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New York Court Hears Case of ‘Personhood’ for Tommy the Chimp

New York Court Hears Case of ‘Personhood’ for Tommy the Chimp

iStock/Thinkstock(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- In what could be a landmark case in the way chimpanzees are treated under the law, a New York court is deliberating whether chimps are entitled to “legal personhood” under the law.A panel of judges in Albany heard opening arguments Wednesday in the case of Tommy, a 26-year-old chimpanzee who is owned by a man and lives in upstate New York.In the groundbreaking case, the Florida-based Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) is asking a court to free Tommy from what they describe as a "small, dank, cement cage in a cavernous dark shed" in Gloversville, New York.The group hopes to have Tommy become the first animal in this country declared a person, protected by the same rights as humans.At issue is Tommy's living condition, which NhRP describes as a small cage in a small room. Though Tommy used to live with five other chimps, NhRp says he now lives alone.The group’s founder, Steven Wise, described Tommy Wednesday as a “being” who ought to be freed.“Someone who is an autonomous and self-determining being out to be a legal person who has a right to get out of being held for his entire life inside solitary confinement in a cage,” Wise told reporters outside the courtroom.Tommy’s owner, Pat Lavery, claims he rescued the chimp from an abusive home more than 10 years ago and says Tommy has access to a color TV and receives “enrichment daily.”“He’s got a professionally-built primate area,” Lavery told local ABC News affiliate WTEN-TV. "He's not in a trailer."“He’s a wild, dangerous animal and how can you treat a wild, dangerous animal like a human?” Lavery said.A ruling in the case is expected in four to six weeks, according to WTEN.Wise said he will ask the judge to transfer Tommy to the North American Private Sanctuary Alliance in Wauchula, Florida. Founded in 1993, the 120-acre facility houses 45 great apes, many of them former research animals, according to its website.

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Missing Hiker Turned to Mushrooms, Tree Bark to Survive

Missing Hiker Turned to Mushrooms, Tree Bark to Survive

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A missing hiker was found alive in Washington state after three days in the wilderness, relying on ingenuity to survive.Paula Reuter, 21, along with her dogs, Gracie and Addie, had been missing since Monday, when Reuter lost her way while hiking in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle."She was trapped in a place where there was no way to get out," her mother Isabelle Reuter said.

Paula Reuter faced difficult circumstances, little food and no shelter, wearing a skirt as temperatures plunged into the 40s overnight.Detective Jason Stanley said Reuter relied on clever survival skills."She ate some mushrooms, maybe even ate some tree bark," Stanley said. "She built fires and she was pretty resourceful."Rescuers turned to social media, using an Instagram photo Reuter posted before going missing as a guide. Search crews located her car, and they didn't give up hope.After days of searches, Reuter and her dogs were spotted Thursday by a sheriff's helicopter and airlifted to safety, one by one.Reuter is scratched and bruised, but otherwise fine. Her dogs are OK, too.Friends and relatives were thankful after Reuter's rescue. "We're just happy to have her back," her mother said. "She's our life."

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Solving the Mysterious Death of 58-Foot Whale that Washed Ashore in New York

Solving the Mysterious Death of 58-Foot Whale that Washed Ashore in New York

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Suffolk County park officials have teamed up with the Riverhead Foundation to remove a nearly 60-foot dead whale carcass that washed up at a park in Long Island, New York.The whale washed ashore Thursday morning at Smith Point County Park in Shirley. It is about 58-feet long and is said to be a male finback whale, according to WABC-TV in New York City.The animal had been dead for some time, the station reported. A cause of death has not yet been determined and officials are working with the foundation to quickly remove the body.Neither the Riverhead Foundation nor Suffolk County park officials immediately responded to ABC News' requests for comment.

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Adrian Peterson Facing Jail After Pot Remark

Adrian Peterson Facing Jail After Pot Remark

David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could soon be arrested for violating his bond as he awaits trial on child abuse.ESPN reports that during a hearing in Houston Wednesday in which the NFL star did not enter a plea, Peterson allegedly told a court staffer that he had smoked marijuana before a drug test.Now, Texas officials have filed a document to put Peterson in jail for this alleged transgression.Peterson already faces charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after allegedly hitting his son with a switch, leaving welts and bruises. If convicted, he could face between six months and two years in prison.After briefly reinstating Peterson last month, the Vikings benched their star pending the outcome of his trial scheduled for Dec. 1. Peterson was also placed on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he is still collecting $11.75 million in salary this season.

