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Ex-Cop Remains in Custody in Walter Scott Murder Case for Now

City of North Charleston Police Department(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — The former policeman accused of murdering an unarmed man as he ran away remains in jail while a judge considers his request to be released on bond.

Former police officer Michael Slager, 33, fatally shot Walter Scott, 50, after a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina, in April. He was arrested and charged with murder on April 7, three days after he shot Scott.

During Slager’s bond hearing Thursday, his attorney asked for house arrest. The judge said he took the request under advisement and will rule on the motion later.

Slager faces a possible 30 years to life without parole if convicted. Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson has declined comment on the case outside of the courtroom.

The former North Charleston police officer’s attorney, Andy Savage, said his client should be released on bond in alignment with similar cases in South Carolina. A motion filed Tuesday by attorneys for Slager included court documents showing other defendants in Charleston County who have been charged with murder but released on bond. Savage said this was an on-the-job incident, and Slager has no prior incidents, which gives him another advantage towards bond.

Savage told ABC News Wednesday enhanced video shows a fight between the two men. Savage alleges that at one point during the altercation, Scott was in possession of Slager’s Taser. The enhanced video, obtained by ABC News, lasts four seconds and makes it difficult to tell exactly what happened leading up to the shooting.

The release of cellphone footage shot by an eyewitness had a direct effect on Slager’s arrest, police said immediately after. It showed Scott’s running away from the officer when he was shot multiple times.

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Review: “The Visit” (Rated PG-13)

Universal(NEW YORK) — If you come across another review of The Visit, and you can tell it’s going to be a negative one, stop reading it. It’s likely written by someone who just wants to pile on M. Night Shyamalan who, to be fair, hasn’t made a remotely interesting movie in over a decade. There’s no need to go over his commercial and critical failures since, but he’s undoubtedly paid a heavy price for setting the bar so high with The Sixth Sense. However, I never stopped believing in his ability.

And I’m here to tell you: the Shyamalan bashing stops with The Visit.

Told in the tired but sometimes effective found-footage format, budding teen filmmaker Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her hip-hop-loving 12-year-old brother, Tyler, (Ed Oxenbould) are about to spend a week with their grandparents, whom they’ve never met because their mom (Kathryn Hahn) had a fight with them when she was 19 and hasn’t spoken to them since. Now, though, mom’s parents have found her, with some online help, and ask if they can get to know their grandkids.

Becca and Tyler are up for it — seems five years ago, their dad left their mom, and them, for another woman. The kids love the idea of allowing their mother to have some time alone with her boyfriend while trying, perhaps, to mend the relationship between their grandparents and parent. Sounds innocent enough, right?

Nana (Deanna Dunagan) and Pop Pop (Peter McRobbie) are unusually quiet and just a bit weird. Still, they seem like what you might expect from older people who live on a farm with no cell phone reception. Pop Pop tells the kids they’re not allowed out of their room after 9:30 p.m. because, being old folks, they go to bed early. But soon, Becca can’t restrain herself from sneaking downstairs to grab some of Nana’s delicious homemade cookies. That’s when she notices Nana walking across the room and projectile-vomiting every few steps — which, of course, sends Becca racing back to her bedroom. The next day, Pop Pop explains Nana’s old, and old people get sick, though we soon discover Pop Pop’s not without his own creepy set of gross idiosyncrasies. And that’s being nice.

With The Visit, Shyamalan has delivered a delicious horror gem so intense, you may accidentally rip the armrests off your seat from clenching them so hard. It’s an audacious piece of horror writing, laced with hilarious scene-stealing dialogue for young Oxenbould, who’s as skilled as they come at such a young age. Equally up to her task is DeJonge who, like Oxenbould, is an Australian doing an impressive job hiding her accent. Then there’s the beautifully terrifying Deanna Dunagan as Nana. She’s so great she practically pops off the screen, as if she were the only character shot in 3D in a 2D film, helped by McRobbie’s even-keeled but disturbing performance as Pop Pop.

