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First NFL Player is Arrested Following League's New Domestic Violence Policy


iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has been booked on domestic violence charges, becoming the first NFL player to be arrested since league commissioner Roger Goodell instituted new penalties last week for domestic violence.

On Thursday Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL domestic abuse policy, including a six game suspension for a first time offense and a potential lifetime ban on any subsequent offense.

The NFL is aware of McDonald's arrest and a spokesman tells ABC News the league is looking into it. The San Francisco 49ers says the team is still gathering facts.

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NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Will be Back on the Racetrack Sunday Night


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be back in a race car Sunday night for the first time following a deadly accident.

Stewart has taken three weeks off after his car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. on a Sprint Car Track.

The racing community has welcomed him back, including NASCAR President Mike Helton, who said, "He's been a great asset to NASCAR and a great champion, so it's nice to have him back."

Stewart has not been charged in Ward's death but the investigation is still ongoing.

Sunday night's race is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Wet, Windy Weekend Promises a Labor Day to Forget


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Taking an umbrella to the barbecue is probably a good idea this Labor Day weekend.

Severe weather threatens to put a damper on outdoor holiday plans for millions of people across the country.

Widespread thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail and even some tornadoes are expected across the central United States on Sunday.

Rainfall is expected to begin Sunday afternoon and continue into Monday, making it a Labor Day washout for the East Coast and in cities such as Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City further west.

Severe weather has already put a stop to Labor Day festivities nationwide.

In Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana heavy rain turned roads into rushing rivers, forcing residents to wade to safety. One Louisiana man had his house entirely submerged by flood waters.

And in Florida, heavy rains postponed opening night for University of Florida football fans. Drenched spectators waited three hours before lightning forced game officials to cancel the game.

Finally, out west in Washington State, 40 mph winds whipped up a disastrous dust storm that blinded drivers and caused a 50-car pileup on an interstate highway.


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NY Man, Already in Prison for Murdering Son, Now Charged in Wife's Death


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York man who is already in prison for murdering his son is now facing new murder charges in California for the death of his first wife.

Karl Karlsen, 54, who is currently serving 15 years to life at a prison in upstate New York for killing his son Levi Karlsen, was charged today with first-degree murder in the 1991 death of his wife, Christina Karlsen, who is also Levi's mother. She died on Jan. 1, 1991 in a fire at their family home in California. Her death had been initially ruled an accident.

Barbara Yook, the district attorney for Calaveras County, charged Karl Karlsen with one count of murder during the commission of arson. Yook declined to comment on the case.

Unlike his case in New York state, if convicted in this new case in California, Karlsen could face the death penalty. A court date has yet to be announced.

Levi Karlsen, 23, was crushed to death in 2008 when the truck he was working on slipped off a jack and landed on top of him. His death was initially ruled an accident, but prosecutors later claimed Karl Karlsen killed him so he could collect a $700,000 life insurance payout.

During his trial last year, Karlsen admitted he rigged the jack so the truck would fall on Levi, and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in November 2013.

New York authorities started investigating Karlsen after his second wife, Cindy Karlsen, came forward last year and told police of her suspicions of Karlsen's involvement with Levi's death. Authorities in California then opened an investigation into Christina Karlsen's death. That investigation was concluded this week.

Karl Karlsen collected a $200,000 life insurance payout after his first wife died, but hadn't been charged in anything related to her death until now.

Christina and Karl Karlsen's daughter Erin told ABC News' 20/20 in a 2013 exclusive interview that she was always suspicious of her father.

"We knew what he had done to our mother, and I knew what he did to my brother," Erin said at the time.

Erin was 6 years old when she, Levi and their sister Katie escaped from the house fire that killed their mother. According to Erin, their father helped his children get outside safely, and then they stood and watched the house burn.

"I didn't understand that my mother was behind that wall dying," Erin told 20/20 at the time, adding that her father "didn't make an effort to save her. He just stood there."

A week after the fire, Karl Karlsen and his three children left California for upstate New York to be near his family, and he eventually remarried.

As they got older, Erin said she and Levi started to wonder if their father had been responsible for their mother's death. However, when they confronted him about it, Erin said, "his biggest concern was that he wondered what the community would think of his own children accusing him of murdering their mother."

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Human Skull Donated to Texas Goodwill Store


(iStock Editorial) Credit: dbdurden(AUSTIN, Texas) -- Police in Austin, Texas, are investigating an unusual donation to a local Goodwill store: a human skull.

While odd, police do not believe the skull was the result of a crime. Instead, they told ABC News affiliate KVUE-TV that they believe the skull may have been part of someone's private collection.

"We think it was probably something that belonged to the person who donated it, to a relative of the person who donated it and it was part of a collection or an anatomical model," said Austin police detective Derek Israel. "It could have been something that was kept by someone who was a student of anthropology, a student of medicine, dentistry, any of those things."

