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Man Survives Driving Off Cliff, 17 Hours Trapped Underneath Vehicle


iStock/Thinkstock(BOONE, N.C.) — A man in North Carolina survived 17 hours pinned underneath his vehicle after he fell asleep behind the wheel and drove off a cliff, authorities said.Joseph Woodring's vehicle fell at least 60 feet when he went off the road in Boone, N.C., on Tuesday night, according to State Highway Patrol.The crash launched Woodring, 21, from his vehicle, which landed upside down and pinned him underneath it. He was found Wednesday afternoon."He was lying on his side. Both legs were pinned under," Dale Watson told ABC News affiliate WSOC-TV. "He wanted some water so I give him some water."Watson said Woodring told him he fell asleep while driving. It took rescue crews an hour to raise the vehicle off him.Woodring was taken to the hospital with two broken legs, according to the State Highway Patrol.More ABC US news | ABC Health NewsFollow @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

Man Says He Wrongly Confessed to Murder After Undergoing 'Exorcism'


iStock/Thinkstock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A man claims he was under a sort of exorcism when he confessed to killing a fellow member of a religious group in Kansas City, Missouri, whose death was originally ruled a suicide.The body of Bethany Deaton was found Oct. 30, 2012, in the back seat of her minivan with the doors locked and a note inside."My name is Bethany Deaton. I chose this evil thing," the note read, according to court documents. "I did it because I wouldn't be a real person and what is the point of living if it is too late for that? I wish I had chosen differently a long time ago. I knew it all and refused to listen. Maybe Jesus will still save me."Deaton, 27, was a member of a religious group called the International House of Prayer, which was led by her husband, Tyler Deaton. A few weeks after her death, Micah Moore, another member of the group, confessed to her slaying.Tyler Deaton had a cult-like following within the group and controlled virtually every aspect of some members' lives, according to court documents.When Moore confessed, he told police Deaton ordered him to kill his wife to stop her from telling anyone about sexual assaults against her in the house, according to police records. The three lived in a communal house with other male members of the group."This is a horrible, horrible crime," Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. "A young woman lost her life. She lost her life in a very violent way and today, we do know what happened to her."Now Moore claims he only confessed to killing Deaton because he was under the influence of what some have called an exorcism. Moore, who is scheduled for trial next month, has pleaded not guilty."They were the statements of a distraught and confused young man," his attorney, Melanie Morgan, said.The medical examiner has also changed the manner of Deaton's death to undetermined."We are aware of no evidence that a crime has occurred," Morgan said.The International House of Prayer denied any affiliation with Deaton's group in a statement to ABC News.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

San Francisco Giants Fans Celebrate World Series Title with Couch Fires


Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Big crowds hit the streets of San Francisco late Wednesday to celebrate the Giants' third World Series title in five years.People burned couches and other debris in the city's Mission District after the Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in the decisive Game 7.Two people were shot in the Mission, police told ABC News station KGO-TV. SF won the #worldseries. This guy is swinging on live wire on a bus. lolA video posted by Tony Bell (@tb_tonybell) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:29pm PDT Police haven't said how many arrests were made. I'm covered in beer #GoGiants #madbumA video posted by Jeff Dean (@most_jeffinitely_) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:49pm PDTA victory parade is scheduled for Friday.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

NASA Completes Initial Assessment of Virginia Launch Site Following Rocket Explo


Image Credit: NASA/Terry Zaperach(WALLOPS, Va.) -- NASA said on Wednesday that the Wallops Incident Response Team completed its initial assessment after Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket exploded seconds after liftoff on Tuesday."I want to praise the launch team, range safety, all of our emergency responders and those who provided mutual aid and support on a highly-professional response that ensured the safety of our most important resource -- our people," Wallops Director Bill Wrobel said. The initial assessment is just a "cursory look," the NASA press release notes, though it found numerous broken windows and imploded doors at buildings in the immediate area.The most severe damage was found at a sounding rocket launcher adjacent to the launchpad and buildings nearest the pad, and there was damage to the transporter erector launcher and lightning supression rods at Pad 0A.Soil, air and water samples will be taken from the incident area to ensure that the environment is safe. No hazardous substances were detected in initial sampling.Also on Wednesday, Orbital said in a statement that the "major elements of the launch complex infrastructure...avoided serious damage."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

Five Cases in Ferguson, Mo., In Which Darren Wilson Was 'Indispensable Witness'


AndreyPopov/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- Saint Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced on Wednesday that five felony cases in Ferguson in which Officer Darren Wilson -- the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, 18, in August -- was an indispensable witness for the prosecution will be dismissed.The announcement was made in a press release, which noted Wilson is a witness in "approximately ten of the nearly 4200 pending felony cases in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County." The five cases in which he is an indispensable witness will be dismissed, while the remaining will proceed without Wilson as a witness."Neither the cases being dismissed nor the prosecution of those remaining will in any manner effect the investigation or the presentation of the evidence to the Grand Jury in the shooting death of Michael Brown," McCulloch said in the press release.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

Steady Stream of Lava Visible From Space


Photo by Andrew Hara/Getty Images(PAHOA, Hawaii) -- Lava has rolled nearly 300 feet closer towards a main road on the Big Island of Hawaii and there is no indication that it is going to stop.The spread of the lava and the smoke coming off the volcanic liquid can be seen from space, and NASA released images showing its destructive path.The lava is oozing forward at about 10 yards per hour near Pahoa Village Road and is headed in a northeastern direction. The flow is now 240 yards from the road, officials said.Residents in the down slope of the lava flow path have been given an evacuation advisory and those with respiratory issues have been warned to stay indoors.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

Eric Frein Manhunt Hopes Deflated by Balloon's Failure


Pennsylvania Dept of Transportation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- A giant helium balloon sent to Pennsylvania to aid in the manhunt for accused cop killer Eric Frein was returned after just one day, police said.The unmanned balloon came from Ohio and was supposed to be quieter than a helicopter and provide similar technology to aviation equipment being used in the search, but at a lower cost, police said. But it was returned just a day later, police said on Wednesday."Due to the tree canopy and rugged terrain of our search area the balloon was not as helpful as everyone hoped it would be," said Trooper Tom Kelly, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police.The balloon was the latest tactic police employed in the ongoing search for Frein, accused of killing one state trooper and injuring another when he allegedly ambushed the Blooming Grove police barracks on Sept. 12.Police believe he's been hiding in the woods for nearly seven weeks.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

