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Teen ‘Bonnie and Clyde': Stolen Pickup Truck Found Abandoned in Georgia

Teen ‘Bonnie and Clyde': Stolen Pickup Truck Found Abandoned in GeorgiaGrayson County Sheriff’s Office(HENRY COUNTY, Ga.) — A pickup truck allegedly stolen by two Kentucky teenagers was found abandoned in Georgia, authorities said, with another pickup reported missing nearby as their alleged crime spree stretc...

Judge Sets Maximum Penalty in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Judge Sets Maximum Penalty in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Kuzma/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A federal judge in Louisiana on Thursday set the maximum penalty against BP in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.According to court documents, for the purposes of calculating the maximum allowed civil penalty, 3.19 million barrels of oil were discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in the spill. In coming up with that number, the court determined that four million barrels were released from the reservoir and the difference between the two figures was collected.The documents featured multiple experts' estimates of the cumulative oil discharge, but does not specify how the court came to the final figures. The experts' estimates range from 2.4 million barrels to six million barrels. In fact, the judge wrote that "there is no way to know with precision how much oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico."Still, the judge determined that "BP was not grossly negligent, reckless, willful, or wanton in its source control planning and preparation." It was also determined that the misrepresentations of the flow rate did not cause the delay in capping the well.

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Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice Offers Updates on Five Injured in Prison Bus Crash

Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice Offers Updates on Five Injured in Prison Bus Crash

Nils Versemann/iStock/Thinkstock(ODESSA, Texas) -- The Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Thursday released updated medical conditions of five people injured in a Wednesday accident involving a prison bus that left 10 people dead.According to the TDCJ, the five injured individuals included one corrections officer and four offenders. The staff member was listed in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock on Thursday.Three of the offenders were listed in critical condition and the fourth was in serious condition, the department said. All four offenders were being treated at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.

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District of Columbia Releases Partial Timeline of Smoke Condition That Left One Dead

District of Columbia Releases Partial Timeline of Smoke Condition That Left One Dead

Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Three days after a smoke incident caused an evacuation and led to the death of a 61-year-old woman, the District of Columbia has released a partial timeline of what happened that day.According to the district, the first reports of smoke came from about a mile away from L'Enfant Station, where the death occurred, and many of the first fire units dispatched were sent there. Eight minutes later, reports of heavy smoke within L'Enfant station were received, and it wasn't until about 19 minutes after the first call that a caller from the train reported smoke.Twenty-four minutes after the train passenger reported smoke, fire crews reported the female passenger being given CPR. An additional 16 minutes later -- an hour after the first call of heavy smoke in L'Enfant station -- the woman was transported from the station to a hospital. It's not clear how long it took firefighters to get to the train once they were assured that the power was off. At least one passenger intends to file a lawsuit saying that he was unable to send text messages from the train and that Metro workers had communication issues while trying to contact their bosses. The District of Columbia notes that fire crews were initially sent to three different locations, based on the early calls. The Washington Metro Area Transit Authority says an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Terror Suspects Tried to Kill Marshals in Courthouse, DOJ Says

Terror Suspects Tried to Kill Marshals in Courthouse, DOJ Says

Broward Sheriff's Office via Sun Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Two terrorism suspects distracted and then tried to murder two Deputy U.S. Marshals while inside a U.S. courthouse complex, according to the Department of Justice.The men, brothers Raees and Sheheryar Qazi, were already facing terrorism charges when the DOJ says they "simultaneously motioned with their heads to cause the Deputy U.S. Marshals to look at the ceiling.""The Qazi brothers then simultaneously punched the Deputies in the face and struggled with them," says the DOJ in a statement about the April 2014 incident. "Further, while struggling with the Deputy U.S. Marshals, the Qazi brothers attempted to use potentially lethal force on them while exclaiming 'Allahu Akbar,' an Arabic exhortation meaning 'God is Great.'"For their alleged troubles, the brothers Qazi were only rewarded with additional charges announced Thursday, including "attempting to murder a federal employee, a deputy United States Marshal."The Qazis are also accused of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- the same group that has been linked to last week's massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.The Qazis, naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, were already facing terrorism-related charges -- reportedly involving a plot by one of the brothers to set off a bomb in New York City.The Qazis pleaded not guilty to their original charges in December 2012. A public defender who had represented Raees did not immediately return an off-hours call for comment.

