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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A giant sinkhole opened up in New York Tuesday morning, swallowing an intersection in Brooklyn in an event that was caught on surveillance tape.

The estimated 20-by-20-foot hole formed around 7 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street, ABC News affiliate WABC-TV reported.

“It appears to be some sort of water leak that undermined the road, washed away the earth and that’s why the street gave way,” FDNY Deputy Chief Peter Leicht told WABC-TV.

The surveillance footage shows the sinkhole undermining the roadway, which sinks underground.

Crews will work to excavate the area and determine the cause of the massive sinkhole, according to WABC-TV.

There were no injuries to firefighters or pedestrians, the FDNY said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LANCASTER, N.H.) -- Winds were up to 60 mph when a tent came out of the ground at a circus performance in Lancaster, New Hampshire, Monday night, leaving a father and his daughter dead and dozens of people injured, officials said.

Families said they had just sat down to watch the circus when a severe storm ripped a tent out of the ground and sent metal poles crashing into the audience.

About 32 people were treated for injuries, New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said at a news conference this morning. There were some serious injuries, Degnan said, but the extent of the injuries was unclear.

About 100 people were in the tent at the time, he said.

The accident took place at about 5:46 p.m., Degnan said, when winds were up to 60 mph, according to the National Weather service. A severe thunderstorm warning had been issued about 20 minutes earlier, Degnan said.

Degnan said it's unclear why the show continued during a severe thunderstorm warning.

The incident is under investigation, Degnan said. There's no indication there will be any charges, he said.

The names of the two victims — the father and daughter — are being withheld pending family notification, Degnan said. Autopsies will be conducted.

According to a family member who spoke to ABC News, the younger victim was 6.

Today's two shows have been canceled in the wake of the accident.

The accident came one day after a tent uprooted at a festival in the Chicago suburb of Wood Dale, killing one person. Fifteen people were hospitalized, according to Wood Dale police.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HEMET, Calif.) -- A motorist stole a man's car during a road rage incident in Southern California last week, mowed him down and left him lying in a street unable to move, according to police.

The City of Hemet Police recently released witness video that caught the horrifying moment last Friday, when the 53-year-old victim was tossed into the air after the suspect drove down the street "at a high rate of speed" and struck him, police said.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the road rage incident.

Police said there appeared to be two suspects involved -- one who had a verbal argument with the victim and another who stole and drove the victim's car. The suspects remain at large and the victim was in stable condition at a local hospital, police said.

"Based on information gained from the video it appears the male victim was intentionally hit with his own vehicle," City of Hemet Police Det. Corp. Gabriel Gomez said in a news release.

The victim's vehicle was left at the scene after the collision. Witness video caught both suspects fleeing in a white Ford Ranger pick-up truck, which is believed to have a broken rear cab window and a broken driver's side window.

The suspects, who were not identified as of Tuesday morning, were described by police as white or light-skinned Hispanic males between the ages of 18 to 25 with thin builds and brown hair.

Police said one suspect was about 5-foot-10 and wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and a black baseball-style hat. The other suspect was about 5-foot-8 and wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and a mostly white baseball-style hat backwards.

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ABC News(LANCASTER, N.H.) -- Heidi Medeiros was enjoying the circus with her young son in Lancaster, New Hampshire, Monday evening, when a rainstorm suddenly turned deadly, and she was desperate to get her 3-year-old away from the chaos.

"We’re all looking, thinking, it’s just a rainstorm, no big deal," Medeiros said via Skype.

She had taken her son, Jax, to Monday's circus to celebrate his upcoming fourth birthday.

"Then all of a sudden it just went completely dark inside and we see the circus people are starting to leave the tent. And somebody's screaming, 'Get out, get out, get out,'" Medeiros said.

Families had just sat down to watch the 5:30 p.m. show when, at about 5:46 p.m., a severe storm ripped a tent out of the ground and sent metal poles crashing into the audience, officials said.

"I see [the poles] start to come out of the ground and fly up into the air towards us. So I took my son ... and threw him underneath the bleacher and threw myself on top of him," Medeiros said.

She said just seconds later, a pole slammed onto the bleacher, "right where we had just been."

"You just hear these children screaming and crying, and things are flying all over the place," Medeiros said. "It’s just complete chaos."

Winds were up to 60 mph when the tent came out of the ground, said New Hampshire State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan. Two people were killed and about 32 people were treated for injuries, Degnan said.

