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21 Injured When Metro Rail Train Collides With Car in Los Angeles

Johnny Stevens(LOS ANGELES) -- At least 21 people were injured Saturday after a light-rail rail train collided with a car in downtown Los Angeles, next to the University of Southern California campus, officials said.

Two of the Metro train cars derailed, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

One person was in grave condition and another was in critical condition, the LAFD reported.

Eight others were hospitalized with minor injuries. The train operator and car driver were among those injured, officials said.

Sgt. Mike Verlich of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said on Saturday afternoon the driver of the car apparently did not obey a "No left turn" sign at a grade crossing.

“From witness accounts what we have is both the train and the vehicle traveling eastbound. There was in improper turn that occurred. The vehicle got wedged between the pole and the train causing the train to dislodge,” he said.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, according to officials.

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Seven Injured, Three Critically, in Panama City Beach Shooting

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla.) -- Seven people were injured -- including some college students on spring break -- and one man was in custody Saturday after a shooting at a home in Panama City Beach, Florida early Saturday, officials said.

Three people were in critical condition, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said. Three others were in stable condition and one victim was in surgery, officials said.

Several of the victims were Alabama A&M University students visiting Panama City Beach for Spring Break, the sheriff's office confirmed. All of the victims are between the ages of 20 and 22, the sheriff's office reported.

Witnesses helped identify the suspected shooter as David Jamichael Daniels, 22, of Mobile, Alabama, according to the sheriff's office.

Daniels was in custody, charged with seven counts of attempted murder, and was expected to make a court appearance later Saturday.

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Decorated Boston Police Officer in Coma After 'Unprovoked' Shooting

ABC News(BOSTON) -- A police officer decorated for his role in the Boston Marathon bombing remains in critical condition in a medically-induced coma after he was shot in the face during a traffic stop, the city's police commissioner said Saturday.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans called the shooting of officer John Moynihan on Friday night "unprovoked" during a news conference on Saturday. Moynihan and five other officers had pulled over a driver in Roxbury, Massachusetts, when the driver began firing at the officers, according to police.

The officers hadn't drawn their guns when the driver began shooting, said Evans. As the officers chased after him, the driver continued to fire, emptying his revolver as he ran.

The officers later shot the driver, who died on scene, police said. Evans identified him as 41-year-old Angelo West, adding that he had a violent criminal past.

Moynihan, 34, was shot underneath his eye and the bullet became lodged behind his ear, Evans said.

"We're hoping and praying there's no further damage," he said.

Evans said video shows the officers approaching the vehicle very "low key." The video then shows the suspect pointing his gun at the officers' faces.

Police hoped to release the video soon in order for the department to be "as transparent as possible" in its investigation, Evans said.

"I can't say enough about the great work we did out there," he added.

Two other suspects were in custody "on unrelated matters," police said.

Moynihan, a six-year veteran of the Boston Police Department, was one of seven officers who came to the aid of MBTA Officer Richard Donohue during the Watertown, Massachusetts, shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in 2013 shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing, according to ABC News affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. He was honored at the "Top Cops" ceremony at the White House in 2014.

After Friday's shooting, Donohue tweeted his best wishes for Moynihan.

 

Hoping for the best for our BPD brother tonight

— Dic Donohue (@DicDonohue) March 28, 2015

 

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Girl, 4, Found Alone on Philadelphia Bus After Seeking Slushie

WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- A four-year-old girl in Pennsylvania couldn’t wait to get her hands on her favorite treat – a slushie -- so she headed out on her own for an overnight adventure.

The girl, sporting a purple coat and snow boots, ended up alone on a SEPTA bus in Northeast Philadelphia around 3 a.m. on Friday after a man flagged down the bus, according to a report by ABC News station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

“Got to be kidding me! At this time, at 3 o’clock in the morning,” the bus driver, Harlan Jenifer, told WPVI-TV. “She’s a small little thing. It kind of just shocked me.”

Jenifer told the television station he called police while passengers on board the bus comforted the four-year-old.

