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Shooting reported at South Carolina elementary school

Anderson County deputies are responding to an emergency situation at Townville Elementary School in Townville, South Carolina, according to Anderson County School District Four.

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Law enforcement units are responding to a possible shooting, Fox Carolina reported. According to scanner reports, EMS and LifeFlight are responding to the scene. A nearby highway was blocked off while emergency crews responded.

Lt. Sheila Cole, spokeswoman for Anderson County Sheriff's Office, said she was unable to confirm whether or not authorities have someone in custody, Greenville Online reported.

Oconee County deputies are helping to clear the school, according to Fox Carolina. Evacuated students are being moved to Oakdale Baptist Church, according to WYFF.

Townville Elementary has more than 280 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 6th grade, Greenville Online reported. The school is near South Carolina's border with Georgia.

It was not immediately known if anyone was injured during the incident.

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Tim Tebow homers in first professional at-bat

Football star turned baseball player Tim Tebow homered Wednesday in his first at-bat in the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

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Tebow, who signed a pro contract with the New York Mets organization, homered to left-center off left-hander John Kilichowski. Kilichowski is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

ESPN posted a video of the home run. 

Tebow, 29, is a 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback. 

The 255-pound outfielder received a $100,000 bonus when he signed with the Mets in an arrangement that allows him to maintain his commitment as an analyst for the ESPN-owned SEC Network.

Before signing with the Mets, Tebow hadn't played organized baseball since 2005 during his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Today reported.

Clemson University bans Harambe memes for promoting racism, rape culture

Clemson University is putting the kibosh on all public displays of Harambe, the oft-memed gorilla who was shot and killed in the Cincinnati Zoo in May, claiming that his image promotes racism and rape culture.

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In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Clemson Graduate Community Director Brooks Artis informed resident advisors that "We are no longer allowing any reference to Harambe (or any other spelling) to be displayed on doors, halls, billboards, or windows."

"Harambe should not be displayed in a public place or a place that is viewed by the public," the email said.

>> Related: RAs criticized after sending email telling students not to make Harambe jokes

Artis, who claimed that Harambe memes have been used to "add to rape culture" and can be a "form of racism," said that the announcement was spawned after a Harambe meme was used maliciously toward a student, though he did not get into further detail about that incident.

Artis also threatened that anyone who violated the new rules would "get in some trouble" and may be reported to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards or Title IX for the use of biased language.

>> Related: Cincinnati Zoo deletes Twitter account after being trolled by Harambe memes

"While we are not banning the word, I want to encourage you to think about what you are saying and how someone who may be a different gender, race, culture, or sexuality than you may take the comment," Artis wrote.

The one exception to the Harambe meme display ban, Artis clarified, is in dorm rooms, "where people would have to be invited into the space to see said decoration."

Rudy Giuliani: Hillary Clinton 'too stupid to be president'

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is "too stupid to be president" because she didn't know about former White House intern Monica Lewinsky's affair with her husband, according to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, made the statement after Monday's presidential debate while defending the business mogul's record on gender issues. A video of the comments was posted to Twitter by Elite Daily political writer Alexandra Svokos.

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani takes aim at Hillary Clinton's health: 'All you've got to do is go online'

"The President of the United States, her husband, disgraced the country with what he did in the Oval Office," Giuliani said. "She didn't just stand by him – she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn't know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you're too stupid to be president."

Hillary Clinton stood by her husband when the scandal broke in 1998 during Bill Clinton's presidency. She has subsequently said Bill Clinton was able to hide the affair from both his family.

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani claims Islamic terrorism started under Obama, apparently forgets 9/11

Giuliani told Svokos that he would have brought up Hillary Clinton's response to Lewinsky during Monday night's debate. He later took to Twitter to emphasize the Trump did not plan to address Bill Clinton's personal life.

Trump has said in multiple interviews that he decided against bringing up the scandals in respect for the couple's daughter, Chelsea Clinton.

"When she hit me at the end with the women, I was going to hit her with her husband's women and I decided I shouldn't do it because her daughter was in the room," Trump said Tuesday during an interview on "Fox and Friends."

FBI, North Carolina cops search for 11-year-old who vanished after getting off school bus

Local, state and federal officials are searching for a North Carolina girl who vanished Tuesday afternoon after getting off of a school bus near her Catawba County home.

Emily Dowdle, 11, was last seen getting off the bus at 2:40 p.m., when the driver saw her walk toward the back of her house, according to WSOC-TV. The driver told investigators that it was the Catawba Elementary School student’s normal routine.  

When the girl’s mother got home 15 minutes later, Emily was nowhere to be found. Her mother called police a short time later after searching the area.

Search teams with K-9s conducted a grid search overnight, but did not find the girl, who is described as 5 feet tall, with long light-brown hair and hazel eyes. She wears black-framed glasses and was last seen wearing a pink shirt and capri jeans, WSOC-TV reported.

