iStock/Thinkstock(NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va.) — Police have identified a couple who were killed in their tent by a tornado that ripped through a packed campground on the eastern shore of Virginia early Thursday, injuring two dozen people.

Ferocious winds twisted trailers and mangled trees as golf ball-sized hail rained on more than 1,300 panicked vacationers huddling for safety at the Cherrystone Family Camping Ground and RV Resort in Northampton, Virginia.

During a news conference Thursday, Virginia State Police said a tree had fallen on one tent, killing husband and wife Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, both 38, and critically injuring their 13-year-old son, who was in a nearby tent. The family was visiting from Jersey City, New Jersey.

“We’re in a 37-foot motorhome and it started rolling back and forth and we’re hearing stuff slamming,” said Jerry Kennett.

Northampton County had been under a tornado warning until 9 a.m.

Winds up to 100 miles per hour snapped trees and flipped a tractor-trailer. After surveying the damage, the National Weather Service confirmed it was an EF-1 tornado.

“All the sudden, the wind started picking up, hail [the] size of golf balls … and you could see the wind spinning and it would change direction,” said Peyton Asal. “I mean, we were in the eye of this tornado. … It was scary.”

A total of 38 people were taken to hospitals with broken bones, lacerations and cuts.

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Courtesy Corwin Family(TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.) — The wife of a Marine who vanished nearly one month ago had suffered a miscarriage a few months before her disappearance, a close friend said. She was pregnant again at the time she was reported missing, according to police.

Police said Erin Corwin was last seen on June 28 before telling her husband she was going on a hike in Joshua Tree National Park. She did not return home that evening and her husband, Jonathan, called police the next day.

Authorities are investigating the possibility that Corwin was having an affair with her married neighbor and was pregnant with his child, according to a police search warrant.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation, but conversations with a longtime friend of Erin’s and a ranch owner that she spent time with in recent months provides a look into her day-to-day life.

Erin, who turned 20 last week while she was still missing, loved riding horses both in California, where she and her husband moved to last year, and in her home state of Tennessee.

“She loved her horses and loved her family,” her longtime friend Brooke Phillips told ABC News.

“She just always was laughing and having fun and trying to cheer people up,” Phillips added.

The pair kept in touch when Corwin and her husband moved to Twentynine Palms, a military base in California’s Yucca Valley.

In January, Corwin announced on Facebook that she was pregnant, tagging her husband and accepting friends’ congratulations in the comments. Her sister confirmed to ABC News that it was the couple’s first child.

Phillips said that she spoke to Corwin about the subsequent miscarriage, though she was not exactly sure when Corwin found out.

“She was really sad about it. She wanted kids. She loves kids and she thought she was really positive about it, like ‘Sure, the time will come when I have kids,’” Phillips said.

According to police, that time came soon. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department confirmed in news release on Tuesday that she was pregnant when she disappeared.

A search warrant released by the office earlier in the investigation details how they came to suspect that the father of her unborn child may be her neighbor, another Marine named Christopher Lee.

The lengthy probable cause statement was initially released by the sheriff’s office but they are now refusing to comment on the findings they included in the report.

The probable cause statement, which was filed in conjunction with a search warrant for a U-Haul truck that was being used by Lee and his wife during the investigation, details how police spoke to a good friend of Corwin’s who said that Corwin was having an affair with Lee, and that Corwin “may be pregnant with Lee’s child.” Lee, who is now a reservist in the Marines, could not be immediately reached for comment by ABC News.

“Erin told [her friend] that Lee was worried if his wife discovered Erin was pregnant, Lee’s wife would divorce him and keep him from his child,” the probable cause statement reads.

Corwin’s sister told ABC News that she had not spoken to her about this second pregnancy before her disappearance.

According to the probable cause statement, a different friend of Corwin’s said that Corwin had told her that Lee had planned a “special day together” as a “celebration for Erin’s pregnancy” that included a hunting trip.

Investigators went on to say in the official report: “It is highly likely Erin could have been harmed by an unknown firearm.”

That same report says that Lee initially told investigators he knew Corwin only as an acquaintance, but later said that they “had previously kissed each other but never had sexual intercourse.”

The police lay out a timeline where Corwin had told her husband that she was going to be at Joshua Tree National Park, 10 miles away from their home, for the same amount of time that Lee was scheduled to be hunting in the same park, but he told investigators that he did not see Corwin on the day she disappeared, June 28.

Her car was found abandoned a few minutes’ drive from Twentynine Palms, the neighborhood where both Lee and Corwin live, and police said that they saw a single set of footprints going from her abandoned vehicle to a set of tire marks that were consistent with the tires of Lee’s Jeep Cherokee.

Police do not have any official suspects or persons of interest in the case. Lee was arrested during the investigation because police discovered that he owned a potato launcher, which is classified as an illegal destructive device, and he is out on bond for that charge.