“All I want is a slushie, that’s all she said,” Jenifer told WPVI-TV.

The girl was eventually taken home to her parents, who said this was Annabelle’s first and last solo adventure. The family has since reconfigured the locks on the home.

“There are no words, he saved my daughter’s life,” her mother, Jaclyn Mager, told WPVI-TV.

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Denise Huskins' Boyfriend's Attorney Says He Received Email From Her Abductors

Courtesy Mike Huskins(VALLEJO, Calif.) -- The alleged kidnappers of a California woman sent an email detailing their motive to the office of her boyfriend's attorney, he said Friday, saying it proves her disappearance was real and not a hoax as police have claimed.

Aaron Quinn's attorney Dan Russo declined to specify what was said in the six-page email that he claimed detailed the kidnappers' motivation for abducting Denise Huskins on Monday morning.

"These people are real," he told ABC News. "They're really motivated."

Police in Vallejo, California, said Wednesday that they found "no evidence to support the claims" that Huskins was abducted from Quinn's home before she was found alive two days later more than 400 miles away in Huntington Beach, California. They declined to comment on Russo's claims about the email his office received.

Huskins, 29, and Quinn, 30, have denied any involvement in a hoax through their attorneys. Russo has said that Quinn was tied up and drugged by at least two assailants the day his girlfriend was taken, which he said explains why Quinn was unable to call police until hours later.

Police said that Quinn told investigators that Huskins' abductors made a $8,500 ransom demand.

Both police and the San Francisco Chronicle said Wednesday that they received emails allegedly from Huskins' kidnappers. While police declined to detail the specifics of the email, the newspaper reported it received an email the day before from an "anonymous person claiming to be holding Denise Huskins."

The newspaper reported on Thursday that it received a second email from a person claiming to be one of the kidnappers that said the abduction was real.


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Watch Tom Brady Jump Off Cliff, Land in Water

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- This video may be too scary for New England Patriots fans to watch.

A new Facebook post from Tom Brady shows the quarterback -- apparently on a family vacation -- jumping off a cliff beside a waterfall and landing in a pool of water at the bottom.

Before Brady takes the leap, you can hear his wife Gisele Bündchen asking, "Are you going to jump, Tom?"

The Super Bowl champ appeared to survive the jump uninjured.

"Never doing that again!" Brady wrote along with the video.

Since Brady posted the video to Facebook Saturday morning, it's already received more than 2 million views.

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No Murder Charges Filed in Case of Baby Cut from Womb

Boulder County Sheriff's Office(LONGMONT, Colo.) -- The woman accused of attacking a pregnant woman and cutting her unborn child from her womb will not face murder charges for the death of the baby, the Boulder County district attorney announced Friday, because the baby never lived outside the womb.

District Attorney Stan Garnett said at a Friday press conference that the cause of the baby's death was as yet unknown, but test results were pending. Still, because an autopsy and investigation failed to provide evidence that the baby "exhibited signs of life outside of the womb," murder charges could not be brought.

"A prosecutor can not file murder charges when a baby who is killed has not lived outside the body of the mother," Garnett explained. "For similar reasons, I can not bring charges of child abuse resulting in death."

"I understand that many people in the community, and Heaven knows I've heard from a lot of them, would like me to have filed homicide charges," Garnett concluded. "However, that is not possible under Colorado law without proof of a live birth."

Dynel Lane was accused of luring the victim to a Longmont home, beating her, and cutting the baby out of her. Police later arrested Lane at a hospital after she arrived with the dead child.

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Oklahoma Frat Members Learned Racist Chant During Cruise: School

ABC News(NORMAN, Okla.) -- The University of Oklahoma fraternity members who were recorded singing a racist chant on a bus learned the song during a leadership cruise held by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon's national organization four years ago, university officials announced on Friday.

The University of Oklahoma's chapter of SAE was closed earlier this month after the recording was released online. Two students were subsequently expelled from the school.

