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iStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A woman has died at this year's Burning Man, a weeklong art festival in the Nevada desert.

Authorities say 29-year-old Alicia Louise Cipicchio, from Jackson, Wyoming, fell under a bus early Thursday morning and was killed.

Organizers say this is the first death at the festival in seven years.

The festival, which takes place in the Black Rock Desert in Northern Nevada, will continue as planned.

Cipicchio's death remains under investigation.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- As we enter the most active part of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, we have our eyes on both coasts: Tropical Storm Marie in the Pacific and Hurricane Cristobal in the Atlantic.

In the past 24 hours, ABC News' Ginger Zee has fielded some frequently asked questions and wanted to share:

One question:

 

 

Ginger Zee's Answer: It does, but each ocean has its own list. The Pacific is already through to "M" and the Atlantic is now on "C".

Another question: I thought hurricanes were called typhoons if they are in the Pacific?

Ginger Zee's Answer: Not in the eastern Pacific. A hurricane is a typhoon is a cyclone -- just called different things in different parts of the world.

 

 

Follow NOAA's guide to pronouncing hurricane names here.


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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CALLAHAN, Fla.) -- A negative post on Facebook got Ashley Habat's four-year-old son kicked out of a Callahan, Florida, preschool.

Habat says the controversy started when she found out that it was picture day at Sonshine Christian Academy after the fact, although the school said that a notice was included in her son's folder days earlier.

Somewhat incensed, Habat wrote on Facebook, "Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislikes [sic] about Will's school?," thinking only her friends would see it.

Not just her friends, it turned out. Habat received a letter of her son's dismissal from the school that read in part, "You utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff.  These actions are also consistent with sowing discord which is spoken of in the handbook you signed."

Habat remains perplexed although she did find another preschool and is considering legal action against Sonshine Christian Academy.

However, her indignation is being met with some anger from other Facebook users who feel Habat should just keep quiet and accept the dismissal.


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iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Police in Colorado are searching for the 911 caller who caused SWAT teams to swarm an unsuspecting video game player in a dangerous hoax called “swatting.”

Online live-streaming video showed officers bursting into a Littleton, Colorado, video game company on Wednesday with guns drawn. Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said the threat seemed credible.

“The caller stated that he had just shot multiple people,” Stephen said.

Officers thought they had an active-shooter situation, so they set up a perimeter, evacuated businesses and locked down nearby schools.

The reality of the situation quickly emerged. The people had been targeted in a disturbing prank, something often done by video gamers to get SWAT teams racing to the homes of their opponents.

It’s becoming so common that Jordon Mathewson -- the person victimized in Wednesday’s incident -- told other players he knew exactly what was happening. Fellow players watched the incident unfold on Twitch, a site where anonymous spectators can watch games played in real-time.

“It could have been any one of the thousands of people that were watching,” Mathewson said. “They really like the anonymity of being online and being able to get away with stuff, and they like to test that sometimes.”

The prank caller’s identity is still unknown. Police are investigating and are taking the situation seriously.

“This is not a game. It’s not an online game,” Stephens said. “We have real guns, real bullets and there’s a potential there for some tragedy.”


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iStock/Thinkstock(LOWER PAXTON TOWNSHIP, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania woman who captured what she insists was an unidentified flying object on her cell phone camera says she is “scared to death now.”

A couple police officers also say they saw the UFO that night.

Stephanie Wilkerson says she was relaxing on her porch in Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania, Monday night when she spotted an object in the night sky.

“I thought it was a plane until I realized it wasn’t moving,” Wilkerson told ABC News. “I watched it for about 20 minutes and I started noticing it changing colors.”

Wilkerson grabbed her cell phone to record the mysterious object and also called her neighbor over to verify what she was seeing.

“He went and got his binoculars because he first thought it was a planet,” Wilkerson said. “Then he said, ‘No, it changed yellow. That is not a planet.’”

Wilkerson also called 911 but when an officer arrived at her home, even he could not explain the mysterious objects in the sky.

“He went there and apparently he saw them too so he called his sergeant and his corporal to come and verify what he was seeing,” said Lower Paxton Township Police Lt. Gary Seefeldt.

Authorities contacted both the local airport and the National Guard training center, but neither had records of any flight activity that night.

Wilkerson says she saw the mysterious lights again Wednesday night and a neighbor reports seeing the UFO last week as well, she said.

“For me to see that, I am now a believer in UFOs,” Wilkerson said.


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