Rural Brookings man hurt in accident

NASA grant involves Lake Area Tech, SDSU

Man arrested in Sioux Falls after crashing while fleeing police

Federal judge hearing Libertarian Party ballot case

Janklow's papers to go public

Dakota Benefits expands to Brookings

Brookings Council makes spending decisions

Britton man killed in cement truck accident

Rapid City man sentenced for kidnapping

Former Oglala tribal cop faces federal indictment

Hoven students attend school in former hospital

Shotgun stolen from Volga garage

Hagen named Tourism Director of the Year

Pot protest planned at state fair

No change in bond for man accused in Rapid City killing

Not guilty pleas in Sioux Falls kidnapping

Oglala Sioux leader passes away

Tornadoes reported in NE South Dakota

Gov. Daugaard considering EB-5 lawsuit

Suspect arrested after robbery, blockades and searches

Police blockades and searches in Brookings

Vehicle stolen, garage entered

Brookings Police and Sheriff's Dept. catch vandals

Officials ease fishing limits to empty Lake Yankton

Sioux Falls man charged with kidnapping

Journalist suing SD Attorney General

SD Supreme Court says police must have warrant for DUI blood tests

Handgun stolen from Brookings car; thief uses garage door opener

Pierre teen murder trial rulings issued

Minnesota man convicted of dealing drugs in SD

Mayor Tim Reed on the 2015 budget

Ribbon cutting for new runway at Brookings Airport

SD students again above average on ACT

Brookings man arrested for attempting to steal and crashing motorcycle

Two Brookings residents facing charges after separate accidents

Two Watertown teens plead guilty in Sioux Falls killing

States issues this year's report card for schools

Former prosecutor pleads not guilty to child rape

Howes man fined for killing eagle

Dems call for subpoenas for Daugaard, Rounds

Uranium mine hearing under way in Rapid City

Brookings man tasered while resisting arrest

Brookings man arrested for stealing items from cars

Missing man found dead in Black Hills National Forest

New CEO of Aberdeen beef plant is optimistic

South Dakota has huge backlog of wetland rulings

Lead pedestrian killed

Rapid City man charged in road rage incident

Fewer fatalities reported at this year's Sturgis rally

Some state workers required to get flu shots

Worker killed at SDSU

Board of Regents wants to continue tuition freeze

Berget death penalty upheld

Volga business extensively damaged in fire

Pierre man accused of kidnapping and assault

300 SD residents must prove citizenship to keep health insurance

Sioux Falls casino robbed at gunpoint

Neighbors upset with Davison Co. hog farm

Brookings City Council begins budget talks

Hot Springs man sentenced for murdering his mother

Fire in Tea damages businesses

Openly gay SD coach says he'll keep his job

Cameras in Brookings school buses and a new Transportation Director

ITC equipment damaged in hit and run near Brookings

Sanford Health awarded $7 million for cancer research

Plan put forth to save VA hospital in Hot Springs

Libertarians nominate Bosworth's husband for attorney general

Keystone man killed in crash

Officials investigate Avera arrangement

Arrests up at this year's Sturgis rally

Officials say Big Sioux spill won't harm people or wildlife

Several fire departments respond to barn fire SE of Bruce

Fraternal Order of Police warn of scam calls

Sioux Falls murder-suicide ID's released

Meeting added on state autism rules

Bond set for man charged in ranch standoff

Bike fueled by bacon grease at Sturgis rally

Two guns stolen from Brookings garage

Sioux Falls police investigating apparent murder-suicide

Faith teen killed, two others hurt in crash

Hughes County balks at paying bill from Bosworth case

Lantry man sentenced for fatal crash

EPSCoR receives $20 million grant

Hay baler destroyed in fire south of Brookings

Human remains in Union Co. are an "old, old grave"

