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Passengers on Delta Flight That Skidded Off New York Runway Talk About Bumpy Lan


FDNY(NEW YORK) -- Passengers on Delta Flight 1086, which skidded off a LaGuardia Airport runway in New York Thursday, described the bumpy landing that left the plane just feet from the water. The plane from Atlanta to New York veered sharply midway down the runway and ended up on an embankment with its nose close to a nearby bay. One passenger, Malcolm Duckett, said he knew as soon as the plane touched down that something was wrong. "When I looked out the window, the left wing was gliding across the fence that was holding the water back and it was just going down," he told ABC News. An unnamed passenger traveling with Duckett said he saw the water and thought he might have to "get ready to swim." Passenger Shelia Mihalovits, 73, remained calm during the landing, even after the plane left the runway. "I [felt] the pilot was in control, and we were all on the ground, and there was an immediate feeling of confidence," Mihalovits told ABC News of the moments after the plane stopped. "Then it was, ‘How are we going to get off?’ which might seem only somewhat scary, but everybody was cooperative." Another unnamed passenger reported that the cabin was eerily silent after the plane finally came to a stop. "The funny thing was the flight attendants were actually kind of surprised at how calm everybody was, because it was dead silent on the plane once the plane came to a stop," he told ABC News. "I think they were almost in shock, like this isn’t what we would expect in a normal situation." Passenger Jared Falleci snapped a memorable photo from the plane just after it came to a stop. Taken from inside the plane, the icy waters of Flushing Bay appear to be just feet away."I was holding on to the seat in front of me and I was praying," he told ABC News of his experience during the hard landing. "It literally stopped a matter of feet, as you can see from the photos, from the water itself."One passenger who was decidedly not rattled was Mihalovits, who said the rough landing wasn't the scariest moment she's experienced on board a plane. "I’ve been on worse things. I’ve been on planes where the engine was on fire in my life, things like that," said Mihalovits. "When you see me, take a different plane." All 127 passengers and five crew members were able to safely exit the aircraft through emergency exits. The New York City Fire Department reported 28 people had non-life-threatening injuries and, of those injured, five were taken to local hospitals. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'He Was 8 Years Old': Father of Boy Killed in Boston Marathon Bombing Testifies


The Richard Family(BOSTON) -- The father of the young boy killed in the Boston Marathon bombing was the last to testify Thursday, and ended his emotional time on the stand with a simple, tragic fact: “He was eight years old.” Bill Richard was talking about his son, Martin, who died when one of the two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Two other people, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell and 23-year-old Lingzi Lu, were also killed, and another 260 were injured in the attack. Bill Richard addressed the court in a clear, calm voice, describing the day that he and his family went to watch the runners. First, they ducked into a Ben and Jerry’s for ice cream – Bill still remembers the flavor of ice cream that Martin got – and then found a spot to watch the runners near the finish line. There is a photograph showing the Richard family as they watch the race. Martin had climbed on the metal crowd barrier a bit to get a better look. His family didn’t know that just then, seen in the same photograph just an arm’s length away, was then 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, allegedly dropping a backpack with a bomb inside.When the bomb went off a few minutes later, Bill Richard’s daughter Jane lost her leg and Martin was killed. “I saw a little boy who had his body severely damaged by an explosion,” Bill Richard told the jury flatly. “I just knew from what I saw that there was no chance.” At the very end of his testimony, the last for the week, prosecutors asked Richard how old his boy was when he was killed. “He was eight years old,” Richard said. Tsarnaev’s defense said in opening statements they’re not going to contest the fact that their client, along with his late older brother Tamerlan, was responsible for detonating the two bombs that day. Legal experts told ABC News the defense is likely focusing only on trying to avoid the death penalty for Tsarnaev in the penalty phase of 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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bald Eagles Caught On Webcam Protecting Eggs From Snow


Pennsylvania Game Commission(HANOVER, Pa.) -- The dedication of parenthood was proven yet again on Thursday, as two bald eagles were spotted on a webcam in a Pennsylvania state park sheltering their eggs from the snow. The birds were captured on a webcam at Codorus State Park set up by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. As several inches of snow continued to pile up in the birds’ nest, one of the eagles placed its body over the eggs, even as the snow covered everything but the bird’s head. Naturalist Jack Hubley told LancasterOnline.com that the layers of the bird’s feathers help to provide insulation to the bird and eggs tucked underneath. "You'll notice that she's covered with snow," Hubley said. "What does that tell you? That tells you that there is not much heat loss from her body."The Pennsylvania Game Commission tweeted on Thursday that the eagles stay warm through winter by eating and fluffing their feathers for insulation.Their eggs are kept warm underneath a “brooding patch.” Eagles manage cold by 1) Fluffing feathers for insulation 2) Eating food for energy & heat 3) Keeping eggs warms with their brooding patch.— PA Game Commission (@PAGameComm) March 5, 2015As spring continues to draw closer, eyes will once again be trained on the webcam as those eggs get ready to hatch. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Train Cars Derails Near Illinois Town


