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Texas Cancer Doctor Gives Testimony of Alleged Poisoning in Former Lover’s Trial

Texas Cancer Doctor Gives Testimony of Alleged Poisoning in Former Lover’s Trial

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — A cancer researcher will return to the stand next week in the trial of his co-worker and former lover who’s accused of poisoning him.

Dr. Ana Gonzalez-Angulo is accused of poisoning Dr. George Blumenschein, an oncologist at the prestigious cancer hospital MD Anderson in Houston.

“She said she had a special Colombian coffee for me to try,” testified Blumenschein.

According to prosecutors, Gonzalez-Angulo, a fellow oncologist at MD Anderson, spiked the coffee with a sweet-tasting chemical used in antifreeze. The chemical is also commonly found in medical labs, including those at MD Anderson.

Prosecutors allege that Gonzalez-Angulo poisoned the coffee after Blumenschein picked his girlfriend over her.

Blumenschein said he asked Gonzalez-Angulo why the coffee tasted so sweet and that she responded that she had put Splenda in it.

The poisoning left Blumenschein with permanent kidney damage, according to testimony from doctors who treated him.

Gonzalez-Angulo sat expressionless in the courtroom while Blumenschein testified. Next week, he will return to the stand when prosecutors play tapes of phone calls between the two.

In his opening statement, Gonzalez-Angulo’s attorney, Derek Hollingsworth, said that his client “has been accused of something she did not do. Our first priority is to make sure the jury has the evidence to see that.”

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White House Partially Evacuated as Fence Jumper Gets Into Executive Mansion

White House Partially Evacuated as Fence Jumper Gets Into Executive Mansion

Joe Ravi/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Part of the White House had to be evacuated Friday evening after a North Lawn fence jumper briefly eluded security and made it all the way inside the executive mansion.

Omar Gonzalez, 42, was unarmed when he was arrested after jumping the fence and entering the White House through the North Portico doors, Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan told ABC News. Gonzales ignored commands from Secret Service, Donovan added.

President Obama was not at the White House at the time of the intrusion after 7 p.m. Friday. He and his daughters had departed from the South Lawn on Marine One just minutes before to head to Camp David in Maryland for the weekend.

Gonzalez, from Copperas Cove, Texas, was taken to GW Hospital for a medical evaluation. He was expected to be charged with unlawful entry of the White House complex.

It is not uncommon for unauthorized people to jump the fences surrounding the White House. It is more unusual to have a fence jumper actually enter the White House.

“The location [of the arrest] is not acceptable,” a Secret Service official said, adding that the incident would be closely reviewed.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, instantly criticized the Secret Service for the security breach, tweeting it was “TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE.”

Part of the incident was captured on an Instagram video, which showed a man in jeans and dark t-shirt sprinting across the North Lawn past the fountain, heading for the North Portico door.

ABC News saw Secret Service officers rushing towards the front portico as they yelled at reporters to move inside. Shortly after the breach, members of the media and White House staff were evacuated from the West Wing.

On Sept. 11, the Secret Service apprehended a man who jumped over the north fence and onto the White House grounds. Officers drew their firearms and used a service dog as they took the man in custody.

The last time unauthorized persons infiltrated the White House was in 2009, when Michaele and Tareq Salahi sneaked into a state dinner.

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ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Details NFL, Baltimore Ravens’ Handling of Ray Rice Situation

ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Details NFL, Baltimore Ravens’ Handling of Ray Rice Situation

Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Baltimore Ravens executives may have received a detailed description of what transpired just hours after former running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee at Revel in Atlantic City in February.

The latest bombshell in the ongoing scandal involving Rice’s actions and the National Football League and Baltimore Ravens’ handling in the aftermath was reported by ESPN’s Outside the Lines. According to the report, the Ravens’ head of security had video from inside the elevator — which wasn’t released until earlier this month — described to him by an Atlantic City police officer.

The head of security passed that information along to higher-ups Outside the Lines says, though it was unclear whether he told Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and President Dick Cass directly.

TMZ posted the first video, from outside the elevator, four days after the incident. In that video, Rice was seen dragging his Janay Palmer from the elevator. The woman appeared unconscious.

In late July, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Rice would be suspended for two games, a ruling that he would later call a mistake.