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Ebola Remark Causes Officials to Meet Plane After Leaving Philadelphia

Ebola Remark Causes Officials to Meet Plane After Leaving Philadelphia

Juha Remes/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- An Ebola scare on a US Airways flight leaving Philadelphia prompted officials to meet the plane when it arrived in the Dominican Republic after a passenger reportedly said they had Ebola.US Airways flight 845 to Punta Cana was inspected upon arriving Wednesday, "due to a possible health issue on board," the airline said in a statement.An airline spokesperson told ABC News the report they have is that another passenger heard the comment and alerted a flight attendant. The flight attendant then alerted the captain. The comment was made while the flight was on approach to its final destination.Dominican Republic officials cleared the plane after checking it in adherence with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the airline."We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but the safety of our customers and employees is our first priority," read the airline's statement.

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Must Be Providence: The Best US Cities

Must Be Providence: The Best US Cities

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Travel + Leisure is out again with it annual list of the nation's top cities in a variety of categories.Providence, Rhode Island, topped the list as the overall best city. Interestingly, it also finished first in the category of "Geeky."

The magazine based its findings on 50,000 votes, ranking 38 cities.Here are several of the winners:Top Cities Overall

Providence Houston Kansas City Minneapolis/St. Paul Los Angeles

Affordability

Kansas City Oklahoma City Cleveland Pittsburgh Houston

Historical Sites

Washington, D.C. Philadelphia Charleston Boston New Orleans

Cleanliness

Minneapolis/St. Paul Salt Lake City Kansas City Charleston Tampa

Attractive People

Miami San Diego Charleston Los Angeles Providence

Rude People

New York City Tampa Miami Los Angeles Boston

Bars

New Orleans Nashville Austin Houston Providence

Christmas Lights

Kansas City New York City Salt Lake City Albuquerque Cleveland

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Former NFL Exec Knew of ‘Hundreds’ of Domestic Violence Incidents

Former NFL Exec Knew of ‘Hundreds’ of Domestic Violence Incidents

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Domestic violence happens regularly in the NFL, according to a former football executive, who tells USA TODAY that he regrets not doing anything about it during his time in the league.Jerry Angelo, who started as a scout in 1980 with the Dallas Cowboys and served as general manager for Chicago Bears from 2001 to 2011, claims he did not discipline players despite being aware of "hundreds and hundreds" domestic violence incidents.Angelo says that part of his reasoning is that he didn't want to put his team at a competitive disadvantage by benching a player, adding, "I didn't stand alone."The issue of domestic violence in the NFL has come and front center since Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the league and released by the team for punching his then-fiancee in the face while riding an elevator in Atlantic City last winter.The incident was caught on video, which Angelo says, changed his perspective of domestic violence.

"I made a mistake,'' he told USA TODAY Sports. "I was human. I was part of it. I'm not proud of it.''Between the Bears and Cowboys, Angelo also worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New York Giants.

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WV Attorney General Won’t Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

WV Attorney General Won’t Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban

zimmytws/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey issued a statement on Thursday saying that his office will honor the Supreme Court decision that struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.Earlier this week, the Supreme Court decided not to take up the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which deemed the Virginia law unconstitutional. "By refusing to consider the appeal, the Supreme Court has caused the Appeals Court's decision to become final and binding on West Virginia," Morrisey said."While we disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to allow the Fourth Circuit's opinion to stand and believe it improperly displaces state and local decision-making, we will respect it," the West Virginia Attorney General said.Before same-sex marriage licenses can be given to couples in the state, the State Registrar must alter marriage forms and the Secretary of State's office must authorize marriage celebrants to solemnize marriages, according to Morrisey. "While we will take steps to seek to end the litigation," he said, "the conclusion of the lawsuit cannot and will not along effectuate the Fourth Circuit's mandate."

