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SpaceX Rocket Has Hard Landing After Dragon Launched to International Space Station

SpaceX Rocket Has Hard Landing After Dragon Launched to International Space Station NASA TV(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) --  SpaceX successfully sent its Dragon capsule on its way for a grocery run to the International Space Station, but a historic rocket recycling test was fumbled as it came barreling back toward Earth.Elon Musk, the CEO of the private space company, tweeted that the third test to recycle a Falcon 9 rocket was not successful. While the rocket landed on its intended site, the impact was likely too hard for it to be salvaged, Musk said.   Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015 Looks like Falcon landed fine, but excess lateral velocity caused it to tip over post landing pic.twitter.com/eJWzN6KSJa — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2015 The launch had been given a 60 percent chance for liftoff because of weather conditions. With less than three minutes left on the countdown, the initial launch was scrubbed Monday because of an anvil cloud within 10 nautical miles of the launch site at Cape Canaveral in Florida.Dragon has vital cargo on board, including 4,000 pounds of supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station such as science experiments, food and a Lavazza espresso machine especially developed for space. It is slated to arrive at the International Space Station Friday.The mission is also the third time SpaceX has attempted an historic rocket recycling test.The first try barely missed its target while the second attempt in inclement weather led to a fiery crash landing.Having the ability to recycle rockets is something SpaceX founder Elon Musk said will "revolutionize access to space.""If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred," he said.The Falcon 9 reusable rocket demonstrated in a test flight last year how it is supposed to perform. Video showed the rocket blasting off from the SpaceX test facility and soaring to 1,000 meters before coming back down to Earth for a controlled landing.   ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Speak Out for First Time About Being Captives

Cleveland Kidnapping Survivors Speak Out for First Time About Being Captives Heidi Gutman/ABC(CLEVELAND) -- For the first time since their escape, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus are coming forward to talk about how they survived unimaginable horrors inside their captor Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home.Berry and DeJesus sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Robin Roberts.Their story will air in a one-hour special edition of 20/20 on Tuesday, April 28, at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.In the interview, they describe their lives in captivity, including how they felt about each other and what happened when Berry gave birth to Castro’s child, then had to raise her in captivity.They also talk about their dramatic escape in 2013, how they are rebuilding their lives now and their upcoming memoir, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which will be released on April 27.Written with Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, the memoir details the girls’ lives inside Castro’s home, including Berry's personal accounts written in diaries, on napkins, fast food bags and other scraps of paper, as well as efforts from law enforcement to find them.Berry and DeJesus, along with fellow kidnapping victim Michelle Knight, escaped from Castro’s home in May 2013. The three women were abducted between 2002 and 2004, when they were in their teens or early 20s, and kept as sex slaves for over a decade. Castro had a child with Berry during her captivity.Castro, 53, pled guilty in July 2013 to 937 charges relating to kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning the three women. On Sept. 3, 2013, he was found dead in his prison cell after committing suicide. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Spokane Schools Expel Students with Missing Vaccination Records

