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Man Claims to Have Photographed Mythical 'New Jersey Devil' From Legend Dating B

David Black(NEW YORK) -- It's a bird. It's a plane. It's ... a devil from New Jersey?!One man continues to stand behind his claim that he snapped a photo of the mythical “New Jersey Devil” soaring through the sky, even though, he said, people have been calling him crazy.David Black, a resident of the Garden State, says he captured a winged animal on camera Monday evening while on his way home from work.Black told ABC News he was driving around 6 p.m. Monday when he saw what he believed to be a llama running outside. And as he got closer, he said, he pulled out his camera and snapped a photo. Then, suddenly, he said, the creature sprouted wings and took flight from a golf course.Black said his heart was racing as he witnessed both a "childlike wonder and deep-seeded child nightmare" while capturing the apparent black cryptid.The myth of the “New Jersey Devil” dates back to 1735 in U.S. folklore, which describes tales of a creature that's said to be half human, half devil.Indeed, Black isn't the only one making hard-to-believe accounts that he saw the devil Monday. Another person shared a video allegedly showing the animal less than 9 miles from where Black said his encounter took place.Although he said people are laughing at his report, Black said he wanted to alert the community, saying that the creature "could snatch children out of cribs" and "steal souls."Lock your doors, New Jerseyans.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Inside Obama's Wedding-Crasher Moment on San Diego Golf Course

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) --  Wedding photographer Jeff Youngren will never forget this weekend's gig, where President Obama became an unexpected wedding crasher.Youngren and his wife, Erin, were the photographers for Stephanie and Brian, who wed at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California, Sunday. While they knew Obama would be golfing nearby that day, they had no idea he would come meet the bride and groom.Youngren said they were waiting for the ceremony to start when they learned that the president was on the last hole."Between Stephanie getting her makeup done, she kept peeking out the window looking," Youngren told ABC News.The secret service then came by to check on the roughly 75 wedding guests, Youngren said."The mood was all really fun, not tense at all," he said.As they waited for Obama to come down, Youngren said, "I realized the couple is upstairs; that's where the story actually is.""Selfishly, I wanted to be down at the green, I wanted to shake his hand," Youngren said, but he instead ran upstairs and grabbed the couple."Stephanie was like, 'We're going to go do this,'" Youngren recalled, and "She bolted out the door.""I've never seen a bride run so fast in such an elegant gown," Youngren said.With Brian in tow, they ran out and onto the grass."I think he [Obama] saw us coming from a distance and kind of paused," Youngren said.Bride Stephanie told ABC affiliate KGTV-TV in San Diego, "I actually started crying, I was crying as I’m running up there, you are just overwhelmed with emotion."The bride and groom asked KGTV-TV not to use their last names.“Everyone was cheering for us as Stephanie was running,” Brian said to KGTV-TV. “We literally ran down an aisle of friends to the president."Youngren said the president was "really gracious" and gave the bride a big hug. Brian is from Chicago, so the two shared a little banter back and forth about the city, Youngren said, and Obama "just joked around with them.""Very cordial, joking banter," he added.“He said congrats and good luck,” Stephanie added to KGTV-TV.And as the meeting unfolded, Youngren captured the unforgettable moment on camera. While Youngren said he was in "photographer mode" and didn't shake the president's hand himself, he called the day a "wonderful experience.""I still can't believe it happened. It was not what we expected when we woke up that morning," he said.Youngren said he was "so taken aback by how kind the president was to our couple ... it was amazing to see.""He has so much going on and so much stress ... to see him just be so calm and gracious and kind to a couple on their wedding day ... It made me really hopeful and excited, and just proud to have him as a leader," Youngren said.ABC Breaking News | Latest News Videos Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Driver Live-Streams While Claiming to Be Drunk

Lakeland Police(LAKELAND, Fla.) -- A Periscope viewer helped a Florida police department identify and arrest an allegedly drunken-driver who was livestreaming from her car.Whitney Beall, 23, of Lakeland, Florida, can be heard repeatedly saying she was drunk while slurring her words from behind the wheel of what appears to be a moving vehicle."I'm driving home drunk," she can be heard saying on the video.By using Periscope, the live-streaming video service that allows app users to tune into anyone's live video based on location, other Periscope users were able to watch her driving Oct. 10 and were able to type in comments.One viewer urged her to stop driving before she hurt herself, the Lakeland Police Department posted on its Facebook page.Multiple Periscope viewers called 911 to report the incident, the police said, but part of the problem was that the viewers could not report her location because she never stated it clearly in the video."As the caller was giving police dispatch the details from the video, the video was turned off several times and the caller was unable to provide a vehicle description other than it was a Toyota," the police wrote in their Facebook post. "This made locating the intoxicated driver more difficult for officers searching the surrounding area and with nothing more to go on other than the make of the car.""Her vehicle abruptly hit the south curb with the right front tire/wheel just as officers initiated a traffic stop. Officers advised that the driver did not even brake after striking the curb," the police said.The post added, "The Lakeland Police Department does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool and therefore they did not have the ability to monitor the driver’s actions. One officer took the initiative to utilize their personal account in an effort to locate the driver. Based on what the officer could observe, and landmarks in the area from the streaming video, LPD officers located the driver eastbound on Carpenters Way."Responding officers said that they smelled alcohol on her breath and she failed sobriety tests.Beall was charged with driving under the influence, was transported to the Polk County Jail and has since been bailed out, officials said.She did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alleged Ukrainian Hacker Extradited to US

