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Missing Texas Girl Found 12 Years Later in Mexico


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas girl who has been missing for 12 years is back in the United States Wednesday after authorities located her in Mexico, authorities said.

The Austin Police Department confirmed to ABC News that Sabrina Allen had been located, however declined to release further information.

A news conference, which includes local police and the FBI, is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to discuss "a significant arrest," authorities said.

Philip Klein, a private investigator who has worked on the case, told ABC News that Allen, who was 4 years old when she went missing, was located in a small town southeast of Mexico City.

The mission was carried out by Mexican federal authorities, the U.S. Marshals and FBI, according to Klein, who said that one of the Mexican agents sustained a minor injury in the operations.

The missing girl, who is now a teenager, was taken into custody with her mother, Dara Llorens, and flown back to Houston late Tuesday, Klein said.

He said Llorens was booked into Travis County Jail, while Allen is currently undergoing a medical evaluation at an undisclosed location.

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CDC: It's 'Not Necessary' to Release Ebola Patient's Flight Information


James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(ATLANTA) -- The flight information for the Ebola patient diagnosed in Texas will not be released by health officials because "it's just not necessary," a spokesperson at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told ABC News.

The CDC announced that the man has tested positive for the disease, making him the first person to have discovered he had the virus while on U.S. soil, and they made it clear that he traveled from Liberia to America to visit family in Dallas.

"If we need to contact passengers we have a way. We'd call ourselves," the CDC spokesperson said.

Even though the CDC will not release his flight plan from Liberia to the United States, it is clear that he would have had to make at least two transfers -- including one in at least one other country.

Flights from the airport in the Liberian capital of Monrovia fly to only six destinations -- four in West and Central Africa, one flight to Morocco and one flight to Brussels, Belgium. There are no direct flights into the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport from any of those six destinations, meaning that the man had to make at least one more change.

The CDC said Tuesday that the passengers who unknowingly traveled with the man need not be concerned because he was not contagious while he was on the plane.

"The ill person did not exhibit symptoms of Ebola during the flights from West Africa and CDC does not recommend that people on the same commercial airline flights undergo monitoring, as Ebola is only contagious if the person is experiencing active symptoms," the agency said in a statement Tuesday.

The man left Liberia on Sept. 19 and arrived in Texas on Sept. 20, CDC Director Tom Frieden said.

"Ebola doesn't spread before someone gets sick and he didn't get sick until four days after he got off the airplane," Frieden noted during a news conference Tuesday.

On his first visit to the hospital, doctors did not immediately conclude that he had Ebola and they sent him home but he returned with much more drastic symptoms on Sept. 27, according to the CDC. He was put in a special isolation unit the following day.

Part of the problem in diagnosing Ebola comes from the fact that patients, like this man, can take up to 21 days to exhibit symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, vomiting and bleeding.

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Child Infected with Enterovirus 68 Dies in Rhode Island


iStock/Thinkstock(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) -- A child infected with enterovirus 68 has died, the Rhode Island Department of Health said Wednesday.

The 10-year-old girl from Cumberland, Rhode Island, died last week of a rare combination of bacterial and viral infections, the department said, explaining that she died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis "associated with" enterovirus 68.

“We are all heartbroken to hear about the death of one of Rhode Island’s children,” state Health Department Director Dr. Michael Fine said in a statement. “Many of us will have EV-D68 [enterovirus 68]. Most of us will have very mild symptoms and all but very few will recover quickly and completely."

Enterovirus 68, which is suspected of sickening children in 45 states, starts out like the common cold but can quickly turn serious and send children to the hospital with breathing problems. And on Monday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced it was investigating whether the virus led to temporary limb paralysis in nine children in Colorado. It is related to the polio virus.

The girl's illness began with cold-like symptoms and shortness of breath, Fine said during a press conference Wednesday. Her parents called 911 last week, but after she arrived at the hospital her condition "deteriorated very quickly."

"Things became dire," Fine said.

She died of Staphylococcus aureus sepsis, which he said was "associated with" her enterovirus 68 infection.

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that lives in about 30 percent of people's noses and usually doesn't cause any problems, according to the CDC. It can be serious or fatal when it results in sepsis, which is body-wide inflammation that results from an infection, according to the CDC. Sepsis can cause blow flow problems, which leads to organ failure.

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National Nursing Shortage Fueled by Lack of Teachers


Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- They’re often the first people you see at the doctor’s office, and the first line of defense in any emergency room -- but America’s nursing population is shrinking fast.

The nursing shortage may not be caused just by lack of interest. In many ways, it’s caused by lack of capacity. Each year, 80,000 applicants are turned away from nursing schools, often because there aren’t enough teachers or resources to accommodate growing student interest.

“Suddenly, we turned around and realized we’re not attracting enough nurses to go into teaching,” said Dr. Kimberly S. Glassman, with patient care services and the chief nursing officer at NYU Langone Medical Center.

“The fear is we will have to shrink the number of nurses we can prepare for the future at a time when we need to prepare more,” she said.

Many of America’s nurses are about to reach retirement age just as the baby boomer population is growing in its health care consumption -- compounding the urgency of the situation.

“In addition to not having many student placements, and the retirement issue on the part of the faculty, the slowness at which we can prepare these nurses to serve as teachers has really come together at a time when we really want to increase the numbers, but we find that we are restrained,” said American Nurses Association President Pam Cipriano.

But Glassman is quick to eschew a doomsday scenario, saying, “This is not something you’re going to feel day to day. ...This is something that we and other universities are paying attention to.”

The ANA is taking note, as well, working to help fund scholarships and encouraging nursing students, as well as current registered nurses, to take advantage of doctoral and masters programs, providing them with a window to one day move into a faculty position.

“On the one hand, we think that the position is getting better,” said Cipriano. “But on the other hand, we know it can take years before we can change the equation, before we have sufficient numbers of slots for those 80,000 candidates that are being turned away.”

Glassman noted that larger institutions such as NYU Hospital and similar facilities in major cities are not the ones that are suffering the most. It’s the institutions in smaller, more rural areas that will see a more rapid change in a shorter amount of time.

To that end, the ANA will be canvassing the halls of Congress this January in an effort to double down on funding efforts for schools and scholarship programs.

In the meantime, Cipriano said, she’s focused on one basic question: “How can we redesign care? What are the care methods that will allow us to use the nurses we have in the most effective manner?”

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Foster Farms Offers Award for Chickens Killed at California Plant


Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(CARUTHERS, Calif.) -- Foster Farms is offering $5,000 for information about the killing of nearly 1,000 chickens in Caruthers, California.

The Fresno Sheriff's office said in a news release Tuesday that on Sept. 20, suspects used a golf club and "possibly another similar type instrument" to slaughter 920 chickens.

Deputy Chris Curtice told the Los Angeles Times “whoever did something like this is pretty sick." Detectives are looking into a motive.

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Paul Curry Convicted in 1994 Nicotine-Poisoning Death of His Wife


iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) -- Paul Curry was convicted of murder Tuesday in the 1994 nicotine-poisoning death of his wife.

Closure into the death of Linda Curry, who was 50 when she died, eluded investigators for years.

Jurors in Orange County, Calif. Superior Court reached the verdict after a day of deliberations -- guilty of first-degree murder, with special circumstances for poisoning and murder for financial gain. He was also convicted of insurance fraud.

Curry stared forward as the verdict was read.

Prosecutors argued that Curry, 57, poisoned his wife in order to collect more than $500,000 in insurance money and other benefits. He injected his wife with nicotine after sedating her with the sleep drug Ambien, a prosecutor said during the trial.

Paul and Linda Curry met in 1989 while working at the San Onofre nuclear power plant in northern San Diego County. The couple was married for 21 months when Linda died mysteriously in their Orange County home.

She was a non-smoker, but tests revealed fatal levels of nicotine in her system.

Curry’s defense attorney argued that Linda Curry had battled health issues for years -- even before the couple married -- and that Curry was a loving husband.

Linda Curry’s relatives and friends were in court Tuesday, hopeful for justice.

“This is really about Linda and what a beautiful person she was,” her friend Bruce Brandt told KABC-TV. “We can’t bring her back, but at least some justice is here now that he has to pay and think about her for the rest of his life.”

A key witness during the trial was another of Curry’s ex-wives, Leslie Curry, who testified in court that she was frequently sick during their marriage and that Curry suggested they sign up for life insurance policies.

After the life insurance policy for Leslie Curry was denied, the couple separated. Soon after, her health problems stopped, she said.

It took 16 years for prosecutors to build their case against Curry. Curry moved to Nevada and later, Kansas, where he was remarried and working a government job when he was arrested in 2010.

Prosecutor Ebrahim Baytieh was thankful with the outcome of the trial.

“I think we had a very smart jury that went through all the evidence and kept thinking that for 16 years, he was enjoying the fact that, in his mind, he thought he got away with murder,” Baytieh said.

Curry will be sentenced Oct. 31, and could spend the rest of his life in state prison.

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Bell Gardens, California, Mayor Daniel Crespo Shot, Killed at Home


Alex_Schmidt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BELL GARDENS, Calif.) -- Bell Gardens, Calif., Mayor Daniel Crespo was fatally shot at his home Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a domestic dispute with his wife, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said.

The mayor, 45, was shot at a gated complex in the 6300 block of East Gage Avenue shortly after 2:30 p.m. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

"Daniel Crespo Sr. became involved in an argument with his wife, Levette Crespo. Their 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr., tried to intervene and ultimately became involved in a physical altercation with Daniel Crespo Sr. During that time, Levette Crespo produced a firearm and shot her husband multiple times in the torso," according to the statement.

Levette Crespo, 43, has been detained by the Bell Gardens Police Department, according to the Sheriff’s Department statement.

Crespo, who had been a county deputy probation officer for the past 15 years, was first elected to the City Council in 2001, according to the bio posted on the City of Bell Gardens website.

According to the bio, Crespo married "his high school sweetheart" in 1986 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he grew up. They moved to Bell Gardens after they married, and had two children.


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One Injured in Louisville School Shooting, Suspect in Custody


John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- A suspect is in custody in connection with a Louisville school shooting that left one person hospitalized on Tuesday.

The MetroSafe Louisville Police Department believes that the shooter at Fern Creek High School acted alone and initially fled the scene after the shooting. He was identified only as a juvenile male.

The school initially went to a level-five lockdown with students sheltering in place. They were later evacuated to Fern Creek Park, where they were reunited with their parents.

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Where a Volcanic Eruption Like Japan's Mount Ontake Is Mostly Likely in the US


cpaulfell/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Could a deadly volcanic eruption like Mount Ontake's in Japan happen here in the United States?

It's possible, U.S. Geological Survey scientist John Ewert told ABC News Tuesday. Luckily, most of the active volcanoes in America aren't near homes, businesses or schools, he said.

"When you look at the Cascade Volcanoes, which are most like Ontake, you find that these are all on federally managed lands, national parks or national forests and wilderness areas. We don't have much in the way of built environment nearby. An exception to that might be a place like Mt. Hood, which has ski lodges on the side, but these are not up by the crater."

Ewert added that while eruptions are dangerous, "they don't tend to affect large areas."

"The area of lethal effect for a phreatic explosion is as little as a radius of half a mile or less," he said, noting that the damage area varies.

Americans are allowed to climb some active volcanoes, but many require a climbing permit, like Mount St. Helens in Washington, and it doesn't allow climbers to enter the crater.

"Mount St. Helens is a very risky place. It's not open to the general public just to take a hike and walk into," Ewert said, adding that officials also have the authority to shut down access altogether if volcanoes are at a higher level of alert.

The USGS tracks volcanoes to warn people of when they're exhibiting unusual activity. Right now, there's a warning for Kilauea in Hawaii and a watch for Shishaldin in Alaska.

"In Kilauea, lava flows are moving toward an inhabited area," Ewert said. "Shishaldin is producing some low-level eruptive activity."

But he suspects the most dangerous volcano in the country is Mount Rainier in Washington, based on the number of people in the surrounding area, "areas we know could be hazardous when that volcano is coming active," Ewert said.

While scientists can tell when a volcano is more active than usual, it's difficult to pinpoint exactly when an explosion will occur. And sometimes, there's no warning at all -- like at Mount Ontake.

"The alert level on that volcano had not been raised ahead of time so there was no reason to think there was an increase of explosive potential," Ewert said. "These things are very difficult to foresee."

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Eric Frein Manhunt Finds Two 'Fully Functional' Pipe Bombs


Pennsylvania State Police(NEW YORK) -- Police searching for accused cop killer Eric Frein in the dense woods of the Poconos Mountains have found two pipe bombs that could have been rigged to explode with a trip wire, police said Tuesday.

The bombs were described as "substantial explosive devices" by Lt. Col. George Bivens. He said the metal nuts attached to them are “used to create shrapnel,” and were designed to be detonated with either a fuse or a trip wire.

"These devices are consistent with Frein's non-confrontational and gutless efforts to kill and injure law enforcement from a distance," Bivens said.

"We found them along with a number of other supplies available to be deployed," Bivens said. "It was in a site that he was using and had used for some overnight accommodations."

The officer said the two pipe bombs were located "in close proximity" to where police spotted a man they believe was Frein within the last 24 hours. Bivens said the suspect was 75 to 100 yards away from officers when spotted, but was able to escape yet again in the thick woods.