Governor promoting SD in New York

Standoff at ranch near Fort Pierre

Health care and service workers needed in SD

Volga man seriously hurt in motorcycle/van collision

South Dakota gets improved credit rating

Bosworth's lawyer withdraws from her case

Parkston to be capital for a day

Man crashes into church van in Sioux Falls

Mitchell Council rejects further Sunday sales

State to try new surfacing on I-229

Volga underage party busted

Rapid City police investigating muder/suicide

Two Eagle Butte residents killed in crash

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicks off

Yankton County man killed in ATV crash

Deer damage an issue in Aberdeen

More Indian Hills vandalism

Former states attorney held without bond for rape

Rapid City man pleads not guilty to cutting partner's throat

SD statehood pen on dislplay

Two women run up $66,000 in purchases on stolen credit cards

Former Walworth Co. state's attorney charged with rape

Sioux Falls police arrest driver who slammed into house

Sioux Falls continues to grow

Pheasants Forever opens office in Brookings

Rapid City School Board imposes contract on teachers

South Dakota task force to study child sexual abuse

Three arrested in Watertown burglary

SUV crashes into Sioux Falls home

South Dakota joins interstate safety effort

Attorney General was ready to file charges in GOED case

Brookings Sheriff's Dept. investigating Southbrook Estates burglary

Rapid City man pleads guilty to killing pregnant girlfriend

Pres. Obama signs disaster declaration for 12 SD counties

Attorney General to brief lawmakers on EB5 investigation

Clerk assaulted during Sioux Falls armed robbery

Rail car shortage could get worse

SBA storm outreach centers set to close

Brookings man charged with threatening others with a knife

Brookings police investigate Indian Hills vandalism

Patterson pleads not guilty to attacking woman

South Dakota G,F and P considering stocking Oahe with Atlantic salmon

Over 60 apply for Wessington Springs tornado relief

Bighorn sheep being relocated to South Dakota

Harrisburg man pleads guilty to stealing his grandmother's money

Unauthorized credit card charges linked to Brown Co. Fair

Clear Lake workers claim $230,000 jackpot

Brookings Council: No ordinance change on cats

Road collapses in Meade County

Sioux Falls man pleads guilty in fatal crash

Minnesota AG files suit against college with Sioux Falls campus

Sioux Falls dealing with problems at new Premier Center

Man convicted of killing his mother

Women make up just over 1/4 of SD candidates

Woman faces vehicular battery and 9th DUI

Brookings School Board names the new school and gets updated on construction

Oelrichs man killed in construction zone crash

Man says wife died in his arms after Sioux Falls crash

Woman steals Make-A-Wish charity jar full of money

Arlington woman hurt in crash

Woman charged after fatal crash at Salvation Army celebration

Diver injured in training exercise dies from injuries

Suspect in Brookings chase is in custody

Patterson claims Adrian Peterson's son choked to death

Sioux Falls man charged with murder in stabbing death

Deadwood woman killed in golf cart accident

SD government ends year with surplus

Brookings police call off 100 mph chase

One-fourth of state's schools have new superintendents

Sioux Falls residents say they've seen Mountain Lion

Boy crashes SUV into gift shop

Woman murdered in Sioux Falls domestic dispute

Few oil trains in South Dakota

G, F and P taking steps to reduce goose population

Pierre marking "Dances with Wolves" anniversary

Lincoln County has $2 million in flood damages

Dell Rapids couple charged with leaving kids in car while gambling

Trial under way for Hot Springs man accused of killing his mother

Lawmakers discuss wine by mail

Man chokes to death at Custer hot dog eating contest

Girl ID'd who died after being pulled from Kampeska

Brooking police use TASER to prevent woman from further injuring herself

Hetland man killed in crash near Arlington

4-year-old dies in Kampeska drowning

Feds file lawsuit over Hutterite colony wetlands

Route set for 125th Anniversary wagon train