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UVA Unveils More New Safety Measures

UVA Unveils More New Safety Measures

Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- The University of Virginia unveiled some of its newest safety measures on Thursday, actions that had been previously announced as part of the response to a Rolling Stone article describing an alleged sexual assault that has since been called into question.The school opened a new police substation on Thursday, serving the area near "The Corner," a residential district frequented by students. A permanent substation is expected to open in the summer. "The new Public Safety Substation will allow officers from the University and Charlottesville Police Departments to complete work without leaving the area, thereby increasing police presence in a neighborhood where many of our students live and spend time," the school's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Pat Hogan said. UVA will also implement a new "ambassadors" program to provide additional support to the area near the university. That program is being created in partnership with staff from international security firm G4S.

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At Least 10 Quakes Shake Connecticut in Seven Days

At Least 10 Quakes Shake Connecticut in Seven Days

allanswart/iStock/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) -- Texas isn’t the only state to be hit by a rare swarm of earthquakes recently. Connecticut is also being rattled by a string of quakes.The small town of Plainfield in the eastern part of the state experienced more than 10 in the last week — and another one Thursday morning. The largest earthquake — a magnitude 3.1 — occurred Monday morning.Its epicenter was right in resident Meredith Humphrey’s backyard.“The jolt was very loud and it was so shaky. It felt like a shock was coming up my legs and I literally fell backwards,” Humphrey said. “I felt like I was struck by lightning.”She said a crack in her ceiling finally gave way during the shakes.“Monday, I [heard] a crash,” she said. “That was a lovely, dirty mess.”Geologists have descended on the area and planted sensors. They planned to meet with residents Friday to answer questions.Last week in Irving, Texas, nearly a dozen small quakes struck in 24 hours, rattling residents.Experts at the National Earthquake Center in Golden, Colorado, said the quakes were likely a natural fluke but they also said that huge amounts of wastewater pumped deep underground — a byproduct of both hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” as well as other oil- and gas-extraction technologies — could also be the trigger. The Irving area has experienced oil and gas exploration.In Plainfield, however, geologists said they were sure the temblors were not man-made.“Plainfield has been under this glacial stress for at least 20,000 years,” said Jeffrey Park, a Yale University professor of geology and geophysics. “Small earthquakes have probably been occurring maybe every 100 years. We’re just feeling the latest installment.”

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Duke Reverses Course, Won’t Allow Muslim Call to Prayer from University Chapel

Duke Reverses Course, Won’t Allow Muslim Call to Prayer from University Chapel

iStock/Thinkstock(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Duke University will not present a traditional Muslim call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower on Friday, reversing course on a previously announced plan.The call to prayer traditionally announces the start of a weekly jummah prayer service, which has been held in the chapel basement for several years. "Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students," Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations for Duke, said. "However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect."The school says that the jummah prayers have taken place in the basement of the Duke Chapel "for many years," and traditionally start with the call to prayer chant. That chant will now occur on the quadrangle outside the chapel, and prayers will occur at the regular location.More than 700 of Duke's approximately 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students identify as Muslim."Our Muslim community enriches the university in countless ways," Schoenfeld said in a statement. "We welcome the active expression of their faith tradition, and all others, in ways that are meaningful and visible."The announcement earlier in the week that the call to prayer would come from the chapel's bell tower had led to a denunciation from evangelist Franklin Graham.