How Vine Star's Speedo Stunt Hit Turbulence at 30,000 Feet


Jerome Jarre(MIAMI) — A prank involving a skintight swimsuit and an inflatable pool toy aboard an American Airlines flight caused turbulence for a social media star and ended up with police meeting him at his flight's destination in Miami, the airline said.Jerome Jarre, a Vine star with 7.5 million followers, tweeted that he was about to be arrested and asked for help from his followers as the drama unfolded Tuesday.LANDING IN MIAMI IN 3 MINUTES. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. I NEED YOUR HELP!!!— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014The prank, which Jarre said he planned to release as a YouTube video, did not go over well with the crew on the Mexico-Miami flight, which had law enforcement meet the plane at the gate, though Jarre wasn't charged, according to American Airlines.“Speedos are great on the beach but no one wants to see them dancing down the aisle at 30,000 feet,” an American Airlines spokesman told ABC News.In an email sent to ABC News, Jarre said his "goal was not to scare anyone but making people laugh."Jarre managed to keep tweeting right before meeting police, asking his followers to help him avoid deeper trouble by tweeting and retweeting with the hashtag, #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT.JUST LANDED. ABOUT TO BE ARRESTED. PLEASE TWEET & RT #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT ? pic.twitter.com/HGHJNesp9r— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014PLEASE HELP ME ?? TWEET #AmericanAirlinesCHILLOUT & RT PEOPLE!! pic.twitter.com/xcWPcKrJV3— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 28, 2014Jarre said the plane was met by 11 police officers who took him to meet with FBI agents, who told him they were on the phone with Washington. He said his Twitter followers were tweeting in support of him and that he saw the FBI printing out some tweets as they came in."It was pretty funny to see," Jarre said.The FBI did not immediately return a call seeking comment.The airline told ABC News police were called but no charges were filed against Jarre. Neither the Miami-Dade Airport Police nor the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office at the airport had a record of Jarre's detention.MY YELLOW SPEEDO COSTED ME 3 HOURS WITH THE FBI ? GOD BLESS AMERICA ??— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014Jarre didn't appear to suffer too badly. Within three hours of landing, he said he was free to get on his next flight to Brazil. He shared the news with his followers on Twitter with celebratory picture.I AM FREE!!!! YOU ALL ARE THE BEST FRIENDS IN THE WORKD ? pic.twitter.com/EvARQVYMK5— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014On Wednesday morning, Jarre was back on Twitter starting the day with a cheery greeting to his 872,000 followers.HI FRIENDS!! ???— JEROME JARRE (@jeromejarre) October 29, 2014Follow @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

Why Baltimore Is Hesitant to Open a 100-Year-Old Time Capsule


Mount Vernon Place Conservancy(BALTIMORE) — The 100-year old time capsule discovered at Baltimore's Washington Monument during a restoration project is so old that officials are hesitant to even open it.It will be moved to nearby Walters Art Museum where conservators will assess its condition and determine when it will be safe to open the box, according to the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.The contents may have been exposed to the monument's dampness for a century and may be in poor condition, officials said.Designed by architect Robert Mills, the nearly 200-year-old monument was the first one to honor the nation’s first president. Work began on the monument in 1815 and ended 1829. Mills designed the larger Washington Monument in the nation’s capital years later.The sealed copper box was behind a plaque commemorating the monument's centennial on Defender’s Day, Sept. 12, 1915.The initial discovery was made while project superintendent George Wilk II was investigating how the plaque was attached to the wall, the conservancy said.The capsule may contain copies of commemorate programs, issues of The Baltimore Sun newspaper and other items, the conservancy said."We were hoping that the plaster in the niche might give us clues as to the appearance of the original plaster in the museum room," Lance Humphries, chair of the conservancy’s restoration committee, said in a statement. "Little did we realize that there was an actual time capsule stashed behind the plaque.”The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy has led a $5.5 million restoration of the monument since January.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

Vanished Broncos Fan 'Decided to Go for a Walk,' Police Say


Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- A Colorado man who vanished at a Denver Broncos game, then turned up more than 100 miles away five days later, told police he "had his fill of football and decided to go for a walk," according to a police statement.Paul Kitterman, 53, was "medically sound" when they found him in a K-Mart parking lot Tuesday, the Pueblo, Colorado Police Department said."He wanted to walk 'somewhere warmer,'" the Pueblo police statement read. "Kitterman mentioned sleeping in treed areas and in bushes during his journey to Pueblo and even mentioned disposing of his Broncos hat as he did not want to be recognized."Kitterman told police he was tired, so a police department chaplain found a room for him to sleep in while officials called his relatives to come pick him up."He was speaking and answering questions intelligibly that were asked of him," the statement read.Kitterman's relatives earlier thanked the public for its help but did not explain his disappearance."The family is happy to report Paul has been found and they are now with him and he is safe," relatives wrote in a statement posted on a Facebook page dedicated to Kitterman's case."We know there are many questions that some of you may have but for the time being we are asking that you respect [their] privacy as they have been through a lot," the family statement read. "We love all of you and we will never forget your kindness, compassion, and your willingness to help us find Paul."Denver Police said Kitterman, a construction worker from Kremmling, Colorado, was found in Pueblo, Colorado, on Tuesday. He was unharmed and "no foul play was suspected," police said, revealing few other details and deferring questions to Kitterman's family.Kitterman's friend Tia Bakke, who was at the game on Thursday, said that he did not have his cellphone or any credit cards with him at the time he disappeared, bringing only about $50 cash to the game.Before he was found, Kitterman was last seen at the game on Thursday around halftime when he told his stepson that he was going to meet Bakke and another friend who were sitting in a different section.Bakke said that he appeared to be in a good mood when while at Sports Authority Stadium, and he said that it was "awesome" to experience his first Broncos game in person."He would never bail on his son or anyone, so by Friday night we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.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

Extra Chills Coming in Halloween Forecast


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- After a very mild start to the week for most of the country, a cold front is bringing some of the coldest weather of the season to the eastern United States just in time for Halloween. And yes, there is a chance of Halloween snow for some.Two storm systems could affect the country for Halloween. One will be in the Great Lakes and the other will be along the West Coast.In the Great Lakes, cold air will be spilling in with gusty winds and snow showers, especially from Michigan to West Virginia where some areas could get a few inches of very wet autumn snow. The Northeast will be mostly dry Friday with cooler temperatures mostly in the 50s.The second storm system will move into the West Coast from San Francisco to Seattle with rain in the lower elevations and snow in the Sierra and Cascade Mountains.Most of the Plains and the South will be dry. However, it will be turning cooler from Dallas to Atlanta with highs at or below normal. The only areas in the country that will have a true summer-like feel will be in the desert Southwest with Phoenix topping out in the 90s. Orlando, Florida and Miami can expect temperatures in the 80s.If you have plans this weekend on the East Coast, you should monitor the possibility of development of a coastal storm. Major cities along the I-95 corridor will see rain and wind but further north and inland, rain could turn to snow.The heaviest accumulations of snow will be away from the coast in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Higher elevations of the White Mountains could get more than a half a foot of snow. Portland, Maine could see a dusting as well.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

