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Arkansas Department of Corrections(NEW YORK) --  A manhunt is under way in Arkansas for a prisoner who escaped from jail, apparently by putting a blanket over a razor wire in the middle of the night, officials said.

Paul Grice, 38, escaped from the Dallas County Jail around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. Grice was still at the jail during a head count around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Grice apparently escaped by stacking items near a fence, putting a blanket over the razor wire and climbing over, said sheriff's office officials.

Grice, who was convicted in the 1990s on charges including second-degree murder, burglary and theft of property, was now being held for aggravated residential burglary and was awaiting a bed in prison, officials said.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(FLINT, Michigan) --  Hillary Clinton blasted the "state's neglect" for the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Michigan, during an emotional visit Sunday to an African-American church in the city.

"We don't yet know how many children have been affected by lead poisoning, we don't yet know how many challenges they will face," she said from the pulpit of Flint's House of Prayers. "What we do know, we know is that even a single child suffering lead poisoning due to the state's neglect is one child too many."

Clinton, who took a break from campaigning in New Hampshire to visit Flint, is the first presidential candidate to visit the city.

During her remarks Sunday, she called the situation in Flint "immoral" and said that if a situation like this had happened in a wealthier community, "I think we all know we would have had a solution yesterday."

She called for Congress to approve a $600 million amendment to help the city.

Clinton has recently made the crisis in Flint a top issue of her campaign. Two of her aides traveled to the city last month to address the crisis. During her visit, Clinton was also scheduled to meet with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver and other city officials.

Bernie Sanders has also addressed the Flint crisis on the campaign trail, and has called for the resignation of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder - something Clinton has not yet done.

The situation in Flint originated two years ago when high levels of lead were found in the city's water supply. Up to 12,000 children may have been exposed to the contaminated water, officials say.

On Sunday, Clinton described meeting a child affected by the water crisis here.

 "I was just heartsick," she said.

She then spoke about her granddaughter, Charlotte, and said she "really could not imagine" how the people of Flint must be feeling.

A woman in the crowd yelled out, "Anger!"

"Let's make sure we take care of the people of Flint, and give every child a chance to live up to her God-given potential," Clinton said.

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Empire State Realty Trust(NEW YORK) -- As Super Bowl 50 gears up in California, New Yorkers can still get in on the spirit from the East Coast on Sunday night.

Just follow along with the game by looking up at the skyline -- the Empire State Building will become a "virtual scoreboard," sparkling for points and glowing for the leading team.

The lights will be split in the colors of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers at kickoff, and with each score, the building will sparkle in the scoring team's colors and remain lit for the team holding the lead.

After the game, the building will sparkle in the winning team's colors for an hour, and will remain lit for the winning team until sunrise.

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Minerva Park Police Dept./Facebook(COLUMBUS, Ohio) --  Residents in Minerva Park, Ohio, are on the lookout for a monkey that has reportedly been on the loose since Thursday.

Witnesses have reported seeing what appears to be a medium-sized howler monkey in Minerva Park, an independent village in Columbus. The Minerva Park Police Department posted an alert on their Facebook page on Thursday, warning residents that if they see the monkey they should not approach it and to contact police.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, which has workers that are trained in safe capture methods, along with Minerva Park Police officers, searched the area on Friday morning, but were unable to find the monkey.

According to ODA spokeswoman Erica Hawkins, the ODA has experience with luring wild animals to safety through the use of sedation. She says that residents should not try to lure the monkey with food or attempt to capture the monkey themselves.

While officials can't seem to catch the Minerva monkey out and about, they have been able to track it down on social media. It has its own Twitter handle, @minervamonkey, and already has almost 200 followers.

I hear Kroger has a big sale on bananas this week. Totally going over there now.

— Minerva Monkey (@minervamonkey) February 5, 2016


If anyone sees the monkey they're asked to call police.

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KABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- After two small planes collided in midair off the coast of Southern California on Friday, officials were still trying to locate two men and one woman on Saturday.

According to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV, the U.S. Coast Guard transitioned the rescue operation with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department to a recovery operation on Saturday.

The crash happened off the San Pedro harbor, close to Angel's Gate lighthouse, at about 3:30 p.m. PT Friday, the Coast Guard said.

In one plane were two men ages 61 and 81, and in the other aircraft was a 72-year-old woman, according to the Coast Guard and KABC-TV.

The Coast Guard said all pilots held pilot licenses and were experienced flyers, according to KABC-TV.

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peterspiro/iStock/Thinkstock(ITHACA, N.Y.) -- A Cornell University fraternity member is facing charges of attempted rape and sexual abuse after a female student reported that she was sexually assaulted at the fraternity house, according to university police.

