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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.

Van Ride at Center of Mystery Surrounding Freddie Grey Arrest in Baltimore

Van Ride at Center of Mystery Surrounding Freddie Grey Arrest in BaltimoreCourtesy Murphy, Falcon & Murphy(BALTIMORE) -- Four days after the unexplained death of Freddie Grey, questions still surround what happened while the 25-year-old was in Baltimore police custody.Police have not clarified why Grey was arrested or how he became injured, but perhaps the most mysterious part of the incident is what exactly happened during Grey's approximately 30 minutes inside a Baltimore police van.“I know that when Mr. Grey was placed inside that van, he was able to talk and he was upset,” Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a news conference Monday. “And when Mr. Grey was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”"I am deeply troubled by this,” Rodriguez added.Here is what has been reported:Before the van:A lawyer for the family said Grey was "chased" by police the morning of April 12 "without any evidence he had committed a crime." According to authorities, a police van was requested at 8:42 a.m. to transport him, and Grey asked for an inhaler.Cellphone video taken at one point appears to capture Grey screaming as officers drag him to the police van.In the van:At 8:46 a.m., after Grey was in the van, the driver believed Grey was acting “irate,” police said. An officer asked the van to stop so paperwork could be completed, police said, and Grey was taken out of the vehicle, placed in leg irons and then put back in the van.At 8:59 a.m., the van driver requested that an additional "unit" check on Grey, police said.Police union officials don't believe Grey was wearing a seat belt in the van, they said at a press conference Wednesday.Who else was in the van?A second person was inside the prisoner transport wagon with Grey, police said Wednesday. He is considered a witness in a criminal investigation so his name will not be released, police said.Grey's condition:At 9:23 a.m., medical services directed a technician to respond for an injured patient, as heard on a recording of the call that was publicly released.At 9:24 a.m., the police requested paramedics take Grey to an area hospital. In a subsequent charging document, police said, “During transport to Western District via wagon transport the Defendant suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to Shock Trauma."At 9:37 a.m., medical responders said Grey was not breathing, according to EMS reports.Family lawyer William Murphy Jr. said, "While in police custody, his spine was 80 percent severed at his neck. He lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and last Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life."The Baltimore police agree that Grey suffered a spinal injury, but the department is still investigating how and when.The police union put forth its theory Wednesday."Our position is something happened inside that van," said Michael E. Davey, an attorney for the Baltimore police union said at a news conference Wednesday. "We need to figure out what happened."The Department of Justice is looking into whether a "prosecutable civil rights violation occurred," a Justice Department official said Tuesday.According to Baltimore police, the investigation into Grey's death will be turned over to the state attorney's office on May 1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cancer Blogger Belle Gibson Now Says She Was Never Sick

Cancer Blogger Belle Gibson Now Says She Was Never SickiStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- Australian wellness guru Belle Gibson reportedly built her career around claims she survived several different kinds of cancer with alternative medicine, but this week, she confessed that it was all a lie."No. None of it's true," she reportedly told The Australian Women's Weekly magazine in an issue on stands Thursday.Gibson, 23, claimed to have had blood, brain, liver, spleen and uterus cancers, according to Mashable, which published a skeptical piece about the embattled entrepreneur last month. The Whole Pantry writer said she cured herself by shirking traditional medicine, eating whole foods and using alternative therapies instead, according to Australian Women's Weekly."I don't want forgiveness," the Australian Women's Weekly reported her saying. "I just think [speaking out] was the responsible thing to do. Above anything, I would like people to say, 'OK, she's human.'"ABC News reached out to Gibson through The Whole Pantry App but did not receive a response.In addition to blogging, Gibson founded The Whole Pantry app, published a recipe book and had hundreds of thousands of social media followers. She appears to have deleted her Instagram posts.Earlier on Thursday, Gibson allegedly tweeted from the Whole Pantry App account, "For the record, I haven't retreated to the United States. and didn't. Media, continue to 'humiliate and condemn' - Belle."Unfounded claims of having cancer aren't new, but this is different because Gibson was offering unproven advice to a wide audience for profit, NYU Langone bioethicist Arthur Caplan told ABC News. He said the case should serve "as a reminder that there are people out there willing to prey on the desperate and the vulnerable.""It is beyond despicable that you would give advice to people with terminal diseases like cancer and have them forgo the only therapies that might offer some hope," Caplan said. "I admit that the therapies often are poor, but that's all there is. To talk about alternatives that don't work, claiming that they did work on you is to not only step over the ethical line, it is to throw yourself into ethics hell." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney General

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch as Next Attorney GeneralBill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- The Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general Thursday, 166 days after she was first nominated for the post.The Senate approved Lynch’s nomination with a vote of 56 to 43.The Senate took over five months to confirm Lynch after her nomination was mired in political fights.  President Obama nominated Lynch shortly after Republicans won control of the Senate in the mid-term elections in November, and in an gesture of goodwill, Democrats offered to wait to consider Lynch’s nomination until Republicans took control in January.But Lynch quickly became embroiled in political fights between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate over issues like the president’s immigration executive actions and an anti-human trafficking bill.Republicans insisted the human trafficking bill be passed before a vote on Lynch’s nomination. On Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed the measure to help victims of human trafficking with a vote of 99 to 0 after Democrats and Republicans struck a deal on a controversial abortion funding restriction included in the measure.Lynch, who currently serves as a U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, will be the first African American woman to serve as attorney general. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam Pearlman

Al Qaeda Spokesman Adam Gadahn Was Once American Named Adam PearlmanAFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Adam Gadahn, the al Qaeda spokesman killed during a U.S. counterterrorism operation, was an American-born suburbanite named Adam Pearlman who went from listening to heavy metal to Islamic radical.On the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists" list, the State Department had offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of 36-year-old Adam Yahiye Gadahn, who had identified himself as "Azzam the American" and had aliases like Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki. He was indicted in 2006 for treason by a federal grand jury, the first American to have been charged since the 1950s.A former resident of Orange County, California, he started appearing in a series of videotaped segments broadcast in October 2004, the FBI said. In a 2004 video, he said, “The streets of America shall run red with blood.”At age 17, Gadahn posted a statement online about his conversion to Islam called "Becoming Muslim," rejecting evangelical Christianity and what he called his obsession with demonic heavy metal music."I discovered the beliefs and practices of this religion fit my personal theology and intellect as well as basic human logic," he wrote at the time. "Islam presents God not as an anthropomorphic being but as an entity beyond human comprehension, transcendent of man, independent and undivided."The son of musician Phil Pearlman, Gadahn was raised in Orange County on a goat farm. He was home-schooled until the age of 15, at which point he moved in with his grandparents in Santa Ana, California, ABC News reported in 2004.His aunt, Nancy Pearlman, told ABC News in 2004 that Gadahn was a typical teenager with shifting interests."Adam was a very loving, caring, intelligent young man," she said. "He was listening to hard rock music. He gave that up when he got religious."Gadahn was recruited by Egyptian Hisham Diab, who ran one of the first al Qaeda support cells out of his apartment complex in Orange County. They met at a local mosque. Gadahn eventually left California for Karachi, Pakistan, where his parents last heard from him in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.Diab’s ex-wife told ABC News' Brian Ross in 2004 that Gadahn was "fresh meat.”Gadahn was "someone they could control," Saraah Olson, Diab’s ex-wife said. "Not only that, he's very unassuming-looking, he can do a lot of their tasks.”The first piece of evidence that Gadahn was tied to al Qaeda was his name on a tax form for Charity Without Borders, a sham 501(c)3 in Garden Grove, California, that funneled money back to extremists in the Middle East. The group's listed officers included Diab and Khalil al-Deek, also known as “Joseph Adams,” who was implicated in the Millennium plot to attack western hotels in Amman, Jordan. Gadahn was also listed as an officer of Charity Without Borders, though his importance didn’t become apparent until he appeared in a 2004 al Qaeda video as a masked American promising blood would flow on the streets of U.S. cities.The "prominent member" of the terrorist organization was killed in January, the White House said on Thursday, "likely in a separate U.S. Government counterterrorism operation," from that which killed American hostage Warren Weinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto. The White House said Gadahn wasn't specifically targeted.Gadahn once tore up his U.S. passport on camera and regularly produced videos in English and Arabic."America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms," Gadahn said in a 2011 al Qaeda video urging individual violent jihad. "So what are you waiting for?"In October 2012, Gadahn urged al Qaeda’s followers to attack the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo.Gadahn was one of a handful Americans the U.S. had offered millions of dollars in rewards to help capture because they served under Osama bin Laden or his henchmen.A family member declined to comment to ABC News. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

