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File photo. (iStock/Thinkstock)(PASADENA, Calif.) -- A huge tree fell and hit children near a museum in California on Tuesday, injuring eight children, two of them critically.

The tree toppled over around 5 p.m. near the Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, hitting children who were waiting to be picked up by their parents from summer day camp.

"I heard a tree crack, and then I turned around and I saw little kids running, then I saw the tree fall on top of the little kids," Greg Prodigalidad told ABC News station KABC-TV in Los Angeles. "I ran over there with a bunch of parents and we just started going through the tree and the bushes and we started pulling them out."

Fire officials said two children were transported with critical injuries. The other six suffered minor injuries.

It's unclear what caused the tree to fall. An investigation is underway.

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Michael Lavin, Courtesy of Jamestown Rediscovery Foundation(WASHINGTON) -- A team of scientists on Tuesday revealed that a set of 400-year-old skeletons are believed to be early leaders from Jamestown, the place where the English settlement of North America took root, at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

“They were four of the first founders of English America,” said James Horn, president of Jamestown Rediscovery. “They endured years of starvation, Indian attacks, and disease.”

The four men -- Rev. Robert Hunt, Capt. Gabriel Archer, Sir Ferdinando Wainman and Capt. William West -- were prominent Englishmen in their 20s to 40s, according to scientists at the Jamestown Rediscovery.

Their bodies were exhumed in 2013 from a recently-discovered 1608 church in Jamestown, which was also the site of Pocahontas’ marriage to John Rolfe.

According to the Smithsonian, scientists used a number of tools to make the determination including chemical testing, 3D technology and genealogical research, cross-referencing that information with a list of colonists who died during that time.

Only about 30 percent of the skeletons remained, but scientists were able to determine their sex and approximate age at death.

"This information, paired with the style of coffins and associated artifacts found at the site, led the scientists to match this set of remains," the Smithsonian said.

Hunt, the first Anglican minister at Jamestown, was found “buried in a simple shroud with no coffin facing the people he served, his congregation.” He, along with Archer, arrived on the first expedition to Jamestown with Capt. John Smith. Testing determined Hunt died at age 34 in either late 1609 or early 1610.

Archer led early expeditions in Jamestown and was a fierce critic of Smith.

Wainman arrived at Jamestown with his first cousin, governor of Virginia Lord De La Warr. He died in 1610 at the age of 34.

West arrived in Jamestown with his relatives, Wainman and De La Warr. He was killed in 1610 “fighting against elite Indian warriors,” said Douglas Owsley, division head of Physical Anthropology at the Museum of Natural History.

But with one mystery solved, another remains.

The small silver box on top of Archer’s coffin is believed to be a Catholic relic. Although scientists are unable to open it, 3D X-ray images of the box reveal it contains bone fragments and an ampulla, a small container used for holy liquids.

Michael Lavin, senior conservator with Jamestown Rediscovery, said the box is significant because “artifacts associated with burial are extremely rare.” Archer’s parents were Catholic and scientists believe the box suggests that at least one of the colonists retained his Catholic faith, perhaps in secret.

The bone fragments found inside the box are “representative of bones of a saint,” Lavin explained. He said the Catholic tradition behind the box predates the Protestant split with the Catholic Church, leading Lavin to speculate whether the box is evidence of “a Catholic cell” at Jamestown or simply remains of an evolving religion.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Looks like your chances of getting into your dream school just got easier -- at least, if your dream college is George Washington University.

The Washington, D.C. private college is removing the SAT and ACT from most freshmen admission requirements, The Washington Post reports.

The reason speaks to the ongoing debate about the alleged cultural bias of standardized testing, which could cause some students from minority backgrounds to perform less well.

“We want outstanding students from all over the world and from all different backgrounds -- regardless of their standardized scores -- to recognize GW as a place where they can thrive,” said Dean of Admissions Karen Stroud Felton.

GWU is the largest of the more than 125 private colleges and universities with testing-optional admission policies, according to the National Center of Fair and Open Testing, or FairTest. Wesleyan University, American University and Wake Forest University are other major institutions included on the list.

