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Nine Injured Following Chain-Reaction Crash at Southern California Concert Venue

iStock/Thinkstock(IRVINE, Calf.) — Nine people were injured — four of them, seriously — after an elderly man driving a vehicle outside a Southern California concert venue Saturday night kicked off a chain-reaction crash, police said.

The incident happened shortly after 6:45 p.m. at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.

“An elderly man driving through the parking lot near the front entrance struck a fence, another vehicle and several pedestrians,” the Irvine Police Department said in a statement. “The vehicle then struck a parked and unoccupied police vehicle. The police vehicle was pushed onto the grass area near the box office where several people were picnicking before the concert striking numerous individuals.”

Police said the Orange County Fire Authority treated 9 patients, including 4 individuals “considered traumas.”

The police department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is conducting an investigation.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

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Northeast Braces For Hermine’s ‘Dangerous Storm Surge’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hermine will remain a force to reckon with Sunday, as it travels northeast along the East Coast, before an expected northward turn later Sunday.

Currently considered a post-tropical cyclone, Hermine’s top sustained winds remained at 65 mph this morning, as it moved east-northeast at 13 mph. Early Sunday morning, it was centered about 240 miles southeast of Ocean City, Maryland.

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ABC News meteorologist Dan Manzo says to expect a “dangerous storm surge on Sunday from Virginia to New Jersey,” which will bring strong winds, coastal erosion and rip currents. Coastal areas will be impacted the most, Manzo says.

Manzo further explains what to expect: “Hermine is moving towards the northeast and is expected to turn northward later today, followed by a turn northwestward late Sunday night,” he said. “It is during this time period that we expect the most significant impacts from Hermine along the Northeast coastline…Life-threatening storm surge is expected within the next 36 hours from Virginia to Sandy Hook, New Jersey.”

Looking ahead, Manzo says, “The risk for major storm surge then spreads northward to southern New England on Sunday night and Monday…Tropical Storm force winds, greater than 39 mph, will spread northward on Sunday and last into Monday and possibly part of Tuesday. Hermine will then meander offshore in this area for the next several days.”

Moderate to major flooding is expected in Seaside Heights, New Jersey; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Cape May, New Jersey; Lewes, Delaware; and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, during the high tide cycles starting Sunday night and extending into Monday night.

States in the Northeast are preparing for Hermine’s wrath: New Jersey has declared a state of emergency for Ocean, Atlantic and Cape May counties. Connecticut governor Daniel Malloy has ordered all state park campgrounds to be closed at noon Sunday. New York governor Andrew Cuomo has activated the state emergency operations center, and coastal Suffolk County on Long Island has declared a state of emergency. New York City beaches are also closed today.

Since Hermine slammed into Florida early Friday as a Category 1 hurricane before being downgraded to a tropical storm when it hit Georgia, thousands have lost power, countless properties have been severely damaged, beaches have been closed, and two deaths have been blamed on the storm.

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9 Injured Following Chain-Reaction Crash at Southern California Concert Venue

iStock/Thinkstock(IRVINE, Calf.) — Nine people were injured — four of them, seriously — after an elderly man driving a vehicle outside a Southern California concert venue Saturday night kicked off a chain-reaction crash, police said.

The incident happened shortly after 6:45 p.m. at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.

“An elderly man driving through the parking lot near the front entrance struck a fence, another vehicle and several pedestrians,” the Irvine Police Department said in a statement. “The vehicle then struck a parked and unoccupied police vehicle. The police vehicle was pushed onto the grass area near the box office where several people were picnicking before the concert striking numerous individuals.”

Police said the Orange County Fire Authority treated 9 patients, including 4 individuals “considered traumas.”

The police department’s Major Accident Investigation Team is conducting an investigation.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.

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Remains Identified as Minnesota Boy Missing Since 1989

domoyega/iStock/Thinkstock(GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.) — The remains of Jacob Wetterling, the Minnesota boy who went missing in 1989, have been found, the Stearns County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner and a forensic odontologist identified the remains as Wetterling’s, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

New evidence in the investigation is being reviewed and evaluated by the sheriff’s office, assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the FBI, the Stearns County Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the statement said.

On the evening of October 22, 1989, Jacob Wetterling, 11, his brother Trevor, 10, and best friend Aaron, 11, were on their way home from a convenience store when they were stopped by a masked gunman who ordered them to throw their bikes in a ditch and lay face down on the ground. He then asked each of the boys their age. After the boys responded, he instructed Trevor to run into the woods and told him not to look back or he would shoot him and then ordered Aaron to do the same.

As Trevor and Aaron were running away, they glanced back to see the gunman grab Jacob’s arm. When Aaron and Trevor reached the wooded area and turned around again, the gunman and Jacob were gone.

