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Family Shares Heartbreaking Story of UK’s Youngest Organ Donor

Family Shares Heartbreaking Story of UK’s Youngest Organ Donormonkeybusinessimages/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- On what would have been their son's first birthday, the family of the youngest organ donor in the United Kingdom are sharing the story of their son's short life to encourage others to become organ donors.Hours after being born, Teddy Houlston became the youngest organ donor in the U.K. last year, when doctors were able to successfully transplant his kidneys and other organs. The kidneys helped save the life of a recipient, according to the National Health Service.Teddy's parents, Jess and Mike Houlston, are now sharing their decision to designate their newborn son as an organ donor in the hopes other people will not be afraid to sign up to be organ donors."Following Teddy's diagnosis we had some time to acclimatise to what might happen, therefore we decided early on as a family that we would want to go ahead with the pregnancy and donate his organs if this was possible," Jess Houlston said on the NHS website.Jess Houlston learned that Teddy had a life-threatening diagnosis when she was just 12 weeks pregnant with twin boys. She and her husband learned that due to a condition called anencephaly, Teddy would be born without parts of the brain and skull and likely only survive for a few hours to days.Teddy's twin brother Noah did not have the same condition and was born healthy."When we found out he wasn’t going to survive, it was obviously crushing, soul-destroying," Jess Houlston, of Cardiff, said in a video for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.Jess Houlston said she had grown up hearing about the importance of being an organ donor from her mother and immediately thought about the option for Teddy."It was helping us that he could go on and live through someone else," said Jess Houlston. "It was the only positive thing that could have come out of here."She said that despite the outcome, she was simply eager to meet Teddy."We just wanted to meet him, we wanted to meet him alive, we knew he was never going to be coming home with us," she said. "But those few minutes we had were just the most amazing few minutes that we'll ever have."The day that Teddy was born, the family was able to bond with both Teddy and Noah in the hospital for hours. When Teddy died a few hours after being born, Jess Houlston said the family was able to cope by knowing he could end up helping others."There was so much sadness and so much joy as well that he had just achieved something that we didn’t think was going to happen," Jess Houlston said.The boy's kidneys were able to be transplanted into an adult recipient, helping save that person's life, according to the NHS."He couldn't have done more for us," Mike Houlston told reporters. "We just couldn't have wished for any more, we had such precious two hours with him, that we couldn't ever, ever forget, that we couldn't wish for more. He was truly a hero to us."The couple and many in the medical community are hoping that in sharing Teddy's story on what would have been his first birthday, others will be encouraged to think about signing up as an organ donor.Dr. Paul Murphy, National Clinical Lead for Organ Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said the family was "an inspiration to us all.""In telling Teddy’s story Mike and Jess demand that everyone, young and old, follows their example," Murphy said in a statement. "Put simply they say, 'Do it for Teddy.'"The need for organ donors remains an issue in both the U.K. and U.S. In the U.K., there are approximately 7,000 people waiting for an organ transplant, while in the U.S. 78,566 people are on the active organ transplant waiting list. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Prosecution Rests in Penalty Phase of Tsarnaev Trial

Prosecution Rests in Penalty Phase of Tsarnaev TrialFBI (BOSTON) -- Prosecutors rested their case in the penalty phase of the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man convicted of the Boston Marathon bombings, by showing a dramatic video from the day of the explosions.The video showed Denise Richard with her 8-year-old son Martin. Martin was killed in the bombings. A trauma surgeon testified that Martin did not die instantly, and that his injuries would have caused him pain.The surveillance video that came near the end of the prosecution's case shows Denise Richard rocking back and forth over her son's body. Steve Woolfenden described witnessing the scene that day, saying he could hear Denise saying "please" and "Martin" repeatedly.The trial will continue on Monday with Tsarnaev's defense team's case. There will be no court on Friday. Prosecutors reserve the right to a rebuttal after the defense rests. The same jury that convicted Tsarnaev earlier this month will decide whether to give him a life sentence or the death penalty. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

USDA Approves Import of Apples from China

USDA Approves Import of Apples from ChinaPurestock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday approved regulations that would allow for the import of fresh apples from China. Food advocates have argued about pollution issues in China and the potentially resultant chemical residue that could be on imported apples.Currently, the FDA inspects less than one percent of imported fruit. All apples imported from China, however, will be required to meet U.S.-approved standards, arrive with a "phytosanitary certificate" and be declared inspected and free of quarantine pests. The apples would also feature a sticker indicating that they are from China. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Judge Denies Change of Venue Motion in Colorado Movie Theater Trial