The university launched an investigation into the use of the chant, and school president David Boren announced on Friday that school officials had found that the 2011 cruise was the first known contact that their students had with the song.

It was then brought back to the school's chapter where it was shared with members and pledges for the past four years.

Boren says there is no evidence this was a nationally sanctioned chant, but that it appears to have been widely known by SAE members from around the country at that leadership cruise.

In a statement, the SAE national organization confirmed that members of its University of Oklahoma chapter "likely learned a racist chant while attending a national Leadership School about four years ago," but that there was no evidence the chant is widespread among its 237 chapters.

"We remain committed to identifying and rooting out racist behavior from SAE," the organization's Executive Director Blaine Ayers said in a statement, "but our investigation shows no evidence the song was widely shared across the broader organization." SAE says it invites hundreds of leaders to an annual six-day leadership retreat that includes classes, seminars and social gatherings. Ayers speculated that it was during such a social gathering that "some members shared the racist song that was recorded on video at the University of Oklahoma and shared through social media earlier this month," the organization's statement read.

"The song is horrific and does not at all reflect our values as an organization," Ayers said. "If we find any other examples of this kind of behavior currently occurring, we will hold our members accountable, just as we've done in Oklahoma."

No further details about the cruise have been released, including where it sailed and how many members were involved.

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Investigators Say Contents of Drum 'Incompatible,' Caused 2014 Radiation Leak at New Mexico Facility

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(CARLSBAD, N.M.) -- Investigators looking into the radiation leak at a New Mexico nuclear waste dump from last year found that the use of organic kitty litter may have created an incompatible mixture in one of the drums stored at the site.

The radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant led to the contamination of 21 workers. A 2014 report on the leak slammed federal staff and outside contractors who were responsible for running and overseeing WIPP.

According to a new report released this month, the leak can be traced to an incompatible mixture of nitrate salt residues, organic sorbent -- in the form of Swheat Scoop kitty litter -- and triethanolamine, a neutralization agent.

Internal chemical reactions within the drum caused the contents to breach, and that breach was the source of radioactive contamination at WIPP. Tests indicated that had the drum contained an inorganic sorbent, such as zeolite in place of the Swheat Scoop, the conditions would likely have remained normal and avoided a breach of the drum.

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At Least Five Injured in California School Explosion

Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) -- At least five people were injured in an explosion at a California middle school.

According to the Riverside County Fire Department, five patients were taken from Ethan Chase Middle School by ambulance after  18 students were exposed to a loud explosive device and suffered minor injuries. The 13 students not taken by ambulance were either picked up from the school by their parents or were being held by the sheriff's department until their parents arrived.

The explosion was reported at 11:05 a.m. local time.

It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion or why the device was on the school's grounds.

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NASA Launches Year-Long Experiment

NASA-TV(NEW YORK) -- An unprecedented NASA experiment began on Friday, with Astronaut Scott Kelly and a pair of Russian cosmonauts blasting off, bound for the International Space Station, where Kelly will spend the next year.

Kelly and his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark, will be human guinea pigs. While Scott spends the year in space, Mark will remain on the ground. NASA hopes to compare what happens to the bodies and brains of the two men in such different environments.

The launch took place on Friday afternoon, with video inside the rocket showing Kelly giving a thumbs up.

Beforehand, Kelly posted a photo to Instagram showing him closing up shop for the next year.

 

Shutting down my office for a while. #ISS1year #iss #office #nasa #jsc #timetogo

A photo posted by Scott Kelly (@stationcdrkelly) on Feb 15, 2015 at 10:42am PST

 

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NYC Building Fire: Restaurant Owner Smelled Gas Before Massive Explosion, Officials Say

Todd Maisel/NY Daily News via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) -- With the cause of a fire and explosion that destroyed several buildings in Manhattan's East Village on Thursday still under investigation, officials Friday revealed details that may have led up to the blast.

The explosion reportedly came after the building's owner and a contractor arrived to investigate the smell of gas, police said.

