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Wife Discovers Trove of Letters From Husband After His Death


iStock/Thinkstock(LONGVIEW, Texas) -- Even after his death, Mitchell Whisenhunt has found a way to surprise and bring comfort to his wife and young daughter, with a trove of letters he designated to be opened on certain dates.Whisenhunt, who would have turned 27 next week, lost his battle with Marfan syndrome last Saturday. The rare genetic disorder affects the body's connective tissue, which is used to hold together organs, cells and tissue.Ashley Whisenhunt, 22, cared for her husband until his death, but said she was astonished when she discovered the 30 letters he left for her and their 18-month-old daughter, Brynleigh.The little girl will grow up with a letter every year from her second to 18th birthday from a man she didn't get to spend much time with but who left no doubt that he loved her unconditionally."Through his testimony, there is so much she is going to learn," Whisenhunt told ABC News.One letter was also addressed to their Longview, Texas, community, thanking them for their support."It just blows my mind," Whisenhunt said of her husband's secret gesture. "He thought about everybody else instead of himself."More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsWhisenhunt said she would respect her husband's wishes and open each letter as he planned. However, there was one special surprise left for her that she said hit her the hardest.In a spiral notebook that Whisenhunt used before she dropped out of college to care for her husband, he wrote a letter to her asking that she publish a book of poetry he had had written."He is all I ever had," Whisenhunt said of the man she fell in love with as a teenager. "We have been together since before we knew what love and life was about."Mitchell Whisenhunt planned his own funeral, and as his wife raises money to pay for it, she said she can't help but wonder what other surprises her husband has in store."There are ones we still don't know about," she said. "The funeral director said he couldn't tell me. It was Mitchell's plan and secret."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Texas Woman Gives Birth 20 Hours After Home Burns Down


iStock/Thinkstock(HITCHCOCK, Texas) -- Newlyweds in Texas are rebuilding their lives after a fire burned down their home -- just 20 hours before they welcomed their son into the world.Chad and Leslie Hunt, of Hitchcock, Texas, were out to dinner Saturday night, celebrating their two-year dating anniversary and one-month wedding anniversary, when they got a phone call from a friend that their apartment was on fire.“I thought it was a joke but realized it was real,” Chad Hunt, 24, told ABC News. “We were focused on getting home and getting our dog, but by the time we got there it was too late.”The couple’s dog died and they lost all of their belongings in the electrical fire that started in the ceiling of the apartment below theirs and shot straight up into the nursery they had spent months creating for their then-unborn son.“We just had what we were wearing and had go-bags packed for the hospital and that’s it,” said Hunt.As the couple stood outside their home speaking with firefighters and Red Cross officials, Leslie’s water broke.The couple raced to the hospital and, after 20 hours of labor, Leslie, 21, gave birth to a son they named Casey.“I think that if she would have gone into labor earlier and she had been at home with the baby, all three of us would have died,” Chad said. “It really is a blessing that it happened while we were out.”The family of three is now staying in a room in Leslie’s mother’s house while they try to find a new place to live.With no homeowners’ insurance, the couple is starting completely over, according to Chad, who works for a local air conditioning company. Despite the circumstances, he says they have been touched by the generosity of others.“Randomly people stopped by the hospital with clothes for us and clothes for the baby so we have stuff to make do for right now,” he said. “I’d like to say thank you to everyone and their generosity.”Friends have also started a GoFundMe page for the family. Donations have soared to above $6,000 in just the two days since it was created.“It’s such a blessing to have all this help,” Chad said. “It could have been a lot worse."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 2014 ABC News Radio

