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lzf/iStock/Thinkstock(ROCKAWAY, N.Y.) --  New York City police have released a sketch of a witness they are looking to identify and speak to as they investigate the unsolved murder of a Queens jogger.

On Aug. 2, 30-year-old Karina Vetrano was strangled to death while jogging along a path she and her father often ran together in the Howard Beach, New York, community.

Nearly one month later, about 85 tips have come in, but the case remains unsolved. The New York Police Department still has no hits from DNA recovered from the scene. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said Tuesday the killing is still believed to be a random attack. Police have talked to known shoplifters and panhandlers in the area and have traced all possible escape routes, but no suspect appears on any surveillance camera.

As police released the witness sketch Wednesday, Boyce emphasized the witness is not a suspect or a person of interest but that he was allegedly in the area at the time of the murder and police want to speak to him.

The witness is described as a black man between the age of 35 and 45 who was wearing a wool cap. He stands at about 5’10” and has a medium build.

The sketch was prepared by utility worker who was working in the area at the time.

Because nothing came of surveillance video, police are relying on witness recollection; they’ve been interviewing joggers and bicycle riders every day.

Vetrano's devastated parents addressed the media on Aug. 18, pleading with their daughter's killer to "own up" to the crime.

"I know that you're tormented," her father, Phil Vetrano, said. "I know that you're being driven crazy. I know that you want to do the right thing."

"My little baby was brutalized by this person, by this evil coward," his wife, Cathy Vetrano, said. "Her last moments were horrible."

She then spoke directly to the killer: "Show someone that you care about that you're not as evil as the whole world thinks that you are. You can't run. It's just a matter of time."

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Jean Vaillancourt/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Stanford University student Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman, is slated to be released from prison on Friday, after serving just about three months of his sentence.

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2014 that more than 13,500 inmates per month were released early in an effort to relieve crowding.

Turner faced up to 14 years in prison, and prosecutors sought a six-year term, but Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky -- who is now facing a recall campaign over his handling of the case -- opted for the lighter jail term and three years probation. At the time, Persky said that a longer sentence would have a "severe impact" on Turner.

Last week, Persky moved to civil court, officials said.

Turner's case hit the national spotlight in June, when Buzzfeed published the 23-year-old victim's impact statement, which she read in court.


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Courtesy City of Binghamton(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) -- Bystanders who jumped into action to save a woman's life described the "surreal" scene after a multiple-vehicle accident trapped a motorist inside her car as it burst into flames.

The mayor of Binghamton, New York, released dashcam footage of the 10-car pileup in the hopes of finding and honoring the people who can be seen on camera rescuing the woman.

ABC News spoke exclusively with four of the men who helped save the woman's life.

The good Samaritans behind the daring rescue during the Aug. 25 accident recalled the moments when they decided to rush to an elderly woman's aide rather than stand by and watch.

Ed Staff, seen in the video wearing neon green shorts and a baseball hat, told Good Morning America, "It was like a demolition derby. It really was."

"It was miraculous that nobody got killed in this accident, said Chris White. "It's tough." White is pictured in the video wearing jeans and a white shirt while helping carry the woman away from the fiery scene.

"It's hard to watch," Doug Kumpon, added.

Albert Fior, in black shorts and a blue shirt told ABC, "I looked inside the car and I noticed that there was a female trying to get our attention, waving her hands frantically."

While the group of strangers worked together, struggling to get the car doors open, Kumpon said, "flames shot out from that rear quarter of the car. That was pretty scary."

With the vehicle up in flames and the woman still trapped inside, Staff jumped into action, "I run to the tractor trailer there and the driver was just getting out and he's got a fire extinguisher in his hand. So I grabbed that fire extinguisher and I run back to the car that's burning."

White said that in the heat of the moment, he knew he had to do whatever he could, "I couldn’t live just watching somebody burn to death without me putting up a fight.”

"It was a very surreal few minutes in our lives," said Kumpon, who said he doesn't believe they're heroes. He said the group "did what we had to do at the end of the day and got the job done."

But the mayor of Binghamton, Richard C. David, begs to differ saying, "You wanna know what a hero looks like? Take a look at this video and you'll see several of them in action."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Hawaii is under a hurricane warning as twin hurricanes continue to head towards the islands Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and high waves and causing residents to stock up on supplies.

