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GARY, Ind. (AP) - Investigators in Indiana and Texas are reviewing unsolved murder cases and missing person reports after a man told police he killed seven women and hinted that there may have been more victims over the last 20 years.

Darren Vann of Gary, Indiana, was charged Monday in the death of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy. Her body was found Friday night at a Motel 6 in nearby Hammond. Officials said she had been strangled.

Hammond Police Chief John Doughty says the 43-year-old Vann confessed to Hardy's slaying and directed police to six bodies in Gary.

Vann is a convicted sex offender in Texas.

Investigators could have a hard time determining if Vann had other victims. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson says Vann may have preyed on those who aren't likely to be noticed missing.

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CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines National News Tue, 21 Oct 2014 3:57:32 AM CDC Releases Revised Ebola Gear Guidelines

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal officials are going on the road with new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

Officials on Monday night released the advice, which health workers had pushed for after two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials will be demonstrating the recommended techniques Tuesday at a massive training at New York City's Javits Center, with an expected attendance of thousands.

Pamela Cipriano is president of the American Nurses Association, which represents 3 million registered nurses.

Cipriano says she's glad to finally see better federal advice. Health care workers say the CDC's old guidance was confusing and inadequate, and left them unprepared to deal with an Ebola patient.

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Suspect in 7 Deaths Is Sex Offender National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:39:46 AM Suspect in 7 Deaths Is Sex Offender

GARY, Ind. - The mayor of Gary, Indiana says that a man who confessed to killing one woman and led police to the bodies of six others in northwestern Indiana had been convicted of sex crimes in Texas.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson tells The Associated Press that the 43-year-old man in custody directed investigators to sites where bodies were found Saturday and Sunday.

Police haven't released the name of the man taken into custody after a 19-year-old woman was found fatally strangled Friday night at a Motel 6 in the neighboring city of Hammond.

Freeman-Wilson says authorities aren't certain how long the man has been in northwestern Indiana, although he does have a conviction for residential entry in the area. The mayor says she doesn't know whether more bodies might be found.

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Stepfather Charged with Fatally Beating 3 Year Old Stepdaughter National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 7:58:45 AM Stepfather Charged with Fatally Beating 3 Year Old Stepdaughter

NEW YORK (AP) - Police say a man charged with fatally beating his stepdaughter for allegedly soiling her pants had 15 prior arrests.

Kelsey Smith was charged with assault and acting in a manner injurious to a child less than 17-years-old.

He was arrested Saturday after New York City police responded to a Brooklyn homeless shelter apartment where the child, Jeida Torres, was found unconscious and unresponsive.

Police say Smith was watching the girl and her 5-year-old brother while their mother was at work. They say the boy had bruises to his body and was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police found Smith at a relative's Queens apartment, where he allegedly tried to slit his wrists. He remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition. It wasn't clear if he had a lawyer.

Police say his prior arrests included one for assault.

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Bodies of 7 Women Found National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 7:50:22 AM Bodies of 7 Women Found

GARY, Ind. (AP) - The bodies of seven women have now been found in northwestern Indiana after a man confessed to killing one woman who was found strangled at a motel and leading investigators to least three other bodies, authorities said Monday.

The Lake County coroner's office said three of the bodies were found Sunday night at two locations in Gary, in addition to the four bodies found earlier over the weekend. The coroner's office called the new deaths homicides, with one victim strangled and unspecified injuries for the other two women.

It wasn't immediately clear Monday whether the man directed police to the three bodies Sunday night. Phone and email messages seeking comment from Gary police spokeswoman Cpl. Gabrielle King weren't immediately returned.

Police said Sunday that a 43-year-old man confessed to killing a woman whose body was found in a Motel 6 in the neighboring city of Hammond and told investigators where the bodies of three other women could be found in Gary. Those women were found late Saturday and early Sunday.

Gary police found the bodies of three women at different locations in Gary late Saturday and early Sunday, following up on information the man provided during questioning, Hammond police Lt. Rich Hoyda said Sunday. The county coroner's office on Sunday identified the victim found in Hammond as 19-year-old Afrika Hardy and ruled she had been strangled.

