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School Shootings Since Columbine: By the Numbers


ABCNews.com(COLUMBINE, Colo.) -- In a Diane Sawyer special edition of 20/20, she spoke with Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold. ABC News examined the impact and lessons from that tragic day that changed the nation. The numbers that follow are a part of a larger conversation about school violence and children in crisis:50 – The number of mass murders or attempted mass murders at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)141 – The number of people killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder at a school since Columbine. (FBI records)73 – The percentage of school shooters with no prior criminal record, not even an arrest. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)96 – The percentage of school shooters who are male. (FBI records)17 – The number of kids aged 15 or younger who have committed or attempted a mass school shooting since Columbine. (FBI records)81 – The percentage of school shootings where someone had information that the attacker was thinking about or planning the shooting. (U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Department of Education)68 – The percentage of school shooters who got their guns from relatives or at home. (US Secret Service, US Department of Education)65 - The number of school shooters and thwarted school shooters who have referenced Columbine as a motivation. (ABC News investigation, various law enforcement agencies)270 – The number of shootings of any kind at a school since Columbine. (ABC News review of reported cases)1 – The number of shootings per week, on average, on a school or college campus in 2015. (ABC News review of reported cases)ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Shooting Death of Two Arizona Teens Appears to Be Murder-Suicide, Police Say


iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- Two 15-year-old girls died after a shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said.Investigators said they found evidence at the scene leading them to believe that one girl took the life of the other before taking her own life, noting the investigation is still ongoing.The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. The two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an "isolated" area of campus, Glendale police said.Officers found both girls dead at the scene, Officer Tracey Breeden, spokesperson for the Glendale Police Department, said at a news conference.The girls were found together with a weapon near them, Breeden said. Both girls were in the 10th grade, she added.During the processing of the scene, a suicide note was located, police said."This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time," police said earlier Friday after the campus was put on lockdown.In a statement released later Friday, police said: "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appearing to also be in a relationship. Detectives do not have any persons of interest and do not believe there are any outstanding suspects.""The investigation has led detectives to believe this incident was a murder-suicide," police added. "In addition, information obtained indicates gunshots were heard at the school this morning, but it is believed no students witnessed the shooting."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hundreds of Thumbtacks Found in California Dog Park


Hercules Police Department(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Hundreds of thumbtacks have been found strewn across a California dog park on multiple occasions, apparently placed there intentionally to harm the pets that play in the park, police told ABC owned station KGO-TV in San Francisco.Dog owners began to notice the dangerous tacks at the Ohlone Dog Park in Hercules last month and collected enough to fill several sandwich bags, KGO-TV reported. But when they returned, more tacks had appeared."After we've gotten most of them out, then we come back and they're back again," Bay Area dog owner Annie Miller told KGO-TV.At least two dogs have been hurt from the tacks, according to witnesses."One of the guys was picking them up and his dog swallowed one and he had to take him to the vet," Miller said. "I'm sure it's not a very nice vet bill.""Another person, their dog was limping and she put the paw up and there was a tack, not all the way in, but it was in the paw," dog owner Kathy Long told KGO-TV.Police said animals aren't the only ones in danger, as the thumbtacks could be harmful to children as well, since they're small enough to swallow."A child is very quick with that kind of thing and could have it in his mouth and swallow it before any parent could reach them," said Connie Van Putten, public information officer for the Hercules Police Department.Police are asking the public to report any suspicious activity in the area.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Identified in Columbus Restaurant Machete Attack Known to FBI


ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The FBI knew the alleged suspect who attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.Law enforcement sources tell ABC News that Barry, the man who Columbus Police shot and killed after a machete attack Thursday, was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.  Barry’s name was in a law enforcement database which includes names potentially related to terrorism.  Being in the database would have flagged him if he came in contact with local authorities.All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were "red flags" surrounding the attack."Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away," he said.“Fortunately, no one's life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Restaurant Machete Attack Survivor Describes 'Complete Chaos'


iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- When a machete-wielding man launched an attack at an Ohio restaurant, injuring four, "complete chaos broke out," one survivor told ABC News Friday.Tracy - who did not want to use her last name - had just paid for her meal at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli when she heard screaming, she said."I turned around. And there was a gentleman behind me, in front of the first booth, with two machetes in the air. One in each hand," she said. "And basically going down the entire row of booths in the restaurant and just hitting everybody with the machetes."The man's attack was reported around 6 p.m. Thursday, the Columbus Police Department said Friday."Complete chaos broke out," Tracy said. "Everybody was running away from him trying to get out of the restaurant.""My legs completely gave out on me ... I thought to myself, that at any moment I'm gonna get a knife in my back," she said.She said some children and elderly people were in the restaurant."It was so sudden," Tracy said. "I think it caught a lot of people off guard because they were eating."She continued: "The first thing that went through my head was, I see this on TV all the time, but you never really think it's gonna happen to you.""There was a lot of blood," she added, saying that she was thankful everyone survived.Tracy described the suspect as "quiet" and "expressionless.""I didn't hear him say a word," she said."He didn't even really try to escape quickly," she said. "He just kind of hung out in the parking lot for a while. And was still taunting some of the customers and waiving his knives in the air."She said he drove off calmly.The suspect, identified as Mohamed Barry, 30, according to Franklin County Coroner Dr. Anahi Ortiz, eventually fled the scene in a car with police in pursuit, according to a police press release.After some time, the suspect stopped and exited the car, armed with a machete in one hand and a knife in the other, police said in the release. Officers deployed a taser to prevent him from fleeing again, but it wasn't effective. As the suspect lunged at police, an officer shot him multiple times, according to the release. Officer John Johnson, a 25-year veteran, fired the shots, police said.Barry died at the scene, police said.Four victims - three men and one woman - were hospitalized after the attack, police said.William Foley, 54, was in critical but stable condition Friday, police said, while Gerald Russell, 43, and Debbie Russell, 43, were in stable condition. The last victim, Neil McMeekin, 43, has been treated and released, police said Friday.No officers were injured, police said.The incident is being investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team, police said, and the final investigative package will be forwarded to the Columbus Division of Police Firearms/Police-Involved Death Review Board and the Chain-Of-Command for review.The FBI is investigating the suspect's motive, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said at a news conference Friday afternoon, adding that the motive is not yet clear. Law enforcement sources told ABC News Friday that Barry was known to the FBI, but was not under full scale investigation.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Identified in Columbus Restaurant Machete Attack


