• iStock/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Two children died in Texas on Wednesday after they were electrocuted by power lines downed in a severe overnight storm.The boys, ages 11 and 12, were brothers, ABC affiliate WFAA reported, citing a first responder on the scene.The incident happened in a heavily wooded area in East Fort Worth, Texas, according to the report. The area was still recovering from a powerful overnight storm that knocked out power and damaged multiple properties.
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  • The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NEW YORK) -- Edward Smart has an appreciation for what the family of Elizabeth Thomas -- the Tennessee teen allegedly kidnapped by former teacher Tad Cummins -- is going through.After all, his daughter Elizabeth Smart was abducted in 2002 at the age of 15 at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home by street preacher Brian David Mitchell. Elizabeth testified in court that Mitchell terrorized her with almost daily rapes and the constant threat of killing her if she tried to escape. After nine months, though, Elizabeth was rescued after she was spotted in public with Mitchell."You just can't even imagine what's going through a young girl's head at this point at time," Edward Smart told ABC affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville, Tennessee. "Regardless of what Elizabeth Thomas's situation might have started out to be it could be very different at this point."An Amber Alert for Thomas was issued on March 15.The exact circumstances of 15-year-old Thomas' disappearance and her relationship with 50-year-old Cummins are still murky, but Smart says a common denominator is the manipulation of these teens by these older men."In our Elizabeth's case they got her to this mindset where she believed that if she did anything they didn't want her to do that they would come and kill her family," Smart said. "Manipulation is what controls them."Smart says the return of Thomas will depend on the media's coverage of her disappearance."I just don't think you can hope to find your child without the media and the coverage because without them you cannot engage the public and get them to help you find her," he said. "It's going to come down to the public seeing something, seeing her or seeing him."
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(CONCAN, Texas) — Thirteen people died on Wednesday in a head-on collision between a church bus and a pickup truck in Concan, Texas, officials said.Two other people were injured in the accident, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.DPS said that the bus was carrying congregants from the First Baptist Church in New Braunfels, Texas at a little after noon, when the accident occurred.The bus, which was carrying 14 people, was returning to New Braunfels from a Baptist encampment neat Lakey, Texas, where members were attending a Bible study, according to the church.Police said the driver was the sole occupant of the truck.The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted Wednesday night, "The NTSB is investigating today’s highway accident in Concan, Texas."
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  • David Park(LOS ANGELES) — A California man who witnessed his friend and fellow motorcyclist veer off the side of a highway and fall down a cliff told Good Morning America in an interview that aired Thursday about the near-death incident."I thought he was dead," David Park, who captured the entire incident on his GoPro, told ABC News. "I don't know what's down there, maybe it's a 50-foot drop, maybe there's rocks down there, I don't know what's down there."Remarkably, Park's friend, who wished to only go by his first name, Willi, sustained only a shoulder injury in his fall and has since been released from the hospital.Park told ABC News that they were motorcycling through the Angeles National Forest in Arcadia, California, on Sunday, when the near-death experience took place."You really have to think about it, and digest it, to really accept the fact that: How can a person walk away with a fractured shoulder from this?" Park said.Park added that Willy's bike got caught in a tree as he fell down off the side of the road, but Willy kept falling. Park said they had no cell service, so he asked another motorcyclist to drive down the highway and call 911. The California Highway Patrol responded to the incident and Willy was airlifted to a medical treatment center, according to Park.Park said that Willy "only remembers the point of impact and then waking up seeing my face."Despite the fall, Park said Willy maintained that he is going to get back on his bike when he recovers."Willy's got a pretty strong spirit," Park said. "Once he heals up he said he's going to continue riding motorcycles, but I don't think he's going to be coming back up here anytime soon."
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  • carlballou/iStock/Thinkstock(BROKEN ARROW, Okla.) -- Elizabeth Rodriguez, the woman who allegedly drove three teenage boys to a home in Oklahoma where they were shot to death after attempting a home invasion robbery, told investigators that she planned the crime, officials said.She also told investigators that she left one of the burglars for dead, according to police.The Wagoner County Sheriff's office arrested Rodriguez on three first-degree murder and three first-degree burglary warrants and jailed her without bond after she told them that she had information about a shooting that took place at a home in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa.Rodriguez waived her right to an attorney in speaking with investigators today, police said, and claimed that she had no personal connection to Zachary Peters, the 22-year-old victim of the alleged home invasion attempt, whose actions are being investigated as a potential act of self-defense under the state's "Stand Your Ground" law.Peters lived in a home in Broken Arrow owned by his father, according to police.Rodriguez surmised that Peters had money, and then selected his home to "hit a lick," they said, referring to an expression which refers to gaining a lot of money in a brief period of time.Rodriguez and the deceased suspects robbed a spare apartment at Peters' home earlier in the day on Monday, she told investigators.Later on in the day, the suspects, masked and dressed in black, kicked in a door and encountered Peters, who police said was armed with an AR-15 rifle.Investigators say that Peters shot at all three burglars in his home.One of the injured teenagers fled the home after being shot and scrambled to get back inside Rodriguez's vehicle, but she allegedly drove away and left him there to die.Wagoner County Deputy Nick Mahoney said on Tuesday that two of the teens were 16 or 17 years old and the third was 18 or 19. Brass knuckles and a knife were found among their possessions, he said.The National Council of State Legislatures notes that Oklahoma is one of 24 states in the country with laws that allow citizens to shoot if they believe the targeted person threatens their safety.Rodriguez was scheduled to appear in court April 5.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • jamesdvdsn/iStock/Thinkstock(DEATH VALLEY, Valif.) -- Death Valley National Park, with its hot, forbidding desert climate and barren terrain seems like an unlikely target for robbers. But, apparently they found some of the park's historic riches hard to leave behind.Ancient fossil footprints were removed from part of Death Valley's park territory, which covers more than 3 million acres in California and Nevada, according to a statement published by the National Park Service (NPS).NPS said they believe the missing fossils were formed about three to five million years ago by the tracks of mammals and birds near what used to be a lakeshore.Scientists visit the area of Death Valley regularly, photographing and recording the exact location of each footprint, NPS said in the statement, and noticed the fossils were missing during a recent trip.The scientists then alerted park rangers about their discovery."It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks," Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds says in the statement. "The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy."NPS has an Investigative Services Branch, and park officials are asking for anyone with information about the fossils to come forward with information.Investigators believe that a group of men who were photographed near the site may have information about the fossils. They are offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible.
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