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How Utah Couple Saved Their Daughter from Alleged Kidnapper’s Hands

How Utah Couple Saved Their Daughter from Alleged Kidnapper’s HandsABC News(NEW YORK) — The Utah parents, who said they negotiated with an apparent kidnapper on their front lawn to let their 5-year-old daughter go, called the happy ending “perfect” and described themselves as “so grateful.&rdqu...

Crackdown on Feeding Homeless Gets More People Arrested

Crackdown on Feeding Homeless Gets More People Arrested

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) — Police arrested three more people in Florida for attempting to feed the homeless in a public place.Nikki Rye, 25, a 17-year-old minor, and an unidentified third person were arrested by Fort Lauderdale police for violating a new city ordinance that restricts groups from feeding the homeless in outdoor spaces."I was laughing. I thought, you know, this is a sick joke," the 17-year-old minor said. "They can't stop us from feeding people."Fort Lauderdale police arrested a 90-year-old man, Arnold Abbott, for feeding the homeless on a public beach on Wednesday.The City of Fort Lauderdale Commission passed an ordinance on Oct. 21 that banned public food sharing. Under the ordinance, which went into effect last week, organizations distributing food outdoors would have to provide portable toilets for use by workers and those being fed.Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler has defended the ordinance."The ordinance does not prohibit feeding the homeless," the city has said in a statement released to ABC News' Fort Lauderdale television affiliate WPLG. "It regulates the activity in order to ensure it is carried out in an appropriate, organized, clean and healthy manner."Although Abbott has been cited twice in less than a week, he has no plans to stop feeding the homeless, telling ABC News last week from his non-profit organization, Love Thy Neighbor, that the only alternative he has is to go to court.Abbott sued the City of Fort Lauderdale in 1999 after they tried to stop him from feeding the homeless on a public beach. Abbott won the case three times in circuit court and twice in the court of appeals.

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Polar Vortex: The Most Misused Weather Term of 2014

Polar Vortex: The Most Misused Weather Term of 2014

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The polar vortex is not moving over the United States this week, regardless of what you may have heard or read. Still, that doesn't mean that winter weather is not only starting early, but already packing a punch.The polar vortex is real and the meteorological community has known about it and used the term for decades. It is an almost always present upper-level circulation that hangs out over the poles. It is not at the surface and is not related to every push of cold air.Remember the first time you heard the term last winter?Here's what was happening:

The polar jet stream is like a fence keeping the air influenced by the polar vortex in place.During the first week of January 2014, the polar jet stream was kinked enough to build a large ridge in the West and allow a lobe of the polar vortex to slip into Canada, greatly influencing the air that set records in the northern plains and Great Lakes.This has happened before, and for longer periods of time, such as in the late 1970s, but the term polar vortex did not get picked up back then by the general population.Since January 2014, the term polar vortex has been used -- and abused.If we called every push of cold air the polar vortex it would lose its meaning and not be accurate. If the actual polar vortex was moving over the United States, we would have much bigger planetary problems to cope with.So, what is really going on this week?There is a large ridge in the jet stream, in part enhanced by the remnants of the Pacific Ocean storm Nuri, out west and a huge trough east of the Rockies. This trough is allowing air that is influenced by the polar vortex, which is still above the poles, to flow down toward Canada and the northern United States.

 

Why so warm in the West? Typhoon remnant #Nuri set a record low pressure off Alaska and has pumped up our ridge #cawx pic.twitter.com/pYuV2talrb

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) November 9, 2014

 

As a result, the northern Plains and Great Lakes will be colder than average. Many areas will see their first snow of the season. But this is not the polar vortex itself. It is air influenced by part of the polar vortex.Looking ahead, the pattern that is setting up will likely stick around for not only this week, but the majority of the final weeks of November.

 

Latest temp outlook from @NWSCPC looking even more blue! @Ginger_Zee @RobMarciano @Wx_Max @SamWnek @WXmel6 @DanManWX pic.twitter.com/JTEa4tt5pN

— Dan Peck (@danpeckwx) November 9, 2014

 

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Five-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead in Her Home in Wisconsin

Five-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead in Her Home in Wisconsin

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- A family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is demanding justice for a five-year-old girl who was shot and killed in her own home.

Relatives of Laylah Petersen held a news conference late Saturday asking anybody to step forward with information about who fired at least a dozen shots at the home before driving-off.

Laylah was sitting on her grandfather's lap watching television when one of the bullets struck her in the head.In a news conference at police headquarters, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn promised to find the killer."The men and women of this department, they are not going to rest until we bring the perpetrators of this vicious crime to justice," Flynn said.

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Missing Oklahoma Girl Found Unharmed, Suspect in Custody

Missing Oklahoma Girl Found Unharmed, Suspect in Custody

iStock/Thinkstock(ARDMORE, Okla.) -- A 7-year-old girl who was reported missing in Oklahoma Saturday evening was found unharmed on Sunday.

When Lacy Steudeman went missing in Ardmore, Oklahoma Saturday evening, police issued an Amber Alert for the entire state.

She was reportedly pulled into a car by an unidentified man.

According to a news conference on Sunday, Lacy was found unharmed on Sunday at the suspect's home in Marietta, which is about 18 miles from Ardmore.

The Ardmore Police Department says the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Fount Dustin, is in custody.

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New York Man Flees to Canada to Avoid Reckless Driving Conviction

New York Man Flees to Canada to Avoid Reckless Driving Conviction

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A driver who went by the moniker "Afroduck," sped off to Canada where he is evading the New York City Police Department after he was found guilty of making Manhatting his very own race track.

Adam Tang, 31, of New York, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and reckless driving after he raced around Manhattan in his BMW Z4, reaching speeds of 100 m.p.h.

A Manhattan jury convicted Tang on Thursday, according to a statement released by District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.

But he had already fled to Canada before the conviction was read.

Tang spoke to ABC News station WABC-TV in New York from an undisclosed location.

"The biggest lesson that I learned through all this is that if the cops come knocking at your door, don't cooperate. I mean what kind of society is that?" Tang said.

Tang faces jail time for his 24-minute trip around Manhattan last August.

He recorded the drive with a dashboard camera and then uploaded it to YouTube under the pseudonym Afroduck.

Police tracked down Tang using his IP address and arrested him.

"Adam Tang showed blatant disregard for our traffic laws, and this dangerous and illegal behavior, which he repeatedly flaunted online, placed lives at risk," Vance said in a statement.

"Yes I sped. I'm not going to deny that, but I took much precaution to make sure that I did it safely," Tang said.

Tang said that he refuses to turn himself in and that police are going after his wife.

It is unclear whether Canada will extradite Tang to the United States.

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Train Hits Young Couple, Killing One

Train Hits Young Couple, Killing One

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) -- A train struck a young couple who entered a trestle near Lynchburg, Virginia, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

Lynchburg Police said the incident happened along the trestle behind Riverside Park. It's not clear how the pair got onto the trestle at about 4:20 p.m. Saturday.

Police identified the victims as Victoria Bridges, 21, of Newport News, Virginia, who was airlifted from the scene to Lynchburg General Hospital with unspecified injuries, and Jonathan Gregoire, 21, of Wilbraham, Massachusetts, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Central Lynchburg General Hospital spokesperson confirmed to ABC News that they do have the airlifted patient and she is in stable condition and talking with family members.

“There were three people that we could see, one beside the tracks, two out on the tracks. As soon as I got there, it was too late. Then I heard a thump. One of them, looked like a girl, jumped. And I heard the one thump, I’m pretty sure the girl jumped and I might have hit the guy, I’m thinking," the train driver told dispatch, according to Brodcastify.com.

Foul play is not suspected in the incident, which remains under investigation by the Lynchburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

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‘Gator Whisperer’ Charged With Harassing Reptiles

‘Gator Whisperer’ Charged With Harassing Reptiles

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A self-described "Gator Whisperer" is facing the bite of law enforcement, accused of getting a little too close to the dangerous reptiles.Hal Kreitman, 51, is facing multiple charges after posting videos of himself spending time with a few Florida alligators. In videos posted online, Kreitman is seen calmly interacting with the alligators by petting them, rubbing their chin and even giving one animal a kiss on the nose.

Kreitman, a former chiropractor, was arrested after Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials discovered the videos online.After discovering the videos, undercover wildlife officials reported seeing Kreitman lead guests into the Everglades to interact with the dangerous reptiles up-close.Kreitman faces a felony charge, for allegedly enticing and illegally capturing an alligator. He has pleaded not guilty and was released on $2,500 bail.But Kreitman was already in legal trouble before he stepped into the swamp. The so-called "alligator whisperer" was recently convicted on multiple counts of fraud, including mail fraud and money laundering, and was sentenced to eight years in prison, according to court records.Kreitman is appealing the charges, according to court records, but had been ordered to report for his sentence in January 2015.Police said that in addition to getting close to the animals, Kreitman started charging tourists $250 to come along and see him interact with the giant reptiles.He told ABC News that his visits to the Everglades are purely free of charge."What is wrong with bringing people out to get the best shots they're ever going to get?" Kreitman said. "That's called a safari."The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Kreitman's actions can be dangerous for the animal as well as the person."Interacting with them in this manner in the wild is considered harassment of a protected species, and it is illegal under Florida Statute," the commission said in a statement on its Facebook page.Florida residents and visitors are warned to avoid feeding and being near alligators, since they can lose their fear of people or start to associate food with people. In those cases the animals are removed and killed to protect the general public.

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In Two Separate Cases, Veterans Perform Random Acts of Kindness at Store

In Two Separate Cases, Veterans Perform Random Acts of Kindness at Store

iStock/Thinkstock(SWANSEA, Ill.) -- A convenience store in Swansea, Illinois, was the scene of not one but two random acts of kindness by anonymous veterans.Tim Lillis, the manager of Huck’s Convenience Store, said it started Thursday when a Navy veteran was purchasing a cup of coffee as a group of 15 to 20 soldiers lined up behind him to pay for their items. The man bought his coffee then moved to the side and asked the cashier to add whatever the soldiers bought to his tab. The final bill came to $69.88 in hot dogs, drinks, nuts and snack foods, according to Lillis.Lillis said he asked the man to pose for a picture but he politely declined, saying "it was just something I wanted to do," before turning and leaving the store."I think he should get a medal," Lillis told ABC News. "It was an awesome thing."

The soldiers tried to stop him, saying "No, no, you don't have to do that," according to Lillis. But the man insisted."He just shook their hands and to every one of them he said, 'be safe,'" said Lillis. "He doesn't even know their names, he may never see them again and he just paid for their stuff."The veteran also gave $5 to a soldier who had paid for his items before the mystery man had got his coffee. "We've had people buy for one or two people," said Lillis. "Never the caliber that happened yesterday."But this was not the only generous act at the store, by another veteran no less. The same day, a young couple drove up to the convenience store with a flat tire. Lillis offered a hand in trying to remove the tire, but to no avail."It was just so rusted on," he said. "It wasn't budging...they were a young couple, very poor. Their van was falling apart."A man who was getting gas outside the store came over to help, spending 45 minutes to an hour before finally removing the tire. He then offered them his spare to use to get to where they needed to go."He helped them out," said Lillis, who said he believes the tire helper was a former Marine. The man too didn't give his name and drove off without his spare.

