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One dead in Arizona mass shooting, suspect at large

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Police confirmed that at least six people were injured in the latest mass shooting in the US. One victim has reportedly died of gunshot wounds, while two remain in severe condition as the 'armed and dangerous' suspect is still on the loose.

­The suspect, who was identified as a 70-year-old Arthur D. Harmon, remains at large and was described by police as "armed and dangerous."

The shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. MST (12:30 p.m. EST) at an office building in Phoenix, Arizona. Harmon, a white male, was seen fleeing the scene in a white SUV. After firing his gun and hitting at least five people, he escaped from police.

The building was evacuated and the five victims hospitalized while police were searching the compound for any additional victims.

One of the victims, a 48-year-old Steve Singer, the CEO of Fusion Contract Centers Inc, died in hospital. Police did not release the names of the other victims.

Harmon appears to have been working alone, and the reason behind the attack remains unknown, officer James Holmes told the press.

"We have no motive. It is right now a really fluid scene," Holmes told AP.

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Multiple injuries in Brisbane train crash

Brisbane Train Crash
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Aerial footage shows the front carriage of the train embedded in the station.
A train has crashed into a station in Brisbane, injuring at least eight people.

Authorities say eight people suffered minor injuries when the train crashed in Cleveland, a suburb in the southeast of the city.

The Courier Mail reports that a woman with serious head injuries is believed to be on the train, but emergency services cannot reach her due to live electrical wires.

A witness told ABC News half of the train's first carriage slammed into the refurbished building when it failed to stop around 9:30am (local time).

"A few people are being taken out with minor lacerations to the head," he said.

The Cleveland line had been experiencing power problems throughout the morning, but it is not clear whether this contributed to the crash.

Queensland Ambulance has set up a triage area at the station and the train is being searched for anyone else with injuries.


27 percent of Americans believe God helps decide who wins sporting events

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Because it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL.

Most of the responses aren't surprising or interesting (Lots of people watch football! Even more people watch the Super Bowl!), but two specific questions and results are worth highlighting.

Perhaps the most shocking is that 27 percent of those polled - more than a quarter - believe that "God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event." Watch a game with three of your buddies. Odds are that one of you wholeheartedly believes that God has a vested interest in the outcome of the game, and will influence it to get His way. This could really throw off Vegas's lines.

There's more. You know how athletes, in postgame interviews, often thank God? They believe God is specifically looking out for them and their health. A majority of Americans agree. According to the survey, 53 percent of respondents believe that "God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success."

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Webcam spy 'sextorted' hundreds of women, FBI Says

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A man who may have coerced as many as 350 women to strip for him via webcam has been arrested by the FBI on federal computer-hacking charges.

According to federal authorities, Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, of Glendale, Calif., broke into email, Skype and Facebook accounts.

He then searched for and stole risqué private photos and other information and changed users' passwords, a Department of Justice statement said.

The statement also said Kazaryn masqueraded as friends of his victims, pretending to be a woman and persuading them to remove their clothes while connected via Skype video chat.

If a victim refused, Kazaryan would allegedly blackmail her into compliance by threatening to post the stolen risqué images online - a classic example of "sextortion."


Man arrested despite legally carrying gun in Florida

Video has gone viral, viewed more than 38,000 times in January

More than 10,000 people in the last week alone have already viewed a video going viral on the Internet that shows a motorist being arrested in Florida despite legally carrying a gun.

The dashboard cam video shows a Citrus County deputy arresting Joel Smith, the man with the gun, and now gun advocates say the video is proof Florida needs to change its current law.

"Your license tag expired," said Deputy Alan Cox in the video.

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Indiana couple facing jail for saving baby deer

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An Indiana couple has been charged with a misdemeanor and is facing up to two months in jail for rescuing an injured baby deer and nursing it back to health in their home.

Connersville, Ind. Police Officer Jeff and his wife, Jennifer Counceller, were in possession of a white-tailed deer that they found as an injured fawn on someone's porch three years ago. The animal had maggot-infested puncture wounds that the couple worried would be life-threatening. Anxious that the baby deer would not survive on its own, the couple brought it to their Indiana farm and nursed it back to health, not knowing that their good deed could land them in jail.

"I could feel all of the open wounds all along her back side and she wouldn't stand up," Jennifer Counceller told ABC News.

Naming the deer "Little Orphan Dani", the couple spent more than a year nursing her into adulthood and "getting to the point where she was able to go out on her own," Counceller said. But when an Indiana Conservation Officer made an appearance at their home and discovered the deer this past summer, the couple was informed that the Indiana Department of Natural Resources planned to euthanize it, claiming Dani could pose a danger to people and that keeping the animal was against the law.

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More homeless camps discovered in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

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Linda McPeak (left) talks with James Sandonato (seated at far right) at their homeless camp in Bristol Township while Joseph Casey from the Penndel Mental Health Center (wearing blue hoodie) and Matt Wilkinson from the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (standing at right) prepare to interview them on Wednesday morning. Bucks County conducts a census of its unsheltered homeless population at various locations countywide.
Klondike's compound is carefully concealed behind two dozen dying Christmas trees.

Tannenbaum, taken from the trash, shield the 62-year-old former mailman from prying eyes. But occasionally he invites area social workers on the "grand tour."

With pride, the man who calls himself Klondike demonstrates a makeshift shower system that runs on rainwater. Hot dogs and beans, rice and trail mix fill three plastic coolers.

"People see me taking this stuff from the dumpsters and they think I need help, but I don't need help," he said.

Bright blue eyes flare out from a full head of long, shiny white hair. Klondike's chest puffs out like a proud lion.

"I don't take anything anybody wants," he said of his compound. "I only take what other people throw out. I went 16 months and I didn't spend a nickel."

On Wednesday, Klondike and dozens of other homeless men and women opened their tents to volunteers from across Bucks County. The unsheltered population and number of local encampments are growing, organizers said.


Plastic surgery on the rise - with Botox and breast implants most popular

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Botox was administered more than 3m times in 2012. Breast augmentations were the second most in-demand surgery.
Research finds almost 15m procedures were performed last year, with more than 21% of those taking place in the US

Almost 15 million plastic surgery procedures were performed around the world in 2011, according to a study by the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

The trade body took into account surgical and non-surgical procedures such as filler injections and hair removal for its study, which has just been published. The total number of procedures, 14.7 million, is up 4% from 2010.


Drunk woman says she fired gun because anti-gun control sheriff said it was OK

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An intoxicated woman in Milwaukee says that she fired a weapon during an argument with her niece because she had heard Wisconsin Sheriff David A. Clarke's radio ad saying that citizens should get "in the game" and arm themselves instead of calling 911.

A criminal complaint obtained by the Journal Sentinel indicated that 36-year-old Makisha Cooper had told police that she was following Clarke's advice that "simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option."

Cooper said "that she knows her rights regarding having a firearm because she heard Sheriff Clarke on the radio stating that she could own a gun to protect herself," according to the complaint.

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13 pygmy elephants found dead in Malaysia

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Asian Pygmy Elephant swinging trunk in rain at Lok Kawi Preserve in Malaysian Borneo.
Malaysian authorities have a possible elephant murder mystery on their hands after three more pygmy elephants reportedly were found dead on the island of Borneo Wednesday (Jan. 30).

The grim discovery brings the death toll to 13 this month, and according to the AP, authorities are investigating suspicions that the diminutive elephants were poisoned.

Also called Bornean elephants, these creatures are the most endangered subspecies of Asian elephant. While other male Asian elephants can grow up to 9.8 feet (3 meters tall), male Bornean elephants grow to less than 8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and they have bigger ears and rounder bellies, according to the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF).