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Family of California Teen Declared Brain Dead Sues Hospital for Malpractice

Family of California Teen Declared Brain Dead Sues Hospital for Malpractice

Keep Jahi Mcmath on life support/Facebook(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- The California family that fought to keep their teenage daughter on life support after she was declared brain dead is suing her doctor and the hospital where she went into cardiac arrest for negligence and wrongful death -- if "it is determined" that the girl indeed succumbed to her injuries. Jahi McMath was 13 years old when her heart stopped at Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, California, after complications from surgery to cure her sleep apnea in December 2013. Then, doctors declared her brain dead, but her family fought and won a legal battle to move her from California to a long-term care facility in New Jersey, where her mother told ABC News she can respond to basic commands by moving her feet and arms. With a day to go before the statute of limitations runs out, the family is now suing Benioff Children's Hospital for malpractice and asking for unspecified damages, according to California malpractice attorney Bruce Brusavich. He told ABC News he planned to file the suit Tuesday, and that the family has "mixed emotions" about it. "The mother never had any explanation as to how this happened," Brusavich said. "But it doesn't really change anything in terms of the profound brain damage to the child." The suit, an advance copy that Brusavich gave to ABC News, alleges that the doctor was negligent because he did not follow the standard of care for treating Jahi's sleep apnea and instead opted for invasive surgery on Dec. 9, 2013, removing her tonsils, adenoids, soft pallet and uvula as well as doing work on the inside of her nose. The doctor allegedly noted that Jahi might have a malformed carotid artery at the surgical site, which would have put her at risk for life-threatening bleeding, but he didn't inform the medical staff after he noticed it during surgery, according to the suit. When Jahi's parents were allowed to see her after surgery at 7:30 p.m., they say they were concerned because she was coughing up a lot of blood, according to the suit. After the nurses disagreed over whether to suction the blood or let Jahi's blood clot so she could heal, her mother asked that a doctor be called, according to the suit. They "estimated that Jahi had lost three pints of blood or more," according to the suit. The suit alleges that the surgeon did not come until after midnight to check on Jahi as she deteriorated and her oxygen and heart rate took a dive. The doctor allegedly wasn't summoned until Jahi's grandmother, a nurse at another hospital, shouted at Jahi's nurses to do so, according to the suit. When a doctor arrived, he said "S***, her heart stopped," according to the suit. They tried to revive the teen for two hours and 33 minutes, but they never performed an emergency tracheotomy, according to the suit. They pumped about two liters of blood out of her lungs, it says. In the days that followed, the hospital allegedly told Jahi's parents that she had "sustained significant brain damage," and they put her on the organ donor list and were preparing to take her off life support, the suit says. They never got an explanation for how this happened to Jahi, the suit says. "What is it you don't understand? She is dead, dead, dead, dead!" the hospital's chief of pediatrics told the family, according to the suit. The family is suing for personal injuries, negligent infliction of personal distress and wrongful death, if it is eventually determined that Jahi died in December 2013, which would go against the family's repeated assertion for more than a year that Jahi is not brain dead. The family will seek damages, but a dollar figure was not listed on the suit. Brusavich told ABC News that non-economic damages in California cannot exceed $250,000. The hospital released the following statement to ABC News: "Our hearts go out to the McMath family. It is our policy not to comment on pending litigation."

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Massive Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice and Wind Hits 30 States

Massive Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice and Wind Hits 30 States

aetb/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A massive and slow-moving winter storm continued to grip the U.S. on Tuesday, dumping snow, ice and rain from Utah and Louisiana to Maine. At least 30 states were under winter weather alerts on Tuesday, and the storm was affecting 120 million Americans. In Minnesota, treacherous ice and slick conditions brought traffic on Interstate 94 to a complete standstill after more than a dozen crashes in the area.Near St. Paul, Minnesota, a car slammed a police vehicle as the officer investigated another crash.