Three buildings collapsed and a fourth building was seriously damaged, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said, and the fire department is still actively fighting the fire. Though the cause appears to be a gas explosion, no final conclusion has been drawn, he added.

Twenty-two people were injured -- four critically, De Blasio said Friday.

No fatalities have been reported, but two people remain unaccounted for.

Two of the most seriously injured victims were Michael Hrynenko, a building co-owner, and Dilber Kukic, a general contractor working at the site who helped carry Hrynenko away from the blast, police said. Both were being treated at New York Presbyterian Hospital's burn unit.

Con Ed inspectors arrived at the building at 2 p.m. Thursday to meet with the contractor to evaluate work being done by a plumber in the basement of one of the buildings, according to police, and the work failed inspection.

After the inspectors left, the owner of the Sushi Park restaurant, located in one of the buildings, notified a building owner, Maria Hrynenko, mother of Michael Hrynenko, of a gas odor, according to police. Michael Hrynenko and Kukic met up at the location, and when they opened the side door of 119 Second Avenue, also known as 45 East 7th Street, there was an explosion, officials said.

Officials said Kukic is answering questions and helping with the investigation.

The Department of Buildings will be inspecting all of the surrounding buildings before they are re-inhabited, the mayor said.

The gas is shut off for the immediate surrounding area and air quality has returned to normal levels in the surrounding area.

"Once the debris is cleared and the fire is fully extinguished then we will do a full investigation and clean-up," De Blasio said, adding that the full investigation will "take days."

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Alabama Police Officer Indicted Amid Accusations of Using Unreasonable Force

iStock/Thinkstock(MADISON, Ala.) -- A federal grand jury indicted a Madison, Alabama police officer on Thursday night for use of unreasonable force against a man he was trying to question earlier this year.

Eric Sloan Parker, 26, was acting in his capacity as a police officer on Feb. 6 when he allegedly injured a man by slamming him into the ground. The man was not identified in the indictment.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Parker's actions "deprived the man in Madison of his right under the U.S. Constitution to be secure from unreasonable seizures, which includes the right to be free from unreasonable force by someone acting under the color of law."

In February, ABC News reported that Parker was accused of badly injuring an Indian man, Sureshbhai Patel, who was visiting family. A man had reported Patel as a supicious person, according to a 911 call released by police.

Parker is seen in dashcam video throwing Patel, 57, to the ground.

The Madison Police Department's Chief Larry Muncey said that he had recommended Parker be fired.

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Driver Hailed a Hero After Rescuing Kids from Burning School Bus

KABC-TV(RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.) -- A "hero" school bus driver in California directed students to exit a yellow bus just in the nick of time before it exploded in flames, authorities said.

The bus was dropping off students at Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School on Friday when the fire started around 8:15 a.m., according to Steve Concialdi, captain of the Orange County Fire Authority. 

The school, in Rancho Santa Margarita, said the "engine of the empty school bus spewed smoke and flames," according to its website.

The bus driver, whose name was not disclosed, noticed the engine was on fire, Concialdi said.

There were 35 students on board from the 7th and 8th grade, ages 12 to 14 years.

"[She] did an excellent job of getting all the students off safely. No one was injured. There were three kids who were emotionally distraught, who were treated by paramedics and released back to the school and parents. No one was transported to the hospital," Concialdi said, adding that the driver was a "hero."

Concialdi, who said the fire started in the engine compartment at the front of the bus, said the incident is under investigation and the bus is now "a total loss."

The fire started a small vegetation fire next to the school, so the school followed evacuation procedures, moving 1,325 students to the sports fields. Then, school continued in session Friday.


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Aaron Hernandez Fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Testifies at Murder Trial

ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — Aaron Hernandez's fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins, said Friday in a Boston courtroom that the former New England Patriots star denied involvement in a friend's alleged murder.

Hernandez, 25, is accused of orchestrating Odin Lloyd's slaying June 17, 2013.

Jenkins said Friday morning that after she found out Lloyd had been killed, she asked Hernandez whether he did it, and he said "no."

"That was the extent of our conversation," she added.

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