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The FBI was on the scene Wednesday morning, though authorities have said that they do not yet suspect foul play. The case is being handled as a missing person case.

“The investigation is geared towards her safety, and there’s some things we just can’t disclose at this time because we don’t want to jeopardize what we are concerned of at this time,” Catawba police Chief Dwane Coozen told the news station.

Investigators said Emily apparently skipped school for several days before attending class on Tuesday and knew she was in trouble for her actions. They are interviewing classmates and will block off the road near her home Wednesday evening and conduct a checkpoint.

“My concern is that she is 11 years old,” Coozen told WSOC-TV. “She’s out there … it’s a different world than what is was years ago. The survival part … knowing how to cope with things she may run into.”

He said Emily lives with her father and stepmother and doesn't have a cellphone or cash.

News of Emily's disappearance was being shared across social media, with users imploring people to share her picture and be on the lookout for her.

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Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Catawba County Sheriff's Department at 828-464-3112.

Why are electronics like Galaxy Notes exploding?

Samsung said it has collected more than 60 percent of all the Galaxy Note 7 phones sold in the U.S. and South Korea.

A worldwide recall of the phones was issued earlier this month because the batteries can start fires while charging.

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The company plans to release a new version of the phone at the end of this week.

But phones aren't the only gadgets that have been malfunctioning. A Delta flight was diverted last weekend when a tablet burst into flames.

And last Christmas' must-have, the hoverboard, was banned by airlines after many of them caught fire. There have also been numerous stories of e-cigarettes exploding and burning smokers.

All of the items are powered by lithium batteries.

Wentworth Institute of Technology assistant engineering professor Aaron Carpenter showed WFXT what happens inside a phone before it bursts into flames.

To do that, he forced the short circuit of an AA battery. Just like the batteries found in a smartphone, the battery has a positive side and a negative side.

When they're able to connect, a fire ensues.

The battery inside many electronic devices is much stronger than a lithium ion battery, with a thin piece of plastic that helps protect the battery from fire.

When the piece of plastic breaks down, the chemicals on either side react, sparking flames.

Carpenter told WFXT that there are two reasons why it happens. In the case of the Samsung recall, it's a manufacturing error.

In the case of hoverboards, it's likely that the toy has been banged around, cracking the battery's separator.

Carpenter said scientists are always working to make batteries more powerful.

"Everyone wants to be able to have their phone last longer and charge faster," he said.

Ramping up that ability means that scientists are constantly tinkering with strong chemicals, powering dozens of items that we use every day.

"As things are getting more compressed and concentrated, we're more likely to have these kinds of issues," Carpenter said.

Carpenter said the chance of catastrophic failure is very small -- less than one in 1 million.

Hoarder mom may have unknowingly lived with son’s body for 20 years

An elderly New York hoarder earlier this month was found living with the body of her dead son, who authorities believe died as long as 20 years ago.

The New York Post reported that Rita Wolfensohn’s sister-in-law made the gruesome discovery Sept. 15 when she went to the woman’s Brooklyn home to pack a bag to take to her at a hospital. In a garbage-packed second-floor bedroom, she found Louis Wolfensohn’s intact skeletal remains lying on a mattress on the floor, dressed in jeans, socks and a shirt.

Though the room stunk of rotten food, there was no smell of human decay, the Post reported.

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When asked about her son, Wolfensohn told investigators that he had moved out. Family members, who said they did not have a close relationship with Wolfensohn, reported that they had not seen Louis Wolfensohn in about 20 years.

The Post reported that police believe the woman, who is legally blind, may legitimately not have known her son was dead in the bedroom. They also believe he died of natural causes.

The newspaper reported that public records showed Wolfensohn’s husband, Jesse, died in 1987. The couple had two sons, Michael and Louis. Michael Wolfensohn died in 2003 at the age of 38.

Louis Wolfensohn would now be 49 years old if he were still alive. 

Police identify man who turned in iconic 9/11 flag

The man who handed Everett firefighters an iconic 9/11 flag from Ground Zero has now been identified.

In Nov. 2014, police started investigating after a man, who identified himself as “Brian” at the time, dropped off a flag at an Everett fire station. The man had claimed that it was the original flag raised by New York City firefighters at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. The flag disappeared from Ground Zero during the site cleanup.

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Nearly two years after the flag was turned in, Everett resident Brian Browne had seen national coverage on the investigation of the flag. He identified himself and gave more information about the flag’s journey to police.

After detectives interviewed Browne, who described himself as a flag collector, they were able to determine that he was the man who had dropped off the flag.

According to police, Browne received the flag from a friend at a Veteran’s Day gathering in 2006. He believed the friend had received the flag from the wife of a former New York City employee.

"Brian was able to sensibly and chronologically retrace the steps of the route that the flag had traveled from New York City to Everett," said Detective Mike Atwood. "He was also able to corroborate details about the flag and about his initial visit to the fire station."