 

#MSPcrash I94 near Clearwater (veh vs sign) no inj. #SlowDown #PayAttention pic.twitter.com/KDM70C3jMr

— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) March 3, 2015

 

Strong winds gusting at 40 mph were a problem in Watertown, South Dakota. In the Midwest, blinding snow and slippery roads in parts of Michigan and Indiana caused spinout after spinout. "I just completely turned all the way around and slid off the road," said one driver. "How scary is that? I mean, I'm just happy there weren't any cars coming."

 

MN-7 at mile post 89 southwest of Willmar at 12 PM. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/Ilq2CH73Mg

— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) March 3, 2015

Although one to three inches was possible along the I-95 corridor on Tuesday, some areas, such as New York City, could receive 6-8 inches with Wednesday night’s snowfall.

 

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Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw

Nuggets Fire Head Coach Brian Shaw

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw, the team announced on Tuesday. Assistant Melvin Hunt will take over on an interim basis.

“I want to sincerely thank Brian for his time with our organization,” said Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly in a statement. “You won’t find a better guy than Brian and he is one of the brightest basketball minds I’ve ever been around. Unfortunately things didn’t go as we hoped, but we know with his basketball acumen that he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

The Nuggets are 20-39 on the season and are in a midst of a six-game losing streak. Shaw took over for George Karl on June 25, 2013. During his tenure on the sidelines for Denver, he compiled a record of 56-85.

“This season our management staff has remained patient and supportive as decisions of this nature are never taken lightly,” said Connelly. “Patience is encouraged, as long as the organization continues to show progress toward a greater goal. However, competing for championships is our goal, and therefore we decided to make this decision now and look forward to conducting an extensive head coaching search upon the season's conclusion. This has been a trying season for all of us, and we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA's elite."

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Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges

Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges

FBI(BOSTON) -- The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is under active investigation and could face potential criminal charges related to the deadly blast, law enforcement officials told ABC News. A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI declined to comment, and authorities said no decision has been made on whether to eventually bring charges while prosecutors concentrate on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Katherine Russell’s brother-in-law. Russell, who was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s. A few weeks earlier Tamerlan Tsarnaev had gone to a fireworks store in New Hampshire and bought 48 mortar shells, also used in the bombs. At the fireworks store, Tamerlan had asked for the “biggest and loudest” fireworks available and spent roughly $200, according to court documents. “To live in a small apartment and buy five pressure cookers and have all those explosives obviously just does not make sense – something other than cooking was going on,” said former FBI special agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett. Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout three days after prosecutors say he and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, detonated twin bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others. Days after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand. “As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then. Shortly after the bombing, Russell left her family and moved to New Jersey to live with Tsarnaev’s two sisters. She later moved out of her sister-in-law’s apartment and was last seen in a transitional housing facility for the homeless in New Jersey, according to authorities briefed on the investigation. Authorities told ABC News the FBI put Russell under surveillance during last year’s Boston Marathon race. Opening statements in the murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin Wednesday morning. Russell is not expected to be called as a witness for the government.

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Engineer Dies Following California Train Crash

Engineer Dies Following California Train Crash

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A sad turn of events involving the engineer of the Metrolink train that derailed in Oxnard, California, last week.  The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed on Tuesday to ABC News that Glenn Steele, 62, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.Steele had 42 years of experience driving trains, and had been on the job so long that he was at the top of Metrolink’s seniority list. Steele was in the front of the train when it slammed into a truck on the tracks last week.The truck driver who caused the crash is not facing any charges, but his attorney had said if any victims died his client could face misdemeanor manslaughter charges.

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Curt Schilling, Ex-Red Sox Pitcher, Knocks Down Internet Trolls Who Bullied His Daughter

Curt Schilling, Ex-Red Sox Pitcher, Knocks Down Internet Trolls Who Bullied His Daughter

Hunter Martin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Series MVP and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling took matters into his own hands when Twitter users started to cyberbully his teenage daughter. The All-Star struck back at two Internet trolls in particular who made vulgar remarks, with Schilling revealing their identities and schools on his blog. The crude comments were in response to Schilling's congratulatory tweet to his daughter's acceptance to college in Rhode Island.