Police are looking to talk to whoever donated the item last month. Similar skulls are often used in medical settings or medical schools.

The Travis County Medical Examiner's office has determined the skull is from an adult who likely died two years ago, according to KVUE-TV. Other information about the skull, including sex or race, wasn't released.

Although unusual, the donation has not fazed everyone at the Goodwill store.

"We have gotten prosthetic limbs. We have gotten Rolex watches. We have gotten Krugerrands," Traci Berry, who works at the store, told KVUE. "Our donations run the gamut."

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Michael Sam Released by St. Louis Rams


Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- Defensive end Michael Sam was released by the St. Louis Rams on Saturday, according to ESPN.

Sam was attempting to become the first openly gay player in NFL history, but came up short as all 32 teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players.

On Saturday Sam tweeted, "The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues."

He was beat out by undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks, who is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.

Sam came out as gay in February, before the NFL scouting combine. He can still be picked up by another team.


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Police ID Likely Homicide Victim Without Finding a Body


iStock/Thinkstock(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police have identified the victim of a likely homicide that has puzzled them for two weeks since a federal agent stumbled on a pile of ripped up flooring covered in blood by the side of a road in Auburn, Wash.

Commander Mike Hirman of the Auburn Police Department said authorities have confirmed that blood on the material is from 30-year-old Brandon Zomalt.

Hirman said police believe it is likely that Zomalt was killed in a homicide, although without a body or further evidence they cannot confirm anything.

"Obviously it's difficult to know, we have to go based on some assumptions," Hirman said. "[Due to] the amount of blood and some bone fragments, we're investigating it as a homicide.

The case started on Aug. 13, when an off-duty federal agent driving home saw a small fire about 20 feet from the road. After the agent pulled over to stop the fire, another man nearby got into a dark SUV and fled the area.

The agent was unable to catch up or identify the subject. When the agent returned to the scene he found ripped up flooring, carpet and clothing in the pile. All of the debris was covered in blood.

Since then, police have been searching for clues about who the victim or perpetrator could be. Hirman said police were able to identify Zomalt from the State Combined DNA Index System. Zomalt appeared to be from Puyallup, Wash., which is south of Auburn, Hirman said.

According to police, Zomalt had a lengthy criminal history including arrests on suspicion of first-degree assault, harassment and domestic abuse. Police said Zomalt did not have a steady address and had been living with family and friends.

He has not been seen since before Aug. 13. Police are asking anyone with information to call a tip line at 253-288-7403. The suspect is described as being a possible mixed-race male with a slender build and short dark hair and approximately 5' 8" to 5' 10" tall. He was driving a dark SUV, when last seen.

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Teacher Accused of 'Wanna Stab Some Kids' Tweet Back to School


iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, Calif.) -- A high school teacher in Newark, Calif. is back for the new school year despite allegedly posting a series of social media messages in which she vented this summer about wanting to stab her students, once complaining they "make my trigger finger itchy."

"I already wanna stab some kids. Is that bad? 19 more days," reads another August tweet from the account reportedly belonging to Krista Arata Hodges, a history teacher at Newark Memorial High School.

The school issued Hodges, 39, a written reprimand, ABC station KGO-TV reported, but some parents believe that's insufficient.

"As a teacher, I think that she should be held to a higher accountability than other people," Lisa Roubineau told KGO.

"I'm a nurse, and I can't vent about my patients on Facebook, so she shouldn't be able to vent about her students either."

Grandparent Wanda Williams said that while she doesn’t think Hodges would act on her words, she also shouldn't be allowed to teach there anymore.

It's unclear whether further action will be taken, and the Newark Unified School District, where classes started Monday, declined to provide details when contacted by ABC News. In a statement, the district said it is aware of "comments posted online" by a teacher and has taken action, but declined to identify the teacher or specify what action has been taken.

Hodges has not responded to ABC News' requests for comment.

The tweets were posted on a Twitter account with the name "Mrs. Hodges" and the handle @kree49. It has since been deleted, but screenshots of the messages have gone viral.

Students told KGO-TV that Hodges is a popular teacher and has apologized for the alarming messages.

"She told me that she's very apologetic about it and she's told me she regrets it and she definitely wasn't serious about it," senior Tristian Mosier said.

Another student said Hodges was probably just venting, and didn't mean to threaten her students.

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Lego Fingerprints Helped Solve Cold Case Murder


iStock/Thinkstock(SALT LAKE CITY) -- Fingerprints found on Lego building blocks helped police crack a 23-year-old cold case murder mystery in Utah, authorities said.

The gruesome murder of 78-year-old Lucille Johnson in Salt Lake City left police puzzled in 1991.

The grandmother was strangled and beaten in her home and police found Legos in the entryway of her living room and driveway the floor, but were unable to discern who killed her, the Salt Lake Sheriff's Office said.