Wolfgang Ballinger, 21, a member of Psi Upsilon’s Chi Chapter at Cornell who was identified as the alleged perpetrator with help from the female student, was arrested Friday, the Cornell University Police Department said.

The young woman reported to police Sunday afternoon that she was sexually assaulted in a bedroom at the frat house at approximately 2 a.m. that day, police said.

At the request of the police through his attorney, Ballinger turned himself in to Cornell Police investigators on Thursday. He was charged with first-degree attempted rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, and first-degree sexual abuse, university police said.

Ballinger's attorney, Jim Baker, could not be immediately reached by ABC News for comment.

Cornell's Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living said, as of Feb. 1, Psi Upsilon was placed "on interim suspension status as a result of alleged sexual misconduct" at the fraternity house.

"Interim suspension is a pause in the operations of a chapter during which the chapter may not engage in any activities other than operation of its residence," the statement said.

Psi Upsilon Fraternity's national organization said Friday that all activity at the Cornell chapter is suspended and the fraternity is cooperating with Cornell University during its investigation. Fraternity staff members are also traveling to Ithaca to help.

"Sexual assault, and any form of sexual harassment, is against our policy and in opposition of the values of Psi Upsilon," Executive Director Thomas Fox said. "Our chapter is cooperating with Cornell's investigation into this matter and any members involved will be held accountable. The Chi Chapter at Cornell has a distinguished history with the University and we are committed to continuing to be a benefit to Cornell and the Ithaca Community."

Ballinger was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and was remanded to the Tompkins County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond, Cornell police said. It is not known if he has entered a plea. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. in Ithaca City Court.

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Raghu Ramaswamy/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A Detroit-area man who was under FBI investigation for "increasingly violent threats...about committing acts of terror and martyrdom" on behalf of ISIS has been charged with possession of a firearm by a user of a controlled substance, according to court filings.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan was stopped by Detroit police in October 2015 and found in possession of a pistol, marijuana and sleeping pills, the complaint filed Thursday said. He was later released on bond.

Abu-Rayyan also attempted to purchase another pistol in November 2015 but was denied due to the pending case on the October charge. He also allegedly told investigators that he smoked marijuana on a recreational basis, at a rate of about "four to five blunts" per week.

The FBI reviewed Abu-Rayyan's Twitter account after the October arrest and found that he had been retweeting, liking and commenting on ISIS propaganda since November 2014.

An undercover FBI operative connected with Abu-Rayyan, and according to the complaint, he told the operative that he tried to shoot up a church near his home, that he had an AK-47 and ammunition, but that his plan was blown when his father searched the car and found the gun and bullets.

Asked by the operative why he targeted a church, Abu-Rayyan allegedly said that the choice was because "it's easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news."

In January, Abu-Rayyan told the undercover operative that he wanted to kill the police officer who arrested him in October.

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Stephen Brashear/Getty Images News(CLEVELAND) -- The FBI is asking the public for information about a series of recent laser strikes at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, including 25 that occurred in a single day last December.

In a statement issued Friday, the Cleveland division of the FBI said one laser strike occurred Wednesday and another Thursday. Both strikes possibly originated from an area south of Lorain Avenue and 105th Street.

Before these recent strikes, about 25 separate commercial airliners were hit by a laser pointer on December 16, said the FBI.

During those incidents, the pilots said the laser made it hard for them to focus and sometimes briefly disoriented them as they were landing at the airport, said the agency.

Anyone who knowingly aims a laser pointer beam at the flight path of an aircraft could either be fined or imprisoned.

Those with information about the laser strikes are asked to contact the FBI’s Cleveland division.

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Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than a dozen air traffic controllers were disciplined for improper use of electronic devices while at work over a three-year period, according to documents obtained by ABC News.

According to the documents that date back to October 2012 and obtained by ABC News owned station WABC-TV in New York through a Freedom of Information request, air traffic controllers were called out for, among other things, texting, taking a selfie, showing explicit material to others, and using Snapchat on the job. Others were cited for simply having their cell phones in the “on” position.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued suspensions or letters of reprimand in almost every case, the documents say. It appears that no one was fired.

The names of disciplined employees and the locations of reported incidents were redacted in the information provided by the FAA.

The FAA released a statement about prohibited use of cellphones in the air traffic control cab:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that cell phones be turned off inside our air traffic control operational areas. The current National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) contract requires cell phones to be set in the “off” position when in the operations area," the agency said in a statement. "FAA employees who violate these rules are subject to disciplinary action.”

The National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA) told ABC News that it "takes the issue of cell phone usage and workplace distractions very seriously."

