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Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Man Taking Pictures of Snow

Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Man Taking Pictures of Snow

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Dallas police have announced an arrest in the murder of an Iraqi man shot dead while taking pictures of the first snowfall he had ever seen.According to a fundraising page set up by friends of his, Ahmed Al-Jumaili had stepped outside to witness snow for the first time in person on March 5 when he was shot dead in front of his Dallas home.

Al-Jumaili had recently moved to the United States after securing finances for he and his wife, who was already living in Dallas.Last week, police released a video of a suspect on Youtube, asking the public to help identify him. It is still unknown whether Al-Jumaili was specifically targeted in the shooting.“He may well have been an unintended target,” said Maj. Jeff Cotner of the Dallas Police Department.The suspect has not been identified yet.

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Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial: Secret Testimony Released

Jodi Arias Sentencing Retrial: Secret Testimony Released

ABC News(PHOENIX) -- Jodi Arias expressed sentiments of remorse in secret testimony released Thursday. Her attorneys did not want it to be made public, but a court overruled the wishes.Arias wanted to testify behind closed doors because she said she was getting death threats and wouldn't be able to answer questions in a manner "she truly means," according to the testimony."Because what I did was so horrific I couldn't have -- I could never have imagined myself doing that to another human being," Arias said.But it didn't take long for the defense to switch course and focus on Arias' upbringing, including her relationship with her mother and also with her on-again-off-again boyfriend, Travis Alexander."Well my mom began to carry a wooden spoon in her purse and wherever we were, whether it was home or out somewhere, if we were misbehaving, she would pull it out and whack us with it," Arias said."Yeah, he squeezed really hard and then he let go and I fell to my knees, very lightheaded, I almost passed out, but I didn't," Arias said of her boyfriend.On the second day of her secret testimony, Arias told jurors she and Alexander met at a convention in Las Vegas, and shortly after, their relationship grew physical.Arias said Alexander introduced her to his Mormon faith. But she said she was uncomfortable with how fast they were moving, especially after an encounter in her car.Soon after that, Judge Sherry Stephens received an order from the Arizona Court of Appeals, putting a stop to the secret testimony. Arias opted not to address the jurors again.Arias faced a possible death sentence for the 2008 murder of Alexander, but after the first jury could not decide how to sentence her, a second jury was assembled for a second crack at the sentencing phase. That second sentencing trial resulted in a hung jury after one holdout would not agree to sentence her to death.Now, the judge is tasked with deciding whether Arias will be sentenced to life in prison with or without the possibility of parole in 25 years.

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West Virginia Landslide Swallows House, Forces Residents to Evacuate

West Virginia Landslide Swallows House, Forces Residents to Evacuate

Yeager Airport(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) -- A landslide is wreaking havoc around Keystone Drive near Yeager Airport in Charleston, West Virginia.The landslide has forced dozens of residents to evacuate their homes, Yeager Airport spokesman Brian Belcher told ABC News. It also covered a local church and an uninhabited house the airport owns, dammed up a creek and took out trees and power lines, he said, adding that the airport was running on emergency power.The airport was aware of a problem on Sunday, but the landslide reached a critical point Thursday afternoon when it started moving over the hill, Belcher said.There have been no reported injuries, Belcher added, saying emergency personnel, including the West Virginia Army National Guard, were contacted and did a great job evacuating residents and moving them into local hotels."It's unclear what caused this landslide, but the biggest thing for engineers right now is to find a solution for what will be a long-term clean-up project," Belcher said. "The landslide is still moving, and they can't start clean-up or move people back in until it's deemed safe."Engineers were allowed to start working to get the filled creek opened and flowing, he said.

