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Aerial video captures dive-boat engulfed in flames before sinking off Southern California coast

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The U.S. Coast Guard released aerial footage Tuesday of the early morning boat fire that left 34 dead after likely being trapped while sleeping below deck anchored off the Southern California coast on Labor Day.

FIRE BLOCKED ESCAPE FOR 34 ON BOAT OFF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST, INVESTIGATORS SAY

The video was taken by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.  The crew was responding to the Conception boat fire off Santa Cruz Island early Monday.  The video shows billowing clouds of white smoke and flames engulfing the 75-foot vessel. The boat appears to tip backward as it begins to sink.

Rescue boats can also be seen making their way toward the boat, according to the footage posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles. A total of 39 people were aboard the Conception. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said Tuesday that the fire spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters.

Five people—the captain and four crewmembers— are known to have survived the fire. They were awake on the upper decks, jumped overboard and steered an inflatable lifeboat toward another ship anchored nearby.

The boat, owned by Santa Barbara’s Truth Aquatics, was chartered by Santa Cruz’s Worldwide Diving Adventures to lead a three-day diving excursion off the Channel Islands.

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Rescuers suspended their search for additional survivors Tuesday evening.

The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into what caused the fire and if there were safety measures, such as fire extinguishers, on board. The agency will interview survivors, first responders and the companies involved in the diving trip, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A preliminary report could be released within 10 days of the incident.

Fox News’ Frank Miles and Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Texas woman shoots suspected robber trying to grab purse: ‘I shot until I couldn’t shoot anymore’

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A Texas woman shot at two suspected robbers, wounding one, early Tuesday morning when they allegedly reached into her car to grab her purse, according to a report.

Lachelle Hudgins had just parked outside her home in southwest Houston around 2:30 a.m. when the suspected robbers reached through her driver’s side window, according to KTRK-TV. She told police several other men were also near her parking space.

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Hudgins grabbed her gun from her purse and fired the only two shots left in her gun, hitting one of the men.

“It was all I had in my gun. I shot until I couldn’t shoot anymore,” Hudgins said. “I saved my life.”

All of the men ran away when Hudgins fired and the wounded man was found a short time later on the other side of the apartment complex.

He underwent surgery and is expected to face aggravated robbery charges, KTRK reported.

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No other suspects have been arrested.

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Five-year-old tossed from Mall of America balcony home from hospital

A five-year-old boy who five months ago was thrown off of the third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota by a stranger returned home from the hospital Tuesday, according to family.

BOY THROWN FROM MALL OF AMERICA BALCONY LEAVES INTENSIVE CARE

The family of Landen Hoffman announced on GoFundMe that the boy completed inpatient rehabilitation and is now home. He will enter “the next phase of recovery” and receive outpatient rehabilitation for “multiple injuries and adjusting to life back at home and school.”

“Thank you to all of you who prayed for us and loved us during the past 4 ½ months,” the family’s update said.  “You helped to give us hope and show us the Glory of God’s great love here on earth even during the darkest of days.”

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Landen Hoffman, the 5-year-old boy who was thrown nearly 40 feet from the third story balcony at the Mall of America, returned home from the hospital Tuesday. (Christian Broadcasting Service)

The boy’s family said in August that he was moved from the hospital’s intensive care into a rehabilitation program. The child has required multiple surgeries for head trauma and broken bones since the attack.

In April, a man who did not know Landen or his family grabbed the boy and threw him nearly 40 feet to the ground off of the third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. That man–Emmanuel Aranda, 25,–was charged with attempted premediated murder after his arrest in the April 12 incident. He pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Aranda allegedly told investigators he went to the mall “looking for someone to kill” after past instances of women repeatedly rejecting his advances. Aranda filed a notice Friday to appeal his case to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. The notice did not give a reason for appealing, Minneapolis’ Star Tribune reported.

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The GoFundMe page raised more than $1 million for Landen’s family. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This Day in History: Sept. 4

On this day, Sept. 4 …

1888: George Eastman patents his roll-film camera and registers the Kodak trademark. 

Also on this day:

  • 1609: Henry Hudson first arrives at the island of Manhattan. 
  • 1781: The city of Los Angeles is founded by Spanish settlers. 
  • 1951: President Harry S. Truman inaugurates transcontinental television service in the U.S. when AT&T carries his address to the opening session of the Japanese Peace Convention in San Francisco.
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  • 1972: U.S. swimmer Mark Spitz wins a then-record seventh gold medal at the Munich Summer Olympics. 
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Family of 5 celebrating birthday among 34 feared dead in Southern California boat fire

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A family of five celebrating their father’s birthday with a weekend diving excursion are believed to be among the 34 presumed dead in a boat fire off the coast of Southern California Monday, according to a report Tuesday.

Angela, Nicole and Evan Quitasol, their father Michael Quitasol and stepmother Fernisa Sison were among the 33 passengers and six crew members on the dive boat Conception when it caught fire early Monday morning near Santa Cruz Island while passengers were still asleep.

