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iStock(BREVARD COUNTY, Fla.) -- Astronaut Michael Collins, 88, returned to where it all began -- the spot where Apollo 11 launched into space 50 years ago Tuesday. He reflected on the mission that brought man to the moon and what he hopes to see for space exploration in the future.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to be back at Launchpad 39A,” Collins told Robert Cabana, director of the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Once referred to by some as the loneliest man in the universe, Collins appeared on stage as he was in the command module 50 years ago -- without fellow Apollo 11 astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong.

During the mission, while Armstrong and Aldrin made man's first steps on the moon, Collins stayed in the command module.

Had the mission failed, Collins could have been faced with the prospect of riding back to Earth alone across a quarter-million miles of space.

“I want to turn and ask Neil a question, maybe tell Buzz Aldrin something, of course I am here by myself, but I know they would enjoy joining in to this sort of a conversation as much as I’m looking forward to it,” Collins said.

Collins recalled the training and preparation that went into the Apollo 11 mission, when he spent more than 600 hours in a simulator preparing for the unprecedented journey.

“No matter how well things are going for you, you can't just relax and pat yourself on the back and say, ‘isn't this wonderful?’”

“Apollo 11 ... was serious business. We, [the] crew, felt the weight of the world on our shoulders,” said Collins. “We knew that everyone would be looking at us, friend or foe, and we wanted to do the best we possibly could.”

When asked where we go from here, Collins said that he “loved” the name Artemis, but his ideal space pursuit would be to go to Mars.

Artemis 1, according to NASA, is "America’s moon to Mars approach for human space exploration."

The program's stated goal is to land "the first woman and the next man" on the moon by 2024.

“I think women can do anything that men can do in space, perhaps they can do it better,” said Collins. “But I don't want to go back to the moon, I want to go direct to Mars, I call it the JFK Mars express.”

Artemis 1 launch director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson said she enjoyed listening to Collins reflect on his experience and said she "couldn't help but feel the goosebumps come up on [her] arm as [she] saw the final seconds tick off the countdown clock in the video.”

Blackwell-Thompson’s launch team joined the original Apollo 11 launch group in Firing Room 1 to celebrate and share lessons learned from one launch team to another.

After his interview, Collins also visited the Launch Control Center and Firing Room 1 to reconnect with the launch controllers from the Apollo 11 quest and meet with those who will launch the Artemis missions.

As the 50th anniversary of the moon landing approaches on Saturday, July 20, there are a host of other events to commemorate the historic feat.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will project the image of a 363-foot Saturn V rocket onto the Washington Monument, while a 17-minute show, “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” detailing the mission, plays on screens nearby. The simple projection of Saturn V will light up the Washington Monument starting Tuesday, and the “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon” show will play Friday and Saturday.

The National Air and Space Museum also displayed the spacesuit astronaut Neil Armstrong wore during his 'giant leap for mankind' on Tuesday morning for the first time in over a decade.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- A man suspected of murdering 17-year-old Bianca Devins alerted police to the killing by posting photographs of her dead body on multiple social media platforms, police said.

Now, Instagram is facing criticism from social media users for allegedly failing to swiftly remove the gruesome images.

"I have seen the pictures. I will FOREVER have those images in my mind when I think of her," Devins' stepmother, Kaleigh Rimmer, wrote on Facebook on Monday morning. "When I close my eyes, those images haunt me."

Instagram users took matters into their own hands by posting photos of pink clouds in Devins' honor to drown out the images of her untimely death, technology and business magazine Fast Company reported.

Police in Utica, New York, say that 21-year-old Brandon Clark -- who Devins met on Instagram two months ago -- killed her with a knife in the early hours on Sunday, and then posted photos of Devins' corpse onto Instagram, Snapchat and gaming site Discord.

Clark has been charged with second-degree murder, police said.

The Utica Police Department confirmed the authenticity of the images in a press release.

When social media users reported the images, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, sent a reply saying that the images had been reviewed, and they did not violate its community guidelines.

A spokesperson for Facebook told ABC News that the photos were later removed from the platform. But the company did not immediately say how long the images had been allowed to stay up, or why users had been told the images were in keeping with its content policies.

