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Indiana man dies while trying to save dog in icy pond

An Indiana man died Monday while attempting to save a dog that had ventured onto the ice of a retention pond in Indianapolis, WXIN reported.

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Officials with the Indianapolis Fire Department said the man lived at The Masters Apartments and went into the water to rescue the dog, which had fallen into the pond when the ice beneath the animal cracked, the television station reported.

Roughly 15 minutes later, fire department divers found a man in his 20s who was 15 feet beneath the surface of the pond, WISH reported. The man was pulled to shore from the 37-degree water and taken to a hospital after CPR was performed. He died at the hospital, IFD Battalion Chief Rita Reith told WISH.

"Witnesses had stated the man had run onto the ice to fetch his dog, who had also run onto the ice," Reith told the television station. "They said the man broke through the ice and did not resurface."

The dog survived and was able to exit the pond on its own, WXIN reported.

‘Nothing but scorn for humanity’: Newly released writings show evolution of Sandy Hook shooter

Days before the sixth anniversary of the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, a Connecticut newspaper has obtained writings that show the loneliness and depravity of the man responsible. 

Adam Lanza, 20, shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Dec. 14, 2012, using a Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle to gun down 20 children, ages 6 and 7, and six educators, including the school’s principal and and teachers who used their own bodies to shield students from the barrage of bullets. Lanza, who then killed himself, had also gunned down his mother, shooting Nancy Lanza four times in the head before leaving their home for the school. 

Lanza was armed with the assault rifle and multiple handguns when he gained entrance to the locked school by shooting out a plate glass window next to the front doors.

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The Hartford Courant obtained more than 1,000 pages of documents from the Connecticut State Police about Lanza and the shooting, including Lanza’s own writings and a spreadsheet in which he cataloged 400 murderers who unleashed mass violence on the world. The Courant spent five years seeking the documents, ultimately winning access through the Connecticut Supreme Court

Part of what was documented by the files was Lanza’s extreme scorn for those around him.

“I incessantly have nothing other than scorn for humanity,” Lanza wrote in what the Courant said appeared to be an online communication with a fellow video game enthusiast. “I have been desperate to feel anything positive for someone for my entire life.”

His hatred began with his parents, who, according to a psychiatrist’s evaluation written about six years before the massacre, Lanza said got separated because “they were irritating to each other as they are to him.” Lanza was also irritated by his brother Ryan Lanza, the Courant reported

Dr. Robert King, who in 2006 evaluated a 14-year-old Adam Lanza at the Yale Child Study Center, also noted Lanza’s scorn for those outside his family. He stopped playing saxophone in the school band because the students “all played badly. No one practiced. No one paid attention,” the newspaper said. 

King found that, while Lanza was a “careful reader,” he had “no grasp of empathy for characters’ motives, feelings or perspectives,” the documents said

Lanza, whose autopsy found he was malnourished and emaciated, also disliked “fat people,” according to the files. He was 6 feet tall and weighed just 112 pounds when he walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and began shooting. 

Dr. Harold Schwartz, former director of psychiatry at Hartford HealthCare and a former member of the Sandy Hook Commission, told the newspaper that Lanza, who may have had anorexia, could have suffered brain damage from starvation. 

Lanza, who as a child had been diagnosed with a sensory disorder and speech delays, was good with math, computers, science and languages, the Courant reported. Many people -- his parents, teachers, counselors and psychiatrists -- all struggled to understand the boy, who by 14 was already becoming a “homebound recluse.” 

None fully suspected what he would become. 

The isolation from his peers began as early as age 3, the Courant’s review of the documents found.

“Adam’s parents said Adam’s speech attempts were not easily understood, and that Adam became quickly frustrated when others asked him to repeat himself,” a February 1995 speech evaluation of the not-yet-3-year-old read. “Recently Adam reportedly began hitting, spitting and crying when he could not make his needs known.”

When he could not be understood, he simply said the same thing louder, the report said, according to the newspaper. He would not try to supplement his speech with facial expressions or gestures to help others understand him better.

