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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Men who have dedicated their lives to fighting fires are among those who lost their homes in a massive Los Angeles-area wildfire that has burned more than 33,000 acres, according to authorities.

Firefighters have been working to battle the Sand Fire near Santa Clarita for days. The blaze is at 10 percent containment, officials said Monday.

Several thousand homes threatened by the Sand Fire were saved by firefighters, but the blaze has destroyed about 18 structures -- including five homes belonging to fire personnel and forest employees, authorities said.

Firefighters Ramon Chavez and James Robledo and their families are among them.

"We just want to make sure our kids are fine and they're impacted as little as possible," Chavez told ABC News.

His wife, Bonnie Chavez, was in San Diego when the family evacuated, but Ramon Chavez called her to see what she wanted him to take -- she requested her wedding dress. "For maybe, one day, my daughters," she said.

The Chavez family also lost a home to fire in 2009.

Ramon Chavez said they're not only thankful for the support they're receiving, but "we also want to provide that support."

"Knowing how important the support from family and friends is, that's something that we know goes a long way with the healing process and the rebuilding process," he said.

While they're living in a hotel with nowhere to return home to, Tanya Robledo said their children are strong and realize the families are safe, which is more important than material things.

"We're rebuilding together as a family. It's not just one unit or two, it's all of us together," she said.

"With what we lost, we came together as a family," James Robledo said. "Anytime somebody loses something, we try to pull together."

"It's devastating," he added. "Material things we can replace. But family you can't."

Firefighter Sergio Toscano, a Marine veteran who works with the U.S. Forest Service, also lost his home in the Sand Fire, according to ABC's Los Angeles station KABC. He's since been assigned to help battle the blaze.

Their families are part of a youcaring.com fundraising page to help rebuild.

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WFAA-TV(DALLAS) -- Dallas police said Monday they were still investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who had been left in a hot car as his family attended church this weekend.

According to police, officers responded to a call from Dallas Fire-Rescue on Sunday around 4:20 p.m. regarding the toddler, who had been found inside of a vehicle at 11000 Shiloh Rd.

"The child was transported to a local hospital where the child was pronounced deceased," police spokesman Carlos Almeida said.

Almeida said it was "an active investigation" and no further details were available.

According to KidsAndCars.org, Boi Lei Sang, 2, is the fifth child to die in a hot car in Texas this year. Across the U.S., 21 children have died of heatstroke in a vehicle so far this year, compared to 11 children by this time in 2015.

It is not known how long the boy had been in the car.

Reng Om was attending services at Dallas Matu Christian Church with other families when, he said, the father entered the church carrying the unresponsive little boy.

Om told ABC News affiliate WFAA-TV that the family attended the church.

He said that his understanding was that when the father of five didn't see the child with his four siblings in a classroom, he went looking for him. The boy was found around 3 p.m. in the family's 2006 Honda Pilot, Om told WFAA-TV.

"The parent was very, you know, just very upset," Om said. "I'm really upset for him, the family."

According to the local weather report on WFAA-TV, temperatures in the area reached 100 degrees Sunday.

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iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Two teenagers were identified as the two victims killed in a shooting outside a Florida club early Monday morning.

The teens were 14-year-old Sean Archilles and 18-year-old Ste’fan Strawder, the Fort Myers Police said.

The shooting was reported in the parking lot at Club Blu in Fort Myers, Florida, at about 12:30 a.m. Monday, the Fort Myers Police said, after an event at the club geared toward teenagers.

At least 14 to 16 others were hurt, police said. Injuries ranged from minor to life-threatening, police said.

Police have not determined a motive but said this is not an act of terror.

A spokeswoman for Lee Memorial Hospital said patients' ages ranged from 12 to 27.

"We are deeply sorry for all involved," Club Blu said in a statement. "We tried to give the teens WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS A SAFE PLACE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. Ages 12-17. There was armed security as well as full security,inside and out. As the club was closing and parents were picking their children up.....that's when all this took place."

"It was not kids at the party that did this despicable act," the club said.

Three people were detained in connection with the shooting.

Police said the area is now "safe."

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Stockbyte/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Dallas police applications have tripled after five local law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty by a gunman who said he was angry with police.

The July 7 attack was the deadliest event for law enforcement since Sept. 11. But it doesn't seem to have deterred people from joining the force.

