iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Heavy rain in Arizona has flooded streets and one major freeway, stranding cars and trapping drivers and passengers.

One dramatic rescue in Sun City West was caught on the camera by ABC affiliate KNXV.

In the video, a white minivan was swamped on a main street in Sun City West. The fast-moving stream had submerged the minivan to its hood.

One rescue worker from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office approached the vehicle with nothing in his hands but a stick. He didn’t have a security belt tied to his waist, only his co-worker pulling him from behind, just in case he lost his balance.

The rescue worker slowly approached the minivan, hitting the front window repeatedly with a stick and eventually breaking it. He tried to open the passenger door, but the water pressure from the flooding made it difficult to pop the door open.

After finally sliding open the door, he got inside the minivan and pulled out an elderly woman. Wrapping her arms around the worker’s neck, the woman appeared to be struggling with the muddy road.

As soon as the two rescue workers brought the woman to safety, the flood fully covered the minivan’s hood.

The two rescue workers brought the woman to a neighbor’s garage and sat her down on a chair. A neighbor offered the woman towels to keep her warm.

The several inches of rainfall in less than an hour caused havoc during the morning commute for commuters in the state.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Staten Island, New York District Attorney has opted to convene a Grand Jury to determine whether or not charges will be filed against the police officer who allegedly choked a man last month, leading to his death.

District Attorney Daniel Donovan assured the public that he is, “committed to conducting a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation” into the death of Eric Garner on July 17. The incident provoked outrage last month after a witness filmed NYPD cops placing Eric Garner in what appeared to be a chokehold while arresting Garner for selling cigarettes illegally. Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and 350 pounds, could be heard yelling that he could not breathe.

Earlier this month, the New York City Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Garner’s death was, “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest, and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.”

According to a statement from Donovan released on Tuesday, a Grand Jury will be convened and evidence will be presented beginning in September.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SOUTH PASADENA, Calif.) — Two Southern California male teenagers were being held in juvenile hall Tuesday after an investigation by authorities using social media led authorities to suspect taht the two were allegedly in the early stages of a plot to commit a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School.

“It was a very viable threat what they were plotting,” said South Pasadena Police Chief Art Miller. “They were making a huge plan of a school massacre. … During our interviews with the suspects, they, more or less, confirmed what they had talked about, very cold-heartedly.”

Miller said the suspects, whom police did not identify, were 16 and 17. They were arrested Monday on suspicion of conspiracy and criminal threats.

The investigation started Thursday after an anonymous person informed the school’s staff about the alleged plot. The staff then contacted police about a possible school shooting in the works.

Miller said detectives watched the teens’ conversations on social media and eventually were able to get a search warrant Monday.

Miller said that three staff members were targeted by name as were “random” students.

“As they put it, they just wanted to kill as many people as possible,” Miller said.

On Monday afternoon, officers went to two homes in South Pasadena and removed two computers. Miller said a search of the teens’ computers found the students had researched weapons as well as how to make bombs.

He said the students were in the beginning stages of their plan and were also looking online about tactical training.

He said they told detectives they were prepared to die.

“[They were] very monotone, very matter-of-fact, and when you are talking about killing people, shooting them in the head and to be so calm about it. It’s very chilling,” he said. “It’s very frightening.”

No weapons were found in the houses. Miller did not reveal a motive or a target date and said that the parents were stunned.

“I can’t emphasize enough how that one phone call to us got the ball rolling,” he said. “This press conference today would have been a much different one, had we not acted.”

School is set to start Thursday.

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Football Texture/iStockphoto(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the entire upcoming college football season after injuring his right shoulder during practice on Monday, according to ESPN.

Miller suffered a shoulder injury during last year’s Orange Bowl game, which required surgery during the off-season.

Under center for the Buckeyes last season, Miller passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns. He is the reigning two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.

J.T. Barrett, a redshirt freshman, is expected to be named starter for Ohio State’s season opener against Navy in Baltimore on Aug. 30.

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iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(UNIONDALE, N.Y.) — A group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin have reached an agreement with Charles Wang to take over ownership of the New York Islanders in two years.

The deal is pending approval by the NHL board of governors.

The deal calls for Ledecky and Malkin to purchase a “substantial minority interest” in the club, with them taking over majority ownership in a couple of years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Ledecky said in a statement.

The Islanders will play their final season at their longtime home, the Nassau Coliseum, before moving to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — The U.S. Coast Guard is responding after 8,000 gallons of diesel oil spilled into the Ohio River near Cincinnati.

The spill took place at the Duke Energy W.C. Beckjord Power Station. Duke Energy has assumed responsibility for the cleanup and is working with an approved oil spill response organization.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were three Coast Guard vessels on scene helping to contain the oil.

An investigation into the cause of the spill is underway with local, state and federal officials. Cincinnati Waterworks and Northern Kentucky Waterworks have been contacted to address possible concerns regarding municipal water intakes.

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ABC News(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A 23-year-old black man was shot and killed by St. Louis police Tuesday after he charged at them with a knife.

The incident comes just 10 days after police shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, less than 6 miles away.

The man had taken two energy drinks from a store and returned to take a package of pastries without paying, according to St. Louis City Police Chief Sam Dotson. The suspect then went into the street and was “acting erratically,” and talking to himself, Dotson said. When the store employee followed him outside, the man threw the pastries into the street, the chief said.

