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Maryland Quadruplets Join Freshman Class at Same College


Courtesy Randolph-Macon College(ASHLAND, Va.) -- Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.The four-some discovered they'd all picked the same school after their parents, Scott and Deann Jones, asked them each to make a list of their top schools, without showing each other their picks."It was definitely funny," Rachel Jones told ABC News of the moment. "We aren’t exactly alike so we didn’t expect to all go to the same school but now that I think about it, I think we all could tell.""We all loved it when we came here and we had so many good things to say about it," she said of Randolph-Macon. "I could tell, at least, that we all really enjoyed it."The siblings, from Chestertown, Maryland, are members of the college’s 473-member Class of 2019.Move-in day for the quadruplets earlier this month involved the family mini-van, a 10-foot U-Haul truck, suitcases and sports gear and over 100 boxes, each closed with a different-colored duct tape for each sibling.The siblings all moved into the same co-ed residence hall, with two of them, Hannah and Lexi, rooming together. Rachel is their suite-mate while Jake lives down the hall."It’s really nice to be with all of them and it made it a lot easier," Rachel said. "We’ve been all hanging out. It's nice to have them here and to meet who they get close with."The siblings started classes Monday and though they each chose the college, the four are going their separate ways when it comes to majors.Jake is studying communications, while Rachel is pursuing psychology, Hannah is going pre-med to become a physical therapist and Lexi is majoring in English.Back home, the quadruplets' parents are adjusting to life without the hustle and noise of four teenagers, while their younger sister, 12-year-old Olivia, is adjusting to having her own bedroom all to herself."She loves it," Rachel said of her younger sister's not-too-difficult adjustment. "She was super excited."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect Allegedly Unloaded His Entire Pistol in Texas Deputy


Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court Monday, adding that they found 15 shell-casings at the scene.Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.Goforth, 47, died at the gas station. Prosecutors said Monday Goforth was found face-down in a pool of blood.An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.Miles, who appeared disoriented in court Monday, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys.The motive and origin of the gun have not been determined, Anderson said after court.Anderson said she never expected to be at a crime scene Friday night, "looking at an officer dead on the ground.""Houston is a very special place," Anderson said, where law enforcement is "treasured and valued."The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday."Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."Miles has a previous criminal history, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News."He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him.""I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass."I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Suspect in Texas Deputy Killing Expected to Appear in Court


Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A 30-year-old man facing a capital murder charge is expected to be arraigned Monday in connection with the deadly shooting of a Texas law enforcement officer.Darren Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston Friday when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman Saturday announced that the suspect, Shannon Miles, was in custody.The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Hickman said Saturday."Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."Miles has a previous criminal history including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News."He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him.""I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass."I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Two Southwest Planes Clip One Another at Oakland Airport


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Southwest Airlines says no one was hurt when two of its planes clipped one another other near a gate at Oakland International Airport Sunday night.“The wing on Southwest Airlines aircraft operating flight number 280 came into contact with the wing of another Southwest aircraft, while pushing back from the gate at Oakland Airport. No customer or employee injuries were reported on either aircraft,” the airline said in a statement late Sunday. Both aircraft have been taken out of service and will undergo maintenance evaluations.“Safety is always our number one focus and we are conducting an internal review to identify details surrounding today's event,” Southwest said Sunday. The airline is working to accommodate all affected customers.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Florida Residents Brace for Erika's Remnant Heavy Rains


In this NOAA handout, Tropical Storm Erika weakens and falls apart over Cuba on Saturday. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) — Tropical Storm Erika may be done, but she’s left behind big rains that are headed for Florida.Residents in the Sunshine State are hoping to stave off any flooding from the heavy rains expected to arrive as soon as Monday. “We have some sandbags already set up, but figured we might need some more, so, not take any chances,” Tampa resident Ali McLaughlin told ABC News.More rain is the last thing Florida needs. The state is already in it’s third wettest August in recorded history.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Hawaii Prepares for Ignacio as 2 More Hurricanes Swirl in the Pacific