Months later, TMZ posted a second video, from the interior of the elevator, showing Rice punch his now-wife in the face. At that point, both the Ravens and the NFL denied prior knowledge of the content of the second tape.

Shortly after the second tape became public, the Ravens released Rice from his contract and Commissioner Goodell altered Rice’s suspension from two games to indefinite length. Goodell claimed that seeing the video — he says for the first time — changed his opinion of what he called an “ambiguous” incident. Goodell has received criticism both for the brevity of the initial suspension and for his handling of the subsequent investigation.

The NFL and the Ravens have said that they should have tried harder to obtain the second tape, though Outside the Lines reports that the Ravens were aware of exactly what it would show.

Goodell’s decision to lengthen the suspension came in the wake of criticism from fans, sponsors, politicians and organizations like the National Organization for Women. Numerous calls for the commissioner to resign have been made, though Goodell said in a Friday press conference that he never considered that route.

Outside the Lines‘ report also claims that some in the Ravens’ front office lobbied for leniency for Rice, pointing out his presence in the community. Some executives also rejected Head Coach John Harbaugh’s urging to release Rice after the first tape was released.

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Missing Virginia Student Hannah Graham May Have Gotten Into Car With Man

Missing Virginia Student Hannah Graham May Have Gotten Into Car With Man

Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham went to a bar with an older man and may have gotten into a car with him, and police said Friday they want to ask that man “what he knows about Hannah.”

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo did not publicly identify the man, but said that he is 32, has dreadlocks, is 6-foot-2 and weighs 270 pounds. Police spoke to him Friday morning when they executed a search warrant and seized his car, but did not feel that they had enough probable cause to arrest him, Longo said.

“We know that he purchased alcohol (in the restaurant) and we know that Hannah Graham was with him. We also know that within 15 minutes he was gone from that bar and Hannah Graham was with him,” Longo said.

“People saw Hannah and people saw him, and people saw them together. And it’s entirely possible, we believe, that Hannah Graham may have gotten into his vehicle,” the chief said.

Longo asked for anyone to call police if they saw Graham get into the man’s 1998 burnt orange Chrysler coupe.

While the person is not in custody, “We know who he is and we are aware of where he is,” Det. Sgt. Jim Mooney said.

“I’m not calling him a suspect,” Longo said. “We’re interested in him, interested in talking to him, interested in what he knows about Hannah.”

The chief would not say whether he believed Graham was still alive.

“I will always be hopeful until we find Hannah,” he said.

Longo said he spoke with Graham’s parents shortly before the news conference. “They want their daughter back. They want to know what happened.”

Longo held his news conference after executing three search warrants on the car, an apartment and phone. He said that the searches “absolutely” marked a major break in the case.

The FBI joined the case in guidance role earlier this week and investigators are calling for volunteers as they plan a massive search Saturday. The volunteers are being asked to only join the search if they can walk four to five miles in a wooded area.

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Utah Doctor Convicted of Murdering Wife Sentenced to Up to Life in Prison

Utah Doctor Convicted of Murdering Wife Sentenced to Up to Life in Prison

ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) — A Utah doctor convicted of killing his wife was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison on Friday.

Martin MacNeill had been found guilty of drugging his wife and drowning her in a bathtub. A jury found MacNeill guilty of persuading his wife to undergo plastic surgery with the intent of giving her drugs during her recovery and drowning her, clearing the way for his purported mistress to move into the family’s home.

Four of MacNeill’s daughters testified during the trial, and one of his oldest children told the jury that she believed her father was guilty.

MacNeill has maintained his innocence, and an appeal is possible.

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Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Reenacting Rambo, Colleague Suggests

Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Reenacting Rambo, Colleague Suggests

Courtesy Roman Kamensky(CANADENSIS, Pa.) –  The Pennsylvania man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another trooper in an ambush is a military enthusiast who reenacted battles and may have been imitating Rambo, a fellow war reenactor told ABC News Friday.

The suspect, Eric Frein, is the subject of a massive manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania where he has often disappeared for days for self-taught survival training. He has been placed on the FBI’s most wanted list and there are two rewards totaling $175,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Frein is part of a collection of groups called Red Alliance that practices MilSim — recreating battles or wars with real uniforms and weapons for recreational purposes. They are particularly interested in Eastern European armies. Frein helped found the MilSim group Eastern Wolves, said fellow reenactor Roman Kamensky.