The coroner's office said a second victim had been identified by family members as 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville. Autopsies had not yet been completed on her or the other two women, who have not yet been identified. Jones had been missing since Oct. 8, and Gary police had recently searched a block looking for her, the Post-Tribune of Merrillville reported.

Police discovered Hardy's body about 9:30 p.m. Friday at a Motel 6.

"A friend of the deceased called us, and she was concerned when she didn't respond to her calling," Hoyda said. "We were sent there and found that person dead."

Police investigating her death obtained a search warrant for a home and vehicle in Gary. Police conducted the search Saturday afternoon and took the man into custody. Hoyda said the man confessed during questioning and then told investigators "where several other female victims of possible homicide were located."

Hoyda wouldn't comment on how the man knew the women, on a possible motive or on whether the man confessed to killing any of the other women.

Hoyda said the man's name wasn't being released because he had not yet been formally charged. He would not say when charges will be filed. He was being held in the Hammond City Jail.

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President Obama Votes Today National News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 5:49:37 AM Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahTV President Obama Votes Today

CHICAGO - Early voting is the convenient way to go for a lot of people, and that includes none other than President Barack Obama.

Today is the first day of early voting in the United States.

Mr. Obama traveled to Chicago last night and is scheduled to cast his midterm ballot there later today.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, both democrats, are running for re-election there. 



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WHO Faulted for Ebola Failures as Obama Taps Czar National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 5:52:26 PM Associated Press LONDON (AP) - The World Health Organization bungled efforts to halt the spread of Ebola in West Africa, an internal report revealed Friday, as President Barack Obama named a trusted political adviser to take control of America's frenzied response to the epidemic.

The stepped-up scrutiny of the international response came as U.S. officials rushed to cut off potential routes of infection from three cases in Texas, reaching a cruise ship in the Caribbean and multiple domestic airline flights. Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration debated the value of restricting travelers from entering the U.S. from countries where the outbreak began, without a resolution.

But with Secretary of State John Kerry renewing pleas for a "collective, global response" to a disease that has already killed more than 4,500 people in Africa, the WHO draft report pointed to serious errors by an agency designated as the international community's leader in coordinating response to outbreaks of disease.

The document - a timeline of the outbreak - found that WHO, an arm of the United Nations, missed chances to prevent Ebola from spreading soon after it was first diagnosed in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea last spring, blaming factors including incompetent staff and a lack of information. Its own experts failed to grasp that traditional infectious disease containment methods wouldn't work in a region with porous borders and broken health systems, the report found.

"Nearly everyone involved in the outbreak response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall," WHO said in the report, obtained by The Associated Press. "A perfect storm was brewing, ready to burst open in full force."

The agency's own bureaucracy was part of the problem, the report found. It pointed out that the heads of its country offices in Africa are "politically motivated appointments" made by the WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Luis Sambo, who does not answer to the agency's chief in Geneva, Dr. Margaret Chan.

Dr. Peter Piot, the co-discoverer of the Ebola virus, agreed that WHO acted far too slowly.

"It's the regional office in Africa that's the front line," said Piot, interviewed at his office in London. "And they didn't do anything. That office is really not competent."

WHO declined to comment on the document, which was not issued publicly, and said that Chan would be unavailable for an interview with the AP. She did tell Bloomberg News that she "was not fully informed of the evolution of the outbreak. We responded, but our response may not have matched the scale of the outbreak and the complexity of the outbreak."

Meanwhile, Obama moved to step up the U.S. response to the disease, naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, as the administration's point man on Ebola.

Klain is a longtime Democratic operative who also served as a top aide to Vice President Al Gore. He does not have any medical or public health expertise. But the White House said he would serve as "Ebola response coordinator," suggesting his key role will be to synchronize the actions of many government agencies in combatting the disease.

"This is much broader than a medical response," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, citing Klain's experience in the private as well as public sector and his relationships with Congress.

