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Coast Guard Rescues Turtle Caught in Fishing Line Off Long Island

U.S. Coast Guard photo(MONTAUK, N.Y.) — A turtle that found itself caught up in a fishing line off New York’s Long Island got some help from the Coast Guard.

A fishing vessel came across the entangled leatherback sea turtle in Fort Pond Bay near Montauk, New York around 1:30 p.m. on Monday and notified Coast Guard Station Montauk, officials said.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard then found the turtle caught in a lobster pod line, and were able to then successfully cut the line and free the turtle.

“The turtle would have most likely died if the crew did not respond to assist,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew Foster, a crewmember at Station Montauk, in a news release. “The line was around the turtle’s neck and fin and was getting tighter.”

The turtle showed no signs of injury and was able to swim away, officials said.

“We are glad we were able to execute the mission safely and release the trapped turtle quickly,” Foster said.

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Armed Civilian Shot Near Gate at Arkansas Air Base, Officials Say

John Roman/iStock/Thinkstock(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — A male suspect was shot and critically wounded by guards at an Air Force base in Arkansas on Monday, after the man drove an SUV over a curb near the main gate and got out of the vehicle holding a rifle.

Col. Charles Brown Jr., the base commander of Little Rock Air Force Base, said that guards engaged the suspect and deterred the threat.

“Our Airmen and families are safe, and there is no additional threat to Little Rock Air Force Base,” said Brown in a press conference Monday afternoon.

Brown said Little Rock AFB security forces, the Jacksonville Police Department and the FBI responded to the incident at the base.

The suspect was placed in custody and transported for medical treatment at a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition.

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North Carolina Shark Attacks: Hear the Frantic 911 Calls From Beachgoers

ABC News(OAK ISLAND, N.C) — A trip to the beach turned gruesome on Sunday and sunbathing strangers turned into heroes for two teens who were mauled by sharks.

Beachgoers made multiple 911 calls for emergency aid when two separate shark attacks took place off Oak Island in North Carolina.

The first victim that was attacked was a girl who suffered two bites, authorities said.

“The left arm is completely missing and also a bite to the left leg,” a male 911 operator is heard telling another, noting that the girl had a weak pulse.

Another caller described the same incident as leading to the girl having “her hand bitten off by a shark.”

When asked whether she had the number that she was calling from, the caller said, “No, I don’t actually. The family is in too much shock so I just wanted to borrow their phone.”

The second victim, a slightly older boy, was attacked nearly an hour and a half later about two miles away, authorities said.

“Um, there’s a shark, and it bit his arm off,” one female caller said. “He’s bleeding out, we need an ambulance,” she said.

Another female caller had to be calmed down by the operator who could not understand her amid the frenzy.

“Oh my gosh! Call 911, call 911!” another woman is heard saying on a recording of the emergency call that was released today. “Someone got bit by a shark!”

“His arm is gone,” she said.

The woman could be heard communicating with others at the scene and relaying aid tips from the 911 operator.

“There is serious bleeding,” the woman said at one point.

County officials said Monday that both victims are in stable condition and a surgeon confirmed that the boy had his left arm amputated above the elbow.

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Video Shows Teen Tased By Sheriff’s Deputy

shiyali/iStock/Thinkstock (SAN DIEGO) — Cell phone video allegedly shows a sheriff’s deputy using a Taser against a teenager in San Diego County.

The deputy appears to pin the teen, 13, to the ground while a friend recorded the incident on Saturday afternoon on Mission Road in Fallbrook, California.

The video allegedly shows the youth writhing on the ground and screaming in pain as the deputy used the Taser.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said in a news conference on Monday that the deputy recognized the juvenile from a photograph supplied by his mother, who had reported him as being a runaway. It was the fifth time he had run away from home, Gore said.