Welcome back, M. Night.

Four out of five stars.

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Hillary Clinton Says Scott Walker Thinks He’s ‘Some Kind of Tough Guy’

iStock/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — The campaign’s kicked into high gear.

While stumping in Wisconsin, Hillary Clinton went directly after the state’s Gov. Scott Walker, telling the crowd that the Republican presidential candidate thinks he’s “some kind of tough guy on his motorcycle.”

“It seems to me, just observing him, that Governor Walker thinks because he busts unions, staves universities, guts public education, demeans women, scapegoats teachers, nurses and firefighters, he is some kind of tough guy on his motorcycle. A real leader,” Clinton said Thursday night at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during her first visit to Walker’s home-state as a presidential candidate. “Well that is not leadership folks. Leadership means fighting for the people you represent.”

To crowds chanting “Hillary! Hillary!”, Clinton then quipped: “It looks like he just get his marching orders from the Koch Brothers and just goes down the list, whatever he tells them to do.”

The attack lines against Walker didn’t stop there. The democratic presidential candidate also called out the Wisconsin governor for his record on women’s health and rights, and questioned what union workers are supposed to do when they have a Governor who “wants to drive you into the ground.”

“What happened?” Clinton asked, after saying she’s always admired Wisconsin for its “progressive spirit.”

Clinton made these remarks at her second “Women for Hillary” event of the day. Earlier Thursday, she attended a rally in Columbus, Ohio where she called out Donald Trump, who she calls the Republicans’ “flamboyant frontrunner,” for his comments on women.

“There’s one particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women every chance he gets,” Clinton remarked. “I have to say, if he emerges, I would love to debate him.”

This swing through Ohio and Wisconsin comes the same day that a new Quinnipiac poll was released showing Clinton essentially tied with democratic opponent Senator Bernie Sanders in Iowa.

Clinton did not mention Sanders at either of her events — instead focusing squarely on the Republicans.

In Wisconsin, Clinton called out the Republican candidates, in general, for not talking about the issues that she believes matter. She specifically mentioned “black lives matter.”

“You will not hear the Republicans say anything about mass incarceration,” Clinton said, “And you will not hear them say black lives matter.”

Following her rally, Scott Walker took to Twitter to respond to Clinton’s attacks, posting a series of three tweets — one in which included a defense of his favorite mode of transportation.

“Hillary Clinton mocking Governor Walker for riding a Harley is quite the elitist comment coming from someone who admits she hasn’t driven a car since 1996,” Scott Walker spokesperson AshLee Strong said in a statement, too.

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Check Out Lady Gaga in Creepy New “American Horror Story: Hotel” Trailer

Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) — We’re finally getting a peek into Lady Gaga’s hotel. The first full cast trailer for American Horror Story: Hotel has been released, and it features a glimpse of Gaga’s bloodthirsty hotel owner, The Countess.

The clip takes us through the super creepy halls of Hotel Cortez, showing us this season’s cast of characters along the way. It all leads to a final shot of Gaga entering an elevator wearing what appears to be a wedding dress with a long train.

This season also stars Chloë Sevigny, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett and Matt Bomer.

American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.

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Girl Gets Trapped Inside a Claw Machine After a Double Dog Dare

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Dallas family’s dinner took an unexpected turn on Labor Day when their youngest daughter got trapped inside a claw machine at a pizza parlor after being double dog dared by other children, the family said.

Cecilia Green, 45, and her family had just finished a day of swimming when they decided to dine at a CiCi’s Pizza in Frisco, Texas, on Monday night with family friends, Green told ABC News today.

Green’s two daughters, Juliette Grimes, 6, and Katy Grimes, 8, went to play in a separate game room with the other couples’ two children while the adults watched from a restaurant table.

“It’s not like a Chuck E. Cheese’s where games are all over the place,” Green said. “There are seven games in the [game] room and one doorway that is an entrance and exit. We were facing a window where we could see in the game room the whole time.”

