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Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion, lawyer says

Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion, lawyer says

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- American soldier and former Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009, Bergdahl's attorney told ABC News Wednesday.Bergdahl was freed after five years in Taliban captivity in a controversial deal last year in which the U.S. agreed to release five mid- to high-level Taliban figures from detention in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. President Obama called it a "good day" when Bergdahl was freed, but critics, including some high-ranking Republicans, loudly denounced the deal, likening it to negotiating with terrorists. Also, lawmakers complained that Congress had not been consulted about the exchange, as they said the law requires.After Bergdahl's dramatic return to the U.S., the Army launched an investigation into whether the soldier willfully left his post in Afghanistan before he was taken by the Taliban in 2009, as some Afghan war veterans alleged.

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Philadelphia Says It Needs 10,000 Volunteers for Pope Francis’ Visit

Philadelphia Says It Needs 10,000 Volunteers for Pope Francis’ Visit

Buda Mendes/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says it needs 10,000 volunteers or more for Pope Francis’ visit there in September.In his weekly column, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput wrote that advance teams from the Holy See have already visited the city.Francis will attend the final two days of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 26 and 27.For comparison, the BBC reported the London Olympics required 70,000 volunteers for the two-week Olympiad.All volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old. Chaput wrote that registration will soon be open on the event’s website.Organizers are expecting up to two million people to attend the Pope’s closing mass. That’s 500,000 more than the population of the city.

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Boston Marathon Bombing: Tale of the Gun

Boston Marathon Bombing: Tale of the Gun

DOJ(BOSTON) -- Three days after the deadly 2013 Boston Marathon explosions, investigators say bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev used a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier, carjack a young businessman and, hours later, to fire on police in a vicious gunfight.

Now, with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on trial, witnesses and court documents have shed new light on the pistol’s curious path through a criminal underground and purportedly into the hands of the brothers who were once the most wanted men in America.The gun’s serial number was “obliterated” by the time U.S. law enforcement got to it, but federal investigators were able to forensically “raise” the numbers and trace its purchase to a gun store more than three years ago and 100 miles from Boston.In November 2011, Los Angeles native Danny Sun Jr. bought the 9mm Ruger P95 at a Cabela’s hunting and fishing store in South Portland, Maine as part of a “multi-gun” purchase, law enforcement officials and a Cabela manager told ABC News. Sun Jr. later told police that at some point over the next year, he gave the weapon to Biniam “Icy” Tsegai.When Tsegai, an Eritrean immigrant, received the gun, federal prosecutors in Maine said he and others were the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into crack dealing out of Portland hotel rooms. Tsegai would plead guilty to drug charges in 2014.But back in 2012, Tsegai handed the gun off to 21-year-old Merhawi “Howie” Berhe, according to recent testimony from Stephen Silva, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s “best friend.” Berhe is also Eritrean and was arrested in South Portland on a burglary charge last year, according to a police log.

It remains unclear how Berhe, a Cambridge, Massachusetts resident, knew Tsegai. An attorney for Berhe declined to discuss specifics of his case with ABC News and an attorney for Tsegai did not respond to request for comment.Silva testified that he then took the gun from Berhe, who he said was “a friend of mine from my neighborhood.”“He asked me if I could do him a favor and hold down a firearm for him because he needed to get it out of his house,” Silva testified, adding that Berhe's “mother had searched his room.”Berhe was charged earlier this month possessing a firearm with an “obliterated” serial number, presumably the same one he gave to Silva and would eventually end up in Tsarnaev’s hands.

Berhe has pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 bond on March 17, the same day Silva outlined from the witness stand in Tsarnaev’s trial how the gun made it from a ceiling panel in his apartment where it was secreted in a tube sock, to the accused marathon bombers.Silva described the gun as “black…looked a little rusty…the serial number was obliterated on a silver panel and it said ‘P95’ on top slide and it also says Ruger on the side of the gun.”While he had it, Silva decided to make use of the gun himself, he said, and ripped off buyers in a drug deal in Cambridge, Massachusetts later in 2012.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly first saw the gun after Silva brought it to a New Year’s Eve party that same year. Tsarnaev asked about borrowing the gun, Silva testified, but Silva didn’t get around to giving it to him until February 2013.

