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One person is dead and two more were injured after an explosion decimated a home in Jeffersonville, Indiana, early on Sunday morning.

Just before 5 a.m., a blast destroyed the home and sent debris flying across the Capitol Hills neighborhood, setting a car on fire and damaging about 20 surrounding homes, the Courier-Journal reports.

Neighbors said that they knew a man and woman lived at the home, but were not clear on who the third victim might be. All three injured people were taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where one individual was pronounced dead and the other two are still being treated. The names have not yet been released and their conditions are not known, according to Sgt. Jason Ames, a Jeffersonville Fire Department spokesman.

Neighbor William Short said he was awakened by the sound of the explosion, and saw what looked like fireworks coming from the house.

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After the first blast, he reported hearing a second boom, which shattered his windows.

“You don’t never think you’re going to wake up and see your neighbor’s house completely gone,” he said.

At least five of the houses affected by the blast are considered to be unlivable now, according to local reports.

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Authorities are now working to determine what may have caused the blast.

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The keynote speaker at Morehouse College’s commencement ceremony announced a grant Sunday wiping out the student debt of the entire 2019 graduating class.

Billionaire Robert Smith’s surprise gift in front of nearly 400 graduating seniors may be worth about $40 million, officials said.

“My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” Smith said, according to WXIA-TV. “You great Morehouse men are bound only by the limits of your own conviction and creativity.”

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Tonga Releford, whose son Charles Releford III is a member of the Class of 2019, estimated that his student loans total about $70,000, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she said.

The announcement elicited the biggest cheers of the morning.

“When Dr. King said that the ‘arc of the moral universe bends toward justice,’ he wasn’t saying it bends on its own accord. It bends because we choose to put our shoulders into it together and push,” Smith told the ceremony, according to WXIA.

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Smith was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Morehouse during the commencement.

Morehouse College is an all-male historically black college located in Atlanta.

Smith is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data and technology-driven companies.

He is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia Business School.

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Morehouse announced in January a $1.5 million donation from Smith for student scholarships and a new park on campus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Talk of impeaching President Trump has not waned since the release of the Mueller report last month, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle weighing in on the issue.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., became the first Republican to publicly accuse Trump of engaging in “impeachable conduct” stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election – earning the little-known congressman praise from Democrats, derision from Republican leadership in the House, and a mixed response from other lawmakers.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., praised Amash during an interview on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday and said that the Michigan congressman “showed more courage than any other Republican in the House or the Senate.”

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Schiff, a fierce critic of Trump and his administration’s policies, said that there are many other members of Congress who feel the “administration is acting in a lawless fashion.”

“If we conclude that there is no other way to do our jobs,” Schiff said on the idea of impeachment. “Then we may get there.”

Schiff’s comments run contrary to that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has mostly voiced her opposition to the idea of introducing articles of impeachment against Trump. The House Speaker, however, did say last week that Democrats could use these powers in creative ways to get what they want.

Pelosi said that even if they don’t actually impeach Trump, House committees could use impeachment as an excuse to subpoena documents that they otherwise might not be able to get. The Trump administration has argued that congressional demands for documents have not had a required legislative purpose, and Pelosi believes this would work around that requirement.

“One of the purposes that the Constitution spells out for investigation is impeachment,” Pelosi said during her weekly news conference. “And so you can say, and the courts would respect if you said, we need this information to carry out our oversight responsibilities, and among them is impeachment. It doesn’t mean you’re going on an impeachment path, but it means if you had that information, you might.”

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One member of Congress who was not a fan of Amash’s comments on impeachment was House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who claimed that his colleague was just seeking attention when he made his comment.

“This is exactly what he wants, he wants to have attention,” McCarthy said on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “You’ve got to understand Justin Amash. He’s been in Congress quite some time. I think he’s asked one question in all the committees that he’s been in. He votes more with Nancy Pelosi than he ever votes with me. It’s a question whether he’s even in our Republican conference as a whole.”

