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Helicopter Lands on West Front of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Helicopter Lands on West Front of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The pilot of a small helicopter that landed on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building was arrested Wednesday, nearly a year and a half after his plot to land an aircraft near the Capitol or White House was investigated by the Secret Service. U.S. Capitol Police said charges against Doug Hughes, a 61-year-old Postal Service worker from Ruskin, Florida, were pending under Title 49 of the U.S. Code, which deals with transportation. Hughes flew a gyrocopter, which he described in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times as a "flying bicycle," onto the Capitol lawn on Wednesday afternoon. Law enforcement sources said he wanted to draw attention to the issue of campaign finance reform. "I have got a plane, a gyro-plane. And I’m going to fly it, I’m going to violate the no-fly zone, non-violently," Hughes said in a video posted on the Tampa Bay Times website today. "I’m going to land on the Capitol Mall." The FAA said in a statement that Hughes was not authorized to enter restricted airspace. Hughes had been contemplating his plot for more than two years, according to the newspaper. “No sane person would do what I’m doing,” Hughes reportedly said.As the gyrocopter approached, a call went out over the Capitol Police radio that a something was landing on the west front of the Capitol, a law enforcement source told ABC News.This call was followed by an urgent request to get as many long guns as possible to cover the aircraft, the source said. Capital Police carry M-4 rifles routinely on patrol. Within seconds, officers converged on the west front with guns drawn, ready to take a shot.Officers reported that they saw the pilot holding a wire. There was immediate concern about whether it was some kind of detonator. It turned out to be the aircraft’s flight control, the source said. The Secret Service first learned of Hughes' plot in October 2013 when a friend called about his plan, said spokesman Brian Leary.Leary said the Secret Service said it conducted a “complete and thorough investigation” after interviewing Hughes. The agent that interviewed him deemed him not dangerous at that time, according to several law enforcement sources.Leary said the Secret Service was not alerted today to Hughes’ intention of executing his plan to land on the Capitol’s lawn. Law enforcement sources said he flew from Cumberland Township in Pennsylvania, a little more than 50 miles from Washington, D.C. Ben Montgomery, the Times reporter who first reported Hughes' bizarre plot, says the mailman-turned pilot planned to fly through restricted airspace to deliver 535 letters, one to each member of Congress, protesting campaign finance laws."He pulled it off, he did exactly what he said he was going to do," Montgomery told ABC News. "Honestly, I didn’t think he’d make it anywhere close to here.""This is a guy who thought for two and a half years about doing an act of civil disobedience -- I'm glad he wasn't hurt," the reporter said. "He was hoping not to die, but he knew he'd get arrested."According to a White House official, President Obama, who recently landed in North Carolina, has been briefed.   House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told ABC News on Wednesday that the incident was "a big concern." One specific question it raised for McCarthy was "how does an individual in the airspace get that close?"   Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aaron Hernandez Jurors Defend Guilty Verdict

Aaron Hernandez Jurors Defend Guilty Verdict Pool/ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Hours after declaring Aaron Hernandez guilty of murder on Wednesday, all the jurors defended their decision in a rare post-verdict news conference, with one juror saying evidence that a gun linked to Hernandez had been found near the victim’s body was "a shocker.""You assume the man is innocent until the prosecution proved he’s guilty and that’s what happened today," another one, juror No. 3, told reporters.None of the commenting jurors were identified by name.Speaking to the media, all the jurors agreed that they had worked hard to keep track of a mountain of evidence during the nine-week trial.One juror said everyone had four to eight notebooks to keep everything straight after hearing over 130 witnesses speak in the nine-week trial before they were sent to deliberations, which lasted for nearly 36 hours.Among the numerous witnesses was New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Only a few jurors said they didn't realize who he was before he testified.Members of the jury found that Hernandez used "extreme atrocity or cruelty" in committing the killing and one juror cited the fact that Lloyd was shot six times as a reason.The jurors also said the evidence that was most surprising was when a .22 handgun found near the body was linked to Hernandez, though the actual murder weapon was never found."When we saw the serial numbers matching, that was kind of, that was a shocker for us," one juror told reporters.When asked whether they thought they could leave the trial behind, jurors said it might be difficult to get over."I think we’ll all remember it,” another juror told reporters. “For the rest of our lives, it’ll definitely be a part of it.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jodi Arias Had to Keep Her True Personality Hidden, Lawyer Says