When the case was reopened last year, investigators tested the residue found under Johnson's fingernails for DNA and found that it matched that of 47-year-old John Sansing, a convicted murderer serving a prison sentence in Arizona for an unrelated case, Lt. Justin Hoyal of the Sheriff's Office said on Friday.

They also tested the fingerprints on the Legos found at the scene and found that the prints matched that of Sansing's son.

Police said Johnson and Sansing did not know each other and were investigating whether Sansing used the child to gain entry to the house.

"We know there's no relationship between the two of them," Hoyal said. "It's speculative as to whether the child was a ruse that was used, but it's certainly a possibility."

Police don't know have a motive for the crime but said that Johnson's ring and necklace were missing, Hoyal said. They also said that Sansing is believed to have brought his son to the Arizona murder scene as well.

Sheriff Jim Winder announced at a press conference Thursday that Sansing had been charged with capital murder in Utah for the crime, according to ABC News affiliate KTVX.

"Occasionally we encounter people who are evil," Winder said. "The individual who perpetrated this is nothing short of that."

"It was very important that it be solved," Jerry Johnson, Lucille Johnnson's son, told KTVX. "I wasn't sure it would ever be solved."

"I am so grateful, so very grateful to the police department for the work that they've done," Johnson's daughter, Shirley England, told KXTV. "I don't think closure is the right word because you never close something like this. It's been a terrible thing in our life."

The Sheriff's Office had no information on if or when Sansing would be extradited, when Sansing would appear in court, or who his lawyer would be. The District Attorney has not yet responded to calls for comment.


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Girl Dies When Large Hole Collapsed on Oregon Beach


Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(LINCOLN CITY, Ore.) -- A girl playing on an Oregon beach died Friday when a large hole she was playing in collapsed and buried her, officials told ABC News.

Frantic efforts by others on the beach were unable to rescue the 9-year-old girl.

“When we arrived on the scene with some of our officers, people were trying to dig the girl out of a fairly large hole, but the thing kept collapsing back in on them,” Lt. Jerry Palmer of the Lincoln City police department said.

“When they finally got her out she was unconscious and not breathing,” Palmer said.

Fire Rescue Capt. Jim Kusz said the girl was under the sand for about five minutes.

Palmer said his officers performed CPR on the girl until medics arrived, but when she was taken to the hospital "she was not breathing." She was later pronounced dead.

The lieutenant said he did not know whether the girl, who was not immediately identified, had dug the hole or was playing in a hole that she had found on the beach.

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USC Football Player Advised by Lawyer to Stop Talking to Police


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The lawyer for Josh Shaw, the USC football captain suspended for lying about how he injured himself, has advised Shaw to stop talking to police investigators, he told ABC News Friday.

The football player spoke twice with Los Angeles Police, lawyer Donald Etra told ABC News, but he has advised Shaw to not do any more interviews with the cops.

"It is now time to move on," Etra said.

Shaw originally claimed that he sprained both his ankles last Saturday leaping from a second floor balcony to save his young nephew who was floundering in a swimming pool. He later admitted the story was bogus as police reports surfaced that they were called to a Los Angeles address that same night after receiving calls about a woman screaming.

Police initially investigated whether the apartment of Shaw's girlfriend had been burglarized, but police spokeswoman Nuria Vanegas told ABC News that they are now trying to determine whether Shaw and his girlfriend were involved in a domestic dispute.

Detectives from the LAPD said they would like to speak to Shaw regarding the possible domestic dispute.

Vanegas pointed out that a domestic dispute is different from domestic violence, which is a crime. A domestic dispute is not a crime.

Shaw is not a suspect or considered a person of interest in the burglary investigation, she said.

USC has suspended Shaw indefinitely.

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Weather to Expect This Labor Day Weekend


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- It's a weekend we all knew would come too quickly. Labor Day marks the final "unofficial" weekend of summer.

Dangerous weather is expected in the center of the country this weekend. From the Dakotas to the Great Lakes and into the Plains -- damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes are possible. Cities that will see these conditions are Bismarck, N.D.; Minneapolis; Des Moines; Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Kansas City and Wichita, Kan.

In addition, these storms could bring rainfall, producing flash flooding on the interstates from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast.

In addition, two tropical systems, Marie in the Pacific and Cristobal in the Atlantic, have been stirring up high waves and strong rip currents on both coasts this week. Luckily, the beach conditions improve just in time for the holiday weekend, on both the east and west, as the storms weaken and move away.

The heat and humidity is on the rise for the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. After what's been a rather mild summer, a burst of above normal temperatures takes over much of the area over the weekend and into next week. Temperatures will generally be in the upper 80s, with some spots in the 90s further south. It looks to be an unsettled weekend for the east coast, but not a washout. Some days will be better than others, with the best chance for storms falling on Labor Day for areas like Washington, D.C., New York City and Boston.

