Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Clippers traded small forward Jared Dudley and a protected first-round pick in the 2017 NBA draft to the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Carlos Delfino, center Miroslav Raduljica, and a 2015 second-round pick, according to ESPN.

The 29-year-old Dudley is a seven-year veteran of the NBA, having played with the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns and Clippers. In 523 career regular-season games, he has averaged 8.7 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.

The 31-year-old Delfino missed all of last season after suffering a fracture in his right foot during the 2013 NBA playoffs with the Houston Rockets. Last offseason, he signed a two-year contract with the Bucks. During his eight-year career, Delfino has averaged 8.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz.) — Police in Mohave County, Arizona, say a gun range shooting instructor was accidentally shot and killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi.

According to Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe, Charles Vacca, an instructor at the Last Stop gun range, “let the girl fire it as fully automatic at which time the recoil made her lose control. The weapon raised up towards her left shoulder and shot the instructor in the head.”

Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City, was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The girl and her parents, who were with her, were not injured.

McCabe says the business was licensed to rent automatic weapons, but the girl was taken by surprise with the gun’s recoil.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ALIQUIPPA, Pa.) — A five-year-old reportedly brought a loaded handgun to school in a backpack.

A teacher at the school in Aliquippa — a town near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — found the small revolver in a kindergartner’s bag.

The school called police and no injuries were reported.

The school sent letters home to parents saying the gun was never visible to any student. Police said no one handled the gun and it is not believed he intended to hurt anyone.

Police are investigating how the gun ended up in the bag, and whether to file charges.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City violinist who was at her summer home was brutally murdered when two men knocked on her door and attempted to rob her, federal authorities said.

Mary Whitaker, 61, was a musician who played on Broadway, toured with Barbara Streisand, was a member of the Westchester Philharmonic, and spent her summers playing for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, according to the Philharmonic.

She was at her summer home in Westfield, N.Y., when the incident occurred, according to federal documents.

Two homeless men, Jonathan Conklin and Charles Sanford, approached her home in the early morning hours of Aug. 20 with the intent to rob her, according to the criminal complaint. Sanford told police that Conklin wanted to rob a homeowner so he could buy drugs and “live like a rock star,” the criminal complaint says.

In a chilling series of events, Sanford allegedly knocked on Whitaker’s door and asked to the use phone because he had run out of gas. When she said yes, Conklin emerged from hiding and allegedly pointed a rifle at her, authorities said.

“This is a robbery. Don’t make this any worse than it is,” Conklin said, according to the complaint.

Whitaker screamed, prompting Conklin to allegedly fire a round from the rifle that hit Whitaker in the torso, authorities said.

Whitaker then grabbed the rifle and struggled with Conklin for it, another shot was fired and hit Whitaker in the leg. Whitaker fell backward, hitting her head against the garage door, and Sanford dragged her inside the garage, authorities said.

The pair then robbed Whitaker’s home, taking her keys, credit cards, cell phone and checkbook, while Conklin ordered Sanford to finish killing Whitaker with a knife, according to authorities.

They then took off in her Chrysler P.T. Cruiser and drove back to Pennsylvania, where they used the credit cards and cell phone, which allowed police to track them.

Friends of Whitaker’s found her body in the garage and called police, who quickly tracked the pair. Sanford provided much of the information in the account to detectives.

Both Conklin and Sanford are now charged with stealing the car, unlawfully using the firearms, and illegally transporting commerce over state lines, which are the crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction. A local grand jury in Westfield will consider the murder charges.

Conklin and Sanford both entered pleas of not guilty on Friday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo, N.Y., and are being represented by public defenders. Their detention hearings are set for Thursday morning.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It may be late August, but parts of the country are just now experiencing their hottest stretch of weather this year.

Indianapolis hit 90 degrees on Monday afternoon, their first of the year. Typically, Indianapolis would record fourteen 90-degree days throughout the year. This is also the latest date that Indianapolis has recorded their first 90 degree day.

Tuesday also marks the seventh consecutive day that St. Louis has been under an excessive heat warning — with heat indices values forecasted to reach to 110 degrees. On Monday, St. Louis topped out at 100 degrees, which was one degree from tying a 71-year record and the first time the city hit the triple digits this year. Interesting to note for St. Louis is that on average they experience their last 100-degree reading of the year on August 17, this year it was a week later.

While not many record high temperatures have been recorded, the humidity has been oppressive making this heat dangerous. The heat index is the temperature it feels like once relative humidity is factored in. Over the weekend, reports of heat indices exceeded 120 degrees in parts of the Florida panhandle. Monday’s heat index values also soared past 110 degrees in parts of the Midwest.

The Northeast is getting a taste of the heat that has been spread across much of the south and Midwest over the last week. Afternoon temperatures Tuesday will reach the upper 80s for New York City, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia.

By Wednesday, temperatures will peak for the east topping out around 90 degrees. The forecasted high of 91 degrees in New York City for Wednesday will only be the 5th such day this year. An average year would see temperatures at or above 90 degrees on nearly 15 days.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — A Florida police dispatcher will be disciplined for not offering help to a frantic mother whose toddler son had locked himself inside her broiling car, officials said on Tuesday.

Shana Dees had just left a Tampa drug store on Saturday when she strapped her 10-month-old son in the backseat of the car and shut the door, she told WFTS, ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate. She quickly realized baby Jack, who often plays with her keys, had them in his hands – but it was too late. He hit a button that locked the doors, trapping himself inside the car on a day the temperature reached 95 degrees.