Air Force Cadet: I Blew the Whistle on Football Players, Sex Assaults


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As the Air Force Academy football team heads to West Point for the big game against Army this weekend, the new superintendent is going on the offense against allegations the school has a culture of tolerating sexual violence by football players and other cadet athletes."We want to acknowledge it, we own it and we want to move on. We want to do better," said Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in an interview to be broadcast Wednesday night on ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline.Johnson was appointed superintendent after an investigation led to the court-martials of two football players for sexual assault and the dismissals or resignations of 15 other cadets.The case was first reported by the Colorado Springs Gazette."It’s profoundly disappointing, especially at our institution," said Johnson, adding the Air Force does not intend to deny there had been a problem she described as "bad."The Air Force's rival this weekend, West Point Academy, is playing under its own cloud of scandal, as the school's athletic program has come under fire in recent days for allegedly using the lure of booze and women to recruit high school phenoms.The Air Force Academy has recruited cadet athletes to produce a video urging others to report any instance of sexual assault or violence, as well as other initiatives it says it has implemented on campus to address the issue and "instill a culture of commitment and climate of respect."“I feel like now that this has been out in the media, we hold each other better accountable,” said Christian Spears, a member of the Air Force football team.But even as the Air Force Academy says it is trying to move forward, members of Congress are raising questions about the dismissal of a cadet who worked undercover to expose sexual violence.”It’s a case of retaliation,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who along with Sen. John Thune, D-S.D., has asked for a new investigation of the Air Force handling of the case.For nearly a year, Eric Thomas worked as an undercover cadet, secretly feeding information to agents of the Air Force Office of Special Investigation about alleged sexual assaults and other crimes and misconduct by his fellow cadets."If I heard it was sexual assault, I would report it," Thomas told ABC News. "The information I’m providing is what every other cadet should provide."Thomas’ information helped break a code of silence about the sexual assaults and members of the football team, said Brandon Enos, the agent with the Office of Special Investigations who handled Thomas at the time.“I can confidently say there would have been no convictions at the academy probably to this day without Eric,” Enos told ABC News in his first broadcast interview.But despite the success of what was called Operation Gridiron, Thomas was branded a problem and dismissed from the Academy for misbehavior.“I was crucified, I was told how much of a terrible cadet I was,” Thomas said.Thomas claims that many of the demerits he accumulated were because of his undercover assignment which required him to leave campus without approval and to attend parties with other cadet athletes.An investigation by the Air Force Inspector General concluded most of the demerits he earned were not connected to his undercover work.And the then-superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, said he had no hesitation in kicking Thomas out of the academy.“He deserved to be disenrolled,” he told ABC News. “You would not want that particular individual to be an officer in our Air Force today.”Gould said he did not accept that Thomas played an important role in uncovering cases of sexual assault at the Academy.“I don’t really buy into the fact that he helped bring these cases,” Gould said.But even the Air Force Inspector General gives Thomas credit for helping to bring the cases in Operation Gridiron.“His work definitely helped the Office of Special Investigations in their investigation and later on helped obtain a couple of court-martial trials,” said Tim Timmons of the Inspector General’s office.And the agent who handled Thomas, Brandon Enos, says he was ordered not to come to Thomas’ defense at the hearing where his status was being decided.“Here’s a man that actually upheld the honor code and he gets hammered and kicked out of the academy,” said Enos. “And the message that sends to everybody is, ‘You don’t talk about sexual assaults.’”Enos says he also faced retaliation for his efforts in bringing the cases, and was forced out of the Air Force after being given what he calls punishment assignments.“I was vacuuming floors, taking out trash, just really degrading things,” Enos said.Thomas approached Protect Our Defenders, a group that traditionally represents service members who have been raped or sexually assaulted, for help with his case. He is now being represented by the organization's Pro Bono Legal Network."Special Agent Enos and (then) Cadet Thomas were punished for taking sexual assaults at the Academy seriously and attempting to hold accountable those who perpetrated violence and created a dangerous and hostile environment," said Nancy Parrish, president of Protect Our Defenders. "But after their work led to the first prosecutions of sexual assault at the Academy in over ten years, the Air Force Academy responded by sweeping further cases under the rug."Sens. Gillibrand and Thune say an independent investigation is required “to get to the bottom of the facts concerning the circumstances” of what happened to Enos and Thomas.Thomas now works at a nutrition store at Ellsworth Air Force base near his home in South Dakota, still holding onto the dream that he might one day fly jets for the Air Force.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

Up to 50 Hawaiian Buildings at Risk as Lava Flow Advances


ABC News (PAHOA, Hawaii) — A lava flow has reached properties in a small Hawaiian town, burning at least one building, with 40 to 50 homes and businesses at risk, officials said.Thick clouds of smoke blanketed Pahoa on the Big Island as the river of molten lava seeped toward front doors.Residents such as Sarah Williams focused on packing, trying to save anything they could.“We've had so much to do that we've really just stayed focused on what we've had to do,” she said. “Luckily, it's slow. But that's also the downside, is it's painfully slow in a way.”The lava has left fiery destruction in its wake, swallowing structures and other materials in a ball of flames. Utility poles are being insulated and surrounded by dirt, with authorities hopeful that the lava will go around the utility poles.Since Kilauea’s current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.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

Rocket Explosion Probers to Begin Sifting Through Debris


NASA(WALLOPS ISLAND, Va.) — Officials will begin investigating Wednesday, trying to figure out what went wrong with a failed rocket launch that resulted in a fireball over Wallops Island, Virginia.The rocket started going awry six seconds into the flight when “a vehicle anomaly” was detected, Orbital Sciences Corp said. The range safety officer sent a self-destruct command 14 seconds later."This shows how difficult and maddening this business really is," Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said in a news conference.This launch was the third of eight International Space Station cargo resupply missions under NASA's $1.9 billion contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia. Orbital provides the launch vehicle and cargo spacecraft and NASA runs the range operations.The rocket and payload were worth $200 million and it's not known how much damage was done to the launch facility, officials said.The Antares rocket was carrying 4,483 pounds of equipment to the station including 1,360 pounds of food. The rocket held a Cyngus cargo logistics spacecraft that was to have orbited above the Earth and was set to dock with the ISS on Nov. 2. Orbital Sciences had said this was the first use of its upgraded Castor 30XL second stage motor, which enables greater lift capacity.Officials asked residents of the area to call in any launch debris they find and not to touch any of it.“It is far too early to know the details of what happened,” Frank Culbertson, Orbital’s general manager of its Advanced Programs Group, said in a statement. “We will conduct a thorough investigation immediately to determine the cause of this failure and what steps can be taken to avoid a repeat of this incident. As soon as we understand the cause we will begin the necessary work to return to flight to support our customers and the nation’s space program.”Also destroyed in the explosion were experiments being sent to the space station by high school students from schools in Houston, Texas, and Ocean City, New Jersey.NASA said the space station crew has sufficient supplies, and a Russian cargo ship blasted off successfully Wednesday morning from Kazakhstan and is headed toward the space station.The launch was initially supposed to happen Monday, but was delayed after a sailboat entered the hazard zone early in the launch count, NASA reported. The "hazard area" for the launch of the Antares is about 1,400 square miles off the coast of Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore of Virginia.More ABC US news | ABC Health NewsFollow @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