Hurricane Madeline is weakening, but still has winds of 90 miles per hour as it moves towards the Big Island. Hurricane conditions are expected on the island later into Thursday morning. More than fifteen inches of rain and waves of up to 25 feet are possible on the Big Island, according to forecasts.

Hawaii Island Public Schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday because of Madeline, according to the state's Department of Education.

Hurricane Lester is not far behind Madeline, and is expected to approach the islands on Friday night, but forecasts show it will not come as close to land as Madeline. Lester is expected to bring heavy rain, gusty winds and bigger surf.

Meanwhile, over in the Atlantic, a hurricane watch is in effect for parts of Florida from just east of Apalachicola to north of Tampa, as Tropical Depression 9 continues to head towards the Florida Gulf Coast and is likely to strengthen. It is currently 420 miles west-southwest of Tampa, with maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, and is moving north at around 2 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center. It is expected to move faster later Wednesday and take a turn toward the northeast.

A hurricane watch is currently in effect for the Anclote River to Indian Pass in Florida, and a tropical storm warning is in effect for the Anclote River to Florida's Walton/Bay County line, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Tornadoes are also possible late Wednesday night and through Thursday morning across central Florida, the National Hurricane Center stated. A storm surge can also cause normally dry areas to be flooded by rising waters over the next two days, along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

Tropical Depression 8, however, moves slowly northeastward away from the Carolina coast at about 5 miles per hour. It has maximum sustained winds of 35 miles per hour, but there are currently no coastal watches or warnings in effect. Strengthening is still possible, and the depression could become a tropical storm later today, but it is expected to continue moving northeasterly, according to the National Hurricane Center.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- Eleven kayakers were hit by a ferry in the Hudson River Tuesday evening, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The ferry departed from Pier 79 in New York City and hit the kayakers at just before 6 p.m. Officers from the NYPD Special Operations Division pulled several people from the water, the NYPD confirmed.

Five kayakers were taken to area hospitals, according to the Coast Guard. Two people were in critical condition.

We believe as many as ten kayakers may have been hit by a departing ferry from Pier 79. Additional updates to follow from the scene.

— J. Peter Donald (@JPeterDonald) August 30, 2016

All 451 people on board the ferry were accounted for, according to an NYPD dispatch call. One of the injured had a "severe laceration" to his left arm, while another suffered an injury to his head, according to the call.

The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.

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Tarrant County Sheriff(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Lawyers for "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch filed a motion Tuesday asking for Couch’s release from jail, claiming that Tarrant County Criminal Court Judge Wayne Salvant never had jurisdiction to incarcerate him or rule on his case.

Couch was 16 years old when he killed four people and injured 11 more in a drunk driving accident. Nearly six month later, on December 10, 2013, he was sentenced by a Texas juvenile court judge to ten years probation and ordered to spend time in a rehabilitation center.

His case became infamous after a defense psychologist claimed he suffered from “affluenza” because of his privileged upbringing.

Couch, now 19 years old, landed back in court in May of this year after he missed a check-in with his probation officer and fled to Mexico with his mother.

But this time, Couch appeared before an adult criminal court judge who ordered him to serve two years in jail, where he currently spends 23 hours a day in isolation.

In Tuesday’s filing, Couch’s lawyers argued that he was improperly sent to adult criminal court, even though he is now of legal age.

Juvenile proceedings are “civil actions, not criminal cases,” according to the motion. The defense lawyers claim that Couch’s case should be handled in civil court because it originated in juvenile court, according to their reading of Texas laws and the state’s Constitution. They argue that the narrow exceptions that allow a transfer from juvenile court to criminal court do not apply.

Couch asks that all orders by Judge Salvant, including his jail term, be thrown out, explaining in the motion, "Because this Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction over this matter, this Court has no authority to act whatsoever, and any orders -– including the imposition of any and all conditions of probation – previously entered by this Court in this matter are null and void.”

Meanwhile, Couch's mother Tonya -- who was charged with hindering apprehension of a felon and money laundering -- was released from home confinement earlier this month. A judge said she no longer needed to be under house arrest, but must wear an electronic monitor and not consume alcohol or drugs while awaiting trial. She currently tends bar in suburban Fort Worth, Texas.

