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More than 150 Arrested in Overnight California Protests

More than 150 Arrested in Overnight California ProtestsiStock/Thinkstock(BERKELEY, Calif.) -- More than 150 people were arrested overnight in California as demonstrators blocked traffic on Interstate 80 while protesting the recent decisions not to indict police officers in the killings of Michael Brown in ...

Baby Born During Southwest Airlines Flight

Baby Born During Southwest Airlines Flight

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A baby born on a plane mid-flight joined a very different kind of mile high club.Southwest Airlines Flight 623 bound for Phoenix was diverted shortly after taking off from San Francisco on Tuesday when a pregnant passenger went into labor, the airline confirmed to ABC News.But before the plane could make an emergency landing in Los Angeles, the baby was born with the help of a doctor and nurse who were on board.A team of medics met the plane when it did land in Los Angeles. The identity of the mother has not yet been released, but she was transported to a hospital.The airline did not make public the baby's gender.The other 111 passengers on board flight 623 boarded another flight to Phoenix.This isn't the first time a baby was born mid-air on a Southwest Airlines flight. In 2009, a passenger gave birth to a baby boy while on a flight from Chicago to Salt Lake City.Babies born on flights are usually given a birth certificate from the state in which their plane lands.

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Prince William Gave His Contact Information to a NYC Man

Prince William Gave His Contact Information to a NYC Man

Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After visiting the 9/11 Museum and Memorial on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at The Door, an educational center for 12 to 24-year-olds in downtown Manhattan, which recently teamed up with the CityKids Foundation to provide added support for children.There, they met 22-year-old Steven Prescod, who performed a spoken word piece about his father, who was incarcerated when he was just a year old. He also discussed a time when he faced possible jail time for an assault charge, but was granted bail and probation instead."William said he wanted to help me put this together. He gave me his contact number and said to reach out to him," Prescod said. "They brought hope to me. ...I had a low period in my life and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the Duke and Duchess."Prince William and Duchess Kate met with many people at the organization, including Julie Shapiro, executive director of The Door, and Jamal Joseph, national artistic director of CityKids. They also sat down with eight children who use the service.

The main event, however, was the 25-minute dance and music performance that showcased the talents of young adults, including Prescod."That was incredible guys," William told them afterward. "It was amazing and should be on in the West End [in London]. ... It nearly had me in tears."The performers were equally impressed with the royals, whom they described as engaged, authentic and down-to-earth. One person in particular also noted what a great couple they seem to make."They sync together, finish each others' sentences," observed 22-year-old Eduardo Gonzales. "They are like peanut butter and jelly."

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Mom Died Holding Two Sons When Plane Crashed into Home

Mom Died Holding Two Sons When Plane Crashed into Home

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) -- A Maryland mom's final act was trying to protect her sons with her own body after a private jet crashed into their home and erupted into flames, officials said.The bodies of Marie Gemmell, 36, and her infant and her 3-year-old sons were found in the family's second-floor bathroom in Gaithersburg, Maryland, after the crash Monday."The way they found them, it looked like she was trying to shelter them from the smoke and fire," Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks told ABC News Tuesday."You think you're safe in your house," he said. "You have a baby six weeks ago and you're staying home. ... Unbelievable."Gemmell's husband, Ken Gemmell, and their oldest child, who's five, weren't home when the jet crashed, authorities said.The plane was heading to the Montgomery County Airpark a mile away when it crashed and exploded into pieces, officials said. One of the wings, which had fuel inside, catapulted into the Gemmells' home, erupting into flames.Two other homes were also damaged.All three people aboard the jet, coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were killed. Dr. Michael Rosenberg, founder and CEO of a clinical research organization in North Carolina, is among the victims, according to a statement from Health Decisions. Authorities have not released the names of the other two victims.A GoFundMe page for the Gemmell family has raised nearly $100,000, and supporters flooded Ken Gemmell's Facebook page.The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and has recovered the jet's data recorders."Our mission is to find out not only what happened but why it happened, because we want to make sure something like this never happens again," the NTSB's Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference Monday.

