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Possibility of Criminal Charges in New York City Building Collapse Growing

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 by

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FDNY(NEW YORK) — As searchers and cadaver dogs sift through the rubble looking for victims and evidence, New York City officials tell ABC News that the possibility is growing that criminal charges could be filed as a result of the blast and building collapse in the East Village.

Investigators with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are now fully engaged, according to a law-enforcement source, as opposed to simply “monitoring” the investigation — which would be the standard procedure.

“They are on-site and they’ve given instructions” about what type of information may or may not be released by other city agencies, the source said.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is not commenting at this point.

Two city officials tell ABC News investigators are now pursuing reports from tenants that they were told by building management to report gas problems to the landlord and not the energy company, Con Edison, or to 911.

Some tenants have told investigators that they were given those instructions as late as Thursday morning — just before Con Ed inspectors were scheduled to examine plumbing in the basement.

Investigators have not yet confirmed these reports. But if they are found to be accurate, it could prove to be critical. Investigators and prosecutors are trying to determine whether the piping work done in the basement was legal and done appropriately, or if the building’s owners knew they were violating the city code and, thus, might be jeopardizing the safety of people in and around the building.

Specific instructions to tenants that they should not call the city or the utility could be a key indicator that someone knew the gas piping might not be up to code, the officials said.

It is these reports, the officials said, that prompted Mayor Bill de Blasio to be so emphatic in the last couple of days as he reminded people during his briefings that gas odors must be reported immediately to the city or the utility. He stressed that no one should rely on simply calling their landlord.

The owner of the ground-floor restaurant where the explosion occurred called the landlord to report the gas leak Thursday, and it is that leak that is believed to be the cause of the blast.

Though the mayor has cautioned that the cleanup and probe will take time, investigators want to get into the basement as soon as they can to examine the gas pipes. They believe those pipes will provide the most crucial evidence.

Two people were still missing as of Sunday, and 22 people were injured in the explosion and collapse.

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Trooper Wounded in Eric Frein Ambush Wants to Return to PA Police

Sunday, March 29th, 2015 by

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ABC News(DUNMORE, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania state trooper critically injured in a sniper attack six month ago by accused cop killer Eric Frein said Saturday he feels he will “eventually be able to go back” to his old job.

On Sept. 12, 2014, state trooper Alex Douglass was shot in the pelvis during Frein’s ambush, which took place during a late-night shift change at the State Police barracks in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania.

Douglass has undergone 16 surgeries and has another one scheduled in April, he told ABC News affiliate WNEP-TV Saturday at a road naming ceremony for Cpl. Bryon Dickson, who died in the attack.

“I feel good,” Douglass said to WNEP-TV. “I’m getting better and now I’m off the crutches. Our department was tremendous during this horrific tragedy. That’s what really kept me motivated and just looking on into the future.”

And Douglass’ future could include returning to the state police.

“I don’t want anything to hold me back,” Douglass said, according to WNEP-TV. “It will be an honor to go back to the Pennsylvania State Police.”

Frein was captured in October after a 48-day manhunt. At times, 1,000 officers searched the Pocono Mountains for Frein, who police said had planned his attack and hiding for years.

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21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) — At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said.

Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

One person was in grave condition and another was in critical condition, the LAFD reported.

Eight others were hospitalized with minor injuries. The train operator and car driver were among those injured, officials said.

Sgt. Mike Verlich of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Saturday afternoon the driver of the car apparently did not obey a “No left turn” sign at a grade crossing.

“From witness accounts what we have is both the train and the vehicle traveling eastbound. There was in improper turn that occurred. The vehicle got wedged between the pole and the train causing the train to dislodge,” he said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to officials.

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Seven Injured, Three Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) — Seven people were injured — including some college students on spring break — and one man was in custody Saturday after a shooting at a home in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday, officials said.

Three people were in critical condition, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office said. Three others were in stable condition and one victim was in surgery, officials said.

Several of the victims were Alabama A&M University students visiting Panama City Beach for Spring Break, the sheriff’s office confirmed. All of the victims are between the ages of 20 and 22, the sheriff’s office reported.

Witnesses helped identify the suspected shooter as David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, according to the sheriff’s office.

Daniels was in custody, charged with seven counts of attempted murder, and was expected to make a court appearance later Saturday.

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Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After ‘Unprovoked’ Shooting

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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ABC News(BOSTON) — A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city’s police commissioner said Saturday.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans called the shooting of officer John Moynihan on Friday night “unprovoked” during a news conference on Saturday. Moynihan and five other officers had pulled over a driver in Roxbury, Massachusetts, when the driver began firing at the officers, according to police.

The officers hadn’t drawn their guns when the driver began shooting, said Evans. As the officers chased after him, the driver continued to fire, emptying his revolver as he ran.

The officers later shot the driver, who died on scene, police said. Evans identified him as 41-year-old Angelo West, adding that he had a violent criminal past.

Moynihan, 34, was shot underneath his eye and the bullet became lodged behind his ear, Evans said.

“We’re hoping and praying there’s no further damage,” he said.

Evans said video shows the officers approaching the vehicle very “low key.” The video then shows the suspect pointing his gun at the officers’ faces.

Police hoped to release the video soon in order for the department to be “as transparent as possible” in its investigation, Evans said.

“I can’t say enough about the great work we did out there,” he added.

Two other suspects were in custody “on unrelated matters,” police said.

Moynihan, a six-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was one of seven officers who came to the aid of MBTA Officer Richard Donohue during the Watertown, Massachusetts, shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in 2013 shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. He was honored at the “Top Cops” ceremony at the White House in 2014.

After Friday’s shooting, Donohue tweeted his best wishes for Moynihan.



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Girl, 4, Found Alone on Philadelphia Bus After Seeking Slushie

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) — A four-year-old girl in Pennsylvania couldn’t wait to get her hands on her favorite treat – a slushie — so she headed out on her own for an overnight adventure.

The girl, sporting a purple coat and snow boots, ended up alone on a SEPTA bus in Northeast Philadelphia around 3 a.m. on Friday after a man flagged down the bus, according to a report by ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

“Got to be kidding me! At this time, at 3 o’clock in the morning,” the bus driver, Harlan Jenifer, told WPVI-TV. “She’s a small little thing. It kind of just shocked me.”

Jenifer told the television station he called police while passengers on board the bus comforted the four-year-old.

“All I want is a slushie, that’s all she said,” Jenifer told WPVI-TV.

The girl was eventually taken home to her parents, who said this was Annabelle’s first and last solo adventure. The family has since reconfigured the locks on the home.

“There are no words, he saved my daughter’s life,” her mother, Jaclyn Mager, told WPVI-TV.

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Denise Huskins’ Boyfriend’s Attorney Says He Received Email From Her Abductors

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) — The alleged kidnappers of a California woman sent an email detailing their motive to the office of her boyfriend’s attorney, he said Friday, saying it proves her disappearance was real and not a hoax as police have claimed.

Aaron Quinn’s attorney Dan Russo declined to specify what was said in the six-page email that he claimed detailed the kidnappers’ motivation for abducting Denise Huskins on Monday morning.

“These people are real,” he told ABC News. “They’re really motivated.”

Police in Vallejo, California, said Wednesday that they found “no evidence to support the claims” that Huskins was abducted from Quinn’s home before she was found alive two days later more than 400 miles away in Huntington Beach, California. They declined to comment on Russo’s claims about the email his office received.

Huskins, 29, and Quinn, 30, have denied any involvement in a hoax through their attorneys. Russo has said that Quinn was tied up and drugged by at least two assailants the day his girlfriend was taken, which he said explains why Quinn was unable to call police until hours later.

Police said that Quinn told investigators that Huskins’ abductors made a $8,500 ransom demand.

Both police and the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday that they received emails allegedly from Huskins’ kidnappers. While police declined to detail the specifics of the email, the newspaper reported it received an email the day before from an “anonymous person claiming to be holding Denise Huskins.”

The newspaper reported on Thursday that it received a second email from a person claiming to be one of the kidnappers that said the abduction was real.

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Watch Tom Brady Jump Off Cliff, Land in Water

Saturday, March 28th, 2015 by

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Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — This video may be too scary for New England Patriots fans to watch.

A new Facebook post from Tom Brady shows the quarterback — apparently on a family vacation — jumping off a cliff beside a waterfall and landing in a pool of water at the bottom.

Before Brady takes the leap, you can hear his wife Gisele Bündchen asking, “Are you going to jump, Tom?”

The Super Bowl champ appeared to survive the jump uninjured.

“Never doing that again!” Brady wrote along with the video.

Since Brady posted the video to Facebook Saturday morning, it’s already received more than 2 million views.

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NASA Launches Year-Long Experiment

Friday, March 27th, 2015 by

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NASA-TV(NEW YORK) — An unprecedented NASA experiment began on Friday, with Astronaut Scott Kelly and a pair of Russian cosmonauts blasting off, bound for the International Space Station, where Kelly will spend the next year.

Kelly and his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark, will be human guinea pigs. While Scott spends the year in space, Mark will remain on the ground. NASA hopes to compare what happens to the bodies and brains of the two men in such different environments.

The launch took place on Friday afternoon, with video inside the rocket showing Kelly giving a thumbs up.

Beforehand, Kelly posted a photo to Instagram showing him closing up shop for the next year.


Shutting down my office for a while. #ISS1year #iss #office #nasa #jsc #timetogo

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:42am PST


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No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

Friday, March 27th, 2015 by

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Boulder County Sheriff’s Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) — The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that the cause of the baby’s death was as yet unknown, but test results were pending. Still, because an autopsy and investigation failed to provide evidence that the baby “exhibited signs of life outside of the womb,” murder charges could not be brought.

“A prosecutor can not file murder charges when a baby who is killed has not lived outside the body of the mother,” Garnett explained. “For similar reasons, I can not bring charges of child abuse resulting in death.”

“I understand that many people in the community, and Heaven knows I’ve heard from a lot of them, would like me to have filed homicide charges,” Garnett concluded. “However, that is not possible under Colorado law without proof of a live birth.”

Dynel Lane was accused of luring the victim to a Longmont home, beating her, and cutting the baby out of her. Police later arrested Lane at a hospital after she arrived with the dead child.

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