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FAA Lifts Flight Restrictions for Tel Aviv Airport


Stockbyte/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced the lifting of restrictions on U.S. airline flights into and out of Israel's Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday."Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the agency said in a statement.The notice comes after an earlier decision in which the agency renewed a ban on travel to or from Tel Aviv and prohibited air travel to the region for another 24 hours.Initially, the FAA banned flights Tuesday following a rocket strike that landed nearly a mile from the airport."The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary," the FAA added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution in Arizona


iStock/Thinkstock(FLORENCE, Ariz.) -- A double murderer executed in Arizona on Wednesday was pronounced dead almost two hours after the process began, state Attorney General Tom Horne said."The execution of Joseph Wood commenced at 1:57 p.m. at the Arizona State Prison Complex (ASPC)-Florence and he was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.," the Attorney General said in a statement.Wood's attorneys filed a motion for emergency stay of the execution after the inmate was reported, “gasping and snorting for more than an hour,” according to court documents they filed."The experiment using midazolam combined with hydromorphone to carry out an execution failed today in Arizona. It took Joseph Wood two hours to die, and he gasped and struggled to breath for about an hour and forty minutes," said Dale Baich, one of Joseph Wood’s attorneys. "We will renew our efforts to get information about the manufacturer of drugs as well as how Arizona came up with the experimental formula of drugs it used today. Arizona appears to have joined several other states who have been responsible for an entirely preventable horror -- a bungled execution.”Still, Jeanine Brown, a niece of one of Wood's victims, says that's not what she heard as she witnessed the execution."I don't believe he was gasping for air," Brown said. "I don't believe he was suffering. Sound to me as though he was snoring."Wood was convicted February 25, 1991, and sentenced to death July 2, 1991.The 55-year-old was involved in an unstable five-year relationship with his ex-girlfriend, Debbie Dietz, during the time of the crime. On August 7, 1989, Wood walked into the local body shop owned by her family and shot Debbie’s 55-year-old father, Gene Dietz, in the chest with a .38 caliber revolver, according to a statement from the AG.He later located Debbie, and shot her once in the abdomen and once in the chest, killing her as well, the document stated.The ACLU said in a statement that executions should be stopped until it can be proved the drugs used work as intended. "Today the state of Arizona broke the Eighth Amendment, the First Amendment, and the bounds of basic decency. Joseph Wood suffered cruel and unusual punishment when he was apparently left conscious long after the drugs were administered. According to his emergency papers filed by his attorneys, he was choking and snorting over an hour into the process."In its rush to put Mr. Wood to death in secret, Arizona ignored the dire and clear warnings from the botched executions of Oklahoma and Ohio. It’s time for Arizona and the other states still using lethal injection to admit that this experiment with unreliable drugs is a failure. Instead of hiding lethal injection under layers of foolish secrecy, these states need to show us where the drugs are come from."Wood filed several appeals denied by the Supreme Court, including one that claimed his rights were violated by the state's refusal to give details on the drugs that were to be used in the execution.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Family Booted Off Southwest Airlines After Dad Tweeted About 'Rude' Gate Agent


Rick Gershon/Getty Images(DENVER) -- A Minneapolis man said he and his two children were kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight after the father tweeted about a “rude” gate agent who refused to give his kids priority boarding.The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when Duff Watson was traveling with his daughters, ages 9 and 6, from Denver to Minneapolis.“I have been traveling with Southwest for a few years now, and I’m an A-list member,” Watson told ABC News Wednesday. “You can board the plane early."Watson said his two children have always been able to board the plane with him, but the gate agent he confronted Sunday afternoon wouldn’t budge, he said.“I am not trying to game the system,” Watson said. “I’m not going to leave my kids alone to board. That doesn’t make sense.”When the gate agent told Watson she couldn’t let his children board with him, Watson said he asked the agent: “Is this a new policy?”Watson said the agent didn’t answer his question directly, but told him: “I am not going to change my mind.”The gate agent allegedly asked the passenger and his children to step aside and wait until the rest of the A-list members boarded. “We waited, which was fine,” Watson said. “I thought she was very rude and wanted to complain to customer service, so I asked her: ‘Can I get your last name?’”“She told me: ‘You don’t need my last name for anything,’” Watson said. “I told her: ‘Real nice way to treat an A-list member.’”"I tweeted something like, ‘Wow, rudest agent in Denver. Kimberly S, gate C39, not happy @SWA,’” he said.He then boarded the plane along with his kids. However, they just couldn't get home in time.“I heard my name in the broadcast, asking me to get off the plane,” Watson said. “I didn’t know what was going on. I thought we left something or we were on the wrong flight.”He was then approached by a flight attended, who refused to tell him the reason for the broadcast, but said: “You need to exit the aircraft immediately.”“So I walked by the people who we just walked by to get to our seats,” he said.Watson then ran into the same gate agent he had tweeted about.“She [the agent] said I was a safety threat,” Watson said. “I was shocked. There was no use of profanity, there were no threats made. How was I a safety threat?”Watson said the agent threatened to call the cops if he didn’t delete the tweet that included her first name and initial of last name.“I was taken aback by the situation. My two kids were crying,” he said. “She watched me as I deleted the tweet.”The gate agent then allegedly summoned Watson and his children to get back on the same flight.“So we walked through the same passengers the third time,” Watson said.“The point is not the order of boarding,” Watson said. “The point is how she responded.”Southwest Airlines could not be immediately reached for comment by ABC News. But the airline issued a statement to a local CBS affiliate confirming that a customer was removed for a short time and continued on to Minneapolis. The incident is under review, Southwest noted.“I have been loyal to Southwest,” Watson said. “I was really upset that Southwest has such rude front-line staff members."A Southwest representative called him after the incident, and informed him that A-list members' priority treatment doesn't apply to family members."I looked on their website and I didn't find any explicit rule," Watson said.Southwest has offered a $50 voucher as a good-will gesture, he said, but he plans to donate it to charity.“I’m not going to fly them again," he said.“I wish I didn’t back down, I wish I didn’t delete the tweet. But under that quid pro quo situation, I did it,” Watson said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Indiana Teen Flying Around the World Dies in Crash