Judge Denies Change of Venue Motion in Colorado Movie Theater TrialArapahoe County Sheriff's Office(AURORA, Colo.) -- A last-minute attempt by lawyers for alleged Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes to get the venue of his murder trial changed was denied by a judge on Thursday, with opening statements in the trial slated for next week.Lawyers for Holmes had previously moved for a change of venue in April 2014, but that attempt was also denied. Twenty-four jurors were seated last week. The opening statements are scheduled to begin on Monday.Holmes is accused in the shooting that left 12 people dead and many more injured at an Aurora movie theater in 2013. He faces 24 counts of first-degree murder. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Commissioner Approves Rose’s Participation in All-Star Game

Commissioner Approves Rose’s Participation in All-Star GameiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The most infamous man in baseball has been given the blessing by Commissioner Manfred to participate in this year's All-Star activities in Cincinnati. Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, has been banned by baseball since 1989 for gambling on games. He recently applied for reinstatement to the game with new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Rose, 74, was a player on the Reds from 19 seasons (1963-1978, 1984-1986) and served as Cincinnati's manager from 1984 to 1989. He won the NL Rookie of the Year, won three World Series -- including being named MVP in the 1975 -- with Cincinnati. As part of the ban, Rose is not able to access areas any fan would not be allowed to attend, without the permission of the commissioner. Fox, who will broadcast the All-Star Game, recently hired Rose to serve as a studio analyst for their baseball coverage.   Fo llow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Arraignment for Man Accused of Stalking Sandra Bullock Postponed

Arraignment for Man Accused of Stalking Sandra Bullock PostponedABC/Fred Lee(LOS ANGELES) -- The arraignment of Joshua James Corbett, the man accused of stalking Sandra Bullock and breaking into the Gravity star's home, was postponed on Thursday and moved until next month.The judge approved a bid by the defense team to delay Corbett's arraignment until May 6. Corbett faces numerous guns and weapons charges, as well as one count of first-degree burglary and one count of stalking. Corbett did not speak during the hearing.Bullock was not in attendance on Thursday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Secret Service Took Over a Year to Replace Alarm System at Residence of George H.W. Bush

Secret Service Took Over a Year to Replace Alarm System at Residence of George H.W. BushMark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service, which has been the target of many pointed questions in recent years, took more than a year to replace an alarm system at the home of former president George H.W. Bush, a report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General, released Thursday, said.The alarms in question were inoperable for at least 13 months, the OIG said in the report. During that period, Secret Service protective detail created a roving post to secure Bush's home, and no security breaches occurred. Still, the OIG says that it uncovered "problems with identifying, reporting, and tracking alarm system malfunctions, and with repairing and replacing alarm systems."Inspector General John Roth said in a press release that the Secret Service "will take action to address both recommendations in our report, aimed at correcting the overall process for tracking maintenance problems and also improving any specific security equipment that is currently in disrepair or in need of improvement."The recommendations made in the report included the evaluation of security equipment at all protectees' personal residence and improve, repair or replace the equipment, and additionally evaluate the process by which tracking maintenance requests is handled. Bush tweeted about the report on Thursday, saying that he has and always has had confidence in the Secret Service.   Barbara and I have great respect for, and confidence in, the men and women of @SecretService. That respect and confidence has never waned. — George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) April 23, 2015   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Why Ronald Reagan’s Attempted Assassin John Hinckley Jr. Wants More Freedom

