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911 Calls Recorded Vicious Pitbull Attack

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SPARTANBURG, S.C.) -- The 911 calls that frantic witnesses made as they watched a group of pitbulls attack a South Carolina woman have been released by police.

The calls began coming into the Spartanburg, S.C., police department  in the early morning hours of Wednesday as three pitbulls began attacking Dreama Rice in the middle of a street there, waking neighbors.

“There are three dogs attacking this lady in the middle of the street. Oh, God. Ugh. Oh, my God,” one caller could be heard saying. “These dogs are ripping the poor woman apart.”

Police officers who arrived shortly after 2 a.m. pulled the dogs off of the woman and, when one dog turned toward an officer, shot one of the animals, according to ABC News affiliate WLOS.

“She ran in the street, they’re just biting on her,” one caller said.

Then, speaking to her child, the caller added, “I couldn’t do nothing, baby. She is just yelling and screaming.”

“They are shooting at the dogs. They have ripped this woman’s face off almost,” one caller said.

The other two dogs were seized and quarantined, and their owner, Ray Williams, faces charges. He told WLOS he kept the dogs in a fenced-in area but that they must have escaped.

Rice was hospitalized, though the extent of her injuries was not immediately clear.

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People Set on Fire in Denver Attack

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Four people were sprayed with flammable liquid and set on fire inside an apartment building, Denver police told ABC News Radio.

Two men knocked on the door to an apartment in North Denver, and then attacked its occupants with a garden sprayer and flame, police told ABC News affiliate KMGH.

"Two men came to the door of the residence and said some words to the people inside then sprayed an accelerant on them and then ... set them afire," Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told ABC News Radio.

"Three of the individuals have minor, non-life threatening injuries," he said. "One has more serious injuries and is being taken to an area hospital to be treated."

Police still were investigating the attacks, and did not yet have a motive for the attacks or detailed description of the suspects, KMGH reported.

"This is something I've never seen in my years ... someone set someone afire like this," Jackson told ABC News Radio. "This is highly unusual."

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Dallas to Recognize Heroic Efforts of Homeless Former Crips Leader

This still from a surveillance video shows Charles Alexander assisting in subduing a man who attacked a Dallas Police officer. (KTVT)(DALLAS) -- The Dallas City Council will invite a homeless former gang leader to be honored at one of its meetings as a hero for protecting the life of a police officer.

Charles Alexander, who was a Crips gang member at one point in his life, stepped in during a drug-addled attack on an officer near Alexander's homeless shelter in Dallas, according to city councilman Dwaine Caraway.

In surveillance video of the attack, Dallas cop Billy Taylor is seen backing away from a man who, according to the councilman, was high on PCP and violent. Alexander crosses the street and steps between Taylor and the attacker, later pulling the man off the police officer and throwing the attacker to the ground.

"(He was) basically doing something heroic, in my opinion, in breaking up something that could have really gone bad," Caraway said Thursday.

Alexander told local news station KTXA that the attacker was going "ballistic" and he felt he had to step in.

The Dallas police department did not return calls seeking comment.

Caraway said that Alexander would be invited to an upcoming council meeting for a special ceremony and certificate to honor his good deed.

"I view it as someone that was in a gang who has gone on to saving lives. Hopefully we can take that and show other gangbangers that there are some good things you can do versus some of the other things," Caraway said.

Alexander could not be reached through the Bridge, the homeless shelter where he stays.

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Shark Attack Kills California Surfer ANGELES) -- A California surfer was mauled and killed by a shark off the Santa Barbara coast Tuesday, officials said.

The victim was 40, but not immediately identified.

The shark moved in for the kill shortly before 11 a.m. PT as the victim was surfing near Surf Beach in Lompoc, Calif., according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. That is near Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A fellow surfer pulled the victim from the water, called 911 and started first aid procedures until the Vandenberg Air Force Base Fire Department arrived, police said.

Air base spokeswoman Lt. Mary Vasta did not state the cause of death, saying only, "[Paramedics] started CPR and then ceased CPR, and we are not sure why they did that."

But Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Marc Williams confirmed the surfer had been bitten by a shark and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Williams said a shark expert would try to determine what kind of shark was involved on Wednesday.

The victim was not affiliated with the air force base.

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Some Administration Officials Had Early Concerns Benghazi Attack Was Act of Terrorism

US Department of Defense Photo by Glenn Fawcet(WASHINGTON) -- Obama administration officials told ABC News they had early concerns the attack in Benghazi, Libya was the work of terrorists. Events were too uncertain, and suspicions had been aroused, officials said.

Panetta Thursday said that the attack that killed four Americans on the anniversary of 9/11 was not only carried out by terrorists -- it was pre-meditated.

