital president Walt Mickens. The teen was in serious condition as of Sunday night. All schools in the Napa Valley Unified School District will be closed Monday. Justin Siena High School will also be closed. Historic buildings damaged by the earthquake included Sam Kee Laundry, Goodman Library and the Napa County Courthouse, the city said, adding that two commercial buildings also suffered severe damage.Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd said he believed the county courthouse had been retrofitted for earthquakes.”I’ve been through a few of these and I’ve never seen anything like this, particularly in downtown Napa,” Dodd told ABC News. “The county building is just in total disrepair, and they’ve moved it down to the sheriff’s office — so that’s where the coordinating all the emergency services for the county.”President Obama was briefed on the earthquake, a White House spokesman said.The earthquake’s impact was especially powerful on the region’s wine industry, with vineyards reporting busted barrels and smashed bottles. Andrew Brooks at Bouchaine Vineyards says the damage is costly.“Fifty barrels worth of wine, 3,000 gallons,” Brooks said of the damage. “It’s expensive, in the tens of thousands of dollars for sure.”Dozens living in the region reported falling dishes and violent shaking inside their homes.”I was alone in the house so I didn’t know what to do — and the first thing when it stopped I ran under the table and tried to get cover because it’s the first thing they say to do for an earthquake is get under the table,” Diana Martini, who lives in Vallejo, California, told ABC News.Martini said her television crashed to the ground, along with some of her dishes.”I’m on the first floor, so that was the scariest thing. I thought the building was going to come down,” she said.Anne Whitlock, who lives in Napa, says her family’s home may have collapsed on them if not for earthquake retrofitting.“We spent thousands of dollars putting in a 25-foot steel beam, and $50,000 worth of piers under the house to make it earthquake-safe, and I do think that’s what saved us,” Whitlock told ABC News.
 

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Bomb Threat Tweets Divert American Airlines Flight

Bomb Threat Tweets Divert American Airlines Flight

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(PHOENIX) — An American Airlines flight on its way to San Diego was diverted to Phoenix on Sunday after tweets of a bomb onboard the plane. Flight 362 departed from Dallas and landed in Phoenix just before noon due to “a security issue,” according to an airline spokesperson. Fighter jets assisted and performed a “shadow” escort from behind the plane to not alarm passengers. “American Airlines will work to accommodate all of the passengers once they have been cleared by authorities,” the representative continued.
The 179 travelers were scheduled to be interviewed by the FBI.Officials believe that hackers, who have an ongoing feud with Sony Online Entertainment President John Smedley, targeted the flight on which the executive was a passenger. The individuals, who have been trying to take down Sony’s servers for “several days,” may have gained access to Smedley’s travel itinerary. The airline’s computer system was not compromised, officials said. Bomb threats are nothing new, but some experts say the use of Twitter in Sunday’s incident is a sign of the times. “Bomb threats have been around in our industry since aviation first started, since aviation terrorism really first started ramping up in the late 50s, early 60s,” said Jeff Price, professor of aviation at Metropolitan Sate University of Denver. “So what’s interesting is now the use of social media to transmit the bomb threat message.”

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James Foley’s Family Posts Letter Sent During His Captivity

James Foley’s Family Posts Letter Sent During His Captivity

John Cantlie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The family of James Foley, the American journalist who was executed by ISIS, posted the text of a letter that Foley was able to sneak past his captors and send to them in a most unusual way.In the letter, which his family shared to their Facebook page Sunday, Foley says he used memories of “great family times” to take him far from his prison.”Dreams of family and friends take me away and happiness fills my heart,” he says.According to the post, Foley had a fellow hostage who was about to be released memorize the letter. That person called Foley’s mother shortly after his released and dictated it to her.

Post by Free James Foley.

 

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Governor Declares State of Emergency After Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes San Francisco Bay Area

Governor Declares State of Emergency After Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Strikes San Francisco Bay Area

