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Prosecutors: Minutes After Blast, Accused Boston Bomber Denied Role

Prosecutors: Minutes After Blast, Accused Boston Bomber Denied Role

FBI(BOSTON) — Minutes after twin explosions ripped through the Boston Marathon finish line killing three people, one of the accused bombers allegedly told a friend that he wasn’t to blame.“Don’t go thinking it’s me you cooked bastard,” Dzhokhar Tsarnaev texted to college friend Azmat Tazhayakov an hour and a half after the April 15, 2013 bombings in what is the earliest known denial by Tsarnaev, according to prosecutors.It would take three days for the FBI to release surveillance photos of Tsarnaev and his older brother — both then unidentified — as suspects in the bombing. A wounded Tsarnaev wasn’t captured by police until April 19, hours after his brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a police shootout in a sleepy Boston suburb.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly wrote an anti-American screed on the wall of a boat in which he was hiding in the last hours until he was captured, and in a partially redacted court filing, prosecutors said he “readily admitted” to his involvement in the blasts once in custody. However, Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges relating to the marathon attack, including the alleged use of a weapon of mass destruction.Prosecutors made the new claim about the text message Monday in opening arguments for the trial of Tazhayakov, who, along with two other of Tsarnaev’s friends, has been charged with obstruction for allegedly removing evidence from Tsarnaev’s dorm room after the bombing.
Tazhayakov has pleaded not guilty and his defense attorney told jurors his client had nothing to do with tossing a backpack with fireworks and a laptop from Tsarnaev’s apartment into a dumpster as the government claims.Prosecutors said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tazhayakov spent “every day” after the bombing together before Tsarnaev was arrested.They also said Tsarnaev had bragged to Tazhayakov a month before that he knew how to build a bomb. But Tazhayakov’s defense attorney said that Tsarnaev “never told my client ‘I’m going to bomb the Boston Marathon.’”Prior to the bombing, prosecutors said Tsarnaev and Tazhayakov ate together in a restaurant not far from their college campus when the subject of martyrdom came up.“It was good to die with a smile on your face and go straight to heaven,” Tsarnaev allegedly said then.
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Charges Imminent in Baruch College Hazing Death, Attorney Says

Charges Imminent in Baruch College Hazing Death, Attorney Says

Handout(NEW YORK) — Thirty Baruch College students could face a slew of criminal charges this week — ranging from hazing to homicide — related to the death of a fraternity pledge, a lawyer representing the victim’s family says.Attorney Douglas Fierberg says police assure him charges are imminent in the death of Chun “Michael” Deng, 19.“They have ruled that it is a homicide, and that now the only thing left is for charges to be filed,” Fierberg said.Homicide charges in Pennsylvania range from involuntary manslaughter to premeditated murder.Authorities say members of the Pi Delta Psi fraternity at the New York City-based college pushed Deng during a December hazing ritual while on a retreat in the Poconos, where he was blindfolded and wearing a backpack filled with 20 pounds of sand.At one point he was shoved and fell over, hitting his head, police said.“I can say it involved physical contact, which became very aggressive,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Harry Lewis said. “It also involved some pushing and shoving and hitting.”After Deng lost consciousness, other fraternity members brought him into the house, but they never called 911 for help, police said. Instead, they put him near the fire, changed his clothes and searched the Internet for information about his symptoms, police added.After two hours, Deng was finally taken to a local hospital by three of the fraternity members where he died two days later, police said.“There shouldn’t have been any delay. And yet there was, and afterward there was a cover-up,” family attorney Fierberg said.Investigators reportedly say several frat members tried to hide their cellphones from police officers to keep authorities from seeing videos, photos and conversations about the hazing rituals.Those interrogated had tried to hide any items or evidence that would link them to their fraternity after one of the members at the hospital with Deng called and warned them in advance, police chief Lewis said.The Asian and Asian-American cultural fraternity now has a lifetime ban at Baruch, where the disciplinary process is said to still be underway.
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More Than 60 Shot, Nine Dead in Chicago’s Bloody Holiday Weekend

