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  • iStock/Thinkstock(TRENTON, Fla.) -- Two Florida deputies were killed in the line of duty today, according to law enforcement officials.Two Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputies were shot and killed at about 3 p.m. while they were at the Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton -- located about 50 miles west of Gainesville -- Sheriff Bobby Schultz said in a statement.The suspect walked up to the restaurant and shot both of the deputies through the window, Schultz said. Deputies responding to the scene then found the suspected shooter dead outside of the business, according to the sheriff.Both deputies died of their injuries, Schultz said.Investigators have not determined a motive or "indications as to why this tragedy occurred," according to the sheriff, who was on the scene throughout the afternoon and notified the deputies' loved ones.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said in a statement that the Gilchrist County Sheriff's deputies were "senselessly killed.""The daily risk that law enforcement officers take to protect our communities is overwhelming," Bondi said. "My deepest condolences and prayers are with their families as they mourn the devastating loss of their loved ones. May their families, friends and fellow officers find peace and comfort during this very difficult time."The sheriff's office tweeted that it suffered a "terrible tragedy" and asked residents to avoid the area where the deputies were killed.Law enforcement officials from neighboring countries, as well as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the state attorney's office are assisting in the ongoing investigation, Schultz said.Further details were not immediately available.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PARRISH, Ala.) -- A train full of "sewage sludge" from the New York City area has left a small Alabama town after sitting on the tracks for more than two months.Residents of Parrish, Alabama, have complained about the smell, an infestation of flies, and concerns about declining property values since the waste has been sitting on the tracks, according to Alabama.com.The company that delivers the waste to Alabama received a permit from the state in December 2016 to dispose of biosolids, also called "sewer sludge," from wastewater treatment plants in New York and New Jersey, according to local news reports. Since then, local communities and towns along the route to deliver the waste to the landfill filed complaints and lawsuits to keep the waste and the smell out of their towns, which left the train cars stuck outside Parrish for months while the issue was resolved.Parrish is about 40 miles northwest of Birmingham and has a population of fewer than 1,000 people.Parrish Mayor Heather Hall posted on Facebook that the last container was removed from the town on Tuesday afternoon. She wrote that the situation was unprecedented and there was no entity regulating the situation. She added that it took more than two months and state senators getting involved to resolve the issue."I will say this over and over... this material does not need to be in a populated area... period. It greatly diminishes the quality of life for those who live anywhere near it," she wrote in the Facebook post.New York City has stopped using the facility in Alabama because of local concern, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection told Alabama.com. The department did not respond to ABC News' request for comment.
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  • ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Western Oklahoma wildfire conditions remain critical, despite unrelenting efforts to contain.Fire danger remains high to very high, with flames reaching up to 70 feet, the Oklahoma Forestry Services reports. The Rhea Fire in Dewey County continues to be the most active, having burned over 283,000 acres in a week span.The combination of strong winds and dry vegetation, particularly the eastern red cedar trees, have caused the fires to burn faster than usual, Oklahoma Forestry Services told ABC News. The oil of the cedar trees also increases flammability.With a lack of rainfall in Oklahoma for over 150 days, dry terrain creates an environment for rapid consumption.In total, more than 350,000 acres have burned, and though evacuation centers have closed, additional fires remain active in Woodward County, Beaver/Harper County, and Texas County.The fires continue to be more critical in the western region.The fires are currently not expected to move as quickly as the wind has gone down and the humidity has increased, Oklahoma Forestry Services said.A burn ban remains in effect for 36 counties in western-central Oklahoma due to the fire danger. The fires have killed two people thus far, but with the chance of precipitation ahead, firefighters remain hopeful.Oklahoma Forestry Services encourages the public to assess their property’s vulnerability to approaching wildfires by visiting www.firewiseusa.org. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • WABC(NEW YORK) -- Police officers have to be prepared for anything but Det. Mark Rubins did not anticipate putting his training to the test during this week’s New York Police Academy graduation ceremony.With recruits gathered at Madison Square Garden Wednesday, Rubins heard a commotion from the family of one of the graduates, Officer Leonardo Escorcia, because his 1-year-old son had started choking.Rubins, who is also a paramedic, and Lt. Greg Besson rushed to the child.“It was just, grab the kid and kind of do anything you could at that point,” Rubins told ABC News. “You saw him limp, you knew as you were going up the stairs what the game plan was. You just kind of go with your training and it kicks in.”Rubins said he was running on adrenaline in the seconds it took him to reach the child, grab the boy and clear his airway by patting the child’s back, successfully dislodging what turned out to be popcorn stuck in his throat. The whole ordeal lasted less than two minutes.“I'm just happy that he was in good hands when this happens and that Det. Rubins was there,” Escorcia said. “He just jumped into action.”Officer Escorcia’s wife, Lillian, said she now plans to take CPR classes, something Rubins said every parent should do."Everyone should be learning CPR. It can happen anywhere, any time. It's certainly something that anyone who's going to be around children should take, especially for choking hazards. People should learn from that,” Rubins said.
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  • Masato Onoda for Watters(NEW YORK) -- A Bridal Fashion Week model stole the show when her then-boyfriend dropped to one knee in the middle of the runway.Nicole Kaspar was the finale model in bridal fashion company Watters' Spring 2019 show last week in New York City. And for the Dallas-based model, it started off like any show."It was crazy and chaotic backstage," she told ABC News. "I was supposed to escort [designer] Elias [Gutierrez] out for a final bow and when I turned to leave and go back to our place for pictures, he grabbed me and didn’t let me go."Kaspar, 27, thought she had made a mistake on the runway. But soon, she'd realize that her boyfriend of two years, Chad Stapleton was actually proposing.Stapleton, who's a dentist based in Dallas, told ABC News he had been trying to plan the perfect proposal for eight months."I wanted to propose to Nicole related to something she loves and that’s traveling and modeling," he said.And after meeting a Watters' designer at their annual model search, the idea was born. He invited their parents to join him at the fashion show to witness it in person. And after Gutierrez's final bow, Stapleton, 26, dropped down to one knee, proposing in front of family, models and press.Kaspar, who's been modeling since age 15, said her now-fiancé pulled it off perfectly."When Chad stepped out into the lights, I was just like in shock," she gushed. "I kind of blacked out. Elias had to push me go move."The model's engagement ring, which has a cathedral setting, features an inverted ruby stone in the lower band. Stapleton said there's a reason for it."About six months into dating, we took a six-week European trip together, which is pretty fast for just dating," the future groom shared, "but that’s how much we knew each other and liked each other."Stapleton continued that he included a ruby in Kaspar's engagement ring because it's "the birthstone for July. That’s the month we fell in love."The two are now looking forward to planning a wedding in Texas."And I’m looking forward to starting a family," Stapleton added.
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