Silva testified that Tsarnaev wanted the gun to “rip some URI students,” presumably referring to the University of Rhode Island, which is close to his college dorm at University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth. Tsarnaev also demanded bullets, asking Silva for the “food for the dog,” Silva said.Over the next few weeks, Silva said he was annoyed with Tsarnaev because he refused to return the gun, always “coming up with excuses,” up until the first week of April when he last saw Tsarnaev and allegedly sold him marijuana.The Marathon bombs exploded on April 15, 2013 and three days later, MIT police officer Sean Collier was murdered in his patrol car, allegedly with six bullets fired from the Ruger.

Tsarnaev’s attorney Judy Clarke admitted in her opening arguments that the Tsarnaev brothers were responsible for the 27-year-old officer’s murder.

Prosecutors said Collier was shot three times in the head and three times in the hand, by the Tsarnaev brothers, though it’s unclear which one pulled the trigger.A short time after Collier’s death, Tamerlan knocked on the window of a young businessman, Dun Meng, and pointed the Ruger at his head several times during a harrowing carjacking and robbery, Meng testified. Meng was able to escape when the brothers stopped at a gas station.A few miles and hours later after Meng escaped, the Tsarnaevs became pinned in by police and engaged in a firefight. Police say Tamerlan fired the Ruger until it was empty and then threw the handgun at the officers.

Massachusetts State Police Lt David Cahill testified on Tuesday that the Ruger was fired 56 times in Watertown during the Tsarnaevs’ crime spree.Tamerlan died after being shot in the firefight, and then run over by his brother as Dzhokhar fled the scene, according to witness testimony. Dzhokhar managed to elude capture for 16 hours before being pulled off a dry-docked boat in a Watertown, Massachusetts backyard.The Ruger was recovered at the scene of the firefight in Watertown and now serves as a key piece of evidence in the trial against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombing, Collier’s murder, and the businessman’s carjacking.

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Body Cam Footage Shows Police Sergeant Rescuing Child from Fire

Body Cam Footage Shows Police Sergeant Rescuing Child from Fire

Denniro/iStock/Thinkstock(GRIFFIN, Ga.) -- A Georgia police officer’s body camera showed his heroic rescue of a 3-year-old boy in a burning house.Told by the home's occupant that her young grandchild was inside the house on March 16, Sgt. Joe Hudson, a 14-year veteran of the Griffin Police Department, ran into the house and started to search for the child.His rescue effort can be seen in the body camera footage below.

“I got a little panicked for a second," he said. "The smoke was so thick so I grabbed clothes off the bed and put them in front of my face.”When Hudson couldn’t find the child, he ran back to the front of the house and the occupant, identified on a police incident report as Lynne Brown, told him that there was another room in the back out the house.Hudson made his way back through the thick smoke that filled the home. He tried searching for the boy again, and finally saw him lying on a bed.“I was definitely relieved to see him there," Hudson said. "I grabbed him, and another officer opened up a side door for me. We ran outside.”Hudson said that the child was “scared” after the ordeal. Hudson, who has three kids of his own, wanted to calm him down, so he decided to make the boy laugh by putting his glasses on his head. The boy’s grandmother gave Hudson a “big hug and kiss” and thanked his for rescuing her grandchild, he said.Initially, Hudson did not want speak about the rescue, but decided to open up about it after reflecting on recent events involving police officers.“After talking with some of my co-workers who pointed out everything that’s been going on nowadays with police, I wanted to," he said. "It’s good for people to see we are human and we have children of our own. Ninety-nine percent of us aren’t trying to arrest people. We are trying to protect people and take care of our community.”

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#CardsForCops Project Aims to Heal ‘Broken’ Relationship Between Police, Civilians

#CardsForCops Project Aims to Heal ‘Broken’ Relationship Between Police, Civilians

Shaddrack Boakye/The Truth Urban Theater Group(NEW YORK) — One activist theater group in Long Island, New York, is hoping to repair what they see as the "beaten and broken relationship between law enforcement and civilians."Their tool? Thank you cards to police officers."We were very angry and frustrated after the non-indictment of Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown in Ferguson," Truth Urban Theater Group's co-founder Shadrack Boakye told ABC News Wednesday. "But rather than constantly arguing about it, we decided we needed to do something."The group, which performs on issues that affect urban youth, Boakye said, was inspired by the Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."That's when they came up with the idea of #CardsForCops after brainstorming positive ways to get a dialogue started between cops and civilians, Boakye said."We had kids in our community make thank-you cards, and we went out to the streets of New York City the Sunday after the Million March," Boakye said. "We thought it'd be the best time to go because they'd probably really be on guard from the protests." 

