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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A massive fire ravaged a Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Manhattan that left the building in ruins — on the same day its Serbian Orthodox parishioners had celebrated Easter.

The New York Fire Department said the fire broke out on the first floor of the Cathedral shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday. There were no reported injuries or evacuations at the time the fire broke out. Roughly 170 firefighters mobilized to combat the blaze.

 

#FDNY members operating at 4-alarm fire at 25th & Broadway #Manhattan pic.twitter.com/gjrnQ0MAjC

— FDNY (@FDNY) May 1, 2016

 

Parishioners and onlookers were left in shock as they watched the flames completely engulfed the historic landmark.

 

170 #FDNY members on scene of 4-alarm fire at 25th & Broadway #Manhattan pic.twitter.com/Y9vTqFNBLQ

— FDNY (@FDNY) May 1, 2016

 

Officials weren't sure how the fire started but said that one person suffered minor injuries from smoke inhalation.

The historic church was built in the 1850s as an Episcopal church.


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iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — May Day marches in Seattle ended with several violent outbreaks by demonstrators that left five officers injured and nine people arrested, according to police.

Police reported being hit by rocks, batons and Molotov cocktails during Sunday clashes by black-clad protesters wearing masks and sunglasses.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a statement commending police for their work in containing the protests while disavowing the acts of the demonstrators.

"It is unfortunate and deeply regrettable that in a city that goes to incredible lengths to respect First Amendment rights, there are some who disregard our values and engage in senseless acts of violence and property destruction," Murray said. "This city condemns any acts of physical violence against our police officers, and my thoughts are with the officers who were injured."

The protests had been trending for several hours on Twitter with the hashtag #MayDaySea.

Around the world, union members have traditionally marched on May 1 for workers' rights. In the United States, the annual events have become a rallying cry for immigrants and their supporters for better wages and fair work accommodations.

Seattle traditionally sees large, disruptive May Day gatherings. Last year, police arrested 16 people during demonstrations and in 2014 10 people were arrested.

In 2013, police arrested 18 people from a crowd that pelted them with rocks and bottles.


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The start of a 5K bike race in Brooklyn, New York came to a screeching halt, literally, for dozens of riders, when a stalled motorcycle caused a chain reaction crash that caused a massive tangle of bikes and riders.

Seven people were injured in the pileup Saturday night, which was caused when the motorcycle that was to lead the riders stalled, and was rear-ended by dozens of competitors already moving at full tilt in the annual Red Hook Criterium Finals.

The resulting wreckage blocked the entire course for some time.

The scrum was caught on camera by a few cyclists, like Antoine Fabry, who recorded the mishap and uploaded the accident to YouTube.

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Pete Souza/The White House via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The CIA "live tweeted" the Osama Bin Laden raid Sunday afternoon to mark the fifth anniversary of the May 1, 2011, operation that killed the al Qaeda leader.

The CIA twitter account said the step-by-step tweets would represent the raid at Bin Laden's Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound "as if it were happening today."

Here are some of the tweets posted Sunday as the CIA recounted the helicopter landing, the famous situation room photo and the positive ID:

 

3:30 pm EDT - 2 helicopters descend on compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. 1 crashes, but assault continues without delay or injury#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

 

 

3:30 pm EDT - @POTUS watches situation on ground in Abbottabad live in Situation Room#UBLRaid pic.twitter.com/59KPF7eUTr

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

 

 

3:39 pm EDT - Usama Bin Ladin found on third floor and killed#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

 

 

3:53 pm EDT - @POTUS receives tentative confirmation of positive identification of Usama Bin Ladin#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

 

 

4:10 pm EDT — Backup helicopter picks up remaining team members & materials & leaves Abbottabad#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

 

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fifteen cars from CSX freight train derailed Sunday morning in Washington D.C. The train was traveling from Cumberland, Md. to Hamlet, N.C.


Early reports said the cars may be leaking hazardous materials, but CSX said the leaks had been plugged.


"The sodium hydroxide leak from one of the derailed cars was plugged this morning.  Clean-up operations will be underway shortly.  During more detailed inspections of the cars, another derailed tank car that was leaking non-hazardous calcium chloride solution has also been sealed. Additionally, a derailed ethanol rail car was found to be leaking slowly from the base of a valve. The ethanol is contained and work is ongoing to re-seal the valve,"  CSX Corporate Communications spokesperson Kristin Seay said in the most recent statement.