Game, Fish and Parks Commission to finalize hunting seasons

I-29 buckles in heat, damaging vehicles

Daugaard seeks presidential disaster declaration

Former hospital in Hoven to become temporary school

State Supreme Court denies retrial in sexual harassment case

Tornado relief fund raises thousands

Guns stolen in Sinai burglary

Woman sentenced for child beating death

Exotic dancer convicted in Sioux Falls for not paying income tax

Rapid City police rescue 2-year-old taken hostage in standoff

Sioux Falls woman pleads not guilty to raping 3 boys

Girl pulls man from burning motor home

Soybean acres up in SD

Sioux Falls kindness video goes viral

Search suspended for woman missing in western SD

Some 200 new laws take effect Tuesday

Estelline man charged in Crystal Springs stabbing

First SD West Nile case this year

Brookings Health System hit by state insurance plan changes

Yankton man charged with attempted murder gets plea deal

Half the U.S. Senate candidates support minimum wage initiative

Man given 6-years for Aberdeen shooting

SD tribes seek own foster care programs

Brookings Council discusses airport drainage

Man from White injured in accident

Sioux Falls casino robbed at knifepoint

Meidan age down slightly in Dakotas

Attorney General warns of yet another scam

Mayor Tim Reed calls for future investment in amenities

Governor urges cash donations for Wessington Springs

Florida woman sentenced for scam with former USD footballer

Several roads reopen as flood recovery continues

More than 100 volunteers help clean up Wessington Springs

Sioux Falls casino robbed at gunpoint

Xcel Energy seeks South Dakota rate hike

SD crops not flooded are doing well

Rapid City has new police chief

Highway Patrol conducting Youth Trooper Academy

Man left bleeding and unconscious at Brookings residence files lawsuit

State GOP votes for impeachment

State G, F & P to look at hunting season changes

Wessington Springs volunteer center opens

Elkton man injured in skid steer accident

Two businesses fail Brookings County alcohol sting

Annette Bosworth indicted by Hughes Co. Grand Jury

Tornado hits Wessington Springs

Search under way for women missing near Bell Fourche

Crews working to protect North Sioux City from flooding

Woman's body found in southwest South Dakota, foul play suspected

Yankton man given probation for sending threatening tweets

Brookings woman loses thousands in scam

Ellwein resigns from Brookings County

County residents want city to build drainage ditch

Gov. Daugaard declares flooding emergency

New LRC Director to make more than governor

Some state borrowers will receive portion of national settlement

Guilty plea in Huron staged robbery

SD Board of Education to hold hearings on autism rules

Xcel building new Sioux Falls substation

Man charged in Rapid City homicide pleads not guilty

Serious crime arrests down, minor offense arrests up

Five-year-old nearly drowns in flooded Sioux Falls park

Regents' Building Committee approves SDSU stadium plan

Woman injured in Tea fire

Weather Service investigates twister near Langford

Pres. Obama visiting Standing Rock Reservation

State warns of possible toxic algal bloom at Watertown's Pelican Lake

Pilot in Winner plane crash is out of the hospital

Beer truck spills cargo, driver hurt

Brookings Council approves transportation committee appointments

SDSU, USD to offer joint master's degree

South Dakota economy grows in 2013

Tanker truck tips near Watertown

No charges in Aberdeen death involving 8-year-old driver

Pilot survives crop duster crash

Efforts under way to declare bison the "national mammal"

Brookings Council discusses flooding and drainage

Aberdeen woman killed by car driven by 8-year-old

Brookings man injured in knifing

Aberdeen police end standoff with stun gun

Pheasants Forever setting up office in Brookings

Second psychiatric evaluation ordered for man who killed his uncle

Crops doing well

South Dakota hit by VA problems

Brookings Man arrested for crashing into a pickup and a garage and leaving scene

Nebraskan in Yankton jail after robbery and high-speed chase

Should South Dakota receive so much homeland security funding?

