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  • Starflamedia/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A man in his 60s was killed Wednesday after he was punched by another man and tumbled back onto the subway tracks in Brooklyn, New York, ABC station WABC reported.The incident occurred at the Jay Street-MetroTech stop at around 2:30 p.m., according to WABC.The man in his 60s and an 18-year-old were arguing when the teen hit the older man, who was knocked unconscious and fell onto the southbound R train tracks, WABC reported.The older man was pulled up from the tracks and taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition, where he later was pronounced dead, according to WABC.Charges are pending for the teen, who was taken into custody after the incident, WABC reported.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A snowstorm is tearing through the Southeast Wednesday before it barrels north overnight, bringing heavy snow and strong winds.Snow has already fallen in Tallahassee, Florida, and Savannah, Georgia, and now the wintry mix is now blowing through South Carolina.The major coastal storm has brought the most snow to Tallahassee and Savannah since 1989."It's pretty wild," one visitor from Washington, D.C., told ABC affiliate WCIV in Charleston. "I’ve never seen palm trees with snow on them before.”Winter weather advisories, winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings are in effect for the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine as the major coastal storm bears down Wednesday into Thursday.Blizzard warnings are in effect for coastal locations from North Carolina to Maine, including Norfolk, Virginia, the New Jersey shore, Long Island and Boston.The snow is expected to be heavy Thursday in New England and classes at Boston Public Schools have been canceled for the day.Here's what you need to know:FLORIDASnow, sleet, ice and rain blew through Tallahassee Wednesday morning. It was warmer in Juneau, Alaska, than it was in Tallahassee.This is a major event for northern Florida -- most towns do not have any snow removal equipment or salting trucks. The Florida State University campus in Tallahassee and public schools in Tallahassee were closed today.The weather caused some traffic issues, but by late morning the sun was out and the ice was starting to melt, officials in Leon County, Florida, said.GEORGIAWednesday was an extremely rare day of snow and ice for the coastal Georgia city of Savannah, with two to four inches of snow, local officials said.Public schools are closed Wednesday and Thursday. Instead, children threw snowballs and people made makeshift sleds on the snow-covered ground.The Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport closed Wednesday and local officials said it's unclear when the airport will resume normal operations.Tourist Stacy Paolozzi came down south for New Year's and is now stranded in Savannah."We're hoping tomorrow [to flight out] but I know the snow is going north, so it's going to depend on whether or not the airports in New York City are open," she told ABC News."Savannah's a lovely city so I don't mind staying. I'm sure my boss isn't happy about it, though!" Paolozzi said. "Thank goodness I overpacked!"Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale told ABC News that the coastal roads near Savannah are in very poor condition this afternoon due to severe icing.Temperatures are not expected to get above freezing, Dale said, and conditions on the roads will likely worsen. She's urging residents to stay off the roads now that a major freeze is expected on the Interstate 95 corridor overnight.Ahead of the storm, the Department of Transportation moved personnel and equipment from its northern counties to the coast. Dump trucks were distributing salt on the interstate.SOUTH CAROLINASnow is also falling Wednesday in South Carolina and the state Highway Patrol is warning drivers to stay off the snow-covered roads.The runways at the Charleston International Airport were closed Wednesday morning due to icy conditions.Both the College of Charleston and Charleston County School District schools were closed Wednesday.NORTH CAROLINA AND VIRGINIAOn Wednesday evening the snow and ice are expected to stretch from Charleston to Wilmington, North Carolina. Overnight, heavy snow is forecast for the Norfolk, Virginia, area.A blizzard warning is in effect for both northern North Carolina and southern Virginia. Winds with heavy snow could create whiteout conditions there. Six to 10 inches of snow is possible, as are strong winds, making travel dangerous.Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm.NORTHEASTThe storm will strengthen Wednesday night and move up the East Coast, dumping snow into the eastern mid-Atlantic states.Philadelphia
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  • Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A would-be thief in Houston who was locked inside a cellphone store by an employee tried to escape by shooting the locks, and when that failed, fell to his knees to pray, according to a video recently released by police.John Bell tried to rob Latino Cellular, but an employee at the store refused to open the register and walked out along with the customers — and then locked the door, trapping Bell inside, the video shows.Store employee Katrina Leon kept a cool head when Bell ordered her to open the cash register and calmly told him, "No," the video shows.“As soon as he entered and he just pointed the gun at at me, and I knew instantly I’m getting robbed again, but this time I didn’t open the cash register,” Leon told ABC News. “ I just locked him in, because when you lock the door outside, from the inside you can’t open it, so I knew he wasn’t going to be able to open it.”The windows and door had bars on them, essentially caging Bell with no means of egress. Bell attempted to get out by pumping four shots at the door’s lock, which withstood the barrage.After slamming himself against the door in an apparent attempt to force it open, Bell resorted to prayer in the hope of getting away, Houston police said Wednesday on their YouTube channel."Please! Please! Please!" Bell pleaded, hands clasped and dropping to his knees. "I'm sorry, please! Help, please!”Bell’s prayers went unanswered, and police arrived shortly after and arrested him without incident.He pleaded guilty last month to the April 2017 aggravated robbery and was sentenced to five years in prison, court records show.Bell was on deferred adjudication for 12 years from a 2015 aggravated robbery charge at the time of the April robbery.
