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Gia Soriano, Teen Wounded in Washington School Shooting, Dies

David Ryder/Getty Images(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — Gia Soriano, a victim in Friday’s shooting at a Washington high school, has died, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett said at a Sunday press conference. She was 14.

Soriano was critically injured in the shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. She is the third person to die in the shooting.

“We are devastated by this senseless tragedy,” her family said in a statement. “Gia is our beautiful daughter and words cannot express how much we will miss her.”

Authorities have identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg, 14.

One other female student died Friday. Three other students remain hospitalized, two in critical condition and one in serious condition.

Parents and students gathered in a gymnasium at the school Sunday afternoon for a community meeting, with speakers urging support and prayers.

Fryberg — who shot five people before killing himself inside the school — was a member of a prominent family in the Tulalip Tribes, and according to tribe member state Sen. John McCoy, he was highly regarded there.

“A lot of folks were considering him that he would move up the culture ranks and become a leader,” McCoy said. “He had that kind of charisma and raw talent.”

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Lake Tahoe Hikers Taking Too Many Dangerous Bear Selfies

Manutsawee Buapet(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — When park rangers tell hikers to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures, they probably aren’t talking about selfies.

At least that’s what visitors to Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe, California, are learning.

Park officials say that too many people are trying to take selfies with wild bears.

“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”

Manut Buapet was at Taylor Creek last week. She said tourists flocked to the bears, which weren’t afraid to come close.

“There were like 30 people taking pictures of themselves with the bears,” Buapet told ABC News. “I was concerned. You never know what’s going to happen with bears, but people just stuck around.”

There were no park officials around to keep the people and bears at a safe distance, said Buapet.

“They weren’t scared at all of the people,” she said, adding that “some parents were trying to keep the kids away.”

One bear cub came as close as two feet to the tourists, Muapet said.

Mama bear and cub feeding #taylorcreek #southlaketahoe #bears #tahoe

A photo posted by @lindasmarley on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:20am PDT

If the problem persists, officials have threatened to close off the popular bear-sighting area, which runs along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Taylor Creek usually sees an increase in bears around this time of year because they feed on kokanee salmon, which make their annual swim through the creek.

Chose a good time to go see the #spawning #salmon at #taylorcreek got to see a #blackbear #feasting #bear

A photo posted by sssmayhem (@sssmayhem) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:14pm PDT

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Lake Tahoe Hikers Taking Too Many Dangerous Bear Selfies

Manutsawee Buapet(SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.) — When park rangers tell hikers to leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but pictures, they probably aren’t talking about selfies.

At least that’s what visitors to Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe, California, are learning.

Park officials say that too many people are trying to take selfies with wild bears.

“We’ve had mobs of people that are actually rushing toward the bears trying to get a ‘selfie’ photo,” Lisa Herron, spokesperson for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, told the Reno Gazette-Journal. “It is presenting a safety issue. We are afraid someone is going to get attacked.”

Manut Buapet was at Taylor Creek last week. She said tourists flocked to the bears, which weren’t afraid to come close.

“There were like 30 people taking pictures of themselves with the bears,” Buapet told ABC News. “I was concerned. You never know what’s going to happen with bears, but people just stuck around.”

There were no park officials around to keep the people and bears at a safe distance, said Buapet.

“They weren’t scared at all of the people,” she said, adding that “some parents were trying to keep the kids away.”

One bear cub came as close as two feet to the tourists, Muapet said.

Mama bear and cub feeding #taylorcreek #southlaketahoe #bears #tahoe

A photo posted by @lindasmarley on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:20am PDT

If the problem persists, officials have threatened to close off the popular bear-sighting area, which runs along the south shore of Lake Tahoe, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. Taylor Creek usually sees an increase in bears around this time of year because they feed on kokanee salmon, which make their annual swim through the creek.

Chose a good time to go see the #spawning #salmon at #taylorcreek got to see a #blackbear #feasting #bear

A photo posted by sssmayhem (@sssmayhem) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:14pm PDT

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New York Loosens New Ebola Quarantine Rules

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Under some intense pressure from the White House and the medical community, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he would be loosening a new state policy in dealing with health care workers returning from Ebola-affected countries.

Last week, New York and New Jersey said that they would enforce mandatory quarantines for all travelers who had contact with Ebola-infected people and were arriving from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. At least one nurse, who had to undergo this quarantine last weekend, is planning to sue.

Under the revised plan, workers returning from the Ebola “hot zone” who are not showing symptoms but who had contact with sickened patients may be monitored from home for three weeks. Meanwhile, health care workers will monitor them twice a day with unannounced visits to their home. Wage compensation will also be provided if their employer will not pay salaries, and food delivery is also offered.

