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Two Dead, Eight Injured in Miami Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — At least two people are dead and eight others were injured in an early-morning shooting in Miami, police said.

The shooting happened at around 2 a.m. Tuesday in an apartment building at Northwest 12th Avenue and 65th Street, Miami Police told ABC News.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene, and another victim died at Jackson Memorial Hospital. At least six others were rushed to the hospital’s trauma unit, their conditions unknown, police said.

The male victim who died at the hospital was 26 years old, police said.

At least one of the shooting victims was female.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, and detectives are interviewing witnesses.

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Two Dead, at Least Five Injured in Miami Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — At least two people are dead and five others were injured in an early-morning shooting in Miami, police said.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday in an apartment building at Northwest 12th Avenue and 65th Street, Miami Police told ABC News.

One male was pronounced dead at the scene, and another victim passed away at Jackson Memorial Hospital. At least five others were transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s trauma unit, their conditions unknown, police said.

Police are still trying to determine if anyone else was injured in the shooting.

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Police Arrest Man Accused of Making Threatening Phone Calls to Newtown, Conn., Families

Digital Vision/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A Venezuelan man was arrested after prosecutors say he threatened residents of Newtown, Conn., shortly after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Not long after Adam Lanza shot and killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, families in the Newtown area began to receive threatening phone calls. The caller would identify himself as Lanza, threatening to kill the the recipient of the call.

Police identified the caller as Wilfrido Cardenas Hoffman and charged him with transmitting threats. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison. Police said that Hoffman was caught while traveling through Miami on his way to Mexico.

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Report Finds ‘Inexcusable’ Delay, ‘Crucial Missteps’ in Sandusky Investigation

Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released on Monday an 18-month review of the Jerry Sandusky investigation, and noted “inexcusable” delays and “crucial missteps” in the case.

Sandusky was charged in connection with the sexual abuse of eight boys in November 2011. About three years before that, a criminal investigation into Sandusky’s activity was launched. Kane called the one-year delay after the first victim came forward “inexcusable.”

The review, conducted by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, did not blame political motivations for the delay. He did call the stalled investigation “puzzling.”

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168 Children Rescued in Annual Prostitution Sweep

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland, California’s red light district is known as “the track.” It is a place where prostitutes line block after block, many of them runaways.

This weekend, the track was just one of many targets in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.

The FBI, along with 230 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, launched its eighth Operation Cross Country, arresting 281 alleged pimps and rescuing 168 child prostitutes in more than 100 cities, from Tampa to Denver to Los Angeles.

Authorities said it was the largest number of pimps and children taken off the street for Cross Country.

“These are our kids,” said FBI director James Comey. “Our street corners, our truck stops, our motels, our casinos. These are America’s children. Our children are not for sale.”

Police say some of the young people were runaways and then forced into prostitution. Many were lured by boyfriends offering little more than promises of love and affection.

One woman arrested during the Operation Cross Country sweep said she was just 17 and a half when she got caught up.

“The guy said, ‘Oh, I’ll take you home….We’ll go to the mall first….He kind of wheeled me into it,” she said. “I was scared.”

“They’re completely indoctrinated,” said an undercover officer in Oakland. “Some of them are in love with their pimps. Some of them, their home lives were so bad, this could be better but it’s not good.”

The underage children are sent to juvenile hall, where police say they get help and most importantly are forced to spend time away from their pimps.

Police say the problem is growing — there are more prostitutes and pimps on the streets than there are officers who can arrest them.

Oakland police eventually ended their sting because they were simply out of manpower.

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168 Children Rescued in Annual Prostitution Sweep

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Oakland, California’s red light district is known as “the track.” It is a place where prostitutes line block after block, many of them runaways.

This weekend, the track was just one of many targets in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution.

The FBI, along with 230 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, launched its eighth Operation Cross Country, arresting 281 alleged pimps and rescuing 168 child prostitutes in more than 100 cities, from Tampa to Denver to Los Angeles.

Authorities said it was the largest number of pimps and children taken off the street for Cross Country.

“These are our kids,” said FBI director James Comey. “Our street corners, our truck stops, our motels, our casinos. These are America’s children. Our children are not for sale.”

Police say some of the young people were runaways and then forced into prostitution. Many were lured by boyfriends offering little more than promises of love and affection.

One woman arrested during the Operation Cross Country sweep said she was just 17 and a half when she got caught up.

“The guy said, ‘Oh, I’ll take you home….We’ll go to the mall first….He kind of wheeled me into it,” she said. “I was scared.”

“They’re completely indoctrinated,” said an undercover officer in Oakland. “Some of them are in love with their pimps. Some of them, their home lives were so bad, this could be better but it’s not good.”

The underage children are sent to juvenile hall, where police say they get help and most importantly are forced to spend time away from their pimps.

Police say the problem is growing — there are more prostitutes and pimps on the streets than there are officers who can arrest them.

Oakland police eventually ended their sting because they were simply out of manpower.

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Teen Hacks School Records, Alters Students’ Attendance and Grades

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ORANGE, N.J.) — What had been a mystery in Orange, New Jersey, sounded like a scene out of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 1986 John Hughes movie about a high school student played by Matthew Broderick who skipped school but used his computer to change his attendance record.

A 16-year-old sophomore from Orange has been charged with doing that and more. Essex County prosecutors say the teen, whose name was not disclosed because of his age, hacked into the records of his school district and changed the grades and attendance records of several students.