“I think it’s been portrayed — in what I’ve seen some of the clips — that we had an out-of-control deputy. The deputy was very conscientious in this case,” Gore said. “He immediately followed up the lead. He tried repeatedly to get the juvenile to voluntarily go in the car so he could return to his mother. In actuality, what we really have is an out-of-control juvenile who could have prevented this whole ordeal just by obeying the commands of the deputy and get in the car so he could be returned home.”

When the deputy approached the juvenile, he “repeatedly” asked him to get in his car, Gore said, but says the request was “ignored.” The boy has not been publicly identified by police.

“And when the deputy asked him to turn around so he could be placed in handcuffs to be put in the back of the patrol car to return to his mother, that’s when the juvenile resisted and the scuffle ensued,” Gore said.

Liandro Cardenas, a friend of the boy, told ABC News affiliate KGTV-TV in San Diego that the two were walking to a nearby KFC restaurant to get some water when the deputy called out to the boy by name. Cardenas said his friend had run away, but was planning to return home Saturday, KGTV reported. One witness, Jonathan Daza, who captured the scene on his cell phone, told KGTV, “I was kind of shocked. I’d never seen this ever in my life. I didn’t know what to do, so I just kind of pulled out my camera and tried to keep it low because I was kind of afraid in a way.” Daza did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

“In an attempt to take control of the juvenile,” the deputy “put his arm around him” and the pair ended up on the ground, Gore said. The office did not have the youth in a chokehold or carotid restraint, Gore said.

“In fact, if it had been a chokehold or carotid restraint, the juvenile would have been unable to bite our deputy, which he did while they were on the ground, leaving significant bike marks, which I have photographs of that I will make available to all of you,” Gore said.

Gore said the juvenile was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital for a medical examination, in accordance with a Sheriff’s Department’s policy after a Taser is deployed, and he was released. The bite marks on the deputy’s forearm were also examined, Gore said.

“We notified the mother that her son had been arrested,” Gore said. “She was greatly relieved that he had been found and apologized for his behavior.”

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OPM Hack Probe Hindered Because Digital Trail Has Been Erased, US Official Says

scyther5/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government is having a tough time figuring out the exact scope of the cyber-assault on the Office of Personnel Management because much of the digital trail was erased by the time authorities detected and began investigating the breach, a top Homeland Security official said Monday.

Information that would point to how many people inside and outside of government have been affected by the intrusion is simply lost, the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber response team, Ann Barron-DiCamillo, told a group of attorneys in Washington.

“One of the things that’s difficult for us is coming up with a hard-and-fast number, especially with records that are out the door,” Barron-DiCamillo said in response to a question from ABC News.

Many government computer systems hold onto “data logs” — records that document access to files, specific user activity, system traffic and more — for up to 60 days, according to Barron-DiCamillo.

But “these events happened months ago,” she said of the OPM breach. “So a lot of the forensic evidence we need to be able to come up conclusively with those numbers [of victims] is just not there. And so the investigators have a really hard time trying to piece all that information together.”

“It’s trying to identify something that has been written over many times,” she added.

Sources briefed on the matter have been telling ABC News for days the OPM intrusion impacted far more than the 4.2 million current and former federal employees publicly acknowledged — especially as it became increasingly clear the breach may have exposed sensitive information of U.S. military, law enforcement, diplomatic and intelligence officials around the world, including “foreign contacts” and relatives living overseas.

In a statement Friday, OPM acknowledged that even many “prospective federal employees” may have had information about their background investigations stolen. In addition, the cyber-assault on OPM has also affected military contractors who used to work for the military, OPM said in a message distributed to military personnel.

In her remarks on Monday, Barron-DiCamillo indicated the official number of 4.2 million potential victims is likely to rise.

“Information as it’s known and it’s confirmed is being [released], but more information is being found,” she said. “We’re continuing to investigate, and there will be a transition as we get to more conclusive facts. But that takes times.”

Meanwhile, Barron-DiCamillo, the director of DHS’ U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, seemed skeptical of reports saying number of victims could reach 14 million.

“I haven’t seen that number, I don’t know where that came from,” she said.