Meanwhile, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie issued the following statement: “New Jersey is not changing its quarantine protocol. The protocol is clear that a New Jersey resident with no symptoms, but who has come into contact with someone with Ebola, such as a health care provider, would be subject to a mandatory quarantine order and quarantined at home. Non-residents would be transported to their homes if feasible and, if not, quarantined in New Jersey.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health also has no plans to change its mandatory 21-day home quarantine for high-risk individuals who cared for Ebola patients in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

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Polo Mogul John Goodman Trial Hinges on $200K Bentley

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) — Expert witnesses testifying in the re-trial of polo mogul John Goodman clashed over whether the Bentley he was driving malfunctioned the night he hit another car, pushing it into a canal and killing the driver.

Engineer Luka Serdar told the court on Friday that Goodman’s $200,000 car was not working “as designed at the factory by the Bentley engineers” when he hit a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson. The crash pushed Wilson’s car into a canal, where the 23-year-old drowned.

Serdar’s testimony came after another engineer, Karl Stopschinski, testified for prosecutors. Stopschinski said that Goodman’s car was operating in the way that it was designed to be driven on the night of the crash.

Goodman testified on Wednesday that his car’s brakes malfunctioned.

Prosecutors countered that Goodman was drunk after working up a $272 tab partying at The Players Club in Wellington, Florida, saying he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.177, more than twice the legal limit, hours after the crash.

Goodman admitted ordering 18 drinks at the club — but he said he only had three of those drinks.

The rest were for others, he said.

He also claimed he didn’t drink until after the crash, when he left the scene and stumbled upon a friend’s home, where, he said, he drank heavily.

“In order to be acquitted, Mr. Goodman merely has to show that at the time of the accident, his blood alcohol level cannot be proven by the prosecution and that he drank his alcohol after the accident,” Michael Kraut, a criminal defense attorney, told ABC News.

Goodman was convicted in 2012 for Wilson’s death and sentenced to 16 years behind bars, but the verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct. Goodman’s Bentley was also ordered to be destroyed after the conviction.

His second trial will resume Monday, with defense attorneys expected to call a traffic crash expert to the stand, followed by closing arguments.

Goodman has pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

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Polo Mogul John Goodman Trial Hinges on $200K Bentley

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) — Expert witnesses testifying in the re-trial of polo mogul John Goodman clashed over whether the Bentley he was driving malfunctioned the night he hit another car, pushing it into a canal and killing the driver.

Engineer Luka Serdar told the court on Friday that Goodman’s $200,000 car was not working “as designed at the factory by the Bentley engineers” when he hit a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson. The crash pushed Wilson’s car into a canal, where the 23-year-old drowned.

Serdar’s testimony came after another engineer, Karl Stopschinski, testified for prosecutors. Stopschinski said that Goodman’s car was operating in the way that it was designed to be driven on the night of the crash.

Goodman testified on Wednesday that his car’s brakes malfunctioned.

Prosecutors countered that Goodman was drunk after working up a $272 tab partying at The Players Club in Wellington, Florida, saying he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.177, more than twice the legal limit, hours after the crash.

Goodman admitted ordering 18 drinks at the club — but he said he only had three of those drinks.

The rest were for others, he said.

He also claimed he didn’t drink until after the crash, when he left the scene and stumbled upon a friend’s home, where, he said, he drank heavily.

“In order to be acquitted, Mr. Goodman merely has to show that at the time of the accident, his blood alcohol level cannot be proven by the prosecution and that he drank his alcohol after the accident,” Michael Kraut, a criminal defense attorney, told ABC News.

Goodman was convicted in 2012 for Wilson’s death and sentenced to 16 years behind bars, but the verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct. Goodman’s Bentley was also ordered to be destroyed after the conviction.

His second trial will resume Monday, with defense attorneys expected to call a traffic crash expert to the stand, followed by closing arguments.

Goodman has pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

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Polo Mogul John Goodman Trial Hinges on $200K Bentley

iStock/Thinkstock(WELLINGTON, Fla.) — Expert witnesses testifying in the re-trial of polo mogul John Goodman clashed over whether the Bentley he was driving malfunctioned the night he hit another car, pushing it into a canal and killing the driver.

Engineer Luka Serdar told the court on Friday that Goodman’s $200,000 car was not working “as designed at the factory by the Bentley engineers” when he hit a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson. The crash pushed Wilson’s car into a canal, where the 23-year-old drowned.

Serdar’s testimony came after another engineer, Karl Stopschinski, testified for prosecutors. Stopschinski said that Goodman’s car was operating in the way that it was designed to be driven on the night of the crash.

Goodman testified on Wednesday that his car’s brakes malfunctioned.

