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Newest Man on FBI's 10 Most Wanted List Captured

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo.) -- The most recent addition to the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted Fugitives" list has been taken into custody, according to authorities.

A press release from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department states that Denver FBI officials returned the fugitive, Edwin Ernesto Rivera-Gracias, to Colorado after he had fled to El Salvador.

Rivera-Gracias will face charges in the August 2011 murder of Richard Limon. Limon's body was found stabbed multiple times with duct tape covering his mouth and nose. Investigators believe Limon was already dead when his body was thrown from the side of a mountain road. A broken-off blade from a steak knife was found lodged in his chest.

According to an affidavit written by FBI Special Agent Russel Humphrey, Rivera-Gracias may have been upset because his girlfriend had told him that Limon molested her and sexually assaulted her mother.

Three other suspects were arrested in connection with the murder in August 2011: Raul Nunez-Soto, Tina Louise Moya and a 17-year-old juvenile female. Nunez-Soto and Moya each plead guilty, receiving sentences of 48 years in prison and 36 years in prison, respectively.

The FBI later launched an international manhunt to find Rivera-Gracias.  A federal judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2011 for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

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Two Teens Arrested in Georgia Baby Shooting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) -- Two teenage suspects, one as young as 14, have been arrested in the shooting death of a 1-year-old Georgia boy, who was killed as his mother pushed him in a stroller, police announced Friday.

Chief Tobe Green of the Brunswick Police Department said that Demarquis Elkins, 17, and a 14-year-old unidentified suspect whose name has been withheld because of his age, were arrested early this morning in connection with the baby's death, and both have been charged with first-degree murder.

"We are still investigating the motive, but we are trying to turn every stone to make sure we get a motive," Green said.

Green declined to provide further details, other than to say it continued to be an open investigation, and that no weapon had yet been recovered.

Under Georgia law, Elkins is considered an adult, Green said, but the younger suspect is considered a minor.

"We are still following up on leads from our witnesses and are still involved in collecting evidence," Green said. Search warrants had been issued at three locations near Brunswick, which has a population of about 15,500 people.

Brunswick police, along with a SWAT team and various agencies, had launched a vast manhunt across the Glynn County area in search of the two teenage suspects after the shooting on Thursday morning.

Sherry West, the 41-year-old mother of the child, told police she'd been walking her 13-month-old son, Antonio, in a stroller Thursday morning through their Brunswick, Ga., neighborhood when two African-American boys approached her and demanded money. When she told them she didn't have any money, West said one of the boys pulled out a handgun.

"He said, 'I'm going to kill you if you don't give me money,' and I said, 'I swear I don't have any,"' West told WAWS-TV in Jacksonville, Fla.

West said she tried to shield her child with her arms, but the gunman shoved her and shot the baby in the head. West was shot in the leg.

Going on West's description, police said they began looking for two African-American boys between the ages of 10 and 15 years old since Thursday. No details about how the suspects were arrested were given.

Officer Todd Rhodes, a spokesman for the Brunswick Police Department, confirmed that the weapon used in the shooting was a handgun but declined to describe it further.

Since the shooting, police said 30 different leads had been called into the Brunswick Police Department and the Glynn County Police Department, or were submitted through email. Police said the Glynn County School Board Campus Police had been assisting law enforcement in combing school attendance records for leads.


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Man Arrested After Alleged Visine Poisoning 

ABC News(GRASS VALLEY, Calif.) -- A California woman is recovering after police say she was poisoned when her boyfriend put Visine eye drops in her drink.

Shayne Carpenter, a 27-year-old mechanic, was arrested by the Nevada County Sheriff's Office on Thursday in Grass Valley, Calif. and booked on poisoning and domestic violence charges. Police say after a fight with his girlfriend, Carpenter put eye drops in her drink causing her to feel ill.

Lt. Steve Tripp of the Nevada County Sheriff Department told ABC News’ affiliate KXTV that Carpenter's girlfriend became suspicious after finding texts on Carpenter's phone to his friends about the alleged prank gone wrong.

"He was making texts to his buddies that if 'She's going to be talking crap then she's going to be crapping,'" Tripp said.

The police say Carpenter's girlfriend hadn't been feeling well, and after seeing the texts contacted police.

As part of the investigation the police had Carpenter's girlfriend talk to him about the alleged poisoning over the phone.

"We got admissions from him over the phone, when he was admitting to her, that he had done this," Tripp said.

According to officials, Carpenter's girlfriend, whose name has not been released by police, was treated in the hospital and released.

Carpenter was released from jail Friday after posting a $25,000 bail.

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Bomb-Making Chemicals, Assault Rifles Found in Doctor's Home, Prosecutor Says

ABC News(RIDGEWOOD, N.J.) -- Large amounts of chemicals commonly used to make bombs were found in the basement of a New Jersey doctor, along with assault rifles and a stun gun, prosecutors said Sunday.