The Eastern Wolves specialize in the tactics and battles of Eastern European armies and Frein, a marksman who is the son of retired U.S. Army major, took part in their maneuvers, Kamensky said.

“If he’s re-enacting anyone, it’s Rambo from the very first movie,” Kamensky said. In the first Rambo movie, First Blood, the character is a traumatized Vietnam War vet who battles sheriff’s deputies who arrest and abuse him before he escapes into the woods.

Kamensky believes he’s seen the gun that Frein allegedly used in the ambush. Police found .308 cartridges in Frein’s vehicle after the attack and the suspect’s father told police two guns were missing from his home, including a .308 rifle with a scope. Kamensky said: “That was his baby.”

Frein’s views don’t represent the larger MilSim community, Kamensky said, which often raises money for charity at its events.

“I’d like to completely disassociate that he was interested in the Eastern European military or that he wore the Serbian uniform. He put a bad light on us,” said Kamensky, 31, of New York City.

“We respect cops, we don’t try to kill cops,” Kamensky added.

Red Alliance is a tight community of people who practice MilSim. They communicate through an online forum about soldiers’ uniforms, helmets and patches, swapping historical facts and chatting about upcoming war re-enactment events.

“We attended the same events,” Kamensky said. “Red Alliance is a global community, so when you find someone in the Tri-state area, you try to meet up.”

“I’m personally interested in Russian and Serbian things and that was our mutual connection,” added Kamensky, who is from what is now Ukraine.

The Eastern Wolves describe themselves as a “group of military historians who have a great deal of re-enacting experience and were looking for something different to get into,” on their website.

“Our goal is to not just be a group of guys wearing different camouflage and carrying Kalashnikovs, but to also use authentic tactics and commands that differ from their Western equivalents,” the website says.

The military re-enactments take place throughout the country and can take anywhere from an hour to a week, he said, depending on what battle or war people are recreating. In many cases, the public comes out to watch. Members wear authentic military uniforms and often use Airsoft, replica firearms that shoot pellets.

“If you leave the city, things like paintball and Airsoft are not a big deal,” he said. “It’s just something people do outside the city where they have woods. It’s not very sensational stuff.”

“People show up with their families, they watch them play army, pretend to shoot each other, play dead. It’s normal stuff out there.”

Kamensky said he hasn’t spoken to Frein in four years, and that his group has been inactive lately.

“From what I’ve seen, they haven’t been doing much,” he said. “Most of them are just casual guys from Pennsylvania. They have some land over there. They host their events and locals come out and they just play Airsoft.”

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NFL Commissioner: ‘I Got It Wrong’

NFL Commissioner: ‘I Got It Wrong’

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Friday that he “got it wrong” when it came to the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he “will get it right” going forward.

“At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference. Unfortunately over the past several weeks we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong and that starts with me,” he said at a news conference in New York.

“We will re-examine, enhance and improve all of our current programs and then we’ll do more,” he added.

Goodell said that he never considered resigning from his position, saying he holds himself to “the highest possible standard” and was disappointed in himself for making a mistake.

The remarks were the first time that the NFL commissioner has been seen in public for more than a week.

“I got it wrong with the handling of the Ray Rice matter and I am sorry for that. I got it wrong on a number of levels from the process that I led, to the decision that I reached. I don’t expect anyone just to take my word,” Goodell admitted. “I believe in accountability, I understand the challenges before me and I will be held accountable for meeting them.”

The news conference came one day after Goodell sent out a memo to teams, saying the NFL has initiated a “long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Also Thursday, the NFL partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help women who have suffered from abuse.

“We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels,” said Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

The move comes after the NFL has been hit with several high-profile cases of players arrested for domestic violence. The league has also come under fire for the way it has handled cases in the past.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline said that just days after the release of a video last week showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline’s call volume increased by 84 percent.

Goodell, who has come under fire in recent days with some calling on him to resign, said the NFL is also educating all its employees.

“We are also proceeding to implement broad educational programs within our league. Starting within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel — including executives, coaches, players and staff — will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault. We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way,” he said in the memo.

Not everyone, however, is happy with the NFL’s efforts.

In a statement prior to Goodell’s remarks, Crest, a league sponsor, said it “believes Breast Cancer Awareness is a critically important program to support women and their health, and, as planned, is making a $100,000 donation to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and will participate in media and retailer activities to help drive attention to the cause. The brand has decided to cancel on-field activation with NFL teams.”