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California Valet Allegedly Gave Car to Wrong Driver

California Valet Allegedly Gave Car to Wrong Driver

Joshua Gelle(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) -- A dinner outing turned out to be more expensive than an Orange County man bargained for. It cost him his car.Josh Gelle said when he got back to a parking lot Friday night after a trip to a restaurant in Newport Beach, California, he asked about his 2014 Mazda CX-9 and, "we were told they gave it away.""We were in disbelief," Gelle said. "We were like, 'Where's the hidden camera? Is this a joke?'"Gelle's girlfriend, Jodie Abadie, pulled out her cellphone and started recording an interaction with a valet at LAZ Parking after Gelle said they were given the news."I was very upset and I took the video to protect ourselves because it seemed suspicious," Abadie told ABC News.In the video, she tried to get an explanation."You just gave it to him?" she asked of the car."I didn't give it to him," said the valet."Who gave it to him?," Abadie asked."The other guy that's not here anymore," said the valet.A while later, Abadie asked if the lot had ever before given a car to someone without a ticket."Not here that I know of," said the valet."That's not normal protocol, right?" she asked."No! Not at all," the valet said.Gelle said that the parking lot arranged to get him a rental car so he "can go home and get around." Meanwhile, Gelle added, he filed a police report with the Newport Beach Police Department and a claim with his insurance company.Jennifer Manzella, a Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman, confirmed to ABC News that a police report was filed, but added, "We do not have any news on the car yet."Mary Brennan Coursey, a spokeswoman for LAZ Parking, said in a statement to ABC News that “Safety, security and guest service is our utmost priority.""Regrettably, it appears our company policies and procedures were not properly followed and we have apologized and are actively supporting the customer whose vehicle was affected," Coursey added. "We take this incident very seriously and once we have completed our review of the incident, will act accordingly.”

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Mystery Clue Renews Search for Long-Missing Girl

Mystery Clue Renews Search for Long-Missing Girl

FBI(WARWICK, R.I.) -- A woman connected to an alleged ATM theft in Rhode Island may be the same person who went missing in Ohio eight years ago, according to the FBI.Ashley Summers vanished in July 2007 when she was 14 after getting into a fight with her mother, and police say they have a new lead in the case.Summers' step-grandmother was online in January and saw a surveillance photo that was posted on a website showing criminals wanted in Rhode Island. She believed that the similarity to her long-lost granddaughter was indisputable, so she contacted authorities.The bereaved grandmother isn’t the only one who sees the connection, with FBI Special Agent Vicki Anderson saying the similarity is “just amazing.”“She looks a lot like her,” Anderson told ABC News. “If you look at her eyebrows; you look at her hairline, it looks a lot like her.”The surveillance footage was posted by the Warwick, Rhode Island, police department in connection to the thefts of purses from cars in a parking lot near a gym. The cards from those purses were used to obtain money from a nearby ATM, Warwick Police Capt. Christopher Stewart told ABC News.The woman took an undisclosed amount of money from the ATM Oct. 22, 2014, and although the investigation into the car break-ins is ongoing, the Warwick police are not actively involved in the search for Summers. They also have no hard leads on the identity of the woman at the ATM or the man seen with her.Until now, the FBI’s Anderson said, the biggest lead in the Summers investigation came with the 2013 discovery that three long-missing women, identified later as Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, were being held at a home in Cleveland.“When the girls escaped, and we heard that there were three of them being held, we knew Amanda and Gina but we weren’t sure who the third person was,” Anderson said of how there was speculation that Summers could have also been held by Ariel Castro. “We just assumed, ‘Oh, my gosh, Ashley!’”The tip from the Rhode Island ATM case seems like the most promising lead yet, Anderson said, adding that authorities are not going to stop until they at least get the identity of the person in the surveillance footage.“It’s going on eight years, but this to us is a significant lead and we have to follow,” she said. “We have to find this young woman.”

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More Protests in Ferguson, No Violence

More Protests in Ferguson, No Violence

Scott Olson/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — A prayer vigil preceded a protest in Ferguson, Missouri, Thursday night, less than 24 hours after two police officers were shot by an unknown assailant.Community leaders at the vigil attended by 50 people condemned the shooting. Traci Blackmon with Christ the King United Church of Christ promised supporters, “We will not be derailed in the pursuit of justice by anybody or anything that wants to get in our way.”Later, about 100 to 150 people gathered outside the Ferguson Police Department as they had a night earlier while members of the St. Louis County Police and Missouri Highway Patrol stood behind a concrete barrier. Despite protests, there was no violence.This was in contrast to Wednesday night when police in riot gear formed a human barrier, sometimes tangling with protesters who became more vocal and animated in their demands that Ferguson dissolves it police department following a Justice Department report that claimed the police department was allegedly systematically discriminatory against the black community.The scene eventually erupted into chaos when the two cops suffered gunshots wounds, neither of which turned out to be life-threatening.

