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Map Shows Where People Are Voting on Election Day in Real Time

Facebook.com(NEW YORK) — Think of it as the modern day equivalent of an “I voted” sticker.

Facebook is tracking users who sound off about casting their ballot in the midterm elections on Tuesday, and putting the results in an interactive map that updates in real time as more people share with the social network that they voted.

So far, it appears that most people are voting — or at least clicking the “I voted” button on Facebook — in the Northeast, particularly around New Jersey, according to the map. But that could change as it gets later and the West Coast starts heading to the polls.

More than four million people have clicked the button on Tuesday, Facebook said.

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New Lead in Videotaped Philadelphia Abduction

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — Police investigating the videotaped abduction of a woman off of a Philadelphia street said that they have a surveillance photo of a man who used the woman’s bank card early Tuesday morning.

Police released their new lead in the startling kidnapping as the family of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither broke down.

Her mother pleaded through tears, “Please give me my child back. Please give her back, please give her back, please give her back.”

A reward totaling $42,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday.

The video that recorded a the kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.

Police said Tuesday they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car.

As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.

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Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was a witness and had been interviewed by police.

The police had no updated news on potential suspects, but said they did not think that Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor.

Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows in her desperate fight against her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the highway.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.

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Authorities: NY Woman Wanted Grandson’s Father Dead, Body Thrown to Alligators

iStock/Thinkstock(WATERTOWN, N.Y.) — A grandmother and social worker in upstate New York has been accused in a murder-for-hire plot, planning to have her grandson’s father killed and his body fed to alligators, authorities say.

Melisa Schonfield, 57, was arrested Friday after she allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill Ernesto Negrillo of Florida for $11,000. Schonfield’s daughter and Negrillo have a 2-year-old together.

Schonfield met Jefferson County Sheriff’s Det. Dave Pustizzi inside her car at a Walmart in Watertown, New York, according to court documents. He was posing as the would-be hit man.

Schonfield said the best way to get rid of the body would be to “throw it to the alligators,” according to the detective.

The accusations shocked Schonfield’s daughter, Alexis, 31, who found out about the arrest on Facebook. Alexis Schonfield said Negrillo has been verbally abusive to her.

ABC News attempted to contact Negrillo but he could not be reached for comment.

Alexis Schonfield said her mother has not admitted to doing anything wrong, only that she loves her daughter.

“This only happens on a Lifetime movie, you know?” Alexis Schonfield said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. “My mom is not a monster.”

Alexis Schonfield also rejected allegations that her father, a well-known dentist, was aware of his wife’s alleged plans.

Schonfield is home on bail, charged with second-degree conspiracy and criminal solicitation. She has pleaded not guilty, her lawyer said.

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Philadelphia Abduction Video Shows Witness in Car Backing Away

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The video that recorded a Philadelphia kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.

Police said on Tuesday they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car.

As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.

Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was an witness and had been interviewed by police.

The police had no updated news on potential suspects, but said they did not think that Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor.

Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows in her desperate fight against her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the highway.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday, the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.

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Philadelphia Abduction Video Shows Witness in Car Backing Away

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The video that recorded a Philadelphia kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.

Police said on Tuesday they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car.

As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.

Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was an witness and had been interviewed by police.

The police had no updated news on potential suspects, but said they did not think that Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor.

Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows in her desperate fight against her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the highway.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday, the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.

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Philadelphia Abduction Video Shows Witness in Car Backing Away

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — The video that recorded a Philadelphia kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.

Police said on Tuesday they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car.

As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.

Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was an witness and had been interviewed by police.

The police had no updated news on potential suspects, but said they did not think that Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor.

Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows in her desperate fight against her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the highway.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday, the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.

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Penalties Possible Following Sunday’s NASCAR Brawl

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NASCAR could decide as early as Tuesday on potential penalties for the drivers involved in Sunday’s bloody brawl following the AAA Texas 500.

Crew members and drivers from numerous teams were involved in the free-for-all — pushing, punching and shoving.

The situation unfolded after superstar Jeff Gordon, 43, chased down rival Brad Keselowski, 30, after a crash on the race’s final lap, ending Gordon’s chance for victory lane.

Both Gordon and Keselowski declined to comment Monday.

It was NASCAR’s third major fight since April. Critics blamed the new playoff-style format for the Sprint Cup Championship — with three rounds of elimination and a final-four-type showdown between drivers — for changing the culture of the sport.

“The drivers, in my opinion, have never been under more pressure,” said Ricky Craven, an ESPN analyst and former NASCAR driver. “I think the format is responsible for that.”

But more drama could mean an improvement to NASCAR’s sagging ratings. As of July, 15 of 16 Sprint Cup telecasts saw declining ratings over last year, according to Sports Media Watch.

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WATCH: Mysterious Bright, Greenish Object Streaks Across the Sky

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — People across parts of the country turned their gaze skyward Monday, with two objects spotted in the night sky.