A big thanks to @thetruthutg for visiting our cops today on #UpperEastSide #UES #PoliceandCommunity #CardsforCops http://t.co/hDIjxvRkmt

— NYPD 19th Precinct (@NYPD19Pct) March 11, 2015

Boakye added that the members of the group talked about their fear of going up to cops doing this and the "very real possibility someone could be misunderstood and get hurt or shot" while doing the project.

"We were fearful for our lives," Boakye said. "The first cop we went up to seemed very apprehensive, and we could feel tension, but then when they realized what we were doing, there was a complete transformation."The cop said what we were doing was amazing and couldn't believe it," Boakye said. "We could feel the love at that moment."The Urban Truth Theater Group has gone out to hand out thank you cards several more times since then, Boakye said, adding he's even bringing along children from their community sometimes.“These children were also scared at first," Boakye said, “but once they saw the positive reaction from the officers, their eyes lit up, they smiled and there was a connection.”After a YouTube video of the #CardsForCops project went up, Boakye said they got a lot of positive response from the community and got in touch with city officials.

"We’re going to hold a public dialogue in Brooklyn [on] May 2,” Boakye said. “The focus will be on the idea of a trigger -- what triggers the officers and what triggers a civilian to help us better understand each other.” 

Thank You For This Amazing Article! This is only the beginning. Let's Do It People! #theTruthUTG #CardsForCops http://t.co/JrvNjUXo7g

— The Truth UTG (@TheTruthUTG) January 5, 2015

The Urban Truth Theater Group also plans to drive down to Ferguson and expand their project there.

“The fact is that there are officers out there that do not know how to do their jobs well or know how to communicate with civilians and vice versa,” Boakye said. “What we want is to facilitate better communication with each other to rebuild trust and unity within our communities.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Teen Drivers: Nearly 60% of Crashes Involve Distractions

Teen Drivers: Nearly 60% of Crashes Involve Distractions

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Distracted driving is far more prevalent among teens than previously believed, a new study out Wednesday finds.The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety analyzed nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers, focusing on the six seconds leading up to a crash. Researchers found that distractions were a factor in 58 percent of all the crashes they studied.That's "four times higher than the official government estimate," points out Peter Kissinger, the foundation's president and CEO.He says the leading distraction for teen drivers is other passengers."If you add a second teen passenger to a teen driver in the car, that doubles the risk typically of being, that person being in a crash," Kissinger says.Cellphones are the second biggest distraction, representing about 12 percent of the cases the foundation studied, he notes.Kissinger says states should consider tougher restrictions for teens with phones and passengers in cars, and hopes the findings encourage parents to get more engaged.

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California Cop Fatally Shot by Suspect Threatening Suicide

California Cop Fatally Shot by Suspect Threatening Suicide

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — A San Jose, California, police officer was fatally shot Tuesday night by a man threatening to kill himself, officials said, adding that the suspect was later found dead inside his home.Police officers responded to a call at about 6:45 p.m. local time of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself, city officials said in a news conference Tuesday night.When officers arrived at the man’s home, they were met with gunfire, and 14-year veteran officer Michael Johnson was shot and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Police evacuated neighbors late Tuesday, as the suspect was believed to still be in his residence, San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel said.Police identified the suspect as Scott Dunham, 57. They also said the call to police was made by a relative of Dunham's who was worried about him."This has been San Jose's darkest hour," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in the same news conference.Officials did not say whether Dunham was killed by police or died by his own hand. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wisconsin State Trooper, Bank Robbery Suspect Killed in Shootout

Wisconsin State Trooper, Bank Robbery Suspect Killed in Shootout

iStock/Thinkstock(FOND DU LAC, Wis.) — A Wisconsin state trooper was shot and killed Tuesday in the town of Fond du Lac after pursuing a man suspected of robbing a bank in the village of Wausaukee earlier that day.  Officials say the suspect, who had exchanged gunfire with the state trooper, was located in his vehicle with fatal gunshot wounds, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter. Authorities also believe the suspect fatally shot a man in his 60s near the town of Wausaukee, Wisconsin, the newspaper reports.The incident began when police received reports that a man had robbed the State Bank of Florence and fled the scene after firing a shot from a handgun, according to the Fond du Lac newspaper.

