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Another Police Shooting Reported Near Site of Missouri Protests

Another Police Shooting Reported Near Site of Missouri Protests

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

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Santa Barbara Area Rocked by Another Mass Killing

Santa Barbara Area Rocked by Another Mass Killing

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

Police Not Releasing Name of Cop in Missouri Teen Shooting

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

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

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

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

Two Dead in Michigan Flooding

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

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

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

Whale Sightings in NYC Area Becoming More Common

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

Teen Convicted of Rape Back on Steubenville High School Football Team

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

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

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

Pounding Rain and Severe Storms Aim for Northeast

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Over half a foot of rain fell in the Detroit area Monday, causing historic flash flooding across the city.
At Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a record 4.57 inches of rain fell, making it the second wettest day in Detroit history, according to records dating back to 1871.The Michigan Department of Transportation stated that portions of nearly all major freeways in Southeastern Michigan had closed. Water was so deep, up to 14 feet in some places, Michigan State Police were on the lookout for submerged cars and stranded drivers.Now, these storms producing extreme rain are marching east and taking an aim for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The National Weather Service has posted Flash Flood Watches from West Virginia to Maine, in preparation for heavy downpours and rainfall rates of 2 inches per hour.Some areas are forecasted to receive over 4 inches of rain Tuesday through Wednesday night, which puts out the risk for widespread flooding.And it’s not just the rain. Severe thunderstorms are expected to fire up along the cold front from Ohio to Delaware Tuesday afternoon and evening. These storms bring the threat of strong winds in excess of 60mph, hail and even a brief tornado.Airports in the Northeast are already experiencing delays, and some airlines are offering passengers to reschedule their flights to avoid delays and cancellations due to the severe weather.
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Officers Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets at Missouri Protesters

Officers Fire Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets at Missouri Protesters

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Officers in riot gear fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, renewing tensions after the Saturday police shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown, 18.Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said a large crowd that gathered throughout the day Monday at the site of a burned-out convenience store turned rowdy at nightfall, with people throwing rocks at police. Officers used tear gas and shot “beanbag rounds” meant to stun them, he said.

Gray smoke rose on the streets, a continuation of Sunday night’s violence and vandalism that followed a candlelight vigil. The demonstration tapered off overnight.Residents raised their hands at police, a symbol for the shooting. Witnesses say Brown’s hands were raised when the officer fired.The FBI is reviewing the case, looking into possible civil rights violations.Brown’s parents have been among those calling for calm.Michael Brown Sr. is grieving for his son. He wants police to identify the officer who shot his son several times, killing him.“This person’s got to pay for this,” his father, Brown Sr., said.Brown and a friend were walking to his grandmother’s house, when the friend says an unidentified officer asked them to get off the street. Police say one of the men fought the officer.Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, says her son didn’t fight anyone.“Just because he’s six foot, black walking down the city street doesn’t mean he fit the profile,” McSpadden said.
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Secret Blacklist Stopping Muslim Residents from Becoming Citizens, Lawsuit Claims

Secret Blacklist Stopping Muslim Residents from Becoming Citizens, Lawsuit Claims