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A teenage boy from Indiana, who was flying around the world with his father on a single engine plane, was killed when their plane crashed earlier Wednesday.Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son Haris took off from American Samoa Wednesday morning before their plane crashed, according to a family spokesperson, Azher Khan.The Coast Guard notified the family Wednesday morning that they found Haris Suleman's body but had still not located Babar Suleman's, Khan said.The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that a single-engine Hawker Beechcraft BE36 crashed into the ocean under unknown circumstances after departing from Pago Pago International Airport. The agency said that preliminary reports indicated two individuals were on board and the Coast Guard had located the wreckage.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's 'Best Friend' Did Drugs to Cope with Link to Bombs


FBI(BOSTON) -- The accused heroin dealer whom officials say provided a handgun to the alleged Boston Marathon bombers told police last year that he did drugs himself to cope with his close link to the deadly twin explosions, a police report and law enforcement sources said.“I smoke a lot of weed every day because my best friend was the bomber,” Stephen Silva said, based on a police report written after he was busted in November 2013 for allegedly dealing marijuana.Law enforcement officials told ABC News that by “best friend,” Silva was referring to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a former classmate of Silva’s and the man charged with setting off the Boston Marathon bombs in April 2013 with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.Silva, 21, had been out on bail awaiting a court date scheduled for next week in connection to the state’s marijuana charges when he was taken into federal custody Monday and accused of dealing heroin in June 2014.In addition to the new heroin charges, court documents also accuse Silva of at one point possessing a handgun, a “Ruger model P95 9mm pistol,” in early 2013 that law enforcement sources told ABC News is the same one later used by Tamerlan Tsarnaev in a shootout with police three days after the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities believe the gun was also used to murder MIT police officer Sean Collier hours before the shootout with police.Though the Tsarnaevs are not mentioned in court documents regarding Silva’s gun possession charges, law enforcement officials told ABC News they believe Silva gave Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the weapon and that Dzhokhar and Silva were close.On Tuesday, Silva told the federal magistrate judge that he graduated from Cambridge Rindge & Latin, the same high school from which the younger Tsarnaev graduated, with honors. Silva said he graduated in 2011, the same year as Tsarnaev.In a run-in with authorities on the Fourth of July in 2012, cops reported a Steven Silva -- rather than Stephen -- and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were discovered together drinking alcohol in a Honda registered to Dzhokhar. Stephen Silva has an identical twin brother named Steven, sources said, but police believe that it was really Stephen in the car with the younger Tsarnaev. The November 2013 police report also had the offender listed as Steven, but fingerprints taken after his arrest identified him as Stephen Silva, the same man arraigned in federal court Tuesday, law enforcement sources said.Stephen Silva said in court Tuesday he lives with his mother and stepfather, and added that his brother "moved away" and works as a car salesman. State and federal sources said Steven and Dzhokhar knew each other but were not friends.Stephen Silva did not enter a plea during his initial appearance Tuesday, and is being held until his bail hearing in August. His trial on the Nov. 2013 marijuana arrest will be postponed, Suffolk County prosecutors said.Late Tuesday, Silva's attorney, Jonathan Shapiro, issued a statement that notes there is no mention of Tsarnaev in his client’s most recent indictment.“I am in the process of meeting with my client and reviewing the available evidence, which will eventually be presented in a court of law in accordance with our system of justice,” Shapiro said.Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in the shootout with police on April 18, 2013. Dzhokhar was injured but survived and was later captured. He has pleaded not guilty to some 30 charges related to the bombing.  If convicted, he could face the death penalty.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Witness: Unarmed Teen Appeared 'Hurt' Before 'Porch Shooting'


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- One of the last people to see Renisha McBride before she was shot to death on a Detroit porch testified on Wednesday that the teen appeared scared and disoriented after crashing into a parked car.Carmen Beasley said she heard a loud bang outside her suburban Detroit home around 1 a.m. on Nov. 2, 2013. When she got a closer look, Beasley said she saw her husband's parked car had been hit.She called 911 and went outside to help McBride, she said."I told her she was injured and we needed to get an ambulance," Beasley said. "I didn’t want to be intrusive, but I knew she was hurt."Beasley said McBride appeared drunk, confused and was staggering and didn't know her home phone number when she asked for it. McBride walked away from the scene several times, according to Beasley, and disappeared before an ambulance arrived.Where McBride was before she was fatally shot on a porch -- and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired -- will be crucial evidence in the trial of the Detroit-area man who fired the gun that killed her.Theodore Wafer, 54, who is white, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of McBride, 19, who is black, after she showed up on his porch in Dearborn Heights during the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.A jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, will decide the case. Four of the jurors are black.Earlier in the day, Wafer's defense attorney said during opening arguments that his client had "never been this scared in his life, ever" after hearing a series of booms and saw a shadowy figure outside his home."He hears metal breaking on his front door. Ted hears it. He's thinking, 'They're coming in. They're breaking into my house,'" defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.But prosecutor Danielle Hagaman-Clark argued that McBride had played a drinking game with her friend earlier that night, crashed her car and may have been seeking medical help for a cut on her head."[Wafer's] actions that night were unnecessary, unjustified and unreasonable," she told the jury.An autopsy released by the Office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that McBride died of a large gunshot wound to the face. The shot that killed McBride showed “no evidence of close range discharge," according to the report.In a 911 call released by police, Wafer could be heard saying: “Uh yes ... I just shot somebody on my front porch. With a shot gun. Banging on my door.”When the police asked him what city he was in, Wafer said thank you, and hung up.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jury to Decide Whether Michigan 'Porch Shooting' Was Self-Defense