The manhunt for Frein has entered its third week. Police have previously said they were being cautious searching cabins and caves near the border of Pike and Monroe counties in eastern Pennsylvania for fear that Frein may have set booby-traps.

Frein, 31, is accused of shooting two state troopers, killing one, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods. The hunt is focused on a few square miles and recently moved slightly south, Bivens said.

Police have also found the suspect's abandoned Jeep, soiled diapers, Serbian cigarettes and an AK-47 in the search. He's been spotted several times but has evaded police capture.

Bivens said he doesn't believe Frein left his weapons behind on accident.

"I believe that was done because he was under pressure and he abandoned them," he said.

Bivens called on Frein to surrender.

“You are clearly stressed,” he said. “You’re making significant mistakes. We continue to take your supplies and your weapon stockpiles. While you are no doubt weakening, our troopers’ resolve is very strong. We are not going anywhere.”

Searchers found other supplies that police won't reveal, although Bivens did say that searchers have found ammunition "for a .308 rifle that we believe he has in his possession."

Bivens said he released information about the bombs because the public deserves to know.

Police got an initial lead when Frein turned on his cellphone in an attempt to call his parents, sources close to the investigation told ABC News. The phone was only on for a few seconds, but it was long enough for searchers to track the location, the source said. Bivens, who said he believes the suspect has a radio and access to the media, declined to discuss the phone call.

Dogs flushed Frein from a hiding place one evening, Bivens said, but he was able to escape deeper into the woods as darkness fell.

Frein, from Canadensis, is a skilled survivalist and war reenactor with a specific interest in Eastern European armies. He is also an expert on weapons who learned to shoot from his father, a retired Army major.

He belonged to a military simulation group called the Eastern Wolves.

Frein allegedly killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson when police say he opened fire at the barracks. Another trooper, Alex Douglass, was shot but is recovering.

State police and the FBI have been scouring the woods ever since, focusing on a few square miles where they believe Frein is hiding. The search recently moved slightly south, Bivens said.

Investigators will soon have to consider deer hunters in their search. Bow-hunting season will start on Saturday as scheduled, the Pennsylvania Game Commission told ABC News. Certain areas will be restricted, based on the search.

The FBI has added Frein to its 10 Most Wanted Fugitive List and last week announced a new reward for $100,000 for information leading to his capture. That's in addition to a $75,000 reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.


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Oklahoma Beheading Suspect Charged with First-Degree Murder


AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOORE, Okla.) -- Alton Nolen, the man accused of stabbing two women and beheading one of them during a rampage at a Moore food processing plant, was charged with murder on Tuesday.

According to court documents, Nolen left the human resources office after being suspended on the day of the attack. He drove to his residence to retrieve a knife, which he hid in his shoe prior to returning to the Vaughan Foods facility. The Moore Police Department said that Nolen "became angry" after being let go from his job.

Police said Nolen severed the head of the first woman he attacked with a knife that is commonly used by employees at the plant. He then stabbed the second victim multiple times.

Nolen was then shot by an off-duty Oklahoma County Reserve officer who also works at Vaughan Foods.

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said on Tuesday that Nolen was charged with first-degree murder, and that he intends to file two charges of assault with a deadly weapon against the 30-year-old as well.

Nolen was convicted of assault and battery on a police officer in 2011 and was imprisoned until his release in 2013. He is still on parole.

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Ark. Real Estate Agent Targeted Because She Was 'Woman that Worked Alone'


Pulaski County Sherrif's Office(LITTLE ROCK, Ark.) -- The man accused of kidnapping and killing Arkansas real estate agent Beverly Carter said Tuesday she was targeted because she was "a woman that worked alone."

Aaron Lewis, an ex-con, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of capital murder, robbery and kidnapping in connection with Carter's death. He is being held on $1 million bail.

Lewis, 33, admitted during police questioning to kidnapping Carter, 50, Pulaski County Sheriff's Lt. Carl Minden told ABC News. Lewis did not admit to the slaying and did not provide any details about Carter's whereabouts, Minden said.

The suspect spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday morning as he was taken from the jail to the sheriff's office, where he was to be interviewed again after spending more than 12 hours with investigators Monday.

When asked by reporters why Carter was targeted, Lewis responded: "Because she was just a woman that worked alone -- a rich broker." He denied killing her.

Carter's body was found in a shallow grave at the Argos Concrete Co., about 20 miles from the town of Scott, Arkansas, where Carter had an appointment to show a house for sale.

