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Dec112010

Wintery Weather Batters Midwest, Great Lakes

Photo Courtesy - KSTP-TV Minneapolis(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A major, triple-threat storm is expected to bring heavy snow, rain and strong winds to the Midwest and Great Lakes this weekend.

Six states are under blizzard watches or blizzard warnings. Winter storm warnings extend through ten states from North Dakota east to Ohio.

Snow is expected to total nearly a foot or more near downtown Minneapolis, through the area of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Behind the snow comes the cold. Wakeup temperatures Sunday near Bismarck, N.D., could be near 20-below. Wind-chill could make it feel like 30- to 35-below.

The cold will then head east and south to Florida, where temperatures in Orlando are expected to be below freezing by Tuesday morning.

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Saturday
Dec112010

Envoy to Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke in 'Critical' Condition

Photo Courtesy - Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke was in critical condition in a Washington hospital Saturday morning with his family gathered around him.  Holbrooke underwent surgery early in the morning to repair a tear in his aorta.

Holbrooke, who was hospitalized for heart trouble earlier this year, became ill Friday afternoon during a meeting at the State Department with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  He gasped and was obviously unwell.  He was able to walk out of the meeting and was treated first by medical personnel at the State Department.  Holbrooke was then taken to George Washington University Hospital for treatment of what was initially believed to be a blood clot.

Ambassador Holbrooke was expected to participate in the administration's rollout of its review of operations in Afghanistan on Thursday.  ABC News has learned that the review is essentially complete but it appears unlikely Holbrooke will be well enough to take part.

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Saturday
Dec112010

Teens Try Week With No Facebook, Texting

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(SEATTLE) -- Facebook and texting are like food and water for modern-day teenagers. But this week, students at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline, Wash., have tried to go cold turkey in a challenge they called "the social experiment."

Along with their rival high school, the students took a trip back to 1995: no Facebook, no texting, no e-mail, no instant messaging. Except for emergencies, they didn't even use their cell phones.

When they return to school on Monday, the students will see who survived without status updates, and who was tempted to text. The tech-addicted kids were inspired by their video production teacher, Trent Mitchell, who said he hoped his students could "think about ways they can communicate besides just sending a quick 'OMG, LOL' message."

The time away from the computer led some students to appreciate old-fashioned forms of entertainment, like reading a paper-and-ink book.

Mitchell said about 250 students and teachers at each high school planned to go tech-free for the week. Students who survived the week -- and didn't get caught by the "Facebook spies" who were monitoring students' online habits -- stood to win prizes donated by businesses in the community. Students in his video production class were filming the experiment and creating documentaries out of their footage.

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Friday
Dec102010

Boyfriend Nicholas Brooks Charged in Death of Fashion Designer Sylvie Cachay at NY Hotel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for IMG(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have filed attempted murder and strangulation charges against Nicholas Brooks, the boyfriend of a New York fashion designer found dead at an exclusive members-only hotel and private club in the city.

Sylvie Cachay's partially clothed body was discovered at 3 a.m. Thursday in an overflowing hotel bathtub at the SoHo House -- a boutique hotel often visited by celebrities and the wealthy.

Brooks, 24, the son of Oscar-winning composer Joseph Brooks, was cooperating with police before his arrest.

According to police, Cachay had red marks around her collarbone. The New York Daily News reported investigators first were looking into whether Cachay died of a drug overdose, but later investigated if she was strangled.

Cachay's friends and family released a statement saying that "the world has lost a beautiful soul. She will be deeply and painfully missed."

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Friday
Dec102010

Brittany Mae Smith, Missing Virginia Girl, Found Safe in California

Phtoo Courtesy - ABC News (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Brittany Mae Smith, the 12-year-old girl from Salem, Va., who went missing for a week, has been found safe in San Francisco.

"She is well and she is in good hands at this time," Roanoke County, Va., Police Chief Ray Lavinder told reporters hours after Brittany was found. "She's been in touch with her family. They're very relieved and I'm assuming maybe a family member will go out there and escort her back."

Police in Roanoke, Va., added that Jeffrey Scott Easley, 32, was in custody in connection with the case. He was a suspect both in Brittany's disappearance and in the death of her mother, Tina Smith.  Police issued an Amber Alert for Brittany on Dec. 6 after discovering the body of her mother in their Salem, Va. home.

