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Two Killed in West Virginia Mine Accident

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(WHARTON, W.Va.) — Two miners were killed Monday night after becoming trapped at a coal mine in West Virginia.

In a statement Tuesday, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said a ground failure occurred at Patriot Coal’s Brody Mine No. 1 in Wharton at around 8:30 p.m Monday, entrapping the miners.

“Rescue efforts later determined that the miners did not survive, and the miners’ bodies have been recovered,” MSHA said in the statement.

The agency said it will conduct a full investigation of the incident.

“Joanne and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the two miners — Eric and Gary — who lost their lives in this tragic mining accident,” West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a statement Tuesday. “We ask all West Virginians to continue praying for them during this very difficult time for our mining community.”

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Charles Ramsey on Life After Famous Rescue of Cleveland Girls

Lucian Perkins/For The Washington Post via Getty Images(CLEVELAND) — Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland man who helped free three kidnapped Cleveland women from a decade-long captivity last year, answered questions Monday on Reddit, and it appears he’s made peace with his instant fame.

Ramsey used the moniker “RealCharlesRamsey” to host an AMA, or “Ask Me Anything,” on the site. He described life after the rescue, including unwanted fame, as part of his promotion for his new memoir, titled Dead Giveaway.

“Have you noticed any changes in regards to people’s attitudes in your neighborhood, or Cleveland as a whole in the past year? Do you think the community has come together since the tragedy?” one Reddit user asked.

“Yes. Everybody in my city is smiling as if they hit the lottery. As if their stimulus check finally came in the goddamn mail,” Ramsey said.

Ramsey won accolades for helping to free Amanda Berry, Georgina “Gina” DeJesus, and Michelle Knight from captivity in Ariel Castro’s home, where they had been kept for close to a decade. Ramsey was Castro’s neighbor.

“Was there any indication that Ariel Castro was a monster?” another user asked.

“no. i didn’t go to church with him. He was my neighbor. the closest a neighbor could get coming from dif ethnic backgrounds. We weren’t playing spades, he wasn’t throwing tupperware parties. He kept everything he could do to keep you from asking abotu [sic] what he did in that house,” Ramsey answered.

Many people on Reddit thanked or congratulated Ramsey for his bravery in rescuing the girls.

“Just wanted to say thanks for doing the right thing. The world needs more people like you,” said one.

Ramsey also gained acclaim in the days and weeks following the rescue for the colorful interviews he gave. A local hamburger chain in Cleveland offered him a year of free hamburgers because he said he was in the middle of eating a hamburger when he went to rescue the women.

“Hey man!!! Huge fan, 1. How often do you keep in touch with the girls? 2. How are they adapting to life now ( like technology and stuff ) 3. How are the free hamburgers??? 4. Do you still do any interviews?” one user asked.

“I see Michelle Knight several nights a week. Her thing is to walk her dog and meet and greet people. My thing is to walk around looking for bad dudes who want to snatch another child. Michelle has a tablet. They keep her up to date with things. She’s with Dr. Phil’s camp. She’s getting emails, responding to them. Knows how to download apps. She’s actually created music she wants to produce some day. The free hamburgers were from May 6 and they ended May 8 last year. They gave me $2,000 in gift cards and I handed them out to every homeless person and kid I could find,” he said.

Ramsey said he received good advice from fellow Cleveland native Drew Carey, who told him that fame can be enjoyable if you think of it like the theme song from Cheers (“Where everybody knows your name.”).

“Sing that jungle in your head and when it starts making sense to you, it won’t bother you anymore. The world is your neighborhood now. You’re in their heart, you’re in their brains,” Ramsey wrote on Reddit.

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Five-Year-Old Calls 911, Saves 90-Year-Old Caregiver’s Life

The Monteith Family(ASHEVILLE, N.C.) — A 5-year-old reportedly called 911, saving the life of the 90-year-old woman taking care of her.

Mildred Morris, of Asheville, N.C., was doing laundry Friday when she fell down a flight of nine stairs and hit her head.

Five-year-old Jaylee Monteith, whom Morris has watched since Jaylee was 1, was walking just a few steps ahead and called 911 as soon as she saw Morris fall.

“Jaylee called 911 and said I needed help because I had fallen down the steps,” Morris told ABC News. “Then she went next door and said, ‘Wake up, wake up’ and my neighbor came over and helped.”