Another DHS official, Daniel Sutherland, said the public will “get some more concrete answers” at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Information about the breach has been trickling out for the past week. On Friday, OPM acknowledged that information “related to the background investigations of current, former, and prospective Federal government employees, and those for whom a federal background investigation was conducted, may have been exfiltrated.”

Also on Friday, ABC News learned the hackers, believed to be from China, may have used information stolen from a private government contractor to ultimately break into federal systems, according to sources briefed on the matter.

Authorities suspect the hackers entered OPM’s computer systems months ago after first gaining access months earlier to the systems of KeyPoint Government Solutions — one of the primary providers of background checks for the U.S. government, sources said.

KeyPoint representatives contacted by ABC News on Friday declined comment. But authorities believe hackers were able to extract electronic credentials or other information from within KeyPoint’s systems and somehow use them to help unlock OPM’s systems, according to sources.

Over more than a year, the hackers then rummaged — undetected — through separate “segments” of OPM’s systems. One of the “segments” compromised held forms filled out by federal employees seeking security clearances.

The 127-page forms — known as SF-86’s and used for background investigations — require applicants to provide personal information not only about themselves but also relatives, friends and “associates” spanning several years. The forms also ask applicants if they have “illegally used a drug or controlled substance,” and they require information on financial history, mental health history and personal relationships.

That type of information, sources said, could be exploited to conduct “social-engineering” operations, potentially using the data to pressure or trick employees into further compromising their agencies.

Acting as the government’s human resources division, OPM conducts about 90 percent of background investigations for the federal government. Information from SF-86 forms dating back three decades could have been exposed in the cyber-attack, sources said.

DHS discovered the KeyPoint intrusion only after undertaking a thorough assessment of all such contractors — a move prompted by the hacking of another federal contractor, according to DHS.

In addition to the KeyPoint incident, investigators are looking into whether other previously-known hacks, including the March 2014 intrusion of OPM databases, may be connected to the most recent breach.

Efforts to reach an OPM spokesman have been unsuccessful.

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Embattled NAACP Chapter President Rachel Dolezal Steps Down

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(SPOKANE, Wash.) — Embattled NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal has stepped down amid accusations that she changed her appearance to appear as a different race.

Dolezal posted a letter on the Spokane, Washington NAACP Facebook page announcing she is leaving her position as president of the chapter.

“In the eye of this current storm, I can see that a separation of family and organizational outcomes is in the best interest of the NAACP,” she said in the post.

Dolezal did not directly challenge any accusation made regarding her race in the post but mentioned in passing that the national “dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”

Dolezal’s story went public after her parents accused her of lying about her race and changing her appearance even though she was born to two Caucasian parents.

Dolezal, 37, said that the vice president of the chapter would take over her duties and that she will “never stop fighting for human rights.”

“Whether it means stepping up or stepping down,” Dolezal said in her statement. “This is not about me. It’s about justice. This is not me quitting; this is a continuum.”

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Shark ‘Came Out of the Water’ When It Bit Off Teen’s Arm: Witness

iStock/Thinkstock(OAK ISLAND, N.C.) — An eyewitness described the moment when the second shark attack took place off a North Carolina beach on Sunday, describing how the shark breached the water.

“He looked like he was waving at his friends,” Randy Milligan said of the unidentified 16-year-old boy who was attacked. “Then the shark just came out of the water and like you snap your fingers — bit his whole arm off.”

Milligan told ABC News that the shark was large and was able to fit the majority of the boy’s left arm in one bite.

Dr. Borden Hooks, who spoke about the boy’s condition at a news conference Monday afternoon, confirmed that he had to have his left arm amputated above his elbow.

“I would imagine to inflict that kind of damage it must be a relatively large shark,” Hooks said.

The family of the other victim, a 12-year-old girl, would not publicly disclose any details about her attack but county officials said earlier on Monday that both victims are in stable condition.

The two teens, whose names have not been publicly released, were in waist-deep water off Oak Island, North Carolina, about two miles apart when their respective attacks took place.