Police did not immediately find the suspect, but instead discovered the body of another man who had been shot and a vehicle nearby that was apparently connected to the bank robbery.

The bank robbery suspect later traded gunfire with a state Trooper in Fond du Lac. Police believe the suspect was shot in the exchange of gunfire with the state trooper.The investigation has been turned over to the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation.Police have not publicly identified any of the victims, but said more information could be released Wednesday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

‘No Evidence’ California Physical Therapist Was Abducted, Say Police

‘No Evidence’ California Physical Therapist Was Abducted, Say Police

ABC News(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- Police in Vallejo, California, have found "no evidence to support the claims" that a physical therapist was abducted from a home there before she was found alive two days later and more than 400 miles away.Denise Huskins was found in Huntington Beach, California, Wednesday morning, police said. Her father, Mike Huskins, told ABC News that his daughter called him from Huntington Beach to say she was safe.Vallejo police said that, through family members, Huskins had promised to speak with investigators but as of late Wednesday they were unable to contact her or her family. Police said she has since retained an attorney.The FBI, which assisted Vallejo police in its investigation, had arranged for a jet to bring her from Huntington Beach to Northern California for the interview, said police."There is no evidence to support the claims that this was a stranger abduction or an abduction at all," read a statement from the Vallejo Police Department. "Given the facts that have been presented thus far, this event appears to be an orchestrated event and not a kidnapping."Huskins, 29, was reported missing at 1:55 p.m. Monday by what police described as a 30-year-old man who called to report the alleged kidnapping and claimed he witnessed it. Police previously said that Huskins was abducted from the home where she was staying in Vallejo, California, hours earlier, at about 3:30 a.m.The home from where Huskins was reportedly taken belongs to 30-year-old Aaron Quinn, ABC News has learned. Huskins' family describes him as her boyfriend and says he is the man who called 911 hours after her abduction.Vallejo police said in its statement that it would request either state or federal charges "if evidence indicates that either Ms. Huskins or Mr. Quinn have committed a criminal act.""The Vallejo Police Department would like to ensure the public that there is no indication that this was a random act of violence," police said in its statement.The San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday reported the contents of an email it says it received the day before from an "anonymous person claiming to be holding Denise Huskins."The newspaper reported the email said that Huskins "will be returned safely (Wednesday)" and that "any advance on us or our associates will create a dangerous situation for Denise."The e-mail was also reported to include an audio file of a woman identifying herself as Huskins who referred to Tuesday’s plane crash in southern France and identified the first concert she had attended in her life, the name of a childhood friend she attended the concert with, and the name of the friend's mother as proof of her identity.“That was her. The tape recording was her. That I know. They said they were going to drop her off and they did,” Mike Huskins told the Chronicle after being played the audio recording. “I’m relieved. You have to expect the worst — but in my heart, I knew she was still alive."

Police in Vallejo said they received the same email and audio file but did not confirm its contents.

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Elephants Help Rescue Stuck 18-Wheeler in Louisiana

Elephants Help Rescue Stuck 18-Wheeler in Louisiana

Courtesy Natchitoches Parish Sheriff''s Office(NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La.) — A pair of elephants helped rescue the truck they were riding in when it got stuck in the mud on a trip from New Orleans to Dallas.It all began on Tuesday at 7:03 a.m. when the 18-wheeler transporting three elephants pulled off the road on Interstate 49 near the Powhatan exit in Louisiana and got stuck in the mud, the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's office said in a statement."When deputies arrived on scene, they were astounded to find two elephants keeping the eighteen wheeler from overturning," the sheriff's office said.

Courtesy Natchitoches Parish Sheriff''s OfficeThe elephants on the truck were being transported to Frisco, Texas, for a circus.A wrecker service arrived and was able to free the truck, relieving the elephants of their burden.No citations were issued, police said.