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- Where Renisha McBride was before she was fatally shot on a Detroit man's porch -- and the screen door through which the fatal bullet was apparently fired -- will be crucial evidence in the man's murder trial.Theodore Wafer, 54, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of McBride, 19, after she showed up on his porch in the early morning of Nov. 2, 2013.Wafer's defense attorney said Wednesday during opening arguments that his client had "never been this scared in his life, ever" after hearing a series of booms, and then seeing a shadowy figure outside his home."He hears metal breaking on his front door. Ted hears it. He's thinking, 'They're coming in. They're breaking into my house,'" defense attorney Cheryl Carpenter said.The prosecution, however, argued that McBride had played a drinking game with her friend earlier that night, crashed her car and may have been seeking medical help for a cut on her head.The defense said there was damage to Wafer's screen door -- damage caused by a bullet, and not by McBride or someone else trying to break-in to Wafer's home.During testimony, Monica McBride, the teen's mother, broke down on the stand as she identified her daughter's photo and explained how she found her watching television when she came home from work on the last night of her life. McBride also said that when her daughter was drunk, she would often fall asleep.McBride told the jury she told her daughter she was not allowed to leave the house because she had stayed home all day but hadn't finished her chores.An autopsy released by the Office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that McBride died of a large gunshot wound to the face. The shot that killed McBride showed “no evidence of close range discharge," according to the report.In a 911 call released by police, Wafer could be heard saying: “Uh yes ... I just shot somebody on my front porch. With a shot gun. Banging on my door.”When the police asked him what city he was in, Wafer said thank you, and hung up.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FAA Extends Travel Ban to Israel for Another 24 Hours


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Federal Aviation Administration announced  Wednesday that it has not lifted its ban against travel to or from Tel Aviv's airport and will prohibit air travel to Israel for an additional 24 hours."The agency is working closely with the Government of Israel to review the significant new information they have provided and determine whether potential risks to U.S. civil aviation are mitigated so the agency can resolve concerns as quickly as possible," the FAA said in a statement.This comes a day after the agency barred all American air carriers from flying to or from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv following a rocket attack within a mile of the airport.The order was issued at 12:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, with the FAA saying it would hold for up to 24 hours until an update on Wednesday.Dozens of flights and hundreds of passengers were affected.The list of airlines that chose to follow the FAA's guidelines extended outside of the U.S., with Air Canada, Lufthansa, German Wings and Air France canceling their scheduled flights in addition to US Airways, Delta and United.British Airways and Russian carrier Rossiya continued their flights to Ben Gurion, as did Israel's commercial airline El Al, whose planes have their own missile detection systems.Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg flew into Tel Aviv on an El Al flight Wednesday morning as a show of support for Israel.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the ban will be seen as a victory by Hamas.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

People Keep Trying to Sneak Guns into US Capitol


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A man was arrested Wednesday morning attempting to enter the Cannon House Office Building with a firearm, U.S. Capitol Police said.“A firearm was recovered as a result of an administrative search at the rotunda door of the Cannon House Office Building,” police spokesman Shennell Antrobus confirmed, adding that the incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m.Wednesday’s incident follows a similar one on Friday when a congressional staffer attempted to enter the same building and was charged with carrying a pistol without a license. Last week’s event occurred at the South East Door of the Cannon House Office Building at about the same time in the morning.The defendant arrested Wednesday is not a congressional staffer and is being processing at Capitol Police headquarters, Antrobus said.He was unable to say whether the officers involved in Wednesday’s arrest were the same ones who last week snagged a Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and magazine from Ryan Shucard, press secretary to Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Missing Marine Wife May Have Been Having Affair with Neighbor


Courtesy Corwin Family(TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif.) -- Authorities are investigating the possibility that a missing California woman -- the wife of a Marine -- was having an affair with her married neighbor and was pregnant with his child, according to a search warrant.Erin Corwin, 20, has not been seen since June 28, vanishing from the city of Twentynine Palms without a trace. Investigators say her husband, Lance Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, reported her missing one day after she was last seen leaving for Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California.Her Toyota Corolla was found not far from the military base where her husband is stationed.Authorities say the circumstances surrounding Corwin’s disappearance are suspicious.“At this point we’re trying to investigate each and every person who has been an acquaintance with Erin,” San Bernardino County Sheriff Randy Naquin said.That includes Christopher Lee, a Marine rifleman who was recently honorably discharged. According to the search warrant, Lee initially denied knowing Corwin well, but investigators say Corwin’s friend told them she might have been pregnant with Lee’s child.Additionally, Lee was worried that his wife would divorce him and keep him from his child with her if she found out about the affair and pregnancy, the friend said, according to the search warrant. It's unclear who and what the warrant targets.Lee, 24, says he went hunting in the national park the same day Corwin told her husband she was going there, according to the search warrant. But Lee has said he denied seeing her that day.Investigators are searching the park for clues.“We’re looking for a crime scene,” Naquin said. “We're looking for something that is going to give us an indication that something has or has not happened to her.”Lee has not been named a person of interest or suspect. ABC News has been unable to reach him.Police have not ruled out the possibility that Corwin may be voluntarily missing, but, at this point, her whereabouts remain a mystery.“It is highly likely that Erin could have been harmed by an unknown firearm,” police said in the search warrant.Lee was arrested July 4 on an unrelated weapons charge for possessing a destructive device and is reportedly out on bail.ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said authorities will continue to focus on Lee, but need to definitively prove that a crime occurred.“In a situation like this, where a woman who disappeared was possibly having an affair, you look first at two people: the husband and the boyfriend,” Abrams said. “As of now, it doesn’t seem the authorities are considering the husband as a person of interest.”“It’s clear they now suspect very strongly there was foul play. And as time passes, it will become clearer and clearer that a crime was committed,” he added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Video Could Hold Clues in Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Mystery