Medeiros said all she could think was, "I just need to get my son out of there."

As hail came down, Medeiros said, she took her son and ran away from the scene, through ankle-deep water. She said the sound of her son's screams "will haunt me the rest of my life."

Winds were up to 60 mph at the time of the accident, according to the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm warning was issued about 20 minutes earlier, Degnan said.

According to Medeiros, the tent didn't fall down or collapse.

"It was literally lifted up through the air," she said. "And just as the canvas was taken off, the poles that were holding it all the way up through the top of the tent were just coming at people."

Degnan said it's unknown why the show continued during a severe thunderstorm warning.

The incident is under investigation, Degnan said. There's no indication there will be any charges, Degnan said.

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Tibrina Hobson/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Star Trek icon Nichelle Nichols revealed Monday during a Reddit AMA that she will be involved in an upcoming NASA mission.

"In September, I’m traveling on a NASA SOFIA flight, a second generation Airborn Observatory, which I am honored to have been invited too," she told fans before her "Ask Me Anything" began.

SOFIA stands for Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, where Nichols will be part of the crew in the aircraft that will study Earth's atmosphere, among other things, from the sky.

The sad part was Nichols won't be heading into space.

"SOFIA does not, sadly, fly into space. It's an airborne observatory, a massive telescope mounted inside a 747 flying as high as is possible. I was on a similar flight, the first airborn observatory, back in 1977. It's an amazing experience, you get a totally different perspective than from earth," she wrote.

She adorably added, "I do hope someone gets some great pictures."

Nichols was also asked about her run on the original Star Trek series that began almost 50 years ago.

"I loved the whole show, from when I left to the studio to when I got home, and everything in between. My favorite episodes were anytime Uhura got to go to the planet,” she said. “I fought for that, the person who knows the planet and the people better than all of you is the communication officer! They don't need to communicate to me up on the ship, I've got the communicator right here.”

On whether she would ever appear in another movie, she said, "Of course!"

"It would have to be a very specific part, and I'd have to agree with the role. I can't imagine being completely OK with the Star Trek story without Gene, however," she wrote.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SUNNYVALE, Calif.) — Two police officers saved a man from being hit from an oncoming train and the dramatic rescue was all caught on video.

Dep. Lance Whitted, from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s office, pulled a driver to safety Monday night, just seconds before a commuter train came down the tracks in Sunnyvale, California.

His partner, Dep. Erik Rueppel, tried to buy Whitted more time as he waved for the oncoming train to slow down, ABC News affiliate KGO reported.

“This is what we’re trained to do,” Whitted told KGO. “Luckily, we were at the right place at the right time.”

The driver of the car had crashed into a pole and onto the tracks as the train was coming. The dramatic video shows him falling down seconds before the train crashes into his car left on the tracks.

“I don’t think there was time to be scared. You just do things as safe as you can, respond and that’s it. It kind of just happens,” Rueppel told KGO.

The driver had minor injuries.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even after a trip to the moon, Buzz Aldrin still had to clear customs.

The American astronaut has been sharing some of his travel documents from his 1969 moon landing mission. While some of the information on the forms is routine, other areas yield surprising insights about Aldrin's historic trip.

Signing a customs form in Hawaii, Aldrin and fellow crew members Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, claimed moon dust samples and moon rocks as the souvenirs from their nearly half-a-million-mile round trip journey. The area marked "any other condition on board which may lead to the spread of disease" was marked "to be determined."

(The crew was kept in quarantine for three weeks after their return to Earth as a precautionary measure.)

Also intriguing: For such a long journey, Aldrin only claimed $33.31 in travel expenses for his trip -- likely expenses from his time traveling on the ground before and after the trip. He noted in a "schedule of expenses" form he shared that "government meals and quarters" were furnished for the journey.

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iStock/Thinkstock(KENTON COUNTY, Ky.) — A deputy sheriff in Kentucky allegedly violated the rights of two children with disabilities by handcuffing them as a means of punishment, according to a federal lawsuit.

Kenton County Deputy Sheriff Kevin Sumner and Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn are named in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The Kenton County Sheriff’s Department says it will not comment until it reviews the lawsuit.

The children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, according to the lawsuit.