John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A new lawsuit alleges that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is keeping a secret “blacklist” that is being used to stop certain Muslim permanent residents from becoming citizens.The American Civil Liberties Union is suing on behalf of four people who claim they have spent years waiting unsuccessfully to become naturalized citizens without any explanation from the government about why. The fifth plaintiff named in the case was granted legal refugee status but, according to the lawsuit, is now being rebuffed as he goes through the process to become a legal permanent resident.The secretive government process that the ACLU claims is at the heart of these delays is called CARRP, the Controlled Application Review and Resolution Process.The organization is suing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services along with 10 senior government officials who it believes are involved in the naturalization review process in hopes of having CARRP dismantled.Chris Bentley, the spokesman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said no government employee would be able to comment directly on the case because of the pending litigation. However, he described CARRP as “a process that’s in place to handle cases where there are instances of some type of national security concern attached to it.”The ACLU lawsuit calls it a “deeply-flawed” program that uses “expansive government watchlists, and other vague and overbroad criteria” to render applicants ineligible for naturalization.”The CARRP definition casts a net so wide that it brands innocent, law-abiding residents, like Plaintiffs — none of whom pose a security threat — as ‘national security concerns’ on account of innocuous activity and associations, and characteristics such as national origin,” the lawsuit states.Adding to the issue is the fact that, except in rare cases where a court order compels it, the individuals who are deemed such a national security concern will never officially be notified that they are on the list.The ACLU argued in the lawsuit that individuals are being put on terror watch lists “solely because their names appear in a law enforcement or intelligence file, even if they were never the subject of an investigation.”It cited voluntary interviews with the FBI or attendance at a mosque that had been under FBI surveillance as examples of how an innocent person may end up on such a list.Ahmad Muhanna, one of the plaintiffs in the case alongside his wife, said he doesn’t need a letter from the government to know he has been effectively blacklisted. Ahmad, now 54, first arrived in the U.S. from the Palestinian territories in 1985 to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He married his wife, Reem, now 46, in North Carolina in 1988 and they both went on to earn advanced degrees — he has his doctorate in civil engineering and she has a master’s degree in electrical engineering. The couple and their children have since moved to Richardson, Texas, where they both work at an electronic manufacturing company.He and his wife routinely run into problems at the airport: Their boarding passes are regularly marked with the code ‘SSSS,’ which means that they are on the Selectee List, an offset of the Terrorist Screening Database, and there have been instances where ticketing agents have refused to give Muhanna his boarding pass until they spoke to officials in Washington.Muhanna is fairly certain he is on a watch list, though nobody has confirmed it to him officially.”Has anybody seen God? No. But many people believe in God because we see his influence in everyday acts. You see the impact of God. You see his creations,” Muhanna told ABC News. “Nobody’s shown me the list, but I’ve seen the impact of it.“I follow the rules that everyone, that millions of people have obeyed, and why can’t I become a citizen? Why is it me?” Muhanna added.Jeffrey Kahn, a law professor at Southern Methodist University who has written a book about the no-fly list, said that the secretive nature of terror watch listing leads to the government casting a wide net.“When your favorite tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail,” Kahn told ABC News, describing what he believes is the government’s quick rush to judgment.Intelligence documents released on Glenn Greenwald’s The Intercept in early August revealed that there were around 680,000 people on the Terrorist Screening Database and more than 40 percent of those individuals were marked as having “no recognized terrorist group affiliation.”Rather than specifically focusing on the five plaintiffs listed in the suit, the ACLU’s stated goal is to abolish CARRP on the grounds that it violates the Constitution and the Immigration and Naturalization Act.“They’re essentially creating criteria for who is eligible for becoming a citizen that is nowhere listed in the Constitution,” ACLU attorney Jennifer Pasquarella said. “It’s their own agenda, essentially.”The suit was filed in federal district court in California on July 31 and the government has 60 days to respond.Pasquarella told ABC News that she does not know what the government will do, but said that it likely wants to get the case kicked out of court, which may be done by granting relief for the individual plaintiffs and processing their applications. The citizenship status of the five plaintiffs is not formally listed as a goal of the suit because federal courts do not have that authority, but Pasquarella said it would be a “great” outcome.Though Muhanna said the application process has been undeniably frustrating — and expensive; the legal expenses for his and his wife’s immigration attorneys through the years have cost roughly $50,000 — he remains determined to become a citizen. His five children were all born and raised in America and have beaten him to citizenship, as a result.He hopes the case will “bring peace to many other people, not just us.”“Is this really the country that I was promised when I came?” Muhanna asked. “You are free — freedom of speech, freedom of religion. …Is it the same country that I have in mind?“Sometimes,” he added, “I think there is a lot of politics in some of these issues but overall it is the same country. 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Tony Stewart Crash Investigation Has Found ‘No Criminal Behavior’

