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Two Southwest Planes Clip One Another at Oakland Airport

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Southwest Airlines says no one was hurt when two of its planes clipped one another other near a gate at Oakland International Airport Sunday night.

“The wing on Southwest Airlines aircraft operating flight number 280 came into contact with the wing of another Southwest aircraft, while pushing back from the gate at Oakland Airport. No customer or employee injuries were reported on either aircraft,” the airline said in a statement late Sunday.

Both aircraft have been taken out of service and will undergo maintenance evaluations.

“Safety is always our number one focus and we are conducting an internal review to identify details surrounding today’s event,” Southwest said Sunday.

The airline is working to accommodate all affected customers.

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Florida Residents Brace for Erika’s Remnant Heavy Rains

In this NOAA handout, Tropical Storm Erika weakens and falls apart over Cuba on Saturday. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) — Tropical Storm Erika may be done, but she’s left behind big rains that are headed for Florida.

Residents in the Sunshine State are hoping to stave off any flooding from the heavy rains expected to arrive as soon as Monday.

“We have some sandbags already set up, but figured we might need some more, so, not take any chances,” Tampa resident Ali McLaughlin told ABC News.

More rain is the last thing Florida needs. The state is already in it’s third wettest August in recorded history.

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Hawaii Prepares for Ignacio as 2 More Hurricanes Swirl in the Pacific

National Hurricane Center(HONOLULU) — Three hurricanes are whirling in the Pacific.

Even though it’s been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, Ignacio is forecast to hit the Big Island on Monday and Maui on Tuesday.

Its maximum sustained winds are at 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Another hurricane of note is Hurricane Jimena, which the NHC said is 1630 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii as of Sunday night. The NHC also said its currently a Category 4 with 145 mph maximum sustained winds, and may even become a Category 5 soon.

The third hurricane is Kilo, centered about 610 miles south of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph, making it a Category 3 according to the NHC.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect from Jimena or Kilo as of Sunday night.

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Famed Neurologist Oliver Sacks Dies at 82

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Renowned neurologist and author of Awakenings Oliver Sacks died on Sunday. He was 82.

His assistant, Kate Edgar, told The New York Times the cause was cancer. ABC News was unable to reach Edgar.

Sacks, a professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine, announced in February a rare eye tumor had spread to his liver and that he was in the stages of terminal cancer.

Sacks is best known for his writing on neurological case histories, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars. His book Awakenings, based on his work in the 1960s with patients who were unable to initiate movement, was turned into an Oscar-nominated movie of the same name starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.

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President Obama Changes the Name of Mount McKinley to Denali

iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The highest peak in North America is getting a name change.

Mt. McKinley is now known by its Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali, in an effort by President Obama to help strengthen ties with Alaskan natives and the government.

“This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives,” said a statement from the White House.

The president will formally announce the name change during his trip to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has already signed a secretarial order officially changing the name.

President Obama will also discuss more initiatives during his trip to Alaska including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans.

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Bartender Wins Lottery With Cash He Found on the Street

Chris Rogers/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — A California bartender has won the lottery, all thanks to cash he found on the street.

After Hubert Tang picked up a $20 bill on the street outside the San Francisco airport Wednesday, he went to a market in San Mateo County, the California State Lottery said.

Tang hadn’t played the lottery in 10 years, according to the Lottery. But he used the $20 to buy two tickets — one of which was the lucky winner of the top prize — $1 million.

“I scratched the ticket outside of the store,” Tang said, according to the Lottery. “I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, ‘I think I just won a million dollars.’

“Maybe I’ll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places,” Tang said jokingly according to the Lottery.

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For Slain Texas Deputy, Law Enforcement Was ‘His Calling,’ Brother-in-Law Says

ABC News(NEW YORK) — For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was “his calling,” his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced this afternoon that a man was in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting. The suspect was identified as Shannon Miles, 30, who has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.

The motive has not been determined, Hickman said, adding that the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Sunday.

“He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it,” Allison, 46, said. “He really felt the brotherhood in the community … that’s what he loved to do.

“He was kind of born for it,” Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

“My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility,” Kathleen Goforth said in a statement. “He was loyal…fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

I admired his quality, perhaps, the most. For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was…This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor.”

She added, “However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend.”

“He was the rock in that family,” Allison told ABC News through tears. “The kids loved him.”

“I didn’t have a brother… when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family,” Allison said.

Goforth “never got mad at anybody,” Allison said. “He was just a giving individual.”

“It was just something that you don’t expect to ever happen,” Allison said.

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2 Dead After Storm Slams Washington State

Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) — A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state.

A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reports. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.

Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey described what happened as heart-wrenching.

“A father was just taken from their child, husband taken from their wife,” he said. “Certainly just a tragedy just out of nowhere.”

In Federal Way, a falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl while she was outside playing, police told KOMO-TV.

Several energy companies said 450,000 customers were without power at various points of the day, reports KOMO-TV.

Although showers, storms and gusty winds will still be possible Sunday, the storm has pushed into Canada.

The threat for the gustiest winds will be in the northern Rockies, where there are still red flag warnings in effect from Eastern Idaho to Montana and Wyoming.

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South Florida Prepares for What’s Left of Tropical Storm Erika

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — South Florida prepares for the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.

After Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba Saturdy morning, South Floridians prepared for the leftover heavy rain, flooding, and winds.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told residents they should stay alert, after declaring a state of emergency on Friday, and he said there’s a possibility the storm could regain strength as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

“If you look at history, these storms, we still get a lot of rain,” said the governor. “The Tampa area in particular is still saturated; so we still have some risk.”

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For Slain Texas Deputy, Law Enforcement Was ‘His Calling,’ Brother-in-Law Says

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was “his calling,” his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Saturday.

“He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it,” Allison, 46, said. “He really felt the brotherhood in the community … that’s what he loved to do.

“He was kind of born for it,” Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

“He was the rock in that family,” Allison said through tears. “The kids loved him.

“I didn’t have a brother… when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family,” Allison said.

Goforth “never got mad at anybody,” Allison said. “He was just a giving individual.”

“It was just something that you don’t expect to ever happen,” Allison said.

Though several people have been questioned, the suspect remains at-large, said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. He urged witnesses to come forward, describing the shooting as a “cold-blooded execution.”

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson echoed the sentiment.

“We need to bring this killer to justice,” she said.

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