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7 Drugs Found in System of Hot Air Balloon Pilot in Deadliest US Crash, NTSB Say


NTSB(LOCKHART, Texas) -- The pilot of the deadliest hot air balloon crash in U.S. history had seven different drugs in his system at the time of the accident, according to documents released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board.In the early hours of July 30, Alfred “Skip” Nichols was piloting a hot air balloon near Lockhart, Texas, with 15 passengers on board, when the balloon ultimately crashed into a field after striking high-voltage power lines. All those on board, i

Faulty Refrigerator Ruled Out as Cause of Oakland Fire That Killed 36: ATF


iStock/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- A faulty refrigerator has been ruled out as the cause of the Oakland, California, warehouse fire on Dec. 2, officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms announced Friday.Thirty-six people perished in the blaze that ignited during a party at the warehouse last Friday.The cause remains under investigation.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof Laughed When Admitting to Shooting


ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  (CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old accused of killing nine black churchgoers at a Charleston, South Carolina, Bible study, laughed as he admitted to the shooting in a video interview of Roof played in court Friday and seen by ABC News.He also said he used a Glock 45 to do it, according to the video. "I didn't say anything to them before I pulled it out, not even one word," Roof said of the gun in the video. "I mean they reacted after I shot them

The New Glenn Beck: A Different Side of the Conservative Talk Radio King


ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Conservative radio talk show king Glenn Beck has been called by critics a clown, a bigot, a carnival barker and now -- a unifier?The commentator that most of America either loves or loathes, known for being combative and controversial, is now trying to become a moderate voice of reason, in the nation’s post-election climate.Today, Beck says, a lot of the time, he’s “trying to figure out how to be a more responsible person.”ABC News' Nightline was

Winter Storms and Subzero Temperatures Ahead for Midwest, Northern States


jwoodard99/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- Snowstorms are expected in many parts of the country this weekend, posing hazardous driving conditions for millions of motorists.On Thursday, slippery roads and low visibility caused multi-vehicle pileups on interstate highways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Nevada.Lake effect snow continues to slam the Great Lakes region. In Oswego, New York, residents witnessed a unique weather phenomenon late Thursday: a snowstorm that produces lightning.IT HAPPENED. Thu

Accused Charleston Church Shooter Dylann Roof's Video 'Confession' Played in Cou


ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old accused of killing nine black churchgoers at a Charleston, South Carolina, bible study, appeared to chuckle as he admitted to the shooting in a video interview of Roof played in court today in which Roof also said he used a Glock 45 to do it, according to ABC affiliate WCIV, which reported the testimony from the courtroom."I didn't say anything to them before I pulled it out, not even one word," Roof said of the gun in the video. "I

Woman Accused of Murdering Twin Sister Waives Right to Extradition Hearing


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A woman accused of murdering her twin sister by driving their vehicle off a cliff in Hawaii waived her right to an extradition hearing in a New York court Friday morning.Alexandria Duval, 38, entered the Albany County courtroom in shackles, a yellow jumpsuit and with her long blonde hair pulled back. Duval's attorney, Kevin O'Brien, said his client was anxious to return to Hawaii to defend herself against a second-degree murder charge stemming from the fatal

Why An Innocence Advocate Believes N.C. Man Was Wrongfully Convicted of UNC Char


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Chris Mumma, the executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, believes her client Mark Carver is sitting in prison, sentenced to life, for a murder he didn’t commit.Mumma’s organization receives about 600 requests every year from inmates who say they have been wrongfully convicted. But she knows a winning case comes along far less often. In fact NCAI accepts only 2 percent of all the inmate appeals it receives.“Mark’s ca

Why This Innocence Advocate Believes N.C. Man Was Wrongfully Convicted of UNC Ch


ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Chris Mumma, the executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, believes her client Mark Carver is sitting in prison, sentenced to life, for a murder he didn’t commit.Mumma’s organization receives about 600 requests every year from inmates who say they have been wrongfully convicted. But she knows a winning case comes along far less often. In fact NCAI accepts only 2 percent of all the inmate appeals it receives.“Mark’s ca

