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Alert raised in Iceland for volcano

<p> Iceland closed the airspace near the Bardarbunga volcano on Saturday, warning that significant emission of ash into the atmosphere is likely. </p><p> The Icelandic Meteorological Office raised the aviation alert at Bardarbunga to "red," which means that eruption is imminent or in progress. </p><p> The new alert follows the latest report from the meteorological agency, which found that a small sub-glacial volcanic eruption has started under the ice cap of a glacier there. </p><p> In response, the national commissioner of the Icelandic police put his agency in an emergency phase, CNN affiliate Iceland 2 TV reported. </p><p> The underground activity did not immediately result in changes to volcanic activity on the surface, the agency said. </p><p> Because of a pressure from the glacier cap it is uncertain whether the eruption will stay sub-glacial or not, Iceland 2 TV said. </p><p> Scientists have noticed an increase in seismic activity around the volcano, located in the northwestern region of Vatnajokull glacier, one of Europe's largest glaciers, over the past seven years, the Meteorological Office said.</p><p> The level dropped a little after the eruption of another volcano on the same glacier, Grimsvotn, in 2011, but has since picked up again.</p><p> According to the Smithsonian Institute Global Volcanism Program, Bardarbunga last erupted in 1910.</p><p> If it should blow its top again, it could be bad news for travelers.</p><p> Volcanic ash can be a serious hazard to aircraft, reducing visibility, damaging flight controls and ultimately causing jet engines to fail.</p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:35:26 GMT

2 killed in head on accident

<p> The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a head on accident that killed two people in Seminole County Saturday morning.</p><p> Troopers said the accident happened at 1:50 a.m. Saturday on State Road 417 near Red Bug Lake Road.</p><p> Troopers said 30-year-old Noel Alvardo was driving north in the southbound lanes of State Road 417 for unknown reasons.</p><p> Troopers said Alvardo collided with 57-year-old David Briones head-on.</p><p> Troopers said both Alvardo and Briones were killed and the road was shut down for several hours Saturday morning.</p><p> Troopers did not indicate if alcohol was a factor in the crash, but said it is under investigation.</p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:38:51 GMT

Orlando police investigating triple shooting

<p> Three people were hurt, after a shooting in Orlando's Parramore district.</p><p> It happened Friday, around 11:50 p.m., in the 200 block of South Parramore Avenue.</p><p> Police were called to the area, after getting reports that a group of men were shooting guns.</p><p> When officers arrived, they found one person who was suffering from a gunshot wound.</p><p> A short time later, two other people arrived at a local hospital, also suffering from gunshot wounds.</p><p> All three of the victims' injuries are non life-threatening.</p><p> Orlando police tell Local 6 the victims and witnesses are not cooperating with the investigation. </p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:37:33 GMT

Barricaded man forces evacuations

<p> Daytona Beach police said they arrested a man after a standoff late Friday evening.</p><p> Police said they were called to 1711 Ocean Dunes Terrace after the man identified as 22-year-old Gregory Tomci was threatening suicide.</p><p> Police said Tomci's father called police after Tomci had been drinking all day and threatened to shoot himself.</p><p> Police said the father was able to take the gun away from Tomci and was trying to keep him outside.</p><p> When police arrived, they evacuated several houses, officials said.</p><p> Police said Tomci got back into the house, locked himself in his bedroom and refused to come out.</p><p> Police said the father advised there were more weapons in the house.</p><p> Police were able to send a robot into the home and break down the bedroom door where Tomci surrendered peacefully.</p><p> Tomci was taken to the Volusia County jail where he was booked on domestic-related charges.<br/></p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:43:30 GMT

