(CNN) – A New York University student is in fair condition after being rescued Sunday evening from a narrow shaft between two buildings in lower Manhattan, Evelyn Hernandez, a spokeswoman for Bellevue Hospital Center, told CNN.
Sophomore Asher Vongatu, 19, spent nearly two days trapped in a tight space between an NYU residence hall at 80 Lafayette St. and a garage, a Fire Department of New York spokesman said.
A public safety sergeant discovered the student wedged into the space when he heard moaning, John Beckman, a university spokesman, told CNN.
The FDNY quickly responded to an emergency call at 5:07 p.m. Sunday.
It took almost 90 minutes to free the student, a Fire Department spokesman said. Firefighters used pneumatic tools to break through three layers of cinder block.
“Our understanding is that the student was conscious and able to communicate with rescuers throughout the rescue,” … Read More »
(CNN) – Six months after she was freed from the “house of horrors”where Ariel Castro held her captive for 11 years, Cleveland kidnapping victim Michelle Knight is speaking out.
In an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw scheduled to air Tuesday and Wednesday, Knight describes a moment when Castro trapped her in a room and tied her up with an orange extension cord.
“I was tied up like a fish,” she said, “an ornament on the wall.”
In excerpts of the interview posted on the show’s YouTube channel, Knight says Castro taped her mouth shut with duct tape. She tells McGraw she once picked a lock to try to escape, drawing an ominous warning from Castro: “Now you’re gonna be punished.”
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Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus were freed from Castro’s Cleveland home in May, drawing national … Read More »
(CNN) — Two of the four inmates who escaped through the ceiling in the shower of the Caddo County Jail in Anadarko, Oklahoma, this weekend have been captured, Caddo County Sheriff Gene Cain told CNN Monday.
The two men, Dylan Ray Three Irons, 21, and Prime Brown, 23, were taken into custody in Chickasha, Oklahoma, the sheriff said, less than 20 miles away from the jail.
The four inmates made a clean getaway Sunday after prying open a maintenance hatch in their shower — the first escape from the two-year-old Caddo County jail, Cain said.
They broke a lock on the hatch above the shower head, Cain told CNN affiliate KFOR-TV, and then moved through a crawl space until they reached a wall, where they knocked out cement block or two. That got them to an unlocked door outside the jail area, Cain … Read More »
Throughout the 2013 NFL season, opposing defenses have cleaned up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ struggling offense. Now, it seems teams are literally cleaning up after the Bucs.
According to a report from Fox 13 in Tampa Bay, a cleaning crew entered the visiting locker room after the Falcons’ 31-23 victory on Sunday in an attempt to scrub any possible traces of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from the Georgia Dome.
The workers, clad in hazmat suits, were hired by the Falcons because they worried that Tampa Bay players could be carrying the very antibiotic-resistant infection. The city of Atlanta is famously the home of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Kevin O’Donnell of Fox 13 sent out a picture of the hazmat crew in action:
This comes on the heels of three Buccaneers players being diagnosed with MRSA this season. Guard Carl Nicks and kicker Lawrence … Read More »
With a new iPad likely around the corner, iPad trade-ins are on the rise — and selling prices are falling fast.
Companies like Gazelle and NextWorth, which buy used electronic devices, say they’re experiencing a surge of customers trading in their old iPads. The spike began Tuesday, when Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) announced it has an upcoming event Oct. 22. Apple is widely expected to be giving its tablet its first big redesign in more than a year and a half.
At Gazelle, iPad trade-ins have soared to their highest level this year. IPads now make up 20% of items traded in on Gazelle’s website, up from 11% a week ago.
“Previous generations all look the same,” said Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle’s chief gadget officer. The new iPad could have more processing power, a better camera and even use Apple’s latest Touch ID fingerprint … Read More »
(CNN) — A 2-year-old girl fatally shot herself in Fayetteville, North Carolina, over the weekend, and the toddler’s father faces involuntary manslaughter charges, police said.
Melvin Andre Clark Jr., 19, who was arrested Sunday, also was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Fayetteville, North Carolina, police spokesman Lt. Todd Joyce said.
The girl, Samarri Tyana Beauford, was playing in the living room of the home where she lived with her aunt and grandmother Saturday when she found a loaded .22-caliber pistol that police say Clark had left under the couch, Joyce said.