Even so, test-optional admission policies aren't a major growing trend, according to ACT President Jon L. Erickson. The majority of schools still require the SAT or ACT scores for consideration, and millions of students still follow the traditional ritual of taking one, or both tests, usually multiple times, in hopes of college admittance.

“I have to question why having less information to make a decision is a good thing,” said Erickson. “To me, for a good decision, you want as much information as possible.”

Ironically, both tests were originally created to increase college access and remove entrance bias by basing student candidacy on merit, and not relationships. However, research shows there are correlations between test scores and economic circumstances -- a potential barrier George Washington University hopes to remove in order to increase diversity at the institution.

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Shelly Greer/Hemera/iStock/ThinkStock(AURORA, Colo.) -- Bob Holmes took the stand Tuesday in a desperate attempt to save the life of his son, who was convicted of killing 12 people and wounding 70 others in the Aurora, Colorado theater massacre.

James Holmes is potentially facing the death penalty after being convicted of 165 counts on July 16.
"Do you still love your son?" asked public defender Tamara Brady. "Yes. He was an excellent kid. He's my son," Bob Holmes said quietly.

Bob Holmes testified that the trial has been very difficult for him. He and his wife, Arlene, have sat directly behind their son in support of him enduring weeks of gut-wrenching testimony from the victims of families he killed and wounded.

Bob Holmes told the court that he wasn't aware that his son was mentally ill and also did not know that he was having homicidal thoughts.

At the urging of defense attorneys, the killer's father described a bucolic California childhood as pictures and videos of the gunman were shown to the jury on three flat screens in the courtroom. There were pictures and home movies of Christmas gatherings, neighborhood Halloween parties, camping out and, at 5 years old, getting a haircut by his grandmother.

All week, the jury has heard from neighbor moms, church leaders, college roommates and childhood friends. They've listened to stories of better days when the defendant got good grades on school science projects, volunteered to pull weeds at the church and brought toys to orphans.

But the older Holmes described life starting to turn south for his son after a move from the strawberry fields of Castroville, California to San Diego when the defendant was entering middle school.

"Jimmy," as the family calls him, got good grades, but was struggling to fit in.

After graduating from high school, he started a job in a pill-coating factory.

"I suspected he was unhappy," explained his dad. Life started looking up when the defendant got into the Neuropsychiatry program at the University of Colorado. In the fall of 2011 he had his first girlfriend.
Holmes' father testified that at Christmas break that year, James was very sick with mononucleosis and he was concerned. By that spring, his son wasn't returning phone calls."We knew he had broken up with his girlfriend. We knew some things weren't going very well."

In truth, the convicted shooter had already begun buying guns and plotting out the July 20th attack; but he didn't reveal his plans to anyone.

Though they usually communicated by email, they set up a phone call for July 4th and had a long conversation, which for the normally-introverted James they knew, was very unusual. "He sure didn't sound depressed. He was pretty chatty," testified the father.

When Bob and Arlene Holmes got the call that a gunman had opened fire into the premiere of a Batman movie in the early morning of July 20 three years ago, they thought their son had been shot. To their horror, they found out from the media that it was their son who had done the shooting.

The family sent nearly 50 letters to the jail and visited three times before the trial procedures started. "Jim doesn't allow visitors, so we hadn't been able to see him. The first time was when he had his red hair."

Wednesday, Arlene Holmes will have her turn on the stand and tears are expected to be flowing in the Arapahoe County courtroom. Thursday morning both sides will have closing arguments and then the jury will deliberate whether the Holmes family's plea for them to see their son as a human being worked to save him from moving to the next phase, the decision of whether or not to put him to death.

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G.N. Miller - Pool/Getty Images(PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.) --  Prison worker Joyce Mitchell poured her heart out to investigators about her relationships with the convicted murderers she helped escape from an upstate New York prison, detailing her increasing sexual contact with one of them and her deepening involvement in the plot over time, according to a series of statements she made to police.

In the statements, obtained by ABC News, Mitchell, who pleaded guilty Tuesday, details her dreams of running off into the sunset with the men, only to have the fantasy unravel when she panicked on the night of the escape.

"I enjoyed the attention, the feeling both of them gave me, and the thought of a different life," she said in one of the three statements she gave investigators in the week following the escape.