Hoven trying to figure out next step after school burns

One Brookings business fails in alcohol sting

Off-duty Rapid City firefighter saves boy

Sioux Falls pelted with hail

Wind farm near Tripp delayed over tax credit uncertainty

Rapid City police officer shoots suspect during armed struggle

Sioux Falls woman charged with sex crimes against 3 boys

Missing boater found safe in Brookings County

Huber trying again to get conviction overturned

Game, Fish and Parks Commission to take testimony on deer hunting reductions

Wismer is South Dakota's 1st female major party nominee for Governor

Annette Bosworth arrested for perjury

Pickup stolen in Minot burns near Brookings

Garreau given another 20-years for shootout

Eight more SD communities sign up for statehood celebration

Beer Untapped Online

Rounds, Daugaard, Wismer are Primary winners

Sioux Falls woman says her boyfriend held her captive for more than a month

Legislative board looking for new Legislative Research Council Director

New carbon emissions rules will impact South Dakota

Yankton man pleads no contest in machete attack

Woman arrested in Sioux Falls for armed robbery

Boy drowns at Split Rock Park

Sec. of State predicts slightly above average turnout

Yankton man pleads not guilty to terror charges

Dogs involved in Brookings attacks are euthanized

Council battle over Mayoral appointments

Watertown teen charged with murder seeking move to juvenile court

Man sentenced to 25-years in prison for death of Sioux Falls toddler

Martin teen to stand trial as an adult in beating death

Aberdeen man sentenced for driving drunk to 24/7 program

Man killed in Rapid City dump truck accident

Brookings Mayor says no big deals done at retail convention

Flandreau named Capital for a Day

Man with tire iron robs Rapid City shop

South Dakota World War II vet honored for valor

State health officials offer West Nile reminder

Brookings City Council discusses retail development

SD planting ahead of average

Injured Hoven firefighter released from hospital

Rapid City police investigate shooting

Hundreds attend Ziolkowski funeral

Whooping cough outbreak in the Black Hills

Police Chief on Monday's 7-hour standoff in Brookings

Ziolkowski viewing draws large crowd

Hoven school lost in fire

Arguments today in Berget death penalty

Brooking man arrested after standoff with police

Brookings man and his dog injured in pit bull attack

Six South Dakota couples challenging gay marriage ban

Rapid City woman sent to prison for traveling out of state to be on "Dr. Phil"

