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Saturday
Oct252014

Fiancee of Ebola Doctor Expected to Be Released Saturday

VILevi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- City officials are expected to release the fiancée of Dr. Craig Spencer, who is quarantined in New York with the Ebola virus, from Bellevue hospital Saturday.

Morgan Dixon is expected to be quarantined at the Manhattan apartment she shared with Spencer, until the end of the 21-day incubation period for Ebola. Two friends of Spencer who spent time with him after his return from West Africa are also quarantined at their homes.

Spencer became the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he was hospitalized Thursday. He developed a fever that morning and alerted authorities, who transported the doctor from his Harlem apartment in a specially designated ambulance.

"We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery," the Dixon family said in a statement Saturday.

Health officials said he felt tired on Tuesday and then spent a day out in the city on Wednesday. Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

"We are very proud of and support the work Craig has been involved with throughout this career," the Dixon family said.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Health Worker Quarantined in New Jersey Describes Harrowing Ordeal

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Airport officials are poorly handling health care workers returning from Africa, says a nurse who was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey airport and tested negative for Ebola on Saturday.

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who landed at New Jersey's Newark Liberty Airport on Friday, described the scene at the airport as "a frenzy of disorganization, fear," in an essay she wrote for Dallas Morning News.

"I am scared about how health care workers will be treated at airports when they declare that they have been fighting Ebola in West Africa," Hickox wrote.

After she told an immigration official that she was returning from Sierra Leone, she was escorted to a quarantine office where she was interrogated by a number of officials, including one from the CDC, she wrote.

Hickox said her interrogators treated her like a criminal.

"One man who must have been an immigration officer because he was wearing a weapon belt that I could see protruding from his white coveralls barked questions at me as if I was a criminal," she wrote.

Although Hickox showed no signs of Ebola symptoms, she was detained for several hours.

"Four hours after I landed at the airport, an official approached me with a forehead scanner," she wrote. "My cheeks were flushed, I was upset at being held with no explanation. The scanner recorded my temperature as 101."

Hickox, who has degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and Johns Hopkins University, tried to explain that an oral thermometer would have been more accurate and that the scanner was recording a fever because she was upset and her face was flushed.

When it was decided that Hickox had to go to a hospital, she was transported by eight police cars.

"Sirens blared, lights flashed," Hickox wrote. "Again, I wondered what I had done wrong."

It wasn't until she had her temperature and other vitals properly taken with an oral thermometer that officials realized she didn't have Ebola.

"My blood was taken and tested for Ebola. It came back negative," Hickox wrote.

Health officials confirmed that a nurse had been quarantined at Newark Liberty International Airport despite not having any symptoms, developing a fever only hours into the quarantine. A preliminary test for Ebola came back negative for the nurse, the state's Health Department said in a statement Saturday.

Hickox will remain in mandatory quarantine for 21 days.

On Friday, governors in New York and New Jersey announced that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Illinois Department of Public Health also announced a mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who cared for Ebola patients in the same countries.

The announcements came a day after Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, who treated Ebola patients in Guinea, tested positive for the virus. He is isolated at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also tightened guidelines on Thursday to require 21-day self-monitoring -- but not quarantines -- for travelers to Ebola-affected regions.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Suspects in Sacramento Area Shooting Identified

aijohn784/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department confirmed that both suspects in the shooting that left two officers dead and an officer and a bystander injured.

The SCSD identified the two suspects as Marcelo Marquez, 34, and Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38. Both suspects have addresses of record in Utah.

The pair were each booked for felony carjacking and attempted murder, while Marcelo Marquez was also booked for felony murder.

Neither suspect had a criminal history prior to this arrest, the SCSD said.

Authorities said Deputy Danny Oliver of the SCSD was shot in the head on Friday when he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot. The suspects allegedly carjacked a vehicle, shooting a bystander and drove north to the location where two Placer County deputies were shot. One of those two later died.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Judge Denies Request from Defense Team for James Holmes

Photo by Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images(AURORA, Colo.) -- A district court judge on Friday denied a request by the defense lawyers for James Holmes, the movie theater shooter, requesting an extension to the Oct. 29 deadline to file motions related to his second Court-ordered sanity examination.

The defense argued that it had not received the report from Dr. William Reid until Oct. 15, just two weeks before the deadline. "There are simply not enough hours in the day...to not only watch, but mentally process and digest 22 hours of forensic interviews of their client...flesh out all of the legal issues involved, and draft all of the motions that will need to be drafted concerning Dr. Reid's report by October 29," the defense argued in a complaint.

Judge Carlos A. Samour, Jr. disagreed, saying in his denial of the request that "there are 336 hours in a two-week period. Considering the manpower and the extensive resources available to defense counsel, and considering further how much notice the defense and its experts have enjoyed regarding the deadline at issue, two weeks are sufficient to file any appropriate motions."

The judge did give one exception for motions "strictly related to the discoverable documentation from Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo underlying the second sanity examination." For such motions, the new deadline will be Nov. 20.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Fiancee's Family Confident in Medical Care Ebola Doctor Receiving

Craig Spencer/LinkedIn(NEW YORK) -- The family of Morgan Dixon, the fiancée of the New York doctor who tested positive for Ebola, said in a statement Saturday that they are confident in the medical care he's receiving.

