Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(CONCORD, N.H.) — Defendant Owen Labrie, who is accused of raping another student at a prestigious New Hampshire prep school, took the witness stand in court Wednesday, describing how he and the alleged victim had flirted in the year leading up to the incident at the heart of the case.

Labrie, now 19, is accused of raping a student in May 2014 at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, New Hampshire.

“We’d make it a point to say ‘Hi’ or a wink or a nod or something silly, so it was nice, and because of that, all of my friends knew of my affection for [the victim] and I think all of her friends knew of hers for me,” Labrie said during his testimony Wednesday morning.

He went on to describe how they would regularly talk when out socially and dance at parties together on occasion.

The student who accused Labrie, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, appeared on the stand last week, offering emotional testimony about the events.

“I was raped!” she said loudly amid tears. “I was violated in so many ways.”

Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court last week that the encounter was part of a “senior salute,” a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the “senior salute” practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors “to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout” high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but “it might include a little bit more.”

She then said that some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.

Labrie is charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter. He has entered a not-guilty plea.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MONETA, Va.) — A shooting on live television has left a reporter and a cameraman dead, according to their news station.

Alison Parker and Adam Ward were killed during a live news segment Wednesday morning in Moneta, Virginia, according to their station, WDBJ-TV.

The Franklin County sheriff confirmed that it is considered an active shooter and the suspect, who is believed to be male, is not in custody at this time.

Schools in the area have been placed on lockdown.

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EA SPORTS(NEW YORK) — Bad things happen to good people…and NFL players who are on the cover of the popular Madden NFL video game, according to a lore known as the “Madden curse.”

Sometimes referred to as the “Madden cover curse,” injury or poor performance has befallen a number of NFL players who have the honor of gracing the front of the video game created by Electronic Arts.

But the cover model of the latest version of the game released on Tuesday, Odell Beckham Jr., isn’t buying into the idea, not even for the fact that football is a sport that seems to easily injure its players.

After Electronic Arts, based in Redwood City, California, announced in May that a fan vote determined Beckham would grace the cover of the latest game, the New York Giants wide receiver tweeted that he was “honored.” He also tweeted a definition of the word “curse,” and said he believed “in God and his divine plan” instead.

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks gave a similar response to ESPN.com when he was selected for the cover of Madden NFL 15: “I don’t believe in curses. I believe in God.”

Sherman played injured in the last Super Bowl, where the Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots, but has managed to avoid surgery on his elbow.

A spokesman for the Giants told ABC News on Tuesday that Beckham Jr. was not available to comment.

The Madden series, named after former player and coach John Madden, started in 1989. But the “Madden curse” may have started with the 1999 edition of the game, according to BleacherReport.com.

1999: That’s when San Francisco 49ers player Garrison Hearst became the first player on the cover of the game. In the postseason that year, he broke his ankle and missed the next two seasons.

2000: Following Madden NFL 2000, cover model Green Bay Packers running back Dorsey Levens performed poorly and was eventually released by the team in 2001.

Players like Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, featured on Madden 13, seemed to defy the curse. He set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season after he was chosen for the cover.

The maker of the video game, Electronic Arts, did not respond to a request for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 11, Milwaukee 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 15, N.Y. Yankees 1
L.A. Angels 8, Detroit 7
Minnesota 11, Tampa Bay 7
Toronto 6, Texas 5
Kansas City 3, Baltimore 2
Chicago White Sox 5, Boston 4
Seattle 6, Oakland 5

NATIONAL LEAGUE

N.Y. Mets 6, Philadelphia 5
Washington 8, San Diego 3
Colorado 5, Atlanta 1
L.A. Dodgers 5, Cincinnati 1
Miami 5, Pittsburgh 2
St. Louis 9, Arizona 1
Chicago Cubs 8, San Francisco 5

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Hume Lake Christian Camps(HUME, Calif.) — Bob Plouffe wanted to have an adventure with his son at Hume Lake Christian Camp, where he is a staffer.

Now, they find themselves in a battle with nature, trying to tackle the stubborn central California wildfire that continues to burn at least 51,000 acres while straining resources.

“Well, we had the father son adventure camp planned,” said Plouffe said. “However, with the fire we had to evacuate. So our attention was diverted elsewhere.”

Hume Lake Christian Camp, a year-round camp and adult retreat center, has cancelled multiple events this year due to the threat of the fire, including the Father Son Adventure Camp.

The Rough Fire is currently growing at 51,794 acres and is only 17 percent contained. Nearly 2,000 people are helping to battle it.

In a post on the camp’s Facebook page, a video features interviews with three fathers and their sons who discuss the unexpected shift in plans from attending the Father Son Adventure Camp to joining the volunteer Hume Lake Fire and Rescue team.