ABC News(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- Police have identified a man who allegedly attacked four people at a Columbus, Ohio restaurant with a machete on Thursday before fleeing.Columbus police shot and killed the suspect, 30-year-old local man Mohamed Barry, but said he had no criminal history and there was no known motive for the stabbings.All victims who sustained wounds at the Nazareth Restaurant and Deli were expected to recover, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said.According to the Columbus Dispatch, the restaurant owner Hany Baransi said his business was targeted because of his Israeli descent.The FBI was brought in to investigate after Deputy Police Chief Michael Moods said there were "red flags" surrounding the attack."Lone individual, machete, going into a public place, committing an assault on people that he apparently does not know: those are the things that give us concern and those are the things we wanted to answer right away," he said.“Fortunately, no one's life was lost except for the perpetrator,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said on the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday afternoon.But there was “a lot of blood, a lot of pain,” Kasich said. “So we got to rally around those people.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Death-Metal Rocker Believes Lost Vest in Macy's Display


Meshach Babcock(NEW YORK) -- When a death-metal rocker in Oregon had his treasured biker vest stolen at a performance three years ago, not only did he think he would never wear it again, he certainly didn’t expect it might resurface on the other side of the country, in a Macy’s store-window display.“The whole thing is just really bizarre and awesome,” Meshach Babcock, 23, said.His good friend Nicholas Prom was on Instagram Saturday when he saw a photo of a vest in a New York City Macy’s, as part of a Ralph Lauren Polo display in Herald Square, Babcock said.He said Prom knew it was Babcock’s from the patches and writing on the vest. So Prom immediately called his friend, who was at a bar that night and began jumping up and down and screaming, prompting a few stares, Babcock said.Babcock rushed back to his home in Portland that night to “check out what was going on.” In the time it took Babcock to get back to his house, Prom had already created a Facebook page titled “Macy's, Give Back Meshach's Vest,” and it gained a few hundred “likes.”“It just started booming from there,” Babcock said.A death-metal musician in several bands, Babcock cherished the vest given to him by a friend whose grandfather had used the vest in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the eight years he had the vest, he made it his “constant art project,” adding patches, writing on and dying the vest.It is a “big thing in heavy metal to have a jacket,” Babcock said, and “it became really important to me,” he said.In April 2013, Babcock was playing with his band Maniak at a battle-of-the-bands show at Oregon City High School. He put his vest down with the rest of his band’s stuff in the back and when he came back at the end of the show, his vest was gone.“I stayed there for two hours looking for it,” Babcock said. “I went back to the school the next day to ask security if they saw it,” and he even searched through garbage cans hoping to find it somewhere.Devastated, he gave up until last week when his hope was renewed. Babcock has been in contact with Macy’s and the company must verify that it is his, according to company spokeswoman Elina Kazan.She said Macy's has yet to confirm that the vest belongs to Babcock.If it does, it’s unclear how Ralph Lauren Polo and Macy’s would have come into possession of the vest. Kazan said there is a supply shop where a visual team creates the displays for Macy’s and the jacket was in the supply shop.The vest has been taken down from the display and is being stored in a secure place. Kazan said she is waiting for Babcock to call her to complete the verification.But Babcock hopes to have the vest back soon. To celebrate, he plans to perform a big show and, he said, keep the vest on the entire time.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Teen Girls Dead in Shooting at Arizona High School


iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) – A double shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, left two 15-year-old girls dead, according to Glendale police.Glendale Police Officer Tracey Breeden said in a news conference the department received a call of a shooting before 8am MST at the high school, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix.Police arrived on the scene and found the two female students dead in a covered patio area near the school.A weapon was also found at the scene, Glendale police said. "This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time," police said.Parents are arriving at the school to make sure their children are safe. The school is still on lockdown as officers continue their investigation.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Woman Has Kissing Booth in Yard for Valentine's Day


