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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/31/14

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NBA: Memphis Grizzlies 97 (2-0) – Indiana Pacers 89 (1-1)

Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (1-1) – Chicago Bulls 108 (1-1)

Milwaukee Bucks 93 (1-1) – Philadelphia 76ers 81 (0-2)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 (4-4-1 9pts) – Columbus Blue Jackets 1 (4-5-0 8pts)

Detroit Red Wings 5 (6-2-2 (14pts) – Los Angeles Kings 2 (6-3-2 14pts)


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Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, a victim in the shooting at a Washington state high school, died on Friday, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said. She was the fourth person to die in the shooting.

Two other students — Andrew Fryberg, 15, and Nate Hatch, 14, remain at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. Hatch suffered a gunshot wound to his jaw.

“Our hearts are broken at the passing of our beautiful daughter. Shay means everything to us. In Shay’s short life she has been a radiant light bringing us incredible joy and happiness. She has been a loving daughter, a caring sister, a devoted friend and a wonderful part of our community. We can’t imagine life without her,” the Chuckulnaskit family said in a statement released through the hospital.

Zoe Galasso, 14, died from the shooting a week ago. Gia Soriano, also 14, died Sunday at Providence Hospital.

Chuckulnaskit was critically injured in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington.

Authorities have identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg. Fryberg, 14 — who shot five people before killing himself inside the school — was a member of a prominent family in the Tulalip Tribes and, according to a tribe member, state Sen. John McCoy, he was highly regarded there.

“A lot of folks were considering him that he would move up the culture ranks and become a leader,” McCoy said. “He had that kind of charisma and raw talent.”

All the victims in the shooting were either relatives or friends of Fryberg’s, McCoy said. Two of the victims, Nate Hatch, 14, and Andrew Fryberg, 15, are relatives of the shooter, according to Hatch’s grandfather and a source within the Tulalip Tribes.

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See Waves Slam Cars on a Busy Chicago Road

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Mr_Twister/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Ah, the sea, the crashing surf…the highway?

Drivers in the middle of Chicago Friday saw waves crashing where they’re definitely not supposed to be, as high winds blew Lake Michigan’s waters across the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive.

The crashing waves and flooding stretched from North Avenue to Division Street, according to ABC News station WLS, and prompted city officials to reduce available lanes on the road and advise drivers to go another way, according to local reports.

The whole thing was captured on video. Take a look below as the waves crash.

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Mexican Judge Orders US Marine Reservist Released

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AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) — U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, jailed in Mexico on gun charges since March, was ordered released by a judge in Mexico on Friday, according to documents released by the court.

The California native, 26, was arrested on March 31, after he says he got lost and crossed the Mexican border with three firearms in his pickup truck. Tahmooressi served two tours of duty in Afghanistan.

The possession of any weapon restricted for the use of the Army is a federal crime in Mexico regardless of whether visitors declare it or not upon entering the country.

Tahmooressi’s mother Jill in July said she was able to spent 20 minutes with her son after a court hearing, when he was ordered to be held in jail.

“He’s very strong. He’s very strong and positive. And he’s confident,” she said then.

The State Department has been actively engaged in the case. Consular officers have visited Tahmooressi numerous times, and at least 71 members of Congress have signed a bi-partisan letter asking the judge for leniency.

Unlike American law, in Mexico one is guilty until proven innocent and the decision rests solely in the judge’s hands.

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Florida Man, Serving Life in Prison for Armed Robbery, Escapes

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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fotokon/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — A Florida inmate who was serving life in prison for armed robbery escaped from prison on Friday.

Ronald McCoy, 39, was sentenced in 2004 to life in prison after he was convicted of multiple counts of armed robbery, as well as charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon.

McCoy had previously served time for a separate armed robbery in 1992.

It was not immediately clear how McCoy escaped from the prison. The Florida Department of Corrections is working with local law enforcement and Florida Department of Law Enforcement to apprehend him.

The Florida DOC describes McCoy as a 6-foot-3 inch tall, 200 pound black man with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his left bicep and the right side of his chest.

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NATO Intercepts More Russian Aircraft

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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Darko Dozet/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A number of Russian aircraft were intercepted by NATO on Friday, the second time this week that Russian aircraft prompted the scrambling of NATO fighter jets.

