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Teacher Credited with Stopping Shooter at Washington School

iStock/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — A Washington high school teacher is credited with apprehending a shooter at the school where he works Monday.

In a statement, Brady Olson, an Advanced Placement Government teacher at North Thurston High School who the school district says is credited with stopping the shooter, said he was “happy…that everyone is safe after today’s incident.” The North Thurston Public Schools’ Twitter account said that no one was hurt in the incident and that the school was dismissed early.

Shooter apprehended by staff. Reportedly nobody hurt. School will be dismissed after police finish sweeping school. School messenger coming

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015

Suspect is in custody the students will be released to their parents at South sound stadium

— N. Thurston Schools (@NTPSnews) April 27, 2015

“From administrators to teachers, all reacted to a very intense situation with incredible tact and professionalism,” Olson said. “No one, including myself, can prepare for a situation like this.”

Olson mentioned three other men who also played a role in apprehending the shooter — Tim Brown, the school’s dean of students, Principal Steve Rood and Security Officer Jim Beltico.

“North Thurston High School’s staff handled this like every other staff in every city, in every state, across this country would,” Olson concluded. “I’m incredibly proud to be a member of the bigger community of educators who teach and take care of our kids every day.”

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Multiple Police Officers Injured as People Clash with Police in Baltimore

Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Multiple police officers were injured in Baltimore Monday in violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that seven officers had been seriously injured and one was unconscious.

Before Gray’s funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family “have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray’s arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

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Multiple Police Officers Injured as People Clash with Police in Baltimore

Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — Multiple police officers were injured in Baltimore Monday in violent protests after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal injury while in police custody earlier this month.

Police said a group of protesters were throwing bricks in the direction of officers near the Mondawmin Mall. A police presence in the area had been building throughout the afternoon Monday.

One of our officers has been injured at Mondawmin Mall. The group continues to throw bricks and other items at police officers.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

We are continuing to deploy resources into the neighborhoods around Mondawmin Mall to ensure everyone remains safe.

— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) April 27, 2015

Baltimore City Police Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said at a press availability that seven officers had been seriously injured and one was unconscious.

Before Gray’s funeral on Monday, police had announced that there was a credible threat against law enforcement officers. A police press release warned that members of gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family “have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”

Volatile protests had been held throughout the weekend, with some violence reported. Baltimore City Police said that between Saturday afternoon and the early morning Sunday, there had been 34 arrests.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray’s arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

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Louisiana Train Cars Tumble Off Track Due to Strong Winds

WGNO(JEFFERSON PARISH, La.) — Dramatic video captured train cars that derailed and fell off an elevated train track due to strong winds in Louisiana.

Like toys tumbling over like dominoes, the real train was blown off the track as the camera was rolling in heavy rain near a restaurant called Raising Cane’s in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Strong winds knocked over some train cars around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, though no injuries were reported, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad issued the following statement: “Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.”

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Louisiana Train Cars Tumble Off Track Due to Strong Winds

WGNO(JEFFERSON PARISH, La.) — Dramatic video captured train cars that derailed and fell off an elevated train track due to strong winds in Louisiana.

Like toys tumbling over like dominoes, the real train was blown off the track as the camera was rolling in heavy rain near a restaurant called Raising Cane’s in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

Strong winds knocked over some train cars around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, though no injuries were reported, according to ABC News affiliate WGNO.

The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad issued the following statement: “Due to the severe weather this morning four Union Pacific Railroad railcars derailed and dropped off the eastbank approach to the Huey P. Long Bridge. The railcars were empty and did not contain any hazardous materials. No leaks and no injuries are reported at this time. Jefferson Parish Police, Fire and other responders are on scene to secure the area.”

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James Holmes Appears Starkly Different as Aurora Shooting Trial Begins

ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) — Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims’ relatives were not allowed in Monday morning’s hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

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James Holmes Appears Starkly Different as Aurora Shooting Trial Begins

ABC News(AURORA, Colo.) — Aurora, Colorado theater shooter James Holmes was present in court Monday for the opening of his trial, and looked dramatically different from his earlier court appearances.

Holmes, who has previously been seen wearing an orange prison jumpsuit in various court hearings, was wearing khakis, a blue-and-white striped button-down shirt and glasses. On Monday, he also had a small mustache and beard.

His new look comes in stark contrast to his earlier appearances, when his unkempt hair was dyed bright orange.

Holmes appeared at a pretrial hearing at the Arapahoe County courthouse earlier Monday morning, when he read from several typed pages before the official trial began.

Victims’ relatives were not allowed in Monday morning’s hearing but will be seated in court for the trial. Each seat has a decorum notice taped to the back, warning audience members that they may be banned from court if they make any audible comments or have an outburst.

