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Scent of Missing Iowa Cousins Picked Up by FBI Dogs Near Lake

8-year-old Elizabeth Collins (L) and her cousin, 10-year-old Lyric Cook (R). (ABC News)(EVANSDALE, Iowa) -- On the morning of Friday, July 13, Elizabeth Collins, 8, woke up around 6 a.m. when her father Drew left for work and she quickly hopped into her mother Heather's bed.

"She was like, 'It's mommy and Elizabeth time,'" Heather Collins said Tuesday in an interview with ABC News.  The two soon fell back asleep holding one another.

Early that afternoon, Elizabeth was gone, vanished with hardly a trace after she and her 10-year old cousin, Lyric Cook, went for a bike ride.  Although their bikes and a purse were soon found at Meyers Lake, officials in Evansdale, Iowa, have spent five days searching for the girls but come up empty-handed.

When asked Tuesday morning whether the investigation was stalled, Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office spokesman Chief Deputy Rick Abben said, "We are.  We have nothing more."  Abben confirmed bloodhounds brought in by the FBI picked up the girls' scent near the trail where their bicycles were found, but he would not elaborate.

The wait for answers is taking its toll on the girls' families.

"When is this nightmare going to end?" Heather Collins sighed.  "I want to wake up to a dream with my daughter there so she can crawl back in her bed."

Lyric's parents are finding the ongoing search just as agonizing.

"It's frustrating not to know.  It's frustrating not to be able to put some pieces and some clues together," Misty Morrissey, Lyric's mom, said.  "We talk to a lot of people.  We walk around.  We search.  I mean, we've been in the woods getting dirty, sweaty, scratched up, so we've done a lot of that and that helps to fill the time."

Both sets of parents are convinced the girls have been abducted.  "They were taken, they're not here," Heather Collins said.

Now, the families are relying on their faith to see them through this trying time.

"I try not to think the worst.  I just pray.  If something comes in my mind that I know God would not want in my mind, I just pray and God eases me, puts a peace over me.  That's what I do," Heather Collins said.  "When I'm starting to get upset, I just pray.  I just pray."

Authorities dragged the lake earlier this week, but are now draining it entirely to be completely sure that the girls are not in it.  Abben said on Monday the process could take up to three days, but may be done more quickly due to the recent drought.

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Bus Carrying Girls Basketball Team Crashes in Maryland

George Doyle/Stockbyte(CHAPTICO, Md.) -- A bus carrying a girl’s high school basketball team went off a roadway and crashed in southern Maryland Tuesday night, sending over a dozen people to the hospital with injuries.

The crash occurred in the town of Chaptico in St. Mary’s County, state police told ABC News, adding that three vehicles -- the bus, a car and a truck -- were involved in the accident.  The bus was carrying students from Great Mills High School who were returning from a basketball game in Colonial Beach, Va.

According to police, those injured -- including at least 15 of the 28 students on board -- were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.  The students have all since been released from the hospital, reports local website

The driver of the truck involved, John Patrick Kravats, a 45-year-old registered sex offender, was also treated for minor injuries and was arrested for driving under the influence, according to

The website says the bus has since been towed out of the woods and an investigation into the collision is underway.

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Girls Trapped Under Elevator: ‘We’re Going to Die’

ABC News(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Three Oklahoma City middle school students are safe after being trapped under an elevator at school, but a newly released 911 call gives a glimpse into what one of the young girls called an “agonizing” experience.

“Oh my God. We’re trapped under an elevator,” a girl’s voice can be heard saying in the 911 call. In the background, high-pitched screams from her friends yelling “please help us,” can be heard.

The two seventh-graders and one sixth-grader from the Classen School for Advanced Studies spent about 40 minutes trapped under the 500-pound elevator on Tuesday before being rescued. They lay on their backs and struggled to breathe with less than a foot of space between the bottom of the elevator and the ground.

One of the girls, 12-year-old Ambri Tygard, credits her friend’s combat boots with saving their lives. “[The elevator] came down right on her boot and stopped it,” Tygard told ABC News’ Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO.

Tygard said that she and her friends were on the first floor of their school when they decided to take the elevator. “I didn’t think it was unsafe or anything. I just thought it was normal, until I looked up [and] realized, ‘This isn’t the elevator. This is the shaft room,’” Tygard told KOCO.

But by the time Tygard had made this realization, it was too late because her friend had already closed the door and they were locked inside. Tygard said that within 30 seconds, the elevator that was three floors up came down right above them.

“I was like, ‘We’re going to die. We have to find a way out. There must be some way out,’” Tygard said.

The girls were rescued about 40 minutes later and taken out of the school on stretchers by paramedics. They suffered only minor injuries.

Tierney Cook-Tinnin, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma City Public Schools, told ABC News that the school’s principal said that the elevator is only used by students who are injured or handicapped and that the door to the elevator is always locked.

School officials are still investigating exactly how the incident happened. The school’s principal has interviewed a couple of the students, but since Tygard is still in the hospital, they have not spoken to all three girls yet.

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Ladies' Night: Michelle Obama Tells Girls to 'Break the Glass Ceiling'

MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Bright pink tablecloths, red carpet stars and 120 rosy-faced high school girls filled the East Room of the White House Wednesday night for a dinner to celebrate mentoring with first lady Michelle Obama. The event paired more than 20 famously successful women with girls from D.C.-area high schools to showcase the benefits of mentoring.

“You don’t always see what it took for many of us to get to where we are today. You don’t always see the thousands of hours that were spent studying or practicing or rehearsing, the years spent working for that promotion, the hammers used to break glass ceilings,” Mrs. Obama said. “All of them -- every last one of them -- had someone in their lives who took the time to encourage them and to inspire them.  None of us are here on our own.”

Comedian, actress and author Ali Wentworth started the evening off by poking a little fun at the first lady’s other initiatives.

"I'm glad that everyone's gathered here today in the East Room because we're going to talk about something that I think is vital to discuss and that is childhood obesity. Millions of Americans are...” Wentworth began before a White House aide who was in on the joke stopped her. “Who has a garden? Who knows how to organically grow... No?” she tried. The aide then called out “mentoring!”

“Oh, mentoring! That is such a great idea!" Wentworth joked.

The first lady poked back.

"When I told my husband that Ali was going to be the MC he was like 'Huh, Ali's pretty funny but sometimes she can be a little inappropriate.' So far so good."

Wentworth shouted from the audience, “The night’s not over yet!”

Other notable guests at the evening’s festivities included Academy Award-winning actresses Hillary Swank and Geena Davis, Olympic gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes, and the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker.

The first lady encouraged the mentees to “reach back and pull someone else up. It’s never too soon to start mentoring.”

Earlier in the day Mrs. Obama visited Ballou High School in Washington, D.C., where she talked about growing up on the South Side of Chicago. She gave a short speech, then took two questions from students.

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