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Police are looking for five people seen on surveillance video before bleached-white American flags were added to the poles atop the Brooklyn Bridge.The group was seen walking on the bridge after 3 a.m. Tuesday. At around 3:30 a.m., the lights that illuminate the U.S. flags on either side of the bridge could be seen flickering and then going out completely. At 5:30 a.m., construction workers noticed that the seemingly-white flags had replaced the American flags, police said.Officers later made their way up the bridge’s main cables, finding aluminum pans -- secured with zip ties -- covering the lights. The bleached flags were removed, and the traditional American flags were returned.Police admitted they don’t know who committed the security breach or how they accomplished it.“I’m not particularly happy about the event,” NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Tuesday.NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller, who also oversees intelligence and counter terrorism, said tests were being conducted on the two flags."At this time, there is no sign of any particular nexus to terrorism or even politics," Miller said. "It could be someone's art project or a statement, but it's not clear what that statement is."The perpetrators may have had some experience climbing in construction or bridgework, or have previously been up to the bridge’s flag platforms, Miller said.Either way, authorities said, whoever pulled off the breach was able to scale 276 feet, somehow making it past the locked gates that sit atop the bridge’s steel cables.Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, is offering $5,000 for information leading to an arrest.“This is the Brooklyn Bridge, and the only person who should surrender at this time is the person responsible for the desecration of this flag,” Adams said.The famed bridge, one of the country’s oldest suspension bridges, was completed in 1883 and connects Brooklyn and Manhattan over the East River.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Last Washington State Mudslide Victim Reportedly Found


Hemera/Thinkstock(OSO, Wash.) -- Four months after an enormous mudslide wiped out an entire Washington state community, recovery teams believe they have finally located the body of the 43rd and last victim.Molly Kristine "Kris" Regelbrugge was among those who drowned in a literal sea of mud near Oso last March 22. The remains of her husband, Navy Cmdr. John Regelbrugge II, were found last April when crews initially called off the search for victims.However, Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary said as excavation crews continued working, they turned up the Regelbrugges' garage under 18 feet of debris.That's where they believe they turned up the body of Kris Regelbrugge.Her family members said Tuesday that they were awaiting the results of DNA tests to positively identify the remains of the missing 44-year-old.The site where 49 homes were buried under millions of pounds of mud and debris was declared a federal disaster area, and the cleanup is expected to take years.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Trial Begins in 'Porch Shooting' of Unarmed Woman


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- A jury has been selected and opening arguments are expected Wednesday in the trial of a suburban Detroit man charged with second-degree murder after he allegedly shot an African-American teen in 2013.Fourteen jurors (which includes two alternates) -- four African Americans and 10 whites -- will determine whether Theodore Wafer, 54, who is white, shot Renisha McBride, 19, in self-defense on his front porch in Dearborn Heights on Nov. 2, 2013.Wafer said he heard McBride pounding on his door at around 4:30 a.m. when he fired his shotgun through the locked door. He later called 911.An autopsy released by the Office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled that McBride died of a large gunshot wound to the face. The shot that killed McBride showed “no evidence of close range discharge,” according to the report.A toxicology report showed that McBride had alcohol and marijuana in her system. She had crashed her vehicle into a parked car before being shot, a witness testified in a hearing on Dec 18, 2013.She was unarmed, according to prosecutors.In a 911 call released by police, Wafer could be heard saying: “Uh yes...I just shot somebody on my front porch. With a shot gun. Banging on my door.”When the police asked him what city he was in, Wafer said thank you, and hung up.Under a 2006 Michigan self-defense law, a homeowner has the right to use force during a break-in. Otherwise, a person must prove his or her life was in danger.The case has caught the attention of civil rights activists because of its resemblance to the George Zimmerman trial.Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman said he shot Martin in self-defense after the teenager knocked him to the ground, punched him and slammed his head repeatedly against the sidewalk.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lightning Kills 1, Injures 2 on Florida Beach


iStock/Thinkstock(FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.) -- A lightning strike on a Florida beach Tuesday afternoon killed one person and left two others injured.The three people were hit at around 2:10 p.m., while they were walking on the beach a short distance from the Lani Kai resort in Fort Myers Beach.The strike, which was part of a storm so fierce that emergency workers were reportedly hesitant to go out on the beach when they arrived, horrified onlookers."The blood was rolling, just floating down to the water's edge and the water was turning red right there. It was really terrible," witness Robert Gustafson told ABC affiliate WZVN-TV in Fort Myers."I'm shaken up. Three people hit by lightning ... at the same time, that's -- that's terrible," Alice Lynch told WZVN-TV.Emergency workers performed CPR on a young man who was hit, and he was unconscious when he was taken was taken from the scene, according to reports.A teenage girl who was also hit was reportedly conscious when she was taken by ambulance to a hospital.Lee County Sheriff's officials have not yet identified the three victims, but according to WZVN-TV they were all from Lehigh Acres.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Official: Gun Shows Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Played Greater Role in Bombing and Afterma


