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‘The Skyscraper’ to Take Crown as World’s Tallest Roller Coast in 2017

‘The Skyscraper’ to Take Crown as World’s Tallest Roller Coast in 2017

Wallack Holdings LLC(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Kingda Ka will lose the 'king' part when it comes to being the world's tallest roller coaster.Developer Wallack Holdings, in collaboration with U.S. Thrill Rides, is poised to snatch that crown for "The Skyscraper" come 2017, when the 570-foot-high ride opens in Orlando, Florida.The $90 million ride will tower over New Jersey’s Kingda Ka, which is only 456 feet high but still faster, reaching speeds up to 128 mph. Skyscraper will only go to 65 mph at certain points throughout the ride.The video simulation shows that riders can expect multiple twists and turns around the observation deck and lot of plunges down steep slopes located all over the site.The ride is part of a project to build Skyplex, a $250 million indoor arcade and theme park that will also feature restaurants and nightclubs. The site will also include an observation deck where tourists can look out and watch fireworks every night. Construction will take two years.

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Connecticut Woman Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Faces Trial

Connecticut Woman Accused in Murder-for-Hire Plot Faces Trial

ABC News(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- Jury selection is underway in the case of a wealthy Connecticut mother accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill her former husband.Tiffany Stevens approached a maintenance man she knew in 2012, police said, allegedly asking him to kill ex-husband Eric Stevens. She later gave the man an envelope containing $5,000, allegedly as payment, police said.“I gave her a beautiful life, a beautiful home, a beautiful daughter, and she put herself in this position,” Eric Stevens told ABC News Monday night.The couple was going through a custody battle over their daughter.Police said the would-be hit man secretly taped Tiffany Stevens discussing her alleged deadly demands, and the man told her former husband about the plot.

Tiffany Stevens is out on $1 million bond and has sole custody of the couple’s daughter. She has pleaded not guilty.

Since word of the alleged plot emerged, Eric Stevens says he’s been unable to see his daughter.Eric Stevens remains stunned by the alleged plot, but says he’s focused on being able to see his daughter again.“I’m just wondering from what I’ve seen in divorce court if they’re going to let her keep custody if she’s incarcerated,” he told ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut.ABC News' chief legal affairs anchor Dan Abrams said the trial’s outcome will likely hinge on the audio recordings.“The audio is going to become absolutely crucial because the jurors are going to be able to hear for themselves,” Abrams said.

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Half the Country Is Covered in Snow

Half the Country Is Covered in Snow

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The official start of winter is still more than a month away, but about half the United States is already covered in snow.Heavy snow is expected around the Great Lakes, approaching 2 feet in some areas; while light snow showers will linger across the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley through Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.Arctic air in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast will produce temperatures as much as 20 degrees below average.But at least Thursday’s temperatures “won't be quite as bitter," the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning.

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson over Child Abuse Charges

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson over Child Abuse Charges

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL ruled Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season without pay.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015 due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.'"

"These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future," Goodell continued.

Peterson had missed the last nine games due to being placed on the Commissioner's exempt list.

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Small Plane Crashes into Chicago Home

Small Plane Crashes into Chicago Home

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A small plane crashed into a Chicago home early Tuesday morning, with the pilot’s condition unknown and no one from the home believed to be injured, authorities said.The crash, which happened near Chicago Midway International Airport, involved an Aero Commander 500 cargo jet, FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Corey told ABC News.Corey said the pilot was trying to return to the airport after reporting engine problems. The plane ended up crashing about a mile away, into the home on the 6500 block of South Knox Avenue.The home’s occupants made it out safely, Chicago police said.The pilot was headed to Chicago Executive Airport in the Chicago suburb of Wheeling, located about 40 miles north of Chicago Midway International Airport.The FAA’s investigation into the crash -- which will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board -- could take up to a year or more, Corey said.

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Charlie Manson Planning to Marry 26-Year-Old Woman

Charlie Manson Planning to Marry 26-Year-Old Woman

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Getty Images(CORCORAN, Calif.) — I now pronounce you Manson and wife.Charlie Manson, one of the most notorious mass murderers in U.S. history, is planning to marry 26-year-old Afton Elaine Burton.Manson is serving a life-term at the federal pen in Corcoran, California. Although he did not take part in the killings himself, he was convicted of ordering his followers to commit the brutal murders of actress Sharon Tate and a number of other people in Southern California in 1969.Burton, who goes by the name of "Star," says she loves the 80-year-old Manson and believes he'll be acquitted in a new trial. Manson is not eligible for parole until 2027.The couple was issued a marriage license earlier in November and have 90 days to tie the knot, which would likely take place in the inmate visiting room. Conjugal visits, however, won't be allowed.

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Virginia Woman Arrested in International Terrorism Investigation

Virginia Woman Arrested in International Terrorism Investigation

iStock/Thinkstock(HENRICO, Va.) -- A Virginia woman was arrested for allegedly making a false statement to the FBI during an international terrorism investigation.Heather Elizabeth Coffman of Henrico, Va., was arrested Friday. She "is suspected of conspiring and attempting to provide material support" to ISIS, according to charging documents. Specifically, she had allegedly used several Facebook accounts that featured messages promoting "jihad" and images supporting ISIS, authorities charge. Among other postings, on June 23, she allegedly posted two images with the words "we are all ISIS," and in July she allegedly posted pictures of armed men with an image of an ISIS flag in between them.When someone asked her why she keeps posting pro-ISIS pictures, she allegedly replied, "I love ISIS!"In July, an FBI undercover agent began contact with her and even met with her, according to charging documents. In those meetings, she allegedly said she had previously tried to help someone – whom she claimed was her husband – travel to a country near Syria to link up with ISIS operatives. In addition, she allegedly indicated she was prepared to provide that person with money to help them join ISIS overseas.In September, she allegedly sent the undercover FBI agent messages saying of her supposed husband, "I want him in Syria and I want him die as a shaheed," or martyr.During a series of subsequent meetings with the undercover FBI agent, she allegedly offered to help people she believed were tied to ISIS.The FBI then went to interview her at her work last week. She allegedly said the person she didn't realize was an FBI undercover agent never supported ISIS, and she was charged for lying to the FBI.Coffman made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Monday and was ordered held until a Wednesday afternoon detention hearing, court documents show. Her attorney was not immediately available for comment.

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Dog Hitches On to Ambulance Driving His Owner to Hospital

Dog Hitches On to Ambulance Driving His Owner to Hospital

iStock/Thinkstock(MASON, Texas) -- A 4-year-old part-Beagle named Buddy who hung on for miles to the outside of an ambulance that had his owner inside is quickly becoming a viral star.

“His stardom has taken off tremendously, to say the least,” Brian Wright told ABC News.

It was Wright who first shared the story of Buddy’s heroic efforts to local media around the Mason, Texas, ranch where Buddy lives with his owner, J.R. Nicholson.

Nicholson, 85, was taken by ambulance late last month to Hill Country Memorial Hospital after complaining of dizziness.

Wright stayed behind to close up the ranch and noticed that Buddy was missing but, he says, had no reason to be concerned.

“Buddy is part-Beagle and I never get too concerned when he’s missing because he always comes back,” Wright said.

When Wright arrived at the hospital a short time later, medical staff told him that Nicholson was stable and that Buddy was there at the hospital too.

“They told me they rode anywhere from 15 to 21 miles until a motorist flagged them down and told them there was a dog on the side of the ambulance,” Wright said.

The first responders pulled Buddy into the ambulance, where he rode the rest of the nearly one-hour drive to the hospital.

The road that Buddy traversed while hanging on to the ambulance included twists and hills, a bridge and a highway.

“Buddy was not injured,” Wright said. “That’s the only reason it’s such a good story.”

Buddy, whom Nicholson's daughter got him from a shelter four months ago, is used to riding along on utility vehicles around the ranch, according to Wright.

Those involved believe it was likely that familiarity with being on the road, plus the sight of his beloved owner leaving, that prompted Buddy to jump on the ambulance.

“I don’t think he wanted to leave his buddy, his best friend,” Wright said.

The story had an even happier ending because Nicholson was also able to leave the hospital that same day, with no complications.

Both owner and dog are now back at home and adjusting to life in the spotlight. The pair, along with Wright, was on their way back from a photo shoot when reached by ABC News.

Wright says they hope their happy story inspires other people to do two things.

“Going to an animal shelter and helping a dog or thanking first responders because we think those are the most important things right now,” he said.

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Arrest Made in Daring NYC Jewelry Store Heist

Arrest Made in Daring NYC Jewelry Store Heist

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York investigators have arrested a Harlem man in connection with the armed robbery of a jewelry store in the city's busy Diamond District that netted more than half a million dollars.