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One Dead in Oklahoma Medical Helicopter Crash

One Dead in Oklahoma Medical Helicopter Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(EUFAULA, Okla.) — One person died after a medical helicopter crashed in Oklahoma Thursday, authorities said.The helicopter, which was registered to Eagle Med LLC, crashed under unknown circumstances at 11:25 p.m. near Eufaula, Oklahoma, FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said.Three Eagle Med employees, but no patients, were on board. According to the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, one person died in the crash, while a female passenger was transported to an area hospital. A third passenger was able to walk away from the crash.The helicopter was headed to McAlester, Oklahoma from Tulsa.FAA investigators are headed to the scene, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will lead the investigation.According to the NTSB’s Aviation Database, this is the fourth fatal Eagle Med helicopter crash in Oklahoma since 2010. One of these crashes -- in June 2013 -- happened upon takeoff.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Parole Granted for Killer of Pamela Smart’s Husband

Parole Granted for Killer of Pamela Smart’s Husband

iStock/Thinkstock(CONCORD, N.H.) — William Flynn, who was a teenager when he fatally shot the husband of his then-22-year-old lover, Pamela Smart, was granted parole Thursday.He got the good news in a Maine prison cell while speaking by phone to the parole board in Concord, New Hampshire.The case of Smart, a media coordinator at Winnacunnet High School, was the basis for the movie, To Die For. In real life, Smart convinced Flynn, who was 15 at the time, to kill Gregg Smart in 1990 because she feared losing everything in a divorce.In his first time up before a parole board, Flynn, now 41, learned of his release from state prison. He had been initially convicted of second-degree murder and was given a 28-year sentence.While in jail, Flynn got married, earned a GED and trained to become an electrician.An accomplice, Patrick Randall, is up for parole next month. Two others involved in the murder plot have already been paroled.Smart, on the other hand, is serving a lifetime sentence in a New York state prison without the possibility of parole.She has steadfastly denied any involvement in her late husband's murder although a recording of her, secretly taped by a teen intern she confided in, sealed her fate. Smart can be heard on the tape saying, "If you tell the [expletive] truth, you’ll send me to the slammer for the rest of my [expletive] life."Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in DC Metro Tunnel

Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting in DC Metro Tunnel

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in a Washington, D.C. Metro train tunnel on Thursday night.According to a spokesperson from D.C. Metro, transit police received a call just before 9 p.m. Thursday of an unauthorized person in the tunnel near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station. The shooting occurred during the response to that call.The suspect, identified only as an adult man, was fatally wounded in the shooting. No officers were injured. The station was temporarily shut down, causing some delays. DC Metro had no further details on the incident.

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Wreckage from Florida Helicopter Crash Found, Mission Now ‘Search and Recovery’

Wreckage from Florida Helicopter Crash Found, Mission Now ‘Search and Recovery’

Aydin Bacak/iStock/Thinkstock(EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.) -- Officials at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base said on Thursday that wreckage of a helicopter that had been presumed crashed was located, and that the mission would transition into being a search and recovery.On Wednesday, two helicopters were scheduled to take part in an insertion and extraction exercise. Weather served as an obstacle, forcing one helicopter to return home. The second helicopter attempted to do the same, trying to climb, perhaps to avoid heavy fog, but communication was lost.There were seven Marines and four soldiers on board the helicopter. "At this point, we are not hopeful for survivors," the statement said. "Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the family members and the units where our soldiers and Marines call home."The Louisiana National Guard acknowledged that two soldiers involved in the training accident had been killed and their bodies had been recovered. "We believe the other two remain with the aircraft," it said.

