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Max Golembo/ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Thursday NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issued the U.S. Winter Outlook, saying that La Nina is expected to influence winter conditions this year.

The Climate Prediction Center said La Nina is likely to develop in late fall or early winter, but it is expected to be weak and short-lived.

With the possible weak La Nina, we are expecting more arctic outbreaks for the Northern Plains and the Great Lakes. With colder air moving over relatively warm Great Lakes, lake-effect snow could be heavier than normal especially early in the winter months, said Mike Halpert, deputy director, the Climate Prediction Center. Cities like Bismarck, Minneapolis and Green Bay could see colder than normal conditions, while Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit could see a snowier winter.

Also, snowier conditions are expected in the northern Rockies, so if you have a winter break trip planned to Sun Valley, Idaho, or Big Sky Resort, Montana, you might be in luck for some champagne powder.

A pacific jet stream aimed at Washington State and Oregon will likely deliver wetter and cooler weather for Seattle and Portland, increasing chances for flooding and mudslides.

 As far as the Northeast goes, most of the area will see near-normal snowfall and temperatures for winter, save for northern New England, where conditions might be warmer than normal. Having said that, last winter was one of the warmest winters on record in the Northeast, so the near-normal temperatures forecast for this winter could feel much colder.

For the megalopolis of the Northeast, it looks like winter will be more rainy than snowy. During a typical La Nina winter, the jet stream curves north into eastern Canada keeping the coldest arctic air away from the immediate East Coast, leaving the coastal cities mostly with rain or a mix precipitation. Further inland, it could be a different story.

If you want a warmer and drier than normal winter this year, you better head south. From Los Angeles to Dallas to Atlanta, the Climate Prediction Center said to expect less severe winter storms and warmer than average temperatures. Of course, this is bad news for Southern California, which has been dealing with an exceptional drought the last five years.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The Environmental Protection Agency had the power and enough information to issue an emergency order to protect the people of Flint, Mich. from lead-contaminated water as early as 7 months before they did, the EPA's inspector general said Thursday.

“Federal law provides the EPA with emergency authority to intervene when the safety of drinking water is compromised," said EPA Inspector General Arthur A. Elkins. "Employees must be knowledgeable, trained and ready to act when such a public health threat looms.”

Flint's drinking water was contaminated after the city switched its supply in April 2014, exposing many of the city's nearly 100,000 residents to elevated lead levels in the water.

State regulators failed to ensure water was being properly treated.

#WaterContamination in #Flint, Michigan, Shows Need to Clarify #EPA Authority to Issue Public Protection Orders.

— U.S. EPA OIG (@EPAoig) October 20, 2016

Hundreds of children have been found to have elevated levels of lead in their blood, doctors found.

Lead is a known neurotoxin and is particularly harmful to young children whose neurological systems are still developing. Early lead exposure can have a lifetime of consequences, including lowered IQ, behavioral issues and developmental delays among others, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Federal, state and local officials have pointed fingers for over two years since the water crisis began.

So far, three state officials are facing charges.

The Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1431 provides emergency authority to the EPA. According to the IG, the EPA has its own internal guidance since 1991 about what it can do in the event of an emergency situation like Flint.

“These situations should generate a greater sense of urgency,” said the inspector general.

The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Ingram Publishing/iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Police in Louisville, Kentucky, say three children remain in the hospital after an SUV hit them as they prepared to board a school bus.

Officer Dwight Mitchell of the Louisville Metro Police Department said around 8 a.m. Thursday officers responded to a 911 call about a vehicle collision involving pedestrians.

In a statement, police said the Cadillac Escalade was traveling in the same direction as the school bus when the bus stopped suddenly.

According to police, the driver of the SUV swerved to avoid hitting the school bus and went up on the sidewalk, to the right of the bus, striking three children waiting to board.

Police said the driver did not see the three children. Two of the children were said to be ages 9 and 10. The third child's age was unknown.

The bus, bound for Dixie and Englehard Elementary Schools, was empty at the time except for the driver.

"I saw this little girl was up under the car," one resident told ABC affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville. "So it was about seven or eight of us -- I don't know how many it was -- we was trying to raise the car up. So when we got it up high enough, the police pulled a kid from under the car. And boy, I was so thankful that we could get her out but she was in bad shape. She was bleeding real bad. So EMS, they started working on her."