Carter's family issued a statement Tuesday, saying, "We are devastated at the loss of our precious Beverly. There is now a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. Mr. Lewis robbed us of an amazing wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her grandkids will never get to the know the magnitude of her greatness."

The real estate agent's disappearance had rattled her colleagues, most of them women, who routinely agree to meet strangers at empty homes that are for sale.

"They're scared, and I need someone to give them some reassurance," said Brenda Rhoads, the principal broker at the real estate company where Carter worked.

Rhoads, who was good friends with Carter and worked with her for nine years, told ABC News that she arranged for a police detective to come and speak to her colleagues at Crye Leike Real Estate Services Monday to try and calm their fears.

Some have said that Carter, a 50-year-old grandmother, should not have met the prospective buyer alone, but Rhoads dismissed those critiques, saying, "That's our job."

"I would say that 80 percent of my agents are women, but the men, they are devastated, too," she said.

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Arsonist Suspected of Setting 23 Fires in Washington State


iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- Fire officials in Washington state suspect an arsonist is responsible for igniting 23 fires in the past few weeks, including one that burned through eight acres and put Spokane County residents on edge.

Nearly all of the fires happened in the Greenacres area. Most were small brush fires, but several homes have been threatened, ABC News affiliate KXLY reported.

"We're blessed that nobody has been injured yet, but that's just a matter of time," Greenacres resident Carolyn Staples told KXLY.

Two of the fires were set in vacant model homes. The first blaze was the Saltese Lake Fire on Sept. 18.

Officials have asked the public to be vigilant, report any suspicious persons and keep an eye on their security cameras.

The hunt for an arsonist was a personal mission for one Spokane firefighter.

Greg Godfrey, an assistant chief of Spokane County Fire District #8, worked in California when a fellow firefighter was convicted of setting about 2,000 fires in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s and 1990s. John Orr, who was a captain and arson investigator at the Glendale Fire Department, is now serving life in prison.

"The fire department is a family," Godfrey told KXLY. "We're a very tight-knit group of individuals. We have to trust each other.

"He betrayed that," Godfrey added. "He put our people in jeopardy."

One of the California fires killed four people, but Godfrey hopes officials catch the Washington arsonist before anyone gets hurt.

"We've been lucky," he told the station. "We've had small fires and one that started to get big, but we've been extremely lucky."

Spokane County Fire District officials did not immediately return a call from ABC News.

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University of Michigan AD Admits Mistakes in Handling of Quarterback


Leon Halip/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- University of Michigan quarterback Shane Morris suffered a mild concussion Saturday, but was kept in the game because of miscommunications and confusion among sideline personnel, athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement Tuesday.

Brandon said the university is changing its procedures to prevent a similar situation in the future.

"We have to learn from this situation, and moving forward, we will make important changes so we can fully live up to our shared goal of putting student-athlete safety first," Brandon said in the statement, which was released Tuesday morning.

Brandon’s statement was issued roughly 12 hours after coach Brady Hoke said he’d been given no indication that Morris was diagnosed with a concussion.

Much of the confusion involved an ankle injury Morris sustained earlier during the 30-14 loss to the University of Minnesota.

During the fourth quarter, he was steamrolled by Minnesota’s Theiren Cockran, leaving Morris visibly dazed and wobbly. The quarterback leaned on a teammate for support, but remained in the game for the next play, and even waved off someone on the sideline, possibly signaling that he wanted to play.

“From the field level and without the benefit of replays, medical and coaching staffs did not see the hit,” Brandon said in the statement. “Because they did not see the hit, the athletic training staff believed Shane stumbled because of his ankle injury.”

Since the athletic trainer on the sidelines was unaware that a neurological evaluation was necessary, the quarterback was cleared for an additional play, Brandon said.

Morris was diagnosed with a probable, mild concussion Sunday, Brandon said. That diagnosis was not shared with Hoke before the coach’s Monday news conference, when he defended his team’s handling of the situation.

"We would never ever put a guy on the field when there is a possibility with head trauma," Hoke said Monday.

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NFL: Chiefs Player Should Not Have Been Penalized for Prayer


Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The Kansas City Chiefs player who was penalized after kneeling to pray in the end zone Monday night should not have been flagged, an NFL spokesman said Tuesday.

Kansas City Chiefs' safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, was penalized 15 yards for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after he kneeled in prayer. He had run 39 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter in the team’s 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium.

"Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ABC News in a statement.

He said the NFL's Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states "players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground."

"However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play," the NFL's statement read.

Abdullah speculated to the Kansas City Star that the referee may not have liked that he slid on both knees.

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