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American hostage Caitlan Coleman, family rescued in Pakistan after years of captivity

An American woman, her Canadian husband and their three children were rescued in Pakistan on Wednesday, five years after the couple was captured by a terrorist group while hiking in Afghanistan.

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The rescue, prompted by a tip from U.S. intelligence officers tracking the family, was announced in a statement Thursday from Pakistan’s army.

President Donald Trump identified the rescued captives as 31-year-old American Caitlan Coleman, 34-year-old Canadian Joshua Boyle and their three children.

Coleman and Boyle were abducted in 2012 and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban, the president said.

“Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan,” Trump said. “Today they are free.”

Russia meddled in election to 'create chaos at every level,' congressional investigators say

The investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election continues, congressional investigators said on Wednesday, emphasizing at a news conference that the interference appears to be ongoing but that investigators have yet to reach conclusions on allegations of collusion.

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-North Carolina, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that investigators had yet to determine whether Russia aimed to help any particular side in November.

“It seems that the overall theme of the Russian involvement in the U.S. election was to create chaos at every level,” he said.

Burr and the committee’s vice chairman, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Virginia, warned that the investigation has indicated that Russian agents are continuing efforts to influence results at the ballot box.

"The Russian intelligence service is determined (and) clever, and I recommend that every campaign and every election official take this very seriously as we move into this November's election, and as we move into preparation for the 2018 election," Burr said.

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Tillerson slams reports he considered resigning, called Trump a 'moron'

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson denied on Wednesday that he has ever considered leaving his post after a report surfaced claiming he called the president a “moron” over the summer and thought about resigning.

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“My commitment to my president and our country is strong,” Tillerson said. “I serve at the appointment of the president and I’m here for as long as the president believes I can be useful.”

Piqua Marine who saved woman’s life in Vegas shooting says he’s no hero

A Piqua native who is a Marine is being credited for saving the life of a California woman he didn’t even know after she was shot during the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. 

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United States Marine Corp Cpl. Austin Cox, a 2011 Piqua High School graduate stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, was in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest music festival with a fellow Marine when the shooting occurred. 

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During the shooting Cox was helping people to safety amid the chaos when found a woman, identified as Katrina Hannah, from La Verne, Calif., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and badly bleeding, 

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“[I] put some pressure on the wound on her neck, and then I saw more blood coming,” Cox told this news organization.

Cox knew how to respond to the situation because of his military training, he said. 

“They really do teach you how to react in those situations, so that obviously helped out a lot and it kept my cool and kept me focus,” Cox said.

Cox said he scooped Hannah up off the ground and ran for cover during a pause in the gunfire and brought her to a random car.

“The people obviously were willing to help, that's what they were there for, they pulled their car up,” Cox said.

Tom Westfall, the choir director at Piqua High School, said he’s known Cox since he was in elementary school and wasn’t surprised at Cox’s willingness to help.

“It doesn't surprise me. He's an upstanding guy, I can see him just stepping to the plate and doing whatever needed to be done,” Westfall said.

Piqua Head Football Coach Bill Nees, who has known Cox for about seven years, echoed Westfall’s sentiments.

“He was an undersized safety with an oversized heart,” Nees said.  “I think he had that mindset before he was a Marine, I think he came in with that, and that he was that kind of guy that would just be willing to help people out any chance he could.”

Just two weeks ago, Cox was the best man in his friend Kindric Link’s wedding. When Link learned about the shooting and wondered for an hour if his friend was OK.

Link said Cox’s story was traumatizing, but he knows Cox is a loyal person, even to complete strangers.

“Everyone was coming toward him trying to save their own lives, and he and his buddy, who is a Marine, ran towards the bullets,” Link said, adding that Cox stayed with Hannah the entire night at the hospital while she received treatment.

Hannah was in Las Vegas for her best friend’s bachelorette party, according to Cox’s aunt.

Regardless of what others say of his actions, Cox insists on not being called a hero.

