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  • iStock/Thinkstock(BRANSON, Missouri) -- Two people are dead and one person is missing following flooding in the popular family tourist destination of Branson, Missouri, according to a spokesperson for the city.The spokesperson said that at around 9:20 p.m. Saturday night, the local fire department responding to a call found a car with five people in it who were "affected by flooding," and that while two people escaped, three others were swept away.The bodies of two of those three people -- a man and a woman -- have since been recovered. Another woman is still missing, the spokesperson said.The five people who were in the car are believed to be from Memphis, Tennessee, which is about a five-hour drive from Branson.Branson is situated in the Ozarks and is home to a group of family-friendly entertainment theaters that draw visitors from across the country.Pervasive, record-breaking flooding has plagued parts of Missouri and Arkansas throughout this month, according to the National Weather Service. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Multnomah County Sheriffs Office(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- The family of one of the two men stabbed to death in Portland, Oregon, in an incident allegedly involving hate speech said the victim, 23-year-old Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, died in a "final act of bravery.""We lost him in a senseless act that brought close to home the insidious rift of prejudice and intolerance that is too familiar, too common," the man's sister, Vajra, said in a statement Saturday. "In his final act of bravery, he held true to what he believed."Namkai-Meche and the other man killed in the stabbing, 53-year-old Ricky John Best, were identified by the Portland Police Bureau on Saturday.Best, of Happy Valley, Oregon, died at the scene and Namkai-Meche, of Southeast Portland died at a hospital. Another victim who was injured in the attack has been identified as 21-year-old Micah David-Cole Fletcher of Southeast Portland. Fletcher remains in a hospital where he's being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the Portland Police Bureau.The mother of Namkai-Meche told ABC News her son was among those who tried to protect other commuters from the knife-wielding man. On Saturday, she posted a photo of her son on Facebook, calling him a "hero" and a "shining bright star."Namkai-Meche's sister added in her statement, "We ask that in honor of his memory, we use this tragedy as an opportunity for reflection and change. We choose love."The Oregon State Medical Examiner conducted autopsies on the deceased victims Saturday, but the results have not yet been released.Police have arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland in connection with the stabbings, which occurred after commuters on the train allegedly tried to calm the suspect who was yelling what authorities said "would best be characterized as hate speech."Christian is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. Christian, 35, will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Portland Police Bureau.Police said the incident happened Friday afternoon, with multiple officers responding at 4:30 p.m. local time to a report of a disturbance on an eastbound light-rail train involving a man who had stabbed people. While en route to the scene, officers learned that the suspect had exited the train and was fleeing the area on foot toward a hospital, police said.Upon arriving at the station where the train had stopped, officers found three stabbing victims and immediately began administering treatment on site until medical personnel arrived, police said.Officers eventually located the suspect and placed him in custody. Christian received medical treatment and was put in the custody of homicide detectives, police said.A preliminary investigation indicates that Christian was on the train "yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicity and religions," the Portland Police Bureau said in a statement.