Lavinder said Brittany and Easley were spotted by a police tipster in an unspecified retail store in San Francisco. Police soon took the pair into custody without resistance. 

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Friday
Dec102010

Ambassador Holbrooke Treated for Bloodclot after 'Medical Situation' at the State Department

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke was meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when he suddenly gasped and clearly suffered some sort of medical situation.

He is said to have walked out of her office on his own power and was tended to by medical personnel at the State Department before being transported to George Washington University Hospital where he was to be treated for a blood clot.

Earlier Friday, US Department of the Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske announced that Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner was also admitted to GWU Hospital. This morning Geithner was admitted for treatment for a kidney stone.

“He will have a minor surgical procedure this afternoon to remove the kidney stone, and his physician expects that he will be discharged tomorrow with orders to rest this weekend,” Adamske said. “He has been told that he should be able to return to work on Monday.”

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Friday
Dec102010

Elizabeth Smart Kidnapper Found Guilty

Photo Courtesy - George Frey/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The jury in the Elizabeth Smart case found Brian David Mitchell guilty Friday of kidnapping and rape.

The jury determined Mitchell was mentally stable and only deliberated a few hours before it announced the verdict.

Mitchell abducted Smart from her bedroom when she was 14 and raped her on a near-daily basis until she was found nine months later.

The lawyer for the former street preacher did not dispute Mitchell’s guilt, but said he was delusional. Prosecutors said Mitchell faked his behavior to appear crazy.

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Friday
Dec102010

Geithner to Undergo Surgery to Remove Kidney Stone

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was admitted to a Washington, D.C., hospital Friday morning for a procedure intended to treat a kidney stone.

The surgery -- referred to in a statement by Treasury spokesman Steve Adamske as “minor” -- is expected to take place Friday at George Washington University Hospital. Geithner will remain hospitalized overnight before being discharged on Saturday.

Doctors expect the secretary will be well enough to return to work on Monday.

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Friday
Dec102010

NYC Fashion Designer Found Dead at SoHo House Hotel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images for IMG(NEW YORK) -- Authorities questioned the boyfriend of a 33-year-old fashion designer after she was found dead inside a New York members-only hotel and private club Thursday. Sylvie Cachay's partially clothed body was discovered inside an overflowing hotel bathtub at the exclusive SoHo House -- a boutique hotel often visited by celebrities and the wealthy.

"Soho House is full of celebrities, has very prominent New York City membership and it's very exclusive," said New York Magazine senior editor Chris Rovzar. "So of course when a fashion designer is found dead in a hotel room here it's going to raise eyebrows."

Police were called to the scene at about 3 a.m. after a hotel guest noticed water leaking into a room below Cachay's. The woman’s boyfriend, Nicholas Brooks, 24, told authorities the two checked in together and then he left to have some drinks with people he met at the hotel. When he returned, Brooks found police already in his room.

The New York Daily News reported investigators were first looking into whether Cachay died of a drug overdose but are now investigating if she was strangled.

Cachay designed for Tommy Hilfiger and Victoria's Secret before breaking out to start her own fashion line. 

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Friday
Dec102010

New Orleans Cops Found Guilty of Shooting, Burning Man Post-Katrina

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Three New Orleans police officers were found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man and burning his remains in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A federal jury in New Orleans convicted officers David Warren, Greg McRae and Lt. Travis McCabe for the death of civilian Henry Glover on Sept. 2, 2005.

During the month-long trial, jurors heard evidence that Warren shot Glover in the back as he was running away from him.  After the shooting, Glover's brother and a friend flagged down a passing motorist who drove the wounded victim to a nearby police station for help.  The officers surrounded the men, handcuffing them while allowing Glover to die in the back seat of the car.  McRae then took off in the vehicle -- with Glover's body inside -- and set the car on fire with a traffic flare, burning evidence of the body.

Warren was found guilty of a civil rights violation and use of a firearm during a crime of manslaughter, and faces a possible life sentence.  McRae was charged with two counts of civil rights violations, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of using fire in the commission of a felony, and could face 50 years in prison.  McCabe was also convicted with obstruction of justice, as well as lying to the FBI and committing perjury, and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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