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14-year-old charged with attempted murder for allegedly shooting fellow student

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(PALMDALE, Calif.) — A teenager who’s accused of shooting a fellow student at a high school in Palmdale, California, is in custody, after law enforcement authorities acting on reports of an active shooter swarmed the campus, which is about 60 miles north of Los Angeles, authorities said.

The initial report of a gunman at Highland High School came in at 7:05 a.m. local time, and was followed by a report about a half hour later of shots fired near an elementary school in the area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

The 911 calls included reports that hostages were being held in the school library, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said in a press conference Friday afternoon. The campus was then placed on lockdown and students were told to shelter in place, McDonnell said.

The suspect in custody is 14 years old, as is the victim, according to law enforcement officials. The victim was shot in the arm and was transported by a nearby civilian to the hospital, where he is in stable condition, McDonnell said.

The rifle apparently used in the attack was recovered in an open field west of the school, McDonnell said.

The off-duty LAPD officer who apprehended the suspect at the Vons supermarket said he had received a call from his mother, who stated that he ran away from the home that morning after they “were having trouble with him, McDonnell said. The arresting officer is a family friend, McDonnell said.

The suspect told his father that he shot his gun through the air, McDonnell said. He is a former student who recently transferred to another school, the sheriff added.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Office deputies were searching the grounds of Highland High School in Palmdale, Officer Nicole Nishida, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News.

The high school was being searched by dogs trained to detect explosives, law enforcement sources told ABC News, as sheriff’s deputies worked to calm worried parents who had come to the school after social media reports of a shooting.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were also on scene at Manzanita Elementary School in Palmdale, which is now all clear.

Deputies reported to the elementary school but found no victims and no sign of a shooter, Nishida said.

McDonnell credited the tight-knit community for enabling them to resolve the incident in an expedited fashion. Students on the campus remained calm and texted their classmates, telling them to stay away from the area, and faculty members directed deputies throughout the campus, allowing them to clear the building faster, McDonnell said.

Faculty also provided surveillance video of the suspect arriving and leaving the school, which “assisted in the quick apprehension” of the suspect, McDonnell said.

McDonnell said it is unclear whom the suspect was aiming at, stating that he “fired the rounds and deliberately left the campus.”

The suspect has been charged with one count of attempted murder, McDonnell said.

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New YouTube feature will help viewers avoid binge-watching

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — YouTube has installed a new feature that will allow viewers to curb the indulgent habit of binge-watching.

The video sharing company has rolled out its “take a break” reminder, which users can customize to appear every 15, 30, 60, 90 or 180 minutes, according to the YouTube website.

When the reminder pops up, it will pause the video until the user dismisses it. The feature is “off” by default and can be adjusted in a user’s settings.

The timer will only run when watching videos online on a phone and will pause if the app is closed or paused, according to YouTube.

The feature will be available in the newest version of the app.

YouTube is the first streaming app to actually tell its users to stop watching, according to Tech Crunch.

Along with the “take a break” reminder, YouTube is releasing additional features, such as the option to limit the app’s ability to send notifications and the option to disable notification sounds during a specific time of day, Tech Crunch reported. In the future, YouTube will roll out a feature that gives users a summary of their viewing behavior.

Google introduced the series of new controls at a conference earlier this week.

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Tesla faces fourth federal investigation in latest setback

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By Anthony Pucik

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After a fatal crash in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board has launched its fourth active investigation into Tesla.

While three of the investigations are looking into the vehicle’s Autopilot function, the latest crash is focused on the post-crash fire; specifically how first responders can best extinguish the blaze of these electric vehicles and transport the lithium-ion battery.

The high-speed crash of a Tesla Model S earlier this week resulted in an intense fire, killing two local high school seniors. Witnesses said they could see the pair still moving inside the vehicle while it burned.

First responders faced a similar challenge in March when another Tesla, this time while using its Autopilot system, crashed in Mountain View, California, and ignited. An investigative source told ABC News that the battery of the vehicle caught fire again a week later after the car was towed to an impound lot.

Federal probes into lithium-ion battery fires are not limited to Tesla vehicles, the NTSB said earlier this week.

“NTSB has a long history of investigating emerging transportation technologies, such as lithium-ion battery fires in commercial aviation, as well as a fire involving the lithium-ion battery in a Chevrolet Volt in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,” said NTSB Chairman Robert S. Sumwalt.

“In addition, the NTSB is currently investigating a fire involving the transportation of hydrogen gas for fuel cell vehicles. The goal of these investigations is to understand the impact of these emerging transportation technologies when they are part of a transportation accident.”

Tesla is pushing back against any notion that its batteries are unsafe.

“Serious high-speed collisions can result in a fire, regardless of the type of car,” a Tesla spokesperson said in a statement to ABC News. “Tesla’s billions of miles of actual driving data shows that a gas car in the United States is five times more likely to experience a fire than a Tesla vehicle.”

The fires are just the latest challenge for the Silicon Valley-based company. Tensions between Tesla and the NTSB increased after Tesla released information suggesting a driver in a recent crash was at fault, citing data from the vehicle indicating his hands were not on the wheel prior to the crash. Even when the vehicle is in Autopilot, Tesla drivers are reminded by the vehicle to keep their hands on the wheel.

In April, the NTSB decided to remove Tesla as a party to that investigation, a rare move by the agency, citing the release of investigative information violated an agreement between the company and the agency.

“While we understand the demand for information that parties face during an NTSB investigation, said Sumwalt. “Uncoordinated releases of incomplete information do not further transportation safety or serve the public interest.”

Less than a week after the NTSB accused Tesla of being uncooperative with that federal investigation, Tesla’s chief executive, Elon Musk, announced plans to halt production of the Model 3 for a few days due to problems on the assembly line. Production has since resumed and Tesla is showing “encouraging signs” of a potential increase in its production rate, according to Bloomberg.

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Gabrielle Union debunks misconceptions and challenges "stereotypes" with her new film, "Breaking In"

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By Stephen Iervolino

ABC Image Group LA(NEW YORK) — Gabrielle Union is one tough mama bear in her new thriller, Breaking In.

In a recent Q&A session in New York, Union dished on her character in the movie, Shaun Russell, and the misconception she’s encountered with the image of a strong black mother on screen.

“She’s a fierce protector, mama bear. Her cubs are her everything,” Union told the audience. “[But] she’s married. Everyone’s like, ‘Is Shaun a single mom?’ And I’m like, ‘Why do you think she’s a single mom?'”

According to Union, just because her character’s significant other isn’t mentioned as her husband doesn’t mean one should assume the “stereotype” that she’s a single black mother.

“You don’t have to play a pillar of the community or a stereotype” said Union, referring to some of the misconceptions about black film. “There’s a billion of things in between. There’s literally billions of brown people on the planet and can do so many things.”

Union continues, “Just give us the opportunity to show different kinds of families, different kind of stories. The books are out there. The articles are out there. We’ve optioned them, we’re now financing our own projects. We’ve shown that inclusion is actually not just the right thing to do was actually quite lucrative. We just need the opportunity.”

While Union is known for both her television and film roles, the actress says she’s more than just an actress.

“So, that’s part of the reason why I produce, have my own production company — to try to provide that opportunity.”

Breaking In hits theaters today.

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