Caseworker lied about condition of Rachel Fryer's children, FDLE says

<p> A child welfare worker was arrested on allegations of falsifying official records in the case of Rachel Fryer, who was arrested on murder charges after her daughter's body was found in a shallow grave.</p><p> The Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Jonathan Irizarry, 27, of Altamonte Springs, on two counts of falsifying an official record that contributes to the great bodily harm or death of an individual in the care and custody of a state agency. Friday night, he bonded out of jail.</p><p> In January and February 2014, Irizarry was a dependency case manager for the Children's Home Society of Central Florida Inc., a subcontractor of Community Based Care of Central Florida, and he was assigned to supervise the three children of Rachel Fryer, officials said.</p><p> </p><p> According to the FDLE, Irizarry documented that he made checks on the children on Jan. 23 and Feb. 6, 2014, and in one instance noted the children were free from bruises.</p><p> However, a Jan. 19 photograph of Fryer’s daughter, found on Fryer’s phone, indicates a bruised and swollen eye and one arm in a sling, the FDLE said.</p><p> Additionally, a Feb. 12 postmortem exam of the child showed multiple healing injuries, including cuts, bruises, cigarette burns and bite marks, according to state officials.</p><p> The body of Fryer’s daughter was found Feb. 11 in a shallow grave in Crescent City, Florida, and Fryer was arrested on murder charges.</p><p> Irizarry was arrested Friday morning without incident and booked into the John E. Polk Correctional Facility in Seminole County on $10,000 bond.</p><p> His attorney, Eric Dubois, told Local 6, "Our position is he didn't see anything and he's not the only one who had eyes on these children in the months of January and February."</p><p> Dubois goes as far as to call his client the fall guy.</p><p> "There's investigators, he's the case worker, no one saw anything yet he's being made the scapegoat because they want to hang him on his report, which our position is it's 100 percent accurate," said Dubois.</p><p> Local 6 is told Irizarry stepped down from doing home visits after the death of the 2-year-old girl. He is still working with children, helping put them in foster homes. He plans to return to that job Monday.</p><p> Children's Home Society of Florida released the following statement:</p><p> "We learned of this arrest earlier Friday, and we will continue to fully cooperate with law enforcement during the investigative process. These are very serious charges, and, as we don't have all the details yet, it's premature to comment on this case.</p><p> "We take the immense responsibility of protecting Florida's most vulnerable children extremely seriously, as we have for more than 100 years. While we fully support our case managers in doing the best job possible in a very difficult field, we do not tolerate falsification under any circumstances."</p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:10:23 GMT