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Coed Allegedly Went to Robert Durst’s Store the Day She Disappeared

Coed Allegedly Went to Robert Durst’s Store the Day She Disappeared

HBO(NEW YORK) -- A Middlebury College student went to Robert Durst's Vermont health food store the day she disappeared in 1971, police said on Tuesday. Middlebury police are now looking for tips as they investigate any potential connection between Durst and the 1971 cold case disappearance of 18-year-old Lynne Schulze. The real estate heir moved to Vermont in 1971, Middlebury police said at a press conference Tuesday, and his wife Kathleen Durst joined him later. Durst spent no more than two years in the state, police added. On Tuesday the police confirmed that Schulze purchased dried prunes from Durst's health food store called All Good Things the day she went missing. But authorities cannot confirm if Durst was working that day. It's unknown if Durst and Schulze ever had any personal contact, according to police. Last year police searched Durst's former property in the area, but didn't find anything of interest in Schulze's case, they said Tuesday. Schulze's body was never found, police said. On Monday the department said in a statement, "We are aware of the connection between Robert Durst and the disappearance of Lynne Schulze." But Tuesday the police said they haven't received any tips since Monday's release and they are looking to talk to anyone with information. The police are working with other agencies and the investigation is still open, the police said Tuesday. On March 14, Durst was arrested in connection with the death of his friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles in 2000. Durst's attorneys have said Durst is innocent. "Bob Durst didn't kill Susan Berman and he doesn't know who did," Dick DeGuerin, his attorney, said last week. While Durst has denied killing Berman, some believed he had a motive, allegedly wanting to silence her about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst. Kathleen Durst was officially declared dead in 2001, and Durst has said he has no idea what happened to her. Durst was also charged in the 2001 killing of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but he claimed self-defense and was later found not guilty. Durst is also being examined in connection with the 1997 disappearance of 16-year-old Karen Mitchell in Eureka, California. Mitchell's body was never found. Durst is currently being held in New Orleans on weapons charges.

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First Egg Belonging to Viral Bald Eagles Captured on Webcam Hatches

First Egg Belonging to Viral Bald Eagles Captured on Webcam Hatches

Pennsylvania Game Commission(HANOVER, Pa.) -- After a cold and snowy winter, a pair of bald eagles at a Pennsylvania State Park have welcomed a new addition to their nest.The first egg belonging to the viral couple at Corodus State Park hatched on Tuesday, and was captured on a webcam set up by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.The birds have attracted the attention of viewers from around the globe, especially when they were spotted sheltering their eggs in the snow in early March.  As snow had piled up on the birds’ nest, one of the eagles placed its body over the eggs.

 

Breaking #HanoverEagletNews: An eaglet has hatched at the Hanover, Pa. nest! Watch live: http://t.co/3fVWKLYEMa pic.twitter.com/YolWoEkGxz

— PA Game Commission (@PAGameComm) March 24, 2015

The first egg had appeared on Valentine’s Day, and the second egg was laid three days later on Feb. 17, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. As of late Tuesday, the second egg has yet to hatch. Besides becoming stars online, the birds have attracted an audience much closer to their nest. Residents at the Country Meadows retirement facility in York, Pennsylvania, have been watching the eagles in their nest for months, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WHTM-TV. “It was great to see it because I’ve never seen one before like that,” resident Martha Orner told WHTM-TV.Bonnie Gesinger, director of community life at the facility, told the television station that residents have been watching the eagles since December. “Residents come knock on my door. They say, ‘When are you putting the eagles up?’” Geisinger told WHTM-TV. Now that at least one of the eggs has hatched, all eyes will be focused on watching the fledgling grow until it is expected to leave the nest in late June or early July, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

 

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Meet the Most Interesting HOV Lane Violator in the World

Meet the Most Interesting HOV Lane Violator in the World

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(FIFE, Wash.) -- A Washington State man violated the High Occupancy Vehicle lane laws in a most creative way. "He couldn't have used a more recognizable face," State Patrol Officer and Public Information Officer Guy Gill told ABC News. A Washington State Patrol trooper pulled over the driver Monday afternoon on Interstate 5 near the City of Fife after spotting a prop which had the face of actor Jonathan Goldsmith in the passenger seat.