In response, the league said, “We are looking forward to our sixth year of the Crucial Catch campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. We understand the ways the last week have impacted our partners, including Crest. Players will still have the option to wear pink gear, including mouthguards, as planned, this year.”

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NJ Teacher Accused of Having Affairs with Several Students

NJ Teacher Accused of Having Affairs with Several Students

Hemera(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with as many as 30 counts of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having affairs with several students.

Prosecutors say Nicole Dufault, a language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, took advantage of her own students — several 15-year-old boys — for sex on school property and in her car.

Dufault, 34, has been a teacher at the school for nine years. Authorities say she is being held on $500,000 bail and her two children have been removed from her home.

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Parents of Missing UVA Student Urge Students to ‘Walk with a Buddy’

Parents of Missing UVA Student Urge Students to ‘Walk with a Buddy’

Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released an emotional letter to the school’s students and faculty Friday, saying they are still “optimistic” their daughter will return and urging students to be careful this weekend and “walk with a buddy.”

John and Sue Graham’s 18-year-old daughter disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning after going out last Friday night.

“It is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance,” they wrote in their letter emailed to all students and faculty.

Adopting a parental tone, they added, “For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy.”

Police said Friday they had a major break in the case and issued three search warrants in connection to an unidentified person of interest.

Police said that Sue Graham was the first to suspect that something had happened to her daughter when she hadn’t heard from her for more than 24 hours. The Grahams are British but live in northern Virginia, calling Alexandria home for more than a decade.

They have been in Charlottesville during much of the search and wrote that they attended the “extremely moving” candlelight vigil that the school held Thursday in Hannah’s honor.

“We were comforted by the evident high esteem in which our cherished daughter is held by her many friends at the University of Virginia and beyond,” the Grahams wrote in the letter sent out Friday. “We continue to be optimistic that Hannah will soon be returned safely to us.”

It was the second time the parents issued a public statement since their daughter vanished. Earlier this week, they wrote how they were “devastated by her disappearance” and pleaded with anyone who had any information about Hannah’s movements that night to call police.

In both notes, the parents expressed deep gratitude for everyone who had searched for her.

“Like you, we will not rest until we find her and she comes home,” the parents said in their previous note.

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Car Seized, Apartment Searched in Hunt for Missing UVA Student

Car Seized, Apartment Searched in Hunt for Missing UVA Student

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — Virginia police seized a car and searched an apartment Friday in their hunt for missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham in what police said was a major break in the case.

The searches were the result of a trio of warrants executed on Friday, according to Charlottesville police. The third warrant was for a phone, police said.

All three search warrants were connected to the same person of interest. It is unclear if this person is the same individual police described Thursday.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said that Friday’s searches “absolutely” marked a major break in the case.

The first warrant was a search and seizure warrant for a vehicle which was executed shortly after midnight. When police arrived at the apartment building and seized the car, a person connected to the car was in his apartment with two others. Police identified those individuals, but the officer did not feel he had the grounds to detain the individuals, Longo said.

After seizing the car and taking it to an undisclosed location for the full search, investigators developed probable cause and sought approvals for the two other warrants. Police arrived back at the apartment shortly after 10 a.m. and the three individuals were no longer inside, Longo said.

The chief said that the search warrants were “not in relation to anyone we’ve talked to.”

The search warrants were issued a day after police announced a $50,000 reward for information about Graham’s disappearance. Police had also released four clips of surveillance footage from local businesses that showed Graham, 18, walking around in the early hours of Saturday morning. She was last heard from around 1:20 a.m. Saturday when she texted friends, allegedly saying that she was headed for a party but was unsure of where she was.

Graham’s parents released an emotional letter to the school’s students and faculty on Friday saying they are still “optimistic” their daughter will return and urging students to be careful this weekend and “walk with a buddy.”

“It is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance,” they wrote in their letter emailed to all students and faculty. Adopting a parental tone, they added, “For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy.”

A person of interest described by police Thursday came from a man who was seen following Graham on surveillance footage. That man told police that he was concerned about Graham because she looked “physically distressed,” but he left when he reportedly saw another man approach her and put his arm around her.

That second man has been described by police as a person of interest. He is not seen on any surveillance footage.