Morris was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she received over a dozen stitches in her scalp.

“I think if I had stayed much longer, the blood was coming so quickly from my head, if they had not heard Jaylee, I probably would have been weakened or unconscious,” Morris said. “She’s a miraculous little girl.”

Morris says she watches Jaylee almost daily while her mother, Jazmyn Williams, studies to be a nurse.

“She’s never been to kindergarten so everything she learned is from me and her mother and father,” Morris said. “I knew she was capable but I didn’t know she’d be able to think that quickly.”

Morris is now recuperating at home with only a sore back and the staples in her head.

“I’m OK but I have a son and daughter-in-law who are so bossy I can’t take two steps,” she said of the extreme but loving care she is receiving.

Morris is also being uplifted by twice-daily visits from Jaylee and her parents, who are watching Jaylee at home while her beloved Morris recovers.

“It’s great to know that they remember something I have done for them,” Morris said of the kids she’s touched in her lifetime, which include both Jaylee and her mom. “It’s from my heart for all of them.

“You have to be sincere with kids and let them know that you love them.”

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Why It’s Taking the NBA So Long to Get Rid of Donald Sterling

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been more than two weeks since NBA players called for “immediate action” by team owners to force the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling’s ownership, but that action is coming along slowly.

Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for making racist comments to his girlfriend on a recording that was leaked April 26. But he and his wife retain 50/50 ownership of the team and do not want to sell it, they have said.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month he would encourage the owners to vote to force a sale of the team — an unprecedented move in professional sports, according to Paul Hagan, director of Duke Law School’s Center for Sports Law and Policy.

Timeline of Events:

  • April 26 – TMZ posts audio of man they claim is Donald Sterling making racist comments against Magic Johnson and others in a recorded conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. The NBA says the same day they will investigate.
  • April 29 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans Sterling for life, saying the league verified that the voice belonged to Sterling. Silver says he will encourage NBA owners to force the sale of the Clippers. The NBA Players Association calls for this to be done quickly.
  • April 30 – Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive predicts the owners vote will be “unanimous.”
  • May 2 – The NBA’s advisory and finance committee, made up of 10 owners, decides unanimously to move forward with holding a vote over Sterling’s ownership.
  • May 9 – The NBA appoints an interim CEO, Dick Parsons, to run the Clippers.
  • May 13 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says, “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”

“It’s a fairly complicated and consequential act to seize a team and force the involuntary sale of it,” Hagan said.

Forcing the sale of a professional sports team had never done before except in bankruptcy cases, he said. Complicating matters further, the team is estimated to be worth between $500 million and $1 billion, he said.

The league commissioner has to prepare a written charge against Sterling explaining what rules of the NBA constitution that Sterling allegedly broke. Hagan said the league will likely cite Article 13A, which is that Sterling violated a resolution of a bylaw such as making statements undermining faith in the league.

But Sterling will be owed a hearing, with representation by lawyers, in which he can argue the charges.

Following the hearing, the owners will take a vote and a three-fourths majority will be needed to seize ownership.

“All of those reasons, plus the fact there’s a lot of money at stake, and that’s why it may take a little while,” he said.

Additionally, Sterling’s wife, Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, has said she will fight to retain ownership of the team. ESPN reports that the NBA believes it has the legal grounds to force both Sterlings to sell.

The league may act with expediency due to the attention on the issue, Hagan said.

“I think the speed might have something to do with public pressure on the league. Silver was quite masterful…He acted within a week. That’s lightning speed…I think the public is giving this a little time. If people were wildly angry and assuming a cover-up or delay that might speed things,” he said.

Hagan said he doesn’t see the issue being decided in the court system because the league is operating as a private association acting in its own best interest. He said he thinks the courts will not have grounds to take up the case.

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Why It’s Taking the NBA So Long to Get Rid of Donald Sterling

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been more than two weeks since NBA players called for “immediate action” by team owners to force the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers from Donald Sterling’s ownership, but that action is coming along slowly.

Sterling was banned for life by the NBA for making racist comments to his girlfriend on a recording that was leaked April 26. But he and his wife retain 50/50 ownership of the team and do not want to sell it, they have said.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month he would encourage the owners to vote to force a sale of the team — an unprecedented move in professional sports, according to Paul Hagan, director of Duke Law School’s Center for Sports Law and Policy.

