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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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G.N. Miller - Pool/Getty Images(PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.) -- Former New York prison employee Joyce Mitchell pleaded guilty Tuesday to helping two prisoners escape from a maximum security prison in June.

Mitchell, who worked in the tailor shop at Clinton Correctional Facility, was jailed shortly after Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped on June 6.

Following a three-week manhunt, Matt was shot and killed. Sweat was captured soon after and jailed.

Mitchell, 51, pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prison contraband and fourth-degree criminal facilitation. She faces a prison sentence ranging from two-and-a-third years to seven years.

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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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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Oregon State Police along with other law enforcement agencies are investigating suspicious letters and packages -- some containing "an unknown substance" -- sent to government offices across the state, the police department said in a statement.

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was taken to the hospital Monday night after opening up one piece of mail and developing a rash on his arms. But he was released within hours, according to KGW-TV in Portland.

Efforts to reach Palmer were not successful.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, had to be evacuated because of a suspicious package. About 60 people had to leave once it was noticed. At least two county courthouses in the state were also evacuated.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Service are assisting local officials as they work to determine precisely what substance was sent through the mail system, and who sent it. Officials said at least 10 letters appeared to be from the same person.

State officials will likely be testing the substance.

Meanwhile, the state police is urging the public to look out for any mail "that has excessive postage, no return address, excessive tape to secure [it], misspelled words … strange odors, and oily stains, discolorations, [or] crystallization" on the packaging.

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Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- Police in California believe they have found the body of an 8-year-old girl who vanished over the weekend.

The body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center Monday night, the same housing unit where Madyson Middleton was reported missing the night before, said Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

While the body hasn't been positively identified, "we are fairly confident at this point it is Madyson Middleton," he said.

A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody for questioning, Vogel said. Police were obtaining a search warrant for an apartment at the complex, according to the Santa Cruz Police Department.

"It's horrible. It's awful. It's heart-breaking," Vogel said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The driver of a limousine bus in New York was fired after he was caught scrolling and texting on his phone while behind the wheel.

Amanda Castellano posted a video to Facebook on Sunday appearing to show the driver texting while driving. She said she was among a group on their way to the Hamptons.

"I was furious," she said. "I couldn't believe that a man who had 45 lives in his hands would do something so serious."

The company said the driver was fired after the incident.

"To all of our valued clients and followers. I want you to know that we take safety very seriously and it is our number one priority," M and V Limousines Ltd. said in a Facebook post. "We have zero tolerance for texting/distracted driving as it is not only against the law but against our policies. When I was made aware of it the driver was fired immediately."

In 2013, more than 3,000 people were killed in car crashes involving distracted drivers, which includes driving while eating, drinking, using a GPS, or adjusting the radio, according to Distraction.gov.

"Something can be established where you can't do illegal things, text and drive, especially when you have these lives in your hands," said Castellano.

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gloch/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- The Boy Scouts of America voted to remove the ban on gay adult scout leaders on Monday.

A statement posted to the organizations' website from the Boy Scouts National President (and former Defense Secretary) Robert Gates said, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief that the extraordinary power of scouting can be a force for good in the community and in the lives of its youth members."

He added, "The best way to allow BSA to continue to focus on its mission and preserve its core values is to address the issue and set our own course. And that's what we've done." The full statement was posted to the organization's website.

Despite the ban, local scout troops, according to the organization, "may continue to use religious beliefs as criteria for selecting adult leaders."

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/ThinkStock(HOUSTON) -- A 29-year-old woman died in police custody in Houston Sunday, police said, marking the second custody death in the city in less than 10 days.

The deaths, which are under investigation by the Houston Police Department, come amid an uproar into the case of Sandra Bland, who was found hanging in her cell in nearby Waller County on July 13.

Although Waller County is part of the greater Houston metro area, the Waller County Jail and Waller County District Attorney’s office are not affiliated with the city of Houston or the Houston police.

The woman in the Houston case, whose identity has not been released, was arrested for public intoxication, the Houston police said Monday.

She was examined at the scene by paramedics and then taken to the Houston PD's Southeast Jail by a patrol officer, police said. "Upon arrival [at the jail] and before being booked into the jail, the woman was found to be unresponsive," police said.