Tony Stewart Crash Investigation Has Found ‘No Criminal Behavior’

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CANANDAIGUA, N.Y.) — Authorities investigating the Tony Stewart racing accident that killed a fellow driver said Monday that “at this time, there are no facts to support any criminal behavior.”
Investigators are reviewing two videos of the crash, which occurred at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York, and are looking for additional recordings and eyewitness testimony from both spectators and other drivers on the course.Kevin Ward Jr., 20, was killed Saturday after he got out of his car in what looked like an attempt to confront Stewart during a sprint car race. Video of the incident has shown Ward gesturing towards Stewart’s vehicle as he walked out of his own car and towards the center of the racetrack, where he was run over by Stewart’s car.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said the district attorney “wants to certainly review this.””As we speak, at this time, there are no facts that exist that support any criminal behavior or conduct or any probable cause of a criminal act in this investigation,” Povero said, adding that no criminal charges have been filed in the case.He said investigators have spoken with Stewart’s representatives, saying that they “continue to be of assistance when necessary.” The sheriff said that he was not aware of any bad blood between Stewart and Ward.The press conference came on the same day that Ward’s racing series confirmed that the 20-year-old’s viewing will be held on Wednesday, before the funeral on Thursday.Empire Super Sprints, the series that counted Ward as a racer, announced on their website that the family is calling for “the biggest turnout ever” at the funeral.”I am extremely devastated from the tragic incident that occurred at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Saturday night as I know are many, many, others,” Canandaigua Motorsports Park promoter Jeremie Corcoran said in a statement.He went on to call upon fans to show restraint before rushing to judgment about the case, asking them to “think about all the lives that have been affected over this before you speak out.””This has been difficult to process and it surely is not what you come to the races for,” Corcoran said in the statement. “I do ask that you hold on to your integrity and have compassion for everyone that was involved in this.”Stewart, who dropped out of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series race held Sunday at Watkins Glen in New York, issued a statement over the weekend saying, “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr.”

Stewart has pulled out of a dirt track race scheduled for Saturday at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana, the day before a Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway.
 
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Officer Who Shot Unarmed Missouri Teen to Be Identified

Officer Who Shot Unarmed Missouri Teen to Be Identified

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The officer under investigation for the shooting death of unarmed Missouri teen Michael Brown will be identified within the next 24 hours, police said on Monday.Brown, who was African American, was shot multiple times and killed during a scuffle with a police officer Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Shell casings matched the officer’s gun and he was placed on administrative leave, authorities said.Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told ABC News he would be holding a press conference to announce the officer’s name sometime within the next 24 hours, by 2 p.m. Tuesday.Meanwhile, lawyers for Brown’s family and NAACP leaders met with reporters Monday to discuss the case the violence that it has sparked in the community. NAACP CEO Cornell William Brooks said they were there to “honor [Brown's] memory by seeking justice through non-violence.”Attorney Benjamin Crump said that Brown’s parents were supposed to drop their son off at a technical college today, but instead they are planning his funeral. “It is not about getting angry, it is about us getting justice for Michael Brown,” he said. “Their baby was executed in broad daylight.”Brown’s family, he added, “rejects what the police said at their press conference how this played out.”
Earlier on Monday, the FBI announced it had opened its own investigation into the case, in addition to the investigation being led by St. Louis County police.”The FBI has initiated a federal investigation into a potential civil rights violation that will supplement the St. Louis Co PD inquiry. We will continue to work closely with the PD and coordinate efforts as appropriate,” a spokesperson for the FBI told ABC.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed the FBI probe and said in a statement, “The shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, this weekend deserves a fulsome review.” He said the FBI would be working with attorneys from the department’s civil rights division.The FBI is “reviewing” the shooting death of an unarmed teenager by a police officer, federal authorities said on Monday.Brown’s death sparked outrage in the community and across the nation. One witness, Piaget Crenshaw, told ABC News that Brown was facing the officer with his hands raised in the air when the officer shot him.The struggle began when the officer encountered two men, one of whom was Brown, in the street outside of an apartment complex, and one of the men pushed the officer back toward his squad car, according to police. A shot was fired inside the squad car and then multiple shots were fired at Brown outside the car, killing him, authorities said.A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in Brown’s honor.The vigil later erupted into violence, with some individuals breaking into stores and looting goods while others vandalized police vehicles. A fire broke out in a QuickTrip store that had been looted earlier.
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NC Woman Upset After Finding Nazi Symbol Drawn in Her McDonald’s Sandwich