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What’s Next for Orion? A Cross-Country Road Trip

What’s Next for Orion? A Cross-Country Road Trip

NASA(SAN DIEGO) -- Orion's maiden voyage was picture perfect, but the spacecraft isn't home just yet.Next up for the capsule is a cross-country road trip from San Diego back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where engineers will gather more information on how Orion performed during its unmanned test mission last week.The spacecraft, which has room for four astronauts, was unloaded from the USS Anchorage Monday night in San Diego. The Navy ship recovered and towed Orion from the point where it parachuted into the Pacific Ocean Friday.At a briefing Friday, NASA said it had to get different permits for each of the states Orion will pass through when it's trucked 2,500 miles back to Florida.Orion is expected to be back home in time for Christmas, according to NASA, bringing with it a trove of data detailing what the spacecraft experienced during its 4.5-hour flight.The space capsule passed a series of milestones, flying through the Van Allen radiation belts and even managing to send the first live video of the entire globe back to Earth since Apollo 17 in 1972.Orion, which one day may ferry astronauts to Mars, orbited Earth twice at an altitude of 3,600 miles before splashing down 600 miles southwest of San Diego at 11:29 a.m. ET Friday.The capsule plunged toward Earth at a speed of 20,000 mph, reaching temperatures twice as hot as molten lava. Engineers at NASA and Lockheed Martin gathered data that will be analyzed over the next few days, according to NASA.

A system of 11 parachutes deployed to help slow the capsule to just 20 mph when it hit the surface of the Pacific Ocean.The next step for Orion will be another launch to circle the Moon in 2018, then a manned mission to the Moon in 2020.

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NYPD Synagogue Shooting Looks Justified, Commissioner Says

NYPD Synagogue Shooting Looks Justified, Commissioner Says

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The police shooting of a stabbing suspect at the Brooklyn headquarters of an Orthodox Jewish sect early Tuesday morning "looks like it was justified," New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.An officer with seven years on the force shot and killed Calvin Peters, 49, after police "gave verbal commands for the male to drop the knife," Bratton said.The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. inside the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch. Peters walked into the facility asking for a book, police said. He then stabbed a 22-year-old student from Israel in the side of the head with a nine-inch knife, they added.Witnesses said the man was repeating, "Kill all Jews," as he stabbed the student, according to an emailed statement from Rabbi Motti Seligson of Chabad-Lubavitch -- though Bratton later said reports the suspect uttered an anti-Semitic phrase were unverified.When officers arrived, they ordered Peters to drop the knife, police said. He placed it on a table, but then picked it up and walked toward some of the officers, officials added.Cell phone video captured the incident. It showed officers yelling at a man and captured the sound of the single gunshot.Peters was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died. The police said stabbing victim also was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.Seligson identified the student as Levi Rosenblat."While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation," Seligson said in his emailed statement. "We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, G-d forbid far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition."Police were confident the incident was not terrorism but rather the work of someone with a history of being an emotionally disturbed person.However, Deputy Commissioner John Miller said, “concern that the news of this story might bring to houses of worship around the city” means some extra patrols around synagogues.

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Prince William and Duchess Kate to Visit National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Prince William and Duchess Kate to Visit National September 11 Memorial and Museum

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Prince William and his wife, Kate, continue their U.S. trip Tuesday with a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and later attending a fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the University of St. Andrews, their alma mater and where they met.The royal couple is visiting New York City and Washington, D.C., for the first time.They met political royalty -- Hillary and Chelsea Clinton -- at a conservation reception Monday to combat illegal wildlife trade and Brooklyn royalty -- Jay Z and Beyoncé -- while watching Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James against the Nets."I'm off to shoot some hoops now or whatever it is the Americans call it," Prince William said before heading to the Barclays Center.The famously media shy William and Kate later seemed a little uncomfortable when they appeared on the Jumbotron but took it in stride.After the game, they met James, who gave them cupcakes from his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and a jersey for their son, Prince George, who missed the trip, and another that had "Cambridge" on the back.Earlier in the day, Prince William went to the White House, where he met President Obama and recounted the day his son was born."When George was born, I forgot to work out whether it was a boy or a girl," he told the president. "The excitement of the event and everything else was just chaos."William, 32, admitted that he and his wife will wait to find out the gender of their second born, as Kate, also 32, is five months pregnant.While William spent time in the capital, Kate made a trip to a youth development center in Harlem, where students thought they were getting a visit from another princess."They thought you were the princess from Frozen," the students' teacher told Kate.