WHAS-TV said two of the children were brother and sister. The third child was not related to the other two.

Mitchell said the children were taken to the hospital, with two in critical condition and the third with serious injuries. He said the driver of the SUV had also been taken to the hospital.

So far, according to police, the driver of the SUV is expected to be charged with having no insurance or registration. Mitchell said police were still investigating the accident.

"It's a very tragic situation that's happened," he said. "The driver did stay but was injured. ... Our prayers are with these children that they recover. That's the main thing."

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NSA via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — One of the reforms designed to rein in the surveillance authorities of the National Security Agency has perhaps inadvertently solved a technical problem for the spy outfit and granted it potential access to much more data than before, a former top official told ABC News.

Before the signing of the USA Freedom Act in June 2015, one of the NSA's most controversial programs was the mass collection of telephonic metadata from millions of Americans — the information about calls, including the telephone numbers involved, the time and the duration but not the calls' content — under a broad interpretation of the Patriot Act's Section 215. From this large "haystack," as officials have called it, NSA analysts could get approval to run queries on specific numbers purportedly linked to international terrorism investigations.

The problem for the NSA was that the haystack was only about 30 percent as big as it should've been; the NSA database was missing a lot of data. As The Washington Post reported in 2014, the agency was not getting information from all wireless carriers and it also couldn't handle the deluge of data that was coming in.

On the technical side, Chris Inglis, who served as the NSA's deputy director until January 2014, recently told ABC News that when major telecommunications companies previously handed over customer records, the NSA "just didn't ingest all of it."

"[NSA officials] were trying to make sure they were doing it exactly right," he said, meaning making sure that the data was being pulled in according to existing privacy policies. The metadata also came in various forms from the different companies, so the NSA had to reformat much of it before loading it into a searchable database.

Both hurdles meant that the NSA couldn't keep up, and of all the metadata the agency wanted to be available for specific searches internally, only about a third of it actually was.

But then the USA Freedom Act was signed into law, and now Inglis said, all that is "somebody else's problem."

The USA Freedom Act ended the NSA's bulk collection of metadata but charged the telecommunications companies with keeping the data on hand. The NSA and other U.S. government agencies now must request information about specific phone numbers or other identifying elements from the telecommunications companies after going through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and arguing that there is a "reasonable, articulable suspicion" that the number is associated with international terrorism.

As a result, the NSA no longer has to worry about keeping up its own database and, according to Inglis, the percentage of available records has shot up from 30 percent to virtually 100. Rather than one internal, incomplete database, the NSA can now query any of several complete ones.

The new system "guarantees that the NSA can have access to all of it," Inglis said.

NSA general counsel Glenn Gerstell made a brief reference to the increased capacity in a post for the Lawfare blog in January after terrorist attacks at home and abroad.

"Largely overlooked in the debate that has ensued in the wake of recent attacks is the fact that under the new arrangement, our national security professionals will have access to a greater volume of call records subject to query in a way that is consistent with our regard for civil liberties," he wrote.

Mark Rumold, a senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told ABC News he doesn't have much of a problem with the NSA's wider access to telephone data, since now the agency has to go through a "legitimate" system with "procedural protections" before jumping into the databases.

"Their ability to obtain records has broadened, but by all accounts, they're collecting a far narrower pool of data than they were initially," he said, referring to returns on specific searches. "They can use a type of legal process with a broader spectrum of providers than earlier. To me, that isn't like a strike against it. That's almost something in favor of it, because we've gone through this public process, we've had this debate, and this is where we settled on the scope of the authority we were going to give them."

Rumold said he's still concerned about the NSA's ability to get information on phone numbers linked to a number in question — up to two "hops" away — but he said the USA Freedom Act "remains a step in the right direction."

The trade-off of the new system, according to Inglis, is in the efficiency of the searches. Whereas in the past the NSA could instantaneously run approved searches of its database, now the agency must approach each telecommunications company to ask about a number and then wait for a response.

In his January post Gerstell acknowledged concerns that the new approach could be "too cumbersome to be effective" and said the NSA will report to Congress on how the arrangement is working. A representative for the NSA declined to tell ABC News if any problems have been encountered so far, and Rumold noted there has been no public evidence of any issues.