Stephanie Loving(GLEN ALLEN, Va.) -- Roses are red, violets are blue, with a last name like “Loving,” how can you not have a kissing booth? That’s exactly how Stephanie Loving, of Glen Allen, Virginia, feels, especially since her absolute favorite holiday is Valentine’s Day. “I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. My last name was just the bonus,” Loving told ABC News. “As a child, opening up that bag at school and seeing what pretty Valentine’s you got from your friends, and candy, it was just the best. It was always a day I really looked forward to and as I got older I started setting up decorations. I would also send everyone in my Rolodex a Valentine’s card.” In the Loving family’s front yard there is a kissing booth and 4-foot-tall hearts with Valentine’s-themed lights. “I would decorate the whole inside of the house and I’m running out of room and I thought, ‘I should share this love with everyone else,’” she explained. “I asked my husband if he’d help me do this and he was reluctant because he knew it would be a lot of work, but we did it. We made all these 4-foot hearts and we made a kissing booth and it’s all decorated with tulle.” She hopes it encourages all their neighbors to stop by for a photo-opp and some good old-fashioned fun. “Valentine’s is just one day that you tell people you love them, but it should be every day. That’s my thing, spread love not hate,” said Loving, 44. “Neighbors, they come over, they take pictures. I was walking out the front door to take my daughter to gym class and there was a little boy in the kissing booth and his mom was taking a picture and the little boy ran away thinking he was getting in trouble and I said, ‘No, no, that’s what it’s there for.’” Loving says she plans to keep decorating her home for many years to come. “If my neighbors can handle tacky Christmas decorations, then they can handle a little of love,” she joked.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michigan Governor Releases Emails Regarding Flint Water Crisis


iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) -- The office of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder released emails and corresponding documents upon request from state departments regarding the Flint water crisis.According to a statement released Friday by the governor’s office, the documentation represents requests made by the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Treasury, Department of Technology, Management and Budget, and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development regarding Flint water.“By making the information easily accessible, everyone can review it and take what they need, and then we can all focus and work together on solutions, healing, and moving Flint forward,” Snyder said in the statement.The emails and attachments can be accessed here.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

East Coast Deep Freeze: What to Expect


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Bundle up, East Coasters and Midwesterners: Dangerous wind chills are headed your way this weekend, as 19 states -- from North Dakota to North Carolina -- are under a wind chill warning. Here is a rundown of what to expect: New York CityThe Big Apple is one of the areas under a winter chill advisory, with a possible wind chill of negative 25 degrees. And those bone-chilling temperatures could be one for the record books: If NYC hits zero degrees this weekend, it will be the first time since 1994. The cold and wind are expected to be so extreme that Central Park has cancelled its Ice Festival. In another bit of irony -- the NYC Parks Department was slated to host the "Ultimate Snow Day" in Central Park on Saturday, Jan. 23 -- but that was cancelled because of a massive snowstorm that day. Midwest In the Midwest, the wind chill advisory is active Friday and Friday night with winds chills as low as 30 below zero. New England In New England, the National Weather Service (NWS) issued a wind chill warning from 4 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday, warning of "life-threatening wind chills and near record cold air temperatures." The wind chill warning includes most of Massachusetts, except for the south coast. It also includes the northern half of Rhode Island and northern Connecticut. Wind chills may be between 20 and 30 degrees below zero, with some locations possibly approaching 35 degrees below zero. The worst of the wind chills there will be Saturday night into Sunday morning. Air temperatures Saturday night into Sunday morning could fall to a near record cold along the New England coast, possibly reaching five degrees below to five degrees above zero. Temperature could hit five below to 15 below inland. Frostbite Danger Wind chills in this cold can bring on frostbite in as little as 10 minutes, the NWS said, so outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are going outside, dress in layers, and keep your hands and head covered. Meanwhile, "lake effect" snow is accumulating in upstate New York and parts of lower and upper Michigan. Up to 37 inches of snow fell in Mexico, New York, in the last two days. And in Michigan, some areas were hit with two feet of snow. Another foot is possible through Saturday. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Double Shooting Reported at Arizona High School


iStock/Thinkstock(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- After a double shooting at a Glendale, Arizona, high school Friday morning, police said the incident was isolated and the school and neighborhood are now safe.The shooting was reported at Independence High School, about 12 miles outside of Phoenix. Two teenagers were shot just before 8 a.m. in an "isolated" area of campus, Glendale police said."This was not any sort of active shooter incident and there is no danger to the school or community at this time," police said.Police said the campus is on lockdown.Story developing...Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Van Hits Plane Full of Passengers


rypson/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(BOSTON) -- A fueling van hit a JetBlue plane with passengers onboard while the plane was at the gate.The van caused some damage and the plane is now out of service.JetBlue released a statement saying, "...a ground operations vehicle came into contact with the aircraft operating JetBlue flight #891 at Logan International Airport while it was parked at the gate. The aircraft is being inspected for damage, and customers on the flight from Boston to Tampa will be accommodated on a different aircraft [Friday] morning. The incident is under investigation for further details."The Massachusetts Port Authority told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV that "the plane did sustain damage and has been taken out of service. Massport Fire and Rescue and the Massachusetts State Police responded."Police told WCVB-TV that the driver of the van was injured. No other injuries were reported.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sue Klebold, Mother of Columbine Killer Dylan Klebold: 'It's Very Hard to Live W