 

Congrats to Gabby Schilling who will pitch for the Salve Regina Seahawks next year!!

— Curt Schilling (@gehrig38) February 25, 2015

Despite spending years around jock talk in locker rooms, Schilling, who last played in 2007, said the tweets, which alluded to lewd acts and rape, crossed the line. "Anybody that reads it and says it's just a joke, I know a couple things for a fact, they're not fathers of kids," Schilling told ABC’s Good Morning America. Schilling, 48, posted images of some of the vulgar tweets on his blog Sunday, writing, "is this even remotely ok? In ANY world? At ANY time?" "I grew up in a locker room. I grew up playing sports. I know what it means to be a guy. Never in my life, have I ever uttered half of the words that these guys were posting," Schilling said. True to what Schilling wrote in his blog, where he wrote, "The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others," there were consequences for the trolls. The school of one of the Twitter users, Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, said it suspended the student. "The student has been summarily suspended and will be scheduled for a conduct hearing where further disciplinary action will be taken," the college posted on its Facebook page Monday. "The Brookdale Police are actively investigating this matter. Brookdale takes this behavior very seriously and does not tolerate any form of harassment. Our sincerest apologies to Gabby Schilling. Her achievement should be celebrated and not clouded by offensive comments." Each Twitter account mentioned in Schilling's blog has been suspended or is no longer in use. Another Twitter user mentioned by Schilling in his blog was fired from his job selling tickets part-time with the New York Yankees, Jason Zillo, the team's director of communications, confirmed to NJ.com. The Yankees did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. The two individuals did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. "This wasn't a mistake," Schilling said. "This was a conscious decision to be an idiot and to say some evil stuff." Gabby Schilling added: "Nobody should be able to get away with saying things like that to a father about their daughter."

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House Sends Clean DHS Bill to President Obama

House Sends Clean DHS Bill to President Obama

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Homeland Security will be funded through the end of September, with the House voting on final passage of a clean bill on Tuesday.The final vote was 257 to 167, with just 75 Republicans supporting the bill alongside 182 Democrats. All opposition to the measure was cast by Republicans.The bill now heads to the White House for President Obama to sign into law.

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‘Free Range’ Parents Found Responsible for Child Neglect After Allowing Kids to Walk Home Alone

‘Free Range’ Parents Found Responsible for Child Neglect After Allowing Kids to Walk Home Alone

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- A Maryland couple who was being investigated for allowing their two children to walk home alone from a neighborhood park have been "found responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by the state's Child Protective Services. Maryland Child Protective Services began investigating Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, for practicing so-called “free-range parenting,” a philosophy that encourages children to have some independence. In the Meitivs' case, this means they allow their two children, Rafi and Dvora, ages 10 and 6, to play outside and walk home by themselves. The couple told ABC's Nightline in an email Tuesday that they found out the results of the CPS investigation last week. “We are shocked and outraged that we have been deemed negligent for granting our children the simple freedom to play outdoors. We fully intend to appeal,” Danielle Meitiv said via email. “We also have no intention of changing our parenting approach.”The Meitivs told Nightline in an interview that aired in January that they trust their children and want to give them the freedom to make mistakes, away from the parental safety net. “I'm just parenting the way I was parented and the way that almost every adult I know was parented,” Danielle told Nightline at the time. But that all changed after the Montgomery County Police stopped the kids in December as they were walking home from a park without an adult and gave them a stern warning. Maryland Child Protective Services then accused the Meitivs of neglect, saying unless they committed to a safety plan, the kids would have to go into foster homes. In Silver Spring, leaving anyone under age 18 unsupervised constitutes neglect. Suddenly, this middle-class suburban family found themselves smack in the middle of a national parenting debate. When asked for comment, Maryland Child Protective Services referred the case to the Maryland State Department of Human Resources. A Maryland State Department of Human Resources spokeswoman said that confidentiality laws prohibit them from commenting on any specific case, and would only say that the ruling would serve as "a point of reference that will be used in any future decision." No criminal charges have been filed. The Meitivs stand by their belief that they are the best ones to judge if their kids are ready, and if their neighborhood is safe enough, for them to be on their own, not the government. “Frankly I think that raising independent children and responsible children and giving them the freedom that I enjoyed is a risk worth taking,” Danielle Meitiv told Nightline in a previous interview. “In the end it's our decision as parents.”