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NAPA, Calif.) – A 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit the the Bay Area just north of San Francisco at about 3:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Seismologist Jessica Turner with the USGS says the quake, felt across large areas of California, occurred about 51 miles southwest of Sacramento.Pacific Gas and Electric Company reported over 15,000 outages most of which are in the area of Napa, Santa Rosa and Sonoma.”I woke up in the middle of the night to the most violent shake I ever felt. I thought it was the end of the world really,” said Alex Simenstad who lives in downtown Napa close to the epicenter.
According to the USGS, at least 22 aftershocks have been reported, with the strongest registering at 3.6 on the Richter scale.The USGS says the quake is the largest to strike the area since 1989 magnitude Loma Prieta quake.
“I was alone in the house so I didn’t know what to do, and the first thing when it stopped – I ran under the table and tried to get cover because it’s the first thing they say to do for an earthquake is get under the table,” Diana Martini, who lives in Valejo, told ABC News.
Martini said her television crashed to the ground, along with some of her dishes.
“I’m on the first floor, so that was the scariest thing. I thought the building was going to come down,” she said.
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa reported having treated approximately 120 patients who were injured in the earthquake, according to Napa City Fire’s Darren Drake. Three of those patients, including one child, are in critical condition.
The city of Napa said that there were an estimated 50 gas main breaks and 30 water main leaks.
Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency late Saturday morning, activating the state’s emergency personnel, equipment and facilities.
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Northern California Couple Still Has Each Other After Losing ‘Everything’ in Fire

Northern California Couple Still Has Each Other After Losing ‘Everything’ in Fire

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NAPA, Calif.) — In the aftermath of the South Napa Earthquake that hit northern California Sunday morning, one couple is trying to pick up the pieces after losing everything when their mobile home was destroyed.Bill and Theresa, who declined to give ABC News’ San Francisco station KGO-TV their last names, were sleeping when they woke up to their home engulfed in flames.”The earth moved, the house moved,” Bill said.”It was bad,” Theresa added. “We lost everything.””Not everything,” Bill responded, as he turned to hug her.The couple was still looking for their kitten, Coco, who they only just got two months ago.Fires caused by the earthquake destroyed four mobile homes and damaged two others at the Napa Valley Mobile Home Park.The South Napa Earthquake damaged much of the Bay Area and left thousands without power. It is the largest earthquake to hit the area in the last 25 years.
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Tropical Storm Cristobal Moves Northwest, Hits Parts of the Bahamas

Tropical Storm Cristobal Moves Northwest, Hits Parts of the Bahamas

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tropical Storm Cristobal was moving slowly north northwestward near the southeastern Bahamas Sunday, and was expected to bring heavy rain and gusty winds to the Turks and Caicos as well as portions of the Bahamas.According to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center late Sunday morning, the storm had sustained winds at 45 mph and was moving north-northwest at 7 mph. Tropical Storm Warnings remained in effect for the Turks and Caico and southeastern Bahamas for the rest of the day.The forecast track has been slightly shifted farther east, compared to earlier advisories. Cristobal is forecast to slowly strengthen over the next 48 hours and should become a hurricane sometime Wednesday morning.There is no direct impact expected for the United States, but there will likely be rough surf and dangerous rip currents along the East Coast for the next several days.Hurricane Hunters, which fly into tropical systems to investigate their development and grab the latest atmospheric data on the storm, caught a unique glimpse of the third tropical system of the Atlantic Hurricane Season forming from above.

Shower near center of TD #Four from #NOAA43 (@NOAA P3) 8/23/14 pic.twitter.com/6Yf781I6w1— NOAAHurricaneHunters (@NOAA_HurrHunter) August 24, 2014

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Coast Guard Finds Four Bodies in Ocean Off the Coast of Florida

Coast Guard Finds Four Bodies in Ocean Off the Coast of Florida

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — The U.S. Coast Guard located four bodies in the water about 20 miles off the coast of Hollywood Beach in Florida on Sunday morning.The Coast Guard confirmed the discovery, noting that a search was ongoing for other possible people in the water. The Coast Guard was alerted to two male bodies floating in the water east of Hollywood Beach. They later discovered a female body. No information has been provided about the fourth body found.
The Coast Guard did not immediately release any additional information about the bodies, or how they might have ended up in the ocean.
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White House Officials to Attend Funeral Service for Michael Brown

White House Officials to Attend Funeral Service for Michael Brown

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — A trio of White House officials will travel to St. Louis on Monday to attend the funeral service for Michael Brown, the teenager shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri earlier this month.Assistant to the President and White House Cabinet Secretary Broderick Johnson, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall, and Advisor for the White House Office of Public Engagement Heather Foster will travel to Missouri for the funeral. Marshall, who is originally from St. Louis, attended high school with Brown’s mother.Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. His death sparked protests in the Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, that resulted in night of angry and sometimes violent confrontations between residents and police. Federal and local investigations into the shooting and Brown’s death remain ongoing.
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