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Yankees Announcer John Sterling Among Hundreds Displaced in New Jersey Fire

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(EDGEWATER, N.J.) — Yankees announcer John Sterling and hundreds of others were left homeless after a massive fire tore through a luxury apartment complex in New Jersey Wednesday.

With the flames engulfing The Avalon at Edgewater in the city of Edgewater, located along the Hudson River across from Manhattan, plumes of thick, black smoke spread from the blaze.

New York emergency officials advised residents in Manhattan and the Bronx that they might see or smell smoke.

Residents were ordered to evacuate and were led to a nearby school. As the fire continued to rage, hundreds who lived at the complex, including New York Yankees announcer John Sterling, wondered what would be left of their homes.

“I don’t know what to expect. Now, I have nowhere to go. And I need a toothbrush,” Sterling told the New York Daily News after finding a hotel room.

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Home of Sandy Hook School Shooter to Be Demolished

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

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Stephen Dunn/Hartford Courant/MCT via Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Officials in Newtown, Connecticut, Wednesday approved a decision to raze the home of Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter, and leave it as open space.

It was on Dec. 14, 2012 that Lanza, 20, first killed his mother inside the house and then went to the school where he shot dead 20 first-grade students and six educators. Lanza, who was deemed to be severely disturbed, then took his own life.

Following the tragedy, a bank acquired the 3,100-square foot home before turning it over to Newtown last December.

Officials first received permission from victims’ families about the decision to destroy the house and promised that if the land was sold, proceeds would go to the survivors.

Prior to transferring the Lanza home to the town, the bank removed all the contents of the house to be incinerated so that nothing would be left for unscrupulous collectors to sell for a profit.

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Report: Civil Rights Charges Unlikely in Michael Brown Shooting Case

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The racially-charged case involving a white police officer who shot an unarmed black teen to death in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer will likely end with no civil rights charges filed by the Justice Department, according to The New York Times, although no formal decision has been reached.

A grand jury last November absolved former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s shooting death, a decision that touched off violent demonstrations and a nationwide movement against alleged police abuses against African-Americans.

Brown’s parents and civil rights activists have hoped that the Justice Department would keep the case open by deeming that Brown’s civil rights were violated when he was shot six times by Wilson following an altercation.

However, the Times reports that the Justice Department has apparently found no reason to differ from the findings of the grand jury, which took two months to investigate the shooting.

To be charged with civil rights violations, there has to be proof that Wilson knew that shooting Brown was wrong but he chose to do so anyway.

It’s not known when the Department of Justice will make its formal announcement in a legal memo. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is leaving his post, had promised to deliver the decision before stepping down.

Meanwhile, it’s expected that Brown’s family will file civil charges against Wilson and the Ferguson police department.

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St. Louis County Police Release Surveillance Video of 180 Looting Suspects After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The St. Louis County Police Department is seeking to identify more than 180 suspects who they say looted the Dellwood Market in Dellwood, Mo., in the aftermath of the grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The SLCPD posted a surveillance video to its website showing numerous suspects in the looting of the market on Nov. 24, 2014. Police also included screengrabs of many of the suspects, and have already identified at least two of them by name.

Police hope the public can aid in the identification of the suspects.

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Commanding Officer at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base Relieved of Command

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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Walter Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The officer in charge of the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been fired for a “loss of confidence” after he allegedly had an affair with a woman whose husband was recently found dead in the waters off the base.

Captain John Nettleton was relieved of command on Wednesday by Rear Adm. Mary M. Jackson, commander of Navy Region Southeast, “due to loss of confidence in Nettleton’s ability to command,” according to a statement from the Navy.

The statement declined to give additional details because of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which is focused on the death of Christopher Tur, a civilian employee at the Navy Exchange on the base who had moved to Guantanamo with his family in June 2011.

Tur, 42, was found dead in the waters off the base on the morning of January 10, a day after he had been reported missing, said Navy Region Southeast spokesman Mike Andrews. A U.S. official said there was no obvious cause of death.

The official said that information came to light during the investigation into Tur’s death that led the Navy to relieve Nettleton of command. Officials said the investigation found that Nettleton had allegedly been having an affair with Tur’s wife Lara, the director of the Fleet and Family Services Center at the base.

Adultery is a crime under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Nettleton has been temporarily reassigned to Jackson’s staff at Navy Region Southeast in Jacksonville, Florida. He had assumed duties as commanding officer at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay on Jun. 29, 2012.

Nettleton’s command did not include the detention facility at Guantanamo, which is headed by a one-star Navy admiral. The detention camp is a tenant facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

Capt. Scott Gray, Jackson’s chief of staff, has been assigned as acting commanding officer at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

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Cincinnati Man Accused of Planning Attack on Capitol Building Indicted

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — The Cincinnati man accused of planning an attack on the U.S. Capitol Building was indicted on Wednesday.