Jail personnel performed CPR, police said, and she was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where she was declared dead.

The incident is under investigation by the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division and Internal Affairs Division. Autopsy and toxicology results are pending, police said.

Eight days earlier, a man who had been "showing signs of mental distress" also died in police custody, the Houston police said.

On July 18, an officer was at a Houston convenience store when he saw a man "bleeding from the head," Houston police said in a release.

The officer tried to help the man "who became combative and was showing signs of mental distress," the police said. "As the officer tried to get the suspect medical attention, the suspect charged the officer."

The suspect then "charged at" other responding officers, "so the suspect was restrained," police said.
Paramedics were attending to the suspect "when he went from fighting to suddenly being non-responsive," police said. The man, whose identity was not released, was taken to a hospital where he was declared dead.

According to the police, witnesses said the man was injured before the incident and police had "made multiple attempts to calm the suspect in order for him to be treated for his injuries."

This incident is also under investigation by the Houston Police Department's Homicide division and Internal Affairs division. Houston police said today they are still awaiting the man's autopsy results.
Both of these deaths come on the heels of the widely-publicized arrest of Bland, who died at a jail in nearby Waller County, Texas, on July 13.

On July 10, Bland was pulled over in a traffic stop in Prairie View, Texas, and after a confrontation with a Texas trooper, she was arrested on an assault charge.

On July 13, Bland was found hanging in her Waller County Jail cell, with the plastic cell trash bin liner around her neck, officials said.

Details from Bland's autopsy indicated that she died as a result of suicide and that there were no signs of struggle that would be consistent with a violent death.

However, Bland's family is disputing the cause of death and is awaiting the results of an independent autopsy.

A review committee will look into everything related to Bland's arrest and death, Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis said Monday.

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WXYZ-TV(DETROIT) -- The "largest public satanic ceremony in history" took place Saturday in Detroit, a city that has the largest and oldest chapter of a national Satanist organization.

The group unveiled a nearly 9-foot tall bronze statue of a goat-headed Baphomet in a private ceremony attended by 600 ticket holders, Lucien Graves, co-founder of the national Satanic Temple organization in Boston told ABC News. The Satanic Temple in Detroit has more than 200 registered members.

"They are so active and well-organized," Graves told ABC News. "There's probably been another wave of interest since this event."

The Detroit chapter is the first of the national organization, Graves said. He credits the Detroit chapter's founder Jex Blackmore with the growth of the chapter since it was established there in August 2014.

"It's more or less because of her. She was just a very confident person who started working with us," Graves told ABC News. The pair met in Boston and then she moved to Detroit and set up a chapter there.

Blackmore told ABC News it is largest chapter.

"I think the Temple appeals to the radical, politically-charged spirit of the city and many are drawn to us as a force of positive, effective change in this community," Blackmore told ABC News.

The statue was originally planned to sit at the Oklahoma state capitol, but the state's supreme court banned all religious displays there, including the Ten Commandments. The statue was created through $28,180 fund-raised by 1,041 people on Indiegogo.com last year. The fundraising page said the statue's purpose was to contrast the Ten Commandments monument that was previously on display.

Greaves said there are 20 chapters across the country with about 20,000 members as a whole.

Tickets for Saturday's event were $25 and the location was revealed only to ticket-holders, ABC affiliate in Detroit WXYZ reported. Meanwhile, Christians in Detroit protested the event nearby. The event served "as a call-to-arms from which we’ll kick off our largest fight to date in the name of individual rights to free exercise against self-serving theocrats," according to the invitation.

"People are trying to push religious agenda, whether it’s part of the public opinion or not," Greaves said. "Groups will take it as slander against them and it’s just not the case. We don’t really care if they’re offended or not."

According to its mission statement, the national organization, The Satanic Temple, "facilitates the communication and mobilization of politically aware Satanists, secularists, and advocates for individual liberty." Among the causes it supports are gay marriage, reproductive rights and eliminating corporal punishment in schools. The national organization does "not promote a belief in a personal Satan."

"To embrace the name Satan is to embrace rational inquiry removed from supernaturalism and archaic tradition-based superstitions," the FAQ of TheSatanicTemple.com indicates.