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White House Won’t Say if Hillary Clinton Broke Law by Using Personal Email at State Dept.

White House Won’t Say if Hillary Clinton Broke Law by Using Personal Email at State Dept.

State Dept photo(WASHINGTON) -- The White House on Tuesday repeatedly declined to say whether it was appropriate for Hillary Clinton to use solely her personal email account while serving as secretary of state. “Very specific guidance has been given to agencies all across the government, which is specifically that employees in the Obama administration should use their official e-mail accounts when they're conducting official government business,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters at a livelier-than-usual press briefing. In an exchange with ABC News, Earnest would not say whether or not Clinton violated that policy or broke the law by using only her personal account. “I was not in a position to review Secretary Clinton’s personal email. That was the responsibility of Secretary Clinton and her team,” Earnest said. “They say that they turned over thousands of pages and thousands of emails...and that is entirely consistent with the requirements of the Federal Records Act.” Earnest added that he could not say whether the White House was aware that Clinton was not conducting her business on an official email account. “When there are situations in which personal email is used to conduct official U.S. business, those emails are official government records and should be turned over to the State Department, which is what I understand Secretary Clinton’s team has done,” he said. Earnest did not know if any other Cabinet secretaries are using only their personal email accounts and referred reporters to the individual agencies.

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Nasdaq Fails to Hold 5K as Wall Street Drops

Nasdaq Fails to Hold 5K as Wall Street Drops

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A day after crossing a milestone for the first time in 15 years, the Nasdaq couldn't hold on.  Stocks gave back gains on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing the session at 18,203.37, down 85.26 from its open. The Nasdaq also fell by 28.20 to close at 4,979.90. The S&P 500 fell by 9.61 points to close at 2,107.78. Energy shares rose on Tuesday, as oil prices edged back over $50 a barrel. Despite the nasty weather in February, most automakers are reporting gains over a year ago.  Toyota led with a 13.3-percent jump in sales. Chrysler, GM, Honda and Nissan all reported gains of 6 percent or less on Tuesday, while Ford sales fell just under 2 percent.  The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that federal courts can hear a dispute over Colorado's Internet tax law.  It's a win for business groups that want to challenge the so-called Amazon tax that requires extensive reporting by retailers that don't collect the state's 2.9-percent tax from Colorado customers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Virus Delays Homecoming for Toddler Who Received Liver From Dad

Virus Delays Homecoming for Toddler Who Received Liver From Dad

Liver Transplants for our Vietnamese Twin Girls/Facebook(TORONTO) -- A long-awaited homecoming was delayed for a toddler who received a liver transplant, with her father as the donor, after she contracted a virus. Phuoc Wagner made headlines along with her twin sister Binh when both girls needed a liver transplant to survive and their father, Michael Wagner, could only donate to one. Phuoc underwent the surgery last month after doctors determined she needed the operation sooner than her sister. While both the 3-year-old girl and her father are recovering, Phuoc’s return home was delayed this week after she contracted the norovirus, or stomach flu, according to the family’s Facebook page. “No homecoming yet: norovirus is keeping Phuoc in hospital,” Johanne Wagner, the twin’s mother, wrote on Facebook. “And norovirus in my house as well. Homefront needs to be clear before they can come home.” Johanne Wagner also confirmed they still are waiting to hear about the possibility of a living donor for Binh Wagner. Both Binh and Phuoc needed liver transplants after suffering liver damage because of a genetic condition called Alagille syndrome. In an earlier post this week Johanne Wagner said she worried about having Phuoc back after her transplant. “It is scary though to welcome her back so soon after transplant,” Wagner wrote on Facebook. “A lot of new stuff to assimilate. Daily nursing visits for weeks to come to administer IV meds and perform bloodwork. But most of all, the fear of something going wrong, and quickly.” However, Wagner said she is eager for Phuoc to reunite with her twin sister Binh. She posted a few pictures of Binh this week playing and even dancing with her older brother.According to an earlier report from the Canadian Broadcasting Company, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto has received 400 submissions from people offering to be a living donor for Binh.