"All of that means he is the right person for the job, and the right person to make sure we are integrating the interagency response to this significant challenge," he said.

Republican lawmakers continued pushing the administration Friday to consider restricting travel to the U.S. from the three Ebola-stricken West African countries. But despite Obama's statement Thursday that he was not "philosophically opposed" to such a ban, Earnest affirmed the White House's resistance to such a move.

Republican Mike Leavitt, a former health secretary under President George W. Bush, said Friday that he sees "lots of problems" with such a ban. While it may seem like a good idea, Bush administration officials who considered it to contain bird flu concluded that it would not work, while raising a host of difficult questions about who would be allowed to travel.

Other nations have taken steps to prevent travelers from the affected areas from crossing their borders. The Central American nation of Belize announced that it would immediately stop issuing visas to people from West African countries where Ebola had spread.

U.S. officials continued their efforts to contain the fallout from the nation's first reported case of Ebola, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian traveler who died last week at a Dallas hospital.

Officials said they were working to remove a hospital worker - who had handled an Ebola lab specimen - from a Caribbean cruise ship, although she had gone 19 days without showing any sign of the infection. The Carnival Cruise Lines ship was headed back to its home port of Galveston, Texas, on Friday after failing to get clearance to dock in Cozumel, Mexico, and officials in Belize would not allow the woman to leave the ship.

The lab worker and her spouse were in isolation and she is "not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew," a cruise line spokeswoman said.

Doctors at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland said that a Dallas nurse, Nina Pham, brought there for Ebola treatment was very tired but resting comfortably Friday in fair condition.

"We fully intend to have this patient walk out of this hospital," Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said.

Another nurse to contract Ebola, Amber Vinson, was being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

Concerns persisted about people who might have been in contact with her during a recent trip between Texas and Ohio. Police said Vinson stayed at the home of her mother and stepfather in Tallmadge, northeast of Akron, and the home has been cordoned off with yellow tape. Eight individuals in northeast Ohio were under quarantine, health officials said.

Frontier Airlines said it would contact passengers on seven flights, including two that carried Vinson and others afterward that used the same plane.

Despite the stepped up attention to disease, though, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim warned Friday that officials in many countries were focused too much on their own borders.

"I still don't think that the world has understood what the possible downside risk is not just to the west African economy but to the global economy. And we are still losing the battle," he said.


Adam Geller reported from New York. Other AP writers who contributed to this story include Angela Charlton in Paris; Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Jessica Gresko, Lara Jakes and Jim Kuhnhenn in Washington; David Dishneau in Frederick, Maryland; Ann Sanner in Columbus, Ohio; Michelle Chapman in New York; and Patrick Jones in Belize City.

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US Monitors Health Care Worker Aboard Cruise Ship National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:14:20 AM US Monitors Health Care Worker Aboard Cruise Ship

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials said a Dallas health care worker who handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola is self-quarantined on a Caribbean cruise ship and is being monitored for infection.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Friday that the woman had shown no signs of the disease and has been asymptomatic for 19 days.

An administration official and another person familiar with the matter said the cruise ship, the Carnival Magic, had stopped in Belize but officials there would not allow the passenger to leave the vessel. The officials were not authorized to be named and requested anonymity.

U.S. officials were seeking ways to return the woman and her husband to the U.S. before the ship completes its cruise on Sunday.

"We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abundance of caution," Psaki said.

Psaki said that when the woman left the U.S. on the cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12 health officials were requiring only self-monitoring.

Carnival Cruise Lines said in a statement that the woman, a lab supervisor, remained in isolation "and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew."

"We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board," the statement said. The CDC is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A spokeswoman for the cruise line, Jennifer De La Cruz, said that when the Magic made a port call in Belize, other passengers were allowed to disembark with the exception of the health care worker and her spouse.

De La Crus said the ship is scheduled to return to Galveston on Sunday morning as scheduled, adding that there has been no change to the ship's itinerary.

