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A Look at Where Manhunt Subject Eric Frein Has Been Spotted

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Accused cop killer Eric Frein, the subject of a massive manhunt lasting for more than five weeks, has recently been spotted twice near his old high school, police said.

Schools in the Pocono Mountain School District in eastern Pennsylvania are closed Tuesday because of increased police presence in the area. A police officer spotted a man believed to be Frein on Monday outside the Swiftwater Post Office, but lost contact with the man in the woods. He was wearing green, the officer said.

Police searched the area but didn’t find the suspect, who’s accused of ambushing two state troopers at the Blooming Grove police barracks Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods.

The post office is less than a mile from Pocono Mountain East High School, where there was another sighting Friday. A woman out for a walk near the school said she spotted a man armed with a rifle and with mud caked on his face.

“He had actually turned towards me and that’s where you could tell the mud on his face. You could tell the height he was based on the truck he was standing next to,” she told ABC affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia.

“You could clearly tell it was a gun, a rifle with a scope attached to it. It looked as though he was looking for something or looking which way to go. He avoided making eye contact. I had the light shining on his upper half and his face was kind of confusing. This guy was not startled by me.”

Police had been focused for weeks on a few square miles near Frein’s family home in Canadensis, near the borders of Pike and Monroe counties. Since the new sightings, they have shifted their general search area about five or six miles southwest.

Blood droplets found on the porch of a home near Cresco were tested but did not come from Frein, police also said Monday.

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Juror in Polo Mogul’s Retrial Violated Computer Rule

iStock/Thinkstock(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A juror in the retrial of polo mogul John Goodman was sequestered Monday, caught violating a strict rule against unsupervised computer use.

Juror No. 3 was accused of sneaking a laptop into his hotel room. He visited Bleacherreport.com and Fantasy Football at Yahoo.com, according to the juror.

Judge Jeffrey Colbath isn’t buying the story.

“It may be that he’s being disingenuous when he says, ‘The computer just magically appeared in my room,’” Colbath said.

Despite the juror’s violation, the prosecution and defense are allowing him to continue on the DUI manslaughter case.

This is the second trial for the multimillionaire, who was convicted in 2012 for the death of Scott Wilson, 23, and sentenced to 16 years behind bars. But that verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct.

Prosecutors say Goodman’s blood-alcohol level was 0.177 at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Goodman has pleaded not guilty, with his lawyers insisting he was not impaired at the time of the accident, and that his brakes failed.

Facundo Paredes, the valet at the bar where Goodman had been drinking, testified Monday that Goodman didn’t seem impaired when he handed him the keys.

But forensic toxicologist Dustin Tate Yeatman told the court it’s possible Goodman was intoxicated.

“Someone who drinks alcohol on a daily basis could potentially have a significant tolerance,” Yeatman said.

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ABC News Exclusive: Mother of Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Speaks

Debra Berry(DALLAS) — The mother of a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at a Texas hospital says her daughter is focused on recovery, but remains weak since being diagnosed with the deadly virus last week.

“She is doing OK, just trying to get stronger,” Debra Berry said of her daughter, Amber Vinson, to ABC News. “We talk to her when she’s not trying to sleep or avoid phone calls.”

Vinson, 29, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She was diagnosed with Ebola Oct. 15, self-reporting to the hospital after registering a fever. Berry says it has been difficult for her to comprehend her daughter’s situation.

“I can’t put it into words really, how it feels to have the knowledge that she’s sick and I can’t get to her,” she said.

Nina Pham and Vinson were diagnosed with Ebola after providing care to Thomas Eric Duncan — a Liberian national who later died — at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Authorities still aren’t sure how the breach occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for Ebola treatment Monday, promoting head-to-toe protection.

Berry wishes the stricter guidelines were established sooner.

“It is concerning. I guess more than anything, I’m so relieved that it’s in place now,” Berry said. “It should help ensure that no one has to endure what Amber and what Ms. Pham have had to go through these weeks, and their families.”