BrianBrownImages/iStock/Thinkstock(GALENA, Ill.) --  A Burlington Northern Railroad train carrying 103 train cars of crude oil derailed in northwest Illinois Thursday afternoon. The incident happened around 2 p.m. ET near the town of Galena,  according to Patti Thompson of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office reports that eight train cars derailed, and that two of the derailed cars caught fire. Authorities have evacuated a one-mile radius around the site as a precaution.No injuries have been reported following the derailment, according to the Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office. The Federal Railroad Administration said in a statement late Thursday that the agency was aware of the derailment, and was sending a team of investigators to the scene.“Once the scene is contained and secured, we will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine the probable cause of the derailment,” the agency said in a statement.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Viral Video of Skeletons Proves 'Love Has No Labels'


Ad Council/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- A viral video released by the Ad Council is warming hearts all over the globe. The public service announcement, titled "Love Has No Labels," features a large LED screen tracking two skeletons kissing and hugging each other. The first pair steps out in front of the crowd, revealing that they are two women. Later, more skeletons show an interracial couple, an elderly couple and people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds. The campaign's mission shown on their website reminds us that: "Before anything else, we are all human. It’s time to embrace diversity. Let’s put aside labels in the name of love." Since being posted on YouTube on March 3, the video has racked up over 15 million views. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

16-Month-Old Has Egg-cellent Cooking Skills


Courtesy Ashley Quarella(NEW YORK) -- If you have ever bitten down on an egg shell in your baked goods or spilled yolks into your egg whites, a video of a New Jersey toddler in the kitchen may make you feel even more inferior.The video shows 16-month-old Anna Quarella perfectly cracking an egg on her first-ever try.“We were baking cookies in the kitchen and wanted to get her involved so we gave her a little bowl of chocolate chips to eat and play with,” Anna’s mom, Ashley Quarella, told ABC News.When Anna, decked out in a chef’s apron and hat, started reaching for the eggs on the counter, her parents gave one to her to try.“We both thought she was going to make a mess, which would have been fine,” Quarella said of her and her husband, Tony. "But she took the egg and completely shocked us by cracking it and putting it perfectly in the bowl.”Quarella says that Anna is frequently in the kitchen while the couple cooks and also watches her dad make scrambled eggs nearly every morning.Still in some disbelief, Anna’s parents put her back in the kitchen for another test of her egg-cracking skills.“We tried it out again last night and she definitely knows how to crack an egg,” Quarella said of her first child. “She was walking at eight months so everything she does is pretty ahead of schedule."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jodi Arias Trial: Why Jury Couldn't Reach a Verdict


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- All but one of the jurors tasked with deciding convicted killer Jodi Arias’ fate wanted to sentence her to death, they revealed Thursday after the judge declared a mistrial.There was one female juror who refused to sentence Arias to death for killing her boyfriend Travis Alexander, leading to an impasse and the hung jury.“Eleven of us strived for justice for Travis, but to no avail,” one of the jurors said in a group audio news conference Thursday morning. “We absolutely thought [the punishment] should be death.”The jurors, with the exception of the holdout, spoke about their feelings on the case but did not want their names or faces revealed.The apparent holdout, who was initially an alternate juror, seemed to come in with more knowledge about the case than others, having said she had seen “bits and pieces” of the Lifetime movie about Arias that aired after the initial trial.“I think she came in and expected to see a monster in there because of what she saw on TV and the news and when she came in and saw it wasn’t,” one female juror said.A male juror said he was angry with the holdout.“I feel that the one holdout had her mind made up from the beginning and what angered me was the biggest thing that angered me was that she alluded that the death penalty would be a form of revenge,” he said.They also revealed they sent a note to the judge requesting the consideration of an alternate to remove the holdout but that was denied, the jurors said.The group was not always committed to sentencing Arias to death, with one juror explaining that during their initial deliberations they were split down the middle. But that evolved and led to all but one in support of capital punishment.Now, Judge Sherry Stephens is tasked with deciding whether Arias should be sentenced to life in prison or life in prison with the possibility for parole in 25 years.“We really feel like we made a huge effort into trying to get what we believe was deserved, and I cannot say enough how sorry I am,” one female juror said, breaking into tears mid-sentence.The jurors who addressed the media appeared sympathetic to Alexander and his family, saying that “like they put Travis on trial, [and] focused on that rather than the reason we were there.”Tensions seemed high throughout the news conference, with several moments where jurors broke down in tears.“I was emotionally struggling for five months,” one person said.“We've had nightmares,” one female juror said. “I think every single one of us has had nightmares and I hope they go away.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Bombing Survivor: 'Coward' Dzhokhar Tsarnaev 'Wouldn't Look at Me'