County authorities still have no idea where the shark, or sharks, are now but have been using helicopters and boats to patrol the areas near the attacks.

“We spotted one shark that was estimated over 7 feet long between the locations of the two bites earlier, and then we spotted another one off, down a little further south, about the same size,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at a news conference Monday morning.

Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said on Monday that they have no way of knowing whether one or multiple sharks was responsible for the twin attacks on Sunday afternoon.

The first attack happened at around 4:12 p.m. when the 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark while she was swimming on a beach in Oak Island, authorities said.

About an hour and a half later, the 16-year-old boy was attacked in the waters of a beach about two miles away.

Brunswick County Emergency Management director Brian Watts said that the girl had been bitten twice, once on her left arm and once on her left leg, while the boy had been bitten once on his left leg.

Neither of the teens have been publicly identified. Watts said that both wounds were life threatening but they were out of surgery Sunday night.

“Honestly they both have a long road ahead,” Watts said.

Watts said that other beachgoers were vital lifesaving factors as they helped administer aid before emergency responders got to the scene.

“The bystanders, to go ahead and start the process of stopping the bleeding, that was the biggest concern with these patients,” Watts said. “Without that, we would have had a different outcome.”

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Workers Scale Top of St. Louis Gateway Arch

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — What does it take to scale the nation’s tallest monument, at 630 feet in the air?

The National Park Service has given the world a glimpse in a newly-released video filmed with helmet cams worn by workers atop St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch.

The workers were hired by the Park Service to inspect the arch for possible corrosion. They can be seen in the video rope-climbing to reach the arch’s peak, while wearing harnesses and helmets for safety.

Once atop, the workers’ helmet cams give a jaw-dropping view of the landscape 630 feet below.

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Workers Scale Top of St. Louis Gateway Arch

iStock/Thinkstock(ST. LOUIS) — What does it take to scale the nation’s tallest monument, at 630 feet in the air?

The National Park Service has given the world a glimpse in a newly-released video filmed with helmet cams worn by workers atop St. Louis’ famed Gateway Arch.

The workers were hired by the Park Service to inspect the arch for possible corrosion. They can be seen in the video rope-climbing to reach the arch’s peak, while wearing harnesses and helmets for safety.

Once atop, the workers’ helmet cams give a jaw-dropping view of the landscape 630 feet below.

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Two Sharks Spotted in Same Area as Twin NC Attacks

iStock/Thinkstock(OAK ISLAND, N.C.) — The beaches in North Carolina are still open Monday even though two teens were bitten by sharks in separate attacks and a local sheriff said that there were two more shark sightings after the attacks.

“We spotted one shark that was estimated over 7 feet long between the locations of the two bites earlier, and then we spotted another one off, down a little further south, about the same size,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said at a news conference Monday morning.

Both of the teenagers who were attacked while swimming in waist-deep water on Sunday are in stable condition but authorities still have no idea where the shark, or sharks, are now.

Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said Monday that they have no way of knowing whether one or multiple sharks was responsible for the twin attacks on Sunday afternoon.

The first attack happened at around 4:40 p.m. when a 12-year-old girl was attacked by a shark while she was swimming on a beach in Oak Island, North Carolina, authorities said.

Just over an hour later, a 15-year-old boy was attacked in the waters of a beach about two miles away.

Brunswick County Emergency Management director Brian Watts said that the girl had been bitten twice, once on her left arm and once on her left leg, while the boy had been bitten once on his left leg.

Neither of the teens have been publicly identified. Watts said that both wounds were life threatening but they were out of surgery Sunday night and are said to now be in stable condition. It is not yet known if they had to have any amputations.

“Honestly they both have a long road ahead,” Watts said.

Watts said that other beachgoers were vital lifesaving factors as they helped administer aid before emergency responders got to the scene.

“The bystanders, to go ahead and start the process of stopping the bleeding, that was the biggest concern with these patients,” Watts said. “Without that, we would have had a different outcome.”

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