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WATCH: Missing Teens’ Boat Found Capsized Off Florida Coast

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStockVIDEO: Teens’ Capsized Boat Floats Off Florida Coast While Boys Remain Missing

(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — As the search for two teenagers lost at sea continues, new video shows what the teens’ recovered boat looked like as it floated off the central Florida coast Sunday.

The boat, belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

It was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.

New video released by the Coast Guard captures waves crashing against the overturned, 19-foot, single-engine boat on Sunday, as crews inspect the scene.

The boat was missing one personal flotation device as well as the boat cover, according to ABC affiliate WPBF.

Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening.

As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.

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Missing Teens’ Boat Found Capsized Off Florida Coast

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(MIAMI) — A boat similar to the one a pair of Florida teenagers went missing in two days ago was found off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

The recovered boat was capsized and damaged, the Coast Guard said. It hasn’t yet been determined whether the boat’s tag matches the teens’ boat.

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14 years old, left Friday morning in their 19-foot, single-engine boat, for a fishing trip, according to the Coast Guard. The teenagers checked in with their parents at 11 a.m. and were Snapchatting photos of the boat and their fishing gear around noon.

The teenagers were last seen at 1:30 p.m., buying more than $100 worth of fuel at a marina in Jupiter, Florida.

The boys were reported missing by their parents about 5 p.m. Friday.

Perry’s stepfather, Nick Korniloff, said today they don’t know how much food and water the boys have, but insisted the boys “know what they’re doing out there.”

“I have all the confidence in Austin and his abilities to operate a boat,” Korniloff said at a press conference.

“Both boys have their boaters certification,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother. “Perry has been on a boat really since he was seven.”

“Austin, this is his fourth boat,” said Carly Black, Austin’s mother. “He’s been around boats since before he could walk.”

A $100,000 reward has been issued for their safe return, Korniloff said.

“We are positive that our boys are still out there,” Korniloff said. “We’ll do anything to get our children back.”

Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who’s known the boys for years, joined the parents at a press conference Sunday.

“I know they know what they’re doing,” Namath said. “Austin’s been sharp and on the water a good while. Perry is just as sharp as can be.

“We just keep on praying,” Namath said.

Searchers are looking at factors including weather, sea conditions and currents, Tequesta Police Chief Christopher Elg said at today’s press conference.

Searchers have covered more than 14,000 nautical square miles so far, Elg said, and search efforts are being expanded today, which could bring coverage up to 25,000 nautical square miles.

“From my understanding, the boys are avid fisherman. They’ve been fishing their whole entire lives,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. “But at the same time, they’re still 14 years old.”

“Both boys have siblings that are really looking forward to them coming home,” Cohen said.

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Man in Trouble for Climbing over Ohio Zoo’s Fence, Petting Cougars

Fuse/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A visitor at Ohio’s Columbus Zoo is in hot water with zoo personnel for getting a bit too friendly with some cougars.

With his camera rolling, Joshua Newell dropped his bag to the ground, climbed over a 4-foot fence, and petted two adult cougars through the final barrier on July 20. Zoo officials found out about Newell’s antics after he later posted the video on YouTube.

“It was very spontaneous,” Newell said. “I jumped the barrier and showed them some love.”

Now, the 35-year-old has with a legal cat fight on his hands.

“This is very alarming,” Tom Stalf, the president and CEO of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, said on Sunday. “We will take action.”

The zoo is ready to pounce, pressing charges against Newell with a misdemeanor count of trespassing and citing public safety and animal welfare as its top priorities.

“They’re a large carnivore,” Stalf said. “They have the potential of doing serious harm.”

But Newell said he never felt threatened.

“Why would I be afraid?” he asked. “They wanted me to pet them.”

Overnight, Newell admitted he regretted his actions.

“I do want to apologize to the Columbus Zoo,” he said. “I am concerned that other people will try it and that’s why I’m on camera to persuade them to not do it.”

Newell is set to appear in court on Wednesday.

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Man Charged in TV Star Girlfriend’s Murder Acted in Self-Defense: Attorney

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A lawyer for a man accused of killing his reality TV star girlfriend said his client acted in self-defense.

Robert Reagan, 51, was charged with murdering Loredana Nesci, the star of the Sundance TV reality show Loredana, Esq., with a knife. Nescei’s body was discovered on Wednesday after Reagan called police, authorities said.

But Reagan’s attorney said the woman, known as “the legal diva,” attacked Reagan first with the knife.

“Robert tried to disarm her,” Reagan’s attorney, Shepard Kopp, said in a statement, “and in the intense struggle that ensued she tragically suffered a fatal wound.”

The couple’s troubles were played out on the TV program that centered around the tough-talking attorney, who is a former Los Angeles Police Department officer and body builder.

Friends said Nesci, 47, was tough but not violent.

“Loredana was just the nicest person you have ever met,” said friend Tori Moorhead. “She helped so many people. You’d come in and ask her for help and she would never tell you no and it was never about money with her clients.”