Dr. Craig Spencer has been in an isolation unit at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday. His fiancée, Morgan Dixon, is also quarantined there, although she hasn't shown any symptoms of the virus.

"The Dixon family is asking for your thoughts and prayers for Craig Spencer and his fiancee, our daughter, Morgan Dixon," read the statement.

The Dixon family said they have not had physical contact with their daughter or Spencer, 33, since his return to New York from Guinea.

Two friends of Spencer are also under quarantine at home. Neither has shown symptoms of the virus.

Spencer became the fourth person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States after he was hospitalized Thursday. He developed a fever that morning and alerted authorities, who transported the doctor from his Harlem apartment in a specially designated ambulance.

"We have confidence in the medical care Craig is receiving and we are hoping for a complete recovery," the Dixon family said.

Health officials said he felt tired on Tuesday and then spent a day out in the city on Wednesday. Spencer returned to the U.S. on October 17 after treating Ebola patients for Doctors Without Borders.

"We are very proud of and support the work Craig has been involved with throughout this career," the Dixon family said.


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Saturday
Oct252014

Cafeteria Worker Tried Stopping Washington School Shooter

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- A cafeteria worker tried stopping a freshman homecoming prince who opened fire inside his Washington state high school, killing one person and injuring four others - including two of his relatives - before shooting himself.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Saturday that it had finished its on-scene investigation of the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 40 miles north of Seattle. Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at the school.

The Sheriff's Office didn't detail what the cafeteria worker did while attempting to stop Fryberg, 14.

A .40 caliber handgun was recovered from the school, said the Sheriff's Office, which believes it was the weapon used in the Friday shooting that left one female victim dead.

Marysville police have said the gun used in the shooting was legally acquired, though have not said by whom.


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Friday
Oct242014

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

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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Friday
Oct242014

Homecoming Prince Identified as High School Shooting Suspect

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) -- A high school homecoming prince in Washington state calmly opened fire in the school cafeteria at lunchtime, killing one person and injuring four others - including two of his relatives - before shooting himself to death, police and witnesses said.

Eyewitnesses and law enforcement sources identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, about 40 miles north of Seattle.

Fryberg, 14, was on the football team and a video from this year's homecoming game showed him named the freshman class homecoming prince.

Marysville police refused to release the name of the shooter publicly, but said he was a student at the school and the gun he used was legally acquired, though it was unclear by whom. The deceased victim was a female.

Two of the victims, 14-year-old Nate Hatch and 15-year-old Andrew Fryberg, are relatives of the shooter, according to Hatch's grandfather and a source within the Tulalip Tribes. Some of its members were involved in the shooting.

"My grandson and the shooter were best friends," said the boy's grandfather, Donald Hatch. "They grew up together and did everything together."

The other victims, identified by Providence Regional Medical Center Everett as Shaylee Chuckulnaskit and Gia Soriano, each 14, remain in critical condition, said Roberts. Their head injuries were so severe they were not immediately identifiable, and officials met with relatives to ask about birthmarks and descriptions of their children's clothing to help make a match.

A 911 caller reported the shooting at 10:39 a.m. Friday, said Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux. School security officers arrived at the cafeteria two minutes later, then confirmed "the shooter was down."

"They're traumatized -- there's no doubt about it," Lamoureux said of the students. "There's a lot of healing that has to take place in this community."

Marysville-Pilchuck High School will be closed all of next week, and the football game for a division title that was scheduled for Friday evening was cancelled after the opposing team offered to take second place, schools Superintendent Becky Berg said.

"We are indeed heartsick," Berg said.


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Nathan Heckerdorf, a student at the school, told ABC News that he spoke to the shooting suspect before the first class of the day to see how he was doing because he allegedly got into a fight over racial slurs.

The suspect claimed to be alright, and Heckerdorf thought he seemed normal.

Heckerdorf spoke to ABC News by phone while he was waiting to be evacuated from a classroom that he ran into when he heard gunshots.

"We were told to get away from the windows," Heckerdorf told ABC News of what he and about 25 other students were doing inside the classroom.

He said the school splits lunch into two periods and the people in the cafeteria at the time of the first shooting would have been there because they had the earlier lunch.

He was headed to the cafeteria but ran away when he heard the gunshots. He said that someone pulled the fire alarm immediately afterwards, causing everyone to scatter.

"Everybody's still shaken up," Heckerdorf said. "Some people are crying. But, as of now, it's a pretty calm atmosphere."

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Eyewitness Alyx Peitzsch told ABC News affiliate KOMO that she was in the cafeteria when the shooting started and she heard four gunshots.

She estimated that there were perhaps 50 people in the cafeteria but she ran out of the room as soon as she heard the shots.

Peitzsch and many other students ran to a church near the school where her mother picked her up.

Police cleared the school's multiple buildings to ensure that the situation was stable and to look for injured students, Lamoureux said, before transitioning from a dynamic scene to an investigative scene. Several hours after the shooting, several students still were being questioned, he added.

The FBI had a SWAT team involved in the searches, and was supporting local authorities by providing additional victim specialists, who have extensive knowledge and experience in assisting victims, witnesses of crisis situations, and their families, an FBI spokeswoman in Seattle said.

President Obama was briefed on the shooting within hours of the incident.


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Friday
Oct242014

What We Know About the Washington State High School Shooting Suspect

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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Friday
Oct242014

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

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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