From June 8 to June 20, the police department received 136 applications, averaging to 11.3 applications per day, the Dallas Police Department said in a Facebook post Friday.

Then from July 8 to July 20 -- the 12 days following the shooting -- the department received 467 applications, or 38.9 applications per day.

In total, this was a 344 percent increase since the shootings, police said.

Applications "are steadily flowing in daily," police added.

Two weeks ago, days after the tragic shootings, Dallas Police Chief David Brown urged protesters to join the police force, announcing, "We’re hiring."

"Get off that protest line and put an application in and we’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about," Brown said at a news conference.

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ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) -- Thousands of police and federal agents who were in Cleveland last week for the Republican National Convention are now in Philadelphia for another week of long days and heightened vigilance.

The recent attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as the terrorist attack in Nice, France, are “certainly a reminder you’ve always got to be ready for any scenario,” according to Secret Service Director James Clancy.

“We should have a plan already in place for whatever we may be confronted with,” Clancy told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas in an exclusive interview ahead of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

For weeks, top U.S. officials have been warning that radical activists drawn to the political conventions could mar otherwise peaceful demonstrations with violence.

"I am concerned about the prospect of demonstrations getting out of hand, and concerned about the possibility of violence," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told lawmakers earlier this month.

Johnson said the Department of Homeland Security alone sent about 3,000 personnel to the RNC and will do the same for the DNC. That includes personnel from the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In addition to the DHS personnel, thousands of other federal authorities and thousands of state and local authorities are helping to protect each convention. And they are backed up with aerial support and a massive setup of barriers and fences to restrict access to venues -- an unprecedented level of security despite law enforcement knowing of no specific, credible threat to the conventions.

The convention in Philadelphia, however, presents new and different challenges than those facing officers and agents in Cleveland.

“They're two very different venues,” Clancy said. “The landscapes are much different.”

And even for experienced security officials involved, tensions run high until the candidates accept their party’s nominations and all the attendees and demonstrators go home safely.

“Absolutely I do get butterflies, absolutely feel the anxiety,” Clancy said of those last minutes inside the convention halls.

“You continue to go back over your plan,” he added. “You never think you’ve got your plan perfectly in place.”

According to Clancy, even if all goes well in Philadelphia, he won’t feel the pressure lifted until a full day after the convention ends.

“It usually takes about 24 hours after an event … you got to sleep on it a few hours,” he said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) -- A massive Los Angeles-area wildfire has burned more than 33,000 acres, averaging about 10,000 acres a day, said Chief Mike Wakoski, Incident Commander So Cal Team 3.

Firefighters have been working to battle the massive Sand Fire near Santa Clarita since Friday.

The blaze is at 10 percent containment, officials said Monday.

About 10,000 homes were evacuated and several thousand homes were saved by firefighters, officials said Monday.

One death has been reported, officials said Monday.

The blaze has destroyed about 18 structures.

Thousands of people are helping fight the blaze, including 341 engines and 21 helicopters, officials said.

The origin of the fire is under investigation.

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iStock/Thinkstock(HADDAM, Conn.) — A small plane crashed into a house in Haddam, Connecticut, over the weekend, spiraling out of control and diving through the roof of Norman Hannenbaum's home. The plane landed just feet from where he was sitting inside the house.

"I was sitting on my sofa...then I hear this thump," Hannenbaum told ABC News. "I have a ceiling that has these boards, they all started falling. I was so shook up and was two to three feet from where boards started falling."

He ran outside and one of his neighbors told him a plane had just hit the house.

An eyewitness told ABC television affiliate WTNH, "All of a sudden it just banked and went right down."

At approximately 4 p.m., troopers and fire fighters responded to the scene. Officials from the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) arrived to investigate the crash.

The single engine plane's sole occupant, 46-year-old pilot Benjamin Temple of East Rockaway, New York, was airlifted to Hartford Hospital. Temple was seriously hurt, though emergency responders say they expect him to recover. No one on the ground was hurt.

The FAA, state police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection are investigating.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A heat wave stretching from coast to coast has claimed at least 11 lives.

Over 100 million Americans have been affected by heat alerts issued in more than two dozen states with heat indexes in the triple digits across the U.S.

A 12-year-old died in Phoenix, Arizona, after hiking in the triple-degree heat on Friday.