Police described the person of interest as a black male in his 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11 with a shaved head and goatee. He weighed between 250 to 285 pounds, has a slight beer belly and was wearing black jeans and a white T-shirt.

It is not clear whether the person who was the object of Friday’s search warrants matched that description.

The FBI joined the case in guidance role earlier this week and investigators are calling for volunteers as they plan a massive search Saturday. The volunteers are being asked to only join the search if they can walk four to five miles in a wooded area.

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NFL Commissioner Pledges to Educate Players on Domestic Violence

NFL Commissioner Pledges to Educate Players on Domestic Violence

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has ramped up the league’s efforts to address the growing issue of players arrested for domestic violence, saying in a memo that his office is taking “significant steps” to educate teams on the issue through a series of programs.

In the memo sent out on Thursday, Goodell said the NFL has initiated a “long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.”

ESPN obtained the memo a day after the National Domestic Violence Hotline announced that the NFL had “committed to providing significant resources to the organization” in order to help women who have been abused by their boyfriends or husbands.

“We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels,” said Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

“Because of this long-term commitment by the NFL to provide The Hotline with much-needed resources, our services will finally be accessible to all those who need us when they bravely take the first step to find safety and live a life free of abuse,” she added.

The move comes after the NFL has been hit with several high-profile cases of players arrested for domestic violence. The league has also come under fire for the way it has handled cases in the past.

Goodell is expected to hold a news conference this afternoon in New York on domestic violence and the league’s personal conduct policy.

The group, who announced the agreement in a news release posted to its website, did not specify how much the NFL had given them.

The organization said that just days after the release of a video last week showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline’s call volume increased by 84 percent.

Goodell, who has come under fire in recent days with some calling on him to resign, said it is also educating all its employees.

“We are also proceeding to implement broad educational programs within our league. Starting within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel — including executives, coaches, players and staff — will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault. We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way,” he said in the memo.

Goodell also said that all teams — including executives, coaches, players and staff — will “receive comprehensive information about domestic violence and sexual assault resources in your communities, including local advocacy and support organizations. This will enable teams to connect with those local organizations for both personnel matters and public service. League staff at all locations will also receive domestic violence and sexual assault information.”

He added, “These are by no means final steps. We will continue to work with experts to expand and develop long-term programs that raise awareness, educate, and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault both within the NFL and in our society in general.”

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Manhunt for Alleged Pennsylvania Cop Killer Forces Residents to Shelter

Manhunt for Alleged Pennsylvania Cop Killer Forces Residents to Shelter

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — The search for a self-taught survivalist accused of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper has entered its seventh day as police looking for Eric Frein raced early Friday morning toward an area near the home he had been sharing with his parents, closing roads and forcing people who live nearby into an emergency shelter.

“When I got here, the state troopers were just flying out of here,” Canadensis, Pennsylvania, resident Suzanne Zalebuck said.

Police searching for Frein, 31, were acting on a tip that he was nearby. He allegedly ambushed two state troopers last Friday at the barracks in Blooming Grove Township, killing Bryon Dickson and injuring Alex Douglass.

A funeral for Dickson was held Thursday.

“We still think he’s in the area but want to make sure we’re covering every base,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said. “We can’t let him leave this area because we think he’d be a danger to law enforcement and society.”

“It was scary,” resident Kim Stephens said. “I’m just hoping that the police are all safe and I hope they find this guy so everybody can sleep tight.”

But after hours of intensely searching, police found nothing.

“I think the best vocabulary word would be ‘eerie.’ We feel very ill at ease,” Zalebuck said.

Hundreds of officers are involved in the hunt for Frein, including many who are trained in woodland searches. Police say they are also using grids and technology to clear certain areas.

Police said Wednesday Frein is also part of a “military simulation unit” obsessed with re-enacting Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He was described as a skilled shooter and is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.

Frein’s father, a retired U.S. Army major, told police he taught his son how to shoot and that he “doesn’t miss.” The father also told police during a search of the family’s home that two guns were missing : a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47, according to court documents.

Frein has a grudge against law enforcement and appeared to be specifically targeting cops, police said.

Frein is charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses.