Her relationship with one of the men, Richard Matt, began with seemingly innocent requests for help, but soon escalated into sexual contact, she said, including sending him nude photos to give to the other inmate, David Sweat, she said in the statements.

Matt and Sweat escaped from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora in a dramatic "Shawshank Redemption"-style breakout. Investigators caught up to the men after weeks on the lam and shot and killed Matt. Sweat was shot and captured.

Matt only began the relationship with Mitchell, who is married, after he hatched his escape plan from Clinton Correctional Facility with fellow convicted murderer David Sweat, the statements said.

Mitchell was investigated by jail officials for allegedly having relations with Sweat, but not enough evidence was found to continue the investigation.

The statements, obtained by ABC News, offer the first detailed account of the incident in Mitchell's own words.

Mitchell, who worked in the prison tailor shop, explained she had sexual contact with Matt but insisted that she and Sweat had never had any sexual contact.

She said that Matt made her “feel special” and she started doing favors for him. First, she called Matt’s daughter for him and then helped him get a hold of items he couldn't get for himself, including two pairs of glasses with lights on them, a screw driver bit, and two hacksaw blades.

At one point at the end of April 2015, Mitchell said she was alone with Matt in the prison tailor shop where she worked when he "grabbed me and kissed me," the statement said.

"It startled me," she said. "He kissed me with an open mouth kiss." The sexual request from Matt escalated from there over time and Mitchell obliged, she told investigators.

Mitchell told investigators how she started bringing contraband into the prison around that time, including smuggled in frozen hamburger meat, allegedly with the unwitting help of Correction Officer Gene Palmer.

"I originally brought in two blades, by bending them in half and putting them in some hamburger, which I then put in the freezer," she told investigators, according to the statements.

"I brought the frozen hamburger into work and put it in the freezer where I work. Inmate Matt stated he would have Correctional Officer Palmer pick up the hamburger and bring it back to his cell."

"The second time Inmate Matt asked me for hacksaw blades, he also asked for two chisels and a punch," Mitchell said. She said she put the blades in the hamburger again, froze the meat and took it into the jail.

Mitchell said she left it in a freezer, and a few days later, the hamburger was gone.

"Matt said he had gotten the items, so I assume C.O. Palmer brought them to him," Mitchell said, according to the statement.

Mitchell also said Matt gave her two pills to "drug my husband Lyle with." Mitchell said she doesn't know what the pills were, but that she took them home and flushed them down the toilet once police started interviewing her.

When recounting the night of the escape -- June 5 -- Mitchell said she had initially agreed to help Matt and Sweat escape and run away with them. But at the last minute, she panicked and decided she couldn't go through with it because she loved her husband.

She said they were supposed to meet at midnight, and they were going to go somewhere 6-7 hours away, but she doesn't remember where. Mitchell said the plan was for Matt to go off by himself and for Mitchell to be with Sweat.

Mitchell said she had agreed to help the prisoners because she believed she was “caught up in the fantasy”, and liked the attention the men paid to her and the thought of a different life.

Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation. She faces a prison sentence ranging from 2 1/3 years to 7 years.

She also agreed to cooperate with the investigation and give up her teaching certificate.

The judge said Mitchell, who wiped away tears while making the plea, could be released on $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond. Mitchell was wearing her wedding ring in court.

Mitchell's attorney, Stephen Johnston, said Mitchell has been sobbing, anxious, depressed and remorseful since her arrest.

Johnston said Mitchell's husband, Lyle, is also upset, but continues to support his wife. Johnston said Lyle Mitchell believed it was in his wife's best interest to accept the plea deal.

"She realizes that she made a horrible mistake," Johnston said at a news conference after Tuesday's court hearing.

Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie agreed not to pursue other charges against Mitchell, including allegedly conspiring to murder her husband and sexual-related offenses, Wylie said.

Palmer, who was also arrested in connection with the escape, will face a grand jury next month. He has admitted providing the two inmates with certain items and access, but has denied knowing the men would escape.

Mitchell will be sentenced on Sept. 28.


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Sandra Bland/Facebook(HOUSTON) -- Texas officials released new footage of Sandra Bland in the county jail where she remained for three days until her death, showing her talking to officers, facing a magistrate judge, sleeping in a holding cell and making multiple phone calls.