Inglis said he isn't terribly concerned if the searches are a little slower. It's a small price to pay, he said, for what he called an "additional safeguard" that could increase the public's confidence in what the NSA is and how it operates.

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WABC(NEW YORK) --  Police "failed" a 66-year-old woman with a history of psychiatric problems when an officer shot and killed her Tuesday night, said New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill.

A uniformed NYPD sergeant shot and killed Deborah Danner after she wielded scissors and a bat at him while he was checking up on her, police said.

O'Neill said police were "were called to help" a "person in crisis."

"That's not how it's supposed to go," O'Neill said. "It's not how we train. Out first obligation is to preserve life -- not to take a life when it can be avoided."

Sgt. Hugh Barry responded to a 911 call about an emotionally disturbed person in The Bronx just after 6 p.m., when a neighbor complained that a woman was acting in an irrational manner, according to the NYPD.

About 10 minutes later, Barry entered the apartment to investigate and found Danner armed with a pair a scissors, according to cops. The sergeant convinced Danner to put the scissors down, but she then approached the officer and grabbed a baseball bat, police said.

The sergeant fired two shots from his revolver as Danner attempted to strike him with the baseball bat, police said. She was struck in the torso and transported to Jacobi Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead.

 O'Neill said that while "in the vast majority of cases we get it right," he wants "to know why it happened."

"Cops know when you become a police officer you are 100 percent accountable for your actions -- everything you do," he said. "When a life is taken, as one was last night, we have to ask tough questions."

The NYPD has launched an internal investigation into the incident, police said. Barry has been put on modified duty as the department tries to determine why he used deadly force instead of his Taser.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the police-involved shooting "tragic" and said it "should not have happened." The mayor also said that Barry did not follow his police training but added that until last night, the NYPD had properly handled nearly 200 calls in 2016 involving an emotionally disturbed person.

The Sergeants Benevolent Association said: "Being forced to shoot a civilian under any circumstances is traumatic for police officers, but to be immediately vilified based on innuendo and the social and political climate only compounds the tragedy."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A police officer in Granbury, Texas, was recently recognized by city officials for using CPR to save a 3-year-old boy in a dramatic moment caught on dash-cam video.

On Oct. 12, Officer Chase Miller responded to a 911 call requesting help at a Kentucky Fried Chicken for a little boy who was not breathing and unresponsive. Dash-cam footage from Miller's vehicle showed him pulling into the restaurant's parking lot minutes later.

The department said that after Miller got out of his vehicle, he encountered a group of people, including a crying woman carrying an unresponsive little boy in her arms.

Deputy Chief Jim Marshall identified the woman as Bethany Hoover, 21, of Granbury, and the little boy as Hoover's 3-year-old son, Brayden Geis. Brayden's father, John Geis, 21, of Granbury, could also be seen in the video.

Hoover told ABC News today that Brayden had suffered a febrile seizure due to a cold he'd come down with.

"His fever spiked too quickly," she said.

A general manager at the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Hoover said she'd called her husband in to work as a cook that evening. She told him to bring along Brayden until her mother could come pick him up.

Hoover said at first, Brayden was playing but then started crying. She said she give him ibuprofen, but when she noticed how hot he was, she took him outside. The boy's head was resting on his shoulder, Hoover said, and then she felt his arm go limp.

"[I] leaned him forward and he was having a seizure," she said. "John called 911."

Police said Miller began CPR and then had the boy's dad continue chest compressions as he got a breathing mask. Police said that after two minutes, Miller had revived the child. Brayden was later treated by the Granbury Volunteer Fire Department and then taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center.

"The child is now doing fine and is recovering with his family," police said in a news release.

Hoover told ABC News that by the next day, Brayden was acting like nothing had happened though the fever still lingered.

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Miller was awarded the Life Saving Award for saving Brayden's life. Miller also got to meet Brayden and his parents. The officer gave Brayden several gifts, including a toy police dog named Chase from the children's show "Paw Patrol."

"Officer Miller's exceptional performance reflect great credit upon himself, the Granbury Police Department and the city of Granbury," police said.

Hoover said that the three had visited Miller again at the police department today. She said that she and her husband had told Miller that they'd give him their world for saving Brayden.

