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Pregnant Head Coach, Driver Dead in PA Women's Lacrosse Team Bus Crash 

WHTM-TV(GREENSBURG, Pa.) -- The pregnant head coach of a Pennsylvania university's women's lacrosse team and the driver of the team bus are dead and several others are seriously injured after their tour bus went off a freeway and crashed into a tree Saturday morning, authorities said.

Seton Hill University women's lacrosse team head coach, Kristina J. Quigley, 30, of Greensburg, Pa., died of injuries sustained at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Quigley was approximately six months pregnant. Her unborn son did not survive the crash.

"The Seton Hill community is mourning the loss of Kristina Quigley and her unborn son. The University extends deepest sympathy to Quigley's husband and family," said university spokeswoman Kary Coleman in a statement.

The university will hold a memorial Mass for Quigley and prayer for Guaetta and those injured in the crash in a chapel on the school's campus at 7 p.m. Sunday, the statement said.

Anthony M. Guaetta, 61, of Johnstown, Pa,who was driving the bus, died at the scene of the accident, according to the Cumberland County Corner's Office.

Twenty-three Seton Hill lacrosse players and three coaches were traveling eastbound on the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Lancaster, Pa. when the bus crashed around 9 a.m., Pennsylvania Turnpike spokeswoman Renee Colburn said.

Fifteen onboard were transported to hospitals with injuries, and three needed to be airlifted by helicopter to Hershey Medical Center, said Coleman.

ABC affiliate WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., reported that several of the lacrosse players have already been discharged from local hospitals with minor injuries.

Photos from the scene showed the bus upright on the side of the road, part of its left side shorn off, though it's unclear whether that was from the impact or rescue operation.

Mlaker Transportion, the company that owns and operates the bus, released a statement in wake of the tragedy.

"Mlaker Transportation wishes to express its sorrow and sympathy to those impacted by this accident. Mlaker Transportation places the safe transportation of all of our passengers at the highest level. With more than 40 years in operation, we strive to make a trip on one of our coaches a great experience," it said.

Seton Hill is a Catholic school of about 2,500 students near Pittsburgh. The team was on their way to game against Millersville University, about 50 miles away from the crash site.

State police were investigating the crash, Megan Silverstram of the Cumberland County public safety department said, and state environmental officials were also sent to the scene because of a diesel fuel spill from the bus.

Seton Hill is offering immediate counseling services to students and members of the school community, Coleman said.

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Dead Whale on Malibu Beach Stinking Up Celeb Homes

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles County Officials say they are planning how to dispose of a decomposing whale at a Malibu, Calif., beach as soon as the low tide begins around Dec. 10. The odoriferous carcass is within a mile radius from the mansions of Barbara Streisand, Bob Dylan, and other celebrities.

The young fin whale drifted ashore between Paradise Cove and Point Dume on Monday Dec. 5 officials said, and had been rotting ever since. The whale is around 35 feet long, and was gutted by California State Wildlife.

Los Angeles County officials said that its body was emaciated with the tail intact. They also said that Los Angeles County lifeguards attempted to pull the 40,000-pound carcass out to sea at high tide but were unsuccessful.

“Part of the problem is that the whale is badly decomposed and towing it out is impossible because it will break up,” Brian Riley, inspector at LA Country Fire Department, told

“The county lifeguards have tried to handle the whale but it is really heavy and too wedged and embedded in the sand,” Craig Sap, spokesperson from California State Parks, told

“We also cannot get any solid equipment in because the low tide is not in yet. The low tide starts around December 10 so we can start planning after that,” he said.

Riley said nothing can be done to mitigate the odor from the decomposing whale.

Many agencies have been collaborating in handling the crisis of the decomposing whale. “The County of Los Angeles Lifeguards, the LA County Fire Department, the City of Malibu, and State Parks and Recreations are all consolidating their resources to assist in the matter,” said Sap.

“Dealing with the decomposing whale has been a collaborative effort. Because the whale is on state land many departments are involved,” said Riley.

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One Dead, Three Arrested After Hotel Wedding Brawl in Philadelphia

Photodisc/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia police are investigating a violent brawl inside a hotel between the guests of two different wedding parties that left one man dead from an apparent heart attack, and three others arrested.