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Authorities Look Into Man’s First Wife’s Death After He is Charged With Murder of Second

Authorities Look Into Man’s First Wife’s Death After He is Charged With Murder of Second

iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- A Colorado man has been charged with the murder of his wife two years ago in a national park and investigators are now looking back into the death of his first wife years earlier, authorities said.Harold Henthorn, whose second wife Toni died after falling off a cliff in the Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012, was arrested Thursday and charged with her murder after police said they determined that they have enough evidence to argue that it was not an accident.Now, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the investigation into the 1995 death of his first wife, Sandra Henthorn, is "open and active." Sandra, then 38, died when a jack slipped while she and her husband were changing a flat tire and their car crushed her to death, the Denver Post reports."I'm sure when all the facts are known in this difficult and complex case, justice will be done," Henthorn's attorney Craig Truman told ABC News after his client's arrest Thursday.

Henthorn, 58, was taken into custody by the FBI and the National Park Service without incident after dropping his daughter off at school and he was charged later that afternoon, authorities said. He is due back in court for a detention hearing next week where prosecutors are expected to argue that he should be held without bond."Today's arrest of Harold Henthorn is a culmination and validation of the efforts of some exceptional people with the National Park Service and the FBI," Toni's brother Todd Bertolet told ABC News on Thursday. "This judicial process is not only warranted, but is deserved by a wonderful lady that was my sister, Toni Bertolet Henthorn. We obviously did not choose to be placed in the position that we find ourselves, but we fully support this process in effort to seek justice for my sister."Henthorn has maintained that his second wife's death was an accident, but the autopsy report indicates that there was some possibility that she may have died as a result of foul play.After noting blunt force injuries on her head and neck as well as extensive abrasions, the Larimer County coroner's office concluded that her injuries were sustained "when she fell or was pushed down a cliff." They did not go so far as to make a judgment "the manner of death is undetermined."A District Court report reviewing her estate noted that she had three $1.5 million life insurance policies at the time of her death. The Special Administrator of the Estate noted that a claim was made for one of those policies just two days after she died -- on the same morning that her autopsy was being performed -- though no payment was ever made on that claim.

Jeff Dorschner, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office of the District of Colorado, confirmed to ABC News that the investigation into Toni Henthorn's death started first as a death investigation by the National Park Service since she died on federal property. That led to a criminal investigation involving the FBI and "once they made the determination that there was probable cause that [Harold] Henthorn committed first-degree murder, the U.S. attorney's office went to a grand jury to obtain an indictment."In its news release about his arrest, the FBI asserted that Henthorn "willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice aforethought did unlawfully kill his wife."

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Fourth Victim Dies After High School Shooting in Washington State

Fourth Victim Dies After High School Shooting in Washington State

David Ryder/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- A fourth victim of the October school shooting in Washington state died Friday from gunshot wounds sustained from the attack.Andrew Fryberg, 15, a cousin of the shooter Jaylen Fryberg, died Friday night at Haborview Medical Center in Seattle.

His family released a statement saying, "We express our thanks for the amazing support from the community as well as everyone around the world that have been praying for us all through this tragic event. We also want to say a special thank you, to all the amazing staff that have care for our son and brother here at the pediatric intensive care unit at Harborview."

The memorial wall outside Marysville-Pilchuck High School continues to grow with people stopping by to leave messages for the victims.

Andrew Fryberg's death comes a week after 14-year-old Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died from injuries. Zoe Galasso, 14, was killed the day of the shooting, moments before the gunman, Jaylen Fryberg, took his own life. Gia Soriano, 14, died a few days later.

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Suspect Arrested in Utah Attempted Kidnapping

Suspect Arrested in Utah Attempted Kidnapping

ozguroral/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SANDY, Utah) -- A Utah man says he woke up on Friday morning to hear his daughter screaming as a man allegedly attempted to kidnap her from her bed.Police say they believe they have the abductor in custody. The suspect, 46, was found hiding in a neighbor's house.The mother of the girl, who was five years old, quickly called 911, informing police that "there was a man in my home and he took my five-year-old daughter." "I happened to wake up," she said, "and he had my daughter outside and my husband ran out there and got...her."The girl was unharmed in the incident. According to ABC affiliate ABC 4 Utah, the suspect was identified as Troy Morley, 46.

