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Body recovered from being submerged in over 1,000 feet of water in Lake Tahoe

Authorities recovered the body of Chaitanya Datla, 33, over 1,000 feet in the depths of Lake Tahoe on Monday.  (El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office) Authorities recovered the body of a missing man on Monday after an “unprecedented” recovery that required a remote-operated vehicle to travel 1,000 feet underwater at  Lake Tahoe.  Chaitanya Datla, 33, was found in the lake’s depths by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “This search and recovery effort was unprecedented in Lake Tahoe due to the extreme depths and the technology needed to facilitate this type of recovery,” the release said.  The body of Chaitanya Datla, 33, was found in the depths of Lake Tahoe on Monday....

Cody Wilson, man behind controversial 3-D printed gun, accused of sex assault

Cody Wilson, the Texas man behind the controversial 3-D printed gun, is accused of sexually assaulting a juvenile female, according to a police affidavit obtained by Fox News. Austin police said they conducted a forensic interview in late August with a juvenile who said she was sexually assaulted by Wilson after meeting him on a website called SugarDaddyMeet.com, the affidavit stated. Wilson had not been arrested in connection with the accusation as of Wednesday afternoon. Austin police Cmdr. Troy Officer told The Associated Press that the department is working with national and international law enforcement to locate Wilson, who missed a scheduled flight back to the U.S. from Taiwan. Officer said that a friend of the girl told Wilson before he left for Taiwan that police were investigatin...

Alabama elementary school student brings gun to school, shoots himself in hand: police

An elementary school student in Alabama allegedly shot himself in the hand after bringing a gun to school.  (Google Maps) A student at an Alabama elementary school shot himself in the hand after bringing a gun to school, police said. The student, who has not yet been identified, is reportedly a second-grader at Blossomwood Elementary School, AL.com reported. The student, who reportedly brought the gun to the Huntsville school on Monday, was showing the weapon to some of his classmates in a bathroom in the school gymnasium when it went off. FLORIDA WOMAN ALLEGEDLY YELLED ‘I’M A KARDASHIAN’ BEFORE PUSHING NEIGHBOR, POLICE SAY The student was not seriously harmed, Police Chief Mark McMurray said, according to The Associated Press. He added “there was no intent to harm anyone...

GRAPHIC VIDEO: 7 injured when startled camel bucks at Pittsburgh circus

FILE: A camel got startled on Sunday at a Pittsburgh circus and reportedly injured seven, many children.  (Victoria Zoos) Seven people, most of them children, were injured when a startled camel started bucking during a Pittsburgh circus. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that two children and an adult were riding the camel during an intermission Sunday at the Shrine Circus at PPG Paints Arena when it became startled. “They were giving camel rides and camels were walking around calmly. And then a kid threw a shovel at the camel’s feet, which startled the camel and it started to buck,” one witness told CBS Pittsburgh. The newspaper says one child’s arm was broken, which appeared to be the most serious injury. The child was taken to a hospital along with five other children and one ad...

Alleged ‘looters’ in Florence-ravaged North Carolina sought by police

Police in North Carolina on Sunday asked the public for help identifying alleged looters at a dollar store in Wilmington — a city cut off in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The police department posted eight photos online of the alleged thieves, many of whom appeared to be holding large black garbage bags to carry the stolen items. Police said the thefts took place at a Family Dollar store in Wilmington, but did not specify which location. Officers tweeted Sunday that they had a zero-tolerance policy in looting: “If you loot, you will be arrested.” FLORENCE AFTERMATH: ‘CATASTROPHIC, LIFE-THREATENING’ FLOODING RISK AS STORM SHATTERS RAINFALL RECORDS Five people were arrested in Wilmington on Saturday for allegedly stealing from a Dollar General store in town, po...

Police arrest 5 in North Carolina as looters begin to capitalize on Florence chaos

Police in North Carolina arrested five people Saturday night as looters began to break into stores while Tropical Storm Florence brought chaos to the region. Wilmington Police confirmed the arrests on Twitter but did not immediately release the identities of the five individuals.   “Charges are pending and those details will be released as they become available,” police said. Authorities said about 1:30 p.m. they became aware of looting taking place at the Dollar General on 5th and Dawson Streets but were initially asked by management “not to intervene at this time.”   They later said on Twitter that they were working to identify the thieves and would “will charge them to the fullest extent of the law.” In response to looting reports, the city of Wilmington extended its curfew for th...

