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Passengers From International Flight to New York Inadvertently Skipped Customs

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — American Airlines announced that passengers on Friday night’s flight 1671 from Cancun, Mexico to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport did not complete immigration and customs after they were “inadvertently directed to the domestic terminal.”

“We take the safety and security of our customers, employees and operation very seriously and work closely with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) who vet all passengers prior to boarding any aircraft with a destination in the United States,” the airline said in a statement.

American said it is reviewing the matter and insists that all passengers on the flight would have been cross-checked against terror watch lists before boarding.

Most of the passengers were eventually processed when they went to pick up their luggage.

There are three U.S. citizens that have yet to be processed, and American said they are working to “ensure three U.S. citizens complete the process and to prevent this from happening in the future.”

The mistake comes at a time of heightened concern about aviation security following the recent terror attacks in France.

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Hear Washington Woman’s Terrifying 911 Call from Sinking Car

iStock/Thinkstock(YELM, Wash.) — A 911 call capturing the moment a woman is trapped inside her car — as it begins to fill with water — has been released.

The woman was stuck inside the sinking Toyota Camry in Washington State for almost 45 minutes, the call to the emergency services detailing her panic.

“I’m hyperventilating now. Oh, my God, somebody please,” she says.

The dispatcher asks if she’s keeping her head above the water. Her reply: “My head is out of the water, but not for too long.”

The 30-year-old woman plunged into the Centralia Canal in Yelm early Sunday morning, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle.

Police say the woman got into difficulty after she drove around a “Road Closed” sign, where the street was flooded and she was pulled into the nearby river.

Emergency crews got to the woman just in time, police said, entering the water using a backhoe before bringing to woman to safety.

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Monday Interview – Addiction In Hancock County – A Final Word

11/23/2015 – 4:00 am

This is the last part of a series highlighting many aspects of drug use, enforcement of drug laws and treatment that community members and authorities in Hancock County face.

For the past fourteen weeks, the University of Findlay College of Pharmacy has been conducting seminars which covered all aspects of chemical dependency and addiction, and how it has affected Findlay and Hancock County. The seminars featured representatives from law enforcement and the criminal justice system, scholars, researchers, and testimonials from individuals who have been inflicted with the disease of addiction. Sponsored by the Hancock ADAMHS Board and the University of Findlay, the seminars were led by Dr. Michael Milks, Professor of Pharmacy. Milks said that the course was created as a way to educate the students on risks and dangers associated with chemical dependency and addiction.

“In addition to that, it is a community service offered with no charge to the public to come in for any of the talks at all or to participate in the discussion.” said Milks

The content of the individual sessions varied week after week, but Milks said that he was amazed at the response of the debate on the marijuana legalization issue. That particular session was held before the election and Milks said that he found people were adamantly for or against the issue.

“We had a mother-daughter team who had a somewhat of a debate discussing pros and cons of Issue 3. And boy, passions run deep one way or another. There was nobody that I talked to that was middle of the road.” said Milks.

Milks said that when people begin to study addiction, when they begin to learn about how much it can affect people, many times they approach it believing that addicts possess a moral failing, that they do not have the willpower to not be tempted by drugs or alcohol, when in reality addiction is a disease that can slowly gain a foothold into a person’s life.

“Just say no. How hard is that? Just don’t start doing drugs. So clearly there is some antecedent behavior that leads people down that tortuous route but I think it’s useful to remember that not only is it a disease but that it is a fatal disease if left untreated.” said Milks

Several individuals told personal stories of their struggles with addiction. In doing so, participants could see that chemical dependency would inflict people of all walks of life. Successful businessmen, professional practitioners, students, mothers, fathers, and children. Many times addiction would manifest itself simply because there were opportunities available. Milks noted that this was important to remember.

“Very successful businessmen and professionals, none of us are immune to it. But it was a message of hope ultimately to bring were successful up to this point in their recovery.” said Milks.

Ultimately, Milks said that he hoped that the seminars helped to open minds and educate people about how far reaching addiction can be and how it can take hold of people.

“I think that one fact that seemed to hit most people with a certain amount of amazement was that it’s predictable that an addict will relapse on his or her way to ultimate recovery.” said Milks.

And when that happens, Milks said those around them need to be ready to understand and help people as they struggle to live in their recovery. The Chemical Dependency Seminars were sponsored by The University of Findlay College of Pharmacy, the Hancock County ADAMHS Board, The Hancock County Community Partnership and the Hancock County Opiate Task Force.

Listen below for our complete interview with Dr. Milks.

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Teen Arrested over Killing of Pastor’s Wife in Indianapolis

Coutesy of the Blackburn Family(INDIANAPOLIS) — An 18 year old has been arrested in connection with the murder of Amanda Blackburn, who was shot in the head during an alleged home invasion in Indianapolis.

Indiana Metropolitan Police Department released a statement to the media, “We are thankful to our federal, state and local partnerships that aided in the apprehension of the suspect in this terrible and senseless crime. All victims of criminal homicides deserve closure, and as a community we must send a collective message that violence is not option,” said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.

Police reported a handgun had been found near the home Blackburn shared with her husband and son earlier this month. The weapon was submitted for testing at a crime lab to determine whether it was connected with the Blackburn killing, IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle said last week.

Pastor Davey Blackburn found his wife’s body when he returned from the gym. He told ABC News’ Good Morning America, “Amanda didn’t have an enemy in the world. I can’t imagine any reason why. That’s why this has baffled us as much as anybody.”

“That’s why we’re trusting the investigators. They’ve been so good to us through this whole process, trying to keep us up to speed on what they have,” he said.

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Belgian Police Detain 16 People as Raids Continue Overnight

EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(BRUSSELS) — A series of 19 raids have been carried out across Belgium by police overnight, 16 people were detained.