At one point, Juliette was no longer in sight and Katy came out of the game room to tell her parents that Juliette was stuck in a machine.

“We didn’t know what the deal was. We thought she stuck her hand up in the machine,” Green said. “My husband and I go in there and there she was, standing up in the middle of the machine and very upset.”

The other three children, including Katy, had double dog dared Juliette to see if she could fit in the machine, but Juliette also wanted to get her sister a ball from the claw game, Green said.

Both families and the restaurant staff attempted to get Juliette out of the claw machine for about 20 minutes, but in the end they called the Frisco Fire Department.

“She was not suffocating. We were talking to her the whole time, ‘Can you breathe? Are you hot in there?’ She was not in any imminent danger,” Green said.

Frisco firefighters arrived quickly and rescued Juliette in about 10 minutes by opening the front glass door forward, Green said.

The two sisters are now grounded after Monday’s incident, Green said.

“They haven’t seen any news. They are not allowed to use the TV or any other electronics,” Green said.


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4-Year-Old Girl Sparks ‘Girl Cops Are Awesome’ Movement

ABC News(CAMAS, Wash.) — A 4-year-old Washington girl’s disappointment that a police officer costume was labeled as a costume for boys has sparked a movement, with police officers around the world contacting her to say that “girl cops are awesome.”

Kinley Goertler of Camas, Washington, was shopping with her mom, Chelsy Goertler, earlier this month when she found a SWAT police uniform and picked it out as her Halloween costume.

As Goertler was purchasing the costume, Kinley noticed that it was labeled as a costume for boys on the tag and thought that meant it was not for her.

“I got it for her anyways and told her that cops could be girls, too,” Goertler told ABC News. “I could tell she was still bothered and it bothered me as a mom, so I posted about it on Facebook as just a ‘mom rant’ for our family and friends.”

Goertler’s Facebook post caught the eyes of female police officers in Portland, Oregon, who posed for a photo with a sign that read, “Kinley, girl cops are awesome!,” and shared it on Facebook.

Since then, Goertler says her police-loving daughter has heard from female police officers around the world, all with the rallying cry that “girl cops are awesome.”

“We’ve heard from or gotten patches or pictures from police officers in all 50 states and five countries too,” Goertler said. “It’s been pretty crazy, but really neat.”

Kinley has been receiving the patches and letters while wearing her SWAT costume, which was originally supposed to be put away until Halloween.

“I just ended up giving her free rein because she’s so excited, so I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it,” Goertler said. “She told me the other day that her favorite part of this has been getting the patches.”

Kinley was joined by dozens of other kids Wednesday at a “Girl Cops Are Awesome” event held by the police department in nearby Vancouver, Washington.

The Vancouver Police Department organized the event after hearing about Kinley through social media and their fellow officers.

“After hearing about Kinley’s experience, the Vancouver Police Department decided there might be other girls like Kinley who might want to meet some awesome girl cops too,” the department wrote on its website. “The Girls Cops are Awesome event is open to girls of all ages who want to meet some awesome girl cops and learn more about a career opportunities in law enforcement.”

Kinley and other attendees got to tour the precinct, meet police officers and see police cars up close.

“I think there were really two good messages,” Goertler said. “First, that girls can do anything, and she absolutely falls into that category.

“The other thing is positivity for police officers,” she said. “I don’t want Kinley to grow up thinking they’re scary. I want her to know that she can trust them.”

As for what Kinley’s future holds, right now, according to her mom, her future career as a police officer is already chosen.

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Joe Biden’s Emotional Reflections on Late Son Beau

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Nearly four months after the death of his son Beau, Vice President Joe Biden offered his most in depth and emotional reflection yet of the sorrow he’s experienced since his son’s passing.

In an interview set to air Thursday night, the vice president said he felt he was was “letting down Beau” if he “didn’t just get up” in the months following his death.