The Nov. 11 heist occurred around 2:30 p.m. as the Veterans Day Parade passed by less than a block away.

The NYPD told ABC News that the man in custody is a store employee who was allegedly the “inside contact” for the robbers. The men pictured in images distributed by police are still being sought.

"They had a great knowledge of the situation," said Nick Casale, an ABC News consultant and former member of the NYPD, said last week. "They cased this place prior. They came in boldly. They came in comfortably."

Police said one man posed as a delivery man and was let into the eighth-floor Standard Jewelry Shop. Four workers were inside at the time, including owner Daniel Mikhaylov.

"Suspect No. 1 pulls out a gun and demands the jewelry in the safe to be placed into a bag that he was carrying," said Deputy Chief William Aubrey. "A fifth employee returned during this time and was struck by suspect No. 1 in the head with a gun."

Police said the second man involved in the robbery waited outside as a lookout. The worker who was struck in the head -- Mikhaylov's father -- was in stable condition.

Mikhaylov told ABC News that 90% of the shop's inventory -- including Rolex watches, some diamonds, and Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry pieces -- had been stolen. He said that the pieces were not insured because the shop did "business among friends."

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What’s Happened in Ferguson, Missouri, Since Michael Brown’s Death

What’s Happened in Ferguson, Missouri, Since Michael Brown’s Death

Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A grand jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri, may open or end the latest chapter in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The residents of Ferguson and much of the country are waiting to see if the grand jury will hand down an indictment of the cop who shot Brown -- something that may be announced at any time.

Here's a timeline of what has happened since Brown's death:

Saturday, August 9:

Mid-day on Saturday, Aug. 9, police officer Darren Wilson encounters Michael Brown, 18, and a friend as they walk down a street. Brown is shot to death.

Sunday, August 10:

St. Louis County Police Chief Joe Belmar says during a news conference that Brown was unarmed. Belmar says there was a struggle in which Brown reached for the gun of the officer, who at the time was not identified.Brown's parents hire an attorney who represented the family of Trayvon Martin, Benjamin Crump.Monday, August 11:People gather outside the Ferguson Police Department, leading to several arrests. The FBI announces it will conduct a parallel investigation. Meanwhile, the St. Louis County Police Department says that it will release the name of the officer accused of shooting Brown by the next day. The parents of Brown hold a news conference demanding justice for their son.The first day of school is canceled in Jennings, near Ferguson.Police used tear gas to disperse crowds that gathered on West Florissant Avenue.Tuesday, August 12:Police announced additional arrests from events the prior evening. St. Louis County Police Department says it will not release the name of the officer who shot Brown, due to threats. Protesters provide a list of demands related to the Brown investigation. The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks to the family of Brown.President Obama released a written statement: "The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time."Protests continue for the third night as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay and other leaders gather.Wednesday, August 13:

The prosecutor's office revealed that Brown had no criminal record. The U.S. Justice Department opened a federal civil rights investigation into the shooting.Police detain two reporters at McDonald's: one from the Washington Post and another from the Huffington Post.

Thursday, August 14:

After President Obama addressed the nation and urged police to be "open and transparent," Gov. Nixon announced that the Missouri Highway Patrol will oversee security in Ferguson.Friday, August 15:

Six-year police veteran Darren Wilson is named as the officer who shot Brown. Police Chief Thomas Jackson releases surveillance video of a nearby robbery.Brown's family says they are "beyond outraged" by how the police tied Brown to the robbery to "assassinate the character of their son."Jackson says Wilson stopped Brown for walking in the middle of the street.Saturday, August 16:Gov. Nixon issues a state of emergency for Ferguson and imposed a curfew.Sunday, August 17:

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder orders a separate federal autopsy for Brown at the request of the family. A curfew is set for the second evening in a row.

Monday, August 18:Gov. Nixon orders the National Guard into Ferguson. President Obama sends Holder to monitor unrest in Ferguson.Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested.Tuesday, August 19:A man, 23, who allegedly threatened police with a knife is fatally shot by police in north St. Louis, which did not appear to be related to unrest in Ferguson.Wednesday, August 20:

A grand jury begins looking into whether Wilson should be criminally charged for the death of Brown.