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New York State May Be First to Outlaw Declawing of All Cats

New York State May Be First to Outlaw Declawing of All Cats

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New York could be the first state to issue a statewide ban on declawing of domestic, exotic and wild cats.The law is being pushed by Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who's an advocate fighting against the mistreatment of animals."This is just the next step in my agenda," Rosenthal says. "People do a lot of cruel and inhumane things to animals and I've passed a number of laws for protecting them. There' s practically no good reason to declaw a cat. It's really a horrific thing to do to an animal and that’s why I want it outlawed."The bill, which was issued this month, is supported by The Paw Project, a nonprofit educating the public on the effects of declawing animals."It's not a fancy manicure," says Jennifer Conrad, a veterinarian in Santa Monica, California, and the founder of the Paw Project. "Declawing is actually an amputation of bones in the cats' paws. So really, the last bone in a cat's toe is amputated."For both Rosenthal and Conrad, the fight against outlawing the surgical procedure goes deeper than just preventing unnecessary pain for felines."Cats have their claws for a reason," Rosenthal told ABC News. "They kneed with them, they express themselves, and they were born with them. There's too many being procedures being performed and it’s basically to satisfy the whim of the owners.”Despite the controversy, however, there are “some situations in which declawing may be considered, such as when a cat’s excessive or inappropriate scratching behavior causes risk of injury to immunocompromised people or remains destructive despite conscientious attention to behavioral modification and alternatives,” according to American Veterinary Medical Association.The association emphasizes that the amputation is “not medically necessary for the cat in most cases,” and the decision “should be made by the owners in consultation with their veterinarian.”There are eight cities in California that have outlawed declawing wild and exotic cats, but not domesticated cats.If it's approved, New York could be the first to ban declawing all types of felines, including domesticated cats.Rosenthal says she hopes the law will be passed this year.

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Police Body Cam Footage Shows Moments Before Deadly Encounter

Police Body Cam Footage Shows Moments Before Deadly Encounter

KNXV/Flagstaff PD(FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.) -- Video from an officer's body camera shows how a seemingly routine police interaction turned deadly.Officer Tyler Stewart was killed after following up on a domestic violence report on Dec. 27, according to a statement from the Flagstaff Police Department in Arizona.In footage from Stewart's body camera, the 24-year-old police officer has a calm conversation with the suspected gunman, identified as Robert Smith. The men talk for a few minutes before Stewart asks to pat down Smith's pockets.Smith, 28, then pulls out a gun and starts to point at the officer, before the publicly available part of the video ends.Stewart was shot multiple times and killed. Smith then killed himself, according to police.Flagstaff Police Deputy Chief of Operations Walter Miller told ABC News that Stewart had been investigating the domestic assault call earlier in the day and even spoke to Smith on the phone before he arrived at Smith's house, which was not the location of the alleged domestic assault.

Miller noted that Stewart's father was a police officer with Flagstaff Department of Public Safety."We will certainly never forget Tyler’s service and his sacrifice that he made," said Miller. "We will carry forward in his honor."Miller said officers have only had body cameras for the past few months and not all officers were outfitted with the devices. Stewart had been on the Flagstaff Police force for less than a year.“This is an enormous tragedy for our department and the family of our office," Flagstaff Chief Kevin Treadway said in a statement on Facebook. "We are a very close knit organization, and know that all members of the Flagstaff Police Department are grieving at this time.”The department has also set up a fund for the officer's family. More information on the fund can be found here.“It is heartbreaking to lose one of our officers," Flagstaff Mayor Jerry Nabours said in the statement. "We collectively mourn for his family and the entire department."

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Why Police Released Guys Selling Coke on Venice Boardwalk