Why Ronald Reagan’s Attempted Assassin John Hinckley Jr. Wants More FreedomAFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981 appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., for the second day of oral arguments on allowing him more freedom.John Hinckley Jr. has been at least temporarily committed to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington for insanity after he attempted to assassinate Reagan outside the Washington Hilton Hotel in 1981. And now those clinicians in charge of his care there are recommending he be allowed to live outside a mental hospital full-time.For the past two years, Hinckley has spent 17 days of each month at his mother's home in Williamsburg, Virginia, and his remaining time at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, the result of a gradual increase in time granted outside of the hospital.It's the hospital's recommendation that Hinckley make the full out-patient transition. The government isn’t contesting that, but wants added proposed conditions to the hospital's requested changes regarding Hinckley’s freedom, which the hospital says are unnecessarily restrictive.Specific points of contention include rules about Hinckley's Internet use and accessibility. As it stands now, he may only access some websites. St. Elizabeth forensic clinician administrator Vern Hyde, who was speaking on behalf of the hospital and has treated Hinckley for about nine years, said the website restrictions had impeded Hinckley’s freedom.For example, it has frustrated his job search because many opportunities in Williamsburg require applicants to apply online, Hyde said, adding that the hospital would have the ability to monitor his online activity and would utilize its power to do so.Another key point at issue with the government recommendations is that Hinckley’s sole residence be with his mother. Hyde said it would stop Hinckley from forging an independent life. To the notion that should he be caught in a situation where he is marooned in Washington after seeking treatment and unable to make it back to Williamsburg, he should stay at St. Elizabeth's, Hyde said, "[The hospital] is not a hotel. We don't have the bed space."Hinckley has two volunteer jobs in Williamsburg. He has taken up photography and has joined a social support group for members of the mentally ill community in hopes of making friends. Hyde said Hinckley has successfully made two friends in Williamsburg through the therapeutic group. But certain provisions to his part-time release, like the approval process for outings he is required to get, have hindered his ability to cultivate these relationships, Hyde argued.But the government said it was concerned by two examples of Hinckley’s existing pre-approved plan changing without notifying his medical supervision team, and provided the basis for their argument to keep the approval network in place.In one instance, Hinckley had plans with a friend to visit another friend who then became ill, so the two went to a different friend's house. Hinckley didn't inform Hyde of the change until the next day - which, contrary to the government's assessment, Hyde told the court was not a deceitful action, nor was it one to cause any real concern.The second was a visit to a Barnes & Noble bookstore where Hinckley allegedly stood before a section with, among other books, some on presidential assassination and Ronald Reagan.At a different point during the proceeding, Hyde noted that Hinckley expressed remorse at the passing of Reagan and his former White House Press Secretary James Brady, whom sustained multiple gunshot wounds at Hinckley's hand.Hyde made special mention of the glowing feedback all those involved in Hinckley's care have said of him, particularly in his personal growth as a caring individual.The court will resume Friday, hearing arguments from the clinicians who will be in charge of Hinckley's day-to-day mental care should the court decide to allow him to live outside a mental hospital full-time. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recalls All Products After Positive Listeria Test

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Recalls All Products After Positive Listeria TestJeni's sweet corn with blackberry ice cream. (Photo by Bonnie Trafelet/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- Another ice cream company has recalled all of its products over listeria.Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams recalled all of its ice creams, frozen yogurts and other products Thursday after a random sample tested positive for listeria as part of a Nebraska Department of Agriculture inspection. The news comes three days after Blue Bell Ice Cream issued an expansion of its recall to include all of its products.Three people who consumed Blue Bell Ice Cream died, and seven more were hospitalized in four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."If you test for it, you will find it," food safety lawyer Bill Marler said. "I think that's what you're seeing. People assume that pasteurized milk products -- which ice cream is -- don't have to worry about pathogens.“I think the situation is we've got companies not paying attention to basic microbiology as it relates to listeria in these plants." Listeria is a bacterium that can cause an illness called listeriosis when consumed by humans. It sickens about 1,600 people each year and kills about 260 people, according to the CDC.Marler is representing the family of Shirlee Frey, who died in December of listeria found in tainted caramel apples, according to the wrongful death lawsuit he filed on their behalf. Although he said he has been contacted by the family of a Blue Bell listeria victim and several suspected Blue Bell listeria cases, he said it is unclear whether he will pursue legal action with any of them."I think all these [ice cream] companies are going to have to start thinking about it," he said of better testing.Jeni's Splendid, which is based in Columbus, Ohio, was not immediately available for comment, but stressed in its recall announcement that the action was voluntary and no one had become ill."Our top priority is guaranteeing the safety of all consumers by taking every possible precaution," Jeni's CEO John Lowe said.Sandra Eskin, a food safety expert at the Pew Charitable Trusts, said the Food and Drug Administration has a "zero tolerance" policy for listeria, but companies are not required to test for it."If there's no requirement to test, I'm not quite sure how you figure out whether you have listeria or not," she said, adding that many companies probably do test for it, and local inspections vary by state. In Nebraska, it's routine, state Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Christin Kamm told ABC News.It is unclear where the Nebraska Department of Agriculture requested the sample because the company does not appear to have any shops or plants in the state.When the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act is implemented later this year, it will require more frequent plant inspections and give the FDA authority to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to food safety, Eskin of Pew Charitable Trusts said. Right now, plants are only inspected once every 10 years, and the FDA mostly takes action when someone has gotten sick after eating a tainted product, she said. "At this time, the FDA does not believe that the finding of Listeria in one sample of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams is related to the outbreak and recall associated with Blue Bell Ice Cream," the FDA said in a statement Thursday. "We are continuing to investigate both situations and will provide updated information to consumers as we learn more." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

