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Buffalo, NY, Buried in Snow, Could Get Another Three Feet Thursday


iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- Buffalo, New York, generally averages about eight feet of snow every winter. By the end of the day Thursday, it could eclipse that mark in just three days. And winter is still a month off.Governor Andrew Cuomo got a first-hand look at all the white stuff that has paralyzed much of the city due to the much talked about lake effect, which causes snow to come down faster, thicker and harder than in other areas due to cold air picking up moisture from Lake Erie.Cu

Three Wounded, Suspected Gunman Dead After Shooting on FSU Campus


iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Three people were wounded in a shooting on Florida State University's campus in Tallahassee, police said, with the suspected gunman shot and killed by officers.The shooting happened early Thursday morning at the university's Stozier Library.A police officer fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference.Two of the victims were t

Three Wounded, Gunman Dead After Shooting on Florida State University Campus


(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) --  Three people were wounded in a shooting on Florida State University's campus in Tallahassee, police said, with the suspected gunman shot and killed by officers.The shooting happened early this morning at the university's Stozier Library. A police officer fatally wounded the suspected gunman after he fired at police, Tallahassee Police Department public information officer David Northway said at an early morning press conference. The victims were taken to area hospital

WATCH: Man Holding Toddler Allegedly Steals Box of Toys


iStock/Thinkstock(UPPER DARBY, Pa.) -- As authorities in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, search for a man captured on a home surveillance camera carrying a toddler in his arms as he allegedly steals a package off someone’s porch, consumers are being reminded about the risks of shipping packages this holiday season.“The thing that bothers me about this one is the little baby,” Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told ABC News affiliate WPVI about the surveillance ta

Ferguson School District Poised to Get Students Off the Streets


Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Schools in Ferguson, Missouri, released plans on Wednesday to ensure that students are off the streets - possibly including closing schools - ahead of the grand jury verdict in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown.The Ferguson-Florissant School District said that whenever a decision is handed down, schools could close early or close for the day if the decision is released during a school day. The decision would affect schools bey

What It's Like to Be Trapped by a Wall of Snow in Buffalo Storm


iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- People in the Buffalo, New York, area have been snowed in for the second straight day, and some are even trapped at stores or jobs because of a sudden huge snowstorm.And it isn't over. More snow is expected to pound upstate New York on Wednesday, as officials frantically try to clear massive truckloads of snow from the area.Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Wednesday that more than 5,000 tons of snow have already been removed from south Buffalo.Meanwhile, residen

Al Sharpton on 'High Alert' About Ferguson Decision


Win McNamee/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Al Sharpton said on Wednesday that he is "on high alert" for the grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.Sharpton said that his civil rights group, the National Action Network, have been planning for "vigils and non-violent demonstrations" when the Ferguson grand jury hands down its ruling, which is expected to come any day."I have pledged to the mothe

NJ Attorney General Launches Separate Probe into Murder of CEO, Wife


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Jersey’s attorney general is conducting his own shadow investigation into the shocking September deaths of a politically connected hospital CEO and his wife, ABC News has learned.Word of the separate probe came late Tuesday in the wake of revelations that John and Joyce Sheridan had both been stabbed multiple times before their home was torched on Sept. 28.Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said one person briefed on the case has deployed a team from th

Basketball Team Spent Day Stranded on Bus in Snowstorm


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A women's basketball team stranded on a bus for more than a day during a massive snowstorm in upstate New York turned to social media to keep morale up, and to keep fans posted.The Niagara University team was returning from a game in Pittsburgh late Monday when they got stuck on the New York State Thruway near Buffalo, as several feet of snow pounded the area. Things started to get bad Tuesday around 2 a.m., and the bus had to stop, Niagara players and coaches said

US Faces Epidemic of Phony Debt Collectors: Prosecutor


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States is facing an epidemic of unscrupulous debt collectors who pose as law enforcement, threatening their victims with jail time unless they pay bills for things they never bought, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Tuesday as he announced the arrests of seven people who worked for a Georgia-based company.A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday against employees at Williams Scott & Associates LLC, based in Norcross, Georgia. The alleged thie

Utah Man Accused of Kidnapping 5-Year-Old Girl from Bedroom Faces Parents


iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — The man accused of kidnapping a 5-year-old Utah girl from her bedroom made his first appearance in court Tuesday, facing off with the parents who say they stopped the alleged abduction attempt.Troy Morley, 48, found himself face-to-face with Aaron and Stephanie Edson, his hands and feet in shackles. Morley is accused of taking their daughter from her bedroom Nov. 7.Stephanie Holladay Edson credits intuition with waking up the couple.“I knew somethi