In Williamsport, Pennsylvania, a 4-year-old girl died Friday after being left for hours in a hot car as temperatures hit 97 degrees, police told ABC affiliate in Scranton WNEP-TV.

There were also five heat-related deaths this week in Roseville, Michigan, where temperatures soared into the high 80s and low 90s.

On Sunday, officials in Philadelphia said there were at least four heat-related deaths so far as the city prepared for the start of the Democratic National Convention. Protesters took to the streets, despite the heat, with extra water and medics on hand.


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VStock/Thinkstock(HADDAM, Conn.) -- A pilot was seriously injured when his small plane crashed into a cottage in Haddam, Connecticut, Saturday afternoon.

The man inside the home, Norman Hannenbaum, escaped being crushed by only a few feet. He was at home watching television when the ceiling caved in.

"I ran outside and my neighbor hollered to me...he said, 'There's a plane on your roof!'" Hannenbaum said.

The pilot, 46-year-old Benjamin Temple of East Rockaway, New York, was airlifted from the wreckage, but is in critical condition.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the crash.


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iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- A well-known activist and organizer in progressive circles, Norman Solomon with RootsAction.org, said Sunday he is plotting ways to protest the nomination of Tim Kaine as Hillary Clinton's running mate this week at the Democratic Party's convention.

Solomon said the party should take note of polling that suggests high numbers of Sanders' supporters are still leery about backing Clinton.

"This fall-off in support is plausibly related to her demonstrable contempt for the progressive wing of this party with the selection of Tim Kaine," he said, citing Kaine's past votes on trade and banking. In recent days, Clinton's vice presidential pick has said he would oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite having backed the trade deal in the Senate, but Solomon and many other progressives remain skeptical.

Solomon has helped launch a new organization called the Bernie Delegates Network, which claims to have more than 1,250 delegate members and, despite its name, pledges to be working independently from the campaign.

The group has been conducting straw polls of Sanders' delegates, and plans to survey the bunch again in the next 24 hours about possible protests or even floor action to object to Kaine on the ticket. Solomon suggested actions such as staying seated or turning backs when Kaine takes the stage, but said his team was looking into procedural options to protest the Virginia senator in a more formal way as well.

"The onus for party unity was on Hillary Clinton, and it is a bit much to be told, 'You Bernie delegates better snap to it for party unity,'" Solomon added. He suggested a vote on the TPP on the convention floor as another possible olive branch to progressives.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A prolonged heat wave is blanketing much of the United States, with dangerously high temperatures believed to be responsible for at least seven deaths, including that of a 4-year-old girl.

The girl died in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, after being left for hours in a hot car as temperatures hit 97 degrees, police told ABC affiliate in Scranton WNEP-TV.

There have also been five heat-related deaths since Wednesday in Roseville, Michigan, where temperatures soared into the high 80s and low 90s. Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland told the Macomb Daily that five people have died from heart attacks or breathing difficulties, all linked to weather over the past three days.

The high temperatures are also creating deadly conditions in Memphis, Tennessee, where a man was found dead inside his home on Friday. The investigation is ongoing, but police believe the man’s death was heat-related, according to ABC local affiliates.

Heat indices over 100 degrees Fahrenheit were felt across the eastern half of the nation today and are expected to go as high as 100 in New York City and to stay above 80 degrees in urban areas tonight, meteorologists said.

Boston on Friday hit 98 degrees -- the city’s hottest temperature since July 2013.

Sunday is forecast to be slightly cooler in the north and southeast regions of the U.S., with less humidity and temperatures in the low to high 90s. But the worst is yet to come as scorching temperatures are expected to return next week. The feel-like temperature on Monday afternoon is expected to surpass 100 outside of New York City and push to 110 degrees from Philadelphia to Richmond, meteorologists said.

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Monday for northern Delaware, central and southern New Jersey and southeast Pennsylvania.

With the Democratic National Convention set to start in Philadelphia on Monday, officials in that city have put in place a heat plan to help ensure visitors and protesters stay safe and hydrated, according to ABC local affiliate WPVI-TV.

High humidity is exacerbating the extreme heat in the middle of the country.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the temperature reached 105 degrees Friday -- tying the record for the hottest July 22 on file in the Arkansas capital city and the hottest day overall in the state since 2012. Local hospitals have seen a rising number of people checking in for heat exhaustion symptoms since the beginning of summer, according to ABC local affiliate KATV.

