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American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.

The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.

The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in order to become AKC recognized, the organization reports.

The breeds will become recognized breeds and be allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows on Jan. 1, 2015.

The Spanish Water Dog is described by the AKC as, “lively, hardworking, and very intelligent,” in addition to being “naturally protective.”

The Cirneco dell’Etna is described as, “a hunter that works by scent, sight, and hearing.”

The AKC calls the Bergamasco an, “athletic, sociable and intelligent dog that has a deep desire to please its owner.”

The Boerbol is described as not the dog for first-time dog owners, but one that still has, “strong protective instincts and loves its family.”

The four breeds’ recognition means there will be 184 AKC-recognized dog breeds come Jan. 1.

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49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.

In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, “This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions.”

Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald’s home had been searched after a woman told detectives “she was possibly sexually assaulted.”

According to cops, the alleged victim sought treatment at a hospital Tuesday, which then notified authorities about her accusations against McDonald.

Earlier this year, McDonald was arrested by Santa Clara police following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his fiancée. However, charges were never filed.

Now a free agent, McDonald had played for San Francisco since 2007.

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49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.

In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, “This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions.”

Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald’s home had been searched after a woman told detectives “she was possibly sexually assaulted.”

According to cops, the alleged victim sought treatment at a hospital Tuesday, which then notified authorities about her accusations against McDonald.

Earlier this year, McDonald was arrested by Santa Clara police following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his fiancée. However, charges were never filed.

Now a free agent, McDonald had played for San Francisco since 2007.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court

FBI(BOSTON) — With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Thursday — the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half.

The 21-year-old politely answered the judge’s questions in a final status conference, what is expected to be his last pretrial hearing before jury selection in his case begins in January.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges connected to twin explosions that ripped through the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others.

Investigators say that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted the bombs and followed the horrific attack up with a series of other crimes.

Four days after the explosions, investigators say, the Tsarnaevs murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, carjacked a Mercedes SUV driver, and led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown where a bomb and bullet battle erupted in the street. Tamerlan was killed in the firefight.

Dzhokhar fled the scene and hid for more than 16 hours until his capture on a dry-docked boat, where he appeared to explain his motive for the crime with a note written inside, according to prosecutors.

“We Muslims are one body. You hurt one of us you hurt us all,” read part of a note allegedly written by Tsarnaev on the wall of the boat amid bullet holes. “Know you are fighting men who look into the barrel [of] your gun and see heaven.”

Court documents filed in March gave a potential hint of at least part of the defense strategy Tsarnaev’s legal team could use: saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under the control of his older brother — “an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.

The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.

According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.

The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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Former Justice of the Peace Sentenced to Death for 2013 Murders

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas jury sentenced former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams to death in connection with the 2013 murder of the wife of a district attorney.

The jury had found Williams guilty in the murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of District Attorney Mike McLelland, earlier this month.

Among those who testified against Williams was his ex-wife, who described in detail the planning that went into Williams’ revenge killings. District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse had prosecuted Williams for theft, effectively ending his legal career.

The McLellands were killed in March 2013. Williams was charged with killing Mike McLelland as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed about two months earlier, but never tried for their deaths.

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Former Justice of the Peace Sentenced to Death for 2013 Murders

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas jury sentenced former Justice of the Peace Eric Williams to death in connection with the 2013 murder of the wife of a district attorney.

The jury had found Williams guilty in the murder of Cynthia McLelland, the wife of District Attorney Mike McLelland, earlier this month.

Among those who testified against Williams was his ex-wife, who described in detail the planning that went into Williams’ revenge killings. District Attorney Mike McLelland and Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse had prosecuted Williams for theft, effectively ending his legal career.

The McLellands were killed in March 2013. Williams was charged with killing Mike McLelland as well as Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse, who was killed about two months earlier, but never tried for their deaths.

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Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Texas Meteorologist Outside TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — Police continued their search tonight for a suspect in the shooting of a Texas meteorologist outside a TV station in Waco, Texas.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News today.

Crawford underwent surgery, he added. Crawford’s wife, Heather Brinkmann, also a meteorologist at the station, was with him at the hospital, KCEN’s news director Jim Hice told ABC News.

“Thank you for your continuous thoughts and prayers,” Heather Brinkmann posted on Facebook tonight. “I am happy to say that Patrick is in stable condition. Doctors continue to tell me how well he’s doing considering the multiple gunshot wounds. Police tell me that if it wasn’t for his smarts to hurry up and drive off and flag down construction workers, it could have been a whole different story. He is truly my hero.”

A man was later captured after a standoff at a nearby house, but police told ABC affiliate KXXV that he was wanted in an unrelated case.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford, 35, was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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Search Continues for Suspect Who Shot Texas Meteorologist Outside TV Station

KCEN/Facebook(WACO, Texas) — Police continued their search tonight for a suspect in the shooting of a Texas meteorologist outside a TV station in Waco, Texas.

The suspect fled after allegedly shooting Patrick Crawford, NBC affiliate KCEN’s morning meteorologist, multiple times in the studio’s parking lot, Department of Public Safety Trooper D.L. Wilson told ABC News today.

Crawford underwent surgery, he added. Crawford’s wife, Heather Brinkmann, also a meteorologist at the station, was with him at the hospital, KCEN’s news director Jim Hice told ABC News.

“Thank you for your continuous thoughts and prayers,” Heather Brinkmann posted on Facebook tonight. “I am happy to say that Patrick is in stable condition. Doctors continue to tell me how well he’s doing considering the multiple gunshot wounds. Police tell me that if it wasn’t for his smarts to hurry up and drive off and flag down construction workers, it could have been a whole different story. He is truly my hero.”

A man was later captured after a standoff at a nearby house, but police told ABC affiliate KXXV that he was wanted in an unrelated case.

“[Crawford] was getting into his car this morning after leaving the building and the subject walked up to him and they had a confrontation,” Wilson said.

With multiple gunshot wounds, Crawford, 35, was still able to drive away and flag down a construction worker for help, he added. It’s not clear if there is a relationship between Crawford and the shooter.

“Whether they know each other or it’s a random shooting, we don’t know that yet,” Wilson said.

The suspect is reportedly described as a white man with a receding hairline, 30 to 35 years old, wearing a black hoodie and dark jeans. He is considered armed and dangerous.

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