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, offered a more nuanced appraisal of Amash’s comment, saying on Sunday that he thinks the congressman was “courageous” for speaking against party line, but adding that he doesn’t agree with Amash’s argument.

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“I respect him. I think it’s a courageous statement,” the Utah Republican continued. “But I believe that to make a case for obstruction of justice, you just don’t have the elements that are evidenced in this document.”

Amash tweeted: “Contrary to [Attorney General William] Barr’s portrayal, Mueller’s report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment,” Amash tweeted, referencing Attorney General William Barr.

Amash stated earlier this year that he was considering running against Trump in 2020 as a third-party candidate.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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State and Federal law enforcement arrested 50 people in Connecticut on Friday as part of a massive undercover operation that resulted in the seizure of thousands of bags of heroin, guns and $15,000 in cash.

Police in Waterbury say the arrests were part of an investigation called “Operation Raw Deal” that began in September “in response to an increase in heroin overdoses and heroin-related deaths in the city.”

According to Fox 61, detectives issued 92 warrants for the 52 suspects, with charges ranging from the sale of narcotics, conspiracy at the sale of narcotics, firearm violations and possession in a school zone. Thirteen police teams carried out those warrants in a series of raids across the quiet Connecticut town.

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The arrest phase of “Operation: Raw Deal” consisted of 135 detectives, officers, agents and investigators, from the VICE and Intelligence Division, Criminal Investigation Bureau (CID), Gang Task Force (GTF), Street Crime Unit (SCU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Patrol Division, forensic technicians and investigators from other local and federal law enforcement agencies.

Forty-one suspects from the original list of 52 were arrested for various drug-related offenses, while nine people were arrested for various drug-related offenses and other crimes.

Detectives seized 8 ounces of raw heroin, thousands of bags of heroin packaged for sale, $15,000 in cash, two cars, two handguns, bullets and a rifle.

Waterbury police say most of those arrested in the monthlong operation were mid-level heroin dealers.

Lt. David Silverio says this operation was about saving lives, not just making arrests.

“You have the people that have a medical need and may need treatment and then we have traffickers and suppliers. This kind of operation is targeting the trafficker side of the narcotics problem,” Lt. Silverio of the Waterbury Police Department told Fox 61.

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“As of May 4, there’s been 24 deaths in Waterbury this year alone and 99 overdoses. This year, the numbers hopefully will get better, but we have a problem right here in this city,” added Lt. Silverio.

In a nationwide study by the CDC, overdose deaths in 2017 are nearly four times as frequent as they were in 1999. Heroin overdoses have remained stagnant, as other forms of opioid use have increased dramatically.

Fox 61 says there are still 11 people on the run from the operation. The Waterbury Police says if you recognize one of the suspects, do not approach them and contact police immediately.

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Pope Francis honored journalists killed in the line of duty, saying that press freedom is a strong indicator of a country’s overall health.

During a speech to the Italian Foreign Press Association in Rome, the head of the Catholic Church urged journalists to shun fake news and report more on the plight of people who don’t make daily headlines but are suffering still.

“I listened in pain to the statistics about your colleagues killed while carrying out their work with courage and dedication in so many countries to report on what is happening in wars and other dramatic situations in which so many of our brothers and sisters in the world live,” he said.

“Freedom of the press and of expression is an important indicator of the state of a country’s health,” he continued. “Let’s not forget that one of the first things dictatorships do is remove freedom of the press or mask it, not leaving it free.”

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According to Reuters, Francis had just heard the association’s president talk about journalists who have been captured or killed while doing their jobs, including Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year, and Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who died in a car bomb in 2017.

The pontiff also made reference to the media’s role in investigating the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying: “The Church holds you in esteem, also when you put your finger in a wound, even if the wound is in the Church community.”

He specifically mentioned two stories deserving of more coverage, according to Reuters: The ongoing crises for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, who have been victimized by a military-led crackdown, and the Yazidi in Iraq, who have been victimized by what the U.N. called a genocidal campaign led by Islamic State militants.