Prosecutors countered that Goodman was drunk after working up a $272 tab partying at The Players Club in Wellington, Florida, saying he registered a blood alcohol level of 0.177, more than twice the legal limit, hours after the crash.

Goodman admitted ordering 18 drinks at the club — but he said he only had three of those drinks.

The rest were for others, he said.

He also claimed he didn’t drink until after the crash, when he left the scene and stumbled upon a friend’s home, where, he said, he drank heavily.

“In order to be acquitted, Mr. Goodman merely has to show that at the time of the accident, his blood alcohol level cannot be proven by the prosecution and that he drank his alcohol after the accident,” Michael Kraut, a criminal defense attorney, told ABC News.

Goodman was convicted in 2012 for Wilson’s death and sentenced to 16 years behind bars, but the verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct. Goodman’s Bentley was also ordered to be destroyed after the conviction.

His second trial will resume Monday, with defense attorneys expected to call a traffic crash expert to the stand, followed by closing arguments.

Goodman has pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

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Thunderstorms Topple Power Lines in Washington State

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — Around 140,000 customers lost power overnight in Washington state after strong thunderstorms swept over the Pacific Northwest.

Energy officials blame high winds for knocking down wet, heavy tree branches — and sometimes the entire tree — onto power lines. According to the NWS, wind gusts were up to 61 miles per hour in the Seattle area.

As of Sunday morning, there were at least 109,518 customers still without power in Washington state. In Oregon, there were at least 19,841 customers without power.

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Hero First-Year Teacher Facing School Shooter Acted ‘Instinctively’

ABC News(MARYSVILLE, Wash.) — A teacher in her first year on the job tried stopping a freshman homecoming prince who opened fire inside his Washington state high school, killing one person and injuring four others — including two of his relatives — before fatally shooting himself, a local teacher’s union official said.

Megan Silberberger, a first-year social studies teacher, was in the cafeteria when the student, identified by witnesses and law enforcement sources as Jaylen Fryberg, started shooting, Marysville Education Association president Randy Davis said.

“For anybody involved in that, they have to decide between fight or flight,” Davis told ABC News. “She picked to go towards it, instinctively that’s what she did.”

Silberberger was with family and was feeling some trauma, according to Davis.

“She, everybody, the community itself is just reeling,” he said.

Silberberger began teaching at Marysville-Pilchuck High School last year as a student year, and was promoted to a full-time teacher this year, Davis said.

“She was very upbeat, positive, and enthusiastic,” Davis recalled. “She was really happy to be here.

“I’m completely amazed by her actions and I feel for her,” Davis said. “I don’t know why she was in the cafeteria but I’m just grateful she was there.”

The Marysville School District posted a message from Silberberger on its website today, thanking people for their support and asking for privacy.

“While I am thankful and grateful for the support from everyone, at this time I am requesting privacy for myself and my family,” she wrote.

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The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday that it had finished its on-scene investigation of the shooting.

A .40 caliber handgun that investigators believe was the weapon used in the Friday shooting was recovered from the school, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Marysville police have said the gun used in the shooting was legally acquired, though have not said by whom.

A 911 caller reported the shooting at 10:39 a.m. Friday, Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said. School security officers arrived at the cafeteria two minutes later, then confirmed “the shooter was down.”

“They’re traumatized — there’s no doubt about it,” Lamoureux said of the students. “There’s a lot of healing that has to take place in this community.”

Marysville-Pilchuck High School will be closed all of next week.

Superintendent Becky Berg said, “We are indeed heartsick.”

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Eric Frein Searchers Testing Blood Found on Canadensis Family’s Farm

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Authorities searching for alleged Pennsylvania trooper killer Eric Frein have descended upon a spot where a woman found blood in her back yard.

Joyce Aleckna called police after finding the blood Saturday near the chicken coop on her small farm in Canadensis, Pennsylvania. None of the animals were injured.

Aleckna, a retired corrections officer, told ABC News she thought the discovery odd because it was the first time no one had been home since Frein disappeared. She told ABC News affiliate WNEP that authorities took a sample of the blood for testing.

Police have been searching for Frein for six weeks, since he allegedly opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, killing one state trooper and injuring another, before escaping into the woods.

Frein, a self-trained survivalist, has been spotted several times, but has evaded police capture.

At night, we lock everything,” Aleckna told ABC News a few weeks ago. “Everything is locked tight.”

Aleckna said her children have gun safety training and are armed when they go outside to care for the family’s animals.

“I don’t think he [Frein] stands a chance if he comes in my back yard,” she told ABC News.

Blood droplets previously found on the porch of a home near Cresco were tested but did not come from Frein, according to police.

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