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine killer Dylan Klebold, told ABC News' Diane Sawyer that when the Columbine tragedy happened, she couldn’t stop thinking about the victims and their families.“I just remember sitting there and reading about them, all these kids and the teacher,” Klebold said in an exclusive interview that will air in a special edition of “20/20” Friday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.“And I keep thinking-- constantly thought how I would feel if it were the other way around and one of their children had shot mine,” she continued. “I would feel exactly the way they did. I know I would. I know I would.”On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher, and wounding 24 more people before taking their own lives. The tragedy not only shocked the community in Littleton, Colorado, but stunned the nation and forever changed how school administrations and law enforcement handle school shootings.“There is never a day that goes by where I don't think of the people that Dylan harmed,” she said.“You used the word ‘harmed,’” Sawyer observed.“I think it's easier for me to say harmed than killed, and it's still hard for me after all this time,” Klebold added. “It is very hard to live with the fact that someone you loved and raised has brutally killed people in such a horrific way.”Before Columbine happened, Klebold said she was one of those parents who believed she would have known if something were wrong with her son -- but that all changed after the tragedy.“I think we like to believe that our love and our understanding is protective, and that ‘if anything were wrong with my kids, I would know,’ but I didn't know,” she said. “And-- it's very hard to live with that.”“I felt that I was a good mom… That he would, he could talk to me about anything,” Klebold continued. “Part of the shock of this was that learning that what I believed and how I lived and how I parented was-- an invention in my own mind. That it, it was a completely different world that he was living in.”This was Sue Klebold’s first television interview since the Columbine shooting. The interview coincides with the release of Klebold’s new memoir, “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy,” out on Feb. 15. Her book profits will go towards research and charitable foundations focusing on mental health issues.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspected Teen Hacker Who Targeted Top US Officials Arrested Overseas


Ruskpp/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) --  British authorities, with help from the FBI, have arrested a teenager they believe is behind a series of cyberattacks targeting some of the highest officials in U.S. government, a source with knowledge of the matter told ABC News.Authorities are trying to determine whether others may also have been involved, the source said. The 16-year-old has not been named.For the past several months, a group calling itself “Crackas With Attitude” has been disclosing private information associated with such high-ranking officials as CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.Information about rank-and-file employees working for the FBI, Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security were posted online this week, though sources described the pilfered information as amounting to an internal phone directory.Authorities suspect so-called “social engineering” may have helped those responsible gain access to the federal systems, according to one U.S. official.Social engineering essentially involves a hacker gaining access to a system by sending an email to someone and pretending to be a known or trusted associate of the recipient.“There is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive or personally identifiable information,” DHS said in a statement earlier this week.But officials expressed concern that more sensitive information was accessed and could be released.In October, a personal AOL email account associated with CIA Director Brennan, and containing personally identifiable information, was hacked, as was an account linked to DHS Secretary Johnson.Sources said it did not appear Brennan used the account for government business after he became CIA director. Johnson’s targeted account also was not used regularly, sources said at the time.U.S. authorities began to identify what they thought was a group of suspects at least two months ago, ultimately narrowing in on the 16-year-old in England, sources said.The arrest of a suspect was first reported by CNN.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Five Indicted in Deadly NYC Building Fire Caused by Alleged Illegal Gas Line


Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five people have been indicted Thursday in connection with a fatal March 2015 building explosion in Manhattan's East Village that left two people dead and more than 20 injured.Maria Hrynenko, 56, the building's owner; her son Michael Hyrnenko, 30; Athanasios Ioannidis, 59; and Dilber Kukic, 40, were charged with involuntary manslaughter in addition to other charges. Andrew Trombettas, 57, faces lesser charges. All of the defendants pleaded not guilty Thursday.Investigators say the explosion was caused by an illegally tapped gas line."When you are responsible for the construction, renovation and the powering of buildings, you are responsible for handling dangerous instruments and when you tinker around with a gas system, the electrical hookups, as happened here, you have, in effect, weaponized the building," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. during a news conference Thursday.Around 3:17 p.m. local time, March 26, witnesses reported what sounded like an explosion at Sushi Park restaurant at 121 Second Avenue, which is at the bottom of a five-story pre-war building that houses a handful of residential units.Court documents said that Maria Hrynenko had hired Kukic, a general contractor, to work on some of her properties including the building at 121 Second Ave. Ioannidis had been hired by Kukic to handle plumbing work. Ioannidis allegedly used Trombettas' master plumbing license and credentials, which is illegal.Michael Hrynenko, according to court documents, was managing the building at the time.Roger Blank, the attorney for Ioannidis, said that his client extended his deepest sympathies to those affected by the explosion."It's a tragedy," he told ABC News Thursday. "It's a horrible tragedy."Blank said that his client was going to vigorously contest the charges against him.Two people were killed -- Moises Ismael Locon Yac and Nicholas Figueroa -- and 22 others were injured.Two of the most seriously injured victims were Michael Hrynenko, a building co-owner, and Kukic, who helped carry Hrynenko away from the blast, police said at the time."The seven-alarm fire that killed two people and engulfed three buildings in March 2015 was caused by a foreseeable, preventable, and completely avoidable gas explosion," Vance said.Vance said the defendants rigged a series of "illegal and highly dangerous" pipes and valves to get gas into the apartments that rented for $6,000 per month.Mark Bederow, an attorney representing Kukic, told ABC News that his client had not admitted any involvement in the explosion."This is a tragic and sad case but we need to go on facts and evidence, not emotion, which is what we intend to do," Bederow said.Lawyers for the other defendants were not immediately available for comment.Inspectors from Con Ed, the local power and gas company, arrived at the building March 26 to meet with the contractor to evaluate work being done by a plumber in the basement of one of the buildings, according to police. The work failed inspection.Vance said that later that day, a worker at the sushi restaurant on the ground floor smelled gas and alerted Maria Hrynenko. She then sent Kukic and her son into the building. They smelled gas and sprinted out without notifying anyone moments before the explosion.In a statement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that those charged "showed a blatant and callous disregard for human life.""We have cooperated with the authorities throughout this probe and provided all documentation and information they requested. We continue to work closely with the city to immediately report unauthorized conditions when we find them, as well as take actions to eliminate any hazardous condition," Con Ed said in a statement.Vance said the case is a deadly reminder to building owners to resist shortcuts at a time when development in this and many other cities is at a breakneck pace.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NYPD Officer Convicted of Manslaughter in Death of Akai Gurley