ABC News(BOSTON) -- When Boston Marathon bombing victim Rebekah Gregory took the stand to testify against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, she said the alleged killer couldn’t meet her stare.“I could not look into his eyes because he wouldn't look at me,” she told ABC News Thursday after testifying Wednesday. “But I tried and I looked him in the face several times and I wanted him to know I was not scared of him.”She said when she looks at Tsarnaev now, she sees a “coward.” Tsarnaev couldn’t look at her, Gregory said, because she believes he’s unable to “face what he’s really done.”“I see somebody who wouldn’t look me in the eye when he tried to kill me,” she said. “I took my place at the witness stand and I looked at him and it was just exhilarating for me to be sitting in front of the person who tried to destroy my life but knowing that I’m so much stronger because of it.”Gregory lost her left leg in the April 2013 attack that killed three people -- including an 8-year-old boy -- and injured 260 others. Gregory was one of 16 to lose limbs.Her son, Noah, was sitting at her feet when the bomb went off, but after the explosions, when she tried to help him, she realized she couldn’t get to him.“I was like, ‘This is it. I’m gone. I can’t even help Noah as a mother. I am completely helpless at this point,'” she said, adding she thought she was going to die that day.Noah survived with minor injuries.Gregory said before arriving at court she experienced a flood of emotions, and she reflected back on how fearful she used to be.“I had been for a very long time. And I didn’t realize I was so fearful, but I truly was and until yesterday, I had this sense of insecurity because of how much I had lost at the finish line that day and I took so much of that back,” she said.Tsarnaev’s defense said in opening statements they’re not going to contest the fact that their client, along with his late older brother Tamerlan, was responsible for detonating the two bombs that day.Legal experts told ABC News the defense is likely focusing only on trying to avoid the death penalty for Tsarnaev in the penalty phase of 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 © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Brown's Family to File Civil Suit Against Ferguson, Darren Wilson


Brown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Lawyers for the family of Michael Brown announced on Thursday that they will file a civil suit for the teen's death.At a news conference, the attorneys for the Brown family confirmed that the city of Ferguson, Missouri and former police officer, Darren Wilson, would be named in the suit. They did not say when exactly the suit would be filed.Brown was fatally shot by Wilson last August, sparking numerous protests in Ferguson."We believe that there were other alternatives available to him," Daryl Parks, an attorney for Brown's family, said of Wilson. "He did not have to kill Michael Brown."The news comes a day after the Department of Justice announced it would not be prosecuting Wilson for Brown's death.Attorney Anthony Gray, speaking on behalf of Brown's family, said they "disagree with those findings."Brown's parents, Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr., attended the news conference but did not speak to reporters.Also this week, the Department of Justice released a scathing report that found the Ferguson Police Department had a pattern and practice of discriminatory policing.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Murder Suspect Only Wanted to Kill Himself, Defense Argues


ABC News(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Opening statements in the North Carolina trial of Jonathan Broyhill focused on the suspect’s mental state, with defense attorneys arguing Broyhill was only interested in killing himself, not his best friend’s wife, political strategist Jamie Hahn in April 2013.“Something snapped...This case is a tragedy,” defense attorney Caroline Elliot told jurors Wednesday. “It is a tragedy commuted by a sick person who was ready to end his own life. There was never any premeditation.”Hahn died after being stabbed 24 times inside her Raleigh home.“Your hearts will break. She was young; 29,” prosecutor Doug Fawcett said Wednesday in court.Hahn ran a successful political consulting company, working with former U.S. Congressman Brad Miller, D-N.C. Hahn hired Broyhill, her husband Nation’s best man at their wedding, to do accounting work.But prosecutors say the relationship reportedly soured when Broyhill allegedly embezzled almost $50,000 from a campaign fund. The deadly attack happened after Hahn started asking questions about the financial irregularities.Broyhill’s lawyers admitted in court Wednesday that their client stabbed Hahn, but they argue the stabbing wasn’t premeditated, that the only person he planned to injure was himself. The defense referred to a series of bizarre lies Broyhill told in the run-up to the murder -- such as having MS or pancreatic cancer -- that they say reflect Broyhill’s unraveling mental state.“John was determined to take his own life,” Elliot said. “He had no motive to kill those he loved.”The trial is expected to take up to three weeks.Broyhill faces one charge of first-degree murder, two charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jodi Arias Trial: Judge Declares a Mistrial After Hung Jury


ABC News(PHOENIX) -- The jury could not reach an unanimous verdict in the sentencing of convicted killer Jodi Arias and the judge declared a mistrial.The verdict, announced Thursday, comes after a second jury considered her case because the first jury, which convicted her of murder two years ago, could not agree on whether to sentence her to death.Arias was found guilty in May 2013 for killing her on again-off again boyfriend Travis Alexander after a lengthy trial.Her first case gained national attention as the testimony was live-streamed and she shared extensive, explicit details about her alleged sexual encounters with Alexander that led up to her stabbing him multiple times in the shower at his Arizona home in 2008.The trial jury found her guilty of first-degree murder but deadlocked on whether to sentence her to life in prison or death.A second jury, which was handed the case on Feb. 25, was called in for the penalty retrial with cameras prohibited after the spectacle of the first. The judge has ruled that the announcement of the decision will be televised, however.Another difference from the first trial came in the form of Arias' participation, or lack thereof. The now-34-year-old photographer testified for 18 days during the first trial but she never took the stand in her retrial.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Delta Airlines Plane Skids Off Runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York


@KristinaGrossmann/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- A plane skidded off a runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport while trying to land during a winter storm Thursday, but initially there were no reports of injuries.Delta Flight 1086, an MD-88 on a route from Atlanta to New York, skidded off runway 13, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.This story is developing. Check back for updates...Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