NC Woman Upset After Finding Nazi Symbol Drawn in Her McDonald’s Sandwich

McDonald’s Multimedia Library(MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.) — A North Carolina woman who said she discovered a butter-drawn swastika on the bun of her McDonald’s chicken sandwich feels “bad that someone was fired,” but said she still worries that the employee failed to understand the gravity of the stunt.”I felt so sick,” Charleigh Matice, 32, told ABC News on Monday. “Did someone think this is a joke?”Matice said she ordered a chicken sandwich at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Morehead City, North Carolina, last week. Just when she was about to put mayonnaise on her bun, she noticed the swastika drawn on the bread with what looked like butter.”It took me back for a minute,” Matice said of the symbol of Nazism. “It was so offensive.”Matice said she was later told that the employee drew the symbol because “he was bored.””I don’t know how old he was,” said Matice, who entered the restaurant to alert management after finding the symbol. “I went back into the kitchen, I saw two white males who looked like they were both in their late 20s.”The owner of the local McDonald’s restaurant took swift action after learning of the incident, saying they terminated the employee who allegedly drew the sign.”I feel bad that someone was fired,” Matice said. “But in this tough economy, where so many people can’t get jobs, you should have professionalism.”McDonald’s, in a statement from franchise owner Dulcy Purcell, said: “We are very sorry for the service that our customers received, and to be clear we have terminated the employee who was involved.””We do not tolerate that kind of behavior at McDonald’s, and it’s not what we stand for personally as owners, “the statement said. “It is about providing the best level of service and care to our customers, and anything less than that is unacceptable to us.”Matice, who said she is Christian, said she worried that the employee didn’t understand why his actions were so offensive.”My grandfather fought in World War II in the Pacific,” Matice said. “My husband’s great-grandmother was from Armenia. She was tattooed and put in a concentration camp [during the Turkish-Armenian war]. There’s still a number on her wrist.””She was forced to flee to America,” Matice said.”Over six million Jewish people died under that symbol and people forget about it because of lack of education and lack of compassion.”Matice said her intention was not to spark anger, but to raise awareness. She’s not upset with the restaurant, she said.”I know that the sign was used for many good things before the Holocaust,” Matice said. “But people are not ready for that sign to come back yet. I think we still need to have a lot of conversation about this.”
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Colorado Middle School Evacuated After Pipe Bomb Scare

Colorado Middle School Evacuated After Pipe Bomb Scare

iStock/Thinkstock(AURORA, Colo.) — Students at a middle school in Aurora, Colorado, were evacuated Monday morning when a burned-out pipe bomb was found at the school.Sniffer dogs and expert teams checked the school but found no other explosives. Captain Wendy Lippman from the Aurora County Fire Department says video surveillance shows suspects at Mrachek Middle School Sunday evening, trying to light the pipe bomb, which failed to explode.”The exterior of the building on the south side of the school, there was remnants of an attempted bomb detonation, pipe bomb detonation. There was not an actual explosion. The suspects that tried to detonate it were unsuccessful,” Lippman said.”The pipe bomb itself is where they take shrapnel and explosives and put them inside a closed container, like a pipe shape, and that’s what these suspects did. However, they were unsuccessful in making it detonate,” Lippman added.
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Yonkers Cop to Attend Wedding of Woman He Saved