Police responded to a 911 call, and the suspect walked toward the officers’ vehicle and put his hand on his waistband, pulled out a knife and held it in an “overhand” position above his shoulder, Dotson said.

The chief said the officers got out of their vehicle and drew their weapons, telling the man to drop the knife, but he continued to advance, reportedly saying “Shoot me, kill me now.”

When he got within four feet of one officer, both cops fired their weapons at the man, who has not yet been identified. Dotson said that witnesses described it as “suicide by cop.”

A crowd of about 150 gathered at the scene of the shooting in the moments after the incident. Many expressed anger that cops had not used other means of restraint.

“You don’t need to shoot if you’ve got a Taser and he’s got a knife,” one bystander said.

“You just kill, kill, kill because you got a gun,” another said. “They could’ve tased him. He was by himself.”

“They’re trying to shoot us down,” a third onlooker said.

Many in the crowd began chanting “Hands up, don’t shoot,” and “No justice, no peace,” the chants that have been a hallmark of the protests in Ferguson over the past 10 days.

Reporters asked Dotson whether the officers should have used lethal force in this situation, given the tensions in the area over Brown’s death.

“Our policy is at the end of the day the officer should be able to go home, so (he should use) the amount of force necessary to overcome resistance. If a person is charging you within 3-4 feet that’s a lethal range,” Dotson said.

“I think officer safety is the number one issue and we can all understand the officers’ right to defend themselves. I understand what’s going on in Ferguson, but I think everyone has to understand that right and think of officer safety,” Dotson said.

Dotson said the officers would be placed on administrative duty while the department investigates the shooting, as per policy.

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Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash.) — A 19-year-old college student is refusing to leave her “tree house” that is 70 feet up in the air — not for the bird’s-eye view, but to protest against a development project in Washington state that is set to cut down 830 trees.

Chiara D’Angelou, of Bainbridge Island, said she hasn’t come down from the tree since 4 a.m. on Monday. She said she secured a wooden board to branches, placed a mattress on top of it, and brought food, water, books, a guitar, a cellphone and even solar charger with her.

“I have been practicing climbing trees,” D’Angelou told ABC News Tuesday. “I have a security belt tied on my waist just in case I fell.”

“My grandparents live in the area. I grew up here,” D’Angelou said.

In addition to felling hundreds of trees, the 62,000-square-foot mall approved by the city of Bainbridge Island would cripple local businesses, D’Angelou said.

“I’m up here because I want to give people some extra time to rally and raise their voices,” said D’Angelou, a junior at Western Washington University, noting she has been visited by at least 300 people who support her cause.

She uses a basket to transport food from visitors, she said.

“I’ve had kale chips, peaches, figs, chia tea, crab, salmon, granola, lots of amazing stuff sent to me,” said D’Angelou, noting she has no plan to come down any time soon.

“I hope the city will rethink the plan,” she said. “As long as I can, I’ll stay up here. I want to create space for a community voice.”

“The developer of this project, Visconsi, said that they would authorize the police department to arrest her for trespassing after 4 p.m. today,” Kellie Stickney, community engagement specialist at the Bainbridge Island City Council, told ABC News Tuesday.

“The city would really prefer not to arrest her, and just have her come down herself,” Stickney said. “We hope that the situation just resolves itself.”

“The project is in a commercially zoned area and the hearing examiner found that the project was in line with the uses of the area,” Stickney said. “At this point, the only party that can stop the project is the developer.”

Visconsi, the Ohio-based developer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment by ABC News.

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Courtesy Eugene Fidell(WASHINGTON) — The two star general tasked with investigating Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s disappearance from an U.S. Army outpost in Afghanistan has completed his interviews with Bowe Bergdahl, the Department of Defense confirmed on Tuesday.

Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl “is in the process of completing his report” and expects to submit it for review next month, the DOD said in a statement.

While Dahl is wrapping up his report, the DOD said “it is possible that he will have to follow up on issues that may require additional witness interviews.”

Dahl’s report is meant to uncover the facts surrounding the circumstances of Bergdahl’s disappearance from an Afghan outpost and his capture by the Taliban in 2009 that will be presented to the director of the Army staff. If the report reveals findings that could require disciplinary action, it will be up to Bergdahl’s current command to follow through with those actions.

Bergdahl, 28, recently completed a lengthy reintegration process with the Army. He has been assigned a desk job at the headquarters of U.S. Army North at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.

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Darrin Klimek/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — Before a single regular season game has been played, the Arizona Cardinals have lost one of their best defensive players. Defensive end Darnell Dockett has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2014 season.

Dockett suffered the injury during practice on Monday on a passing play during an 11-on-11 period.

“Thank you all for your support & get well wishes. I really do appreciate it. This will be a tough road to recovery but I’ve been through worse,” Dockett tweeted early Tuesday morning.

The 33-year-old Dockett is a three-time Pro Bowl pick who was set to enter his 11th season with the Cardinals.

“He’s a great player, a guy we count on day-in and day-out to be a leader and take us where we want to go,” defensive tackle Calais Campbell said. “…Hopefully he’ll come back soon.”

Last season, Dockett recorded 46 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks. He was a key part of a Cardinals’ defense that was ranked first overall in stopping the pass, and ranked sixth overall in the NFL.

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