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Dallas Deputy Does Not Have Ebola, Tests Confirm

Dallas Deputy Does Not Have Ebola, Tests Confirm

Will Montgomery(DALLAS) -- The deputy sheriff in Dallas who visited Thomas Eric Duncan's apartment does not have Ebola, tests confirmed Thursday.Deputy Sheriff Michael West Monnig sought medical attention Wednesday because he did not feel well more than a week after going into the apartment where Duncan had been staying with relatives when he was showing symptoms. Monnig was part of a team that delivered an order quarantining the other residents of the apartment.It was determined on Thursday that he was not suffering from the symptoms commonly associated with Ebola."We have completed testing of the specimen submitted today by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. The result is negative for #Ebola," the Texas Department of State Health Services announced via Twitter.

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Alleged NFL Laser-Pointer Fan Charged, Banned from Lions Games

Alleged NFL Laser-Pointer Fan Charged, Banned from Lions Games

Joe Sargent/Getty Images(DETROIT) -- The man who allegedly shined a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players as the team took on the Detroit Lions last weekend has been identified, charged and banned from Ford Field, according to a statement from the team.The alleged laser-pointing fan faces a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge from the Detroit City Prosecutor's Office. The fan's name was not given in the statement. ESPN reported police were able to track him down after he allegedly bragged about the incident on social media.The Lions also announced that the season ticket holder who gave the individual their tickets for the game will have his seats revoked for the rest of the 2014 season.“Our guest behavior expectations for all Ford Field events are very high," Lions team President Tom Lewand said in a statement. "Additionally, this occurrence was unique in that it could have affected the integrity of the game and more importantly could have jeopardized player safety."All the major sports leagues ban laser pointers from their games. Dozens of incidents have been reported across the U.S. of the devices being pointed at airplanes and helicopters, possibly blinding pilots.

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Lawyer: Evidence Won’t Support Terror Charges for Alleged ISIS Wannabe

Lawyer: Evidence Won’t Support Terror Charges for Alleged ISIS Wannabe

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- A lawyer for a 19-year-old American accused of trying to fly halfway around the world to join ISIS said Thursday he doesn’t think the government has the evidence to justify the charges against his client."I don't believe that the evidence is going to show that it was his desire to provide material support to ISIS," attorney Tom Durkin said after a preliminary hearing in Chicago Thursday.Durkin’s client, Mohammed Hamzah Khan from Chicago’s Bolingbrook suburb, was arrested Saturday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport by the FBI’s Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force. Investigators allege Khan was attempting to leave the country in order to eventually sneak into Syria and join up with ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.“…[W]hile Khan was at the airport, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at [Khan’s home],” a complaint by an FBI special agent says. “During the search, agents recovered multiple handwritten documents that appeared to be drafted by Khan and/or other persons, and which expressed support for ISIL [ISIS].”The documents purportedly included plans for travel to Syria and a letter left for Khan’s parents in which Khan allegedly wrote that there is an obligation to “migrate” to the “Islamic State” now that is has “been established.” Earlier this year, ISIS’ leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announced his group had set up an Islamic State and declared himself “caliph,” leader of all Muslims.Khan is charged with “knowingly attempting to provide material support and resources, namely personnel, to a foreign terrorist organization…”Khan has not entered a plea in his case. Durkin said Thursday he is a very intelligent young man and a very fervent believer in Islam.Top U.S. security officials have estimated that around 100 Americans have traveled at some point to the Middle East to take part in the conflict in Syria and Iraq, including around a dozen who are currently fighting with terrorist groups there.

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American Hostage’s Mom Tweets Plea Directly to ISIS