Dees, whose purse was also locked inside the car, used a stranger’s cell phone to call 911, she said.

“Can somebody come out and open the door? I don’t even know if that is something you guys do,” she says in the 911 recording, obtained by ABC News.

The dispatcher wasn’t very helpful.

“They won’t be able to try to gain access [to the] car unless the child is in some kind of distress, and, well, by that point they may just smash your windows.”

Dees watched as her son turned red and began to sweat, she told WFTS.

The Tampa Police Department says the dispatcher handled the situation poorly.

“He is going to be disciplined,” Andrea Davis, a police spokesperson, told ABC News. “He should have been more aggressive and asked location.”

Davis pointed out that the dispatcher did not refuse to send an officer to the scene. Dees ended the call, she said.

Eight minutes later, an off-duty police officer noticed Dees panicking and called 911 again, according to the local report.

He explained that Dees was told police wouldn’t help, and a dispatcher told him that information was wrong and that police would help, according to a recording of that phone call.

Another bystander eventually helped Dees break the window and free Jack.

The police department says the investigation is ongoing. Meanwhile, the dispatcher is on administrative duty instead of answering 911 calls, Davis said.

An average of 38 children die in hot cars every year, according to

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The family of a U.S. Marine, who was killed in Afghanistan last year, is heartbroken after a thief stole the only remaining memento he had with him when he was killed: a poem.

Lance Cpl. Matthew Rodriguez, of Fairhaven, Mass., was deployed to Afghanistan last fall and was killed by an IED in December, just two and a half months after he got there, his mother Lisa Rodriguez told ABC News on Tuesday.

On his person when he was killed was a laminated poem his fiance, Julia Tapper, had written to him.

The poem vanished when Tapper’s purse was stolen Sunday in New Bedford.

“The first thing you think of is your checkbook and that type of thing, but then the things you can’t replace which, two of the most important things were a poem she had written to him that he had laminated and carried with him and it was on him when he was killed in Afghanistan, and his iPhone. Unfortunately we had not backed up all his photos and music, his messages to her, all those things that aren’t useful to anyone else, but are very meaningful to her and us,” Rodriguez said Tuesday.

Tapper told ABC News affiliate WCVB in Boston that the poem was the single thing that still connects her most to Rodriguez.

“That’s what he had when he was leaving. It connects me the most to him and makes me smile for him and me,” Tapper told WCVB.”He would say that poem was encouraging and positive, and that’s what he was.”

“He kept it with him and read it, it gave him confidence and comfort,” Rodriguez said. “I can’t believe somebody would do that in the middle of the day.”

The family is hoping that someone will find the poem and return it to them.

“When they’re deployed out on omissions, and he was a combat engineer, you can’t carry stuff with you, it all stays back at base and there are only a few things you have on your person. He had four or five items on his person and those things are precious,” Rodriguez said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A $22 product designed to protect the most sacred of things when flying –- personal space -– led to an unscheduled landing in Chicago during a flight from Newark to Denver.

Two passengers aboard the diverted United Airlines flight got into a heated argument Sunday after a male passenger used the product, the Knee Defender, to prevent the woman in the row in front from reclining her seat.

The man, who was not identified, placed the Knee Defender’s brackets on his tray table attached to the back of the seat in front of him, 11B.

The woman seated in 11B became angry when she couldn’t recline her seat and reportedly threw a cup of water in the man’s face.

Both passengers were seated in United’s Economy Plus section, which gives you extra legroom for an extra fee.

A United Airlines spokesperson confirmed to ABC News the flight was diverted due to the argument and that both passengers were removed from the plane and not allowed to reboard when the plane continued to Denver.

Neither of the passengers was arrested, airport and law enforcement officials with knowledge of the incident confirmed to ABC News.

The man who invented the Knee Defender, Ira Goldman, says that he created the device for exactly the opposite reason of what happened on the United flight.

“Knee Defenders aren’t about getting more space,” Goldman told ABC News. “They’re about stopping something from moving and hitting you.”

“It starts the conversation before there’s a problem,” he said. “This has been on a market for 11 years next month. [It's] never happened before.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — A United Airlines flight from New Jersey to Denver was diverted to Chicago on Sunday after two passengers fought over a seat recliner.

A man in a middle seat in Economy Plus put a device called a Knee Defender — that prevents the seat in front from reclining — on his tray table.

The device angered the woman in front of him, and when the two began arguing, she allegedly threw a cup of water in his face.

The two passengers were removed from the plane in Chicago before the flight continued to Denver. No arrests were made.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — The Tampa Police Department says it is investigating the actions of a dispatcher who reportedly refused to send first responders to free an infant locked in a hot car.

Shana Dees says her son unwittingly locked the car doors while she was grabbing a shopping cart.

“The scariest part was watching him change and get obviously much, much hotter,” Dees said.

A good Samaritan with a wrench finally broke a car window to free the ten-month-old little boy, after two 911 calls and more than ten minutes of waiting.

Laura McElroy, spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department, said, “The dispatcher absolutely made a mistake. This is not the way we do business.”

Dees says she’s grateful for the real first responders that day.

“I’d like to say thank you to them, to the man that let me use his phone, to the retired officer that was able to get the police out there,” she said.

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