More Than 60 Shot, Nine Dead in Chicago’s Bloody Holiday Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Independence Day celebrations were marred by multiple shootings in Chicago that reportedly left at least nine dead and 60 injured.The first fatal shooting occurred around 2:30 a.m. Friday, kicking off a violent weekend for the city.Corey Hudson, 34, was killed after a car pulled up and someone inside shot him and a friend on the street. According to ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago there were also three police-involved shootings on July 4th alone. At least one suspect involved in one of those shootings was killed.The most recent shootings occurred Sunday night, according to WLS-TV.The city has been actively combating gang and shooting violence in recent years after a bloody year in 2012, when it was the only city in the nation to record more than 500 homicides. To bring down the high murder rate, police have been dispatched by the hundreds in dangerous neighborhoods and government officials have worked with community leaders to try to combat violence.”We will keep building on our strategy, putting more officers on the street in summer months, proactively intervening in gang conflicts, partnering with community leaders,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a statement.The strategy appeared to be working, with the number of homicides falling to 415 in 2013 from more than 500 the year before. However the murder rate was still higher than many other U.S. cities. By comparison New York City, which is more than triple the size in population recorded less than 350 murders in 2013.The Chicago Tribune updated its tally of Chicago shooting victims Sunday, bringing up the total of those shot to 1,129 so far this year. According to the Tribune, there were 2,185 shooting victims in Chicago last year. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

California Swimmer Describes Fighting Off Great White Shark

California Swimmer Describes Fighting Off Great White Shark

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A long-distance swimmer described the moment he was bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Southern California, saying he went into shock when he “felt the teeth clamping on to my thigh and ribs.”
Steve Robles suffered several puncture wounds Saturday morning. The shark was fighting to free itself from a fisherman’s line near the popular Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles, said fire rescue officials.
“It was a burning pain that was going down the side of my chest,” Robles told ABC station KABC.
Robles was out for a two-mile swim with a group of friends when the shark suddenly appeared.
“It came from the bottom of the water. It came up to the surface, it looked at me and attacked me right on the side of my chest,” Robles said. “That all happened within two seconds. I saw the eyes of the shark as I was seeing it swim towards me. It lunged at my chest, and it locked into my chest.”
Robles said he grabbed the shark by the nose and pried its mouth open. The shark then disappeared, eventually breaking free from the line. Lifeguards were unable to find it.
Nearby surfers helped Robles to shore.
“I was pretty much in shock and screaming the whole time,” he said. “I was scared. More than anything, I was just terrified.”
Robles was rushed to the hospital, where he’s recovering.
“This was such a freak accident,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that it happened.”
“We do see the sharks. They’re here, and they’ve been around,” said Scott Valor, who witnessed the attack. “There’s never been a bite.”
California State Long Beach professor Chris Lowe said there has been an increase in the number of great whites in local waters. He said sharks typically avoid areas that are heavily populated.
“Those are good places to swim,” he said.
Fishing is prohibited from the Manhattan Beach Pier until Tuesday.
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Girl in Stable Condition After Falling from Zip Line at Texas Festival

Girl in Stable Condition After Falling from Zip Line at Texas Festival

iStock/Thinkstock(FRISCO, Texas) — A girl fell about 20 feet to the ground from a zip line at the annual Freedom Fest in North Texas on Friday.The victim, an eight-year-old, is listed in stable condition.Festivalgoer Melissa Bradbury said, “All of a sudden I heard a commotion behind me and I turned around and people were just rushing to the zip line.”She added, “Paramedics were rushing in. The police department, the fire department. Everybody was kind of running around in a mad scramble to get to her.”The accident remains under investigation.
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Woman Survives 12 Hours Adrift, Used Face Mask to Catch Rainwater

Woman Survives 12 Hours Adrift, Used Face Mask to Catch Rainwater

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — A Florida woman beat the odds by surviving a stormy night at sea with little more than flippers and a face mask, according to ABC News affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa.
Dora Steed, 49, was out diving for scallops with her husband when their boat started to drift near St. Martens Key, Fla. While Steed’s husband was able to get the boat, he lost sight of his wife.
According to the U.S Coast Guard, Steed was reported missing just before 6 p.m. on Thursday night.
The Coast Guard and other volunteer boats searched for Steed for much of the stormy night but found nothing, until Ernie Croft, a captain of a salvage boat, decided to look along the shores of uninhabited islands.
Croft found Steed in the early morning of Independence Day, more than 12 hours after she had gone missing. Croft told WFTS-TV he examined tide maps and looked at islands about a mile and half from where Steed went missing.
Once aboard Croft’s boat, Steed reportedly told Croft she survived by remaining submerged overnight since the ocean water was warmer than the stormy conditions above. To stay hydrated she told Croft she used her facemask to collect rainwater.
“She was in better shape than me really. She had been out there in that water all night long,” Croft told WFTS-TV.
There was one more surprise for Croft, the 46-year-old had managed to hang on to the scallops she had been diving for.
“I imagine her husband is cleaning those scallops right now,” Croft told WFTS-TV.
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NYC Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