The Real News About Fake News


Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  As locals near Washington, D.C.’s Comet Pizza restaurant know too well, fake news headlines can have real-world implications.Edgar Welch allegedly fired three shots at the local hotspot after driving 350 miles from North Carolina in order to investigate a fake news story that the pizzeria was home to a child slavery ring. That story was not true.“The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent,” Welch told The New York Times after his

Obama Says John Glenn 'Lifted the Hopes of a Nation'


Bettmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The death of legendary astronaut John Glenn sparked an outpouring of tributes, including from President Obama, who said the space pioneer "lifted the hopes of a nation.""With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend," Obama said. "John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becomi

Second Police Officer Dies From Shooting Near Georgia Southwestern State Univers


Georgia Bureau of Investigation(AMERICUS, Ga.) -- The Georgia Southwestern State University police officer who was critically injured Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute call has died from his injuries -- one of two officers killed in the incident, the university announced.“We have just received word that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away," said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. "We o

Chain of Car Crashes on Icy I-96 in Michigan Kills at Least Three


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- At least three people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved about 40 vehicles in Michigan, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.The major car pileup occurred around 9:47 a.m. today, in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police. Authorities said 11 other injuries had been reported, but were not life-threatening.The identities of those killed have not yet been r

Winter Storms Are Impacting Travelers in 19 States


Image Source/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Winter is officially here to stay for many states across the nation.Gusty winds, whiteout conditions and heavy snow are impacting thousands of commuters. Winter advisories have been issued for nearly 20 states.The Great Lakes region, especially Michigan and New York, is experiencing heavy lake-effect snow that could lead to an accumulation of 2-3 feet. #wutv Lake effect snow in effect. Syracuse pic.twitter.com/Bu5PUU2nSp— vbdenny (@VBDenny) Decemb

John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 95


Bettmann/Getty(NEW YORK) -- John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and a legendary figure in the American space flight program, has died, the Ohio governor has said. He was 95.pic.twitter.com/XRN1DDMVqO— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 8, 2016Glenn was one of America's first and most celebrated astronauts and had a long public career that included two space flights, 24 years as a U.S. Senator from Ohio, and a run for the presidency. He was born July 18, 1921.Glenn w

Deadly Chain of Car Crashes on Icy I-96 in Michigan Kills at Least Three


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- At least three people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved about 30 vehicles in Michigan, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.The major car pileup occurred in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police.Sudden whiteout conditions, as well as black ice on the roads have been cited by police as contributors to the deadly crash.The snow -- and other accidents --

Suspect in Georgia Cop Killing is Dead, Investigators Say


Georgia Bureau of Investigation(AMERICUS, Ga.) -- The man who allegedly shot two police officers in Georgia, killing one and critically wounding the other, is now dead, authorities said.A spokesperson for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation told ABC News Thursday afternoon that the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, is deceased. It was not immediately clear how Lembrick had died.Investigators said Lembrick was wanted in connection to a shooting that happened Wednesday

At Least Two Killed in Winter Storm-Related Vehicle Pileup in Michigan


iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- At least two people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved 30 to 40 vehicles in Michigan, police said.The major car pileup occurred in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police.Sudden whiteout conditions, as well as black ice on the roads have been cited by police as contributors to the deadly crash.The snow -- and other accidents -- continue to pile up. Police said crashes h

Michael Slager Trial Foreman Recalls 'Passionate, Emotional' Climate in Jury Roo


iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The jury foreman in the state murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager described the climate in the jury room as "passionate, emotional" and sometimes "heated" before a mistrial was eventually declared."We are a group of 12 people who came from different backgrounds, trying to come up with one decision. And that just didn't happen," jury foreman Dorsey Montgomery II told ABC News.Slager, who is white, was accuse

Official: Oakland Warehouse Had Not Been Inspected in 30 Years


ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As investigators try to piece together what sparked a fatal fire last week at a warehouse in Oakland, California, the city planning and building department revealed that its inspectors had not been inside the ill-fated structure in decades.The Oakland Planning and Building Department said it received various complaints about the property on 31st Avenue over the past 30 years, but most were about the neighboring vacant lot. Although inspectors visited the propert
 

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