The FBI has since added him to its Most Wanted List and is offering $100,000 for information leading to his capture. That is in addition to an existing $75,000 reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

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King Fire in California Doubled in Size, Man Charged with Arson

King Fire in California Doubled in Size, Man Charged with Arson

Toa55/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(POLLOCK PINES, Calif.) — The King Fire has doubled in size in the last two days and now threatens over 70,000 acres of California land, the King Fire Public Information Officer Jesus Ayala said.

More than 3,500 buildings are threatened by the blaze, according to Cal Fire, and about 70,994 acres have been burned. The fire, officials say, is just five percent contained.

On Thursday, Ayala noted that the fire line appeared to be moving away from homes.

Also Thursday, police arrested Wayne Allen Huntsman, 37, and charged him with deliberately starting the King Fire. He is being held in El Dorado County Jail on $10 million bail, the jail’s website says.

Cal Fire officials are expected to announce the cause of the blaze at a Friday morning press conference.

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Eight Dead, Including Suspect, in Suspected Murder-Suicide in Florida

Eight Dead, Including Suspect, in Suspected Murder-Suicide in Florida

John Roman/iStockphoto/Thinkstoc(BELL, Fla.) — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place in the small Florida town of Bell Thursday night.

The Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office says Don Charles Spirit, a 51-year-old grandfather, killed his six grandchildren in his home before calling 911, and then committing suicide. Authorities say Spirit also killed his adult daughter, the mother of all the children.

The Gilchrist County sheriff says the deceased include three boys ages 11, 8 and 4, and three young girls, ages 9, 5 and three months old. Their mother, Sarah Lorraine Spirit, was 28.

Sheriff Robert Schultz told reporters that law enforcement had previously been called to the home.

Bell has a population of about 350 people and is located some 30 miles west of Gainesville.

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JetBlue Plane Evacuated After Emergency Landing in California

JetBlue Plane Evacuated After Emergency Landing in California

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(LONG BEACH, Calif.) — A JetBlue plane was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday in California because of an engine problem, the airline said.

Flight 1416 was bound for Austin, Texas, Thursday morning when it “declared an emergency” and returned to Long Beach Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

“The airplane landed safely, and all customers and crew have evacuated via slides with no reported injuries at this time,” JetBlue said in a statement, noting the runway at Long Beach was temporarily closed.

The airline said there was an “issue with the number two engine.”

The flight was scheduled to arrive in Austin Thursday afternoon.

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Police Arrest Shooting Suspect at Phoenix Airport

Police Arrest Shooting Suspect at Phoenix Airport

Alex_Schmidt/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) –  Police in Arizona arrested a man at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport Thursday night in connection with a shooting in the city of Tempe, authorities said.

The suspect fled the scene and was spotted in the vicinity of Terminal 4.

It is unclear if the suspect — described as a shirtless black male with a slight build and dreadlocks — is armed.

Flights continued to arrive and depart from Terminals 2 and 3, while flights were frozen from departing Terminal 4 temporarily.

The man was not immediately identified by police, and Terminal 4 was re-opened.

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Suspected Cop Shooter Eric Frein on FBI’s Most Wanted List, Manhunt Continues

Suspected Cop Shooter Eric Frein on FBI’s Most Wanted List, Manhunt Continues

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) — The FBI added suspected cop shooter Eric Frein to its 10 Most Wanted list Thursday, announcing a reward of $100,000 for information leading to his capture. There is an existing $75,000 reward from Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers.

The FBI’s action came on the day that Pennsylvania State Trooper Cpl. Bryon Dickson was buried in an emotional ceremony.

The search for Frein, 31, entered its sixth day Thursday after two Pennsylvania state troopers were ambushed late Friday at the barracks in Blooming Grove Township. Schools in the area are closed for the second day as the dragnet continued for Frein, a survivalist and gun expert who often worked on films about war and the military. On Thursday night, roads in Barrett Township were closed as they continued the search, but no one was taken into custody.

New images of Frein show him at rifle practice in high school and stone-faced in his yearbook photo.

The funeral was held Thursday for Dickson, who died in Friday’s gunfire. Hundreds gathered at St. Peter’s Cathedral in Scranton to honor Dickson, a 38-year-old married father of two children.

A second trooper, Alex Douglass, was wounded in the attack.

Police said on Wednesday Frein is also part of a “military simulation unit” obsessed with re-enacting Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He was described as a skilled shooter and is believed to be armed and extremely dangerous.