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Netanyahu Speech, Politically Strong, Draws Shrugs From Israelis at Home

Netanyahu Speech, Politically Strong, Draws Shrugs From Israelis at Home

ABC NewsREPORTER'S NOTEBOOK By ABC News' Molly Hunter(JERUSALEM) -- At long last, Israelis gathered around TV sets Tuesday night to watch Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress. And I gathered around the big screens at a Jerusalem sports bar with at least four guys, plus the bar staff. Coming out of the gates, we had one TV in English and one in Hebrew, but the election commission required all Israeli channels run on a five-minute delay, allowing editors to yank any overt campaigning for Israel's general election March 17. It all made the dual-screen experience very distracting.

 

Israeli channels all running on 5 min delay. Distracting watching side by side. #NetanyahuSpeech pic.twitter.com/LJPD59BOgZ

— Molly Hunter (@mollymhunter) March 3, 2015

Canvassing central Jerusalem before the speech, Joseph, an American Jew, and an Israeli friend stopped into Mike's Place in Jerusalem to catch the main event. "We saw it in the news; it's very important," Joseph told ABC News. "It's a historic time for Israel. We had to watch." In a speech Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, Prime Minister Netanyahu blasted an emerging deal with Iran as "a bad deal, a very bad deal." He added "we're better off without it," but fell short of actually laying out an alternative plan.Shay Mamo, an entrepreneur from Tel Aviv, agreed the speech was "a big deal," but added the controversy had piqued his interest. "I'm watching because it's a scandal," Mamo said. "I'm watching because Obama is against it. I'm watching because it split the American political world." Mamo continued, "He has the opportunity to say something new. If he were to give a speech here, it's just another speech." But very little was said that the prime minister had not previously said, and Israelis largely saw Tuesday's speech as an election stunt two weeks before the country's hotly contested general election. "It's Bibi doing his Bibi thing," quipped Elon, 23, of Kfar Abomin. "It's a power move. His signature play, a show.""To be fair, it's a reasonable thing to do," going to Washington to speak, Elon said. "But not in the way he did it. And not now." Analysts say his strong performance could earn Netanyahu a bump in the polls, where he lags ever so slightly behind his biggest challenger, Isaac Herzog. And by all accounts, he turned in a win Tuesday night. Political analysts, and my viewing mates alike, thought Netanyahu hit it out of the political park. But Israelis like Ami Azoulay, who owns a convenience store in central Jerusalem, just shrugged. "Sure people will watch out of curiosity. But for what? Israelis care about the situation in Iran," he said, "but he's going to go and come back, and it will be just like he never left."

 

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Rosetta Spacecraft Takes Shadow Selfie on Comet

Rosetta Spacecraft Takes Shadow Selfie on Comet

ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA(NEW YORK) -- The Rosetta spacecraft was able to snap the most detailed image ever of comet-67P -- getting so close that the spacecraft cast a shadow that can be seen in a photo sent back to Earth. A photo snapped on Valentine's Day released Tuesday by the European Space Agency was taken less than four miles from the surface of the icy comet and packs a resolution of about four and one-third inches per pixel. At the bottom of the image is a fuzzy rectangular shadow cast by Rosetta, which was made possible by the sun being aligned directly behind the spacecraft, according to the ESA. The shadow is blurry because the sun was not a point source, meaning that if a person were to stand on the frigid comet and look toward the sun, the boxy spacecraft would only block part of the giant star.