 

I don't always violate the HOV lane law...but when I do, I get a $124 ticket! We'll give him an A for creativity! 👮👍 pic.twitter.com/hNbQDuBWfc

— Trooper Guy Gill (@wspd1pio) March 24, 2015

 

Goldsmith plays "The Most Interesting Man in the World" for the beer brand of Dos Equis. "The trooper and the driver had a good laugh about it but he was cited anyway...Our trooper give him a $124 ticket for violating HOV lane laws," said Gill. In his 12 years of service with the state patrol, Gill has seen many bizarre violations. "We've seen people use duffel bags, mannequin heads...but we've given this guy an 'A' for creativity," said Gill. Stay out of the HOV lane, my friend.

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Video Shows Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Outside Shooting Range

Video Shows Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Outside Shooting Range

FBI(BOSTON) -- Jurors in the trial of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev saw video on Tuesday of the defendant and his brother Tamerlan outside of a New Hampshire firing range where they rented two pistols to practice shooting 9mm ammunition - the same kind of bullets used in the weapon that killed a police officer and was part of a wild gunfight with law enforcement days after the marathon blasts. The brothers went to the Manchester Firing Range on March 20, 2013, just weeks before allegedly detonating two pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. An FBI agent recovered the video and rental paperwork the brothers filled out to rent the pistols and purchase the ammunition, a day of shooting that cost roughly $170.00, according to evidence presented Tuesday. FBI special agent Matthew Riportelli noted on the stand on Tuesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev listed his shooting qualification as "intermediate," and denied smoking marijuana or having mental illness on his "check-in" card. Tamerlan Tsarnaev answered the same way. The brothers rented a Glock 34 and Glock 17 - both guns that fire 9 mm ammunition, Riportelli told the court. The Tsarnaevs allegedly used a Ruger 9mm to kill MIT police officer Sean Collier three days after the marathon blasts and, hours after that, to fire at police during a violent firefight. Tamerlan was killed in that gun battle, while Dzhokhar managed to escape and hide for a few hours before being apprehended. In surveillance video from outside the gun shop, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears to be wearing the same colorful Adidas sweatshirt he wore on April 18 in the hours after he and his brother purportedly shot Collier. Photos that show Tsarnaev's capture from his hideout on a dry-docked boat show him wearing a similar article of clothing, which is now marked as evidence in the case. There was also testimony Tuesday from Massachusetts State Police crime scene technicians about the Ruger P95 and fingerprints lifted from a pellet gun recovered in Watertown behind Tsarnaev's green Honda. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's prints were on the pellet gun, and one of Tamerlan's prints was found on the Ruger, a trooper testified. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces a possible death penalty if convicted on some 30 counts related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Though his defense admitted in opening statements he was involved in the blasts, he has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys have attempted to portray Tamerlan as the mastermind and leader of the deadly attack who exerted his influence over his younger brother.

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Alaska Police Raid Cannabis Club Run By Reporter Who Quit on Live TV

Alaska Police Raid Cannabis Club Run By Reporter Who Quit on Live TV

Getty Images(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- The cannabis club run by a former news reporter who used profanity on live television while announcing she was quitting her job is currently under police investigation. Search warrants were served by the Anchorage Police Department at the Alaska Cannabis Club in Anchorage, Alaska, last Friday. The Alaska Cannabis Club is owned by former KTVA-TV reporter Charlene Egby. “Police received reports of the illegal sale of marijuana and other derivatives at a location that's been identified as the Alaska Cannabis Club,” the Anchorage Police Department said in a statement on its website. Egby, known professionally as Charlo Greene, did not respond to ABC News' request for comment. Greene was reporting live for KTVA-TV on the Alaska Cannabis Club in September, when she admitted to viewers that she actually owned the club and was quitting her job to fight for the legalization of marijuana. The Alaska Cannabis Club is a network of medical marijuana patients throughout Alaska, Greene said. Since leaving KTVA-TV, Greene said she’s received multiple job offers. “On the local, on the national and on the international level, I've been receiving job offers,” Greene told ABC News’ 20/20 in an interview in October 2014. “I'm not going anywhere. You're going to see a lot more of me.” Greene declined to name where any of the job offers were from. “That decision was made before we started even filming that day story. I knew this was going to be my exit. All of it was planned out, top to bottom,” Greene said. Greene added that her life has been turned upside-down since she said, “F*** it, I quit” on the air. “I wasn't expecting that to be, like, the F-bomb heard ‘round the world or anything like that,” Greene said last October. In a statement the day after Greene quit, KTVA-TV News Director Bert Rudman said, “[Greene] had a personal and business stake in the issue she was reporting, but did not disclose that interest to us. This betrayed the basic bedrock of responsible journalism.” Regardless of the criticism over her viral resignation, Greene said she doesn't regret reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club without disclosing that she owned it. “The Alaska Cannabis Club is my business,” Greene said in October. “I have a degree in journalism. I know all about ethics. I made a choice, and I'm unapologetic in it.” Tune in for the full story on ABC News' 20/20 on Friday, March 27 at 10 p.m. ET.

