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911 calls capture unfolding crisis at Florida nursing home where patients died
John McCall, South Florida Sun-Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images (HOLLYWOOD, Fla.) -- Newly released 911 calls capture the unfolding crisis at a Florida nursing home that lost its air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, subjecting its patients to sweltering heat and ultimately leading to the deaths of 14 people. In the first call from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills during the early hours of Sept. 13, an unidentified employee tells the dispatcher a patient is in cardiac arrest. "I saw her slouch over. I noticed she is not breathing," the employee says. In another call, an employee sighs, "Whatta night," while...
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California wildfire death toll continues to rise
David McNew/Getty Images (SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- A possibly weary contracted driver of a water truck helping to fight California's wildfires died Monday morning after his truck veered off the road and rolled over, officials said.The unidentified man was driving a water tender, also known as a tanker, that can supply thousands of gallons of water to firefighters.He was driving into Napa Valley's Robert Mondavi Winery to help battle blazes when he apparently lost control of the car, a California fire official confirmed to ABC News."Fatigue is [potentially] a factor," the official said.His death comes after fire officials in California...
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Truck driver pleads guilty in human smuggling case that led to 10 deaths
iStock/Thinkstock (SAN ANTONIO) -- A man accused of transporting undocumented immigrants in a brutally hot tractor-trailer, resulting in the deaths of 10 people, has pleaded guilty to the federal charges against him.James Matthew Bradley Jr., 61, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to transport aliens resulting in death and one count of transporting aliens resulting in death, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.The truck was discovered early July 23 in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, by firefighters and police after a Walmart employee called late Saturday for a welfare check when someone...
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'No way' he'd leave her: 100-year-old and wife of 75 years among wildfire victims
Courtesy of Mike Rippey (SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- At least 41 people have died from the devastating wildfires that have been burning in California for more than a week.Over 213,000 acres have burned in the state. Sonoma County was hit especially hard, where many perished and homes were demolished.Those killed from the fires include a 100-year-old man and his wife of 75 years, as well as a 72-year-old woman who had reportedly been recovering from cancer.Charles and Sara RippeyCharles and Sara Rippey of Napa County, California, who were married for 75 years, both died in the fires.Charles Rippey, who turned...
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200-pound, 85-year-old tortoise gets a lift from California wildfires in a wheelbarrow
Facebook - Napa Valley Equine (NAPA, Calif.) -- Rescuers found an unlikely animal in need of evacuation at a remote location amid the raging Northern California wildfires.When a search-and-rescue team found the 200-pound, 85-year-old tortoise Friday, they quickly gathered a crew, led by Napa County Animal Services, to relocate the animal, according to Napa Valley Equine, an animal hospital.The facility posted a video to Facebook showing a team of four people, including two veterinarians, lifting the large reptile onto a tarp and then into a wheelbarrow in order to get it off the property as quickly as possible.Fire officials have...
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Search suspended for missing worker after oil rig explosion in Louisiana
Erik Hanson (NEW ORLEANS) -- The search for a missing Louisiana worker was suspended Monday evening after he was unaccounted for following an explosion on a large oil rig Sunday night. The Kenner Police Department said it fielded a flurry of 911 calls at 7:18 p.m. Sunday after witnesses heard a loud explosion and reported seeing a large fireball and cloud around Lake Pontchartrain, which is just north of New Orleans. Lt. Brian McGregor told ABC News that after their phone lines lit up, boats were launched by Kenner Police Department and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries "within seconds." The crews...
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Bowe Bergdahl pleads guilty in desertion, misbehavior case
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty on Monday to charges of desertion with intention to shirk duty and misbehavior before the enemy stemming from his 2009 disappearance and capture by the Taliban. Bergdahl drew international headlines after he left his Army outpost in Afghanistan over eight years ago. He was captured and held by the Taliban for almost five years until his release was negotiated in 2014 by the Obama administration as part of a prisoner exchange. Upon his return to the United States, Bergdahl returned to duty while an investigation probed the...
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Bowe Bergdahl doubts he could get a fair trial after Trump comments
Sara D. Davis/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a military hearing that begins at Fort Bragg as he doubts that he could get a fair trial following campaign statements by Donald Trump. Despite surviving five years in a Taliban cage, Trump had called Sgt. Bergdahl a "traitor" who should be executed in several campaign speeches as a presidential candidate. In an on-camera interview shot last year by a British filmmaker, obtained exclusively by ABC News and airing on Good Morning America,...
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Oil possibly leaking in Lake Pontchartrain after rig explosion injures 7; 1 missing
Erik Hanson (KENNER, La. ) -- Officials warned that oil may be leaking into Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans after a large rig explosion injured at least 7 people and left one missing on Sunday.Witnesses reported hearing loud explosions, seeing a large fireball and cloud of smoke after an oil transfer station went up in the lake near the city of Kenner, just outside New Orleans.The Coast Guard said it was coordinating search efforts for the missing man and dispatched two rescue boats and a helicopter rescue crew. Local fire officials said the blaze was under control but that oil...
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Minnesota father of 3 killed worst terror attack in Somalia's history
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A Minnesota father of three was one of more than 270 people who were killed in Somalia over the weekend when a pair of truck bombs went off in the country's capital, his family said. Authorities are calling it the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation’s history. The attack left 276 people dead and around 300 others injured, the country's information minister, Abdirahman Osman, said late Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise. Fifty-year-old Ahmed AbdiKarin Eyow arrived in his hometown of Mogadishu just hours before the deadly bomb went off, according to his family....
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Winds ease, rain possible, offering hope in California wildfires
David McNew/Getty Images (SANTA ROSA, Calif.) -- For the nearly 11,000 firefighters battling the towering flames from now 15 wildfires around California, there is finally hope in a chance of rain.Despite one less fire, the bone-dry conditions and gusty Diablo Winds still haven't receded, forcing officials to not downgrade the "high fire danger" status, CAL Fire Deputy Incident Commander Chief Barry Biermann said during a press conference in Napa County on Sunday.As Bierman gave the fire prognosis for the charred region, he stressed that we are "not out of the woods yet," but settled many questions by saying there's been...
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Manhunt underway after two 'dangerous' prisoners escape from Missouri jail
ABCNews.com (CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo.) -- A statewide manhunt is underway in Missouri after two prisoners, accused of violent crimes, escaped from jail just before 2 a.m. on Sunday, according to local authorities.The two escaped from the Pemiscot County Jail through an air duct, arrived at a room to leave and then set off an alarm before jumping over a fence behind the building, Caruthersville, Missouri, Police Chief Tony Jones told ABC News. Surveillance footage in which they were last seen shows the pair heading towards the Mississippi River.Police are calling the two "dangerous."One of the escapees, William Carter, 27, is facing...
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