iStock/Thinkstock(NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Ukrainian man who allegedly tried to frame cyber-security expert Brian Krebs has been extradited to the United States and is due in federal court in Newark, New Jersey on Tuesday, prosecutors said.Sergey Vovnenko is accused of taking part in an international conspiracy to hack into the computer networks of individual users and corporations to steal log-in credentials and payment card data, prosecutors said.According to court records, Vovnenko operated a “botnet” -- more than 13,000 computers infected with malicious computer software -- programmed to gain unauthorized access to computers and to identify, store and export information from hacked computers. Prosecutors said that Vovnenko and others would then use the stolen data to illegally access and withdraw money from bank accounts and to incur unauthorized charges.“As described in the indictment, Vovnenko commandeered thousands of computers to create a virtual army of hacked computers that he and his conspirators used to break into other networks and steal valuable information,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.Vovnenko, who was arrested last June in Italy by Italian authorities working with the U.S. Secret Service, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.“Our investigative reach will continue to expand beyond geographical borders despite the perceived anonymity these cybercriminals mistakenly think they enjoy,” Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said.Vovnenko, known as “Fly,” “Flycracker” or “Flyck,” is also thought to have been behind a 2013 plot to send heroin to cyber-security blogger Brian Krebs, a plot Krebs himself said he foiled because he was monitoring the site where it was hatched.“Angry that I’d foiled his plan to have me arrested for drug possession,” Krebs wrote on his blog. “Fly had a local florist send a gaudy floral arrangement in the shape of a giant cross to my home, complete with a menacing message that addressed my wife and was signed, 'Velvet Crabs.'"Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fire Chief IDs Firefighters Killed in Kansas City Blaze

Monkey Business/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- A fire chief choked back tears Tuesday morning as he identified the two veteran firefighters who died while fighting a blaze at an apartment building in Kansas City, Missouri, Monday night.The killed firefighters were Larry Leggio, a 17-year veteran, and John Mesh, a 13-year veteran, Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi said at a news conference Tuesday morning, his voice trembling as he spoke.Leggio is survived by his wife, mother and many immediate family members, Berardi said, while Mesh is survived by his wife, four young daughters and many family members.Berardi said he knew both men personally."I'm extremely proud of the professionalism of on-scene personnel as well as the response to the tragedy," he said. "In these times, what helps us get through these times is how professional the department responded and how we reacted to the situation. We will continue to do our job as we do every day."Leggio and Mesh had rescued at least two people from the scene, Berardi said, before the structure collapsed just after 8 p.m."Four firefighters were reported trapped by the collapse," Berardi said Tuesday morning. "The rapid intervention team witnessed the collapse. ... They located uncovered and removed four firefighters from the immediate area."Leggio and Mesh were pronounced dead at the hospital after paramedics, nurses and doctors attempted to revive them, the fire department said. Two other firefighters were hospitalized to be treated for injuries."The outpouring of sympathy and compassion was expressed to the families last night," Berardi said."We extended, of course, any help and condolences we could to the family members. ... Unfortunately this is one thing we know how to do," Berardi said, choking up.A complete investigation of the fire is ongoing, the department said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Border Patrol Cuts Use of Force by Nearly 40% over Two Years

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- America’s largest law enforcement agency has cut use of force incidents by nearly 40 percent since a new commissioner was appointed early in 2014.Violent encounters with both immigrants and American citizens were down to 768 in fiscal year 2015 (October 2014 to September 2015) from 1,215 in fiscal 2013 (October 2012 to September 2013).Customs and Border Protection, which employs more than 60,000 border patrol agents and customs officers, has been criticized for transparency and enforcement abuse. An analysis by the Arizona Republic cited 46 deaths at the hands of CBP agents since 2005, including 15 Americans.The new commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, came into office on March 7, 2014, promising to change the culture, ordering limits on when agents can use their weapons and asking for more accountability when civilians are shot. He also created an Integrity Advisory Panel to investigate employees for criminal misconduct.“The steps we have taken over the past year – implementing policy changes, revamping our training, standing up a new review process, and expediting the disclosure of basic incident information to the public -- are critical to achieving our mission and ensuring the trust of the American people,” Kerlikowske said in a statement, citing a 26 percent reduction in use of force just from the last fiscal year.“This reduction is especially significant, considering that assaults against agents and officers have essentially remained steady,” he added.In 2014, there were 390 assaults on agents, according to CBP; whereas in 2014 there were 373 and 2013 there were 468.“I am encouraged by the progress and dedication that CBP officers and agents have shown this year,” Kerlikowske said. “However, there is always more that can be done, and we remain committed to strengthening our agency.”CBP describes use of force as including “a physical restraint, the use of an alternative device or the application of lethal force.”Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch a Dazzling Halloween Display of 7,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One of the biggest Halloween attractions in New York is the Great Jack-o’-Lantern Blaze, which takes over a historic riverside colonial estate.More than 7,000 hand carved jack-o’-lanterns are set up in theatrical displays across the sweeping grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor in the village of Croton-on-Hudson.From giant spider webs made out of pumpkins to dinosaur skeletons and court jesters, a whole array of characters comes to life.There is even a pumpkin planetarium that lights up beneath the starry sky and an "aquarium" with a giant sea monster that appears to be slithering through the grounds.This year marks the 11th annual opening of the festival with visitors traveling from around the area to see the spectacle.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Umpqua Community College in Oregon Reopens After Shooting