SMU Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Alleged Neighbor Harassment


iStock/Thinkstock(UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas) -- A Texas fraternity at Southern Methodist University was placed on indefinite suspension amid a neighbor’s claims that students have been harassing him for months, a fraternity official said.Tim O’Connell said he and his wife have faced problems after complaining about the students’ noise. The couple’s security cameras appear to capture their neighbors urinating on their property, writing obscenities in the snow and throwing what’s believed to be raw meat into the O’Connell’s backyard.“They told me they pay rent and they can do whatever they want,” O’Connell said.Some of the students living in the Dallas house are members of Sigma Chi fraternity at Southern Methodist University. The fraternity’s national chapter announced an indefinite suspension of the SMU chapter because of the dispute.“We do not condone or endorse the actions we have been made aware of,” Sigma Chi’s national chapter said in a statement to ABC News.O’Connell’s neighbors have not commented, but the university said it is working with police to identify the students involved.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kentucky Drivers Get Stranded on Snowy Interstate


@oh2preshus/Twitter(ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.) -- Many Kentucky drivers on Wednesday spent the snowy evening in their cars, counting down 12 hours or more via Twitter and foraging for food, after two serious accidents on a major interstate.The state police estimated the backup to be 20 miles long.Because of a steep hill that police say is almost impossible to climb in the heavy snowstorm, the biggest backup is in the southbound lane of I-65, four miles north of Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Another backup on northbound I-65, south of Elizabethtown, has been as long as 10 miles, according to police.Kentucky State Police said Interstate 65 and Highway 71 were virtually shut down. The National Guard and Red Cross were called in to rescue motorists in Hardin County, ABC affiliate station WHAS-TV in Louisville reported.Stranded drivers and passengers lamented about their predicament on social media. Some drivers left their cars to try to help shovel snow from around cars. They used hashtags like: #needrescue.State police are offering driving tips to motorists, saying slippery roads were the contributing factor in 26,427 crashes last year.Meanwhile, the governor declared a state of emergency, the second declaration in less than a month, which allows Kentucky to deploy National Guard troops, if necessary.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Boston Marathon Bombing: Inside Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'It Was Him' Defense Strateg


FBI(BOSTON) — The trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev enters its second day Thursday, but the defense has already made a curiously blunt admission: "It was him."One of the first things Tsarnaev's attorney Judy Clarke told the court Wednesday was that he was responsible for the "senseless, horrific, misguided acts." The defense would only contest the "why" of it all, she said, indicating it was Tsarnaev's late older brother, Tamerlan, who pushed her client down the dark path.All day, the defense did not cross examine witness after witness from the prosecution while they recounted the horror of that April 15, 2013 day when three were killed -- including an eight-year-old boy -- and 260 injured after dual explosions ripped through the crowds near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.The defense's move surprised many federal officials, who said day they are asking why a court should spend potentially months proving what the defense has already admitted.Legal experts told ABC News that while the defense's strategy may appear odd from the outside, that's only because they're not focusing on winning this phase of the trial, but avoiding the death penalty later."Given the amount of evidence the government has, I would suggest it's the only strategy," said Robert Bloom, a Boston College law professor. "I think their objective is to develop a rapport with the jury. They certainly don't want to go and cross examine victims very hard. By developing a rapport with the jury, when their turn comes to talk about the death penalty phase of it, they will have a rapport with the same jurors that are hearing all this evidence."Charles Ogletree, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, agreed."Their point is there's no question that what he did was wrong, being involved in the marathon bombing, but they're also saying that life imprisonment is enough punishment that would appropriate," he said.So why not just plead guilty to the 30 charges related to the bombing in the first place?First, Olgetree said the defense likely lobbied for a deal in which Tsarnaev pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, but the government didn't go for it -- potentially under pressure from the Obama administration, after Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the government to seek the death penalty last January."So they don't think life imprisonment is justified, is not enough," Ogletree said."They're not taking the death penalty off the table for [Tsarnaev]," ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said on Good Morning America, noting that in most cases, prosecutors would have gone for such a deal.So there was little incentive for the defense to plead guilty now.Second, Bloom said that by pleading not guilty, the defense is preserving its right to an appeal, should it choose to do so later on.Ogletree said he thinks the defense's strategy is a good one, and that they will accomplish what they set out to."I think it's a strategy that's going to work," he said. "Now that you're going to trial, having to make sure that [you're] looking around and you're saying that my client is guilty of what he's done. He's guilty of his crimes. And he needs to be punished. The punishment has to fit the crime... Life imprisonment is a very serious punishment."Graphic, Emotional TestimonyAs Tsarnaev sat impassively in court Wednesday, the court was shown for the first time new videos from the day of the blast.One, shot by a bystander, showed the horror and chaos in the immediate aftermath of the blasts, as emergency responders attempted to prioritize those who needed help the most, and family members frantically searched for their loved ones. Another video from inside a nearby sports store showed people ripping clothes of the racks to use as makeshift tourniquets for the injured."It's hard reliving the situation, and the circumstances that happened that day, when we mentioned the ones that we lost that day, the ones that really should be remembered," said Marc Fucarile who was at the race.Similar testimony is expected Thursday, potentially with other new videos that captured the horrific event.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Critics Say 'Burnbook' App Exposes Children to Cyberbullying