“Although suspicious circumstances have existed from the inception of this investigation there is still not enough evidence to rule out that Erin Corwin could be voluntarily missing,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in its Tuesday statement.

The case is ongoing and remains a missing persons investigation.

“We are looking for a crime scene,” Sheriff Department’s Specialized Investigation Division Capt. Leland Boldt said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OCEAN COUNTY, N.J.) — A New Jersey woman who hit the $20-million Pick-6 jackpot said she plans to share the winnings with 19 relatives.

Sigrid Endreson said she has played the lottery for years, continuing a routine that her mother kept. She willl split the jackpot with 16 of her siblings, aged between 53 and 76 years old, and three children of a brother who died a few years ago.

The split is not equal but is based on her mother’s wishes, Endreson said.

Endreson said her mother, Flossie Endreson, always dreamed of winning the lottery and sharing the winnings among the family. After she died in 2004 at the age of 85, the siblings gathered and collected funds to cover her funeral expenses.

When Sigrid Endreson discovered there were remaining finances from the collection, she said she decided to start up the lottery pool for her mother. Ten years later, the mother’s dream came true — Endreson hit the jackpot.

“There were three or four family members that have lost their homes in Sandy,” family spokeswoman Marie McHenry said in a news conference Thursday. The brother “who lost his life [was] a dedicated state worker and father.”

“It couldn’t come at a better time. It really couldn’t,” McHenry said.

Sigrid Endreson chose the lump sum option, so the actual prize is $14,158,641. She will get about $10 million after taxes.

The ticket, with one game board purchased for $1, was bought at a local 7-Eleven in Ocean County, New Jersey.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s New York City’s ugliest roll call: Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell, Anthony Baez — the litany of men of color injured and killed at the hands of New York City cops.

A week ago, yet another name — Eric Garner — was added to that list.

But with Bill de Blasio, a police critic and unabashed liberal, now sitting in the mayor’s office, it was supposed to be different. New York was supposed to be different.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, the man in charge of managing the current NYPD crisis insisted that this time around it is different.

“Things are very different,” said Anthony Shorris, the first deputy mayor. “Over the last six months, this administration has entirely changed the entire nature of police-community relations.”

Sitting in the ornate Blue Room at City Hall, Shorris acknowledged that there is still a lot to do in eliminating the gulf that separates New York City’s minority communities from the NYPD.

But in the first seven months of de Blasio’s term, Shorris said, the administration has started putting the city back together. More than anything, he said, that’s why there has been no unrest or violence in the wake of Garner’s death in NYPD custody last Thursday.

“It’s about building bridges between police and communities across New York,” Shorris said.

Unlike his predecessors, de Blasio and his top aides wasted no time in condemning the videotaped incident in which Garner was apparently choked by a cop as two plainclothes officers tried to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes.

“This was a tragedy and there’s no question that what happened to Eric Garner here was troubling to everybody,” Shorris said, echoing earlier comments by de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. “What we need to do is to honor Eric Garner’s memory. … We have to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that’s the most significant action we can take.”

In the wake of Garner’s death, Bratton announced a sweeping program of retraining every one of New York’s 35,000 cops so they understand the proper way to use force and make arrests when suspects resist.

But there also are differences between de Blasio and his predecessors, Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani, that are less obvious.

What hasn’t been advertised is the way de Blasio and Shorris have made the quiet plays behind the scenes at City Hall. Chief among those moves was bringing community leader the Rev. Al Sharpton into the mix.

Instead of waiting for Sharpton to go after City Hall, officials used their close ties to Sharpton to keep him calm and informed from the start, according to one official briefed on the administration’s efforts.

While the new administration’s approach has pleased some, cops and their supporters are not pleased with the note being struck at City Hall.

“Look, I agree it’s a tragedy, but you never want to jump to conclusions,” said retired NYPD Sgt. Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. “No matter who’s in charge, the police department never wants someone to say something in public that could sway the investigation.”

And, as for Sharpton, Giacalone said police reaction is simple: “He should not be consulted on anything. Cops look at him as a self-appointed ambassador. He’s not an activist; he’s an opportunist.”

Nevertheless, worried that the Garner death could cripple the fledgling administration if handled badly, City Hall went into full crisis mode. A war room was established. Emergency updates began pouring in. Staffers went sent to see Garner’s family. The mayor got on the phone as did his top aides.

“The administration is marshaling its resources at every level to ensure that we are strengthening the relationship between community and police in New York City in all of our neighborhoods.” That was the talking point handed to de Blasio and senior staff, who kept repeating it.

Bottom line, Shorris said, what happened in the last week is new for New York City because City Hall recognized the passion on the street and in minority communities and channeled it.

“We need to understand what happened and make sure what happened never happens again,” Shorris said.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the regular season following his offseason arrest.