One of the incidents – involving an 8-year-old boy – was captured on video released by the American Civil Liberties Union. The third-grader could be seen crying out in pain in the video after the handcuffs were locked around his biceps. The video was recorded in the fall of 2014.

A second student, a 9-year-old girl, was also handcuffed twice in the fall of 2014, according to the lawsuit.

The children “experienced pain, fear, and emotional trauma, and an exacerbation of their disabilities” as a result of being handcuffed, according to the ACLU and attorneys for the children’s parents.

Kenyon Meyer, an attorney for the boy’s family, said the boy’s behavior is related to his ADHD.

“Handcuffs have no place in schools with little children who are having discipline issues,” Meyer said.

The ACLU is calling for an end to shackling children, saying it does more harm than good.

"Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement.

“It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”

The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a declaration that handcuffing the children violated their rights.

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ABC News(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- The jury in the sentencing phase of the James Holmes murder trial decided on Monday that the death penalty will remain an option.

Jurors decided that mitigating factors do not outweigh the aggravating factors for the 12 people who were murdered by Holmes at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater on July 20, 2012. He was convicted of killing them and wounding 70 others last month.

Now, the jury will move on to the third phase and be faced with deciding whether or not to sentence him to death or life without parole.

If Monday's decision went the other way, then the trial would have effectively ended, sentencing him to life in prison with the death penalty removed as a possible sentence.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The man wanted for the fatal shooting of a Memphis, Tennessee, police officer has been captured, ending a 24-hour manhunt, police said.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department said on it's Facebook page that 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Office.

Wilbourn, a convicted bank robber who was out on supervised release, was identified Sunday as the suspect in the killing of Memphis police officer Sean Bolton, who was killed Saturday night as he investigated an illegally parked car.

Here is a closer look at how the incident unfolded.


Saturday night, Memphis police officer Sean Bolton saw an illegally parked 2002 Mercedes-Benz, police said.

Bolton pulled in front of the car and shined his spotlight inside.

Bolton then went up to the car, where he engaged in a "brief struggle" with the car's passenger, according to police.


The passenger, identified as Wilbourn, allegedly shot Bolton several times, police said. Wilbourn and the car's driver fled after the shooting.

When officers responded to the scene and searched the suspect's car, they determined "Bolton apparently interrupted some sort of drug transaction," police said.

Officers found digital scales and a bag containing 1.7 grams of marijuana in the car, police said.

The car's driver later turned himself in, police said, and was released without charges.


Bolton, 33, was taken to a hospital in critical condition. He was later declared dead, police said.

Bolton had been a member of the Memphis Police Department since 2010. Bolton was also a Marine veteran who had served a tour in Iraq, police said.

"To lose a loved one or a family member is a horrific event," Memphis police director Toney Armstrong said.

Armstrong added, "We lost not only an officer, but a great man, a dedicated servant to our community, and a family member."


Wilbourn is still at-large on Monday, Memphis police told ABC News.

A murder warrant has been issued for his arrest, police said.

Police said Wilbourn is out on supervised release after being sentenced to 10 years for bank robbery.

Wilbourn is considered to be armed and dangerous, police said. A $10,000 reward has been announced for his arrest.

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Angel Canales/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Every year, a group of airmen from the New York Air National Guard embark on a unique mission to support science.

Since the mid-1970’s the 109th Airlift Wing has supported scientists logistically from around the world and brought them to remote locations in Greenland and Antarctica to conduct climate change research.

All of this is possible with a very special aircraft, the Lockheed LC-130, the largest ski-equipped cargo plane in the world, which can land in snow and ice.

Lt. Col Steve Yandik, a pilot and member of the unit for 25 years, said his group is the lifeline for scientists to conduct their research, bringing fuel, supplies and the scientists themselves to remote areas.

“The 109th's mission is different in the fact that we're not being shot," he said. "We’re not in combat but the enemies we are facing here are Mother Nature, weather and extreme cold temperatures."

The mission of the unit, based in Scotia, NY, is to support researchers from the National Science Foundation, an independent, federally-funded organization, in its projects in Greenland and the Antarctic.

In the Antarctic, researchers focus on astrophysics, biology, climate change, marine science and glaciology. In Greenland, researchers are looking at carbon emissions present in glacial ice.

Almost all the areas where the National Science Foundation conducts research are somewhat difficult to access.

In many cases the work could not be carried out without the air support provided by the ski-equipped planes the 109th flies, said Peter West from the National Science Foundation.