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the hit cult film, Mean Girls, the Burn Book was all the rage. Now, it’s a cellphone app that’s going viral in schools across the nation.Akin to a local Twitter without the Twitter handles, the Burnbook app lets students find and click on their school and post anonymous comments about anything or anyone.The app's "terms of service" page on its website clearly states users, "May not use the service to transmit content that is hateful, abusive or otherwise objectionable by Burnbook's users."But Burnbook is under fire from those who say the app is exposing children to cyberbullies."For this app in particular, the fact that people are anonymous, the majority of the time they have been negative," said 18-year-old Burnbook user Samantha Zevenbergen.Tatum Blakeney, a 17-year-old California student, experienced this first-hand."Somebody said, 'Tatum should get cancer like his mother and die,'" Tatum recalled. "I was very hurt somebody would say that to me.""That just hit really deep," he said.Parents are also crying foul.One San Diego father, who did not want his identity revealed, said his high school-age daughter was a target.“It’s a dangerous site,” the man told ABC News affiliate KGTV in San Diego, adding that the site has mean-spirited comments and vulgarity. “I think it’s completely wrong.”A similar app, "After School," was banned from the App Store in December after users allegedly used the app to threaten school shootings.Some schools are taking action against Burnbook. The San Diego school district where the unidentified father's daughter attends school -- the Poway Unified School District -- sent a message to the parents of middle and high school students to warn them that school and law enforcement charges could result if students posted threatening or inappropriate messages.“Threats are not jokes,” the school’s message said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marathon Bombing Suspect's Defense: 'It Was Him'


FBI(BOSTON) — The defense team for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a stunning admission at the beginning of the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s trial Wednesday: “It was him.”“We’re all going to come face to face with unbearable grief, loss and pain caused by a series of senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar,” defense attorney Judy Clarke told the court. “We do not and will not at any point in this case sidestep or attempt to sidestep Dzhokhar’s responsibility for his actions. We think the question of ‘why’ is important.”Clarke said it was that facet, the motive behind the deadly bombing, where the defense disagrees with the prosecution. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clarke said, was the one “who self-radicalized” and the defense plans to show evidence that Dzhokhar was “enlisted” by his older brother. The defense team gave a hint of a similar potential strategy a year ago when they filed motions to obtain information the attorneys believed would show that between the brothers, Tamerlan was an “all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”Earlier the judge seemed to strike a blow to such a defense, telling the court that whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is more or less culpable than his late brother is not relevant.Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him, including charges of using a “weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.” The most serious of the charges could put him on death row if he's convicted.The trial comes just under two years after twin explosions ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others. More than a dozen of those injured lost limbs.Prosecutors say Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were responsible for the death and destruction, and that the two were photographed dropping backpacks holding the bombs before the blasts. The city of Boston was paralyzed for days during an intense manhunt, during which the pair allegedly gunned down an MIT police officer.Tamerlan was eventually killed in a shootout with police days after the attack in the Boston suburb of Watertown.Dzhokhar was caught hours after that shootout, bloody and hiding in a dry-docked boat. While hiding, Tsarnaev penned an anti-American missive on the wall of the boat, saying, "The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that.”"We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [unintelligible] us all,” another section of the note read.After opening statements, the prosecution will immediately force jurors to relive the emotional pain of the marathon attack. The first three dozen witnesses are expected to be bombing victims: amputees and others who were maimed along with the father of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old killed when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly planted a backpack containing a pressure cooker bomb at the boy’s feet. Their testimony will be followed by others impacted by the blasts, including Marathon organizers and business owners along Boylston Street where the finish line was.While prosecutors focus today on Dzhokhar, authorities told ABC News they’re also investigating whether Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, knew of the deadly plot beforehand.Russell is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search the Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.Days after Tamerlan was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney, released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.World News Videos | US News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Gold Bar Robbery Possibly an Inside Job, Police Theorize


