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Inspectors Investigating Deck Collapse at North Carolina Beach House That Injured 14

Saturday, July 4th, 2015 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(EMERALD ISLE, N.C.) — Police and building inspectors are investigating what may have caused a deck to collapse at an Emerald Isle, North Carolina, beach house, injuring at least 14 people.

Preliminary findings reveal the floor joists and fasteners failed to hold the deck together, Emerald Island Town Manager Frank Rush told ABC News on Sunday. Results from the investigation could be released as early as Monday, he said.

According to Emerald Isle Police, members of a family were on a deck overlooking the ocean preparing to take a family photo shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday when the structure collapsed.

First responders from Emerald Isle arrived on scene within minutes and began treating and triaging patients, police said.

“About a 12-by-12 section of deck collapsed, about ten to twelve feet. We transported 14 patients from that collapse,” Emerald Isle Fire Chief Bill Walker said, and added that there were about 20 people on the deck at the time.

Walker said that the deck itself gave way and collapsed inward, while the pilings holding up the deck remained upright.

Due to the number of casualties involved, neighboring agencies were called in to assist in transporting and dealing with the victims. Indian Beach, Atlantic Beach, Pine Knoll Shores and Western Carteret all sent Fire and EMS units to assist, while Broad and Gales Creek Fire Departments were also dispatched to provided assistance. Morehead City EMS provided a mass casualty bus to treat and transport victims.

Police said 14 people were hospitalized. Several people were in critical condition, according to police and a hospital spokeswoman.

Injuries varied from people with several broken bones to those with minor scratches and cuts, according to Walker.

At least five people remained in hospitals in Greenville or Wilmington, North Carolina, today, officials said.

Police have vacated the home, Rush said.

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Small Plane Crash-Lands on Crowded California Beach

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Courtesy Jason Koons(CARLSBAD, Calif.) — A small plane that was towing an advertising banner crash-landed Saturday on a crowded California beach, after its engine cut out.

The single-engine Piper PA18 lost engine power shortly after 3 p.m. and landed on Tamarack State Beach in Carlsbad, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

The pilot of the plane suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to the Carlsbad Police Department.

One person on the beach was also reportedly injured in the crash-landing.

According to witness accounts, the plane’s engine cut out and then the pilot dropped the banner the plane was towing, before circling, apparently looking for a place to land.

When the plane’s wheels hit the sand, it flipped over, witnesses said.

Fire department, state park lifeguards and Carlsbad police responded to scene.

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Sailboat Passengers Rescued After Being Stranded Off Florida Coast

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iStock/Thinkstock(RIVIERA BEACH, Fla.) — A man was recovering Saturday from severe sunburns after he and another person were rescued after spending nearly a week stranded at sea off the coast of Florida.

The two people left St. Lucie County, Florida, in a sailboat headed to the Bahamas, but they got stuck in bad weather and eventually anchored the boat, Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios of the U.S. Coast Guard in Miami told ABC News Saturday.

The day the boat was anchored remains unclear, Rios said.

They were unable to call for help because the boat’s battery died, he said.

A Carnival cruise ship spotted the boat Friday. The cruise ship then notified the Coast Guard who came to the rescue.

One of the two passengers, a man, was severely sunburned and needed medical attention, Rios said. He was taken to the Bahamas, an official from Riviera Beach, Florida Fire Rescue said, and was then brought to Florida Saturday to be treated for second-degree burns to his face and legs.

The second passenger, who was healthy, stayed on the disabled boat and was towed to the Bahamas by the Coast Guard, Rios said.

Riviera Beach Fire Rescue said the trip began 14 days ago and the passengers were stranded for six days. Rios said it was unclear how long they were stranded, but said the passengers left on the trip roughly one week ago.

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Pygmy Whale Washes Up on Texas Beach

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Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network(SURFSIDE, Texas) — A sick whale washed up on a Texas beach Friday.

According to ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV, beachgoers found a sick pygmy sperm whale washed up on Surfside Beach on Friday. They immediately contacted the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network and waited until help arrived.

Efforts to try to save the whale failed however, and the whale had to be euthanized. According to KTRK-TV, the whale was “extremely underweight” and weighed about 500 lbs while a typical adult would weigh anywhere between 1,000 to 1,200 pounds.

The TMMSN will perform tests to figure out the cause of death, said KTRK-TV.

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All Clear Given After DC Police Investigate Suspicious Package

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SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Police in Washington, D.C. investigated a suspicious package on Saturday morning, eventually determining that it was not a threat.

U.S. Capitol Police closed down an area on First Street SE, near the National Mall, while they investigated. The D.C. Police Department later cleared the scene and said that all lanes were open.

The investigation was part of heightened security around the Capitol for the July Fourth weekend.

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Fourth of July: Nathan’s Eating Champ to Defend His 61-Hot Dog Title

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Joey Chestnut wins the Men’s Division with 61 Hot Dogs at the 2014 Nathan’s Famous 4th July International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)(CONEY ISLAND, N.Y.) — In New York City, the 4th of July means one thing: Nathan’s annual hot dog-eating contest on Coney Island.