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“We need journalists who are on the side of victims, on the side of those who are persecuted, on the side of who is excluded, cast aside, discriminated against,” he said.

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A second Stanford University decades-old cold case has been linked to a man who was arrested six months ago through DNA.

Leslie Perlov, a Stanford grad, and Janet Taylor, the daughter of a Stanford football coach, were killed 13 months apart in 1973 and 1974. They were each strangled and last seen leaving the Stanford campus. Both were 21.

On Thursday, John Getreu, 74, was charged with Taylor’s murder — six months after he was charged with Perlov’s.

His rap sheet also includes convictions for the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Germany 55 years ago and for the rape of a woman in California in 1975, officials said.

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The latest charges were brought by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, which said in a news release that its homicide investigators always believed the Taylor and Perlov killings were connected.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office investigated the Perlov case.

John Getreu, was charged Thursday with killing Janet Taylor, right, in 1974, six months after he allegedly killed Leslie Perlov. Both women were last seen leaving the campus of Stanford University. 

John Getreu, was charged Thursday with killing Janet Taylor, right, in 1974, six months after he allegedly killed Leslie Perlov. Both women were last seen leaving the campus of Stanford University.  (San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office )

“For many years, both killings remained unsolved despite the sincere efforts of seasoned investigators,” the news release said.

The break came when Santa Clara investigators submitted DNA from the Perlov crime scene to the genealogy website GEDMatch.

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Through further investigation, they determined the DNA belonged to Getreu of Hayward, Calif., the news release said.

After his arrest in November, San Mateo investigators found DNA matching Getreu’s on clothing worn by Taylor, according to the news release.

“The break that Santa Clara County came up with from their crime lab was critical to us being able to solve this case,” Assistant San Mateo County Sheriff Gregory Rothaus said, according to the San Jose Mercury-News.

Rothaus was also quoted as saying, “Law enforcement is not giving up on victims and we have new DNA technology that is a great tool for us.”

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Five people, including four Americans, were killed when a small plane crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from an airport in Honduras on Saturday, according to officials.

The crash happened off Roatán island, a tourist destination on the Atlantic coast of Honduras.

The Piper PA-32-260 plane was headed to the tourist port city of Trujillo, about 49 miles from Roatán, an island frequented by tourists from the United States, Canada and Europe, authorities told Reuters.

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Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said.

Four Americans were among the dead when a small plane crashed into the sea off a popular tourist destination in Honduras on Saturday, officials said. (Honduras Fire Department)

A State Department spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that four Americans were among the dead, and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is “providing all appropriate consular assistance.”

“We express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” a spokesperson said. “We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.”

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Global Affairs Canada told CTV News that a Canadian citizen was also among those killed in the crash.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian Citizen who died in a tragic plane crash in Roatán Islands, Honduras. Canadian consular officials in Tegucigalpa, Honduras are in contact with local authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family of the victim,” a Global Affairs Canada spokesperson told CTV.

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Officials said that firefighters responded quickly to the crash site, where four of the plane’s occupants were found dead. Another died hours later after being taken to a hospital, according to CTV News.

Local authorities in Honduras did not immediately offer a cause for the accident, Reuters reported.

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A ninth-grade student in North Carolina drowned while swimming with classmates on Friday afternoon.

The unnamed male student, who attended Page High School in Greensboro, went to the lake across the street from the school around lunchtime with two other students, the Greensboro News & Record reports. The three — two men and one woman — began jumping off of the docks in their school clothes and swimming before one of the male students disappeared underwater.

The other two students reportedly tried to save the teen but were unable. Rescue teams comprised of 20 firefighters arrived at the scene around 12:45 p.m. on Friday and could not locate the boy, who was found by dive teams at 2 p.m., about 5 minutes after they arrived while the child’s family looked on. He was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.

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Swimming and boating are prohibited at the Buffalo Lake, which is privately owned.

Greensboro Fire Assistant Chief Dwayne Church said the student was not able to swim well. In a statement, he said that there are no trespassing signs surrounding the lake for good reason — there is no supervision because it’s a privately owned area.