"Controllers cannot and should not be using their phones while on the job,” the statement said.

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Blacksburg Police Department(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- The Virginia Tech student charged with kidnapping and murdering a 13-year-old girl is suspected of having a relationship with the victim that a source familiar with the probe characterizes as "inappropriate."

The source would not elaborate on the relationship to ABC News.

Police have given very little information about the nature of the relationship between the 18-year-old college student, David Eisenhauer, and the victim, Nicole Lovell, who was found dead after being reported missing from her room on Jan. 27.

Eisenhauer was arrested and charged with murder four days later. His attorney has not commented on the case.

"Based on the evidence collected to date, investigators have determined that Eisenhauer and Nicole were acquainted prior to her disappearance," the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement released following his arrest. "Eisenhauer used this relationship to his advantage to abduct the 13-year-old and then kill her."

Eisenhauer's friend, Natalie Keepers, was also arrested in connection with the case. Prosecutors said Eisenhauer allegedly told investigators that he had been with Nicole on the night she disappeared.

Eisenhauer allegedly told investigators that he had seen Nicole climb out of her window on the night of her disappearance. But he left after giving her a "side hug," going back to the dorm of a close friend, later determined to be Keepers, Commonwealth prosecutor Mary Pettitt said in court on Thursday.

Investigators believe social media played a role in how Eisenhauer and Nicole communicated, and the app, Kik, released a statement saying that it was cooperating with the FBI in its investigation of the case.

Eisenhauer has been charged with kidnapping and first degree murder. Keepers was charged with being an accessory both before and after the fact as well as improper disposal of a body. Preliminary hearings have been scheduled for late March, but neither have had a chance to enter a plea yet.

Lawyers for both suspects have not made public statements regarding the cases.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The cold front that brought severe weather and tornadoes in the South earlier this week stalled off the East Coast. A low pressure system formed on Thursday, bringing a quick hit of snow and wind from Philadelphia to Boston by Friday morning. The heaviest snow and lowest visibility happened during rush hour, which caused hundreds of accidents, spin-outs and an extremely dangerous commute.

Showing how limited visibility is now & how much headlights make a difference in making you car visible. #MAsnow pic.twitter.com/pjmmq7Z0PJ

— Hingham Police (@HinghamPolice) February 5, 2016

Heavy snow and strong winds gusting up to 30 mph brought down numerous trees, branches, and power lines across New England on Friday morning. Thousands were reported without power.

Residents of Brook St. #Methuen moving large tree branch from road. Pic via Lt. Pappalardo pic.twitter.com/8ILj9QAYtm

— Derek Licata (@OffLicata) February 5, 2016

The heaviest snow totals were found in Long Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, where a foot of snow was recorded in some areas. New York City picked up 2.5 inches in Central Park and 4.6 inches at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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A clipper system from Canada will drop into the Midwest on Sunday and move across the Great Lakes through Monday. The clipper storm's energy, combined with an active jet stream, will form a low off the Mid-Atlantic coast. That low is expected to move Northeast up the coast on Monday night through Tuesday, but currently there is a lot of uncertainty with its track. The closer it is to the coast, the better chance for significant snow for Philadelphia, New York City and Boston Monday night through Tuesday night. This could also affect the primary election in New Hampshire on Feb. 9.

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Behind the clipper system mentioned above is a major arctic blast that moves into the upper Midwest by Tuesday with wind chills well below zero. The frigid air reaches the East Coast by Thursday. Wind chills are expected to be below zero across the Great Lakes, and in the single digits and teens for the Northeast, even as far south at Atlanta on Thursday morning.

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Sean Campbell(NEW YORK) -- New footage from the deadly crane collapse in downtown Manhattan Friday morning shows how bystanders desperately tried to rescue a person trapped in one of the cars that was struck.

The video appears to show a person climbing on the car's roof and smashing the windshield so the trapped driver could escape.

One person died as a result of the crash, and three others were injured, two of whom suffered serious lacerations to the head.

City officials have determined that the crane was being moved as a precaution because of 25 mile per hour winds.

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Tarrant County Sheriff (DALLAS) -- The Texan teenager who has been returned to the United States after allegedly fleeing to Mexico with his mother has been moved to an adult jail, records show.

Ethan Couch, 18, who allegedly violated the conditions of his probation following a deadly drunk driving accident, was initially slated to be held in a juvenile facility until his next hearing on Feb. 19, in accordance with Texas laws.

The housing change was confirmed Friday via corrections department records which now list Couch as being held in custody at the Tarrant County Correction Center.

Couch and his mother Tonya Couch were apprehended in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Dec. 28, 2015 following an international manhunt after he allegedly failed to appear at a court-mandated meeting with a probation officer.