“I'm not keen to just call myself a hero or nothing, but I think I would do it any other day, and people know that and they know the type of person I am,” Cox said. “That's what being a Marine's all about.  I joined to defend America, and whether that's foreign or domestic, I'm going to help out as much as I can.”

Las Vegas shooting: At least 59 dead, live updates

At least 59 people were killed and hundreds more were injured Sunday night when a gunman opened fire on more than 22,000 people gathered near the Mandalay Bay Casino for a country music festival.

Police said the suspected gunman, identified as 64-year-old Stephen Craig Paddock, opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel on people attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. Authorities found him dead in his hotel room, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

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Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

As a gunman fired shots from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, a Germantown couple staying in a room on the same floor listened to the chaos unfold behind the locked doors of a local bar.

Jen Rupert and her husband Zach flew to Las Vegas for a long weekend in celebration of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary and Zach’s birthday.

Rupert said she and her husband were at a local bar when a man ran in and yelled news of the shooting. At first, Rupert said she and others – including the bar’s owner – thought the warning was a false alarm or exaggeration.

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“At first there were reports of multiple shooters at multiple hotels and we didn’t know what to do so we hunkered down. The owner closed and locked the doors and we stayed,” Rupert said.

“There were cop cars flying and people running around with no rhyme or reason to anything.”

Upon leaving the bar about an hour after the shooting, Rupert said the couple began walking as most of the roads in the city closed.

“We didn’t know where to go or which way was safe. SWAT officers started yelling at everyone to get off the streets [….] and we took shelter in a food court connected to the Planet Hollywood casino,” Rupert said.

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It was while sitting in the food court that the couple realized the severity of the situation.

“A man in the lobby with blood on him was telling a person on the phone that he could help.”

“He said he was doing CPR on someone and they died. At that time, I had heard two were confirmed dead, but I knew after hearing him there just had to be more,” Rupert said.

The couple stayed in the casino as details emerged while police warned that safety outside could not be guaranteed.

“In the thick of it, there was so much information, even the police officers were saying if you go out there we can’t guarantee your safety,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband hailed a taxi later in the night and checked into a hotel off the Las Vegas strip. 

Now in a room on the hotel’s 7th floor, the couple was given permission earlier today to retrieve their belongings from the floor where the deadliest shooting in U.S. history began.

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“Thankfully we were not in the hotel. You start thinking about every decision you make when something like this happens and how one choice could lead to something different,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband were scheduled to return to the Miami Valley tomorrow evening, but will be fly into Dayton tonight. The couple will return home to their two young children and many worried family members.

“Overwhelmingly, people are good. That’s what I’ve gathered from this,” Rupert said.

“There are way more good people. It’s tragic that one person can do that to so many people […] you can’t stop people from doing things. No matter what someone is going to find a way to do these things.”

Artist performing in Franklin left Vegas venue moments before mass shooting

Days after standing on the Las Vegas stage where the country's deadliest mass shooting unfolded, country music artist Dylan Scott is in Franklin Tuesday night for a concert benefiting a local nonprofit. 

Scott left the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday night moments before a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel killing over 50 people. Tonight, he is at K99.1FM's Concerts for a Cause at JD Legends in Franklin. 

"He thought it was very important that they still have the show because despite all of the hate that happened on Sunday this is a good way to show up for the Pink Ribbon Girls and show solidarity among country music fans," K99.1 FM's Nancy Wilson said. 

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Tuesday night's concert benefits the Pink Ribbon Girls, a nonprofit that provides support and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families. 

"Not only do they take care of the folks who have the cancer, but they take care of the families, providing meals, providing comfort, providing counseling while a loved one is going through cancer," Wilson said. 

K99.1FM's James Frye said he is honored to have Scott in the Miami Valley following Sunday's shooting. 

"To me it’s an honor and it shows the resilience of country music, the fans, the artists, that they're ready to get back on the stage and they’re not going to let something like this keep them from continuing," Frye said. 