On October 29, 2015, a person of interest was named in the Jacob Wetterling case, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota.

ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota, reported that according to sources, a person of interest in the case provide information that led authorities to the remains.

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Two Fresno Corrections Officers Shot, In Critical Condition

Peter Ginter/iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) – Two veteran correctional officers are in critical condition after being shot by a paroled prisoner at the Fresno County Jail early Saturday morning.

Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says 37-year-old Thong Vang, who was paroled in 2014 after serving 16 years in prison, walked into the lobby and shot officers Juanita Davis and Toa Scanlun after being told to wait in line.

Officers then shot at Vang, who suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.

Davis and Scanlun were shot in the head and neck by what police believe was just one shot. Davis is listed in critical but stable condition.

Vang was convicted in 1998 in the rape of 3 young girls and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

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9-Year-Old to Be Sworn in as Honorary Police Officer

Tamiko Toland/family photo(ITHACA, N.Y.) — While most kids are getting back to school, 9-year-old Colin Hayward Toland is getting ready for an even more exciting change – his first day as honorary police officer with the Ithaca, New York, Police Department.

It is a fitting job for Colin, who will be sworn in September 12, four days after he starts fourth grade. Although he enjoys spending his time playing Minecraft and building Lego structures, he also been fighting against a bad guy called ependymoma — a rare form of malignant brain tumor — since the age of two.

While undergoing treatment this summer, Colin expressed interest in working for the police. He initially suggested he could be a receptionist, because he likes coffee but is “not so good at stopping crime,” his mother, Tamiko Toland, told ABC News.

“Have they ever hired a cop who has a brain tumor?” Toland remembers Colin asking. He then resolved to become the first, she said.

That goal was set in motion when Colin met Ithaca Police Chief John Barber at a community event this summer. Colin told the chief that he’d like a job, and Barber invited him to join when he turned 18. Toland said that her son misheard this as invitation to become an officer immediately. Rather than correct him, Barber went with it.

“It just kind of snowballed from a quick little thing,” she said. “We live in an amazing community who has really embraced it.”

Toland expects hundreds of people to attend the swearing-in ceremony, which had to be moved from the police station to a bigger venue. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will conduct the swearing-in, and Colin will be given his own honorary badge and uniform. According to a press release from the department, “a large contingent of police departments” from the surrounding areas will also be in attendance.

“Something like this is wonderful because we’re able to do something for Colin at this moment,” Toland told ABC News.

Coincidentally, Colin’s celebration falls during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month — something that Toland said she hopes will bring greater awareness to treatment of and funding for pediatric cancers.

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Protesters Gather Outside Brock Turner’s Family Home in Ohio

Rawpixel Ltd/iStock/Thinkstock(SUGARCREEK TOWNSHIP, Ohio) — About a dozen demonstrators, some of them apparently armed, gathered on Saturday outside former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner’s family home in Ohio to protest his release from a California jail after serving half of his six-month sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus.

Turner, 21, walked out of a jail in Santa Clara County, California, early Friday morning, and must now complete three years of probation and register as a sex offender.

Turner is believed to have stayed at a hotel with his mother in Mountain View, California, Friday night. His whereabouts were unknown Saturday.

Turner is expected to return to his hometown in Greene County, Ohio. Within five days of coming home, Turner must go to the county sheriff’s department to be photographed and registered as a sex offender. Postcards then will be mailed to alert nearby homeowners that a sex offender lives in the area, Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer told ABC News.

A group of protesters from the Dayton, Ohio, area showed up outside the Turner family’s residence in Sugarcreek Township on Friday. Some were carrying weapons, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati. Ohio is a traditional open carry state.

The word “rapist” and other messages were scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk, driveway and the street in front of Turner’s home. Meanwhile, police kept watch around the corner, according to WCPO-TV.

“He’s not going to live some happy pleasant life,” one protester told WCPO. “We’re going to never let him forget what he did.”

“If he is uncomfortable then he begins to receive at least some punishment that he deserves for his crime,” another protester told WCPO.

Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person.

The January 2015 assault was stopped by two men on bicycles who noticed that Turner’s victim wasn’t moving, authorities said. Turner, then 19, fled the scene but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.

Turner was initially facing up to 14 years behind bars. Prosecutors asked for six years, but Judge Aaron Persky sentenced Turner on June 2 to six months in jail and three years of probation, as recommended by the probation department.

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Why Oklahoma Is Seeing More Earthquakes

SteveCollender/iStock/Thinkstock(PAWNEE, Okla.) — Lately, Oklahomans are as wary of earthquakes as tornadoes.

The Midwest as a whole has seen a spike in powerful quakes in recent years, which scientists say is linked to fracking.