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iStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- A Massachusetts man, already under FBI investigation, was arrested over the weekend and charged with weapons possession after allegedly telling a childhood friend that he wanted to attack a mosque or kill President Obama, or do both, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Joseph Garguilo, 40, was arrested early Saturday morning in connection with the possession of a “trove of weapons” in violation of a restraining order, ammunition and incendiary material, as well as his threats to use them, according to the U.S. Attorney.

He allegedly told the friend he wanted to “chain a mosque closed and burn it down. Burn every [person] down in there,” according to court records.

Another person also reported him to the FBI on July 27, the charging documents allege. That person feared he was using drugs, acquiring parts to make an AR-15 and stockpiling other weapons, food and water because “Garguilo believes that the structure of America will collapse and that America is going to enter a state of martial law,” the court records state.

When martial law is declared, Garguilo told his children, he hopes to build thermite grenades to kill police officers, according to the documents.

That person also told the FBI that “he will plant bombs in police stations … and kill as many homeland security officers as he can before they kill him,” according to court documents.

The childhood friend also called the FBI to say he saw in Garguilo’s basement a partially assembled AR-15, crossbow and knives, according to the court records.

The friend told the FBI Garguilo said he wanted to “attack a mosque and/or kill President Obama,” according to the court records. He also said Garguilo’s “mental state had gone downhill,” the documents state.

The friend also reported that Garguilo made a comment to the effect that when Obama was on the golf course in Martha's Vineyard, Garguilo should have taken the opportunity to kill him, according to court documents.

The United States Secret Service is aware of the arrest and referred questions to the FBI.

When agents searched Garguilo’s residence last Friday they found ammunition, magazines, parts to assemble AR-15 rifles and chemicals that could be combined to create explosive material, according to the criminal complaint.

Agents also recovered handwritten notes allegedly threatening violence against Muslims.

Garguilo was taken into custody Saturday and had an initial court appearance Monday. He was charged with possessing ammunition in violation of the restraining order. He did not enter a plea, but plans to plead not guilty, according to his attorney, Mark Meehan.

Meehan said Gargiulo is, "first and foremost, a loving and dedicated father to his two boys."

"[T]he character the media is portraying Mr. Gargiulo as being is not accurate,” the lawyer told ABC News in a statement. “Mr. Gargiulo, from what I am aware of, has never entertained any plots against any individual or group. Mr. Gargiulo may not possess mainstream political beliefs, but what beliefs he does hold is no threat. He is a collector of self-defense tools and can be categorized as what is called a 'prepper,’ that is, preparing for difficult times.”

The FBI discovered that Garguilo has a criminal history with a number of “sealed adult appearances,” according to the court records. The status of an earlier conviction was unclear, according to the FBI.

As a result of the information the FBI received, it contacted the Holliston Police Department in Massachusetts. Detectives there were familiar with Garguilo and said they believed he had been involved in some kind of hit-and-run incident, according to court records.

Detectives also said that Garguilo had metal bars on his doors and windows, wears a handcuff key on his neck and is believed to abuse prescription medication, the documents state.

The restraining order required that he surrender all firearms and ammunition to police based on the finding that there “there is a substantial likelihood of immediate danger of abuse...”

A detention hearing is scheduled for Garguilo on Sept. 7. He is in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) — Police in Ithaca, New York, are reviewing videos as they work to determine what led to the stabbing death of an Ithaca College sophomore on Cornell University's campus early Sunday.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Nazaire, who had just begun his sophomore year studying business administration at Ithaca College, was stabbed along with another Ithaca student during a "large fight" on the Cornell campus after a student-organized event, Ithaca College said in a statement.

The stabbing happened when "several fights broke out" shortly before 2 a.m., Cornell University said in a statement Monday.

"These events occurred after a party at Willard Straight Hall sponsored by a Cornell fraternity, Omega Psi Phi," the statement said. "For several years the fraternity has hosted such an event during the first week of classes."

Nazaire, of Brooklyn, New York, died from the stabbing, Ithaca College said. The other victim, whose name was not released, was treated and released from the hospital, Ithaca College and Cornell said.

No perpetrators have been apprehended or identified yet, Ithaca College said Sunday.

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating. Public Information Officer Jamie Williamson of the Ithaca police told ABC News that the department has received multiple videos that show several fights, but described the scene as chaotic and said it's difficult to discern what was happening.

Williamson said police are still working to identify people seen in the videos and hope they can improve the quality of the images to get a better look at the scene.

The police are requesting more people step forward to submit videos from the incident.