"Our son is the world to us," she said today. "That's our world. That's our life."

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iStock/Thinkstock(EDINA, Minn.) -- The mayor and City Council of Edina, Minnesota, have publicly apologized for a videotaped altercation between a white police officer and a black man that circulated heavily on social media, after hearing emotional testimony from the audience about race relations there.

Speakers of different races testified Tuesday one-by-one before the council about the quality of race relations in Edina, a wealthy Minneapolis suburb that is 15 minutes south of the city, and has a population that is 88 percent white and 3 percent black, according to Census figures.

The scheduled council meeting set aside its regular agenda in order to address the audience’s frustrations, according to ABC St. Paul affiliate KSTP-TV.

A white woman testified that Edina needed to "confess its sins."

"As Lutherans, the very first thing we do in services is confess our sins," she said, her voice shaking with emotion.

"The DNA in my body said that that man is next," suggesting that Larnie Thomas, the man in the video, could have been shot by police were it not for someone’s filming the interaction.

A black man testified Tuesday about how he travels to Edina to go shopping, and feels conscious of his clothing and appearance when he is there.

An Indian man told the council Tuesday that racism "is a problem" in the city. Another man said Thomas was "treated like an animal."

The video from last Wednesday showed Thomas’ being held back by his jacket by a plainclothes police officer who refused Thomas' demands that he be released. In it, the officer told Thomas that he was walking in the middle of the street.

Thomas responded that he was avoiding sidewalk construction. Throughout the video, Thomas' frustration was apparent, and at one point Janet Rowle, a bystander who filmed the altercation, told the officer that Thomas was "scared."

Thomas removed his jacket, then his shirt to escape the officer's grasp. A second officer arrived and arrested Thomas.

The disturbing the peace charge against him has been dropped.

The Minnesota NAACP told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that it is still awaiting a formal written apology, beyond the city’s response that it is investigating the arrest and the verbal regrets officials expressed at Tuesday’s meeting.

Councilmember Bob Stewart said, “I think we can do better.”

He said he would contact Thomas to try to make sure an incident like this didn't happen again.

“For Mr. Larnie Thomas, I’m going to meet him face-to-face,” Edina Mayor James Hovland said at Tuesday’s hearing. “It’s one thing for me to sit up here and apologize, it’s another to meet him face-to-face.”

As for the charges against Thomas being dropped, the Minnesota NAACP wrote on its Facebook page that "this is not justice, but it is a step in the right direction."

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iStock/Thinkstock(IPSWICH, Mass.) -- The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 58-year-old man who was forced to tread water at sea for nearly four hours after getting swept away by rip currents off Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

The rescued man, Randall Hackett, had gone out for a swim with his 28-year-old son-in-law, Alexander Auerbach, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ipswich Police Department.

The two were "familiar with the area, were wearing wet suits and were reported as strong swimmers," police wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday.

But after failing to return more than an hour-and-a-half later, family members reported the two missing, police said.

Auerbach eventually made it back to shore around 7:30 p.m., police said. Auerbach reportedly told authorities that he and Hackett had been separated by rip currents and fog that caused near-zero visibility.

A multi-jurisdictional operation was then launched to find and rescue Hackett, police said. The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter, plane and boat, and state police sent out a K-9 unit to aid with search-and-rescue efforts.

A few hours later, around 9:30 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter team spotted Hackett treading water about a quarter-mile from shore, according to police.

The Coast Guard deployed a diver who was able to bring the man up into the copter.

Hackett was then flown back to shore, where he was reunited with family before being transported by ambulance to a hospital for evaluation.

"This was a tremendous effort by municipal, state, and federal agencies who came together to locate a swimmer in difficult conditions and rough waters," Ipswich Police Lt. Jonathan Hubbard said in the Facebook post. "We are grateful that Mr. Hackett was located reunited with his family this evening.”

Hubbard praised the rescuers, who descended on Crane Beach from all over, for ensuring a positive outcome Tuesday.

The Coast Guard added in a news release Wednesday that it wanted to remind the public that "water temperatures are rapidly dropping, meteorological conditions continue to deteriorate as the weather turns colder, and all mariners and swimmers should exercise appropriate caution in light of these season-changing hazards."