One clip from the day after her arrest shows a seemingly upset Bland in her orange jumpsuit make multiple phone calls from the jailer's phone. As she makes calls she used a tissue to wipe her eyes.

Waller County Judge Carbett Duhon said he released the footage because of threats related to Bland's death, which caused an uproar and to address theories that she was dead prior to her mug shot being taken. Bland was found hanged from a plastic trash bag in her cell on July 13, three days after she was pulled over for a traffic infraction.

County officials said that Bland spent about 22 minutes making calls after she made multiple requests to use the phone. They said it was possible she was leaving voicemails. In one voicemail she was heard telling a friend that she did not know how a traffic stop turned into time in jail.

County officials said that the numbers she called were being retrieved as part of the investigation into her death.

Waller County Judge Carbett Duhon walked reporters through the videos of Bland during the three days at the county jail before she was found dead in her cell.

Initial video showed Bland at the jail wearing the same dress as the one she wore during the arrest.
Other video showed Bland waiting around for hours in a holding cell before she was booked and had her mug shot taken.

Duhon pointed out that Bland had been asleep for hours before her picture was taken that Friday. On Saturday Bland is shown facing a judge to have her bond determined. In the video she stands facing a judge with her hands clasped in front of her answering questions.

An autopsy released indicated that Bland committed suicide and did not show any signs of a struggle that would be associated with a violent death.

But her family has called for a Department of Justice investigation and ordered an independent autopsy.
Dash cam footage released of the arrest shows a heated confrontation between her and the officer before she was taken into custody.

Questions have been raised about what occurred after her arrest as well.

Sheriff's officials said that Bland told jailers that she was "fine" just hours before her death.

A jail intake form indicated that she had tried to commit suicide at some point in 2014 or 2015 after she lost a baby, but also said that she was not suicidal on the day she was taken into jail.


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Jacob Ammentorp Lund/iStock/ThinkStock(KEY WEST, Fla.) -- The FBI has arrested a man who allegedly wanted to detonate a bomb at a Florida beach and attack police at their homes in what authorities describe as an ISIS-inspired terror attack, officials said.

Harlem Suarez, 23, of Key West, Florida, has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the United States.

“Stopping attacks on our homeland by those inspired or directed by designated foreign terrorist organizations is the highest priority,” the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, John Carlin, said in a statement.

Suarez first came onto the FBI’s radar in April, after he posted “extremist rhetoric” and pro-ISIS messages on Facebook, according to the Justice Department.

The FBI then sent in a “confidential source,” who for months allegedly talked with Suarez online and in person about plans to attack the United States.

In May, according to the FBI, Suarez recorded his own ISIS recruitment video, declaring: "We will destroy America and divide it into two. We will raise our black flag on top of your White House and any president on duty."

The FBI said that in subsequent meetings with the FBI informant, Suarez discussed plans for an attack around the July 4 holiday and said he would "cook American[s] ... in cages" -- an apparent reference to a horrific propaganda video released by ISIS showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive while in a cage.

Last week, Suarez allegedly gave the informant two boxes of nails, a cell phone, a backpack and $100 to build a bomb. In the most recent discussions, Suarez talked about bombing a public beach in Key West and placing explosive devices under police cars and at their homes, according to charging documents filed by the FBI.

The FBI arrested Suarez on Monday.

“There is no room for failure when it comes to investigating the potential use of a weapon of mass destruction,” said Special Agent in Charge George Piro, head of the FBI’s Miami Field Office.

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Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A 15-year-old has been arrested for allegedly murdering an 8-year-old girl whose body was found in a recycling bin in Santa Cruz, California, police said Tuesday.

The teen, who lived on the same property at the Tannery Arts Center where 8-year-old Madyson Middleton's body was found, took her to his apartment and allegedly killed her there, Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel said at a news conference Tuesday.

The teen then allegedly carried Madyson's body to a recycling bin below his apartment, Vogel said. The body was found concealed in the bin Monday night.

According to Vogel, it's likely that Madyson was killed before she was reported missing Sunday night.