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Biden's Youngest Son Leaves Navy Amid Drug Report National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:42:54 AM Associated Press Biden's Youngest Son Leaves Navy Amid Drug Report

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden's youngest son says he's "embarrassed" for actions that led to his being discharged from the military.

Hunter Biden didn't give a reason for the February administrative discharge but two people familiar with the matter say he tested positive for cocaine.

Biden, who is 44, had worked as a public affairs officer in the Navy Reserve.

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Campus Crime Reporting Requirements Expanded National News Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:13:28 AM Associated Press Campus Crime Reporting Requirements Expanded

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new government rule seeks to create more awareness of the extent of sexual assault on campuses.

Colleges and universities are required to compile and make crime statistics available on stalking, dating violence and domestic violence under a new rule announced by the Education Department.

The change falls under the Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report crime statistics on or near their campuses and provide warnings in a timely manner if safety is threatened. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 signed by President Barack Obama amended the Clery Act. Victims' advocates have said the statistics, as currently compiled, don't provide a full picture of the extent of sexual crimes.

The rule goes into effect July 1.

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Witness Kills Bank Robbery Suspect National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 5:18:39 AM Witness Kills Bank Robbery Suspect

ARIZONA - A suspected bank robber is dead and another is in police custody after a witness decided to take action, shooting and killing the suspect.

Phoenix police say by state law,the witness who opened fire in this parking lot was within his rights to use deadly force. They consider these robbery suspects armed and threatening.

Witnesses took pictures of paramedics surrounding a suspected bank robber, shot to death in a parking lot, moments after a heist.

Police say he and another masked gunman targeted the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union.

As they left, a man confronted them, struggled with them, and shot one of them.

Storefront windows- were blown out by gunfire. Luckily, no one shopping or working in this plaza was injured.

With his accomplice down in the parking lot, the second suspect stole a truck and carved a path of destruction as he made his escape from the crowded parking lot.

The suspect got about a mile away one final crash totaled the truck, and he gave up.

Back outside the bank, the robbers' loot - cash- spilled from the garbage bin they used in their crime.

As for the witness who intervened and opened fire, police caution others from doing the same.


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Apple Plans Major Announcement Today National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 5:12:50 AM Apple Plans Major Announcement Today

CALIFORNIA - Apple has an announcement, today.

Apple is expected to unveil its latest line of iPads.

The company previously announced it would hold an event, today, at it's California campus.

Apple sent invitations to the media saying, "it's been way too long."


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US Steps Up Domestic Response to Ebola Crisis National News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 4:28:18 AM US Steps Up Domestic Response to Ebola Crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is ramping up its response to the Ebola crisis after a second Dallas nurse became ill and it was disclosed that she had been cleared to fly a day before her diagnosis.

While Ebola patients are not considered contagious until they have symptoms and only two persons have been known to contract the disease in the U.S., the revelations Wednesday raised new alarms about whether hospitals and the public health system are equipped to handle the deadly disease.

Federal health officials were being called to testify before a congressional committee Thursday to explain where things went wrong.

President Barack Obama directed his administration to respond in a "much more aggressive way" to oversee the Dallas cases and ensure the lessons learned there are transmitted to hospitals and clinics across the country. For the second day in a row he canceled out-of-town trips to stay in Washington and monitor the Ebola response.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said nurse Amber Joy Vinson never should have been allowed to fly on a commercial jetliner because she had been exposed to the virus while caring for an Ebola patient who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia.

Vinson was being monitored more closely since another nurse, Nina Pham, also involved in Thomas Eric Duncan's care was diagnosed with Ebola.

Still, a CDC official cleared Vinson to board the Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland to the Dallas area by a CDC official. Her reported temperature - 99.5 degrees - was below the threshold set by the agency and she had no symptoms, according to agency spokesman David Daigle.

Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola a day after the flight, news that sent airline stocks falling amid fears it could dissuade people from flying. Losses between percent 5 and 8 percent were recorded before shares recovered in afternoon trading.

