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Two Officers Dead After Two-County Crime Spree in Northern California

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Two officers are dead after a two-county crime spree in Northern California, during which three officers and a bystander were shot.

Authorities say 47-year-old Deputy Danny Oliver of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department was shot in the head after he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot.

After carjacking a vehicle, two suspects– a man and woman– headed north, where two Placer County Sheriff’s deputies were shot. One of the Placer County officers died and the other was injured.

The female suspect was captured, and later, says Placer County Sheriff spokesperson Dena Irwin, the male suspect was taken into custody in Auburn.

The conditions of the surviving Placer County officer and the carjacking victim are unknown.

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Joe Maddon Opts Out of Tampa

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Brian Blanco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon won’t be returning in 2015.  Maddon exercised his opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team.

“We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. “As of yesterday afternoon, Joe enabled himself to explore opportunities throughout Major League Baseball. He will not be managing the Rays in 2015.” reports that Maddon leaving doesn’t necessarily mean that he’ll be going to join the Los Angeles Dodgers after they hired new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. He worked with Maddon and the Rays as an executive vice president.

Maddon is a two-time AL Manager of the Year and compiled a 781-729 record in 11 seasons.

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What We Know About the Washington State High School Shooting Suspect

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Jaylen Fryberg/Facebook(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — The shooter who opened fire at a Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State Friday was identified to ABC News by eyewitnesses and authorities as Jaylen Fryberg.

Fryberg, who was a student at the school, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. One girl died and four others were injured in the gunfire.

Rachel Pomeroy, a junior, said she knew the shooter and last spoke with him on Thursday.

“He was fine the day before. He was being sassy, as always, and good,” she said.

While Fryberg’s motive isn’t immediately known, Pomeroy said he had just come off suspension for a fight.

Robert Fryberg, who identified himself as Jaylen’s brother, reacted in real-time on Twitter. First there was dismay about the shooting and then shock when he tweeted that he heard the name Fryberg.

“I just heard some news and I pray to God that it is not true,” he wrote.

Two hours later: “I’m gonna miss you little bro,” he tweeted. “Only God can judge you.”

Jaylen Fryberg is seen smiling in many pictures on his Facebook page, hunting, participating in sports and surrounded by friends.

In many ways, he appeared to be a typical teen, liking video games and counting Adele and 50 Cent among his favorite musical artists.

His Twitter account yields some insight into what he was feeling in the days leading up to the shooting.

The messages posted to his account earlier this week were filled with angst.

On October 20, he tweeted: “Alright. You f***** got me…. That broke me.”

The next day, he wrote: “It breaks me… It actually does… I know it seems like I’m sweating it off… But I’m not.. And I never will be able to..”

Later, he added: “I should have listened…. You were right… The whole time you were right…”

Another tweet read: “If I just laid down…”

On Thursday, his final tweet read: “It won’t last…. It’ll never last.”

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Olivia Munn Reveals Aaron Rodgers Gave Her a ‘Special Ring’

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Olivia Munn is one lucky woman.

The actress, who has been dating NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers for several months, opened up to the New York Post‘s Alexa magazine about a special gift he gave her recently.

“I wore this for a premiere… and he had heard me talking to my stylist about being obsessed with it,” she said. “It is such a special ring, and then he surprised me [with it].”

Realizing what assumptions might be made from that statement, she clarified that she and her beau are not engaged.

“It’s not that kind of ring, by the way. It’s not the special ring,” she clarified. “I mean, it’s a very special ring, but it is not the special ring.”

Munn, 34, and Rodgers, 30, were first linked last spring and were photographed kissing on the set of her TV show, The Newsroom this past June.

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Ax Attack Against New York City Cops Was Inspired by Terrorists, Police Say

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A man who attacked New York City police officers with an ax had converted to Islam in recent years and the assault appears to have been a lone wolf terror attack, police said Friday.

One officer who was struck in the head with the ax by Zale Thompson on Thursday is in critical but stable condition, Police Commissioner William Bratton said. A second officer was also injured.

Thompson was shot and killed by two other officers as Thompson charged them with the ax, Bratton said.

The commissioner said that Thompson had converted to Islam two years ago.

“The father indicated to us he believed his son several years ago converted to become a Muslim, a self-proclaimed Muslim,” Bratton said.

Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who is in charge of counterterrorism for the department, said a review of Thompson’s computer showed that he had visited websites affiliated with radical groups, including al Qaeda, ISIS and al Shabaab.

“It appears from the electronic forensic piece of this, this is something he has been thinking about and thinking about with more intensity in recent days,” Miller said.

He said Thompson was “self radicalized, self directed.”

When asked if the ax assault was an act of terrorism, Miller said, “It appears at this point that it was in his mind.”

He also said there was no indication that anyone else was involved.

The ax attack occurred the day after a lone gunman shot and killed a Canadian solider in Ottawa before he was shot dead by the Parliament’s Sergeant in Arms.

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Remains of Missing UVA Student Hannah Graham Identified

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The remains of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who vanished last month, have been positively identified, police said Friday.

The remains were found in a field on Oct. 18 about 10 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, where the UVA sophomore was last seen.

Surveillance footage recorded Graham walking around the downtown area shortly after 1 a.m. Sept. 13 with a man named Jesse Matthew.

Matthew, 32, was named the suspect in the case a week after she vanished and he was arrested days later in Galveston, Texas. He was charged with abduction with intent to defile, although now that the remains have been identified as Graham’s, the charges will likely be increased.