WTVD-TV(WILSON COUNTY, N.C.) -- Police suspect that the alleged armed robbery of a truck transporting bars of gold in North Carolina was an inside job as more details about the highway heist have emerged, according to a search warrant application that was obtained by ABC News. Three suspects allegedly stole $4.8 million worth of gold after one of the two armed guards -- the driver and another man, both inside the truck's cabin -- said that he felt sick and prompted the driver to pull over, Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard Jr. told reporters on Wednesday. That account is different from what was presented in the first police report on the case, which said that a mechanical issue caused the truck's driver to pull over. “There is suspicion at this time that this could be an inside job due to the circumstances of the robbery," a Wilson County Sheriff’s Office detective wrote in a search warrant application to get access to one of the guards' cell phones, one of two search warrants in the case obtained Wednesday. "The fact that the truck was robbed immediately upon it pulling over at an unannounced stop is suspicious in and of itself," the document added. "It is also suspicious because there are no markings on the side of the truck that would indicate the type of cargo contained therein. The suspects also went directly to the trailer and found the gold which was in unmarked five gallon buckets. It is not believed that this is a random act due to the nature and facts of this robbery." The second search warrant application was to get access to the truck and the trailer it was pulling. Woodard told reporters Wednesday that the case was "suspicious," but declined to reiterate the theory expressed in the search warrant that the robbery could have been an inside job. Woodard shared sketches of the three suspects who allegedly bound the hands of the driver and the passenger, and a photo of a traffic cone that was placed behind the truck as the suspects allegedly removed the gold from the vehicle after breaking a lock on the back. The traffic cone had the marking of a company that only does work in Florida.The truck was bringing gold and silver to Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and being driven on I-95 by armed guards employed by a Miami-based company, TransValue Inc., Woodard said. One of the search warrants states that approximately $5 million worth of silver was left in the truck, meaning that when the truck left Miami on Sunday morning, it had close to $10 million in metals inside the back compartment, which, the sheriff said, was protected solely by a Master lock on the door. "The suspects attempted to steal the truck and trailer but could not get the truck started," according to one of the search warrants. "The truck was in proper working condition so the suspects had to [have] not been experienced in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle. The suspects loaded the gold in the minivan and fled the scene." The metal was owned by Republic Metals Corporation in Opalocka, Florida, according to a search warrant. The company did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment. The police said they were seeking a search warrant for the phones of the armed guard who felt sick because of the suspicious nature of the case, but Woodard said at Wednesday's news conference that the driver and the passenger have not been considered suspects. Both men have been interviewed separately several times by police, Woodard added. Woodard noted that the driver and the passenger apparently violated their company’s policies by exiting the vehicle without their firearms and leaving the firearms inside the truck. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Passengers Evacuate US Airways Flight After Smoke Fills Cabin


Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(DENVER) -- Passengers on US Airways Flight 445 from Charlotte were told to evacuate the plane as soon as it landed at Denver International Airport on Wednesday, authorities said.“The flight did have a smoke smell in cockpit. Evacuation slides deployed as plane was on the ground. Passengers were evacuated and bussed to concourse,” said Stacey Stegman, a spokeswoman for Denver International Airport, told ABC News.While only one person was injured, everybody else arrived safely, said Stegman.Brooks Robinson, of Atlanta, who was on the flight, described to ABC News the scene. “The jet stopped abruptly on the taxiway and then passengers saw and smelled smoke,” he said.“All of a sudden the captain comes over the intercom and goes, ‘Ladies and gentlemen evacuate, evacuate, evacuate!’ And you could tell he was a little…disturbed and a little shaken up,” he added.“It got pretty smoky. I mean, me, I’m not one to really panic over minor stuff, but it was enough where I wanted to put my shirt over my face because it was kind of a foul smell and awkward odor,” said Robinson.Robinson and many passengers took to social media, where they posted videos and pictures of the incident.“Fire department ruled out fire as the cause of the smoke,” Stegman said. She also said NTSB continue to investigate the cause. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

American Bison Slams Into Parked SUV in Yellowstone National Park


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(YELLOWSTONE, Wyo.) -- An American bison being trailed by cars inside Yellowstone National Park took its anger out on a parked SUV in its path, ramming into the car that had two passengers inside. Tom Carter, a 60-year-old attorney from Texas, was sitting inside a Nissan Xterra with his friend, Suzie Hollingsworth, a Yellowstone tour guide, when they saw a group of bison approaching them head-on. Carter pulled out his phone just in time to record a video of the bison veering off on its own and ramming their SUV. “We did everything we could think of to do to avoid problems,” Carter told ABC News. “I figured that they would just keep running right by us at a full gallop but at the last minute it intended to hit us.” “It was mad,” he said. “It pretty clearly intended to hit us.” Carter, who spent six summers as a Yosemite tour guide in the 1970s, says the bison were being followed by “essentially a line of cars that was chasing them into us.” The incident occurred in an area of the park known as Lamar Valley. Carter says the bison’s angry outburst is likely attributed to the agitation of the cars as well as the mild winter the area of Wyoming in which Yosemite is located has received. “It’s been a really light winter and the animals are a lot more feisty this winter,” he said. “Normally the winters are so harsh they don’t want to expend any outside fuel.” The bison caused nearly $2,800 in damages to the SUV, which belongs to Carter’s friend, Hollingsworth. Neither she nor Carter was injured inside the vehicle. “We turned the engine off which was a good thing because the air bags probably would have deployed,” said Carter, who estimated the bison weighed around 2,000 pounds. “We were never concerned about safety,” he said. “The buffalo picked on something about its own size. We were laughing about it because it was kind of crazy.” Carter’s video of the mid-February event has received nearly 400,000 views on YouTube. He later posted a video showing the damage to Hollingsworth’s car. He says the bison walked away unscathed. “It sort of shook its head and continued along the road,” Carter said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Detroit Bus Driver to Be Charged After Alleged On-Duty Doze Leads to Crash