The United States Geological Survey recorded 1,010 earthquakes of a magnitude 3.0 or greater in the region last year, a nearly three-fold increase from the 318 temblors of this magnitude in 2009. Oklahoma alone felt 619 quakes of a magnitude 2.8 or larger from January through June of this year.

The increase of high-magnitude earthquakes in the region has been tied to the surge in oil and gas operators’ use of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in which water, sand and chemicals are injected at high pressures into the earth to release oil and gas trapped inside the rock.

Officials in Oklahoma are still assessing the aftermath of Saturday morning’s 5.6 magnitude earthquake, one of the largest quakes on record in the state. An earthquake of the same magnitude rattled the region in November 2011.

The latest quake happened at 7:02 a.m. local time in north-central Oklahoma and was felt in other parts of the Midwest, from Nebraska to north Texas. Its epicenter was about 9 miles northwest of the town of Pawnee and some 73 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

Police in Pawnee said windows were shattered and the facades of some brick buildings were damaged.

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Hermine Leaves Thousands Without Power in Carolinas, Now Heads Toward Virginia

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hermine slammed into North Carolina late Friday night, unleashing heavy rain and gusty winds, creating flooding in many areas, knocking down trees, and leaving thousands of residents without power in both inland and coastal areas. The tropical storm has since turned into a post-tropical cyclone, with sustained winds strengthening to 65 mph on Saturday.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center had extended the tropical storm warning northward to include Long Island and New York City. New tropical storm watches were also issued for parts of Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts.

Duke Energy reported 2,432 outages across the state after midnight Saturday — down from a high of 18,000 at 9:40 p.m. Friday — while Dominion North Carolina reported 11,201 outages. The state has other utility companies, but those figures were so far unknown.

At 2 a.m. Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said Hermine’s center was 60 miles west-northwest of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

Despite reports of a tornado in North Carolina, there has been no confirmation from the National Weather Service. But the Dare County EMS told ABC News that four people were injured by debris from the purported tornado. They were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. There was also some damage to structures at the Hatteras Sands Campground.

Governor Pat McCrory had issued a State of Emergency Declaration for the 33 eastern North Carolina counties ahead of the storm “to facilitate the movement of any resources that may be needed to respond to and recover from the storm.”

Hermine is expected to head northeast toward the Atlantic Ocean later today, according to ABC News meteorologist Dan Manzo.

The next state to feel the wrath of Hermine? Virginia.

Manzo says Hermine is threatening a storm surge into southeast Virginia. “The most pressing issue this morning will become the possibly dangerous storm surge in the Hampton Bays area of Virginia,” he said. “Additional rainfall of 3 to 4 inches still remains forecasted for the eastern portions of Virginia and North Carolina, which could set off flash flooding.”

According to Manzo, winds today in eastern North Carolina and Eastern Virginia are expected to gust as high as 40-plus miles per hour. Flash flooding in the region will continue to be a concern with three to five inches of additional rainfall in the forecast this morning.

Hermine is expected to strengthen once it moves offshore late Saturday, and there is the possibility that it could reach hurricane intensity by Sunday, says ABC News’ Manzo.

Maryland has already declared a state of emergency ahead of Hermine, which will bring tropical storm conditions into the mid-Atlantic region today, then into coastal areas of New Jersey and New York on Sunday, says Manzo.

Before hitting North Carolina, Hermine lashed the coastline areas of South Carolina and Georgia. As of midnight Saturday, there were 64,796 power outages across South Carolina, according to the state’s Emergency Management Division. And in Georgia, there were 107,000 power outages. Georgia declared a state of emergency, but South Carolina did not.

In South Carolina, multiple cars were pulled out of flood waters in the Garden City area last night, and many homes there were also flooded. Officials are also looking for a missing swimmer near Murrells Inlet.

And before being downgraded to a tropical storm, Hermine hit Florida early Friday morning as a category 1 hurricane, the first to slam into the state in eleven years. An estimated 325,000 people were without power statewide.

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5.6 Magnitude Earthquake in Oklahoma, Rattles Other Midwestern States

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Oklahoma Saturday morning, making it one of the largest quakes on record in the Midwestern state.

The powerful quake happened at 7:02 a.m. local time in north-central Oklahoma, according to the United States Geological Survey. People in other parts of the Midwest, from Nebraska to north Texas, reported feeling the earthquake a few minutes later. An earthquake of the same magnitude rattled the region in November 2011.

Officials in Oklahoma are still assessing the aftermath. In the city of Pawnee, near where the quake was centered, police said windows were shattered and the facades of some brick buildings were damaged.

Oklahoma has had an increase in earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 and greater that has been linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and natural gas production. A cluster of quakes struck northwest Oklahoma this year, including a 5.1 magnitude earthquake. And last fall, several 4.7 magnitude quakes were felt.

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