Nurse Kaci Hickox 'Will Go to Court' over Maine Ebola Quarantine Rule


ABC News(FORT KENT, Maine) — Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was quarantined at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, will take legal action against the state of Maine if officials do not lift the 21-day home quarantine restrictions by Thursday morning.“I will go to court to attain my freedom,” Hickox told Good Morning America Wednesday via Skype from her home in Fort Kent, Maine. “I have been completely asymptomatic since I’ve been here. I feel absolutely great.”Hickox, 29, arrived at her home Monday after spending the weekend quarantined in an outdoor isolation tent at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey.The Doctors Without Borders nurse was checked by officials at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday after arriving from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Hickox says she believes the temperature that officials said prompted her detainment in the hospital isolation tent was incorrect.“I believe that the forehead scanner used to take that temperature was completely inaccurate,” Hickox said. “I didn’t take any anti-fever medicines while at the airport and when I arrived in the isolation facility they took my temperature by an oral thermometer and it was completely normal."“You don’t get rid of a fever without taking something within a couple of hours so I think we need to discuss also the instrumentation that officials are using,” she said.When Hickox arrived in Maine, the state’s governor ordered her to abide by that state’s policy that health care workers who arrive from West Africa remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored.“I remain really concerned by these mandatory quarantine policies for aid workers,” Hickox said Wednesday. “I think we’re just only adding to the stigmatization that, again, is not based on science or evidence.”Hickox’s attorney, Steven Hyman, says his client, who last treated an Ebola patient on Oct. 21, does not meet the threshold for quarantine.“The standard is, does Kaci have an infectious disease or agent? Is she harboring an infection?” Hyman said Wednesday on GMA. “The answer is no. Medically, there is no basis to quarantine Kaci at this point in time.”Hickox says she does not understand the public’s concern over health care workers arriving back home in the United States.“I think we really have to stick to the facts and the science and I think we also need to look historically,” Hickox said. “I haven’t seen any science that says this is a huge risk and I have seen science that says self-monitoring works.“Self-monitoring is a humane, understandable, prudent solution,” she said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Former Baseball Star Jose Canseco Hurt in Accidental Shooting


Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Former baseball star Jose Canseco accidentally shot himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home Tuesday, police said.Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon said the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand.The slugger at the center of the steroid scandal that rocked baseball, staining the reputations of some of the biggest names in the game over the last two decades, was taken to University Medical Center, Reddon said.Canseco played for seven teams in his 17-year major league career, posting a career batting average of .266, with 462 home runs and 1407 runs batted in.The six-time all-star admitted in 2005 that he used performance enhancing drugs and in a book, Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant 'Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big, he claimed that 85 percent of the players in the big leagues also used steroids.Among the players he named as users were former teammates Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Jason Giambi, Ivan Rodríguez and Juan Gonzalez. He said that he had administered steroids to them when they played on the same teams.Following the shooting incident, Canseco's fiancee Leila Knight rushed to help.finally safe and sound with my love bug @JoseCanseco . So glad he's ok and soooo glad I was there when it happened thank god ?♥?♥?— Leila Knight (@ModelLeila) October 29, 2014 His daughter Josie Canseco expressed sympathy and concern.Thank you to everyone for your concern, my dad is safe and recovering?— Josie Canseco (@JosieCanseco) October 29, 2014 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

Vanished Broncos Fan Found Safe, Police Report


Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- Police said Tuesday night they have found Paul Kitterman, the 53-year-old father who went missing during halftime at Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game.Denver police made the announcement on their Twitter account: "DPD confirming that Paul Kitterman has been located and is safe after going missing from the Bronco Game." A second tweet said that he had been found unharmed in Pueblo, Colorado.Kitterman had seemed to be happy and behaving normally, his companions said, and told them that the experience of going to his first Broncos home game was "awesome."Soon afterwards, he vanished.Police were letting officials at Sports Authority Field dig through the game's surveillance footage, a process that began Monday, because of their expertise with the camera setups, Jackson said Tuesday. Any intriguing moments on the tapes were to be flagged for police.Kitterman was last seen by his stepson when he left to go meet friends around halftime.Kitterman, a construction worker and ranch hand from Kremmling, Colorado, did not have his cell phone or any credit cards -- and only had about $50 cash -- when he went to the game, friend Tia Bakke told ABC News."He would never bail on his son or anyone, so by Friday night we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.Police were not actively searching on foot for Kitterman because there was no indication a crime occurred, they said.Besides the analysis of the surveillance footage, much of the search appeared to be in the hands of friends passing out fliers.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

California AG Releases Report Detailing 2013 Data Breaches, 18.5 Million Califor


BrianAJackson/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris released a report on Tuesday detailing 167 data breaches reported in 2013 that may have impacted 18.5 million Californians by putting their personal data at risk."Data breaches pose a serious threat to the privacy, finances and personal security of California consumers," Harris said in a statement. She called for more encryption in an effort to "significantly reduce the risk of data breaches."The Office of the Attorney General said that reported data breaches increased by 28 percent in 2013 -- from 131 to 167 -- while the number of Californians affected increased more than sixfold, from 2.5 million to 18.5 million.Harris pointed to malware and hacking as the top causes of breaches, with physical loss or theft, unintentional errors and intentional misuse as the other notable causes.Consumers are advised to constantly monitor their credit and debit card accounts for suspicious transactions and to change passwords on any account linked to any potential data breach, among other advice.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

USPS Audit Says Widespread Surveillance Conducted on Snail Mail, Not Just Email


njpPhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The United States Postal Service made public a report on Tuesday that determined that nearly 50,000 mail covers -- investigative tools used to record data from the outside of a piece of mail -- were processed as part of criminal and national security operations.The USPS, furthermore, found that 21 percent of external requests for information were approved without written authorization and 13 percent were "not adequately justified or reasonable grounds were not transcribed accurately." Equally noteworthy, 15 percent of the inspectors who worked with the mail covers did not have a required nondisclosure form on file.That information comes from the USPS' 2014 audit of the surveillance program by their inspector general.The Office of the Inspector General for the USPS recommended improvements be made "to ensure responsible personnel process mail covers in a timely manner and conduct periodic reviews of the mail covers program."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