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California Man Sentenced for Stabbing Wife to Death with Scissors

California Man Sentenced for Stabbing Wife to Death with Scissors

Ingram Publishing(PLACERVILLE, Calif.) — A former Air Force pilot and pharmaceutical executive faces up to life in prison after he was sentenced for stabbing his wife to death with a pair of scissors in 2012.A judge in California on Monday sentenced Todd Winkler to 26 years to life in prison two months after a jury found him guilty of killing his wife, Rachel Winkler.In court, Winkler heard from his wife's grieving family and friends."How will I ever explain or even comment on the question, 'Why did daddy kill mommy?'" asked her father, Don Hatfield."Why Rachel? She had so much to live for," said her friend Shannon Thurman.Rachel Winkler had been having an affair when an argument over the couple's crumbling marriage erupted into violence inside their home in northern California."This 230-pound man comes into that room -- repeatedly stabs her with scissors, kicks her, punches her and bites her all over her body," said prosecutor Lisette Suder.Winkler admitted to killing his wife but claimed he acted in self-defense and that he had suffered a psychotic breakdown. During the trial, he had a bizarre outburst, yelling, "You are not samurai! You do not speak truth! You only want to destroy!"Before his sentencing, Winkler apologized for what happened to Rachel."I feel deep remorse for what's happened," he said.The jury also heard about the death of his previous wife, Catherine Winkler, who was killed in a fiery car crash in Georgia in 1999. Winkler collected nearly $1.2 million in life insurance money after her death.While he was cleared of any wrongdoing, her family hopes his conviction spurs a new investigation into her death."It's been a long time coming," said James White, who was having an affair with Winkler before her death. "He's not going to hurt anyone anymore."

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NYC Prison Guard Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death

NYC Prison Guard Charged in Connection with Inmate’s Death

Darrin Klimek/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A guard at the New York City prison on Rikers Island faces multiple criminal charges after he allegedly failed to inspect the cells of inmates he was in charge of in a case linked to the death of one of those inmates.Jerome Murdough, an inmate at Rikers Island, died in February in a cell where the heat was turned up to 101 degrees. A medical examiner ruled that Murdough's death was caused by hyperthermia due to environmental exposure to heat.The correctional officer, Carol Lackner, could face up to four years in prison after being charged with falsifying business records in the first degree, falsifying business records in the second degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, offering a false instrument for filing in the second degree, and official misconduct.

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Suitemate Backs UVA Victim’s Claims, School President Announces Elements of Action Plan

Suitemate Backs UVA Victim’s Claims, School President Announces Elements of Action Plan

Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- A former suitemate of the student at the center of a now questioned Rolling Stone magazine story about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia said her friend's personality noticeably darkened after the alleged attack.The self-described suitemate, who ABC News has chosen not to identify, said in a letter to a student newspaper that the woman called Jackie in the Rolling Stone article began the fall 2012 semester, "bright, happy and bubbly." Eventually, she wrote, Jackie would stay curled up in bed as her alarm rang rather than going to class. She added that Jackie spent her days watching increasingly bleak TV programming before abruptly departing for her family home late in 2012."While I cannot say what happened that night, and I cannot prove the validity of every tiny aspect of her story to you, I can tell you that this story is not a hoax, a lie or a scheme," the former suitemate wrote. "Something terrible happened to Jackie at the hands of several men who have yet to receive any repercussions."Rolling Stone on Sunday clarified its earlier statement that said it regretted agreeing not to contact Jackie's alleged assailants, removing a line that said it had come, "to the conclusion that our trust in her [Jackie] was misplaced."The revised statement from managing editor Will Dana instead said, "These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie."Jackie has hired an attorney after details of her story about being gang raped by seven men at a Phi Kappa Psi fraternity party in September 2012 were questioned, Washington Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro told ABC News. ABC News has reached out to the attorney she reportedly hired but has not received a reply."If Jackie allegedly lied and that perpetrator suffered injury as a result, she could be sued for damages," said Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida.Alternatively, said Eiglarsh, "If what Rolling Stone wrote about her was deemed false and could be proven to be false, and she suffered damages as a result, she could potentially sue Rolling Stone."Psi Kappa Phi -- the fraternity where Jackie said the rape took place -- said in a statement that no member of the fraternity worked as a lifeguard in the fall semester of 2012, as Jackie had claimed in the Rolling Stone story. It added that it did not have a date function or social event on the last weekend in September, though the article never specified the exact weekend when the alleged attack occurred.The fraternity also contested the article's assertion that the alleged gang rape was part of a pledging task for prospective members. Psi Kappa Phi said that its pledging activities do not occur in the fall semester."Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process," according to the statement. "This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim."Shapiro told ABC News that Jackie's statements to him contradicted Rolling Stone's reporting."She said that maybe the party wasn't at Phi [Kappa] Psi and then she told me that maybe the person that attacked her wasn't a member of the fraternity at all," he said.All campus fraternities were suspended after the story was released."The university remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault," UVA President Theresa Sullivan said in a statement Friday after Rolling Stone's original apology.In a statement Monday, the school said it will reinstate Greek activities on Jan. 9, under an agreement that aims to enhance the safety of members and guests.