Thursday, August 21:Gov. Nixon orders the Missouri National Guard to begin withdrawing from Ferguson.Saturday, August 23:Online fundraisers for Wilson surpass fundraisers for Brown.Sunday, August 24:Family and friends gather for a private viewing of Brown's body.Monday, August 25:A funeral for Brown is held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church.Tuesday, September 16:Wilson testifies before the grand jury.Monday, October 13:Police arrest activist and academic Cornel West during organized protests.Tuesday, November 11:Gov. Nixon says he will send the National Guard to respond to any unrest that may result after the grand jury's decision.Thursday, November 13:Michael Brown Sr. calls for peaceful protests after the grand jury's decision, whatever it may be.

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Missouri Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Activates National Guard in Advance of Grand Jury Decision

Missouri Gov. Declares State of Emergency, Activates National Guard in Advance of Grand Jury Decision

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Missouri in advance of the possible announcement of the findings of a criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.Nixon's order notes the "periods of unrest" over the last three months related to the shooting, as well as the criminal investigations being led by the U.S. Department of Justice and St. Louis County authorities.

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"Regardless of the outcomes of the federal and state criminal investigations, there is the possibility of expanded unrest," Nixon notes, directing the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to operate as a Unified Command to "protect civil rights and ensure public safety."The order further activates the Missouri National Guard to support those law enforcement organizations.On Nixon's website, the governor says that "all people in the St. Louis region deserve to feel safe in their communities and to make their voices heard without fear of violence or intimidation." He added that "public safety demands that we are fully prepared for any contingency, regardless of what the St. Louis County grand jury or the U.S. Department of Justice decides."

In a phone conference call with reporters on Monday, Nixon was asked if it was his ultimate responsibility how any protests are policed. He said, "We're, um, you know, it a, you know, our goal here is to, is to, keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard. And in that balance, attempting, you know I am, using the resources we have to be predictable. ... I don't spend a tremendous amount of time personalizing this vis-a-vis me."

"I prefer not to be a commentator on it. I'm making decisions, as, in a, you know, to make sure we are prepared for all contingencies," Nixon added.

Asked again if any one official or agency is ultimately in charge in terms of a response, he said, "Well, I mean, it a, clearly, I mean, I, I feel good about the, we worked hard, to establish unified command, to allied responsibilities and now with the additional assets provided by my order today, with the National Guard, you know, we have worked through a number of operational issues."

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US Cities (and Taxpayers) Paying Millions in Police Misconduct Settlements

US Cities (and Taxpayers) Paying Millions in Police Misconduct Settlements

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When a Chicago police officer was caught brutally beating a female bartender in 2007, the city paid her $850,000.Another officer shot a man in the back while he was on the ground and was later found to be unarmed. That payout cost the city $4 million.Now, police Cmdr. Glenn Evans faces criminal charges for allegedly sticking a gun down the throat of a man he mistakenly accused of hiding a gun."They took the gun, put it down my throat,” alleged victim Ricky Williams said in a videotape provided by his attorney. "The things that they did they should get punished for."Evans, a highly decorated officer, has been the subject of more than 40 misconduct complaints.None of the previous claims have been proven, but Evans is now on desk duty awaiting trial. So far he has cost taxpayers $300,000 in settlements.And these expensive burdens on taxpayers happen all over the nation.In Philadelphia, more than $40 million in police misconduct settlements have been paid out in the last five years. New York City paid out $428 million in the same period, according to data obtained by MuckRock, an organization that advocates for open, transparent government records.A Baltimore Sun investigation found the city had paid $11.5 million in the last four years. In Los Angeles, the amount totaled $54 million for claims just in 2011.In Chicago, where the city had to float $100 million worth of bonds to help pay for police settlements related to abuse, the Chicago Sun Times found the city had paid out $450 million in the last decade with much of it due to repeat alleged abusers.And many, like the commander, are still on the job.Evans was stripped of his police duties and moved to a desk job, pending the outcome of criminal charges that include two counts of aggravated battery and seven counts of official misconduct, which are all felonies. Prosecutors in Chicago want to present evidence of previous cases of misconduct against Evans in the current case."What it signals to me and to most defense attorneys is their main case is weak, so they're trying to bolster it with other stuff," said Evans' attorney, Laura Morask. ABC News requested multiple times for an interview with the police superintendent, but was denied.When ABC News approached Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to question the refusal to sit down for an interview, he replied: "Are you kidding me?"He then walked away and would not comment on why he had not only kept Evans on the job after the latest criminal allegations of misconduct, but had even promoted him to district commander in spite of the dozens of abuse allegations leveled at him while he was still a lieutenant.During a September news conference, after allegations against Evans had surfaced, McCarthy had said: "If the allegations are true, it's reprehensible.""But Cmdr. Evans is entitled to due process just like every other citizen in the United States of America. I hope that that's kept in mind," McCarthy said."It's almost as if they make an effort not to connect the dots, rather than turn the information they have into knowledge that they could use to identify that relatively small number (of officers) but still significant in their impact," said Jamie Kalven, with the Invisible Institute, a Chicago-based journalistic production that works to increase awareness of controversial issues."You have complaint after complaint after complaint alleging behavior in the very pattern they were ultimately convicted of -- and no action was taken," Kalven said. "They don't connect the dots and then intervene."The Chicago City Council Finance Chairman Ed Burke, who approved the settlements, said he was frustrated too."I've asked repeatedly about why there has not been discipline meted out to some of these officers we have spent large amounts. I don't know that I've had or that the members of the council have been satisfied with the responses to those questions,” Burke told ABC News.In a statement to ABC News, the Chicago Police Department said:"Community policing and fostering stronger relationships with residents and the communities we all serve is the foundation of our policing philosophy. Over the last three years, Chicago has made it a priority to improve trust and cooperation between the Chicago Police Department and we have become a positive national and international model for preventing police misconduct and investigating allegations."As soon as we were made aware of the charges Commander Evans was relieved of his police powers, pending the outcome of this matter. We take the charges very seriously. The alleged actions that led to Glenn Evans' arrest, if true, are deeply disturbing. They have no place in our city and are not reflective of the actions and values of the men and women who serve in the Police Department."