NYC Firefighter Killed in Line of Duty

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City firefighter was killed Saturday while searching the 19th floor of a burning 21-story building.
Lt. Gordon Ambelas, 40, is the first New York City firefighter to be killed in the line of duty since April 2012.
During a news conference Saturday night with the mayor, New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said “it’s a moment we all dread.””Lt. Ambelas died doing what fire officers do, leading firefighters in search for life,” Nigro said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is mourning the loss of a real hero.”We’re all very fortunate to have the men and women of FDNY at the ready to risk their own lives so that each and every one of us can be safe,” de Blasio said. “One of New York’s bravest has paid the ultimate price,” he added.
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Indianapolis Police Officer Dies After Exchanging Gunfire with Suspect

Indianapolis Police Officer Dies After Exchanging Gunfire with Suspect

iStock/Thinkstock(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indianapolis police are investigating the shooting death of an officer Saturday night.
Perry Renn, 51, was killed after he and another officer responded to a 911 call about shots fired. Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect, Major Davis, who had been armed with an an assault rifle.
Both Renn and Davis were hit.
Lt. Chris Bailey with the Indianapolis Metro Police Department says Renn was a 21-year veteran of the force.
“Officer Renn bravely went into that situation protecting the city of Indianapolis and it cost him his life,” Bailey said.
Davis is in critical but stable condition. He is facing a murder charge.
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Firework Kills Michigan Man After Hitting Him in Chest

Firework Kills Michigan Man After Hitting Him in Chest

iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — A 44-year-old Detroit man was killed by a firework while celebrating the Fourth of July.
The man was lighting fireworks outside of his home when one of them flew directly at him, police told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV.
Officials said the firework hit him the in chest and exploded, killing him. He wasn’t immediately identified.
It’s unclear what caused the firework to malfunction.
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Swimmer Bitten by Great White Shark Off California Coast

Swimmer Bitten by Great White Shark Off California Coast

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Swimmers at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles received a scare Saturday when a man was bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Southern California. The attack happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. after a fisherman on a pier hooked a 7-foot great white shark and spent around 30 to 40 minutes trying to bring the large fish in, according to officials. As the swimmer, part of a long distance swimming group, approached the struggling shark, he was injured on his upper right torso as it bit through the fishing line.The shark managed to escape the fishing line and swim away from shore after the attack.The swimmer, whose name was not released, was immediately treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital. His condition was listed as stable according to the Los Angeles County Fire and Lifeguard Division’s Twitter account.According to LA County Fire officials, the man had a “moderate” bite wound to his chest and was breathing on his own.Surfer Aram Ozen told the Los Angeles Times he was surfing near the swimmer when he heard people start to scream, “White, white!””It was a scary scream,” Ozen told the Times. “It was kind of freaky. There was a lot people screaming back to shore.”A near two-mile stretch of water from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach was closed for at least three hours as helicopters and lifeguard boats searched for the shark.
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California Officer Caught On Tape Punching Woman in Head

California Officer Caught On Tape Punching Woman in Head

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A California Highway Patrol officer is on administrative leave after a driver captured video showing him punching a woman in the head as she lay on the ground along a Los Angeles Freeway. The Tuesday incident on Interstate 10 was seen by driver David Diaz, who started recording on his cellphone. “He starts really like letting loose…cause he just starts pounding down on her face really hard and he doesn’t try to grab her arm,” Diaz said.  “He doesn’t do anything first and he’s really pounding her head in.”There were no weapons on the scene, according to Diaz. “The most animalistic, the most brutal, most way to subdue someone is to pound their face in to concrete with really big blows to the head,” he added. The CHP said the officer was arresting the woman, who was said to be acting erratically and walking up and down the freeway ramp. Officials claim the officer ordered the woman to stop, but she ignored him, fearing she would be hurt, and a physical altercation ensued as she resisted arrest. She was not injured, according to a statement from the CHP. The law enforcemt agency says it is investigating the incident. Community activists are demanding a federal rights probe, along with answers. “I would encourage them to give us time to thoroughly evaluate the situation,” CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn said. “Our department strives for transparency in everything that it does.”
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Gas Station Attendant Nabs Alleged Kidnapper Grandma