American Hostage’s Mom Tweets Plea Directly to ISIS

Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In a desperate move, the mother of the latest American hostage threatened by the terror group ISIS has taken to social media to try and contact ISIS’ shadowy leader, and says she and her husband are getting “no help” from the U.S. government.“I am trying to get in touch with the Islamic State about my son’s fate,” read an image tweeted by Paula Kassig late Wednesday through a new account, tagging apparently pro-ISIS Twitter accounts. The tweets said the message was a "letter from Abdul Rahman Kassig's mother to IS [ISIS] Caliph [Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi.""I am an old woman, and Abdul Rahman is my only child. My husband and I are on our own, with no help from the government. We would like to talk to you. How can we reach you?" Paula Kassig said.The Twitter account, first used Wednesday, features two pictures of Abdul Rahman Kassig, the name 26-year-old Army veteran Peter Kassig took on after converting to Islam while in captivity.Kassig was first seen in an ISIS video last week in which another captive, British aid working Alan Henning, was apparently beheaded by a black clad ISIS militant. Henning was the fourth Western hostage to be killed in such a brutal, public manner, after American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and British aid worker David Haines.In each execution video the next victim is shown, and so far, in each case ISIS has followed through on its threats, despite heart wrenching pleas from the hostages’ loved ones.

Paula Kassig is also not the first relative of a hostage to criticize the U.S. government over its handling of the ISIS hostage crisis. Last month, after the murder of her son, Diane Foley told ABC News her family was repeatedly threatened by U.S. officials over the idea of raising money to pay James’ astronomical ransom.“I was surprised there was so little compassion,” Foley told ABC News in September of the three separate warnings she said U.S. officials gave the family about the illegality of paying ransom to ISIS. “It just made me realize that these people talking to us had no idea what it was like to be the family of someone abducted…I’m sure [the U.S. official] didn’t mean it the way he said it, but we were between a rock and a hard place. We were told we could do nothing… meanwhile our son was being beaten and tortured every day.”U.S. government policy is not to negotiate with terrorists for U.S. citizens, but the government does have a large, inter-departmental team assembled to handle hostage cases in Syria, including officials who are tasked with keeping the hostages' families informed of efforts. The process can be ham-handed at times, as was the case with the Foleys, according to a former U.S. official familiar with that situation.The U.S. State Department and the FBI, both of which deal with American hostage situations abroad, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Paula Kassig’s allegation.Kassig is a former Army Ranger who served in the mid-2000s, according to military records, before being medically discharged in 2007. Kassig later became an emergency medical technician and volunteered as a medical assistant in border hospitals in Lebanon in 2012, treating Palestinian refugees and those fleeing from the Syrian conflict. Later, Kassig formed an NGO and began delivering food and medical supplies to the growing [refugee] camps on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border. He was abducted in Syria in October 2013.Prior to the Twitter blasts, Kassig’s parents released a video message to their son.“Know that we love you, and our hearts ache for you to be granted your freedom so we can hug you again and then set you free to continue the life you have chosen, the life of service to those in greatest need,” Paula Kassig said to the camera. “We implore those who are holding you to show mercy and use their power to let you go.”

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Airline Cabin Cleaners Strike over Ebola Exposure Fears

Airline Cabin Cleaners Strike over Ebola Exposure Fears

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of airline cabin cleaners have walked off the job, striking over health and safety issues that include fears over possible exposure to Ebola.The strike involves Air Serv cabin cleaners in Terminal D at New York’s LaGuardia airport, a contractor that serves Delta, as well as supporting workers from LaGuardia and JFK International airports.

Striking workers carried signs and chanted during Thursday’s rally, protesting against conditions that often find them encountering hypodermic needles, vomit and blood.The strike comes as additional screening is scheduled to begin at JFK and four other main U.S. airports, a means of trying to catch any travelers from Ebola-ravaged countries who may be carrying the disease.The ebola virus has killed more than 3,000 people in West Africa and the death toll is still rising. On Wednesday, Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., died from the disease.

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WATCH: Motorist Rescued from Van in Arizona Flooding

WATCH: Motorist Rescued from Van in Arizona Flooding

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The dramatic moment when Arizona firefighters navigated through a flooded roadway Thursday morning to rescue a stranded motorist was captured on video.Apache Junction, Arizona, located just east of Phoenix, was slammed with up to 2 inches of rain Thursday morning, causing several roadways to flood, according to an alert from the National Weather Service.A video taken by ABC News' Phoenix affiliate KNXV-TV shows a white van was stalled in the roadway, as rushing water as high as the wheel well flows past.Firefighters then carefully pull up parallel to the vehicle and help the motorist climb to safety into the fire truck, leaving behind his van.An alert cautions that flooding could affect the warning area "into the late morning hours before receding."