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What the Ferguson Grand Jury Is Considering

What the Ferguson Grand Jury Is Considering

The Brown Family/Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The town of Ferguson, Missouri, is braced for a grand jury decision on the Aug. 9 shooting in which unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson.The shooting led to weeks of protests that at times turned violent, and authorities fear a resumption of the angry protest when the jury's verdict is released.Here is what you need to know about how the grand jury works and what they are considering:What is the grand jury being asked to decide about?"A grand jury is just asked two questions: is there probable cause to believe a crime was committed? Is there some evidence, according to the 'more likely than not' standard, that the person accused was involved with the crime?" civil rights attorney and adjunct Washington University St. Louis law professor Bob Herman told ABC News.The grand jury's ruling will determine whether Wilson is charged with a crime and faces a trial. The charge could range from manslaughter to murder, he said. The jury could also decide that no criminal act was committed by Wilson.The U.S. Attorney General's office is also investigating the incident and they could determine if the officer violated Brown's civil rights.What evidence are they considering?Most grand juries hear from just a few witnesses, including individuals with authority in the specific case, but not everyone involved. That is not the case in this grand jury. State prosecutor Robert McCulloch has said that he was planning on presenting "absolutely everything" to the jury."If it was a homicide case, the lead investigator may come in and tell what evidence exists. They may talk about the medical examiner’s report, maybe the grand jury will have a copy of it, but this [Michael Brown grand jury] is an unusual event because he [McCulloch] has called every witness and presented every piece of evidence that exists,” civil rights attorney Steve Ryals told ABC News."I think in part because he wants to be able to say 'Look, you've accused me of being biased.' There is a concern that the grand jury will do whatever the prosecutor will tell the grand jury to do...He now can say ‘Look, I didn’t hold anything back. I presented everything. They [the jurors] had an option to ask for more if they wanted," Ryals said.Do we know any of the witnesses that were asked to testify?Officially, the list of witnesses is kept sealed, but through leaks, some of the witnesses have been reported. One whose testimony was widely publicized was the Brown family’s forensics expert, former New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden.Another controversial witness was the officer, Darren Wilson. Ryals said the fact that the man at the center of the case was called in was "in and of itself unusual."Ryals said that if the prosecutor kept his promise to include everything, Ryals suspects that the jury received testimony from “all of the witnesses at the scene, they would have heard from the police investigators. Aside from the witnesses, there would be a whole body of information around the forensic investigation -- where the shell casings landed, the blood spatter, that kind of thing,” Ryals said.Is there one central conflict between the two sides of the case?The most crucial disagreement was claims by bystanders that Brown had his hands up when the final shots were fired, while the officer and the police department claims the cop feared for his life as Brown kept advancing.The police union and the Ferguson Police Department said that Wilson initially stopped Brown and a friend and told them to stop walking in the street and blocking traffic. It is not clear whether Wilson at some point became aware that Brown matched the description of a suspect in the theft of cigars from a nearby convenience store.Police said that Wilson was assaulted by Brown while the officer was still sitting in his car. They claimed there was a struggle over the officer’s gun and that Wilson fired at least one shot inside the patrol car.Brown ran off and the officer exited the patrol car. Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting, said the teenager did not attempt to grab the cops gun and that Brown ran from the officer.What did the autopsies tell about the shooting?Two autopsies have been conducted on Brown’s body, one by the St. Louis County coroner and one by Dr. Michael Baden at the request of Brown’s family. The U.S. Department of Justice has also ordered an autopsy.Baden’s autopsy concluded that Brown was shot at least six times and that the final bullet struck Brown in the top of the head.The county autopsy, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch which obtained a copy of the document, suggested that Brown was shot in the hand at such a close range that there may have been gun powder burns, which could support Wilson’s description of a struggle over his gun.Experts have said that the autopsy and forensic report are unlikely to be able to determine whether Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot.Did Darren Wilson suffer any injuries during the incident?Police have said Wilson was taken to the hospital with a serious facial injury. Hospital and police records show that Wilson was taken to the hospital. A video of Wilson taken the night of the shooting show no obvious facial injuries.Who is on the grand jury?The 12-person jury is made up of a group of St. Louis residents who would have been selected from the normal subset of people who turned up for jury duty. The make up of the jury is officially kept secret.The decision to charge Wilson with a crime does not need to be unanimous, Ryals said, noting that only nine jurors are needed to come to a conclusion.What has their life been like since joining the grand jury?Unlike certain criminal trials, the grand jury has not been sequestered, meaning that they have inevitably been exposed to the coverage and debate over the case. Part of the reason for the lack of sequestration is the fact that the grand jury reportedly only meets about once a week, usually on Wednesdays.