In Illinois, an excessive heat warning for Ford, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, La Salle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle counties is expected to expire at 7 p.m. today. For the Chicago area, maximum heat indices were near 111 degrees this week.

And in Indiana, a heat advisory for Benton, Jasper and Newton counties is expected to expire at 7 p.m. today, according to ABC affiliate in Chicago WLS-TV.

 

This map says it all. Stay safe as it heats up: Drink water, stay out of the sun, and check on your neighbors. pic.twitter.com/c1qFTmq2IV

— President Obama (@POTUS) July 20, 2016

 

The heat wave is lingering in the southwest today, with temperatures remaining in the triple digits in parts of southern California. Palm Springs could hit 118 degrees, while the Antelope Valley could get up to 109. Los Angeles and Orange counties will see temperatures around 94 degrees. The area will cool slightly on Sunday, remaining in the mid-80s.

Southern California's valleys and Inland Empire will also be brutally hot today, with high temperatures potentially reaching 107 degrees before lowering slightly to the high 90s over the next week, according to ABC affiliate in Los Angeles KABC-TV.

Amid the extreme heat, a fast-moving brush fire broke out Friday afternoon in the hillsides of Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles. It had charred 5,500 acres with no containment early Saturday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials told KABC-TV. Mandatory evacuations for some 300 homes in the area were in effect. No injuries or damage to property have been reported so far, KABC-TV reported.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- The family of an autistic man, whose caregiver was shot while trying to help him, said he's "utterly traumatized."

Arnoldo Rios Soto, 26, had run away from a group home in Miami on Monday when Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist went to go help him out of the street. Kinsey was shot in the leg while lying on the ground with his hands up next to Soto.

"It's just so sad that he couldn't walk down the street with his caregiver," Soto's sister, Miriam Rios, told ABC News.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said this week that the officers on the scene "saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said. "The officers all thought the individual had a firearm."

The object in Soto's hand was not a weapon, but a toy truck. Kinsey can be heard on video trying to explain to police who he was, that Soto was holding a toy truck, and that he was a behavioral therapist. Soto was handcuffed by police and kept in a police car for three to four hours, according to a statement from his family.

Officer Jonathan Alleda, who shot Kinsey, was put on paid administrative leave and a second officer is now suspended without pay as officials investigate whether he fabricated part of the police report.


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iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A beloved California K-9 officer named "Idol" passed away in a hot police car last month after an unknown malfunction caused the vehicle and its air conditioning to shut off while the dog was in the back, according to the Porterville Police Department.

On June 20 Idol's handler decided to put the dog in his air conditioned police car to cool down the Belgian Malinois. Temperatures last month in Porterville reached over 90 degrees. Less than two hours later, the officer returned to find the vehicle was no longer running and Idol was dead in the back, the police department said in a statement.

The vehicle's warning system, meant to alert the handler when temperatures reached unsafe levels, did not activate, according to police.

The Tulare County Sheriff's Department investigated the incident and determined there was no criminal act committed by the officer. The police department described Idol's death as a "tragic loss" in a statement.

The police department announced it is in the process of refitting all K-9 units with new, state-of-the-art warning systems as well as other safety procedures to prevent this type of loss from happening again.

"In his terms it's like losing a kid. They've been together for two years. This officer is one of our top officers, he's SWAT, he was our officer of the year last year for the department. He's a stellar officer, he pays attention to all the details. It's just a tragedy," Porterville's police chief Eric Kroutil told local ABC News affiliate KSFN-TV in Fresno, California.

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iStock/Thinkstock(VISALIA, Calif.) -- One soldier took the meaning of “home sweet home” to the max on Thursday.

Army Sgt. Eddie Martinez surprised his family on their doorstep, home from his second deployment, this time in Iraq. And he got a surprise of his own, as well: holding his 7-month-old baby girl for the very first time.

“It was pretty hard,” Martinez, of Visalia, California, told ABC News of keeping the surprise a secret from his wife, Angie. “She didn’t think I could do it. She always said I was really bad with surprises, so this time I had to prove her wrong.

“I coordinated with my mother-in-law and mom to help keep her from being so nosy,” he added. “She had an idea I would be home sometime within the next two weeks to a month, but no clue I’d be there that day. I just got back the day before.”

The second the front door opened, tears started flowing.