The first object was reported after 6 p.m. across 11 states, from Georgia to Pennsylvania. The object appears to have been a meteor, Bill Cooke of the NASA Meteoroid Environment Office said.

Benwood Police Sgt. Luke Thomas in West Virginia captured dash-cam video showing a bright, greenish object coming from the sky.

A second object was spotted about an hour later over Chicago.

“The Chicago event appears to be a slow mover; could be a piece of space junk,” NASA’s Cooke said. “We’re checking into that as well.”

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Air Force Fires Two Nuclear Missile Commanders

Ruskpp/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Two commanders with the Air Force’s nuclear missile fleet have been relieved of command and a third has received administrative disciplinary action as a result of a loss of confidence in their leadership.

The moves are the latest in a string of negative events for the elite officers known as “missileers” who supervise the Air Force’s fleet of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Over the past 18 months, the Air Force has retrained missileers who failed operations inspections and suspended more than 90 officers involved in a cheating scandal at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

In October 2013, Maj. Gen. Michael Carey was fired from his job as commander of the 20th Air Force that had direct oversight for the three wings responsible for the Air Force’s ICBM fleet. An investigation determined that he had engaged in drunken behavior last summer while attending a nuclear security conference in Russia.

The incidents have resulted in the Air Force instituting reforms intended to improve the morale of missileers and command climate at the three missile wings.

Lt. Col. John Sheets, a spokesman for Air Force Global Strike Command, confirmed that on Monday a squadron commander at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and the vice wing Commander at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming had been relieved of their commands.

Another officer at Minot received administrative punishments and remains on duty.

“We have a demanding mission that requires everyone from the Airmen in the field to the teammates supporting them back at the base to give their personal best,” Sheets said in a statement. “We won’t accept a command climate that detracts from that effort. Our people must treat each other with dignity and respect — that applies up and down the chain of command.”

Lt. Col. Jimmy Brown, in command of the 741st Missile Squadron at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, was relieved of command on Monday by Col. Michael Lutton, 91st Missile Wing commander, “because of a loss of confidence in Brown’s ability to lead his squadron.”

An investigation “substantiated that Brown engaged in unlawful discrimination or harassment.” That included the finding “that many squadron members believe women are, or will be, treated differently than men,” the statement said.

Sheets said that according to the investigation, “Brown made statements to subordinates that created a perception within his squadron that pregnancy would negatively affect a woman’s career.”

It also found instances when “he failed to fulfill his responsibilities as a commander by ensuring the well-being of his Airmen,” Sheets said.

One such incident specified in the report was in March 2014, when a missile crew became ill from fumes at a launch control center, but remained at their posts because they believed they would have gotten in trouble with Brown if they had left. They eventually received medical attention at a local post after their shift was over.

The investigation also found that Col. Richard Pagliuco, the 91st Operations Group Commander at Minot, had “failed to promote and safeguard the morale, well-being, and welfare of the Airmen under his command,” Sheets said. Lutton determined that Pagliucco should receive an administrative punishment, according to the statement.

At F.E. Warren, Col. Carl Jones, the number-two commander of the 90th Missile Wing, was relieved of command “for a loss of trust and confidence in his leadership abilities.”

An investigation substantiated allegations that Jones had maltreated subordinates on multiple occasions. That investigation was triggered by an event in September in which Jones had gone to an on-base thrift store operated by volunteers known as “The Airman’s Attic.”

According to the report, during a discussion with volunteers about the store’s shopping hour policies Jones “repeatedly hit the Airman’s Attic’s front counter while raising his voice, using profanity and threatening to shut down the Airman’s Attic.”

Earlier this spring he was visibly angry and directed profanity at employees at the base’s bowling center because of the long wait times for food, the report said.

In another incident Jones made derogatory remarks to a first lieutenant in front of others about the officer’s job knowledge.

“The lieutenant and another witness found the interaction inappropriate and were in disbelief and shocked by Jones’ behavior,” the report said.

Jones will be reassigned to 90th Missile Wing Headquarters as a special assistant to the commander.

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Obama Signs Disaster Declaration for Hawaii Lava Flow

namenoname/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — President Obama signed a disaster declaration for the state of Hawaii on Monday, supplying federal aid to assist in local and state recovery efforts after a volcanic eruption and the resulting lava flow continues to creep towards the town of Pahoa.

Obama’s action made federal funding available to state and local governments, non-profit organizations and some hazard mitigation measures. The disaster declaration was requested by Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Oct. 24.

Hawaii County Civil Defense said on Monday that the front of the lava flow remained 480 feet from Pahoa Village Road. Areas of Pahoa remain closed and limited to area residents, though elections on Tuesday are expected to go on as planned.

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, who is a military police captain in the Hawaii Army National Guard, was called up to help battle the lava flow on Monday. The duration of her duty is yet to be determined, according to a statement from her office, and she won’t do any media at least until she is done.

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