SpaceX rocket blows up after launch

<p> A small rung on the long ladder to Mars broke Friday, when a rocket test in Texas ended in a midair ball of fire.</p><p> Debris from the SpaceX F9R rained down from the flames onto an open field outside of McGregor.</p><p> The rocket self-destructed as a safety measure -- a common practice in the aerospace industry in unmanned craft. A hitch in the F9R test vehicle turned up during launch, and the "flight termination system automatically terminated the mission," SpaceX said in a statement.</p><p> "There were no injuries or near-injuries."</p><p> But it was a vivid firework for bystanders parked on a nearby country road -- and for their cellphone cameras. CNN affiliate KWTX reported the explosion on Friday and posted video.</p><p> The F9R has been successfully tested before, but SpaceX decided to push the limits this time, and it didn't work out, the company said.</p><p> All about the landing</p><p> It's not how it flies up but how it comes down that makes the F9R a stepping-stone to a Mars mission. The rocket has landing gear, four legs that stick out like an insect's. So did its even shorter predecessor, which bore the name Grasshopper.</p><p> Until now, American space rockets have never been designed to return in the same fashion or form that they departed. The bulk of the rocket was tossed (or lowered by chutes) into the ocean, or discarded to fall back through Earth's cosmic incinerator, or left in the eternal void.</p><p> Not so the F9R. All of it, in one piece, slowly backs down to the pad it took off from, using its booster engines, and sets down gingerly on its feet.</p><p> Mars, here we come</p><p> That makes it reusable, a characteristic useful for a distant-future mission to Mars -- if anyone plans to return home from there, that is.</p><p> A trip to the Red Planet is the visionary call of the space industry from NASA to Mars One, the latter of which has devised a plan to send a one-way mission there, where astronauts would not return but eventually die.</p><p> But SpaceX CEO Elon Musk takes the vision a step further. He foresees the human colonization of Mars and other planets as the next step in human evolution, according to the company's website.</p><p> There is also a less sexy but more immediate advantage to reusable rockets: They save tons of money. SpaceX's large Falcon 9 rockets cost about $54 million each, the company says.</p><p> That's roughly the price tag of a smaller pre-owned passenger jet in good shape. But a jet flies multiple times. Most rockets usually only fly one time.</p><p> Making rockets reusable would cut space flight costs enormously, SpaceX says.</p><p> A short-hopper</p><p> F9R launches are less exciting. They don't rumble the earth with the kind of blastoff thunder that the space shuttles or Saturn rockets once did, and the F9R is small, comprising only one stage.</p><p> It's a sawed-off version of its parent, the Falcon 9, the first rocket from a commercial company to fly to the International Space Station, according to SpaceX.</p><p> Nine rocket engines fire up to boost the Falcon 9 into Earth's orbit. Just three propel the F9R, which has only flown to an altitude of 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). That equals about twice the height of New York's One World Trade Center -- a trivial feat for a rocket.</p><p> Lose a few</p><p> Rocket science is complex even for small rockets sometimes, and failures in various stages of space missions happen regularly. </p><p> That includes launches. </p><p> One need only think of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 that killed all seven astronauts on board when it exploded some 70 seconds into launch.</p><p> In mid-May, a Russian satellite launch went sour, when the rocket veered off path, causing an emergency system to cut off propulsion. The rocket had traveled 100 miles high and reportedly burned up in the atmosphere on its way back down.</p><p> It was at least the fourth time such a tried-and-true Russian rocket type failed.</p><p> As Musk tweeted after F9R's self-detonation:</p><p> "Rockets are tricky ..."</p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:06:11 GMT

NFL's most valuable teams

<p> The average NFL team is currently worth $1.43 billion, according to Forbes. Take a look at which NFL teams are worth the most.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:15:27 GMT

Unusual celebrity baby names

<p> What do the words River Rose and North West have in common? They're both unusual names given to the children of famous celebrities -- and they're not alone.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:05:49 GMT

Boa bites dancer during 'Anaconda' rehearsal

<p> A 6-foot-long boa constrictor named Rocky stole the show Friday during a rehearsal for Nicki Minaj's performance of "Anaconda" at the MTV Video Music Awards when he bit a backup dancer in the arm, according to a statement from MTV.</p><p> The female dancer, who was not identified by Viacom representatives, was treated immediately on the spot by a medic at The Forum in Los Angeles and later sent to a local hospital for treatment, Chris Velvin, director of production safety for Viacom Media, told CNN. Her injuries were not life-threatening. </p><p> Minaj was on stage for the rehearsal but was not involved in the incident, according to the statement. She remarked, "Did she get bit by the snake?"</p><p> Boa constrictors are not venomous, and Velvin said this snake had never attacked anyone before.</p><p> "He's a professional entertainment snake," Velvin said. "He's been doing this for 15 years." </p><p> The snake was draped around the dancer's shoulders when it bit her on the inside of her left arm, according to the statement. </p><p> It's unknown what provoked the snake, Velvin said, but the rehearsal had been going normally and the injured dancer had practiced with the snake in the past. </p><p> The live performance of "Anaconda," a raunchy remix of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," will still include a snake, but it will not be Rocky, Velvin said. </p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:36:34 GMT