"Our thoughts go out to those affected by this tragic event. We are taking every measure to remove this content from our platforms," the Facebook spokesperson said.

A spokesperson for Discord said in a statement to ABC News: "We are shocked and deeply saddened by this terrible situation. We are working closely with law enforcement to provide any assistance we can. In the meantime, our hearts go out to Bianca’s family and loved ones."

A representative for Snapchat did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Clark's accounts on both Instagram and Facebook were removed after police identified him on Monday, and the hashtags #yesjuliet, #yesjulietpicture, #checkyesjuliet and #yesjulietvideo, which may coincide with Clark's Instagram handle, @yesjuliet, have been blocked to stop the spread of the images, according to Facebook. The platform is also using technology that allows them to proactively find other attempts to upload the image and automatically remove them before anyone sees them, Facebook said.

The platform says they are currently in touch with law enforcement.

Devins graduated from high school in June and planned to attend the Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall. The pair had become acquainted with each other's families, but a mutual friend described their relationship to Rolling Stone as strictly platonic.

On Saturday, Devins and Clark went to a concert in New York City and headed back to Utica around 10 p.m., police said. Investigators believe the two had an argument, which led to Clark allegedly killing Devins with a large knife in the early hours on Sunday.

Police learned of Devins' murder after receiving several 911 calls Sunday morning detailing that a man had posted to multiple social media platforms, and stated he killed his girlfriend and was threatening to harm himself, according to a press release from the Utica Police Department.

Clark also called 911 and made "incriminating statements with respect to the homicide" and suggested he planned to harm himself, police said. As an officer approached, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife, police said.

After Clark called police, investigators tracked his location and found him lying on the ground in a wooded area next to a black SUV. Police then noticed what appeared to be a body lying beneath a tarp and, when asked about Devins' whereabouts, police said Clark pulled out his phone and attempted to take a selfie of himself next to Devins's body.

As an officer approached, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife, according to authorities.

Clark was taken into custody and brought to the hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for "severe injuries," police said. He is still recovering from his injuries at the hospital and has not yet been booked into jail.

In a statement issued by police, Devins' family described her as a talented artist and "wonderful young girl."

"Bianca’s smile brightened our lives," the statement read. "She will always be remembered as our Princess."

A vigil for Devins was held in Utica on Tuesday afternoon.

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iStock(BATON ROUGE, La.) -- A Louisiana man has been arrested in the murder of a beloved 75-year-old community activist whose body was discovered asphyxiated in the trunk of her car, police said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

The death of Sadie Roberts-Joseph, who founded an African American museum in Baton Rouge and teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was ruled a homicide by "traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation," according to an autopsy report.

Ronn Jermaine Bell, 37, a convicted sex offender, was taken into custody Tuesday on a charge of first-degree murder, police said.

Bell was living in one of the homes Roberts-Joseph was renting out and it is believed he was several months behind in rent payments, police said. Authorities estimated Bell owed Roberts-Joseph $1,200.

"On behalf of the family of Sadie Roberts-Joseph we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of the entities that came together in this tragedy to bring this person to justice," Roberts-Joseph's daughter, Angela Machen, said during Tuesday's news conference.

Police said numerous leads came in from community residents and helped police identify and arrest Bell in the slaying.

"All my mother ever wanted was for this community to come together. It's ironic that that happened in her death," Machen said.

Roberts-Joseph was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed by an anonymous 911 caller to her car parked behind a vacant house northeast of downtown Baton Rouge, said the city's police Chief Murphy Paul.

"Our detectives immediately began following up on leads, interviewing witnesses and searching for evidence during the midst of a hurricane," Paul said at Tuesday's news conference. "We say we can't do this without the community and this is an example of when a community steps up and does their part we're able to put these bad actors away."

During an interview with homicide detectives, Bell denied seeing Josephs-Roberts on the day she was killed, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

But detectives obtained surveillance video that showed Bell "in the same exact area the victim's vehicle was abandoned at the same exact time the vehicle was abandoned," according to the affidavit.

Bell matched the description from a witness of a man seen abandoning the vehicle and walking away, the affidavit reads.

The suspect's DNA was also found on the victim's body, according the affidavit.