Spokane Schools Expel Students with Missing Vaccination Records iStock/Thinkstock(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- Parents in the Spokane, Washington, school district were warned this day would come. And now, the school district has kept its promise to pull all students from class who aren’t compliant with state vaccination laws.As of Monday, nearly 1,000 students who either did not submit records proving their shots were current or did not sign an exemption waiver were expelled, Spokane school district spokesman Kevin Morrison told ABC News, adding that the numbers are not yet available for Tuesday.Morrison said the school district had been calling and emailing parents since February to let them know about the upcoming expulsions. To help parents get their kids up to date and return to the classroom, the school district has been holding free vaccination clinics in various public schools, Morrison said. They also have made exemption waivers readily available for parents who don’t want their kids to get the shots, he said.“This is about mandatory compliance with the law, not mandatory vaccination,” Morrison said, adding that in March parents received one final warning sent by certified mail.Jim Young had to leave work to take his young son to one of the clinics after receiving a call Monday that his child had been removed from class. He immediately took his child to the school’s clinic so he could return to school, he said.“Yeah, I got calls saying that they hadn’t got records yet,” he told ABC News affiliate KXLY in Spokane. “I showed up and they said if I come down here [to the clinic] and he can be done so I said ‘fine.’”When the school leadership reviewed the district’s vaccination records early in the year, they found nearly 6 percent of the population -- about 5,000 students -- did not have complete vaccination records, Morrison said. Thanks to a relentless education campaign, Morrison said by the time Monday came, only 922 students were missing records.One day after removing 143 kids from the classrooms, combined with those who complied on their own, that number has already been cut in half, he said.Washington State has one of the highest vaccination exemption rates in the country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records show. Nearly 5 percent of kindergartners opt out of at least one required vaccination. Spokane County’s rate is around 9 percent, more than triple its 1997 rate, according to the Washington State Department of Health.While Spokane has not had any measles cases in the past several years, it did have a smattering of whooping cough cases last year. The minor outbreak was worrisome enough to prompt the school district officials to get their records in order, Morrison said.In the event of a widespread outbreak, unvaccinated children will be asked to stay home from school for at least 21 days, Morrison said. This is a legal requirement in Washington and many other states, he pointed out.“I want to thank our leadership for taking a real strong stand on this,” Morrison said. “We really needed a wakeup call to make sure if something did happen we are as prepared for it as we can be.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What It’s Like to Be Trapped in a Cargo Hold

What It’s Like to Be Trapped in a Cargo Hold iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The baggage handler who reportedly fell asleep in the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines flight could have inadvertently taken a nap while waiting to load more luggage, according to one former pilot."This had to be while the loading had started," said ABC News aviation consultant John Nance. "Maybe they stopped and were waiting for another load of bags."Nance previously flew the same model of plane for the same airline involved in Monday night’s incident, and he said that it would have been an uncomfortable experience for the baggage handler. Cargo holds in Boeing 737s are just filled with "all types of bags" and are not very high, he said."There's not enough room to stand up. You're leaning over," Nance said. "It’s very tough work. As a matter of fact, you get a lot of back injuries in this line of work."Teams of three or four handlers usually work together to load "thousands and thousands" of pounds of bags into the cargo holds and sometimes can be left waiting for deliveries of bags for periods of time.At least one member of the crew is tasked with crawling deep into the hold to move luggage along and maximize storage, which is why many baggage handlers wear knee protectors or knee pads."If you hit a pile of bags in the front and someone decided to crawl up and take a cat nap, or if they were waiting in there and just happened to fall asleep, you wouldn’t find them unless you went in there and got them," Nance told ABC News.Once the plane took off with the unidentified handler inside, Nance said that the noise from the engines would have been extremely loud, even if the man was wearing headphones or earplugs like many baggage handlers regularly wear while loading luggage on and off planes."You'd want to have plugs on the ramp. That’s a job ender if you don’t, because you can damage your hearing in three days," Nance said. "Whether that contributed to the problem or not, we don’t know."The handler reportedly began banging the top of the cargo hold, which is directly beneath the floor of the passenger cabin, to alert the passengers."It's entirely possible that one of the reasons for the frantic banging and yelling was that this poor guy didn't know that it was heated and pressurized," Nance said.Aside from the mountains of bags, the only other company that the handler could have had in the hold were any pets that had been checked beneath deck, and there’s no way of knowing whether or not those animals would have been conscious or not. Airlines and vets tell pet owners not to drug their pets for flights, Nance said, but that doesn’t stop some from giving their animals medication anyway. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Astronaut Gets Message from Daughter He Can See from Space

