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1971yes/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a safety alert to carriers regarding lithium ion batteries in carry-on and checked bags.

According to the FAA's safety alert, "lithium batteries present a risk of both igniting and fueling fires in aircraft cargo/baggage compartments."

The FAA recommends protecting each individual battery to prevent short circuits. It also advises that the batteries must not come in contact with metal objects like keys, jewelry and coins.

As many portable electronic devices contain lithium batteries, the FAA safety alert refers to those batteries that are not installed in a portable electronic device.

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John Roman/iStock/ThinkStock(MILWAUKEE) --  A jury in Milwaukee, Wis., has sided Tuesday with two police officers in a civil case that claimed a gun store bore some responsibility in the illegal sale of a gun that was later used in their shooting.

Milwaukee police officer Bryan Norberg and former officer Graham Kunisch were seriously wounded in 2009, when Julius Burton shot both of them in their faces as they were stopping him for riding his bike on the sidewalk. The officers said they were left physically and mentally scared.

"I felt like I didn't deserve to live anymore," Norberg testified during the trial. "I took my dog for a walk and actually considered committing suicide...I let my partner down."

Norberg returned to the force after the shooting but said that his injuries made it hard to do his job. Kunisch retired from the police department. The officers' lawsuit sought nearly $10 million in damages. The jury awarded Norberg $1.5 million and Kunisch $3.5 million, reports ABC News affiliate WISN-TV.

Authorities later linked the weapon to Jacob Collins. Authorities said Burton, a minor at the time, had paid Collins to illegally purchase the gun for him at Badger Guns in a deal called a straw purchase.

Burton pleaded guilty to attempted first degree intentional homicide and is in prison. He was also convicted in the illegal gun purchase. Collins served a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to buying a gun for an underage person.

The jury's verdict is expected to have far-reaching implications.

According to the lawsuit, Badger Guns approved the sale despite a number of irregularities including the fact that the man filling out the form had noted that the gun was not for him.

Milwaukee authorities also alleged that between 2006 and 2009 more than 1,800 guns purchased from Badger Guns had been used in crimes.

"Badger Guns did not do the job it was required to do when it made that sale," Patrick Dunphy, the officers' attorney, said during the trial. "If Badger Guns had done its job...then Bryan and Graham would not have been shot."

During the trial, the gun store's lawyers and staff had maintained that Badger Guns had never intentionally sold weapons to criminals.

"The last thing we want to do is put a gun in the hands of someone who is going to commit a crime," sales clerk Donald Flora testified during the trial.

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Lowryn/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  A Connecticut jury ruled against a woman who sued her 12-year-old relative for injuring her arm and wrist when he greeted her at his 8th birthday party.

The jury said Sean Tarala, who is now 12, doesn't have to pay his adult relative Jennifer Connell for the medical bills that she incurred -- totaling more than $100,000 -- after he gave her a "forceful greeting," according to court papers.

According to the complaint filed by Connell, the then 8-year-old "negligently and carelessly" caused her to fall to the ground during the party at Sean's home in Westport, Conn. in March 2011.

Connell's attorney did not have a statement for ABC News as they left Connecticut Superior Court Tuesday.

Connell is Sean's father's cousin, and Sean's step-grandmother told ABC News that Connell and the boy are very close.

"The suit is not personal. This is a flukie accident that happened and nobody's mad at anybody," Kristin Butler, told ABC News.

"These are very loving people who just adore each other," Butler said.

The complaint goes on to argue that "a reasonable eight year old under those circumstances would know or should have known that a forceful greeting such as the one delivered by the defendant to the plaintiff could cause the harms and losses suffered" by Connell.

A list of expenses incurred as a result of her injury was included in the complaint, showing that appointments starting in March 2011 and extending through May 2013 totaled $113,221.30. The nature of the expenses was not specified but court documents said she underwent surgeries and hospitalization.

Tarala’s attorney countered in court documents that Connell was guilty of negligence for her fall and injuries because "she failed to use the care of a reasonably prudent person... as she went to greet the Defendant.”

Butler told ABC News before the verdict was reached this afternoon that she hasn't spoken to Connell, Sean or Sean's father about the lawsuit, but she did see Connell's hand after her various surgeries to fix the injury.

"It was catastrophic how she was left at the time," Butler said.