Also on Monday, school President Teresa Sullivan announced the key elements of an action plan for safety.

 "The Rolling Stone article, in my opinion, unfairly maligned a number of dedicated professionals who work for the University," she wrote in what is the most detailed account given by Sullivan so far. "I have noted in particular that our students immediately reached out to our Student Affairs staff with expressions of support. I can vouch for the fact that this staff has worked tirelessly to provide for the welfare of all of our students."At the same time, Sullivan said, "Even though the facts in the Rolling Stone story are in dispute, sexual misconduct does occur and it has no place at our University. We will continue our efforts to improve our policies and practices, to support survivors with counseling and in other ways, and to rigorously examine our culture and climate. Survivors will continue to have support through our student life and counseling professionals. I have named an Ad Hoc Group on Campus Climate and Culture; this group consists of two Board of Visitors members, one dean, four students, two faculty members, two alumni, and two parents. We will be working with our Board to examine what changes might be beneficial."

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FBI Probe into Eric Garner Death ‘Will Take Months’

FBI Probe into Eric Garner Death ‘Will Take Months’

r_drewek/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI investigation into the choke hold death of Eric Garner is now in the most preliminary of stages, a law enforcement official briefed of the situation told ABC News.There is no set timeline for how long the investigation will take, but the law enforcement official said "it will take months."The federal investigation was launched after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo on any criminal charges stemming from Garner's death on July 17.The Staten Island district attorney's office has already begun handing over evidence to the FBI.Federal investigators are limited in what information they can get from the NYPD, which has its own internal investigation. They can obtain limited information for limited purposes, but have to be specific in how they apply the information because police officers are required to cooperate with Internal Affairs and can't use Fifth Amendment protections to avoid self-incrimination.The federal investigation and the NYPD internal investigation will run concurrently. When asked how long he estimated the the investigation could take, former Commissioner Ray Kelly told ABC News that he would expect the internal trial to take about six months.The number of members of the FBI squad dedicated to the case remains unclear, but it is expected to be few agents conducting an intensive investigation.The focus of the investigation will rest squarely on the police officers and whether their conduct amounted to a "hate crime" as it is very narrowly defined in federal law.Investigators will also focus on whether the cops were guilty of using excessive force, which is perceived to be much easier to prove in general and is expected to be an easier case to argue given the cellphone video of the July 17 altercation.Police officers are the only ones who are formal subjects of the investigation, but the Justice Department could also decide to investigate the conduct of the emergency medical technicians for possible inaction or providing substandard care, though those hypothetical charges would be civil and not criminal.