Timeline of Events:

  • April 26 – TMZ posts audio of man they claim is Donald Sterling making racist comments against Magic Johnson and others in a recorded conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. The NBA says the same day they will investigate.
  • April 29 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver bans Sterling for life, saying the league verified that the voice belonged to Sterling. Silver says he will encourage NBA owners to force the sale of the Clippers. The NBA Players Association calls for this to be done quickly.
  • April 30 – Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive predicts the owners vote will be “unanimous.”
  • May 2 – The NBA’s advisory and finance committee, made up of 10 owners, decides unanimously to move forward with holding a vote over Sterling’s ownership.
  • May 9 – The NBA appoints an interim CEO, Dick Parsons, to run the Clippers.
  • May 13 – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says, “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.”

“It’s a fairly complicated and consequential act to seize a team and force the involuntary sale of it,” Hagan said.

Forcing the sale of a professional sports team had never done before except in bankruptcy cases, he said. Complicating matters further, the team is estimated to be worth between $500 million and $1 billion, he said.

The league commissioner has to prepare a written charge against Sterling explaining what rules of the NBA constitution that Sterling allegedly broke. Hagan said the league will likely cite Article 13A, which is that Sterling violated a resolution of a bylaw such as making statements undermining faith in the league.

But Sterling will be owed a hearing, with representation by lawyers, in which he can argue the charges.

Following the hearing, the owners will take a vote and a three-fourths majority will be needed to seize ownership.

“All of those reasons, plus the fact there’s a lot of money at stake, and that’s why it may take a little while,” he said.

Additionally, Sterling’s wife, Rochelle “Shelly” Sterling, has said she will fight to retain ownership of the team. ESPN reports that the NBA believes it has the legal grounds to force both Sterlings to sell.

The league may act with expediency due to the attention on the issue, Hagan said.

“I think the speed might have something to do with public pressure on the league. Silver was quite masterful…He acted within a week. That’s lightning speed…I think the public is giving this a little time. If people were wildly angry and assuming a cover-up or delay that might speed things,” he said.

Hagan said he doesn’t see the issue being decided in the court system because the league is operating as a private association acting in its own best interest. He said he thinks the courts will not have grounds to take up the case.

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Smoke in Building Grounds All Flights in Chicago

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Air traffic was grounded at both of Chicago’s airports Tuesday after smoke was detected in a building, causing Federal Aviation Administration personnel to evacuate.

“At approximately 11:30 a.m., all FAA personnel were evacuated from the Chicago terminal radar approach control, or TRACON facility, in Elgin because of smoke in the building,” FAA spokesman Tony Molinaro said in a recorded statement.

According to the Elgin Police Department, the smoke was reported to be coming from a vent shaft. In accordance with safety procedures, the building was evacuated and, as a result, all flights were grounded.

“A ground stop for all flights into and out of Chicago O’Hare Airport and Chicago Midway Airport is in effect,” Molinaro said in the recording.

An investigation into the cause of the smoke concluded that it was triggered by “a faulty motor in the HVAC system,” the Elgin Police Department said in a statement.

The building has since been deemed safe and TRACON aviation supervisors have been allowed back inside.

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New Hampshire House Explosion ‘Not Likely’ Accidental, Police Say

WHDH-TV(BRENTWOOD, N.H.) — The explosion that leveled a New Hampshire home after a cop was shot dead was probably not accidental, New Hampshire police said Tuesday.

The blast occurred Monday in Brentwood after Officer Steve Arkell was called about a domestic dispute at the home of Michael Nolan and his father Walter Nolan. The officer was shot dead and when more police arrived, the home erupted in a fireball.

When asked about the cause of the explosion, Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said it was not yet clear, but added “accidental is probably not likely.”

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New Hampshire House Explosion ‘Not Likely’ Accidental, Police Say

WHDH-TV(BRENTWOOD, N.H.) — The explosion that leveled a New Hampshire home after a cop was shot dead was probably not accidental, New Hampshire police said Tuesday.

The blast occurred Monday in Brentwood after Officer Steve Arkell was called about a domestic dispute at the home of Michael Nolan and his father Walter Nolan. The officer was shot dead and when more police arrived, the home erupted in a fireball.

When asked about the cause of the explosion, Assistant Attorney General Jane Young said it was not yet clear, but added “accidental is probably not likely.”