Why Police Released Guys Selling Coke on Venice Boardwalk

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- From tricking pizza delivery guys into thinking their home is a meth lab to faking shark attacks in the ocean, the guys behind NelkFilmz are used to pushing the limits with their YouTube pranks. However, their latest prank almost landed them in jail.“You guys need some coke?” they’re seen asking people on the Venice Boardwalk. The video then cuts to the four men sitting in a car, uncomfortably answering questions from two Los Angeles Police Department officers who were tipped off on a possible drug deal.“I can’t do this. We have a bunch of coke in the back, I’m sorry,” Kyle Forgeard says in the video, tearing up and acting frightened. “It’s not ours, we’re just bringing it to a friend, I swear.”“It was mostly improv,” Forgeard said. “We said one of us will say we have coke in the back, but I kind of did it on the spot, the crying character.”What the officers didn’t know was the “coke” in the trunk was actual Coca-Cola, the very legal soft drink.“The whole idea was to sell Coke on the streets and we have cameras around the car and filming outside, and the reaction was to get a good laugh out of it,” YouTube prankster Niko Martinovic told ABC News station KABC in Los Angeles.“I had a heart attack because I didn’t know how they would initially react, especially Venice, because they have a lot of problems up there, so we just kinda went with it,” Martinovic said.After discovering the Coke was actually Coca-Cola, the officers, both calm and smiling, uncuffed and released the pranksters.But LAPD officials were not amused.“I think it’s a big waste of police resources and also dangerous for everyone involved,” said Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith. “Here are two officers that are supposed to be doing police work, patrolling the neighbored and responding to 911 calls, and instead they’re participating unwillingly in a prank kids are doing for their own amusement.”Forgeard said he isn’t worried about being charged with any crime.“There’s no law that says no wasting police time,” Forgeard said. “Although I do sympathize with police, at the end of the day we didn’t break any laws.”But police suggested that may not be true.“There’s always possible charges for that,” Smith said. “We still have to meet with the city attorney. People delaying or obstructing officers is always something to consider. We don’t want to do that, because there are more important things to focus on.”

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Open House Thefts Cost Fake Real Estate Agent Year in Jail

Open House Thefts Cost Fake Real Estate Agent Year in Jail

Montgomery County Police Department(BETHESDA, Md.) -- A Maryland woman is going to jail after she posed as a real estate agent and stole jewelry from houses, including an irreplaceable heirloom.Sally Spaisman, 58, was sentenced Wednesday to one year in jail and five years of probation, according to the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office, for stealing more than $82,000 worth of jewelry from about 12 homes in the Bethesda, Chevy Chase and Potomac areas.She pleaded guilty to the theft charges after she combed the Internet for expensive homes on the market, showed up at the open houses, then stole expensive jewelry, prosecutors said.Ramon Korionoff of the state's attorney's office says the case resonated widely because "anyone who has had to sell their home or property has a visceral reaction to this kind of crime.""Because you open up your home. You trust realtors and prospective home buyers to honor your home and not steal anything from you," Korionoff told ABC News Thursday. "And that's a violation of that trust. And I think a lot of people can relate to that situation."During one theft, a camera inside a closet caught Spaisman in the act, according to ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington. The video was used as evidence in court."The video speaks for itself," Korionoff said. "The squeamishness of sorts. Like, 'Hey, that could have been my house.'"One victim, Carlos Bonilla, told WJLA that Spaisman took three items from his $1.1 million house, including a very personal one: a gold bracelet he inherited from his late parents."It was a piece that I meant to give to my daughter and now I'm not going to be able to,” Bonilla said. “When these things hit the resale market after a theft, they just get melted down for scrap."Spaisman must also pay restitution to her victims and complete 200 hours of community service, according to the State's Attorney's Office.But she still has support among some of her friends.“It’s not the whole Sally. There’s a really good Sally in there," longtime friend Karen Sprecher Keating told WJLA after Wednesday's sentencing. "Life has been complicated and difficult and she made some wrong choices.”The attorney who represented Spaisman did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment.

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The Idea of Tying Warm Clothing to Trees in Bitter Cold Places Heats Up

The Idea of Tying Warm Clothing to Trees in Bitter Cold Places Heats Up

Doug MacMillan(NEW YORK) — The bitter cold temperatures taking over many towns and cities in North America have prompted a pay-it-forward scheme to help strangers keep warm.The practice of tying hats, scarfs, mittens and gloves to trees, with a note explaining that the items are there for the taking, was started with a "scarf bombing" in Easton, Pennsylvania. The Facebook group called Chase the Chill, the Original, describes itself as "an annual graffiti/yarn bombing event that distributes scarves in public places so that those in need -- regardless of income and without any qualifiers -- can help themselves."The do-good group has spawned several Chase the Chill organizations in other cities. The most recent is Chase the Chill of Central Georgia, which hosted its first event Saturday.

