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  • KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- A 12-year-old girl is in custody after four classmates were injured in a shooting at a Los Angeles middle school Thursday morning, authorities said.A 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and was in critical but stable condition, while a 15-year-old girl was shot in the wrist and in fair condition, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. The two other children suffered minor wounds and were treated and released.A doctor treating the 15-year-old boy at LAC+USC Medical Center said he expects him to make a full recovery.The shooting is believed to be accidental, the Los Angeles Police Department told ABC News. The suspect, who hasn't been identified, was booked into L.A. County Central Juvenile Hall for the negligent discharge of a firearm and is being held without bail.A gun was recovered, no suspects are outstanding, and the Salvador B. Castro Middle School has been declared safe, the LAPD said.One parent told ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV that the shooting took place next to her son's classroom."He was in tears, but I'm so thankful he picked up the phone," she said of her call to him.Diego Salinas said that when his sister texted him from the middle school, he immediately rushed over."I went crazy. I couldn't handle it," he told ABC News. "I'm nervous, I'm anxious, I want to cry," Salinas added.How the gun was obtained is under investigation, but L.A. city attorney Mike Feuer said this is a "call to action" for every adult who has a gun."You must store it safely and keep it out of access for any child to reach," Feuer said.The shooting was reported at 8:53 a.m. local time and occurred in an elective class with mixed grades, officials said. The school was placed on lockdown, which later was lifted.Classes continued as scheduled on Thursday, and Friday would be a normal school day, officials said.The middle school is located on the Belmont High School campus and has about 365 students in sixth to eighth grade."Our thoughts and prayers are with those who were hurt in today’s shooting incident at Sal Castro Middle School and with all the students, families and employees on the campus," Vivian Ekchian, interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, said in a statement."The Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles School Police and district leadership immediately responded, and we followed protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of the Castro Middle School community," she added. "The school has been declared safe, and we are communicating with parents of students at Castro Middle School, as well as neighboring campuses. We are also providing appropriate supports to those who may be impacted by the incident."
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Two systems will be moving through the Northeast and Midwest over the next few days bringing light snow to most heavily populated areas, but bitter cold to the whole eastern U.S.The first system already moved through the Midwest and the Great Lakes bringing a heavy burst of snow from Minneapolis to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and into Michigan overnight.Snow is flying Thursday morning from Michigan to western Pennsylvania, New York and into New England.  The storm system will make its way into the I-95 corridor from the Carolinas all the way into Maine on Thursday night into Friday morning.Because it is going to be a mild day Thursday in the Northeast, the precipitation will begin as rain, then change to snow as the cold front moves through. Most areas will see minor snow accumulations, but there could be a few slick spots.  After that, our attention turns to the next storm system coming out of the Pacific Northwest and crossing the country over the weekend.On Saturday, this storm system will move into the Midwest, bringing several inches of snow from the Dakotas into the Great Lakes, including the Twin Cities, Chicago, Indianapolis and Detroit.On Sunday evening, as the system moves east, it will pick up a southern component and bring rain and snow to the East Coast. The heaviest snow will be inland, away from the I-95 corridor. The snowfall totals for the Midwest and Northeast over the next several days shows the heaviest snow will be found near the Great Lakes and in the interior Northeast. Arctic invasionWith each storm system, a new invasion of arctic air is expected. The arctic air is beginning to move into the northern Plains on Thursday morning.Heading into Friday morning the arctic air will reach the East Coast with wind chills in the single-digits from Washington, D.C. to New York City.Wind chills will be well below zero for the Midwest and the Great Lakes.