Dr. Roberto Rivera, 60, who according to some reports was active in the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, was arrested following a Friday night raid on his Ridgewood, N.J., home.

Ridgewood police first showed up at the home around 6:15 p.m. after getting a report of potential hazardous and explosive material, according to a press release from Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.

Inside the home, police found a "large amount" of a chemical typically used in bomb-making, the release said. The name of the chemical was not released.

Armed with a search warrant, the FBI and the Bergen County Bomb Squad then visited Rivera's home where they confiscated the bomb-making chemical and also found "several other precursor chemicals commonly used in the making of explosive devices," Molinelli said.

After the chemicals were retrieved, Molinelli said police searched the home and found various weapons, including assault rifles, other firearms and a stun gun.

Rivera faces six charges, including possession of a destructive device and recklessly creating a risk of widespread injury or damage. His bail was set at $1 million cash.

It was not yet clear whether Rivera has hired a lawyer.

Bill Dobbs, a member of the Occupy Wall Street press team, said he had no knowledge of any connection between Rivera and the movement, and said Occupy is firmly committed to non-violence.

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Teen Charged With Trying to Blow Up Chicago Bar After Undercover FBI Operation

Comstock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- An 18-year-old man was arrested by undercover FBI agents after he allegedly tried to detonate what he believed to be a car bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago, prosecutors said Saturday.

Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from Hillside, Ill., was taken into custody Friday evening after he allegedly tried to set off a phony car bomb given to him by an undercover FBI agent posing as a terrorist.

Officials are not releasing the name of the downtown Chicago bar that was allegedly targeted by Daoud, but said the bar was never in any danger.

The undercover operation began in May when two undercover FBI agents contacted the teen in response to material he had allegedly posted online regarding violent jihad and the killing of Americans.

From late May until mid-June, the undercover agents corresponded with Daoud. During those communications, he affirmed his interest in engaging in a violent jihad in the United States or abroad, according to an affidavit.

In June, one of the undercover agents introduced a purported cousin, who was identified as an operational terrorist living in New York, to Daoud.

During this time, Daoud allegedly made a list of 29 potential targets, including military recruiting centers, bars, malls and Chicago tourist attractions.

The 18-year-old researched and kept a close watch on a target for the attack, which would be carried out with an explosive device provided by the undercover agent he met with, according to the affidavit.

At 7:15 p.m. on Friday, the teen and the agent drove to their target in downtown Chicago. During the car ride, Daoud led a prayer that the attack succeed, "kill many people" and "cause destruction," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement.

The pair entered a parking lot where the fake car bomb was set up inside of a Jeep. Daoud drove the Jeep out of the lot and parked it in front of the bar he had allegedly identified as his target, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Daoud and the agent walked to an alley one block away where the agent witnessed the 18-year-old press the triggering mechanism, attempting to detonate the device, prosecutors said. He was then taken into custody.

Daoud faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive.

The teen had an initial court appearance Saturday. A detention and preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. in federal court.

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Kerry Kennedy Charged With Driving While Impaired After Crash

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was arrested and charged with driving while impaired after she collided with a tractor trailer and left the scene of the accident, police said.

Police later found Kennedy, who is the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, parked off an interstate north of New York City and passed out behind the wheel of her Lexus on Friday.

ABC News has learned that Kennedy told police she had been taking Ambien sometime that morning. But in a statement released by her family to ABC News, they said there were no drugs involved.

“Kerry Kennedy voluntarily took breathalyzer, blood and urine tests – all of which showed no drugs or alcohol whatsoever in her system.  The charges were filed before the test results were available,” the Kennedy family said in a statement released to ABC News.

Kennedy has no known history of substance abuse, however many of her siblings have battled alcohol and drug issues. In May 2006, her cousin, former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy crashed into a barrier near Capitol Hill, saying he had been disoriented after taking Ambien.

It has been a difficult few months for Kerry Kennedy. In May, her sister-in-law and best friend, Mary Richardson Kennedy, hanged herself in her Bedford, N.Y. home.

“She was an angel who was brought to us to live with us here on earth and I think that God just brought her back up to heaven and said ‘you don’t have to fight for us anymore,’” Kerry Kennedy said of her friend.

Kennedy lives in Bedford, N.Y. and is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.

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Mother Charged After Cheering at Daughter's Graduation

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, S.C.) -- Police arrested the mother of an 18-year-old student on Saturday during her daughter's graduation ceremony at South Florence High School.

Shannon Cooper told ABC news affiliate WDPE-TV she was escorted by police through the Florence Civic Center in full view of the crowd after cheering as her daughter walked across the stage to receive her diploma. Cooper is charged with disorderly conduct.

"Are ya'll serious? Are ya'll for real? I mean, that's what I'm thinking in my mind. I didn't say anything. I was just like OK, I can't fight the law. I can't argue with the police, but I'm like are you serious? I didn't do any more than the others did. Which I feel like no one should have went to jail," said Shannon Cooper.