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- After a four-month investigation, authorities said on Wednesday that the driver of a city bus who police said fell asleep at the wheel and then slammed into eight vehicles in suburban Detroit will be charged.The 65-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, faces a charge of a 93-day misdemeanor, a moving violation causing serious impairment of bodily function. The driver was expected to turn himself in and be arraigned Wednesday afternoon.Police said in October the SMART bus crashed into a Ford Explorer in West Bloomfield Township before plowing into seven other vehicles. Cameras on the bus caught the heart-pounding moment.Police said there was one passenger on the bus at the time. That passenger was not injured. The driver said he'd fallen asleep, according to police, and had tried to brake and then swerved before the accident. Authorities called it the longest crash of West Bloomfield history."This accident, the crash scene was actually a half-a-mile long," West Bloomfield police Det. Lt. Curt Lawson told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit."It was one of the biggest accidents that we have ever investigated in West Bloomfield history. It took four months to complete this investigation. ...We've very fortunate no one was killed during this incident,” he said.A man and a woman, both age 79, who were riding in the Ford Explorer, were seriously injured in the accident. Several passengers in the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.Authorities examined camera footage and the bus' recording device, as well as the victims' hospital records. The bus' brakes and mechanics were also investigated and the accident was reconstructed.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

DOJ Will Not Charge Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting


Brown Family / Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the death of Michael Brown."There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson's stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," the DOJ criminal report said.According to the report, Wilson "saw Brown reach his right hand under his t-shirt into what appeared to be his waistband."Accounts that Brown put his hands up are "inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence," the report says.Witness accounts were "inconsistent" and "changed over time," it also said.The department also released its investigation of the Ferguson police, which found a pattern and practice of discriminatory policing.The report includes seven racist emails sent by Ferguson officers. In its review, the Justice Department found 161 use of force complaints against the Ferguson police from 2010 to 2014. Only one case was founded and no officer was disciplined.Those conclusions come nearly seven months after a confrontation with Wilson left Brown, 18, dead. In the wake of the controversial slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Brown’s death reignited a national debate over race in America and sparked protests across the country.With its findings now public, the Justice Department is likely to seek agreement from the Ferguson Police Department to implement serious changes to its practices. But if negotiations fail, then the Justice Department would likely file a civil lawsuit against the police force, hoping a federal judge will force the police department to enact appropriate changes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LA Girls' Basketball Team Won't Be Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Canc


Thomas Cordova/Daily Breeze(LOS ANGELES) — A girls' high school basketball team won't be penalized because it wore pink letters and numbers on its jerseys to support breast cancer awareness. But the coach is banned for the rest of the season.Nathaniel Narbonne High School's team in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles appealed a decision that forced it to forfeit a 57-52 playoff win on Saturday against View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School because the pink on the uniforms was not an approved color, according to a league governing body.On Tuesday, a three-person appeals panel said the team won't have to forfeit the win, but coach Victoria Sanders is out for the rest of the season, the Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, the team will be on probation through next season and the school can't host a girls' playoff game next year."Our biggest push was to just let the girls finish out the season, so we were glad they got their season back," Narbonne's athletic director, Kyla Berman, told ABC News. "The coach was OK with the decision that she wasn’t able to finish out the season."Now that the top-seeded team's disqualification has been overturned, it will play in the championship game on Saturday with the approved colors of green, gold and black.But Sanders won't be allowed in the arena. Instead, the boys' basketball coach, who Berman said already closely works with Sanders, will guide the girls' team."I can accept it," Sanders told The Times of the punishment.Berman said the team players were "speechless" about the panel's decision to let them play."They were so excited. They and the parents were disappointed, of course, Vicki won’t be there," Berman told ABC News. "But Vicki just kept telling the girls, 'Just play.' They’re ready. She’s confident they will do what they need to do."The California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section, which initially disqualified Narbonne's team, did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News Tuesday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen at Atlanta Airport


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- More than 1,400 security badges used by workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that offer access to private baggage areas, tarmacs and other secure locations reportedly have been lost or stolen, according to an investigation by ABC News station WSB.The badges went missing between 2012 and 2014.Airport officials said the badges alone wouldn’t be useful -- a personalized PIN number, specific to each employee, is also required in order for the badges to work.“Due to those safeguards, we do not believe that lost or stolen badges pose a significant security threat to the airport,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in a statement.Stephen Ganyard, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot and ABC News consultant, said the report is concerning.“The airport said, ‘Well, they would have to have a PIN to get through a gate, they’d have to have a picture,’ but everybody knows they’ve been around places when somebody has a security badge and they say, ‘Oh, he has a badge, we’ll just let him in,’ or they can follow me through the door,” Ganyard said.According to the WSB report, Atlanta’s airport does not use biometric screening for employees, which would include fingerprint or eye checks.The Transportation Security Administration has refused to release statistics on missing airport badges across the country, citing security concerns.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Gets Underway Wednesday


