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Powerball Winner Marie Holmes on Her First Big Purchase

Powerball Winner Marie Holmes on Her First Big Purchase

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Marie Holmes, the 26-year-old single mother from North Carolina who was one of three winners of a $564 million jackpot, says she plans to buy a new car and new home with the money.“We’re going to have our own everything,” Holmes said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America.Holmes had been living with six other people -- including her four children, ages 9 months to 7 years -- in a cramped home in Shallotte, North Carolina, prior to her lottery win.“I don’t have to worry about staying with my mom anymore. I can have my own place,” she said. “They can have their own house and stuff so it’s going to impact not only mine but the people around me.”Life began to change for the occasional lottery player when she asked her mother to pick up $15 worth of Powerball tickets on her way to church earlier this month.The day after the Feb. 11 drawing, Holmes was fixing her children breakfast when she saw the winning numbers on Facebook.“I just happened to check Facebook and my friend had a post up with the numbers on it so I looked at the numbers and I had my numbers in my hand and I was like these are the same numbers on my ticket,” Holmes said on GMA. “Then I started screaming and stuff and my kids ran away from me and said I scared them.”Holmes said her mom was the first person she called and they double-checked the numbers on her mom’s phone. Once the winning numbers were confirmed, Holmes had the exact reaction you would imagine a newly-minted multimillionaire would have.“I started screaming outside,” Holmes recalled. “I said, ‘We made it!’”While her mom was convinced because she saw the numbers in person, Holmes says the rest of her family did not believe she had won the $564.1 million jackpot, the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history.“I called my sister and I told her…she was like, ‘Stop playing with me. I’m asleep. You didn’t hit the lottery. Send me a picture,’” Holmes said. “So I sent her a picture and then I called my uncle and told him the same thing. He told me, ‘Man I’m at work don’t be playing with me.’”Holmes chose to take the lump-sum payment and accepted a check Monday for $127 million from North Carolina Education Lottery officials. After taxes, Holmes will take home $87.9 million.“I still don’t believe it,” Holmes said. “I don’t know when I’m actually going to believe it.”Holmes says she plans to travel, put away money for her children’s education and use the money to continue her own education in nursing.She also plans to donate money to her church and to organizations associated with cerebral palsy, the neurological disorder that afflicts her 7-year-old son.“He can get all the help he needs,” Holmes said of her eldest child. “He gets one-on-one time now but he can get more help.”And though life will certainly change in some ways for Holmes’ four children, she says she plans to keep things as normal as possible.“They’re not getting everything they want,” Holmes said. "I was told no so you’re going to get told no. You have got to learn.”“You’re not going to get everything. I can buy you everything but I’m not,” she said of her lesson to her kids.In addition to Holmes, the two other tickets -- with the numbers 25, 11, 54, 13 and 39, and a Powerball of 19 -- were sold in Puerto Rico and Texas. The odds of winning were about 175 million to one.

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‘Road Rage’ Husband Details Why the Story Has Shifted

