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Man Rescues Baby Raccoon Trapped in Wall

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — For hours, he and his wife listened to the animal’s cries for help.

Then, armed with a knife, hammer and a flashlight, William Levin got to work.

“The noises suddenly sounded different — they were louder, more stressed, and coming from inside the wall,” he said.

Levin rescued a baby raccoon that had fallen from its nest and was stuck in the wall behind the oven in his Brooklyn apartment Monday. He told ABC News that raccoons had nested two years ago and had recently returned.

He cut his way through the wall, then reached in to pull out the raccoon.

“We rinsed the dust and debris off her fur with warm water. The baby raccoon was too stressed to drink the saline-sugar water we offered, and slept through the night, seemingly exhausted from the traumatic ordeal,” Levin said.

He said they called NJB Pest Control on Tuesday morning and that the raccoon cried and slept most of the day. A wildlife operator picked up the raccoon later that day so it could be rehabilitated before its release into the wild.

“Now we have two traps in our ceiling with the hopes of catching the mother and reuniting her with the baby,” Levin said.

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Multiple Injuries in Rhode Island Circus Platform Collapse

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) — Up to 20 people were injured Sunday after a platform collapsed at a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Providence, Rhode Island.

Witness Sydney Bragg told ABC News Radio there were about 20 females on a rising platform which fell down to the ground at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. She first thought the incident was part of the act.

“I just remember just seeing these girls lean over and their necks were like down, almost like they snapped their necks,” Bragg said.

Stage crews then came out to take the platform off the victims. The lights were kept dark, Bragg added, so children could not see was going on.

Story is developing.

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Man Rescues Baby Raccoon Trapped in Wall

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — For hours, he and his wife listened to the animal’s cries for help.

Then, armed with a knife, hammer and a flashlight, William Levin got to work.

“The noises suddenly sounded different — they were louder, more stressed, and coming from inside the wall,” he said.

Levin rescued a baby raccoon that had fallen from its nest and was stuck in the wall behind the oven in his Brooklyn apartment Monday. He told ABC News that raccoons had nested two years ago and had recently returned.

He cut his way through the wall, then reached in to pull out the raccoon.

“We rinsed the dust and debris off her fur with warm water. The baby raccoon was too stressed to drink the saline-sugar water we offered, and slept through the night, seemingly exhausted from the traumatic ordeal,” Levin said.

He said they called NJB Pest Control on Tuesday morning and that the raccoon cried and slept most of the day. A wildlife operator picked up the raccoon later that day so it could be rehabilitated before its release into the wild.

“Now we have two traps in our ceiling with the hopes of catching the mother and reuniting her with the baby,” Levin said.

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Family of Fatally Stabbed Student: ‘Our Hearts Are Forever Broken’

Maren Sanchez (WABC)(MILFORD, Conn.) — The family of Maren Sanchez, a 16-year-old stabbed to death at her Connecticut school slightly more than a week ago, thanked supporters and expressed the pain of the family’s loss on Saturday.

“Our hearts are forever broken by the loss of our Maren,” read a statement released through police and picked up by local media. “The outpouring of compassion, support, and love from the community she touched during her life and in her passing has moved us deeply and has offered our family great comfort and solace during this difficult time.”

Sanchez was fatally stabbed in the hallways of Jonathan Law High School in Milford, Conn., allegedly by a fellow student, after declining his invitation to the prom later that day.

After other students learned of Sanchez’s death, they had an impromptu vigil for the slain 16-year-old on the beach with many of the students wearing their prom clothes. Students released purple balloons in her honor.

Sanchez’s family released the statement a day after Sanchez’s alleged killer, Christopher Plaskon, made his first appearance in court. Plaskon was being charged as an adult and was under suicide watch.

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Last Cars Removed from James River After Train Derailment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LYNCHBURG, Va.) — The final train cars that ended up in the James River after an April 30 train derailment were safely removed from the water and prepared for removal on Saturday.

The train was carrying crude oil when it derailed in Lynchburg on Wednesday, bursting into flames and filling the sky with thick, dark smoke. Workers on Saturday managed to extract the final two cars from the James River and ensured that they were “positioned for removal.”

The train is owned by CSX Corporation, who said in a statement on Saturday that they will continue to help remove debris and rebuild the road bed. The company, along with safety officials, hope to restore service to the area and allow impacted businesses to resume operations “as soon as possible.”

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the cause of the derailment.

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Teen Stowaway Has Left Hawaii

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — The teen who stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet last month left the state of Hawaii on Friday.