Roberts-Joseph was last seen alive visiting her sister about 11 a.m. on Friday. Her body was discovered in her car a little over three miles from her home about 3:45 p.m. on Friday, police and relatives said.

There was a 90 minute time frame that investigators focused on, from the time she was last seen alive to the time her body was found, police said.

A warrant was already issued for Bell on unrelated charges, including failing to comply with probation regulations and failing to register as a sex offender.

Bell was previously convicted for sexual assault against an 8-year-old girl, said East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar C. Moore III, adding that Bell pleaded guilty in 2007 to sexual battery and received a seven year sentence, which was completely served.

The slaying of Roberts-Joseph, who was well known in Baton Rouge, came as a complete shock for her family and the community.

"We're devastated that someone has actually killed her and put her in the trunk of her own car," Roberts-Joseph's niece, Pat McCallister-Leduff, told ABC News.

The victim's sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that Roberts-Johnson stopped by her house around 11 a.m. on Friday. She said her sister lived near her in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge and would check in with her daily.

"Friday, she came by [because] she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven," Johnson told the newspaper. "The bread is still there. She never came back to get it."

Roberts-Joseph founded the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

She also organized the city's annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the day slaves were belatedly freed in Texas more than two years after Emancipation Proclamation was signed. She also partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program.

In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant "to celebrate, to embrace" African American history and to "learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity."

Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome described Roberts-Joseph on Tuesday as "one of the standout matriarchs of Baton Rouge."

"She was a part of the fabric of Baton Rouge and that is why you see so many people concerned about her death," the mayor said. "We will make her legacy a priority here in Baton Rouge ... because of what she gave to so many here."

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said he personally knew Roberts-Joseph.

"I'm heartbroken that our community has lost such a kind and selfless soul in such a violent, tragic manner," Gautreaux said. "I've known and loved Ms. Sadie for years and admired and respected her dedication to education and our community. I'm grateful for the swift action of the Baton Rouge Police Department and the Louisiana State Police in finding her alleged killer and putting him behind bars."

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iStock(WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C.) -- A North Carolina father died while trying to rescue his children from rough waters at the state's Wrightsville Beach, according to police.

Two of Johnny Lee Vann Jr.'s kids were walking on a jetty wall on Sunday afternoon when they were swept off by a wave, Capt. Jason Bishop of the Wrightsville Beach Police Department told ABC News.

Vann was able to rescue one of his children, but when he went back into the ocean for the other child, he couldn't stay above the water, Bishop said.

Vann was underwater for about 30 seconds before he and the other child were rescued, witnesses said, according to Bishop.

CPR was performed, but Vann, 35, of Durham, could not be resuscitated, Wrightsville Beach town officials said in a statement on Monday.

Vann's wife, Dawn Vann, told ABC Wilmington affiliate WWAY-TV, "You couldn't ask for a better person."

"You could have took anybody else," she said. "I would've preferred to take me than him."

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- While overall rates of bullying in schools across the country have not changed, a new federal report released Tuesday revealed that online bullying has increased among middle and high school students.

Among the 20 percent of students who said they were bullied between the ages of 12 and 18 during the 2016 school year, 15% said they were bullied online or by text, according to the report by the National Center for Education Statistics. This is a 3.5% increase from the 2014-2015 school year.

Furthermore, the report found that roughly 41% of students between the ages of 12-18 who reported being bullied thought the bullying would happen again.

Cyberbullying can include anything from sending hateful messages to sharing harmful or defaming content about someone else online, according to, and it can be “persistent, permanent, and hard to notice.”

The report found that girls were more likely to be bullied and that 21% of girls who reported being bullied were singled out online or via text messages.

In 2018, a 12-year old girl took her own life after her parents said she was severely cyberbullied by peers and adults at her Florida middle school.

The parents of Gabbie Green, told ABC News that the bullying began on social media, though it eventually escalated to offline incidents as well.

"There were memes, they put memes out of her figure," her mother, Tanya Green, said.

Shane Green, Gabbie's father, added that there was even "a picture with a gun to her head."

The parents said they went to the school for help, but the bullying only grew worse online and even became physical.

On the day Gabbie killed herself, the Greens said she had been receiving harassing text messages.

