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Passenger Arriving at Newark Evaluated for Possible Ebola

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) — A passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels on United flight 998 Tuesday was being evaluated for possible symptoms of Ebola, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The passenger was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Newark, N.J., which was designated as the facility for any passengers flagged by health screeners at the airport, the CDC said.

“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola,” the CDC said in a statement Tuesday night. “The passenger is being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.”

The CDC said that if it is determined that the other passengers were in any risk of exposure they will be contacted by CDC or state or local health officials.

United said in a statement: “Health officials examined a passenger. The other customers were cleared and deplaned normally.”

Additionally Tuesday, an adult and a child, both of whom began their trips in Liberia, were taken from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to hospitals to be evaluated for Ebola, although in both cases the CDC decided not to test for Ebola.

Enhanced screening measures for passengers arriving from the three West African countries went into effect just this week. According to those measures, passengers arriving in the U.S. from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia can only disembark at five airports, including Newark and O’Hare.


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Samantha Greenlee, Pregnant 22-Year-Old, Found Dead in Ohio

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Columbus Division of Police(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — The body of a missing pregnant 22-year-old Ohio woman was found and her boyfriend is under arrest, charged with her murder, authorities told ABC News.

Samantha Greenlee had been missing since Oct. 8.

Her boyfriend, Jacob Ferrero, 22, who’s also the father of her unborn child, was arrested by the Columbus Police Department Wednesday morning. He’s charged with murder and aggravated arson, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to the arrest report.

Ferrero gave a full confession to a fire investigator before leading police to the location of Greenlee’s body, authorities told ABC News.

Greenlee was last seen working her waitressing shift at a local restaurant before heading home, police said. Two days later, she missed a doctor’s appointment –- and a fire broke out in the apartment, with Ferrero telling police that their dog kicked over a candle, igniting the fire.

He later confessed to starting the fire as a way to cover up Greenlee’s death, authorities said.

The developments in the case come hours after family and friends held a vigil, hoping for Greenlee’s safe return.

“She was a caring person. She always thought about other people,” her father Douglas Greenlee told ABC News on Tuesday. “She would do stuff for others before she would think about herself.”

Greenlee’s mother Winnie Chutes said it was uncommon for her daughter to go so long without contact.

“Samantha would have contacted us by now. There’s a reason why she’s not contacting us,” Chutes said.


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Wireless Store Robbed of $100K Worth of Phones and Computers

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by

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Apple(GARDEN GROVE, Calif.) — In what could be described as the modern day equivalent of a jewelry store heist, thieves in Garden Grove, California, broke into a wireless store early Tuesday morning and made off with what cops say was about a $100,000 worth of phones and computers.

The robbers apparently knew what they were looking for because Oztec Wireless said that around 100 Apple iPhone6s were taken along with 20 iPads and a bunch of laptops.

A surveillance video spotted three hooded men, assumed to be in their 20s, breaking into the store and then using bolt cutters to shatter glass cases containing their ill-gotten gain.

Store owner Vu Bui first learned what happened when he was awakened by security company ADT and then viewed the video of the heist on his phone.

By the time he arrived, the crooks were long gone but left a trail of electronics around the back of the store that led to their escape route.


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Dallas Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Upgraded to Good Condition

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) — Nina Pham, the first nurse who contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was upgraded from fair condition to good condition on Tuesday.

Pham was transferred to the National Institute of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda on Oct. 16. Prior to departing the Dallas hosital, Pham had been listed in good condition, but was downgraded upon arrival in Maryland. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH’s Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, declined to say why she was listed in fair condition following the trip, but said she had endured a long trip from Dallas.

According to an NIH statement, Pham “has expressed her gratitude for everyone’s concerns and well wishes.”


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Coach Suspensions Continued in NJ High School Football Hazing Scandal

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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ABC News(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) — The Board of Education at the New Jersey high school embroiled in a football hazing scandal continued the suspension of the team’s coaches with pay during an emotional meeting Tuesday night.

Among the teachers suspended at Sayreville War Memorial High School were five with tenure, including head football coach George Najjar. The board said it would continue its investigation of the incidents, which allegedly involved older members of the team brutalizing freshmen players.

Seven football players at the school accused in the hazing scandal face a variety of criminal charges as investigators try to determine the depths of the alleged abuse. Three students face sex-crime charges, and others face charges including aggravated sexual assault to conspiracy and criminal restraint.

The players were charged after four victims were allegedly held against their will in four separate incidents, while the defendants improperly touched them in a sexual manner, police said.

The seven suspects have all been suspended from school, with the football season canceled indefinitely amid the hazing investigation. There have been no official statements on any involvement by the coaches in the hazing.

Authorities with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office have not announced whether they intend to charge any of them as adults.


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Ben Bradlee, Top “Washington Post” Editor During Watergate, Dies At 93

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) –  Ben Bradlee, the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate era, has died, the newspaper reported on its website Tuesday night. He was 93.

A native of Boston, Bradlee began his career at the age of 20 in a grand fashion. He graduated from Harvard, got married to his first wife, Jean Saltonstall, and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific.

He went on to work for Newsweek, first in postwar Paris and then in Washington D.C., where he counted then-Senator John F. Kennedy as a friend. Bradlee was promoted to managing editor of the Washington Post in 1965 and rose through the ranks to become executive editor in 1968. It was a post Bradlee held until his retirement in 1991.

During his tenure, Bradlee steered the newspaper to national prominence, in part by reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

While Bradlee was known as a top editor in Washington, he became a household name when the movie All the President’s Men, detailing the Watergate scandal, hit the big screen in 1976.

Bradlee was portrayed by actor Jason Robards, who starred alongside Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, who played reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.

The Washington Post credits Bradlee with helping to expand its coverage by opening bureaus around the world, leading to it becoming one of the most preeminent newspapers in the United States.