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Judge Approves Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

Judge Approves Detroit Bankruptcy Plan

ozgurcoskun/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A judge approved the city of Detroit's plan to climb out of bankruptcy on Friday.The plan will erase billions of dollars in debt by cutting pensions. Mayor Mike Duggan pointed out that the plan will also allow for additional services. "There are going to be more than 200 additional police officers on the street as a result of the plan," Duggan said. "There's going to be an additional hundred firefighters on the street."He added that the city is "very happy to be able to get this fresh start."According to the Detroit News, the city can still not implement the plan at least until a schedule is put in place, as soon as a hearing on Monday. The city will also spend $1.7 billion tearing down houses, installing new computer technology and purchasing fire trucks and police cars.

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Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Delvin Barnes on Suicide Watch

Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Delvin Barnes on Suicide Watch

Charles City County Sheriff’s Office(PHILADELPHIA) -- Delvin Barnes, the man suspected of abducting a woman in Philadelphia and a teenager in Virginia, was put on a suicide watch in a Virginia jail on Friday.Barnes was incarcerated in the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia after Barnes waived extradition following his arrest in Maryland on Wednesday."The inmate is currently on suicide prevention based on his current charges and behavior," Lt. Laura Gray said in a statement.Barnes' arrest Wednesday ended a five-day manhunt following the violent abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. At his only court hearing, Barnes agreed to be taken to Virginia where there was a warrant for his arrest accusing him of the Oct. 1 kidnapping a 16-year-old girl, raping her and trying to kill her. The girl escaped.Barnes was also charged federally with kidnapping in Freeland-Gaither's abduction. He admitted to the Nov. 2 abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither in Philadelphia, stating that he didn’t know her prior to the attack and later drove with her to Aberdeen, Maryland, according to a federal complaint released Thursday.Barnes, 37, cursed at reporters when he arrived at the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office.Federal agents found Freeland-Gaither, 22, and Barnes in Maryland Wednesday. Freeland-Gaither is said to be resting now after being checked out at a nearby hospital and later reunited with her family. The nurse’s disappearance drew national attention after surveillance video was released showing her abduction.Freeland-Gaither left a trail of clues, including her cellphone and glasses at the scene of the abduction, according to the complaint. She also kicked out the rear passenger side window after she was forced inside Barnes’ car, authorities said.Additionally, her ATM card was used at a bank -- to withdraw $20 -- with Barnes stopping minutes later at a nearby convenience store to purchase potato chips and a bottle of water, among other items, according to the complaint.Barnes’ car was tracked using a GPS device that allows auto dealers and lenders to keep tabs on customers with poor credit.Investigators also praised the actions of Dwayne Fletcher, a good Samaritan, who called police twice with key tips after the recent abduction. Fletcher was identified by police as the man who reportedly witnessed the kidnapping and called police and picked up the phone that Freeland-Gaither threw out of the car after punching out a window."If it wasn't for him, I don't think we would've had the same outcome," Philadelphia police Det. James Sloan said during a Thursday news conference.Authorities say it could be some time before Barnes enters a Pennsylvania courtroom because of the charges in Virginia.

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Mystery of McStay Family’s Disappearance Ends with Arrest

Mystery of McStay Family’s Disappearance Ends with Arrest

San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -- A business associate of a California family that mysteriously disappeared more than four years has been charged in the four murders -- including two young boys, police said on Friday.The remains of Joseph and Summer McStay and their sons were found in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border last year, reinvigorating the investigation, and on Friday, San Bernardino County authorities announced that they made an arrest in the case.Charles Merritt, who knew the family through business, was identified as the suspect.

Nov. 5th Investigators arrested Charles "Chase" Merritt for the murders of Joseph, Summer, Gianni & Joseph Jr. McStay pic.twitter.com/FCKwDAfg8W

— SB County Sheriff (@sbcountysheriff) November 7, 2014

No cause of death has been released, but the San Bernardino County Sheriff's office says that all the victims died of blunt force trauma.The parents and their sons, ages 3 and 4, vanished from their San Diego home in February 2010, but there were no signs of forced entry. There were signs that the family left suddenly, and their car was found parked near the border off Interstate 15.