 

Does this count as a #selfie? Imaged my own shadow on surface of #67P during 6km flyby! http://t.co/lfIQr1jhaA pic.twitter.com/OgYkDGaWjB

— ESA Rosetta Mission (@ESA_Rosetta) March 3, 2015

 

The comet is expected to reach perihelion -- its closest point to the sun -- on August 13. The spacecraft made history in November when it sent its Philae lander to the surface of 67P, a comet that is whizzing through space at speeds as fast as 80,000 miles per hour. Scientists are studying Rosetta's environment to learn more about the rubber-duck shaped comet, which could yield new insights about the origins of comets, stars and planets. It has been conducting a series of flybys from various distances to collect information for analysis. Working nearly 300 million miles from Earth, a one-way signal from Rosetta takes around 26 minutes and 46 seconds to reach Earth, according to a Twitter account the ESA set up for the mission.

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LAPD Shooting: Identity of the ‘Homeless’ Victim Questioned

LAPD Shooting: Identity of the ‘Homeless’ Victim Questioned

Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) --  A French official raised questions on Tuesday about the true identity of the homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a confrontation that was caught on videotape. ABC News has learned that the LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport. But Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials have checked with the consulate and found that he has never been a citizen of France, Guillois said, adding that French officials did not know the man's nationality at this time. Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison. A call to the LAPD Tuesday evening seeking comment wasn't immediately returned. A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death. A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment. Witnesses at the scene told KABC-TV that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate. Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene. At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.

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Benjamin Netanyahu: Why He’s a Secret Millennial

Benjamin Netanyahu: Why He’s a Secret Millennial

Uriel Sinai/Getty images(WASHINGTON) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint session of Congress Tuesday in what many analysts coined the “most important speech” of his life. So naturally, Bibi brought along his millennial game to help make his case. “Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology,” Netanyahu said. “He tweets that Israel must be annihilated -- he tweets.” Indeed, Ayatollah Khamenei’s Twitter account did tweet out back in November a step-by-step guide to the elimination of Israel.

 

Why should & how can #Israel be eliminated? Ayatollah Khamenei's answer to 9 key questions. #HandsOffAlAqsa pic.twitter.com/IVPOuNfMQH

— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) November 9, 2014

 

But how can you find that tweet? Well, just take Netanyahu’s advice he offered to Congress later in his speech about how they might find details about the potential nuclear deal forming with Iran. “You don't need intelligence agencies and secret information to know this,” Netanyahu said. “You can Google it.” Google and Twitter, the basic daily diet on the Web for any millennial. But Netanyahu didn’t stop there. “In this deadly Game of Thrones, there's no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don't share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone,” Netanyahu said as he argued that Iran and ISIS were “competing for the crown of militant Islam.” And any fan of the HBO hit show might know that “when you play the Game of Thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground,” as one character famously says. As you might expect, that particular quote struck a chord on, where else, Twitter.

pic.twitter.com/Kd9eg2HcpB

— darth™ (@darth) March 3, 2015

 

 

Game of Thrones reference from #Netanyahu and uh ok

— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) March 3, 2015

 

 

I'm sorry, did Netanyahu just name-check Game of Thrones?

— Joanna Weiss (@JoannaWeiss) March 3, 2015

 

Those in Israel are already familiar with Netanyahu’s foray into appeasing to the younger generations. In early February he released a comedic campaign commercial in which he starred as the “Bibisitter.” You can find that video on YouTube, which, as you might expect, Netanyahu also referenced once in his speech.

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Senators Want Investigation Into Federal Agency Overseeing Guardrail Safety

