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No Charges for Now Against Truck Driver in California Train Crash


KABC-TV(VENTURA, Calif.) -- No charges are expected to be filed -- for now -- against the driver whose truck got stuck on a set of train tracks, causing a gnarly collision in Oxnard, California earlier this week.According to the Ventura County District Attorney, the ongoing investigation into the crash is "complex and involves numerous local and federal agencies." The DA says he will "await the completion of this investigation before making a formal filing decision."The DA did say that the arres

Inmates Attack Seven Correctional Officers at SC Prison


DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- A South Carolina prison was briefly placed on lockdown Thursday after a number of inmates attacked correctional officers.According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, seven officers at Lee Correctional Institution were attempting to search an inmate when they were assaulted by "multiple inmates." All seven officers received medical attention outside the prison and have since been released.Two inmates were seen by medical staff at the p

Texas Rep. Introduces Bill to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to "American Sni


Paul Moseley/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, introduced a bill on Thursday that would call for President Obama to posthumously award "American Sniper" Chris Kyle with the Medal of Honor.Kyle, the Navy Seal on whom the movie American Sniper was based, "gave the ultimate sacrifice and served his nation with distinction and bravery while saving countless American lives," Williams said in a release. "There is no doubt that this true American

How One Teacher Gave Her Class a Lesson in Social Media Etiquette


Courtesy Michele Van Bibber(STEWARTVILLE, Minn) -- Michele Van Bibber has been an educator since 2010. One of the changes she's noticed about her students over the past five years is their habit of over-sharing on social media. "I think that there is quite a bit of new social media out there and it's changed in the way students, or even the way adults, expose themselves to it," said Van Bibber, a health and physical education teacher at Stewartville High School in Stewartville, Minnesota. "I thi

Real-Life "Notebook" Couple Dies Hand-in-Hand


Cynthia Letson(EASTON, Calif.) -- "They weren’t fancy. They were just decent people that were always committed to each other, no matter the situation." That's how Donna Scharton remembers her beloved parents, Floyd and Violet Hartwig, before they died on Feb. 11. The couple, who had been married for 67 years, died in their home in a very Notebook-like situation. As the two laid close to one another, Scharton and other immediate family members pushed their beds close together as they all kn

Record-Breaking Winter: Even the South Can't Escape


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Record snow, stranded drivers, thousands without power. That's what the southern states had to deal with this week as a potent winter storm swept across the region.This is the third storm to hit the Deep South in less than a week. Since the storms began, airlines have been severely affected, canceling nearly 7,000 flights. The roads weren't much better. Interstate 65 in northern Alabama was at a standstill Wednesday night, for the second time this week. Winter

Llama Drama on the Streets of Arizona as Animals Break Free


KNXV(SUN CITY, Ariz.) --A pair of confused llamas wreaked havoc in Sun City, Arizona, Thursday afternoon as they ran through the streets while being chased by police. It’s unclear where the llamas originated, or how they broke free, but little did they know that their brief dash for freedom would be enjoyed across the country. Live streams of the chase and cable news breakouts captivated viewers, and the best responses to the stressful chase appeared on Twitter. LIVE: Llamas get loose

A Look Inside the Mistakes in JonBenet Ramsey Investigation Noted by Former Poli


Barry Williams/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The former Boulder police chief said mistakes were made in the initial handling of the JonBenet Ramsey murder case that transfixed a nation two decades ago. Mark Beckner gave a lengthy interview on Reddit this week revisiting the case and plainly detailing mistakes he felt the police made in the early days of the case. The unusual murder case drew nationwide attention, as no one was ever arrested or charged in the case. JonBenet Ramsey, 6, was found murdere

FBI: 'We Are Losing the Battle' to Stop ISIS Radicalization Online


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI’s top counterterrorism official offered a blunt assessment Thursday of U.S. efforts to stop ISIS from spreading its merciless message online: “We are losing the battle.”The terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq as it blasts videos of beheadings to the world “has proven dangerously competent like no other group before it at employing [online] tools for its nefarious strategy,” the head of the FBI’s counterterr

Aaron Hernandez Trial: Prosecutors Play Video of Him Before the Murder


Photo by John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Prosecutors in Massachusetts Thursday showed surveillance video of Aaron Hernandez with Odin Lloyd in the car the former NFL star was driving before he allegedly murdered the man.The former New England Patriots tight end could be seen on a camera -- mounted at a Canton gas station -- pumping gas and entering a convenience store before the June 13, 2013 murder of Lloyd.Prosecutors have said that Hernandez, 25, rented a Nissan Alt