Founder Carrie Sexton called it a "complete success." Of the 144 scarves and a few hats the group collected and distributed, only four were left Sunday.Sexton said she was inspired to start her own group when she saw a photo on Facebook posted by the original Chase the Chill Group."The picture was of a bust in a square, with a bright purple scarf tied around the statue's neck. What struck me was the tag on the scarf. It simply said, 'I am not lost! If you're stuck out in the cold take this scarf to keep warm!' I instantly said to myself, 'I can do that. I want to do that!"'There's a group in Chillicothe, Ohio. The project has also spread to Canada, with groups formed in Ottawa, Edmonton and Winnipeg."I truly hope that people pay it forward with a good deed," Sexton said. "At least one person has already done that. On Sunday when I collected the remaining scarves, I found a hat tied to a post that I did not put there."

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‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Remembered Six Years Later

‘Miracle on the Hudson’ Remembered Six Years Later

Ramin Talaie/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's been exactly six years since US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in New York's Hudson River after the plane hit a flock of Canadian Geese and lost engine power.In what's been deemed the "Miracle on the Hudson," Capt. Chesley Sully Sullenberger managed to land the aircraft safely on the river, saving the lives of the 155 passengers and crew members on board.On Thursday, Sullenberger acknowledged the anniversary of the Jan. 15, 2009 incident, tweeting:

 

With passengers, crew, and responders, I share gratitude on this 6th Anniversary of #Flight1549. @ridetheferry @FDNY @NYPDNews @redcross

— Sully Sullenberger (@Captsully) January 15, 2015

 

The plane, an Airbus A320, is currently on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Runaway Teens Smash Cattle Farm with Stolen Truck, Cops Say

Runaway Teens Smash Cattle Farm with Stolen Truck, Cops Say

Grayson County Sheriff’s Office(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Two Kentucky teenagers on the run for nearly two weeks were spotted in South Carolina, though they are still on the loose, authorities said.The teens -- identified as Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and Dalton Hayes, 18 -- were spotted at a Manning, South Carolina, Walmart Monday, the Grayson County (Kentucky) Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities say Hayes and Phillips were traveling in a stolen red 2006 Toyota Tacoma that had a firearm inside.Phillips and Hayes have been on the run since Jan. 4. Authorities reportedly said they destroyed thousands of dollars in property by plowing through a cattle farm and doing thousands of dollars worth of damage to the first truck they stole. They then allegedly stole the Tacoma.Hayes' mother, Tammy Martin, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville that she's worried what the pair might do next.“He's never went this long without contacting me, and it’s really very stressful. I'm just worried that they're not safe anymore,” Martin said.Martin said the teens had been dating for about three months. The mother said she initially believed that Phillips was 19, not 13.

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Yosemite El Capitan Climbers: ‘It’s Pretty Surreal’

Yosemite El Capitan Climbers: ‘It’s Pretty Surreal’

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The two U.S. rock climbers who successfully climbed the 3,000-foot vertical wall of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park Wednesday say it is “pretty surreal” to have completed their seven-years-in-the-making journey.“It’s pretty surreal to wake up and to have the climb complete,” Kevin Jorgeson said Thursday on ABC News' Good Morning America. “It’s pretty hard to describe.”Jorgeson and his climbing partner, Tommy Caldwell, spent the past 19 days free-climbing up the rock’s nearly vertical “Dawn Wall,” using only their hands and feet to achieve their record-setting feat.Jorgeson, who suffered a setback on day eight, struggling to pass one of El Capitan’s toughest points, says he used the power of positive thinking to get through.“I think the word that I used is just resolve,” he said. “I didn’t want to accept any other outcome but getting up that route so I tried to push all the negative thoughts of not being able to do it out and picture getting across that traverse and that’s eventually what happened.”Both men celebrated with friends and family when they reached the peak.