Williamson told ABC affiliate WSYR-TV in Syracuse Monday that "video has helped us to put some of the pieces of the puzzle together, but not everything quite yet."

Nazaire's sister Kiara Nazaire told ABC station WABC-TV in New York that she heard from another student that a "bump" started the fight.

Anthony "was with his friend, his friend bumped the girl by accident and he apologized," Kiara Nazaire said. "Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized and didn't bump the girl."

But the situation seemed to escalate. In an attempt to avoid further conflict, Anthony and his friend "walked away," she said.

"These cowards followed them and hit his friend," Kiara Nazaire added. "Anthony tried to help his friend but he was hit, too."

Ithaca police told ABC News they have heard about the potential reason for the altercation and are looking into it.

"My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Anthony Nazaire," Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said. "He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus."

"I don't understand how someone could just take someone's life away like that," Kiara Nazaire told WABC. "I would see killings all over the news ... I never knew that it would have to be me crying over someone so close."

"I just hope my brother finds justice," she added.

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Loren Elliott/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Officials released 911 calls from the Pulse nightclub mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, for the first time Tuesday.

Forty-nine people were killed in the June 12 massacre and dozens of others were injured.

In one call, a female dispatcher says, “You say you heard gunshots?”

A male caller replies, “As soon as I heard ... we ran. ... Gunshots were going like crazy.”

In another 911 call, a man says his girlfriend is at Pulse, where she is hiding in a bathroom.

"There's like 18 people, two are dead, they're in the bathroom," the man says. "They're all scared to death, they all think they're gonna die."

He says his girlfriend is texting him because she's afraid the shooter will hear.

"She saying the shooters are here. So I don't know if they're in the bathroom with her now or just in the club," the man tells 911.

At one point, he tells the dispatcher his girlfriend is not responding.

"It's OK, she might be with the deputies or she might be just trying not to let the light come out," the dispatcher replies. "I'm gonna stay on the phone with you."

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Courtesy City of Binghamton(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — The mayor of Binghamton, New York, has released dashcam footage of a 10-car pileup on Highway 17 last week in an attempt to find and honor the bystanders who can be seen on camera rescuing a woman from a burning vehicle.

Good Samaritan Jay Zemotel said he was among those at the scene of the crash, which he said, "words can't describe," and helped rescue a paralyzed woman and others who were trapped in their vehicles.

"It was just amazing; a big cloud of dust. And when it settled it was just car parts and shrapnel everywhere. It was unexplainable," Zemotel told ABC News Tuesday.

"It was a pretty traumatic event. I haven't really slept well since. You just replay the accident in your head," Zemotel said of the accident. "It was just kind of strange because I totally missed the accident. It was literally like feet in front of me."

Zemotel said he was pulling a man from his vehicle when he noticed a woman calling for help in her vehicle behind them. "Then I saw she was in a wheelchair, and then I saw the other car on fire, and I was like, 'OK, we have got to get you out of here.'"

"It was like I was trapped in a movie. You see a car on fire you think it’s going to blow up. I was kind of fearing for my life, but I wasn't going to leave her there. There's just no way," Zemotel said.

He added that he was just happy that no one died in the crash.

Binghamton Mayor Rich David said in a Facebook post that "miraculously," there were no fatalities, and praised the "brave individuals" who stepped up to help.

"Dramatic dash camera video of last week's 10-vehicle pileup on Route 17 in the City of Binghamton. It captures the chilling first moments of the crash and the actions of bystanders who pulled a woman from a burning vehicle. In a time of crisis, these brave individuals navigated through flames and broken glass to save a stranger's life," the mayor wrote in a Facebook post.

"The woman suffered only minor cuts and bruises. Miraculously, the crash resulted in no fatalities. We're still attempting to identify those seen on video so they can be recognized for their efforts. On behalf of our entire community, I commend these unsung heroes as well as our local police, fire and EMS first responders. Binghamton is safer because of you."

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Alaska Airlines(SEATTLE) — Authorities led a man off an Alaska Airlines flight in handcuffs after he attempted to open the aircraft's door mid-flight on Monday, reports KOMO, an ABC affiliate in Seattle.

The Seattle-bound flight took off from JFK International Airport in New York, but was diverted to Minneapolis so the man could be removed and taken into custody.