FBI(BOSTON) -- The handgun used by one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a violent firefight with police and to allegedly murder an MIT police officer was given to the Tsarnaev brothers by a local alleged heroin dealer who was taken into custody late Tuesday, several law enforcement sources told ABC News.Stephen Silva, a Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, appeared in federal court Tuesday on drug and gun possession charges.In addition to charges related to alleged heroin dealing, the Eritrea native, "knowingly received and possessed a firearm…a Ruger model P95 9mm pistol, which had the importer's and manufacturer's serial number removed, obliterated, and altered," according to court documents obtained by ABC News. Silva is alleged to have had the gun in Feb. 2013, just months before the marathon blasts.Law enforcement sources said that gun was the same as the Ruger P95 described in other court documents as used by Tamerlan Tsarneav, Dzhokhar's older brother, in a gun battle with police three days after the marathon bombing in April 2013. Tamerlan emptied the gun when firing at police and then threw the empty weapon at the officers before he was killed, the documents say. Dzhokhar was injured, but survived the firefight and would be apprehended hours later. He has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges related to the marathon bombing.Hours before the police engaged the brothers, the same gun was also allegedly used in the murder of MIT security officer Sean Collier.Defense attorneys for Dzhokhar have filed papers and have said in open court that Tamerlan was the architect of the marathon attacks that left three dead, 260 wounded, and that Dzhokhar came under the "stronger influence of his older brother."However, a high-ranking law enforcement official said that while Tamerlan may have used the Ruger last, it was Dzhokhar who was friends with Silva and in the end, "it was Dzhokhar's gun.""The defense is trying to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind [of the Boston attacks], but they were working in concert and we have evidence that Dzhokhar secured the weapon," the official said.Though the serial number was damaged, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was able to use what was left to track it to a gun to a store in Maine where it had been purchased legally, law enforcement sources said.The original buyer told investigators he gave it to a Portland, Maine drug dealing gang. The alleged leader of that gang has been identified in federal court records as Biniam "Icy" Tsegai, also from Eritrea. Tsegai and others were indicted by federal prosecutors in Maine last year and in recent weeks several of those charged with drug-related crimes have pleaded guilty or been sentenced, according to FBI releases and court records.It is unclear what connection "Icy" or his associates may have had with Silva or the Tsarnaevs. But Silva was described by investigators as a longtime friend of the younger Tsarnaev – who today turned 21 in jail where he is awaiting trial. Silva told U.S. Magistrate Court Justice Marianne Bowler Monday that he attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the same school as Dzohokhar, and graduated in the same year, 2011.Silva's attorney, Jonathon Shapiro, did not respond to requests for comment. Silva will return to federal court next month for a bail hearing.The FBI has doggedly built cases against four other Tsarnaev friends.Another Cambridge Rindge and Latin classmate, Robel Phillipos, will go on trial this fall for lying to federal agents.On Monday, Azmat Tazhayakov, who was with Tsarnaev every day after the bombings, according to court testimony in his trial, was found guilty of obstruction charges and faces twenty years in prison.The FBI dug through a dump for ten days to recover a backpack with spent fireworks that Tazhayakov and roomate Dias Kadrybayev are accused of disposing of the night of Collier's murder.Kadrybayev was also charged with obstruction and is slated for trial this fall. He has pleaded not guilty.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Florida Council Votes to Ban Saggy Pants; Mayor Sees No Need for Fashion Police


iStock/Thinkstock(OCALA, Fla.) -- A Florida city council's vote to ban sagging pants has sparked a debate among city officials over whether the need for fashion police.The ordinance, passed July 15 in a unanimous vote, makes it illegal to wear pants two inches below the natural waistline, with violators facing a penalty of possible jail time and a fine of up to $500. The ordinance affects city-owned or leased property, including sidewalks, streets and parks.Mary Sue Rich, a councilwoman for Ocala, was "the driving force" for the law, said Jeannine Robbins, public information officer for the City of Ocala.Councilwoman Rich told ABC News: "Sometimes fads come in and they go out, but this one, to me, just seems to be getting worse. I'm just tired of looking at young men's underwear, it's just disrespectful."Rich, a retired probation senior supervisor for the Florida Department of Corrections, believes the ordinance will have a positive effect."I think it would make [individuals who wear sagging pants] respect themselves, and I would wager 9 out of 10 of them don't have jobs," she said."Everyone's saying I'm targeting young black men," she added. "I'm black. I've been black for a long time, why would I be targeting black men? I would just like to ask one of these men, 'What is the advantage of pulling your pants down so far?'"Not everybody agrees is on board with the anti-sag push, including Mayor Kent Guinn, who may veto it."I don't think it's a good law," Guinn told ABC News, "when we start getting into creating laws that prohibit peoples' freedom of expression and the way they dress, I think you’re getting into some dangerous territory."Guinn said, "After I thought about it, I thought, 'this is just a bad law.' I may not like the way they dress, but I'm not going to make a law about it.""It's nothing personal towards councilwoman Rich," said Guinn, "you vote for what you believe in your heart is right.""I just don't think you can create laws that make you respect yourself," he added.On the fate of the law she worked so hard to implement, Councilwoman Rich simply says, "I guess we'll see."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pre-Teens Account for Sharpest Spike in Unaccompanied Child Migrants