Astronaut Gets Message from Daughter He Can See from Space @HyundaiWorldwide/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- A fleet of Hyundai cars were used to send a sweet message from a teenager to her astronaut dad who is working at the International Space Station.Using 11 Hyundai Genesis sedans, stunt drivers helped create what Guinness called the world's largest tire track image -- spelling out "Steph <3s You!" in Nevada's Delamar Dry Lake.The image measured 59,808,480.26 square feet and was able to reach Stephanie's father in space. While Stephanie appeared in the Hyundai video, the company did not identify her father.Astronaut Terry Virts, who is currently the commander of Expedition 43 has a teenage daughter named Stephanie.Virts, who conducted several space walks during the previous expedition with then-commander Butch Wilmore, is set to return to Earth next month. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates Turns Himself in at Tulsa Jail for Stun-Gun Mix Up

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates Turns Himself in at Tulsa Jail for Stun-Gun Mix UpABC News(TULSA, Okla.) — A 73-year-old reserve deputy turned himself in at the Tulsa, Oklahoma County Jail Tuesday on a second-degree manslaughter charge in connection with the deadly shooting of a suspect.Robert Bates, an unpaid, volunteer reserve deputy, "shot the victim with a Smith & Wesson Revolver, which at the time he shot it he believed it to be a Taser gun," according to court filings.The suspect, Eric Harris, died after the April 2 shooting.Bates' attorney Clark Brewster spoke briefly Tuesday, saying the charges are unwarranted.Before the charge was announced Monday, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office called the shooting "inadvertent."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Maryland ‘Free Range’ Kids Were Taken into Custody

How Maryland ‘Free Range’ Kids Were Taken into CustodyABC News(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- Maryland authorities, including Child Protective Services, are investigating possible child neglect allegations, police said, after two children were again found at a park without adult supervision.The kids, ages 6 and 1...

Jurors Ordered Not to Attend Boston Marathon Ahead of Death Deliberations

Jurors Ordered Not to Attend Boston Marathon Ahead of Death Deliberations FBI/ABC News(BOSTON) -- Jurors who will decide whether Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be sentenced to death were ordered by a federal judge on Tuesday not to attend next week’s Boston Marathon or participate in any events marking the two-year anniversary of the “crime the defendant now stands convicted of.”U.S. District Court Justice George O’Toole held a brief hearing Tuesday morning in the same courtroom where Tsarnaev was convicted earlier this month in a 30-count federal indictment on charges including murder and using a weapon of mass destruction.“As you know, the Boston Marathon is not just a matter of local but of national and international interest,” O’Toole told the jurors, who were the same as those who convicted Tsarnaev. “Do not attend the Boston Marathon.”O’Toole told the jurors that the penalty phase of Tsarnaev’s trial, which is scheduled to begin a day after the 119th running of the historic Boston Marathon on Monday, should last roughly four weeks.Wednesday marks two years since Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan detonated two powerful pressure cooker bombs secreted in backpacks near the finish line of the marathon in 2013. Three people, 8-year-old Martin Richard, 23-year-old Boston University student Lingzi Lu and 29-year-old restaurant manager Krystle Marie Campbell, were killed. Another 17 people lost limbs and more than 240 others were hurt and maimed, according to testimony in Tsarnaev’s trial.On April 18, 2013, in the hours after the FBI released photos of the bombing suspects to the public, the Tsarnaev brothers launched a two-day crime spree during which they executed MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, carjacked and terrorized a young businessman, and engaged police in a bomb and bullet battle on a leafy suburban street in Watertown, Massachusetts.Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in the firefight. The younger Tsarnaev, then 19-year-old Dzhokhar, fled the scene and hid in a dry-docked boat, wounded and bleeding. Before he was captured, he scrawled an anti-American screed with a bloody pencil, carving in part, “stop killing our innocent people and we will stop” on a wooden plank.Defense attorneys have argued that Tsarnaev came under the influence of his older brother. In closing arguments, Judy Clarke told jurors that she plans to prove with evidence presented in the case “that Tamerlan built the bombs, Tamerlan murdered Officer Collier, Tamerlan led and Dzhokhar followed.”Prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty told jurors that the younger Tsarnaev was just as radicalized as his older brother, dedicated to the bloodletting of Americans -- only Dzhokhar was better at hiding it.“Unlike Tamerlan, the defendant had led a double life,” Chakravarty said. “To the outside world he showed one face and inside he harbored another.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hear Trapped Seattle Airport Worker Banging in Passenger Footage