One of the diagnoses Lanza would receive in his lifetime was autism spectrum disorder. His mother told people her son has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. 

As he got older, he apparently suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and a phobia of germs. He also used black trash bags to black out the windows of his bedroom, where he would spend hours playing video games and would sometimes speak to his mother only via email. 

Nancy Lanza told specialists that she was worried about her young son because he had stopped trying to speak in groups due to the speech delays, the Courant reported. Young Adam Lanza became increasingly dependent on his mother after his parents separated when he was 9 years old, the newspaper said. 

The worried mother seemed to understand that her son’s condition would only get worse without the proper interventions. 

“One on one he is extraordinary. In a classroom setting he is performing well below age level,” she wrote in a document obtained by the Courant. “Other children will tease him and undermine his confidence. He will learn to talk less, not more. Already some children are saying he’s weird when they don’t understand him. 

“At this point he thinks it’s funny when they say that. As he gets older, he will realize that it isn’t.”

Along with his isolation, his sensory issues became worse as he grew older, the documents showed. He was more sensitive to sound, light, textures and movement. He turned away from classmates and set up rules for himself that served to further isolate him. 

“Relationships have absolutely no physical aspect to me; all that matters is communication,” Lanza wrote to a chat room acquaintance in a document obtained by the Courant

A list titled “Problems” laid out some of the obsessions and compulsions ruling his existence. The list included lights that were too bright, too many dirty dishes in the sink and a lack of tissues in the pantry.

“You were in the room while I was in the kitchen,” one entry stated. “My arms kept touching things,” said another.

“My hair touched Ryan’s towel in the morning,” the list said. 

“I am unable to distinguish between my problems because I have too many,” Adam Lanza wrote, according to the Courant

In another, undated document, Lanza lamented examinations by doctors, likening the touching that goes on during a physical exam to rape. 

“I was molested at least a dozen times by a few different adults when I was a child. It wasn't my decision at all: I was coerced into it,” Lanza wrote, according to the Courant. “They felt me all over my body, and it usually culminated in the fondling of my penis. What do each of the adults have in common? They were doctors, and each of them were sanctioned by my parents to do it. 

“This happens to virtually every child without their input into the matter: Their parents sanction it.”

One of the most enlightening -- and damning -- documents the newspaper received was the 2006 report by King at Yale. King described the teen as “a pale, gaunt, awkward young adolescent standing rigidly with downcast gaze and declining to shake hands,” the Courant reported

“Adam has a variety of rigid, controlling and avoidant behaviors, which have been loosely described as OCD, but seem to have several facets,” King wrote in the report obtained by the Courant. 

Aside from the indignities he cited in his handwritten list, Lanza’s OCD tendencies also included a dislike of asymmetric objects, as well as if his mother served food on the wrong plate. He refused to share towels and objected if his mother folded clothes in his bedroom, because other people’s clothes might touch his floor.

Lanza also objected to the volume at which his mother spoke on the phone, grew upset if she leaned on something or brushed by his chair and was appalled by the smell of her cooking, the Courant said. He often refused to eat his mother’s food because of the texture.  

When King asked if there were other children Lanza liked spending time with, the teen asked how that was significant. The psychiatrist asked Lanza to define the term “friend,” the newspaper said. 

“It is difficult to define,” Lanza responded. “In whose culture do you refer?”

King asked Lanza what he would wish for if he were given three wishes.

“I would wish that whatever was granting the wishes would not exist,” he responded. 

Despite his isolation, Lanza appeared to long for a connection with others. 

“I am capable of boundless affection,” he wrote in communication with a gamer online. “I had never been in a situation to feel that way before, so I thought that it was special… I took my focus away from myself and directed it toward you.”

He also expressed his yearning for love in the notes for a play he was writing -- about pedophilia. The Courant reported that it was not clear if anyone besides Lanza had seen the document prior to the mass shooting. 

