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At least 13 dead, including children, in Missouri duck boat accident
iStock/Thinkstock (BRANSON, Mo.) -- A tourist duck boat capsized in a lake near Branson, Missouri, amid powerful storms, killing at least 13 people, including children, the Missouri Highway Patrol said.The Thursday-night accident also injured seven people, and four others are still missing, officials said. A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the amphibious craft at the time, Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said.Severe evening thunderstorms, including winds in excess of 60 mph, struck the area at the time of the sinking. Eyewitness video showed the craft, which travels on land and water, taking on water...
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Officials confirm shark attacked boy at Long Island beach
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The bites that a 13-year-old boy sustained in the waters around the barrier island off Long Island's South Shore resulted from a shark attack, New York state officials confirmed on Friday.But experts have been unable to determine the species based on the size and condition of a tooth fragment recovered from the boy, authorities said, adding that the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will return it to the teen at his request.The beaches on Fire Island had reopened Thursday morning, a day after the boy and a 12-year-old girl suffered large fish bites in the...
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Three-year-old dies after spending more than three hours in scorching bus
iStock/Thinkstock (HOUSTON) -- A 3-year-old boy left unattended in a blistering-hot daycare bus for more than three hours has died.The child was unresponsive when discovered inside the vehicle by police, who said the temperature inside the vehicle at the time was 113 degrees. The bus was parked outside a daycare facility following a field trip, according to a statement from the Harris County Constable's Office.Twenty-eight students from the Discovering Me Academy went to a local park earlier in the day and returned between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., according to the statement. The boy who was left in the van...
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Tornadoes touch down in Iowa, causing several injuries and destruction
hawkfromnorwalk/Twitter (DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Tornadoes have touched down in central Iowa, displacing families and causing destruction across multiple counties.At least 10 people were injured and sent to the hospital. They were later released after suffering minor injuries, police said.Injuries were reported at the Vermeer Corporation facilities in Pella, according to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.The city of Marshalltown declared a state of emergency Thursday afternoon after reports of tornadoes in the area, city officials told ABC News.UnityPoint hospital said a tornado damaged a portion of their facility in Marshalltown. Forty patients, who were being treated inside when the...
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Florida, California among top sites for shark attacks in the US
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- New York may have been the site of two suspected shark attacks on Wednesday, but attacks by the creatures in these waters are so rare that there have been only 10 documented cases confirmed in nearly 150 years.The worst place in America for shark attacks? Florida. Statistics from The International Shark Attack File, a database of shark attacks from around the world, show that Florida's coast has witnessed a total of 812 confirmed and unprovoked shark attacks since 1837, at least those that have been recorded.That's because most sharks prefer warmer waters, said George Burgess, director...
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'I pray for our cops every day': Law enforcement deaths spiking, guns No. 1 cause
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- When New York State Police trooper Nicholas Clark responded to a reported suicidal person barricaded in a home this month, the suspect gunned him down before taking his own life."A 29-year-old trooper, a stellar trooper with an extraordinary record, his whole life before him," a grieving New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a news conference hours later. "Great athlete. Well accomplished. He wanted to do one thing -- which was help people."Clark was not alone. His death followed those of over 70 brothers and sisters in blue across the country already this year.The number of...
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Prosecutors allege Russian agent maintained 'duplicitous relationship' with political operative
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Federal prosecutors believe that Maria Butina, the Russian gun-rights activist who was recently arrested and charged with acting as a foreign agent, maintained a “duplicitous relationship” with an American political operative for the purposes of gaining access to U.S. political organizations.Identified in court filings only as “U.S. Person 1,” a 56-year-old political operative, private messages exchanged between them and surveillance conducted by federal law enforcement paint a picture of this person as someone Butina, 29, could rely on. Butina lived, at times, with U.S. Person 1. She asked U.S. Person 1 for help with her homework. As...
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Steam pipe blast spews asbestos and creates bus-size crater in the middle of New York City
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- An 86-year-old underground steam pipe exploded in New York City Thursday morning, spewing dangerous asbestos-tainted debris throughout the area and leaving a crater in a street the size of a city bus, officials said.The blast occurred about 6:39 a.m. in Manhattan's Flatiron District, just blocks from the iconic Flatiron Building, according to the New York City Fire Department.While only five people suffered minor injuries, asbestos contamination was the bigger concern, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said."There was asbestos in the steam line casing. That's obviously a real concern to us," de Blasio said...
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'We avoided a disaster': Bystander saves baby boy from car on hot day, mom arrested
ABC News (VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla.) -- After a quick-thinking bystander noticed a baby boy in the back seat of a car on a hot Florida day, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said, "We avoided a disaster.""Thank the Lord for a good Samaritan," he said. The baby is safe and the mother has been arrested for child neglect.The close call began Tuesday afternoon in a strip-mall parking lot in Orange City when Jessica Kaiser, a passerby, saw what looked like a doll in the back seat of a car, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.They said she realized it was a...
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Police rescue baby from bank robbery suspect who allegedly used child as a shield
SOPA Images / Contributor / Getty Images (MURPHY, Texas) -- Police in northern Texas rescued a baby from a suspected bank robber who allegedly tried to use the child as a shield when officers attempted to arrest her, authorities said.Evelyn Misumi, 36, walked in a Bank of America branch in Murphy, Texas, Wednesday afternoon with gasoline and lighter fluid, dumped it on the floor and demanded cash, according to a police statement.She tried to flee the scene after realizing employees had alerted authorities, who were already outside waiting, the Murphy Police Department said in the statement.Murphy is about 25 miles...
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Activists fear mass roundup of wild horses with government rule change
Ascent/PKS Media Inc./Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Wild horses, often considered elegant symbols of the American West, may be in danger with a new rule change by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.The change to the Obama-era rule removes restrictions on the horses' sale, according to activists, who fear the rule change will accelerate “mass round-ups” of wild horses, pave a path towards authorizing their euthanasia, and ultimately lead to their extinction.The new rule, first released in late May, allows for the sale of up to 25 wild horses, which are federally protected, to one buyer within...
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Mega Millions jackpot surges to $422M before Friday's drawing
Scott Olson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The Mega Millions jackpot has surged to $422 million for Friday night’s drawing after there were no winners Tuesday night for the top prize.This is the seventh time the jackpot has exceeded $400 million and now the sixth largest prize in the game’s history, lottery officials said in a news release.Although the jackpot is still up for grabs, there were some winners from Tuesday night’s drawing. Three $1 million tickets were sold Tuesday night in Florida, New Jersey and Oklahoma, according to lottery officials.Two other historic Mega Millions jackpots have been awarded this year....
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