Hear Trapped Seattle Airport Worker Banging in Passenger Footage David McNew/Getty Images(SEATTLE) — Passengers aboard an Alaska Airlines flight Monday heard a curious banging noise onboard the plane as it took off from Seattle.Turns out the banging was coming from a Sea-Tac airport worker who fell asleep in the plane’s cargo hold, and didn’t wake up until the flight took off.The knocking noise is audible on passenger footage captured aboard the plane. The pilot turned the plane around after hearing the banging."The captain immediately returned to Seattle, declaring an emergency for priority landing. The aircraft was in the air for 14 minutes," the airline said. "After landing, the ramp agent was found inside the front cargo hold, which is pressurized and temperature controlled. The ramp agent appeared OK, and was transported to the hospital as a precaution. We are actively investigating the matter."In a blog post on its website, the airline said the agent was an employee of Menzies Aviation and had passed a drug test Monday afternoon."Upon exiting, he told authorities he had fallen asleep," the airline said."The employee started work at 5 a.m. and was scheduled to end his shift at 2:30 p.m. During a pre-departure huddle, the team lead noticed the employee was missing. The team lead called into the cargo hold for the employee and called and texted the employee’s cell phone, but did not receive an answer. His co-workers believed he finished his shift and went home."All ramp employees have security badges. They undergo full criminal background checks and drug screening prior to being hired. They are also subjected to random drug tests throughout their employment. There were 170 passengers and six crew members on Flight 448. The aircraft landed in Los Angeles at 6:17 p.m."The crew member was treated and released at Highline Medical Center in Burien, Washington, hospital spokesman Scott Thompson said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Couple and Infant Killed When Concrete Barrier Falls onto Highway

Couple and Infant Killed When Concrete Barrier Falls onto Highway iStock/Thinkstock(BONNEY LAKE, Wash.) — Authorities say a couple in their 20s and their infant child were killed Monday when part of a construction barrier on a state highway overpass in Pierce County, Washington, fell onto their vehicle.Bonney Lake Police officer Todd Green says workers were installing a sidewalk on the State Route 410 overpass in Bonney Lake, when a chunk of concrete fell to the roadway below. Green said the barrier was not being removed.Dawn Nelson was not far behind the car that was struck. “I was just a second or two behind them. I could hear the three crunch sounds and it just came down,” Nelson said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Canadians Travel 2,000 Miles for First KFC Meal