The passenger became unruly, then tried to open a door at the rear of the 737, Alaska spokeswoman Halley Knigge told KOMO.

She said it would not be possible for a passenger to open the door in flight because of air pressure differences inside and outside the plane.

The crew initially tried to calm the man, then decided to divert to Minneapolis. Police arrested the man after the 737 landed in Minneapolis about 9:45 a.m. local time, KOMO reported.

The plane finally landed in Seattle just before 1 p.m. local time.
 
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ABC News(NEW YORK) — There are currently two tropical depressions churning in the Atlantic Basin. Tropical Depression 8 is near the Outer Banks and Tropical Depression 9 is entering the Gulf of Mexico. Both are expected to become tropical storms by Tuesday. In addition, there is also Atlantic’s first major hurricane of the season, Gaston, which is no threat to land.

These tropical systems are creating rough surf and dangerous rip currents for the next several days up and down the East Coast; alerts are up from Florida to Long Island!

ABC NewsTropical Depression 8 formed on Sunday off the coast of North Carolina and currently has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is trying to organize and could strengthen into a tropical storm within the next 24 hours. The current forecast track brings the potential topical storm near North Carolina's Outer Banks on Tuesday. By Wednesday, it is racing back out to sea away from the coast.

ABC NewsTuesday is the primary day for impacts to be felt in coastal North Carolina from this system, and a tropical storm warning is in effect from Cape Overlook to Oregon Inlet. The main hazards are gusty winds, rip currents, high waves, and heavy rain accumulations locally up to 5 inches for the Outer Banks.

ABC NewsTropical Depression 9 also formed on Sunday and is currently over Northern Cuba, bringing torrential rain there with some of that moisture making its way into the Florida Keys. Right now, it has max sustained winds at 35 mph and is moving west-northwest at 5 mph. Cuba may see up to a foot of rain through Wednesday, which could cause flash flooding and mudslides. Also, because of its close vicinity to Florida, Tampa to Miami could also see up to a half-foot of rain (locally 6 inches or more) through Wednesday.

Here’s the current forecast track; you can see that Tropical Depression 9 is also expected to become a tropical storm by Tuesday, and will continue a strengthening trend in the Gulf of Mexico before turning around and heading toward the Gulf Coast of Florida.

ABC NewsAs of right now, there are no tropical storm watches or warnings anywhere in the state of Florida. Tropical storm conditions are possible there by Thursday, so Florida residents along the Gulf Coast need to continue to monitor this system.

ABC NewsHurricane Gaston has become the first major hurricane in the Atlantic Basin this season. It is still considered a "fish storm" and is no threat to any landmasses. At the time, there are no hurricane threats anywhere in the U.S. Gaston has weakened from a Category 3 to a Category 2 hurricane and will continue to weaken as it moves out to sea over the next few days.

ABC NewsAnother area of tropical interest this week is Hawaii. Currently TWO hurricanes, named Madeline and Lester, are threatening the islands one after another later this week into the weekend. The first hurricane we will be tracking is Madeline, which is moving west-northwest with maximum sustained winds at 115 mph. The forecast track takes the Hurricane Madeline just south of Hilo during the Wednesday-Thursday time frame as a Category 1. After Madeline has passed, Hurricane Lester is lurking not too far behind, and could also threaten Hawaii this weekend.

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WABC-TV(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- The fight on Cornell University's campus that led to the death of an Ithaca College sophomore this weekend allegedly began from an accidental bump, according to the victim's sister.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Nazaire, who had just begun his sophomore year studying business administration at Ithaca College, was stabbed along with another Ithaca student during a "large fight" on the Cornell campus after a student-organized event, Ithaca College said.

Anthony Nazaire, of Brooklyn, New York, died from the stabbing, Ithaca College said. The other victim, whose name was not released, was treated and released from the hospital, Ithaca College and Cornell said.

Anthony Nazaire's sister Kiara Nazaire told ABC-owned station WABC-TV that she heard from another student that what started the fight was a bump.

Anthony "was with his friend, his friend bumped the girl by accident, and he apologized," Kiara Nazaire said. "Both of them apologized, even my brother apologized and didn't bump the girl."

But the situation seemed to escalate, and Anthony and his friend "walked away. And these cowards followed them and hit his friend," Kiara Nazaire said. "Anthony tried to help his friend but he was hit, too," Nazaire said.

Ithaca police told ABC News they have heard that potential reason for the altercation and are looking into it.

"I don't understand how someone could just take someone's life away like that," Kiara Nazaire told WABC. "I would see killings all over the news ... I never knew that it would have to be me crying over someone so close."

Kiara Nazaire said her driven younger brother aspired to become an entrepreneur.

"Talking about the business ventures that he had planned -- we used to sit there all night," Kiara Nazaire said.

And he was the first to help her with her own business venture.

"When I found out information for me to open up my own cosmetic line and I told him, the first thing he told me was, 'How much money I gotta send you?' And he was away in Ithaca. That was the first thing he said," she recalled. "And the moment I told him ... he came home for the weekend, I showed him everything ... a week later I had my own cosmetic line.

"Every night we would text each other 'I love you,'" she added. "I just hope my brother finds justice."

"My deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Anthony Nazaire," Ithaca College President Tom Rochon said. "He graduated from Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School, and at IC he was a member of the executive board of Brothers4Brothers, a student organization dedicated to empowering men of color on our campus."

The Ithaca Police Department is investigating and Ithaca College said Sunday that no perpetrators had been apprehended or identified.

"Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of the deceased," Cornell Vice President for Student & Campus Life Ryan Lombardi said.

"There is nothing more important than the safety of our community; as such, this incident is deeply disturbing," Lombardi said. "Please be sure to take care of yourselves and each other throughout the coming days."

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Mississippi DPS(JACKSON, Miss.) -- After the man accused of murdering two nuns in their Mississippi home appeared in court Monday, his family broke down and apologized to the family of one of the victims, according to ABC affiliate WAPT-TV in Jackson.

The suspect, Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, was arrested late Friday in connection with the deaths of Sister Paula Merrill and Sister Margaret Held in Durant, Mississippi.

Sanders was wearing shackles and a bulletproof vest as he was taken to the courthouse in Durant Monday afternoon, WAPT-TV reported.

Sanders, who has been charged with two counts of capital murder, in addition to other charges, will be appointed an attorney, according to WAPT-TV.

He will remain in jail without bond, WAPT-TV reported.

It is believed Sanders acted alone in the murders, according to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The bodies of the two nuns were found by police Thursday morning when they did not report to work, the Catholic Diocese of Jackson said.

The two nuns also worked as nurse practitioners in the community.

"She was so good to the people down there and they just loved her," Merrill's sister, Rosemarie Merrill, told WAPT-TV.

“These sisters have spent years of dedicated service here in Mississippi," Bishop Joseph Kopacz said, according to a statement on the site for the Catholic Diocese of Jackson. "They absolutely loved the people in their community."

"We got each other's backs over here," a community member told WAPT-TV. "So when this happened, it's devastating."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new era took flight Monday as the Federal Aviation Administration introduced new rules for commercial drone use.

No longer do businesses need to be granted special permission from regulators on a case-by-case basis. In the next year, the FAA estimates that more than 600,000 commercial drones will be registered and operating in the U.S.

This is what you need to know about the new rules.

What Are the Rules?

The drone must weigh under 55 pounds and be kept within direct eyesight of the operator, with his or her naked eye, throughout the duration of the flight.

The drones may only fly during daylight hours and they must be kept away from crowds. The rules restrict drone use to sparsely populated areas. And remember, stay low and slow: The drone should remain below 400 feet and never operate faster than 100 mph.

The operator must also be an FAA-certified pilot.

How Does One Become a Certified Pilot?

A certified pilot must be 16 years old and able to read, speak, write and understand English. He or she is expected to be in a physical and mental condition to safely operate the aircraft.

After meeting these requirements, a soon-to-be pilot must pass a knowledge exam at an FAA-approved testing center.

What If a Business Needs to Operate Outside These Rules?

Many businesses plan to use drones at night or out of direct eyesight. In a case where a company needs to fly outside of the operational restrictions, the company can apply for a waiver.

The FAA said Monday morning that it is issuing more than 70 waivers today alone; most were for permission to operate at night.

What Are Businesses Using Drones for?


Any business that needs photos or videos from the air will benefit greatly from these new rules. For example, real estate firms can take new photos and videos of properties. Farmers can inspect crops more efficiently than ever. Railroads can inspect tracks faster than ever while oil or gas companies can do the same with pipelines.

Many of these uses will require a waiver, but the FAA has a process in place to make that possible.

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