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FBI officials are searching for any traces of Etan Patz, a 6-year-old boy who disappeared in 1979, in the basement of a building in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, the Associated Press said.

Utility workers began ripping up the basement in the building on Friday after an FBI dog indicated the scent of human remains in the room, Fox News said.

Patz vanished after leaving his family's apartment for a brief walk to the bus stop- his first time ever walking there alone.

The investigators are digging up the floor and the drywall in an attempt to find flood, clothing or human remains in the building which is down the street from the Patz's home,Fox News said.

The search temporarily stopped Sunday due to bad weather but will resume Monday morning.

Tornadoes in Oklahoma killed at least 5

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Tornadoes hit at least four states in the midwest after the National Weather Service forecasted tornadoes early Sunday morning, BBC said.

The multiple tornadoes killed five people in one Oklahoma town, three which were young girls, Reuters said.

At least 29 others in the town were injured, BBC said.

In Woodward, high winds damaged houses, uprooted trees and brought down electricity lines the Associated Press reported, BBC said.

This is not the first tornado in the Oklahoma town of Woodward that has killed citizens. in April 1947 116 people were killed according to the National Weather Service, Reuters said.


5 Men Charged in Slaying two Michigan Women

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Five men have been charged in the kidnapping and slaying of two Michigan women, a prosecutor said Saturday.

The women, Abreeya Brown, 18, and Ashley Conaway, 22, were abducted Feb. 28 and their bodies were discovered March 25 in a wooded area in Detroit. They had each been bound and shot in the head, the Associated Press said.

The five men - Brandon Cain, 26, Miguel Rodriguez, 24, Reginald Brown, 24, Jeremy Brown, 19, and Brian Lee, 25,-- are each charged with two counts of premeditated first degree murder, two counts of felony murder, two counts of torture and two counts of unlawful imprisonment, CBS Detroit said.

Cain and Lee were previously charged with attempted murder for shooting at the two women in an incident prior to the kidnapping. They are expected to appear in court again for those charges, CBS Detroit said.

Witnesses have said Cain had been romantically pursuing Conaway, the Associated Press said.

If convicted as charged, the five men face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Five people were arrested in connection with the death of an Ohio woman who police said was stabbed, suffocated and dismembered before some of her remains were taken about 90 miles to Kentucky.

Jessica Rae Sacco, 21, was found dead Friday in her apartment in Urbana, Ohio, which is about 40 miles northwest of Columbus, the Associated Press said.

Of the five arrested, police sad Matthew Puccio stabbed and suffocated Sacco Thursday, WKRC Cincinnati said. Police also said Andrew Forney then dismembered her body inside of a bathtub, WKRC Cincinnati said.

Police said Kandis Forney, Christopher Wright and Sharon Cook were inside of the apartment during the murder and possibly helped cover up the crime.

Puccio is charged with murder, felonious assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence, the Associated Press said. His bond in $532,500.

All five arrested will appear in court Monday.

Director James Cameron reached the Earth's deepest point early Monday morning in a solo journey to explore the bottom of the Mariana Trench, nearly seven miles below the surface, the Associated Press said.

Cameron used a specially designed submarine to dive 6.8 miles to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, an area 200 miles southwest of the Pacific island of Guam, MSNBC said.

The director of major films such as "Titanic" and "Avatar" explored and filmed the trench, which is 120 times larger than the Grand Canyon and more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall, the Associated Press said.

In a 12-ton, lime-green submarine called "Deepsea Challenger," Cameron spent 90 minutes to reach the bottom, six hours collecting data and samples for biologists and geologist to study, and roughly 70 minutes returning to the surface, MSNBC said.

A large risk in the dive is the extreme water pressure. At roughly seven miles below the surface, the pressure is equivalent to three SUVs on a toe, MSNBC said.

Cameron has been an oceanography enthusiast since childhood and has made 72 deep-sea dives. Before, during and after the making of his 1997 film "Titanic," he made 33 of his 72 dives to the wreckage of the ship, the Associated Press said.

Girl Escapes From Facebook Predator

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A 13-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after fleeing a Texas motel last month from an alleged predator who posed as a 15-year-old girl.

The 13-year-old girl became friends via Facebook with the 15-year-old, and was dropped off by her sister at a motel to finally meet her new friend, CBS said.

According to the police, the girl was greeted by an older man who told her that her friend was in the shower and would meet her shortly, CNN said.