"We are grateful for the swift response from Washington D.C. first responders and other agencies," the company added.

No injuries have been reported and officials said public health was never in danger.

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ABC News(EL PASO, Texas) --  A teenage girl killed from a carnival ride accident in El Paso, Texas, was a student-athlete in the top 10 percent of her class, the superintendent says.

Samantha Aguilar, 16, a junior at Hanks High School, "was tragically killed when she was thrown from a carnival ride," Ysleta Independent School District Superintendent Xavier De La Torre told ABC News.

He says she was a member of the track team and in the top 10 percent in her class.

Patricia Ayala, the school district spokeswoman, told ABC News Aguilar was an "outstanding" student.

"The Ysleta Independent School District family is grief-stricken," Ayala said. "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with her family and the Hanks High School community."

Aguilar was on a ride called the "Sizzler" Friday night when she and another girl were ejected, according to ABC affiliate KVIA-TV in El Paso.

The 16-year-old, who hit a metal barrier, died at Del Sol Medical Center, KVIA-TV reported.

El Paso Police spokesman Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told ABC News today the accident remains under investigation.


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iStock/Thinkstock(RAPID CITY, S.D.) -- With the help of another officer, a South Dakota cop pulled off a surprise proposal to his firefighter and paramedic girlfriend in a sweet moment caught on dash cam video.

The Rapid City Police posted video of the April 27 proposal to Facebook, showing Rapid City Police Officer Nick Allender's partner initiating a traffic stop for Allender's girlfriend, Rapid City Firefighter and Paramedic Sarah Stewart.

Stewart gets out and walks back to the patrol car, shocked to see her boyfriend waiting there. The partner then hands Allender the ring box for the big moment:

Stewart, 22, told ABC News she was in "total shock."

"I knew the engagement was coming ... we had talked about it ... but I had no idea that it would be like that," she said. "I honestly thought I was just being pulled over.

"And then I saw Nick get out... and it was when I saw the ring box... then I knew what was happening," she said.

Allender, 23, told ABC News he thought involving his police department in his "once in a lifetime" moment was "unique, and something that I could do that was different than anyone else."

But the future groom says he wasn't nervous about Stewart's answer.

"We've been talking and contemplating it for a while so I knew she was going to say 'yes,'" he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Rising flood waters claimed the life of a sixth person in Palestine, Texas, local police confirmed Saturday evening.

The mayor of Palestine, Bob Herrington, said in a statement, “The City of Palestine has suffered the worst flooding event in my 59 years of living here. I don't recall ever seeing this much water rise so fast and in such a short period of time...Our first responders worked through the night and made numerous high water rescues."

A 64-year-old woman and her four great grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in the eastern Texas city of Palestine Saturday morning.

Then on Saturday evening, officials announced a sixth fatality, Giovanni Olivas, 30, who was swept under flood waters. His body was found around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Anderson County sheriff Greg Taylor.

The woman and her great grandchildren were found when officers responded to waist-deep flooding on a street in Palestine, Texas, about 150 miles north of Houston, police said.

Two of the children were found in the front yard of a home. The other two children and the woman were found behind some houses. They appeared to have been swept away by the fast-moving waters, police said.

The names of the woman and her great grandchildren were not initially released, but when the sixth fatality was announced Saturday evening, their identities were released: Lenda Asberry, 64; Venetia Asberry, 9; Devonte Asberry, 8; Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7, and Jamonicka Johnson, 6.

Six to eight other families who live on that street have been displaced, police said. Heavy downpour in Palestine began just after midnight Saturday.

Thank you to everyone for your support in reaching out to @PalestineTX. ???? by Jason Woodward pic.twitter.com/6N9SOdHdwo

— Visit Palestine, TX (@PalestineTX) May 1, 2016

Mayor Herrington said, “It is too early to know the full extent of the damage, we have homes and businesses that have suffered flood damage and many of our roads have suffered significant deterioration as well. Total damage estimates will be developed in the near future and will be available to interested parties."

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(HOUSTON) -- Heavy rain and thunderstorms are slamming the South, one day after storms bringing flash flooding, tornadoes, and giant hail ripped through the area.

The threat for severe weather Saturday covers a large area, including Houston, New Orleans, Nashville and St. Louis, and up to southern Illinois and Indiana.

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for parts of east Texas and central Mississippi, while a severe thunderstorm watch is effect until Saturday evening for eastern Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi.