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A New York City police officer was convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man who police commissioner Bill Bratton said "just happened" to be in the dark stairwell when the officer fired his gun.The officer, Peter Liang, was convicted in Brooklyn Thursday. He was 18 months out of the police academy when he shot and killed Gurley in a dimly lit staircase in a public housing project in Brooklyn in November 2014.Prosecutors described Gurley as a "total innocent" in a press release following the conviction, calling Liang's actions "reckless.""This defendant ignored official training that he received as a police officer – specifically never to put his finger on the trigger of his gun unless he was ready to shoot and his reckless actions cost Akai Gurley his life – a life that Peter Liang had sworn to protect," District Attorney Ken Thompson said.Liang faces a maximum sentence of five to 15 years in prison. His sentencing hearing will take place April 14.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oregon Standoff Ends as Remaining Occupiers Arrested, Cliven Bundy Charged in Se


Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The remaining four members of a militia group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon surrendered to the FBI Thursday, one day after authorities moved into the property, ending the six-week standoff.The FBI said in a press release that the alleged occupiers, Sean Larry Anderson, Sandra Lynn Anderson, Jeff Wayne Banta and David Lee Fry, were bought into custody without incident. No one was injured and no shots were fired, the FBI said.NEWS RELEASE from @FBIPortland : FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge -- https://t.co/0jLqVKHfsQ— Harney Cty. Sheriff (@HarneyCoSheriff) February 11, 2016An hours-long phone call between him and authorities streamed live online. He said on the call that he wouldn't leave the land until his "grievances" were addressed.At times Fry sounded suicidal, stating that he would rather kill himself before being removed from the land. He eventually surrendered."I cannot help you if you don't walk out," a female dispatcher said to Fry over the phone. "So, you have to make a choice. What are you gonna do?""I don't really care what people think of me," Fry responded."You're wrong. We do need you," the woman responded. "But, there's nothing more we can do for you. It breaks my heart."In a press conference Thursday, Bretzing called the standoff an “emotionally exhausting and physically trying” event for everyone involved.“Our goal has been to end this illegal occupation peacefully, and we are grateful that we were able to do so today,” he said. Authorities will continue to enforce federal law at the refuge, which will be closed over the next several weeks as the FBI and other agencies conduct investigations related to the armed standoff. After the investigation is over, the FBI will return the control of the refuge to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bretzing said.Following the end of the standoff, Harney County Sheriff David Ward encouraged members of the community to “get off” social media and “talk to each other in person.”“We can’t continue to tear each other apart, hating each other, because of differences of opinion,” he said.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a statement Thursday saying it was "relieved" that the "illegal occupation" was over."While we are now able to look forward to a new beginning, there is still much that needs to be done so that the community and the larger public can be welcomed back to their refuge," the organization said in the statement.FBI agents barricaded the refuge Wednesday after the situation had reached a point where it "became necessary to take action" to ensure the safety of all those involved, Greg Bretzing, special agent in charge of the FBI in Oregon, said.The FBI moved in after one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside "the barricades established by the militia" at the refuge, Bretzing said in a statement.  The four occupiers had previously refused to leave the federal land after Ammon Bundy was arrested Jan. 26 in a traffic stop. Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, the group's spokesperson, was shot and killed by Oregon state troopers last month.In a separate case, Bundy's 69-year-old father, Cliven Bundy, was charged Thursday with conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, assault on a federal law enforcement officer, using and carrying a firearm in relation to a crime of violence, obstruction of the administration of justice and interference with commerce by extortion, the Department of Justice said in a press release.In 2014, he allegedly led an armed standoff in Nevada in 2014 over grazing rights. If convicted, he could face up to 42 years in prison for all of the charges combined, plus a $250,000 fine per count.It was unclear why the charges were brought forth now. A lawyer for Cliven Bundy was not immediately available for a request for comment. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Arctic Outbreak to Set Records for Valentine's Day Weekend


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A major arctic outbreak could bring subzero temperatures to 65 million Americans this Valentine's Day weekend. Twenty states in the Midwest and Northeast are bracing for record cold and dangerous, possibly life-threatening wind chills.  A deep trough, or dip in the jet stream, in the eastern half of the country is allowing an arctic air mass to drop in from Canada, plummeting temperatures to below zero for many, with wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero.Already Thursday morning, the cold air seeping into Minnesota dropped to minus-35 degrees in the community of Cotton.  It’s notably cold in the upper Midwest through Friday with highs struggling to get much above zero. By the weekend the cold blast heads east, bringing temperatures at least 30 degrees below normal.Record cold is possible Saturday across the Great Lakes region as afternoon temperatures stay in the single digits and teens for much of the day. A record-low maximum temperature is forecasted for Saturday afternoon in Buffalo, New York.The forecasted high is zero, and the record is 5 degrees, set back in 1899.  In the Northeast, temperatures will drop quickly Saturday afternoon, and by overnight into early Sunday morning it will be in the single digits and even below zero for much of New England.A few record lows are possible Sunday morning in the Northeast. Boston, Philadelphia and Roanoke, Virginia, are some cities that could see record lows. New York City could break a 100-year-old record if they drop below 2 degrees. In addition, the high temperatures Sunday will stay in the teens, and could break cold records from Washington to Boston.Overall, this will likely by the coldest Valentine’s Day on record for much of the Northeast.  When you add the wind to the brutally cold temperatures, it feels much colder out there. Wind chills of 20 to 40 below zero are expected across New England. It will feel like it’s in the 20s below zero from New York City to Boston, and 5 to 15 degrees below zero from Washington to Philadelphia.As the arctic air moves across the Great Lakes, heavy lake-effect snow is expected to continue in Cleveland, Buffalo and Syracuse through at least Friday. Lake-effect snow warnings and advisories are up for these areas; by the time the event is done, over a foot of snow is possible where the heaviest bands set up.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Los Angeles Prepares for Obama Visit and Presidential Traffic