FAA Investigating Drone Siting Near Dulles International Airport

FAA Investigating Drone Siting Near Dulles International Airportestt/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an incident that occurred on Thursday morning when a drone was spotted near the runways for Dulles International Airport.The FAA released a statement Thursday saying that the crew of a Trans States Airlines flight spotted the drone at about 11 a.m. The pilots said the unmanned aircraft was flying about 1,000 feet above the earth within three to four miles of the airport.The Trans States Airlines flight was able to land safely. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Inside the New Apple Watch App Store

Inside the New Apple Watch App StoreAlyssa Newcomb/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Apple opened its Apple Watch app store for business Thursday, showing off the thousands of apps that have been developed for the company's first-ever wearable device.When displayed on the Apple Watch, the apps are represented by tiny circles and are clustered together, almost like a beehive, as user swipe and twist the digital crown to move through their ecosystem of apps.The first customers will receive their Apple Watch on Friday. After pairing them with a compatible iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S via the Apple Watch app, it's incredibly easy to browse the ocean of applications and choose which ones to add.When designing for the wearable, Apple told developers that the goal of "thoughtful app design should contribute to this experience of hardware and software feeling indistinguishable." Seven months after the wearable was announced, the result is more than 3,000 apps spanning everything from entertainment and travel to health and news.Many popular apps have been adapted for the display (38 mm and 42 mm) afforded by the watches, providing glanceable moments and quick alerts.For instance, a single 140-character tweet can fill the screen, as opposed to the entire timeline a user may see when opening Twitter on their iPhone or on a desktop.Target's app lets users build a shop listing before going to the store and then helps them locate all of the essentials. A section in the storefront called "quick fix games" offers up experiences to kill time with simple games, such as wrist Sudoku. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Slain American Warren Weinstein’s Congressman Wants ‘Hostage Czar’

Slain American Warren Weinstein’s Congressman Wants ‘Hostage Czar’Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The congressman who represents the family of slain American Dr. Warren Weinstein in the House of Representatives is crafting legislation to create a “hostage czar” who would be empowered to cut through bureaucracy in order to maximize the capabilities of the U.S. government to deal with hostage situations.“There should be no tolerance for a bureaucracy when it comes to dealing with an American held overseas,” Rep. John Delaney, D-Maryland, told ABC News in an interview in his office Thursday.“We have these other czars within our government who get empowered to do things. At a minimum we should have one of those for Americans who are held hostage and that person should really make sure they have the capabilities and the team that are needed," Delaney said.Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been an al Qaeda hostage since 2012, were "accidentally" killed in a U.S. operation in January, the president acknowledged Thursday.“There needs to be more effort focused on how do we coordinate the vast resources and capability of the U.S. to bring these hostages home, and it needs to be one of our absolute top priorities,” Delaney said.The second-term congressman said he was “heartbroken” when he learned of the tragic developments once the family was briefed Wednesday.“It's just so disappointing and heartbreaking because Warren's situation has been really tough for a long time,” he said. “We now know he spent the last several years and died probably in some cinder block room on a dirt floor, and it's just terrible. It's a terrible way to end what has been a terrible chapter for Warren and his family.”Delaney not only urged investigators to examine how the building that housed the hostages was deemed a safe target, but also to analyze whether the government is “doing as good a job as we can to get these people home.”“Are we doing enough to find these people? Because if we know where our hostages are, we have two things come from that: One, we can begin the process of trying to get them home...but secondly, we also know not to bomb in that area because we know they're there,” Delaney said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reese Witherspoon to Narrate New Harper Lee Novel

Reese Witherspoon to Narrate New Harper Lee NovelABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon is set to narrate the audiobook edition of Harper Lee's much-anticipated new novel, Go Set a Watchman, which is scheduled to come out July 14, the publisher said Thursday."The publication of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is the literary event of the year, and Reese Witherspoon’s extraordinary talent and southern roots make her the perfect narrator," Sean McManus, senior director of HarperAudio, a division of HarperCollins, said in a statement. "This is an audiobook destined to become a classic, joining the ranks of our award-winning audio edition of To Kill a Mockingbird."Fellow Oscar winner Sissy Spacek narrated Lee's first book, To Kill a Mockingbird.Witherspoon said in a statement that she was honored to voice characters who inspired her as a child."As a Southerner, it is an honor and privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired my childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch," the Hot Pursuit star said. "I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee's gorgeous prose can deliver."The Pulitzer Prize-winning author surprised fans when she announced earlier this year that she had recovered the manuscript for Go Set a Watchman, which she wrote in the 1950s prior to Mockingbird.In Go Set a Watchman, Scout, the main character in Mockingbird, returns to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus, and she is "forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father's attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood," Lee said in a statement. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Markets Continue to Rise, Unemployment Claims Remain Steady