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  • iStock/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Civil rights advocates say the stabbings in Portland, Oregon, that left two people dead and one injured come amid an increase in incidents of hate speech and hate crimes around the country since the 2016 presidential election.Jeremy Joseph Christian of North Portland has been arrested in connection with the stabbings on a light-rail train in Portland on Friday afternoon. A preliminary investigation by Portland police indicates that Christian, 35, was on the train "yelling various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicity and religions." He has not as yet been charged with a hate crime but does face multiple charges.At least two of the people Christian stabbed had tried to intervene and calm the suspect, police said.A review of his record with the Portland Police Bureau shows Christian is not flagged as a criminal gang member, nor does he have any known mental health history listed. But police said homicide detectives will "extensively examine" the suspect's background, including what they called his "extremist ideology."The Portland FBI special agent in charge, Loren Cannon, said it's too early to say whether Friday night's violence was an act of domestic terrorism or a federal hate crime.Local reporters say they recognize the suspect as the same man who drew media attention at a right-wing rally last month while yelling racist remarks and giving the Nazi salute.In a video recorded by a reporter with the Portland Mercury media outlet, a man who identifies himself as Jeremy Christian, is seen at the "March for Free Speech" in Montavilla on April 29. Police are seen confiscating a baseball bat from the man, who is wearing a baseball cap backwards and a flag evoking the Revolutionary War draped around his shoulders. The man then confronts protesters at the right-wing event and yells, "I'm a nihilist!"In a second video recorded by the Portland Mercury reporter at the event, the same man is seen yelling, "F--- all you n------!" as organizers appear to refuse to let him enter the rally.Photos taken by the Portland Mercury reporter also show the man with his hand in the air, appearing, according to the paper, to give the Nazi salute.ABC News has not independently confirmed that the man seen in the photos and video is the same Jeremy Christian who is under arrest."When I saw the Portland attack, which is horrific, part of me isn’t that surprised because of the pattern that’s been going on for the last several months," Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, told ABC News in a telephone interview Saturday.In the first 10 days after the 2016 presidential election, the Southern Poverty Law Center says it documented nearly 900 reports of bias incidents, including hate crimes. Between Nov. 9 and March 31, the Alabama-based civil rights group counted 1,863. Beirich said the organization had not seen that many bias incidents since immediately after the 9/11 attacks in 2001."I don’t think there’s any question that we’re seeing more of it than we’ve ever seen, and it has really scary consequences," Beirich told ABC News.Just prior to Friday's stabbing in Portland, when the suspect was allegedly yelling remarks against ethnic groups and religions, two young women were on the train. Police said witnesses described one of the women as wearing a hijab. The women left before officers arrived on scene, witnesses told police.The young women have been identified and detectives have been in contact with them. Their names are not being released at this time, police said.Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident.Christian is being held without bail at the Multnomah County Jail on charges of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation in the second degree and felon in possession of a restricted weapon. He will be arraigned Tuesday at the Multnomah County Court, according to the Po
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  • Virginia State Police(RICHMOND, Va.) -- A Virginia State Police special agent was shot and killed after conducting a traffic stop in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday night, officials said.
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  • Lori Hall(ATLANTA) -- One mother postponed the pursuit of her ultimate dream of attending law school. Instead, Jerita Hall raised her children."That was my dream in high school, but I grew up in an area where there was not a lot of professional women that I knew," Hall, 64, recalled to ABC News."It was an era when most girls graduated high school, went to college and had a family. So I did all of that," she continued. "I was only able to go back to school once my last child finished college."After obtaining her bachelor's degree in 1973, Hall decided to pause her law school pursuits and became an educational consultant for high school students. Decades later, she returned to school, earning her master's degree in 2011. It was the next step in her ultimate goal of getting her law degree, which she finally obtained last Saturday from John Marshall Law School in Atlanta.Hall was surrounded by her children, including her grandchild, for her big day. Also, nearly 60 family members and friends showed up, lending their support.Still, she had no idea just how her children decided to repay her for her sacrifice -- with her dream car, a black Mercedes Benz C300.One of her daughters, Lori Hall, told ABC News that her mother had long wanted this car but was unsure if she could afford it right now, as she's now interning at a law firm.So Lori Hall decided to buy the car for her mother, with her siblings' help, two months before she actually crossed the stage. The siblings waited until her mother's big day to reveal the gift."I told everyone to go outside for a photo. It was hot and muggy, but everyone came willingly," Lori Hall, 37, recalled.After taking what seemed like family photos, Lori Hall said she asked her mother a random question: "Hey mom, do you like baseball?"Her mother replied, "What do you mean?" That's when Lori Hall yelled, "Catch!" and threw her mom the keys to her new car.The scene was captured in a now viral video that's been viewed more than 69,000 times on Facebook."I had absolutely no clue! I had no idea. That was mind boggling," Jerita Hall recalled of seeing her car.Receiving the car also had a profound effect on her."It makes me feel that I'm where I should be," she said. "And my kids? I can't even express to you how thoughtful and wonderful they are."Now that she's graduated, Jerita Hall plans to explore other opportunities in the legal field. Right now, she's busy driving her car."Oh, I've tested it!" she said with a laugh of her new Mercedes.
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