Vogel said police have found evidence linking the teen to the crime. He said the teen and Madyson were acquaintances as they both lived at the same complex.

Vogel also said Madyson willingly went up to his apartment.

"She knew him," Vogel said. "I think she had a reasonable amount of trust in him."

The teen has been arrested for murder and is currently being housed at a juvenile detention facility, Vogel said, noting it's believed he acted alone.

Vogel called the case "devastating."

An autopsy will be conducted, Vogel said.


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Trip Volpe(SEATTLE) -- A cyclist's GoPro camera on his helmet caught his recent close encounter with a SUV at an intersection in Seattle, Washington, where the driver crashed into the cyclist and sped away.

The cyclist, Trip Volpe, was headed northbound on Dexter Avenue at Thomas Street when the SUV made a quick turn in front of him, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV reported. Volpe's helmet cam captured the sound of his bike braking hard and the moment the SUV crashed into his bike and then fleeing the scene.

Volpe was knocked down and suffered minor injuries, KOMO reported.

"I was really angry at the guy because he pulled out in front of me, we collide, and he just flees the scene," Volpe told KOMO. "I could've been seriously injured. Hell, he could've run me over if I had somehow slipped under his tire. That's really not cool."

A still from the video Volpe caught on his $400 GoPro also appears to show the SUV driver holding a cell phone, KOMO added.

"He was staring at his phone during the turn," Volpe told KOMO. "If you're driving, don't look at your phone. Please. You'll kill somebody."

Seattle Police Department Sgt. Whitcomb told ABC News that the driver turned himself into police about an hour-and-a-half after the incident and that the case remains active under investigation. Whitcomb said he could not immediately identify the driver's age or name.

Volpe did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional comment.


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iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, Calif.) — A California car salesman was in for the ride of his life after a customer test-driving the vehicle tried to steal it with him in it, police said.

The salesman, from a dealership in Concord, California, 30 miles northeast of San Francisco, was on a test drive with a customer on Monday, according to the Concord Police Department. The dealership, Lehmer's Concord Buick GMC, made a copy of the suspect's driver's license before leaving, police said.

During the test drive, investigators say, the customer told the salesman that he was stealing the car, according to ABC station KGO-TV in San Francisco.

When the car reached the city of Pittsburg, about 10 miles away from Concord, "the victim was able to escape from the suspect by getting out of the car while it was stopped" and called the police, according to the Concord Police Department. The salesman is shaken up but okay, KGO-TV reported.

The suspect fled the area and was later apprehended by Antioch Police Department, Concord Police said. There was a police chase that ended in a crash, KGO-TV reported. Lehmer's Concord Buick GMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Concord Police and Antioch Police did not immediately respond to a request for additional information from ABC News.

"The suspect was arrested and later transported to County jail for kidnapping, resisting arrest and for stealing a car," Concord Police said Monday. "The suspect’s identity has not been confirmed at this time and we are unable to release any identifying information. This is still an on-going investigation and no additional information will be released to the public at this time."

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Convicted spy Jonathan Pollard has been granted release from prison by the U.S. Parole Commission, according to a U.S. official.

Pollard was sentenced to life in prison after being arrested in 1985 for stealing secrets for Israel. Laws at the time mandated eligibility for parole after serving 30 years, according to the Justice Department.

He is now set to be released on Nov. 21.

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U.S. Coast Guard press release(BRUNSWICK, Ga.) — The Coast Guard sent a chopper to waters off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia, Tuesday in the expanded search for two Florida teens who've been missing at sea for days, authorities said.

The chopper responded Tuesday to a Good Samaritan's report of something small and rectangular in the water.

The sighting was of an object that resembled a Styrofoam cooler lid, Coast Guard public affairs specialist Mark Barney told ABC News, but he added that it was unknown if the sighting was related to the teens' case.

According to ABC television affiliate WPBF, the object was not connected to the teens' disappearance:

On Monday, Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor told ABC News the boys apparently had a cooler on board their boat.

Officials said the search in the Atlantic Ocean for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, goes as far north as Savannah, Georgia, and as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida, according to WPBF.

Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip in Florida on Friday morning and they were reported missing Friday evening, authorities said.

On Sunday, their boat was found capsized and damaged off the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.

Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who's known the boys for years, said Sunday he's confident that the boys "know what they're doing" at sea.

“Austin’s been sharp and on the water a good while. Perry is just as sharp as can be," Namath said.

The boys' mothers also expressed confidence.

Perry's mother, Pamela Cohen, said, "Perry has been on a boat really since he was seven."

"Austin, this is his fourth boat," said Carly Black, Austin's mother. "He's been around boats since before he could walk."

But the search for the boys still remains a race against time. The seas where Austin and Perry went missing is relatively warm, Coast Guard Captain Mark Fedor said Monday, but he added that the environment is still dangerous. Fedor estimated that Austin and Perry could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.

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Virgin Galactic(WASHINGTON) — The Virgin Galactic pilot who miraculously parachuted to safety after SpaceShipTwo disintegrated over the Mojave Desert last year felt as though something was trying to rip his helmet off as he fell to the ground.

Peter Siebold’s interview was included in a release Tuesday by National Transportation Safety Board. Following a nine month investigation, the agency shared their findings in the Oct. 31, 2014 accident, saying it was caused by "premature repositioning" of the spacecraft's tail wings.

The two tail wings of the spaceship are supposed to move when the vehicle hits a certain speed — a process known as "feathering." The co-pilot unlocked the feather early at a speed of Mach 0.8 instead of the intended speed of 1.4, triggering what Investigator in Charge Lorenda Ward called "catastrophic structural failure."

While co-pilot Michael Alsbury died in the crash, Siebold was able to share his harrowing story of survival with investigators, beginning at the moment of the accident when he recalled experiencing the jolt of a "very violent, large pitch-up with high G’s and grunting noises."

As the cabin tore apart, Siebold recalled hearing what sounded like "paper fluttering in the wind."

When Siebold was outside the spacecraft, he told investigators he remembers hearing a high frequency whistling noise and realized his helmet and mask were twisted. Opening his eyes, he saw the desert below as he continued to fall in a stabilized position.

Since SpaceShipTwo was a test flight, there was a great deal of data recorded by Virgin Galactic and its partner, Scaled Composites, which investigators were able to analyze as a part of their investigation.

Though the executive summary, findings and probable cause were released Tuesday by the NTSB, the full 200-page report will not be released for a couple more weeks.


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U.S. Coast Guard press release(JUPITER, Fla.) -- The Coast Guard has searched 27,000 square miles for two teenagers believed to be lost at sea off the coast of Florida.

An area roughly the size of West Virginia had been searched for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen as of midnight Tuesday. The two 14-year-olds were last seen Friday when they left Jupiter, Florida, for a fishing trip.

Their boat was found capsized off the coast of the Ponce de Leon Inlet, about 180 miles from Jupiter, on Sunday.

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor said on Monday that the two could likely survive about four or five days at sea based in part on survivability charts.

"I have a 13 and 14-year-old at home and this resonates with me," Fedor said.

The Coast Guard's search is now focused north of where the boat was found, Fedor said.

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Ingram Publishing(MAHWAH, N.J.) — Two employees who deliver cash to ATM machines in the Mahwah, New Jersey area "inadvertently" left behind $150,000 worth of cash in a satchel on a lawn during a recent stop, according to police.

Surveillance video from the area showed that shortly after the ATM delivery employees drove away, a white van drove up and a passenger from the vehicle steeped out, took the bag of money and drove away, the Mahwah Police Department said in a news release.

Cops said they are now looking for the suspect.

The Mahwah Police Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for additional information such as the identity of the ATM delivery employees or what company they work for.

The employees who accidentally left behind the $150,000 told police they realized the cash-filled satchel was missing only 15 minutes after they drove away, police said, adding that when they returned to the location to try and recover the bag, it was missing.

The white van, which appears to be a GMC Savana, is believed to have pulled into a nearby auto repair business, where the suspect who stole they money also tried to take used tires but was asked to stop by employees, police said in the news release that did not name the auto repair business.

Police described the suspect as a "dark skinned male wearing a tee-shirt and long white athletic shorts with some type of dark stripe down the thigh area."

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Mahwah Detective Michael Grassi or Eric Larsen at 201-529-1000 extension 216 or 217.


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