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without parents are increasingly younger, according to newly released figures by the Pew Research Center.Sixteen percent of the minors who’ve crossed unaccompanied in fiscal year 2014, ending Sept. 30, were 12 and younger, compared with 9 percent in the same nine-month period for the previous year, Pew found. The remaining 84 percent of unaccompanied minors who’ve crossed this year were teenagers.The change from last year so far represents a 117 percent increase in the number of unaccompanied kids 12 and younger making the dangerous trek.“The big message here is that when looking at who is crossing the U.S.-Mexico border and being apprehended, a growing number are young children,” Mark Hugo Lopez, Pew’s director of Hispanic research, told ABC News.The data, which look at Customs and Border Patrol number released to Pew through a Freedom of Information Act request, provide the first publicly available detailed portrait of the children surging at the southwest U.S. border in the past few months.Over 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border so far this fiscal year, more than double the number last year during the same nine-month period.The majority of children this year have come from Honduras, followed by Guatemala and El Salvador. Mexico, which normally leads, comes in fourth.The largest share of children 12 and younger comes from Honduras (27 percent), representing a 20 percent uptick in actual numbers from the previous year, according to Pew. El Salvador follows with an increased to 22 percent from 17 percent, followed by Guatemala, which has seen the share of minors 12 and younger double to 10 percent of all unaccompanied minors.Comparatively, Mexico only had 3 percent of its unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border under the age of 1, the same amount seen last year.“While this data does not tell us why [Honduras is sending more youth], one possible reason, according to Department of Homeland Security, is the growing level of violence in Honduras,” Lopez said. “Today, Honduras has the world’s highest murder rate, and San Pedro Sula, where the single largest contingent of kids from Honduras are from, is the world’s murder capital.”Family apprehensions -- parents traveling with children -- have also seen a huge spike this year, according to Customs and Border Patrol numbers, with more than 55,000 apprehensions so far, compared with only 9,300 during the same time last year.In analyzing the data, Pew also found children traveling with a parent were younger than those who travel without one, 81 percent 12 and younger.“One pattern in the data is that younger children are more likely to be accompanied by a parent or guardian,” Lopez said. “Older children, say age 16, may have left on their own for the U.S. Perhaps to reunite with a family member in the U.S. or possibly to find work.”White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday at a briefing that “preliminary data” from the first two weeks of June show apprehensions of unaccompanied children down by nearly half in the Rio Grande Valley sector, going from around 350 per day to 150 per day.“Now, while the reasons for the reduction in the number of unaccompanied children and adults traveling with children apprehended by CBP cannot be attributed to any one factor,” he said, “we do believe that the administration’s response and efforts to work with Central American leaders to publicize the dangers of the journey and reinforce that apprehended migrants are ultimately returned to their home countries, in keeping with the law, as well as seasonal flows, have all played a part.”President Obama on Monday met with the Homeland Security Council to discuss the unaccompanied children crossing the border.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

NYPD to Retrain Every Officer on Use of Force After 'Chokehold' Death


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Every member of the New York City Police Department will be required to undergo retraining on the use of violence following the death of a man in custody who appeared to have been subdued with a chokehold, the police commissioner said on Tuesday.Police Commissioner William Bratton said his investigators have spoken with the FBI "to discuss their monitoring of this investigation," and said that he would "not be surprised" if federal prosecutors began their own civil rights violation case.Bratton was referring to the death last week of Eric Garner. Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and roughly 350 pounds, died Thursday as police struggled to arrest him on suspicion of selling "loosies," or individual cigarettes, according to the NYPD. A video of the incident showed police apparently putting Garner in a chokehold while he says he can't breathe.Authorities said Garner appeared to have a heart attack, but the results of an autopsy have not yet been released.The district attorney is also investigating Garner's death and Bratton said that he expects Garner's family to file a civil suit in his death.Bratton said that the incident indicated to him that "We need to do a lot more, a lot more, on the issue of training."He said there would be a "special focus on the use of force" involving the "retraining of every member of the New York Police Department in the coming weeks and months and years.""The department clearly needs to do more training," Bratton said.A team from the NYPD will travel to Los Angeles to study the program at the LAPD, which Bratton noted he used to command.The NYPD told ABC News on Tuesday that an internal police report prepared right after Garner's death played down the incident, with officers saying Garner was not in "great distress" during the arrest.The Internal Affairs report quoted two officers, Sgt. Dhanan Saminath and Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, telling supervisors immediately after the incident that cops were "maintaining control of him" and that Garner's condition did not seem serious, a law enforcement source told ABC News.Adonis did tell supervisors that she “believed she heard the perpetrator state that he was having difficulty breathing,” the source said.The NYPD placed Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran who was seen in the video holding Garner, on modified assignment pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs.Panataleo's gun and badge were taken away pending the outcome of the investigations."We're hanging back right now. We wouldn't want to get in the way of the criminal investigation" being conducted by the district attorney, another federal source said.FBI spokesman Christos Sinos stressed that a formal inquiry has not yet been opened up.Garner's funeral will be held Wednesday in Brooklyn.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FBI 'Monitoring' NYPD Chokehold Death Case


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The FBI is "monitoring" the investigation into the death of Eric Garner, who died in the custody of the New York Police Department last week, officials tell ABC News.Eric Garner, who was 6-foot-3 and roughly 350 pounds, died Thursday as police struggled to arrest him on suspicion of selling "loosies," or individual cigarettes, according to the NYPD. A video of the incident showed police apparently putting Garner in a chokehold while he says he can't breathe.Authorities said he appeared to have a heart attack, but the results of an autopsy have not yet been released.Two law enforcement officials briefed on the case told ABC News on Tuesday that the FBI is "monitoring the situation in case (agents) need to move on it." The case could fall under the FBI's civil rights-enforcement authority, according to officials.The NYPD told ABC News Tuesday that an internal police report prepared right after Garner's death played down the incident, with officers saying Garner was not in "great distress" during the arrest.The Internal Affairs report quoted two officers, Sgt. Dhanan Saminath and Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, telling supervisors immediately after the incident that cops were "maintaining control of him" and that Garner's condition did not seem serious, a law enforcement source told ABC News.Adonis did tell supervisors that she “believed she heard the perpetrator state that he was having difficulty breathing,” the source said.The NYPD placed Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran who was seen in the video holding Garner, on modified assignment pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs.Panataleo's gun and badge were taken away pending the outcome of the investigations."We're hanging back right now. We wouldn't want to get in the way of the criminal investigation" being conducted by the district attorney, another federal source said.FBI spokesman Christos Sinos stressed that a formal inquiry has not yet been opened up.Garner's funeral will be held Wednesday in Brooklyn.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Where Was Missing NH Teen for the Past Nine Months?