While the teen walked towards the bathroom, the man allegedly grabbed her and put tape over her mouth, CBS said.

As the girl resisted and attempted to scream, the man panicked and removed the tape, police said.

Forcing the man to release his grip, the girl blurted out that her sister was waiting outside the motel for her, police said to CNN.

The man left a fake name with the person working in the motel's lobby but Plainview Police were still able to identify him. Police have questioned the man but he has not been arrested. He could possibly be charged with online solicitation of a minor and unlawful restraint, CBS said.

An arms depot exploded Sunday in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, and killed at least 206 people, the Washington Post said.

Government representative Bienvenu Okyemi blamed a short-circut for the fire that set off the blasts which shattered windows in a three-mile radius surrounding the barracks storing the military weapons.

A morgue in Brazzaville took in 136 bodies Sunday afternoon as more continued to arrive. A hospital in the area reported at least 237 patients were wounded in the blasts.

France is sending a shipment of emergency aid to Brazzaville after the explosions, Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in a statement Sunday night in the Associated Press.

The first blast went off at around 8 a.m., and multiple other smaller blasts were heard throughout the morning. Another major explosion went off at around 1 p.m., the Washington Post said.

Florida Man Bites $600 Worth of Damage to Police Car

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While under the possible influence of bath salts, a Florida man bit the hood of a police car causing nearly $600 worth of damage, ABC News said.

According to witnesses, Eric Scott, a 47-year-old resident of Milton, Fla., was walking around his neighborhood, knocking on doors and telling anyone who would answer to call 911 for a medical emergency, Northwest Florida Daily News said.

Police reports said when officers from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's office arrived, Scott began to walk away from them while cursing to himself. He then began screaming at the officers to shoot him, ABC News said.

Police Sgt. Scott Haines told ABC News that Scott already had multiple self inflicted injuries to his hands and blood coming from his nose, ABC News said.

As police waited for emergency responders, Scott, began to scrape his teeth across the hood of their patrol car, digging through the paint to the bare metal, ABC News said.

Scott's bizarre behavior displayed many symptoms caused by ingesting bath salts. His symptoms include hallucinations, confusion, loss of direction and erratic behavior, Northwest Florida Daily News said.

Charges are pending against Scott for criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence, which are both misdemeanors, Northwest Florida Daily News said.

Man survives two months trapped in car

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A Swedish man has survived being trapped in his snow-covered car for two months without food, police say.

Peter Skyllberg, 45, was found on Friday at the end of a forest track more than 0.6 miles from a main road in northern Sweden, BBC News said.

He told rescuers he had been trapped in his car since December 19, Australian Broadcasting Corporation said.

Skyllberg was discovered by snowmobilers who originally assumed the car was a wreck until they dug their way to a window and saw movement inside, reported the Vasterbotten Courier newspaper, BBC News said.

Police said the temperature recently dropped to -22F, BBC News said.

Chief medical officer Dr. Ulssetts Berg, from the Umea University Hospital, said the snow around his car might have acted as an igloo to protect Skyllberg from the cold, said Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

According to BBC News, one doctor said that the man might have survived so long by going into a kind of hibernation, said BBC News.

Warm winter extends Lake Superior's ferry boat season

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Residents of Madeline Island are forced to follow the schedule of the ferry boats this winter instead of the normal ice road due to the warm weather.

Each winter an ice road linking the island to the mainland is in place by now, giving the islanders a few weeks of freedom to come and go as they please, day or night, unbound by the ferry schedule or the fees said the Duluth News Tribune. It's a bright spot in the dark days of winter, especially when living on an island where most of the stores and restaurants are closed from November until May.

According to the Associate Press, Madeline Island resident Burke Henry has been tracking the winter ferry runs since 1965, said 1998 is the only year in which the boats operated all winter.

Each season used to be predictable: the ferry line closes, the wind sled goes into effect for a couple weeks, the ice road opens, and finally tourist season begins again when the ferry boats begin their first journeys of the new year, said the Duluth News Tribune.

Residents of the island will not see the freedom they are used to seeing this winter. According to the Madeline Island Ferry Line, the earliest the ferry leaves the island in the morning is 7:00 a.m., on weekdays, and the latest it comes back from the mainland is 5:30 p.m., running hopefully every other hour in between.

Once the ice break-up is finalized, the ferry boats will run more often, making access to mainland easier. But until then, the warm winter weather will hold the island residents captive on the 14 mile long strip of land.


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