“No one owes you anything. You gotta get up. And I feel like I was letting down Beau, letting down my parents, letting down my family if I didn’t just get up,” the vice president said in an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. “I marvel at the ability of people who absorb hurt and just get back up.”

The vice president recounted how a few months before Beau passed away, his son told him, “‘I know how much you love me. Promise me you’re going to be all right.'”

“My dad had an expression. He used to say: you know your success when you turn and look at your child and realize they turned out better than you. I was a hell of a success: my son was better than me,” he said.

Biden said he has felt “self-conscious” at times for the attention he’s received following his son’s death in May after a battle with brain cancer.

“So many people who have losses as severe or maybe worse than mine and don’t have the support I have,” he said. “I feel self-conscious. The loss is serious and it’s consequential but there are so many other people going through this.”

But he says his Catholic faith has offered him an “enormous sense of solace” to help him cope with his loss.

“I go to mass and I’m able to be just alone, even in a crowd,” he said. He added that his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, often tapes inspirational notes for him on his bathroom mirror including one that read “faith sees best in the dark.”

The vice president is still determining whether his family has the emotional capacity to run for president as they continue to grieve the loss of Beau. He recounted a moment after Beau’s death where he met with servicemembers in Denver and he “lost it” when someone said they knew Beau.

“I was talking about them being the backbone and sinew of this country. And all of a sudden — it’s going great — and a guy in the back yells ‘Major Beau Biden, bronze star sir, served with him in Iraq.’ And all of a sudden I lost it,” he said.

The vice president said no one should run for president unless they are “110 percent” committed to the endeavor and admitted “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there.”

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Marine Dead After Vehicle Rolls Over During Training at Camp Pendleton

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — A Marine is dead and 18 injured after a rollover crash at Camp Pendleton on Thursday.

According to ABC News affiliate KGTV, the Marine who was killed was assigned to the 1st Marine Division.

There were no immediate details of the crash including who was killed and injured.

Officials are investigating according to KGTV.

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The Second Republican Debate: Fiorina Makes the Cut in Field of 11

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The stage is set for round two.

The Republican presidential contenders are just a week from facing off under the lights on the second debate stage. But this time, the stage will be a little more crowded, according to the list released by CNN on Thursday night.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will be joining the main debate stage after a last-minute rules change by CNN. The mainstage debate will include the 10 candidates who are polling the top 10 in an average of national polls since mid-July. To account for the late boost in the polls by Fiorina after her strong performance in the Fox News undercard debate last month, CNN decided to add any candidate who is polling in the top 10 since the first debate, paving the way for Fiorina to join.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump is still by far the national frontrunner in the Republican Party. The cable network will be hosting its main debate at 8 p.m. for the top 11 candidates, as well as a second-string debate for 5 candidates who are low in the polls at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

One candidate – Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore – did not receive an invitation to the debate stage after failing to garner an average of 1 percent in three national polls.

A Gilmore campaign aide told ABC News on Thursday afternoon that his campaign had not received an invitation and that he had been in talks with CNN about how rounding numbers might be effecting his eligibility.

Averages are according to an ABC News analysis of recent polls according to CNN’s original debate criteria, averaging national polls since mid-July.

The main stage will include:

1. Donald Trump (23.9 percent)

2. Jeb Bush (11.5 percent)

3. Scott Walker (9.4 percent)

4. Ben Carson (8.9 percent)

5. Ted Cruz (6.3 percent)

6. Marco Rubio (5.6 percent)

7. Mike Huckabee (5.6 percent)

8. Rand Paul (4.7 percent)

9. John Kasich (3.3 percent)

10. Chris Christie (3.1 percent)

11. Carly Fiorina (2.1 percent)

A podium was added for Fiorina because she is currently in a tie for seventh place with an average of 4.4 percent in national polls since the first debate.

The undercard debate will include:

12. Rick Perry (1.8 percent)

13. Rick Santorum (1.2 percent)

14. Bobby Jindal (1.0 percent)

15. Lindsey Graham (0.4 percent)

16. George Pataki (0.1 percent)

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