Space Station Supply Rocket Explodes on Launchpad


NASA(WALLOPS, Va.) -- An unmanned space station supply rocket exploded Tuesday night, six seconds after launch from Wallops Island, Virginia.Orbital Sciences Corp. said in a tweet shortly after the explosion that there had been "a vehicle anomaly. We will update as soon as we are able."The cargo rocket was supposed to launch Monday night, but that had to be scrubbed because a boat was too close to the "hazard zone" near the launch site.This launch was the third of eight International Space Station cargo resupply missions under NASA's $1.9 billion contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia. Orbital provides the launch vehicle and cargo spacecraft, and NASA runs the range operations.The Antares rocket was carrying 4,483 pounds of equipment to the station, including 1,360 pounds of food.Orbital Sciences said everyone at the launch site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities.NASA spokesman Rob Navias said there was nothing urgently needed by the space station crew on that flight.The cargo ship was the fourth Cygnus bound for the orbiting lab; the first flew just over a year ago. This was the first catastrophic problem with the launches.Shares of Orbital Sciences, which has the NASA contract to supply the station, fell 14 percent in after-hours trading after news of the launch failure.Among the science cargo Cygnus was to transport to the space station was a study to enable the first space-based observations of meteors entering Earth's atmosphere; a multitude of student investigations covering topics such as the effects of microgravity on plant growth and the rates of milk spoilage in space; and international research including a study to determine how blood flows from the brain to the heart in the absence of gravity.On Monday evening, a sailboat about 26 feet long entered the hazard zone early in the launch count, NASA reported. The "hazard area" for the launch of the Antares is about 1,400 square miles off the coast of Wallops Island along the eastern shore of Virginia."Radar aircraft detected the boat and hailed it several times, but there was no response. A spotter plane made multiple passes around the boat at low altitudes using commonly understood signals such as wing waving to establish contact. However, the operator did not respond," NASA said in a statement.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

Eric Frein Possibly Spotted by Resident, Police Say


PA Dept of Transporation(CANADENSIS, Pa.) -- Police are investigating a new possible sighting of accused cop killer Eric Frein, who authorities believe has been hiding in the woods of the Pocono Mountains for more than six weeks.The possible sighting was made by a resident in Barrett Township early Tuesday afternoon, said Trooper Connie Devens, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania State Police.Frein, 31, has been at large since Sept. 12, when he allegedly opened fire at the Blooming Grove police barracks, killing one trooper and injuring another. Police believe Frein, a self-trained survivalist from nearby Canadensis, escaped to the woods. They have found two pipe bombs, an AK-47, ammunition and various food and supplies they believe belong to the suspect.Police have investigated several possible sightings in recent weeks, but Frein has not been located.They're also investigating blood a woman found near the chicken coop on her farm in Canadensis.Police recently deployed a giant balloon to help in the search. It's tethered, unmanned and quieter than a helicopter, and can provide similar technology to aviation equipment at a smaller cost, police said.The FBI is assisting Pennsylvania State Police in the manhunt and has added Frein to its 10 Most Wanted fugitive list.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

NTSB Cites Sleep Apnea in Fatal 2013 Metro-North Train Crash


NTSB(NEW YORK) -- The National Transportation Safety Board said on Tuesday that the December 2013 Metro-North train derailment that killed four and injured 61 occurred when the train engineer had fallen asleep.The train rounded a curve at 82 mph, well above the 30-mph speed restriction. The NTSB report determined that the operator had "an undiagnosed severe obstructive sleep apnea exacerbated by a recent circadian rhythm shift required by his work schedule." In other words, his apnea condition was made worse when his regular shift was moved from one that started in the late afternoon and ended in the early morning to another that began between 4 and 5 a.m. and continued until the afternoon.The NTSB pointed the blame at the Metro-North Railroad for the absence of medical screening for sleep disorders.NTSB has faulted Metro-North in five separate accidents in a single year, openly questioning the nation's largest commuter rail service's commitment to safety. The NTSB report also noted that the absence of a positive train control system, which would have automatically applied the brakes when the operator failed to place pressure on it, contributed to the accident. The agency noted further that "the loss of window glazing" caused the ejection of four passengers, contributing to their deaths and the severity of the accident.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

Controversial Guardrail Nearly 4x More Likely Involved In Fatal Accident, Study


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A university study has concluded that the redesigned version of a controversial but widely-used guardrail system places motorists at a higher risk of serious injury and fatality on America’s highways than its previous version.The study, first reported by ABC News last month before it was finalized, was conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham and examined serious and fatal accidents in Missouri and Ohio.“To date…in both states, it was found that the ET-Plus placed motorists at a higher level of risk of both serious and fatal injuries relative to its predecessor, the ET-2000,” reads the final version of the report, obtained by ABC News Tuesday. “The overall trend for [both] states included in the analysis shows that the ET-Plus is 1.45 times more likely to be involved in a severe injury than the ET-2000. More poignantly however, the ET-Plus is 3.95 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than the ET-2000.”The ET-Plus System, produced by Trinity Industries starting nearly a decade ago, was the subject of an ABC News 20/20 investigation in September that looked into allegations from crash victims that the guardrail can malfunction when struck from the front by their vehicles. Rather than ribboning out and absorbing the impact as designed, the guardrails “locked up” and speared straight through the cars, severing the motorists’ limbs in some cases.According to an internal email obtained by ABC News, a company official estimated one particular change – reducing a piece of metal in the guardrail end terminal from five inches to four – would save the company $2 per guardrail, or $50,000 per year.Last week, a jury in Texas found that Trinity Industries had defrauded the government by altering the guardrail end terminal design back in 2005 and failing to disclose all of the changes to federal officials as required. Trinity, which plans to appeal the decision, was ordered to pay $175 million in damages – an amount that is expected to triple by statutory mandate.The UAB study was sponsored by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission and The Safety Institute, a non-profit advocacy organization. Missouri was one of the first states to ban the use of the ET-Plus guardrail last month, citing concerns that the system “is not performing as intended and could pose the risk of malfunctioning.”Sixteen states have now said they have decided to halt installation of the guardrail system, including Trinity’s home state of Texas.“I think states that aren’t taking action are looking at this a little differently now than they were maybe even a couple weeks ago,” said Sean Kane, founder of The Safety Institute, one of the study’s sponsors.On Monday, Virginia became the first state to say it’s planning to physically remove the end terminals from its highways after the company didn’t meet a deadline to submit crash test plans to the state. A spokesperson for the state’s Department of Transportation told ABC News there is no finalized timeline to remove the end terminals, and should Trinity provide data proving the ET-Plus meets safety criteria, it will reconsider the recall.Trinity Industries told ABC News in a statement that it is “moving expeditiously to initiate” crash tests that had been previously requested by the state.Late last week Trinity announced it would no longer sell the ET-Plus until additional testing that also has been requested by the FHWA has been completed.Trinity has previously called the accuracy of the UAB study “troubling as it uses statistically unsound methodology.” The company also said the sample data used is not representative of the installations that exist in Missouri or the U.S. today and point to a conflict of interest in the team that authored the study. A representative for Trinity declined to comment further on Tuesday.Trinity told ABC News for its original report that it has a “high degree of confidence in the performance and integrity” of the ET-Plus system and noted that the FHWA had repeatedly approved its use on highways after being alerted of the design changes in 2012.Kane says he hopes the study is the first of many to come of the controversial guardrail.“What we’re hoping to do is inspire other states to do similar analysis, inspire the federal government to do other analysis,” he 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