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Thousands of people currently sitting in jail on marijuana convictions are set to get a reprieve thanks to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.The district attorney's office on Wednesday announced it will be retroactively applying Proposition 64, which legalized marijuana in California, and "reviewing, recalling and resentencing up to 4,940 felony marijuana convictions and dismissing and sealing 3,038 misdemeanors which were sentenced prior to the initiative’s passage." The office will look at convictions back to 1975, it said. Proposition 64 was passed in November 2016 and immediately legalized using and growing marijuana for personal use. Sale and taxation of marijuana by the state went into effect on Jan. 1, however. California residents 21 and older can legally possess up to 28.5 grams of marijuana (8 grams concentrated marijuana), though it remains illegal to use while driving or possess on school grounds, according to state law.Gascón criticized federal drug policy in a statement announcing his office's plans to erase the marijuana convictions from some offenders' records."While drug policy on the federal level is going backwards, San Francisco is once again taking the lead to undo the damage that this country's disastrous, failed drug war has had on our nation and on communities of color in particular," Gascón said in a statement. "Long ago we lost our ability to distinguish the dangerous from the nuisance, and it has broken our pocket books, the fabric of our communities, and we are no safer for it."  The district attorney's office noted that with the passage of Proposition 64 individuals who were convicted could petition for dismissal or a lesser sentence, but few people took advantage of the offer.Now that work will be done for them without the need for a costly lawyer."This isn’t just an urgent issue of social justice here in California –- it's a model for the rest of the nation," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement.San Francisco ABC station KGO spoke to Bishop Ron Allen, with the International Faith Based Coalition, who said he opposes the move and favors rehabilitation."We want to see them in jail, educated, absolutely turned around," Allen told KGO. "Please do not release them back into the community."Gascón said in Wednesday's press conference he wasn't sure how long the process would take or how much it would cost, but that misdemeanor convictions could be reviewed fairly quickly.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • moodboard/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A Michigan police department said it will publicly apologize to one of Larry Nassar's victims for not believing her when she filed a 2004 complaint against the disgraced USA Gymnastics physician.The Meridian Township Police Department invited members of the media to a public apology on Thursday over its handling of a 2004 police report filed by then-17-year-old Brianne Randall-Gay.“Township Manager Frank Walsh and Township Chief of Police David Hall will issue a public statement and apology on the handling of the 2004 police report in reference to Ms. Brianne Randall-Gay,” the department said in a news release Wednesday. “Ms. Randall-Gay will be participating and providing comments.” The township also said it would announce new initiatives and training regarding criminal sexual conduct investigations.  Randall-Gay claimed Nassar touched her inappropriately for several minutes during a scoliosis examination, according to the 2004 police report, which the department made public Wednesday. Randall-Gay also spoke at Nassar's sentencing hearing last week when she claimed police believed Nassar over her and dropped the case."You had audacity to tell [police] I misunderstood the treatment because I was not comfortable with my body," Randall-Day told Nassar at the hearing. "Sadly, they took your word instead of mine."More than 100 women spoke at the week-long hearing alleging he sexually assaulted them under the guise of medical treatment.Nassar, 54, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison last week after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving girls who were 15 years old or younger.  In a separate case, the disgraced doctor appeared in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Michigan, on Wednesday for a sentencing hearing after he pleaded guilty to three counts of felony sexual misconduct stemming from assaults on girls, including one under the age of 13.Nassar was also sentenced to 60 years in federal prison in December 2017 after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An international student at Virginia Tech was arrested on Monday for illegally possessing an assault rifle, according to the Virginia Tech Police Department.Freshman Yunsong Zhao, 19, is not a U.S. citizen, which makes it illegal for him to possess a firearm."The arrest followed an investigation that spanned several weeks, and the suspect is now in custody," the VTPD said on Tuesday.According to the arrest warrant, Zhao, who is from China, attempted to purchase 5,000 rounds of ammo. He had also been researching bulletproof vests and had purchased a former law-enforcement vehicle that still bears some police markings.Zhao was arrested amid rumors on social media that an individual at Virginia Tech was stockpiling weapons on or near campus, but, police said, Zhao's arrest was not related to the rumor."VTPD received information about a rumor that 'someone on campus' had been 'stockpiling weapons' and the students 'should avoid large lecture classes,'" VTPD Chief Kevin Foust said. "Understandably, others hearing this were deeply concerned, too. VTPD immediately investigated but have found no evidence this rumor is accurate. However, we will continue to be vigilant for our community."  ABC News Virginia affiliate WSET reported that Zhao has no known criminal history. He had been a student at Virginia Tech for six months.Zhao has an attorney and has not yet entered a plea, according to a court spokesperson.In 2007, a Virginia Tech student went on a shooting rampage that killed 32 people, making it the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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