Gas Station Attendant Nabs Alleged Kidnapper Grandma

Photodisc/Thinkstock(TONOPAH, Ariz.) — An Arizona gas station attendant is being hailed a hero after helping police nab a woman accused of kidnapping her granddaughter.Karin Akins was working at a gas station earlier this week when 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson came into the station with a baby after her car broke down nearby. Akins said she became suspicious after noticing that Ferguson tried to feed the infant with her cappuccino milk.Akins called 911 and her supervisor after Ferguson was unable to answer simple questions about her granddaughter’s name.Eventually the employee and her supervisor figured out that an Amber alert had been issued for 6-month-old Laylani Mosley, who was last seen with her grandmother Carolyn Ferguson. According to court documents. Ferguson was listed as bipolar and off her medication.”It’s a mom thing,” Akins said of her suspicions. “If it wasn’t her baby … it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn’t hers and could have done something at that moment.”To keep the grandmother from leaving, Akins distracted the woman by taking pictures with the baby and changing her diaper. Eventually police arrived and were able to take Ferguson into custody.Akins is being credited with saving Laylani.”Had it not been for her and how observant she was, and attention to detail, we probably wouldn’t be standing here with a successful story right now,” said Deputy Joaquin Enriquez of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
 

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At Least 2 Injured as Inflatable Slide Flies Away in Nevada

At Least 2 Injured as Inflatable Slide Flies Away in Nevada

iStock/Thinkstock(SPARKS, Nev.) — At least two people were hospitalized when a dust devil took an inflatable slide airborne, taking it above trees and slamming it into lamp posts as onlookers celebrated Independence Day.The incident happened Friday afternoon in Sparks, Nevada.”I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, I hope there are no children in there,” Derek Smith told ABC affiliate KOLO-TV.The wind lifted the slide 300 feet into the air. No one was inside it at the time.”It went higher than a lot of buildings and then it landed way over there,” Nicc Thompson told KOLO-TV.The two people who were hospitalized suffered injuries from flying debris, said fire officials.It’s the third time a bounce house or inflatable slide has reportedly gone airborne in past months. The owner of Classic Amusements, the company that operates the slide, said it went through a safety check and was approved by a city inspector, KOLO-TV reports.

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VCR With $6,000 Inside Recovered from Recycling Plant

VCR With $6,000 Inside Recovered from Recycling Plant

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — What does a family do when a Seattle mom’s secret hiding place for $6,000 in cash ends up at the scrap yard? Head to the dump.But not just any dump: a sustainable “zero waste zero landfill recycling operation” in Renton, Washington, outside Seattle.Todd Hwang’s mother was shocked to find that her family had dropped off an old VCR at a free recycling event at a local high school last weekend, in cooperation with 1 Green Planet recycling center.”She was just looking for the VCR. She was really sad, so that’s when we knew it was something more than just a VCR,” Hwang told ABC affiliate KOMO in Seattle.Around 5 a.m. Monday morning, his mother and sister went to the recycling center to try to retrieve the old appliance.”She wanted to go through (on) her own, in all of the trucks, find the VCR,” Michael Szanyi, the owner, told KOMO. “I promised her, ‘don’t worry, I will find it for you.’”Hwang’s mother didn’t tell Szanyi at first what was in the VCR.”The only thing she said was, ‘It’s a black and old VCR.’ She was telling me she got it from her mom and it was very important for her,” Szanyi said. “I have my mom in Hungary, and I thought it’s going to be a good Karma.”Workers spent hours digging through the 12 tons of stuff from the high school event, which was about six “giant trucks’ worth of old computers, video games and appliances.”Finally, an employee, Alberto Cordova, found the VCR at the bottom of one of the bins, KOMO reported.On Thursday, Szanyi reunited Hwang and his mother with their VCR with the loot.”Please keep it in a bank, not in a VCR,” Szanyi told the family.Hwang said, “I think we’ll get a safe.”
 