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F-35 Fighter Continues Next-Gen Attack on Taxpayer Wallets

F-35 Fighter Continues Next-Gen Attack on Taxpayer Wallets

Photo by U.S. Navy photo courtesy Lockheed Martin via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Already the most expensive defense weapons program in history, the price tag on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jumped up another $4.3 billion in the last year – the latest hike in a program that’s gone $113 billion over its original projected cost, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.The stealth F-35, long touted as the future backbone of America’s dominance in the air, has experienced a seemingly unending string of cost increases and delays since development began in 2001. Three variations on the plane are meant to replace legacy fighters for the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines and lead the way in next-generation electronic warfare. But the plane is so complex and was put into production so prematurely, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, that he once said that the error amounted to “acquisition malpractice.”The sophisticated jets were originally slated to join the battlefield in 2012, but the GAO report, published Thursday, estimates the first variation – the Marines’ – won’t reach initial operational capability until this summer at best. The Navy’s won’t reach that point until 2018, if all goes well.“[K]ey gaps in product knowledge persist. One of the critical technologies – the aircraft prognostic and health management system – is not mature and the program continues to experience design changes,” the GAO report says. “Developmental testing is progressing, but much of the testing remains, which will likely drive more changes…Software development and testing remains a significant risk. Further delays in development may put future milestones at risk.”In September 2013 the Department of Defense Inspector General blasted the plane’s military overseers for not keeping a closer eye on how the plane was being made. In a report released then, the IG said it found 719 “issues” with the jet’s primary manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, and five other major contractors as they assembled the planes. In response, the military and Lockheed Martin said the report was based on old information and the program had taken corrective measures.The same month as the IG report, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the F-35 program was “one of the great national scandals that we have ever had, as far as the expenditure of taxpayers’ dollars are concerned.”At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing this week, McCain got an update on the F-35 from Marines Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, who repeated the goal to have IOC by the summer, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Greenert, who expressed concern about the plane’s software integration ahead of the F-35 joining his service in “’18 or ’19.”“But so far, so good,” Greenert said. “We have to keep a really close watch on it.”Representatives for Lockheed Martin and the military’s Joint Program Office, which is in charge of the F-35, did not immediately respond to requests for comment for this report.

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Ferguson: St. Louis Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol to Take Over Security

Ferguson: St. Louis Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol to Take Over Security

Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- St. Louis County Police and Missouri State Highway Patrol will take control of the policing of the Ferguson protests starting Thursday evening after two officers from different jurisdictions were shot outside of the police station on Wednesday night, authorities said.The decision comes as the officers were released from the hospital Thursday morning after sustaining non-threatening injuries following a night of renewed protests, the St. Louis County Police said in a Facebook post."Both were in serious condition before being released from Barnes Jewish Hospital," the post read.The cops, who have not been identified, were "lucky" they weren't killed, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar had said.At a news conference held before the Facebook posting, Belmar said they heard "three or four shots ring out" before the officers were hurt. Both were seriously wounded by a shooter standing about 150 feet away."We are lucky by God's grace that we didn't lose two police officers," he said.One officer, 41, was struck in the shoulder; the other, 32, in the face, Belmar said."With both officers, we don't have any remarkable long-term injuries," he added.Belmar said the shots were fired from an undetermined location north or northwest of the Ferguson Police Department building.“Ladies and gentleman, we were very close to having what happened to the NYPD. We could have buried two police officers," Belmar said.The search for the suspect or suspects is the "number-one priority" within the St. Louis County police department, according to Belmar. The St. Louis County Police Department said Thursday that detectives were "talking with people as part of their investigation" but that "no arrests have been made."In a tweet, President Obama wrote: "Violence against police is unacceptable. Our prayers are with the officers in MO. Path to justice is one all of us must travel together. –bo"U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, in a statement released Thursday morning, said, "This heinous assault on two brave law enforcement officers was inexcusable and repugnant. I condemn violence against any public safety officials in the strongest terms, and the Department of Justice will never accept any threats or violence directed at those who serve and protect our communities....Such senseless acts of violence threaten the very reforms that nonviolent protesters in Ferguson and around the country have been working towards for the past several months."Holder also said he wished the officers "a full and speedy recovery.""We stand ready to offer any possible aid to an investigation into this incident, including the department's full range of investigative resources. And we will continue to stand unequivocally against all acts of violence against cops whenever and wherever they occur," he added.Tensions simmered in the city on Wednesday night after the resignation of the city’s police chief, Tom Jackson. Hundreds of protesters gathered throughout the night, staring down police officers in riot gear.A handful of people were arrested. Some people chanted, and other flare-ups were reported -- unrest rekindled after a Justice Department report documented widespread racial bias in the city.Jackson’s resignation makes him the sixth person who has been fired or forced to resign since the report was released March 4 detailing what it described as rampant racial bias in policing in the St. Louis suburb.Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff will take over as the acting chief of police as the city launches a national search for a new chief of police, the letter stated.Jackson had initially come under fire in August for his department's handling of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.Brown's parents released a statement Thursday, calling the police shooting "senseless.""We reject any kind of violence directed toward members of law enforcement. It cannot and will not be tolerated," the family said. "We specifically denounce the actions of stand-alone agitators who unsuccessfully attempt to derail the otherwise peaceful and non-violent movement that has emerged throughout this nation to confront police brutality and to forward the cause of equality under the law for all. We must work together to bring peace to our communities. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the officers injured during this morning's shooting and their families."