Alex Wong/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- What happens when you put a presidential motorcade in the most congested city in America?"Obamajam," as it's dubbed by local media, the semi-annual traffic phenomenon that ensnares traffic-heavy Los Angeles when President Obama and his motorcade comes to town.President Obama will arrive in the Los Angeles area Thursday evening for a taping of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" -- which will air Friday -- and a slew of Democratic Party fundraisers.In preparation, the Los Angeles Police Department sent out an advisory on road closings around town. #LAPD: #POTUS will be visiting #LosAngeles February 11th & 12th. Anticipate traffic delays in the following areas: pic.twitter.com/JNsOjvXbWy— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) February 11, 2016Los Angeles is the most congested city in America, and the tenth most congested in the world, according to a 2015 index from TomTom, a company that produces navigation and mapping devices.After he makes his way through Los Angeles, President Obama will then head to Rancho Mirage and the Sunnylands estate for a summit of Asian leaders.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What the DOJ Lawsuit Against Ferguson Alleges


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The city of Ferguson, Missouri, particularly its police force, has been under the national spotlight since August 2014, when an officer fatally shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown and sparked a national debate on race in America.Now the city is feeling heat from the federal government like never before, with the Justice Department announcing Wednesday that it was filing a lawsuit in U.S. court and urging a federal judge to force the city to revamp its police department and court system.In announcing the lawsuit, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused Ferguson of engaging in racially-driven policing and law enforcement “that violates the First, Fourth and 14th Amendments of the Constitution.”But exactly how has Ferguson violated those key constitutional amendments, in the Justice Department's view?Here’s a quick look at some of what the 56-page lawsuit alleges:FIRST AMENDMENT – Freedom of religion, speech and the press.The lawsuit says Ferguson police officers "routinely prohibit people from recording police activity, and retaliate against those who do record.” In one instance from June 2014, a mother was arrested "ostensibly" for a traffic violation after she began videotaping her husband's arrest in front of their children and then continued to record from her car as the police vehicle drove off with her husband. "[N]obody videotapes me," the officer insisted.Officers sometimes "offer no rationale at all for interfering with individuals’ right to record," the lawsuit alleges. In October 2013, one officer threatened to arrest a civilian who was taking a picture of the officer. "Do I not have the right to record?" the civilian asked. "No, you don’t," replied the officer, who then arrested the civilian for Failure to Comply.Officers often use their authority to arrest people who use "offensive, but lawful, language" to criticize police conduct, according to the lawsuit.FOURTH AMENDMENT – “The right of the people to be secure in their persons” and free from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” including excessive force.The lawsuit says Ferguson officers conduct stops, issue citations and make arrests without legal justification. In October 2012, police officers pulled over an African-American man, claiming his passenger-side brake light was broken. The man had recently replaced the light, but the officers refused to let him show them it was working, instead issuing him a citation for "tail light/reflector/license plate light out." The man went to the police station that evening to show officers there that his brake light was working.Ferguson officers engage in a pattern of searching individuals without legal justification, and this "disproportionately impacts African-Americans, who are searched at higher rates than others, but who have contraband found on them significantly less often than others," the lawsuit alleges.The lawsuit says Ferguson police officers "routinely escalate encounters with individuals they perceive to be disobedient, and unreasonably use canines on unarmed subjects, including young juveniles." In December 2011, for example, a 14-year-old African-American boy was skipping school and waiting in an abandoned house for his friends. When officers arrived at the scene, the boy refused to come out. Even though officers had no reason to believe the boy might be armed, they deployed a canine to bite the boy, causing puncture wounds in his arm.14th AMENDMENT – The right to "due process of law" and "equal protection" under the law.The lawsuit says the Ferguson court system "routinely" fails to provide residents who have received citations or summons with "adequate notice of the allegations made against them" or any "meaningful opportunity to be heard." Sometimes, such residents are provided wholly incorrect information about where and when their cases are being heard, according to the lawsuit. "They are often unable to determine how much is owed, where and how to pay the ticket, what the options for payment are, what rights the individual has, and what the consequences are for various actions or oversights," the lawsuit alleges.Similarly, Ferguson residents who have been arrested "are sometimes not provided clear information regarding the charges against them," and the court's bond procedures "are arbitrary and confusing."Prosecutors fail to disclose information that could help defendants fighting the charges against them, "despite the constitutional duty to disclose such evidence," the lawsuit says. In some cases, defendants have not been told that the Ferguson officer testifying in the case against them "was previously found to be untruthful during an official [Ferguson police] investigation," according to the lawsuit.Overall, the lawsuit says, these practices “disproportionately harm African-Americans,” and they “are not the necessary or unavoidable results of legitimate public safety efforts.”“Rather, the disproportionate harm to African-Americans stems, at least in part, from racial bias, including racial stereotyping,” the lawsuit alleges.The Justice Department decided to file the lawsuit after Ferguson’s City Council Tuesday night rejected a long-negotiated deal to overhaul the police department and court system. In explaining its decision, the council cited the enormous cost to the city to make some of the proposed changes.“Our goal was always to reach an agreement that we can implement and sustain with the resources we have in this small town,” one councilman said after hearing of the lawsuit. “We accepted just about everything that was asked us and spent a lot of time trying to get this [deal] to work within our limited means, and in the end they didn't care at all whether we could actually accomplish what's in the agreement as long as we just signed it.” Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

