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Eric Frein Manhunt Slowed by Explosives

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(NEW YORK) — Police searching for an accused cop killer in the dense woods of the Poconos Mountains have found explosives believed to belong to the suspect, Eric Frein, a law enforcement source told ABC News.

The manhunt for Frein has entered its third week. Police have previously said they were being cautious searching cabins and caves near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania for fear that Frein may have set booby-traps.

Frein is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods.

Police have also found the suspect’s abandoned Jeep, soiled diapers, Serbian cigarettes and an AK-47 in the search.


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Eric Frein Manhunt Slowed by Explosives

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(NEW YORK) — Police searching for an accused cop killer in the dense woods of the Poconos Mountains have found explosives believed to belong to the suspect, Eric Frein, a law enforcement source told ABC News.

The manhunt for Frein has entered its third week. Police have previously said they were being cautious searching cabins and caves near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania for fear that Frein may have set booby-traps.

Frein is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods.

Police have also found the suspect’s abandoned Jeep, soiled diapers, Serbian cigarettes and an AK-47 in the search.


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Arsonist Suspected of Setting 23 Fires in Washington State

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iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Fire officials in Washington state suspect an arsonist is responsible for igniting 23 fires in the past few weeks, including one that burned through eight acres and put Spokane County residents on edge.

Nearly all of the fires happened in the Greenacres area. Most were small brush fires, but several homes have been threatened, ABC News affiliate KXLY reported.

“We’re blessed that nobody has been injured yet, but that’s just a matter of time,” Greenacres resident Carolyn Staples told KXLY.

Two of the fires were set in vacant model homes. The first blaze was the Saltese Lake Fire on Sept. 18.

Officials have asked the public to be vigilant, report any suspicious persons and keep an eye on their security cameras.

The hunt for an arsonist was a personal mission for one Spokane firefighter.

Greg Godfrey, an assistant chief of Spokane County Fire District #8, worked in California when a fellow firefighter was convicted of setting about 2,000 fires in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s and 1990s. John Orr, who was a captain and arson investigator at the Glendale Fire Department, is now serving life in prison.

“The fire department is a family,” Godfrey told KXLY. “We’re a very tight-knit group of individuals. We have to trust each other.

“He betrayed that,” Godfrey added. “He put our people in jeopardy.”

One of the California fires killed four people, but Godfrey hopes officials catch the Washington arsonist before anyone gets hurt.

“We’ve been lucky,” he told the station. “We’ve had small fires and one that started to get big, but we’ve been extremely lucky.”

Spokane County Fire District officials did not immediately return a call from ABC News.


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Arsonist Suspected of Setting 23 Fires in Washington State

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iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Fire officials in Washington state suspect an arsonist is responsible for igniting 23 fires in the past few weeks, including one that burned through eight acres and put Spokane County residents on edge.

Nearly all of the fires happened in the Greenacres area. Most were small brush fires, but several homes have been threatened, ABC News affiliate KXLY reported.

“We’re blessed that nobody has been injured yet, but that’s just a matter of time,” Greenacres resident Carolyn Staples told KXLY.

Two of the fires were set in vacant model homes. The first blaze was the Saltese Lake Fire on Sept. 18.

Officials have asked the public to be vigilant, report any suspicious persons and keep an eye on their security cameras.

The hunt for an arsonist was a personal mission for one Spokane firefighter.

Greg Godfrey, an assistant chief of Spokane County Fire District #8, worked in California when a fellow firefighter was convicted of setting about 2,000 fires in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s and 1990s. John Orr, who was a captain and arson investigator at the Glendale Fire Department, is now serving life in prison.

“The fire department is a family,” Godfrey told KXLY. “We’re a very tight-knit group of individuals. We have to trust each other.

“He betrayed that,” Godfrey added. “He put our people in jeopardy.”

One of the California fires killed four people, but Godfrey hopes officials catch the Washington arsonist before anyone gets hurt.

“We’ve been lucky,” he told the station. “We’ve had small fires and one that started to get big, but we’ve been extremely lucky.”

Spokane County Fire District officials did not immediately return a call from ABC News.


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University of Michigan AD Admits Mistakes in Handling of Quarterback

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Leon Halip/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris suffered a mild concussion Saturday, but was kept in the game because of miscommunications and confusion among sideline personnel, athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement Tuesday.

Brandon said the university is changing its procedures to prevent a similar situation in the future.

“We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first,” Brandon said in the statement, which was released Tuesday morning.

Brandon’s statement was issued roughly 12 hours after coach Brady Hoke said he’d been given no indication that Morris was diagnosed with a concussion.

Much of the confusion involved an ankle injury Morris sustained earlier during the 30-14 loss to the University of Minnesota.

During the fourth quarter, he was steamrolled by Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran, leaving Morris visibly dazed and wobbly. The quarterback leaned on a teammate for support, but remained in the game for the next play, and even waved off someone on the sideline, possibly signaling that he wanted to play.