The unit can travel between 600 to 1,000 hours during a typical season in Greenland and can transport up to 2.5 million pounds of cargo that are essential to conduct the research.

“I like the challenge of flying on the snow," Yandik said. "I like the fact that actually there's some good coming out of it.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) -- Federal agents have joined with Baltimore police as part of a wide-reaching effort to curb the recent violence that one expert says appears to be modeled on Los Angeles’ response to the 1992 riots.

The effort, launched on Monday, involves personnel from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Secret Service, with two agents from each agency directly embedding with the Baltimore police department’s homicide unit, acting police commissioner Kevin Davis said on Sunday.

The collaboration, which Davis dubbed “B-Fed,” comes after two people were fatally shot in Baltimore in the first two days of August, on top of the dozens of killings that took place in the city in July.

Steve Gomez, who worked for the FBI as part of a joint task force with the Los Angeles Police Department when it launched a collaboration in the wake of the riots that followed the beating of Rodney King, said that that was “very similar to what is occurring in Baltimore.”

Gomez, now a consultant for ABC News, said Baltimore police “clearly need assistance from various agencies and now they’re going to get it.”

“Obviously, they’re overwhelmed,” he added.

Rioting in Baltimore took place after the funeral service of Freddie Gray in late April, who died from injuries he suffered while in police custody.

“It’s a snowball effect from the time that the riots began moving forward … Violence begets violence and the criminals are feeling empowered to commit more crime,” Gomez said.

One of the benefits of calling in the federal agents, Gomez said, was that in addition to using the extra resources available at the federal level, they will be able to take on more cases that may have been passed over if the extra staff weren’t on hand.

“They'll authorize the federal agencies ... basically to investigate and take in cases that normally may not meet the prosecuting threshold and that’s because of the rise in violence and the federal government along with the state of Maryland are reprioritizing and committing their agencies to take on cases that will help deal with the rise in violence in Baltimore,” he said.

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WJLA-TV(BETHESDA, Md.) -- One Metro escalator in Bethesda, Maryland is not for the faint of heart.

With a rise of 106 feet and a length along the diagonal of 212 feet, it's the second longest escalator in the Western Hemisphere, according to the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which debuted the new moving staircase Monday after a nine-month renovation period.

The longest escalator is in the system's Wheaton Station, according to the WMATA.

The ride down in Bethesda is just under three minutes.

“This is a significant improvement for our customers at Bethesda Station,” Metro said in a statement. “This first new entrance escalator will provide more reliable service for the thousands of passengers who travel through the station each day.”

The station, which services nearly 11,000 commuters each weekday, according to WMATA, is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, which includes the new escalators and improvements to lighting.

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Wayne W.Davis/Atlantic White Shark Conservancy(NEW YORK) -- Two great white sharks were spotted off the Massachusetts coast.

The photos -- shared Sunday by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy -- show a research boat close to one of the two sharks they were able to positively identify on July 28.

“We spotted multiple sharks on Tuesday and got enough footage of two for the scientists to ID them,” Atlantic White Shark Conservancy president Cynthia Wigren told ABC News Monday.

Some of the sharks got as close as a quarter-mile away from the shore, while others were further out, Wigren said.

Marine Fisheries Biologist John Chisholm was on board the boat, while a photographer was able to get aerial photos of the research encounter.

The conservancy is working alongside Chisholm -- who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment -- to complete a five-year white shark study to determine how many white sharks are in the Cape Cod area.

In 2014, the first year of the study, they were able to identify and record 68 white sharks.

Wigren said this season, 16 new sharks have been identified and three have been tagged.

“Activity so far is greater than last year, but the season doesn’t end until the end of October,” she said.

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EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A judge in New York set a retrial date for the man charged in the abduction and murder of a boy who was the first missing child featured on a milk carton.

Pedro Hernandez will go on trial again starting in late February after his first trial ended with a hung jury.

Eleven jurors wanted to convict Hernandez of kidnapping and killing Etan Patz in 1979, but there was a lone holdout.

“I couldn’t find enough evidence that wasn’t circumstantial to convict,” the lone juror said at the time.

There was no physical evidence, but Pedro Hernandez confessed to killing the boy.

Defense attorneys questioned whether Hernandez was mentally sound enough to confess.

Patz’ father Stan is still waiting for his family’s long ordeal to be over.

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