Frontier has taken the aircraft out of service. The plane was flown Wednesday without passengers from Cleveland to Denver, where the airline said it will undergo a fourth cleaning, including replacement of seat covers, carpeting and air filters.

One Central Texas school district temporarily closed three of its campuses because two of its students traveled on the same flight as Vinson.

Even as the president sought to calm new fears about Ebola in the U.S., he cautioned against letting them overshadow the far more urgent crisis unfolding in West Africa, where Ebola has killed more than 4,000.

Underscoring his emphasis on international action, Obama called European leaders Wednesday to discuss better coordination in the fight against Ebola in the countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and to issue a call for more money and personnel to "to bend the curve of the epidemic." British Prime Minister David Cameron's office said he offered to consult with the Italians to add treatment beds in Sierra Leone.

On Thursday, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged continued support for the fight against Ebola in West Africa, but made no specific new aid offers. China last month pledged $33 million in assistance to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea and dispatched doctors and medical supplies.

And France said that on Saturday, it will begin screening passengers who arrive at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on the once-daily flight from Guinea's capital.

But it was Wednesday's development in Dallas that captured political and public attention in the United States.

Duncan, who traveled to the U.S. from Liberia, originally was sent home when he went to the Dallas hospital's emergency room, only to return much sicker two days later. He died of Ebola on Oct. 8.

Frieden has said breaches of protocols led to the infection of the two nurses. More than 70 other health care workers involved in Duncan's care were being monitored.

Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, increased calls for travel bans or visa suspensions from the West African countries where the disease has spread and urged the administration to take other measures to secure the transportation system.

The oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee scheduled a Thursday hearing on Ebola with Frieden and Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

In prepared testimony, Fauci said Duncan's death and the infections of the two Dallas nurses and a nurse in Spain "intensify our concerns about this global health threat." He said two Ebola vaccine candidates were undergoing a first phase of human clinical testing this fall. But he cautioned that scientists were still in the early stages of understanding how Ebola infection can be treated and prevented.

Medical records provided to The Associated Press by Duncan's family showed Vinson inserted catheters, drew blood and dealt with Duncan's body fluids. Late Wednesday, she arrived in Atlanta to be treated at Emory University Hospital, which has already treated three Americans diagnosed with the virus.

Even though Vinson did not report having a fever until the day after she returned home, Frieden said she should not have boarded a commercial flight.

From now on, Frieden said, no one else involved in Duncan's care will be allowed to travel "other than in a controlled environment." He cited guidelines that permit charter flights or travel by car but no public transportation.

On its website, the CDC says all people possibly exposed to Ebola should restrict their travels - including by avoiding commercial flights - for 21 days.

Obama sought to ease fears in the U.S., urging a stepped-up response even as he stressed that the danger in the United States remained a long shot.

"We want a rapid response team, a SWAT team essentially, from the CDC to be on the ground as quickly as possible, hopefully within 24 hours, so that they are taking the local hospital step by step though what needs to be done," he said.

But he also noted that the Ebola is not an airborne virus like the flu and thus is more difficult to transmit.

He made the point of noting that when he visited with health care workers who had attended to Ebola patients at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, he hugged and kissed them without fear of infection.

"They followed the protocols, they knew what they were doing," he said. "I felt perfectly safe doing so."


Associated Press writers Emily Schmall and Nomaan Merchant in Dallas contributed to the report.

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Man Stabbing People on Bus Fatally Shot National News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 5:50:56 AM Man Stabbing People on Bus Fatally Shot

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) - A man who stabbed passengers on a casino-bound tour bus on Interstate 95 in Connecticut was fatally shot by state police, officials said Wednesday.

The unidentified man began attacking passengers around 10 p.m., state police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance said. The bus driver flagged down a trooper at a construction site.

As the trooper approached the bus, the suspect and a passenger "were engaged in physical combat, rolled off the bus and onto the pavement of the highway," Vance said.

The suspect acted aggressively toward the trooper and was shot when he refused to drop his weapon, described as a "cutting instrument," Vance said.

