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Jan112015

Pregnant Woman Among Victims in Deadly Maryland Car Crash

Popartic/iStock/Thinkstock(WYE MILLS, Md.) -- Five members of a Virginia family, including a pregnant woman and two children, were killed in a Saturday morning car crash in Maryland, police said.

According to the Maryland State Police, Regina Ayres, 24, was traveling westbound on U.S. Rt. 50 approaching the intersection with state Rt. 213 with her boyfriend, son, daughter, and pregnant sister when their car collided with a tractor trailer around 1 a.m. in Queen Anne's County.

Ayres, along her boyfriend, 25-year-old Travis Straton, and their children, ages 2 months and 7 years old, were declared dead at the scene.

Ayres' pregnant sister, 30-year-old Zerissa Ayres, was taken to a hospital where she was declared dead. He unborn child was also declared dead, police said.

The tractor trailer overturned during the collision but the driver, Yvenet Mayette, 28, of Wilmington, Delaware, survived. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center to be treated for injuries.

The state police says the Ayres family had been traveling from Greenbush, Virginia to Baltimore.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation and no charges have been filed. Police say neither icy roads nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.

Authorities are still searching for eyewitnesses and ask anyone with information to contact the State Police at (410) 758-1101.


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Saturday
Jan102015

Golden Gate Bridge Shuts to Install Safety Barrier

FiledIMAGE/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The iconic Golden Gate Bridge is closed until early Monday morning for some very important safety upgrades.

Workers began installing a moveable barrier late Friday night to separate opposing traffic in an effort to prevent head-on crashes.

Since 1970, there have been 128 head-on collisions on the bridge, resulting in the deaths of 16 people.

Bridge spokesperson Priya Clements said the 52-hour closure will be the longest in the bridge's history.

“In 1962, we started lane management here on the bridge and that was brand new, innovative across the country. So we're excited to have another innovative step to have the narrowest median barrier ever being right here on the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Clements.

Alisha Ascensio, who lives near the bridge, is looking forward to the change. She said driving across the span can be frightening.

“Pretty much everyone knows the middle lane or the scary lane, you know what're you're talking about, the lane where you're right next to oncoming traffic, you can almost hear the cars or feel them kind of go past you,” she said.

But not everyone is excited about the changes. Patricia Seeley, who also lives near the bridge, is concerned about the new median taking six inches off each center lane.

“It's already kind of tight as it is so to take six more inches off it seems like a bit but I think people just have to slow down,” she said.

Installation of the safety barrier is expected to be completed just in time for the morning rush hour on Monday.


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Saturday
Jan102015

Time Capsule From 1966 Found in Altar of Florida Church

La_Corivo/iStock/Thinkstock(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) -- A time capsule from 1966 was discovered in the altar of a church in Florida.

When the altar at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine was taken apart Wednesday to be renovated, a box was uncovered from February 1966, complete with newspapers, photographs, and money.

"There is a longstanding tradition of placing a time capsule inside the main altar," when a Catholic church is renovated, Fr. Thomas Willis of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine said on Saturday. "So that's in all likelihood why we found it here."

Willis said the capsule featured three newspapers: the weekly national Catholic paper The Wanderer, the weekly local Catholic newspaper The Florida Catholic, and the daily local paper, The St. Augustine Record.

Willis said the money in the time capsule included "just some regular change, a few quarters, a dime, and nickel" that "didn't amount to much more than a dollar," but "the real find was six Morgan Silver Dollars that were dated from 1882 to 1900."

"Those coins were placed in the time capsule when that time capsule was originally placed in the altar in 1966, but we think there might have been a time capsule in the altar when it was first placed in the cathedral in the late 1880s," Willis said.

Some of the items from the 1966 capsule will be put on display in St. Augustine.

A new time capsule will be added to the altar when it is reassembled in mid-March.


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Saturday
Jan102015

California Man Sentenced in $36 Million Airline Fraud Scheme

Brian Sweeney/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- A California man was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to defraud an airline out of millions of dollars.