Scott Olson/Getty Images(ROSEBURG, Ore.) -- Students at Umpqua Community College went back to school for the first time since a 20-year-old gunman opened fire nearly two weeks ago.As students headed back on Monday, they were greeted with an emotional reception of hundreds gathered along a road leading up to the school to wave flags and show their support.In attendance was Oregon Gov. Kate Brown as well as Umpqua Community College President Dr. Rita Cavin.Snyder Hall, the scene of the shooting where nine were killed and nine injured, is still not open, and some are hoping it will be torn down.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Third Woman to Earn Ranger Tab Graduates Friday

iStock/Thinkstock(FORT STEWART, Ga.) -- Fort Benning spokesman Bob Purtiman confirms to ABC News that Major Lisa Jaster has become the third woman to graduate from Ranger School.   She will be one of 88 Rangers who graduate on Friday on a ceremony at Fort Stewart.The 37 year old mother of two joins Capt. Kristen Griest  and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver 25, who both earned the Ranger tab on Aug. 21.  Like some of her male colleagues Jaster has participated in do-overs of the phases of Ranger School.The three women were among the 19 that began the course in April as part of a one-time opportunity to participate in the Army’s research to determine how women would be integrated into all units.  Following Griest’s and Haver’s graduation, the Army announced that it would now open up Army Ranger School to female candidates. The services have all provided their recommendations as to which combat jobs should remain excluded to women. Only the Marines made a recommendation to continue to exclude women from their combat infantry jobs, the other services and Special Operations Command recommended opening up all of their combat jobs to women. The recommendations are currently being reviewed by the Joint Staff and will be forwarded to Defense Secretary Ash Carter who has until the end of the year to decide whether to agree to the exclusions or open up all combat jobs to women.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NJ Attraction Lucy the Elephant Rejects PETA Offer

iStock/Thinkstock(MARGATE, N.J.) -- New Jersey icon Lucy the Elephant is in need of a makeover, but not from PETA.According to a statement released on the National Historic Landmark's website, the Board of Trusteers for Lucy the Elephant passed on a donation offer made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals late last week towards a construction and painting project.Lucy the Elephant is six stories tall and made out of wood and tin. The tourist attraction sits outside of Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore.The statement said PETA wanted to donate money towards the project if the elephant could be used to promote awareness for the mistreatment of circus elephants.PETA had planned to hang a banner from the elephant, attach a foam shackle to a leg, and attach a teardrop below one of the eyes.Lucy CEO Richard Helfant said, "Lucy is a happy place. We must always insure that children who visit Lucy have a happy experience and leave with smiles on their faces. Anything that could sadden a child is not acceptable here at Lucy."“While every donation is important to an almost completely self-funded non-profit organization, this one comes with too many conditions," he added. "Lucy is a National Historic Landmark whose mission is historic preservation. We must be diligent in maintaining her stature as an NHL."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Smoking Credit Card Reader Forces Plane's Emergency Landing

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  An Alaska Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday after a flight attendant’s credit card machine created smoke in the galley.Alaska Airlines Flight 17 was headed from Newark, N.J. to Seattle, Wash. when a "point of sale device" the flight attendant's use for ordering drinks and meals started smoking in the cabin. Nancy Trott, a spokeswoman for Alaska Air, claims the device "was not on fire", but the flight attendants used a fire extinguisher to get the device to stop smoking.The crew said it “looked like the battery was melting,” Trott told ABC News.The flight attendants then alerted the captain who was able to safely land the plane in Buffalo.The aircraft was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members, none of which were injured.The FAA is investigating the incident.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Fire Aboard Alaska Air Forces Emergency Landing

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  An Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 plane made an emergency landing in Buffalo, N.Y. on Monday morning. Alaska Airlines Flight 17 was headed from Newark, N.J. to Seattle, Wash. when a "point of sale device" the flight attendant's use for ordering drinks and meals started smoking in the cabin. Nancy Trott, a spokeswoman for Alaska Air, claims the device "was not on fire", but the flight attendants used a fire extinguisher to get the device to stop smoking. Trott also added that the crew said it "looked like the battery was melting." The flight attendants then alerted the captain who was able to safely land the plane in Buffalo. The aircraft was carrying 181 passengers and six crew members, none of which were injured. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Trucker Slammed by Waterspout Thought He 'Was in Hell'

