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13-year-old boy bitten by possible shark off Fire Island, authorities investigating

Authorities are investigating whether a 13-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl who both suffered large fish bites in the waters off of Fire Island were victims of shark attacks. Shortly before noon today, officials said, the girl was bitten while wading in the water at a beach known as Sailors Haven on Fire Island, a barrier beach off the south shore of Long Island. The girl’s mother, Barbara Pollina, told ABC News that her daughter Lola is “hanging in there – a little overwhelmed right now.” Soon after that attack, the boy was bitten while boogie boarding in the waters off another Fire Island beach, known as Atlantique, officials said. The two beaches are several miles apart. Emergency medical workers removed a suspected shark tooth from the unidentified boy’...

Suspects’ car found, gunmen still at-large after attack that killed 10-year-old girl

Two days after masked gunmen opened fire in Washington, D.C, killing a 10-year-old girl in a terrifying caught-on-video attack, police say the suspects’ car has been recovered — but the little girl’s killers remain on the run. The suspects’ car was found in Prince George’s County, the D.C. Police Department announced Wednesday morning on Twitter, adding, “still need your help in identifying/locating suspects responsible for the shooting death of 10 yr old Makiyah.” Ten-year-old Makiyah Wilson was killed when the four masked gunmen pulled the now-recovered black SUV into a courtyard Monday night and opened fire on 15 to 20 people who were out enjoying the weather by a nearby playground, Metropolitan Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson said at a ...

Great Plains, Midwest at risk of severe weather

There are 48 large, uncontained wildfires burning across the western U.S. on Wednesday morning with more dry and windy weather expected. Due to the wind, hot weather and dry lightning on Tuesday, numerous fires started and expanded in size in the West. The bull’s-eye of the heat wave will move south into California, Nevada and Utah where temperatures will be in the triple digits. Red flag warnings and heat warnings have been issued for the West today as winds continue to gust over 30 mph, with humidity less than 10 percent and dry lightning still a threat. It will remain very hot in central California and into Nevada for the next several days. A cold front moved though the Northeast on Tuesday, ending the hot and humid weather, but with the cold front came severe storms. Heavy shower...

Man calls cops over basketball foul

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WATCH: Man sets new watermelon-slicing record

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17-year-old dies after high school band practice

A 17-year-old high school student died Monday night after suffering an apparent medical emergency during band practice. She has not yet been identified. Authorities told ABC station WABC-TV the incoming senior was at band practice at Sachem East High School in Farmingville and later was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where she died. “It is with deep sorrow that the district has learned that an incoming senior at Sachem North High School tragically passed away last night,” Superintendent Kenneth Graham said in a statement obtained by WABC. “We are currently not aware of the cause of death.” The death appears non-criminal in nature and a medical examiner will determine the exact cause, officials said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the indiv...

Less than half of US school districts test drinking water for lead: Report

Only 43 percent of school districts in the United States test for lead in drinking water used by students in 2016 or 2017, according to a federal government report released Tuesday. The report from the Government Accountability Office also found that of the 43 percent of school districts that test for lead in drinking water 37 percent found elevated levels above the level requiring action. The remaining 41 percent of districts said they did not test for lead and 16 percent of districts surveyed did not know if they tested for lead, according to the report. No level of lead exposure is considered safe for children, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Lead can cause developmental delays, damage to the brain and nervous system, lower IQ, and hyperactivity. The majority of the school...

WATCH: Funnel cloud forms over Brooklyn

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‘We should be held accountable’: Mayor says after Muslim children told to leave pool

The mayor of Wilmington, Delaware, apologized to Muslim children who were asked to leave a public pool because of their religious clothing, saying that officials used “poor judgment” in the situation. Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki will also meet Tuesday night with the leaders of the day camp the children were attending, his office said. “We should be held accountable for what happened and how poorly we assessed this incident,” Purzycki said in a statement Saturday. The incident occurred on June 25 at the Foster Brown pool in central Wilmington, according to John Rago, the mayor’s deputy chief of staff. According to ABC station WPVI, city officials said that the Muslim children were barred from wearing cotton shirts, shorts and headscarves in the pool becau...

Police ask for help finding gunman who killed 21-year-old pregnant woman, shot 2 kids

A 21-year-old pregnant woman was killed when she and two children were shot at a Florida intersection, in broad daylight. Police are now pleading with the public to help find the gunman. The pregnant woman, Imelda Francois, was driving with five others in the car when they came under gunfire just before 3 p.m. Monday in Pine Hills, outside Orlando, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Francois was shot multiple times and died from the injuries, the sheriff’s office said. Two children, 22-month-old Kameren Williams and 13-year-old Dyanna Laurent, were also shot and injured. The sheriff’s office said their injuries were not life threatening. “As a father and as a grandfather, whenever you see incidents like this occur, it’s emotional for the entire communi...

9-year-old girl killed by stray gunfire while inside her home: Police

A 9-year-old girl died after she was hit by stray gunfire while inside her New Jersey home in the middle of the night, local police said. The shooter or shooters had fired several shots, hitting cars in Bridgeton at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Bridgeton Police Department said. At least one bullet went into the 9-year-old’s home through a back wall and hit the young girl, police said. The family of the girl, whose name was not released, took her to Inspira Hospital in Bridgeton where she was pronounced dead, police said. “We need the public’s help in general,” Bridgeton Police Chief Michael Gaimari Sr. said in a statement, “but when an incident such as this happens to such a young and innocent victim, we could really use the assistance in bringing those responsible to ju...

WATCH: Restaurant shames customer for paying in coins

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