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12-Foot Python Trapped in Barbecue Grill By Florida Residents

12-Foot Python Trapped in Barbecue Grill By Florida Residents

iStock/Thinkstock(FLORIDA CITY, Fla.) — Residents in Florida City, Florida trapped a 12-foot long Burmese python in a barbecue grill on Thursday night.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s venom unit responded to the call from residents and captured the python at around 10 p.m. last night, according to Arnold Piedrahita Jr., public information officer at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.The snake is about 12 feet long, and will be turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, according to Piedrahita.
 

.@MiamiDadeFire #Venom1 team captured 12ft python @FloridaCity last night. Residents trapped it in a bbq grill. pic.twitter.com/8c69U3RIgL
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Burmese pythons are native to Southeast Asia. The Burmese pythons of South Florida are classified as an invasive species in the area. Due to their large body size, adult Burmese pythons have few predators within Florida except for alligators and humans.
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Dad Charged with Son’s Hot Car Death Told Family How to Collect Life Insurance

Dad Charged with Son’s Hot Car Death Told Family How to Collect Life Insurance

Cobb County Sheriff’s Office(MARIETTA, Ga.) — The Georgia dad charged with killing his toddler son by leaving the boy in a hot car all day had given family members instructions on what they needed to do in order to collect $27,000 from the boy’s insurance policy, new documents made public today reveal.Justin Ross Harris, 33, who has been denied bond and faces child cruelty and felony murder charges after he said he forgot his 22-month old son in his SUV while he was at work at Home Depot, “has made comments to family members regarding a life insurance policy that he has on Cooper and what they need to do in order to file for it,” according to search warrant affidavits.The documents show that the family also had student and cars loans were about $4,000 in credit card debt. Harris had also just started a business with friends. Harris told police he was “happily married,” however the investigation found Harris was sexting with other women, prosecutors said.In the interview with police, both Justin Ross Harris and his wife Leanna Harris said leaving their child in a hot car was their worst fear. However, Leanna Harris stated she had the fear of her child being left in a hot car — but not the fear of losing a child, according to documents.Harris had spent part of the day while his son was dying in the overheated car sending explicit messages and photos to “multiple women,” investigators said Thursday.One of the females Harris sexted was 17, officials said.The prosecutor said that he brought up the sexting during the probable cause hearing because it “goes to the state of mind” of the defendant.”He wanted to live a child free life,” the prosecutor said during the court hearing on Thursday.At the end of the three hour hearing, Judge Frank R. Cox denied bond for Harris because “this is a possible death penalty case.”The affidavit made public Friday also outlines the events heard in court Thursday afternoon.Police searched five computers, an iPad, and an iPhone for information on Harris’ finances, credit card, business information, life insurance, emails about the child, family issues, photos/ videos of Cooper, searches for car seat and car deaths, and his communications with others. They also searched the family condo for the need of light bulbs and his personal records, including life insurance and pay stubs from Home Depot.There were nine search warrants and nine affidavits released dating back to June 24.Cobb County Police Department Detective Phil Stoddard had told the court that before little Cooper Harris died, his father took him to a Chik-fil-A restaurant for breakfast and while buckling the boy back into his car seat, “Cooper gives him a kiss and he [Harris] gave him a kiss back.”Harris sat impassively in an orange jail jumpsuit until the end of the hearing when he began to cry. He has insisted he forgot his son was in the car and that the boy’s death was an accident.Stoddard testified that before the boy died, Harris had visited the website Reddit to search for articles on life without children, and viewed videos on Reddit that showed people dying — by suicide or execution, in some cases. Harris had also twice viewed a video that shows the painful death of animals left in hot cars, and had searched for how to survive in prison, according to searches of his laptop, Stoddard said.
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Hurricane Arthur Downgraded to Category 1, Heads into Atlantic

