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Three Killed in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Virginia Due to Fog

Comstock/Thinkstock(NORTH CHESTERFIELD, Va.) -- At least three people were killed and at least 25 were taken to the hospital after a pile-up involving dozens of cars Sunday on a Virginia interstate.

Virginia State Police said "excessive fog" in the Fancy Gap Mountain area, near the North Carolina border, caused at least 75 vehicles to crash in the southbound lanes of Interstate 77.

The first emergency calls began coming in at 1:15 p.m. ET, authorities said.  The northbound lanes were closed to allow emergency vehicles to quickly reach people needing assistance at the scene, according to a statement from the Virginia State Police.

While the cause of the initial crash remains under investigation, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said it was a classic pile up.

"[There were] 17 separate traffic crashes, but they all occurred as a chain reaction in that one-mile stretch of Interstate 77," Geller said.  "The initial crash, the very first one, we're still investigating obviously what caused that one exactly, that's still under investigation."

After the first crash, she said, other vehicles on the highway were traveling too fast to stop by the time they saw the accidents ahead of them in the thick fog.

"People were traveling too fast for the road conditions and you had the initial crash and then you had a chain reaction, a series of crashes because the fog was so thick, people could not see what was up ahead," she said.

Traffic was re-directed in both directions as authorities worked to clear the scene and investigate the crashes, the Virginia State Police said.

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Texas DA, Wife Found Shot to Death in Their Home

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- The Kaufman County, Texas, district attorney and his wife were found shot dead inside their home on Saturday, police said, nearly two months to the day that the county assistant district attorney was murdered in the county courthouse parking lot.

Police would say nothing more than that Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were found shot in their home in Forney, but sources told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV in Dallas that their front door was reportedly kicked in.

Investigators from the FBI, the Texas Rangers, the Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were all on scene and a wide roadblock was set up around the crime scene in the small rural town.

The task force investigating the murder of Kaufman County Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse was also at McLellands’ home.  Hasse was gunned down execution-style outside of the Kaufman County Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 31, just before 9 a.m. by one or two unknown assailants as he walked from his car to the courthouse in Kaufman, southeast of Dallas.

The assailants, who may have been masked and dressed in black, fled the scene in a silver four-door sedan.

Hasse, 57, had been a longtime felony prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office, according to WFAA-TV. He headed the organized crime unit in Dallas in the 1980s. He started work in Kaufman County three years ago.

McLelland had vowed to hunt down Hasse’s killer.

“He knows and I know there will be a reckoning,” McClelland said at Hasse’s memorial service, WFAA reported. “Too many people are focusing on that. That’s not going to be a problem.”

Authorities have also been trying to determine whether Hasse’s killing was related to the murder of Tom Clements, Colorado’s prison director, last month.

The Colorado man implicated in Clements’ murder, Evan Ebel, was killed in a shootout with police in Texas two days after the killing. He was pulled over by police in Texas and fired at deputies, launching a high- speed chase and shootout that ended when he was fatally struck by police gunfire.

Ballistics testing showed that the gun found on Ebel in the Texas shooting was the same one that was used to kill Clements. Police are trying to determine whether there are any other suspects who acted with Ebel in the murder.

Ebel is also a suspect in the murder of a pizza delivery man last Sunday, March 17, in Denver.

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Indiana National Guardsman Gunned Down Protecting Young Son

LaQuana Norwood(CHICAGO) -- When 2-year-old Antoine Cook wants to talk to his father, Indiana National Guardsman Sgt. Willie Cook, Antoine grabs a cell phone.

"He'll pick it up and say, 'Hey Dada what are you doing? I love you,'" says Cook's fiancée LaQuana Norwood.

But no one is on the other line. Cook, at the age of 25, was shot and killed earlier this month in East Chicago as he shielded Antoine from gunfire, likely saving the young boy's life.

Cook, who had only recently come home from a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan, was in his car on his way to visit his grandmother on Feb. 2 when a gunman opened fire on him and little Antoine. As bullets suddenly rained down on the car, Cook threw himself on top of the boy.

"When I got to his grandma's house they had rushed Antoine to the hospital already. He was in the emergency room," recalled Cook's fiancée Laquana Norwood in a phone interview with ABC News. "I didn't know where Will was. I saw his car outside. The police had everything taped off. After that I just rushed straight to the hospital and that's when I found out that Antoine had been shot in the left leg and a bullet had grazed his right leg and the right side of his head. They had found Will on top of Antoine."

It was Cook's heroism that likely enabled his son to survive despite a total of 15 shots fired in their direction.