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Tamir Rice’s Mom Was Torn Between Shot Son and Detained Daughter

Tamir Rice’s Mom Was Torn Between Shot Son and Detained Daughter

ABC News(CLEVELAND) -- The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead last month by Cleveland police after he was seen holding a toy gun said Monday the most agonizing moment was when she had to decide whether to go with her injured son to the hospital or stay at the recreation center playground to figure out why her daughter was in the back seat of a police car."I asked the police to let my daughter go and they wouldn't at that time and I asked them, 'What's going on?' But they wasn't telling me anything, just saying, 'Calm down, calm down," Samaria Rice said at a news conference Monday, adding that her daughter told her later that police had tackled her before handcuffing her and placing in the back of the their vehicle near Tamir Rice’s body."I knew she was crying for me but I couldn’t see her hands," Rice said of her 14-year-old daughter, who was inside the rec center at the time of the shooting.The question for her: “Whether I stay with the 14-year-old or do I go with the 12-year-old? Of course, I go with the 12-year-old,” she said.The Cleveland Police Department has not responded to ABC News’ requests from comment.Rice also said a child from the playground where her son was shot ran to her home to tell her a police officer had fired at her son Tamir."I really thought they was playing, like joking around, and I saw the seriousness in their face," she said of how she realized the boys who broke the news were not kidding.She said she ran to the scene of the shooting at a recreation center less than 100 yards from her home."I went charging and yelling and everything at the police because they wouldn't let me through," she said."They made me sit in the front of the ambulance truck like I was a passenger," she said.Tamir's father, Leonard Warner, was at her side during the news conference Monday morning but chose not to make a statement.One of the family's biggest complaints has been that police officers stood nearby and did not administer aid to Tamir for several minutes after the shooting.The news conference came after Rice first spoke with ABC News Monday morning and reiterated her wish to see both officers convicted, though only one of them had fired the fatal shots.Attorney Benjamin Crump, who has previously worked with the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, said that there should be no need for a grand jury in this case.The process of having evidence evaluated by a secret grand jury has come under fire recently after two situations involving police altercations-- one in Ferguson, Missouri and another in Staten Island, New York-- resulted in no indictments of any of the police officers involved."There is nothing written anywhere in the law that police officers are going to be treated any different than any other," Crump said."When there is probable cause, you don't have to have a grand jury. You can do what the Constitution says and charge the people," he said.

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NY Attorney General Seeks to Be Named Special Prosecutor in Civilian Deaths by Cops

NY Attorney General Seeks to Be Named Special Prosecutor in Civilian Deaths by Cops

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has requested new authority to automatically be named a special prosecutor in cases of police officers killing unarmed civilians.The move follows the failure of grand juries to return indictments against police officers Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Daniel Pantaleo in the choke hold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.In response to those cases and others, protesters across the country have, for days, questioned whether police officers can ever be held accountable for the death of civilians."It is time to acknowledge that the public has lost confidence in this part of our criminal justice system," Schneiderman said at a news conference Monday.The New York State Legislature has considered a bill to strip certain cases from local district attorneys and give the state attorney general power to investigate and prosecute any crime allegedly committed by a police officer. Until the Legislature takes action, Schneiderman is seeking temporary authorization from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to supersede local district attorneys and take over cases where unarmed civilians die at the hands of police."There is an inherent conflict when local district attorneys who work with police departments everyday are asked to investigate members of those departments," Schneiderman said.Dan Donovan, the Richmond County District Attorney who brought the Pantaleo case before a grand jury in Staten Island, declined to comment but other New York City prosecutors denounced Schneiderman's proposal."I understand the intensity of the current public concern," said Bronx D.A. Robert Johnson. "However, this is not the sort of issue which should be addressed in haste."Brooklyn D.A. Ken Thompson said he is "adamantly opposed.""Local prosecutors who are elected to enforce the laws in those communities should not be robbed of their ability to faithfully and fairly do so in cases where police officers shoot, kill or injure someone unjustly," Thompson said in a statement. "The people of Brooklyn have voted for their District Attorney to keep them safe from all crimes, including those of police brutality."Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, also opposed the proposal."There is absolutely no reason to alter the existing system because if the rule of law and rule of evidence as they stand in the State of New York are followed dispassionately and honestly, then the outcome will be right and just regardless of what office handles a case," Lynch said.