National Hurricane Center(HONOLULU) -- Three hurricanes are whirling in the Pacific.Even though it's been downgraded to a Category 3 hurricane, Ignacio is forecast to hit the Big Island on Monday and Maui on Tuesday.Its maximum sustained winds are at 115 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.Another hurricane of note is Hurricane Jimena, which the NHC said is 1630 miles east of Hilo, Hawaii as of Sunday night. The NHC also said its currently a Category 4 with 145 mph maximum sustained winds, and may even become a Category 5 soon.The third hurricane is Kilo, centered about 610 miles south of Midway Island with maximum sustained winds at 125 mph, making it a Category 3 according to the NHC.No coastal watches or warnings were in effect from Jimena or Kilo as of Sunday night.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

President Obama Changes the Name of Mount McKinley to Denali


iStock/Thinkstock(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) -- The highest peak in North America is getting a name change.Mt. McKinley is now known by its Koyukon Athabascan name, Denali, in an effort by President Obama to help strengthen ties with Alaskan natives and the government."This designation recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives," said a statement from the White House.The president will formally announce the name change during his trip to Anchorage, Alaska on Monday, and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has already signed a secretarial order officially changing the name.President Obama will also discuss more initiatives during his trip to Alaska including an environmental engagement program for young Alaskans.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Memorial Service Held for Virginia Journalists Killed On Air


Jay Paul/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) -- A memorial service was held Sunday to remember two journalists who were tragically killed in Virginia.The Roanoke Valley Symphony Orchestra played solemn songs as many gathered for an interfaith memorial service remembering Adam Ward and Alison Parker who were shot to death live on camera by a former co-worker.The service was held at the Performance Arts Center in Roanoke, Virginia where WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks spoke about the importance of helping those with mental illnesses."Anger eats at you and the results we saw on Wednesday can be catastrophic," said Marks. "If we get strategic, we have a goal and the possibility of positive action. And that's what I'd like you to think about in memory of Alison and Adam."Marks said he thought more needed to be done to help those suffering from mental illness."It should be obvious that it needs to be center stage, because most mental illness is treatable if we can get to the sufferer," said Marks. "In this case, we didn't."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bartender Wins Lottery With Cash He Found on the Street


Chris Rogers/iStock/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A California bartender has won the lottery, all thanks to cash he found on the street.After Hubert Tang picked up a $20 bill on the street outside the San Francisco airport Wednesday, he went to a market in San Mateo County, the California State Lottery said.Tang hadn't played the lottery in 10 years, according to the Lottery. But he used the $20 to buy two tickets -- one of which was the lucky winner of the top prize -- $1 million.“I scratched the ticket outside of the store," Tang said, according to the Lottery. "I told my friend who I was with that I didn’t know if it was real but, 'I think I just won a million dollars.'“Maybe I'll start leaving $20 bills on the street in random places," Tang said jokingly according to the Lottery.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

2 Dead After Storm Slams Washington State


Wavebreakmedia Ltd/iStock/ThinkStock(SEATTLE) -- A powerful storm system moved through parts of the northwest Saturday, leaving two dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Washington state.A man was killed in Gig Harbor when a tree fell onto his car as he was driving, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV in Seattle reports. His 3-year-old daughter who was with him was uninjured.Gig Harbor Police Chief Kelly Busey described what happened as heart-wrenching.“A father was just taken from their child, husband taken from their wife," he said. "Certainly just a tragedy just out of nowhere."In Federal Way, a falling branch killed a 10-year-old girl while she was outside playing, police told KOMO-TV.Several energy companies said 450,000 customers were without power at various points of the day, reports KOMO-TV.Although showers, storms and gusty winds will still be possible Sunday, the storm has pushed into Canada.The threat for the gustiest winds will be in the northern Rockies, where there are still red flag warnings in effect from Eastern Idaho to Montana and Wyoming.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