"From my understanding when they started shooting, Will started taking off his seatbelt," Norwood said. "Antoine was sitting behind him. Will got grazed in the neck by a bullet and then when he turned around he got grazed again in the side. By the time he had completely turned around to shield Antoine that was when they hit Will in the back of the head. He was DOA."

Norwood, who said she and Cook were hoping to get married in June, noted that Cook's top priority was taking care of his family, including Antoine's older siblings, a 5-year-old sister and 6-year-old brother.

"I know he loved his kids and I figured that he probably felt like if you know, both he and Antoine couldn't make it, that at least he would make sure that Antoine would still be here with me," Norwood said.

Cook had been serving with the 713th Engineer Company, a unit that lost six of its members in Afghanistan. He returned home in late September. The incident that killed Cook, according to Norwood, was due to "mistaken identity." The assailants, she said, were seeking revenge for a shooting that had occurred earlier in the week.

The East Chicago Police Department did not respond to messages left by ABC News Friday.

Two weeks after the incident, Antoine is doing "a lot better" and is expected to make a full recovery, according to Norwood, but he is not walking yet.

"He won't be walking for a while," she said. "It will take at least six weeks just for the wound to heal. He's going to start physical therapy, but until his leg completely heals, he won't be walking. He has a lot of bullet fragments in his leg, but the doctors said they didn't go that deep in his skin so the older he gets they'll just start falling out or the doctors can take them out."

While the physical damage of the attack is evident, the psychological ramifications are harder to address.

"It's very hard to try to explain to the kids that their daddy is gone forever, especially at such a young age. Antoine, for him to see his dad taken away like that… he can't explain it, the only way he can express it is by the way he acts," Norwood said. "He's gotten very aggressive since then. He's acting out after what happened."

Whether it is the toy cell phone or photos of Cook around the house, Norwood said it is evident that Antoine misses his father.

"He always looks at his pictures," she said.

Norwood, along with Cook's brother, have started a trust fund in Cook's name. In a video on the fund's website, a tearful Norwood notes that Cook was "our hero until the end." To date they have raised nearly $4,000, one fifth of the way towards their goal of $20,000.

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Teenager Killed After Reported Fight Over His Jacket

16-year-old Raphael Ward was killed Jan. 4, 2012, in New York, according to police. (Facebook/BloccBoy Tokyo)(NEW YORK) -- A New York City teenager is dead after he reportedly refused to give up his Polo Ralph Lauren jacket to another young man. Friends of 16-year-old Raphael Ward, who lived in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan, told the New York Post that Ward had an altercation over his jacket before he was shot.

Cynthia Nieves, 14, who was with Ward before the shooting, told the Post that he warned her, "Go home!" He didn't say what was going on, but, she told the paper, "He knew they were coming back."

Officer Sophia Tassy of the New York Police Department confirmed the reports of an altercation over Ward's parka, but said police aren't sure if the same people involved in the altercation are responsible for the shooting.

On Friday evening at about 8:10 p.m., police say Ward was shot in the chest in front of a church near his home. According to the Post, Ward stumbled into a nearby convenience store after the shooting and said he had been approached by people who wanted his jacket.

Paramedics rushed Ward to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No arrests have been made, and the NYPD has asked the public's help in locating four persons of interest.

Monday afternoon, police released a surveillance video showing four men walking into a bodega, then walking out. Two of the men are wearing ski masks and have been described as Hispanic. Police said the other two are black.

The price of the green coat is unknown, but friends reported that it was expensive and may have attracted unwanted attention in one of New York's poorer neighborhoods.

Raphael Ward lived with his mother and 7-year-old brother in the Baruch Houses, a public housing project. ABC News tried unsuccessfully to reach Ward's family.

The New York police asked that anyone with information on the shooting call them.

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Soldier Killed in Afghanistan During Skype Chat with Wife

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) -- A Michigan native serving as an Army medic in Afghanistan was killed during a Skype video chat with his Texas-based wife earlier this week, The Detroit Free Press reports.

Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, a 43-year-old Army chief nurse, had been assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso and deployed to Afghanistan in March. He was killed on Monday as his wife watched helplessly on a Skype video-chat. Clark's body was returned to Dover Air Force Base on Thursday.

A funeral is planned in Spencerport, N.Y., his wife's hometown where they formerly lived. A memorial service is also planned for Addison, Mich. where Clark graduated from high school, according to the paper.

Clark is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged 3 and 9.

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Pregnant Woman Killed After Car Crashes Into Florida Hotel

Comstock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A pregnant woman from Boston was killed when a car veered off the road and crashed into the pool cabana at a Florida hotel.

The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Riverside Hotel near Las Olas Boulevard, a busy road in Fort Lauderdale, according to fire rescue spokesman Matt Little.