The Hawaii Department of Human Services Child Welfare Branch says that Yahya Abdi, 15, was “safe and no longer in Hawaii” on Friday, about two weeks after he arrived.

Abdi spent about five hours in the wheel well of the jet, surviving chilly temperatures and high altitudes in an unpressurized area of the plane.

The Hawaii DHS says it has no further involvement in the case.

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Teen Stowaway Has Left Hawaii

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — The teen who stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet last month left the state of Hawaii on Friday.

The Hawaii Department of Human Services Child Welfare Branch says that Yahya Abdi, 15, was “safe and no longer in Hawaii” on Friday, about two weeks after he arrived.

Abdi spent about five hours in the wheel well of the jet, surviving chilly temperatures and high altitudes in an unpressurized area of the plane.

The Hawaii DHS says it has no further involvement in the case.

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California Fire Battalion Chief on the Run After Killing Fiancee, Police Say

ABCNews.com(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Authorities in California are searching for a fire battalion chief suspected of killing his fiancee, then going on the run.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office named Orville “Moe” Fleming as a suspect in the murder of 26-year-old Sarah Douglas.

“We are extremely proficient at tracking fugitives,” said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.

“He’s a chief,” said Douglas’ aunt, Trina Werly. “He was supposed to be the one that helps people.”

Werly said a phone call may have caught Douglas’ final moments alive.

“Then she screams blood-curdling screams and the phone went dead,” she said.

When Werly went to Douglas’ home Thursday morning, she said she found her face down and blood everywhere. Police said Douglas was stabbed to death.

Fleming’s department-issued pickup truck was found abandoned more than two miles away, according to police.

“It was reported that the neighbors saw him cleaning his truck and packing it,” said Werly.

Fleming, 55, was a 24-year veteran of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, police said. Douglas’ family said he always seemed too controlling.

“She was such a good person [but was] looking for love in the wrong place,” said Werly.

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V. Stiviano Says Mask Helped Deal with Pain

ABC/ MATT PETIT(LOS ANGELES) — V. Stiviano, the personal assistant of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, told ABC News’ Barbara Walters in an exclusive interview that she wore a visor to cover her face because it made it “easier to mask the pain.”

Stiviano was seen sporting the Daft Punk-esque visor outside her home last weekend.

“I’m hurting. I’m in pain,” Stiviano told Walters when asked why she wore the visor on Friday. “It hurts to see someone that you care about hurting. It hurts to see people speculate, assume, say – throw darts at you when they don’t know you, when they don’t know your story, when they don’t know the truth – all based on hearsay and assumptions. It hurts. It’s easier to mask the pain.”

It was the first television interview for Stiviano since the NBA handed Sterling a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Tuesday for his racial remarks about African-Americans in a leaked audiotape recording released by TMZ. The NBA Board of Governors will vote on whether Sterling will be forced to sell the team.

Stiviano said she wanted Sterling to apologize for his remarks but added that she didn’t believe he’s a racist. She said that while she recorded the conversation and several others with Sterling, a friend leaked his rant.

Sterling, 80, has owned the Clippers since 1981. Sources told ESPN on Thursday that he’s battling cancer.

Stiviano is also currently tangled in a legal battle with Sterling’s estranged wife, Rochelle Sterling.

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ABC News Exclusive: V. Stiviano Speaks to Barbara Walters

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(LOS ANGELES) — ABC’s Barbara Walters sat down for an exclusive interview Friday with V. Stiviano, the woman at the center of the firestorm surrounding embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling, in Los Angeles.

In the interview, Stiviano characterized Sterling’s current state of mind as “confused.”

“I think he feels very alone, not truly supported by those around him. Tormented, emotionally traumatized,” she added.

This is the first television interview for Stiviano, who called herself Sterling’s personal assistant, since the NBA handed him a lifetime ban and a $2.5 million fine on Tuesday for his racial rant about African-Americans featured in a leaked audiotape recording.

Asked if Sterling should apologize, Stiviano said, “Absolutely.”

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Sterling also recently broke his silence. Speaking to Du Jour magazine Sterling says, “I wish I had just paid her off.”

According to the magazine, he also expressed remorse for the way this controversy has unfolded.

The NBA is now moving forward with plans to vote on his ouster as owner of the Clippers. They will provide him with a statement of the charges he faces. He then has five days to respond and then faces a hearing in front of the NBA’s board of governors to decide whether he loses the team.

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