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Crystal Miller(DETROIT) — Each morning LaRethia Haddon makes her coffee, sits in her window and watches as passersby gawk at the prone figure on the lawn of her Detroit home.

Some call the police. Others even approach and attempt to perform CPR — only to discover the figure is a dummy.

Haddon has been pulling the Halloween prank for 20 years, but this time it has really taken off, she told ABC News on Sunday night.

"Oh, it is hilarious," she said of people's reactions. "They do CPR — they turn him over real fast, you know, then they realize it's the dummy. It's hilarious."

Since her husband's birthday falls on Halloween, they celebrate the holiday in a big way in her family.

"And I'm a holiday person. ... I'm just into decorating, you know. So I made a dummy and he does — he really does look lifelike," she said.

The figure is dressed in pants, white sneakers, a dark coat and a shirt with the hood pulled up. After she makes her coffee in the morning, Haddon takes the dummy — she laughed as she revealed that she calls it Derrick, after her husband — and puts it on a new spot on her lawn.

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Then she sits back, relaxes and prepares to be entertained. Since she lives in a busy area near two schools she doesn't have to wait very long.

"All day I have a stream of people coming by taking pictures of it," she said.

Detroit Police didn't respond to a message from ABC News on Sunday afternoon, but an officer told The Detroit News that the department was "repeatedly called to the area" last week for reports of a man down. They responded to find Haddon's dummy.

Officer Shanelle Williams told The Detroit News that the dummy wasn't illegal but suggested that placing a sign letting people know the figure was a display could help prevent unnecessary concern.

"If we get a call, we are still responding. We can't take the chance," Williams said.

Haddon, 55, says she always alerts emergency services before she pulls her annual prank.

"Every year I let them know, and I've been doing that for like 20 years so it's not like I just throw it out there and here we go," she said.

Haddon said she's been facing some financial trouble recently and the popularity of her display has boosted her spirits. She and her grandchildren put the dummy together every year and the family enjoys the activity, she said.

They're apparently not the only ones.

"I just like to let everyone know that when I made it I didn't mean it with bad intentions, I was just trying to bring a little laughter to the neighborhood and my neighbors and everyone have been coming by and saying just that, 'thank you for bringing a little laughter to the neighborhood,'" she said.

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kviktor01/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) --  With the number of fully certified air traffic controllers at a 27-year low, the nation's flight grid is severely understaffed, and if left unchecked, could lead to delays nationwide, the Air Traffic Controllers' union warned during a round table in Washington Tuesday.

Though the safety of the system is not at risk, National Air Traffic Controllers’ Association Vice President Trish Gilbert said the FAA has reached a “staffing crisis," prompting the association to call for a Congressional hearing into the matter.

Since September 2012, the number of certified air traffic controllers has decreased by about 7.5 percent, from 11,735 in 2012 to just 10,859 in 2015. About 30 percent of current staffers are eligible for retirement, according to NATCA. To make matters worse, NATCA says, the FAA failed for the fifth year in a row to meet its hiring goals.

In several particularly hard-hit areas, like Dallas, Chicago, New York and Atlanta, facilities are operating with 25 percent to 45 percent fewer controllers than needed.

"That's not acceptable," Gilbert said.

According to NATCA, chronic short-staffing prevents the FAA from pulling controllers off the board to help research vital new technologies like NextGen, a satellite-based tracking system that could shorten routes, potentially saving time and fuel and boosting safety. It also forces many controllers to work mandatory six-day weeks, which can lead to fatigue.

NATCA says the FAA's "bureaucratic inertia," coupled with uncertain funding, make it difficult to hire new recruits. Even when new employees are hired, the FAA often places these workers in high-stress environments where they can't succeed, forcing them to drop out instead of working their way up the ladder.

"That's not fair," said Gilbert, noting that the agency should also work to facilitate transfer requests from employees who want to move from highly-staffed areas to locales with unmet needs.

If the FAA doesn't address the shortages, passengers could begin to see the kind of delays the country experienced during the sequestration in 2013, Gilbert warned. (During one week of furloughs, a whopping 12,760 flights were delayed, three times more than the flights delayed that same week the following year.)

Of course, hiring new employees today won't solve the immediate problem. It takes two to four years to certify as a controller -- and only about three-quarters of those who complete training make it to certification.

The FAA did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

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