The seven-month pregnant woman was identified as Alanna Demella, 27, of Medford, Mass., by ABC News affiliate WCBTV.

Demella, who was with her husband at the time of the accident, had gotten up to use the restroom inside the cabana when the vehicle struck.  Her body was extracted by a fire department unit.

According to The Miami Herald, the fetus also died.

The driver of the vehicle, who has not been identified, was taken to the Broward General Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, the Herald reported.

Police in Fort Lauderdale are investigating the incident as a traffic homicide, Little told the paper.

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Four People Shot and Killed Execution Style in NY Pharmacy

Thinkstock/Getty Images(MEDFORD, N.Y.) -- Gunfire erupted Sunday morning during an apparent robbery at a pharmacy in New York, and when it was all over, four people were left dead, according to police.

The deadly shooting reportedly happened around 10:20 a.m. at Haven Drugs, which is located in the Medford section of Long Island. Among those killed were two employees and two customers who were in the pharmacy at the time, according to ABC’s New York Station WABC-TV.

Authorities say all of the victims were shot and killed execution style.

No arrests were immediately made in the incident.

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Four Killed in New York Plane Crash

Thinkstock Images/Getty Images(WESTCHESTER, N.Y.) -- Four people are dead following a plane crash in New York’s Westchester County on Saturday.

The crash reportedly occurred in the suburb of Armonk on Saturday afternoon. Officials say the Cessna 210 aircraft departed from Westchester County Airport around 1 p.m. and was bound for Montauk when shortly after takeoff the pilot communicated to a control tower that there was an emergency and tried to return to the airport. The pilot reportedly was trying to land when the single-engine plane crashed and burst into flames.

All four people onboard were killed when the plane went down.

The victims have been identified as Keith Weiner, 63, his wife Lisa Weiner, 51, their daughter Isabel Weiner, 14, and Lucy Walsh, 14.

Investigations are continuing into the cause of the crash.

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MTV Producer Found with Gunshot to the Head

KABC-TV/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have yet to determine a motive in the execution-style killing of a promising young MTV producer, found dead outside his home in an affluent section of Los Angeles.

Gabriel Ben-Meir, 30, was found face down, shot at least once in the back of the head, on the sidewalk outside his Mid-Wilshire district home early Sunday morning by a neighbor.

Ben-Meir, who coordinated music for MTV shows, including Ashton Kutcher's Punk'd, had parked his BMW outside his apartment building and was shot just feet from his front door, police said.

LAPD would not say whether he had been robbed.

Ben-Meir was killed from a blast from a shotgun, reported the Los Angeles Times, citing an unnamed source. Police would not confirm the weapon used to ABC News.

There are currently no suspects in the shooting. 

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Osama Bin Laden's Anti-U.S. Strategy: Exploit Minority Converts

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Osama bin Laden aspired to damage the United States not only through persistent terror attacks, but also by attempting to inflame race and class tensions in hopes of tearing down the country from the inside out, according to officials briefed on the evidence trove recovered from the al Qaeda leader's Pakistan compound.

According to information recovered in the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that brought down the terror leader, bin Laden planned to specifically recruit African-American Muslim converts to carry out attacks on the homeland. The goal was to not only kill and maim in the actual operations, but to create a divisiveness that would cause more damage than al Qaeda could ever hope to do on their own.

"Because there were many blacks in the U.S., he wanted to capitalize on them to further the jihadi cause," one U.S. official told ABC News. "Al Qaeda sees the black convert community as ripe for recruiting."

While it has long been known that radical preachers and some prison imams have targeted the convert community for jihad recruitment, the references show core al Qaeda's keen interest in the tactic.

"This is pretty heady stuff," another person briefed on the material said.

But it's also strategy that civil rights activist and President of the National Action Network Rev. Al Sharpton said was "radical" and outrageous.

"I think it would be the most cynical abuse of African-Americans and America in general," Sharpton told ABC News. "Remember, Osama bin Laden killed blacks, whites, Latinos, everyone on 9/11... For him to use race relations in the U.S. in a way to support his terroristic barbarism is the absolute height of cynicism."

Minority groups have previously suffered in the aftermath of terror attacks or attempted attacks, though most of those incidents have been directed at Muslim-Americans. Ibrahim Hooper, National Communications Director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said those incidents are not indicative of the American people and any belief by bin Laden that he could prompt widespread violence in such a way between any groups was a "fantasy."

"I think the viewpoint reflects more of a Neo-Nazi, white supremacist outlook on American whites than anything based in reality," he said. "I think it's fantasy based on a fundamental misunderstanding of American society."

In the past, officials believed al Qaeda attempted to recruit fair-skinned European or Americans jihadis.

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