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Husband’s Defense in Vermont Teacher Murder: My Wife Did It

Husband’s Defense in Vermont Teacher Murder: My Wife Did It

iStock/Thinkstock(BURLINGTON, Vt.) -- A husband accused of kidnapping and killing a schoolteacher in Vermont says his wife committed the crime -- and that he initially confessed to protect her.Allen Prue, 32, and his wife Patricia Prue, 35, face kidnapping and first-degree murder charges in the 2012 death of Melissa Jenkins, 33. The husband and wife are being tried separately, with testimony continuing Thursday in Allen Prue’s trial. Patricia Prue’s trial is expected to begin next month.In opening statements in Vermont Superior Court Wednesday, prosecutors said the couple lured Jenkins from her home with a phone call, claiming their car had broken down. Allen Prue had previously performed snowplow work for Jenkins.The prosecution claims that Allen Prue told police that the couple's plan that night was to “get a girl,” somebody “they could play with,” according to Caledonia County State’s Attorney Lisa Warren's opening statement.But defense lawyer Robert Katims claimed that Allen Prue was unaware of his wife's intention to kill Jankins.“In her crazy, twisted mind she had become obsessively jealous of Melissa Jenkins. The evidence will show that Patricia Prue strangled Melissa Jenkins without telling him she was going to do it, without planning it with him and without Allen Prue aware in any way shape or form,” Katims said.Jenkins agreed to help her neighbors, and that act of kindness cost Jenkins her life, the prosecutor said.“She got out of her vehicle, and as she did, she was strangled and beaten to death,” Warren said.Police found Jenkins’ car abandoned, with her 2-year-old son in the back seat.“Someone pulled on mommy’s neck,” the boy later told officers.While Allen Prue confessed to the crime in 2012, he’s pleading not guilty, with his defense stating that he only confessed to protect his wife. Allen Prue didn’t realize his wife’s intentions and was easily manipulated due to his low IQ, Katims said.Authorities say Patricia Prue, who has also pleaded not guilty, was the one who called Jenkins, convincing the science teacher to come to the couple’s aid.Legal analyst Mark Eiglarsh said the relationship between husband and wife will be a major focus of the trial.“Theoretically, he could argue that his wife did it all, get acquitted, and testify in her trial that he did it all,” Eiglarsh said.Patricia Prue’s legal team is expected to focus on her history of mental illness. If convicted, Allen and Patricia Prue could spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

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Crowds Protest Fatal Shooting of Man by Off-Duty Cop in South St. Louis

Crowds Protest Fatal Shooting of Man by Off-Duty Cop in South St. Louis

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) -- A white off-duty police officer fatally shot a black man in south St. Louis Wednesday, sparking a night of unrest and activism not far from where Michael Brown was killed last Aug. 9.Wednesday night’s shooting involved an officer working a department-approved secondary job for a private security company, police said in a statement.The officer approached a group of three men, police said, and one of the men took off running.  Then, all three ran so the officer chased them, eventually getting into a physical confrontation with one.The suspect then allegedly fired a gun at the officer so the 32-year-old officer returned fire, fatally shooting the man, according to the police report.A gun was recovered at the scene. The officer was not injured but was placed on administrative leave, as per department policy, police said.Following the shooting, activists took to the streets of St. Louis, demanding answers.People also shared their frustration on social media, with #shawshooting the most popular national trending topic on Twitter.Meanwhile, a cousin of the dead man claims he was holding a sandwich, not a gun.The St. Louis Post-Dispatch identified the black male as Vonderrit Myers Jr., 18.According to the Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said during a briefing that the off-duty officer fired off 17 shots after he was shot at three times.

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Texas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

Texas Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan Has Died

Will Montgomery (DALLAS) -- Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient who was being treated for Ebola in an isolation unit at a Texas hospital, has died, officials said Wednesday."It is with profound sadness and heartfelt disappointment that we must inform you of the death of Thomas Eric Duncan this morning at 7:51 a.m.," the hospital said in a statement."Mr. Duncan succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola. He fought courageously in this battle. Our professionals, the doctors and nurses in the unit, as well as the entire Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas community, are also grieving his passing," the statement said.Duncan, a Liberian man who had traveled to Texas to visit family, was the first person to be diagnosed with the disease while in the U.S. and became the first person to die of the disease in the U.S.