Hurricane Arthur Downgraded to Category 1, Heads into Atlantic

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Hurricane Arthur is headed back out into the Atlantic Ocean after being downgraded to a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds reaching 90 miles per hour.The storm made landfall over the Outer Banks of North Carolina on Thursday evening as a Category 2 storm, leaving thousands without power. The eye of Hurricane Arthur passed over Cape Lookout in the Outer Banks at 11:15 p.m.  and later moved over the mainland Dare County with heavy winds and pounding rain.The storm—nearly 400 miles wide—dumped four inches of rain in parts of North Carolina and a four-foot storm surge was reported in the Neusse River in Bachelor, North Carolina.Although there were no immediate reports of injuries, the storm knocked out power to more than 21,000 people in North Carolina.After the storm moved back into the Atlantic, a tropical storm warning remained for parts of North Carolina, Virginia and both Cape Cod and Nantucket.In addition to the hurricane’s wind and rain, a tornado was reported in Rose Hill, a 1,600-population town north of Wilmington. Resident Jose Trejo’s ceiling collapsed just as he got his family out of the way.“The first thing that went through my mind was to get my kids,” he said.Meteorologists expect Arthur to weaken as it moves northeast and hits colder water.Arthur may not have spent a lot of time in North Carolina, but the Independence Day landfall is the earliest date a hurricane has struck North Carolina since records began in 1851.As the storm continues to pummel the East Coast, millions of Americans have been forced to shift their holiday plans. Before the storm hit, tourism officials had expected 250,000 people to travel to the Outer Banks for the holiday weekend.
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Hundreds of Flight Cancellations Delay July 4th Travel

Hundreds of Flight Cancellations Delay July 4th Travel

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For many air travelers, July 4 will be spent finding a way to get to their holiday weekend destinations.Flight cancellations on Thursday — predicted to be the busiest travel day of the summer — reached almost 800 in the U.S., with the majority of those in busy airline hubs in the Northeast and Chicago. Flight delays neared 3,000.The high number of cancellations means travelers will be looking for empty seats on Friday’s flights. According to flight tracking web site Flight Aware, the outlook is far better than Thursday’s:As of 11 a.m., there were 230 cancellations nationwide and about 1,000 flight delays.Many domestic airlines have issued a flexible travel policy allowing travelers to change their plans. Travelers should also know they are eligible for a refund — which may come in the form of a flight credit for future travel — if they opt not to take their trips.The following is an airline-by-airline list of policies:
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Search Intensifies for Marine’s Missing Pregnant Wife

Search Intensifies for Marine’s Missing Pregnant Wife

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — An intense search is under way in Joshua Tree National Park in California for the wife of a Marine who is three months pregnant.Erin Corwin was last seen Saturday morning, June 28 in what police have described as suspicious circumstances. Homicide investigators are now leading the search.San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies say Corwin’s husband, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, reported his wife missing on Sunday, one day after she was last seen leaving their home.On Monday, authorities found the missing woman’s Toyota Corolla in Twentynine Palms, which is near the military base where her husband is stationed.Helicopter and ground search teams have so far failed to locate any sign of Corwin, 19, in the desert, where daytime temperatures can soar into the triple digits.Police say there’s no evidence that a crime has been committed, but they haven’t ruled out foul play in her disappearance.Erin Corwin’s family has set up a Facebook page to solicit information on her whereabouts.“I’d give anything to give her a hug right now,” Lore Heavilin, Corwin’s mother, said in an interview with ABC’s Palm Springs affiliate, KESQ-TV.Heavilin and other family members came to California this week from their hometown in Tennessee to help with the investigation.”[There's] a lot of sitting and waiting and praying,” said Heavilin. “Every time the phone rings, or whatever, you’re hoping there’s some news.”
 

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NC Counties Declare State of Emergency, FEMA Urges Caution as Hurricane Arthur Makes Landfall

NC Counties Declare State of Emergency, FEMA Urges Caution as Hurricane Arthur Makes Landfall

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Eleven counties in North Carolina have declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Arthur approached the coast.Arthur, which became a category 2 storm earlier Thursday shifted slightly closer to the North Carolina coast Thursday, leaving North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory concerned about flooding and resident safety. He urged North Carolinians to be prepared for the storm, and the potential flooding, power outages and surges in the water that may come with it.”Let’s hope for the best. Let’s pray for the best, that Arthur clears out quickly, so we can all get back to celebrating our country’s independence,” the governor said Thursday. He noted that the closer Arthur gets to shore overnight, the more dangerous the situation can be because of darkness, which may prevent people from seeing downed power lines or flooding situations.”We strongly encourage that you stay inside and wait for this storm to leave,” McCrory said. He pointed out that most injuries occur either right before a storm arrives or right after it leaves.McCrory said 14 shelters were open on Thursday night. Shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday night, Arthur made landfall near Cape Lookout, N.C. In advance of the storm, the Federal Emergency Management Agency urged everyone potentially impacted by the storm to be aware of evacuation routes and follow any orders given. “As the holiday approaches, we continue to warn residents and visitors to be aware of evacuation routes,” FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said. “If an evacuation order is given by local officials — leave.”
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