Canadians Travel 2,000 Miles for First KFC MealTim Boyle/Getty Images(CORBIN, Ky.) — Here's one more task to add to your bucket list. Fried-chicken bucket, that is.Two Canadian friends recently drove with their children more than 2,000 miles from Montreal to Corbin, Kentucky, to enjoy a KFC meal of finger-licking fowl at the site of Colonel Sanders' pioneering first restaurant."It’s the kind of story that people like making fun of, 'Why not go to the one around the corner?' Right?" said information technology consultant Brian Lutfy, 52, who masterminded the pilgrimage."But the idea was that it’s funny for our kids to be able to say, 'I had KFC for the first time at the original restaurant' and provided context for a family road trip!"When Lutfy's wife and daughter declined to participate in the journey, he recruited his pal of more than 35 years, Neil Janna, 51, to bring along his own two sons for a boys-only adventure."I'm a standup comedian in my spare time and a pretty crazy guy," admitted Janna. "So I’m willing to do anything for a laugh."From the beginning, the families played up the absurdity of driving so far for chicken. Janna, who creates promotional gear for a living, created concert-like T-shirts for everyone to wear, announcing all of the stops on their tour de poulet. A rotating KFC bucket was also strapped to the top of their van using a small motor for a disco ball."We laughed a lot, sang a lot of songs together, it was nice to really bond," said Janna.Lutfy agreed. "What was nice was that the kids' phones and iPads went dead as soon we hit the States because our beta plans wouldn't work, and we were forced to go back to talking with one another," he said. "People have forgotten how to do things face to face. This way, the only Internet time we had was limited to stops at hotels."The trip took five days to complete, with driving time broken up by excursions to Harlan Sanders' birthplace in Henryville, Indiana, his grave site in Louisville, Kentucky, and even the Yum! Brands headquarters, which owns KFC. Other fast-food related stops included Tim Horton's and McDonald's. All were documented in short videos posted to a Facebook page detailing the trip for friends and family.When the families finally sat down to their meal at the original Sanders Cafe, their fried chicken arrived not in cardboard buckets as with the majority of KFC locations, but on silver platters brought to the table.It was also served free of charge."The manager wouldn’t let us pay after hearing about our trip, he was a really nice guy," said Janna. "We took a little tour of their mini museum there, where they have a kitchen that Sanders used to develop his 11 special herbs and spices blend. Then, after a few hours in Corbin, we turned around and headed back home."Their stomachs full of comfort food and their albums packed with memories, the two friends consider the bonding time on the road well spent."Both of us have done trips over the years with our wives and kids, whether it was to the Caribbean or a cruise or wherever, and it’s nice to know that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun," said Lutfy. "This was by far the cheapest vacation we have ever done, yet we had a blast together."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Witness in Walter Scott Shooting: ‘I’ll Never Know Why He Ran, But I Know He Didn’t Deserve to Die’

Witness in Walter Scott Shooting: ‘I’ll Never Know Why He Ran, But I Know He Didn’t Deserve to Die’ Courtesy Pierre D. Fulton(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The man who was in the passenger seat of the vehicle driven by Walter Scott during the incident in which he was fatally shot by a South Carolina police officer released a statement on Monday."Walter was a dear friend," Pierre Fulton said, "and I miss him every day." Fulton remains traumatized by the shooting, his attorney said. "Over the past five years, [Scott] helped me to become a better man and showed me the value of hard work," the statement continued. "I'll never know why he ran, but I know he didn't deserve to die."Fulton's attorney said that his client would make no future statements about the shooting prior to any court proceeding. Police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder last week in Scott's shooting. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