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement released by the team. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways.”

Rice is able to participate in training camp and the pre-season games, but will miss the first two home games against the Bengals and Steelers. Rice will also be fined $58,000 and will be required to go to counseling, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

“There are consequences when you make a mistake like that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. “I stand behind Ray. He’s a heck of a guy.”

“He’s done everything right since [the incident],” Harbaugh continued. “He makes a mistake, alright? He’s going to have to pay a consequence.”

Rice will be back on the field when the Ravens play in Cleveland against the Browns in Week 3.

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Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Banned Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested for the third time, as police charged him with possession of marijuana.

Blackmon was arrested in Edmond, Oklahoma, after police stopped him for a traffic violation and could smell the odor of marijuana inside the car. Blackmon posted bail and was released.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Thursday that the team intends to keep the troubled wide receiver.

“We want him to get help he needs,” Khan said.

Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was handed the suspension last November by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“It’s just a difficult situation,” quarterback Chad Henne said. “It’s kind of ongoing. All we can do is pray that he finds a way to get on the right track and save his life.”

Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in 2012 and caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns that year.

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Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for the first two games of the regular season following his offseason arrest.

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement released by the team. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways.”

Rice is able to participate in training camp and the pre-season games, but will miss the first two home games against the Bengals and Steelers. Rice will also be fined $58,000 and will be required to go to counseling, reports ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

“There are consequences when you make a mistake like that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Thursday. “I stand behind Ray. He’s a heck of a guy.”

“He’s done everything right since [the incident],” Harbaugh continued. “He makes a mistake, alright? He’s going to have to pay a consequence.”

Rice will be back on the field when the Ravens play in Cleveland against the Browns in Week 3.

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Sam Greenwood/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Banned Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon has been arrested for the third time, as police charged him with possession of marijuana.

Blackmon was arrested in Edmond, Oklahoma, after police stopped him for a traffic violation and could smell the odor of marijuana inside the car. Blackmon posted bail and was released.

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said Thursday that the team intends to keep the troubled wide receiver.

“We want him to get help he needs,” Khan said.

Blackmon is currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He was handed the suspension last November by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“It’s just a difficult situation,” quarterback Chad Henne said. “It’s kind of ongoing. All we can do is pray that he finds a way to get on the right track and save his life.”

Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in 2012 and caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns that year.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Alert passersby in a Philadelphia parking lot may have saved a life this week when they noticed an infant trapped in the heat of a locked car. The Good Samaritans, seen on cellphone video, called first responders who rescued the child, and took its parent into custody.

But with the United States entering the deep summer months, too many families have been less fortunate: a sobering 17 children have died of heatstroke in vehicles so far this year and likely more will come.

An average of 39 U.S. children have died per year since 2003, according to a San Francisco State University study. Over half were simply forgotten by their caretakers.

On Thursday, the Department of Transportation is urging new parents to remember these ways they can avoid a tragedy:

  • Never leave a child alone in a parked car, even with the windows rolled down or air conditioning turned on. Air conditioning can fail, and cracked windows may not be adequate to protect a child whose body temperature rises three to five times faster than adults.
  • Always look in both the front and back of the vehicle before locking the door and walking away.
  • Outdoor temperatures as low as 57 degrees can still be fatal over time. On an 80-degree day, a car can reach fatal levels in just 10 minutes.
  • Think of some ways to remind yourself about your child in the back seat. Put something you always keep on you, like your cellphone or purse, next to them, to remind you to turn around before getting out. Have a cellphone with an alarm clock? Set an alert.
  • Make sure their day care or school knows to call you if they do not show up. Or call your partner or spouse after you drop your child off with them to make sure you didn’t forget.
  • Never let children play in an unattended vehicle. Teach them it is not a play area.

At a Washington day care center Thursday morning, a DOT demonstration emphasized the point. Under dark, overcast skies threatening rain, and a comfortable 75 degrees, a parked sedan reached 94 degrees within an hour.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told families, day care workers and media that he wanted to erase the perception that such deaths are an accident that “happens to other people in other places.”

“A lot of times [as a parent] you’re tired. You’re overwhelmed. You’re stressed out. You’ve got lots of things to think about,” he said, “and in some cases your mind just isn’t functioning as sharply as you’d otherwise want it to.”

“Parents just forget to look into the backseat, especially when their routines change, and bad things happen,” he added.

Foxx was joined by a Reggie McKinnon, a father whose infant daughter died in such a tragedy when he forgot her for four hours after picking her up from a doctor’s appointment and returning to work. He now says he honors her by educating others on heatstroke.

“Before [my] accident, every time I would read of a child dying in a parked car of heatstroke, I would ask, ‘How could they forget their child? I would never do that. That only happens to people who are uneducated, drunk, drug addicts, not me,’” he said, holding back tears. “And I couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

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