ABC News(TAMPA, Fla.) — A tornadic waterspout traveling on shore in Florida knocked over and lifted an 18-wheeler in Florida, leaving the driver thankful to be alive.The incident happened Saturday as Randall Leaver was crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge near Tampa in his U.S. Postal Service truck.The swirling winds of the waterspout — an intense, non-supercell tornado that develops over large bodies of water — knocked the tractor trailer on its side, then back onto its wheels.“All of a sudden I felt a gust of wind and I thought, 'Is this what I think it is?’” Leaver said. “I’ve never been to Hell. I thought I was in Hell.”Leaver suffered from minor bumps and bruises, but was otherwise uninjured.The incident left him humbled, and thankful.“The first thing I did when I got home; I hugged my son,” he said. “God was definitely watching over me.”undefinedCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

'Body' on Detroit Woman's Lawn Spooks Onlookers in Long-running Halloween Prank

Crystal Miller(DETROIT) — Each morning LaRethia Haddon makes her coffee, sits in her window and watches as passersby gawk at the prone figure on the lawn of her Detroit home.Some call the police. Others even approach and attempt to perform CPR — only to discover the figure is a dummy.Haddon has been pulling the Halloween prank for 20 years, but this time it has really taken off, she told ABC News on Sunday night."Oh, it is hilarious," she said of people's reactions. "They do CPR — they turn him over real fast, you know, then they realize it's the dummy. It's hilarious."Since her husband's birthday falls on Halloween, they celebrate the holiday in a big way in her family."And I'm a holiday person. ... I'm just into decorating, you know. So I made a dummy and he does — he really does look lifelike," she said.The figure is dressed in pants, white sneakers, a dark coat and a shirt with the hood pulled up. After she makes her coffee in the morning, Haddon takes the dummy — she laughed as she revealed that she calls it Derrick, after her husband — and puts it on a new spot on her lawn.Crystal MillerThen she sits back, relaxes and prepares to be entertained. Since she lives in a busy area near two schools she doesn't have to wait very long."All day I have a stream of people coming by taking pictures of it," she said.Detroit Police didn't respond to a message from ABC News on Sunday afternoon, but an officer told The Detroit News that the department was "repeatedly called to the area" last week for reports of a man down. They responded to find Haddon's dummy.Officer Shanelle Williams told The Detroit News that the dummy wasn't illegal but suggested that placing a sign letting people know the figure was a display could help prevent unnecessary concern."If we get a call, we are still responding. We can't take the chance," Williams said.Haddon, 55, says she always alerts emergency services before she pulls her annual prank."Every year I let them know, and I've been doing that for like 20 years so it's not like I just throw it out there and here we go," she said.Haddon said she's been facing some financial trouble recently and the popularity of her display has boosted her spirits. She and her grandchildren put the dummy together every year and the family enjoys the activity, she said.They're apparently not the only ones."I just like to let everyone know that when I made it I didn't mean it with bad intentions, I was just trying to bring a little laughter to the neighborhood and my neighbors and everyone have been coming by and saying just that, 'thank you for bringing a little laughter to the neighborhood,'" she said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Humans of New York Creator Reveals How He Gets People to Share Life's Intimate D

Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York City is the home of the Yankees, the Statue of Liberty and more than 8 million people, many of whom are showcased on the hugely popular blog Humans of New York.The blog’s creator, Brandon Stanton, has simply walked up to people and asked them permission to photograph them. He also asks them their stories.He's used this approach to take photos of more than 10,000 strangers in the city and has also published a bestselling book, Humans of New York.Over the past five years, the blog has transformed from featuring only pictures to also telling stories.Stanton talked with ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts about his new book, Humans of New York: Stories.He explained his fascination with New York, calling the city "amazingly diverse.""If you're going to exhibit the diversity of the lives and stories on Planet Earth ... I don't think there's any single location that would be easier to do that than New York," he said.Stanton, 31, is known for his ability to get total strangers to share intimate details of their lives. Instead of using a high-tech recording device, he simply takes notes on his phone.He says that the first question he asks them is "What is your greatest struggle right now?"The replies are remarkably candid. People talk in detail about their struggles with money, health, relationships and gender and sexual identity.Stanton says he believes that their honesty comes from being able to share with someone who doesn't know their story and has no preconceived judgments."You know, I think there's something liberating about that," he said.Stanton's blog has more than 15 million followers — known as the HONY community — on social media.Because of the blog's large following, Stanton has been able to raise millions of dollars for people and organizations in need.Stanton said two fundraisers in the past six months have collected more than $4 million."I really think that that is a testament to the type of people that follow Humans of New York," he said.Stanton just returned from spending time in Europe and speaking first-hand with Syrian refugees. His first question to them was to ask them to recount the day they left Syria."They would start speaking in Arabic, and they would stop, and then tears would start coming down their face," he said.Humans of New York: Stories will be released on Tuesday.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Mean and Green: Electric Car Drivers Causing Static at Refueling Stations