“The focus of the investigation now is to determine what charges will be brought and the appropriate time to make those charges,” Lunsford said in a statement.

Police asked that anyone who saw suspicious activity around Old Lynchburg Road, where the remains were found, around the time of Graham’s disappearance to call police.

Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, said in a statement, “We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Hannah… Put simply, Hannah lit up our lives, the lives of our family and the lives of her friends and others who knew her.”

“We would like to draw attention to the fact that, although the waiting has ended for us, there are other families both in Virginia and beyond who have not been as fortunate in that their loved ones are still missing. Please continue to hold these families in your thoughts and prayers,” the parents said.

“Hannah showed great promise as a student and as a young woman,” University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan said in an email sent to all students and faculty Friday afternoon. “She brought immense energy and delight to her learning at the University, and she was a source of friendship and joy for so many people here at the University and abroad, particularly her friends on the ski team.”

Matthew was indicted last week for a 2005 sex assault on a woman in Fairfax City, Virginia. The victim in that case, a 26-year-old woman, survived the assault and has not been publicly identified.

Police have said they found a forensic link between Graham’s case and the abduction and murder of Morgan Harrington, a Virginia Tech student who vanished from a concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body was found months later.

In 2010, police said they had a forensic link between the Harrington murder and the 2005 sex assault in Fairfax City.

Several other police jurisdictions have opened cases on missing women to see if there is any link to Matthew.

Matthew’s hearing has been pushed back and he has not entered a plea in the Graham or Fairfax case. His lawyer has declined to discuss any possible links to other cases.

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Louisiana Teen Shot Dead in West Bank Clash With Israelis

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

Posted in World News

(JERUSALEM) — An American teen from New Orleans was shot and killed during clashes in the West Bank village of Silwad near Ramallah Friday.

Orwa Abd al-Wahhab Hammad, 15, was born in Ramallah and moved with his family to New Orleans, according to his brother Mohammad. His mother and brothers had traveled with him to the West Bank and his father will arrive from the United States on Sunday for the funeral.

The State Department confirms Orwa was a U.S. citizen, and says officials from the Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with family and providing all consular assistance.

Orwa is the second American child to die in the region this week. On Wednesday, 3-month old Chaya Zissel Braun was killed in Jerusalem when a Palestinian man drove his car into a crowd of pedestrians at a transit stop. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld described the incident as a “terrorist attack.” Her parents had traveled to Israel from Rockland County, New York, so her father could study in a yeshiva.

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One Killed, 11 Injured in Explosion at Germany Construction Site

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(BERLIN) — At least one person was killed and 11 were injured in an explosion at a construction site in western Germany.

A gas pipe suffered damage during construction work in Ludwigshafen, Germany, causing gas to leak and then catch fire.

The main blaze was extinguished quickly, but then crews had to tackle several smaller ones.

Several buildings and cars in the area were also damaged.

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Jay Cutler, Bears Prepare for New England

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

Posted in Sports News

Nick Laham/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Bears (3-4) will travel to New England to take on the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday.

Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall lashed out on the team’s offensive play after their 27-14 loss to the Dolphins last Sunday, but quarterback Jay Cutler and the team are moving forward.

The one good thing going for the Bears is that they are 3-1 on the road this season.

Cutler and the offense have averaged 22.4 points this season and the Patriots defense is only giving up 22.

“They play a lot of man [defense] as of recently,” Cutler said of the Patriots defensive game plan. “They’ve played it all; we’ll just have to see those first couple series of how they want to attack us.”

“Darrelle Revis is one of the best in the business,” Cutler said of the Patriots secondary. “He lot of times goes with the number one receiver and shadows him throughout the game, we’ll see what he does against us.”

The Patriots are 3-0 at home this year and quarterback Tom Brady expects it to be another close game against the Bears.

“We’ve had some great games against those guys,” Brady said.  “They’ve got a real good defense.  It’s kind of been the market of that team for a long time.  A lot of guys at different positions.  It’s going to be a big challenge for us.”

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Report: Teresa and Joe Giudice’s Marriage Is on the Rocks

Friday, October 24th, 2014 by

Posted in Entertainment News

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) – The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have both been sentenced to months in federal prison for tax fraud. So it may come as no surprise that Us Weekly reports their marriage is on the rocks.

“Teresa and Joe’s emotional connection is fading,” a family friend told the magazine. “Resentment is creeping in. There is an icy distance.”

Teresa is set to report to a facility in Danbury, Connecticut — a prison that inspired Orange is the New Black — on January 5 to serve 15 months. Afterward, her husband will begin his three and a half years in jail. The judge staggered their sentences because the couple have four daughters.

The Us Weekly source says Teresa “expects him to step up and learn the girls’ schedules. But he hasn’t shown interest.”

“Joe says Teresa is nagging,” the source continued.

Still, the source said a divorce is not likely. “Splitting up would cause the kids turmoil. She wouldn’t bring them more harm,” the source explained.

Along with their legal problems, it doesn’t help that Joe recently revealed that he struggles with drinking. In an interview on Watch What Happens Live, Joe admitted he had a problem with drinking wine. “I could easily do two, three bottles, four bottles easily” a night, he told host Andy Cohen. “It does help me sleep. It’s either that or I have to take a pill and I don’t want to take a pill.”

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