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Charlie Samaan, owner of JD Legends, said the entertainment complex has increased security for tonight's performance. 

“I think people really need the music. They need the music in their lives to get away, so for everyone its going to be a great opportunity to be outside […] and get their minds away from everything," Samaan said. 

Cancer survivor Angie Evans is at tonight's concert and said Scott’s performance is a way of moving on. 

"It's probably very difficult for him to come out here but you have to go on and continue with your life. If you let something like this keep you from doing what you love then they win and you lose," Evans said. 

"With me being a survivor, that’s what I do.”

5 Eaton women witness moments after Las Vegas shooting

UPDATE @ 2:34 p.m.:

A group of five Eaton women are in Las Vegas and witnessed the chaos that followed the shooting at the Route 91 concert Sunday night.

Janet Eby was one of the women and she said the group found out about the shooting when they got off the bus on the Las Vegas strip.

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“At that point we just attempted to head back to the hotel,” Eby said.  “The eerie thing was that everyone on the strip and walking was solemn, everyone was on their cell phones, we could hear the police, see the police, going down the street"

Eby is a member of the women’s singing group “Something Good,” who are spending time in Vegas for what she described as a “girls week out.” The group is staying at the Marriott Grand Chateu.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Bellbrook native attending the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas left minutes before the shooting began, according to her mother. 

Molly Sparks called her mother, Lori, early Monday and told her about the mass shootings. 

“As a parent getting that 2 a.m. phone call from your children is heart-stopping,” Lori Sparks posted on Facebook. 

“I got that call (this morning) from my daughter Molly Sparks who had been at that country concert in Las Vegas, but luckily had left about 30 minutes before the chaos started,” she added. “Those that were not so lucky, my heart goes out to their families and I will pray for the injured as well. I hope that type of call never happens again.”

A local couple vacationing in Las Vegas chose not to attend the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas at the last minute, a decision that may have saved their lives." 

Holly Bennett, who is from Xenia, and her husband were in Las Vegas the night tragedy struck after a gunman opened fire at a concert, killing at least 50 people and wounding over 200, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. They are safe after deciding to attend another show, rather than the Route 91 Festival the night of October 1.

“We decided not to go because of the chaos that happened the night before”, said Bennett. “Instead, we ended up going to a Cirque du Soleil show.”

Bennett was staying at The Mirage hotel, which is right next to the Mandalay Bay where the shootings occurred and fortunately got word of the shootings early and made an escape plan.

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“There was word of a shooting, so we went seven miles downtown to stay away from it”, she said.

Bennett has been stuck at a downtown Las Vegas casino since the shootings first occurred and is unsure when she or  the many others who are stuck as well, will be able to go back to their hotel.

“The entire strip is shut down, back roads are closed, and they are not allowing residents to get back in their hotel, especially at the New York-New York hotel”, Bennett said.

She said police are investigating the New York-New York Hotel specifically, which is right across the street from the Mandalay Bay, and she is unsure why. 

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Nonetheless, Bennett says police have been great with giving out information and updating everyone on the unexpected situation.

“Knowing this to be one of the largest shootings, it is unbelievable and shocking”, said Bennett. “The atmosphere is weird, kind of somber, and strange”.

Bennett is not scheduled to fly out of Las Vegas until Wednesday and although flights have been affected by the incident, she believes she will have no problem getting home. 

Photos: Deadly Las Vegas mass shooting

Multiple people were reportedly shot Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip, where the Route 91 Harvest country music festival was taking place.

Tom Price resigns amid criticism over charter flights 

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned Friday amid an investigation into his use of charter flights to travel for government business, the White House confirmed in a statement.

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"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the president accepted," a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "The president intends to designate Don J. Wright of Virginia to serve as acting secretary, effective at 11:59 p.m. on September 29, 2017. Mr. Wright currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary for health and director of the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion."

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