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Secret Service DUI Probe: Obama Disappointed, But Backs New Chief

Secret Service DUI Probe: Obama Disappointed, But Backs New Chief

jackethead/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is "disappointed" by the latest allegations of U.S. Secret Service misconduct, but retains confidence in his new director, Joe Clancy, to lead an overhaul of the agency, a White House spokesman said Thursday.The president was informed earlier this week -- five days after the incident -- that two senior agents on his protective detail had allegedly driven while under the influence of alcohol, collided with a White House barricade and left the scene undisciplined, administration and Capitol Hill sources confirmed to ABC News. The agents, Mark Connolly and George Ogilvie, have been reassigned while the investigation is pending, according to Secret Service.The Department of Homeland Security Inspector General says it is reviewing the March 4 incident, which took place at the southeast entrance to the White House complex at 15th Street and E Street in downtown Washington, D.C. No one was charged and no police reports were filed.ABC News has learned that the agents, who had possibly been drinking alcohol and driving in a government vehicle, drove through crime scene tape that was set up at that location from an earlier investigation of a suspicious package. The vehicle collided with an orange plastic barrel but sustained no damage, sources said. Multiple sources insisted there was no "crash," but that the behavior was suspicious enough to raise concerns of uniformed officers on the scene."Apparently two agents who have supervisory roles had been at a retirement party, and they left that party and went to the White House in a vehicle, in a Secret Service vehicle, and when they got to the entrance of the White House, they apparently flashed their badges or whatever, and it was obvious that...to the guards that were there, that they may have been a bit impaired," Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, told ABC News."They went on to go through what was then an active crime scene investigation," Cummings said.When uniformed officers confronted the agents, a supervisor ordered them to let the agents go without charge, government sources said. The supervisor is still on the job, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told ABC News. Unlike the agents in the car, the supervisor has not been reassigned pending the investigation.The episode is the first major test for Clancy, a Secret Service veteran who assumed the post last month, tasked with fundamentally transforming the culture and image of the agency."Director Clancy has shown a commitment to addressing the issues" raised by the incident, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. "That includes implementing structural reforms.""Nobody has higher standards for the Secret Service than Director Clancy," Schultz added.

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Carjacking Victim: ‘They Did the Marathon Explosions!’

Carjacking Victim: ‘They Did the Marathon Explosions!’

Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images(BOSTON) --  In a frantic phone call to 911, a Boston man shouted that he had just been hijacked by two men and that “they did the marathon explosions!”The call was made just past midnight April 19, four days after two bombs ripped through the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 260 others.The Boston man, Dun Meng, recounted his harrowing experience that followed when he took the stand Thursday in the trial of alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.Meng testified that he had pulled over on the side of a road in Brighton, Mass., to send a friend a text message when someone knocked on his passenger-side window and motioned for him to roll down the window. When he did, the hand reached through the window, opened the door and the man, later identified as Dzhokhar’s older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, climbed in with a gun.“He point a gun at me,” Meng told the court, “at my head.”After Meng gave Tamerlan around $45, Tamerlan demanded he drive. At some point Tamerlan pulled the magazine out of the gun and showed Meng a lone bullet inside, saying, “I’m serious. Don’t be stupid.”Meng still thought he could be the victim of a simple robbery until Tamerlan asked him the next question: “Do you know the Boston Marathon explosion?”Meng said he answered, nervously, “Yes, I do.”“Do you know who did it?” Tamerlan said. Meng told the court he said, “No I don’t.” Tamerlan then blurted, “I did it.”Later Dzhokhar, who had been in another vehicle, joined them in the car and Tamerlan switched seats with Meng.The three stopped at a bank where Dzhokhar got Meng’s bank PIN number and stole $800 from his account, Meng said.Later there was a tense moment, Meng remembered, when his roommate called his cell phone and then texted him in Mandarin. Tamerlan demanded a translation. Meng gave it to him. “Where are you? It’s dangerous outside,” she had written.Tamerlan asked him how to say “No” in Mandarin and Meng told him. Tamerlan was suspicious and asked Meng for an English-to-Mandarin dictionary, which was an app on his phone. Meng gave it to him and Tamerlan responded to the roommate’s text.That prompted a phone call from another roommate, the boyfriend of the first. Tamerlan pulled out the gun again and for a second time pointed it at Meng’s head, telling him, “You have to answer the phone right now. If you say any single word in Chinese I will kill you right now.” Tamerlan instructed him to tell the caller that he is staying out because he is not feeling well.Meng testified, “I pick up the phone answer in English, ‘How you doing?’ Which is very weird because my roommates are Chinese too… I say, ‘I feel sick. I am going to stay at friend’s house.'"“What?” Meng’s roommate answered in Chinese. “Why are you speaking English?”Meng says, in English again, “I’m staying at a friend’s house. I have to go right now,” and hangs up.Tamerlan, Meng testified, looked “more relaxed,” and told Meng, “Good job, boy. Good job.”Just past midnight on April 19, Meng made his escape when they stopped at a Shell gas station and ran across the street to a Mobil station. Dramatic video from the Mobil gas station’s cameras show a terrified Meng running in and asking the clerk to call 911.Once the dispatcher is reached, Meng gets on the phone, hysterical, and explains that he’d been carjacked and said, “They did the marathon explosions!”Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombings, but his defense admitted in opening statements he’s not contesting that he took part in the deadly attack. Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout hours after Meng escaped.

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Oklahoma Football Team Stages Silent Protest over Racist Frat Video

Oklahoma Football Team Stages Silent Protest over Racist Frat Video

Photo by JP Wilson/Replay Photos via Getty Images)(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The University of Oklahoma football team held a silent protest Thursday instead of practicing in response to a video showing members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon reciting a racist chant.

 

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Quarterback Trevor Knight was among those players who posted a statement saying the team had not practiced this week and asked that the university continue its investigation into the executive board of the fraternity."These types of incidents occur nationwide every single year, and our hope is to shed light on this issue and promote meaningful change at a national level," read the statement posted on his Twitter account.

 

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— Trevor Knight (@trevor_knight9) March 12, 2015

The university closed the SAE house on campus and expelled two students after the video emerged earlier this week, which shows fraternity members chanting, “There will never be a n***** at SAE” and also referred to lynchings and keeping African-Americans out of the fraternity."The chant was not invented by the two that led it, but was taught to underclassmen by people of higher authority," the statement continued. "Being a student at the University of Oklahoma is a privilege, and allowing this culture to thrive is against everything it means to be a Sooner. Ignorance is no excuse."The statement added that the players will continue to address the issue when practice resumes next week and will wear black. The players also thanked head coach Bob Stoops and the coaching staff for their support.The university also issued a statement Thursday, saying President David Boren planned to meet with the captains of the football team following spring break. He also asked the vice president of student affairs to investigate each officer of the fraternity to "determine their responsibility and to make recommendations on appropriate disciplinary action."