Stephan Zabel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thanks to the scarcity of the charging stations, electric car drivers in California are sparking fights in a growing trend. The New York Times reports that drivers are cutting each other off for access to the ports, cursing each other out, and even unplugging others' cars to charge their own on the sneak. Maureen Blanc, the director of the pro-electric Charge Across Town owns an electric BMW. She tells the Times she recently had static with a Tesla driver competing for a charging station. "It’s high time for somebody to tackle the electric-vehicle etiquette problem," she huffed.There's even a "black market" for the coveted spaces, some drivers admit.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Caught in Attempted Teen Abduction Case in Connecticut

Bridgeport Police Department(BRIDGEPORT, Conn.) -- A woman accused of trying to abduct a teenage girl in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been arrested, nearly one week after the girl bailed out of the suspect's moving car to escape.The suspect, Towanna Randall, 38, of New Haven, was arrested Saturday night, the Bridgeport Police Department announced on Sunday.On Oct. 5, a 17-year-old girl was walking to school when a driver pulled up and offered her a ride, police sad.The driver assaulted the girl in the car, police said.The teen "bailed out" of the car as it was moving and successfully escaped, police said. The teen wasn't injured, police said.Randall has been charged with sexual assault, unlawful restraint and reckless endangerment, police said. Her past criminal record includes robbery, larceny and selling hallucinogenic narcotics, according to police.Randall's bond was set at $100,000. She is expected to appear in court Oct. 13.Bridgeport Assistant Police Chief James Nardozzi credited Randall's quick arrest "to the talented and hardworking police officers and detectives in the Bridgeport Police Department.""To make an arrest in this case so quickly really speaks to the around-the-clock efforts of our police force," he said.It was unclear whether Randall has an attorney.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marchers Gather in D.C. for 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Marchers in Washington D.C. mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.On Saturday, supporters of all different races and from all over celebrated 20 years since the 1995 march with a new march called, "Justice or Else."One of the speakers was Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who launched the original march."We are still trying to get...civil rights," he told the crowd. "While at the same time, we are denied the human right of self-determination."He also commended the Native Americans in the crowd for wearing their native dress."They are not here as some mascot," he said. "They are here because they are the original owners of this part of the earth and we honor them with the honor that they justly do."Another speaker was District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser who said she would continue to be focused on "growing pathways to the middle class" and finding "productive avenues" for young people as well as men and women coming home from war.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Officer in Bergdahl Hearing Recommends No Jail Time, His Lawyers Say

U.S. Army via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Army officer who presided over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's preliminary hearing last month has recommended that he should not face any jail time or a punitive discharge for charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, the sergeant's lawyers said.According to Bergdahl's defense team, the officer has also recommended that Bergdahl's case should proceed to a lower level court martial that limits a maximum penalty for convictions to a year in prison. A four star general will review the officer’s recommendation and determine how Bergdahl's case will be handled.Bergdahl's civilian attorney Eugene Fidell confirmed to ABC News that Lt. Col. Mark Visger "recommended that the charges be referred to a special court-martial and that a punitive discharge and confinement would be inappropriate given all the circumstances."Special Court Martials review cases that would equate to misdemeanors in the civilian system and limit maximum punishments to one year of jail time, a reduction in rank and a bad conduct discharge. Under a general court martial Bergdahl could face a maximum life sentence for the charge of misbehavior before the enemy and five years jail time if convicted of desertion.Visger’s recommendations have not been made public but a filing released Friday night by Bergdahl’s defense team indicated what Visger had recommended.In the filing, Lt. Colonel Franklin D. Rosenblatt, Bergdahl’s military attorney wrote, "Given your conclusion -- with which we agree -- about whether confinement or a punitive discharge are warranted, and the factors you cited in support of that conclusion, nonjudicial punishment under Article 15, UCMJ, is the appropriate disposition."UCMJ refers to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which are regulations for the military’s criminal justice system. Non-judicial punishments can take the form of a reprimand, a reduction in rank or pay or restrictions to base.Visger presided over Bergdahl’s Article 32 hearing that heard evidence from prosecution and defense witnesses as to whether Bergdahl’s case should go to a court martial.His recommendation will be reviewed by Gen. Robert Abrams, the commander of U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), who is the convening authority in charge of Bergdahl’s case. Abrams will ultimately decide whether the case should go to a court martial and if so whether it should be a general court martial or a special court martial. Under military rules convening authorities can disagree with a recommendation made by Article 32 presiding officers, though it is not a common occurrence."As legal action is ongoing, we continue to maintain careful respect for the military-judicial process, the rights of the accused, and ensuring the case's fairness and impartiality," FORSCOM spokesman Paul Boyce said when asked to comment on Visger's recommendation. "We will notify the public and interested news media when further information about this ongoing legal action potentially is available."During the Article 32 hearing, Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl, who led the exhaustive investigation of Bergdahl’s case, testified that he did not believe Bergdahl deserved jail time if the case went to a court martial and resulted in a conviction."I do not believe that there is a jail sentence at the end of this process," Dahl said. "I think it would be inappropriate."In June 2009, Bergdahl walked away from his unit's remote outpost in eastern Afghanistan and was quickly captured by the Taliban who held him captive for nearly five years. He was freed in May 2014 in a controversial exchange for five Guantanamo detainees who had been Taliban leaders.Bergdahl did not testify at the Article 32 hearing, but evidence presented at the hearing indicated Bergdahl had left his post in a bid to highlight problems in his unit to a general located 19 miles away.Dahl described Bergdahl as "young, naive, and inexperienced" and that after five years of captivity "I believe he is remorseful."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bill Cosby to Be Deposed Friday Amid Mounting Sexual Assault Accusations