‘Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind Girl

‘Samurai Ghost': Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind GirlCourtesy Martin Springall(NEW YORK) -- A photo of a 4-year-old girl on a beach in Zushi, Japan, seems innocent until you look closely behind her legs and back.A closer look appears to reveal a mysterious pair of boots and part of a blue shirt peeking out from behind herThe photo, which was uploaded to Reddit by a friend of the girl's father, is making the rounds on the Internet. Many are speculating the photo shows a Samurai ghost because the beach the girl and her dad were on was across a samurai graveyard."My daughter thinks the whole thing is just so funny," Martin Springall, who took the photo, told ABC News Thursday. "She thinks it's a ghost, but not a scary ghost -- a nice one."Springall said the photo was taken on July 6, 2014 during a weekend trip to the beach. He added that his family now lives in Toronto, but had been living in Tokyo at the time."I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos," he said. "I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots."Springall said he freaked out, and he later showed the photo to his friend Brian Publicover during a camping trip in Japan in August.Publicover put it up on Reddit's "Ghosts" subreddit, and theories poured in."Some thought it could be the ghost of a World War II sailor," Springall said.He added the photo is "completely legitimate" and not retouched in any way."My daughter is really shy, and she wouldn't have taken a picture if there was someone standing behind her, which I would have definitely noticed," Springall said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Audi Car Trunks Doubling as Mailboxes with Help from Amazon, DHL

Audi Car Trunks Doubling as Mailboxes with Help from Amazon, DHLAudi(NEW YORK) -- Audi is teaming up with Amazon and DHL to test a new delivery program that would turn the trunk of an Audi car into a place where the driver can receive quick package deliveries.Almost everyone has had the experience of not being home for a package delivery and having it be returned to the warehouse only for drivers to try again the next day.The pilot program is aiming to take out that pain point of home delivery by coming to recipients wherever they are during the day.While it will be limited to a small test group -- Audi owners in Munich who are members of Amazon Prime -- the companies behind it hope the pilot will yield lessons about how deliveries can be made more efficiently.Beginning in May, people who meet the criteria for the program can enter their Audi cars as the shipping address when placing an order on Amazon.The driver will have to specify a general area they expect to be in around the time of delivery. They will also have to consent to allowing their car to be tracked during a certain time frame leading up to the delivery.Once delivery drivers locate the car, they'll use a temporary access code to open the trunk and drop off the package. The code will expire shortly thereafter, according to Audi.The pilot program is just the latest for Amazon's push to innovate deliveries. The company has been testing drones that it hopes will one day delivery packages to customers. Amazon also runs "Amazon Prime Now," a one-hour delivery service, in select metropolitan areas.Germany based DHL launched its parcelcopter delivery program last year, using a small quadcopter to bring medicine and other necessities to Juist, a small island in the North Sea populated by 2,000 people. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get Makeover