 

Tis the morning for another flash flood ?? #TexasFloods pic.twitter.com/LSzsE4kUOR

— Phae (@motopixie) April 30, 2016

 

 

Three inches of rain in 45 minutes. #TexasFloods @jimcantore pic.twitter.com/66Tecr32H9

— Phae (@motopixie) April 30, 2016

 

The weather turned fatal early Saturday morning in eastern Texas, when a 64-year-old woman and four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in Palestine. The town received nearly 8 inches of rain in less than 12 hours.

In Lindale, Texas, a tornado swept through the area Friday, destroying parts of the town and leaving several injured. Smith County, which includes the city of Lindale, issued a disaster declaration.

In Gulfport, Mississippi, the flooding was severe enough Friday to partially submerge a car.

In Oklahoma and Texas, hail -- some pieces bigger than a softball -- fell from the sky Friday.

In Kansas, a nickel-sized piece ricocheted off the ground and hit a woman in the tooth.

Rounds of heavy rain are expected to continue Saturday evening along parts of the Gulf Coast. Areas of heavy rain are also expected to hit farther north in the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic.

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iStock/Thinkstock(EL PASO, Texas) --  A female teenager was killed Friday night when she was ejected from a spinning carnival ride at an El Paso, Texas, church, local police have confirmed.

Another female teenager, who also was ejected from "The Sizzler" ride at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, sustained injuries and was rushed to a local hospital.

A third female teenager, who was not ejected from the ride, was treated at the scene but did not sustain any injuries, El Paso Police Department Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told ABC News.

The hospitalized teen's condition is unknown.

 

CAP responding to St Thomas Aquinas Church 10900 Bywood carnival ride injuries

— EL PASO POLICE DEPT (@EPPOLICE) April 30, 2016

 

The ride was part of the church's Dia De Los Niños Fiesta festivities.

At a press conference Friday night, Sgt. Carrillo said the three females are between the ages of 15 and 18.

Sgt. Carrillo said the accident remains under investigation, and its cause remains to be determined.

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Courtesy Greg Smith(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A Florida man who was moved by a homeless woman who never asked him for money, even though he passed her every day on his way to work, said he finally found a way to help her only after she “dropped a bomb” on him – she never learned to read.

Greg Smith wrote in a now viral Facebook post that a woman who introduced herself as "Amy Joe" offered him polite greetings instead of requests for money as he went by her daily on his way to work in downtown Orlando. It led to the two having lunch every Tuesday.

"For 30 min to an hour I get to hear how positive she is even though she really has nothing," he wrote.

During one of those sitdowns, Smith, 25, wrote that his new friend "dropped a bomb on me."

"She cannot read. Amy Joe does not smoke, drink, have a drug addiction, or anything to that nature," he explained. "She simply just has never had anyone teach her how to read.

"She began to tell me any money that she can collect she uses to check out library books that help with learning to read instead of buying FOOD," Smith continued. "So now not only do Amy Joe and I sit and have lunch, I'm teaching her to read. I rent one library book a week and we read it together Tuesday and she practices on her own throughout the rest of the week."

Smith told ABC News that Amy Joe was ecstatic about their weekly reading date.

"She lit up! I could see in her face that she felt amazing," he said.

The sales account executive said he shared Amy Joe's story not to brag, but to inspire others to be kind.

And thanks to the large response, Smith started a GoFundMe page to raise money for a new foundation he said he plans to start to benefit the homeless in his community. He's dubbed it the Amy Joe Foundation. As of Saturday, he's raised a little more than $1,000 and has already met with a lawyer to develop the organization, he said. He has even decided on his slogan: "One person at a time."

"I want to be able to help anybody, whether it be giving them some food or clothes," Smith said. "I don't want to just narrow it down to helping people read because there's so many other people that need more help."

And how does Amy Joe feel about what she's started?

Smith said he told her that their story went viral Friday.

"She thought it was amazing," he added. "She said, 'I can't wait!'"

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Courtesy of Meredith McCardle (FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- One Potterhead took her love for the Harry Potter franchise to a new level after she spent nearly a month painting the first page of J.K. Rowling's popular book series on a wall in her home.

Young adult author Meredith McCardle recently moved into a new home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and decided she wanted to turn her home office into a haven of inspiration to write.

She originally wanted to stencil a French poem on her wall, but a friend suggested to the mother of two to instead "pick something that means something to you."

"Harry Potter was one of those books that I read when I was in college and I fell in love with it," she told ABC News. "It kick-started my love for young adult literature and that's what I write now."