A U.S. defense official told ABC News that NATO tracked “multiple sets” of Russian aircraft, including fighter jets, bombers and refueling tankers. At least two TU-95 bombers were among the Russian planes tracked, after being spotted west of the United Kingdom. The planes had traveled as far south as Portugal before turning back.

The official said that the Russian planes did not violate airspace, but were tracked because they filed no flight plans.

Such incidents “pose the potential risk of escalation,” Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said Friday, adding that the U.S. and NATO are watching the Russian flights “very, very closely.”

NATO says that there have been approximately 100 intercepts involving Russian aircraft in 2014 — about three times the amount in all of 2013.

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Under the Wire: Guardrail Company Avoids Nationwide Ban With Crash Test Plan

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zebra3/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The federal government has received, but is refusing to disclose, an urgent plan to re-test the safety of guardrails found on American highways across the country amid accusations they are dangerous to motorists.

Just under the deadline, Trinity Industries, maker of the controversial ET-Plus system, submitted plans to the government for the new tests, as 30 states have announced they’ve already banned new installations of the guardrail until it is proven safe.

“The Federal Highway Administration received Trinity’s ET-Plus test plan. The FHWA will expeditiously, but carefully, review the plan,” a statement provided Friday from the FHWA to ABC News reads.

The government agency says it will review what Trinity Industries sent “with a sense of urgency” but does not have a timetable in which it will respond to the company. Starting 10 days ago, Trinity had been given until Friday to submit plans or the government would rule the commonly-used guardrail ineligible for American roads.

The FHWA would not disclose further information about the crash test plans and directed requests for details of the “draft plan” to Trinity. A spokesperson for Trinity told ABC News it is not sharing details publicly at this time.

“The public should be able to review these materials,” said Sean Kane, founder of The Safety Institute. “We can’t tell the difference between the regulators and the regulated here. This coziness has been part of the problem since the beginning.”

Thirty states have now announced they are suspending further installation of the ET-Plus and one state, Virginia, said it is making plans to remove the guardrails from its highways entirely. Late last week, Trinity Industries said it would halt sales of the ET-Plus.

The demand from the FHWA for crash tests came a day after a Texas jury ruled that Trinity had defrauded the government by altering an approved guardrail end terminal design nearly a decade ago and then failing to tell federal or state transportation departments about the changes until questions were raised in 2012. Trinity was ordered to pay $175 million in damages — a figure expected to triple by statutory mandate.

The ET-Plus System was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September that looked into allegations from crash victims that the modified guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front by their vehicles’. Rather than ribboning out and absorbing the impact as designed, the guardrails “locked up” and speared straight through the cars, severing the motorists’ limbs in some cases.

Lawyers for the plaintiff in the Texas case, Josh Harman, expressed concern about any planned crash tests to the FHWA and have asked to be involved in discussions prior to the testing of the ET-Plus.

“While we believe crash testing is important, we have several concerns about the protocol outlined by your office for testing and… we believe that testing alone would be insufficient to determine whether the ET-Plus should be eligible for federal reimbursement,” wrote attorney George Carpinello.

Dean Sicking, a renowned guardrail engineer who authored manuals for crash testing –- and who also testified against Trinity Industries in the federal trial — wrote to the agency, questioning the type of tests it may conduct, concerned that there has been an “ongoing deception of the FHWA” by Trinity Industries.

Trinity has maintained the guardrails are safe, noting that the FHWA approved the modified guardrail for use after questions about the modifications were raised in 2012. The company plans to appeal the Texas verdict and has previously told ABC News it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of the ET-Plus system.

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Why Upheaval in Burkina Faso Matters to US National Security

Friday, October 31st, 2014 by

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ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images(OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso) — In a surprise announcement, the leader of the African nation of Burkina Faso said Friday he will end his nearly three decade rule -– marking a victory for thousands of angry protesters, but prompting some uneasiness inside the U.S. national security community, which sees the tiny West African nation as a “key ally” in anti-terror operations in the region.

“The location of Burkina Faso is strategic, if you look at the other sides of it,” a U.S. official told ABC News. “It’s an important, strategic place for CT [counter-terrorism] efforts and it’s one of those places that needs to be calm.”

One of the world’s poorest countries, Burkina Faso sits in West Africa between the two operational zones of two major terrorist organizations – al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali to the north, and Boko Haram in Nigeria to the east.