“It went better than I expected,” he said, thrilled about being able to pull it off. “I was thinking she wouldn’t be that shocked because I thought she had kind of an idea. But when we got here, the look on her face was just awesome. I knew I got her.”

Martinez’s 5-year-old son, Jordan, was thrilled to see his best friend.

“We always called each other best buds and reassured each other that we’re best buds as a way to make sure he knows his daddy is coming home,” said the proud father.

But the best treat of all, Martinez said, was getting to hold his new baby girl.

“It was an unreal experience,” he explained. “It was everything I thought it was going to be, coming home knowing I missed her birth and first seven months. It was unreal to hold her and know that it’s my daughter. It’s so special.”

Martinez will be home for four days and the family plans to enjoy every moment of the happy homecoming.

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Hilton Napoleon(MIAMI) -- A North Miami group home employee has been hailed as a "hero" after he was shot and injured by a police officer while he was lying on the ground next to a man with autism, who had run away from the home.

Charles Kinsey, 47, a behavioral therapist at an assisted living facility, is seen in video released by his attorney talking to police while he is lying on the ground with his hands in the air, and with the man with autism at his feet.

The North Miami Police Department said it had received a 911 call of a man threatening to commit suicide with a gun pointed at his head. "At some point during the on-scene negotiation" with the two men, one of the officers fired, striking Kinsey, police said.

Kinsey "put his own life at risk" to protect the 24-year-old with autism, said Clint Bower, the president and CEO of MACtown, a provider of services for people with disabilities.

"He did everything he was supposed to do -- everything anybody is ever trained to do to prevent that from happening and he still got shot," Bower told ABC affiliate WPLG on Thursday.

"There’s obviously risks they have in their job, but certainly not [the] risk of being shot by police," Bower said. "My employee was a hero."

Kinsey was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

No gun was recovered, police said.

Bower said Kinsey went looking for the autistic man after he ran away, and when the man sat down in the street, Kinsey tried to get him out of the road so he wouldn’t get hit by a car. Kinsey's training as a behavioral therapist also included crisis intervention training, Bower noted.

In the video of the encounter, Kinsey tells police, "all he has is a toy truck in his hand" -- referring to the man with autism sitting at his feet.

"I am a behavior therapist," Kinsey says in the video. He tells the man with autism, "Please be still."

"My employee was telling police everything they needed to know -- this individual has autism, this individual has a [toy] truck. You can hear him saying that," Bower told WPLG, noting that you can also hear Kinsey saying “get down!" to prevent the man with autism from getting shot.

John Rivera, the president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association, said Thursday afternoon that the officers "saw the white male almost on top of Mr. Kinsey, who had his hands up and who had his knees up, and to the officers, it looked like the white male was about to shoot Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said. "The officers all thought the individual had a firearm, not a toy truck."

Rivera said the officer "was trying to save the life of Mr. Kinsey and feels horrible that his aim missed and struck Mr. Kinsey."

"The officers were justified in their actions. They did everything that they could do and were human beings. And we had a human being miss his target and unfortunately strike Mr. Kinsey," Rivera said.

The officer has been identified as North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda, a member of the department's SWAT team. He was placed on administrative leave, police said. The officer said in a statement released by the police union, "I took this job to save lives and help people. I did what I had to do in a split second to accomplish that and hate to hear others paint me as something I'm not."

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. The state attorney's office is also looking into the case, police said.

Kinsey's attorney, Hilton Napoleon said, Thursday morning, "There is no justification for shooting an unarmed person who is talking to you and telling you that they don't have a gun and that they're a mental health counselor."

"The video clearly shows him laying on his back. The video clearly shows him with his hands as high in the air as he can possibly get them," Napoleon said.

"And he also explains to the police that the instrument in the autistic guy's hand is a toy truck," Napoleon said. "When you look at the video, there is no argument that can be made that that is a gun. The appearance of it is rectangular, it's white, it's not shiny, it's not painted, and it's not even shaped like a gun."

Napoleon said that Kinsey was physically "doing OK."

"I think one of the biggest hurdles that's going to be tough for him in the long run is the mental aspect of it, because he feels he really did everything he could do to cooperate and go over and beyond to show police that he's not armed and that he's trying to help de-escalate a situation with a mental health individual," Napoleon said. "It's going to be a long haul to make sure that he gets over that fear."

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