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Typhoon Nuri Expected to Slam Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

Typhoon Nuri Expected to Slam Alaska’s Aleutian Islands

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A massive typhoon is expected to batter the entire western half of Alaska late Friday and Saturday, with wave heights close to 50 feet in the Aleutian Islands.Typhoon Nuri is packing hurricane-force winds that reached 180 miles per hour at its peak while barreling through the Bering Sea, and parts of the islands have already sustained winds of 40 miles per hour.The storm could be one of the most intense to ever strike the North Pacific, and is expected to be far stronger than Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the northeast in 2012.Nuri is so strong it will alter the jet stream, triggering a cold front throughout the rest of the country next week.Arctic air will slide down to Canada and the lower 48 states, bringing snow into Minneapolis and the rest of the Midwest Sunday night through Tuesday.The freeze will spread into Texas on Wednesday and make its way to the east coast by Thursday or Friday.

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Philadelphia Abduction Victim Made Smart Moves That Aided Rescue

Philadelphia Abduction Victim Made Smart Moves That Aided Rescue

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The woman abducted in Philadelphia took several key steps to ensure that she was found by police even though her attacker took her nearly 120 miles away from her home.Police have praised Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, for her quick decisions that helped create a trail for investigators as her alleged captor, identified as Delvin Barnes, held her for three days.Freeland-Gaither struggled to get free of her attacker as she was forced into his car. She continued battling and smashed the car's rear window while Barnes was trying to drive away as quickly as possible.Her cell phone was left near the site of the abduction, and police believe that she either purposefully dropped it during the struggle or threw it out the window as a clue."We believe that...she left it there for us to find," Philadelphia Police Det. Jim Sloan said. The phone alerted police to the identity of the victim."She's an intelligent girl," Sloan said Thursday.The next clue came when she told her alleged captor the correct pin for her debit card, rather than trying to stop him from withdrawing funds from her account. Because she gave him the right code, he was able to withdraw funds from her account at an ATM machine in Aberdeen, Maryland, effectively telling police where she has been taken.Barnes made a number of mistakes himself, which also contributed to the search, the most notable of which was his disregard for surveillance cameras.Because police were able to read the exact moment that her card was used at the ATM, they could cross check that with security cameras around the ATM at that time and then widely release that footage along with a description of the suspect.That description matched a man who bought a bag of potato chips and water at a nearby grocery store, giving investigators another stop on the trail.Surveillance footage played a role in the case from the get-go as news of the abduction broke just hours after the attack because it was caught on camera.Law enforcement in Virginia recognized a telling sticker on the suspect's car and connected that car to Barnes, who was wanted in Virginia in a different attack. Investigators were able to determine the Virginia car dealership where Barnes bought the car. That dealership had GPS installed in the car as part of a program for financially troubled customers. That GPS led police right to the vehicle in Jessup, Maryland, where agents took him into custody and rescued Freeland-Gaither."This could be a case study in how everything fell right into place," Inspector James Kelly said. "Everyone worked seamlessly, FBI, ATF...We got a lot of info from the public. It was a complete circle of communication."

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Amazing Photo Shows 2-Year-Old Girl Smiling After She Was Found Safe

Amazing Photo Shows 2-Year-Old Girl Smiling After She Was Found Safe

Courtesy Jeffery Seyfried/Tawas City Fire Department(TAWAS CITY, Mich.) — A 2-year-old girl was grinning ear to ear Thursday, wrapped in a blanket after being found in the woods 22 hours after she wandered away from her Michigan home.Brooklyn Lynn Lilly wandered off while playing outside her home in Tawas City in the eastern part of the state near Lake Huron.Her neighbors and family feared the worst.“We worried maybe somebody came and grabbed her,” family friend Patrick McDonald said.State troopers, deputies and firefighters scoured the area on foot, using ATVs, and in the air, until storms made their search even more cumbersome.Somehow, Trooper Denis McGuckin and his K-9, Jax, found Brooklyn. But she wasn’t moving.Then, the sweetest sound.“She had lifted her head up off the ground and looked back towards me and my dog and began smiling,” McGuckin said.Jeffery Seyfried, the assistant fire chief for the Tawas City Fire Department, later snapped the photo of Brooklyn, grinning wide.“I asked her, I said ‘Brooklyn, can I take your picture?’ She looked up and gave me this great big smile and I said, ‘Thank you,’ and she says, ‘I love the woods.’”