Freeman school district residents try to oust superintendent

Brookings police arrest 2 on felony marijuana charges

Governor Daugaard's Workforce Summit held in Brookings

State prison officials say penitentiary is still safe

SD Attorney General says you need to check your eBay account

Tea recount still shows 2-vote loss

State issues measles advisory

Ruth Ziolkowski, Crazy Horse Memorial driving force, passes away at 87

Brookings man out more than $1200 in loan scam

Construction on new SDSU stadium could start this fall

Bond set in Rapid City murder

Lawsuit filed by prison guard's widow headed to state court

Independent candidate for Senate pulled from SD ballot

Flandreau Nat. Guard soldier given national award

Sioux Falls broker sentenced for scamming investors of $20 million

Woman arrested for having sex with inmate husband on SD Penitentiary grounds

Voter registration now closed for June 3rd primary

Sioux Fall apartment complex fire appears suspicious

Noted SDSU professor Steve Pohl to retire

Rapid City man arrested for beating death

State Representative seriously injured when bucked from horse

Coach Don Meyer passes away

Two arrested in Brookings for playing pickup truck tug-of-war

Number of deer hunting licenses to drop drastically

National Guard competition set for Black Hills

Recount for Tea school bond issue election

Mayor says there's a new player in the effort to land major retailer

Two hurt in Elkton accident

Gastineau sentenced for supplying alcohol to teens killed in car crash

Flags at half-staff today to honor fallen law enforcement officers

North Dakota teens arrested in Sioux Falls after crime spree

Brookings teen arrested for stealing and crashing sports car

Rural Howard man killed in farm accident

Death penalty for James McVay

Sexually transmitted diseases on the rise in SD

Tea bond issue fails by TWO votes

Man accused in Yankton murder to undergo psych exam

SDSU bikers head across America

Free parks weekend coming up

Columbia, SD man facing rape, kidnapping and 14 other counts

Ranchers Relief Fund set to wrap up

Tea voters deciding again on school bond issue

DOT property development going slow

Rapid City-based conservative group targets Republicans

Reptile Gardens sets record

Man wanted in Sioux Falls robbery arrested in Brookings

Sgt. Joel Perry is top cop

Woman charged with vehicular homicide in death of SDSU student athlete

Another Sioux Falls armed robbery reported

Governor's trade delegation leaves for China

SD Supreme Court rules teen's confession is admissable

Linda Daugaard to make 250th book reading visit

Rapid City looking into flights to ND oil fields

Brookings police detective Marci Gebers awarded Medal of Valor

Bosworth accused of not paying employees

Reward offered in bald eagle shooting

Pierre teen charged with murder gets new lawyers

State pays off $56 million worth of bonds

Sioux Falls police investigate casino robbery

Attorney General investigating nominating petitions of U.S. Senate candidates

"Officer Joe" is School Resource Officer of the Year

SDSU asks County for vote center

Council approves deal to get 26th Street built

Former day care provider sentenced

SD Dept. of Ag urging caution from pesticide applicators

Federal agency to hear arguments on Edgemont uranium mine

Insanity plea from man charged in Sioux Falls murder

Woonsocket woman killed in motorcycle/semi accident

Pierre woman sentenced for lying during standoff investigation

Prosecutors seek adult charges against Minnesota teen who they say was planning

Hill City residents attend "Sue" documentary

Waseca, MN authorities foil teen's bomb plot

Still more candidates for U.S. Senate

Brandon man arrested for Montana murder

North Dakota mother accused of starving her child to death

SDSU Alumni Assoc. names new President

Murder trial of man accused of murdering his mother moved to Rapid City

Uranium mine license put on hold

Man pleads guilty to killing fiancee near Chamberlain

Yankton student facing felony for bogus bomb threat

Missing hunters found in western SD

Activities Association wants input on tournaments

Another challenge to Sioux Falls Wal-Mart store

Another man sentenced as part of Sturgis underage sex sting

Search under way for missing hunters

Yankton girl attacked by dog

Planting progress reported

Plane crash investigation looking at altitude

Sioux Falls police investigate 2 armed robberies

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USC Football Player Admits He Lied About Injury, Pool Rescue

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw told school officials that he lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend, according to a statement released by the school. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the university.

Shaw initially claimed he was injured after leaping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling in the pool.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.

“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”

USC did not release details on how Shaw injured himself.


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"Cops" Crew Member Killed in Police Shootout with Robbery Suspect

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OMAHA, Neb.) -- A crew member working on the television show Cops was killed on Tuesday night when Omaha police fired at a robbery suspect.

Police say the shooting occurred after officers responded to a robbery at a fast food restaurant. The crew member was identified by Langley Productions as Bryce Dion.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday that Dion "paid the ultimate price for his service to provide the footage of the real-life dangers that law enforcement officers face on a daily basis."

Both Dion and the suspect were taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Tuesday night, where they were later pronounced dead.


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Sister of Alleged Boston Marathon Bombers Arrested for Bomb Threat

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The sister of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly threatening a Harlem woman.

According to the New York Police Department, Aliana Tsarnaeva, who lives in North Bergen, New Jersey, allegedly called the victim on Monday, saying, "I have people that can go over there and put a bomb on you." The NYPD believes that the alleged victim is the mother of Tsarnaeva's boyfriend's child.

Tsarnaeva was charged with aggravated harassment. She will have to appear in court on Sept. 30.


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One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) -- With the news that an American was among those killed recently while fighting on the side of the terror group ISIS in Syria came the revelation that he was classmates and close friends with another U.S. citizen who died in battle alongside a different anti-American extremist group on a different front line five years before.

Douglas McAuthur McCain, a 33-year-old rapper, was identified by the White House Tuesday as having been killed in the bloody conflict in Syria. The Free Syrian Army, an opposition group that fights the government of President Bashar al-Assad as well as competing rebel groups, claimed on social media McCain had been fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a brutal al-Qaeda breakaway organization.

A public records search traced McCain’s youth back to the Twin Cities in Minnesota and to Robbinsdale Cooper High School, which is the same school attended in the same time period by Troy Kastigar. Kastigar’s image appeared in news reports around the world in 2009 after he was killed fighting with a jihadist group in Somalia, this one an al-Qaeda affiliate called al-Shabab.

Prior to both their fatal trips halfway across the world, McCain and Kastigar briefly shared an address after high school, records show, and news reports Wednesday said the two were close friends.

David Brom, who was principal at the high school when the young men attended, told ABC News there was “no indication whatsoever that these two students would eventually end up fighting for al-Shabab or ISIS.”

“We never would’ve guessed that,” he said, after acknowledging that he didn’t personally remember the students after 15 years. “It was a pretty normal high school. We had pretty normal kids….I can only think it was influences beyond the high school, certainly beyond our community.”

Kastigar reportedly traveled to Somalia to join al-Shabab in 2008. After he was killed in fighting, al-Shabab featured their American recruit in a martyrdom video in which Kastigar urges his fellow Americans to join him in his holy war.

“If you guys only knew how much fun we have over here – This is the real Disneyland,” a bearded Kastigar says. “Come here and join us.”