In an outline for a screenplay, Lanza wrote that it would show the “beauty in the romantic relationship between a 10-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man.”

“No, it’s not at all pornographic,” Lanza wrote, according to the newspaper. “And it is not satirical. Nor metaphorical. Take it for what it is.”

The gunman also had a fascination with murder from an early age. The Courant reported that he and another boy wrote a book, “Big Book of Granny,” in the fifth grade, a story with references to violence against children. 

One chapter of the 52-page book has a character entering a day care and telling Granny, “Let’s hurt children,” the newspaper said

Lanza’s penchant for violence continued into his later years with his spreadsheet of mass murderers, which included killers worldwide between 1786 and 2010. Former FBI profiler Mary Ellen O’Toole, who reviewed the document for the Courant, said it contained a lot of information that would not have been easy to come by. 

“He’s not doing this for a term paper,” O’Toole said. “This took a lot of work and a lot of effort, and so what are the other possible reasons he could be doing this?

“He’s interested in mass shootings. Now did he use this research to develop his own plan and his own strategy? It’s certainly possible.”

Schwartz told the Courant that Lanza’s anger, fascination with murder, obsessions and isolation were building blocks that helped lead to the massacre. 

A fifth factor -- his lack of empathy and social connections -- had to be present for Lanza to become deadly, Schwartz told the newspaper.  

“In this mental state, known as solipsism, only the solipsist is real,” Schwartz said. “Everyone else in the world is a cardboard cutout, placed there for your benefit and otherwise devoid of meaning or value. It is the most extreme end of one form of malignant narcissism.

“If the victims have no value than there is nothing to constrain you from shooting them,” he said. 

UPS driver plays it cool when squirrel jumps on him

A UPS driver didn’t panic when a squirrel got up close and personal while he made a delivery.

CBS Chicago reported Friday that Oscar Luciano attempted to drop off a package for Amanda Atkins, but she was out getting dental work done.

Atkins said she got a notification on her phone from her Ring video doorbell and saw a squirrel on the driver’s back.

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“What made it hilarious was how calm our UPS guy was,” Atkins said.

In the Dec. 5 video, the squirrel can be seen off to the right of Luciano, who nods his head to some music while waiting at the door. The squirrel jumps on Luciano’s shoulder, crawling across his back and on top of his head before jumping off onto a nearby fence. Luciano is startled, but keeps his composure, leaning slightly forward and smiling as the squirrel jumps away.

“I was just there bobbing my head jamming to music, and all of a sudden, I felt a tug. It startled me,” Luciano told CBS Chicago. “The only thing that went through my mind is, ‘My wife would never believe what just happened to me.’”

Atkins told Luciano about the video when he returned the next day to drop off another package and she sent it to him.

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Rupert Grint is wealthy, but said he has no idea of net worth

There is no need for Ron Weasley to panic now -- at least not financially.

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Rupert Grint, who played the nervous redhead in the “Harry Potter” movie series, admitted in an interview he did not know how much money he has in the bank, the Daily Mail reported.

However, Grint, 30, is worth more than $35 million and said he is content knowing he can live a “comfortable” life without checking his financial statements, the newspaper reported.

Grint made his comments during an interview with the Radio Times,  saying that “I actually don't know how much I have. I couldn't even really guess.”

Grint, one of the three main characters in the “Harry Potter” wizard movies adapted from J.K. Rowling’s books, vaulted to fame with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson when the 2001 movie, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” was released.

Having that much money “doesn’t motivate me too much,” Grint told the Radio Times. “'I'm glad it's there but I'm not really that focused on it.”

Radcliffe has an estimated net worth of more than $109 million and Watson has a net worth of more than $71 million, the Daily Mail reported.

Officials identify 5 children, including 1-year-old twins, killed in Ohio house fire

Five children are dead after a fire broke out at a home in Youngstown, Ohio, late Sunday, multiple news outlets are reporting.