25 BODIES FOUND AFTER CALIFORNIA SCUBA DIVING BOAT FIRE, COAST GUARD SAYS

“They’re the most kind, most loving people I’ve ever met — and I’m not just saying that because they’re family,” stepfather Chris Rosas said. “The way they interacted with anyone they came across, they were wonderful. They were outstanding girls. That’s about all I can tell you right now.” The girls’ mother, Susana Rosas, posted the news on Facebook Monday and thanked the community for its support.

All three girls had been bridesmaids at their sister Evita’s wedding two weeks ago.

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“She loved the outdoors, loved animals, loved and lived by the sea,” Rosas said of Nicole, who lived in the beach resort town Coronado. Rosas and his wife left their home in Stockton for Santa Barbara Monday when they heard the news.

As of Tuesday, 25 bodies have been recovered and 9 are still missing. Five crew members on the deck at the time were able to jump off the boat. All 33 passengers are presumed dead.

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The rescue operation was suspended Tuesday after rescuers said there were no signs of additional survivors.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Appeals judge upholds conviction against Uber driver over violent Facebook threats against Rahm Emanuel, others

An appellate judge upheld the 41-month prison sentence for a Chicago Uber driver who posted violent threats on Facebook detailing mass shootings he planned to carry out including one against the city’s former mayor, Rahm Emanuel.

Defense attorneys for Mohammad Waqas Khan, who was arrested in May 2015, appealed a court’s conviction against the 29-year-old, arguing that Khan never intended to commit the killings that he wrote about on social media.

Khan’s attorney, Ellen Domph, said his speech was a form of artistic expression similar to rap lyrics and was protected by the First Amendment.

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Mohammad Waqas Khan, a former Uber driver, was convicted of making interstate threats to injure others.  (DuPage County Sheriff’s Department)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit found Tuesday that “Khan’s posts were so violent, explicit, and resolute that they constituted threats,” and upheld the jury’s decision finding him guilty of making interstate threats to injure others.

CHICAGO WEEKEND SHOOTINGS LEAVE 8 DEAD, 40 WOUNDED

Khan also posted photos of himself wearing a black mask and holding a shotgun while complaining about excessive noise in his neighborhood and promising to retaliate.

The appeals court concluded that Khan “connected the date of any attempted murder to his flight out of the country, and bragged about his ‘mental fortitude to pull it off.'”

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“These personal referents undercut Khan’s defense that his words were artistic expressions,” the court’s 22-page opinion said.

“This is enough to reasonably infer Khan’s intent to commit an act of unlawful violence towards a particular group of individuals.”

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Wisconsin mother shot, killed in front of her son as she taught him to drive, reports say

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A Wisconsin mother, was fatally shot in a road-rage incident on Friday while she was teaching her teenage son how to drive, reports said.

Tracey Smith, a Wisconsin Department of Corrections sergeant, was teaching her 17-year-old son how to drive in Milwaukee around 5:15 p.m. Friday when they got into a minor crash, Fox 6 reported.

Milwaukee Police wrote in a tweet, “The passenger of the vehicle that was hit got out and confronted the driver of the striking vehicle.”

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Police said the man, who has not yet been named, then opened fire, killing Smith in front of her son.

“The guy zig-zagged in the street, and he also hit her,” JoAnne Luckett, Smith’s mother, told Fox 6. “She went out to look to see what was going on.”

The suspect fled from the scene but police arrested him Monday,  WTMJ reported. Her 17-year-old son drove her to the hospital where she later died.

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“She went to work every day,” Luckett said. “She made a life for her and her sons. I wake up every morning and it’s like, ‘Wow. Tracey is not here.’ I hate it.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been finalized.

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Tennessee ex-college student pleads guilty to putting toilet water in roommate’s drinks, report says

A former Tennessee State University student reportedly pleaded guilty on Tuesday on a charge related to contaminating her roommate’s drink with toilet water.

Tierni Williams, 21, who was reportedly captured on video pouring water from the toilet into her roommate’s water bottles using a Styrofoam cup, was arrested and charged two years ago after her roommate became sick.

The victim reportedly began experiencing weight loss and stomach issues after Williams had tampered with her water.

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Tierni Williams, a former Tennessee State University student, reportedly pleaded guilty on Tuesday for a charge related to contaminating her roommate’s drink with toilet water. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

COLLEGE STUDENT CHARGED WITH ‘CAUSING BODILY HARM’ AFTER GIVING TOILET WATER TO ROOMMATE

The victim learned through Snapchat that her drinking water had been compromised, WKRN-TV reported.

The district attorney’s office handed down an indictment after presenting the case to a grand jury, the station reported.

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On Tuesday, Williams pleaded guilty to adulteration of food, a Class-C felony, the station reported.

She could face three to six years behind bars, according to the news outlet, which added that a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for next month.

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First female US Airman earns Ranger tab

An Air Force officer on Friday became the first woman of her branch to earn a Ranger tab, joining nearly 300 other Ranger-qualified Airmen.

First Lt. Chelsey Hibsch graduated from the Army Ranger Course at Fort Benning, Ga. Graduates’ families and friends were there to watch the ceremony.