The place to be for abundant sunshine will be the Southwest, and most of the west coast, where a stretch of dry weather dominates the region.

The Southwest stays hot with temperatures in the 80s and 90s, but much cooler air will filter into the Pacific Northwest, where temperatures could struggle to even reach the 70s. Seattle is looking at highs in the 60s with the chance of showers each day.

According to the American Automobile Association, some 35 million people will be on the roads and at airports starting Saturday.

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Tony Stewart Says Return to Racetrack Will Help Him Heal


Jamie Squire/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- NASCAR driver Tony Stewart made an emotional return into the spotlight Friday as he explained that he sees his return to the race track nearly three weeks after fatally hitting another driver as a necessary part of the healing process.

"This has been one of the toughest tragedies that I’ve ever had to deal with... both professional and personally, and this is something that will definitely affect my life forever," Stewart said at a news conference.

Stewart hit fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. when Ward got out of his car during a race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate New York earlier this month. Footage of the incident appears to show that Ward may have been trying to confront Stewart and he was seen gesturing at Stewart’s car just moments before it ran into him.

"This is a sadness and a pain I hope no one has to experience in their life," Stewart said. "That being said, I know that the pain and the mourning that Kevin Ward’s family and his friends are experiencing, is something I can’t possibly imagine."

"I’ve taken the last couple of weeks off out of respect for Kevin and his family and to cope with the accident my own way. It’s given me the time to think about life and how easy it is to take it for granted."

The news conference came ahead of Stewart's return to the racetrack this Sunday as he is scheduled to compete in the ORAL-B USA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I miss my team, my teammates, and I miss being back in the race car. And I think being back in the car this week with my racing family will help me get through this difficult time," he said.

Stewart refused to take questions, saying that he was not emotionally ready at this time, but gave his condolences to each member of Ward's family, listing the 20-year-old's relatives by name in his statement.

In spite of that personal connection, it was confirmed later that Stewart has not spoken to any of Ward's relatives directly. Brett Frood, the executive vice president of Stewart-Haas racing, said after Stewart left the press conference that the driver had sent flowers and a note to Ward's relatives around the time of the memorial services but had not spoken with them.

The investigation into the fatal August 9 incident remains open, though no charges have been filed. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said earlier this month that they did not find any evidence of criminal behavior in their initial investigation.

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911 Tapes Reveal Drama of Parking Lot Birth


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A Utah father helped his wife deliver their baby boy in a parking lot, with the guidance of a 911 dispatcher, after the couple realized they weren’t going to make it to the hospital in time.

Mike Anderson and his wife, Kelly, tried to make it to the hospital Monday, but didn’t make it very far and called 911.

“I don’t know what to do,” Mike Anderson said, in audio released Wednesday. “Should I just keep going to the hospital?”

“That’s up to you,” the dispatcher responded. “If you see any part of the baby, I can help you deliver the baby.”

So Mike Anderson pulled their van over in a gas station parking lot and the dispatcher, identified as Julie Merrell, gave step-by-step instructions.

The Andersons’ two young children were still in the back seat.

The couple worried about so many things that could have gone wrong, but the guidance helped to keep them calm.

Working with a ShamWow towel and a shoelace to tie the baby’s umbilical cord, Anderson delivered 7 pound, 8 ounce Benjamin Norman Anderson as the paramedics pulled up.

Dispatcher Merrell later met the Andersons.

“You did great, by the way,” she told Mike Anderson.

“That was terrible…I’m so glad you talked me through that, because it was the worst thing ever,” he said.

It’s not the first time Merrell gave delivery instructions as a 911 operator, but it’s the first time she has met someone she helped.

“That was amazing,” she said. “Everything went as planned, everyone is happy and healthy.”

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Shuttle Bus Crashes Near Chicago O'Hare Airport; More Than a Dozen Injured


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(CHICAGO) -- Access to Chicago O'Hare Airport was limited after a shuttle bus crashed into a concrete barrier in the westbound lanes of I-190 Friday morning.

Police blocked the lanes that lead to the airport creating a major traffic jam.

"People were basically bailing out of their vehicles in an effort to make it to their flights and it's understandable. But at some point in time, we had to gain control of them to get off the shoulders where the emergency vehicles were trying to get to the scene," said Chicago Fire Department District Chief Tom Sampey.

At least 14 people including the shuttle driver were injured in the crash. A total of 13 people were transported to local hospitals, and four people are listed in serious-to-critical condition, ABC News station WLS-TV reports. At least five people are listed in good condition, fire officials said Friday.

O'Hare Airport officials confirmed that the bus accident occurred on a road leading to the terminals, but declined to provide anymore information.

All lanes of the I-190 ramp toward O'Hare Airport re-opened around 8:45am.

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