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Six Dead in Maryland Plane Crash

Six Dead in Maryland Plane Crash

Photo Credit: Donna Broadway(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) -- A mom and her two children are dead after a private jet crashed into their Maryland home Monday, a disaster that also killed the three people aboard the plane, authorities said.The jet crashed in Gaithersburg, about a mile north of the Montgomery County Airpark. The plane exploded, setting fires and damaging three houses, fire officials said.The plane sliced through the roof of one home, and the main part of the fuselage and the tail landed against a second house. One of the wings "catapulted" into a third house, where the majority of the fire damage occurred, Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference."Our mission is to find out not only what happened but why it happened because we want to make sure something like this never happens again," he said.The family was found on the second floor of one of the homes."We don't know at this point if the cause of death was smoke inhalation or something else," Chief Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police said.The victims included one woman and her two sons, identified as an infant and a 3 year old. The woman's husband and their other child, age 5, are alive, Manger said."This is a tragic loss for the Montgomery County community," Fire Chief Steve Lohr added.The plane was coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and intended to land at the Montgomery County Airpark, Sumwalt said.The NTSB is conducting an investigation and will look at weather, wreckage, air traffic control, the plane's equipment and more to "gather as much factual information as we can so we can reconstruct this crash." The plane's data recorders have been recovered and are being investigated, he added.Fire officials were on scene within seven minutes of the 911 call, Lohr said.ABC News aviation analyst John Nance called the crash "incredibly unusual.""These jets are incredibly safe," he said.Nance added that lost engines or fuel starvation could have been to blame.

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Nor’easter to Hit the East Coast, While ‘Atmospheric River’ to Soak West

Nor’easter to Hit the East Coast, While ‘Atmospheric River’ to Soak West

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another Nor’easter is on track to hit the East Coast tonight into Wednesday night with flooding rain along I-95 corridor and bring heavy wet snow to the Northeast interior.A low pressure will develop off the coast of Delmarva Peninsula Monday afternoon and move north toward Long Island, New York. The rain should start Monday night from Washington, D.C. to Boston and will be heavy at times through Tuesday with some areas getting 2 to 4 inches of rain in a very short period of time. Urban and road flooding is the biggest threat on Tuesday.Further inland, heavy snow over 6 inches will fall mostly in the higher elevations of northwest New Jersey, eastern and central Pennsylvania, upstate New York, the Green and White mountains of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Western Massachusetts could also see heavy snow in the highest elevations. In addition to all the snow and rain, the storm will bring gusty winds up to 30 to 40 mph with higher gusts locally.Northeast is not alone with this unsettled weather. A series of storms called an Atmospheric River will bring up to a foot of rain for parts of the West Coast starting Monday and lasting into Friday.This onslaught of Pacific moisture will begin to affect Pacific Northwest and then slowly move down the coast by Wednesday bringing heavy rain and a threat of mudslides to San Francisco Bay Area and central California. Such stormy weather pattern does not happen very often in California, only every several years. In fact if San Francisco receives 4 inches of rain this Thursday into Friday, this will be the wettest storm since 1998.Rain accumulations for late this week could top 3 to 5 inches in the Bay area. Flash flooding and debris flow in the burn areas is expected. Also, very windy conditions to hit the coast and inland areas with winds near 70 mph possible, power outages are not out of the question.

If we reach 4" in SF Thu-Fri, our impending storm will be the strongest since Feb 3rd 1998. #bayarea #abc7getup pic.twitter.com/dyQjcvLXrz

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In Sierra Nevada Mountains, above 6,000 feet up to 20 inches of snow is expected, with highest elevations possibly getting up to 3 feet of the white stuff. This storm will shift into southern California for Thursday and Friday, bringing snow to the Grapevine outside of Los Angeles and heavy rain to coastal LA Basin. Flash flooding is once again possible for southern California.

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NASA’s New Horizons Probe Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter

NASA’s New Horizons Probe Wakes Up for Pluto Encounter

NASA(WASHINGTON) — After a journey stretching 3 billion miles, NASA's New Horizons probe has awakened from hibernation just in time to prepare for a cosmic rendezvous with Pluto.The spacecraft came out of hibernation on Saturday after being prompted by a computer command that was pre-programmed in August. About 90 minutes after New Horizons woke up, it began transmitting back to Earth.Traveling from the outer reaches of the solar system, a radio signal moving at the speed of light took an astounding 4 hours and 26 minutes to reach NASA's Deep Space Network station in Canberra, Australia, according to a statement posted on the space agency's website.New Horizons blasted off for its long haul mission on Jan. 19, 2006, atop an Atlas V rocket, back when Pluto still enjoyed status as a planet. Scientists later that year voted to demote Pluto to a "dwarf planet."During its epic trip, New Horizons has spent two-thirds of the time sleeping, taking a total of 18 naps, which helps NASA preserve the systems on board.While New Horizons is awake, it still has 162 million miles to travel before it reaches Pluto. The next six weeks will be used to check the memory, navigation and other functions of the probe.It will begin its observation of Pluto on Jan. 15, when it will explore the planet and its moons.

