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Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee Describes Removing Box from Home


ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- On the afternoon after Odin Lloyd was killed, Aaron Hernandez told his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to "remove a box" from the basement of the home they shared near the murder scene, Jenkins told the jury Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts.Jenkins, on the stand for a second day in Hernandez's trial for Lloyd's murder, said Hernandez instructed her to "go downstairs in our storage and remove a box from our home."Surveillance video played for the jury Monday showed Jenkins going into the basement. Video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors believe the box may have contained the murder weapon, which has never been found.Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, is accused of orchestrating Lloyd's slaying on June 17, 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots' Gillette Stadium. Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty.Jenkins, 25, was granted immunity in February."Did he indicate what was in the box?" prosecutor Patrick Bomberg asked Jenkins on Monday."No," she answered. She added, "His tone, I believe, was normal," but she recalled him saying moving the box was "important."Jenkins said she put the box "in a trash bag" with her baby daughter's clothing "so nothing was exposed.""I wasn't necessarily hiding it," she said. "It was just natural instinct."Jenkins said Hernandez did not talk about the contents of the box and she did not ask.Jenkins estimated that the bag with the box in it weighed about 35 or 40 pounds.Jenkins and Hernandez were high school sweethearts and have a 2-year-old daughter together.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Yawning, Whistling Might Get You Flagged at Airport Security


Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Excessive yawning, whistling and too much laughter could possibly find you detained by airport security agents for further questioning, according to a recently released list.The SPOT Referral Report, which stands for "Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques," was obtained a week ago by The Intercept, which claims the unclassified report is a "closely held" Transportation Security Administration (TSA) document detailing what Behavior Detection Officers look for when observing suspicious travelers and possible terrorists at the nation's airports.Actions appearing on the 92-point checklist featured on The Intercept were divided into categories such as "stress factors," "fear factors" and "signs of deception," and ranged from "appears to be in disguise" and "face pale from recent shaving of beard" to "excessive yawning," "excessive throat clearing" and "gazing down."TSA would neither confirm or deny to ABC News whether the specific indicators listed in the leaked report are used by officials or other parts of the administration. But a spokesperson did acknowledge that it does use behavior detection and analysis."Behavior detection, which is just one element of the TSA's efforts to mitigate threats against the traveling public, is vital to TSA’s layered approach to deter, detect and disrupt individuals who pose a threat to aviation," said a TSA spokesperson.Detractors of the SPOT practice contend that many of the behaviors listed on the report are no different from how regular travelers appear when passing through airport security.Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently sued the TSA for not releasing SPOT documents, saying the program encourages racial-profiling.“What we know about SPOT suggests it wastes taxpayer money, leads to racial profiling, and should be scrapped,” Hugh Handeyside, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit. “The TSA has insisted on keeping documents about SPOT secret, but the agency can’t hide the fact that there’s no evidence the program works. The discriminatory racial profiling that SPOT has apparently led to only reinforces that the public needs to know more about how this program is used and with what consequences for Americans’ rights.”But the TSA defended its program in a statement to ABC News.“Terrorists have used a variety of items and ways to attempt to inflict harm to aircraft -- everything from shoes to liquids -- but consistent across all methods of attack is the malicious intent of the actor," said a TSA spokesperson. "Looking for suspicious behavior is a common sense approach used by law enforcement and security personnel across the country and the world, that focuses on those behavioral indicators, rather than items, and when used in combination with other security layers helps mitigate a variety of threats."But normal individuals with "strong body odor," "trembling hands," "protruding neck arteries" or exhibiting other factors noted on the report shouldn't have cause for immediate worry, cautioned the administration."No single behavior alone will cause a traveler to be referred to additional screening or will result in a call to a law enforcement officer," the TSA spokesperson said, adding, "Officers are trained and audited to ensure referrals for additional screening are based only on observable behaviors and not race or ethnicity.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Prosecution Rests in Boston Marathon Bombing Trial