South Florida Prepares for What's Left of Tropical Storm Erika


iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- South Florida prepares for the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika.After Tropical Storm Erika dissipated over Cuba Saturdy morning, South Floridians prepared for the leftover heavy rain, flooding, and winds.Florida Governor Rick Scott told residents they should stay alert, after declaring a state of emergency on Friday, and he said there's a possibility the storm could regain strength as it makes its way into the Gulf of Mexico."If you look at history, these storms, we still get a lot of rain," said the governor. "The Tampa area in particular is still saturated; so we still have some risk."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

For Slain Texas Deputy, Law Enforcement Was 'His Calling,' Brother-in-Law Says


Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- For deputy Darren Goforth, who was shot and killed at a Texas gas station Friday, law enforcement was "his calling," his brother-in-law told ABC News.Goforth, a Harris County Sheriff's deputy, was filling up his patrol car at a gas station near Houston when a man approached him from behind and shot him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. Goforth, 47, died at the gas station.A 10-year veteran of the department, he became a police officer in his 30s, brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News Saturday."He wanted to spend his whole life in it once he got in it," Allison, 46, said. "He really felt the brotherhood in the community ... that's what he loved to do."He was kind of born for it," Allison said.Goforth is survived by his wife, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, Allison said."He was the rock in that family," Allison said through tears. "The kids loved him."I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.Goforth "never got mad at anybody," Allison said. "He was just a giving individual.""It was just something that you don't expect to ever happen," Allison said.Though several people have been questioned, the suspect remains at-large, said Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman. He urged witnesses to come forward, describing the shooting as a "cold-blooded execution."Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson echoed the sentiment."We need to bring this killer to justice," she said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Memorial Service Held in New Orleans on Tenth Anniversary of Katrina


Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Local leaders and residents attended a memorial service on Saturday for the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall.The ceremony took place at the Hurricane Katrina Memorial, a mausoleum for the nearly 100 unidentified victims of the storm. Among those in attendance were New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Louisiana Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal."Although the American citizens that lie on this sacred ground are unnamed," Landrieu said Saturday, "they are not unclaimed. Because we claim them."Landrieu talked about the city's "resurrection" in the aftermath of the storm. "We talk a lot about being thankful for how far we've come and the city of New Orleans clearly is on a path to a better place," Landrieu said, "but we have always said that we are not going forward, if we cannot go forward together."As many as 10,000 volunteers were out on the New Orleans streets Saturday, in what Landrieu called "neighbor helping neighbor, American citizen helping American citizen."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Virginia Shooter's Ex-Boss Tells of His 'Abrasive' Behavior


iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Vester Lee Flanagan threatened to hit one of his colleagues when they were on a reporting job years before he fatally shot a reporter and a cameraman this week, his former boss told ABC News.Dan Dennison, the news director at WDBJ-TV when Flanagan worked there, said that everything was going well with his employment for the first two months after he was hired in March 2012. It wasn’t until May of that year that he had his first run-in with a colleague that happened when Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams at work, was called to report a story in the field with another reporter.“He allegedly entered the station microwave truck, or live truck, and started screaming and yelling at a reporter and a photographer, or maybe two photographers in the truck,” Dennison told ABC News in his first interview since the shooting on Wednesday.Dennison learned about the incident after the other staffer, who was not named, told Dennison about the incident but they decided not to file a formal report at the time because they “tried to work things out,” Dennison said.“We really thought it was a one-time situation at that time,” Dennison said.Greg Baldwin, who works as the assistant news director at WDBJ and worked at the station at the same time as Flanagan, reiterated that account and said that it served as a warning sign.“The reporter calls me and she says, ‘You have got to get here now. Bryce has -- we got into an argument and he is in my face. And I, I think he is ready to hit me,’” Baldwin told ABC News.“That was the first time that we knew that he was violent,” he said.Dennison said that the “pattern” of complaints relating to his “brusque and abrasive demeanor” came mostly from his colleagues but also from one or two people in the community who he interviewed as part of his job.Dennison detailed the various meetings they had with Flanagan before he was fired on Feb. 1, 2013, which were echoed in a court filing publicly available as a result of a suit Flanagan later filed against WDBJ. The suit was later dismissed.The tipping point came when the human resources director presented Flanagan with his severance package.“He took one look at that and cussed and said, ‘This is B.S.,’” Dennison said.“As I recall, he slammed his fist down on the table," Dennison said. "It was so loud, people frankly reported that they thought a bomb had gone off."The situation escalated from there, so much so that they had to call in two police officers to help escort him from the building. Dennison said the officers spent five to ten minutes trying to get him to leave his desk.“At one point, I was standing maybe five feet away from him up against the wall, and he looked at me and threw a ball cap and a wooden cross at me and said, ‘You're gonna need these,’” Dennison said.He wasn’t the only one to spark a reaction from Flanagan, Dennison said.“Adam Ward -- the young man who was killed -- was standing in a back corner of the newsroom, videotaping this for documentation. And Bryce turned around to him at one point and flipped him off and cussed at him,” Dennison said.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Inside On-Air Shooter Vester Flanagan's Sparse Apartment