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UVA Student in “Rolling Stone” Rape Story Reportedly Hires Attorney

UVA Student in “Rolling Stone” Rape Story Reportedly Hires Attorney

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The young woman at the center of Rolling Stone's story about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia reportedly has hired an attorney, as the magazine revised a statement issued last week that backtracked on the story.The woman, called "Jackie," hired an attorney after details of her story about being gang raped by seven men at a fraternity party in September 2012 were questioned, Washington Post reporter T. Rees Shapiro told ABC News.ABC News has reached out to the attorney she reportedly hired but has not received a reply."If Jackie allegedly lied and that perpetrator suffered injury as a result, she could be sued for damages," said Mark Eiglarsh, a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida.Rolling Stone on Sunday clarified its earlier statement that said it regretted agreeing not to contact Jackie's alleged assailants, removing a line that said it had come "to the conclusion that our trust in her [Jackie] was misplaced."The revised statement from managing editor Will Dana instead said, "These mistakes are on Rolling Stone, not on Jackie."Said Eiglarsh, "If what Rolling Stone wrote about her was deemed false and could be proven to be false, and she suffered damages as a result, she could potentially sue Rolling Stone."Psi Kappa Phi -- the fraternity where Jackie said the rape took place -- said in a statement that no member of the fraternity worked as a lifeguard in the fall semester of 2012, as Jackie had claimed in the Rolling Stone story. It added that it did not have a date function or social event on the last weekend in September, though the article never specified the exact weekend when the alleged attack occurred.The fraternity also contested the article's assertion that the alleged gang rape was part of a pledging task for prospective members. Psi Kappa Phi said that its pledging activities do not occur in the fall semester."Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process," according to the statement. "This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim."Shapiro told ABC News that Jackie's statements to him contradicted Rolling Stone's reporting."She said that maybe the party wasn't at Phi [Kappa] Psi and then she told me that maybe the person that attacked her wasn't a member of the fraternity at all," he said.All campus fraternities were suspended after the story was released."The university remains first and foremost concerned with the care and support of our students and, especially, any survivor of sexual assault," UVA President Theresa Sullivan said in a statement Friday after Rolling Stone's original apology.

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Prince William, Kate Begin US Visit with Royal Treatment

