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iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- The highest peak in North America is getting a name change.

Mt. McKinley is now known by its Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali, in an effort by President Obama to help strengthen ties with Alaskan natives and the government.

"This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives," said a statement from the White House.

The president will formally announce the name change during his trip to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has already signed a secretarial order officially changing the name.

President Obama will also discuss more initiatives during his trip to Alaska including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans.

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Jay Paul/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A memorial service was held Sunday to remember two journalists who were tragically killed in Virginia.

The Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra played solemn songs as many gathered for an interfaith memorial service remembering Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were shot to death live on camera by a former co-worker.

The service was held at the Performance Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia where WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks spoke about the importance of helping those with mental illnesses.

"Anger eats at you and the results we saw on Wednesday can be catastrophic," said Marks. "If we get strategic, we have a goal and the possibility of positive action. And that's what I'd like you to think about in memory of Alison and Adam."

Marks said he thought more needed to be done to help those suffering from mental illness.

"It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage, because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer," said Marks. "In this case, we didn't."

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Chris Rogers/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A California bartender has won the lottery, all thanks to cash he found on the street.

After Hubert Tang picked up a $20 bill on the street outside the San Francisco airport Wednesday, he went to a market in San Mateo County, the California State Lottery said.

Tang hadn't played the lottery in 10 years, according to the Lottery. But he used the $20 to buy two tickets -- one of which was the lucky winner of the top prize -- $1 million.

“I scratched the ticket outside of the store," Tang said, according to the Lottery. "I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars.'

“Maybe I'll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places," Tang said jokingly according to the Lottery.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was "his calling," his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman announced this afternoon that a man was in custody and facing a capital murder charge in connection with the deadly shooting. The suspect was identified as Shannon Miles, 30, who has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, Hickman said.

The motive has not been determined, Hickman said, adding that the shooting appeared to be unprovoked.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Sunday.

"He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it," Allison, 46, said. "He really felt the brotherhood in the community ... that's what he loved to do.

"He was kind of born for it," Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

"My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility," Kathleen Goforth said in a statement. "He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.

I admired his quality, perhaps, the most. For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."

She added, "However, it was I who was blessed so richly that I had the privilege of calling him my husband and my best friend."

"He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him."

"I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.

Goforth "never got mad at anybody," Allison said. "He was just a giving individual."

"It was just something that you don't expect to ever happen," Allison said.

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Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) -- A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state.

A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reports. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.

Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey described what happened as heart-wrenching.

“A father was just taken from their child, husband taken from their wife," he said. "Certainly just a tragedy just out of nowhere."

In Federal Way, a falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl while she was outside playing, police told KOMO-TV.

Several energy companies said 450,000 customers were without power at various points of the day, reports KOMO-TV.

Although showers, storms and gusty winds will still be possible Sunday, the storm has pushed into Canada.

The threat for the gustiest winds will be in the northern Rockies, where there are still red flag warnings in effect from Eastern Idaho to Montana and Wyoming.

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aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(HARRIS COUNTY, T.X.) - A suspect has been arrested in connection with the ambush murder of a Harris County Sheriff's Deputy, authorities say.

Saturday afternoon, police in Houston announced they made an arrest of a suspect named Shannon J. Miles possibly involved in the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Darren Goforth.

Goforth was filling his patrol car with gas Friday night when a man came from behind and fired multiple shots at him. The suspect continued to fire as the officer was on the ground. Goforth was in full uniform at the time.

At a press conference Saturday afternoon, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said there was no motive yet, and they were not looking for any other suspects.

"It appears to be an unprovoked execution-style killing of a police officer," Sherrif Hickman said earlier.

"I've been in law enforcement 45 years," said Hickman, according to ABC station KTRK-TV. "I don't recall another incident this cold blooded and cowardly."

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- South Florida prepares for the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.

After Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba Saturdy morning, South Floridians prepared for the leftover heavy rain, flooding, and winds.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told residents they should stay alert, after declaring a state of emergency on Friday, and he said there's a possibility the storm could regain strength as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico.

"If you look at history, these storms, we still get a lot of rain," said the governor. "The Tampa area in particular is still saturated; so we still have some risk."

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was "his calling," his brother-in-law told ABC News.

Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.

A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Saturday.

"He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it," Allison, 46, said. "He really felt the brotherhood in the community ... that's what he loved to do.

"He was kind of born for it," Allison said.

Goforth is survived by his wife, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said.

"He was the rock in that family," Allison said through tears. "The kids loved him.

"I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.

Goforth "never got mad at anybody," Allison said. "He was just a giving individual."