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KGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) -- A manhunt is underway for the gunmen who opened fire outside a San Francisco public high school Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Gunfire erupted around 3:15 p.m. local time in the parking lot outside the June Jordan School for Equity. Four people were injured, including one female student who was in critical condition, according to the San Francisco Police Department.

The female victim may have been targeted, police said, adding that the incident was “not a random shooting.”

Police said the wounded students ran into the school after they were shot and four male suspects wearing dark jeans and hoodies were seen running away. Authorities weren’t aware whether the suspects were students, and no one has been taken into custody. Police have not publicly said whether they know the identities of the suspects.

"It was crazy, I just saw everybody running and I heard shots going off," student Diego Ortiz told ABC's San Francisco station KGO-TV.

June Jordan High School for Equity was placed under lockdown following Tuesday's shooting, and the victims were transported to local hospitals, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. The school reopened Wednesday and is offering counseling to students.

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Wayne Police Department(WAYNE, N.J.) — The man whose alleged burglary of a New Jersey residence was interrupted by an 11-year-old boy returning home from school has been arrested, police said. The entire incident was caught on tape.

Video of the Monday incident in Wayne, New Jersey, shows the alleged intruder, Thomas J. Coughlin, walking around inside the house. Wayne Police say the 23-year-old suspect was casing the residence.

When the suspect walks out of the frame, the boy — still wearing his backpack from school — walks in through the front door. The boy, whose name was not released by police, apparently has no idea he’s not alone in the house.

After a few moments he makes eye contact with the suspect and flees through the front door, police said. The suspect leaves the same way he entered: through a rear patio door, police said, adding that the man took the 11-year-old’s cellphone.

“My heart started pumping when I saw him,” the boy told New York ABC station WABC-TV. “Basically then I immediately run out of the house. I see that my neighbor is driving by in her car so I stop her and ask her for help.”

Audio of the 911 call reveals that the boy reported seeing “a male with dark clothes” inside his home.

Wayne Police Det. Capt. Laurence Martin said the boy “absolutely” did the right thing.

“He went and sought help. Went to a neighbor. They summoned 911 ... I’ve got to give him credit, thumbs up, (he) did everything correct,” Martin said.

The suspect was charged with burglary and theft after his arrest on Tuesday and his bail was set at $50,000. He had not yet entered a plea, police said on Tuesday.

Martin said the suspect has expressed remorse.

“He just indicated that he was extremely sorry that the young man had to go through this,” Martin said.

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ABC News(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Some 150,000 gallons of polluted water leaked from a Peterson Air Force Base retention tank into the local sewer system in Colorado Springs and found its way into a creek that is used by local farmers, the Air Force said on Tuesday.

The leak came from a fire training area retention tank and contained water contaminated by perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, according to an Air Force statement.

"Studies of laboratory animals given large amounts of PFCs have found that some PFCs may affect growth and development, reproduction, and injure the liver," according to the Centers For Disease Control.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that studies indicate that exposure to perfluorinated compounds above certain levels "may result in adverse health effects, including developmental effects to fetuses during pregnancy or to breastfed infants (e.g., low birth weight, accelerated puberty, skeletal variations), cancer (e.g., testicular, kidney), liver effects (e.g., tissue damage), immune effects (e.g., antibody production and immunity), thyroid effects and other effects (e.g., cholesterol changes)."

The discharge from a Peterson fire training area was discovered October 12, the Air Force said, adding that it notified the Colorado Springs Utilities within 24 hours after discovery, and that an official report was made within within five days.

“We take this type of event seriously, and will work diligently to determine the cause,” said Lt. Col. Chad Gemeinhardt, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron commander. “We are committed to upholding environmental stewardship policies and procedures.”

"This could sink our ship so, if we were not able to sell any product from this farm, we would go broke," Jay Frost, a farmer whose land sits downstream of the leak along Fountain Creek, told KRDO, a local ABC affiliate. "Someone will have to answer to this."

PFCs are typically used in carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food and other materials that are resistant to water, grease or stains, the EPA says.

The PFCs released in the leak came from a firefighting foam historically used at the base for emergency response.

The Air Force paid $4.3 million to filter and provide drinking water to affected residents after PFCs were discovered earlier this year in well water south of the base.