Dozens of police officers responded to the violent clash in the lobby of the Sheraton Society Hill in Philadelphia Sunday around 2 a.m. At one point, the fight got so chaotic that police used batons on those who resisted their efforts to break up the fight.  One person had to be subdued with a Taser.  Police said the use of such force was justified.

A 57-year-old man was found apparently undergoing a heart attack on the street outside the hotel and later died at a nearby hospital.  His name has not been released by police, but he was reportedly the uncle of one of the brides, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Police arrested three people following the brawl, including the man who was Tasered.  Police said he would be charged with assault on a police officer, according to ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV.

The entire melee was captured on video and posted on YouTube by hotel guest Max Schultz, who was awakened by the ruckus.

"There were tons of people, probably 75 to 100 people," he said.

Police said that the fight began as a confrontation between relatives and friends attending the wedding held at the hotel earlier Saturday night.  When people attending a second wedding held elsewhere arrived at the hotel bar, police said the original confrontation escalated.

Police told WPVI that alcohol fueled the fight as rising tempers took over.

In the video, an officer can be seen trying to hold back one of the brides while a man in a tuxedo was thrown to the floor.

Schultz, who was in town celebrating his 15th birthday with his family, can be overhead in the video asking, "Did they just deck the bride?"

"They started shoving each other and at that point I had started fumbling with my camera," said Schultz.

Schultz's video is now evidence, and police continue to review it to determine if additional people will face charges for their actions at this wedding reception that unexpectedly became a real bash.

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Defense Contractor and Family Found Dead in Virginia

Joseph Devenney/Getty Images(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- A Virginia man is believed to have killed his wife and two sons in a murder-suicide at their home in Virginia, police said on Wednesday.

The bodies of Albert and Kathleen Peterson and their sons were found Tuesday morning by police performing a welfare check on the family after one of the adults did not show up to work for two days.

On Wednesday, Fairfax County police said that the investigation is now pointing toward Albert Peterson, 57, as the killer.  All four members of the Peterson family received gun shot wounds to their upper bodies, according to a statement released by the police.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that Albert Peterson killed his wife and their children before taking his own life," the Fairfax County police said in a statement.

Kathleen Peterson, 52, worked for defense contracting firm Blackbird Technologies in Herndon, Va., where the couple lived.  Albert Peterson had worked for Northtrop Grumman until he resigned in 2009.  It is not clear where he was working at the time of the incident.

The couple had two children: Matthew, 16, a high school sophomore, and Christhoper, 13, who was in eighth grade.

Neighbor Jim Steele told ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV that the Petersons were a nice family in the neighborhood.

"This is a horrible tragedy," Steele said.  "They seemed like a very nice family.  Didn't see anything amiss around the house. It's quite a shock."

Blackbird Technologies released a statement confirming that Kathie worked for the company and expressing their shock.  The company works with the federal government on intelligence and defense issues, according to The Washington Post.

"Kathie Peterson worked as an integral and well respected member of Blackbird Technologies' Procurement Team," read a statement by the company.  "She will be remembered as a high energy, devoted parent who always had a smile to share.  She often told stories about her sons, their sports and community activities.  She is already missed.  We have lost a member of our Blackbird family.  We are still trying to absorb the shock of this tragedy."

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One Boy Dead, One Missing in Yosemite National Park

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A boy who was cooling off with his family in Yosemite National Park's Merced River has died after he and his still-missing younger brother were swept away.

The brothers, 10 and 6, were visiting the park this week with their family as part of a group from the Calvary Church in Anaheim, Calif.  Members of the group decided to bathe on the hot day in a rocky and hazardous section of the river when a strong current carried the boys away.

The 10-year-old boy, who has not been named, was pronounced dead on Wednesday. Crews and dive teams are still searching for his 6-year-old brother.

Another visitor at the California park was able to grab the 10-year-old from the water about 150 yards downstream from where he was swept up, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, ABC News affiliate KGO-TV reported.

The church group had stopped to bathe at the national park's Vernal Fall Footbridge, where the park's Vernal Fall is first seen.

Last summer, three friends cooling off in the pool above Vernal Fall were swept to their deaths.

