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Family of 4 among 10 killed in fiery plane crash near Dallas

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Aneese/iStock(DALLAS) — A family of four from Texas was among 10 people killed when a small twin-engine plane they were on crashed into a hangar and burst into flames after takeoff from a Dallas area airport, according to officials from the school one of the victims attended.

In a letter sent to parents on Monday, officials at John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, confirmed that one of their students, her brother, and their mother and stepfather were killed in Sunday’s crash.

The school identified student Alice Maritato as among those killed in the crash in the Dallas suburb of Addison. Her brother, Dylan Maritato, attended All Saints Catholic School, which feeds into John Paul II High. The students’ mother, Ornella Ellard, and their stepfather, Brian Ellard, also perished in the crash, school officials wrote in their letter.

School officials, who are planning a memorial Mass for the victims on Wednesday, said Alice Maritato was scheduled to graduate in 2022.

The children are survived by their father, Michele Maritato, according to school officials.

Ornella Ellard was an interior designer while her husband, Brian Ellard, owned an art gallery and an upscale Italian restaurant in Dallas, according to ABC station WFAA in Dallas.

The aircraft they were on crashed into an empty hangar around 9 a.m. on Sunday morning after taking off from Addison Airport, north of Dallas, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The Beechcraft BE-350 King Air aircraft was destroyed by fire and there were no survivors.

All 10 people aboard the airplane, including two crew members, were killed, according to authorities.

Positive identifications were made for Brian Ellard, 52, Stephen Thelen, 58, Matthew Palmer, 27, Alice Maritato, 15 and Dylan Maritato, 13, according to the Dallas County medical examiner.

The names of the others who died have not been released by the coroner.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating the cause of the crash.

Witnesses said the plane lifted into the air before it veered to the left and rolled over, the left wing hitting the hanger and bursting into flames. The flight was headed to St. Petersburg, Florida.

The episode marked the deadliest plane crash in the state since 1991, when a commuter plane crashed into a cornfield near Eagle Lake, killing all 14 people on board, according to the NTSB’s aviation accident database.

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Man claiming to be survivor of Santa Fe High shooting wasn't there: School officials

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Drew Bloksberg/iStock(SANTA FE, Texas) — A man who said he survived a deadly school shooting in Texas is not who he claims to be, school district officials announced Monday.

The man, who previously identified himself to reporters as David Briscoe, told several news outlets that he was a substitute teacher at Santa Fe High School in Texas last year when a gunman opened fire, killing 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others.

He claimed he barricaded his classroom’s doors and waited in the dark with about a dozen students until officers came to rescue them. But officials with the Santa Fe Independent School District said Monday they had no record of him ever working there.

“We are extremely disappointed that an individual that has never been a part of our school community would represent themselves as a survivor of the mass violence tragedy that our community endured on May 18, 2018,” Lindsey Campbell, a spokeswoman for Santa Fe Independent School District, told ABC News on Monday.

She called the situation a tragic example of “how easily misinformation can be created and circulated.”

“We appreciate the efforts of those working to correct this misinformation,” the statement said. “As a district our focus has always been and continues to be on supporting the needs of our students, staff, and community through the healing and recovery process.”

The alleged hoax came to light on Monday morning when the Texas Tribune said it decided not to publish a story featuring the man’s account after interviewing him for about 30 minutes.

“CNN described his heroism as he ordered his students to ‘get down’ and kept them protected until police came; The Wall Street Journal relayed the blood-curdling screams he heard from students in the hallway,” the Texas Tribune reported Monday. “But after investigating some of his claims, the Tribune did not publish his account of the shooting — because it appears his entire story was an elaborate hoax.”

CNN, Time and The Wall Street Journal have all since issued updates to their stories, removing Briscoe’s quotes from their coverage.

The May 2018 shooting left eight students and two substitute teachers dead. The alleged shooter, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, was arrested and charged with capital murder.

Pagourtzis allegedly admitted to carrying out the shooting and told police that he refrained from killing students that he liked “so he could have his story told,” according to an arrest affidavit.

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Michael Ray invites you into his "World" as he shoots new music video in L.A.

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ABC/Randy Holmes Michael Ray’s heading for Hollywood toward the end of this month to make his new music video for “Her World or Mine” — and he wants you to join him.

One lucky winner and a friend will get a free trip to California to be part of the production.

“Getting ready to shoot the #HerWorldOrMine music video in Los Angeles and I want YOU in it,” Michael revealed on his socials. “All y’all have to do is go to my website and enter and I’ll cover your flight and hotel. You just show up and be ready to make your music video debut.”

The contest ends at midnight on July 14. You can enter at MichaelRayMusic.com.

Right now, Michael and his fiancée Carly Pearce are enjoying a little rest and relaxation at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.

“Two day getaway with bae drinkin’ rose out of a coffee cup,” Carly shared on Instagram, along with a photo of the two in bathing suits, toasting by the water.

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Baseball player Tyler Skaggs dead at 27

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, has died, the baseball tean announced Monday.

Skaggs was just 27 years old.

He died in Texas where the Angels were set to play the Texas Rangers Monday.

His cause of death was not immediately clear.

Police in Southlake, Texas, said officers found Skaggs when they responded to a report of an unconscious man in a hotel room around 2:15 p.m. Monday. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

No foul play is suspected at this time, police said.

“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” the Los Angeles Angels announced on Twitter. “Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”

“All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels’ teammates and colleagues,” Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said in a statement. “We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”

The Rangers in a statement offered “deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss.”

“The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time,” the team said.

Monday’s Angels vs. Rangers game has been postponed.

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First trailer debuts for Mindy Kaling's 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' Hulu series

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Jay Maidment/Hulu(LONDON) — The first trailer has been released for Mindy Kaling’s limited series remake of the classic 1994 rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel stars as Maya, a young communications director who travels to London after receiving a wedding invitation from a college friend. In the trailer, we see Maya at the airport, where she meets a handsome guy named Kash, played by Nikesh Patel. She later finds out Kash is dating her best friend, Ainsley, played by Rebecca Rittenhouse.

The trailer also includes an appearance by Andie MacDowell, who starred in the original movie, along with Hugh Grant.

Four Weddings and a Funeral, also starring John Reynolds and Brandon Mychal Smith, premieres July 31 on Hulu.

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