Prince William, Kate Begin US Visit with Royal Treatment

Samir Hussein/Pool/WireImage(NEW YORK) — New Yorkers rolled out the royal red carpet for Prince William and a 5-month-pregnant Duchess Kate as they arrived Sunday to the Carlyle Hotel to throngs of screaming fans.The couple flew first class on a British Airways flight as they began their three-day trip to the United States."They are doing a number of things to support charities they really care about -- disadvantaged young people, mental health, illegal wildlife trade, which is something they have worked on in the past," British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott told ABC News.Kate upped the fashion stakes, wearing a burgundy Seraphine coat while William held her hand as they stepped out of the car at the Carlyle.The couple then hit the town, attending an intimate dinner at the home of Martin Sorrell with 15 couples who are wealthy American donors to their Royal Foundation. Kate stunned in a black lace, knee-length dress accented with diamond chandelier dangling earrings.They arrived without their son, Prince George, and have a packed itinerary. Prince William heads to Washington, D.C., Monday for a call with President Obama. He'll spend 20 minutes in the Oval Office with the president and then see Vice President Joe Biden."I hope that after a couple of days of this very intensive program, there will be a lot of happiness being shared, but I also hope that it will do a great deal of good for the United States and the United Kingdom," Westmacott said.Prince William will also attend the International Corruption Hunters Alliance conference on preventing poaching and the illegal wildlife trade at the World Bank. His charity United for Wildlife has taken an active role in combating the lucrative ivory market.The Duke of Cambridge later meets with Chelsea and Hillary Clinton for a conservation reception back in New York City that's co-hosted by the Clinton Foundation.Meanwhile, Kate will stay put in New York City, heading to a Harlem at the Northside Center for Child Development with the first lady of New York City. The Duchess is finally on the mend after her extreme morning sickness.While security is tight around the royal couple, officials are confident that the preparation among British and U.S. security is sufficient."The planning is complicated, demanding, and the balance you have to try to strike is providing a level a security that you need without including any more than you have to and ensuring that they themselves can have something resembling a normal visit," Westmacott said."New Yorkers have always been incredibly welcoming to members of the Royal Family," he continued. "I think they were incredibly welcoming when Charles and Diana were here before. I think this will be no exception. There’s already a great deal excitement. This couple is hugely popular. They are doing their job wonderfully well. I think people will just be very excited to see them and hope they will enjoy their visit to the Big Apple."Remarkably, neither William nor Kate has ever been to New York City or Washington, D.C. So like many couples who come to "The City That Never Sleeps," William and Kate will be keen to explore everything the city has to offer even though this is a working visit.William will make a pit stop to take in the sights from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, while the hottest ticket in town is a fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the 600th anniversary of the University St. Andrews, the couples' alma mater and where they met.The couple previously visited the U.S. after their wedding in 2011 during a short trip to Los Angeles."There will be so much that I’d like to show them but with a bit of luck both visits will go so well that both will want to come back regularly," said Westmacott.After a busy day, Will and Kate head to Brooklyn for some hoops and a taste of American royalty, watching LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Brooklyn Nets. The couples' Royal Foundation, which supports the Coach Core program for young people, has entered into a partnership with the NBA.The duke and duchess will attend a dinner, and then sit court-side for the second half, perhaps accompanied by a visit from rapper Jay Z, who once owned a small stake in the Nets, and his wife Beyoncé.

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EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Cleveland Boy Shot by Police Says She’s ‘Looking for a Conviction’

EXCLUSIVE: Mother of Cleveland Boy Shot by Police Says She’s ‘Looking for a Conviction’

ABC News(CLEVELAND) — The mother of a 12-year-old boy who was fatally shot by police after he was seen playing with a plastic gun on a Cleveland playground has spoken for the first time since burying her son.Samaria Rice told ABC News in an exclusive interview that her 14-year-old daughter was tackled by police when she arrived at the scene of the shooting."I couldn't believe they tackled her and put her in handcuffs and in the back of the same police car that was on the grass that the officer got out of and shot her brother so my daughter is sitting there looking at her brother on the ground," Rice said Monday morning.The mother of four has already filed a wrongful death lawsuit over Tamir's death but she said Monday morning that she wants "the police [to] be accountable for what they did to my son.""I'm looking for a conviction for both of the officers," she said.Rice is being represented by Benjamin Crump, the same attorney who helped the parents of Michael Brown, the teen fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer."If the Cleveland police is unequipped to deal with children playing with toys and toy guns, then we need to outlaw toy guns in Cleveland so we have no more children getting killed," Crump said."You can't kill children playing at the playground with toy guns a few yards from their house," he added. "It's unimaginable and we have to address this very seriously."Calls to Cleveland Police for comment were not immediately returned.

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Family of Missing Philadelphia Man Turn to Eagles Fans for Help

Family of Missing Philadelphia Man Turn to Eagles Fans for Help

Courtesy Montgomery Family(PHILADELPHIA) — The family of a missing Philadelphia man turned to Eagles' fans Sunday for help finding him.Family and friends of missing college student Shane Montgomery, 21, distributed missing person flyers Sunday to tailgaters at Lincoln Financial Field. Many of them wore green ribbons, which is Shane's favorite color, ABC News' Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.The family has increased the reward for information regarding Montgomery's disappearance to $50,000.Montgomery mysteriously disappeared Thanksgiving morning after leaving a Philadelphia bar. He was last seen with his friends and a cousin at Kildare's Irish Pub. He left on foot and hasn't been seen since, police said.The FBI has now joined local authorities in the search.Montgomery's relatives are shocked by his disappearance."I wish that Shane would come walking in the door any minute," his mother, Karen Montgomery, said."There had to be people in the neighborhood. There had to be people to see something," she said.Montgomery has green eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen in a gray hooded sweatshirt, a gray button-up shirt and jeans, according to the website Help Find Shane Montgomery.

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