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Ark. Real Estate Agent Targeted Because She Was ‘Woman that Worked Alone’

Pulaski County Sherrif’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The man accused of kidnapping and killing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter said Tuesday she was targeted because she was “a woman that worked alone.”

Aaron Lewis, an ex-con, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with Carter’s death. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Lewis, 33, admitted during police questioning to kidnapping Carter, 50, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Lt. Carl Minden told ABC News. Lewis did not admit to the slaying and did not provide any details about Carter’s whereabouts, Minden said.

The suspect spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday morning as he was taken from the jail to the sheriff’s office, where he was to be interviewed again after spending more than 12 hours with investigators Monday.

When asked by reporters why Carter was targeted, Lewis responded: “Because she was just a woman that worked alone — a rich broker.” He denied killing her.

Carter’s body was found in a shallow grave at the Argos Concrete Co., about 20 miles from the town of Scott, Arkansas, where Carter had an appointment to show a house for sale.

Carter’s family issued a statement Tuesday, saying, “We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to the know the magnitude of her greatness.”

The real estate agent’s disappearance had rattled her colleagues, most of them women, who routinely agree to meet strangers at empty homes that are for sale.

“They’re scared, and I need someone to give them some reassurance,” said Brenda Rhoads, the principal broker at the real estate company where Carter worked.

Rhoads, who was good friends with Carter and worked with her for nine years, told ABC News that she arranged for a police detective to come and speak to her colleagues at Crye Leike Real Estate Services Monday to try and calm their fears.

Some have said that Carter, a 50-year-old grandmother, should not have met the prospective buyer alone, but Rhoads dismissed those critiques, saying, “That’s our job.”

“I would say that 80 percent of my agents are women, but the men, they are devastated, too,” she said.

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NFL: Chiefs Player Should Not Have Been Penalized for Prayer

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — The Kansas City Chiefs player who was penalized after kneeling to pray in the end zone Monday night should not have been flagged, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday.

Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, was penalized 15 yards for “unsportsmanlike conduct” after he kneeled in prayer. He had run 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the team’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ABC News in a statement.

He said the NFL’s Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”

“However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play,” the NFL’s statement read.

Abdullah speculated to the Kansas City Star that the referee may not have liked that he slid on both knees.

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Kansas City Chiefs Fans Reclaim Guinness World Record for Crowd Noise

Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Kansas City Chiefs fans were as loud as a jet engine Monday.

Fans at Arrowhead Stadium reclaimed the Guinness World Record for the loudest crowd roar during the team’s victory against the New England Patriots: 142.2 decibels, similar to the intensity of a jet engine at takeoff.

The roar topped the previous record, 137.6 decibels, at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field last year.

Kansas City’s fans registered a roar of 137.5 decibels earlier last season.

We did it. #LoudAndProud #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/qrNHbXc5MA

— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) September 30, 2014

The Chiefs handed out ear plugs as fans entered the stadium gates Monday, a chance for attendees to preserve their hearing.

The team matched the fan intensity on the field, topping the Patriots 41-14. Running back Jamaal Charles led the way with three touchdowns.

It marked the Chiefs’ first home victory since last season, Oct. 27.

After the win, Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith reflected on the team’s fan support. “It’s been a little while since we won here,” he told ESPN. “We’ve got the best fans in the country, and they proved it again tonight.”

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Seattle: The Number One City for Coffee Snobs

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you had to select any city in the U.S. with the most discerning coffee addicts, chances are Seattle would be at the top of most people’s lists.

That’s the case of a combined Redfin and Foursquare survey, which picked Seattle as number one in the ten best cities for so-called “coffee snobs.”

Just to clarify, Redfin and Foursquare based their findings on indie coffee shops, that is, those with under ten locations in a given city.

So although Starbucks is excluded, Seattle still winds up as the ultimate U.S. mecca for picky coffee drinkers.

Here’s the rest of the top 10:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Portland, OR
  3. Boulder, CO
  4. San Francisco, CA
  5. Denver, CO
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Madison, WI
  8. Austin, TX
  9. Minneapolis-ST. Paul, MN
  10. Sacramento, CA

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Police Recover Body of Missing Arkansas Real Estate Agent

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The body of missing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter has been found, authorities have confirmed to ABC News.

Police found Carter’s body overnight in Cabot, Arkansas, one day after arresting the case’s main suspect, Arron Lewis.

Lewis admitted to kidnapping Carter after police questioned him all night. He did not admit to murder, nor did he provide any details of Carter’s whereabouts, leaving police to recover the missing realtor using other information, which they have declined to disclose.

Lewis now faces a capital murder charge in addition to kidnapping. He is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday morning.

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Police Recover Body of Missing Arkansas Real Estate Agent

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) — The body of missing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter has been found, authorities have confirmed to ABC News.

Police found Carter’s body overnight in Cabot, Arkansas, one day after arresting the case’s main suspect, Arron Lewis.

Lewis admitted to kidnapping Carter after police questioned him all night. He did not admit to murder, nor did he provide any details of Carter’s whereabouts, leaving police to recover the missing realtor using other information, which they have declined to disclose.

Lewis now faces a capital murder charge in addition to kidnapping. He is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday morning.

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Texas Hospital Evaluating Patient for Possible Ebola

Creatas/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A patient at a Texas hospital has been isolated and is being evaluated to determine whether or not he or she has contracted the Ebola virus.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas said the patient was placed into strict isolation because of the patient’s symptoms and recent travel history.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to have preliminary test results on the patient Tuesday, the hospital said.

The Ebola virus has killed at least 2,909 in West Africa and infected at least 3,000 more, according to the World Health Organization.

International and U.S. health officials have warned the outbreak could infect 1.4 million people in West Africa by January if more is not done to stop the disease.

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Tony Stewart Willing to Talk to Kevin Ward Jr.’s Family

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A subdued Tony Stewart spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr., but he said he did not feel the need to speak to Ward’s family because “I know it was an accident.”

Stewart was sympathetic to Ward’s family, which issued a statement over the weekend suggesting that prosecutors treated Stewart lightly because of his status in the racing world when they determined Ward’s death was an accident. Ward was killed last month when he walked angrily on an upstate New York dirt track during a sprint car race and was struck by Stewart’s car.

“I want to be available to them,” Stewart said. But he added, “I don’t need to talk to them for closure….I know it was an accident.”

He also deplored people “picking sides” in the case.

“It’s not about picking sides. A young man lost his life. His family is in mourning. My family is in mourning,” Stewart said.

He criticized people who are picking sides “instead of honoring a racer.”

“It’s like watching people throw darts at each other,” Stewart said, adding, “It doesn’t solve anything, it doesn’t fix anything. In the end, it doesn’t help anybody.”

Stewart’s remarks came a day after Ward’s aunt released a long statement.

“Tell me how a NASCAR star totally forgot what caution means,” Wendi Ward wrote. “Maybe he should get a different headset so he is able to hear on the radio that the car in caution is up high, so go low. Or was he low until he rounded the corner and saw Kevin Jr. standing up for himself?”

Ward’s aunt questioned why a toxicology test was done on her nephew. The test found marijuana in Ward’s system.

“Why was the toxicology report even an issue? Seems to me the wrong man was on trial,” Wendi Ward wrote in the open letter shared with ABC News four days after a grand jury investigation determined there was insufficient evidence to indict Stewart.

Stewart declined to address the marijuana finding.

“Honestly, for me it doesn’t change anything,” he said.

Stewart repeated a statement he made shortly after the grand jury declined to press charges against him.

“I know in my heart it was 100 percent an accident,” he said.

Stewart said in the days after the fatal accident “I didn’t care if I showered, I forced myself to eat,” and said he didn’t want to talk to anybody.

“Hopefully, through this I will somehow be a better person,” he said.

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Suspect in Hannah Graham Disappearance Tied to 2009 Murder: Police

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A forensic connection has been made between the disappearance of University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and the 2009 murder of a student in Charlottesville.

Virginia State police announced Monday that the suspect who has been arrested in connection to Graham’s disappearance has some physical connection to the death of Morgan Harrington.

Harrington was a student at Virginia Tech who disappeared after attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville near the University of Virginia in 2009.

“For the past five years, the Virginia State Police has been aggressively pursuing the investigation into the disappearance and death of 20-year-old Morgan D. Harrington of Roanoke, Va. Last week, the arrest of Jesse L. Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, Va., provided a significant break in this case with a new forensic link for state police investigators to pursue,” Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said in a statement Monday.

Matthew was arrested in Galveston, Texas, last week and will appear in court on Thursday in Virginia to face the charges of abduction with intent to defile Graham.

If the forensic evidence that connects the two cases holds true, there is likely another victim linked to the suspect. Police investigating Harrington’s death in 2009 determined that DNA on her body connected the perpetrator to a 2005 abduction and rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia.

“We know there’s one predator who killed Morgan,” the girl’s mother, Gil Harrington, told ABC News last week.

At the time, Gil Harrington said it was “too speculative” to draw a direct link to Graham’s disappearance and her daughter’s killer, but she was struck by the “coincidences.”

“College town, same town, same kind of look of a girl, same time of year,” she said. “Is this a pattern?”

“Hannah was seen for some of the time fairly close to where Morgan’s shirt was found maybe three weeks after her abduction,” Harrington said.

Virginia State Police did not reveal any specific details about the nature of the evidence that they found connecting the two cases, but they have asked the public to call in with any information relating to the Harrington case. They also stressed that their main focus remains on locating Graham and bringing her home.

“There is a still a great deal of work to be done in regards to this investigation and we appreciate the public’s patience as we move forward,” Geller said in the statement.

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Tony Stewart Willing to Talk to Kevin Ward’s Family

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A subdued Tony Stewart spoke publicly on Monday for the first time since the death of fellow NASCAR driver Kevin Ward Jr., but he said he did not feel the need to speak to Ward’s family because “I know it was an accident.”

Stewart was sympathetic to Ward’s family, which issued a statement over the weekend suggesting that prosecutors treated Stewart lightly because of his status in the racing world when they determined Ward’s death was an accident.

“I want to be available to them,” Stewart said. But he added, “I don’t need to talk to them for closure. …I know it was an accident.”

He also deplored people “picking sides” in the case.

“It’s not about picking sides. A young man lost his life. His family is in mourning. My family is in mourning,” Stewart said.

He criticized people who are picking sides “instead of honoring a racer.”

“It’s like watching people throw darts at each other,” Stewart said.

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