Accused Killer Faces ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Pass

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A Florida man charged in a gruesome murder faces an all-or-nothing offer that could set him free from jail.

Boaters Thankful After Dramatic Ocean Rescue

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The mayday call came in – five passengers on a sinking boat, 17 miles off of the coast, their boat without power.

Politico Founder to Be Washington Post Publisher

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Politico co-founder appointed publisher of Washington Post as Katharine Weymouth steps down

Jet With Cracked Windshield Returns to Los Angeles

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American Airlines jet bound for Texas safely returns to Los Angeles after windshield cracks

‘AK-47 Bandit’ Resurfaces in Nebraska Bank Heist

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEBRASKA CITY, Neb.) — A manhunt is underway for a notorious bank robber known as the “AK-47 Bandit,” suspected in a slew of brazen heists across the northwest and now in Nebraska.

At a press conference in Chino, Calif., on Monday where the heavily armed suspect’s spree is believed to have begun, police said the bandit is armed, dangerous and at it again.

“We’re going to do whatever we can do, use every resource available to us to hunt this guy down and take him into custody,” Chino Police Chief Miles Pruitt said.

The unidentified bank robber is a suspect in five bank robberies in four states, including an Aug. 22 robbery at the First National Bank Branch in Nebraska City, Neb. In the recent robbery, the suspect ordered employees to empty out the vault, making off with a duffel bag full of cash.

And just like each heist before, he was seen during the Nebraska heist carrying a high-powered assault weapon, complete with a round drum magazine.

Investigators suspect the man may have been a law enforcement officer at some point. He’s been seen wearing a sheriff’s vest during some of his holdups.

“His tactics suggest he may have had military or law enforcement experience,” Pruitt said.

The spree started two years ago at the California Bank and Trust in Chino. The bandit allegedly called 911 to report a bomb threat, apparently to create a diversion before carrying out the 2012 robbery.

During the escape, he opened fire on a police officer, seriously wounding the officer. That officer has since recovered from his injuries.

After the heist in California, the FBI says the man robbed banks in Idaho, Washington and Nebraska. Each time, he’s worn a black ski mask to hide his face, and he’s always been seen carrying the same AK-47.

According to the FBI, the suspect has been seen leaving the scene of robberies in a dark gray Nissan Maxima. He’s described as white, about 5-feet-10 and 180 to 220 pounds.

Authorities have offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

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‘AK-47 Bandit’ Resurfaces in Nebraska Bank Heist

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A manhunt is underway for a notorious bank robber known as the “AK-47 Bandit,� suspected in a slew of brazen heists across the northwest – and now in Nebraska.

More Than 30 Teens Escape From Tennessee Detention Center

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Dozens of juveniles escaped a Tennessee detention center Monday, authorities said, with many of the teens still on the run.

More Than 30 Teens Escape From Detention Center

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Official: More than 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center; 17 still at large

Official: More Than 30 Teens Escape From Nashville Detention Center; 17 Still at Large

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Official: More than 30 teens escape from Nashville detention center; 17 still at large

Over 30 Juveniles Escape from Tennessee Detention Center

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iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — A number of “students” at the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center escaped from their dorm on Monday night, fleeing from the detention center.

According to Rob Johnson, Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Child Services, 32 of the teens, aged 14 to 17, were able to climb under the anti-climb chain-linked fence at around 11 p.m. At least some of the juveniles have felonies on their records.

Johnson said that the escape occurred during a shift change. “As the staff were trying to get the youth back into the dorms and out of the yard, they realized that some of them had managed to pull up a fence and crawl underneath it,” he said Tuesday morning.

Many of the teens had histories that included aggravated burglary or robbery, theft, violent crimes including robbery or assault, among other legal issues.

The Metro Nashville Police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are searching the surrounding neighborhood for the escaped children.

By 9 a.m. ET, all but 14 of the teens had been captured or had surrendered. Johnson said he was confident that all of the escapees would be found.

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10 Things to Know for Today

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10 Things to Know for Today

5 Things to Know This Morning

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Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.

Delta Flight Re-Routed Due to Passenger Disruption

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) –  A Delta flight from New York to Florida was re-routed Monday, the airline confirmed – the third flight diversion caused by passenger disruption in recent weeks.