Joyce would not comment on where the toddler shot herself or whether she died instantly, but said, “A child that small, they don’t have the strength to pull a trigger with their index finger, but they are strong enough to use pressure from their two thumbs.
“Typically, they’ll … Read More »
Washington (CNN) — An unscripted moment Monday summed up President Barack Obama’s effort to downplay problems plaguing the government website used to sign up for required health insurance under his signature health care reforms.
As Obama argued that the law was good and the website’s problems would be fixed, one of the people chosen to stand behind him in the White House Rose Garden started to teeter.
Others supported the woman, Karmel Allison of San Diego, who appeared on the verge of passing out, and Obama quickly turned to help.
“I got you. You’re OK,” he said, reaching out to Allison. He then joked, “This happens when I talk too long.”
In the same assured and upbeat manner, Obama also attempted to discuss the myriad problems of HealthCare.gov, the website for the 15% of Americans lacking health coverage to sign up for insurance.
Saying there … Read More »
(CNN) — Rebecca Sedwick should be 13 now. She should be enjoying the birthday cupcakes and ice cream her mom planned for her.
But Rebecca will never know what it’s like to be a teenager. She killed herself last month, jumping off a silo after she was tormented by bullying.
Her mother, Tricia Norman, posted a birthday message to Rebecca on Facebook on what would have been her 13th birthday Saturday.
“I remember so clearly the moment you were born. I knew I was gifted with a precious life and every moment since, I did my very best to protect you and now I feel like I failed that very important job that God gave me because He took you from me way too soon,” Norman wrote.
“I am doing my very best to make sure that other parents are made aware of how … Read More »
(CNN) — A staff member was killed and two students were injured after a student opened fire at a Nevada middle school on Monday, police said.
The “student/suspect” in the case was also killed, Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said.
Authorities said it was too soon to say whether the suspected shooter was killed by a self-inflicted wound or a law enforcement shot.
The suspect’s motive was unclear.
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“As you can imagine, the best description is chaos,” said Tom Robinson, deputy chief of the Reno Police Department. “It’s too early to say whether he was targeting specific people or just going on an indiscriminate shooting spree.”
A 13-year-old student told the Reno Gazette-Journal that he saw a student fire a shot at a teacher.
“The student was pointing a gun at the teacher after the teacher told him … Read More »
[Breaking news update 2:45 p.m.]
A meeting between President Barack Obama and congressional leaders planned for Monday afternoon has been postponed, the White House announced, saying the delay would allow Senate leaders time to continue negotiating a compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a U.S. default as soon as Thursday.
[Original story moved at 2:39 p.m.]
Negotiations heated up Monday on a Senate compromise to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, with congressional leaders heading to the White House after talks cited as progress toward a deal.
“I’m very optimistic that we will reach an agreement that’s reasonable in nature this week to reopen the government, pay the nation’s bills, and begin long-term negotiation to put our country on sound fiscal footing,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said about an hour before he and other Democratic … Read More »
Washington (CNN) – Is it a glimmer of hope, or more rhetoric as the deadline for possible government default gets closer?
After weeks of near silence without any hint of a potential compromise between the Obama administration and congressional Republicans over raising the nation’s debt ceiling, the White House may be offering some conciliatory language that could help lead to a deal to prevent a potential default on October 17.
As recently as Friday, White House officials declined to specify any demand for the length of a deal to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.
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Then on Monday, a White House official said it was up to Congress to decide how long the debt ceiling increase should last.
“It is … Read More »
CNN) – U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six pulled out during a raid in Somalia to capture suspected Al-Shabaab leader Ikrima when it became clear that he couldn’t be taken alive, a senior U.S. official told CNN.
“Their mission was to capture him. Once it became clear we were not going to able to take him, the Navy commander made the decision to withdraw,” said the official, who has direct knowledge of the entire Somalia operation but declined to be identified publicly.
The official said the SEALs faced heavy opposition and an intense firefight broke out, leading to the withdrawal.
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The mission’s aim — to capture Ikrima — is the reason the team went in rather than using a drone to attack the heavily guarded seaside villa, the official said.
Somalia approved the U.S. raid, Somali Deputy Prime … Read More »