Cops Hunt Gunman After 1 Dead in Texas Shooting Attacks


iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOURI CITY, Texas) -- Police in Texas are searching for a gunman believed to have randomly attacked five people in the past week, including one who later died.The attacks happened in Houston and nearby Missouri City, Texas, and involved pedestrians walking alone, police said.Police said the attacks started at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, when a gunman in a dark SUV tried shooting at a 21-year-old college student. The gun jammed and the victim ran away.About 30 minutes later,

Florida Robber Douses Clerk in Lighter Fluid, Threatens to Set Him Ablaze


Brian Jackson/iStock/Thinkstock(PALM BAY, Fla.) -- An armed robber doused a convenience store clerk with lighter fluid and threatened to set him ablaze if he did not surrender money from the cash register in surveillance video released by police in Palm Bay, Florida.The incident happened early Wednesday morning at a Kangaroo Express convenience store, authorities said.The robber walked into the store with his face covered and began dousing the clerk with lighter fluid, according to police. He he

NTSB Official Clarifies Statement on California Train Derailment


KABC-TV(OXNARD, Calif.) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says that the truck that caused Tuesday's train derailment in Oxnard may have been stuck on the tracks when it was struck, though it was not stuck at the railroad crossing.NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt was forced to clarify his comments on Wednesday evening, saying that "this was not a traditional grade crossing accident." Earlier, he had said that the truck was "not actually stuck on the track," when he says he intended to t

(edited) NTSB Official Clarifies Statement on California Train Derailment


(OXNARD, Calif.) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says that the truck that caused Tuesday's train derailment in Oxnard may have been stuck on the tracks when it was struck, though it was not stuck at the railroad crossing.NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt was forced to clarify his comments on Wednesday evening, saying that "this was not a traditional grade crossing accident." Earlier, he had said that the truck was "not actually stuck on the track," when he says he intended to tell rep

United Airlines Officials Highlight 'Near-Misses' in Safety Message to Pilots


Boarding1Now/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- United Airlines officials recently sent a "brutally honest" safety bulletin to pilots following four incidents involving flight crew errors that were classified as "major safety events and near-misses."The Jan. 9 message -- which was obtained by ABC News -- was sent by Howard Attarian, Sr. Vice President Flight Operations, and Mike Quiello, Vice President Corporate Safety. The Wall Street Journal first reported about the message.Two of the ev

"American Sniper" Trial: Eddie Routh Attorney Says Jurors Who Saw Movie Didn't H


ABC News(STEPHENVILLE, Texas) -- A defense attorney for Eddie Ray Routh, who was convicted of capital murder in the American Sniper trial, said the fact that some jurors had seen the movie did not hurt their case. The movie American Sniper, which was up for six Oscars, including Best Picture, is based on the memoir of famed Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. A Texas jury of 10 women and two men found Routh guilty Tuesday of killing Kyle and Kyle’s friend

Wesleyan Student Lawyers: Don't Rush to Judgment on Drug Charges


Left to right: Rama Agha Al Kakib, 20, Andrew Olson, 20, Eric Lonergan, 21, and Zachary Kramer, 21. (Middletown Police)(MIDDLETOWN, Conn.) -- Lawyers for two of the Wesleyan University students arrested on drug charges after a rash of overdoses say they intend to plead not guilty and have asked the public not judge their clients before all the facts are out. Wesleyan students Eric Lonergan, 21, Andrew Olson, 20, Zachary Kramer, 21, and Rama Agha Al Nakib, 20, were arrested Tuesday on various dru

Hedge Fund Owner Could Face $1 Million Monthly Child Support Payments


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A multibillionaire hedge fund owner could be on the hook for nearly $1 million a month in child support -– including staggering sums for a private jet, vacations and stationery – according to newly filed court documents in an Illinois case that threatens to be one of the biggest divorce settlements in the country. Ken Griffin filed for divorce last year from his wife Anne after 11 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple is the parents of

Three New York Men Arrested in Plot to Join ISIS


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three New York City men were arrested Wednesday on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS in Syria, while also trying to carry out attacks on the terror group's behalf in the United States, the FBI said. Federal officials said the men had planned to travel to the Middle East and had also spoken about attacking President Obama or planting a bomb in Coney Island, Brooklyn, authorities said. Federal officials said Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, was arrested today at

"American Sniper" Trial: Why Jurors Who Saw Movie Were Still Picked


Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros(DALLAS) -- The prospect of jurors being biased in the "American Sniper" trial was a concern from the very beginning of the case because of the popularity of victim Chris Kyle's memoir and ensuing blockbuster film about the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.Now, it has been revealed that several members of the jury saw the movie before being selected to serve on the trial, but they maintain that it did not interfere with their ability to fairly judge accused ki
 

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