"They were saying that they were going to spread rumors about her," Tanya Green said of the messages. The texts "were telling her that she should just kill herself" and that "nobody liked her."

The federal report found that students who reported being bullied online varied by gender, race and grade level.

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Stephanie Keith/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wealthy financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein continued to have visits from young women that allegedly resulted in sexual liaisons while he was in 'jail' in Florida, a lawyer for one of his accusers said Tuesday.

Attorney Brad Edwards, who represents Epstein accuser Courtney Wild and several other alleged victims, claims that Epstein's 13-month jail sentence -- the result of a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in Florida -- failed to prevent the money manager accused of sexually assaulting numerous underage girls from having "improper sexual contact" with young women.

At a Tuesday press conference in New York, Edwards said that a recent newspaper article -- citing a Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy -- described Epstein as a "model prisoner" during his jail term in West Palm Beach in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution in a deal with federal prosecutors that was kept hidden Epstein's alleged victims.

Despite being a registered sex offender, Epstein was allowed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office to participate in a work-release program that permitted him to spend up to 16 hours a day, six days a week at an office in West Palm Beach that housed his non-profit organization, the Florida Science Foundation.

"Most of the time was spent in an office, a private office that was adjacent to his lawyer's office all day every day," Edwards contended at the press conference. "And what you're going to learn is he was not sitting there conducting some scientific research for the betterment of the community, but he was having office visitors, some who were flown to him from New York and continuing to engage in similar conduct, literally while he was in 'jail.'"

Edwards said he does not know the exact ages of the visitors, but that he knows of none that were under the age of 18.

"I do know that he was able to have visitors that were under the age of 21...," Edwards said.

He said he had interviewed one young woman who "personally visited" Epstein at his work-release office.

"It was not for some business arrangement and it was for, if you're in jail, improper sexual conduct," said Edwards, who declined to identify the woman.

Federal prosecutors have yet to comment on the allegations alleged by Edwards.

Epstein, 66 -- who at one time socialized with former President Bill Clinton, Great Britain's Prince Andrew, and President Donald Trump -- was arrested on July 6 for alleged sex trafficking of minor girls in Florida and New York. Some of the charges date back to the early 2000s.

A team of law enforcement officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) took Epstein into custody at the Teterboro Airport in Bergen County, New Jersey, after he returned to the United States by private jet from France, sources told ABC News. Authorities also raided Epstein's New York City mansion and seized evidence.

Since his arrest, Epstein has been held in custody without bail. Federal prosecutors have asked a judge to keep him in jail as his case proceeds because they suspect he is a flight risk. Epstein's attorneys argue that he is entitled to bail.

Edwards' client, Wild, and one other accuser, Annie Farmer, testified at Monday's detention hearing in Manhattan federal court. Both women spoke in support of keeping Epstein locked up without bail.

Farmer said she was 16 when Epstein had her sent to New Mexico where he was “inappropriate” with her. Wild told the judge she was 14 when Epstein sexually abused her in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein appeared to watch them address the judge but his face showed no emotion.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman said he will decide on Thursday whether to grant Epstein’s release or, as pre-trial services recommended, keep him jailed.

During Tuesday's news conference in New York, Wild read a statement asking other alleged victims to come forward.

"If you have already made the decision to come forward, thank you. If you have not, the time is now," Wild said. "To every victim out there I understand what you are going through. You may feel scared, or have feelings of shame and guilt, or feel alone. You may try to convince yourself that this was a long time ago and you have moved on. But you are not alone and this was not your fault.

"If you are a victim of Jeffrey Epstein, then you know what I know, that he will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail," Wild said. "We will not get justice unless you speak out."

Wild, identified in court documents as “Jane Doe 1,” sued the Department of Justice in 2008, alleging that a non-prosecution agreement reached with Epstein by federal prosecutors in South Florida was hatched in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which enumerates the rights afforded to victims in federal criminal cases, including the right "to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused."

In February of this year, U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra ruled in favor of Wild and other Epstein accusers, finding that the federal government failed to confer with the victims in advance of the deal. Marra is now considering the possible remedies for the violation, which could potentially include tearing up the non-prosecutions agreement

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iStock(WAYNESBORO, Ga.) -- Georgia couple who were married for 71 years have died just hours apart.

