Two Skydivers Survive After Colliding Midair in Arizona, Police Say

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office(ELOY, Ariz.) — Two skydivers collided midair in Arizona Wednesday but survived the mishap despite one person falling unconscious, police said. Around 10:30 a.m. the Pinal County Sheriff’s office received a call detailing the skydiving accident in Eloy, Arizona. The unconscious skydiver’s parachute deployed at the emergency deployment altitude, police said, but he was unable to control it and came in for a hard landing. He was airlifted to a hospital, where he is currently in surgery, police said. His condition is unknown at this time. The other skydiver was not injured in the collision, police said. The investigation into the collision will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration, police said. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Mount Cory Man Pleaded Not Guilty To Attempted Rape Charge

01/18/17 – 6:11 P.M. A Mount Cory man pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempting to rape a 10-year-old girl with a specification. The Courier reports 34-year-old Benjamin Lauwer Sr. pleaded not guilty to the charge at the Hancock County Common Pleas Court. Hancock County Jail is holding Lauwers and he was arraigned by a video camera on Wednesday.   According to the indictment, the incident happened on January 5 in Union Township. The specification said that Lauwers was 16-years-old or older at the tie of the incident. Magistrate Behrendt set bond at $50,000 with no 10% allowed and ordered Lauwers not to have contact with the alleged victim.

Two Killed in Clashes Over Demolition of Arab Bedouin Village in Israel

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –One policeman and one villager was killed Wednesday in clashes in the Arab Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel before a planned demolition operation. The clashes broke out between Israeli police and the Arab villagers as Israeli authorities prepared to demolish several structures that the government says are illegal constructions. The villagers of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens and members of a Bedouin tribe who have lived on the same plot of land since the late 50s. In 1957, the Israeli military forcefully removed the tribe from their original land in Khirbet Zubale. But 60 years later, after more than a decade of court cases, the state wants that land back to build a Jewish town. Last year, Israel’s high court ruled in favor of the government’s plans. Aerial footage released by the Israeli authorities shows police approaching a white SUV. At the four-second mark, a police officer approaches the car and shoots. He pops off at least three shots as the car remains still. It’s unclear…

11-Year-Old Boy Becomes One of the Youngest to Get Artificial Heart

WLS(CHICAGO) — An Illinois boy has become one of the youngest people to receive an artificial heart after recently getting the life-saving device implanted at age 11, doctors said. Jaheim Whigham is the youngest person to be given a new kind of artificial heart originally designed for women, according to the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Jaheim underwent a heart transplant at age 7 after being diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, a birth defect that affects blood flow through the heart, the hospital said. During a routine check-up in October, doctors found that his transplanted heart was failing after his immune system started to attack the donated organ. “We had no other options but to implant Jaheim with the artificial heart,” Dr. Carl Backer, division head of cardiovascular surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, said Tuesday in a statement. Doctors performed the operation to implant the artificial heart in December, after his other organ…

Findlay Man Pleads Not Guilty To Making Terroristic Threats Through Social Media

01/18/17 – 5:38 P.M. A Findlay man pleaded not guilty to a charge of making terroristic threats on Facebook from a coworkers account. The Courier reports that 25-year-old Andre White received the charge last week which is a third-degree felony. He pleaded not guilty on Wednesday via video connection from the Hancock County Jail, where he is being held. Magistrate Behrendt set bond at $15,000 with 10% allowed. On January 4, White allegedly used a co-workers facebook page to post a comment about suicide bombing. He will appear on February 17 for another hearing.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to Face Congress in Confirmation Hearing

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump’s former GOP primary rival, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, will come before Congress tomorrow for his confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Energy Department. Trump selected Perry to serve as his Secretary of Energy on December 14, nearly a year-and-a-half after a contentious primary season where the two ran against each other. When announcing Perry for Secretary of Energy, Trump praised his gubernatorial record in Texas, saying he had produced millions of jobs and lower energy prices when he ran the state. Perry is likely to face tough questioning from Democrats about the Keystone pipeline, the controversial oil transportation plan that President Obama rejected last November, but Perry supported during both of his presidential runs. Perry was one of the first in the 2016 race to attack Trump, calling him a “cancer on conservatism.” The Department of Energy was one of the federal agencies Perry said he wanted to eliminate during his first Presidential run in 2012. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights…

Donald Trump Expected to Name Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, Say Transition Officials

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as secretary of agriculture, two senior transition officials tell ABC News. Perdue’s nomination must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. The nomination will complete Trump’s proposed cabinet. Trump’s Department of Agriculture pick was first reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Perdue, 70 — the 81st governor of Georgia from 2003 to 2011 — served on Trump’s agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. He is also a veterinarian. Upon his inauguration in January 2003, he became the first Republican governor of Georgia since Reconstruction. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pence Says ‘Obamacare’ Users Should Have ‘No Anxiety’ About Losing Insurance

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Vice President–elect Mike Pence assured Americans currently covered by the Affordable Care Act that they “should have no anxiety about losing their insurance.” “Any American who has insurance today, through an ‘Obamacare’ exchange or through the Obama plan itself, should have no anxiety about losing their insurance,” Pence told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz in an interview today. “We’re committed to an orderly transition, to a new and better health insurance set of reforms that are going to work for every American, just like the president-elect said.” Pence said he anticipates a plan to replace “Obamacare” will be brought forward in the “early weeks” of the new administration. “Right now, literally as we speak, our policy team is working with leaders in the House and the Senate and some Democrats coming together to fashion that replace plan,” he said. He did not give details on the replacement plan but pointed to an open-marketplace approach. “I think the president-elect really believes in the power of the marketplace. He’s a…