On Thursday, the morning after, they say they are recovering their bruised and battered bodies.“At least my hands are a little beat,” Jorgeson said. “They have a lot of bruises and cuts on them and I take a lot of ibuprofen every morning right now but feet are doing well.”“I have to apologize my voice is gone from yelling for Kevin so much,” Caldwell said on GMA in a barely audible voice. “It was an incredible experience.”Over the course of the climb, which began on Dec. 27, Caldwell and Jorgeson slept in nylon tents that were attached to the wall at only one point. They ate hard-boiled eggs and breakfast sandwiches with salmon and got caffeine boosts from their flasks of coffee.“I think what made us stick with this climb for so long, you know, Tommy envisioned this thing seven years ago, and I joined the team six years ago is, like I said, realizing that dream and seeing this through to completion,” Jorgeson said.The pair’s climb captured the world’s attention, and their successful feat even drew a congratulatory tweet from President Obama himself.“It’s great that so many people are inspired by the project and hopefully they can find the equivalent of their own ‘Dawn Wall’ and stick with it and see it through as well,” Jorgeson said.Not ones for relaxing, after a brief recovery, Jorgeson says he and Caldwell are preparing to jump into adventure again.“Maybe some bouldering…something a little more light,” Jorgeson said of his next challenge. “Tommy is headed to Patagonia in less than a month so he’s going to switch gears and head in to the mountains.”

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Dad Accuses FBI of Setting Up ‘Mommy’s Boy’ Son in Bomb Plot

Dad Accuses FBI of Setting Up ‘Mommy’s Boy’ Son in Bomb Plot

Butler County Sheriff's Office(WASHINGTON) — The father of an Ohio man arrested Wednesday for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol says his son is not a terrorist and was set up by the FBI.Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, was arrested on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said. He allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions, according to government documents.But his parents paint a different picture, saying their son had a normal childhood and that they were shocked by the arrest.“I know my son probably better than anyone,” Cornell’s father, John Cornell Sr., told ABC News. “He’s a mommy’s boy. His best friend is his cat Mikey. He still calls his mother ‘Mommy.’ Just a typical kid.”Cornell’s mother, Angela Carmen, said her son is a good person, interested in wrestling but also a homebody.“I just love my son. I’ll do anything in the world for him, and I’ll be right by his side,” she said.The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias, “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS -- the terrorist group also known as ISIL -- that is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.He later met an informant in Cincinnati over two days in October, and then another two days in November. During the last meeting, Cornell told an FBI informant that members of Congress were enemies and he wanted to launch an attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, according to charging documents.John Cornell Sr. says there’s no way his son could have thought up a terror plot on his own.“He told me he had went to a mosque and now I know, in hindsight I know, he was meeting with an FBI agent,” he told ABC News. “And they were taking him somewhere, and they were filling his head with a lot of this garbage.”While also taking “final steps” to travel to Washington for the attack earlier Wednesday, Cornell allegedly bought two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition from a store in Ohio, authorities said.John Cornell Sr. said his son only had about $1,200 in his bank account, not enough to fund even a small-scale attack.“These guns cost almost $2,000. Where did that money come from? Well, it came from the FBI,” John Cornell Sr. said. “They set him up.”Cornell will have his first appearance in court on Friday, his parents said.

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Judge: Paris Attacks No Excuse to Delay Boston Bombing Jury Selection

Judge: Paris Attacks No Excuse to Delay Boston Bombing Jury Selection

FBI(BOSTON) — Another attempt by lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to delay the start of his trial has been rejected by a judge.This time, Tsarnaev's attorneys argued that events in France last week would make it difficult to seat an impartial jury because they mirrored what occurred in Boston two years ago when three people were killed and more than 260 injured near the finish line of the marathon.The defense lawyers argued that people currently being interviewed for the jury were not instructed to keep from following news about the attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead.However, District Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. rejected the request for the delay, contending that an impartial jury could be seated based on questionnaires filled out by potential jurors.Tsarnaev's attorneys have failed twice before to win a delay in the trial and O'Toole has also turned down their request for a change of venue from Boston.Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts, the most serious of which could put the 21-year-old on death row if he's convicted.