As such, the government of Burkina Faso — like its neighbor Niger — previously agreed to allow American spy planes and drones to operate from its airfields, according to a 2012 report by The Washington Post. The Post called Burkina Faso’s capital Ouagadougou a “key hub of the U.S. spying network” in the region, from which the U.S. conducted a surveillance mission code named Creek Sand out of a small air base built on to the international airport there.

In its 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism, the State Department said Burkina Faso was a “strong U.S. security and defense partner in the region” and said that that year, the government “aggressively undertook measures to combat the regional danger posed by terrorist organizations.”

“The Government of Burkina Faso has recognized the importance of regional stability as an element in the fight against terrorism,” the State Department said.

With Friday’s announcement from Burkina Faso’s longtime leader Blaise Compaore, the U.S. may have lost a somewhat reliable, personal partner in power.

“He [Compaore] is a guy that we’ve sort of been able to work with to help with some of the issues in the region, in terms of being able to use Burkina strategically to counter the unsavories in the neighborhood,” the U.S. official said. “This change is a change that [the U.S. government] is going to have to contend with.”

In 2013, Gilles Yabi, the International Crisis Group’s West Africa Project Director, said that Compaore and “his men [had] succeeded in positioning themselves as indispensable mediators in the resolution of regional crisis.”

Yabi said that “turmoil in Burkina Faso” could mean the loss of a “key ally and strategic base” for the U.S. and France, according to the International Crisis Group’s website. France has also undertaken expansive counter-terror operations in north Africa, including a major operation in Mali in 2013.

However, the U.S. official didn’t see the political change in Burkina Faso as necessarily having much of an impact on American counter-terrorism operations there. After all, in return for allowing U.S. to conduct its missions from Burkina Faso, the U.S. supports the country’s own anti-terror and border security operations.

For instance, in 2013 “U.S. assistance facilitated the establishment of a 1,000-person border security task force and the training and equipping of a military counter-terrorism unit,” according to the State Department report.

It’s the kind of help — along with millions of dollars yearly in foreign aid — that the U.S. is counting on Burkina Faso needing, whoever is in charge.

“The military leaders, the transitional leaders don’t want what is going on in the neighborhood to spill over to Burkina Faso,” the U.S. official said. “It doesn’t appear at this moment that the new transitional government would seek to turn a shoulder to the U.S. or any Western partner.”

Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a spokesperson for the U.S. military’s Africa Command which runs operations on the continent, declined to discuss American counter-terrorism operations in Burkina Faso, but she said the military is “keeping a close eye” on developments there.

While she said she doesn’t “want to guess at what’s going to happen,” Hillman said the military is “hopeful” that the change of power won’t affect Burkina Faso’s posture towards American forces in the region.

“[Burkina Faso is] a key ally,” Hillman said. “In a region that’s so unstable at times, it’s good to have an ally.”

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Italy to Cease Missions to Save Migrants Crossing Mediterranean

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) — Italy announced on Friday it will stop conducting search and rescue missions to save migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Since January, naval patrols between Italy and North Africa have saved more than 150,000 people in rickety boats escaping war and violence. But Italy says it can no longer afford the $11 million a month operation and will stop it at the end of the year.

The European Union is set to start its own patrols on Saturday, but human rights groups say it’s not big enough to replace the Italian rescue mission and that thousands more lives could be lost.

The E.U. has also had trouble getting member countries to contribute to the new mission. Britain says it won’t be part of it because the patrols will only encourage more migrants to risk the dangerous crossing. 

So far this year, more than 3,300 people have drowned trying to make it to Italy.

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Canada Won’t Issue Visas to Individuals from Ebola-Impacted Countries

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PhenomArtlover/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Canada has instituted a visa ban on individuals from West Africa seeking temporary or permanent residence, in an effort to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Noting the ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the potential for “introduction or spread of the disease,” the Canadian government opted to enact the visa ban as of Friday. Citizenship and Immigration Canada will neither process new visa applications nor continue to process pending applications for temporary residence for workers, students or visitors who have been in an Ebola affected country within three months of their application date.

The decision applies to those nations designated by the World Health Organization as having widespread and persistent/intense transmission of Ebola.

The rules apply to those seeking permanent residence as well.

The decision, reported by the Canada Gazette, the official newspaper of the government of Canada, aim to “assist in the prevention of the transmission and spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in Canada.”

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