McCain posted Kastigar’s photo on his Facebook page after his death, saying he believes his friend to be in paradise.

Public records and other social media posts do not indicate McCain ever traveled to Somalia, but five years after Kastigar’s death, he did follow in his friend’s doomed footsteps by joining a militant jihadi group. He appears to have traveled to Syria earlier this year after tweeting about being eager to join his brothers. He retweeted another ISIS supporter who said, “It takes a warrior to understand a warrior. Pray for ISIS.”

“It’s remarkable that two terrorists from one high school,” said Richard Clarke, former White House counter-terrorism advisor and ABC News consultant. “The appeal of jihad is it gives them purpose. It gives them a way out of a life that’s going nowhere. It gives them a higher calling.”

News of McCain’s death emerged a day before the mother of an American journalist who's a hostage by ISIS pleaded directly to ISIS’s leader for mercy.

“I want what every mother wants, to live to see their children’s children,” Shirley Sotloff says in the video.


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Military Jet Crashes in Virginia

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(STAUNTON, Va.) -- A military jet en route to Louisiana crashed near Staunton on Wednesday.

A U.S. Department of Defense official confirmed that the plane, an F-15, had originated from the Massachusetts National Guard. No injuries were reported on the ground, though the condition of the pilot was not immediately clear.

Virginia State Police worked Wednesday morning to reach the crash site, which they said was near the side of a mountain. Smoke coming from the side of the mountain was what tipped off officials to the crash site.


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Man Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Drunk Driver Who Killed Two Sons

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- A jury returned a verdict of not guilty Wednesday for a Texas father accused of the shooting death of a drunk driver who killed his two sons.

David Barajas was accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Banda in December 2012 after Banda plowed into a vehicle that Barajas and his two sons had been pushing on a rural road in Alvin, about 30 miles southeast of Houston.

The Barajas family broke into tears in the courtroom while Jose Banda's family sat in stunned belief.

"I am relieved but still in pain. My two boys are dead and nothing will bring them back," Barajas said afterward.

David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, were killed in the accident.

If Barajas had been convicted, he faced a potential life sentence.


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Surfing 'The Wedge,' California's Monster Waves

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- Thousands of spectators lined the beach as surfers, bodyboarders, and other brave athletes went headlong into 20-foot waves at California's "The Wedge" wave break Wednesday.

The waves, which were categorized by Surfline.com as "Good to Epic" in size, were delivered by Hurricane Marie, swirling off the coast of California.

Surfing legend Laird Hamilton, who was at the beach Wednesday morning, helped rescue a stranded surfer who lost his board and his leash as the monstrous waves slammed into shore, according to ABC station KABC. Hamilton, who was on a paddle board when the surfer got into trouble, came to shore to put on fins and swam out to help rescue the surfer, who was injured but stable.

Newport Beach's The Wedge is known as one of the more difficult breaks on the West Coast for its power and shape: the wave breaks right on the beach, posing a danger to surfers who fall off their boards.

Tara Finnigan, spokeswoman for the city, said the waves had attracted about 3,000 to 4,000 spectators at The Wedge and another 500 at another break in town called The Point.

"There is no parking left at the beach at this point," Finnigan said.

The town is also experiencing beach flooding, with high tide expected at 11 a.m. Spectators have been getting soaked by waves come up over the berm, Finnigan said.

Extra lifeguards are on hand at The Wedge to try and educate surfers and swimmers and prevent less experienced swimmers from going in.

Emergency personnel lined the beach, and local news station KTLA reported that two swimmers had to be rescued after becoming stranded in the water.

One Twitter user described The Wedge as "shallow as a bathtub" because the waves crash right onto the shallow sand bottom of the ocean there.

The lifeguards have made three minor rescues, including a stand up paddle-boarder who got pulled beneath a pier by a strong current and lost his board on a piling, becoming trapped when his leash got caught.


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Two Rescued from Disabled Boat Nearing Niagara Falls

iStock/Thinkstock(NIAGARA FALLS, NY) -- Two people were rescued from a disabled boat that was drifting dangerously close to Niagara Falls, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the boaters weren’t in “dire” danger but had floated into the “exclusion zone,” about a mile from the brink of the falls, in the Niagara River.