Senators Want Investigation Into Federal Agency Overseeing Guardrail Safety

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Half a dozen U.S. senators are requesting a government investigation into the federal agency charged with keeping America’s highways safe, amid concerns over a popular guardrail system linked to multiple deaths and dismemberments across the country. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Ed Markey, D-Mass., Mark Warner, D-Virginia, Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, and Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, sent a joint letter Tuesday to the Government Accountability Office, which audits and investigates federal agencies, following what they called in a press release “troubling developments regarding the FHWA’s evaluation of defective ET-Plus guardrail and end terminals.” “In recent months, we have witnessed a host of troubling developments that call into question the safety of certain roadside devices known as highway guardrail end terminals,” the letter reads. “We are committed to looking closely at this issue.” “FHWA, as the guardian of federal taxpayer dollars, has a unique and vital role and responsibility in ensuring that roadside hardware has been properly vetted for safety purposes and is eligible for reimbursement with federal funds,” it says. The ET-Plus guardrail system, which is made by Trinity Industries in Texas and used in states throughout the U.S., was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation last year. ABC News obtained an internal Trinity email from 2005 in which a Trinity official estimated that making a modification to its widely-used guardrail system -- reducing a piece of metal in the end terminal from five inches to four -- would save the company $2 per end terminal, or $50,000 a year. The company made the change that year, but didn’t notify the FHWA. The modification went unnoticed by the federal agency until 2012, when questions were raised by a competitor of Trinity’s. The FHWA then approved that modified design for continued installation. But critics claimed the modification made the guardrail more dangerous in certain types of crashes, and late last year Trinity was found to have committed fraud by failing to notify government officials about the guardrail modification earlier. Now 42 states have ceased installing the ET-Plus, pending the final report on new government crash tests conducted in December and January. Last month, Sen. Blumenthal told ABC News the FHWA “cannot be considered blameless” in the ongoing controversy. “The Federal Highway Administration has in effect disregarded the claims about lack of safety here, it has condoned sham testing and paid lip service to testing. It bears a major part of the responsibility for the crashes, injuries and some deaths that have occurred,” Blumenthal told ABC News. In their letter, the senators are asking the GAO to address a number of issues, including how transparent FHWA has been in the testing of highway devices for safety. While the letter notes serious safety concerns with the controversial guardrail as prompting the senators’ action, it questions more generally the structure of the agency itself and its ability to properly implement one of its primary purposes. “The developments over the past several months raise serious questions about the effectiveness of the current framework for evaluating the reliability and integrity of roadside hardware products, including guardrail end terminals,” it reads. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Blumenthal highlighted the letter to Department of Transportation chief Anthony Foxx. The FHWA is an agency within the DOT. FHWA officials did not immediately respond to ABC News for comment. The letter does not mention Trinity Industries by name. In defense of its product, Trinity has continually noted that it has an “unbroken chain of eligibility” with FHWA, meaning the device has met safety criteria in order to be eligible for federal aid reimbursement when sold to states for use on highways. Of the new ET-Plus crash tests, the government said it passed its first four crash tests, but the analysts have not released the results of the last four. It’s the very last one, the eighth, that has proved controversial already after critics said the crash appeared to severely damage the driver’s side of the car. The senators’ press release Tuesday linked to an ABC News report about questions surrounding the eighth and final crash test, video of which “has raised considerable concern by members of Congress and their constituents,” the release reads. Blumenthal previously told ABC News he found the video “hideously shocking.” “Long term, we're going to insist on an overhaul of the Federal Highway Administration's standards, methods and approach to testing because this experience, particularly the latest test showing shocking damage to the passenger's side of the vehicle, indicates that there is a need for a review of this agency's performance and its approach to safety,” Blumenthal said. Trinity disputes what it calls conclusions made far too early surrounding the eighth test, and a spokesman told ABC News any comments other than what is released by FHWA after its evaluation is “pure speculation.” Results of the final four tests are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

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“Sharknado 3”: See Who the President and Vice-President Will Be

“Sharknado 3”: See Who the President and Vice-President Will Be

Syfy/NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- The oddly popular TV movie franchise Sharknado is about to get political. Syfy has announced that the third installment of the satirical disaster film, which is scheduled to premiere in July, will cause “mass destruction in Washington, D.C., before roaring down the Eastern Seaboard and into Florida.” It will star Mark Cuban, of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank fame, as the President of the United States. Conservative political commentator Ann Coulter will assume the position of Vice President. The movie will be set in Washington D.C. and for those who work on the Hill there may a chance for members of Congress to fight against a shark-battered hurricane that will soon take a bite out of our nation’s capital. According to Politico, representatives from the Syfy network are seeking to cast “recognizable Senators and Congressmen, and a few others like Colin Powell and Oliver North.” Along with a sundry list of stars who have made previous cameos, including Tara Reid, Jerry Springer and Chris Jericho, newcomers like Ryan Newman and Jack Griffo will be joining the team for the newest Sharknado movie.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2