Yonkers Cop to Attend Wedding of Woman He Saved

iStock/Thinkstock(YONKERS, N.Y.) — When Shammah Hammideh gets married next weekend near Chicago, by her side will be both the ordinary — her groom, her family, her bridal party — and the extraordinary — the police officer who saved her life 21 years ago.Hammideh, 20, and a recent nursing school graduate, was just two months old in December 1993 when she stopped breathing.The first emergency worker to respond to her family’s home in Yonkers was Joe Barca, at the time a sergeant in the Yonkers Police Department.Barca performed CPR on Hammideh as the pair traveled to a local hospital. By the time they reached the emergency room, according to Barca, she was breathing on her own.”Her father said years ago that he gave her life the first time and I gave her life the second time,” now-Capt. Barca told ABC News on Monday. “That’s the way they’ve been treating me ever since.”Just a few months after the rescue, the Hammideh family invited Barca and his family — his wife, Helen, and their three sons — to dinner at their home, Barca said. They kept in touch even when the Hammidehs moved nearly 400 miles away to Buffalo in 2003.
“When we moved to Buffalo, we started talking through emails and cards, and every year they remember my birthday and at Christmas they send a card and check,” Hammideh told ABC News. “They always look out for me and ask how I’m doing.”Last year, Barca received a phone call from Hammideh with the happy news that she was engaged to be married.”I consider him a second father,” said Hammideh, who invited Barca and his wife to attend both an engagement party and her actual wedding this Sunday.Barca said he arranged his vacation schedule so he could travel to Chicago and watch the woman he gave a second life to start her own new life with her soon-to-be-husband, 24-year-old Mohammeed Salah.”I’m looking forward more so than just being an invited guest,” Barca said. “Even though we haven’t seen each other much, we feel that attachment.”Barca will mark 45 years of service with the Yonkers police force in September. The year after the rescue, in 1994, he was awarded a commendation for his heroism in saving Hammideh’s life.”Anytime you have an impact like this on a family, saving a family member, especially an infant, that’s always going to leave an impact,” Barca said. “But the gratitude of this family, it’s always there.”Now that Hammideh is pursuing a career of her own, in nursing, she says she is following in the footsteps of the man she calls her “hero.””I hope that I can help other people like the way that he helped me,” she said.
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Girl Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis ‘Surprised’ by Her Little League Stardom

Girl Pitcher Mo’Ne Davis ‘Surprised’ by Her Little League Stardom

iStock/Thinkstock(WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.) –  The girl who pitched a shutout on national television to get her team into the Little League World Series said Monday that she was “surprised” by her performance, but she is not surprised by the attention.Mo’Ne Davis, 13, carried her team – the Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League of Philadelphia – to an 8-0 victory over a squad from Delaware on Sunday. The game was broadcast on ESPN.The star of the game was Davis, who used a 70-mph fastball and a curve to strike out six over the six-inning game.The Taney team will now advance to the Little League World Series, which starts Thursday in Williamsport, Pa.”My teammates and I were yelling and screaming after the game,” Davis said. “I have amazing teammates. We have been playing together for a very long time, since we were 7.”Davis will become the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in 68 years.Davis’s mother, Lakeisha McLane, said her daughter is used to success.”She [Davis] is used to all the fame and attention. It doesn’t bother her at all,” her mother said.McLane said people would question Davis’ abilities when she was younger because of her gender.”People would say: ‘Look, they got a girl in the team,’” McLane said. “She wasn’t bothered at all. She does what she is going to do. She shows them otherwise.”Her mother, however, is surprised by her daughter’s athletic success.”She didn’t play any sport until she was 6,” McLane told ABC News. “Now she is playing basketball, soccer and baseball. I don’t know where she got it from.”McLane said Mo’Ne doesn’t get a lot of baseball training.
“She practices two to three times a week at the recreational center,” McLane said. “It isn’t intense training.”Mo’Ne, who will be in eighth grade in the fall, said, “I always do my schoolwork first, then I play sports.”She talks like a seasoned pro, however.”When I play, I always cheer on my teammates and try to make them laugh,” Davis said. “We try to not let each other worry about one mistake, because worrying too much can cost the whole game.””We always pick each other up,” Davis said.Although her baseball performance is getting a lot of buzz from around the nation, Davis said she wants to be a professional basketball player in the future.”I want to play for WNBA eventually,” Davis said.
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Mother in Hot Car Death Being Treated as a ‘Victim’