Frein’s father, a retired U.S. Army major, told police he taught his son how to shoot and that he “doesn’t miss.” The father also told police during a search of the family’s home that two guns were missing — a .308 rifle with a scope and an AK-47, according to court documents.

Frein has a grudge against law enforcement and appeared to be specifically targeting cops, police said.

“He has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder,” State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference earlier this week. “What his reasons are, we don’t know. But he has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society.”

Police also addressed the suspect directly.

“If you are listening to this broadcast while cowering in some cold, damp hiding place, Eric, I want you to know know we are coming for you,” Lt. Col. George Bivens said at another news conference on Wednesday.

He warned residents to be on the lookout, lock their doors and keep outside lights on at night, adding that he believes Frein is still in the general area.

Frein is charged with first-degree murder, homicide of a law enforcement officer and other offenses.

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Outrage over Guardrail Crashes Tied to Lost Limbs, Deaths

Outrage over Guardrail Crashes Tied to Lost Limbs, Deaths

Law Enforcement Officials(NEW YORK) — Faced with widespread news reports of lost limbs and painful deaths tied to highway guardrails that have pierced vehicles, federal officials are backing a nationwide study of whether guardrails are as safe in reality as they appear to be in crash tests.

“We are supporting a national cooperative highway research program to look into the performance of guard rail terminals,” Federal Highway Administration official Nicholas Artimovich told ABC News.

The research will be done by a conglomerate of public and private highway engineers and experts, he said.

At issue, the federal official said, is whether the guardrail heads, or end terminals, can absorb the impact of a head-on crash of up to 62 miles per hour “in the real world” as they are designed to.

The federal move comes as a new study finds that a re-designed version of a widely used guardrail end terminal “placed motorists at a higher level of risk of both serious injury and fatality” than the original version.

The study, conducted by the University of Alabama Birmingham, examined serious and fatal accidents in Missouri and Ohio and was sponsored by the state of Missouri and The Safety Institute, a non-profit advocacy organization.

“This is an important first step in understanding the actual field performance of this product,” said Sean Kane, president of the board of directors of The Safety Institute, who in a different role also consults with some of the lawyers now suing the company that makes the guardrail.

“We are seeing on-road failures that shouldn’t be happening,” said Kane. “I have real concern about leaving them on the highways.”

A spokesman for the state of Missouri said it asked for the study “upon learning of concerns with the effectiveness” of the re-designed end terminal called the ET-Plus.

Missouri officials have not received the final report and the spokesperson said, “We are unable to state what our course of action, if any, will be.”

A spokesperson for Trinity Industries said the company had not seen the study and had no immediate comment.

Trinity is facing a series of lawsuits over accidents in which motorists were killed or lost legs when their vehicles crashed into guardrails.

It’s current guardrail end terminal, called the ET Plus, has passed safety crash tests and met federal standards, according to the Federal Highway Administration.

But officials say even crash-tested guardrails can be involved in fatal accidents.

“We’re interested in looking at how these devices perform in the real word after they pass crash testing,” said Artimovich.

In the lawsuits, victims allege slight modifications to the original design, including reducing one piece of metal from five inches to four inches, made them roadside hazards.

Trinity says its product meets all safety standards and it has “full confidence” in its performance. It says the slight changes had no effect on the end terminals’ performance.

The original design is credited with saving hundreds of lives since it was introduced in 1999.

Its inventor, Dean Sicking, told ABC News the changes made by Trinity in 2005 were without his knowledge.

“I was not involved in that change and never really understood why they did it,” Sicking told ABC News.

Internal company e-mails obtained by ABC News show that Trinity engineers calculated that shaving off an inch on a key piece of metal would save about $2 for each end terminal.

“That’s $50,000 a year and $250,000 a year by using the 4” channel,” the memo reads.

Trinity denies any of its changes were made to boost profits.

Tune in to ABC News 20/20 Friday for the full investigation.

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‘Person of Interest’ Sought in Disappearance of UVA Student

‘Person of Interest’ Sought in Disappearance of UVA Student

Charlottesville Police Department(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — A reward totaling $50,000 has been offered for information about missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham and police said they are looking for a man with a slight beer belly who was reportedly seen with the sophomore on the night she vanished.

The Charlottesville Police Department said the person being sought “is a person of interest” in Graham’s disappearance.

The description of the person of interest emerged after surveillance videos showed a man following Graham early Saturday morning. The man told police that he was following Graham because she appeared “physically distressed” and he was trying to help her.