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  • 3drenderings/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A 25-year-old man wanted in Kansas for allegedly making a hoax 911 call that led to the killing of an unarmed man by police has waived extradition proceedings in California.Tyler Barriss, of South Los Angeles, appeared before a judge in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, five days after being arrested on a fugitive-from-justice warrant for allegedly making the so-called "swatting" call. Barriss acknowledged that he is the person wanted in Kansas, and he waived his right to an extradition hearing.The warrant, filed by Los Angeles County prosecutors, says Barriss was charged in Kansas on Dec. 29 with the felony of making a false alarm.Kansas authorities have until Feb. 2 to pick up Barriss, the judge said. In the meantime, he remains held without bail in Los Angeles County. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.Barriss is accused of prank calling police on Dec. 28 about an alleged shooting with hostages at a residence in Wichita, Kansas.The incident began around 6:18 p.m. Central Time when authorities there received a 911 call from a man who said he had shot his father in the head while his parents were arguing. The caller also said he was holding his other family members at gunpoint inside the home and was thinking about setting the house on fire, police said.The caller repeatedly gave authorities his alleged home address, leading Wichita police officers to the house.Upon arriving at the scene, officers surrounded the front of the house, preparing to make contact with the caller inside, police said.A 28-year-old man opened the door of the home and was told to raise his hands and walk toward the officers -- a command he obeyed for "a very short time" until he moved his hands back down to his waist, police said.The officers ordered him again to put his hands up but the man lowered them down again, police said. As the man turned toward officers on the east side of the home, he lowered his hands to his waistband and suddenly pulled them up to the officers, police said. That's when an officer on the north side of the home fired one round, striking the man.Officers then entered the home and found four individuals inside alive and unharmed, police said.The man who was shot was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead Thursday night. Police didn't find any weapons on him and officers learned he did not make the 911 call, according to Troy Livingston, deputy chief of the Wichita Police Department.No one else was injured during the incident, police said.Police have not yet released the identity of the man killed in the incident. But Wichita resident Lisa Finch identified him as her son, Andrew Finch, in an interview with reporters Friday morning. Lisa Finch said that her son was a father of two young children, according to The Wichita Eagle.Livingston said investigators believe the prank call was a case of "swatting," in which a 911 caller intends to deceive law enforcement about an alleged serious emergency. The officer who fired the shot has been placed on administrative leave, which Livingston said is standard protocol. Livingston did not name that officer but said he's a seven-year veteran of the department.Police have released audio of the 911 call as well as seven seconds of grainy footage from a body-camera worn by an officer standing next to the one who fired the shot.The Glendale Police Department in Los Angeles County confirmed to ABC News that Barriss made about 20 calls to universities and media outlets throughout the country around the time he was arrested for a bomb threat to ABC station KABC in Los Angeles in 2015. Barriss received a two-year sentence, court records show.Glendale police said since the calls were made around the country, the FBI would take the scope of the cases. The FBI said in a statement to ABC News Tuesday night, "The FBI worked with Glendale PD based on a series of threats allegedly made by Barriss in/around 2015 and deferred to the state to
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  • Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(CHAPPAQUA, N.Y.) -- A small fire was reported at Hillary and Bill Clinton's property in Chappaqua, New York, Wednesday afternoon, New Castle police confirmed to ABC News.There are multiple structures on the property and it's unclear where the fire occurred. The fire is now out, police said.Police officers and firefighters remain at the scene. No injuries were reported.
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