The raids were searches in context of the investigation of the Paris attacks.

Some of the raids took place in Molenbeek — the neighborhood where some of the suspects in the Paris attacks lived, but the fugitive sought, hasn’t been located.

The country has been shut down since Saturday after Vice Prime Minister Didier Reynders revealed they are looking for “one and more individuals with weapons, explosives” and the terror threat level in Brussels has been raised to 4 — the highest level.

“The threat is imminent, precise,” Reynders said on Belgian television network RTL. “We’re talking about possible attacks by several individuals, heavily armed.”

Michel said there was a “threat of attacks with arms and explosives that could be launched in several locations at the same time.” Michel added the decision to raise the alert level was made based on “rather precise” information.

Earlier Sunday sections of the city were closed off by armed officers, with pedestrians told to stay away from the area and local residents to stay away from the windows.

Due to the high terror threat level, schools and the subway system will be closed Monday along with the U.S. Embassy.

Other transportation options such as trams, will operate on a limited basis, a statement from the U.S. Consulate said.

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At Least 16 Injured in New Orleans Park Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — A shooting at a park in New Orleans left multiple people in the hospital.

According to ABC News affiliate WGNO-TV, shots were fired Sunday night in the Ninth Ward where officers said more than 500 were gathered in a playground to shoot a music video near a block party event.

New Orleans Police Department said at least 16 were injured due to a direct gunshot wound or a graze wound. University Hospital in New Orleans told ABC News one of the victims is in critical condition.

Officers told WGNO-TV the film shoot and block party were unpermitted and unplanned and they were on their way to break up the gatherings when suspects began shooting into the crowd.

The shooting is being investigated and so far no suspects have been arrested.

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New York City Practices Active Shooter Drills in Empty Subway Station

Michael Graae/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York City emergency responders staged drills on Sunday to better prepare for a possible terror situation.

On Sunday morning, hundreds of local and federal law enforcement agents held active shooter drills in a defunct lower Manhattan subway station. One drill simulated an active shooter on a subway platform that killed multiple people including a police officer.

Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson was in the city for the drills, but he said there is still no specific threat of an attack in the U.S. similar to the tragic terror attacks in Paris.

“As long as terrorist organizations are calling for attacks in the homeland, we’ve got to all be vigilant and work overtime, evaluate, re-evaluate and encourage the public to be vigilant,” he said.

Johnson also told the public to try not to worry about a terror threat in the country this holiday season, because “law enforcement and Homeland Security [are] on the job.”

The drills were scheduled before the recent terror attacks in Paris.

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Cops Tell Med Student Shooting Suspect: ‘We’re Going to Find You’

The Gold family(NEW ORLEANS) — New Orleans police identified the suspected gunman in the shooting of a Tulane University medical student on Sunday, and the mayor issued a stern warning: “We’re going to find you.”

The man caught on a surveillance camera dragging a woman down a street Friday morning and then pointing a gun at Peter Gold, 25, when he intervened has been identified as Euric Cain, 21, police said Sunday.

The “enraged” gunman then shot Gold in the stomach, police said, in a terrifying moment caught on camera.

The gunman tried to shoot Gold a second time, police said, but the gun jammed. The gunman then took the woman’s purse and fled, said police.

Cain will be found and prosecuted, officials said Sunday, warning that anyone harboring Cain would also be arrested.

Cain was arrested earlier this month for possession of a stolen cellphone during a carjacking, said police.

Cain face charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, said police. A $12,500 reward has been offered.

“We’re going to find you, we’re going to prosecute you, and you’re going to spend the rest of your life behind bars,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said Sunday.

A representative from Tulane told ABC News on Sunday that Gold, a fourth-year medical student, continues to improve and remains in guarded condition.

Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News that it “Doesn’t surprise me that he would have pulled over his car and attempted to save somebody.”

“He’s a great guy,” said O’Halloran, adding that the popular Gold is “a guy who generally always has your back.”

Tulane President Mike Fitts said Friday that Gold was “expected to make a full recovery.”

“I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Fitts said. “He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way.”

The Gold family told ABC News in a statement, “While we deeply appreciate everyone’s concern, support and prayers as our family faces this crisis, our sole focus at this time is on Peter’s recovery. We ask that everyone respect our need for privacy while we join Peter as he begins to recover from the injuries he has sustained.”

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Employees And Customers Subdue Would Be Robber At Marathon Station

11/22/2015 – 12:21 pm

Employees and customers at a Marathon Gas Station in Findlay fought and subdued a would-be robber early Saturday morning. Findlay Police reported that 29-year-old Jeremy Sherbrook entered the Marathon station at 525 W. Trenton Avenue shortly after midnight Saturday wearing a mask and brandishing wire cutters. Sherbrook was reported to demand money.

Employees and customers in the station subdued Sherbrook and he was taken into custody by police for robbery. He is currently in the Hancock County Jail pending a court appearance. One employee suffered minor injuries in the incident.

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Death of Nola the Rhino Leaves Three Northern White Rhino on Earth

Nichole Sobecki for The Washington Post via Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — A northern white rhino died on Sunday leaving only three left in the world.

Nola the rhino lived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park where she recently battled age-related illnesses and a bacterial infection. She took a turn for the worse during the weekend however, and the zoo said they made “the difficult decision to euthanize her.”

She was 41 years old and brought into the zoo in 1989.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported the animal was a favorite among tourists who recognized her distinct horn, and she was also very friendly with the staff, especially those who gave her back scratches.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is now working on building a Rhino Rescue Center to help save Nola’s species.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the remaining three rhinos in the world are at a sanctuary in Kenya where they are protected by armed guards 24/7.

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