Louise Troh, the mother of Duncan's teenage son and the woman referred to as his wife by family members, released a statement thanking local community and medical officials for their help treating Duncan."My family is in deep sadness and grief, but we leave him in the hands of God," wrote Troh. "I am now dealing with the sorrow and anger that his son was not able to see him before he died. This will take some time, but in the end, I believe in a merciful God."Duncan’s son, Karsiah Duncan, 19, told reporters Tuesday he was praying for his father’s recovery. Karsiah Duncan had not seen his father since he was 3, when he and his mother Louise Troh left Liberia, according to ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas.Troh and three other people are still in quarantine after they were exposed to Thomas Eric Duncan while he had symptoms of Ebola.

Duncan's daughter, Youngor Jallah, was distraught after learning of her father's death.“I am not okay and I don’t know what to do,” she told ABC News through tears.Duncan was admitted to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28. He initially went to the hospital's emergency room with symptoms on Sept. 26. He returned in an ambulance two days later and had been in an isolation unit since then.On Saturday, Duncan’s condition was downgraded from serious to critical, as doctors worked to save his life. Hospital officials confirmed Tuesday he was on a respirator and receiving kidney dialysis.Duncan was the first person to be given the experimental drug brincidofovir.Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke at a city council meeting soon after Duncan's death was announced."This hurts deeply," said Rawlings. "We were hoping this was not going to happen.”Rawlings also stressed that health teams had taken steps to stop the spread of the Ebola virus in Dallas.“We will stop the Ebola virus in its tracts from spreading into our community," said Rawlings. “I want to reinforce to the public, that this was an isolated incident of the Ebola virus; contracted by the individual while residing in another country.”Judge Clay Jenkins, who helped move Duncan’s relatives from a cramped apartment to a donated house, said in a statement his “thoughts are with the family and friends."“We are also thinking of the dedicated hospital staff who assisted Mr. Duncan daily while he fought this terrible disease,” wrote Jenkins.According to Duncan’s neighbors in Monrovia, Liberia, Duncan might have contracted the deadly virus when he helped take a pregnant woman to a hospital while she was vomiting blood. He traveled with the woman to several facilities that turned her away and then helped carry her back into her home. She died the next day and it was later determined that she died of Ebola.When he departed Liberia on Sept. 19, his temperature was taken at the airport and he was determined to not have a fever. He checked a form at the airport before leaving indicating he had not been in contact with anyone infected by Ebola. It's not clear whether he was aware at the time whether the pregnant woman he helped was suffering from Ebola.Four health workers were brought back from West Africa where they contracted the disease and were treated and released. A fifth person, cameraman Ashoka Mukpo, is being treated at a Nebraska facility.The worst-ever Ebola outbreak has already killed at least 3,431 and infected least 4,000 others since it started in March, according to the World Health Organization.

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Aurora Releases After Action Report on 2012 Movie Theater Shooting

Aurora Releases After Action Report on 2012 Movie Theater Shooting

PHOTOGRAPH BY Barcroft USA/Barcoft Media via Getty Images(AURORA, Colo.) -- On Wednesday, the City of Aurora released an after action review of the Century 16 movie theater allegedly perpetrated by James Holmes back in 2012.The report revisits the shooting, in which Holmes allegedly shot 70 people and killed 12, and an additional 12 or more people were injured trying to flee the theater. The report noted that, "no one who died could have been saved by EMS actions," and that, "while there are things to improve...the City of Aurora should be proud of its response to the largest civilian shooting in U.S. history." Among the recommendations made in the report are the implementation of emergency exists with alarms, educating the public on how to respond during a shooting, creating a larger evacuation zone, improving ambulance acess, and setting up a single fund for all donations for victims.The report also noted that, "several officers reported being required to return to work with little sleep and limited psychological assistance," a situation that should be avoided by relieving, "officers exposed to high levels of trauma."Parts of the 188 page report are redacted, and the Colorado Judicial Branch said it wouldn't release a statement.