A Look at the Oklahoma Reserve Deputy, 73, Charged in Fatal Stun-Gun Mix-Up

A Look at the Oklahoma Reserve Deputy, 73, Charged in Fatal Stun-Gun Mix-Up An undated handout photo provided April 3, 2015 shows Robert Bates, 73, a Reserve Deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Photo: Tulsa County Sheriff's Office(TULSA, Okla.) -- The elderly reserve deputy in Oklahoma charged Monday with second-degree manslaughter in what authorities have called the “inadvertent” shooting death of a suspect, "never intended in his 73 years of life to take a human life," a Tulsa County Sheriff's Office spokesman told ABC News Monday before the DA announced the formal charge.Reserve deputy Robert Bates shot and killed Eric Harris on April 2 after the deputy allegedly mistook his handgun for the non-lethal stun gun, officials said.After seeing video of the shooting, Maj. Shannon Clark told ABC News earlier Monday, "You can tell it was inadvertent. The gun popped out of his [Bates] hand. He wasn't expecting a recoil.”Bates, an unpaid volunteer who worked on a violent crimes task force and had to maintain firearm proficiency, "has to live with this the rest of his life,” Clark said.He added: "No one intended for Mr. Harris to die that day."As for Clark’s age, which some have raised as an issue, Clark said there is no age limit at the Sheriff's Office."A lot of it has to do with proficiency, their skill sets, their mental capacity," Clark said. "If he can still perform the functions and the tasks, we can't discriminate just because of his age."The training for reserve deputies is similar, though abbreviated, to that of full-time paid deputies, Clark said. While full-time officers have over 500 hours of training, reserves must complete 240 hours of training, he said, but must still perform continuing education every year.The Sheriff's Office has three levels of reserve deputies, Clark said, and Bates is considered the most the advanced level. Because Bates works on a violent crimes task force, his training was, "well over the minimum requirements," Clark said.He has worked over 3,000 volunteer hours as a reserve deputy and has had over 400 hours of training since 2007.Bates is TASER certified, the Sheriff's Office reported."Typically he has been assigned to outside containment on search warrants, and in addition to his training as an advanced reserve deputy, he has been trained in the use of less-lethal devices such as the pepper ball gun and the TASER," the Sheriff's Office said in the briefing.According to the Sheriff's Office, Bates' gun weighs 11.4 ounces unloaded, while the Taser Weighs 12.6 ounces. And both weapons have a grip-activated laser sight, the Sheriff's Office said.ABC News has been unable to reach Bates, and a message left at his daughter’s home after the charge was announced has not been returned.Harris, 45, was the subject of an undercover operation, police said. On April 2, Harris met the undercover investigator in a parking lot to allegedly sell him a firearm, police said.Video released by the sheriff's office shows Harris run from officers and officers then struggle to subdue him.A single gunshot is heard in the video. Someone says, "I shot him! I'm sorry." According to the sheriff's office, the words were spoken by Bates just after he shot his weapon.In a statement released Sunday by Harris' family's attorney, Daniel Smolen, the family said they reviewed "the heavily edited version of video released by the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office" and were, "saddened, shocked, confused and disturbed" by the Sheriff's Office version of the incident.The family said Bates, "is a wealthy man who has contributed vehicles, equipment and money to TCSO [Tulsa County Sheriff's Office]." They said Bates "has a close personal relationship" with Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz and "contributed thousands" to his campaign.Bates reportedly owns an insurance company and served as chairman of the Glanz re-election committee in 2012. The Tulsa World cited records showing he donated $2,500 to Glanz’s campaign that year.The family also accused Bates of wanting to "play" cop."We do not believe it is reasonable - or responsible - for TCSO to accept gifts from a wealthy citizen who wants to be a 'pay to play' cop," the statement said.But Clark told ABC News Monday that Bates' "wealth, his status in the community, really is not a question. We have very influential reserves on our program and then we just have John Q. Public on our program. We have guys that are blue-collar workers, we have guys that are white collar workers, and these are guys that have a reason to give back, they want to give back to their community in some way."The Harris family attorney did not respond to an ABC News request for comment after the manslaughter charge was announced. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alaska Airlines Ramp Agent Stuck in Cargo Hold Alerts Pilot Minutes After Takeoff

Alaska Airlines Ramp Agent Stuck in Cargo Hold Alerts Pilot Minutes After Takeoff alptraum/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A ramp agent, trapped in the front cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines plane Monday evening, was able to alert the plane's pilot and ensure his safe escape shortly after the plane took off.According to the airline, the pilot heard banging coming from beneath the aircraft "immediately after takeoff." The pilot declared an emergency and returned immediately to Seattle, where the plane, bound for Los Angeles, was given priority landing after 14 minutes in the air.After landing, the agent was found in the cargo hold -- which is pressurized and temperature-controlled. The agent was taken to an area hospital as a precaution, but Alaska Airlines said the individual "appeared okay." The airline said the agent claimed to have fallen asleep. The agent was released from the hospital later Monday night.The airline says it is "actively investigating the matter." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Former Blackwater Security Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in Shooting Deaths