What Supreme Court Did (and Did Not) Reveal About Three Hot Button Issues


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Without uttering a word from the bench, the Supreme Court acted on major hot button issues in the last month concerning voting rights, abortion and gay marriage.The cases weren’t on the Court’s argument calendar. Parties were either asking the Court to act on an emergency basis to freeze a lower court decision, or requesting that the Court step in and take a case for later in the term.The Court responded by issuing orders that were usually only a few sentences long. We never got the majority’s reasoning, but in some cases a few of the Justices released a public dissent.Here’s some of what we know, and what we don’t, about the hot button issues:Voting Rights:The court sent a strong signal that it didn’t like voting changes made too close to an election. It allowed voting restrictions to remain in effect in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio. It stopped Wisconsin’s Voter ID law from going into effect.But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the most senior member of the liberal wing of the Court, had a couple of things she wanted to make clear: the country, she believes, is now feeling the impact of the Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County that invalidated a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.In two separate dissents, she pointed out that voting restrictions in Texas and North Carolina would most likely not have been able to stand in pre-Shelby days.She said the Texas Voter ID law “may prevent more than 600,000 registered Texas voters (about 4.5% of all registered voters) from voting in person for lack of compliant identification.”Abortion:The Court blocked part of Texas’ abortion law from going into effect pending appeal. Pro choice groups praised the court’s order saying that several abortion clinics -- forced to close because of a lower court ruling -- would be able to reopen while the merits of the case were argued.What’s interesting in this case is that while Justices Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas publicly dissented, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy were publicly silent.The court’s action was not a ruling on the merits; it simply granted an emergency application from pro-choice groups fearful that the state would be left with just seven clinics. But the silence on the part of Roberts and Kennedy gave the groups some hope that they might be able to get five votes down the road to permanently strike down provisions of the law.Gay Marriage:The justices cleared the way for gay marriage in several states when the Court declined to step in and review seven cases from three appeals courts. President Obama went as far as telling the New Yorker that the Court’s action was as “consequential” as anything the Court has done.We may never know what went on behind closed doors when the justices made their decision. It would have taken four votes to grant any one of the cases. Every justice knew that if the Court chose not to take up the cases, in short order 35 states would allow gay marriage.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Indiana Serial Killer Suspect Refuses to Speak in Court


iStock/Thinkstock(CROWN POINT, Ind.) -- The accused serial killer who police say confessed to murdering at least seven women in Indiana refused to speak to a judge in court Wednesday, forcing her to cancel the arraignment.Suspect Darren Vann was silent as Judge Kathleen Sullivan asked him to swear to tell the truth at the Lake County Jail in Crown Point. Instead of speaking, Vann stared straight ahead.Sullivan postponed the hearing until next week.Vann's silence comes after he cooperated with police, confessing to seven murders and showing police where to find the bodies.Vann, 43, was arrested in the Friday murder of a 19-year-old woman at a motel in Hammond, Indiana. She was later identified as Afrikka Hardy, who had recently moved to Indiana from Aurora, Colorado. Police say she was involved in a prostitution ring and Vann met her, along with other alleged victims, through listings on Backpage.com.Vann helped authorities locate the bodies of six other victims, all stashed in abandoned homes in Gary, Indiana, because "he was looking for a type of deal with prosecution," Hammond Police Chief John D. Doughty said at a press conference this week.Vann indicated to police that his murders date back two decades, and police suggested there could be additional victims.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Eric Frein Lookalike Stopped by Cops 20 Times in Manhunt


iStock/Thinkstock(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- A Pennsylvania man says he's been stopped by police more than 20 times as authorities continue to search the area where he lives for accused cop killer Eric Frein.James Tully's walk to work crosses right through the manhunt area near Canadensis, where police have been searching the woods for Frein for more than five weeks.Once, he said he was even ambushed at gunpoint by authorities who thought he was the suspect, Tully recalled."Because I'm walking and I'm carrying a book bag, and for some reason people seem to think I'm the one they're looking for," Tully told ABC News affiliate WNEP, adding that he's been stopped by police too many times to remember."I've lost count after 20 in total," he said. "The most on one round trip stretch was about seven times."Tully, who works for a metal manufacturing factory, has started wearing his employer ID card around his neck and a reflective vest on his walks."The one they're hunting for, he's not going to stand out," Tully said. "He's going to try and blend in. I want to stand out so I can let them know; look, I'm not the one they're looking for. Just let me go on my way."Pennsylvania State Police did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.Increased police presence has hurt businesses in the Pocono Mountains and put locals on edge, residents have said. In press conferences about the manhunt, Lt. Col George Bivens has repeatedly thanked people who live in the area for their support.Pocono Mountain Schools were closed on Tuesday after a reported sighting of Frein near the school campus, but reopened on Wednesday.Frein, a self-trained survivalist, is accused of shooting two troopers, killing one and injuring another, at the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12, and then fleeing into the woods.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Passenger Arriving at Newark Evaluated for Possible Ebola