But Nesci was known for her sharp tongue, and neighbors say the couple fought often.

“They were always kind of yelling back and forth at each other,” said Nesci’s neighbor Adam Gorelick. “It was more often than not but nothing to where you would think someone would kill someone.”

The fighting was something even Nesci’s family admits.

“I’ve heard plenty of arguments between the two of them,” said Robert Nesci, Loredana’s brother. “But I’ve never seen either one of them lay a hand on each other.”

Loredana Nesci’s brothers sat down with ABC News and said they’re now caring for the couple’s 5-year old son.

“We’re just very, very distraught over the whole thing,” said Sal Nesci. “And we got a lot of healing ahead of us.”

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Shots Fired on University of Florida Campus, One Person in Custody

iStock/Thinkstock(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — One person with a firearm was taken into custody early Monday morning after shots were fired at a dormitory on University of Florida’s campus.

“Suspect with firearm in custody. Poss witnesses in blue Mazda truck location unknown,” the Gainesville, Florida university tweeted Monday.

Earlier, the university said two white males in a blue Mazda truck were seen heading away from campus.

“Shots fired at Murphree Hall lot poss suspects 2 white males in a blue Mazda truck last seen heading north away from campus,” the school tweeted.

Anyone with information is asked to call the University of Florida Police Department at 352-392-1111.

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Two Dead, Six Injured in Boat Crash Near Baltimore

Minertree/iStock/ThinkStock(BALTIMORE) — Eight people were on board a recreational boat when it crashed near a Baltimore, Maryland, bridge early Sunday morning, leaving two women dead and six people injured.

The 40-foot boat collided with a concrete pillar that was about 50 yards away from the Francis Scott Key Bridge, according to Candy Thompson of Maryland Natural Resources.

The two victims were identified as Wendy Lawson, 41, and Kimberly Ervin, 45, both from Baltimore, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

At least one of the victims was not wearing a life jacket, according to Thompson.

Six people were hospitalized, Thompson said.

The pillar, approximately 10 to 15 feet in height and width, acts to protect the bridge from wayward incoming vessels, Thompson said.

The cause of the accident is under investigation, and it was unclear whether alcohol was involved, Thompson said.

There were 130 boating accidents in Maryland last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources, that left 12 people dead and 96 injured.

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Las Vegas Hotel Fire Believed to Be Accidental

@ccyr17 posted this photo to Twitter on July 25, 2015: “Those in Vegas wondering what the smoke is… Fire at the Cosmopolitan pool.” @ccyr17(LAS VEGAS) — Saturday’s fire at the Bamboo Pool of The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas is believed to have been accidental, officials say.

Fire investigators know where the fire started, they say, but they continue working Sunday to determine what sparked it. Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker said the blaze is believed to be accidental, and that the investigation could take about one week.

The pool was reopened on Sunday, but an area of the rooftop pool deck was walled off. Guest rooms on the 14th floor, the same floor as the pool deck, were closed Sunday.

No one was burned in Saturday’s fire, though two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Las Vegas Hotel Fire Believed to Be Accidental

@ccyr17 posted this photo to Twitter on July 25, 2015: “Those in Vegas wondering what the smoke is… Fire at the Cosmopolitan pool.” @ccyr17(LAS VEGAS) — Saturday’s fire at the Bamboo Pool of The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas is believed to have been accidental, officials say.

Fire investigators know where the fire started, they say, but they continue working Sunday to determine what sparked it. Clark County Assistant Fire Chief Sandra Baker said the blaze is believed to be accidental, and that the investigation could take about one week.

The pool was reopened on Sunday, but an area of the rooftop pool deck was walled off. Guest rooms on the 14th floor, the same floor as the pool deck, were closed Sunday.

No one was burned in Saturday’s fire, though two people were treated for smoke inhalation.

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Two Dead in Boat Crash Near Baltimore

Minertree/iStock/ThinkStock(BALTIMORE) — Two people are dead and six others injured after a pleasure boat crashed into the base of a bridge near Baltimore.

The Coast Guard says the 37 foot boat crashed into the base of the Key Bridge just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Four people were thrown from the boat, including two women whose bodies have now been recovered.

Two others were pulled from the water and crews rescued four others who were also on the boat.

There was no damage to the bridge.

Officials said this crash was a reminder of the dangers of boating at night.

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Two Dead in Boat Crash Near Baltimore

Minertree/iStock/ThinkStock(BALTIMORE) — Two people are dead and six others injured after a pleasure boat crashed into the base of a bridge near Baltimore.

The Coast Guard says the 37 foot boat crashed into the base of the Key Bridge just after 3 a.m. Sunday. Four people were thrown from the boat, including two women whose bodies have now been recovered.

Two others were pulled from the water and crews rescued four others who were also on the boat.

There was no damage to the bridge.

Officials said this crash was a reminder of the dangers of boating at night.

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