Jury finds Leesburg police officer not guilty of aggravated sex battery

<p> The jury on Friday found the former Leesburg police officer accused of raping a motorist after a traffic stop not guilty of aggravated sexual battery.</p><p> </p><p> Henri Larue was charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery by a law enforcement officer and faced up to life in prison.</p><p> "It's just a tragedy that this was brought forward before the court but I'm ready to rebuild my life and reputation and move on with my life," Larue said.</p><p> Larue, 25, was arrested on sex battery charges in January 2013 after a three-month investigation into the alleged incident, which occurred in October 2012.</p><p> Larue pulled over a 23-year-old woman for a broken tail light and found she had active suspensions, so he placed her under arrest and took her to the police department, officials said.  As he was then taking her to the Lake County Jail, he allegedly stopped at an alley behind a shopping center, removed her handcuffs and forced her to perform a sex act, according to officials.</p><p> The victim was in tears in the courtroom on Friday as the jury read its verdict.</p><p> "No justice, no satisfaction ... I can't believe it, " said Karen Ramos, the victim's mother. "I'm shocked. Horrified."</p><p> Larue's message to the alleged victim was to move on.</p><p> Larue's lawyer said his client hopes to get his job back at Leesburg Police Department.</p><p> Closing arguments began Friday morning and the jury was handed the case Friday afternoon.</p><p> Check back for more on this story.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:27:47 GMT

Orange County students forced to wear bright yellow 'dress code' shirts

<p> Students at Orlando schools were forced to wear bright yellow shirts for violating the dress code during the first week of classes.</p><p> Orange County Public Schools spokesman Kathy Marsh told Local 6 that 75 kids from Lee Middle School were told Monday to wear a shirt that says, “I support Lee MS dress code."</p><p> But she said they only wore the shirts for three hours before area Superintendent Bill Gordon told Principal Cynthia Haupt to have the students change into something else.</p><p> The school district says Gordon issued the order because he didn't want students to singled out for violating the dress code.</p><p> Although Orange County Public Schools has a dress code policy, each school can maintain a stricter clothing policy, if it's voted on by parents.  That's the case at Lee Middle School, where students must wear solid-color bottoms and a solid-color collared shirt.</p><p> A Lee Middle School parent told Local 6 was upset when she learned that some students had to wear the bright yellow shirts, saying some families may not be able to afford proper attire.  She added that the first-year principal didn't make a good first impression by implementing the rule.</p><p> Meanwhile, Marsh said two girls at Edgewater High School on Monday were told to wear shirts that say, “Dress Code” on them.  Six more students had to wear the shirts Tuesday before Gordon also put it stop to the practice.</p><p> At both schools students now will wear spirit T-shirts or a Polo-style shirt if they are caught violating the dress code.</p><p> Marsh said in all of the cases students had the option to call their parents and have them bring a change of clothes.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:37:07 GMT

Central Fla. man shoots bobcat that killed animals, became threat

<p> For more than a month, a family said it was terrorized by a bobcat that killed animals on their property, sometimes just feet away from them.</p><p> Ronnie Nail took matters into his own hands Tuesday when the bobcat pounced on and killed one of his free-range chickens right in front of him.</p><p> "He ate 30 chickens, basically one a day. All he's thinking about is food. He couldn't distinguish between a toddler and a chicken if it came to that. It gets to the point where it's either him or us," said Nail.</p><p> The bobcat forced his grandkids inside, and he worried about the families in the neighborhood nearby.</p><p> Nail said he tried trapping it, but that didn't work. Finally, he realized he had to stop it.</p><p> "Saturday evening we were sitting in the hot tub and right there, you see the feather on the ground? The cat came out of nowhere, killed a chicken right in front of us, like 8 feet away. Just splattered blood and feathers right in our face," said Nail. "No fear of man whatsoever."</p><p> So he grabbed his gun and waited, doing what Florida Fish and Wildlife said is the answer to when a bobcat becomes a "nuisance animal" -- threatening a person or their property.</p><p> Nail said killing the bobcat was the only option.</p>

Published: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 04:05:42 GMT

Can you pass a Common Core 5th grade math test?

<p> Test your knowledge and see if you can pass a Common Core fifth-grade math test.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:42:05 GMT

Photos: Florida mug shots

<p> Here's a look at some of the individuals who have been arrested recently in the Sunshine State.</p>

Published: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:08:07 GMT