Berry remains quarantined after her daughter’s diagnosis, but she says she isn’t worried about contracting Ebola because her daughter was especially careful. Vinson contacted health officials after Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, asking whether precautionary arrangements could be made for her return to Dallas, her family said. She had been in Ohio planning for her wedding.

After landing in Dallas, Vinson reported a temperature of 100.3 degrees and admitted herself to the hospital.

“She wasn’t sick [at the time], and knowing she would never expose me or anyone else to something that would be harmful; I’m just doing what I’m being told to do,” Berry said.

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UN Officials Criticize City of Detroit for Water Shutoffs

Tomjac80/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) — United Nations human rights officials on Monday criticized the city of Detroit for shutting off water to customers behind on their bills, saying that the shutoffs discriminate against minorities.

Officials spent the weekend in Detroit “to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing.”

“Without water,” the U.N. statement read, “people cannot live a life with dignity.” Further, “when people are genuinely unable to pay the bill, it is the State’s obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, a specially low tariff or subsidies, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation for all.”

The city’s water policy allows for water to be shut off to customers more than 60 days behind on their bills. This year alone, 27,000 households have had their water shut off in Detroit.

U.N. officials said that the city had raised water rates by 8.7 percent, passing on the expense of leakages in aging infrastructure.

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Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won’t Make Another Album Ever Again

Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York’s Madison Square Garden every month — as part of his ongoing residency there — fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album. But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that’s not likely to happen. “I’ve had my say,” he explains.

“Some people think it’s because I’m lazy or I’m just being contrary,” the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn’t put out an album of original pop songs since 1993’s River of Dreams. “But no, I think it’s just — I’ve had my say. If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that’s no reason to do it. I’d want it to be good.”

He adds, “I’ve seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it’s, like, ‘Maybe you should stop.'” In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle.

“I’m not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there’s other people involved — arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers,” he tells The New Yorker. “I don’t want to deal with it…You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that. Joel adds, “And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy? He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don’t feel like that anymore.”

And then there’s the personal aspect of it. Billy says he doesn’t want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life.

“I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce,” he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. “I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing — everything I wrote was fraught with meanings — and I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.’ It was no longer comfortable. ‘Enough! I gave you enough!'”

Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he’s been working on a series of “tone poems” called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island. However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon. In fact, he hasn’t actually recorded a lot of it, and says he’s even on the verge of forgetting some of it.

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Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported

AndersHP84/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOWARD, Kan.) — A pair of F-16 fighter jets were involved in a mid-air collision on Monday in which one of the planes crashed and the pilot of the other was able to return to its base in Tulsa, Okla. and land safely.

According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the planes collided over Howard, about 110 miles away from Tulsa. The two jets were taking part in a training exercise when at the time of the crash. The pilot whose plane crashed was able to eject and was recovered safely.

Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard said Monday that, “neither pilot was seriously injured in the accident,” but that the pilot who ejected will be medically evaluated at a Wichita hospital.

No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.

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LA Kings Player Arrested for Domestic Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been arrested in Redondo Beach and accused of domestic violence.

He was immediately suspended by the National Hockey League.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and its players says it can suspend a player during a criminal investigation. Voynov will continue to be paid while the investigation is ongoing, but he will not play.

The last NHL player arrested for domestic violence was not suspended, but that was before the National Football League was criticized for how it handled Ray Rice’s domestic violence arrest.

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Police Trying To Identify Remains Found in Hannah Graham Search

Charlottesville Police Department(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va.) — Investigators are working to confirm the identity of remains found on Sunday during the search for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, who disappeared last month.

Searches for the 18-year-old sophomore have been suspended after police found human remains in a shallow creek bed near a vacant home. Officials said it could take several days to complete the identification process.