Mother in Hot Car Death Being Treated as a ‘Victim’

ABC News(ATLANTA) — The mother of a Georgia boy who died in a hot-car tragedy in June may be legally cleared in the case, her lawyer said.Cobb County’s District Attorney sent Leanna Harris a victim impact statement, identifying her as a victim in the case of 22-month-old Cooper — and requiring her to detail how the loss has affected her.In that document, Harris described the amount of grief the death of her son has caused as “indefinable … and that not a moment goes by when she doesn’t think about him, or what their future would have held.”Her attorney, Lawrence Zimmerman, said the statement showed that she is not suspected in Cooper’s death.“She went from having what she believes is a beautiful, loving family to nothing,” Zimmerman said. “How would anybody deal with that? I don’t know how she stands up every day.”Cooper died after being locked inside his father’s SUV for nearly seven hours on a 90-degree day. Justin Ross Harris, Cooper’s father, is charged with murder and child cruelty. He has pleaded not guilty.Leanna Harris has not been charged with any crime, but prosecutors questioned her reaction on the day of her son’s passing.“She didn’t show any emotion when we notified her of Cooper’s death,” Detective Phil Stoddard said in court last month.In the victim impact statement, Harris wrote that she now lives “a tortured existence.”She lost her job and is now receiving counseling for depression, she wrote.“On that form [where] it asks relation to victim, she wrote ‘self,’” Zimmerman said. “That’s because she’s considered a victim under Georgia law, and by them sending it to her, I think they’re alluding to the fact that she really is the victim.”She described her husband as a “wonderful father … [that] would never have knowingly allowed any harm to come to our son.”Harris continues to stand by her husband. She sat in court during his last appearance, when he was denied bond. His trial date is still pending.Zimmerman said it would be unusual for someone who’s labeled a victim to suddenly become a suspect. The DA’s office released a statement to ABC News, claiming that sending the statement is a standard procedure — and part of the investigation by police.Harris honored her son on what would have been his birthday just more than one week ago, hand-crafting a memorial that read, “Happy second birthday to our buddy.”Zimmerman was hopeful that Harris will be exonerated.“I hope one day they’ll stand up and say they’re not going to charge her,” he said. “We don’t know when that will be, if ever, but we hope that happens.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Supermoon Lights Up Night Sky

Supermoon Lights Up Night Sky

NASA/Bill Ingalls(NEW YORK) — Stargazers who stayed indoors Sunday night missed out on a real treat. The biggest and fullest moon of the year — a supermoon — lit up the night sky.A supermoon occurs when the Earth is at its closest distance to the moon.The full moon occurred at 2:09 p.m. EDT, according to Space.com. This means that while onlookers in North America were treated to a spectacular moon on the horizon at nightfall, they were technically looking at a waning gibbous moon.There are four to six supermoons every year, and during those times, the moon is 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the normal distance. NASA tweeted that the August supermoon was expected to be 14 percent closer to Earth and 30 percent brighter than other full moons.While this supermoon was billed as the best of 2014, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson pointed out on Twitter that it was only slightly more superior than the last full moon on July 13.

July’s full moon is to August’s “Super Moon” what a 16.0 inch pizza is to a 16.1 inch pizza. I’m just saying.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 11, 2014

If you’re kicking yourself for missing the free show in the sky, you have another chance.
Put Sept. 8 on your calendar — that’s when the next supermoon is expected to light up the sky.
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