Former Blackwater Security Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in Shooting Deaths AndreyPopov/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Four former security guards for Blackwater USA were sentenced to prison terms on Monday -- including one who was given life in prison -- for their roles in the 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 14 unarmed civilians dead and numerous others wounded.Nicholas Slatten, 31, Paul Slough, 35, Evan Liberty, 32, and Dustin Heard, 33, were found guilty by a jury in October 2014. At Monday's sentencing, Slatten -- who fired the first shots -- was sentenced to life in prison. He had been found guilty of first-degree murder.The other three men were sentenced to 30-year prison sentences. Slough had been found guilty of 13 counts of voluntary manslaughter, 17 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms offense. Liberty was convicted of eight counts of voluntary manslaughter, 12 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms charge and Heard was deemed guilty of six counts of voluntary manslaughter, 11 counts of attempted manslaughter and a firearms charge. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

SpaceX Rocket Launch and Recycling Test Scrubbed

SpaceX Rocket Launch and Recycling Test Scrubbed NASA TV(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- The astronauts at the International Space Station will have to wait a bit longer for their zero gravity espresso machine after Monday's SpaceX launch was scrubbed due to inclement weather.With just two minutes and 39 seconds left until a planned liftoff, the launch was stopped due to an anvil cloud moving within 10 nautical miles of the launch sight.SpaceX's Dragon was set to blast off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The launch has been rescheduled for 4:10 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, but NASA said there's just a 50 percent chance the weather conditions will be favorable for launch.Dragon has vital cargo on board, including 4,000 pounds of supplies for astronauts at the International Space Station, including science experiments, food and a Lavazza espresso machine especially developed for space.It will also be the third time SpaceX will attempt a historic rocket recycling test.The first try barely missed its target while the second attempt in inclement weather led to a fiery crash landing.Having the ability to recycle rockets is something SpaceX founder Elon Musk said will "revolutionize access to space.""If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred," he said.If it all goes according to plan, shortly after liftoff, the rocket will detach and begin a controlled descent to Earth and landing on a floating platform. The Falcon 9 reusable rocket demonstrated in a test flight last year how it is supposed to perform. Video shows the rocket blasting off from the SpaceX test facility and soaring to 1,000 meters before coming back down to Earth for a controlled landing.Musk said in a tweet Monday he still believes the likelihood of success for the test is "less than 50 percent."   Odds of rocket landing successfully today are still less than 50%. The 80% figure by end of year is only bcs many launches ahead. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 13, 2015   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Oklahoma Reserve Deputy, 73, Charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter in Stun-Gun Mix-Up: Tulsa DA

Oklahoma Reserve Deputy, 73, Charged with Second-Degree Manslaughter in Stun-Gun Mix-Up: Tulsa DA An undated handout photo provided April 3, 2015 shows Robert Bates, 73, a Reserve Deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office. Tulsa County Sheriff's Office(TULSA, Okla.) -- The 73-year-old volunteer reserve deputy in Oklahoma accused of fatally shooting a suspect in an incident that the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office called "inadvertent" has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office said Monday.Eric Harris was shot and killed on April 2 after reserve deputy Robert Bates allegedly mistook his own handgun for a stun-gun, officials said."Mr. Bates is charged with second-degree manslaughter involving culpable negligence. Oklahoma law defines culpable negligence as ‘the omission to do something which a reasonably careful person would do, or the lack of the usual ordinary care and caution in the performance of an act usually and ordinarily exercised by a person under similar circumstances and conditions,'” Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said in a statement."The defendant is presumed to be innocent under the law but we will be prepared to present evidence at future court hearings."ABC News has been unable to reach Bates, and a message left at his daughter’s home has not been returned. The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office released video of the incident on Sunday. In the video, Bates can be heard saying, "I shot him. I'm sorry." ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Walter Scott Shooting: Officer Says on Recording His Adrenaline Is ‘Pumping’