Man bitten by shark in Cape Cod waters has died, police say

The man, who has not yet been identified, was swimming off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach when “he was bitten by what is believed to be a shark,” the Wellfleet Police Department said.  (iStock) A man in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, has died after he was bitten by a shark around noon local time on Saturday. The man, who has not yet been identified, was swimming off the coast of Newcomb Hollow Beach when “he was bitten by what is believed to be a shark,” the Wellfleet Police Department said in a statement posted to Facebook. WOMAN IN TEXAS CATCHES 8-FOOT ‘DREAM’ TIGER SHARK, WILD PHOTOS SHOW Emergency officials performed CPR on the victim, in his mid-20s, according to police. Shortly after, he was rushed to the Cape Cod Hospital by officials with Wellfleet Fire Department but succ...

Woman recalls how she ‘broke free’ of Evangelical ‘purity’ movement

“I realized . . . the problem wasn’t with me,” Linda Kay Klein recalled of her tumultuous relationship with faith in her early life.  (Linda Kay Klein Twitter / Touchstone Books) Before Linda Kay Klein had a routine X-ray at the age of 23, she insisted the nurse gave her a pregnancy test so she would be “better safe than sorry.” It was one of many such tests Klein had undergone over the previous few years because of her fear of having a baby out of wedlock. Never mind that she was still a virgin. “I would feel so much tension and anxiety taking the tests,” Klein told The Post. “Deep down, I knew the result would be negative, but I wanted to be sure.” The excruciating worry was driven by her years growing up as an Evangelical in the Midwest in the late 1980s and early 1990s — and by the pur...

US Coast Guard member ‘removed’ after making ‘offensive’ OK sign on live TV

The U.S. Coast Guard “removed” a member from its Hurricane Florence response team on Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live television that the agency deemed “offensive.”  (MSNBC) The U.S. Coast Guard says it “removed” a member from its Hurricane Florence response team Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live TV that the service branch deemed “offensive.” The unidentified team member was caught looking into the camera and then swiftly making the hand gesture, prompting a backlash on social media. The hand signal was seen in the background of MSNBC’s live interview with Sector Charleston Commanding Officer Capt. John Reed, who was providing an update on actions taken by the Coast Guard in response to Hurricane Florence. Many social media users called for the firing of th...

Weather Channel defends reporter captured swaying in Florence winds as 2 people walk behind him

As Hurricane Storm Florence lashed through the Carolinas with howling winds and heavy rain, one reporter was captured attempting to keep it together as winds appeared to lash at him, but was mocked when two people were seen walking behind him with little difficulty.   The viral video, which has more than 13.6 million views, showed Weather Channel correspondent Mike Seidel in Wilmington, North Carolina, trying to fight the heavy wind as he reported live from the storm on Friday. “This is about as nasty as it’s been,” Seidel said. NEW BERN RESCUES CONTINUE AMID FLORENCE FLOODWATERS IN NC A few moments later, the camera panned away and two people were seen walking behind Seidel, appearing to have no problem with the wind. Social media users mocked the reporter and claimed he was exaggerating ...

Weakening Florence drenches Carolinas as death toll rises, rescues ongoing

Rescue and response operations are underway Saturday in the Carolinas after Tropical Storm Florence battered homes up and down the coast, killing at least seven people and leaving millions of others in the dark.  Officials warn there’s more to come. “It’s like being stalked by a turtle,” FEMA associate director Jeffrey Byard said about the slow-moving storm. “There’s a lot of rain to come. There’s a lot of rain that’s fallen.”  Officials warned residents that while the wind has backed off some, the torrential downpour will likely continue through the weekend, producing flash floods and possible landslides — making it difficult for evacuated residents to return home and assess the damage. New Bern, North Carolina Mayor Dana Outlaw ...

Florence’s path: Track the tropical storm here

Tropical Storm Florence was downgraded from a Category 1 hurricane on Friday and is poised to affect more than 10 million this week in the southeastern U.S. Once a powerful Category 4 storm, Florence became a slow-moving Category 1 before it made landfall near Wrightsville, North Carolina on Friday. However, forecasters warned the storm could bring catastrophic storm surges and cause devastating flooding.  Here’s what you need to know about Florence and its path. Where is the hurricane now? The storm is about 15 miles north-northwest of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and 55 miles east-southeast of Florence, South Carolina, the NHC said Friday in an 8 p.m. ET advisory.  The storm is moving west at 3 mph and has maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. “Life-threatening storm surges and strong winds...