Update 4:10 p.m. EST Dec. 10: The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the children killed in Sunday’s blaze as 9-year-old Aleysha Rosario, 3-year-old Charles Gunn, 2-year-old Ly'Asia Gunn, and 1-year-old twins Brianna and Arianna Negron, The Associated Press reported.

Fire officials said a woman jumped from a second-floor window Sunday and was the only one to survive the blaze. She was identified by city officials and WFMJ as America"Amy" Negron-Acevedo, the 26-year-old mother of the children.

Authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

Original report: According to WFMJ, firefighters responded to 434 Parkcliffe Ave. after a neighbor reported the fire about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The children’s mother, who jumped from a window to escape the blaze, said five children were trapped inside, authorities said. 

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Three children were removed from the home but later died at a nearby hospital, rescuers said. The two other children died inside the house, WKBN reported.

Fire officials said the children ranged from 1 to 9 years old. The two youngest were twins, according to WKBN.

The mother and one firefighter were hospitalized for injuries, WKBN reported. Another firefighter was hurt and treated at the scene, officials said.

Officials don’t know yet what caused the blaze but said foul play is unlikely, WKBN reported.

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Ohio man accused of planning attack on synagogue

Authorities arrested an Ohio man last week on suspicion of planning an attack on a synagogue in the Toledo area, Justice Department officials said Monday.

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Investigators took 21-year-old Damon Joseph, of Holland, Ohio, into custody on Friday to face one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS, authorities said in a news release.

“He planned to carry out an attack at a Toledo-area synagogue in the name of ISIS and hoped that it would cause fear and result in a maximum number of casualties,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.

Joseph caught investigators’ attention earlier in the year while posting photos of knives and firearms on social media, according to authorities. He also posted a photo that had originally been distributed by ISIS’ media wing, Justice Department officials said.

He told undercover agents he was a supporter of ISIS and, in September, made videos that he sent to an undercover agent in the hopes the footage would be used to recruit people to join the militant organization, authorities said.

Several times, he told undercover investigators that he supported “martyrdom operations,” according to investigators.

“In a matter of months, Damon Joseph progressed from radicalized, virtual jihadist to attack planner,” FBI acting special agent in charge Jeff Fortunato said.

On Oct. 30, three days after a man killed 11 people in an attack inside the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Joseph expressed admiration for the shooter while speaking with an undercover agent.

“I can see myself carrying out this type of operation inshallah,” he said, according to court records. “They wouldn’t even expect (an attack) in my area…”

Joseph said several times in the intervening weeks that he wanted to participate in an attack on behalf of ISIS and, on Dec. 2, forwarded a plan for his attack to an undercover agent, court records showed. Joseph didn’t consider his plan “a martyrdom operation,” authorities said, because he had a plan for his escape.

Two days later, Joseph told the agent he was choosing between two synagogues to target and that the decision would depend on “which one will have the most people, what time and what day,” court records showed.

“Go big or go home,” Joseph told the undercover agent, officials said.

Joseph met with the agent on Wednesday and provided him with notes about firearms he wanted ahead of the attack, including AR-15s, an AK-47, Glocks and ammunition, court records showed.

He decided on which synagogue he planned to attack Thursday, telling an undercover agent that he “wanted to kill a rabbi,” officials said. The agent later told Joseph that he had the rifles Joseph wanted for the attack -- a pair of AR-15-type weapons.

Authorities arrested Joseph after he took possession of the bag, officials said.

“The charges describe a calculated man fueled by an ideology of hatred and intent on killing innocent people,” said Justin Herdman, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “This man spent months planning a violent terrorist attack on behalf of ISIS.”

Authorities continue to investigate the case.

Man accused of raping, killing North Carolina teen could face death penalty

The man accused of raping and murdering 13-year-old Hania Aguilar appeared Monday morning in front of a North Carolina judge

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Officials said during the short appearance, the judge revoked 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan's bond and said he could face the death penalty in the case.According to officials, McLellan is due in court again later in the day regarding a different criminal case he faces.