FBI(BOSTON) -- The government on Monday rested its case against accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after teary-eyed jurors heard grueling, heartbreaking testimony about the bombing's youngest victim, 8-year-old Martin Richard.Richard was 4 ft. 5 in. tall and just under 70 lbs. when he was killed in the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, 2013, Chief Medical Examiner Henry Nields testified. The entire length of his small body was blasted with small nails, tiny pieces of black plastic, round metal pellets, small fragments of wood, segments of black plastic, and metal pieces of the bomb allegedly detonated by Tsarnaev in front of the Forum restaurant, Nields said.Jurors saw the damage done to his clothing: a charred long-sleeve Boston Celtics jersey, its sleeves tattered, large holes throughout and stained stiff with blood. Under that, Richard wore a short-sleeve New England Patriots t-shirt, which was ripped apart and bloody. Nields said he recovered a shred of metal under that shirt -- lodged there as it exited his body. His black hooded jacket was stained and ripped.Nields could not determine whether he was wearing pants or shorts because the fabric had completely melted.Along with the clothing held up in court was a belt, which had been used as a tourniquet around Richard’s left arm, and his Nike sneakers.Richard’s small intestine was eviscerated, part of his liver and pancreas were cut off. He suffered a "near complete transection of the abdominal aorta,” Nields testified. In addition, “he had shredding on his left adrenal gland.” He had third degree burns on his body, which was ruined with debris packed into the pressure cooker bomb.Six small nails were pulled from his body. Jurors saw a photo of those terrorist tools, along with evidence of the cloth, Styrofoam, plastic and other items removed during the autopsy.Was the child’s death painful? “Yes,” Dr. Nields testified.If any juror tried to block out what they were listening to, it became impossible when they were forced to look at the autopsy photos. At least six female jurors cried during the testimony and two male jurors had shocked looks on their face. Other jurors simply glanced down at their monitors where the images were published then quickly looked away.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev rested his face on his left fist and looked down for most of the testimony.On the other side of court, Bill Richard, Martin's father, sat holding his wife with his eyes closed.In a still image from just before the blasts, Martin Richard is seen standing on a metal barrier watching the race. Prosecutors say Tsarnaev can be seen in the same image, just feet away, dropping a backpack containing the explosives.Earlier in the trial, Bill Richard took the stand and described what he saw after the blasts.“I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” Bill Richard told the jury flatly. “I just knew from what I saw there was no chance.”In addition to Martin Richard, two other people -- 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu -- were killed in the attack and some 260 others injured.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombing. His defense has admitted to his role in it, however, and has argued he only took part because he was under the influence of his older brother and alleged co-conspirator Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a police shootout three days after the blasts.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Men Dressed as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Officials Say


@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) -- One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout Monday at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.Two men dressed as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred, officials said."There are indications they were dressed as females," an official said.At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Aerial images from news helicopters on the scene appear two show two damaged SUVs.One perpetrator was confirmed dead on the scene. The other is "severely injured” and is not likely to survive, according to one official.The FBI said they do not believe the incident is related to terrorism. Law enforcement sources say there are initial indications that the vehicle used by the suspects was stolen. The FBI evidence response team is on the scene investigating and testing for the possible presence of drugs.The incident is being investigated by FBI, NSA Police and Army Criminal Investigation Command. Anne Arundel Police and Maryland State Police are also on the scene assisting.Meanwhile, President Obama has been briefed on the incident, according to White House spokesman Eric Schultz.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Men Disguised as Women Shot Outside NSA Gate, Officials Say


@TPratt_Capital/Twitter(FORT MEADE, Md.) — One man is dead and another severely injured after a shootout at one of the main gates of the National Security Agency located at Fort Meade, Maryland.U.S. officials tell ABC News two men disguised as women attempted to “penetrate” the entry point with their vehicle when a shootout occurred. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.One perpetrator is confirmed dead on the scene. The other is “severely injured” and probably won’t survive, according to one official.Aerial images from news helicopters on the scene appear to show two damaged SUVs. A white police SUV is facing the unmarked black SUV and there appears to be a body covered by a sheet next to the driver side of the black SUV. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aaron Hernandez's Fiance Describes Removing Box from Home


ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- On the afternoon after Odin Lloyd was killed, Aaron Hernandez told his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, to "remove a box" from the basement of the home they shared near the murder scene, Jenkins told the jury Monday in Fall River, Massachusetts.Jenkins, on the stand for a second day in Hernandez's trial for Lloyd's murder, said Hernandez instructed her to "go downstairs in our storage and remove a box from our home."Surveillance video played for the jury Monday showed Jenkins going into the basement. Video previously played for the jury showed Jenkins removing a garbage bag from their home with what appeared to be a box inside. Prosecutors believe the box may have contained the murder weapon, which has never been found.Hernandez, a former New England Patriots player, is accused of orchestrating Lloyd's slaying on June 17, 2013. Prosecutors say Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to an industrial park near the Patriots' Gillette Stadium. Hernandez, 25, has pleaded not guilty.Jenkins, 25, was granted immunity in February."Did he indicate what was in the box?" prosecutor Patrick Bomberg asked Jenkins on Monday."No," she answered. She added, "His tone, I believe, was normal," but she recalled him saying moving the box was "important."Jenkins said she put the box "in a trash bag" with her baby daughter's clothing "so nothing was exposed.""I wasn't necessarily hiding it," she said. "It was just natural instinct."Jenkins said Hernandez did not talk about the contents of the box and she did not ask.Jenkins estimated that the bag with the box in it weighed about 35 or 40 pounds.Jenkins and Hernandez were high school sweethearts and have a 2-year-old daughter together.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Caught on Video: California Firefighter Falls Through Roof of Burning Home


iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- A 25-year firefighting veteran is in critical condition after falling Sunday through the roof of a California home consumed by fire.The firefighter, who has not been named, was responding to a fire that broke out around 1:30 p.m. in the garage of a Fresno, California, home.The heart-stopping moment the firefighter fell was captured on camera by an eyewitness, Sooji Lee.“I honestly didn’t think he was going to make it,” Lee told ABC News affiliate KFSN.The victim’s fellow firefighters tore down the garage door and rescued him within minutes, according to KFSN."I believe his burns were on his hands, around his face," Fresno Fire Chief Kerri Donis told reporters. "He did have his mask intact. There were some other burns on his back, around his legs, so they're pretty much in all areas of his body."The firefighter was rushed to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery, officials said. He is now in critical condition.No one else was injured in the fire. Officials are still investigating the cause of the fire.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Disappearance of California Woman Wasn't a Joke, Lawyers Say


Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Lawyers for a California woman and her boyfriend are steadfast that the woman’s disappearance wasn’t a joke, despite police saying the kidnapping was orchestrated and never happened.“This is no hoax,” said Doug Rappaport, the attorney for 29-year-old Denise Huskins. “This is not a laughing matter.”Huskins turned up unharmed Wednesday, two days after she was supposedly taken for an $8,500 ransom.Vallejo Police Lt. Kenny Park expressed disappointment in the situation. “The fact that we wasted all these resources for essentially nothing is really upsetting,” he said.Daniel Russo, an attorney for Aaron Quinn, the woman’s boyfriend, told ABC News that there’s plenty of evidence that the kidnappers were real -- and still on the loose.“These people, they’re really motivated,” Russo said.The evidence includes manifesto-type emails sent both to the San Francisco Chronicle and Quinn’s attorney -- allegedly from the kidnappers -- as well as an audio recording believed to be Huskins.Russo, who declined to go into specifics, said the evidence proves the couple isn’t lying. He added that there’s good reason why his client waited 10 hours before calling for help: Quinn was tied up and drugged, Russo said.“If he is accurate about the group of people that did this to him, then they’re on the loose,” Russo said.Police have questioned both Quinn and Huskins. At this point, law enforcement and the FBI both remain tight-lipped about the investigation.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

JetBlue System Outage Leads to Long Lines, Delays


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A nationwide system outage was reported by JetBlue Monday morning, with long lines and delays reported at several airports as passengers were manually checked in.No flight cancellations have been reported.Representatives with the budget airline addressed the situation on social media, individually responding to concerned passengers.“We apologize. The cause of the systemwide outage has been (resolved). We should have you on your way shortly,” the company wrote on Twitter.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Eight Dead, 10 Injured After Van Crashes into Florida Canal


iStock/Thinkstock(MOORE HAVEN, Fla.) — At least eight people died and 10 others were injured after the van they were riding in crashed into a Florida canal, authorities said.According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident happened at 12:31 a.m. Monday at State Road 78 and U.S. Highway 27 in Moore Haven, Glades County, in the southern part of the state. The van was traveling eastbound on State Road 78 when it passed through a stop sign and traveled across U.S. Highway 27, crashing into the partially-filled canal, according to a statement released by Public Affairs Division Lieutenant Gregory S. Bueno.The van was carrying 18 people. The driver was killed in the crash, according to the statement.Authorities expect to release more details about the accident as information emerges.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Minnesota Sorority Sister's Disappearance Triggers Desperate Search