The men’s competition, now in its 99th year, will take place Saturday afternoon, when contestants gather on stage to eat as many hot dogs and buns as they can.

Joey Chestnut was the winner last year, devouring 61 hot dogs in 10 minutes, beating Matt Stonie by five hot dogs.

Last year Chestnut was eight short of his previous record, 69 hot dogs.

Miki Sudo won last year’s women’s division, wolfing down 34 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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One Killed, Two Injured in Medical Helicopter Crash in Colorado

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Photo: Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue(FRISCO, Colo.) — A medical helicopter crashed near a Colorado hospital on Friday, killing the pilot and injuring two other crew members.

Flight for Life Colorado posted a message to their Facebook page, saying that the crash occurred “immediately following take off” from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco. The helicopter’s pilot was “fatally injured,” the organization said, and a flight paramedic and a flight nurse both suffered injuries.

There was no patient on board the helicopter at the time of the crash.

Flight for Life says it is working with the Federal Aviation Administration to determine the cause of the crash.

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July 4th Celebrations Put America on High Alert

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Antonprado/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s a Super Bowl test for America’s national security.

Celebrations marking the nation’s 239th birthday are facing what some call the most serious threats since 2001.

“The threat stream is very high,” Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing said Friday. “In fact, we don’t think it’s been this high since 9/11.”

From Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston Saturday morning, law enforcement is fully deployed.

Authorities have cited no specific plot or threat but are concerned about ISIS and supporters possibly lurking inside the United States.

“Obviously, a lone wolf is our worst nightmare,” Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Friday, “but there’s nothing to indicate we have any of that going on.”

It was in Boston where the marathon bombers originally planned to target Independence Day. They struck early, authorities say, because the bombs were ready sooner.

That attack — and others in Tunisia and France recently — were on the minds of tourists hitting the National Mall in Washington, as they navigate a security maze.

“You just pray that it doesn’t happen,” Dan Hagan of Columbia, South Carolina, said.

Added Shola Sutton of Houston: “I’ve seen police all over the place.”

In Chicago, police are working 12-hour shifts.

Elsewhere, an extra 7,000 officers were deployed this weekend in New York City: on the ground, in the air, and on the water around Ground Zero.

But despite all the security, it’s always important to say something if you see something, authorities say, because the best defense is what they call people’s “sixth sense.”

“If you believe something is wrong,” U.S. Park Police Chief Robert MacLean said Friday, “or that the hair stands up on the back of your neck, don’t feel ashamed or embarrassed to reach out to a member of law enforcement that is in the area to let them know, ‘Hey, please check this.’”

That’s what a 911 caller did earlier this week at the Washington Navy Yard when she thought she heard gunfire. It turned out to be a false alarm but, police say, that’s exactly what they want people to do.

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July 4th Fireworks Accident Injures Nine in Colorado

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Tracy Fox/iStock/Thinkstock(AVON, Colo.) — About nine people suffered minor injuries during a fireworks mishap in a Colorado town late Friday evening, officials said.

The incident occurred in Avon, where the town was having its annual Salute to the U.S.A. fireworks show. A shell appeared to have exploded in its tube instead of properly firing into the sky, according to a news release issued by the town manager.

“The misfired shell caused the rack of 5” shells to tip in two directions causing two to three shells to cross into the crowd,” the statement said.

Nine people experienced minor abrasion burns from the accident, the town said. They were treated by medical staff at the scene and released.

Deputy Chief Greg Daly said the show, which is in its 29th year and draws about 20,000, had never experienced a production failure, and that authorities responded to the scene in less than a minute. “It is wonderful news that the injuries were very minor,” he said.

The cause of the accident is being investigated.

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Bark and Awe: The Working Dogs of the US Military

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — They’re some of the military’s most loyal and dedicated assets — and they also happen to be the furriest.

Military working dogs can help patrol bases, detect explosives and narcotics, and even take down hostile threats, all at the direction of their trainers.

“I would say it is the best military job there is. If I could do it forever, I would do it forever,” said Staff Sgt. Krystle Draper, a K-9 Handler stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. Her “partner” at work is military working dog Jop, who patrols the base to keep it safe.

Every day, Draper and Jop go through hours of rigorous training to keep the pup’s skills sharp. Jop can be unleashed on suspicious persons, incapacitating them with a fierce bite to the arm or leg. But Jop is also playful, often jumping into Draper’s arms.

Jop’s job can be a dangerous one. Many military dogs who experience trauma in war zones can show signs of post-traumatic stress, just like humans.

“If they have a traumatic experience and it could affect them for the rest of their lives.,” Draper said. “Dogs are similar to people in many ways. They’re very emotionally connected.”

Military working dogs serve tours of duty just like servicemembers and usually work until they’re 8 or 9 years old, after which they can be adopted by their handlers, other military personnel or even civilians.

“They do all the same things we do minus getting paid, minus getting benefits, minus getting leave. They never truly have a day off if you think about it,” Draper points out. “They do all of this for a pat on the back, a ‘good boy,’ and a toy.”

But it’s clear that the love shared between handler and dog is the most important benefit — and an unconditional one.

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