The man died at a hospital. Two people were stabbed and another person suffered non-life threatening injuries when a bullet from the officer's gun ricocheted off the pavement.

The trooper wasn't injured.

The bus, carrying about 24 passengers, was headed from Chinatown in New York City to a Connecticut casino.

Police will "get all the facts and circumstances" from the passengers as part of the investigation, Vance said.

The northbound lanes of the interstate were closed more than seven hours from late Tuesday night until early Wednesday morning.

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9 Year Old Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose National News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 4:45:50 AM 9 Year Old Dies of Apparent Drug Overdose

PENNSYLVANIA - A Pennsylvania boy is dead and his relative is facing charges after the child died in his care from an apparent drug overdose.

A community is in shock, after a nine year old boy dies after an apparent drug overdose.

Korbin Rager was staying with Victor Hare, III at his home Sunday night, while his mother was at work.

Police call Hare Korbin Rager's "distant relative."

Monday morning, Korbin's step brother came in to wake him only to find him unresponsive on the bed with blood coming from his mouth.

According to court papers, Hare told the boy to wait before calling 911, and performed CPR unsuccessfully for forty minutes.

Korbin was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Hare told police the 9 year old repeatedly said he was using Oxycontin, weed, and alcohol.

And that when the boy was dropped off, his "eyes looked weird."

Police said they found unsecured alcohol and medication in Hare's home.

Many are struggling to understand how a nine year old could become the victim of substance abuse.


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10 Students Injured in Golf Cart Accident National News Tue, 14 Oct 2014 4:38:30 AM 10 Students Injured in Golf Cart Accident

CALIFORNIA - Fresno police say two intermediate school students were seriously hurt Monday morning and eight others injured when a special-needs student got into a golf cart and hit the gas.

One student received a broken leg and another had back and neck injuries. The student behind the wheel was also hurt after he hit a tree. Several students were wheeled out of Granite Ridge Intermediate on Monday after the very unusual golf cart accident.

The mentally-challenged student suffered minor injuries and was also taken to the hospital, along with nine other students. Officers say the 7th-grade driver had only traveled a short distance when the cart plowed into a crowd of teenagers.

Police say the students were changing classes when the student got into the cart. Investigators say it did not require a key to work.

A district spokeswoman says the school immediately took action by notifying the parents of those students who were hurt. One parent rushed to campus so fast, they beat emergency crews.

Ten students, including the driver who crashed, were taken to four area hospitals and treated while school officials were taking a closer look at the golf cart.


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NEW: CDC urges all US hospitals to 'think Ebola' National News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:41:51 PM WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health authorities are telling the nation's hospitals to "think Ebola."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden is urging hospitals to watch for patients with fever or symptoms of Ebola who have traveled from the three Ebola-stricken African nations in the past 21 days. He spoke Monday after a nurse in Dallas became the first person to catch the disease within the United States. She had treated a Liberian man who died at the hospital after bringing the disease from Liberia.

The CDC is now monitoring all hospital workers who treated the Liberian man. Frieden says he wouldn't be surprised if another hospital worker who cared for that patient when he was very sick becomes ill. Ebola patients become more contagious as the disease progresses.

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Snapchat Apps Hacked National News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 7:13:31 AM Snapchat Apps Hacked

NATIONWIDE - As many as 200,000 photos sent by Snapchat have been hacked.

Snapchat says third-party apps are to blame for the security lapse.

The Snapchat app allows users to send each other pictures and videos that disappear after just a few seconds.

But several third-party apps now allow users to save snapshot images they receive.

Bloggers and anonymous users of the four-chan internet forum say up to 200,000 images have been stolen from one of those apps and hackers are preparing to publish them online.


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Mechanical Problem Blamed for Fatal Hayride Crash National News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 4:07:45 AM Mechanical Problem Blamed for Fatal Hayride Crash

MECHANIC FALLS, Maine (AP) - A mechanical problem caused a Jeep towing a wagon full of passengers to careen down a steep hill and slam into a tree during a Halloween-themed hayride in the woods, killing a teenager and injuring more than 20 other people, authorities said.