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Adrian Peterson Awaits NFL Review About Playing This Season

Adrian Peterson Awaits NFL Review About Playing This Season

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There will be no quick return to the playing field for suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for beating his four-year-old son with a tree branch or "switch."The NFL has just started its review of the case, which could result in further punishment against Peterson. Meanwhile, the Vikings superstar is currently being paid his full salary while being sidelined since after the first game of the 2014-15 season.Peterson has been told to submit information relevant to the case. Before the NFL metes out any penalty, if there is one, he will be entitled to state his side during a hearing.Peterson has since apologized for striking his son repeatedly with a "switch," which he initially said was a form of discipline then he also endured during his childhood.

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Western Alaska Prepares During Calm Before Typhoon Nuri

Western Alaska Prepares During Calm Before Typhoon Nuri

NASA Earth Observatory(JUNEAU, Alaska) — Sig Hansen, captain of the fishing vessel Northwestern, featured in the television series Deadliest Catch, told ABC News that folks in Alaskan waters are bracing themselves for what Typhoon Nuri may bring, including 50-foot waves.The storm may hit the Aleutian Island chain in Alaska as early as Friday. Hansen has been fishing King Crab, northeast of Dutch Harbor in the Bering Sea, about 300 miles away."Right now, the weather's decent. We've been watching the weather reports, and so that's what's got us kind of skittish," he said. "We've had other reports coming in, which are very strange, like 25-knot winds with 30-plus foot [waves]. It's just very uncommon, so you know something's coming. It's just a warning sign for now. We're just on pins and needles here.""We're just keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't push in a more easterly direction, and bring those 70-knot winds this way," he said. "Right now, we're at battle stations. In other words, we need about a 24-hour notice to get our boats, our gear, and get onto shore. You don't want to be out here.""From what I'm hearing, we haven't been through anything like that before, at least not in my lifetime," he said. "And I don't want to. We've seen 50-foot waves, we've seen 120-knot winds. I've been out in stuff like that. But the difference is, if it's going to hit here with that kind of power, you don't know the frequency of the waves. We don't know how it's going to affect the ocean differently. I don't want to stick around to find out."Kip Wadlow, U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson in Juneau, Alaska, said emergency crews are standing by with helicopters and a 378-foot cutter. The emergency crews were already ready for duty to assist with the crab fishing season."These assets are standing by to provide assistance if called upon. We are working with federal and state tribal partners to keep an eye on the storm," Wadlow said.Jeremy Zidek, from Alaska's division of homeland security and emergency management, has warned communities about possible weather dangers along western Alaska, including many native tribes and the Alaska Village Council Presidents."Because they are small, remote communities, they are in tune with the weather and folks are taking precautions and taking steps to protect people in those communities," Zidek said.Zidek said emergency services generally don’t warn people to evacuate these small communities, because the distances to travel may cause greater dangers than taking shelter in place."This is a normal way we go about handling these storms in Alaska," he said.In many of these small communities, the local school is the hub."People will go up to the school, which is normally built on higher ground with backup systems. In some communities of maybe 120 people can fit in the school and they are a tight-knit community," Zidek said.Chris Plaisance of seafood company UniSea Inc., said his colleagues in the city of Unalaska, Alaska, near Dutch Harbor are protected by nearby mountains."We should not experience winds much more than 40 miles per hour to hit this weekend. It sounds like the islands that are farther west will take the brunt of the storm," he said.

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