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iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — A bomb squad was called in after a man blew himself up with a pipe bomb near an Oakland neighborhood health center.

The explosion was reported at 6:26 p.m. local time in front of the San Antonio Neighborhood Health Center in Oakland, reports KGO-TV, a local ABC affiliate.

Witnesses said a man in a wheelchair entered the clinic with what appeared to be a pipe bomb and detonated it, taking his own life, according to police.

Investigators are calling the incident an apparent suicide, according to police and sheriff's deputies.

The Alameda County Sheriff's Office confirmed on its Twitter account that a bomb squad was working to secure the area.

One male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No other injuries have been reported, KGO-TV reported.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Matt Gush/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Three students were shot outside a San Francisco public high school Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

June Jordan High School for Equity was placed under lockdown following the shooting, and the victims were transported to local hospitals, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. 

Both schools were on lock down after students shot outside of June Jordan HS

— Lisa Amin Gulezian (@LisaAminABC7) October 19, 2016

One female victim was in critical condition, while two male victims suffered minor injuries, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The female victim may have been targeted they said, adding that the incident was "not a random shooting."

The victims ran into the school after they were shot, police said, and four male suspects in dark jeans and hoodies were seen running away. Police weren't aware whether they were students, and no one has been taken into custody.

Nearly three hours after San Francisco Police first announced the incident, it tweeted, "A 4th victim walked into #SanFranciscoGeneral Hospital with non-life threatening injuries related to this incident."

No further information about the nature or cause of the injury was provided.

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castenoid/iStock/Thinkstock(WEEKI WACHEE, Fla.) -- Two cave divers in Florida were found dead after they were reported missing over the weekend, according to police.

Officers with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office were called to Eagle's Nest on Saturday around 6 p.m. to help search for the missing divers, Patrick Peacock and Chris Rittenmeyer, police said.

When police got there, they were met with a third diver, Justin Blakely, who had stayed closer to the surface as Peacock and Rittenmeyer explored the caves. The two were both experienced divers who had been to Eagle's Nest several times in the past, police said.

The pair had left Blakely around 2 p.m. with plans to check in about an hour later, but they never came back, police said Blakely told them.

Every 30 minutes since the missed deadline, Blakely would check to see if his Peacock and Rittenmeyer had returned. By 6 p.m., he called authorities to let them know his friends were missing. Rescue divers were unable to locate them that evening, but on Monday morning, a new group of rescue divers found them near each other in water about 260 feet deep.

Peacock and Rittenmeyer were found in a very dangerous and complex area of the cave system, police said.

Eagle's Nest, located near Weeki Wachee in the Chassahowitza Wildlife Refuge, is known as the Lost Sink for its extensive caves.

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KATU-TV(STAYTON, Ore.) -- A 91-year-old woman from Marion County, Oregon, has become confined to a chair in her home after her wheelchair and walker were allegedly stolen.

Edythe De La Rosa, who has outlived her husband and six children, is feeling lonelier and more helpless than ever because of the incident, ABC affiliate KATU in Oregon reported.

"I don’t know, I don’t know what to do," De La Rosa told KATU. "I don’t understand how anyone – Christian or not – how could they do that to a woman in my condition and of my age?"

De La Rosa believes her mobile aids were stolen sometime this past weekend during a storm. She said she had put her wheelchair and walker into her van parked outside her house just in case she needed to evacuate.

"I’m an old timer, she said. "When something’s going to happen, you prepare."

Fortunately, the storm came and went without causing any significant damage. But De La Rosa was devastated when she realized her van — along with her wheelchair and walker — was gone.

"I can’t do much — my hands don't work, I've had a stroke," she told KATU. "Why do that to me? What did I do to them?"

De La Rosa said her van, wheelchair and walker were priceless to her. She explained that she has been living on Social Security and had to save for over a year to afford the items.

De La Rosa added that the day she got the walker, she felt she was in "seventh heaven" because she was finally able to get around by herself and tend to her flowers without help.

But now, she's confined to a chair in her home and completely dependent on her caretaker.

De La Rosa's church community has since started a crowdfunding campaign to try and raise enough money to buy her a new van, wheelchair and walker, KATU reported.

ABC News was not immediately able to reach De La Rosa nor the organizer of the crowdfunding campaign for additional comment.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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