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Body Believed to Be Missing California Girl Found in Dumpster

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — Police in California believe they have found the body of an 8-year-old girl who vanished over the weekend.

The body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center Monday night, the same housing unit where Madyson Middleton was reported missing the night before, said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

While the body hasn’t been positively identified, “we are fairly confident at this point it is Madyson Middleton,” he said.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody for questioning, Vogel said. Police were obtaining a search warrant for an apartment at the complex, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

“It’s horrible. It’s awful. It’s heart-breaking,” Vogel said.

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Body Believed to Be Missing California Girl Found in Dumpster

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — Police in California believe they have found the body of an 8-year-old girl who vanished over the weekend.

The body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center Monday night, the same housing unit where Madyson Middleton was reported missing the night before, said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

While the body hasn’t been positively identified, “we are fairly confident at this point it is Madyson Middleton,” he said.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody for questioning, Vogel said. Police were obtaining a search warrant for an apartment at the complex, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

“It’s horrible. It’s awful. It’s heart-breaking,” Vogel said.

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Coast Guard Expands Search for Florida Teenagers Missing at Sea

U.S. Coast Guard press release(JUPITER, Fla.) — The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida.

An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of midnight Tuesday. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they left Jupiter, Florida, for a fishing trip.

Their boat was found capsized off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, about 180 miles from Jupiter, on Sunday.

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said on Monday that the two could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.

“I have a 13 and 14-year-old at home and this resonates with me,” Fedor said.

The Coast Guard’s search is now focused north of where the boat was found, Fedor said.

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Coast Guard Expands Search for Florida Teenagers Missing at Sea

U.S. Coast Guard press release(JUPITER, Fla.) — The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida.

An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of midnight Tuesday. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they left Jupiter, Florida, for a fishing trip.

Their boat was found capsized off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, about 180 miles from Jupiter, on Sunday.

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said on Monday that the two could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.

“I have a 13 and 14-year-old at home and this resonates with me,” Fedor said.

The Coast Guard’s search is now focused north of where the boat was found, Fedor said.

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Body Believed to Be Missing California Girl Found in Dumpster

Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — Police in California believe they have found the body of an 8-year-old girl who vanished over the weekend.

The body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center Monday night, the same housing unit where Madyson Middleton was reported missing the night before, said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

While the body hasn’t been positively identified, “we are fairly confident at this point it is Madyson Middleton,” he said.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody for questioning, Vogel said. Police were obtaining a search warrant for an apartment at the complex, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

“It’s horrible. It’s awful. It’s heart-breaking,” Vogel said.

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Boy Scouts of America Votes to Remove Ban on Gay Adult Scout Leaders

gloch/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) — The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.

A statement posted to the organizations’ website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, “For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it’s time to unite behind our shared belief that the extraordinary power of scouting can be a force for good in the community and in the lives of its youth members.”

He added, “The best way to allow BSA to continue to focus on its mission and preserve its core values is to address the issue and set our own course. And that’s what we’ve done.” The full statement was posted to the organization’s website.

Despite the ban, loocal scout troops, according to the organization, “may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders.”

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Why Detroit Has the Largest Satanist Temple Chapter in the US

WXYZ-TV(DETROIT) — The “largest public satanic ceremony in history” took place Saturday in Detroit, a city that has the largest and oldest chapter of a national Satanist organization.

The group unveiled a nearly 9-foot tall bronze statue of a goat-headed Baphomet in a private ceremony attended by 600 ticket holders, Lucien Graves, co-founder of the national Satanic Temple organization in Boston told ABC News. The Satanic Temple in Detroit has more than 200 registered members.

“They are so active and well-organized,” Graves told ABC News. “There’s probably been another wave of interest since this event.”

The Detroit chapter is the first of the national organization, Graves said. He credits the Detroit chapter’s founder Jex Blackmore with the growth of the chapter since it was established there in August 2014.

“It’s more or less because of her. She was just a very confident person who started working with us,” Graves told ABC News. The pair met in Boston and then she moved to Detroit and set up a chapter there.

Blackmore told ABC News it is largest chapter.

“I think the Temple appeals to the radical, politically-charged spirit of the city and many are drawn to us as a force of positive, effective change in this community,” Blackmore told ABC News.

The statue was originally planned to sit at the Oklahoma state capitol, but the state’s supreme court banned all religious displays there, including the Ten Commandments. The statue was created through $28,180 fund-raised by 1,041 people on Indiegogo.com last year. The fundraising page said the statue’s purpose was to contrast the Ten Commandments monument that was previously on display.

Greaves said there are 20 chapters across the country with about 20,000 members as a whole.

Tickets for Saturday’s event were $25 and the location was revealed only to ticket-holders, ABC affiliate in Detroit WXYZ reported. Meanwhile, Christians in Detroit protested the event nearby. The event served “as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats,” according to the invitation.

“People are trying to push religious agenda, whether it’s part of the public opinion or not,” Greaves said. “Groups will take it as slander against them and it’s just not the case. We don’t really care if they’re offended or not.”

According to its mission statement, the national organization, The Satanic Temple, “facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty.” Among the causes it supports are gay marriage, reproductive rights and eliminating corporal punishment in schools. The national organization does “not promote a belief in a personal Satan.”

“To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions,” the FAQ of TheSatanicTemple.com indicates.

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WATCH: Florida Teens Missing at Sea — First Look at Capsized Boat

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — As the search for two teenagers lost at sea continues, new video shows what the teens’ recovered boat looked like as it floated off the central Florida coast Sunday.

The boat, belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

It was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.

New video released by the Coast Guard captures waves crashing against the overturned, 19-foot, single-engine boat on Sunday, as crews inspect the scene.

The boat was missing one personal flotation device as well as the boat cover, according to ABC affiliate WPBF.

Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening.

As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.

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WATCH: Missing Teens’ Boat Found Capsized Off Florida Coast

MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStockVIDEO: Teens’ Capsized Boat Floats Off Florida Coast While Boys Remain Missing

(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — As the search for two teenagers lost at sea continues, new video shows what the teens’ recovered boat looked like as it floated off the central Florida coast Sunday.

The boat, belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

It was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.

New video released by the Coast Guard captures waves crashing against the overturned, 19-foot, single-engine boat on Sunday, as crews inspect the scene.

The boat was missing one personal flotation device as well as the boat cover, according to ABC affiliate WPBF.

Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening.

As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.

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Take a Tour of Washington’s Ultimate Beach Ball Pit

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s the beach without the heat and an ocean full of nearly one million small plastic balls.

That’s right — the ultimate ball pit. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit has taken over the Great Hall of the historic National Building Museum in the nation’s capital. Families are lining up to stream into the unique attraction, which has been breaking summer attendance records.

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It’s such a huge draw, ABC News reporters Mary Bruce and Kenneth Moton had to check it out.

The giant, 4-foot deep ball pit has all the makings of a day on the shore. Umbrellas and beach chairs, usually filled with waiting and attentive parents, line the white “sand” floor. On a nearby wall, there are a list of rules for “swimmers” near a lifeguard who has his or her whistle ready for those not abiding by the rules.

The ball pit was the idea of a Brooklyn-based firm hired to design a fun concept for the National Building Museum. The attraction is just one of the latest successes for the museum known for its out-of-the-box exhibits. While children are doing backflips and cannon balls, their sounds of laughter fill the Great Hall, where visitors are surrounded by beautiful architecture and floor-to-ceiling marble pillars.

The cost of admission ranges from $5 to $16 and the giant ball pit will be open to “swimmers” until Sept. 7.

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