Marilyn DeLaigle, 88, and her husband, Herbert DeLaigle, 94, both died on Friday, July 12, according to an online obituary.

"Mrs. DeLaigle was married to Mr. Herbert DeLaigle for 71 years who entered into rest 12 hours prior to her," according to a post on the DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home's website.

The couple had six children.

"Her children said that she was a very devoted mother when their father had to be gone for months at a time," the obit said.

Marilyn DeLaigle spent six years in Germany with her husband Herbet while he was in the Army "and lived in many States during his 20 years in the service," according to the obit.

She was also a Cub Scout Leader, a former flower shop owner and a lover of animals.

Herbert DeLaigle, according to his obituary, was a retired Master Sergeant in the United States Army.

"He worked alongside his wife at Marilyn’s Nursery, he enjoyed fishing, carpentry and raising a variety of farm animals," DeLoach-McKerley-Prescott Funeral Home said. "He enjoyed writing and vacationing out West with his family."

Marilyn and Herbert DeLaigle shared 16 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

The DeLaigle family has not yet responded to ABC News' request for comment.

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iStock(MADISON, Wis.) -- A popular sushi ingredient is believed to be the cause of seven restaurant fires across the country, after officials discovered the product could self-heat and spontaneously combust.

The fires, five of which happened in Wisconsin, were the "result of a preparation technique" used to make deep-fried tempura flakes, commonly referred to as "crunch" but properly called tenkasu or agedama, according to a statement from the city of Madison's fire department.

The process to create the flakes involves using vegetable or soybean oil and deep frying the batter in patches before letting it cool in a bowl. However because the oils have the ability to self-heat, as the flakes cool off, the oil heats up in a contained environment, according to the statement.

"These conditions can create an environment for a fire to occur," the statement read.

Kara Nelson, a fire investigator with the Madison Fire Department, told ABC News Tuesday that surveillance footage from the fires confirmed the blazes started in a bowl with the tempura flakes. She compared the combustion to a similar process that can happen with oily rags.

"Let's say someone wipes the stain up with some rags. The oil will combine with the oxygen in the air and in that chemical process, it releases heat," Nelson said. "If the rags are bunched up and cannot dissipate, then the environment for a fire to occur is created."

She noted that in making the tempura flakes, the process involves heating up the oil and placing them in a bowl to cool.

"You have an oil that can undergo spontaneous combustion and its heated, so we're helping the process," Nelson said. "And anything that is gonna keep that heat from being able to dissipate, it might raise to the point where a fire could occur."

Two of the fires, both at sushi restaurants in Madison, resulted in damages totaling around $575,000, according to the fire department. Neither resulted in injuries.

One blaze broke out at Sumo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on April 5 at around 2:30 a.m. Firefighters entered the restaurant through a hatch on the roof and found the kitchen in flames. A sprinkler managed to prevent the fire from further damaging the building, and the restaurant has since reopened.

Another fire occurred on May 10 at the Madison restaurant Takara just before midnight. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, though the damage was extensive. Takara remains closed.

Nelson said similar incidents have happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Ashburn, Virginia. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped in each investigation.

She hopes the attention around the sushi ingredient will raise awareness to its ability to combust, and urged anyone making the tempura flakes not to leave them unattended overnight and to lay them out flat rather than piled in a mound.

However, she noted that the combustion is only possible under specific conditions.

"We've got questions like, 'If we eat this are we gonna spontaneously combust?,'" she said. "And the answer to that is no. Vegetable oil and canola oil have the highest tendency to undergo spontaneous combustion, but it's not gonna do it sitting on the shelf."

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iStock(MONROE, Mich.) -- A missing 2-year-old girl was found alive and healthy Tuesday morning after she spent the night lost in the woods while on a family camping trip in northern Michigan, authorities said.

Gabriella Roselynn Vitale was reunited with her mother and taken to a hospital to be evaluated, but first responders say she appears to be in good shape, according to Michigan State Police.

Gabriella was reported missing on Monday, launching an urgent search. Gabriella's family had told authorities that they had been camping in a wooded area for a few days and were getting ready to leave Monday morning when they noticed that the toddler was gone.

On Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours after she disappeared, Gabriella walked to a home between a quarter mile and a half mile away from the command center, said police.