"It was just something that you don't expect to ever happen," Allison said.

Though several people have been questioned, the suspect remains at-large, said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. He urged witnesses to come forward, describing the shooting as a "cold-blooded execution."

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson echoed the sentiment.

"We need to bring this killer to justice," she said.

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Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Local leaders and residents attended a memorial service on Saturday for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.

The ceremony took place at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, a mausoleum for the nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm. Among those in attendance were New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal.

"Although the American citizens that lie on this sacred ground are unnamed," Landrieu said Saturday, "they are not unclaimed. Because we claim them."

Landrieu talked about the city's "resurrection" in the aftermath of the storm. "We talk a lot about being thankful for how far we've come and the city of New Orleans clearly is on a path to a better place," Landrieu said, "but we have always said that we are not going forward, if we cannot go forward together."

As many as 10,000 volunteers were out on the New Orleans streets Saturday, in what Landrieu called "neighbor helping neighbor, American citizen helping American citizen."

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MikeLane45/iStock/Thinkstock(PALMDALE, Calif.) -- A California mechanic got a surprise Friday morning when a mountain lion jumped on him as he was opening the shop where he worked.

Hank Barkerfelt said the encounter scared him but the animal quickly took off, ABC station KABC-TV reports. It happened at LJ Automotive in Palmdale, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

"I just opened up the shop like I do every morning and she came out from a little cubby-hole we have back there and just stumped me against the wall and took off,” said Barkerfelt. “She wasn't aggressive at all. No teeth, no nothing."

Barkerfelt called for help afterward.

“I hear these stories, but you never think it’s gonna happen to you,” he said.

California Fish and Wildlife officers pursued the animal until they captured and tranquilized it. The lion was later released back into the wild.


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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Vester Lee Flanagan threatened to hit one of his colleagues when they were on a reporting job years before he fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman this week, his former boss told ABC News.

Dan Dennison, the news director at WDBJ-TV when Flanagan worked there, said that everything was going well with his employment for the first two months after he was hired in March 2012. It wasn’t until May of that year that he had his first run-in with a colleague that happened when Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams at work, was called to report a story in the field with another reporter.

“He allegedly entered the station microwave truck, or live truck, and started screaming and yelling at a reporter and a photographer, or maybe two photographers in the truck,” Dennison told ABC News in his first interview since the shooting on Wednesday.

Dennison learned about the incident after the other staffer, who was not named, told Dennison about the incident but they decided not to file a formal report at the time because they “tried to work things out,” Dennison said.

“We really thought it was a one-time situation at that time,” Dennison said.

Greg Baldwin, who works as the assistant news director at WDBJ and worked at the station at the same time as Flanagan, reiterated that account and said that it served as a warning sign.

“The reporter calls me and she says, ‘You have got to get here now. Bryce has -- we got into an argument and he is in my face. And I, I think he is ready to hit me,’” Baldwin told ABC News.

“That was the first time that we knew that he was violent,” he said.

Dennison said that the “pattern” of complaints relating to his “brusque and abrasive demeanor” came mostly from his colleagues but also from one or two people in the community who he interviewed as part of his job.

Dennison detailed the various meetings they had with Flanagan before he was fired on Feb. 1, 2013, which were echoed in a court filing publicly available as a result of a suit Flanagan later filed against WDBJ. The suit was later dismissed.

The tipping point came when the human resources director presented Flanagan with his severance package.

“He took one look at that and cussed and said, ‘This is B.S.,’” Dennison said.

“As I recall, he slammed his fist down on the table," Dennison said. "It was so loud, people frankly reported that they thought a bomb had gone off."

The situation escalated from there, so much so that they had to call in two police officers to help escort him from the building. Dennison said the officers spent five to ten minutes trying to get him to leave his desk.

“At one point, I was standing maybe five feet away from him up against the wall, and he looked at me and threw a ball cap and a wooden cross at me and said, ‘You're gonna need these,’” Dennison said.

He wasn’t the only one to spark a reaction from Flanagan, Dennison said.

“Adam Ward -- the young man who was killed -- was standing in a back corner of the newsroom, videotaping this for documentation. And Bryce turned around to him at one point and flipped him off and cussed at him,” Dennison said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Photos from inside the apartment of alleged on-air killer Vester Flanagan show his spare living space.

The only hanging decorations were a series of photos from what appeared to be his earlier careers in modeling and television.

His refrigerator was covered in 10 sheets of paper, all pictures of himself. One appeared to be a contact sheet with dozens of headshots.

The apartment images were provided to ABC News by an agency that exclusively represents the syndication of the photos.