“As we determined the details of what took place there and how that attack took place,” Panetta told reporters, “it became clear that there were terrorists who had planned that attack.”

The White House first suggested the attack was spontaneous -- the result of an anti-Muslim video that incited mobs throughout the region.

“Let’s be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Sept. 14.

When ABC News pressed Carney on whether that included the Benghazi attack, in which U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American men were killed, Carney said, “we certainly don’t know. We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.”

On ABC's This Week on Sept. 16, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said, “our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous -- not a premeditated -- response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated. We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to -- or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons … And it then evolved from there.”

White House officials acknowledge that assessments have changed over time as intelligence has been confirmed, but they insist that no information was given in bad faith and there was no attempt to downplay the attack.

But sources told ABC News that intelligence officials on the ground immediately suspected the attack was not tied to the movie at all. The attackers knew where to get Ambassador Stevens after he’d fled to a so-called safe house half a mile away. That building was hit with insurgent mortars -- suggesting the terrorists knew what they were doing.

As of Thursday afternoon, officials from the Obama administration were not even 100 percent certain that the protest of the anti-Muslim film in Benghazi occurred outside the U.S. diplomatic post.

In a closed-door briefing with top officials, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper described the mortar attack on the safe house as suggesting that the terrorist attack was one of opportunity, not pre-meditation, since the mortars were not used to attack the consulate earlier in the day.

President Obama has repeatedly said the investigation is on to find the killers and bring them to justice. But as first reported by CNN, ABC news has learned that the FBI -- which has been dispatched to Libya to take the lead in the investigation -- has not even reached Benghazi yet.

This is largely due to safety concerns. Indeed, as of Thursday, senior State Department officials said that the diplomatic presence in Libya -- which was already down to emergency-level staffing -- would be further reduced.

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Man Survives Mountain Lion Attack in California

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEVADA COUNTY, Calif.) -- A mountain lion mauled a man inside his sleeping bag early Sunday morning, according to the California Department of Fish and Game.

The 63-year-old victim survived, and he was treated for non-life-threatening puncture wounds to his hand, back, and scalp after he drove himself to a nearby hospital, the department said.

The man – whom officials have not named -- was asleep in his sleeping bag near the Yuba River in Nevada County when he woke up to "pressure on his head" at about 1 a.m., department spokesperson Patrick Foy told KXTV, ABC's affiliate in Sacramento.

That pressure was a mountain lion's paw.

The animal reportedly bit and clawed through the man's sleeping bag for up to two minutes, leaving him with "severe scratches and several puncture wounds," according to a department statement. It also bit through the man's cap and his clothes.

Then the mountain lion stopped, walked 15 feet away to stare at the hiker, and disappeared, the hiker reported.

Wardens later brought dogs to track the animal, but they were unsuccessful. The lion left tracks and a domestic cat carcass in its wake.

This is the fifteenth mountain lion attack on a human in the state since 1890, according to department records. Of those, six have been fatal.

Records show that the last attack happened in January 2007 in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. That victim, a 70-year-old man, also survived.

"Clearly this is a very, very rare occurrence," Foy said. "You're more likely to be attacked by certainly a domestic dog or to be struck by lightning than you are to be attacked by a mountain lion."

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Cannibal Attack Possibly Prompted By 'Bath Salts'

Rudy Eugene is pictured in this undated mugshot. (Obtained by ABC News)(MIAMI) -- Miami police suspect that what caused a 31-year-old man to rip off his clothes and viciously gnaw on the face of another man in a daylight attack on a busy highway is a new and extremely dangerous street drug known as "bath salts."

A Miami police officer shot Rudy Eugene Saturday after repeated pleas for him to stop eating another man's face. His demands were met with only growls. Eugene continued, and it took four bullets to kill and finally stop him as witnesses watched in horror.

According to police, little remained of the victim's face, with 75 percent of it eaten away, rendering him almost unrecognizable. One source says all that remained was blood and the victim's goatee.


Police have not officially connected Eugene's behavior to "bath salts," but experts say he was exhibiting the classic signs of someone high on the drug.

Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of police, who has been in contact with the officer who killed Eugene, says the similarities between this and other recent cases involving "bath salts" are striking.

"The cases are similar minus a man eating another. People taking off their clothes. People suddenly have super-human strength," says Aguilar. "They become violent and they are burning up for the inside. Their organs are reaching a level that most would die. By the time police approach them they are a walking dead person."

According to WPLG, the victim was a 65-year-old, apparently homeless man who was living near the causeway where the attack occurred.  The victim, identified as Ronald Poppo, is listed in critical condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital, WPLG reports.