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) — A passenger who arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels on United flight 998 Tuesday was being evaluated for possible symptoms of Ebola, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The passenger was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Newark, N.J., which was designated as the facility for any passengers flagged by health screeners at the airport, the CDC said."During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola," the CDC said in a statement Tuesday night. "The passenger is being transported to a local hospital for further evaluation."The CDC said that if it is determined that the other passengers were in any risk of exposure they will be contacted by CDC or state or local health officials.United said in a statement: "Health officials examined a passenger. The other customers were cleared and deplaned normally."Additionally Tuesday, an adult and a child, both of whom began their trips in Liberia, were taken from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago to hospitals to be evaluated for Ebola, although in both cases the CDC decided not to test for Ebola.Enhanced screening measures for passengers arriving from the three West African countries went into effect just this week. According to those measures, passengers arriving in the U.S. from Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia can only disembark at five airports, including Newark and O'Hare.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Samantha Greenlee, Pregnant 22-Year-Old, Found Dead in Ohio


Columbus Division of Police(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The body of a missing pregnant 22-year-old Ohio woman was found and her boyfriend is under arrest, charged with her murder, authorities told ABC News.Samantha Greenlee had been missing since Oct. 8.Her boyfriend, Jacob Ferrero, 22, who’s also the father of her unborn child, was arrested by the Columbus Police Department Wednesday morning. He’s charged with murder and aggravated arson, and he is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, according to the arrest report.Ferrero gave a full confession to a fire investigator before leading police to the location of Greenlee’s body, authorities told ABC News.Greenlee was last seen working her waitressing shift at a local restaurant before heading home, police said. Two days later, she missed a doctor’s appointment –- and a fire broke out in the apartment, with Ferrero telling police that their dog kicked over a candle, igniting the fire.He later confessed to starting the fire as a way to cover up Greenlee's death, authorities said.The developments in the case come hours after family and friends held a vigil, hoping for Greenlee’s safe return.“She was a caring person. She always thought about other people,” her father Douglas Greenlee told ABC News on Tuesday. “She would do stuff for others before she would think about herself.”Greenlee’s mother Winnie Chutes said it was uncommon for her daughter to go so long without contact.“Samantha would have contacted us by now. There’s a reason why she’s not contacting us,” Chutes 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 2014 ABC News Radio

Wireless Store Robbed of $100K Worth of Phones and Computers


Apple(GARDEN GROVE, Calif.) -- In what could be described as the modern day equivalent of a jewelry store heist, thieves in Garden Grove, California, broke into a wireless store early Tuesday morning and made off with what cops say was about a $100,000 worth of phones and computers.The robbers apparently knew what they were looking for because Oztec Wireless said that around 100 Apple iPhone6s were taken along with 20 iPads and a bunch of laptops.A surveillance video spotted three hooded men, assumed to be in their 20s, breaking into the store and then using bolt cutters to shatter glass cases containing their ill-gotten gain.Store owner Vu Bui first learned what happened when he was awakened by security company ADT and then viewed the video of the heist on his phone.By the time he arrived, the crooks were long gone but left a trail of electronics around the back of the store that led to their escape route.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Dallas Ebola Nurse Nina Pham Upgraded to Good Condition


The Pham Family(BETHESDA, Md.) -- Nina Pham, the first nurse who contracted Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was upgraded from fair condition to good condition on Tuesday.Pham was transferred to the National Institute of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda on Oct. 16. Prior to departing the Dallas hosital, Pham had been listed in good condition, but was downgraded upon arrival in Maryland. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases, declined to say why she was listed in fair condition following the trip, but said she had endured a long trip from Dallas.According to an NIH statement, Pham "has expressed her gratitude for everyone's concerns and well wishes."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Coach Suspensions Continued in NJ High School Football Hazing Scandal


ABC News(SAYREVILLE, N.J.) -- The Board of Education at the New Jersey high school embroiled in a football hazing scandal continued the suspension of the team's coaches with pay during an emotional meeting Tuesday night.Among the teachers suspended at Sayreville War Memorial High School were five with tenure, including head football coach George Najjar. The board said it would continue its investigation of the incidents, which allegedly involved older members of the team brutalizing freshmen players.Seven football players at the school accused in the hazing scandal face a variety of criminal charges as investigators try to determine the depths of the alleged abuse. Three students face sex-crime charges, and others face charges including aggravated sexual assault to conspiracy and criminal restraint.The players were charged after four victims were allegedly held against their will in four separate incidents, while the defendants improperly touched them in a sexual manner, police said.The seven suspects have all been suspended from school, with the football season canceled indefinitely amid the hazing investigation. There have been no official statements on any involvement by the coaches in the hazing.Authorities with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office have not announced whether they intend to charge any of them as adults.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Ben Bradlee, Top "Washington Post" Editor During Watergate, Dies At 93


Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Ben Bradlee, the legendary executive editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate era, has died, the newspaper reported on its website Tuesday night. He was 93.A native of Boston, Bradlee began his career at the age of 20 in a grand fashion. He graduated from Harvard, got married to his first wife, Jean Saltonstall, and joined the U.S. Navy, serving in the South Pacific.He went on to work for Newsweek, first in postwar Paris and then in Washington D.C., where he counted then-Senator John F. Kennedy as a friend. Bradlee was promoted to managing editor of the Washington Post in 1965 and rose through the ranks to become executive editor in 1968. It was a post Bradlee held until his retirement in 1991.During his tenure, Bradlee steered the newspaper to national prominence, first by publishing Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers and then exposing the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.While Bradlee was known as a top editor in Washington, he became a household name when the movie All the President's Men, detailing the Watergate scandal, hit the big screen in 1976.Bradlee was portrayed by actor Jason Robards, who starred alongside Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, who played reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward.The Washington Post credits Bradlee with helping to expand its coverage by opening bureaus around the world, leading to it becoming one of the most preeminent newspapers in the United States.Bradlee's wife, Sally Quinn, said in a recent television interview with C-SPAN that her husband of 36 years had dementia and suffered a decline in health in recent months.Seeing her husband's decline was "the most horrible experience I have ever had," Quinn said.However, she said her ability to care for him was something she held "sacred."Bradlee was awarded the Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2013 for his reporting and leadership during the Vietnam War and Watergate. He also still loved catching up with old colleagues -- something Quinn said her husband did until recently."He was going to the office once a week to have lunch with the guys," Quinn said. "They would talk about the good old days and journalism."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Times Square Bus Driver Goes From Suspect to Hero


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- No charges will be filed against a New York bus driver who was arrested after he smashed into a lamp post in Times Square this summer, after an investigation into the crash determined that the driver was actually a hero.William Dalambert was at the wheel of a Gray Line bus in August when the bus slammed into a lamp post, knocking it down. Several people were injured. Dalambert was arrested and police initially said he had failed a sobriety test.A full drug and alcohol screen test was performed later, which cleared Dalambert of being impaired."As part of the two-month-long investigation, prosecutors interviewed numerous eyewitnesses, including the only witness on the bus, a tour guide riding with Dalambert at the time of the crash," a statement from the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said."After obtaining phone records, video, and running tests on an identical bus, we have concluded that a mechanical failure caused the bus to lurch forward, at which time the driver steered the bus away from a crowded sidewalk, thereby averting serious injury to those on the sidewalk," the statement said.The DA's office said Dalambert "voluntarily submitted to sobriety and toxicology tests, which came back negative."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Jodi Arias Death Penalty Trial Begins with Shocking Photo


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- The death penalty phase of Jodi Arias' murder trial started Tuesday with both sides promising it would be just as lurid and grisly as last year's murder trial.The prosecution began its case with a shocking photo. Prosecutor Juan Martinez showed a photo of Arias' ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander's throat slit within minutes of starting to make his case, saying, "This is how much she loved him."Arias' defense attorney Kirk Nurmi argued that she shouldn't be put to death because she has been diagnosed with both post traumatic stress disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, calling her a "troubled, mentally ill young woman."The Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona was filled with supporters on either side, including Alexander's siblings on one side of the room and Arias' parents and brother on the other.Arias, now 34, was found guilty of murder last year, but the first jury was unable to agree on whether Arias should be condemned to death. The current jury of 12 women and six men -- which includes six alternates -- will be asked to decide whether Arias is executed."It is up to you to write the final chapter of this story," said Nurmi, a state-appointed defense attorney who represented Arias throughout the nearly six-month trial last year.Nurmi dedicated much of his nearly 45-minute opening statement issuing warnings to the jury, warning that there will be graphic evidence including autopsy photos, sexually explicit photos, and transcriptions of the X-rated text messages that Arias exchanged with Alexander in the months before his June 2008 murder.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Three American Girls En Route to Syria Tracked Down by FBI