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Arizona Woman on Death Row for Two Decades Speaks Out After Exoneration

Arizona Woman on Death Row for Two Decades Speaks Out After Exoneration

Arizona Dept of Corrections(PHOENIX) -- An Arizona woman who spent two decades on death row after being charged in the death of her 4-year-old son spoke out Tuesday— the first public comments since a judge dismissed her case on Monday.Debra Milke, 51, was convicted of murder in 1990 in the killing of her son Christopher in December 1989. However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal overturned Milke’s conviction in 2013, ruling that prosecutors withheld a detective’s history of misconduct while her conviction was based entirely on an alleged confession she gave to him.Multiple court rulings in other cases said that the detective, Armando Saldate, either lied under oath or violated suspects’ rights during interrogations.Milke and her lawyers shared their observations at a news conference on Tuesday as they recounted their experiences over the years.“I had absolutely nothing to do with the brutal murder of my son and I did not give a confession,” Milke said. “The only thing equally worse [than losing a child] is to be falsely accused of the death of your child.”Mike Kimerer, Milke’s attorney who took over her case 15 years ago, said that he took over her case because he believed she was innocent, since the only evidence available was a confession coming from what he described as a discredited cop.“It started in December 1989 when she was arrested and ultimately falsely convicted to have conspired to kill her son,” Kimerer said. “She spent 22 years on death row....She can now have the life which she was deprived of for 24 years.”Kimerer gave credit to his co-counsel on the case, Lori Voepel, whom he said was instrumental in finding more evidence against the detective.In a brief hearing on Monday, Judge Rosa Mroz not only dismissed the case and exonerated her, but also allowed Milke, who has been free on bond since 2013, to have her electronic-monitoring ankle bracelet removed.

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School Shooter Adam Lanza’s Newtown House Is Demolished

School Shooter Adam Lanza’s Newtown House Is Demolished

File photo. Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEWTOWN, Conn.) -- The 3,100-square-foot yellow house on a leafy street in Newtown, Connecticut, where Adam Lanza lived with his mother was demolished Tuesday. It was the same house where Lanza began his December 2012 rampage by killing his mother before driving to Sandy Hook Elementary School, killing 20 children and six adults before shooting himself. Manafort Brothers of Plainville, Connecticut, volunteered to carry out the demolition. Contractors arrived on site Monday “and had the house down within two hours,” Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra told ABC News. The contractors completed the project on Tuesday by tearing down the foundation and ripping up the driveway. The town will return to the site on Yogananda Street this spring to grade the land and do whatever plantings are appropriate. The goal is to return the land to a natural state. The lot backs up to open space so the hope is it merges “into the existing open space in a very natural way,” Llodra said. Manafort Brothers also demolished the house in Cheshire, Connecticut, where Dr. William Petit’s wife and two daughters were killed by home intruders in 2007. “We’ve been treated so well by so many companies but I thought it was so incredible to learn the Manafort company stepped up in Cheshire and now in Newtown,” Llodra said. Elsewhere in town the new Sandy Hook elementary is going up. Foundation work started last week. “Each of these events are small steps but the combination of all of them is important to us,” Llodra said.

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Google Trekker Brings Virtual Michigan Travel Experience to the Masses

Google Trekker Brings Virtual Michigan Travel Experience to the Masses

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Google's Trekker is bringing a virtual Michigan travel experience to the masses.Borrowing Google's backpack mounted camera, Michigan's tourism board got to work.Volunteers sported the backpack mounted cameras for four weeks as they walked and kayaked around the state collecting more than 44,000 panoramic photos.The images were then stitched together to create 360-degree imagery at some of Michigan's most iconic spots, including a birdseye view from the top of the Mackinac Bridge, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and a kayak tour of the Island Loop Route National Water Trail.The high-tech backpacks were first taken out for a spin at the Grand Canyon, where volunteers sported the cameras as they hiked the natural wonders' trails for three days gathering breathtaking images.