The only other colorful decorations in his apartment appeared to be about two dozen tea-light candles. The candles, which all seemed to be previously burned, varied from beige to light pink and red, and were found on the counter in his bathroom.

There are several other partially burned larger candles on the counter, as well.

Barbasol shaving cream and Aim toothpaste were the only noticeable brands near the mirror.

The rest of the apartment was strikingly bare, with no sheets on his bed, nothing on the walls in the living room and few pieces of furniture. The only chair shown near his computer appeared to be a plastic outdoor chair.

Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he worked in TV news, allegedly shot and killed two of his former colleagues while they were filming a live interview Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.

The 41-year-old man was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by Virginia State Police. He died later after being airlifted to a nearby hospital.

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ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) — Owen Labrie was found not guilty of felony sexual assault in a case at St. Paul's School, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school.

The jury of nine men and three women delivered a not guilty verdict on the felony sexual assault charge on the second day of deliberations. He was found guilty of four misdemeanors for sexual assault and one felony related to a computer charge.

Labrie, now 19, was accused of raping a fellow student in May 2014 at the school in Concord, New Hampshire. He was charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter and had entered a not-guilty plea.

The alleged victim, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, testified last week. "I was raped!" she said loudly amid tears. "I was violated in so many ways."

When Labrie took the stand this week, he described their activity, which he said was mutual, but he denied having sex with her.

"It wouldn't have been a good move to have sex with this girl," he recalled thinking at the time when he said he and the alleged victim were making out in a school tower.

Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court that the encounter at the center of the case was part of a "senior salute," a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the "senior salute" practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors "to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout" high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but "it might include a little bit more."

She also said some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.


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iStock/Thinkstock(GOSHEN, N.Y.) -- A pilot has died after practicing for an air show.

According to a statement from Orange County's Department of Emergency Services, a single-engine aircraft crashed at Stewart International Airport on Friday afternoon, killing the pilot.

The pilot was practicing for the New York Air Show.

Authorities are on the scene of the accident and practice had been cancelled for the rest of Friday, said the statement.

The New York Air Show will still take place on Saturday and Sunday at the airport.

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KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) -- As friends Laura Sherman and Denise Diaz spent five days lost in the northern California wilderness, they said they thought to themselves, "We're too young to die."

"We've got to live to have grandchildren," Sherman, 57, told ABC News on Friday. "We've got to live our lives."

The two women, both moms of one, have been friends for about 10 years, Sherman said.

Last Friday, they were on their way to a hot springs when they found a book about a hike to a lake. "We thought we could go for a day," Sherman said. "We didn't really read the book that carefully. ... We had just picked it up and figured it was a good day hike."

"We just wanted to go in the afternoon and have a quick swim," Diaz, 56, told ABC News, but, "We never found this lake."

Soon, the women were lost.

"Nobody knew we were there," Diaz said. "We were completely unprepared."

The women, who were both in their bathing suits, then spent their first of several nights shivering in the cold, empty wilderness.

"I couldn't sleep at all ... not for fear but just the coldness," Diaz said.

On the second day, "our adrenaline was going," said Sherman, who recalled thinking, "We have got to get out today."

When their water and trail mix ran out, the women said they turned to grasses and berries for food. Diaz said the most challenging parts were the cold and living without water.

By the third day, the women found a creek, "But we couldn't stay there because we needed to find our way out, or people," Sherman said.

Finally, on Tuesday, their fifth day in the wilderness, they saw, "two beautiful cowboys standing at the edge of the meadow on horses," Sherman said. They called out to the men, who then rode off to get help.

"It was such relief," Sherman said.

"I was trying to be really strong," Diaz said of the ordeal. "Every morning we would wake up and say, 'We got to get out of here today.'"

"We were lucky that these cowboys appeared at the same time as us," Diaz said. "They pretty much saved our lives."

"It felt like a mirage," Diaz said.

The women were rescued about 20 miles north of Sonora, California, by a Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department chopper, according to ABC News affiliate KGO-TV. The sheriff's department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

The entire five days, the women had been within a few miles of their car, Sherman said.

"We always had hope that we would get out, but it was pretty daunting," Diaz said.

"There was a moment of ... if no one comes to save us ... we're pretty much doomed," Diaz said.

Neither woman went to the hospital, Diaz said, adding that they both just suffered from dehydration.

"It took a couple of days just to kind of be able to relax and get grounded, but we're both fine," Sherman said, noting she has "a new appreciation for life."

"We're just feeling so grateful to be home and to be back with our families," Sherman said.

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