Police Officers Not Required to Disclose When Recording with New Body Cams


ABC News(NEW YORK) — In Celina, Texas, dash-cam footage taken from the hood of a police cruiser seems to show an arrest gone horribly wrong. The officer orders the suspect to “put your hands behind your back,” then suddenly seems to tackle him and wrestle him to the ground face down.The officer’s reaction escalates for no obvious reason, at least from the dash cam perspective.The footage taken from the tiny body camera the officer was wearing that day tells an entirely di

Biting Cold All over US and Record Snowfalls Too


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The official start of winter is still more than a month away but every state in the nation registered below freezing temperatures Tuesday.That includes Hawaii's highest volcanoes, which is not related to the arctic air mass that has enveloped the lower 48.The same arctic air in the Gulf Coast and the Northeast produced temperatures as low as 20 degrees below average.Meanwhile, half the United States is already covered in snow with parts of Western New York rep

Undocumented Immigrant Population Stagnated in Recent Years


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The number of undocumented immigrants in the U.S., estimated at 11.2 million, remained stagnant from 2009 to 2012 with some states seeing a rise in this population while others declined.According to the Pew Research Center, the peak of 12.2 million undocumented immigrants occurred in 2007 just as the Great Recession took hold.Pew estimates that undocumented immigrants made up 3.5 percent of the total U.S. population of 316 million in 2012 while rep

Panel Will Study Conditions in Ferguson That Spurred Angry Protests


Scott Olson/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed a commission Tuesday to study the outrage that resulted from the shooting of an 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last August 9.The 16-person panel with both white and black members will be chaired by businessman Rich McClure and the Rev. Starsky Wilson, who was involved in some of the demonstrations that followed the shooting.Nixon's move comes as a grand jury is preparing a de

Buffalo Snow Storm Turns Deadly with Four Fatalities


ABC News(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- The early winter snow that has buried parts of the Buffalo area has turned deadly, blamed for the deaths of four people in Erie County.The storm dumped more than 4 feet of snow in places and was accompanied by high winds creating bone chilling conditions and thick drifts. New York's National Guard was even deployed to the area.In some places, snow has been falling at a rate of 4 to 5 inches every hour, a phenomenon known as lake effect snow -- when moisture-rich ai

NY National Guard Deployed to Buffalo After Snowstorm


ABC News(BUFFALO, N.Y.) -- New York's National Guard was deployed to Buffalo after a massive snowstorm on Tuesday.In the past 15 hours, communities in the area have been covered with three to four feet of snow, according to ABC News' Buffalo affiliate WKBW.In some places, snow has been falling at a rate of 4 to 5 inches every hour, a phenomenon known as lake effect snow -- when moisture-rich air blowing off the Great Lakes dumps precipitation when it reaches land.Buffalo residents said this is

Book Reignites Mystery Over Model's Suicide, Sect


Jamie Tregidgo/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- A Russian model who committed suicide in 2008 after joining a sect ended her days angry, confused and struggling to cope, journalist Peter Pomerantsev says in a new book.Ruslana Korshunova, who leaped off a Manhattan building to her death one summer day, had joined a group called Rose of the World while living in Russia, wrote Pomerantsev, who spent years researching what happened to the model for a 2011 documentary. Now his findings are detailed in his

What May Happen to Officer Darren Wilson After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision


Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- The Ferguson police officer under investigation for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown will soon learn if he will be indicted in the unarmed teen's death.As the world awaits the decision from a grand jury, there are many scenarios that could play out for the officer, Darren Wilson, who has been on paid administrative leave from the police department since the shooting in August.If Wilson is cleared of criminal charges in Brown's death, legally he

Daughter Graduates from FDNY Academy 13 Years After Dad Died on 9/11


Kami Dimitrova/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The daughter of a New York City firefighter who was killed on 9/11 graduated Tuesday from the Fire Academy, carrying on a family tradition.Kevin Smith, 47, of Long Island, N.Y., was stationed at Hazmat Co. 1 in Manhattan and rushed with his unit to the World Trade Center, where he and many of his comrades were killed."He'd be so proud," said Josephine Smith, 34. "He'd be absolutely proud. He'd be worried. Being a firefighter himself, he knows what goes with
 

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