Markets Continue to Rise, Unemployment Claims Remain Steadytarabird/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wall Street continued in the upwards direction on Thursday, bringing the Nasdaq to an all-time high.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 20.42 to close the day at 18,058.69.The Nasdaq ended trading at a new record close of 5,056.06, up 20.89 from its open. The index hadn't closed at a record high in 15 years. The S&P 500 gained 4.97 to finish at 2,112.93. Unemployment claims held steady last week, the Labor Department said. The latest report showed 295,000 Americans submitting claims, up 1,000 from the previous week, meaning employers aren't cutting many jobs. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nick Saban Unhappy With Satellite Camp Recruiting Practices

Nick Saban Unhappy With Satellite Camp Recruiting PracticesStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(ALABAMA) -- The Crimson Tide's autocratic head coach is displeased with the Big Ten's recruiting practices at satellite camps in his hotbed. Nick Saban feels that there is a competitive advantage gained by other universities and it is "ridiculous" how other coaching staffs are invading his turf through use of a technicality to recruit high school athletes. “If we’re all going to travel all over the country to have satellite camps, you know, how ridiculous is that?” Saban said, per Al.com. “I mean we’re not allowed to go to all-star games, but now we’re going to have satellite camps all over the country. So it doesn’t really make sense.” Saban is forbidden from attending similar camps in Big Ten areas as the SEC prevents their members from taking advantage of a loophole that allows head coaches to appear as "guests" at football camps.  James Franklin, head coach of Penn State, was the impetus for Saban's outrage when he and his football staff appeared at camps in Florida and Georgia. The NCAA prevents coaches from hosting such camps, but Franklin was allowed to show up because it was hosted by an outside group. Saban previously served as head coach of the Michigan State Spartans, a member of the Big Ten, from 1995-1999. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/23/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/23/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Cleveland Cavaliers 103 - Boston Celtics 95 (Cavaliers Lead Series 3-0)  Chicago Bulls 113 - Milwaukee Bucks 106 (F/2OT) (Bulls Lead Series 3-0) Stanley Cup Playoffs: Washington Capitals 5 - New York Islanders 1 (Capitals Lead Series 3-2) Tampa Bay Lightning 3 - Detroit Red Wings 2 (F/OT) (Series Tied 2-2) MLB: New York Mets 6 (13-3) - Atlanta Braves 3 (8-7) St. Louis Cardinals 4 (10-4) - Washington Nationals 1 (7-9) New York Yankees 2 (9-7) - Detroit Tigers 1 (11-5) Toronto Blue Jays 7 (9-7) - Baltimore Orioles 6 (7-9) Colorado Rockies 2 (9-7) - San Deigo Padres 1 (10-7) Pittsburgh Pirates 5 (8-8) - Chicago Cubs 4 (8-7) Tampa Bay Rays 2 (8-8) - Boston Red Sox 1 (9-7) San Francisco Giants 3 (7-10) - Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (9-6) (F/10) Los Angeles Angels 2 (7-9) - Oakland A's 0 (8-9) Miami Marlins 9 (5-11) - Philadelphia Phillies 1 (5-11) Miwaukee Brewers 4 (3-13) - Cincinatti Reds 2 (8-8)     Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Teen Suspended for Fake Bomb Vest Prom Proposal Stands by His Actions