Yosemite Park Ranger Scott Gediman said the river can be deceptive.

"This is a situation where on warm days, the river is inviting," he said.  "And though it's only ankle deep, the current is deceiving, and so as they were wading out there and playing in the river they got swept away."

"We don't feel the area is dangerous, but we have low water levels coupled with warm temperatures so people certainly want to swim, but people certainly have to be careful," Gediman added.

The incident comes amid a separate death at Yosemite. A California tourist died after contracting what is believed to be hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, a rare rodent-borne disease, while visiting the park.

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Three Children Dead After NY Yacht Capsizes off Long Island

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three children died and 24 people were rescued after a yacht bringing passengers out to view a Fourth of July fireworks display capsized in the waters off Long Island, N.Y.

The boat capsized late Wednesday night as a result of weather and a wake from another vessel on the water, Nassau County Police Insp. Kenneth Lack said.  The 24 passengers were rescued from the Long Island Sound after the boat capsized around 11 p.m. in the vicinity of Oyster Bay.

The first person to be found dead in the water was discovered shortly after the distress call came in.  Two others were located in the vessel hours after it sank by divers, Lack said early Thursday morning.  The identities and ages of the victims have not been released.

"It was a lot of people in the water," Lack said.  "It was a tremendous response by multiple agencies.  Most of the people were taken into other crafts very quickly.  Tragically, three people did not make it out of the Silverton vessel."

Two 25-foot rescue boat crews from Coast Guard Station Eaton's Neck, along with rescue teams from the Nassau County Police Department, Oyster Bay Constable, Tow Boat U.S., and several local fire departments aided in the rescue efforts, according to a statement from the U.S. Coast Guard.

A total of 27 people were originally aboard the 34-foot Silverton vessel, according to authorities.

Police are now investigating whether the vessel sank because of overcrowding. Some of the passengers aboard the boat had life jackets, while others did not, Lack said.

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Rodney King Dead: Victim in 1991 LAPD Police Brutality Case, Has Died

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Rodney King, the man who was at the center of the Los Angeles police brutality case that later sparked the Los Angeles riots has died. He was 47.

Suzanne Wickman, a representative for King confirmed to KABC that Rodney King passed away Sunday.

King's fiancee found him at the bottom the swimming pool at his home in Rialto, Calif., at around 5:25 a.m. today.

She called 911, but when police and paramedics arrived they were unable to revive him.

"She did try to save him. However, she is not a good swimmer and chose to dial 911 and call the police department," Capt. Randy Deanda of the Rialto Police Department told ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.

He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, where he was pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m., KABC-TV reported.

There were no signs of foul play, police said, and the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office will conduct toxicology tests on King as they attempt to determine cause of death.

King was beaten by the Los Angeles Police Department following a 1991 DUI traffic stop. The violent beating, during which four cops hit and kicked King more than 50 times, was filmed by a man who saw the incident from his home.

The tape was given to a Los Angeles TV station, and quickly became a national phenomenon.

The case came to trial in 1992, but the white policemen involved in King's beating were acquitted, igniting deadly riots in Los Angeles.

King made this famous plea for peace following the acquittal: "I just want to say -- can we all get along? Can we get along?"

The riots left more than 50 people dead and caused about $1 billion in damage.

King received a $3.8 million settlement from the city, but that did not set his life on a smooth path. He has said he invested the money badly and lost most of it, and has been arrested numerous times.

He has struggled with substance abuse, and even made an appearance on TV reality show "Celebrity Rehab."

In April, King released his memoir, "The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption."

Earlier this year, reflecting on the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots that made him famous, King said he was still trying to find a way to lead a good life.

"I've learned from all of my mistakes. I am a work in process. I'm constantly working on myself, knowing what my limits are and feeling comfortable with me," King said.

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Rodney King Dead at 47

Eric Pearle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rodney King has died, ABC News has confirmed. He was 47.

King was made famous in 1991 when a videotape of Los Angeles police officers brutally beating him was broadcast nationwide. The acquittal of the officers the following year sparked deadly riots across Los Angeles. 

The details of his death have not yet been confirmed. 