Conway Police Department(CONWAY, N.H.) -- Questions surround the return of a teenage girl who disappeared on her walk home from school nine months ago.Abigail Hernandez vanished when she left her school in Conway, New Hampshire, on Oct. 9, and aside from one letter to her mother this winter, there had been no indication by officials that there was any trace of her until she was reunited with her parents on Sunday.Investigators were remaining tight-lipped about the 15-year-old's return, refusing to even say how the girl was reunited with her mother, Zenya Hernandez.The criminal investigation into the teen's disappearance has not stopped, authorities said."We have said from the beginning and we continue to believe that this was a 14-year-old girl who went missing in October," Associate Attorney General Jane Young told ABC News. "She was gone for nine months. She didn't have the means to orchestrate and facilitate this on her own."Abigail's whereabouts during her disappearance remain a mystery, with the only two locations publicly connected to the case being her school, Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire, and her mother's home in Conway.According to the website established to bring attention to her case, Abigail was last seen walking on a path near a power line near her school at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 9. Her final text to a friend was sent at 2:57 p.m. that afternoon and her cell network noted last contact with the phone at 3:07 p.m.She did not have money, IDs or any additional sets of clothes with her when she went missing, according to the website.The biggest break in the case appeared to come in November when, according to officials, her mother received a letter from Abigail postmarked in late October."Our worst fear right now is that while she could have left willingly, someone may now be coercing her, someone may now be manipulating her," FBI Special Agent In Charge Kieran Ramsey said in a December press conference detailing the letter. "When we received this letter, I'll tell you it was unprecedented. ...It gave us hope."That hope was rewarded Sunday when Abigail was reunited with her sister and mother, who said, "Today, we are the happiest people on earth."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Robbers Get Away with Nearly $200K in Atlantic City Casino Heist


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.) -- A pair of gunmen pulled off a heist early Tuesday morning at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.The Press of Atlantic City reports that two masked robbers brandished guns, likely in the casino part of the hotel, and obtained more than $180,000.They then fled the hotel in a car around 6:20 a.m., according to a bulletin distributed to police and obtained by the Press.Caesars operates a high-rise building that takes up an entire block between the city's famous boardwalk and Pacific Avenue, which runs parallel to the boardwalk. It sits between two side streets, Arkansas and Missouri Avenues, that could all have allowed the perpetrators access to a vehicle.Caesars operates a casino, hotel, spa and multiple restaurants and attractions inside the massive building, but the robbery likely happened in the casino portion of the building, according to the report.The State Police Casino Gaming Bureau, which has jurisdiction over casino floors, is investigating the incident rather than the Atlantic City police, which monitor the other public areas of the hotel, according to the report.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

FAA Orders US Air Carriers to Suspend All Flights to Israel


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- American air carriers have suspended flights from the United Stated to Israel "for a period of up to 24 hours" after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning in response to a rocket strike Tuesday morning near Tel Aviv's main airport, officials said.In a statement, the FAA said, "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from Ben Gurion International Airport on the morning ... [and] applies only to U.S. operators, and has no authority over foreign airlines operating to or from the airport," according to the statement.Delta Air Lines Flight 468, which was flying over the Mediterranean at the time, was en route from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv when a rocket fired from Gaza hit Yahood, a Tel Aviv suburb close to the airport.The rocket escaped interception by the Iron Dome, which Israel has used to intercept missiles launched by Hamas. The inbound Delta flight was diverted to Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.On Monday, the State Department updated its warning for Americans traveling to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza due to ongoing hostilities. The Department of State recommends that U.S. citizens consider the deferral of non-essential travel to Israel and the West Bank.Passengers have also been jittery about travel safety since last Thursday, when a Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down over Ukraine by a missile, killing all 298 people.Delta and other airlines had already issued a travel waiver for customers holding tickets to Tel Aviv. The waiver is good through July 31 and allows customers to make a one-time change to their ticket. The other U.S.-based carriers not allowed to fly to Israel -- United and U.S. Airways -- have a similar policy.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mysterious White Flags Fly over NY's Brooklyn Bridge


Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City Tuesday morning has the city scrambling to figure out why they were put there, and by whom.The New York City Police Department has responded to the scene and is investigating the matter.The white flags are flying in place of the American flags that are typically atop the bridge.It's unclear why they are there and who put them there, authorities said.The Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn over the East River, and has its base just a few blocks from City Hall and police headquarters in lower Manhattan.The span is run by the city's Department of Transportation.As of 10:30 a.m., the bridge was still open to pedestrian and vehicle traffic.The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the country's oldest suspension bridges, dating back to 1883, and is also a National Historic Landmark.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

See Video of Lighter-Fluid Truck Bursting Into Flames After Train Crash


Purestock/Thinkstock(SOMERSET, Ky.) -- A truck driver was in stable condition Tuesday morning recovering from an accident on a Kentucky highway in which a train smashed into his tractor-trailer, officials said.The driver's truck, loaded with charcoal lighter fluid, burst into flames as the train hit it.The truck was headed into Warner Fertilizer in Somerset, Kentucky, Friday when it was hit by a southbound train, investigators say. The truck split on impact, leaving the cab on one side of the track and the trailer on the other.The driver didn't notice the approaching train as he made a turn, focusing on the rear of his truck to ensure that it wouldn't run off the road, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.Officials said a UPS train trailer loaded with black powder was just a few cars from the fire on the train, but the fire never made it that far.“It would be a completely different situation [if fire reached black power],” Doug Baker, chief of Somerset-Pulaski Special Response, told ABC News Tuesday. “Luckily, that didn't happen, thanks to the quick actions of the local fire department.”ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Police Baffled by FSU Professor's Fatal Shooting