‘Road Rage’ Husband Details Why the Story Has Shifted

Courtesy Meyers family(LAS VEGAS) -- The husband of the woman killed in the so-called "road rage" incident explains the biggest misconceptions of that evening's dramatic events. In an interview with ABC News, he also explained that one suspect still "at large" got out of his car to threaten his wife and daughter."The reason I didn’t know this story is, for one, it wasn’t explained to me," Robert Meyers said. "It was explained to me one way. And that’s how I told it. Until we started getting all the information and all the facts came out, that’s how I have knowledge of all this. My son was very hurt, thinking I was going to blame him for his mom going down, and he didn’t come forward with all the things."Meyers, who said his family is devastated by the loss of his wife, said he has struggled to piece together the events of that night.He said his daughter described the events of that night to him. "The suspect got in front of my wife's car, got out of the driver's seat -- the gentleman they haven't found yet. He's still at large," Meyers said.According to Meyers, the man who is still at large got out of his vehicle and came to the hood of his wife's car and said something to the effect of "'I'm going to kill you and your daughter,' or 'We’re going to get you and your daughter,'" Meyers said, recounting what he said his daughter told him."And my daughter believes how he knew she was the daughter is because she was screaming 'mommy, mommy,' you know, because he cut them off and let them go," Meyers said. "And after that, my daughter said my wife spun out to get away from this guy right on this street. My daughter said my wife was going as fast as she could. ...My wife was as great driver. She came from a good stock of drivers."Police said Erich Nowsch Jr., who was arrested Thursday, told his friends that he was a passenger in the car and police believe he shot Tammy Meyers.Nowsch's lawyer said in an exclusive interview that his client was acting in self-defense and that no road rage occurred.Nowsch has been charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal discharge of a gun in the death of Tammy Meyers.Nowsch made his first court appearance Monday in Las Vegas. He did not speak and did not enter a plea.When Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson was asked after the hearing if he will seek the death penalty for Nowsch, he said, "Nothing is off the table," ABC Las Vegas affiliate KTNV reported.Defense attorney Conrad Claus earlier had told ABC News in an exclusive interview that Nowsch -- not Meyers -- may have been the target the night of the shooting, on Feb. 12."The facts seem to point to self-defense in this situation," Claus told ABC News. "It seems to explain the facts we have in front of us more sensibly than any other explanation."According to a police report released Friday, there were two shooting scenes. Police said Nowsch told friends he felt threatened as he watched Tammy Meyers and her 15-year-old daughter take part in a driving lesson. According to the report, Nowsch jumped in a friend’s silver Audi and followed Meyers and her daughter.The Audi's driver cut off the mother and daughter and got out of the car, telling Meyers, “I’m gonna come back for you and your daughter,” according to the police report.That's when police said Meyers went home and picked up her son Brandon, who was armed with a gun, and went out to find the driver who threatened her.According to the police report, Meyers and her son approached the vehicle Nowsch was in and Nowsch opened fire.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marine Convicted of Being a Double-Deserter

Marine Convicted of Being a Double-Deserter

iStock/Thinkstock(CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.) -- A U.S. Marine twice charged with desertion was convicted Monday in a military trial that could put him in confinement for years.Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun was found guilty at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, of deserting with intent to avoid hazardous duty and desertion with intent to remain away permanently.Prosecutors first accused Hassoun, 34, of walking away from Camp Fallujah in Iraq in 2004. Hassoun was later seen blindfolded in a video posted on militant websites but then turned up at the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon a month after first disappearing.Charged with desertion, Hassoun returned to the U.S. but went back to Camp Lejeune after taking leave to visit family members in Utah. Before disappearing again, the Marine held a news conference at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, claiming he had been kidnapped from Camp Fallujah.Hassoun then went back to Lebanon where he was living until 2014 when he turned himself in.Initially, Hassoun was looking at a maximum of 27 years in prison but the most he can now receive upon sentencing is 7.5 years plus reduction in rank and a dishonorable discharge.

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American Airlines Jet Slides Off Taxiway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

American Airlines Jet Slides Off Taxiway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- An American Airlines jet slid off a taxiway after landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Monday. Flight 296 from San Antonio to Dallas was taxiing to the terminal  around 8 p.m. CT when part of the aircraft slipped off the runway and onto the grass, according to American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely. None of the 63 passengers or five crew members on board were injured, according to Huguely. All of the passengers were taken off the aircraft and to the terminal on a bus. Due to the mixture of sleet and ice in the area, the airline believes the incident was probably related to weather, but they are still investigating to determine the cause.

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American Airlines Jet Slides Off Taxiway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

American Airlines Jet Slides Off Taxiway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- An American Airlines jet slid off a taxiway after landing at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport late Monday. Flight 296 from San Antonio to Dallas was taxiing to the terminal  around 8 p.m. CT when part of the aircraft slipped off the runway and onto the grass, according to American Airlines spokesperson Andrea Huguely. None of the 63 passengers or five crew members on board were injured, according to Huguely. All of the passengers were taken off the aircraft and to the terminal on a bus. Due to the mixture of sleet and ice in the area, the airline believes the incident was probably related to weather, but they are still investigating to determine the cause.

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Manatee Rescue Under Way in Florida After Mass Stranding in Storm Drain

Manatee Rescue Under Way in Florida After Mass Stranding in Storm Drain

KevinDerrick/iStock/Thinkstock(SATELLITE BEACH, Fla.) -- Rescuers were working Monday night to free a group of manatees stuck in a mass stranding in a storm drain in Satellite Beach, Florida. Crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Satellite Beach Fire Department and Police Department and city utilities were working to access the culverts where the marine mammals were trapped, so that a team from Sea World could lift them out and release them back into the water, officials said. Approximately three hours after the effort began, six of the manatees had been freed. The rescue effort was expected to last through the night. With rain in the forecast, there was concern that the animals stuck in the drain could drown if the culvert were to fill with water.

 

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Manatees, which are very curious, occasionally swim into storm drains, but because the culvert gradually narrows, some larger animals can get wedged and stuck, according to Ann Spellman, a marine biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. Even if only one gets physically wedged in the pipe, any others following it can't get out, because they cannot swim backwards and don't have room to turn around. After the mass stranding was discovered Monday night, the city installed grates on the mouth of the culverts in the area to prevent any other manatees from swimming in.

 

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Manatees Rescued After Mass Stranding in Storm Drain

Manatees Rescued After Mass Stranding in Storm Drain

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(SATELLITE BEACH, Fla.) -- Rescuers freed a group of 19 manatees stuck in a mass stranding in a storm drain in Satellite Beach, Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said.The manatees were freed early Tuesday, Satellite Beach Fire Department Captain Jay Dragon told ABC News.Crews from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Satellite Beach Fire Department and Police Department and city utilities worked to access into the culverts where the marine mammals were trapped, so a five-member team from SeaWorld could lift them out and release them back into the water, officials said.With rain in the forecast, there was concern that the animals stuck in the drain could drown if the culvert were to fill with water.Manatees, which are very curious, occasionally swim into storm drains, but because the culvert gradually narrows, some larger animals can get wedged and stuck, according to Ann Spellman, a marine biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.Even if only one gets physically wedged in the pipe, any others following it can't get out, because they cannot swim backwards and don't have room to turn around.

After the mass stranding was discovered Monday, the city installed grates on the mouth of the culverts in the area to prevent any other manatees from swimming in. 

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Suspects at Large After Tying Pair to ‘Explosives’ in Bizarre Robbery Attempt

Suspects at Large After Tying Pair to ‘Explosives’ in Bizarre Robbery Attempt

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW BRITAIN, Conn.) -- A bizarre attempted credit union robbery involving a man being strapped with a possible explosive was foiled in Connecticut Monday morning, authorities say. Police in New Britain have assured the public the "threat is over," but the suspects remain at large, according to law enforcement sources. The mayor and police chief held a news conference Monday afternoon but left many questions unanswered because the investigation is ongoing. The situation unfolded in the early hours on Monday when two men allegedly broke into a home in Bristol and strapped an elderly woman to a bed with a device they claimed was explosive. Police say the two suspects then strapped another such device to the woman's son, who lived with her and who worked as a manager of the local Achieve Financial Credit Union. The suspects then forced the man to drive to the credit union. At some point during the drive, sources told ABC News, the man was able to call his colleagues and alert them to what was happening. They, in turn, were able to call police, who swarmed the credit union before his arrival. The devices were taken off the man and his mother, and the scenes were secured by officials. It’s unclear whether the devices were actually explosives, and the FBI is running more tests. New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart called it a "very fluid and dangerous situation" but thanked the various law enforcement agencies involved, as well as residents who were called to evacuate their homes. Police have confirmed to ABC News that they are actively searching for "more than one" suspect.

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Mall Threat ‘Not Likely’ to Inspire Attacks Soon, Feds Say, But Malls Prepare for Worst

Mall Threat ‘Not Likely’ to Inspire Attacks Soon, Feds Say, But Malls Prepare for Worst

Obtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With groups like ISIS flooding the Internet with its propaganda, a weekend call for attacks on U.S. shopping centers by a lesser-known terrorist group in Somalia is "not likely" to inspire violence anytime soon, according to federal authorities. In a 76-minute propaganda video posted online Saturday, the al Qaeda-linked group al-Shabab urged Western followers to strike in their home countries with attacks like the one targeting a popular mall in Kenya two years ago, when a four-day siege tied to al-Shabab left 67 dead. The video posted Saturday specifically mentioned the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, as a possible target, prompting the massive shopping center to conduct two drills Monday. "Our top priority at Mall of America is the safety of all guests. These test drills help us to prepare for emergency situations," signs posted in the mall reportedly read. U.S. officials expressed skepticism that al-Shabab's video will produce an emergency situation. "Our view is it's propaganda," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said of the video. "There's not a credible threat against malls." Similarly, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security said Sunday that so-called "homegrown violent extremists" are "not likely to respond immediately" to the weekend call for attacks because such homegrown radicals are paying "greater attention...to supporting fighters in other foreign conflict zones, such as Syria," where ISIS is wreaking havoc and using online social media to radicalize tens of thousands around the world. In addition, al-Shabab's past messaging has had "limited resonance," the FBI and DHS said in an intelligence bulletin issued to law enforcement on Sunday. "Previous al-Shabab videos have called for Western Muslims to conduct attacks around the world without result," and neither the 2013 attack on the Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya, nor al-Shabab's subsequent praise of it have "mobilize[d] operatives," the bulletin added. Still, the top law enforcement agencies urge security officials and shoppers at malls across the United States to remain vigilant, saying the "individualized nature of the radicalization process makes it difficult" to predict or detect plotting by homegrown radicals. During a morning drill at the Mall of America on Monday, a recording saying "Attention Guests: This is a drill" echoed throughout the mall as shopkeepers temporarily brought gates down. Al-Shabab has proven to be a potent and lethal force in East Africa. Three years before the attack on Westgate mall in Kenya, the group claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated bombings in Uganda targeting soccer fans watching the 2010 World Cup. More than 70 people were killed, and another 70 were injured. For several years, al-Shabab has been waging war against the fledgling government in Somalia, which has been backed by the U.S. government and the government in neighboring Ethiopia. After Ethiopian forces moved into Somalia in 2007, al-Shabab was able to recruit dozens of Americans to the fight, as estimated by the U.S. Justice Department. But many of those Americans have said they went to Somalia to push the Ethiopian "invaders" out, not to harm the United States in any way. Meanwhile, reports out of Somalia have indicated deep fractures within al-Shabab over whether the group should become more of a global enterprise and try to launch attacks outside East Africa, perhaps in the West. "We assess al-Shabab is [still] focused primarily on efforts to topple the Somali Federal Government and expel foreign troops from Somalia,” the FBI and DHS said in the bulletin on Sunday. In addition, DHS issued a separate statement to media on Sunday, saying: "As a general matter, we are not aware of any specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center."

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Retired NJ Police Dog Given Touching Farewell

Retired NJ Police Dog Given Touching Farewell

Jim Six/gloucestercountyonline.com(WEST DEPTFORD, N.J.) -- The West Deptford Police Department in New Jersey gave a ceremonial hero's farewell to its retired K-9 dog Judge, who was put down due to unbearable medical complications. Dozens of police officers, K-9 officers with their dogs and medical staff lined up outside the Swedesboro Animal Hospital St. Francis Veterinary Clinic to say goodbye to Judge last Friday. "Judge and I had such overwhelming and positive support that day," West Deptford Police Cpl. Michael Franks told ABC News on Monday. "Though Judge was extremely lethargic and could barely walk the days before the ceremony, he was able to bite onto his favorite protective decoy arm sleeve used in training and carry it into the hospital." Franks and Judge's vet made the decision to lay Judge to rest because he was suffering so much due to complications stemming from Cushings Disease, which he developed last year, Franks said. The disease causes an overproduction of hormones from the adrenal glands, he said, adding it enlarged all the organs in Judge's body, made him lose hair, weakened his immune system, caused several tumors and made his nose bleed. "It became unbearable," Franks said. Judge's medical complications started in 2009, when he had a dental procedure done at the University of Pennsylvania due to teeth issues, Franks added. The issues persisted, and he had to be retired in 2013, he said. Judge began his seven-year career with the West Deptford Police Department in 2007. He was deployed over 280 times and helped with drug detection, tracking and the apprehension of suspects, Franks said. "We worked on patrol together, and he lived with me the entire time," Franks said. "He was an excellent work dog and a great family dog. He knew when it was time to work, and he was great with kids at demonstrations. He was also very protective of my own kids at home." Thanks to Judge's "fearless service," 152 suspects were arrested for criminal offenses, three motor vehicles and countless drugs were seized, three handguns were taken off of the streets and over $47,000 was recovered from people involved in illegal activity, the West Deptford Police Department wrote on Facebook. "It is with great sadness that the West Deptford Police Department says goodbye to K-9 Judge today," the department wrote. "He was a true asset to our department and will be forever missed. RIP Judge, gone but never forgotten!"

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North Carolina Powerball Winner Claims Third of $564M Prize

North Carolina Powerball Winner Claims Third of $564M Prize

North Carolina Education Lottery(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- A North Carolina woman was presented Monday with one of three winning tickets for one of the biggest Powerball lottery drawings.Marie Holmes, a single mother of four children ages 9 months to 7 years old, is the state's biggest Powerball winner.The $564.1 million jackpot, which has a cash value of $381 million, is the fifth largest lottery prize in U.S. history. The jackpot had increased over two months without a winner, starting at $40 million."This is going to make a huge difference for them," Holmes said of her children. "They are going to be able to go to school and not worry about paying for it. They are going to live a comfortable life without struggling."Holmes, who said is a "full-time mother," said she's planning to continue her education in the nursing field but plans to continue caring for her children."It was seven of us living in one home," she told reporters at a news conference. "It wasn't comfortable but we made do. Everybody in that household will have their own place because I don't plan on staying there."The occasional lottery player said the farthest she has traveled in the U.S. is Seattle and New York, but she's never left the country. She said she is speaking with a financial adviser about the money, but she hopes to travel and give some money to a church, which she declined to name.

She also hopes to give to an organization that supports an organization dedicated to cerebral palsy, because one of her children has the neurological disorder.The $564.1 million jackpot is the third-largest Powerball jackpot ever. The largest one was recorded on May 18, 2013, ultimately awarded to Gloria Mackenzie of Zephyrills, Florida.North Carolina's largest jackpot winner matched all five white balls in the Feb. 11 Powerball drawing, giving her one-third of the prize.The annuity payment provides $188 million, but she is choosing the $127 million lump sum.Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.The three tickets matched the numbers 25, 11, 54, 13 and 39, with a Powerball of 19. The odds of winning were about 175 million to one.

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Aaron Hernandez Trial: Witnesses Heard ‘Loud Bangs’ Around Time of Slaying

Aaron Hernandez Trial: Witnesses Heard ‘Loud Bangs’ Around Time of Slaying

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Two people who were near an industrial plant on the night former NFL star Aaron Hernandez is accused of killing an acquaintance testified Monday they heard a series of loud bangs that prosecutors argue were gunshots.One woman told the Massachusetts court she was sleeping in her car on the night that Odin Lloyd is believed to have died and she heard noises around 3:30 a.m. June 17, 2013."I heard a loud bang, maybe four or five times. Two slow ones, three fast ones," Barbara Chan said Monday morning.Michael Ribeiro, who worked the night shift at the nearby factory and who regularly took a break to listen to a radio show in his car around 3 a.m., heard something similar.Neither witness saw the alleged shooting, but Ribeiro said he heard "loud banging sound[s] like fireworks, about six or eight times."Hernandez is on trial in the killing of Lloyd, a semi-professional football player who was dating Hernandez's then-fiancee's sister at the time of his death.One controversial portion of testimony that was discussed in court Monday but not officially entered into evidence was a series of texts that Lloyd apparently sent to his sister around the time of his death. The judge ruled Friday that the texts should not be included because they would prompt the jury to speculate about their content.The judge has since reversed that decision, however, and Monday said she would allow the number of texts, the times the texts were sent and the location from where they were sent to be allowed in court. That information has not yet been presented.Monday marks the 13th day of the former NFL star's trial. Though they were a regular presence early on, none of Hernandez's relatives were in court again on Monday, making it the fourth day in a row.State law enforcement and investigation figures were called to the stand following Chan and Ribeiro, including a state police officer who found a gun near the reported crime scene.The gun shown in court Monday had two bullets when it was found, but it is not believed to be the alleged murder weapon. Police have never found the weapon that was used to allegedly kill Lloyd.Sgt. William Tarbokas of the Massachusetts State Police then told how he took Lloyd's fingerprints while he was being held at the medical examiner's office. Prosecutors argue that the fingerprints prove that he was present inside Hernandez's rented car before his death.He has been charged with murder and weapons-related charges. He has pled not guilty.

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Police Find Hidden Cave with Live Ammo, Illegal Gambling Machines at California Home

Police Find Hidden Cave with Live Ammo, Illegal Gambling Machines at California Home

Fresno Police Department(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Police responding to a 911 domestic violence call in California made a bizarre discovery after they rolled away a chicken coop on a skateboard leaning against a detached garage at an East Central Fresno home, authorities said.Police said officers uncovered a hidden underground cave with live ammunition, illegal gambling machines and a surveillance system.Officers Robert Chavez and Angel DeLaFuente went to the home after a neighbor reported people yelling and a woman screaming for some time that sounded like it was escalating, the Fresno Police Department wrote on their Facebook.A crying woman who appeared frightened along with upset children met the officers when they arrived, the Fresno Police Department said. The distressed woman did not want to tell the officers what was going on nor let them in, the department added.The cops saw two people run through the house and thought someone was hurt, so they entered the home but "strangely could not find the people inside," the Fresno Police Department news release stated.Police continued their search outside the home and discovered several marijuana plants in a detached garage, police said. The cops then received information about a chicken coop leaning against the garage and sitting on skateboard wheels, the department added.Officers rolled the coop -- exposing a staircase and underground cave, where the two suspects running earlier were hiding, Fresno Police said, adding the suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Fresno Police DepartmentBefore entering, Fresno firefighters made sure the cave was structurally safe for the officers to enter and they eliminated the possibility of a drug lab after testing the air, the Fresno Police Department said.“It was very narrow, and it took a little bit of agility, but once down inside the space, it was like being in forest-y air underground gardens,” Battalion Chief Thomas Cope told ABC News television affiliate KFSN.In the makeshift cave space, officers found TV monitors set up as part of a surveillance system involving several cameras around the home, tools, two rifles and illegal gambling machines, police said."The area was taped off and deemed unsafe," the Fresno Police news release stated, adding that Fresno Fire and Code Enforcement will be following up with the home owner.Three suspects were arrested on various child endangerment, illegal gambling and weapons charges.

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Police said Daniel Marquez was arrested on three counts of felony child endangerment; Kue Vang on one count of possession of gambling machines, two counts of filing down gun serial numbers and three counts of child endangerment; and Lee Khammany on a probation violation.All three suspects were booked into Fresno County Jail, authorities said.The Fresno Police Department news line and the Fresno Fire Department did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for additional comment.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Chris Kyle’s Widow Walks Red Carpet at Academy Awards

Chris Kyle’s Widow Walks Red Carpet at Academy Awards

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Taya Kyle, the widow of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, whose life was portrayed in the hit film, American Sniper, walked on the red carpet of the Academy Awards to show her support for the film and military families."I wanted to be here to represent Chris obviously,"Taya Kyle told ABC's Robin Roberts at Sunday night's awards. "It's not the ideal time to do that but I still want to embrace everything that he should be here to do with me."American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Adapted Screenplay. The film was awarded an Oscar in one category, Best Achievement in Sound Editing.Chris Kyle, who was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, served four tours in Iraq and helped found a veterans organization.He also wrote a best-selling autobiography, which served as the basis for the film American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper and directed by Clint Eastwood.Closing arguments are expected this week in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, the man accused of murder in the shooting deaths of the former Navy SEAL and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, at a Texas gun range in February 2013.Routh faces life in prison if he is found guilty of the charges. Routh’s attorney has entered a plea that his client is not guilty by reason of insanity.A psychiatrist for the prosecution has said Routh knew what he was doing was wrong.

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Flights Grounded in Texas; Arctic Air Returning to Northeast

Flights Grounded in Texas; Arctic Air Returning to Northeast

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- More than 1,000 flights into and out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport have been canceled Monday because of freezing rain, sleet and sub-freezing temperatures.Meanwhile, Arctic air is returning to the Northeast, with chilling temperatures expected later Monday from Boston to Washington, D.C., following a milder Sunday reprieve.At least 15 states from North Dakota to Maryland are under a wind chill advisory Monday. Wind chills in parts of the Midwest could drop to -40 degrees. Wind chill figures in the inland Northeast Tuesday could fall to similar figures -- near -35 degrees.One wave of the system moved through the deep south Sunday, producing multiple accidents and spin-offs in Texas and leading authorities at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and airlines to take extra precautions. A second round of freezing precipitation is expected in the Dallas area during the morning rush hour, with dangerous travel conditions expected.Additionally, a new storm system in the Southwest is expected to bring rain and snow to California, Nevada and Arizona.

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Las Vegas ‘Road Rage’ Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Las Vegas ‘Road Rage’ Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

@LVMPD/Twitter(LAS VEGAS) -- The 19-year-old accused of murder after a reported road rage incident in Las Vegas made his first court appearance Monday, after his lawyer said in an exclusive interview that his client was acting in self-defense and that no road rage occurred.Erich Nowsch Jr. is charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal discharge of a gun in the death of Tammy Meyers. He was arrested Thursday.Nowsch did not speak after an officer ushered him into a Las Vegas courtroom Monday morning. He was shackled at the waist and wearing a blue prison uniform, with tattoos showing on his chest beneath a v-neck collar and on his arms. He did not speak.The court scheduled a preliminary hearing for March 10 at 9 a.m., after a lawyer for Nowsch told Judge Conrad Hafen he needed time to subpoena additional evidence in the case, including video recordings.There was no discussion of bail or a plea.Defense attorney Conrad Claus told ABC News earlier in an exclusive interview that Nowsch -- not Meyers -- may have been the target the night of the shooting, Feb. 12."The facts seem to point to self-defense in this situation," Claus told ABC News in an exclusive interview. "It seems to explain the facts we have in front of us more sensibly than any other explanation."

According to a police report released Friday, there were two shooting scenes.Police said Nowsch told friends he felt threatened as he watched Meyers and her 15-year-old daughter take part in a driving lesson. According to the report, Nowsch jumped in a friend’s silver Audi and followed Meyers and her daughter.The Audi’s driver cut off the mother and daughter and got out of the car, telling Meyers, “I’m gonna come back for you and your daughter,” according to the police report.That’s when police said Meyers went home and picked up her son Brandon, who was armed with a gun, and went out to find the driver who threatened her.According to the police report, Meyers and her son approached the vehicle Nowsch was in and Nowsch opened fire.Tammy and Brandon Meyers then retreated back to their home, where Nowsch allegedly opened fire again, fatally shooting Tammy Meyers. She died at a hospital two days later.Nowsch admitted to friends that he fired a total of 22 shots that night, police said.After the arrest of Nowsch -- who lived near the Meyers' home -- Meyers' husband, Bob Meyers, revealed that his wife knew the teen suspect and even "fed him, she gave him money."“We know this boy. I couldn’t tell you this before. He knew where I lived,” Bob Meyers told reporters outside his house Thursday. “We knew how bad he was, but we didn’t know he was this bad, that he’s gotten to this point.”Police said they only learned of the Meyers’ personal connection to Nowsch hours before the arrest.

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LA Metro Riders Complain of Unwanted Sexual Advances

LA Metro Riders Complain of Unwanted Sexual Advances

David McNew/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Mass transportation is intended to get people from Point A to Point B with a minimum of hassle.And yet, as The Los Angeles Times reports, just over 20 percent of passengers riding L.A. Metro trains and buses claimed they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances or behavior during the first half of 2014.Metro spokesman Paul Gonzales called the finding by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority unacceptable. 

All told, 22,000 people were asked if they encountered untoward behavior that included "touching, exposure, or inappropriate comments" and 4,850 people admitted they had.The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said it received 31 reports of indecent exposure on Metro trains and buses in 2014 and made 12 arrests. There were also 62 reports of inappropriate touching, with 18 people being taken into custody. There were also six reports of inappropriate comments, with two of those offenders being arrested.Gonzales says what's particularly disturbing is the low number of actual reports to police about inappropriate behavior on the Metro system compared to the much higher number of those saying it happened to them in the survey.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

California Hit-and-Run: ‘Party Bus’ Wanted for Dragging Man 200 Feet

California Hit-and-Run: ‘Party Bus’ Wanted for Dragging Man 200 Feet

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(NORWALK, Calif.) -- Authorities in Southern California are looking for a "party bus" involved in an alleged hit-and-run Saturday that left a man seriously injured.Efren Virgen was walking along a Norwalk, California, road when he was struck by a vehicle around 2:30 a.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said.Virgen was dragged for over 200 feet, authorities said, and the vehicle kept driving.

A witness described the vehicle as a black "party bus" that was playing music and flashing neon lights, according to the Sheriff's Office, adding that this "type of vehicle is rented out by groups for special events."Virgen, 26, was still in critical condition this afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.Virgen has two daughters, ages 7 and 2, according to ABC station KABC-TV in Los Angeles.The victim's brother Samuel Virgen told KABC the 7-year-old is "asking these questions.""All she knows is that her daddy's hurt and he's in the hospital," he added, according to KABC.Anyone with information about the bus is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711.

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“American Sniper” Trial: Can Big Night at Oscars Sway Jurors?

“American Sniper” Trial: Can Big Night at Oscars Sway Jurors?

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- As the stars gather Sunday for the Academy Awards, some question whether an Oscar win for American Sniper would impact jurors in the murder trial of Chris Kyle's accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh.After each day of the murder trial in Stephenville, Texas, State District Judge Jason Cashon has reminded the jurors to avoid any media coverage, but he has not banned them from watching the Oscars with closing arguments scheduled to begin Monday.According to jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, this real-life trial and Academy Awards overlap is "truly unprecedented.""[It's] never happened in judicial history," she said.Although the film depicts Kyle as a war hero, Dimitrius said she's confident the 12 jurors won't be swayed even if they have seen the film."When this jury goes into this jury room to begin their deliberations, I believe the most powerful evidence will be ... from the testimony of the witnesses in the case," Dimitrius said. "That testimony is more powerful than anything you could see in a movie, anything that you could read in a newspaper, or anything that you could hear from a friend or colleague."American Sniper was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Adapted Screenplay. But Dimitrius said she believes jurors will listen to the judge's instructions, even if the film enjoys a big night."Even if this movie wins six Academy Awards, that jury is going to do their civil duty by taking into consideration solely the evidence and the witnesses that they heard in the courtroom," she said.During jury selection earlier this month, potential jurors were asked on a questionnaire if they had seen American Sniper or read Kyle's autobiography, but the judge said it doesn't matter if a juror has seen the film as long as he or she can be fair.Kyle, who was considered the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, wrote an autobiography that became the basis of the film, which stars Bradley Cooper.Routh is accused of shooting and killing Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, at a Texas gun range in February 2013.Routh has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. One psychiatrist testified that the Marine veteran had severe schizophrenia and didn't know right from wrong, while the prosecution claimed he was fully aware of his actions.The film is not considered a heavy favorite for any of the three major categories in which it was nominated, said ABC News and ESPN contributing editor Chris Connelly, but he added that "it certainly has a chance."

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‘Road Rage’ Suspect’s Lawyer Questions Changing Timeline

‘Road Rage’ Suspect’s Lawyer Questions Changing Timeline

@LVMPD/Twitter(LAS VEGAS) -- An attorney for the teen accused of fatally shooting a Las Vegas mother after an alleged "road rage" incident questioned whether there was any "road rage" involved at all and expressed doubts about other details provided by the victim's family.Conrad Claus, one of the attorneys representing Erich Nowsch, 19, told ABC News he questions why descriptions of events leading up to the fatal shooting of Tammy Meyers changed, why Meyers and her children would behave the way they purportedly did, and why a composite sketch of a suspect done before his client was arrested Thursday does not more closely resemble Nowsch.The timeline of events in the case, which police have said is based upon eyewitness accounts from Meyers' children, has evolved over time.Initially, police said it appeared someone followed Meyers, 44, and her 15-year-old daughter home from a road-rage incident following a late-night driving lesson on Feb. 12.Later, police said Meyers and her daughter fled the alleged road-rage incident but were not followed home. The daughter told police the "road rage" involved the driver of the other car getting out of the driver's seat and saying, "I'm gonna come back for you and your daughter," according to a police warrant issued Friday.After returning home, Meyers and her armed, 22-year-old son went looking for the person who allegedly threatened Meyers and her daughter, the police said in the revised timeline. According to an arrest report released Friday, they found that person two blocks from their home.Nowsch told his friends, according to the report, that he saw a car with a gun pointed at him coming toward him. The report alleged Nowsch opened fire on the approaching vehicle driven by Tammy Meyers. Meyers and her son then drove home, according to the police report, only to have Nowsch appear at their home and open fire. The son returned fire, police said, and when the shooting stopped Meyers was critically injured. She died at a hospital two days later.After the arrest of Nowsch, who lived near the Meyers' home, Meyers' husband, Bob Meyers, revealed another new detail: He said his wife actually knew the teen suspect and even "fed him, she gave him money."“We know this boy. I couldn’t tell you this before. He knew where I lived,” Bob Meyers told reporters outside his house Thursday. “We knew how bad he was, but we didn’t know he was this bad, that he’s gotten to this point.”Police said they only learned of the Meyers’ personal connection to Nowsch hours before the arrest.Besides expressing doubt about whether the “road rage” occurred, Claus questioned why Meyers and her daughter would not have gone to the police immediately after allegedly being threatened, or why the family wouldn't have told the police who allegedly confronted the mother and daughter if they knew the person.The Las Vegas Metro Police Department was not available for comment Saturday.The Meyers family has made no public statements since Thursday.Nowsch is charged with murder, attempted murder and illegal discharge of a gun, and is expected to make his first appearance in court Monday.

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