Holmes has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, which means he acknowledges killing 12 people and injuring 70 more inside a movie theater in July 2012.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. If he is found not guilty by reason of insanity, he would be committed indefinitely to a state mental institution. But if he were later deemed sane, he could, theoretically, be released, though legal experts say that is unlikely.

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SpaceX Dragon Gets Ready for Crucial Launch Test

SpaceX(NEW YORK) — It’s proven its mettle carrying cargo to and from the International Space Station and now the Dragon capsule is gearing up for a crucial safety test.

As early as May 5, SpaceX will make its first attempt for a pad abort test of a Dragon capsule designed to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Instead of being atop a Falcon 9 rocket, the capsule will sit on a test stand for the development test, according to NASA.

Being able to abort a launch and safely evacuate crew is a crucial milestone SpaceX will need to pass before the capsule begins transporting astronauts as early as 2017. During the interim, NASA has been purchasing seats aboard the Russian Soyuz.

NASA last year awarded multi-billion dollar deals to Boeing and SpaceX for development of spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from space.

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Freddie Gray Funeral Held Amid Alleged Credible Threat to Law Enforcement

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — The family of Freddie Gray, the man who died after suffering a spinal injury while in police custody in Baltimore, is preparing to lay the 25-year-old to rest Monday morning.

This comes as Baltimore police announced that there is a credible threat against law enforcement officers as members from gangs including the Bloods, Crips, and Black Guerilla Family “have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers,” according to a press release.

Gray’s funeral was not explicitly mentioned in the announcement of the credible threat but it was released minutes before the service was set to begin.

The service is being held at Baltimore’s New Shiloh Baptist Church and began at 11 a.m. with a public viewing hour beforehand. Thousands were expected to attend.

The funeral comes after a volatile weekend, as protests that started off peacefully on Saturday turned violent that afternoon in downtown Baltimore. Gray’s wake was held on Sunday and protests were held during that time as well. Baltimore City Police said that there were 34 arrests from Saturday afternoon through to the early morning hours of Sunday and six police officers suffered minor injuries.

A small group of protesters looted a convenience store and threw tables and chairs through store windows, Baltimore City Police said in a statement released Sunday afternoon.

Gray was picked up by police on Sunday, April 12. Police have not officially disclosed a reason why he was taken into custody, though they said Gray fled after officers made eye contact with him.

He went into a coma on Thursday, April 16, and died the morning of Sunday, April 19, his family attorney has said.

Controversy over Gray’s arrest spread across the country when footage shot by bystanders appeared to show Gray shouting in pain as he was apprehended.

Police officials have commented on the case and said on Friday that they can only give limited information because charges may be brought. They said the case remains under investigation.

The lawyer representing the Gray family said that more video of Gray’s interactions with police may exist.

Attorney Jason Downs specifically cited the police department’s decision not to release communication traffic logs and 911 tapes.

“To our knowledge, there is absolutely no legal reason” for police to withhold that possible evidence, Downs said.

Baltimore police have denied ABC News’ request for information pertaining to any prior complaints that were lodged against the officers involved in Gray’s arrest, stating such information is considered personal.

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Woman Finds 3.69-Carat White Diamond at Arkansas State Park

Arkansasstateparks.com(MURFREESBORO, Ark.) — Susie Clark and her husband spent days hunting diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and on the last day, she said a prayer.

“Are you going to bless me and let me find a diamond today?” Clark, from Evening Shade, Arkansas, prayed, according to a park news release.

Her prayer was answered shortly after with a 3.69-carat white diamond, which she saw “sticking out of a furrow ridge in the plowed dirt,” the release said.

Clark has named the teardrop-shaped rock “the Hallelujah Diamond” because it was an answer to her prayer, the release said.

According to the park, Clark’s find is the largest of this year, though other park-goers have found 121 other diamonds. A visitor found a 6.19-carat white diamond — named the Limitless Diamond — on April 16. Other diamonds of note found by the park’s visitors include a 16.37-carat white diamond and a 3.85-carat canary diamond.

Clark had first visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park 33 years ago with her mother and grandmother from Germany. ABC News could not reach Clark for comment, but the release said that she plans to keep the diamond.

According to Cox, rainfall in recent weeks, combined with park staffers’ plowing the 37.5-acre search field — eroded the surface of a diamond-bearing deposit, helping to bring more of the stones to the surface and increasing visitors’ chances of finding them.

“Diamonds are a bit heavy for their size, and they lack static electricity, so rainfall slides the dirt off diamonds that are on the surface of the search area, leaving them exposed. And when the sun comes out, they’ll sparkle and be noticed,” he said in the release.

Crater of Diamonds is the world’s only diamond-producing site that is open to the public, according to the park. Visitors who find diamonds are allowed to keep them.

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