Details on One World Trade Center's Observation Deck Released


Port Authority New York/New Jersey(NEW YORK) -- The operators of the highly anticipated observation deck at the top of New York's One World Trade Center have released new details about pricing and what visitors will experience when it opens in the spring of 2015.One World Observatory will span 120,000 square feet over three floors, providing visitors with panoramic views of New York City and the surrounding region.After taking elevators to the building's 102nd floor, visitors will watch a two-minute video presentation combing bird's-eye imagery and time-lapse shots of New York City.The main observatory space on the 100th floor features an interactive skyline "concierge" to help find city landmarks and neighborhoods from 1,250 feet in the air. That level will also feature a Sky Portal, where visitors can step onto a 14-foot-wide circular disc in the floor for a live view in high-definition of city streets below.One World Observatory will also feature three unique dining areas, including a seated dining area, a café, and a bar.Admission tickets go on sale in early 2015, with tickets ranging in cost between $32 for adults, $30 for seniors over age 65, and $26 for children ages 6-12.The Observatory will offer complimentary admission tickets to 9/11 family members and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers. Special discounts will be also offered to active and retired members of the U.S. military.One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the U.S., opens on Monday, Nov. 3, when media giant Conde Nast formally moves in.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

Shooting Outside NC Courthouse Leaves Two Wounded


iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, N.C.) -- A shooting outside a North Carolina courthouse on Tuesday left two people seriously wounded.According to the Nashville Police Department, the incident took place at the Nash County Courthouse just after 11 a.m. The suspect remains at-large."At this time, we're looking for one. There's a possibility there could be a second, but right now, the only indication is one suspect that did the shooting," Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore said.The two victims -- both adult males -- sustained multiple gunshot wounds. One was shot in the shoulder and the other has a wound in his right hand and two wounds in his left leg. "They are in stable condition. They have serious wounds, but they're apparently non-life threatening," said Nash Health Care Public Relations Director Jeff Hedgepeth.Both victims were airlifted to Greenville, North Carolina for further treatment.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

Wild Hogs May Force Florida County to Cancel Halloween Festivities


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Children in a Florida county may experience a cruel trick instead of sweet treats this Halloween thanks to a group of wild hogs that are wreaking havoc on homes, authorities said.Feral hogs have recently been running amok throughout neighborhoods in Brevard County, on the Atlantic coast near Orlando, having already destroyed up to 17 yards by ripping up the grass in search of food, authorities said.Law enforcement has hired licensed tracker James Dean, 52, for the month to capture the hogs in the hopes that they will not pose a danger to children trick-or-treating on Halloween. Dean told ABC News that he has already caught 11."There's really no telling how many hogs are out there," Dean said. "But there's a lot more than those 11 that are damaging yards."It can be expensive to repair the damage, with costs sometimes reaching over $1,000, he noted.Feral hogs are common throughout Florida, and tend to forage wider in late fall in search of food such as grub worms and acorns, Dean said, adding that the population has been growing."They multiply like rabbits," said Dean. "It's just totally impossible to keep them under control."Dean, a tracker of 20 years, said he uses a cooked mixture of corn, swamp water, sugar and powered yeast to lure the hogs into cages. He has set up traps before for Brevard County around both homes and golf courses. But with Halloween just around the corner, he said he plans to use a pack of dogs to chase the rest of the hogs back into the woods.Hogs, though they do not commonly attack, can be provoked if confronted or if they feel someone may pose harm, Dean said. No attacks have been reported yet this year but Dean advises anyone who sees one to walk in the opposite direction as their attacks can be vicious and aggressive."I've had four of my ribs broken. I've had my finger re-attached," Dean said. "My buddy, he had his cap muscles torn out. He had to have surgery."As for cancelling Halloween festivities, the decision is still up in the air."Just talk right now," Dean said. "That's one of the reasons why I want to bring in the dogs ... so the kids can have their Halloween."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

Police Voice New Concerns Amid Few Signs of Vanished Broncos Fan


Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- Police consider it "highly unusual" that they still have found no solid trace of Paul Kitterman, the 53-year-old father who went missing during halftime at Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game."People go missing quite often, but it’s highly unusual that someone goes missing for this amount of time," Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson told ABC News."Obviously, it’s a missing persons case," Jackson added. "Unfortunately, we get numerous cases every day on the same lines and people turn up relatively quick. In this case, he hasn’t shown back up and we’re concerned, as well as the family is."Authorities are combing through hours of surveillance footage from Thursday's game in hopes of turning up clues."We’re reviewing tapes over at the stadium," Jackson said. "We’re following up on any tips and leads we get as to where he might be. We’re basically in contact with the family quite a bit, seeing if we can get additional information from them. And we’re moving forward with the investigation."Kitterman seemed to be happy and behaving normally, his companions said, and told them that the experience of going to his first Broncos home game was "awesome."Soon afterwards, he vanished.Court records showed Kitterman had a history of relatively minor motor vehicle citations over more than a decade. More recent legal troubles involved a major bank and the Colorado Department of Revenue.His friend, Tia Bakke, who went with him to the Broncos game, said she knew he had money problems but doubted that would have been reason for him to vanish at the game."If he wanted to leave town because of money problems, he would have come home, gotten all of his money and left," she told ABC News.Denver Police were seeking information from anyone who might have seen Kitterman after his loved ones did."We got a report that he was possibly seen near a concession stand ... at the end of the 3rd quarter, within the stadium at that time," Jackson said. "So we’re following up on that, as well, talking to the person who said they think they saw him at that location and anybody else who gives us information that they saw him -- so we can talk, see what his demeanor was, what he might have said, things of that nature."Foul play is not considered likely because "with 70,000 people and cameras all over the stadium, you would see something if a violent crime occurred," Jackson said Monday.Police were letting officials at Sports Authority Field dig through the game's surveillance footage, a process that began Monday, because of their expertise with the camera setups, Jackson said on Tuesday. Any intriguing moments on the tapes were to be flagged for police."It takes a long time -- specifically when you’re looking for one individual with a lot of people in the crowd," Jackson said. "You’re talking about a stadium. So you have to start at the time he went missing and move forward. ... There are numerous gates, there are numerous areas around the stadium, so that’s going to take some time."The Denver Police Department tweeted Tuesday that they had located a male body near the stadium, but said they did not believe it was Kitterman.Kitterman was sitting with his stepson, Jarod Tonneson, after going to the game with Bakke and another friend, who were sitting in a different section. He was last seen by his son when he left to go meet those friends around halftime.Kitterman, a construction worker and ranch hand from Kremmling, Colorado, did not have his cellphone or any credit cards -- and only had about $50 cash -- when he went to the game, Bakke told ABC News."He would never bail on his son or anyone, so by Friday night we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.Police were not actively searching on foot for Kitterman because there was no indication a crime occurred, they said.Besides the analysis of the surveillance footage, much of the search appeared to be in the hands of friends passing out fliers.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

Officials Comb Surveillance Video for Trace of Vanished Broncos Fan


Tia Bakke(DENVER) -- Authorities are combing through hours of surveillance footage from Thursday's Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers game and seeking people who may have seen Paul Kitterman after the 53-year-old father went missing during halftime.Kitterman seemed to be happy and behaving normally, his companions said, and told them that the experience of going to his first Broncos home game was "awesome." Soon afterwards, he vanished."We searched the stadium we have been going to hospitals," said his stepson, Jarod Tonneson, who went with him to the game. "We have just been all over the place."Court records revealed that Kitterman had a history of relatively minor motor vehicle citations over more than a decade, though more recent legal troubles involved a bank and the Colorado Department of Revenue.His friend, Tia Bakke, who went with him to the Broncos game, said she knew he had money problems, but doubted that would have been reason for him to vanish at the game."If he wanted to leave town because of money problems, he would have come home, gotten all of his money and left," she told ABC News.Denver police said that they were still actively investigating the missing persons case. Foul play was not being considered because "there's nothing to suggest it at this point," police spokesperson Sonny Jackson told ABC News Tuesday."We're being open-minded about the investigation," he said."With 70,000 people and cameras all over the stadium, you would see something if a violent crime occurred," Jackson told ABC News on Monday.Kitterman was sitting with Tonneson after going to the game with Bakke and another friend, who were sitting in a different section. He was last seen when he left to go meet those friends during halftime.Kitterman, a construction worker and ranch hand from Kremmling, Colorado, did not have his cellphone or any credit cards -- and only had about $50 cash -- when he went to the game, Bakke told ABC News."He would never bail on his son, or anyone so by Friday night, we knew something was really, really, wrong," Bakke told ABC News.Police were not actively searching on foot for Kitterman because they were not sure if a crime occurred.Much of the search has been put in the hands of friends passing out fliers and officials at Sports Authority Field, who were digging through the game surveillance footage.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

Registered Sex Offender Emerges as Star College Football Player


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A registered sex offender has emerged as a star player on a top tier college football team, resuming his athletic career after being expelled from the Air Force Academy where he was court-martialed for sexual assault.No National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) rule prevents a person with a criminal conviction from playing college athletics, a spokesperson told ABC News. It is left up to the individual college or conference to determine eligibility.Jamil Cooks, 23, enrolled at Alcorn State in Mississippi, a Division One NCAA school, after being found guilty in April 2013 of abusive sexual contact in a court martial proceeding at the Air Force Academy, which required him to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.Cooks' lawyer, Richard Stevens, says he is appealing the conviction.The ability of Cooks to continue his football career despite being a sexual predator is only the latest example of distorted priorities that involve sexual violence, said Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand, D-N.Y."I think it’s wrong that they’re allowed to continue to play," she told ABC News.Officials at the Air Force Academy said the court-martial and dismissal of Cooks was part of an effort to end a culture in which sexual assault had gone unreported or tolerated.“It’s disappointing,” said Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson about the ability of Cooks to continue to play high-level college athletics. "That’s not what we tolerate here.”Cooks was one of two members of the Air Force Academy football team court-martialed for sexual assault as part of a sweeping, controversial investigation that also led to the resignations or dismissals of 15 other cadets. Johnson was appointed superintendent after the investigation.A smiling photo of Cooks appears on Mississippi’s Sex Offender Registry, with his home address listed as a dormitory at Alcorn State, a small historically black college.Cooks, a defensive end, was named Alcorn State Player of the Week after he "recorded six tackles, one sack, and three tackles for a loss in the Braves 55-7 victory over Virginia University of Lynchburg" in September.In October, Cooks was named “newcomer of the week” by the Southwest Athletic Conference following his performance in an Alcorn State victory over Texas Southern.A spokesperson said the school “had no issues with Cooks enrollment,” but declined to say whether female students had been notified of Cooks' presence, citing privacy concerns for Cooks. The president of Alcorn State, Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr., did not return repeated requests for comment.A general statement from President Rankins on the school website boasts of Alcorn State “scoring gains in athletics.”“If you’ve been convicted of sexual assault or rape you shouldn't be allowed to play on the team,” said Sen. Gillibrand, who is calling on the National Football League, NCAA and the military to do more to protect victims from sexual predators.She said the NCAA rules that allow convicted sexual offenders to play should be changed.“It shows that there is not a value put on the person who the crime was committed against," she told ABC News.In a statement, Richard Stevens, Cooks’ lawyer, says "the reporting about Jamil’s case has not only been inaccurate, it has been, in my opinion, irresponsible journalism."Cooks was convicted of abusive sexual contact but found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault. A charge of attempted sodomy was dropped at the request of the victim, according to Stevens.Stevens said Cooks' accuser made her allegations because she "was upset and angry that he didn't want a more serious, committed, and public relationship with her."Stevens said it is getting more difficult to "ensure fair trials in the military" because politicians and others "are continuously trying to make the military justice system more about pre-determined and politically palatable outcomes than about a search for the truth or actual justice."An ABC News report on the Air Force Academy investigation will air Wednesday on Good Morning America, World News With David Muir and Nightline.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