Investigators were inspecting the Jeep to try to determine exactly what kept it from stopping on the hill, and state police were calculating the passengers' weight to determine if the hay wagon was overloaded and whether that contributed to the mechanical problem, Sgt. Joel Davis of the state fire marshal's office told reporters.

The Saturday night crash during the Gauntlet Haunted Night Ride "threw everyone off the trailer and into each other and into trees," Davis said.

Seventeen-year-old Cassidy Charette of Oakland died from head injuries, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said. She was among a group of friends from Messalonskee High School who visit Harvest Hills Farm every fall, authorities said.

Among them was 16-year-old Connor Garland of Belgrade, who suffered multiple fractures and was being treated at Boston Children's Hospital, McCausland said. A hospital spokeswoman said he was in fair condition Sunday night. About a half-dozen other injured people remained hospitalized Sunday afternoon but their injuries did not appear life-threatening, Davis said.

Kathy Mathieu of Oakland, whose son Zachary is a close friend of Garland's, said Charette and Garland attended the school's homecoming celebration together last week. She said the community is planning a fundraiser for Charette's family.

"Everybody is doing everything they can to help this family," Mathieu said. "There are no words to express the sorrow for the parents."

Charette was a member of the school's girls' soccer team. Garland is a member of the Central Maine Owls, a 15-and-under baseball team that won the state championship this year.

Messalonskee Principal Jon Moody sent a statement to the school community saying grief counselors would be available at the school this week.

The hay wagon was being pulled by a 1979 Jeep when it crashed, according to the fire marshal's office. The driver, identified by police as David Brown, 54, of South Paris, was among those injured. Authorities said he underwent surgery late Saturday and was released from the hospital Sunday. Brown is an experienced trucker who has a commercial driver's license, according to a spokesman for the farm.

Several actors participating in the ride's scenes assisted the injured riders and likely helped prevent the accident from being even worse, Davis said.

The sprawling farm is set on a forested hill about 25 miles southwest of Augusta, set back from a two-lane road. The owners have been hosting the haunted ride for about five years, farm spokesman Scott Lansley said. The tour's narrator was among the other 19 people authorities said were injured, he said.

Saturday night was a busy night for the ride, with more than 500 patrons, Lansley said. The entire park was evacuated after the crash.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the family," Lansley said. "We're a tight community. This is really a tragedy for us."

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Man Just Freed From Prison Kills Mom National News Mon, 13 Oct 2014 3:36:28 AM Man Just Freed From Prison Kills Mom

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A convicted murderer beat his mother to death during an argument, just two days after he was released from prison, authorities said.

Gwendolyn Pratt, 64, was found dead around 6:30 a.m. Sunday at a home in Atlantic City, The Press of Atlantic City ( ) reported. An autopsy determined she died from massive blunt injuries to the head, Atlantic County prosecutor Jim McClain said in a statement.

Her 45-year-old son, Steven Pratt, was detained at the scene and charged with murder. He was being held on $1 million bail, and it was not known if he has retained an attorney.

A neighbor of the victim told the newspaper that the Pratt family had just thrown a welcome-home party for Steven. The neighbor, Ruan Tilghman-Pugh, said Steven had asked a cousin whether he could stay with him after having a disagreement with an aunt with whom he was staying over the weekend.

"It's so devastating," Tilghman-Pugh told the paper. "You just never know what people are going through."

Pratt was 15 when he shot and killed his next-door neighbor, Michael Anderson, in 1984. He was tried as an adult and convicted of first-degree murder in 1986. He received a 30-year prison sentence and was freed on Friday.

According to court records, Pratt and Anderson argued after Pratt and some of his friends refused to leave an apartment hallway where they were noisily hanging out. Pratt returned to Anderson's apartment with a lead pipe, but Anderson took the weapon away and bloodied Pratt's face.

Pratt then returned with a borrowed handgun and shot Anderson.


Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.),

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