“From the field level and without the benefit of replays, medical and coaching staffs did not see the hit,” Brandon said in the statement. “Because they did not see the hit, the athletic training staff believed Shane stumbled because of his ankle injury.”

Since the athletic trainer on the sidelines was unaware that a neurological evaluation was necessary, the quarterback was cleared for an additional play, Brandon said.

Morris was diagnosed with a probable, mild concussion Sunday, Brandon said. That diagnosis was not shared with Hoke before the coach’s Monday news conference, when he defended his team’s handling of the situation.

“We would never ever put a guy on the field when there is a possibility with head trauma,” Hoke said Monday.


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Ark. Real Estate Agent Targeted Because She Was ‘Woman that Worked Alone’

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Pulaski County Sherrif’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The man accused of kidnapping and killing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter said Tuesday she was targeted because she was “a woman that worked alone.”

Aaron Lewis, an ex-con, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with Carter’s death. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Lewis, 33, admitted during police questioning to kidnapping Carter, 50, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden told ABC News. Lewis did not admit to the slaying and did not provide any details about Carter’s whereabouts, Minden said.

The suspect spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday morning as he was taken from the jail to the sheriff’s office, where he was to be interviewed again after spending more than 12 hours with investigators Monday.

When asked by reporters why Carter was targeted, Lewis responded: “Because she was just a woman that worked alone — a rich broker.” He denied killing her.

Carter’s body was found in a shallow grave at the Argos Concrete Co., about 20 miles from the town of Scott, Arkansas, where Carter had an appointment to show a house for sale.

Carter’s family issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to the know the magnitude of her greatness.”

The real estate agent’s disappearance had rattled her colleagues, most of them women, who routinely agree to meet strangers at empty homes that are for sale.

“They’re scared, and I need someone to give them some reassurance,” said Brenda Rhoads, the principal broker at the real estate company where Carter worked.

Rhoads, who was good friends with Carter and worked with her for nine years, told ABC News that she arranged for a police detective to come and speak to her colleagues at Crye Leike Real Estate Services Monday to try and calm their fears.

Some have said that Carter, a 50-year-old grandmother, should not have met the prospective buyer alone, but Rhoads dismissed those critiques, saying, “That’s our job.”

“I would say that 80 percent of my agents are women, but the men, they are devastated, too,” she said.


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NFL: Chiefs Player Should Not Have Been Penalized for Prayer

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Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs player who was penalized after kneeling to pray in the end zone Monday night should not have been flagged, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday.

Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, was penalized 15 yards for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after he kneeled in prayer. He had run 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the team’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ABC News in a statement.

He said the NFL’s Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”

“However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” the NFL’s statement read.

Abdullah speculated to the Kansas City Star that the referee may not have liked that he slid on both knees.


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Kansas City Chiefs Fans Reclaim Guinness World Record for Crowd Noise

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Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City Chiefs fans were as loud as a jet engine Monday.

Fans at Arrowhead Stadium reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar during the team’s victory against the New England Patriots: 142.2 decibels, similar to the intensity of a jet engine at takeoff.

The roar topped the previous record, 137.6 decibels, at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field last year.

Kansas City’s fans registered a roar of 137.5 decibels earlier last season.

 

 

The Chiefs handed out ear plugs as fans entered the stadium gates Monday, a chance for attendees to preserve their hearing.

The team matched the fan intensity on the field, topping the Patriots 41-14. Running back Jamaal Charles led the way with three touchdowns.

It marked the Chiefs’ first home victory since last season, Oct. 27.

After the win, Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith reflected on the team’s fan support. “It’s been a little while since we won here,” he told ESPN. “We’ve got the best fans in the country, and they proved it again tonight.”


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Seattle: The Number One City for Coffee Snobs

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you had to select any city in the U.S. with the most discerning coffee addicts, chances are Seattle would be at the top of most people’s lists.

That’s the case of a combined Redfin and Foursquare survey, which picked Seattle as number one in the ten best cities for so-called “coffee snobs.”

Just to clarify, Redfin and Foursquare based their findings on indie coffee shops, that is, those with under ten locations in a given city.

So although Starbucks is excluded, Seattle still winds up as the ultimate U.S. mecca for picky coffee drinkers.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Boulder, CO
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Denver, CO
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Madison, WI
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Minneapolis-ST. Paul, MN
  10. Sacramento, CA


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Police Recover Body of Missing Arkansas Real Estate Agent

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Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The body of missing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter has been found, authorities have confirmed to ABC News. 

Police found Carter’s body overnight in Cabot, Arkansas, one day after arresting the case’s main suspect, Arron Lewis.

Lewis admitted to kidnapping Carter after police questioned him all night. He did not admit to murder, nor did he provide any details of Carter’s whereabouts, leaving police to recover the missing realtor using other information, which they have declined to disclose.

Lewis now faces a capital murder charge in addition to kidnapping.  He is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday morning.


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