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI has tracked down three American teenage girls in Germany as they were en route to Syria to join militant groups, a law enforcement official told ABC News Tuesday.The girls, who are from the Denver area, were trying "to fulfill what they believe is some vision that has been put out on a slick media campaign" by radical groups in Syria, including ISIS, the official said.This is part of a worrisome trend of "disaffected youth" who are being radicalized, the official said, pointing to the wider phenomenon of foreign fighters converging on the conflict in the region. While these girls were 15 or 16 years old, there are other cases of high school age kids trying to get to Syria that haven’t been made public, the official said.The girls were persuaded to travel overseas and were in contact with someone in Germany, the official said, noting that someone close to them notified authorities.They were turned around and sent back to the United States, the official said, noting that because they are minors, it's not clear whether they will be charged with anything or be "arrested."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 2014 ABC News Radio

Creepy Clown Sightings Spread Across Nation


KOAT(NEW YORK) -- Days after several reports of spooky clowns alarming residents in California, pranksters in similar costumes are popping up in other states.Sgt. Tom Weger of the Fishers Police Department in Indiana thinks his town is dealing with a copycat."We have had over the past week three calls of a suspicious person dressed in a creepy clown outfit," Weger told ABC News Tuesday. "We believe it's just one individual dressing up as a clown and kind of creeping people out a bit."Police looked for the clown but never found him, he added."As of right now, he hasn't broken any law," Weger said.The reports come after similar sightings this month in Bakersfield, California, and the launch of social media accounts using the name "Wasco Clown," showing a scary clown posing at different locations in Bakersfield and nearby cities.Fishers, Indiana, isn't alone in the new sightings, days before Halloween. Residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico, were recently spooked when a scary clown posed for a photo in front of a local restaurant and posted it on social media. But the clown, Tickles, told ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV in Albuquerque that he didn't mean any harm by the scary photo."I haven't gotten any phone calls, but we've had several news outlets here in Albuquerque report on it," Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said of the spooky clown. "It has not become a police matter yet."And clowns have also reportedly appeared in Jacksonville, Florida, popping up on security footage.The World Clown Association says such spooky sightings are giving clowns a bad rap."People dressed as horror clowns are not 'real clowns,'" World Clown Association President-elect Randy Christensen said. "They are taking something innocent and wholesome and perverting it to create fear in their audience."Clowns, he added, should promote "positive, family-friendly" enjoyment.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 2014 ABC News Radio

DHS Places Restrictions on Passengers Entering US from West Africa


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- All U.S.-bound travelers coming from West African countries where there have been Ebola outbreaks will have to fly into one of five American airports, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday.Specifically, beginning on Wednesday, any passengers arriving in the United States who started their travel in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into JFK International Airport in New York, Newark International Airport in New Jersey, Dulles International Airport outside Washington, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta or O’Hare Internal Airport in Chicago.All five hubs had already established “enhanced screening and additional resources” for extra screening of passengers believed to have come from Ebola-stricken areas, according to DHS.“We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.The five airports where certain passengers will now be required to arrive in the United States account for about 94 percent of travelers flying into the country from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, according to Johnson.Johnson said his department is “working closely” with airlines to implement the new travel restrictions and minimize “travel disruption,” but he said any passengers who need to rebook their travel should contact the airlines directly.A top lawmaker from New York, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer, called the move "a good and effective step towards tightening the net and further protecting our citizens," saying in a statement that it “provides an added layer of protection against Ebola entering our country."The new restrictions come one day after Johnson spoke with Customs and Border Protection officers serving at the five airports.“I reminded our CBP officers to be vigilant in their efforts, and encouraged them to set a calm example for an American public nervous about Ebola,” Johnson 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 2014 ABC News Radio