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Students Unharmed After School Bus Plows into House

Students Unharmed After School Bus Plows into House

iStock/Thinkstock(BLUE BELL, Pa.) -- Police are investigating what caused a school bus loaded with kids to plow into a home in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Tuesday morning. The students were uninjured and escaped with the bus driver from a rear emergency exit on the bus, which was bound for Saint Helena School, according to the Whitpain Township Police Department.The students ranged in age from 5 to 12, said the school's principal, Sister Cathe Shoulberg. The 58-year-old male bus driver was taken to a nearby hospital to be evaluated, police said in a written statement that did not specify a reason for the hospital evaluation. The driver may have had a medical issue before the incident, ABC News station WPVI-TV reported."The bus driver looked absolutely lethargic, he was completely out of it," a neighborhood resident, Craig Kalman, told WPVI-TV. "He said 'I don't remember, I don't remember.'" The driver is “loved by students and parents” and “they are very concerned about him,” Shoulberg said. “Students said that he appeared fine this morning,” Shoulberg added. One person was inside the house at the time of the crash, but the person was uninjured, police said. Later reports suggested additional people inside the house, but still no injuries, though police did not respond to requests for clarification. "We were in that room five seconds before," homeowner Jill Lafferty told WPVI-TV. "The force was so great that it pushed both of us on the floor, it sounded like an explosion. I thought there was a gas leak and something exploded downstairs." "I said a prayer and I said, 'Thank you God that my kids were not in that room,'" Lafferty added. "I don’t know what could have happened. I don’t want to think about what ifs.” Police received a report of a bus into a residence on Windermere Drive at 7:45 a.m. and continued to investigate the crash throughout the day. Police told ABC News they would be looking at video from a camera on the bus as part of the investigation and had interviewed students at the school.Police said nine students were on the bus when it crashed, and Shoulberg said several others witnessed the accident from a bus stop. After arriving at school, Shoulberg added, the students were examined by the school nurse and deemed to be alright but shocked, and they were given soft pretzels at the principal's office.

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#FindKatrinaGirl Is Air Force Vet’s Attempt to Reconnect with Girl Rescued in Hurricane Katrina

#FindKatrinaGirl Is Air Force Vet’s Attempt to Reconnect with Girl Rescued in Hurricane Katrina

Airman 1st Class Veronica Pierce/Air Force(SAN ANTONIO) — An Air Force veteran is asking the Internet's help to reconnect him with a girl he rescued 10 years ago during Hurricane Katrina.The hashtag #FindKatrinaGirl has now taken off on social media.A 2005 photograph of the two shows the girl in pigtails and a pink shirt squeezing Michael Maroney, now a master sergeant at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. The iconic New Orleans image has served as a symbol of hope after the devastation."When she wrapped me up with that hug, I just melted, and the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders," Maroney, 40, told ABC News Tuesday. "Everything in the world just stopped, and I wasn’t in New Orleans or in the devastation, I was just being hugged by a beautiful little girl."Maroney was part of a rescue team that saved the girl and her family stranded on a flooded street of their community, he said."They were in knee-high water waving at our helicopter, so I went down to help them," Maroney said. "They told me their house was in ruins, and they wanted to get out."When he hoisted the girl up, she was all smiles, Maroney said, adding she was so enthusiastic in the helicopter, soothing her mom’s fear of heights and pointing out every single place she knew from above."I’ve seen a lot of destruction in my time, and New Orleans was intense, but for this girl to be happy, smiling and resilient despite the devastation was such a powerful moment,” he said. "To be that strong, man, I swear that girl could rule the world."After dropping the girl and her family off at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Maroney had to quickly get back to the helicopter to rescue more victims stranded by the hurricane, so he never got a chance to get the girl’s name, he said."I’ve thought about her and her family every day,” he said, adding he started looking for her five years ago. "I just want to let her know how much she's inspired me and to see how she’s doing."

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