Delta Flight 2370 departed New York at about 7 p.m. Monday, en route to West Palm Beach. The flight was diverted to Jacksonville due to the disturbance.

“Out of an abundance of caution, the captain elected to divert to the closest airport,” the airline said in a statement. “Local law enforcement met the flight and removed the passenger.”

The flight continued on to West Palm Beach, arriving after 11 p.m.

Clashes over shrinking legroom contributed to two incidents last week. A Miami to Paris flight landed in Boston on Wednesday after air marshals on the plane restrained a man who fought with a passenger trying to recline in front of him, a law enforcement source told ABC News.

That incident came days after a man on a United Airlines flight used a product called a Knee Defender to keep the seat in front of him from reclining. The woman in front, unable to recline, got into an argument with the man and reportedly threw a cup of water in his face. Both passengers were seated in United’s Economy Plus section, which gives fliers extra legroom for an extra fee.

The argument prompted the Newark, New Jersey-to-Denver flight to be diverted to Chicago, United Airlines confirmed, adding that the unidentified passengers were not allowed back on when the plane continued on to Denver.

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Detroit’s Historic Bankruptcy Trial to Begin

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Historic bankruptcy trial starting in Detroit; city hopes to wipe out billions in debt

School to Begin in Chicago With More Safety Guards

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School to begin in Chicago with more guards lining routes children walk in crime-ridden areas

Today in History

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Today in History

Coroner: Mom, 3 Kids Among 5 Killed in Plane Crash

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Coroner: Woman, her sons among 5 killed in small-plane crash north of Denver

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

5 Things You May Have Missed This Weekend

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If you spent this Labor Day long weekend enjoying the last days of summer outside with friends and family, here are some stories from the weekend you may have missed.

Portland Police Shoot Suspected Carjacker by I-84

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Portland, Oregon, police shoot man suspected of trying to carjack motorists on I-84 ramp

Summer Wrap-Up: Below Average Severe Storm Reports

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The numbers are down this summer … severe weather-wise.

Family Worries About Detained Missionary’s Health

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Family of US missionary detained in North Korea worries about Kenneth Bae’s health, well-being

NY Police Boss Defends Response in Custody Death

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NY police boss says officers’ response appropriate in custody death of man high on drugs

Police in Oregon Say Scene ‘Safe’ After Standoff

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Portland, Oregon, police say scene ‘safe’ after standoff near Interstate 84

Kenneth Bae’s Family Worried About His Health

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Kenneth Bae’s family worried about detained missionary’s health, wellbeing

2 Killed, 2 Wounded in Gun Battle Near Biker Club

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2 killed, 2 wounded in gun battle outside motorcycle club in Alabama; at least 40 rounds fired

Retired Associated Press Newsman Dies in NY at 76

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Retired newsman Bruce Hodgman, who worked for The Associated Press for 39 years, dies in NY

Ferguson Police Receive Body Camera Donation

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A mobile video surveillance company has donated body cameras to the Ferguson Police Department after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed a black unarmed teenager, prompting calls across the country for more officers to wear mobile cameras.

Ellis Island Hospital Tours Coming in October

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time in 60 years, visitors to Ellis Island will be able to reenter its south-side hospital this October.

A massive complex comprised of 30 buildings, including staff residences and a mortuary, the hospital screened immigrants for infectious diseases before it was shuttered in 1954. But thanks to the diligence of nonprofit group Save Ellis Island in partnership with the National Parks Service, new tours will now be offered to groups of 10 visitors at a time.

Previously, the buildings in the public health complex were considered too dilapidated and dangerous to permit entry. After partial restoration, however, program tours will now make 18 stops around the campus and allow guests to experience another side of American history: Approximately 10% of the 12 million immigrants who made their way through Ellis Island arrived too sick to enter the country, according to the nonprofit group.

A photography exhibit by artist JR is also being installed on select interiors of the complex, and will include life-size portraits of immigrants pasted onto windows and walls to add context to the spaces.

Ticket prices have yet to be announced but will be available for purchase on the Save Ellis Island website beginning Sept. 25. Proceeds from the sales will go toward the further remediation of the complex.

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The $2 Billion Bust: Atlantic City’s Revel Casino Closes

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The Revel boasted 40 stories of waterfront rooms, dining and entertainment.