Everett police investigated the origin and authenticity of the flag. Their investigation included DNA analysis, photographic comparisons, and eyewitness identification.

"My motivation was to return what I thought was lost property, and now to come forward with the actual events for the historical record," Browne said in a statement.

“Ultimately, our detectives concluded that there was enough compelling evidence to determine that this was likely the ground zero flag,” said Chief Dan Templeman. “We then began working with our contacts in New York to develop a plan to return and preserve the flag.”

The flag was donated to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, where it will remain. 

David Ortiz writes heartfelt letter to Yankees fans

David Ortiz, known by fans as Big Papi, will play his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. 

Hours before playing at the stadium on Tuesday, Ortiz released an open letter to Yankees fans that made many loyal Red Sox fans love him even more. 

Published in The Players Tribune, the letter is titled, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," and in it, Ortiz tells Yankee fans that he has a love for them. 

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"When I came to this country, and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe," Ortiz wrote. "When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.

"I learned a lot from watching DJ. I never got to tell him that when he was playing, but I did. The way he handled his business, and how much respect he had for this game, it made me want to be a better player.

"For real, I looked forward to hitting doubles against the Yankees so I could get to second base and say, 'What's up?' to DJ."

Ortiz, 40, wrote that the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is part of what made playing baseball fun for him. 

"Our rivalry with the Yankees made me who I am," he wrote. "The intensity of that competition is what I'm gonna miss the most when I'm done. I could wake up in the morning and my body could be feeling (bad), but as soon as the bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium and I see that white fence on the upper deck, I'm like, 'It's on.'"

While he was growing up in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz said everyone not only wanted to go to New York, but they rooted for the Yankees. 

"We looked at New York City like the American dream," he wrote. "The Yankees were like a symbol of everything. If you wore a Yankees hat, maybe your cousin or uncle sent it down to you from New York, and it was like that hat was a symbol of everything you were dreaming to be."

Ortiz said that he was able to bring his mother to New York City while he was playing in the minor leagues in 1997, but she died in a car accident before he became a part of the Red Sox. 

"My life has turned out amazing, but the only thing I wish is that she could be here for all this. When I take the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time, she's not gonna be there to see it. That's kind of tough, to be honest with you. But I know she would be so proud that we made it to the top of the world."

And even though he grew up loving New York, he said that's not where he belongs.

"Boston is not just my team. Boston is my city," he wrote. "I consider myself a Bostonian, and it’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.

"The Red Sox let me be me. You see my beard? The Yankees wouldn’t let me have that beard. I'd be shaving twice a day. But it goes beyond that. The Red Sox let me say what I feel. They let me be myself. If I was a Yankee, I'd be just like my boy, DJ."

Ortiz ended the letter by thanking Yankee fans, but promising that he's bringing his all to his final games at Yankee Stadium. 

"When our bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium today, I'm gonna be ready to go," he wrote. "And when I hear you boo me, I'm gonna try to hit the ball over that white fence, all the way to the ... choo choo train.

"Respect."

Ortiz also told The New York Times that over the course of his 20-year career, Yankee Stadium has been one of his favorite places to play.

"Yankee Stadium -- it might be my favorite place to hit, to play, regardless," he said. "The dimensions are perfect for a left-handed power hitter. All the emotions, all the adrenaline, all the competition -- competing against the Yankees has been outstanding."

Ortiz has a lifetime .970 on-base slugging percentage against the Yankees, according to The New York Times.

But despite Ortiz's respect for the Yankees, ending the season doesn't mean getting praise from the team's fans. He wants and expects to be booed.

"When you get used to something and you do well with it, you just don't want to change it," he said. "Basically, I'm so used to them booing me when I step on the field. It feels weird when it doesn't happen."

Read Ortiz's full letter at The Players Tribune and read more at The New York Times.

Trayvon Martin's parents to release book about son

The parents of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will release a book in January, nearly five years after their son was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in Sanford, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter.

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Chris Jackson, editor-in-chief of Random House's One World, announced the book in an interview with the entertainment site.

"Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin" by Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton will be released on Jan. 31. The book focuses on Martin's life as seen by his parents and the aftermath of his death.

>> Related: Officials: George Zimmerman punched in face for allegedly bragging about killing Trayvon Martin

"It's amazing," Jackson said. "Everyone who's been reading the manuscript is in tears by the second chapter. It's not just about the mournful story about losing a child, but it's also how that moment ignited this global movement."

Martin died on Feb. 26, 2012, after he was shot by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford. Zimmerman called police to report that Martin appeared to be casing the neighborhood. A scuffle ensued and Martin was killed.

>> Related: Justice Department says no charges to be filed against George Zimmerman

The shooting stirred protests across the nation and sparked a national conversation about the criminalization of being black.

Public outcry led to Zimmerman's arrest on one count of murder six weeks after Martin's death. Zimmerman was acquitted in 2013.

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