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Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders, family and friends of Ranger Class 18-19 graduates watched them get pinned on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Ranger School is one of the Army’s most difficult leadership courses – only about half the candidates end up graduating the grueling 61-day course.

“Ranger School is truly not for the weak or faint of heart,” Air Force Security Forces Center Chief of Training Lt. Col. Walter Sorensen said in an Air Force news release.

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Maneuver Center of Excellence leaders, family and friends of Ranger Class 18-19 attended graduation on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

“It speaks well of all those who persevere to find that inner grit and motivation to push through all that Ranger School throws at them. The perspective tabbed Airmen earn serves them well when the mission gets challenging and others look to them to find a way,” said Sorensen, who is also Ranger-qualified.

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The Army began accepting Airmen at Ranger School in 1955. Sixty years later, in 2015, the military said women could attend Ranger School.

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The Ranger Class of 2018-19 graduated on Aug. 30. (U.S. Army photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Hibsch is now expected to serve as a flight commander in the 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. She previously was assigned to the 374th Security Forces Squadron at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

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She attended the Air Force’s Ranger Assessment Course (RAC) and the Tropic Lightning Academy in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, in order to qualify for a spot at Ranger School.

Hibsch said RAC was “an unmatched learning experience on leadership and followership.”

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Airmen from different career fields challenging themselves in the Ranger Assessment course, a combat leadership course that could lead to attending Army Ranger School. (U.S. Air Force)

RAC is intended to be stressful so Airmen will learn how to lead under pressure and in various circumstances.

Hibsch said lessons from RAC could be applied to Ranger School; she had gained an “understanding of how you function when you’re hungry, tired, wet, cold and worse, then you have to lead a team of individuals feeling the exact same way.”

She added, “You really find out a lot about your teammates and yourself in these stressful situations.”

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Then-2nd Lt. Chelsey Hibsch speaks during a Women’s History Month luncheon at Yokota Air Base in March 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Machiko Arita)

The Airborne Ranger and Training Brigade public affairs officer, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Billings, explained the three phases of Ranger School.

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“In the Ft. Benning phase, the students become trained on squad operations and focus on ambush and recon missions, patrol base operations, and planning before moving on to platoon operations. In the Mountain phase, students develop their skills at the platoon level in order to refine and complete their training in Swamp phase. After these three phases, Ranger Students are proficient in leading squad and platoon dismounted operations around the clock in all climates and terrain.”

Air Force Materiel Command said Hibsch was the first female Airman to earn a Ranger tab, “but she won’t be the last!”

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Fire blocked escape for 34 on boat off Southern California coast, investigators say

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The early-morning fire aboard the Conception, which carried scuba diving enthusiasts on a three-day excursion off California, blocked any escape, investigators said.

It spread rapidly and flames blocked both exits out of the lower deck, where passengers and one crew member were sleeping in tight quarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said.

Flames roared through the boat of sleeping scuba divers so quickly that it appears none of the 34 people below deck could escape, authorities said Tuesday. This, as they ended their search without finding anyone who was missing still alive from the Labor Day tragedy off the Southern California coast.

It’s not known what started the fire.

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National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said Tuesday that she was “100 percent confident” investigators would find the cause of the fire aboard the Conception, which caught fire before dawn Monday and sank near Santa Cruz Island.

She also said the NTSB planned to stay at the scene for up to 10 days and would look into safety measures aboard the boat, such as whether it had fire extinguishers, and will interview survivors, first responders, divers and others.

The captain and four crew members awake on the upper decks jumped off the front of the vessel, swam to an inflatable boat at the back and steered it to a ship anchored nearby.

Among those believed to be dead are five members of one family and the marine biologist leading the diving tour.

DNA will be needed to identify all the victims, and authorities will be using the same rapid analysis tool that identified victims of the deadly wildfire that devastated the Northern California town of Paradise last year, the sheriff said.

Officials have not released any victims’ names, but Brown said he had heard anecdotally that they ranged from teenagers to people in their 60s. He said most appear to have been from Northern California, including Santa Cruz, San Jose and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The 75-foot Conception was on the last day of a three-day excursion to the chain of rugged, windswept isles that form Channel Islands National Park in the Pacific Ocean west of Los Angeles. The fire broke out shortly after 3 a.m. Monday as the boat sat anchored in Platt’s Harbor off Santa Cruz Island.

The sheriff said all 34 victims were trapped on the boat’s lower deck when flames quickly blocked both a narrow stairway and an escape hatch leading to the upper decks.

“The one crew member who was not rescued appears to have been asleep in the sleeping area down below with the passengers,” Brown said.

It appears the crew sent multiple mayday calls, including one from the Conception in which a crew member could be heard saying he couldn’t breathe.

A later one came from the fishing vessel the Grape Escape after the crew reached it in their small boat. One of the vessel’s owners said he heard explosions as he watched the Conception go up in flames from about 100 yards away. Brown said the blasts could have been exploding scuba tanks or propane tanks.

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The Conception, based in Santa Barbara Harbor, was owned by Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics, founded in 1974. A memorial at the harbor has quickly grown as mourners come to pay their respects.

Coast Guard records show the boat’s owners quickly addressed all safety violations from the last five years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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