American Airlines Flight Lands Safely At LAX After Declaring Emergency


Joe Raedle/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) --  An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport this morning due to a "mechanical problem," an LAX spokesperson has confirmed.American Airlines flight 564 -- an Airbus A319 with 125 passengers and five crew members, according to the airline -- departed San Jose, California, at 9:50 a.m. en route to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.A Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson tells ABC News the flight declared an emergency, and according to the Los Angeles Fire Department, it received a call at 10:38 a.m. P.T. to monitor the landing.After the safe landing, units departed the scene, the LAFD tells ABC News. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

FBI Arrests Last Four Occupiers of Oregon Wildlife Refuge


Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Four members of a militia group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon surrendered to the FBI Thursday, one day after authorities moved into the property.The FBI said in a press release that the four occupiers -- Sean Larry Anderson, Sandra Lynn Anderson, Jeff Wayne Banta and David Lee Fry -- were bought into custody without incident. No one was injured and no shots were fired, the FBI said.The night before, the occupiers announced they would surrender Thursday morning, marking the 41st day in their fight against federal control of public land.NEWS RELEASE from @FBIPortland : FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge -- https://t.co/0jLqVKHfsQ— Harney Cty. Sheriff (@HarneyCoSheriff) February 11, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

FBI Arrests Last 4 Occupiers of Oregon Wildlife Refuge


Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Four members of a militia group occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon surrendered to the FBI Thursday, one day after authorities moved into the property.The FBI said in a press release that the four occupiers -- Sean Larry Anderson, Sandra Lynn Anderson, Jeff Wayne Banta and David Lee Fry -- were bought into custody without incident. No one was injured and no shots were fired, the FBI said.The night before, the occupiers announced they would surrender Thursday morning, marking the 41st day in their fight against federal control of public land. NEWS RELEASE from @FBIPortland : FBI Arrests All Remaining Occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge -- https://t.co/0jLqVKHfsQ— Harney Cty. Sheriff (@HarneyCoSheriff) February 11, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Final Oregon Occupier Surrenders to Authorities, Ending Six Week Standoff


Matt Mills McKnight/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The remaining occupier of Oregon's National Wildlife Refuge, David Fry, has surrendered to authorities, ending a six-week standoff. This is a developing story, please check back for updates.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NASA Prepares Orion Spacecraft for Its First Big Mission


Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The Orion space capsule is expected one day to carry astronauts to Mars, but for now, NASA is busy getting the vessel ready for its first big exploration mission to the moon.The conical-shaped Orion crew module pressure vessel arrived at Florida's Kennedy Space Center this month from NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in Louisiana. The pressure vessel is about 500 pounds lighter and has fewer parts than Orion had when it blasted off on its first test flight in December 2014, according to Mike Hawes, Lockheed Martin Orion program manager.NASA and Lockheed Martin engineers will now work to outfit the Orion pressure vessel with all the controls necessary for flight, including everything from electrical power storage and communications to flight software and computers.After Orion has had some work done and becomes a fully functional spacecraft, NASA will put it through a series of tests at several of its facilities across the country.When Orion has a stellar report card, the next step for the spacecraft will be a launch to circle the moon in 2018 and embark on its first crew mission around 2023.If everything goes according to plan, Orion could ferry astronauts to an asteroid and eventually to Mars.  The capsule, which has a conical shape just like its moon shot-era predecessor, the Apollo, seats four astronauts. While the design may be similar, Orion is equipped with technology that is light-years ahead of the retired spacecraft.Orion's computer can process 480 million instructions per second. It's also 25 times faster than the computers at the International Space Station, according to NASA.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Deputies Killed at Maryland Panera 'Are Heroes,' Sheriff Says


File photo. (iStock Editorial/Thinkstock)(ABINGDON, Md.) -- The Harford County Sheriff's Office has identified the two officers killed in Abingdon, Maryland, on Wednesday as Senior Deputies Mark Logsdon and Patrick Dailey.Dailey was a 30-year veteran of the force; Logsdon, a 16-year one.According to Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler, Dailey was a former Marine who was assigned to court services. He is survived by his girlfriend, mother and two sons. Logsdon was an Army veteran who is survived by his wife, three children and parents."These men are heroes," Gahler said. "They lost their lives doing what they love to do."Wednesday's shooting was the first time a Harford County deputy has been killed by gunfire in the line of duty since 1899, according to the sheriff's office.The two deputies were killed in a shootout with a lone suspect while responding to a call at a crowded Panera restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday. The suspect, 67-year-old David Evans, was also killed during the exchange.The sheriff's office said on Thursday that Dailey was the first of the two to enter the restaurant in pursuit of Evans. According to Gahler, Evans almost immediately drew a weapon and shot Dailey in the head. Logsdon was able to exchange several rounds of gunfire with Evans before being fatally wounded."It's our belief that because [Evans] knew there was a warrant out for his arrest ... that is why he took the action against the police officer," Gahler said. "We don't believe he laid in wait to ambush."The incident is still under investigation.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ambulance Bill Charged to Tamir Rice's Estate Withdrawn