Christopher Cornell faces one count of attempted murder of government employees and officials, one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of attempted crime of violence.

A federal grand jury said that Cornell intended to “unlawfully kill officers and employees of the United States…by attempting to attack the United States Capitol Building.” Cornell allegedly planned the attack from August 2014 through January 2015.

Cornell allegedly possessed two M15 semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, the indictment says.

Cornell was arrested on Jan. 14. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 22.

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Drone Captures Mesmerizing Aerials of Virginia Snowfall

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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estt/iStock/Thinkstock(LEESBURG, Va.) — Wednesday’s East Coast snowstorm made the weather outside frightful for some, but one man’s drone footage taken with a GoPro shows a winter wonderland.

As the drone smoothly glides above a Leesburg, Virginia, neighborhood, the aerial footage captures the snowfall and the mesmerizing symmetry of a series of snow-covered roofs, roads and lawns.

Two videos of the snowfall were uploaded to YouTube by Chris Turner, a Leesburg resident and software engineer.

The first video, taken around 10:45 a.m., was Turner’s first drone flight attempt in snow, according to the description on his YouTube video.

The second video is a follow-up on the weather two hours later. It was taken around 1:45 p.m. when it was still snowing and the accumulation was around 2 inches, he says in the video’s description.

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Second Day of Jury Selection in Movie Theater Shooting Trial

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images(DENVER) — Wednesday was the second day of jury selection in the trial of James Holmes, the man who has admitted to killing 12 people at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater in 2012.

Holmes appeared in court for the second consecutive day, wearing a similar outfit as he did on Tuesday — a dark coat, khaki pants, a dress shirt and glasses. One potential juror was released to go to a hospital after arriving violently ill, vomiting and requesting an ambulance. That juror is expected to return later.

A small number of potential jurors were released over concerns, including the inability to speak English.

Holmes sat in his chair, rocking back and forth and listening to the judge. He is pleading not guilty by reason of insanity.

Through two days, the jury pool still contains about 7,000 potential jurors.

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Surgeon Slain in Boston Shooting Survived by Pregnant Wife, Three Kids

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) — The doctor who died of his injuries after a lone gunman entered a Boston hospital and shot him Tuesday was expecting a baby with his wife, the hospital said on Wednesday.

Cardiovascular surgeon Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, succumbed to his injuries late Tuesday, officials said.

Davidson has three children — ages 9, 7 and 2-and-a-half years old — and his wife is 7 months pregnant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital said Wednesday.

Four of Davidson’s colleagues spoke about him Wednesday at the hospital, remembering him as “almost always the smartest man in the room.”

“You all should be absolutely assured that Michael Davidson was one of the kindest, best possible men that ever walked on this earth,” his colleague and mentor Dr. Andrew Eisenhauer said Wednesday at a news conference. “We knew that and his patients knew that and his family knows that.”

The gunman, who is also dead, was identified by police as Stephen Pasceri, 55, of Millbury, Massachusetts. He entered the building Tuesday morning asking by name for the doctor he would soon shoot, authorities said. After the shooting, Pasceri was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Davidson introduced himself to patients as “Mike Davidson” instead of “Dr. Davidson,” played guitar and had “a silly side,” his colleagues said. The band he and other Brigham and Women’s doctors played with was called “Operating Room.”

Dr. Pinak Shah, another colleague, said doctors at Brigham and Women’s Hospital never felt they would be the targets in a shooting like this.

“I think we’ve all said among ourselves we just can’t stop the resolve of physicians doing what we do,” Shah said. “We just have to keep going. And just try to take this as one of those things that hopefully will never repeat itself.”

The hospital lowered its flag to half mast and had a vigil at noon.

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Maryland Mansion Fire Poses Problems for Investigators

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by

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iStock/Thinkstock(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Federal investigators are getting their first up-close look Wednesday at the charred wreckage of a Maryland mansion, with six relatives still missing following a massive fire.

Tech executive Don Pyle, his wife Sandy and their four visiting grandchildren remain unaccounted for and are believed to have been inside the home when the fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Monday, according to family and neighbors. The fire — which was reported by an alarm-monitoring company — may have raged, in part, because the $9 million mansion didn’t have fire sprinklers, which were not required when it was built.

There were no reports of previous trouble at the home, and no records of recent lawsuits or serious financial trouble, ABC News has learned. But agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it’s too early to rule out foul play.

“We are going to sift through pieces of evidence, every piece in there, room by room, so that’s going to take time,” said Bill McCullem, a special agent with ATF’s Baltimore Field Division.

ATF investigators said they could be working at the scene of the decimated mansion for weeks.

The massive house collapsed as it burned, and heavy pieces of debris will need to be moved, county fire officials said.

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