A resident at the home had been contacted by authorities earlier so she knew Gabriella was missing, said police.

This house was out of the zone that had been searched so far, police said.

Gabriella was missing her bottoms and her shoes, but seemed relatively unfazed for a 2-year-old who had been missing in the woods overnight, said police.

Early into the search, the girl’s pink jacket was found several hundred yards away from where she went missing, police said.

Over 50 searchers and 10 canines were looking for the little girl Tuesday morning before police announced that she had been found.

The family says they live in the Monroe, Michigan, area, which is about 200 miles south of where they were camping.

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tillsonburg/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Justice Department on Monday has declined to file federal civil rights charges against the New York Police Department officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, whose dying words “I can’t breathe” became a national rallying cry for demonstrations about police treatment of minorities, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The decision comes one day before the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death and the expiration of the statute of limitations. The death of Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was ruled a homicide in August 2014.

In a statement, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that "New York City is not the same city it was five years ago."

"Years ago," he said, "we put our faith in the federal government to act. We won't make that mistake again."

"We are a different city, and we must act like a different city. Moving forward, we will not wait for the federal government to commence our own disciplinary proceedings. Reforms over the last five years have improved relations between our police and our communities. Crime is at record lows, and last year, we arrested 150,000 fewer people than the year before we came into office. This further reform will make sure no family ever waits years for the answers they deserve.”

Demonstrations are planned Wednesday in Manhattan and Staten Island.

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Paul Hartley/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A 15-year-old boy fell to his death while rock climbing in Pennsylvania on an outing with his camp, authorities said.

The fall happened Monday near the YMCA Deer Valley Camp in Fort Hill in Somerset County, Stephen Limani, a spokesman for state police, told ABC News. The boy, who was not identified, was attending a teen wilderness camp through the YMCA Camp Kon-O-Kwee Spencer in Beaver County.

He plummeted about 50 feet after he and other campers began scaling a rock formation in a state forest, Limani said. Camp counselors took the children to the forest to hike and rock climb, according to Limani.

The boy was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died.

State police are investigating the incident.

The YMCA did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment.

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WLS-TV(CHICAGO) -- The father of a pregnant Chicago postal service worker who vanished nine months ago believes his daughter is alive and is pleading for the public to help.

"I just want my baby to come home, along with my grandbaby that I never got to meet," Joseph Coles said at a news conference on Monday.

Coles' daughter, Kierra Coles, a 26-year-old employee of the U.S. Postal Service, vanished on Oct. 2, 2018. She was about three months pregnant at the time.

Chicago police said in October that they suspected possible foul play.

Joseph Coles on Monday suggested his daughter may be being held captive in a vacant home.

But he said the police are out of leads.

"Somebody knows something," he said. "If you've got any information, please come forward. I'm the father and I will not be going anywhere no time soon."

"I will continue to keep looking," Joseph Coles said. "I will keep pushing this information until she is brought home safely to me."

Chicago police said Tuesday that no one is in custody in the Kierra Coles case, calling it an active investigation.

Joseph Coles said he also wanted to draw attention to the others currently missing in Chicago.

"We need to bring them home to their families safely," he said.

He encouraged anyone with a missing loved one who needs help securing resources to contact him.

Among the other speakers Monday was Norma Peterson, sister-in-law of Stacy Peterson, who vanished in Bolingbrook, Illinois, nearly 12 years ago.

"We still search for her every day," Norma Peterson said.

"We just want them home," she said, her voice shaking.

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Chicago Animal Care and Control(CHICAGO) -- An alligator was captured in Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago early Tuesday morning, one week after the reptile was first spotted there.

The gator, nicknamed "Chance the Snapper," was hiding in the lily pads when he was caught safely and unharmed at about 1:30 a.m., officials said.

Expert Frank Robb, who traveled to- Chicago from Florida to help capture the animal, said he reeled Chance in from the shore and then "grabbed ahold of him."

Robb presented Chance to captivated reporters at the Humboldt Park Boathouse Tuesday morning, ending the unusual, week-long hunt.

The gator is about 5 feet long and weighs about 30 to 40 pounds, Robb said.

He appears healthy, officials said.