Ethan Couch was moved back to Mexico by the U.S. Marshals a month later, arriving back in Dallas on Jan. 28. In Texas, youth can remain in juvenile custody until they are 19.

The teen was put on probation in 2013 after killing four people while driving drunk at the age of 16.

During Ethan's sentencing in the drunken-driving trial, a psychologist hired by the defense testified that the teen was a product of "affluenza" -- a term he used to describe Ethan's irresponsible lifestyle associated with his affluent upbringing.

His lawyers have said they expect Couch will comply with court orders and "successfully complete his term of probation."

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iStock/Thinkstock(PENSACOLA, Fla.) -- A two-week, multistate manhunt for an allegedly armed couple likened to a modern-day “Bonnie and Clyde” has ended with one suspect dead and the other in a hospital awaiting her arrest.

Law enforcement in at least four states had been trying to track Blake Fitzgerald and girlfriend Brittany Harper in connection to a string of what they say were armed robberies and hostage-taking incidents. The search ended early this morning when Fitzgerald died in a shootout with police in Pensacola, Florida.

Harper was taken to a hospital for her non-life threatening injuries and is expected to be criminally charged Friday, authorities said.

Police are still looking at the couple’s possible connections to other robbery investigations, but here is a list of crimes in which investigators believe they were involved.

Sunday, Jan. 31

The U.S. Marshals released information saying that Fitzgerald and Harper’s "string of crimes" started in force Sunday when they allegedly kidnapped a clerk at the Microtel Inn in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. They allegedly kidnapped the man and drove to Birmingham with him in his car.

The clerk, Kyle Dease, told Al.com that the couple told him they were headed to Florida where they wanted to get married and start a new life together.

Authorities say the couple eventually ditched both Dease and his car, and the U.S. Marshals believe that Fitzgerald then broke into a family’s home in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, allegedly threatened the unidentified wife with a gun, and then forced her to come with him as he stole their car. She was later released unharmed, the U.S. Marshals said in a statement.

Monday, Feb. 1

It's believed the couple moved on to Georgia where they allegedly continued the same tactic, with the U.S. Marshals saying the couple robbed a convenience store, kidnapping and eventually releasing the clerk.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

By mid-week, they are believed to have made it to Florida where investigators say they are connected to two robberies in Walnut Hills and Destin.

Thursday, Feb. 4

Police in Pensacola, Florida, received a call at 7:56 p.m. about a Famous Footwear store being robbed at gunpoint.

Witnesses told deputies that a white male and a white female walked into the store and started shopping before the man robbed a cashier at gunpoint, Escambia County, Sheriff David Morgan said at a news conference Friday.

At the time, the female who was with him "continued to shop for shoes and socks."

The suspects fled in a car but police "lost sight of the suspect vehicle," Morgan said.

"The traffic was still fairly heavy. That’s why we lost the suspects several times through the city," he said.

10:16 p.m.

"They fell off the grid for a couple of hours," Morgan said, but the suspects’ vehicle was spotted again by police at 10:16 p.m., which led to a chase.

The suspects "exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot," Morgan said, prompting a search of residences.

Friday, Feb. 5

12:25 a.m.

Police received a call from residents saying "they had been held hostage by the suspects," who allegedly fled in the residents’ red truck.

About 12:35 a.m.

Police located the truck about 10 minutes later and the shootout started.

Fitzgerald was pronounced dead at the scene and Harper was transported to a hospital after being injured during the altercation.

Around 10:45 a.m.

Harper is at a Florida hospital and will face charges of home invasion and grand theft auto, among others, authorities said.

The extent of her injuries was unclear, but State Attorney Bill Eddins said Friday he believed they involved her ankle and leg.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced Friday that the amount of traffic deaths increased about 9.3 percent in the first nine months of 2015.

The number of highway casualties rose from 23,796 in the first nine months of 2014 to 26,000 in the first nine months of 2015, the NHTSA noted in a statement.

NHTSA said the rise in highway deaths comes after “years of steady, gradual declines” – deaths declined 22 percent from 2000 to 2014.

“We’re seeing red flags across the U.S. and we’re not waiting for the situation to develop further,” NHTSA Administrator Dr. Mark Rosekind said in Friday’s statement. “It’s time to drive behavioral changes in traffic safety and that means taking on new initiatives and addressing persistent issues like drunk driving and failure to wear seat belts.”

According to the NHTSA, 94 percent of all crashes are caused by humans.

The agency is holding a summit in Sacramento Friday to look at the dangerous behaviors that could lead to crashes and determine how to address them.

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