Police declined comment on the arrest but said it was announced before the ceremony that anyone who screamed or cheered would be escorted out of the building.

Shannon Cooper says her daughter broke down crying after seeing her mother waiting in a police van outside the civic center.

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Gary Giordano, Suspect in Robyn Gardner Case, Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Annapolis Police Dept(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) -- Gary Giordano, a man who was the sole suspect in the Robyn Gardner missing persons case in Aruba, was arrested for indecent exposure after Maryland police found him naked with a woman in the back of his parked SUV.

Police in Annapolis went to a parking garage last Friday after the attendant reported he had received two complaints about possible sexual activity inside a car.

Giordano, 51, and his female companion, Carol Ann Bock, 45, were arrested and each charged with one count of indecent exposure.

"I observed a blanket hanging from the left side of the interior of the vehicle where both Mr. Giordano and Ms. Bock were located in what appeared to be an attempt to conceal their activity," the police report said.

The reporting officer, Joshua Ingbretson, said he shone a light through the window to get the couple's attention. Bock quickly pulled the sheet up to her neck and Giordano adjusted a towel over his midsection, but the police saw plenty anyhow.

"When Mr. Giordano was adjusting the towel Cpl. Medley observed Mr. Giordano's genitals through the window," the report said.

Giordano was ordered to get dressed and exit the vehicle. At that point, the report says, his "black under ware [sic] was knocked to the ground." Bock then dressed and stepped outside the vehicle. The couple was taken to an Annapolis police station.

Giordano spent four months in an Aruba jail last year as police tried to build a case against him in the disappearance of Robyn Gardner. Giordano and Gardner were snorkelling last Aug. 2 off the coast of Aruba when she went missing.

"At some point I became distressed and found out that I had a problem coming back to shore. Robyn was, I thought, behind me, and she wasn't. I turned, did not see her, and I went for help," Giordano said in December on Good Morning America.

On Aug. 2, Giordano said he last saw Gardner at around 4:15 p.m., but he did not tell anyone she was missing until 6 p.m., an hour and 45 minutes later.

He later speculated to ABC News that she may have been a victim of a human trafficking crime.

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Teen Girls Arrested for Cabbie Murder Could Face Life in Prison

Hickory Police Department(CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.) -- Two 16-year-old girls arrested in connection with the murder of a North Carolina taxi driver could face life in prison if convicted.

Emily Starnes and Consandra Tyree were arrested on Saturday afternoon and were being held Monday without bond at the Catawba County Jail.

Both teens were charged with felony counts of murder, robbery with firearms and conspiracy to commit robbery in relation to the stabbing death of taxi driver Adam Williams.

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"In North Carolina, for criminal court purposes, when you're 16, you're treated as an adult," Hickory Police Department Capt. Thurman Whisnant said. "The possibility exists of life in prison, but it's still early to tell."

The cab company received a call to send a driver to the parking lot of a restaurant in Hickory, N.C., in August 2011. When Williams arrived, he was stabbed and then the suspects fled the scene, according to police.

Police believe that robbery was the motivation, but Whisnant told ABC News that Williams had "less than $50" on him when he was attacked.

Three days after Williams was killed, Camyron Johnson, 22, Matthew Hopkins, 22, and Robert McElwee, 18, were arrested and charged with his death.

Starnes and Tyree were arrested and interrogated, but then released.

"We knew these two young ladies were involved from the get-go, but wanted to do a complete, thorough investigation," Whisnant said. "It was clear that they had involvement before, during and after the crime."

Whisnant would not specify what part the teenage girls played in the crime, since the matter is still under investigation.

A relative of Starnes' said she could not comment on the situation, and Tyree's relatives could not be reached for comment.

The teenagers are scheduled to appear in court on May 14.

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George Clooney Arrested Outside Sudanese Embassy in DC

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Movie star George Clooney was led away in handcuffs Friday after storming the Sudanese Embassy, protesting the actions of the country's president.

Clooney made the rounds in Washington, D.C., this week, hoping his superstar power will help shine a light on the situation in Sudan. 

The actor testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and held private meetings with the Secretary of State and President Obama about the African nation's dire humanitarian situation along with the Obama administration's policy. 

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He led a protest Friday outside of Sudan's embassy calling on Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, an alleged war-criminal, to stop the violence and allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Following his arrest, Clooney's publicist released a statement, saying, "They were protesting the violence committed by the government of Sudan on its own innocent men, women and children.  They were demanding they allow humanitarian aid into the country before it becomes the largest humanitarian crisis in the world."

The Hollywood actor has been working with John Prendergast from the advocacy group The Enough Project for years.  He co-founded the Sudan Sentinel Project, which tracks human rights abuses on the border of Sudan and South Sudan using satellite cameras.

Clooney's said in the past that he wants to draw attention to the atrocities Al-Bashir's allegedly directed against his own people for decades, to "make him famous."

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