• iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The injuries that left one Border Patrol agent dead and another severely injured in Texas remain a mystery, law enforcement sources told ABC News.Authorities are looking into the possibility that this was an accident, the sources added.The investigation stems from the discovery of two Border Patrol agents found at the bottom of a ravine. They were there near midnight responding to a sensor triggered in the area. Due to the lack of concrete evidence in the case, authorities are staying open to the possibility that the two agents may have accidentally slipped off the ravine, leading to them sustaining such serious injuries, the sources said.Fallen Border Patrol agent remembered by lifelong friend as 'good guy' who wanted to 'make a difference'Authorities emphasized that no determination about the cause of the injuries has been made. The FBI is investigating.Earlier today, President Donald Trump said without caveat that the men had been “brutally attacked.”Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the incident an “attack” and is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in what his office described as a “murder.”As of now, sources have told ABC News that the evidence does not support or refute that claim.
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  • Obtained by ABC News(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) -- Drivers and fire officials were caught off guard early Monday when they responded to a tractor-trailer fire and found not one, but three African elephants.The elephants, which were evacuated from the vehicle, were captured standing along Interstate 24 in Georgia, just across the border from Tennessee.The owners were able to get the elephants out of the attached trailer safely and to the side of the road without any problem. None of the animals were injured in the fire.Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan of the Chattanooga Fire Department described the elephants on Facebook as "HUGE, but well behaved" and said they ate hay by the roadside while officials battled the blaze.Morgan told ABC News that the elephants are privately owned by the couple who were hauling them, who adopted the animals after they were orhpaned as babies. They traveled the countries doing educational shows and were heading to Florida for warmer weather when the vehicle caught fire.The tractor-trailer's engine caught fire while the couple were driving, Morgan said. When they noticed the flames, they pulled to the side of the road and evacuated the anaimals, Morgan added.Tracy Beavers, a Puckett EMS paramedic, captured a photo of the animals standing by the road. She told ABC News no flash was used to take the picture due to concern of spooking the elephants.The owners were able to get another tractor to the location of the fire. From there, the elephants boarded into the trailer and continued on to Sarasota, Florida.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW KENSINGTON, Pa.) -- As the manhunt for the suspect who killed a rookie cop reaches its fifth day, Pennsylvania State Police said they tracked down and arrested the alleged driver of the getaway car.Police said Tavon Jamere Harper was behind the wheel of a gold Chrysler Town and Country car Friday night when he and Rahmel Sal Holt, 29, were stopped by New Kensington police officer Brian Shaw inside the parking lot of the Assemblies of God Church.Holt fatally shot the 25-year-old officer, who was on the force for only six months, then bolted on foot as Harper sped away, police said.Holt faces charges of murder of a police officer.According to the Westmoreland County Prison records, Harper was hit with drug and fleeing charges and remains jailed with a $500,000 bond.His sister, Kierra Harper, told ABC News that the incident does not square with her brother's character."That doesn’t seem like a crime he would commit," she said.When asked what Harper was doing with Holt, she replied, "Probably more like giving the guy a ride."On Saturday, police announced they found the vehicle they believe Harper was driving when Shaw was killed."We were able to find and seize the vehicle that we believe to be involved in this incident," New Kensington Police Chief James Klein said. "The investigation into the vehicle’s full involvement and the occupants that were in the vehicle is ongoing at this time."The reward for information leading to an arrest of Holt has continued to climb to $53,000.Angel of the parking lotThe church parking lot where the two men were pulled over was a place where kids played and Shaw routinely patrolled."It was our parking lot where it happened and [Shaw] often would stop and talk to children playing here and make sure they were safe," Anthony Celender, the 33-year-old pastor of the church, told ABC News. "He was one of the great officers who would go the extra mile for the community."The parking lot turned into a massive crime scene filled with emergency and forensic personnel through the entire weekend, he said.The evangelical church prides itself on helping many drug addicts and ex-convicts turn their lives around. It will hold a Saturday evening service in honor of Officer Shaw.The pastor learned about the shooting from a neighbor who was home with a child at the time of the shooting."I was plugging in my charger into my phone when we hear pop-pop-pop of the gun," the