A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted them to safety late Monday, around midnight. There were no injuries.

The boaters, who did not want to be identified, were in a 19-foot motor boat and had dropped anchor.

Earlier, a commercial rescuer tried to help but got caught on the rocks in the shallow water.

The boat was salvaged by a local company.


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Computer Glitch Costs Student Full Scholarship?

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN MATEO, Calif.) -- A student from northern California says a computer glitch at his high school cost him a full ride to Stanford University.

Lincoln To, 17, finished in the top five of his class at Serra High School in San Mateo and was a finalist for a full scholarship to the university, he told San Diego 6.

But he was disqualified when his school failed to send his transcripts before the deadline, To said.

The school has since admitted it was a technical error that led to the delayed transcripts.

“We have to do what’s right by our students, and we made a mistake,” San Diego Unified School District spokesperson Ursula Kroemer told ABC affiliate KGTV.

Cindy Marten, the school district’s superintendent even sent an official letter to universities explaining that a new computer system led to problems sending the transcripts, and asking for an extension.

In To’s case, it was already too late. He was disqualified, and lost out on his chance for a scholarship to Stanford.

Stanford University has not yet responded to ABC News' request for comment.

The school district says it is looking into the computer system so the same error doesn’t happen again.

As for To, he moved into the dorms this week at UCLA, where has a full scholarship.


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Girl, 9, Accidentally Kills Instructor While Firing an Uzi

iStock/Thinkstock(MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz.) -- An Arizona gun instructor was shot and killed Monday while showing a nine-year-old girl how to use an automatic Uzi.

Charles Vacca, 39, of Lake Havasu City was pronounced dead shortly after being airlifted to a hospital from the Bullets and Burgers outdoor gun range in White Hills, Arizona, about 25 miles south of Las Vegas,

Mohave County Sheriff Jim McCabe said that after demonstrating single shots, Vacca let the girl fire the Uzi as fully automatic. However, the gun recoiled, lifting the girl's shoulder, which resulted in Vacca suffering a fatal bullet wound to the head.

Neither the girl nor her parents, who were also at the firing range were injured. The family is from New Jersey.

Calling it a tragic accident, McCabe remarked, "The child is of course in everybody's thoughts because she's only nine years old and the parents have got to have some terrible feelings as well. But the truth of the matter is it was a tragic accident and our heart goes out to everyone."


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Two Men Abducted, Drowned in Philadelphia River, Third Man Escapes, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- The bodies of two men, who had been bound, were found Wednesday dumped in a Philadelphia river and a third man was repeatedly stabbed but narrowly escaped the abductors believed to be responsible for the double homicide, police said.

The survivor, a 20-year-old man, was taken off the street by four or five men early Wednesday morning and thrown into the back of a van, police said.

He was then stabbed about nine times, in the torso and legs, Philadelphia police said, and his hands were tied behind his back with duct tape while his ankles were bound as well. Duct tape was also placed over his mouth, and once in the van, he realized there were two other people in the van who had also been bound, police said.

All three were taken to the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park, where they were thrown into the water, police said, noting that the two other people were tethered to some kind of weight and drowned in five to 10 feet of water.

The 20-year-old was able to get out of the water, even though his legs and arms were still partially bound, and made it to a nearby road where he screamed at passing cars, triggering some drivers to call 911, police said.

The bodies were found just before 4 a.m., police said.

The victim told police he did not know the other two people in the van, nor did he know his kidnappers.

The man is in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital, police said.

Police declined to give the location where the man was abducted, but noted there are security cameras in the area and that they hope the abduction was captured on video.


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Freed American Thanks 'Brave, Determined' People Who Fought for His Release

ABC News (BOSTON) -- Freed writer Peter Theo Curtis has spoken out for the first time Wednesday since being released by Syrian militants, thanking the "brave determined and big-hearted people" who helped save him.

In a brief news conference held down the road from his mother's home in Massachusetts, Curtis said how "total strangers" have been coming up to him and telling him how grateful they are for his release.

"I suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their hearts," he said.

"I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf," he added. "I am overwhelmed by emotion."