After $175M Verdict, Feds to Examine Widely-Used Guardrails


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The federal agency that a court found was misled and defrauded by a leading guardrail company is taking a hard look at whether the company’s guardrails -- some of the most widely-used on America’s roads -- should continue to protect American drivers.“The Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] will evaluate the findings of the Trinity case and consider whether it affects the continued eligibility of the ET-Plus guardrail end terminal,” Department of Transportation spokesperson Brian Farber told ABC News in an email late Monday evening. “Separately, the FHWA continues to review the Trinity guardrail end terminal service record.”The announcement came hours after a Texas jury ordered Texas-based Trinity Industries, the guardrail maker, to pay $175 million in damages after it was shown to have modified a component of the guardrails -- the end terminal -- back in 2005 without telling the U.S. government or any state transportation departments until years later.Josh Harman, a competitor of Trinity’s, filed suit against the company for fraud, but also alleged that the modified end terminal made the guardrails more dangerous for motorists.The modified guardrail end terminal, called the ET-Plus system, was the subject of an ABC News’ 20/20 investigation last month.Harman and accident victims told ABC News that when the modified guardrail is struck from the front, rather than absorb the impact as designed, the altered guardrail end terminal can malfunction and the guardrail itself “locks up,” spearing through the car and its occupants. They linked the new guardrail to severed limbs and deaths in accidents.In an internal company email obtained by ABC News, a Trinity official estimated that making one of the modifications -- reducing a piece of metal from five inches to four -- would save the company $2 per guardrail end terminal, or $50,000 per year.Trinity maintained that the changes were made to improve the end terminal and only “inadvertently omitted” documentation about the change in papers to the government back in 2005. For ABC News’ original report, Trinity said it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of the ET-Plus system and noted that after the FHWA learned of the change in 2012, it still repeatedly approved the end terminal for use.After the verdict Monday, Harman’s attorneys said they were “pleased” that the jury “after hearing evidence for just four days and deliberating for just three hours… saw the plain truth that the FHWA has clearly been defrauded and that fraud has exacted the ultimate toll in claiming lives of those unnecessarily endangered by Trinity’s secretly-modified guardrail end terminals.”In its announcement late Monday, the DOT also urged “all states to immediately share any crash information involving the Trinity ET-Plus guardrail end terminal.”“To be clear, our number-one priority is safety and we will take a data-driven approach to ensure safety on our highways,” the DOT said.In recent months four states -- Virginia, Massachusetts, Missouri and Nevada -- have said they are suspending the installation of the ET-Plus system as they investigate further.Trinity said it is working with the states and will appeal Monday’s decision, saying it “will not withstand legal scrutiny.”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 2014 ABC News Radio

A Look at Where Manhunt Subject Eric Frein Has Been Spotted


Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — Accused cop killer Eric Frein, the subject of a massive manhunt lasting for more than five weeks, has recently been spotted twice near his old high school, police said.Schools in the Pocono Mountain School District in eastern Pennsylvania are closed Tuesday because of increased police presence in the area. A police officer spotted a man believed to be Frein on Monday outside the Swiftwater Post Office, but lost contact with the man in the woods. He was wearing green, the officer said.Police searched the area but didn't find the suspect, who's accused of ambushing two state troopers at the Blooming Grove police barracks Sept. 12, before fleeing into the woods.The post office is less than a mile from Pocono Mountain East High School, where there was another sighting Friday.  A woman out for a walk near the school said she spotted a man armed with a rifle and with mud caked on his face."He had actually turned towards me and that's where you could tell the mud on his face. You could tell the height he was based on the truck he was standing next to," she told ABC affiliate WPVI in Philadelphia."You could clearly tell it was a gun, a rifle with a scope attached to it. It looked as though he was looking for something or looking which way to go. He avoided making eye contact. I had the light shining on his upper half and his face was kind of confusing. This guy was not startled by me."Police had been focused for weeks on a few square miles near Frein's family home in Canadensis, near the borders of Pike and Monroe counties. Since the new sightings, they have shifted their general search area about five or six miles southwest.Blood droplets found on the porch of a home near Cresco were tested but did not come from Frein, police also said Monday.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Moment Mystery Light Streaked Across Night Sky Captured on Video


Illustration. iStock/Thinkstock(HUNTSVILLE, Ala.) — The moment a bright light streaked across the night sky in Trussville, Alabama, was captured on video Monday night.The sighting came as the Earth passed through the debris cloud from Halley’s Comet, which produces the annual Orionid meteor shower.Bill Cooke of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, told ABC News there were "several bright Orionids Monday night, as well as a spectacular fireball over middle Tennessee" that he said broke apart at 24 miles altitude just south of Nashville.While it's not entirely clear what the streak of light captured on the security camera is, it's possible it could be the fireball that Cooke mentions.Sky-gazers were treated to a show as bits of comet dust hit the atmosphere, producing as many as a couple dozen shooting stars per hour, according to Cooke."Meteoroids from Halley’s Comet strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 148,000 mph," Cooke said in a news release. "Only the November Leonids are faster."The shower is named for Orion, the constellation they appear to streak out of, according to astronomers.More ABC news videos | ABC Health NewsFollow @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 2014 ABC News Radio