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"Goodfellas" Mobster Turned FBI Informant Henry Hill Dead at 69

Rebecca Sapp/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Henry Hill, the famed mobster turned FBI informant whose life story was documented in the book Wiseguy -- upon which Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster epic Goodfellas was based -- has died at the age of 69.

Hill died at a Los Angeles hospital of an undisclosed illness on Tuesday, Nate Caserta, the son of Hill’s fiancé Lisa Schinelli Caserta, confirmed.

“[His] heart just stopped.  He had been sick for a long time,” Nate Caserta told ABC News.

“I will never be the same.  I lost someone I cared about a lot.  Someone who loved my family and helped me a lot with life,” Nate Caserta wrote in a post on Facebook.  “You truly lived a life no one could live.  You touched so many peoples lifes.  Your spirit lives forever with me.”

Nate Caserta told ABC News that his family was talking about Hill’s smoking problem while his health deteriorated.

Hill was famously associated with New York’s Lucchese crime family throughout the 1960s and into the 1980s.  He began his life of crime at the age of 11 while growing up on the working class East New York section of Brooklyn by running errands for Paul Vario, a captain in the Lucchese family.

“It’s an intoxicating lifestyle that sucks you in.  Then you get too scared, and too in love with the money, to leave,” Hill told ABC's Good Morning America in 2004.  “All people do is fear you -- and that’s intoxicating.  It’s a strange lifestyle.”

Hill completed his first major robbery when he and Thomas DeSimone -- who was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Joe Pesci in Goodfellas -- famously robbed Air France of a shipment of $420,000 in April of 1967.
In the 1970s, Hill spent six years in prison after he was found guilty of extortion.  While in prison, with the help of his wife Karen, Hill still managed to operate outside the law by smuggling drugs and food.  He was eventually released early in 1978 for being a model prisoner.

Hill became an FBI informant following a 1980 arrest on a narcotics-trafficking charge, and the testimony he delivered led to 50 arrests.

Hill, his wife Karen and their two children entered the witness protection program and changed their names.  They were relocated to several locations in Omaha, Neb., Independence, Ky., and Redmond, Wash.

Hill and his wife were expelled from the program in the early 1990s following several arrests on narcotics-related charges. The couple soon divorced.  Later, he relocated to Malibu and began dating Lisa Caserta, began to sell his own artwork on eBay, and made frequent guest appearances on The Howard Stern Show.

In 2010, Hill was inducted in the Museum of the American Gangster in New York City.

Ray Liota portrayed Hill in Goodfellas, which was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  Crime reporter Nicholas Pileggi published the book Wiseguy in 1986.

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11-Year-Old Girl Dies After Fight with Classmate over Boy

KABC-TV/ABC News(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Health officials and police in Long Beach, Calif., are trying to determine how an 11-year-old girl died after getting into a fight with another girl over a boy.

Joanna Ramos, a fifth grader at Willard Elementary School, died Friday night in the hospital after complaining of a headache.

“She was so nice to me; she was like a sister to me,” said classmate Stephanie Soltero, crying.  “They were fighting over a boy, just for a boy.  It’s just stupid.”

The two girls and seven onlookers went to an alley off campus after school on Friday, where they had planned to fight, according to Deputy Chief Robert Luna of the Long Beach Police Department.  No weapons were used and no one was knocked to the ground.

Police are waiting for autopsy results to determine Ramos’ cause of death.

Ramos’ classmate said she was complaining about a pain in her head during an after-school program.

“She was crying and saying her head was hurting.  She said to the supervisor, the principal on call, she told them that my head was hurting and then she called the parents and the parents took her to the hospital,” classmate Justin Robert King Jr. said.

Ramos was unconscious and not breathing when family members took her to the hospital at about 5:50 p.m., according to police.  She was rushed into surgery but pronounced dead three hours later.

“There are times when words do not convey a sense of sadness and loss that we feel.  This was one of those times.  Our hearts go out to the families affected by this tragic event yesterday.  It resulted in the death of an 11-year-old girl from Long Beach.  It’s hard to understand how this can happen.  If you’re like me, you’re also thinking of your own children, perhaps your daughter or your granddaughter, and you get a sense of how precious life really is,” Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said Saturday.

Outside Willard Elementary School, friends left balloons, candles, stuffed animals, flowers and letters to Ramos.

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