Royal Baby: Long List of Those in Line to Throne to Get MakeoveriStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- With the second child of Kate Middleton and Prince William on the way, what this means for the royal line of succession is the new baby will be fourth in line to the throne -- behind Prince Charles, William and Prince George.The top 10 are pretty well known, with Prince Andrew and Prince Edward -- and their families -- close to the top.But as you scroll down the royal line, there's still family connected to King George V, but down in the late 40's or early 50's -- namely Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and her family.Alexandra, 78, who is the youngest granddaughter of King George V and Queen Mary, was 44 to 48 in the royal line -- different lists have her in different spots -- before the new baby. She and the rest of her family will all move down one spot after the new addition for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.Behind Alexandra is her son James Ogilvy, who is joined down the list by his two children Alexander Ogilvy and Flora Ogilvy. When James, 51, was born in 1964, he was 13th on the list and is the godson of Queen Elizabeth II.Even though James is close to 50th on the list as of the royal birth, he's a successful publisher, launching Luxury Briefing magazine in the late 1990s. His magazine "charts luxury news from around the world, features key people and tackles issues relating to the industry. Our informed commentators and curators of content, such as Faith Hope Consolo, Georgia Fendley and Keith Wilson, give their unique perspectives in monthly columns, providing thought leadership on topics of interest," according to the magazine's website.There's more to know about Alexandra too. Before she married Sir Angus Ogilvy, she was Princess Alexandra of Kent.Alexandra "is the second child and only daughter of the late Duke and Duchess of Ken," according to the official website of the British Monarchy."Much of Her Royal Highness's childhood was spent at the Duke and Duchess of Kent's country home, Coppins, in Buckinghamshire," it adds. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More Children

Sandra Bullock Clears Up Rumors She Plans to Adopt More ChildrenABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock is already mom to a 5-year-old son Louis, whom she adopted in early 2010. Now, she's denying rumors that she has plans to adopt more kids."I've always said that I could have a house full of kids," she tells People magazine, which just named her the World's Most Beautiful. "But at this time the only kids in my house, other than Louis, are the ones whose parents want them back at the end of the play date. But if these drum-beaters know something that I don't, I'd appreciate a heads-up on the details so I can pick up some supplies. I'm wickedly unprepared if Louis is getting a sibling this week." Bullock continued that family "are people you choose to have in your life. There are so many variations of families out there that are perfect. My family looks nothing like I ever imagined it would. It's better than I ever imagined." The Oscar-winning actress said she's especially grateful to her "tribe" made up of family and girlfriends."If you are struggling, the women in my life descend like paratroopers en masse and will not leave your side until they know you are standing on your own two feet again," she tells People. "No judgment, just support." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in Flight

Clues to Why SkyWest Airlines Passengers Fainted in FlightiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Investigators have yet to announce what caused three SkyWest Airlines passengers to become ill and lose consciousness mid-flight, but some experts seem to agree on one thing: cabin pressure most likely played a role.Dr. Michael Anderson, chief medical officer at the University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said people can respond differently to reduced oxygen and, even in a correctly pressurized plane, they might end up fainting."Although oxygen levels are normal ... a slight change in oxygen could cause a person to faint," he said.SkyWest Airlines confirmed Thursday that three people suffered a "loss of consciousness," but said there were "no indications of a pressurization problem or other issues with the aircraft." All three passengers recovered Wednesday after the plane made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York.But the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air.Anderson said when a passenger faints, the goal is to improve the person’s circulation either by giving oxygen or elevating the legs so the brain can get enough oxygen.He said it’s also wise to check whether the person had underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. A worst-case scenario would be if a patient was in the middle of a cardiac arrest that would necessitate a defibrillator to try and save him or her.But because multiple people became ill in this case, Anderson said there could have been a combination of things that led to their losing consciousness."I think the word that comes to mind is multifactorial ... are multiple things adding to this situation?" he said. "Some people really stress out about flying [or they] haven’t eaten."Anderson said in these circumstances there's also a possibility that "crowd mentality" played a role. Passengers who see a person pass out, if they are in a slightly less pressurized cabin, could end up having similar symptoms.Mary Cunningham, a registered nurse and fellow passenger, assisted the sick patients on the plane and said she also started to feel sick after helping them get oxygen."She was gray, her color looked awful, as soon as she got the oxygen she was alert," Cunningham told reporters of the first passenger who fainted.The pilot feared a potential cabin pressure problem and dropped the plane to get breathable air, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.John Nance, ABC News’ aviation expert, said continued depressurization in a plane, even slightly, could result in passengers’ feeling ill or sick before cockpit alarms go off, whether alarm bells go off and overhead oxygen masks fall.Also, with less oxygen, some passengers who exert themselves will feel the effects more strongly.“The tell-tale thing is when the nurse gets up,” he said, “and gets to feel woozy.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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