Courtesy Rice Family(CLEVELAND) -- The estate of Tamir Rice will not be required to pay a $500 ambulance bill for which the city of Cleveland, Ohio, had filed a claim in court.Cleveland officials said on Thursday that the bill had been automatically generated and that the claim has now been closed.Rice was shot dead by a Cleveland police officer in November 2014 while he was holding a toy gun. Cleveland officials said Rice's estate had requested, as legally required, a billing statement for all services rendered to Rice on the day he died. That led to the city’s being made aware that the estate could potentially pay for emergency medical services provided to Rice which Medicaid did not cover, triggering an automatic process that filed the $500 claim to the estate according to city officials.Rice's family never received a bill and the city has absorbed the remaining balance.The $500 charge was listed as his "last dying expense," ABC affiliate WEWS in Cleveland reported.An Ohio grand jury declined to indict two police officers in his death.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Caribbean Passengers Describe Harrowing Trip at Sea


ABC News (NEW YORK) — Passengers who were on board the Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas cruise ship are back on solid ground.Passenger Peter Aloupis said it felt "exactly" like being in a washing machine when the ship started listing, or tilting, because of the intense winds and turbulent weather."We were on the third floor with an ocean view and we literally saw Dory swimming by," Aloupis said Thursday, referencing the Disney cartoon character.The Bahamas-bound ship had to turn around and return to New Jersey two days after setting sail because of strong storms off the Carolinas. The ship docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, on Wednesday night.Aloupis told Good Morning America that he has cruised "many times." He said he "saw some of the staff hugging and crying" after the ship returned to New Jersey.Another passenger, Lauren Whitney, said that she had a panic attack after being told by cruise staff that passengers were to stay in their cabins."We were probably in the room for 20 minutes if that and then we left," she said. "I couldn’t do it and the crew members were even telling us, 'Get back to the room,' and I said, 'No. I’m not going back.'"At one point, the captain reportedly made an announcement on the ship's loudspeaker, urging passengers to get back in their rooms."He didn't sound very convincing that it was going to be okay, and everyone around us started crying, saying they couldn’t breathe," Whitney said.In spite of the harrowing ordeal, all but one of the seven passengers on Good Morning America said that they would be open to going on another cruise.Royal Caribbean has apologized to the more than 6,000 passengers who were on board."The event, exceptional as it was, identified gaps in our planning system that we are addressing," the company said in a statement. "Though that system has performed well through many instances of severe weather around the world, what happened this week showed that we need to do better."The National Transportation Safety Board is considering an investigation into what happened and why the ship hit such bad weather.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oregon Occupiers Will Turn Themselves in to FBI Thursday


ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images(BURNS, Ore.) — Armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have said they will turn themselves in Thursday morning, ending a more than month-long standoff.On Wednesday night, the FBI released a statement saying they had surrounded the remaining occupiers.According to the agency, one of the occupiers rode an ATV outside the barricades established by the militia. When the FBI tried to approach the driver, he sped back, they said.The FBI said that it had secured barricades both in front of and behind where the occupiers are camping.Occupier Sean Anderson said he spoke with the FBI and that he and three other holdouts agreed to turn themselves in at an FBI checkpoint at 8 a.m. Thursday. Anderson said they would leave their weapons in their vehicles and walk to a checkpoint established nearby, carrying an American flag.Anderson relayed the information to Nevada lawmaker Michele Fiore over a phone line streaming online. He said he expects Fiore to meet him and his fellow occupiers at the checkpoint Thursday when they turn themselves in.Meanwhile, Cliven Bundy, father of Ammon Bundy — the leader of the wildlife refuge occupation, was arrested by FBI officials. The Bundy Ranch posted on Facebook earlier Wednesday that Cliven Bundy was on his way to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.He was at the center of a standoff with federal officials in 2014 in Nevada, over the use of public lands. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Chill Draws Hundreds of Manatees to Warm Spring


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hundreds of manatees have gathered together in a Florida spring to escape the winter chill, drawing scores of visitors.While there are believed to be more than 1,000 manatees currently gathered in Kings Bay, the headwaters of the Crystal River in Florida, most of the animals are crowded together in a one acre-area of the 60-acre bay known as Three Sisters Springs, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official.For decades, hundreds of manatees have swum to the bay every winter to escape the Gulf of Mexico's cold waters, according Ivan Vicente, a visitor services specialist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.But this year, the bay is believed to be seeing the largest number of manatees ever gathered together in recent history, Vicente told ABC News today. He added that an official state survey would confirm the 1,000 estimate this Saturday.  The Three Sisters Springs in particular are seeing an "overwhelming" number of manatees, Vicente said."The waters in this particular area appear to be the most ideal wintering habitat for manatees in Kings Bay," he explained. "The water is just over 72 degrees, which is nice and warm for them. The water is shallow and the area is confined by beautiful trees that protect it from harsh winds."  Visitors have been flocking to the Three Sisters Springs area to see and photograph the gentle giants snuggled together up close.The manatees – which are on average 10 feet long and weigh 1,500 pounds – "can rest in these springs for weeks and weeks without food," Vicente said. "Not having food isn't a problem as long as the manatees can do so without too much disturbance from humans, so they can conserve their energy." However, manatees may sometimes "take a break from resting" and "get very, very close to people" since they're "very curious creatures," Vicente said. But there's no need worry if the animals do get close to visitors, as manatees are not known to be violent at all, he said. "There has never been a recorded manatee-related emergency ever," Vicente joked.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.