Sarah Michelle Gellar to Star in “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2

Vince Bucci/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Michelle Gellar and her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. are now working together. Gellar will join the cast of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD for season two, executive producer/supervising director Dave Filoni revealed Tuesday. "We’re thrilled to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on board for season two," he said in a statement. "She is a true Star Wars Rebels fan and her passion undoubtedly comes through in the voice recording sessions." In addition to Gellar and Prize Jr., the voice cast also includes David Oyelowo, Vanessa Marshall, Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray. Star Wars Rebels, an animated show, focuses on the events between Star Wars Episodes III and IV. No details about Gellar's character have been revealed yet. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Kelly Clarkson to Go on Summer Tour

Kelly Clarkson to Go on Summer Tour

ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson has a new baby, a new album and now she is taking both of them out on the road.Clarkson, 32, announced Tuesday on ABC’s Good Morning America that she will be going out on tour this summer for her new album, “Piece by Piece.”“I’m so excited,” Clarkson said. "I’ve been at home with a baby.”The former American Idol winner gave birth to daughter River Rose in June 2014. She says the now 8-month-old River will make a great traveling companion during her tour, which Clarkson said will kick off in July.“I have a magical baby. She loves traveling so far,” Clarkson said, adding that River especially loves her newest single, “Heartbreak Song.”“This song, she loves the whole album but she loves this song. It’s crazy,” Clarkson said.The three-time Grammy winner did not reveal any further details about the tour, such as who will open or whether any fellow singers will make guest appearances.One thing Clarkson did clarify, however, is that if she asked fellow singers, they would show up.“I was being funny,” Clarkson said, referring to the firestorm that erupted when she jokingly said in an interview last month on BBC Radio 1 that no major artists want to collaborate with her on a song."I also said I had the Black Plague. I don’t have that,” Clarkson said on GMA. "I was just being funny because people were kind of making it to where, because John Legend and I sang on this record, they were like, ‘Why didn’t you sing with anybody before?,’ like almost making me a snob.”“I was like, ‘I’ve asked people to sing. I would sing with a lot of people but it just doesn’t always work out with the timing,’” Clarkson said. "People will work with me.”Oscar winner Legend joins Clarkson for "Run Run Run," on "Piece by Piece," which was released on Tuesday.Clarkson has previously collaborated with country greats like Vince Gill and Reba McEntire, her stepmother-in-law, and says a return to country could be in her future too."I love country music. I love R&B. I love a lot of styles. I just don’t want to stop changing and growing," Clarkson said of her future."I love Broadway. I grew up in musical theater," she added, hinting at another possible career move.

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Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discrimination at Police Department

Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discrimination at Police Department

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Department of Justice is expected to release its finding on the investigation into the Ferguson Police Department as early as Wednesday, sources tell ABC News. According to a law enforcement official, the report will say the Ferguson Police Department’s conduct routinely violated the constitution and federal law due to a combination of racial bias and a focus on generating revenue. According to the findings, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, but were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations and 93 percent of arrests. In essence they accuse the Ferguson police department of a pattern and practice of discrimination. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found multiple examples of police and municipal court officials exhibiting racial bias in emails sent on official Ferguson accounts. Examples include a November 2008 email, which stated that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

Another racist email from May 2011 stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’” From April to September 2014, 95 percent of people held at the Ferguson jail longer than two days were African American. African Americans accounted for 95 percent of all “Manner of Walking in Roadway” -- essentially jaywalking -- charges, 94 percent of “failure to comply” charges and 92 percent of all “peace disturbance” charges.

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