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Yosemite Free-Climb Duo Reach El Capitan Summit

Yosemite Free-Climb Duo Reach El Capitan Summit

Photo by Santi Visalli/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- An impossible dream was realized Wednesday for Yosemite climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, as they became the first to free-climb to the top of the nearly vertical El Capitan mountain's "Dawn Wall" in Yosemite National Park.Caldwell and Jorgeson used only their hands and feet to inch up the 3,000-foot rock. The Dawn Wall is the steepest half-mile stretch of granite that faces east toward the sun.Caldwell and Jorgeson used no climbing equipment, just ropes and harnesses to prevent deadly falls.Big Up Productions filmmaker Brett Lowell filmed the pair's climb."If you look at that wall, it looks like glass," Lowell said previously. "It's really difficult to imagine how anyone could free-climb it."During Caldwell and Jorgeson's 19-day journey -- a dream seven years in the making -- the climbers slept in hanging tents attached to the wall, even braving a windstorm and clinging to razor-sharp edges with bloodied fingers."What makes it hard is the holds are very small. They are far apart....Basically just hard to climb," friend and professional climber Alex Honnold said recently.On Day 8, Jorgeson struggled at one of the toughest points."It was a true cliffhanger," he said in a video blog from the Dawn Wall. "Thoughts crossed my mind that I should just throw in the towel."It was game on from there, though.Over the course of the climb, which began Dec. 27, they ate packed hard-boiled eggs and breakfast sandwiches with salmon, and got caffeine boosts from their flasks of coffee.The men were met by an entourage up at the top -- from climbing buddies to family members.It will take them a few hours to come back down through a combination of hiking and rappelling.

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Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol

Ohio Man Arrested for Alleged ISIS-Inspired Plot on US Capitol

Liquid Library / Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) --  The FBI has arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies.Christopher Lee Cornell, 20, of Green Township, was arrested Wednesday on charges of attempting to kill a U.S. government official, authorities said.According to government documents, he allegedly planned to detonate pipe bombs at the national landmark and open fire on any employees and officials fleeing after the explosions.The FBI first noticed Cornell several months ago after an informant notified the agency that Cornell was allegedly voicing support for violent “jihad” on Twitter accounts under the alias “Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah,” according to charging documents. In addition, Cornell allegedly posted statements, videos and other content expressing support for ISIS -- the brutal terrorist group also known as ISIL -- which is wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria.“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan attacks and everything,” Cornell allegedly wrote in an online message to the informant in August, according to the FBI. “I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves."In the message, Cornell said that such attacks “already got a thumbs up” from radical cleric Anwar Awlaki “before his martyrdom.”Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, but his online messages calling for attacks on the West live on.U.S. officials considered Awlaki an operational leader within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemen-based terror group tied to the deadly assault on a satirical magazine in Paris last week.Cornell and the informant met in Cincinnati over two days in October, and then another two days in November. During the last meeting, Cornell told an FBI informant that members of Congress were enemies and that he wanted to launch an attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., according to charging documents.Cornell then allegedly saved money to finance the attack and researched how to build bombs, the FBI said.Earlier Wednesday, while also taking “final steps” to travel to Washington for the attack, Cornell allegedly bought two semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition from a store in Ohio, authorities said.Within hours of Cornell’s arrest, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies across the country notifying them of the case."The alleged activities of Cornell highlight the continued interest of US-based violent extremists to support designated foreign terrorist organizations overseas, such as ISIL, by committing terrorist acts in the United States,” the bulletin read. “Terrorist group members and supporters will almost certainly continue to use social media platforms to disseminate English language violent extremist messages."

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