McCardle, 39, said it took immense planning to pull off writing the first few words of Rowling's 1997 novel Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

Instead of buying a stencil, which she said would've cost thousands of dollars, McCardle said, "I just decided to do it old school. My mom's a teacher so I borrowed her projector to create a stencil."

Courtesy of Meredith McCardle

The author then "painstakingly" filled in each projected word with black paint onto her wall.

"I did it all myself," she added, proudly.

But what she thought would be a quick four-hour project, turned into a three-week effort.

"I made a serious miscalculation," McCardle admitted. "But I'm not a quitter."

McCardle's hard work paid off. After sharing the now viral photos on her Twitter account, she even got the attention of Rowling herself.

Courtesy of Meredith McCardle

"I thought, 'There's no way she'll see this in a million years,'" she recalled. "But she eventually saw it and she favorited it and from that point it exploded. It was a really cool moment. It felt very surreal."

For now, McCardle doesn't have any other Harry Potter DIY projects in the works.

"I'm taking a break," she revealed. "I'm very sick of painting."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A 64-year-old woman and her four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in eastern Texas Saturday morning.

The woman and her grandchildren -- ages 6, 7, 8 and 9 -- were found when officers responded to waist-deep flooding on a street in Palestine, Texas, about 150 miles north of Houston, police said.

Two of the children were found in the front yard of a home. The other two children and the woman were found behind some houses. They appeared to have been swept away by the fast-moving waters, police said.

The victims' names were not released.

Six to eight other families who live on that street have been displaced, police said. Heavy downpour in Palestine began just after midnight Saturday.

The dangerous, severe weather is pounding much of the southern Plains today. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect this morning from eastern Texas to western Tennessee.

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Arizona Humane Society(PHEONIX) --  A tiny kitten is now recovering after being rescued from a manhole in Phoenix, Arizona, where she had been trapped for at least three days, according to the Arizona Humane Society (AHS).

The rescue started last Friday after a good Samaritan called with concerns about meowing in a storm drain, AHS public relations manager Bretta Nelson told ABC News. After lowering a snake cam through a storm grate, rescuers confirmed the meowing was indeed from a trapped kitten.

AHS emergency animal medical technicians (EAMTs) "lowered food to the little kitten as they kept watch through a snake cam snake cam" while waiting for the city to open a nearby manhole, Nelson said.

The rescue mission ended Sunday, when AHS EAMT Kelley Mallon was finally able to pull the kitten from the manhole through a trap and take her to AHS' Second Chance Animal Trauma Hospital, AHS said in a news release on Wednesday.

The feline was fully examined and given a bath, AHS said, adding that the kitty was named Tera.

"While in relatively good health, the little girl weighs in at just one pound," AHS said. Tera "is now in foster care with Kelley as she gains another pound in order to go up for adoption in approximately three weeks."

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YouTube/Alexa Meade(SAN FRANCISCO) -- This proposal wasn’t life imitating art, but rather life becoming art.

Dan Levine came up with the perfect plan to capture his romantic, eye-popping proposal to longtime girlfriend Cristina Cordova on Sunday. He enlisted the help of a high school friend, artist Alexa Meade, who uses acrylic paint to transform her muses into what appears to be 2D pieces of art.

“A few months ago, he contacted me and asked if I could paint both him and his girlfriend,” Meade told ABC News of the exciting endeavor. “He asked if he could propose to her through that, and I was like, ‘Yes, oh my God, that’s amazing.’ I was so excited."

As they were roaming the Mission District neighborhood of San Francisco covered in acrylic paint, the lovebirds obviously started attracting quite the crowd.

“It was cool because it became somewhat of a spectacle,” said Meade. “Random people would see us walking down the street and wander with us from location to location. It was such a curious thing.”

At the end of a long day shooting, the paint-covered couple paused for a few minutes in front of a wall that read, “NEW MURAL SOON.” Meade instructed Cordova to stand while Levine remained on bended knee.

Cordova giggled while saying, “I knew you were going to do it,” in the video capturing the adorable moment. The two have been dating for six and half years.

“They’re a lovely couple and they’re so in love,” said Meade. “If I can create art to celebrate that love, to commemorate one of the biggest moments in their lives, that’s amazing. It was really fun.”

Meade said it was absolutely a highlight of her career.

“I can create the art but the rest is up to them,” she said of her newly engaged friends.

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