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Maryland TV Station Evacuated After Truck Rams into Building

(TOWSON, Md.) — Police have surrounded ABC News affiliate WMAR-TV in Towson, Maryland after a suspect they describe as “possibly armed” drove a truck into the building Tuesday.

“The guy got out of the car first and started trying to unlock…he started trying to come in the door, which is obviously locked, because we have security. And he started screaming to let him in, let him in, and he said ‘I am God, let me in.’ Obviously we ignored him, security ignored him, and then that is when he got into his truck and started ramming the station,” WMAR reporter Brian Kuebler told ABC News.

“We have steps and then a vestibule with two sets of double doors. He had to get through a lot of building, at least five rams I’m being told, in order to get into the lobby,” he added.

The station has since been evacuated and there have been no reports of injuries. The suspect is believed to be barricaded.

“I guess they are calling it a barricade situation. I don’t have the scanner with me, but they say he may be armed and he’s held up somewhere in the station,” Kuebler said.

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Medal of Honor Recipient Defied Threat of Death to Help Wounded Comrades

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — When former Army Sgt. Kyle White and his platoon came under surprise attack along a remote trail in Afghanistan in November 2007, he was resigned to dying.

“I pretty much realized there was no chance of survival after I took those fragments in my face after being knocked out,” said White, 27. “I had no hope for getting out of there, but it was kind of like, OK, but if that is going to happen, I’m going to do what I can to help my battle buddies until that does.”

But White didn’t die that day.

Despite being wounded himself, incurring two concussions, and running through direct enemy fire multiple times, White survived the four-hour battle while risking his own life to help wounded soldiers and, ultimately, saved the life of former Spc. Kain Schilling.

And on Tuesday, White will be recognized at the White House with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor.

White, joined by Schilling, sat down with ABC News to talk about the “bittersweet” award that has been earned though a battle that cost the lives of six of their friends.

“With it being over six years ago, the pain has subsided a little since then, but it’s still always there, and, you know, there are a lot of memories coming back. It’s…not my award. It’s just as much his as it is mine,” White said, turning to Schilling, “Not to mention everybody else that was there that day, especially those that gave their lives for the defense of this country.”

During the battle, White first noticed that Schilling had been wounded in the arm.

“All I remember is my arm went numb, and I initially thought an RPG [rocket-propelled grenade] hit or something and it got taken off, so I realized the spot I was in was probably a bad spot,” Schilling recalled. “So I moved down the trail a little bit to somewhat of a tree or bush, and next thing I know, Kyle’s coming towards me, and he’s running through everything.”

The tree provided little protection from the incoming fire, and Schilling was wounded a second time.

“I get hit through my femur, and he takes his belt off or my belt and uses that as a tourniquet to stop that bleeding,” Schilling said, remembering White’s actions.

Said White: “When you’re in that situation with that amount of fire and that much adrenaline going and you just fall back onto your training: one task at a time. I see Kain shot in the shoulder: tourniquet put it on. And then, OK, now, next thing: return fire…Keep moving on.”

White would go on to brave enemy fire several more times, running between Schilling and another wounded squadmate, Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks, before the attack finally subsided at nightfall.

Despite White’s efforts at first aid on Bocks, he would succumb to his wounds and die that day. After he died, White used Bock’s still functional radio to make contact with backup forces.

“I picked up the little hand microphone that was on there, and as I was pulling it up, it gets ripped from my hand, and then, I remember thinking, ‘What was that?’ I reached down and grabbed it and it had a bullet hole clean through it. I remember that was really, that was ‘really, come on!’ That was the moment I was a little bit frustrated,” White said.

Despite having the radio’s microphone shot from his hand, White was able to make contact with backup forces. Support came from the Afghan National Army that night. But despite the reinforcements, White remembers that night as “the scariest time.”

“You realize, ‘I am the only able bodied American at my location,’” White said. “We had one set of night vision you know. I have to pull 360 security and you just realize how alone you are out there and it was not a good feeling.”

A medvac helicopter arrived later that night to evacuate White and Schilling, who was unconscious by the time they arrived.

“I made sure he went first,” White said of Schilling. “And then there was two ANA that were badly wounded…and we got them out and then we tried to get those that were killed in action out too, but the flight medic was like, ‘Hey we’re low on fuel, we’ve got to go, like you’re going right now,’ and she just hooked me up and took me out of there.”

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