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Two boys, 11 and 12, electrocuted to death after Texas storms
iStock/Thinkstock (FORT WORTH, Texas) — Two children died in Texas on Wednesday after they were electrocuted by power lines downed in a severe overnight storm.The boys, ages 11 and 12, were brothers, ABC affiliate WFAA reported, citing a first responder on the scene.The incident happened in a heavily wooded area in East Fort Worth, Texas, according to the report. The area was still recovering from a powerful overnight storm that knocked out power and damaged multiple properties. CAUTION is the word for downed power lines. Tragic reminder of that, up next live at 10 @wfaachannel8 #wfaaweather pic.twitter.com/DEJPP55eJn — Todd Unger...
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Elizabeth Smart's father speaks out about missing Tennessee teen
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (NEW YORK) -- Edward Smart has an appreciation for what the family of Elizabeth Thomas -- the Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by former teacher Tad Cummins -- is going through.After all, his daughter Elizabeth Smart was abducted in 2002 at the age of 15 at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home by street preacher Brian David Mitchell. Elizabeth testified in court that Mitchell terrorized her with almost daily rapes and the constant threat of killing her if she tried to escape. After nine months, though, Elizabeth was rescued after she was spotted in public...
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At least 13 dead, three injured in Texas church bus crash, say police
iStock/Thinkstock (CONCAN, Texas) — Thirteen people died on Wednesday in a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas, officials said.Two other people were injured in the accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.DPS said that the bus was carrying congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas at a little after noon, when the accident occurred.The bus, which was carrying 14 people, was returning to New Braunfels from a Baptist encampment neat Lakey, Texas, where members were attending a Bible study, according to the church.Police said the driver was the...
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Motorcyclist describes witnessing his friend fly off a cliff: 'I thought he was dead'
David Park (LOS ANGELES) — A California man who witnessed his friend and fellow motorcyclist veer off the side of a highway and fall down a cliff told Good Morning America in an interview that aired Thursday about the near-death incident."I thought he was dead," David Park, who captured the entire incident on his GoPro, told ABC News. "I don't know what's down there, maybe it's a 50-foot drop, maybe there's rocks down there, I don't know what's down there."Remarkably, Park's friend, who wished to only go by his first name, Willi, sustained only a shoulder injury in his fall...
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Woman charged with murder in Oklahoma home invasion left one burglar for dead: police
carlballou/iStock/Thinkstock (BROKEN ARROW, Okla.) -- Elizabeth Rodriguez, the woman who allegedly drove three teenage boys to a home in Oklahoma where they were shot to death after attempting a home invasion robbery, told investigators that she left one of the burglars for dead, according to police.The Wagoner County Sheriff's office arrested Rodriguez on three first-degree murder and three first-degree burglary warrants and jailed her without bond after she told them that she had information about a shooting that took place at a home in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa.Rodriguez waived her right to an attorney in speaking with investigators...
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Fossils millions of years old swiped from Death Valley National Park
jamesdvdsn/iStock/Thinkstock (DEATH VALLEY, Valif.) -- Death Valley National Park, with its hot, forbidding desert climate and barren terrain seems like an unlikely target for robbers. But, apparently they found some of the park's historic riches hard to leave behind.Ancient fossil footprints were removed from part of Death Valley's park territory, which covers more than 3 million acres in California and Nevada, according to a statement published by the National Park Service (NPS).NPS said they believe the missing fossils were formed about three to five million years ago by the tracks of mammals and birds near what used to be a...
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Nearly 50 dachshunds rescued from a single Arkansas home are up for adoption
iStock/Thinkstock (FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.) -- Nearly 50 dachshunds are now available for adoption after two animal rescue groups in Florida helped to save them from a single home in Arkansas.The dachshunds came from a "hoarding situation," said Terri Bondi, founder of Save Underdogs in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.Bondi described the dogs' previous owner as an "older gentleman" in Arkansas who didn't know what he was getting into when he welcomed three to four pups into his home without spaying or neutering them. That was five years ago.The Crawford County man began asking for help when his canine brood reached...
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Fire survivor teaches children fire-safety tools that saved his family
hookmedia/iStock/Thinkstock (ATLANTA) -- Ralph Heard Jr. knows the importance of teaching fire safety in schools.He was just 9 years old when, in February 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia, his home's furnace exploded, blowing out windows. With burns over 75 percent of his body, he ran through his home, helping to get his mother and younger siblings outside to safety.Heard credited his family's survival that night with the techniques he learned through financial services company The Hartford's Junior Fire Marshal Program, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year.In 1978, a representative of the program had come to Peyton Forrest Elementary School...
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Woman in custody after 'criminal' incident near Capitol; police say 'no nexus to terrorism'
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — U.S. Capitol Police have apprehended a female driver after she nearly hit several officers and struck another vehicle near the U.S. Capitol, police said Wednesday morning.At 9:22 a.m., Capitol police officers observed an "erratic and aggressive driver" in the vicinity of 100 Independence Ave, according to Eva Malecki, the communications director for the United States Capitol Police, who briefed reporters at Bartholdi Park.As the officers tried to stop the vehicle, the driver pulled a U-turn and fled the scene, apparently striking another vehicle and nearly hitting officers. A brief pursuit ensued until the female suspect was stopped...
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Alleged getaway driver 'instructed' slain teen burglary suspects to rob home: court documents
iStock/Thinkstock (TULSA, Okla.) -- The alleged getaway driver now facing possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of three teen burglary suspects outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Monday allegedly "instructed" the trio to rob the house, according to a probable cause affidavit.On Tuesday, police with the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office identified the alleged driver as 21-year-old Elizabeth Marie Rodriguez. Authorities also released the names and ages of the slain teens: Maxwell Cook, 19; Jacob Redfearn, 17; and Jaycob Woodruff, 16.Authorities said that around 12:30 p.m. Monday, Zach Peters, the son of the homeowner, called 911 to report that people had broken...
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Oregon hiker receives warning -- not criminal citation -- for taking 'malnourished' bear cub to wildlife center
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (SALEM, Ore.) -- An Oregon man who discovered a bear cub in distress on a hiking trail Monday night will receive a warning -- not a criminal citation -- after he took the animal to a wildlife center, Oregon State Police announced Wednesday.It is illegal in Oregon to capture or keep wildlife in captivity. If convicted, a perpetrator could face a maximum of one year in jail and a $6,250 fine, said Michelle Dennehy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife public information coordinator.Of the decision to issue only a warning, Sgt. James Halsey said, "Oregon...
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Severe storms leave nearly 200,000 people without power in Texas
iStock/Thinkstock (DALLAS) — Severe thunderstorms and damaging winds in parts of Texas overnight left nearly 200,000 residents without power as of early Wednesday morning.Much of the power failures centered around the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas, according to the Oncor Electric Delivery utility company, which put the total number of statewide outages at 197,221 as of 4:46 a.m. local time.The weather damaged houses, blew over trees and caused multiple car accidents across Texas.There was significant damage reported in the Dalton Ranch Community in Rockwall, Texas, where multiple homes were damaged and five houses were reportedly destroyed, according to ABC affiliate...
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