“I want to remind all residents of the Triad that if there is a private lake, stay away from it,” he said. “We have a lot of these emergencies because there’s no supervision and no one is supposed to be at the lake.”

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Page High School Principal Erik Naglee issued a statement on the incident on Friday, saying, “Our hearts are heavy with grief for the family and friends of our student, and I know our entire Page High community will join us in wrapping our arms in support around the family, our students and staff.”

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The school has endured a number of tragedies already this year, including the shooting death of high school senior Sterling Davis in March. Davis was the captain of the football team and a member of the school’s leadership council.

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A desperate search for an 8-year-old girl in Texas who was snatched while walking with her mother came to an end early Sunday when authorities were able to locate the child thanks to two alert church members who went out and spotted the suspect’s vehicle, according to police.

The Fort Worth Police Department said on Twitter just before 2:30 a.m. that Salem Sabatka was found safe at a hotel in the Fort Worth suburb of Forest Hill and that a suspect was in custody.

“I wasn’t near the family, but I was listening on the radio when this came out and I was screaming and clapping, police spokesman Buddy Calzada told reporters. “So I can tell you if I was screaming and clapping as an officer here in Fort Worth just listening in, it’s unbelievable what the family was thinking.”

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Sabatka was kidnapped just after 6:30 p.m. on Saturday while on a walk with her mother when a man grabbed the girl and put her in his car.

The mother jumped into the car and “fought ferociously” but she was pushed out and the man drove away, police said. A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured the moment Salem’s mother was thrown from the car.

Salem Sabatka, 8, was kidnapped by a man in a gray sedan while walking with her mother in Fort Worth, according to police.

Salem Sabatka, 8, was kidnapped by a man in a gray sedan while walking with her mother in Fort Worth, according to police. (Forth Worth Police Department)

After authorities put out an Amber Alert with a description of the suspect’s vehicle — a gray four-door sedan — two members of a local church called authorities when they spotted the car at a hotel in Forest Hill.

Calzada praised the two church members for their actions and the “phenomenal feeling” of helping to locate the child. The two church members, who have yet to be identified, had seen the photos on social media and decided to go out on their own to help authorities find the car.

“They’re our heroes tonight,” Calzada told reporters. “We had citizens that went out of their way to help find them.”

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Officers arrived at the scene and located the room where the suspect was staying, where they discovered Salem.

Calzada said the 8-year-old appeared to be in good condition and was transported to an area hospital to be checked out by doctors.

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The suspect, 51-year-old Michael Webb, is not a relative and is facing aggravated kidnapping charges, according to Calzada.

Authorities said in the coming days, they plan to reveal more about the two church members who helped find the girl.

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A huge piece of Pennsylvania history was destroyed on Sunday.

A demolition crew imploded Martin Tower, the former world headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, collapsing the massive structure in a matter of seconds.

The 21-story building was composed of 16,000 tons of materials. Crowds had gathered to witness the spectacle.

Although the 47-year-old building had stood vacant for a dozen years after the country’s second-largest steelmaker went out of business, Bethlehem Steel once represented the height of America’s power and profitability in the industry.

The implosion created a dust plume expected to linger for several minutes.

The building’s current owners ultimately concluded that it made more economic sense to knock it down and start from scratch.

The old Bethlehem Steel building was imploded on Sunday.

The old Bethlehem Steel building was imploded on Sunday.

Plans call for a $200 million development of the space with medical offices, retail stores, a restaurant, a convenience store, a hotel and 528 apartments, according to The Associated Press.

Bethlehem Steel was a supplier of ships and armaments to the U.S. military during World War II, and its steel is found in the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge and many other landmarks.

The company moved into its new corporate headquarters in 1972, shortly before the U.S. steel industry plunged into a severe recession. Bethlehem Steel, which employed more than 120,000 people when Martin Tower opened, declared bankruptcy in 2001 and closed for good two years later.

As of 2018, America produced the fifth largest amount of steel in the world, behind China, India, Japan and the European Union.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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