Second Dallas Nurse Ebola-Free, Thanks Hospital, Family and God


Obtained by ABC News(ATLANTA) -- A second Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola was released Tuesday from Emory University Hospital after doctors said she had been cured from the deadly virus.Nurse Amber Vinson, 29, was discharged after spending the last two weeks in Atlanta undergoing treatment in its biocontainment unit."I’m so grateful to be well," Vinson said Tuesday. "First and foremost, I want to thank God," she said, adding that God gave her the “hope and strength to fight” Ebola.Vinson also thanked her mother, fiancé and extended family for visiting."Family played such an important role in my recovery," she said. "By being there every minute every day even though you couldn't be close."She also thanked health workers who cared for her and stressed the importance of not losing "focus" on the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Before she left, Vinson hugged more than a dozen staff members, as they smiled, laughed and wished her a safe trip home to Texas.Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University Hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, said Vinson is the hospital's fourth Ebola patient since the outbreak began."As fellow members of the health care community, we deeply admire Ms. Vinson’s courage and dedication in caring for a patient with a serious communicable disease," Ribner said. "Nurses are on the front lines 24 hours a day in treating our patients and it is their skill, their knowledge and their passion for healing that makes one of the critical diff in caring for our patients."Vinson had cared for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan died on Oct. 8, and Vinson's colleague, Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola a few days later. She has since been treated and released.Vinson took a flight to Ohio and returned to Dallas in the days before she, too, was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct. 15. That evening, she was flown to Emory University Hospital. Passengers on both of Vinson's flights were notified about the ordeal."We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Oct. 21] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," the family said in the statement on Oct. 22, adding that Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit.Meanwhile, Dr. Craig Allen Spencer, who tested positive for Ebola last week in New York City a week after traveling home from treating Ebola patients in Guinea, remains in serious but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.Another little boy was tested for Ebola at the hospital Monday after recently traveling from Guinea, but the hospital confirmed that he has tested negative and will be removed from isolation, officials 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

Unstoppable Lava Flow Reaches Hawaiian Town


ABC News(PAHOA, Hawaii) -- A stream of molten lava has oozed into a small Hawaiian town, covering the yard of the house closest to the volcano, Hawaii County officials reported Tuesday.The lava flow has been edging its way towards Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island for weeks with authorities and residents powerless to halt or divert it.The final number of Kilauea residents affected has not been released, but it is expected to be dozens.The lava is advancing at about 10 to 15 yards per hour, making it far slower than one might expect from a Hollywood version of the nightmare scenario, but it is moving at a steady pace. One major road has been closed to everyone except residents. Teams of scientists are among the few allowed close to the flow so that they can provide reports from the burning front line.The lava is blistering hot, burying streets and covering trees. Residents in the scenic town of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island were forced to flee, powerless to stop the approaching river of lava.“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” resident Theresa Zendejas said. “It’s really scary.”The lava has been spewing from the Kilauea volcano since it erupted in June. The lava flow has traveled 12 miles since then, at times speeding up erratically, recently fanning out to cover more ground.Officials say there is no way to stop the lava, but they’re working to protect power poles from burning and to create detours in case the main road is affected -- which would cut off access for thousands of people. Hawaii officials are making arrangements for those living in the lava’s path.Beyond being buried by dozens of feet of hardened black rock, structures could also catch fire by being near the 2,000-degree lava.Since Kilauea’s current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.More ABC US news | ABC Health NewsFollow @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

Kaci Hickox's Quarantine Was Based on 'Fear and Politics,' Attorney Says


Handout(NEWARK, N.J.) — Kaci Hickox, the nurse who was placed in quarantine at a New Jersey hospital despite exhibiting no Ebola symptoms after arriving from West Africa, is “very pleased” about her release and looks forward to some rest and relaxation, her attorney told ABC News.Hickox left the hospital Monday afternoon to be taken to Maine, where she lives. Her attorney, Norman Siegel, said he plans to speak with Hickox Tuesday about their strategy for dealing with the courts of law and public opinion.“Her civil rights were violated,” Siegel told ABC News. “At a minimum, she could bring an action for damages. But I think her goal is to try to revise the current policies with regard to, for example, mandatory quarantines.”Siegel criticized New Jersey and New York governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo for enacting quarantine policies, despite criticisms from the Obama administration and medical experts that the measures were unnecessary.Hickox, 29, was the first person forced into New Jersey’s mandatory quarantine after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Friday. She had previously treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone for Doctors Without Borders, but never registered a fever, leaving no medical reason to keep her quarantined, Siegel said.She was held in a tent structure outside of University Hospital in Newark.“When you look at what happened and how it happened, you come away with the sense that this policy was based on fear and politics rather on medical fact, and we can’t have the politicians directing these kinds of important issues,” Siegel said.Health care workers such as Hickox who return to Maine from West Africa will remain under a 21-day home quarantine, with their condition actively monitored, Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a statement.“We will help make sure the health care worker has everything to make this time as comfortable as possible,” he 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

River of Lava Approaches Hawaii Homes


ABC News(PAHOA, Hawaii) — A lava flow is bearing down on homes in Hawaii, with the lava advancing up to 10 yards per hour, officials said.The lava was within 70 yards of the nearest residential property Monday and continued to advance overnight.The lava is blistering hot, burying streets and covering trees. Residents in the scenic town of Pahoa on Hawaii’s Big Island were forced to flee, powerless to stop the approaching river of lava.“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” resident Theresa Zendejas said. “It’s really scary.”The lava has been spewing from the Kilauea volcano since it erupted in June. The lava flow has traveled 12 miles since then, at times speeding up erratically, recently fanning out to cover more ground.Officials say there is no way to stop the lava, but they’re working to protect power poles from burning and to create detours in case the main road is affected -- which would cut off access for thousands of people. Hawaii officials are making arrangements for those living in the lava’s path.Beyond being buried by dozens of feet of hardened black rock, structures could also catch fire by being near the 2,000-degree lava.Since Kilauea’s current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.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

Second Dallas Nurse Will be Discharged After Ebola Treatment


Obtained by ABC News(ATLANTA) — A second Dallas nurse undergoing treatment for Ebola is being discharged from Emory University Hospital Tuesday and is Ebola-free, officials said.In late September, nurse Amber Vinson, 29, had cared for Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan, who became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Duncan died on Oct. 8, and Vinson's colleague, Nina Pham, 26, was diagnosed with Ebola a few days later.Vinson took a flight to Ohio and returned to Dallas in the days before she, too, was diagnosed with Ebola on Oct. 15. That evening, she was flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Passengers on both of Vinson's flights were notified about the ordeal."We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday [Oct. 21] evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control are no longer able to detect virus in her body," the family said in the statement Oct. 22, adding that Vinson should be able to leave the isolation unit.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