 

 

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Former fraternity members have claimed the same language was used at other colleges, but the national headquarters has denied being the source of the chant.

 

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Video Shows Multiple Girls Beating 15-Year-Old in NY McDonald’s

Video Shows Multiple Girls Beating 15-Year-Old in NY McDonald’s

WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- A 15-year-old girl was beaten by several other girls inside a Brooklyn, New York, McDonald's, and a video of the event captured bystanders watching the fight and interjecting remarks but not intervening for several minutes.One suspect, who the New York Police Department would not identify, is in custody, though no charges have yet been filed, according to the NYPD.At least five girls can be seen in the video pushing, punching and slapping the victim, who was wearing a blue hoodie. At one point, the victim can be seen being pushed down to the floor and covering her head with her hands. Yet, the attackers are shown continuously kicking and even dragging the 15-year-old girl.The video of the beating goes on for more than two-and-a-half minutes. The last few seconds show a few people trying to help the girl get up and sit down, and someone can be heard yelling, "Go get ice! Go get ice!"An NYPD spokesman who would not give his name said police were unaware of the incident, which occurred Monday afternoon, until they saw the cellphone video surface online."We don't know if anyone called 911," the NYPD spokesman said. "It appeared online, we saw what happened and we were at the scene after the fight."However, the New York Daily News reported that police said McDonald's employees did call 911.The victim has not cooperated with authorities, who are actively investigating, the NYPD spokesman added. Police are trying to speak with the victim's family, he said.The 15-year-old beating victim was a student at nearby Erasmus High School, which became aware of the incident after it took place, according to a school spokesman."A staff member went to the location and accompanied the student to a hospital and waited with her until her parents got there," the school spokesman said. "Both police and EMS were at the scene when the school staff member arrived."The New York City Department of Education said it will have extra counselors available at the Erasmus High School campus for anyone who needs support."The actions in this video are abhorrent, and our primary concern right now is for the well-being of the student," New York Department of Education Deputy Press Secretary Jason Fink told ABC News in a statement.The 15-year-old student was discharged from a hospital later Monday night but returned Wednesday night because she blacked out, possibly from concussion after effects, community activist Anthony Herbert told ABC News.

Herbert said his organization, Advocates Without Borders, was trying to get the victim and her family to come forward and press charges."If we don't say something, these kids will run away and get away with this [with] impunity," Herbert said. "I'm working right now to engage a lot of community leaders to create a community outreach task force to address the issues that lead our young people to get caught up in violent activity."According to Herbert, the victim said she had an ongoing issue with one of her attackers and she was expecting a fight at the McDonald's but did not know there were going to be multiple girls ganging up against her.Paul Goodman, the franchisee of the McDonald's where the fight allegedly occurred released the following statement: "The safety of my employees and customers is my top priority. In keeping with my restaurant policy, my employees contacted the police at the onset of this situation. As part of the Flatbush community, I will continue to work with the NYPD and community leaders to ensure the safety of customers. Since this is now a under police investigation it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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Home Being Searched Just Blocks from Ferguson Police Department

Home Being Searched Just Blocks from Ferguson Police Department

iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Police have swarmed a home in Ferguson, Missouri Thursday morning, just four blocks away from the police department.The search comes hours after two police officers were shot amid protests in front of the Ferguson Police Department."I can confirm that it's related, and it's just part of the investigation," St. Louis County police officer Shawn McGuire told ABC News.The crowd of protesters in front of the police department fluctuated throughout Wednesday evening in the wake of the resignation of the city's police chief Tom Jackson, but by midnight, the crowd had begun to disperse.On Thursday morning, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said that the search for the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting was the department's "number one priority."