Juror in Polo Mogul's Retrial Violated Computer Rule


iStock/Thinkstock(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A juror in the retrial of polo mogul John Goodman was sequestered Monday, caught violating a strict rule against unsupervised computer use.Juror No. 3 was accused of sneaking a laptop into his hotel room. He visited Bleacherreport.com and Fantasy Football at Yahoo.com, according to the juror.Judge Jeffrey Colbath isn’t buying the story.“It may be that he’s being disingenuous when he says, ‘The computer just magically appeared in my room,’” Colbath said.Despite the juror’s violation, the prosecution and defense are allowing him to continue on the DUI manslaughter case.This is the second trial for the multimillionaire, who was convicted in 2012 for the death of Scott Wilson, 23, and sentenced to 16 years behind bars. But that verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct.Prosecutors say Goodman’s blood-alcohol level was 0.177 at the time of the crash, more than twice the legal limit to drive.Goodman has pleaded not guilty, with his lawyers insisting he was not impaired at the time of the accident, and that his brakes failed.Facundo Paredes, the valet at the bar where Goodman had been drinking, testified Monday that Goodman didn’t seem impaired when he handed him the keys.But forensic toxicologist Dustin Tate Yeatman told the court it’s possible Goodman was intoxicated.“Someone who drinks alcohol on a daily basis could potentially have a significant tolerance,” Yeatman 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 2014 ABC News Radio

ABC News Exclusive: Mother of Nurse Who Contracted Ebola Speaks


Debra Berry(DALLAS) -- The mother of a nurse who contracted Ebola while treating a patient at a Texas hospital says her daughter is focused on recovery, but remains weak since being diagnosed with the deadly virus last week.“She is doing OK, just trying to get stronger,” Debra Berry said of her daughter, Amber Vinson, to ABC News. “We talk to her when she’s not trying to sleep or avoid phone calls.”Vinson, 29, is being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She was diagnosed with Ebola Oct. 15, self-reporting to the hospital after registering a fever. Berry says it has been difficult for her to comprehend her daughter’s situation.“I can’t put it into words really, how it feels to have the knowledge that she’s sick and I can’t get to her,” she said.Nina Pham and Vinson were diagnosed with Ebola after providing care to Thomas Eric Duncan -- a Liberian national who later died -- at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Authorities still aren’t sure how the breach occurred. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for Ebola treatment Monday, promoting head-to-toe protection.Berry wishes the stricter guidelines were established sooner.“It is concerning. I guess more than anything, I’m so relieved that it’s in place now,” Berry said. “It should help ensure that no one has to endure what Amber and what Ms. Pham have had to go through these weeks, and their families.”Berry remains quarantined after her daughter’s diagnosis, but she says she isn’t worried about contracting Ebola because her daughter was especially careful. Vinson contacted health officials after Pham was diagnosed with Ebola, asking whether precautionary arrangements could be made for her return to Dallas, her family said. She had been in Ohio planning for her wedding.After landing in Dallas, Vinson reported a temperature of 100.3 degrees and admitted herself to the hospital.“She wasn’t sick [at the time], and knowing she would never expose me or anyone else to something that would be harmful; I’m just doing what I’m being told to do,” Berry 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 2014 ABC News Radio

UN Officials Criticize City of Detroit for Water Shutoffs


Tomjac80/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- United Nations human rights officials on Monday criticized the city of Detroit for shutting off water to customers behind on their bills, saying that the shutoffs discriminate against minorities. Officials spent the weekend in Detroit "to learn more about the impact of water disconnections on the living conditions of individuals and households and on their human rights to water, sanitation and housing." "Without water," the U.N. statement read, "people cannot live a life with dignity." Further, "when people are genuinely unable to pay the bill, it is the State's obligation to provide urgent measures, including financial assistance, a specially low tariff or subsidies, to ensure access to essential water and sanitation for all."The city's water policy allows for water to be shut off to customers more than 60 days behind on their bills. This year alone, 27,000 households have had their water shut off in Detroit. U.N. officials said that the city had raised water rates by 8.7 percent, passing on the expense of leakages in aging infrastructure.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Murder Suspect Mistakenly Released From Prison


Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services(BALTIMORE) -- A Maryland murder suspect was mistakenly released from prison on Friday, and state corrections officials say they didn’t even know the man was missing until Sunday night.Rodriquez Purnell was awaiting trial on murder charges when he was released Friday evening from the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center in Baltimore. Purnell was charged in the St. Patrick’s Day 2013 shooting death of 27-year-old Terrence Rheubottom of Baltimore. Purnell also was convicted of assaulting a Department of Corrections employee after the inmate's arrest on the murder charge. Police have launched a manhunt for Purnell, who was still at large on Monday.Maryland Corrections spokesman Mark Vernarelli says the mistaken release was not discovered by officials until Sunday night. When they realized Purnell was gone, Vernarelli said officials informed law enforcement immediately, and put the information out to the public Monday morning.Investigators are now trying to figure out how Purnell was released, and why no one in the system even knew he was missing for two days.“We just don’t know yet what happened,” Vernarelli told ABC News. “We handle thousands of suspects awaiting trial, and this is very, very rare.”In 2010, another Maryland inmate briefly found his freedom when he was mistakenly released by Maryland Corrections officials. Raymond T. Taylor was serving three life terms for the attempted murders of his girlfriend and her two daughters when he was released by mistake. Taylor pulled off his escape by successfully posing as another inmate. Corrections officials discovered Taylor had stolen the Correction’s Department inmate identification card of a cellmate, and passed himself off as the man, who had finished his sentence and was due to be released.Taylor was captured a day later in West Virginia, and several Corrections Department employees were disciplined in the case.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Reveals Why He (Probably) Won't Make Another Album Ever Again


Courtesy: Library of CongressWhile Billy Joel continues to pack fans into New York's Madison Square Garden every month -- as part of his ongoing residency there -- fans are still hoping that he might one day decide to make a new album.  But in a new interview with The New Yorker, Joel says that's not likely to happen.  "I've had my say," he explains."Some people think it's because I'm lazy or I'm just being contrary," the Piano Man tells the magazine, explaining why he hasn't put out an album of original pop songs since 1993's River of Dreams.  "But no, I think it's just -- I've had my say.  If I put out an album now, it would probably sell pretty well, because of who I am, but that's no reason to do it.  I'd want it to be good."He adds, "I've seen artists on that treadmill, putting out albums year after year, and the albums get worse and worse, less and less interesting, and it's, like, 'Maybe you should stop.'"  In addition, Billy thinks actually recording a new album would just be too much of a hassle."I'm not crazy about going into a recording studio and doing that kind of life again, or taking on another project where there's other people involved -- arrangers and orchestrators and conductors and producers," he tells The New Yorker.  "I don't want to deal with it...You have to have a certain amount of ambition to want to do all that.  Joel adds, "And I look back at the guy who was the recording artist, this Billy Joel guy, and I think, Who the f**k was that guy?  He was very ambitious, very driven, and I don't feel like that anymore."And then there's the personal aspect of it.  Billy says he doesn't want to write songs, only to have people pick them apart for clues to his personal life."I had gone through this celebrity craziness with Christie [Brinkley], and the divorce," he says, talking about the time of River of Dreams and its aftermath. "I felt like there was a proctoscope up my butt. Everybody interrogating, analyzing -- everything I wrote was fraught with meanings -- and I said, 'Wait a minute, I don't want to rip myself open and let everyone see everything.'  It was no longer comfortable.  'Enough! I gave you enough!'"Still, Joel tells The New Yorker that he's been working on a series of "tone poems" called The Scrimshaw Pieces, which are meant to tell the history of Long Island.  However, he has no plans to release that music any time soon. In fact, he hasn't actually recorded a lot of it, and says he's even on the verge of forgetting some of it.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 2014 ABC News Radio

Fighter Jets Collide over Kansas, No Serious Injuries Reported


AndersHP84/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOWARD, Kan.) -- A pair of F-16 fighter jets were involved in a mid-air collision on Monday in which one of the planes crashed and the pilot of the other was able to return to its base in Tulsa, Okla. and land safely.According to the Oklahoma National Guard, the planes collided over Howard, about 110 miles away from Tulsa. The two jets were taking part in a training exercise when at the time of the crash. The pilot whose plane crashed was able to eject and was recovered safely.Col. Max Moss of the Oklahoma National Guard said Monday that, "neither pilot was seriously injured in the accident," but that the pilot who ejected will be medically evaluated at a Wichita hospital.No further information regarding the crash was immediately available.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 2014 ABC News Radio