Walter Scott Shooting: Officer Says on Recording His Adrenaline Is ‘Pumping’ City of North Charleston Police Department(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- A South Carolina police officer recorded on video fatally shooting a man can be heard on dash camera audio afterwards agreeing with another officer that his adrenaline was "pumping."Then-Officer Michael Slager's comments to the other officer after the shooting were captured on audio taken from a police car.The April 4 shooting that left Walter Scott dead was recorded by a witness on a cellphone. The North Charleston mayor said the recording played an influential role in the decision to fire Slager and charge him with murder.The latest dash cam recording, which was released by an investigating body, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), makes the interaction between Slager and the responding officer public."You're going to be off for a couple days, and we'll come back and interview you then," the officer tells Slager."I’d probably, when you get home, it would probably be a good idea to jot down your thoughts of what happened," the officer says. "Once you, once the adrenaline quits pumping and stuff--""It's pumping," Slager seems to say, followed by what sounds like a nervous laugh, while the other officer says, “Oh yeah, oh yeah.”Slager has not yet had to enter a plea and his attorney has declined to publicly comment on the case, except to say that they are conducting their own investigation into the incident.This dash cam recording is one in a series that has been released publicly by SLED, though this is the first where Slager is audible. Other dash cam footage shows the traffic stop itself and Scott starting to flee. Another shows a different officer speaking to and patting down a passenger who had been in Scott's car, and one recording shows Slager and another officer near Scott's body. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jury Selection Begins for Ky. Woman Accused in Boyfriend’s Murder

Jury Selection Begins for Ky. Woman Accused in Boyfriend’s Murder iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of a 24-year-old Kentucky woman accused of gunning down her on-again, off-again boyfriend.Shayna Hubers is accused of killing Ryan Poston in October 2012. Hubers told the court during a bail hearing last year that she shot Poston, a 29-year-old lawyer, in self-defense.“I believe that I would have been hurt, that I would have been shot,” she said in court in July, pleading not guilty to murder.According to court records, police say Hubers told them she shot Poston in the face twice, and then four more times to “put him out of his misery” and to end his “twitching and moaning.”According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the prosecution will argue that Hubers murdered Poston out of anger when he tried to break up with her.On the stand, Hubers read a text message she sent to a friend days before Poston’s death.“I want to turn around, shoot and kill him and play like it’s an accident,” the text message reads. Hubers told the court that the text was meant as a joke.Ahead of the court proceedings, Poston’s relatives on his mother’s and father’s sides released a statement to ABC News.“Ryan was an amazing person who was loved by his family and friends -- friends from all walks of life, from different parts of the world and from throughout our community,” the statement from the Poston and Carter families read. "He cared deeply about people and left a lasting legacy of giving to others. The scholarship named for Ryan at Blessed Sacrament in Fort Mitchell is the single largest trust fund in the history of the school and will help families and students for years to come.“We know Ryan was a caring young man, full of hope and potential to do great and wonderful things with his life," the statement added. "His senseless murder is not what our community stands for. We treasure our young adults, and when they are taken away from us it damages not just our families but our entire community. As difficult as the trial will be for our families, we look forward to justice being served.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

SpaceX Readies for Rocket Launch and Recycling Test

SpaceX Readies for Rocket Launch and Recycling Test SpaceX(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- SpaceX is hoping the third time is the charm for its historic rocket recycling test.Elon Musk's private space company is set to deliver 4,000 pounds of supplies to the International Space Station, including science experiments, food and a Lavazza espresso machine especially developed for space.Launch time is set for Monday at 4:33 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.If it all goes according to plan, shortly after liftoff, the rocket will detach and begin a controlled descent to Earth and landing on a floating platform.The Falcon 9 reusable rocket demonstrated in a test flight last year how it is supposed to perform. Video shows the rocket blasting off from the SpaceX test facility and soaring to 1,000 meters before coming back down to Earth for a controlled landing.Two previous attempts failed. The first barely missed its target while the second attempt in inclement weather led to a fiery crash landing.Having the ability to recycle rockets is something SpaceX founder Elon Musk said will "revolutionize access to space.""If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred," he said. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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