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Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Cosby is set to be deposed Friday for the first time since a growing number of sexual abuse allegations have emerged against the actor.“In any deposition, we are permitted to ask any question that is relevant and that is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence,” said Gloria Allred, the high-profile civil rights lawyer who will be deposing Cosby. “And so we have wide latitude in any deposition so that we are able to prepare our case for trial.”Allred’s client, Judy Huth, alleges Cosby, 78, forced her to perform a sex act on him at the Playboy mansion in the mid-70s, when she was just 15 years old.“It’s a very serious allegation, of course, because it’s an allegation of child sexual abuse,” explained Allred. “And so we have a longer period of time, a longer period of statute of limitations for a lawsuit to be pursued in California for a person who alleges she is an adult survivor of child sexual abuse.”A judge has ordered the deposition recording and transcript to remain sealed until late December, at least, pending further arguments.Cosby’s lawyers have denied Huth’s claims in court documents calling them “absolutely false” and “baseless,” and the lawsuit “outrageous.”“It’s very, very challenging for Judy and I do admire her courage,” said Allred. “She is not going to be present at deposition of Mr. Cosby. She has a right to be there, but she does not wish to be there. She is just relying on her attorneys to proceed and to assert her rights and to vindicate her rights, and that’s what we are committed to doing.”“I expect that Bill Cosby will evoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on almost all of the crucial questions that Gloria Allred or any other attorney wants to ask,” said Dan Abrams, Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News.Statutes of limitations prevent most of Cosby’s accusers from attempting to file criminal charges or civil claims against him for incidents that allegedly occurred long ago. But that hasn’t prevented many from speaking out. So far, more than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, drugging, or rape. Their allegations span five decades. Cosby has never been charged with a crime and his attorneys have said he denies the allegations.Chloe Goins, a 25-year-old Las Vegas model, is one of the youngest women to come forward publicly, accusing Cosby of sexual abuse.“It's such a traumatic and hard thing to live with,” Goins said. “And for a long time I tried to bury it.”Her lawyer, Spencer Kuven, believes her claims fall within the statute of limitations, making them a potential game changer in the firestorm surrounding the man who was once “America’s Favorite Dad,” and star of the legendary Cosby Show.“All I can think is, ‘hypocrite,’” said Goins. “Somebody who goes on TV and presents such a wholesome image yet is so sick. It’s hard to – I can't watch it. And that's why I'm here today, to bring out the truth-- the truth about his lies, the truth about his secrets.”Goins filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday claiming Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2008 when she was just a teenager.“It's tragic that it happened to me when I was so young,” she said, “just coming into womanhood.”Goins’ lawyer says Cosby offered her a drink at a party at the Playboy mansion in 2008.“Chloe had a few sips of the drink and began feeling nauseous and dizzy," said Kuven.He says Cosby then offered to escort her to a bedroom. “And on their way to the bedroom, Chloe blacked out,” Kuven claims. “She doesn't remember anything after that point until waking up with no clothes on, laying on her back in a bed. And at the time she wakes up, she felt that her chest was wet and sticky as if somebody had been licking on it.”Kuven says, “She then noticed that Mr. Cosby was down at the foot of the bed and was biting one of her toes,” and that Cosby then left the room.“There's a lotta shame in the act of what happened,” said Goins. “And it's an embarrassing thing that happened to me.”Goins did not report the alleged incident to police until January 2015. The L.A. Police Department turned over the results of their investigation to the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office just last week, and they are now deliberating on whether or not to charge Cosby criminally.“I decided to come public and come forward and relive everything that happened to me-- because of the other women,” said Goins, “all the other women that have been abused by Mr. Cosby. And I would like to see justice for all of us."Her lawyers now believe she has a valid claim to bring forward both criminal and civil action against Cosby.“The statute in California's very clear,” said Kuven. “She has eight years after age of majority, eight years after turning 18 to bring her claim up until age 26. Chloe right now is 25 years old. So, she is, we believe, squarely within the statues of limitations."Cosby’s attorneys told ABC News they had “no comment” on Goins’ civil suit. But earlier in January, a lawyer for Cosby said Cosby wasn’t in L.A. when the alleged incident occurred, saying in statement, “We will be providing documentary evidence to the appropriate authorities which conclusively establishes Mr. Cosby’s whereabouts on August 9 and for the preceding and succeeding days.”Goins’ attorney says the disputed date was a false assumption.“She has never publicly said that she was there on any specific date,” said Kuven. Goins’ civil suit comes on the heels as another accuser, Judy Huth, is making legal headway in the closed-door deposition lead by her attorney Gloria Allred on Friday.“We are looking for accountability, and we are not going to stop until we get it,” said Allred who currently represents up to 26 accusers of Cosby, many of whom have allegations that fall out of the statutes of limitations.“Many of the accusers, however, felt that of course even though it’s too late to pursue their lawsuits in a conventional court, it is not too late to pursue their accusations and make them in the court of public opinion.”In September, over a dozen accusers spoke out in A&E’s documentary “Cosby: The Women Speak.” Several of the women interviewed alleged the comedian offered mentorship or career coaching, and that later Cosby assaulted or attempted to assault them, after they drank a beverage that, they, say, rendered them unconscious.Among those interviewed was legendary supermodel Beverly Johnson, who said she was invited to Cosby’s brownstone to rehearse in the mid 80’s, when she was in her early 30’s.“He said, ‘There's an exercise you do in method acting… You know, I want you to act like you're drunk,’” explained Johnson.Next, she said, Cosby insisted she try a cappuccino.“Immediately I felt woozy,” she said.“Everything was spinning. And I was, you know, dizzy, and I knew I had been drugged. There's no doubt in my mind.”“He puts one hand around my waist,” Johnson continues, “And I remember cocking my head and saying, "You're a mother******, aren't you?"According to Johnson, Cosby escorted her out of the house and threw her into a taxi.“I was so disappointed,” she said. “It was like a family member had done something to me…I knew that the kind of person I was dealing with would destroy me.”“Even though there is no verdict yet in any civil case filed against him by any of the accusers. I think it's a fair conclusion that, in fact, in the court of public opinion he has lost that battle,” said Allred.And it’s the many other women, who, Goins says, ultimately gave her the courage to come forward as well.“I buried it for a long time,” said Goins. “And I'm not sure how I would've been able to come out if these brave women didn't come forward and find the strength to tell their story.”Goins’ civil lawsuit also includes a list of 40 other Cosby accusers.“We felt it was very important to give a voice to those victims, all 40 women that we were able to identify-- their voices, their stories-- and be able to talk to them in this litigation so that they can speak on the record for the first time,” said Kuven.“I'm trying to heal myself from everything that's happened,” said Goins. “And coming out about it and speaking about it, it does help. It's been very hard.”While she says speaking out has been empowering, Goins says she wants more.“I feel he needs to see justice,” she said. “I'd like to see him behind bars for everything he's done.”Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Texas Southern University Lockdown Lifted After Shooting Near Dorm

iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- Texas Southern University lifted its lockdown on Friday after two people were shot near a school residence hall, a rep for the school told ABC News.A statement instructed staff and students to remain in their classrooms until further notice.The campus is in the heart of the city, so it is unclear whether or not the shooting involved students, the spokesperson said.The Houston Police Department announced via Tweet that a possible suspect has been detained.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Young Cousins Found Safe Day After They Went Missing from Campsite

David Stricker(CINCINNATI) -- Two young cousins were found safe today, officials said, one day after they were reported missing from a campsite in eastern Kentucky.The cousins, 5-year-old Michael Esposito and 7-year-old Adrian Ross, disappeared in the woods around 6 p.m. Thursday, while their fathers and grandfather were setting up for a family reunion at a campsite at the Red River Gorge, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.Today, both boys were found alive and well, Kentucky State Trooper Joe Veeneman told ABC News. They were found by search and rescuers about 1 mile from the campsite, Veeneman said.The boys were checked out, Veeneman said, but he did not have further information on their conditions.According to WCPO-TV, the boys told their family that they weren't scared and they had fun.The desperate search for the cousins began Thursday evening. Rescue crews, helicopters and hound dogs looked through the night, WCPO-TV said.Once the sun rose, about 100 people joined the search on foot, Michael's mother, Julie Esposito, told WCPO-TV."I can't really afford to break down and be emotional because I needed to help answer questions and coordinate things," Esposito told WCPO-TV this morning. "We are going to bring them back.”Friday afternoon, after the search had ended, Esposito told WCPO-TV that she knew the boys would be OK."It wasn't that cold last night and they were together, but I knew if it rained and they were out and if they spent a second night wet and cold it wouldn't be good. So I just kept praying," she said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Breakdown of the 47 School Shootings So Far This Year

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The deadly shooting at Northern Arizona University Friday  morning was the 47th shooting to take place on a school campus so far this year, according to data collected by gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.Of those shootings, 26 were classified as attacks that resulted in injury or death.The 21 remaining shootings were a mix of attempted or completed suicides, accidental shootings or instances in which a gun was fired at campus, including grade schools and colleges, but no one was injured.The statistics show that even though some of this year's individual shootings, like that of Umpqua Community College in Oregon where 10 people died including the shooter, resulted in higher death counts than last year, the total number of shootings is slightly lower than it was at this point in 2014.Compared to the 47 at this point, there were 50 shootings on school grounds by this time last year, 29 of which were attacks that resulted in injury or death, three more than this year, according to Everytown for Gun Safety data, which is based off news reports. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Convicted TN Woman Denies Wanting Couple Dead After Social Media Feud

ABC News(MOUNTAIN CITY, Tenn.) -- A Tennessee woman in prison for the murders of a young couple with whom she had been feuding online said she didn't want them to die."I went through a lot with them, but I never wished them dead. I never wanted them dead," Jenelle Potter, 34, told ABC News' 20/20 in an exclusive interview about the murders.Watch the full story on ABC News' 20/20 Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.Potter was found guilty in May of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for the 2012 shooting deaths of Billie Jean Hayworth, 23, and Billy Payne, 36. Potter is serving two concurrent life sentences for the murders of the couple who were found in their Mountain City, Tennessee, home with single gunshot wounds to their faces.Hayworth died while holding her 7-month-old baby boy. He survived unharmed, though he was found covered in blood.Prosecutors believe Potter created a false online identity of a CIA agent named Chris, in a phenomenon known as "catfishing," to fool her parents and her boyfriend and to goad her father into killing Hayworth and Payne.Potter had a crush on Payne and wanted him and Hayworth dead after they moved in together and had a child, according to prosecutors.But Potter, who lived at home with her strict parents and spent most of her adult social life on social media, denies this. She said she was the victim of anonymous cyberbullying, some of which she believes came from Hayworth."I didn't hate [Hayworth and Payne]. I just disliked them. I wanted [them] to quit. I wanted the harassment to stop," Potter said.Potter was once friendly with Payne in person, hanging out at barbecues and even going rappelling together. But a feud on social media erupted and, eventually, they deleted each other as friends on Facebook."I think that we did it to each other. I unfriended them. They unfriended me," Jenelle said. "I did Bill first and then I think Billie did me. And I unfriended her."Police had a major breakthrough in their investigation of the murders after interviewing Potter's boyfriend, Jamie Curd, who admitted to being involved in the murders and told police that Jenelle Potter’s father, Marvin Potter, shot Hayworth and Payne to protect his daughter from what he perceived as an imminent threat?Curd, who was Payne's cousin, also told police that he'd been text-messaging a man named Chris, who told him he was in the CIA and said his job was to protect Jenelle Potter from her enemies at all costs. After Marvin Potter, who is known as "Buddy," was arrested for the murders, he also told police his daughter's life was being threatened.Jenelle Potter's mother, Barbara Potter, told 20/20 that “Chris” told her in emails that he was watching her family's every move and was monitoring what Payne and Hayworth were allegedly saying on social media about her daughter."He said he couldn't use his real name, his real identity," Barbara Potter said. "He was watching these people that he said were harassing her on the computer and calling her."Jenelle Potter said of communicating with the supposed CIA agent Chris through email, "I thought he was someone that I was friends with in school. He said he was down here to protect me, protect my parents. He did different jobs. He had dogs.""[My mom and Chris] would write emails all the time back and forth, and she would tell me about him,” she added. “And we were trying to figure out who he was. My dad even tried to meet him places, try to talk to him.”Jenelle Potter said her father became more protective with her because of the alleged threats she was receiving.But when police took a look at the computer they seized from the Potters' home, they learned the emails from the CIA agent “Chris “were all coming from an account that belonged to Jenelle Potter, and a review of the IP address confirmed that."Every one of them pointed straight back … to Barbara and Janelle's home address," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent Scott Lott told 20/20.Prosecutor Dennis Brooks told 20/20 that “social media allowed Jenelle Potter to be someone that she wasn't. When she invented Chris, she could assume a different identity and be as hateful as she wanted to be."But Jenelle Potter said Chris was using her email to protect his identity."I emailed him through my email, and I said, you know, 'How'd you get my screenname, password?' I changed my password lots of times. I've done everything. Nothing ever showed up in my sent box," Jenelle Potter said.When they impounded Marvin Potter's truck, police also found several plastic bags of shredded emails that an agent put back together. In one of them, Barbara Potter was communicating with “Chris” and sounded like she wanted Payne and Hayworth dead."We've had enough. No one wants to kill anyone but we will," Barbara Potter wrote in the email.Agent Lott said, "Barbara would take this information and show it to Buddy: 'Buddy, look, look what they're trying to do to Jenelle.' And, finally, they just pushed him to his limit where he couldn't take it anymore.”Armed with evidence that he believed proved the entire family was involved, prosecutors also charged Barbara Potter and Jenelle Potter in the killings."Barbara and Janelle share the responsibility. I think they would be called masterminds. Janelle kind of spurred it. Barbara got it to happen," agent Lott said.Jenelle Potter's defense attorney Cameron Hyder said, "Jenelle Potter operates on the level of an 8- or 9-year-old.”"She may be on a fourth-grade level, but she has a Ph.D. in manipulation," Brooks, the prosecutor, said.Barbara Potter is serving two concurrent life sentences for first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, while Marvin Potter is also serving two consecutive life sentences after being convicted in October 2013 of the murders. Curd took a plea deal of 25 years in prison."I love my daughter. I love my husband, but I would not sit here and lie for them," Barbara Potter said.Said Jenelle Potter: "I didn't murder anyone.”Marvin Potter, Barbara Potter and Jenelle Potter are all planning to appeal their convictions.Midway through her interview with 20/20, Jenelle Potter shut down in tears and walked out back to her cell.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.