Minneapolis Police Departmen(MINNEAPOLIS) — A University of Minnesota student called "an amazing sister and friend" seems to have disappeared with out a trace.Jennifer Houle was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said.Friends said they think Houle, 22, left the bar to walk home. Police said they found her purse and her phone in the middle of the street near her apartment building, just an hour and a half after she was last seen at the bar.Houle is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority, and her chapter posted on Facebook Saturday: "We need all the help we can get to find this warm-hearted, beautiful person.""She's an amazing sister and friend to all of us," said Madeline Eddy. "She's very involved."Police said they have been interviewing witnesses, including an ex-boyfriend, and are scanning surveilance videos from the area looking for any clues to what happened.According to police, Houle stands at 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has long, blond hair and was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, green blouse, black leggings and black boots, police said.Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Coney Island Roller Coaster Gets Stuck on Opening Day


Shawn Waite/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Some Coney Island visitors in New York City had a scarier roller coaster ride than they expected Sunday when the Cyclone at Luna Park got stuck, stranding passengers high in the air. The coaster stalled as it was going up, the New York Police Department said. Passengers were then evacuated safely, according to a Luna Park official. No injuries were reported according to the NYPD and Luna Park. Ten to 12 people were on the ride at the time, Luna Park said. Sunday was Luna Park's opening day of the season. The Cyclone got stuck on its second ride, according to Angie Morris, brand manager for Luna Park. The Brooklyn Cyclone evacuation!!! That's another reason I'm not a big fan of roller coasters!! #Brooklyn #cyclone #coney island #brightonbeachA video posted by Viktoriya St (@viktoriyast_) on Mar 29, 2015 at 9:17am PDT"Safety is the number one priority for our guests at Luna Park. This was an isolated issue and it is quickly being resolved," Morris said in a statement. The ride will reopen "after proper inspection," the statement added. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Second Body Recovered from New York City Building Collapse Site


FDNY(NEW YORK) --  A second body was found Sunday at the site of a New York City building explosion and collapse, a city official told ABC News, shortly after New York City Police Department said the searchers looking for two people believed to be missing found a first body.Identification of the body was pending, said the NYPD. The explosion, which happened Thursday afternoon, left 22 people injured and two missing, city officials have said. Some containers of debris from the site have been taken to a "secure" undisclosed location for additional examination if necessary -- either to look for more evidence or remains, a city official directly involved in the operation said Sunday. A total of 730 cubic yards of debris has been sifted twice on-site at this point, and put into containers and removed, the official said. Operations are continuing at the site in the East Village section of the city, and there could be an update on developments Sunday evening, the official said. Cleanup of the site was scheduled to take up to a week, but looks like it could be done by Tuesday, given the current weather and pace of operations, the official said. Searchers have encountered sections of debris that are still smoldering -- "hot spots" -- and they've had to be extinguished, according to the official. They are hoping to get at least partial access to the restaurant area of the building today, although the above-ground pile of debris will not be cleared Sunday, the official said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Body Recovered from New York City Building Collapse Site


FDNY(NEW YORK) -- A body was found Sunday at the site of a New York City building explosion and collapse as searchers continued looking for two missing people, the New York City Police Department said. Identification of the body was pending, according to the NYPD. The explosion, which happened Thursday afternoon, left 22 people injured and two missing, city officials have said. Some containers of debris from the site have been taken to a "secure" undisclosed location for additional examination if necessary -- either to look for more evidence or remains, a city official directly involved in the operation said Sunday. A total of 730 cubic yards of debris has been sifted twice on-site at this point, and put into containers and removed, the official said. Operations are continuing at the site in the East Village section of the city, and there could be an update on developments Sunday evening, the official said. Cleanup of the site was scheduled to take up to a week, but looks like it could be done by Tuesday, given the current weather and pace of operations, the official said. Searchers have encountered sections of debris that are still smoldering -- "hot spots" -- and they've had to be extinguished, according to the official. They are hoping to get at least partial access to the restaurant area of the building today, although the above-ground pile of debris will not be cleared Sunday, the official said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Minneapolis Police Searching for Missing College Student