>> FBI: Man charged in connection with Hania Aguilar’s murder

After following more than 850 leads and conducting nearly 500 interviews, the FBI and the Lumberton police arrested and charged McLellan in connection with Aguilar's abduction and death.Agents announced early Saturday morning that McLellan had been charged and was being held at the time of his arrest in law enforcement custody on charges unrelated to Aguilar's case.

'Baby, It’s Cold Outside' returns to Bay Area radio station’s playlist after complaints

The annual "Baby It's Cold Outside" controversy didn’t last for too long at a Bay Area radio station.

KGO reported that adult contemporary radio station 96.5 KOIT in the San Francisco Bay Area removed the 1944 song from its rotation on Dec. 4. Written by the late “Guys and Dolls” writer Frank Loesser, the duet, typically performed by a male and female singer, contains lyrics like, “Say, what’s in this drink?” and “I simply must go,” followed by the woman singing “The answer is no.”

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The decision followed that of WDOK in Cleveland, which announced  Nov. 27 it was no longer playing the song.

“I do realize that when the song was written in 1944, it was a different time, but now while reading it, it seems very manipulative and wrong,” station host Glenn Anderson said in a blog post. “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”

Related: ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ removed from radio station’s playlist

KOIT’s decision wasn’t final, however. The same day the song was pulled, the station invited listeners to weigh in on the change via a poll on its website.

“We received more complaints on the song than any other song ever played in the history of the radio station,” KOIT program director Brian Figula told KGO Dec. 4.

Related: 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' writer's daughter says song isn't about date rape

Listener response led the station to put “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” back in rotation.

“KOIT’s listeners have spoken, and the overwhelming message is they do want to hear ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ on our station, as they have throughout the years,” Figula said in a statement Monday. “More than seven out of every 10 listeners who responded said although some lyrics of the song may reflect a different era and a different sensibility than today, still they love the tradition and history of the song, and want to hear it as part of their holiday season.

“At KOIT, we always listen carefully when our listeners take time to comment. In this case, it was very obvious what they wanted us to do.”

According to Loesser’s daughter Susan Loesser, the song, taken in the context of the time it was written, does not imply date rape.

“I think my father would be furious at that,” she told NBC News. “People used to say, ‘What’s in this drink?’ as a joke. You know, this drink is going straight to my head so what’s in this drink? Back then it didn’t mean, ‘You drugged me.’”

Officials want answers after video shows police taking baby from mom's arms

A disturbing video of a tussle between police and a New York woman trying to hold onto her 1-year-old baby as she sat on the floor at a Brooklyn food assistance center, WPIX reported.

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The Friday arrest of Jazmine Headley, 23, caught on cellphone video, has sparked anger and calls for an investigation, while officials with the New York Police Department are calling the video “troubling,” WABC reported.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for all charges against Headley to be dropped, the television station reported.

“The department endangered the child, not the mother,” Adams said at a news conference Monday. “Clearly our police department, the most well-trained department in the country, should be able to de-escalate a situation with a baby and the mother. I think the best way of telling her she could not sit on the floor was to get her a chair.”

Headley remains in custody and faces charges that include acting in a manner injurious to a child and resisting arrest. The child is in the care of a family member, WCBS reported.

According to Headley’s mother, Jacqueline Jenkins, her daughter went to the Human Resources Administration building in Brooklyn. Jenkins said Headley was going to ask for day care vouchers for her son so she could work as a cleaner, WABC reported.

The building was crowded and there were no chairs, so Headley sat on the floor with her son, WPIX reported.

Officers were called after Headley allegedly refused to leave, despite requests from HRA peace officers, police said.

Headley "was then informed by police numerous times to leave the location, and she refused," WPIX reported.

Officers forcibly removed Headley’s baby and handcuffed her, according to the video.

The footage is "hard to watch,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson told WPIX.

"I was devastated to see something like that happen to my daughter and grandson, and how this officer yanking on my grandson to get him out of my daughter's arms," Jenkins told WABC.

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