Teen Suspended for Fake Bomb Vest Prom Proposal Stands by His ActionsIbrahim Ahmad was suspended for five days from La Center High School in Washington after wearing a fake bomb vest for his prom proposal. Photo by: Ibrahim Ahmad (LA CENTER, Wash.) -- The teen who donned a fake bomb vest to issue a prom proposal and received a five-day suspension for his actions told ABC News that he stood by his idea and believes the school’s punishment was unfair.Ibrahim Ahmad, 18, of La Center, Washington, pulled the stunt Tuesday during lunch at La Center High School. It was witnessed by the principal and disciplinary action followed swiftly after, but Ahmad said his peers didn’t have a problem with the idea.“The people that were in the cafeteria understood what was going on....I had a friend help me make the posters. Teachers even saw me make the posters,” he told ABC News.Ahmad said he created the simulated device from a paint ball jacket and red tubes. Along with the vest he carried a sign that read: “I kno it’s a little late, but I’m kinda the bomb, Rilea will u be my date to prom?”His proposal was well received, he said.“They applauded. You know, it was funny. The cafeteria was just -- it was a happy moment,” he said, adding that his intended date, Rilea Wolfe, accepted the proposal.Since Ahmad can no longer attend the Saturday event -- his suspension includes the prom -- he and Wolfe will instead go to dinner and a movie, he said.Ahmad said he was born in Seattle and is of Middle Eastern background. Asked whether he understood why his actions could be viewed with particular sensitivity given the current climate, he replied: “Well, wouldn’t that just be fueling, like, the stereotypes?”“Being a Middle Eastern child, you’re growing up with all these bomb jokes. It’s kind of like it’s always a thing that’s there but ... the people that were there, they understood the situation," he added.Ahmad, who plans to study biology in college, told ABC News that he wouldn’t change his prom proposal if he had the opportunity, and he believes the school’s actions were too harsh.“I’m not allowed to go on the school property and I can’t do soccer right now because I’m suspended but I feel like it’s -- five days is a bit much, ‘cause even kids that get into, like, fights, they get suspended for like a day and that’s something more serious,” he said. “What they said I did was I disrupted the learning environment of the study body. It was during lunch, so.”Mark Mansell, the school district’s superintendent, did not respond to a message left for him by ABC News at his office Thursday, but in an interview published Wednesday in The Columbian newspaper he said the punishment was warranted.“I want all my kids to feel safe and supported, but there’s a line,” Mansell told the newspaper. “Given the way the world is today and school safety, even if one parent or one student was upset about this, it causes issues.”A short video on the newspaper’s website shows the vest-wearing Ahmad making his proposal while onlookers cheer. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Sentenced to Probation for Classified Leaks

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Sentenced to Probation for Classified LeaksJACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Former CIA Director David Petraeus received a sentence of two-years probation and a $100,000 fine on Thursday after he admitted he leaked classified information to Paula Broadwell, his mistress."Today David Petraeus admitted that he removed and obtained classified and that he lied to the FBI and CIA," according to Jill Westmoreland Rose, the acting United States Attorney for the Western District Of North Carolina. "He was sentenced to a 2 year probation and a $100,000 fine."A decorated war veteran and former four-star general, Petraeus entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors in March in which he agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.The charge, unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, stems, in part, from documents the former director allegedly provided to his mistress.In November 2012, Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA after little more than a year on the job. For 37 years before that, he served in the U.S. Army, including as commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.That long and successful career in public service came to an end when a long affair with his biographer, Broadwell, became public. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

See Elian Gonzalez 15 Years After US-Cuba Controversy

See Elian Gonzalez 15 Years After US-Cuba ControversyRoberto Chile(HAVANA) -- Exclusive new photos of Elian Gonzalez, the now-21-year-old industrial engineering student at the University of Matanzas in Cuba, have been released to ABC News.They are the most recent photos released of Gonzalez by Fidel Castro’s former personal photographer.Gonzalez, who was 6 when he was at the center of a 1999-2000 tug-of-war between the U.S. and Cuba, is now, according to Cuban press reports, a karate- and swimming-loving university student who enjoys going to movies and hanging out with friends.The photos were taken of Gonzalez and his family by renowned Cuban photographer Roberto Chile. Chile was the personal photographer to Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader and former president. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michael Brown’s Parents File Civil Suit in Son’s Death

Michael Brown’s Parents File Civil Suit in Son’s DeathBrown Family / Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Soon after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last summer, his parents hinted at the possibility of a lawsuit. Now, the suit has been filed.The Brown family is seeking unspecified damages for the 18-year-old's death on Aug. 9 at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson, who has since quit the Ferguson Police Department, has been cleared by a grand jury of criminal wrongdoing in Brown's death and cleared by the Justice Department of civil rights violations. "Not only should he have been indicted from the very beginning, but he should definitely be held responsible for the killing of Mike Brown, Jr.," Brown family attorney Anthony Gray said on Thursday.Gray will try to make that point before a civil jury in a lawsuit filed against the city of Ferguson, police chief Thomas Jackson, and Wilson. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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