Jodi Arias Had to Keep Her True Personality Hidden, Lawyer Says ABC News(PHOENIX) -- Jodi Arias' attorney says the convicted murderer is really "very chit chatty and smiley" but was unable to show that side of her personality during the trial.Jennifer Willmott was one of two attorneys at Arias' side from the beginning of her trial for the murder of her on-off boyfriend Travis Alexander in December 2012 until Arias was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole.Willmott said that in spite of her plea to the court on Monday, where Arias said she viewed the death penalty as a release because then she would be free, Arias was actually fearful of a death sentence."I don't know how she feels about dying but it's really what comes before that that's so awful, to be on death row, so yeah, she was afraid of that, she did not want the death penalty," Willmott told ABC News affiliate KNXV in Phoenix.Two juries were unable to reach a unanimous decision regarding Arias' sentencing, meaning that the death penalty was taken off the table and Judge Sherry Stephens was tasked with deciding whether Arias should be eligible for parole in 25 years. After hearing tearful testimony from Alexander's sisters, as well as Arias' mother and Arias herself, Stephens ruled that she will not be eligible for parole.Now, Willmott says her client is coping."She's focused on her future and what she can do potentially in the future," Willmott told KNXV.Willmott said Arias' biggest hope is to be "able to have a contact visit and hug her mom. She hasn't been able to do that in seven years. She'd like to be able to hug her niece."Willmott, who is a public defender and was assigned Arias' case, said she received death threats throughout the trial and the police had to be involved in contacting one person to have them stop.When asked whether she would take the case again, she said she would but would change some of the tactics they used during trial, without going into further detail."The hard part about that is if you were to see the Jodi that we see, she's very chit chatty and smiley and she's very funny and smart but she could never do that in court because that's completely inappropriate to be in such a serious proceeding," Willmott said. "All she knows how to do is be deadpan serious.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Walter Scott Had Planned a Cookout for the Day He Was Shot

Walter Scott Had Planned a Cookout for the Day He Was ShotThe Scott Family(NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C.) — South Carolina police shooting victim Walter Scott and his passenger were looking forward to a cookout they had planned for later in the day when Scott was shot, the passenger’s attorney tells ABC News.Pierre Fulton, who has been identified as the passenger in Scott’s car on the morning of April 4, when Scott was pulled over for a broken tail light, had known Scott for the past four or five years, becoming better friends when they started working together several months ago.Fulton’s attorney, Mark Peper, said the pair knew each other casually from the neighborhood, then started commuting together, which is when they started to get to know one another."Walter being the type of guy he was realized that Pierre was having to take the bus home," Peper told ABC News. "He said, 'No man, I have room, hop on in.’"In the days leading up to the fatal police altercation, where then-police officer Michael Slager chased and shot Scott multiple times, Scott and Fulton had been talking about having a cookout at Scott’s house that Saturday afternoon.The two men met for breakfast at a Hardee’s and then Scott drove them to a local church that has a weekly food drive, where Fulton picked up a bag of food, Peper said."This was just your typical Saturday morning since they [were] kind of out and about," Peper said. "The goal was to drop Pierre’s bag off at his house, which they did. And then Pierre was to ride with Walter over to Walters’s house to have a cookout. Unfortunately, they saw blue lights and we all know how that ended."Fulton could not see the shooting but did hear Slager’s shots. Peper said that his client does not know why Scott ran from the vehicle during the traffic stop.“What’s frustrating… everybody rightfully so wants to know why… so does Pierre. Pierre does not know why Walter ran,” Peper said.Peper said that the shooting has had "an extremely large effect on [Fulton’s] mental health.""He is torn up. He is a mess," Peper said. "He hasn’t been able to talk to anybody about this."Fulton has been interviewed by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, who has been handling the investigation into the case, but Fulton has chosen not to speak publicly except through his lawyer.Slager, the now-fired police officer who has been charged with murdering Scott, has not yet had to enter a plea. Slager has had an addition to his legal team, with Sean Kent joining Slager’s previously-hired attorney, Andy Savage. They have chosen not to comment on the case until they complete their own investigation.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Victims Endure Sexual Assault at 32,000 Feet

Victims Endure Sexual Assault at 32,000 FeetABC News(NEW YORK) — In-flight sexual assaults are vastly under-reported, with victims often too embarrassed or afraid to speak up, authorities say.Dana LaRue says she was a victim of sexual assault at 32,000 feet, alleging that she awoke on her flight to find a fellow passenger inappropriately touching her leg, and later her chest.“I knew in my head I should scream, I should yell, I should do something, but I couldn’t get my body to react,” LaRue said.Such situations aren’t unheard of. Last year, a computer engineer, Thami Drissi, was deported after pleading guilty to groping a woman during a flight from Morocco to New York. Additionally, Rabbi Gavriel Bidany was sentenced in 2011 in Brooklyn to 60 days in federal prison for similar charges.A sexual or physical assault on a flight happens each week in the New York area alone, according to the FBI. Sexual assaults are more likely to occur on overnight flights, authorities said.“We’ve seen it often where the victim has taken some kind of anxiety medication, and they’re not responsive,” FBI agent Mark Palagiano said.LaRue did not report her case to the flight crew during her flight, a regret that has led her to become an advocate for victimized passengers.“I advise anyone who finds themselves in that situation to make a huge scene. Don’t be afraid,” she said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aaron Hernandez Sentenced to Life After Murder Conviction

Aaron Hernandez Sentenced to Life After Murder Conviction ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) -- Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder on Wednesday and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.Hernandez, 25, was charged with killing Odin Lloyd, 27, on June 17, 2013. Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, was found shot to death in an abandoned industrial yard.In addition to the murder charge, Hernandez was found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. As the verdict was read against him, Hernandez sat down. His mother, Terri Hernandez, and fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, burst into tears after the football player was found guilty. Jenkins had testified, with immunity, for the prosecution.Lloyd’s mother, seated among relatives, also sobbed in the courtroom.After the nine-week trial, the jurors deliberated for nearly 36 hours before reaching a verdict.Prosecutors had alleged that Aaron Hernandez and two other men picked up Lloyd from his house and brought him to the industrial park near the Patriots' Gillette Stadium, about a mile from Hernandez's home.Hernandez had pleaded not guilty.Jurors heard testimony from 135 witnesses, including Patriots' owner Robert Kraft. At the time of the murder, Hernandez had a $40 million contract with the New England Patriots.Hernandez was recently indicted for the 2012 drive-by shooting deaths of two men outside a Boston nightclub. He has pleaded not guilty. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Wage Protests Across the US Could Be Largest Ever

Wage Protests Across the US Could Be Largest Ever Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It could be the largest day of wage protests ever. Fast food workers and others plan to celebrate this Tax Day -- April 15 -- by staging protests in more than 200 cities across the U.S.The union-backed protests began in 2012 in New York City and soon spread across the country. The movement that calls itself "Fight for $15" first focused on fast food workers, but morphed into a campaign to more than double the current federal minimum wage for everyone. It’s even been credited for recent bumps in minimum pay for some McDonalds and Walmart workers.On Wednesday, labor organizers began demonstrating at dawn in Brooklyn, New York.“I’m fighting for 15 for all of my co-workers, for every fast food worker that’s out there,” said one demonstrator Wednesday morning. “And we’re not going to stop until we get that 15.” The current federal minimum wage is stuck at $7.25, but more than half the states now require employers to pay more than that -- a possible sign this movement is gaining traction. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch How Close SpaceX Is to Successfully Recycling a Rocket

Watch How Close SpaceX Is to Successfully Recycling a Rocket NASA TV(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) -- SpaceX continues to get closer to achieving founder Elon Musk's dream of being able to recycle rockets.Video released by the private space company shows the Falcon 9 rocket hitting its target when it returned to Earth on Tuesday. However, Musk said the rocket landed too hard for survival. As the Falcon 9 rocket made its controlled descent toward a drone ship off the coast of Florida, it appeared to land perfectly before tipping over due to excess lateral velocity, according to Musk.   Falcon 9 first stage landing burn and touchdown on Just Read the Instructions https://t.co/4Te0BfT2Qn — SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 15, 2015   It was the third attempt for SpaceX's rocket recycling test, that if successful could one day help significantly slash the costs of private space travel. 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 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.While SpaceX will have to try again, the successful launch of Dragon is good news for astronauts who can expect the capsule and its goodies to arrive at the International Space Station around 7 a.m. ET on Friday.On board Dragon are more than 4,000 pounds of supplies, including science experiments, food and a Lavazza espresso machine especially developed for space. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kentucky Woman Seen Laughing After Boyfriend’s Shooting Death

Kentucky Woman Seen Laughing After Boyfriend’s Shooting Death iStock/Thinkstock(NEWPORT, Ky.) -- Video and 911 audio played in a Kentucky courtroom Tuesday featured Shayna Hubers describing the moment she fatally shot her boyfriend.Hubers, now 24, is accused of one count of murder in the October 2012 shooting death of her boyfriend, attorney Ryan Poston. She shot Poston six times.Prosecutors allege that she shot Poston out of anger after he tried to break up with her. Hubers has pleaded not guilty, saying Poston, a 29-year-old lawyer, was frequently violent, and that she shot him in self-defense.Hubers was hysterical in a 911 call to authorities, which was played in court Tuesday, the opening day of testimony in the trial.“He was right in front of me and he reached down and grabbed the gun, and I grabbed it out of his hands and pulled the trigger,” she said in the call.Police interview video, recorded the same night, featured Hubers displaying a wide range of emotion -- crying, pacing and talking to herself.“I knew he was going to die a very slow and painful death,” she said in the video. “He was twitching and moaning, but I knew he was already dead.”At times, she was even seen laughing in the video, joking about the victim’s gunshot wounds.“I gave him a nose job,” she said.She also mused about her dating prospects.“I don’t know if anyone will wanna marry me if they know I killed my boyfriend in self-defense,” she said.But Hubers also alleged in the interview video that Poston was verbally and physically abusive -- throwing her around and insulting her by calling her a hillbilly.“I guess the hillbilly came out in me, and I stood up for myself,” she told investigators.Testimony continues in the trial on Wednesday. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Widow of Gunned-Down Boston Surgeon Welcomes Baby Girl

Widow of Gunned-Down Boston Surgeon Welcomes Baby GirlBrigham and Women's Hospital(BOSTON) — The widow of a Boston cardiac surgeon who was gunned down at his hospital in January has welcomed a baby girl.Dr. Michael Davidson, 44, of Wellesley, Massachusetts, was shot on Jan. 21 when a lone gunman, Stephen Pasceri, 55, arrived at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston asking for him by name.Pasceri, a patient's son, shot Davidson before turning the gun on himself, officials said. Davidson succumbed to his injuries that night, leaving behind three children and his wife, who was 7 months pregnant."Michael was very much looking forward to the birth of this beautiful baby girl," said Davidson's wife, Dr. Terri Halperin, said in a news release from the hospital. "At a time when my children and I are completely heartbroken over the loss of Michael, we are finding joy in Mikaela's arrival. We have been humbled and touched by the tremendous outpouring of love and support coming from family, friends, patients and all those kind-hearted souls who have been moved by Michael’s senseless death."Halperin gave birth on April 4, and named the baby Mikaela Jane Davidson. She'll have the same initials as her dad, MJD, the hospital said. A fund has been established to help take care of the family after Davidson's death. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Marchers Across Country Protest Police Killings

Marchers Across Country Protest Police Killings Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Demonstrators took to the streets in dozens of cities across the country Tuesday to protest police officers killing unarmed black men.The protesters referred to the deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Walter Scott in South Carolina, among others.The marches in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Oakland and Berkeley, California, and other cities were organized by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, using the hashtag #ShutDownA14 to spread their message on social media.In New York City, several people were arrested near 1 Police Plaza -- the headquarters of the NYPD -- after protesters marched on Broadway and then to the Brooklyn Bridge, where they partially blocked traffic.In Los Angeles, the LAPD said 15 protesters were arrested after they blocked the Blue Line tracks in downtown LA for about two hours. The protest in front of LAPD headquarters at First and Main streets began at about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.Protesters marched through Oakland and briefly blocked an on-ramp to Interstate 880 at around 4 p.m. Police removed the protesters and later blocked the entrance to the Jackson Street on-ramp. The crowd included students from several Oakland schools who staged walkouts Tuesday. As they marched through Chinatown, they stopped briefly by Oakland Charter Academy, claiming the school's principal had threatened to suspend students who walked out. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dash Cam Video Shows Police Striking Theft Suspect with Cruiser

Dash Cam Video Shows Police Striking Theft Suspect with Cruiser shiyali/iStock/Thinkstock(MARANA, Ariz.) -- Shocking dashboard camera videos released by authorities in Arizona show a patrol car crashing into a rifle-toting suspect who police said had been on a day-long crime spree.Mario Valencia's February 19 alleged spree included robbing a 7-11, breaking into a church and committing arson, invading a home and stealing a car, the Marana Police Department said. He then allegedly stole a rifle and ammunition from Walmart and fired the gun not far from the store, according to police.In the dash cam video, a gunshot is heard as Valencia is seen walking down the street in Marana, about 30 miles north of Tucson.An officer is heard saying, "One round just went out into the sky. It's definitely unlocked now, it's definitely loaded.""Stand off, the gun is loaded," an officer warns.An officer then drives off the road and into Valencia, in a shocking collision captured on two cruisers' cameras.Valencia, who was flung into the air by the impact, was hospitalized for two days after the incident, according to police. Valencia was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of armed robbery, and unlawful discharge of a firearm.According to Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema, while Valencia didn't shoot anyone, he did aim the rifle at an officer. Rozema said an officer told him Valencia was walking towards a business, and while the officer was too far away to shoot, he decided to get on top of him as fast as possible to separate Valencia from the weapon.Michael Rapiejko, the officer involved, was cleared by county attorneys and returned to work after a few days, Rozema said. ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Jury Selected for James Holmes Murder Trial

Jury Selected for James Holmes Murder Trial Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(AURORA, Colo.) -- The jury in the James Holmes murder trial has been selected.The jury consists of 24 people, 12 jurors and 12 alternates, including 19 women and five men. Holmes' legal team made a late attempt to file for change of venue, but the judge denied the motion. The trial is currently scheduled to start on April 27.Holmes is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder in connection with the movie theater shooting that left 12 people dead and injured dozens more in Aurora, Colorado in 2013. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pentagon to Disinter Remains of Some Pearl Harbor Victims in ID Attempt

Pentagon to Disinter Remains of Some Pearl Harbor Victims in ID Attempt Credit: Bill Bachmann/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon plans to exhume the remains of 338 unknown soldiers and Marines killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor in an attempt to identify them.According to the Department of Defense, the remains are associated with the USS Oklahoma. The remains of the 337 individuals were co-mingled and buried in 61 group caskets. The process could take about six months, officials say.The DOD additionally says it has set a new threshold criteria for the disinterment of unknown remains at U.S. military cemeteries. In order to exhume the remains, there would have to be a 60 percent chance to identify the individual from a set of group remains and 50 percent for an individual set of remains.The USS Oklahoma sank after being hit by torpedoes during the Japanese attack, taking 429 sailors and Marines with it. Thirty-five of those victims were positively identified and buried in the years immediately following."The secretary of Defense and I will work tirelessly to ensure your loved ones' remains will be recovered, identified, and returned to you as expeditiously as possible, and we will do so with dignity, respect and care," Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said in a statement. "While not all families will receive an individual identification, we will strive to provide resolution to as many families as possible." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ten of Eleven Atlanta Educators in Test Score Scandal Sentenced

Ten of Eleven Atlanta Educators in Test Score Scandal Sentenced Photodisc/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Ten of the 11 educators found guilty of inflating students' test scores were sentenced on Tuesday to as many as seven years in jail.Judge Jerry Baxter adamantly said on Tuesday that he gave each defendant the opportunity to accept their guilt and avoid jail time. "There are hundreds of thousands of children that were harmed in this thing," he said. "This is not a victimless crime that occurred in the city."Two defendants, Donald Bullock, an usher and testing coordinator, and Pamela Cleveland, a teacher accepted plea deals. Each received five years of probation. Bullock will also serve six months of weekend time in county jail, while Cleveland will serve one year of home confinement. They will each also do community service and pay a fine. The harshest sentences were given to Sharon Davis-Williams and Tamara Cotman, school resource team executive directors. They were each sentenced to 20 years in prison -- they will serve seven and receive probation for the remaining 13 years. Each woman was also ordered to do 2,000 hours of community service and pay a $25,000 fine. Prosecutors found that cheating on a specific test occurred at 44 of 56 schools examined, including at least 179 teachers and principals. They accused teachers of altering test scores as far back as 2001. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two TSA Officers Fired After Investigation into Groping Scheme

Two TSA Officers Fired After Investigation into Groping Scheme Baloncici/iStock/Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Two Transportation Safety Administration officers were fired after an internal investigation determined that they targeted certain passengers with the intent of groping men they deemed attractive.According to a Denver Police narrative sent to ABC News, investigators said one officer would alert a female TSA screener to manipulate the scanning computer to call for a pat-down search. To do so, the screener would tell the computer that a female was passing through the scanner, prompting the computer to find an anomaly in the genital area.TSA investigators saw the officers signal each other when a male went through the scanner, hit the button for a female, and then conduct a pat down of the male passenger using methods against TSA policy. One female screener told investigators she had done this at least 10 times for the male screener. Police say they will not be filing charges at this point, as no victims have come forward. Still, the TSA called the allegations "egregious and intolerable" in a statement Tuesday. The agency said it had removed the two officers in question."All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency," TSA added, "and when substantiated, employees are held accountable." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Watch Man’s Terrifying Drive Through Illinois Tornado

Watch Man’s Terrifying Drive Through Illinois Tornado Minerva Studio/iStock/Thinkstock(FAIRDALE, Ill.) -- A man captured his drive through a possible tornado on video, documenting the whirlwind as it seemingly passed right over his car."I have honestly never been in a tornado before," the man says in the video, shot April 9 in Illinois. "It's a little bit scary!"As the black swirl moves closer and closer, he says, "I don't really know what to do except...sit here, maybe duck down."The sky then gets darker and the rumbling gets louder as the swirl moves directly over him."The truck feels like it's about to lift up off the ground," he says.Tornadoes were reported last week across three states. One of those tornadoes, an EF-4, according to officials, packed winds up to 200 miles per hour and devastated the town of Fairdale, Illinois, where two people died. ABC Breaking US News | US News Videos Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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.

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