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Teen’s Quick Thinking Helped to Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing at Walmart

Teen’s Quick Thinking Helped to Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing at Walmart

ABC News(HIGH RIDGE, Mo.) -- A quick-thinking teenager is credited with helping to save the life of an 11-month-old baby who suddenly stopped breathing inside a Missouri Walmart.The frantic situation occurred Wednesday inside a store in High Ridge, Missouri. Surveillance video showed the mother desperately trying to revive her baby.The store’s manager called 911.Abby Snodgrass, 17, heard the commotion from aisles away and ran to help, performing CPR. She had recently learned the procedure in her health class at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri.“The one thought that crossed my mind was, ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ And I just had to push it out of my mind and keep going because I knew that’s what I had to do,” Snodgrass said.Eventually the baby started breathing again.“I can’t explain how happy I was when she started to breathe,” Snodgrass said. “It was a huge relief.”Without the teen’s swift action, the infant may have died, emergency responders said.Authorities said that the mother and child were doing well.The baby's family released a statement to ABC News acknowledging Snodgrass's efforts."We are exceedingly grateful to the young woman who helped our daughter," the statement read. "Our daughter is home and healthy, and we couldn't be more thankful."

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Report Find All-Time High Rate of Child Homelessness

Report Find All-Time High Rate of Child Homelessness

Xavier_S/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new report from The National Center on Family Homelessness at the American Institutes for Research found that 2.5 million American children experience homelessness each year.The rate of childhood homelessness is at an all-time high, the report says, and has increased by eight percent nationally compared to last year. A stunning 31 states and the District of Columbia have seen child homelessness rates increase in the last year."Child homelessness has reached epidemic proportions in America," Dr. Carmela DeCandia, the director of the National Center on Family Homelessness said. "Children are homeless tonight in every city, county and state -- in every part of our nation."The report also ranked the states using grades in four categories -- extent of child homelessness, well-being of the children, risk for family homelessness and policy responses undertaken. Minnesota received the best grades, with Nebraska, Massachusetts, Iowa and New Jersey rounding out the top five. Meanwhile Alabama received the worst ranking, with Mississippi and California joining them at the bottom of the list.The report lists the national poverty rate, a lack of affordable housing and the ongoing impact of the Great Recession among the main causes of childhood homelessness.