The teen has been charged with multiple counts of computer theft and one count of hindering apprehension. He was released on his own recognizance, according to authorities.

The criminal investigation began when school officials notified police that an unauthorized person had gained access to the school’s computer system using the password of a staff member.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges and arrests are possible. Several students who avoided criminal prosecution were disciplined by the school district in the case.

More than 100 students were questioned. Many of them said they were unaware of the changes to their grades, according to prosecutors.

“I worked so hard, and for something I didn’t know and know nothing about, they give me ten days plus I’m not really graduating,” student Natalee Dean told ABC’s New York affiliate, WABC-TV, last week. “Why are we being punished for something we don’t know about?” asked Dean.

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Earthquake with Magnitude 8.0 Strikes Alaskan Coast

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LITTLE SITKIN ISLAND, Alaska) — A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska Monday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning for the state’s coastal regions.

The quake, which shook an area about 15 miles from Little Sitkin Island, was initially deemed a 7.1 on the Richter scale before it was upgraded to an 8.0.

In a tsunami warning, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association warned people in the state’s coastal areas to be aware that “the first wave may not be the largest.”

The warning said “widespread dangerous coastal flooding accompanied by powerful currents are possible and may continue for many hours,” even after a tsunami has reached land.

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Mormon Church Excommunicates Women’s Rights Activist Kate Kelly

Craig Cozart/Getty Images(SALT LAKE CITY) — Mormon women’s rights activist Kate Kelly was excommunicated Monday by the church.

Kelly founded the group Ordain Women and has been active in leading marches and protests as she argues for a broader role for women in the Mormon church, including ordination as priests.

The decision to excommunicate her was made by three male church officials in Oakton, Virginia.

In preparation for the council hearing, Kelly said that she sent the council, or “bishopric,” a letter explaining why she should not be excommunicated, along with more than 1,000 letters of support on her behalf. She included photos of herself growing up in the Mormon church and explained how she was a devout follower but had been asking “tough questions” her entire life, and would not stop doing so.

“I will not stop speaking out publicly on the issue of gender inequality in the church,” she wrote. “I cannot repent of telling the truth, speaking what is in my heart and asking questions that burn in my soul.”

The bishop sent an email to Kelly Sunday night saying they had not yet reached a decision, according to a post on Kelly’s Ordain Women Facebook page.

“After having given intense and careful consideration this evening to your membership status, and after carefully reviewing the materials you sent to us, we have decided that we want to prayerfully consider this matter overnight,” the bishop said in an email to Kelly, according to the Facebook post.

Hundreds of supporters held vigils under the banner of “Stand With Kate” across the country, including a major rally in Salt Lake, near the Mormon temple.

The church sent Kelly a letter earlier this month accusing her of apostasy for her work leading the marches and the online portion of Ordain Women. They also threatened another member, John Dehlin, who runs a forum for Mormons questioning their faith.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Ladder Day Saints released a statement Sunday night explaining that the council proceedings in Virginia, between Kelly and her bishop, are private matters.

“In the Church, we want everyone to feel welcome, safe and valued, and of course, there is room to ask questions. But how we ask is just as important as what we ask. We should not try to dictate to God what is right for His Church,” Church spokeswoman Ally Isom said in the statement.

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Rain and Mud Hamper Search for Missing Cyclist in Texas

Flower Mound Police Department(DALLAS) — Rain and muddy conditions are hampering search efforts for a 30-year-old Texas father who went biking on a trail on the outskirts of Dallas-Fort Worth, authorities said Monday.

Hundreds of first responders have entered their third day searching for Wesley Hixson, who was last seen Saturday morning while biking the North shore trail along Lake Grapevine in Flower Mound, Texas.

After combing through over 1,500 acres of rocky and wooded terrain, police, state troopers, firefighters and Texas Parks and Wildlife officials are still searching for Hixson, who was last seen at 10 a.m. Saturday, authorities said.

Sunday night’s search did not uncover any usable information in regards to Hixson’s whereabouts, Flower Mound Police Department Captain Richard Brooks told ABC News on his way to the search Monday.

Intermittent rain has worsened search conditions and left the trail dangerously muddy, Brooks said. Police announced Monday morning that they will no longer be accepting inexperienced volunteers, but law enforcement will continue their search.

Bike patrol officers, K-9 units, and Texas game wardens have all responded and a search helicopter hovered over the park Saturday but was unable to see through the thick canopy above the 23-mile trail, authorities said.

Hixson was with his three friends in Murrell Park when the friends decided to split into two groups of two based on skill level, authorities said. Though Hixson crashed his bike shortly after the groups separated, he assured his friend that he was fine and the two continued biking.

But the friend lost sight of Hixson, and searched around before rushing back to Hixson’s car, where he expected to see his friend, police said.

There, he found the two other members of the group with a police officer they had already contacted around 2 p.m.

More than one hundred volunteers, including Hixson’s family and friends, have aided in the search and the Arlington Fire Department has sent more than 50 firefighters in support of Hixson’s firefighter father, Lt. Tom Hixson.

The cyclist was wearing a helmet, but police suspect that he may have suffered a head injury such as a concussion, which could have disoriented him and led him off the trail.

“It’s odd for someone to get lost like this and just disappear,” Brooks told ABC News. “So that’s why we think he might have suffered a head injury when he fell.”

Brooks said law enforcement would not stop searching until they are confident that they have thoroughly covered the terrain.

Hixson was wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, a black helmet and sunglasses when he disappeared and is described as 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds.

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