Jesse Matthew, the only suspect in the case, is being held in the Ablemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail awaiting his Dec. 4 hearing. The Virginia resident was arrested in Galveston, Texas, on charges of abduction with intent to defile.

Matthew is being held in isolation in a 6 foot by 9 foot cell with a toilet and a sink. Superintendent Col. Martin Kumer told ABC News that Matthew sleeps on a concrete bed with a plastic covered mattress and a blanket. He can request books from the jail’s library, but it isn’t clear if he has yet.

Matthew, 32, worked as a technician at the University of Virginia hospital and was seen on surveillance footage with Graham shortly before she vanished.

His attorney, Jim Camblos, released a statement Sunday confirming that he had heard of the discovery of the human remains in Ablemarle County, but did not comment on the case.

Sgt. Dale Terry of the Chesterfield Sheriff’s Department said that his five person team found a skull, bones, and vertebrae that appeared long, making it consistent with a tall person’s body. Graham was 5-foot-11. A pair of dark-colored pants similar to those Graham was described as wearing on the night of her disappearance were found near the remains.

The remains were found in a dried-up creek bed behind a vacant home off Old Lynchburg Road, roughly 10 miles south of where Graham was last seen in the early morning hours of Saturday Sept. 13.

The exact address has not been publicly confirmed, but it is believed to be about 3 miles away from a home where Matthew and his mother lived a few years ago.

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Closing Arguments to Begin in “Dexter” Murder Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — Closing arguments and jury deliberations are scheduled for Tuesday in the case of a Utah man accused of shooting his wife to death after a night of drinking and watching the TV series Dexter, a show about a serial killer.

Conrad Truman, 32, described the moment of his wife’s death in court Friday, telling a jury he was inside the house while his wife was taking a bath.

Truman said he suddenly heard a pop.

His wife Heidy Truman appeared naked in the hallway, bleeding and choking, he said. He says he attempted CPR.

“I was over her at first, and I was trying to communicate, and there was no communication,” he told the court. “There was a lot of choking, like gasping for air, and I checked for a pulse and I just wanted to make sure she was going to stay breathing for when I went to grab the phone.”

Truman was questioned about the exact episode of Dexter he was watching the night of the shooting, Sept. 30, 2012, but he testified that he didn’t remember the details. He insists he didn’t shoot his wife and that she must have accidentally shot herself or been hit by a bullet fired from outside the house.

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Earlier that evening, he says, he heard a disturbance outside, which he investigated with his dog and gun, but said he found nothing and didn’t call police.

He also admitted to prosecutors that he had argued with his wife that night, but says it wasn’t anything serious.

“We were just bickering back and forth, what dog – if we were to get a dog – what dog it would be,” he said.

He appeared adamant when questioned Thursday about his innocence.

“Did you shoot your wife?” a defense attorney asked.

“No,” he said.

“Did you kill your wife?”

“No.”

Much of the trial has focused on Truman’s demeanor the night of the shooting, including his incomprehensive speech in his 911 call and behavior around his wife’s body.

“I was just confused,” he said in court Thursday. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

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School Bus Driver Charged With Third DUI

iStock/Thinkstock(ASHLAND, Mass.) — A Massachusetts school bus driver was charged with driving under the influence after he was allegedly intoxicated while operating a bus full of cross country runners.

Robert E. Murphy, 59, of Ashland, Mass., was driving the Hopkinton High School cross country team back from a meet at approximately 10:30 p.m. Saturday when one of the coaches on board called police with concerns that he was intoxicated.

Hopkinton Police Officer Aaron O’Neil met the bus as it was turning into the Hopkinton High School parking lot, and after the 25 team members got off he conducted a series of field sobriety tests on Murphy, police said.

After the tests, he arrested Murphy on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a motor vehicle to endanger.

It was Murphy’s third DUI offense, police said.

Murphy was booked and bail was arranged through the bail commissioner. He is scheduled to appear in Framingham District Court on Monday for arraignment.

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