FBI(BOSTON) — Opening statements are slated to begin Wednesday in the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused in the deaths of three people, including an eight-year-old boy.Following weeks of jury selection that involved a pool of nearly 1,400 people, a jury was seated Tuesday.Twelve jurors and six alternates -- eight men and ten women -- will hear the evidence against Tsarnaev, 21, who prosecutors say with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, detonated two bombs made from pressure cookers near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In addition to killing three people, the blasts wounded 260 others. Many of the victims were maimed for life, including 16 people who lost limbs.Afterwards, prosecutors say the brothers went on the run. A few days later, Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed during a gunfight with police after he and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.Following an intensive manhunt, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was wounded, was captured hiding inside a boat parked in the driveway of Watertown, Massachusetts, resident.Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him, including charges of using a “weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.” The most serious of the charges could put him on death row if he's convicted.His defense team gave a hint of a potential strategy a year ago when they filed motions to obtain information the attorneys believed would show that between the brothers, Tamerlan was an “all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”But while prosecutors focus today on Dzhokhar, authorities told ABC News they’re also investigating whether Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, knew of the deadly plot beforehand.Russell is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search the Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.Days after Tamerlan was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney, released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

LAPD Shooting: Homeless Victim Stole French Man's Identity, Authorities Say


Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) — The homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a Sunday confrontation was living in the United States under the assumed identity of a French national, authorities told ABC News Tuesday.The LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport.But Astrid le Moine, Press Attaché for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, said the French consulate later notified police of the usage of the stolen identity.Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials do not know the man's nationality at this time, Guillois said.A call to the LAPD Tuesday seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Saturmin Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison. A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death.A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment.Witnesses at the shooting scene told KABC that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene.At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ohio Suspect Turns Himself In After Facebook Exchange with Sheriff's Office


Butler County Sheriff's Office/Facebook(BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio) — Authorities in Ohio are crediting social media for their latest arrest.The Butler County Sheriff’s Office posted an alert on Facebook Tuesday about Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, who was wanted on a range of charges, including burglary (safe-cracking), abduction, assault and domestic violence.Residents commented on the post. So did Marcum, apparently.“I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me,” Marcum wrote from his Facebook account.The sheriff’s office responded: “If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”County Sheriff Richard K. Jones also weighed in, posting a photo on Twitter showing a jail cell.“Hey Andrew Marcum we’ve got your room ready…” Jones wrote. Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready... pic.twitter.com/iYkANLD9hZ— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) March 3, 2015 Later in the day, Marcum relented, turning himself into authorities. Marcum appears glum, his eyes red in the booking photos posted following his arrest.“Andrew Dale Marcum will be off Facebook temporarily, because there is no social media access in the Butler County Jail. He's turned himself in,” the office wrote in a new Facebook post. “Thanks to our Facebook and Twitter friends for helping turn up the heat.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect in Custody After Maryland Shooting Incidents, FBI Says


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A suspect is in custody, believed to be involved in a string of recent shooting incidents in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, an FBI spokesperson told ABC News.A shooting incident happened Tuesday on the Inter-County Connector in Laurel, Maryland, with shots fired at a tree service truck. Damage was also reported to a nearby National Security Agency building in Fort Meade.“We believe the subject responsible for shooting incidents on the ICC, near Fort Meade Army installation and other locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area in the last two weeks is in custody,” Amy J. Thoreson, Public Affairs Specialist with the FBI’s Baltimore Division, told ABC News in a statement.Other previous shootings were reported in Hanover, Maryland last week, as well as Laurel in Prince George’s County and Columbia in Howard County Monday.The suspect’s identity has not been released. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chicago Cubs Hold the Keys to the "Back to the Future" DeLorean Car


Volo Museum(CHICAGO) -- If the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series this fall, as predicted in Back to the Future Part II, you could be the proud new owner of a DeLorean time machine, the famous hover car featured in the film. Volo Auto Museum in Illinois is hosting the giveaway for the 1981 exhibition model estimated to be worth $85,000. "The car is fully functional. It's a running and driving car," museum director Brian Grams told ABC News on Tuesday. "Though we don't guarantee time travel with the car, its flux capacitor and other board lights light up just like the movie's car." But, of course, you'll have to rely on the Cubs -- who famously haven't won a World Series since 1908 and haven't even appeared in one since 1945. They finished dead last in their division in 2014. Some superstitious fans believe the team is cursed. The Cubs famously were five outs away from locking up a World Series berth in 2003 when a fan reached out and deflected a ball that appeared headed for a Cubs player's glove. The Cubs then blew a three-run lead to lose, lost another game after that and missed the World Series. The DeLorean was acquired from a custom car builder who built various original car props for movies, including the original Batmobile for the TV series, Grams said. The car has been on display at the museum since the late '90s. The museum encourages Chicago Cubs and Back to the Future fans from all over the world to register beginning March 21, Grams said. To enter the raffle, you can visit the museum with more than 400 eccentric cars in Volo, Illinois, and register on-site or online using your wristband ticket's number. If the museum is too far for you to visit, just send it a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Grams said, and the museum will then mail you back an eligible registration number. The Volo Auto Museum is giving away their Delorean if the #Cubs win the World Series this year http://t.co/dC4ICYJUMZ pic.twitter.com/5YQHm6YEEh— Mike Piff (@Mike_PiFF03) March 3, 2015 This is the museum's first car giveaway, Grams said. He said he hopes the Cubs finally win, so the car will go to a fan. And if the Cubs drop the ball, there's a consolation prize, Grams said. "We keep the car, but the giveaway winner will win the museum's hoverboard prop," he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.