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First Images of Utah, ‘Miracle’ Baby After Surviving Deadly Car Crash

First Images of Utah, ‘Miracle’ Baby After Surviving Deadly Car Crash

Obtained by ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The first images and video have been released of the recovering "miracle" baby who was in a partially submerged car for nearly 14 hours.Lily Groesbeck survived hours in a wrecked car in freezing temperatures before being rescued by first responders Saturday. The car was found partially in the Spanish Fork River, outside Salt Lake City, with water so frigid rescuers could only stay in it a few moments at time. Her mother, who was driving, did not survive.After being rescued, 18-month-old Lily was initially taken to Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City in stable condition. The video shows Lily, prior to her release from the hospital on Wednesday, playing with her father and singing along to "The Wheels on the Bus.""Her improvement is astounding. Right now she's watching Dora and singing 'Wheels on the Bus' with Grandpa," Lily's aunt, Jill Sanderson, wrote on the family's fundraising page earlier this week. "She is smiling and laughing for family members. We're blown away by Lily's progress and so grateful to her rescuers."Rescuers did not initially realize the toddler was in the car, although officers and firefighters at the scene reported hearing a voice asking for help before locating her. Officials said they believe her mother, Lynn Jennifer Groesbeck, 25, died on impact.

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Nebraska No-Show Cable Guy Prompts Alleged Bomb Threat

Nebraska No-Show Cable Guy Prompts Alleged Bomb Threat

iStock/Thinkstock(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- Most people have experienced some kind of irritation when dealing with cable providers, but one customer took it to the next level when she allegedly threatened to bomb the Time Warner Cable office in Nebraska.Mikka Phillips, 23, was frustrated that she took time off work Tuesday to wait at home for her cable appointment and no one from Time Warner Cable showed up to install her service, according to the Lincoln Police Department.When she called Time Warner Cable to complain, police said, Phillips was told that the company had tried to contact her at the last phone number they had on record, but it was no longer in service.In the recorded phone call, police said, Phillips "became very angry and started cursing" at the customer service representative before she allegedly added, "I swear to God I'm blowing up that building."Police said she then cursed some more before hanging up the call.The alleged threat was taken seriously and Time Warner's building in Lincoln was evacuated and searched for a bomb, though no explosives were found."The safety of our employees and customers is our top priority, and we take every threat seriously. We are prepared for a number of scenarios in the unlikely event the well-being of our customers and employees is jeopardized," the company said in a statement.ABC News has been unable to reach Phillips, and it was not immediately clear whether she has an attorney.

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Ferguson Police Shooting: Witnesses Stunned as Shots Ring Out

Ferguson Police Shooting: Witnesses Stunned as Shots Ring Out

Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Witnesses were stunned as shots rang out on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri early Thursday morning, a shooting that left two police officers wounded. The gunman remains on the loose.

Many were gathered outside as protests followed the resignation of the city’s police chief Tom Jackson.

Freelance journalist Bradley Rayford was nearby when the shooting occurred.“As we were about to pack our cameras up, we hear what we thought were fireworks up the street,” Rayford told ABC News. “Turns out, happened three more times. It was gunfire because we saw the muzzle fire from the gun up top of the street.“It was kind of traumatic…I'm still kind of in shock because of it.” 

The scene outside the #Ferguson PD pic.twitter.com/KaHT0EiZb4

— Bradley J. Rayford (@BradleyRayford) March 12, 2015

The shooting and aftermath were captured on social media and streaming video, tense moments experienced in real-time across the world.

 

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A manhunt is underway for the shooter. St. Louis County Police Chief John Belmar, speaking to the media Thursday morning, said the shots came from an undetermined location north or northwest of the Ferguson Police Department building. “I don't know who did the shooting, to be honest with you," Belmar said, adding that he could not provide a description of the suspect or gun. 

Carrying the officer away and guns drawn. #ferguson

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Belmar said his assumption was that, based on where the officers were standing and the trajectory of the bullets, the officers were targeted.“These were shots that were parallel to the ground, not up in the air, and not at. They weren't skip shots and we have to make an assumption that these shots were directed exactly at my police officers,” Belmar said.

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