iStock/Thinkstock(ROANOKE, Va.) -- Photos from inside the apartment of alleged on-air killer Vester Flanagan show his spare living space.The only hanging decorations were a series of photos from what appeared to be his earlier careers in modeling and television.His refrigerator was covered in 10 sheets of paper, all pictures of himself. One appeared to be a contact sheet with dozens of headshots.The apartment images were provided to ABC News by an agency that exclusively represents the syndication of the photos.The only other colorful decorations in his apartment appeared to be about two dozen tea-light candles. The candles, which all seemed to be previously burned, varied from beige to light pink and red, and were found on the counter in his bathroom.There are several other partially burned larger candles on the counter, as well.Barbasol shaving cream and Aim toothpaste were the only noticeable brands near the mirror.The rest of the apartment was strikingly bare, with no sheets on his bed, nothing on the walls in the living room and few pieces of furniture. The only chair shown near his computer appeared to be a plastic outdoor chair.Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams when he worked in TV news, allegedly shot and killed two of his former colleagues while they were filming a live interview Wednesday in Moneta, Virginia.The 41-year-old man was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound after being chased by Virginia State Police. He died later after being airlifted to a nearby hospital.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Owen Labrie Found Not Guilty of Felony Sexual Assault in Prep School Trial


ABC News(CONCORD, N.H.) — Owen Labrie was found not guilty of felony sexual assault in a case at St. Paul's School, a prestigious New Hampshire prep school.The jury of nine men and three women delivered a not guilty verdict on the felony sexual assault charge on the second day of deliberations. He was found guilty of four misdemeanors for sexual assault and one felony related to a computer charge.Labrie, now 19, was accused of raping a fellow student in May 2014 at the school in Concord, New Hampshire. He was charged with multiple felonies relating to the encounter and had entered a not-guilty plea.The alleged victim, whose name is being withheld because of the nature of the crime, testified last week. "I was raped!" she said loudly amid tears. "I was violated in so many ways."When Labrie took the stand this week, he described their activity, which he said was mutual, but he denied having sex with her."It wouldn't have been a good move to have sex with this girl," he recalled thinking at the time when he said he and the alleged victim were making out in a school tower.Prosecutor Catherine Ruffle said in court that the encounter at the center of the case was part of a "senior salute," a tradition at the prep school. Ruffle said that the "senior salute" practice was largely intended as a way for graduating seniors "to be with someone that they might have wanted to be with throughout" high school, and could include activities like walking to class together or kissing but "it might include a little bit more."She also said some students believed Labrie and some of his friends had turned the tradition into a competition.ABC Latest News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Pilot Dies Practicing for the New York Air Show


iStock/Thinkstock(GOSHEN, N.Y.) -- A pilot has died after practicing for an air show.According to a statement from Orange County's Department of Emergency Services, a single-engine aircraft crashed at Stewart International Airport on Friday afternoon, killing the pilot.The pilot was practicing for the New York Air Show.Authorities are on the scene of the accident and practice had been cancelled for the rest of Friday, said the statement.The New York Air Show will still take place on Saturday and Sunday at the airport.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.