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Large Fire Breaks Out at Pennsylvania Chemical Plant

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(CONEWAGO TOWNSHIP, Pa.) — A huge fire broke out Monday morning at a Pennsylvania chemical plant, sending smoke and flames rising into the night sky with explosions reported.

The fire was reported at 3:27 a.m. Monday at Miller Chemical, located in Conewago Township, Adams County, about 40 miles southwest of the state capital of Harrisburg.

Explosions were reported and nearby residents were asked to shelter in place, according to the Conewago Township Police Department.

Police do not believe anybody was located in the building at the time of the fire.

Dozens of firefighters, emergency management and hazmat crews visited the scene, working to contain the fire, according to ABC News affiliate WHTM-TV.

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Fire Breaks Out at Pennsylvania Chemical Plant

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(CONEWAGO TOWNSHIP, Pa.) — Firefighters were called to a large fire at a chemical plant early Monday morning in central Pennsylvania.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at Miller Chemical on Radio Road in Conewago Township, local police told ABC News.

Police said they received calls from area residents reporting explosions, but it remains unclear what may have caused the blasts.

Conewago Township Police told ABC News there are no known injuries, and while the fire has been contained, it has not been put out completely.

There have been no orders for residents near the plant to evacuate, but police are asking residents in the area to shelter in place.

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Fire Breaks Out at Pennsylvania Chemical Plant

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(CONEWAGO TOWNSHIP, Pa.) — Firefighters were called to a large fire at a chemical plant early Monday morning in central Pennsylvania.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at Miller Chemical on Radio Road in Conewago Township, local police told ABC News.

Police said they received calls from area residents reporting explosions, but it remains unclear what may have caused the blasts.

Conewago Township Police told ABC News there are no known injuries, and while the fire has been contained, it has not been put out completely.

There have been no orders for residents near the plant to evacuate, but police are asking residents in the area to shelter in place.

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Fire Breaks Out at Pennsylvania Chemical Plant

MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(CONEWAGO TOWNSHIP, Pa.) — Firefighters were called to a large fire at a chemical plant early Monday morning in central Pennsylvania.

The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at Miller Chemical on Radio Road in Conewago Township, local police told ABC News.

Police said they received calls from area residents reporting explosions, but it remains unclear what may have caused the blasts.

Conewago Township Police told ABC News there are no known injuries, and while the fire has been contained, it has not been put out completely.

There have been no orders for residents near the plant to evacuate, but police are asking residents in the area to shelter in place.

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Female Prison Worker Questioned in Murderers’ Escape

New York State Police(DANNEMORA, N.Y.) — A female prison worker was questioned by police and removed from her post after two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison in New York, a source close to the investigation told ABC News.

Richard Matt and David Sweat remain on the run after escaping Saturday from Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, about 20 miles south of the Canadian border.

New York State is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to their apprehension and arrest, a step that Gov. Andrew Cuomo called “appropriate.”

“These are dangerous men,” Cuomo said, adding that they are “capable of committing grave crimes once again.”

News of the unidentified worker being questioned in the prisoners’ escape was first reported by the New York Post.

Sweat, 34, is serving a life sentence after he was convicted of killing a Broome County sheriff’s deputy in 2002. Matt, 48, is serving 25 years to life in prison after he kidnapped and beat a man to death in 1997.

“These are killers. They are murderers,” Cuomo said. “There’s never been a question about the crimes they committed. They are now on the loose, and our first order of business is apprehending them.”

Speaking to ABC News Sunday, Cuomo said what troubled him most about the escape was that the two men needed power tools to pull it off, and there was no way they could have done it in total secrecy.

“They had to be heard,” he said.

The governor, who toured the prison Saturday, described the escaped convicts as “resourceful” and “dangerous.”

“This was the first breakout since 1865 and I want to make sure that it’s the last,” Cuomo said, referring to the year the prison was built.

The escapees left a note behind that read “have a nice day.” Cuomo said he suspects it was their way of saying they were doing something that had never been done before.

“I’m sure they knew that since it was the first escape it was going to be a big deal,” he said. “But we’ll get them back and we’ll give them the note back.”

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Police Clash with Concert Goers Outside New Jersey Show

Brad Barket/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) — State Police Troopers clashed with concert goers of a New Jersey venue Sunday night, with people in the crowd tossing bottles and police later deploying tear gas.

The situation occurred outside of the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.

According to New Jersey State Police Capt. Stephen Jones, the state police’s public information officer, people were trying to enter the stadium without tickets, despite the fact that the concert was sold out. Some people were trying to enter the concert “by climbing over fences and forcing their way through security personnel,” a New Jersey State Police statement said.

Additional troopers were called to patrol outside the stadium and could be seen lining up, forming a barrier for concert goers.

Police made multiple arrests outside the stadium, but the number of arrests hasn’t been released. It wasn’t immediately clear if there were any injuries.

Sunday’s concert featured such performers as Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Big Sean.

The radio station later released a statement acknowledging that refunds will be offered for ticket holders whose tickets were not scanned.

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Texas Cop on Leave After Video of Arrest Surfaces

iStock/Thinkstock(MCKINNEY, Texas) — A McKinney, Texas, police officer has been put on administrative leave after a video surfaced of him forcing a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground and kneeling on her back and then drawing his gun on others who came to her aid.

In the seven-minute clip posted to YouTube, the girl can be seen confronting the officer who was one of a dozen cops police said were sent to deal with a group of teenagers who had gone to a community pool where they were not allowed and refused to leave.

The now-suspended officer uses profanity, grabs the girl by the back of her head and forces her to the ground, face-down.

The incident Friday evening began with a report that there were “multiple juveniles” at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool who “do not live in the area or have permission to be there, refusing to leave,” McKinney police spokeswoman Sabrina Boston said.

After a group of officers responded to the call and “encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands,” she said, additional units were sent.

A formal investigation into the incident has been started and the officer involved — who was not identified — has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation, Police Chief Greg Conley said at a news conference today.

“Several concerns about the conduct of one of the officers at the scene have been raised,” Conley said. “The McKinney Police Department is committed to treating all persons fairly under the law. We are committed to preserving the peace and safety of our community for all our citizens.”

An adult male was arrested for interference with the duties of a police officer and evading arrest, he said.

Everyone else who had been detained by officers, including a 14-year-old female, was released to a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult, Conley added.

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Feds Investigating if Private Citizens Affected by US Government Hack

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Federal investigators are trying to determine whether the massive hack into federal systems announced this past week impacted far more than the estimated 4 million current and former government employees already acknowledged by the Obama administration, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

In particular, investigators are considering the possibility that private citizens who never worked for the U.S. government may have also had personal information compromised, sources said.

At the heart of concern are forms filled out by federal employees seeking security clearances. The forms — known as SF-86’s and used for background investigations — were exposed after hackers infiltrated the Office of Personnel Management’s information systems in December, according to the sources.

Acting as the government’s human resources division, OPM conducts about 90 percent of background investigations for the federal government. And federal employees who submit the SF-86 forms provide personal information not only about themselves but also relatives, friends, and potentially even college roommates.

“If the SF-86’s associated with this hack were, in their entirety, part of the stolen information, then that would mean the potential release of a staggering amount of information, affecting an exponential amount of people,” one U.S. official told ABC News.

Information from SF-86 forms dating back three decades could have been exposed in the cyber-attack, which the U.S. government strongly suspects was carried out by hackers in China, sources said.

Though it’s still unclear exactly how much of that information was actually compromised, the government forms could offer hackers a treasure trove of new targets outside government.

Applicants seeking U.S. security clearances are required to provide the full names, dates of birth, places of birth, and social security numbers of spouses or partners. Relatives’ full names, dates of birth, current addresses and in some cases employment information are also required. And applicants are asked to submit the full names, email addresses and telephone numbers of “three people who know you well.”

“They should be friends, peers, colleagues, college roommates, associates, etc.,” the form says.

Over the next two weeks, OPM will be sending notifications to an estimated 4 million people whose “Personally Identifiable Information” may have been compromised by the hack.

Those notifications “will state exactly what information may have been compromised,” a senior administration official said.

And “since the investigation is ongoing, additional PII exposures may come to light,” an OPM official acknowledged. “In that case, OPM will conduct additional notifications as necessary.”

Though the intrusion first took place sometime around December, OPM detected it four months later and then notified the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

The OPM official said steps taken over the past year to bolster the agency’s technology systems and further protect them “are why the agency was able to detect the recent intrusion into its networks.”

In a statement Thursday, an FBI spokesman said, “We take all potential threats to public and private sector systems seriously, and will continue to investigate and hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace.”

Multiple government officials said the hack could impact workers in several federal agencies, insisting that what’s already been acknowledged publicly is just “the tip of the iceberg.”

“This is the cyber breach of the year,” one U.S. official said. “This is everything.”

FBI and DHS declined to comment for this article. An OPM spokesman did not immediately return emails and calls Sunday afternoon.

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Ohio Teen Runaways ‘Made Right Decision’ to Surrender, Cops Say

Allegheny County Police(ELIZABETH, Pa.) — A 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy who were wanted in connection with a two-state crime spree that lasted almost one week “made the right decision” when they turned around and surrendered rather than trying to swim across the Ohio River, police said Sunday.

The teens, Rose May, 15, of Sycamore, Ohio, and Triston Kindle, 16, of Upper Sandusky, Ohio, were trying to flee police in Tyler County, West Virginia, Saturday, when they jumped into the Ohio River, West Virginia State Police Sgt. C.J. Lantz said.

The two started to swim across the wide river, but then turned back.

“They surrendered,” Lantz said. “I’m sure if they could’ve kept going, they would have. Luckily they made the right decision not to try to swim the entire width of the Ohio River and came back to shore.”

He said the couple had a shotgun and May had a handgun.

“She had it with her during the foot pursuit and subsequently when she jumped into the Ohio River,” Lantz said.

The chase that led to their arrest began when they were spotted on West Virginia Route 2 driving a GMC Denali that had been reported stolen. They refused to pull over and were chased by police for roughly 12 miles, until they crashed the vehicle in Sisterville, according to a police report about the arrest.

The two fled on foot, eventually jumping into the Ohio River to try to escape capture, police said.

The teens’ parents were notified and are going to New Martinsville, West Virginia to meet with investigators, police said.

While Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania Police Chief David Kerestes had called the duo “a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde” in an interview with ABC News affiliate WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Rose’s father John May told the station: “They’re just scared kids.”

“Neither of them have a history of hurting a single soul,” May told WTAE-TV. “I don’t care what you did, I just want you home safe.”

The crime spree started Monday when the duo allegedly stole a truck, and then on Tuesday allegedly stole shotgun shells, in Ohio, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio.

The teens then allegedly ditched their first stolen car in Pennsylvania and stole a second car, according to the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office.

Early Thursday, the teens allegedly tried to rob a convenience store gas station, at gunpoint in Elizabeth Township, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Charles Moffatt told ABC News Friday.

When a police officer responded, the teens tried to flee in the allegedly stolen truck, Moffat said.

“The officer, in an attempt to grab them from the truck, grabbed the door handle and in an attempt to open the door, they started pulling away,” he said. “The officer felt he had to hold on because he thought he would get dragged underneath the truck. … He was dragged a short distance.”

The officer then let go and the teens fled, Moffat said. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening, Moffatt added.

The second stolen car was found abandoned near the site of the robbery, officials said.

The teens were wanted in Pennsylvania on charges including robbery and aggravated assault on a police officer, Moffatt said.

ABC News has been unable to reach the teens’ families.

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Man and Son Attacked by Bear at Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Lynn_Bystrom/iStock/Thinkstock(HAZEL CREEK, N.C.) — A man and his son were attacked by a bear Saturday night while on a multi-day backpacking trip in the Great Smoky Mountains.

According to a press release from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 16-year-old boy was pulled from a hammock by the bear. The man’s father was then able to drive the bear away from their campsite.

The father and son were sleeping in hammocks about 10 feet apart, the release said, with food and equipment stored on aerial cables nearby.

The teen suffered multiple lacerations, including cuts to the head, but remained conscious during the incident and was listed in stable condition on Sunday afternoon.

Following the attack, the man and his son hiked to a nearby lakeshore, where campers with a boat took them across the lake. From there, the teen was airlifted to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.

“While incidents with bears are rare,” Park Superintendent Cassius Cash said, “we ask park visitors to take necessary precautions while hiking in bear country and comply with all backcountry closures.”

“The safety of our visitors is our number one priority,” Cash added.

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