Chance was believed to have been a pet that someone dropped off at the lagoon, Jenny Schlueter, a spokeswoman for Chicago Animal Care and Control, told ABC News last week.

After days of searching, the area around the lagoon was closed Monday in the hopes that the quiet would help lure the animal out of hiding.

The gator will eventually go to a zoo or sanctuary, officials said.

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Inyo County Sheriffs Office/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- A missing hiker who was found alive Monday, days after she vanished in a remote area of California where she says she fled from a knife-wielding man, tells ABC News she's "thankful" to be home and reunited with her loved ones.

Sheryl Powell, 60, of Huntington Beach, California, and her husband, along with their small dog, arrived at the Grandview Campground in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest area of the Inyo National Forest on Friday afternoon for a weekend camping trip. Sheryl Powell said she decided to take the dog for a walk and briefly explore the wilderness around them while her husband, Joseph Powell, parked their vehicle.

"Miley, my dog, and I went off together and never quite made it back as soon as I thought," Sheryl Powell told ABC News' Amy Robach in an interview with her family, which aired Tuesday on Good Morning America.
Suddenly, a man with a knife emerged from behind a tree and threatened Powell and her dog, she said.

"He had been observing me and it was scary," she told ABC News. "If we made noise, if we yelled out, he was going to use [the knife] on us."

Powell said she tried to be compliant until she had a chance to flee.

"I took off with my dog and we just ran in a different direction than I knew my husband was, because the guy was between me and my husband, so I went the other way," she said. "I did what I had to."

Powell said she ran as fast as she could until she was certain the man wasn't following her.

"I just realized I wasn't sure where I was because I had been running out of fear," she added.

Joseph Powell said he started to become concerned as the minutes passed and his wife didn't return. He screamed her name and desperately searched the wilderness around their campsite for 45 minutes until alerting authorities.

"I realized something was seriously wrong," he told ABC News. "There's no words to describe the horror I went through looking for her."

The Inyo County Sheriff's Office launched a search in the area for Powell and her dog. They spent four days combing through the mountainous terrain.

"Every day that went on got harder and harder," the couple's daughter, Farrah, told ABC News. "Each day, our hope was kind of dwindling and we tried to stay strong, but it was a very concerning situation."

"It was definitely the lowest point we'd been," the couple's son, Greg, added. "It was just very scary for us."

On Monday morning, a ground search team found the family's dog alive, about 2.5 miles from Powell's last known location, according to the Inyo County Sheriff's Office. Miley had somehow gotten loose from her leash and was barking, leading searchers to her location, the family said.

Powell was found soon after near the Montenegro Springs area of Inyo County. The searchers described Powell as being "resilient and strong but exhausted after being lost in an extremely remote area above Big Pine," the sheriff's office said.

She was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance, and now, the woman and her dog are both doing well, despite their ordeal.

"It's really strange and beautiful how that worked out, that Miley potentially was the savior here," Joseph Powell told ABC News.

While stranded in the wilderness, Powell managed to find water to drink, ate a cactus and hiked at night to avoid getting dehydrated, her family told ABC News.

Powell said she remained focused on taking care of Miley and trying to get back to her family.

"I'm just thankful to be alive and back with my family," she told ABC News. "I knew my husband was there waiting for me. So I was always determined to get back as soon as I could. I didn't know it would be four days."

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rigley, Louisiana, saw almost 2 feet of rain because of Barry, as flooding remains an issue from Arkansas to Tennessee.

What's left of Barry on Tuesday morning is tracking west of St. Louis, as flood alerts already have been issued in eight states from Texas to Illinois.

Moisture from Barry is expected to combine with a frontal system from the North and deliver storms with heavy rain from the mid-South to the Great Lakes and into the Northeast.

By Wednesday morning, some heavy rain will spread into the Northeast, all the way into New York.

On Wednesday night and into Thursday, heavy rain is expected in Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Urban flooding is possible for areas that see as much as 4 inches of rain.

Hot weather is expected on Tuesday in parts of the South and Plains, but it will take over much of the country by Thursday with highs around 100 degrees. Thirteen states already are under heat watches and advisories.

After showers later in the week, some of the hottest air will travel into the Northeast, where some spots may see highs of 110 over the weekend.

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