Bradlee’s wife, Sally Quinn, said in a recent television interview with C-SPAN that her husband of 36 years had dementia and suffered a decline in health in recent months.

Seeing her husband’s decline was “the most horrible experience I have ever had,” Quinn said.

However, she said her ability to care for him was something she held “sacred.”

Bradlee was awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2013 for his reporting and leadership during the Vietnam War and Watergate. He also still loved catching up with old colleagues — something Quinn said her husband did until recently.

“He was going to the office once a week to have lunch with the guys,” Quinn said. “They would talk about the good old days and journalism.”

President Obama released a statement on Tuesday night calling Bradlee a “true newspaperman.”

“The standard he set – a standard for honest, objective, meticulous reporting – encouraged so many others to enter the profession,” the statement continued, offering thoughts and prayers to Bradlee’s family.


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Times Square Bus Driver Goes From Suspect to Hero

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — No charges will be filed against a New York bus driver who was arrested after he smashed into a lamp post in Times Square this summer, after an investigation into the crash determined that the driver was actually a hero.

William Dalambert was at the wheel of a Gray Line bus in August when the bus slammed into a lamp post, knocking it down. Several people were injured. Dalambert was arrested and police initially said he had failed a sobriety test.

A full drug and alcohol screen test was performed later, which cleared Dalambert of being impaired.

“As part of the two-month-long investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous eyewitnesses, including the only witness on the bus, a tour guide riding with Dalambert at the time of the crash,” a statement from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said.

“After obtaining phone records, video, and running tests on an identical bus, we have concluded that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver steered the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk,” the statement said.

The DA’s office said Dalambert “voluntarily submitted to sobriety and toxicology tests, which came back negative.”


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Three American Girls En Route to Syria Tracked Down by FBI

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The FBI has tracked down three American teenage girls in Germany as they were en route to Syria to join militant groups, a law enforcement official told ABC News Tuesday.

The girls, who are from the Denver area, were trying “to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign” by radical groups in Syria, including ISIS, the official said.

This is part of a worrisome trend of “disaffected youth” who are being radicalized, the official said, pointing to the wider phenomenon of foreign fighters converging on the conflict in the region. While these girls were 15 or 16 years old, there are other cases of high-school-age kids trying to get to Syria that haven’t been made public, the official said.

The girls were persuaded to travel overseas and were in contact with someone in Germany, the official said, noting that someone close to them notified authorities.

They were turned around and sent back to the United States, the official said, noting that because they are minors, it’s not clear whether they will be charged with anything or be “arrested.”

According to a federal law enforcement source briefed on the case, two of the girls are sisters, ages 15 and 17, and the third girl is 16 years old.

The sisters are believed to be of Somali nationality, and the third girl is believed to be Sudanese, though the citizenship and immigration status of all three girls is unclear.


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Jodi Arias Death Penalty Trial Begins with Shocking Photo

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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ABC News(PHOENIX) — The death penalty phase of Jodi Arias’ murder trial started Tuesday with both sides promising it would be just as lurid and grisly as last year’s murder trial.

The prosecution began its case with a shocking photo. Prosecutor Juan Martinez showed a photo of Arias’ ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander’s throat slit within minutes of starting to make his case, saying, “This is how much she loved him.”

Arias’ defense attorney Kirk Nurmi argued that she shouldn’t be put to death because she has been diagnosed with both post traumatic stress disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, calling her a “troubled, mentally ill young woman.”

The Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona was filled with supporters on either side, including Alexander’s siblings on one side of the room and Arias’ parents and brother on the other.

Arias, now 34, was found guilty of murder last year, but the first jury was unable to agree on whether Arias should be condemned to death. The current jury of 12 women and six men — which includes six alternates — will be asked to decide whether Arias is executed.

“It is up to you to write the final chapter of this story,” said Nurmi, a state-appointed defense attorney who represented Arias throughout the nearly six-month trial last year.

Nurmi dedicated much of his nearly 45-minute opening statement issuing warnings to the jury, warning that there will be graphic evidence including autopsy photos, sexually explicit photos, and transcriptions of the X-rated text messages that Arias exchanged with Alexander in the months before his June 2008 murder.


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Creepy Clown Sightings Spread Across Nation

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 by

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KOAT(NEW YORK) — Days after several reports of spooky clowns alarming residents in California, pranksters in similar costumes are popping up in other states.

Sgt. Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department in Indiana thinks his town is dealing with a copycat.

“We have had over the past week three calls of a suspicious person dressed in a creepy clown outfit,” Weger told ABC News Tuesday. “We believe it’s just one individual dressing up as a clown and kind of creeping people out a bit.”

Police looked for the clown but never found him, he added.

“As of right now, he hasn’t broken any law,” Weger said.

The reports come after similar sightings this month in Bakersfield, California, and the launch of social media accounts using the name “Wasco Clown,” showing a scary clown posing at different locations in Bakersfield and nearby cities.

Fishers, Indiana, isn’t alone in the new sightings, days before Halloween. Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were recently spooked when a scary clown posed for a photo in front of a local restaurant and posted it on social media. But the clown, Tickles, told ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV in Albuquerque that he didn’t mean any harm by the scary photo.

“I haven’t gotten any phone calls, but we’ve had several news outlets here in Albuquerque report on it,” Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said of the spooky clown. “It has not become a police matter yet.”

And clowns have also reportedly appeared in Jacksonville, Florida, popping up on security footage.

The World Clown Association says such spooky sightings are giving clowns a bad rap.

“People dressed as horror clowns are not ‘real clowns,’” World Clown Association President-elect Randy Christensen said. “They are taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience.”

Clowns, he added, should promote “positive, family-friendly” enjoyment.


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