3 Siblings Killed In Philly Carjack Crash; Mom In Critical Condition [VIDEO]

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two carjackers who fled after ramming a stolen SUV into a family selling fruit for their church, killing three young siblings, were still on the run Saturday as the reward for their capture topped $100,000.

The children’s 34-year-old mother, Keisha Williams, remained in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. Her slain children were identified as 15-year-old Keiearra Williams, 10-year-old Thomas Reed and 7-year-old Terrence Moore.

The two suspects fled on foot after crashing the stolen car Friday morning at a North Philadelphia intersection. They had first carjacked a real estate agent at gunpoint and later forced her into the back seat of her SUV, authorities said.

The 45-year-old agent was also hospitalized afterward, as was a 65-year-old woman helping the family with the fruit stand. Their names weren’t being released, and their conditions weren’t immediately available Saturday.

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The Average American Family Is Poorer Than It Was 10 Years Ago

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The typical American household was significantly poorer in 2013 than it was ten years earlier as a result of the Great Recession, a new study shows, an effect that is compounded by growing wealth inequality in the United States.

The net worth of the typical American household in 2003 was $87,992, adjusting for inflation. Ten years later, it was just $56,335, a decline of 36 percent, according to a study by the Russell Sage Foundation.

But even as the average American household’s wealth declined, the net worth of wealthy households increased substantially. The average wealth of the American household in the 95th percentile was $1,192,639 in 2003, and $1,364,834 ten years later, an increase of 14 percent.

The authors of the study said the reason for the disparity was that affluent households were able to ride the success of the surging stock market after the 2008 crash, while middle…

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Eric Garner’s Widow Asks For Civil Rights Investigation Against NYPD

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NEW YORK (AP) — The widow of a New York City man who died this month in a videotaped confrontation with New York City police demanded justice on Saturday, saying the victim wasn’t asking for trouble.

Eric Garner “was not a violent man — not in any way, shape or form,” said his widow, Esaw Garner, in what were described as her first public remarks about the death. “He was a quiet man, but he’s making a lot of noise now.”

She described getting a text from her 43-year-old husband a half hour before he died July 17 that read: “I’m good.”

The widow and other members of Garner’s family spoke at the Harlem headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist. On Friday, Sharpton and the family met with federal prosecutors to ask them to bring a civil rights case against the New York Police Department officers who…

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Slain Chicago Girl Mourned Amid New Shootings

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FOREST PARK, Ill. (AP) — Mourners said farewell Saturday to an 11-year-old Chicago girl who was killed by a stray bullet during a slumber party, a day after an attack at a church event in which a 13-year-old boy was gunned down and six other people were wounded.

RELATED: Shamiya Adams’ Mother Speaks Out About 11-year-Old’s Stray Bullet Death

Samuel Walker, who recently completed the eighth grade, was shot to death at about 6 p.m. Friday at a church-sponsored event in a vacant lot in the East Garfield Park neighborhood, authorities said.

Area children had come to the event to play games and be part of other activities. Church leader Lavieda Stewart said she saw two men standing outside a car shooting. Among the six people who were wounded were three 14-year-old boys and a 15-year-old boy.

 Samuel’s aunt, Sandra Williams, said her nephew was headed to the store for a…

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Northern California Wildfire Destroys 10 Homes

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(PLYMOUTH, Calif.) — Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

East of Sacramento, the Sand Fire in the Sierra foothills has burned about 3,800 acres, roughly 6 square miles, of steep, rugged terrain near wine-growing regions in Amador and El Dorado counties since Friday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The fire, which has also destroyed seven outbuildings, was 35 percent contained Sunday afternoon, but it threatens hundreds of homes in the drought-stricken region, according to CalFire.

“All of the vegetation in the area is struggling. It’s burning very easily,” spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said. “It causes the fire to be a lot hotter and to spread more easily.”

The Sand Fire has prompted authorities to…

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Pastoral Liability and Accountability

An ongoing feud between a Memphis pastor and media personality is bringing to light questions of pastoral liability and accountability. Join the discussion at 11:00 CST on Zera Today http://tobtr.com/s/6655137

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Study Finds Most Teens Sext Before They’re 18

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If you’re a mom or dad and you learn that your child is sexting, that’s bound to set off alarms. But a new study reveals that the practice is quite common among teenagers, most of whom who think it’s no big deal. And that sets up an interesting dynamic in terms of how parents should handle the situation.

Researchers from Drexel University surveyed college students, asking them if they had ever sent or received “sexually explicit text messages or images” when they were under age 18. Fifty-four percent said yes—almost all of it in the context of a romantic relationship or as a means of flirting.

“We were shocked by the prevalence and the frequency of sexting among minors,” says David DeMatteo, an associate professor of psychology and law at Drexel and one of the study’s authors. He notes that previous studies have indicated the pervasiveness of sexting was much…

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