Minneapolis Police Department(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Authorities in Minneapolis are searching for a missing University of Minnesota student. Jennifer Houle was last seen Friday at a bar in the Dinkytown area of Minneapolis between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m., the Minneapolis Police Department said. Her purse was then found nearby, police said. Houle, 22, is a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Her Pi Phi chapter posted on Facebook Saturday: "We need all the help we can get to find this warm-hearted, beautiful person." According to police, Houle stands at 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has long, blond hair and was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, green blouse, black leggings and black boots, police said. Public's help in locating missing woman. Jennifer Houle, 22 yrs old last seen 3-27-15/1:00 am in Dinkytown(Blarney's) pic.twitter.com/2p29mPiRhK— Minneapolis Police (@MPD_PIO) March 28, 2015Anyone with information is asked to contact the police. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Possibility of Criminal Charges in New York City Building Collapse Growing


FDNY(NEW YORK) -- As searchers and cadaver dogs sift through the rubble looking for victims and evidence, New York City officials tell ABC News that the possibility is growing that criminal charges could be filed as a result of the blast and building collapse in the East Village. Investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office are now fully engaged, according to a law-enforcement source, as opposed to simply "monitoring" the investigation -- which would be the standard procedure. "They are on-site and they've given instructions" about what type of information may or may not be released by other city agencies, the source said. The Manhattan District Attorney's Office is not commenting at this point. Two city officials tell ABC News investigators are now pursuing reports from tenants that they were told by building management to report gas problems to the landlord and not the energy company, Con Edison, or to 911. Some tenants have told investigators that they were given those instructions as late as Thursday morning -- just before Con Ed inspectors were scheduled to examine plumbing in the basement. Investigators have not yet confirmed these reports. But if they are found to be accurate, it could prove to be critical. Investigators and prosecutors are trying to determine whether the piping work done in the basement was legal and done appropriately, or if the building's owners knew they were violating the city code and, thus, might be jeopardizing the safety of people in and around the building. Specific instructions to tenants that they should not call the city or the utility could be a key indicator that someone knew the gas piping might not be up to code, the officials said. It is these reports, the officials said, that prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to be so emphatic in the last couple of days as he reminded people during his briefings that gas odors must be reported immediately to the city or the utility. He stressed that no one should rely on simply calling their landlord. The owner of the ground-floor restaurant where the explosion occurred called the landlord to report the gas leak Thursday, and it is that leak that is believed to be the cause of the blast. Though the mayor has cautioned that the cleanup and probe will take time, investigators want to get into the basement as soon as they can to examine the gas pipes. They believe those pipes will provide the most crucial evidence. Two people were still missing as of Sunday, and 22 people were injured in the explosion and collapse.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trooper Wounded in Eric Frein Ambush Wants to Return to PA Police


ABC News(DUNMORE, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania state trooper critically injured in a sniper attack six month ago by accused cop killer Eric Frein said Saturday he feels he will "eventually be able to go back" to his old job. On Sept. 12, 2014, state trooper Alex Douglass was shot in the pelvis during Frein's ambush, which took place during a late-night shift change at the State Police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania. Douglass has undergone 16 surgeries and has another one scheduled in April, he told ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV Saturday at a road naming ceremony for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who died in the attack. "I feel good," Douglass said to WNEP-TV. "I'm getting better and now I'm off the crutches. Our department was tremendous during this horrific tragedy. That's what really kept me motivated and just looking on into the future." And Douglass' future could include returning to the state police. "I don't want anything to hold me back," Douglass said, according to WNEP-TV. "It will be an honor to go back to the Pennsylvania State Police." Frein was captured in October after a 48-day manhunt. At times, 1,000 officers searched the Pocono Mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Montana Fire Grows, Forces Brief Evacuation of Ski Lodge


muangsatun/iStock/Thinkstock(RED LODGE, Mont.) -- A wind driven wildfire forced the short-term evacuation of hundreds of people at a ski lodge in southern Montana. The fire began Saturday on open private land, but it's now burning in the Custer National Forest, where the Red Mountain ski area is located. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Jeff Gildehaus told ABC News early Sunday the cause of the fire remains under investigation, but dry grass is fueling the blaze. “No injuries or damage reported to property. It did burn around six homes in the area but none of the homes were damaged by the fire.,” he said. The ski area evacuation order was lifted on Sunday.There have been no reports of injuries or damage to structures as a result of the fire.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles


Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said. Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. One person was in grave condition and another was in critical condition, the LAFD reported. Eight others were hospitalized with minor injuries. The train operator and car driver were among those injured, officials said. The cause of the accident was under investigation, officials said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

21 People Injured After Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles


Courtesy Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- Twenty-one were injured on Saturday after a train slammed into a car at a grade crossing in Los Angeles. One of the Metro train cars derailed as a result of the collision, according to Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Shawn Lenske. “We found one vehicle versus three train cars, with one of those three train cars derailed,” he told ABC News. Lenske said several people were injured on the train. “We have 21 patients, 19 of those were minor, one was serious,” he said. ”These are from the train, and one critical from the vehicle that was extricated the civilian vehicle” The cause of the crash remains unknown.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb


Boulder County Sheriff's Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that the cause of the baby's death was as yet unknown, but test results were pending. Still, because an autopsy and investigation failed to provide evidence that the baby "exhibited signs of life outside of the womb," murder charges could not be brought."A prosecutor can not file murder charges when a baby who is killed has not lived outside the body of the mother," Garnett explained. "For similar reasons, I can not bring charges of child abuse resulting in death.""I understand that many people in the community, and Heaven knows I've heard from a lot of them, would like me to have filed homicide charges," Garnett concluded. "However, that is not possible under Colorado law without proof of a live birth."Dynel Lane was accused of luring the victim to a Longmont home, beating her, and cutting the baby out of her. Police later arrested Lane at a hospital after she arrived with the dead child.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oklahoma Frat Members Learned Racist Chant During Cruise: School


ABC News(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national organization four years ago, university officials announced on Friday.The University of Oklahoma's chapter of SAE was closed earlier this month after the recording was released online. Two students were subsequently expelled from the school.The university launched an investigation into the use of the chant, and school president David Boren announced on Friday that school officials had found that the 2011 cruise was the first known contact that their students had with the song.It was then brought back to the school's chapter where it was shared with members and pledges for the past four years.Boren says there is no evidence this was a nationally sanctioned chant, but that it appears to have been widely known by SAE members from around the country at that leadership cruise.In a statement, the SAE national organization confirmed that members of its University of Oklahoma chapter "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago," but that there was no evidence the chant is widespread among its 237 chapters."We remain committed to identifying and rooting out racist behavior from SAE," the organization's Executive Director Blaine Ayers said in a statement, "but our investigation shows no evidence the song was widely shared across the broader organization." SAE says it invites hundreds of leaders to an annual six-day leadership retreat that includes classes, seminars and social gatherings. Ayers speculated that it was during such a social gathering that "some members shared the racist song that was recorded on video at the University of Oklahoma and shared through social media earlier this month," the organization's statement read."The song is horrific and does not at all reflect our values as an organization," Ayers said. "If we find any other examples of this kind of behavior currently occurring, we will hold our members accountable, just as we've done in Oklahoma."No further details about the cruise have been released, including where it sailed and how many members were involved.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Investigators Say Contents of Drum 'Incompatible,' Caused 2014 Radiation Leak at


Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CARLSBAD, N.M.) -- Investigators looking into the radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump from last year found that the use of organic kitty litter may have created an incompatible mixture in one of the drums stored at the site.The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant led to the contamination of 21 workers. A 2014 report on the leak slammed federal staff and outside contractors who were responsible for running and overseeing WIPP.According to a new report released this month, the leak can be traced to an incompatible mixture of nitrate salt residues, organic sorbent -- in the form of Swheat Scoop kitty litter -- and triethanolamine, a neutralization agent.Internal chemical reactions within the drum caused the contents to breach, and that breach was the source of radioactive contamination at WIPP. Tests indicated that had the drum contained an inorganic sorbent, such as zeolite in place of the Swheat Scoop, the conditions would likely have remained normal and avoided a breach of the drum.Follow @ABCNewsRadio!function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.