iStock/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- Authorities are scrambling to unravel the mystery around the killing of a prominent law professor at Florida State University.Dan Markel, 41, was fatally shot Friday in his home, located in the Betton Hills section of Tallahassee, Florida, a neighborhood marked by Spanish moss and ranch-style homes, and now suspicion that a killer lurks nearby.There were no signs of forced entry, police told ABC News -- leading investigators to conclude Markel knew his killer and may have literally opened his door to his own death.“We do believe that this was not a random act where he just surprised somebody,” Officer David Northway said. "We believe that Mr. Markel, unfortunately, was the intended victim."Police responded to Markel's house after neighbors reported hearing a loud bang. Markel was pronounced dead at a local hospital. The Tallahassee Democrat reported that he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the back.The Harvard grad had been published in the New York Times and served as a legal scholar, with a focus on criminal law. Markel was a father of two boys and had recently completed a protracted divorce that included multiple motions by the two sides for sanctions against each another.Markel’s ex-wife, fellow FSU professor Wendi Jill Adelson, said through her lawyer that she was “just devastated” and “scared to death.” At a memorial service held Sunday, mourners recalled Markel's kindness and generosity.“At the core,” said his friend, Professor Ethan Leib, “what he cared most about was making sure that our criminal justice system actually produced justice, and he’s going to be long remembered for that achievement.”Authorities have opened a tip line, hoping to provide Markel justice, Northway said.“There are probably two people in this world that know exactly where Mr. Markel was injured," Northway added. "One of those would be Mr. Markel himself and the other would be the suspect in this case.”ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Girl Attacked in 'Slender Man' Case Receives Anonymous Purple Heart


Courtesy Steve Lyons(WAUKESHA, Wis.) -- First she survived being stabbed 19 times. Police say it was by her 12-year-old friends. The suspects allegedly told police they did it to please an online fictional character named “Slender Man.”Then she crawled to safety from the woods near Waukesha, Wisconsin.Now as she heals, the girl, whose identity ABC News is not revealing because of her age, continues to inspire many worldwide, with well-wishers creating cards for her on homemade purple hearts.“The little girl and her brother open up the hundreds and some days thousands of packages sent to the family from generous people from all over the world,” Stephen Lyons, the survivor’s spokesperson, told ABC News. “It's therapeutic and something she and her brother do every day.”But this month a different kind of Purple Heart came for her in the mail: one issued to members of the military wounded service to the country, or to a family whose loved one was killed in the line of duty.A simple note came attached, Lyons said. It read, “The Only Heart I Could Find – Stay Strong.”The stabbing survivor and her family are now hoping to thank the anonymous donor publicly or privately, if they can find that person.“[Her parents] explained to her the significance of a Purple Heart in the military and what it means, what a personal sacrifice it is to be wounded on behalf of the country, and how incredible it is to be sent this,” Lyons said. “The gift really resonates with the family because they are still dealing with wounds, emotionally and physically, from the events of May 31.”Prosecutors say on May 31 the 12-year-old survivor’s friends Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser tried to kill her in hopes of becoming agents of “Slender Man,” a niche mythical character the duo read about online.After the stabbing, authorities say the survivor crawled from the woods and was discovered by a passing cyclist who called 911 as she fought for her life.Geyser and Weier have been charged with first-degree attempted murder. While the two have yet to enter pleas in court, the stabbing survivor continues to heal at home with her family by her side.Lyons says the family is now trying to decide where they will display the gifted military Purple Heart in their home.“Our family continues to be so moved by the prayers, well wishes, packages, financial support and purple hearts from around the world,” they wrote in a statement. “It does not surprise me that a decorated veteran unselfishly gave this amazingly brave and courageous little girl something from his or her heart.”Along with the numerous mailings they've received, Lyons said the family is also grateful for the money raised in an online “Hearts for Healing” campaign. According to the family’s statement, “supporters have donated over $50,000 to assist the family in their goal of $250,000 to help with mounting medical expenses.”Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Coloradans Still High on New Pot Laws


iStock/Thinkstock(HAMDEN, Conn.) -- How do state voters feel now about Colorado Amendment 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana by adults as well as sales of one ounce or less by licensed stores?About the same as they did in April, when Quinnipiac University previously asked the question.Fifty-four percent say they support the overall passage of Amendment 64. However, it was as high as 58 percent last February.In other findings, two-thirds of Coloradans maintain that people who want to smoke marijuana should only do so in their homes or at members-only clubs.Meanwhile, just over six in 10 respondents to the Quinnipiac poll say that smoking pot should not be allowed in establishments that serve alcohol or at any venue that charges admission.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Poll: Most Americans Not Anxious to Get Involved in Foreign Entanglements


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The upheavals overseas have made Americans more skittish about any kind of U.S. military involvement, according to a new POLITICO survey.For instance, 67 percent of those polled say that military action should only be taken when there is a direct threat to national security. Only 22 percent believe that the U.S. should be compelled to act whenever democracy is threatened elsewhere.The survey of 834 adults, which was taken before Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed over eastern Ukraine, found that just 17 percent feel the U.S. should do more to help the central government in Kiev, while 34 percent want less involvement and three in ten contend the current policy is correct.In regards to Afghanistan, nearly three-quarters agree on the timetable to withdraw all U.S. forces from the country. Twenty-three percent oppose a complete withdrawal.As for Iraq, 51 percent believe the worsening situation there has little or no effect on national security, while 42 percent says it affects national security "a lot."Another source of concern is the ongoing civil war in Syria, although just 15 percent believe the U.S. should do more. Meanwhile, 68 percent agree with the present U.S. policy or think it should be limited further.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio