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10-Year-Old Uses Survival Smarts After Getting Lost in Utah Forest

iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) — Malachi Bradley is back with his family after spending a night lost in a Utah forest.

The 10-year-old was camping with his family near Paul Lake in the remote mountains 200 miles east of Salt Lake City when, he says, he set out Sunday to gather mushrooms and got lost.

The boy relied on survival smarts he learned from his father. As the temperatures dropped into the 30s, he used large rocks for shelter, wrapping a T-shirt around his legs and staying huddled inside his jacket to stay warm. He also used the jacket to filter water to drink.

A search team of 100 members combed the terrain for any sign of the boy.

“I thought if I was in an open space, maybe the helicopters would find me,” Bradley said. “I sat there most of the day, waving at helicopters.”

The search crews found Bradley Monday, and after a ride on a rescue chopper, his 28-hour ordeal was finally over.

“I didn’t have anything bad happen to me other than tripping, getting a few cuts,” Bradley said.

The boy’s mother, Molly Bradley, said her son remains in good spirits.

“He’s going to be OK, which is the bottom line. That’s super exciting,” she said. “So exciting, such a relief.”

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Airman Spencer Stone Will Be Nominated for Airman’s Medal After Train Heroics

Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Air Force will nominate Airman First Class Spencer Stone for the Airman’s Medal, the services’ highest award for non-combat bravery, Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced Monday.

On Friday two civilians and two U.S. servicemen — Stone and Oregon National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos — subdued a gunman who had a pistol and an AK-47 rifle with several magazines of ammunition on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

“What the gunman didn’t expect, however, was a confrontation with our very own Captain America,” James said. “And believe it or not that is what Airman Stone’s friends nicknamed him during Air Force technical training.”

James said she spoke with Stone and his mother via phone earlier Monday to make sure he is doing well.

Stone is expected to recover at Landsthul Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Stone’s thumb was nearly severed by the attacker, who stabbed him with a box cutter.

“Had it not been for this heroic quartet I’m quite sure we would be sitting here Monday discussing a bloodbath,” James said. “Airman Stone and his friends personified service before self, no doubt about it.”

General Mark Welsh said it’s possible Stone could receive a Purple Heart if it the French authorities ultimately characterize this as a terrorist related event.

Welsh cited the recent decision to award survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood attack as possible precedent.

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Old Dominion University Fraternity Suspends Activities After Suggestive Banners

iStock/Thinkstock(NORFOLK, Va.) — Just in time for back-to-school.

According to ABC News affiliate WVEC-TV, the Sigma Nu Fraternity has suspended chapter activities after hanging up suggestive banners on their off-campus house on Friday.

One of the banners said, “FRESHMAN DAUGHTER DROP OFF,” and another said, “GO AHEAD AND DROP OFF MOM TOO…”

ODU Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services Ellen Neufeldt said those who were responsible would be penalized.

“Student organizations and our students are subject to our code of conduct and due process. We take that very seriously,” Neufeldt said. “Any student that’s found to have violated our code will be held accountable with disciplinary action.”

A letter from ODU President John Broderick sent Saturday said, “I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.

“While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.”

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Old Dominion University Fraternity Suspends Activities After Suggestive Banners

iStock/Thinkstock(NORFOLK, Va.) — Just in time for back-to-school.

According to ABC News affiliate WVEC-TV, the Sigma Nu Fraternity has suspended chapter activities after hanging up suggestive banners on their off-campus house on Friday.

One of the banners said, “FRESHMAN DAUGHTER DROP OFF,” and another said, “GO AHEAD AND DROP OFF MOM TOO…”

ODU Vice President of Student Engagement and Enrollment Services Ellen Neufeldt said those who were responsible would be penalized.

“Student organizations and our students are subject to our code of conduct and due process. We take that very seriously,” Neufeldt said. “Any student that’s found to have violated our code will be held accountable with disciplinary action.”

A letter from ODU President John Broderick sent Saturday said, “I am outraged about the offensive message directed toward women that was visible for a time on 43rd Street. Our students, campus community and alumni have been offended.

“While we constantly educate students, faculty and staff about sexual assault and sexual harassment, this incident confirms our collective efforts are still failing to register with some.”

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French Train Attack a Reminder of US Railroad Vulnerability

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Days after three Americans subdued an AK-47-wielding gunman on a Paris-bound commuter train, Amtrak, one of America’s largest passenger rail companies, is reassuring travelers in the states that the carrier is taking security seriously.

“Amtrak has implemented a number of security initiatives to improve safety and security for our employees and passengers,” the company said in a statement. “Efforts include the use of explosive detection K-9 teams, passenger and baggage screenings, and strong partnerships with local, state, federal and international agencies – including active participation in FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces – to share intelligence and conduct joint security exercises.”

The security initiatives are ongoing and not in reaction to Friday’s attack, the partially government-funded railroad said.

But the reality is that, like airlines, U.S. railroads remain vulnerable to terrorist attacks, experts say.

Despite a significant investment in rail security following the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, some lawmakers have complained that the country remains overly focused on aviation safety – and that train attacks in Madrid, Mumbai and London prove that passenger rail can be a terrorist target.

“The increased security efforts around air travel have led to concerns that terrorists may turn their attention to ‘softer’ targets, such as transit or passenger rail,” a March 2015 report from the Congressional Research Service reads.

“A key challenge Congress faces is balancing the desire for increased rail passenger security with the efficient functioning of transit systems.”

If you’re a regular rail customer, you’ve probably noticed that train stations lack the magnetometers and body scanners used at airport terminals to detect guns and knives.

With rail passengers coming and going rapidly throughout the day, establishing airport-style security protocols at train stations “would essentially make rail travel extraordinarily difficult if not impossible,” said John Cohen, a former U.S. counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor.

Added ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Brad Garrett: “The idea that you could screen all of those people is not realistic.”

Instead, rail security teams are focused on gathering intelligence to protect critical stations, tunnels, and bridges and maintaining highly visible deterrence teams, including a robust uniformed police presence.

Amtrak retains its own police force with over 500 personnel, including canine units that “provide a psychological and physical deterrent to potential threats,” plus two analysts with top secret security clearance who routinely sit in on classified briefings with federal officials and coordinate VIP movements, according to the Amtrak Police Department.

And armed Amtrak security personnel perform random luggage searches at bustling hubs like Washington’s Union Station or New York’s Penn Station.

The TSA – best known for its work in airport security – sometimes joins Amtrak and local police on security sweeps. Established partly in response to the 2004 Madrid train attack, the TSA’s VIPR (Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response) squads — made up of behavior detection officers, security investigators and explosive experts — work with officials to monitor stations and prevent attacks.

And yet, “notwithstanding all that we do from a rail security prospective,” Cohen said, “chances are that if someone wanted to get on a train with a firearm and begin shooting people, there’s a pretty good chance that they would be able to do it.”

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American Airlines Dreamliner Damaged by Hail Returns to Service

Tom Pennington/Getty Images(DALLAS) — An American Airlines Dreamliner that suffered hail damage last month during its flight from Beijing to Dallas was back in service Monday after an evaluation by their maintenance team, the airline said Monday.

The plane was in service for less than three months when the incident occurred.

“American Airlines Flight 88, a flight from Beijing Capital International Airport to Dallas Fort/Worth International Airport, returned to Beijing due to damage sustained by weather in flight,” American Airlines said in a statement when the incident occurred last month.

The 787 with 209 passengers and 13 crew on board, was in flight for 44 minutes before it had to return to Beijing.

American Airlines tweeted Monday morning before and after photos of the Dreamliner.

The 787 returned to service on a flight from Dallas Fort Worth to Chicago and will then travel from Chicago to Narita International Airport in Japan.

Not only did the randome — or nose cone — have to be replaced, but other items such as the landing and navigational lights, trailing and leading edges of the wings, engine caps and cowlings, horizontal and vertical stabilizers and panels on the underside of the wings also required repairs as a result of the hail, according to American Airlines.

The airlines says the fuselage did not sustain any damage.

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Man’s Concrete Home Survives Raging Wildfire in Washington

KXLY-TV(RIVERSIDE, Wash.) — A Washington man’s cement home is still standing after surviving a raging wildfire that passed his home and scorched acres of surrounding land.

John Belles said he was prepared for the inevitability of a wildfire when he built his thin-shelled, concrete dome in 1999 surrounded by dry fields in Okanogan County.

Earlier this week, Belles just happened to be working 30 miles out of town when he received a voicemail from a friend warning him about a fire approaching his home, he told ABC News Monday.

After shuttling three vehicles off his property, Belles said he realized he had to hurry as the fire was only a couple hundred yards away.

“The fire was getting close, in fact, there was a firefighter there at the time who got trapped inside when I shut the gate inadvertently,” Belles said.

“I grabbed the hose, soaked my clothing down and doused the north side of the building as much as I could. [The fire] got close enough that it was super heated and getting uncomfortable out there in the smoke. I went inside, shut the door behind me and watched it move by.”

Belles said he waited out the flames for about a minute as the fire passed by his home.

“The fire just roared across my property. I could see the flames dancing up over the windows,” Belles said.

The only damage sustained was a service pole, which resulted in a loss of power.

“The building survived as it’s supposed to. I was surprised the outside of the building didn’t have any damage at all. The whole 20 acres is just scorched.”

Belles’ three-layered cement home is made up of polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane and cement, he said.

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Airman Spencer Stone Will Be Nominated for Airman’s Medal After Train Heroics

Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Air Force will nominate Airman First Class Spencer Stone for the Airman’s Medal, the services’ highest award for non-combat bravery, Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced Monday.

On Friday two civilians and two U.S. servicemen — Stone and Oregon National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos — subdued a gunman who had a pistol and an AK-47 rifle with several magazines of ammunition on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

“What the gunman didn’t expect, however, was a confrontation with our very own Captain America,” James said. “And believe it or not that is what Airman Stone’s friends nicknamed him during Air Force technical training.”

James said she spoke with Stone and his mother via phone earlier Monday to make sure he is doing well.

Stone is expected to recover at Landsthul Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Stone’s thumb was nearly severed by the attacker, who stabbed him with a box cutter.

“Had it not been for this heroic quartet I’m quite sure we would be sitting here Monday discussing a bloodbath,” James said. “Airman Stone and his friends personified service before self, no doubt about it.”

General Mark Welsh said it’s possible Stone could receive a Purple Heart if it the French authorities ultimately characterize this as a terrorist related event.

Welsh cited the recent decision to award survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood attack as possible precedent.

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Airman Spencer Stone Will Be Nominated for Airman’s Medal After Train Heroics

Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Air Force will nominate Airman First Class Spencer Stone for the Airman’s Medal, the services’ highest award for non-combat bravery, Air Force Secretary Deborah James announced Monday.

On Friday two civilians and two U.S. servicemen — Stone and Oregon National Guard Specialist Alek Skarlatos — subdued a gunman who had a pistol and an AK-47 rifle with several magazines of ammunition on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris.

“What the gunman didn’t expect, however, was a confrontation with our very own Captain America,” James said. “And believe it or not that is what Airman Stone’s friends nicknamed him during Air Force technical training.”

James said she spoke with Stone and his mother via phone earlier Monday to make sure he is doing well.

Stone is expected to recover at Landsthul Regional Medical Center near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. Stone’s thumb was nearly severed by the attacker, who stabbed him with a box cutter.

“Had it not been for this heroic quartet I’m quite sure we would be sitting here Monday discussing a bloodbath,” James said. “Airman Stone and his friends personified service before self, no doubt about it.”

General Mark Welsh said it’s possible Stone could receive a Purple Heart if it the French authorities ultimately characterize this as a terrorist related event.

Welsh cited the recent decision to award survivors of the 2009 Fort Hood attack as possible precedent.

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Slain Louisiana Officer Steven Vincent Was 12-Year Veteran of State Police

Louisiana State Police(BATON ROUGE, La.) — For veteran Louisiana State Police officer Steven Vincent, who died one day after he was shot during a traffic encounter with a “suspected impaired driver,” working as a state trooper was a “lifelong dream.”

The state police said Monday that Vincent was “the first trooper killed in a hostile encounter since the murder of Trooper Donald Cleveland near Lafayette in 1977.”

“This badge means so many different things. It’s the most precious thing on our uniform, and nobody wore this badge more proudly,” Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said.

For Vincent, 44, law enforcement was a family tradition. One of his brothers, Terrell Vincent, is a Louisiana State Police Trooper, and another brother, Keith Vincent, is Police Chief in the town of Iowa, Louisiana, police said. Vincent is survived by his wife and a 9-year-old son, police said.

Vincent became a state police trooper in 2003, fulfilling a “lifelong dream,” the police said in a statement Monday. Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff Ivy Woods, who said he supervised Vincent for about one year, called him “a very dedicated trooper.”

“When he went to work for 12 hours, he really worked for 12 hours,” Woods told ABC News.

“His career was distinguished and his service had repeatedly been recognized,” the state police said in a news release on Monday. “During his 12 years of service he received thirteen awards and commendations including the department’s Professional Excellence and Meritorious Service Awards as well as numerous Unit Citations for his dedicated and selfless duty throughout the state.”

Before joining the state police, Vincent served nearly 10 years with the Lake Charles Police Department, police said. He also served in the U.S. Army, police said.

Sunday afternoon, Vincent responded to a pickup truck in a ditch in Calcasieu Parish that matched “the description of a previously reported reckless vehicle,” the state police said Sunday.

“He was there first,” Edmonson said Monday of Vincent. “He sees the truck in the ditch and he radios in that he’s making the traffic stop.”

Vincent then told the driver that help was on the way to get the truck out of the ditch, Edmonson said.

Vincent “did everything right,” Edmonson said.

The truck driver, armed with a shotgun, then fired at Vincent, hitting him in the head, police said.

Vincent died Monday morning. His organs have been donated, Edmonton said.

“He lived a tremendously enriched life, in his faith and in his family. And that’s what a Louisiana State Trooper is all about,” Edmonson said.

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