neighbor, who requested anonymity, said.The neighbor's child asked what the noises were.The neighbor rushed to the window and said a there was a black man leaning on her car."I've never see this guy on my street before," the neighbor said. "He had this look on his face -- not angry but a blank look."The neighbor added the man was dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and black skull cap, and appeared to be texting on his cellphone."There were three or four cop cars going to the church and I looked back at my car and the guy vanished," the neighbor said.The neighbor went to the church parking lot to inform police and said an officer took down the information.ABC News' attempts to corroborate the information with Pennsylvania State Police were unsuccessful."I want to be a successful law enforcement officer"New Kensington, home to 13,000 people and located 30 minutes northeast of Pittsburgh, hired Shaw full-time as an officer in June.The Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, native graduated from Burrell High School in 2010 and went on to graduate from Slippery Rock University with a degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.After graduating from Allegheny County Police Academy, Shaw became a part-time police officer at several departments.Allegheny Police memorialized Shaw's death on its Facebook page: "Officer Brian Shaw, you were taken from us too soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your life mattered and you will be missed."When he began working as a cop, his ambition to succeed doing police work was clear."I
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Firefighters are among the 33 people injured in a pair of explosions and fire at a cosmetics plant in New York.There were two explosions at the factory, with the first reported at around 10:15 a.m. and the next about 25 minutes later.The cause of the blasts is under investigation.The factory is home to a business named Verla International, which describes itself as a contract packaging and filling company with over 40 lines of nail polish and 40 lines of other cosmetics and perfumes, according to the company's website.There were seven firefighters were among the 33 people injured. Almost all have been treated and released, with most suffering from smoke inhalation and heat exposure. All of those injured are expected to survive.One person remains unaccounted for.Records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicate the plant had nine violations earlier this year related to exit maintenance and the use of flammable liquids, among other issues. Of those violations, six were classified as "serious." It's not clear if those violations are related to Monday's incident.The factory is located in New Windsor, a town about 65 miles north of New York City.
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  • credit: Pinellas County Sheriff(CLEARWATER, Fla.) -- A deputy's dashcam captured the moments when a small plane crashed onto a road in Clearwater, Florida, Sunday morning.As seen in the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's dashcam footage, the single-engine plane is flying low over the road and suddenly banks to its left, soaring right over the deputy's squad car.Two deputies responded within seconds of the plane's crashing onto the road. Luckily, according to authorities, the pilot who owns the plane and his passenger were able to walk away from the crash.Fortunately, no bystanders were injured, either.The plane is a four-seater 1975 Rockwell International 112A fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft, according to ABC affiliate WFTS in Tampa.The sheriff's office said the pilot and his passenger took off from Clearwater Air Park earlier that morning and went to Zephyrhills, which is about 50 miles away. The pilot told authorities they were returning to the Clearwater Air Park when "something went wrong." The plane went down about half a mile away from the air park.Deputies say the pilot thinks an engine problem was to blame, but no official cause has not been determined yet.
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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A Texas teenager has a forever home in time for the holidays after being adopted by his former teacher.“I really couldn’t sleep last night,” Anthony Berry, 16, told reporters last week after being adopted by Bennie Berry, who became a first-time mom.“I told mom, I was like, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep,'" he said. "She was like, ‘I don’t think I am either.’”Anthony of Beaumont first met Berry last November when she was his English teacher. By January, Anthony asked her to adopt him.“How many kids my age get adopted nowadays?” said Anthony, who had been in foster care since the age of 9.He did not think he ever wanted to be adopted, until he met Berry.Anthony asked his now mom to adopt him by asking her to look at a website. Berry told him to finish his work first."Finish your assignment and then you can show me the website,” she recalled telling Anthony. “Then later I found out that it was really an option to adopt him, so we pushed forward.”Berry described her son as an “ideal” and “model” student.“I have a son. I’m more than elated,” she said. “I have a son for the rest of my life.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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