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Sep 19

Former Boy Scout claims troop leader sexually abused him for years

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Chris was an 11-year-old Boy Scout in New Jersey when he says his life became consumed with a dark secret. “You do everything you can to block it out of your mind,” he said. Chris, whose last name “Nightline” is withholding at his request, says his Boy Scout troop leader, Stephen Corcoran, …

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Sep 19

Hurricane Maria upgraded to Category 5 storm

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Maria was upgraded to a Category 5 storm, the National Hurricane Center said Monday night, as islands including Puerto Rico brace for the impact. Maria is anticipated to approach the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday. The storm might make landfall on the eastern side of Puerto Rico and …

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Sep 19

Baton Rouge killings ‘could possibly be racially motivated,’ police say

iStock/Thinkstock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — The killings of two black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, last week “could possibly be racially motivated” but police are “still looking at other motives,” Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. L’Jean McNeely told ABC News Sunday. Bruce Cofield, 59, and Donald Smart, 49, were both shot and killed within five miles …

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Sep 19

Phi Delta Theta fraternity shutters LSU chapter after pledge’s death

Louisiana State University(BATON ROUGE, La.) — The Phi Delta Theta fraternity has shuttered its Louisiana State University (LSU) chapter “effective immediately” after a freshman pledge died last week. After Maxwell Gruver, 18, of Georgia, died the morning of Sept. 14, LSU police launched an investigation into his death as a potential hazing incident. The university …

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Sep 19

Man in clown mask chases daughter into armed stranger’s apartment

iStock/Thinkstock(BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio) — An Ohio dad’s apparent effort to “scare” his 6-year-old daughter with a clown mask went awry this weekend after he chased the girl into a stranger’s apartment, prompting the man to open fire in the direction of her father outside in an attempt to protect her. Boardman Township, Ohio police responded …

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Sep 19

Bus driver in deadly New York crash was fired by MTA after DUI was discovered

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The driver of a tour bus who was killed in a Monday morning bus crash in New York City that left two others dead was a former New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) employee who was fired for cause in 2015 when it was discovered he had been arrested for driving …

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Sep 19

Police investigating reports of nooses found hanging from trees in New York

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The NYPD is investigating reports of nooses that were allegedly found in two different Brooklyn neighborhoods recently. The nooses were discovered hanging from trees outside of libraries in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, ABC New York station WABC reported. An NYPD spokesperson told ABC News the department is aware of the reported incidents …

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Sep 19

Cincinnati Zoo welcomes new gorilla one year after the death of Harambe

ABCNews.com(CINCINNATI) — One year after the death of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla who was shot by zoo officials after a 3-year-old boy climbed into his enclosure, the Cincinnati Zoo has welcomed a new gorilla to its exhibit. Mshindi, a 29-year-old male Western Lowland Silverback gorilla, was moved from the Louisville Zoo to the Cincinnati …

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Sep 19

Jose set to batter East Coast with heavy rain, coastal flooding

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Southeastern New England is under a tropical storm warning and states along the coast from Connecticut to Delaware are under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Jose nears the East Coast, where the storm is expected to bring winds, heavy rain and coastal flooding this week. Jose, a minimal Category 1 …

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Sep 19

Navy relieves 2 more top officers following deadly ship collisions

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Navy has relieved two more top officers due to a “loss of confidence in their ability to command,” following two deadly collisions over the summer. The destroyer USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship in the Sea of Japan in June, killing seven sailors. In August, the USS McCain, another …

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