The man also told police that he stopped following Graham when she met a second man that she seemed to know and put his arm around her, according to police.

The videos and the description of the “person of interest” are the latest clues in the search for the missing sophomore, who has not been heard from since she texted friends just before 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

The new videos show Graham, 18, walking past an outdoor mall area at 1:06 a.m. and a man in light colored shorts following her. At one point, he ducks into a corner and watches her. A second camera shows the same man following Graham a few minutes later, according to police.

The man called into the police tip line hours before the surveillance footage that showed him following Graham was released. He went to the police station at 10:15 p.m. Wednesday.

“Anyone who saw her is a person of interest,” Capt. Gary Pleasants told ABC News. “He saw her and said he was following her, so that’s interesting. But right now we’re seeing him as a cooperative witness.”

Pleasants said there are no suspects or persons of interest in the case yet because “at this moment we still don’t know that there is any” criminal activity that took place. Graham’s mother said on Wednesday that she feared “foul play” was responsible for her daughter’s disappearance.

The man in the video is still in contact with investigators, police said.

“He told police that he was following Ms. Graham as she looked to be somewhat physically distressed and he wanted to make sure she got safely to wherever she was going,” police said in a statement.

Investigators are searching for the second man who the witness alleges spoke to Graham and stopped her as she was walking. The second man is not seen in any of the surveillance footage.

“Soon after [the witness] was following her, he said that a black male came up to her and put his arm around her, stopping her,” the police release states. “Ms. Graham and this black male started speaking and it appeared to the witness that the black male was either known to Ms. Graham or was trying to help her.”

The witness said that when he walked away, Graham and the other man were still talking.

Charlottesville police have called for area businesses to hand over any surveillance footage they have from the night when Graham disappeared in hopes that it could lead to more clues. Pleasants told ABC they received over 80 new tips from the public since releasing four clips of security videos Wednesday.

Graham’s parents, who are British but live in Alexandria, Virginia, have been in Charlottesville during the investigation and the University of Virginia plans to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

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Missing UVA Student’s Case Similar to 2009 Murder, Mom Says

Missing UVA Student’s Case Similar to 2009 Murder, Mom Says

Courtesy Harrington Family(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The mother of a University of Virginia student who was abducted and slain in 2009 sees eerie similarities between her daughter’s death and the current disappearance of Hannah Graham.

Gil Harrington knows the agony that Graham’s parents are enduring. Her daughter, Morgan, disappeared from a Metallica concert in Charlottesville in 2009. Her body wasn’t found until months later and the murder remains unsolved.

What is also upsetting are the similarities to her daughter’s death.

“Hannah was seen for some of the time fairly close to where Morgan’s shirt was found maybe three weeks after her abduction,” she told ABC News.

She said there are other “coincidences” between the two students.

“College town, same town, same kind of look of a girl, same time of year,” she said. “Is this a pattern?”

Harrington said it would be “too speculative,” but she wondered whether the time of year is a trigger for a “predator” in the Charlottesville area “to go out and hurt somebody.”

“We know there’s one predator who killed Morgan,” she said. Harrington said the 2005 abduction and rape of a woman in Fairfax, Virginia, has been linked by DNA to her daughter’s killer.

Gil and Dan Harrington have helped create an organization called Help Save the Next Girl. It offers advice and tracks the disappearance and unsolved murders of girls. The group’s site lists five girls, including her daughter and Graham, from the Charlottesville area who have disappeared or have been killed since 2009. It also lists the cases of seven other Virginia women who disappeared or were killed in unsolved murders.

“Obviously they are not all connected, but it doesn’t seem normal. There’s either some connection of a serial predator or a crime spree gone crazy,” she said.

Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo conceded earlier this week there are similarities between the death of Morgan Harrington and Graham’s disappearance.

“Both of them occurred within the proximity of the University of Virginia. Both of them are young girls,” the chief said.

Charlottesville Police Capt. Gary Pleasants on Thursday would not make any connection to the deaths or disappearance of the other women.

“We said all along there is no criminal activity yet. At this moment we still don’t know that there is any (criminal activity)…because we don’t know what happened yet,” Pleasants said.

Gil Harrington said she and her husband Dan are praying for Graham’s family.

“Our hearts go out to them,” she said.

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