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Investigation Underway in Fatal Chemical Release in Texas

Investigation Underway in Fatal Chemical Release in Texas

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A team from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board arrived in Houston Sunday to begin its investigation into the fatal chemical release at the DuPont plant in La Porte, Texas.The accident at DuPont’s facility, located east of Houston, killed four workers and injured a fifth when methyl mercaptan, a toxic chemical used in the company’s insecticide and fungicide manufacturing process, was released. A chemical tank containing methyl mercaptan sprung a leak.CSB Chairperson Rafael Moure-Eraso said in a statement, “Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of the deceased workers. Our goal in investigating this accident is to determine the root cause and make recommendations to prevent any similar accidents throughout the industry.”"There are no words to fully express the loss we feel or the concern and sympathy we extend to the families of the employees and their coworkers," a statement from DuPont said. The company also acknowledged that it would cooperate with "local, state and federal authorities as they conduct a thorough investigation into the accident."The CSB does not issue citations or fines, but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA.

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15 Hospitalized Due to Fumes on Cheerleaders’ Charter Bus

15 Hospitalized Due to Fumes on Cheerleaders’ Charter Bus

iStock/Thinkstock(THORNBURG, Va.) — Fifteen people were hospitalized after heavy fumes were reported on a charter bus carrying a group of cheerleaders in Virginia Sunday, authorities said.The situation was reported before 7 p.m. Sunday, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office officials confirmed to ABC News.Passengers on the bus reported smelling the fumes while the bus was headed south on Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia, authorities said. The bus pulled off the highway about 20 miles later in Thornburg, and five ambulances were called to bring victims to area hospitals.The bus was headed back to North Carolina after the cheerleaders competed in an event in Washington, D.C., officials said.

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Teen Killed After Gun Discharges in Adjacent Hotel Room; Man Charged

Teen Killed After Gun Discharges in Adjacent Hotel Room; Man Charged

aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- A teenager was killed at a hotel Friday after a gun discharged in the next room, according to the Raleigh Police Department.Nathan Andrew Clark, 13, was killed while staying at a hotel for a soccer tournament in Raleigh, North Carolina, according to ABC News affiliate WTVD-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina.Police said Clark was killed when a bullet struck him from a gun that discharged in the next hotel room. The gun allegedly belonged to Randall Louis Vater, 42, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records.According to police Clark was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said Vater did not know Clark before the incident.In a 911 call, an unidentified caller said a guest needs an ambulance because the boy "has a bump on the back of his head and blood is everywhere."The caller said Clark was "not responding."Clark was in town to participate in the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL), but his team did not participate after his death, according to WTVD-TV.The league released a statement the day after Clark's death mourning the young player."We awoke this morning with great sadness to the unsettling news that Nathan Clark tragically lost his life late Friday night," read the statement sent to WTVD-TV. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Nathan's family and to his extended soccer family: the North Carolina Fusion players, parents, and coaches."Nathan's coach also released a statement calling the eighth grader "fun loving" and "energetic.""Everyone on the team is deeply saddened by this tragic loss," Coach Ben Kerth wrote to WTVD-TV. "We ask you to please pray for Nathan's family. Heaven gained an amazing young man today."Vater was being held the Wake County Detention Center. and was expected to be in court in Monday.

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Nearly 200 Fall Ill with Norovirus on Cruise Ship

Nearly 200 Fall Ill with Norovirus on Cruise Ship

AlexanderCher/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Nearly 200 people on a Princess Cruises ship have fallen ill with norovirus.According to Princess Cruises, the Crown Princess, scheduled to sail from Tahiti to Los Angeles, was delayed by a day after a crew member suffered a "serious medical condition." The Crown Princess diverted to a nearby island during the trip -- Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands -- where the crew member was taken to Los Angeles by helicopter.The ship did eventually dock in San Pedro, Calif., with 158 passengers and 14 crew members reporting being ill during the voyage.A total of 3,007 guests and 1,160 crew were onboard the ship. Princess Cruises said it would enact "stringent disinfecting protocols."

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Four Killed in Texas Chemical Leak

Four Killed in Texas Chemical Leak

HPCPHOTO/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LA PORTE, Texas) -- Four people were killed and one remains hospitalized one day after a chemical leak at a DuPont facility in Texas.On Saturday, a chemical tank containing methyl mercaptan sprung a leak. The chemical, used to give natural gas an odor and for crop protection, is hazardous, though officials said Saturday that the odor given off by the chemical is not. "There are no words to fully express the loss we feel or the concern and sympathy we extend to the families of the employees and their coworkers," a statement from DuPont said. The company also acknowledged that it would cooperate with "local, state and federal authorities as they conduct a thorough investigation into the accident."

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