Curtis, 45, was held for nearly two years and his release came just days after militant group ISIS executed fellow American journalist James Foley. Al-Nusra's decision to release Curtis was seen by many as a move to distance themselves from ISIS as no ransom money was reportedly handed over as part of the deal.

He did not go into any details about his time in captivity, but appeared eager to move forward.

"I have to bond with my mother and my family now," he said before adding that he will not be giving any further statements in the near future.

The writer was released by Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra this past Sunday. He arrived back in the United States on Tuesday night.

His flight from Tel Aviv, Israel arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey on Tuesday evening but he was reunited with relatives -- including his mother Nancy -- when he flew from there home to Boston.


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Mystery Surrounds USC Football Player's Dramatic Pool Rescue

David Buchan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The University of Southern California has received several calls questioning the authenticity of football player Josh Shaw’s story about saving his nephew from potentially drowning and is investigating the matter, coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Shaw, 22, a cornerback on the Trojans football team, said he suffered a pair of ankle sprains Saturday night after jumping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, Carter, who was struggling in the pool.

The fifth-year senior said he landed on concrete before crawling into the pool and steering his nephew to dry land before grabbing a ladder and lifting himself out of the water using just his arms.

As story of the rescue gained attention, other accounts emerged conflicting with Shaw’s story.

"We've gotten a few phone calls contradicting what Josh said occurred Saturday night, so we're going to continue to vet it," Sarkisian said.

At this point, it's unclear who made those calls or what part of the story is being challenged. Shaw did suffer sprains in both ankles, and he remains sidelined indefinitely.

"The X-Rays and MRIs we have taken on him have come back negative," Sarkisian said. "So far, we don't see anything structurally wrong with him, but he is very sore."

Shaw was noticeably absent from practice Tuesday.

Over the weekend, he was voted a team captain. He was expected to be a major contributor for USC this season.

Shaw's sister Asia -- Carter’s mother -- said she didn't witness the incident but was quick to defend her brother.

"My child is safe, and it's because of Josh," she told ABC News. "I really do praise God and I just hope that he has a speedy recovery."


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WATCH: Drama at 3,000 Feet When Parachutist Dangles in Air

File photo. (Hemera/Thinkstock)(NEW YORK) -- A video posted to YouTube shows parachutists jumping out of a plane in quick succession before one of them becomes stuck in his lines and gets towed by the plane.

The jumpers are in military-type uniforms and a Mexican flag sticker is taped to the back of one helmet. The men appear to be practicing jumps out of the back of a plane from 3,000 feet.

At least seven jumpers successfully launch before one becomes stuck -- his parachute chords becoming wrapped around something on the outside of the plane. The snag leaves him dangling.

The frightening scene ends when the man is pulled back into the plane.


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Hurricanes on Both Coasts Bring Dangerous Surf

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hurricanes in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are primed to make their closest approaches to the continental United States this week, and while they aren't expected to make landfall, they could still bring choppy surf and dangerous waters.

Hurricane Marie is currently a category 2 hurricane with max sustained winds at 100 mph, and will be no direct threat to land as it moves out to sea in the Eastern Pacific. However, the storm will likely bring large waves and rip currents to the Southern California coast from 800 miles offshore.

Breakers could reach 10 to over 15 feet for south/southeast-facing beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with high surf also possible for the Santa Barbara south coast. Swells are expected to peak Tuesday and Wednesday, with some subsiding Thursday into Friday. Minor coastal flooding, beach erosion, and structural damage are all possible as well.

On the other side of the country, Hurricane Cristobal is making its way across the open Atlantic Ocean. It will directly impact the United States, but will bring another type of danger this week – strong and frequent rip currents.

Cristobal is projected to travel north and then make a northeasterly turn, gaining some strength. Bermuda is under a Tropical Storm Watch, and although it will not get a direct hit, it could see Tropical Storm conditions this week, with winds over 40 mph and rainfall up to 6 inches.

Swells generated by Cristobal will reach the East Coast in the form of breakers and cause rough surf and dangerous rip currents from Florida to Maine. From Florida to the Carolinas surfers and beach-goers need to be aware of life-threatening conditions in the water through Wednesday. Then, from Virginia to NJ and up into the New England coast, people should take caution through Friday.

Luckily, waters on both coasts should calm down just in time for Labor Day weekend.


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