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Bullied Players Who Came Forward ‘True Heroes’ on NJ Football Team, Superintendent Says

Bullied Players Who Came Forward ‘True Heroes’ on NJ Football Team, Superintendent Says

ABC News(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) --  The real football “heroes” of Sayreville, N.J., are the players who came forward to their parents, says the superintendent who canceled the season over the harassment of younger team members.“There was one or two courageous kids that stepped up and did the right thing and prevented one less child from being harassed, intimidated and bullied,” Sayreville School District Superintendent Richard Labbe said. “And to me, those are the true heroes of this. And we need more heroes like this.”In an interview with ABC News, Labbe said he was overwhelmed with “horror” when he first heard what was going on behind closed doors at his district’s high school. And he vowed that the proud football program in his community would be rebuilt -- the right way. But Labbe insisted he realizes that the wounds of the last days are still raw, and he certainly recognizes there are pockets of hostility directed toward him and the school board that backed him up during a heated session Tuesday night.“I understand how the seniors feel not to have that last game, not to walk out on the field for the last time with their mom and dad,” Labbe explained. “But based up on the information I received, the right decision that I knew in my heart was to make the one we made.”On Monday, Labbe canceled the entire football season for Sayreville War Memorial High School after reports of bullying and physical intimidation, with sexual overtones, were reported to the police and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. The authorities are now investigating.Before Labbe’s headline-grabbing move, Sayreville football had been known for being among the elite of the Garden State’s scholastic athletics programs. Now, the district has to rebuild.“Not only are we going to rebuild the image of this school district, the image of this high school, the image of this football team,” Labbe said. “But we are going to extend beyond that. We are going to become a very, very special place and that march toward getting people to take a stance is very important.”

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Eric Frein Described Killing Trooper in Handwritten Letter: Police

Eric Frein Described Killing Trooper in Handwritten Letter: Police

Pennsylvania State Police/FBI(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- Accused cop killer Eric Frein described in disturbing detail what it was like when he allegedly shot two state troopers, killing one and injuring another, in a handwritten note found by a police dragnet in the Pennsylvania woods.Frein, who has been on the run for nearly a month, appears to describe the murder of Cpl. Bryon Dickson in one handwritten letter."Got a shot around 11 p.m. and took it. He dropped. I was surprised at how quick," Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a press conference Wednesday, reading from the note police believe Frein wrote. "I took a follow-up shot on his head-neck area. He was still and quiet after that."The letter goes on to describe the shooting of a second officer. Frein is also accused of shooting and injuring Trooper Alex Douglass. Both officers were shot within minutes of each other outside the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12.Frein, 31, wrote that he ran back to his Jeep and drove into a road block about half a mile away, Bivens said."I didn't expect one so soon," Bivens said, again reading from the letter. "It was only 15 to 20 minutes. I did a K-turn a quarter mile from them and pulled into a development I knew had unfinished access road."The note describes how he missed a trail and ran his vehicle into a "run-off pool," describing it as a "disaster." He made an attempt to stash his "AK" before running, according to the letter.Police found Frein's Jeep in a swamp shortly after the shooting. They have also found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, food, ammunition, clothing and other supplies in the search. Police filed additional criminal charges against Frein on Wednesday because of the explosives."I can only describe Eric Frein's actions as pure evil," Bivens said after reading the letter. "Every so often, true evil rears its ugly head and we must deal with it."There's no indication that Frein knew the two troopers he allegedly shot, Bivens added.The FBI, which has added Frein to its 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, released new images showing what Frein might look like with a short Mohawk and facial hair.The manhunt has stretched for more than three weeks as police focus on a few square miles near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania. There have been four new sightings since Friday, Bivens said.Frein, from nearby Canadensis, has been spotted several times, but always evaded police capture because of the thick terrain. He's a self-trained survivalist and war reenactor who focused on Eastern European militaries and weapons. He learned to shoot from his father, a retired Army major.Bivens has said the suspect may consider the chase "a game" and has repeatedly called for him to surrender."We're not going anywhere, we will get Frein," Bivens said. "It is a matter of time before we catch him."

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