Eugene, who was believed to be homeless, left few clues behind as to what led to the attack. Court records show that although he was arrested several times, they were for minor offenses. His ex-wife described him as having violent tendencies, but is shocked by the attack.

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Boy, 6, Survives Mountain Lion Attack

ABC News (BREWSTER COUNTY, Texas) -- A 6-year-old boy is recovering from a mountain lion attack that left him with scrapes and puncture wounds to his face.

Rivers Hobbs was walking with his family on a sidewalk between a restaurant and Chisos Mountain Lodge, where the family was staying in Big Bend National Park in west Texas, when a mountain lion attacked him and clawed at his face.

The cat let go only after Jason Hobbs, Rivers' father, was able to stab it in the chest with a knife.

A representative from the Big Bend National Park said it was the second attack of the day, but in the other incident the people were able to drive off the mountain lion by hitting it with a backpack.

“From the description, it’s small and haggard looking,” park spokesman David Elkowitz told the Houston Chronicle. “It would appear to be a young lion.”

Park officials are still looking for the mountain lion.

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70 Years Later, America Remembers Pearl Harbor

USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) -- Exactly 70 years ago on Wednesday, the U.S. Navy came under attack by Japan at Pearl Harbor -- a sudden strike that catapulted the United States into WWII.

Then President Franklin D. Roosevelt called Dec. 7, 1941 "a date that will live in infamy," and vowed that "no matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people with their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."

In all, 2,402 American lives were lost, four battleships were sunk and close to 200 aircraft were destroyed.

To honor the fallen, President Obama has proclaimed Wednesday "National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day." In a statement, Mr. Obama said: "On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor the more than 3,500 Americans killed or wounded during that deadly attack and pay tribute to the heroes whose courage ensured our Nation would recover from this vicious blow. Their tenacity helped define the Greatest Generation and their valor fortified all who served during World War II.  As a Nation, we look to December 7, 1941, to draw strength from the example set by these patriots and to honor all who have sacrificed for our freedoms."

The president encouraged Americans to, "observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities," and urged them to fly their flags at half-staff.

A moment of silence will be held in Pearl Harbor Wednesday at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time -- the time the attack began.

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Feds Foil Remote-Controlled Terror Attack on Washington

FBI(WASHINGTON) -- A Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly masterminding a plot to hit the nation's capital with explosive-laden remote-controlled airplanes followed by a ground assault, the Department of Justice said.

Rezwan Ferdaus, a 26-year-old U.S. citizen and Northeastern University graduate, was nabbed in an elaborate FBI sting after he told undercover officers exactly how he planned to arm "small drone airplanes" with explosives in order to hit the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol building before opening fire on the survivors, federal officials said in a statement.

"The conduct alleged today shows that Mr. Ferdaus had long planned to commit violent acts against our country, including attacks on the Pentagon and our nation's Capitol [building]. Thanks to the diligence of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners, that plan was thwarted," U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz said.

According to investigators, Ferdaus believed he had been working for al Qaeda since 2010 when he began modifying cellphones to serve as electrical switches for improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to be passed on to fighters in the Middle East.

"During a June 2011 meeting, he appeared gratified when he was told that his first phone detonation device had killed three U.S. soldiers and injured four or five others in Iraq. Ferdaus responded, 'That was exactly what I wanted,'" the Department of Justice statement said.

The cellphones, however, never got anywhere near the Middle East as Ferdaus was actually handing them over to undercover officers for the FBI. Still, Ferdaus appeared to want to do more, investigators said.

"Ferdaus envisioned causing a large 'psychological' impact by killing Americans, including women and children, who he referred to as 'enemies of Allah,'" the DOJ's statement said. "According to the affidavit, Ferdaus' desire to attack the United States is so strong that he confided, 'I just can't stop; there is no other choice for me.'"

Ferdaus allegedly wanted to command a team of six operatives that would use up to three remote-controlled aircraft filled with explosives in the "aerial" part of the attack before firing on any survivors in a follow-up "ground" attack.

Federal investigators said Ferdaus traveled to Washington, D.C., to "conduct surveillance" and take photographs of his targets before acquiring his weapons Wednesday, including six AK-47 assault rifles, grenades and what he believed to be C-4 explosives.

"Although Ferdaus was presented with multiple opportunities to back out of his plan, including being told that his attack would likely kill women and children, the affidavit alleges that Ferdaus never wavered in his desire to carry out the attacks," the DOJ said.

Ferdaus has been charged in connection to the plot as well as attempting to provide material support and resources to al Qaeda.

An attorney for Ferdaus, Cathy Byrne, was not available for comment for this report.

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