The interviews were conducted on day 23 of the Rough Fire, Sunday morning, and fathers like Plouffe, Robb Kerry and Brian Downs along with their sons were involved in almost all aspects of firefighting efforts.

“Hats kind of changed. We got into fire mode,” said Kerry, who is one of the captains of the fire crew.

His son, Jordan, said he “just kind of threw on whatever hat was needed whether that be in the kitchen or in the general store or out in the fire line.”

Downs, a firefighter from the Fresno Fire Department and volunteer at Hume Lake Christian Camp, enjoyed the unique experience with his son.

“This is quite a father son adventure camp,” said Downs. “I know it wasn’t on the Hume calendar to do it this way but it’s just been great to be able to spend time with my son, and both doing the things that we love and serving the lord at the same time.”

During an emotional moment in the Plouffes’ interview, Bob embraces his son Calen Plouffe.

“It was hard to watch what was coming our way, but man what an adventure and one that I will always remember and I will always adore,” Bob Plouffe said. “I learned a lot about who my son really is and I’m really proud of this man standing next to me.”

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AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A 42-year-old California man was arrested and appeared in court Tuesday for theft of trade secrets after he allegedly illegally downloaded proprietary information related to a mobile game after he learned he was to be fired.

According to an affidavit, Jing Zeng allegedly downloaded more than 100 files including non-public information from a Machine Zone Inc. database after he learned that he was going to be fired by the company. Machine Zone Inc. is the maker of the online video game Game of War: Fire Age.

Zeng stands further accused of downloading the information to a company laptop, transferring it to an external device, and then wiping and reformatting the laptop before returning it to the company.

Zeng was arrested on Aug. 20 as he was to board a flight to China.

He was released on $100,000 secured bond and placed on electronic monitoring.

If convicted, Zeng could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 plus restitution if deemed appropriate.

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Photo by Alfredo Sosa / The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Justin Wilson, the IndyCar driver who suffered a fatal head injury over the weekend, may have given the gift of life to six others after his organs were donated, according to his family.

Wilson was reportedly traveling at 200 mph during a race Sunday at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway when he was hit in the head by debris from a crashed car. Wilson, 37, never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead Monday.

He left behind wife Julia and two daughters ages 7 and 5. He was originally from England but living in Colorado.

Wilson’s family said Tuesday, some of his organs were donated to six patients. All are thought to be in the US.

His brother Stefan Wilson, also a race car driver, shared the news on Twitter.

Wilson, who drove in Formula One, was a seven-time IndyCar race winner. Stefan Wilson said his brother was known for his generosity.

“It makes you feel even prouder to be his brother and just sort of exemplifies the life that he led. … Always giving and thinking of other people,” Stefan Wilson told ABC News today. “It is just another case of that.”

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Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran quarterback Michael Vick, the team announced Tuesday, after an injury to backup Bruce Gradkowski.

Gradkowski suffered a dislocated finger during last weekend’s preseason game. The team, needing a safety net for starting signal caller Ben Roethlisberger, reached out to Vick. The two sides agreed to a deal Tuesday.

Vick played for the New York Jets last season, starting three games and going 1-2. He passed for three touchdowns and threw two interceptions.

Gradkowski was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday after undergoing surgery. He is expected to miss three to four weeks, ESPN reports.

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Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed veteran quarterback Michael Vick, the team announced Tuesday, after an injury to backup Bruce Gradkowski.

Gradkowski suffered a dislocated finger during last weekend’s preseason game. The team, needing a safety net for starting signal caller Ben Roethlisberger, reached out to Vick. The two sides agreed to a deal Tuesday.

Vick played for the New York Jets last season, starting three games and going 1-2. He passed for three touchdowns and threw two interceptions.

Gradkowski was placed on the injured reserve list on Tuesday after undergoing surgery. He is expected to miss three to four weeks, ESPN reports.

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rkankaro/iStock/Thinkstock(CHURCHVILLE, Va.) — Twenty-one people were injured on Tuesday morning when a school bus ran off the road and struck a tree in Virginia.

According to the Virginia State Police, the bus was traveling on a highway, and when it encountered a work zone, struck the guardrail on the left side of the roadway. The driver of the bus overcorrected, taking the vehicle off the road.

The driver was being treated for serious injuries at the University of Virginia Hospital, while 21 of the 35 students who were on board the bus were taken to a local hospital for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation with no charges yet filed.

But Virginia State Police said a crash that occurred on Monday was even more serious.

A bus driver in Scott County, Va. swerved to avoid a dog in the roadway on Monday afternoon, running the vehicle off the road and into a rock cliff wall. The driver was uninjured, but 12 students were hurt, including six who were taken from the scene by ambulance.

Four of the injured in Monday’s crash remain at Holston Valley Hospital with serious injuries.

The driver in Monday’s accident was charged with failure to maintain control of the vehicle.

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