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MarkRubens/iStock/ThinkStock(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — As the search for two teenagers lost at sea continues, new video shows what the teens' recovered boat looked like as it floated off the central Florida coast Sunday.

The boat, belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

It was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.

New video released by the Coast Guard captures waves crashing against the overturned, 19-foot, single-engine boat on Sunday, as crews inspect the scene.

The boat was missing one personal flotation device as well as the boat cover, according to ABC affiliate WPBF.

Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening.

As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.


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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It’s the beach without the heat and an ocean full of nearly one million small plastic balls.

That’s right -- the ultimate ball pit. The 10,000-square-foot exhibit has taken over the Great Hall of the historic National Building Museum in the nation’s capital. Families are lining up to stream into the unique attraction, which has been breaking summer attendance records.

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It's such a huge draw, ABC News reporters Mary Bruce and Kenneth Moton had to check it out.

The giant, 4-foot deep ball pit has all the makings of a day on the shore. Umbrellas and beach chairs, usually filled with waiting and attentive parents, line the white “sand” floor. On a nearby wall, there are a list of rules for "swimmers" near a lifeguard who has his or her whistle ready for those not abiding by the rules.

The ball pit was the idea of a Brooklyn-based firm hired to design a fun concept for the National Building Museum. The attraction is just one of the latest successes for the museum known for its out-of-the-box exhibits. While children are doing backflips and cannon balls, their sounds of laughter fill the Great Hall, where visitors are surrounded by beautiful architecture and floor-to-ceiling marble pillars.

The cost of admission ranges from $5 to $16 and the giant ball pit will be open to "swimmers" until Sept. 7.


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Santa Cruz Police Department(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) -- A state-wide search, assisted by the FBI, is underway after an 8-year-old California girl vanished over the weekend.

The Santa Cruz Police Department was first called to the Tannery Arts Center, a housing unit for artists, when Madyson “Maddy” Middleton was reported missing from her home there Sunday evening.

Madyson was last seen riding her white Razor scooter, wearing a purple knee-high dress with black leggings, and a black baseball-style helmet with long, dark hair pulled to the side in a braid.

The FBI has joined the effort in addition to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team. It was not immediately clear if foul play was involved and the investigation was in the early stages, police said.

Specially trained K-9’s from the State Office of Emergency Services have helped track down Madyson’s scent in the city's main beach area about 2 miles away.

The search is expected to continue near the beach during daylight hours and include the San Lorenzo River waterway and levees, where watercraft, aircraft and foot teams will be utilized.

Madyson is described as being 4 feet tall, 48 pounds with long brown hair and blue eyes.

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U.S. Coast Guard press release(PONCE INLET, Fla.) — The families of two teenage boys who are missing off the Florida coast after they set out three days ago on a fishing trip said they are confident that their sons have the skills to survive at sea.

The boat belonging to Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, was found capsized and damaged 67 nautical miles off the Ponce de Leon Inlet on Sunday, the Coast Guard said. Neither boy was in or around the boat.

The boys left on a fishing trip Friday morning and were reported missing Friday evening. As of early Monday morning, the search for the boys had covered 26,000 nautical square miles, the Coast Guard said.

As the search continues, here's what we know about the teens' survival skills and potential supplies.

Boating licenses:


“Both boys have their boaters certification,” said Pamela Cohen, Perry's mother.

Boating experience:


Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath, a neighbor of the families who's known the boys for years, said Sunday, "I know they know what they’re doing."

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

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

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

Perry's stepfather, Nick Korniloff, added, "I have all the confidence in Austin and his abilities to operate a boat."

The boys may have a life jacket:


Their recovered boat was missing one personal flotation device as well as the boat cover, according to ABC television affiliate WPBF.

Korniloff said Sunday they don’t know how much food and water the boys have, but insisted the boys "know what they're doing out there."

"From my understanding, the boys are avid fisherman. They've been fishing their whole entire lives," Coast Guard Petty Officer Mark Barney said. "But at the same time, they're still 14-years old."

A $100,000 reward has been issued for their safe return, Korniloff said.

"We are positive that our boys are still out there," Korniloff said. "We’ll do anything to get our children back."

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