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta said Michael Yedor, 62, of Los Angeles, stole $36 million from Northwest Airlines and continued even after Northwest merged with Delta Airlines.

Between 1999 and 2013, prosecutors say Yedor submitted fake invoices on behalf of a company he claimed to own for services that were never provided.  

Yedor, who pleaded guilty to fraud, is accused of sending the invoices to a friend who worked for the airline and would approve the payments in return for a kickback.


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Saturday
Jan102015

George Zimmerman Arrested, Allegedly Threw Wine Bottle at Girlfriend

Seminole County Sherrif's Office(SANFORD, Fla.) -- George Zimmerman, the man acquitted in a 2013 second-degree murder trial for shooting and killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, was arrested Friday on aggravated assault charges.

Police in Lake Mary, Florida arrested Zimmerman, 31, on aggravated assault charges for an incident involving his girlfriend.

Zimmerman’s lawyer Don West said on Saturday his client threw a wine bottle at his girlfriend earlier in the week.

A judge granted Zimmerman a $5,000 bond during his first appearance at the Seminole County Courthouse on Saturday.

The 31-year-old is due back in court in February.


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Saturday
Jan102015

'Close, but No Cigar' for Landing on Historic SpaceX Mission

Photo by Matt Stroshane/Getty Images(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.)  -- A SpaceX rocket blasted off early Saturday morning with cargo for the International Space Station – but according to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, the mission's historic efforts to land the leftover booster on an ocean barge was unsuccessful.

"Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for future tho," Musk wrote on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SpaceX mission lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 4:47 a.m. ET with 5,000 pounds of supplies on board for the astronauts.

Shortly after liftoff, the rocket detached and began a controlled descent to Earth, with SpaceX officials hopeful that the rocket would make a pinpoint landing on a floating platform.

Having the ability to recycle rockets is something Musk previously said will "revolutionize access to space."

This is the fifth launch to the space station for the private company, which is filling in the gap for NASA with cargo deliveries that were slowed down when the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011.


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Saturday
Jan102015

California Girl Back Home After Family Chases Down Alleged Abductor

shiyali/iStock/Thinkstock(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) -- A 3-year-old girl who was kidnapped from her home is back with her family after relatives took matters into their own hands and chased down her alleged abductor.

Authorities said Ethan Odom, 37, was arrested Thursday night after he allegedly pulled the screen off a window at the family’s home north of Los Angeles, just after 7 p.m., and allegedly snatched the girl.

“He picked her up and took her,” said Adriana Hernandez, the girl’s aunt. “I think we were never gonna see her again.”

Authorities said the little girl and her 4-year-old sister had been watching TV together when a man reached in.

The girl’s sister reportedly ran into the living room and told their father what happened.

He then rushed outside with the girl’s uncle, who ran down the street after the suspect, the family said. The uncle was then able to pin the suspect to a wall.

“These people were able to chase down the suspect and were able to regain custody of their daughter,” said Joshua Dubin of the Los Angeles County’s Sheriff’s Department.

The girl was not harmed.

Authorities said there was no relation between Odom and the girl and her family.



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Friday
Jan092015

Greek Life Reinstated on UVA Campus

Alessandro Drago/iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) -- Greek life was reinstated on Friday on the campus of the University of Virginia.

The school banned all Greek social activities on Nov. 22 after a Rolling Stone article detailed an alleged gang rape at a fraternity house on campus. Though the veracity of the article has been questioned, the school has still taken action -- requiring "sober monitors" at all fraternity parties, the addition of a new police substation and increased security patrols, among other safety measures.

UVA spokesperson Anthony de Bruyn told ABC News on Friday that "it has always been the expectation that fraternities and sororities abide by the law and the University's Standards of Conduct, in addition to the requirements outlined in the Fraternal Organization Agreement prior to the new addenda authorized earlier this week." Still, de Bruyn noted that the fraternity houses are privately owned and operated.

The Spring semester at UVA is scheduled to begin on Monday.


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Friday
Jan092015

FBI: Bombing Near Colorado Springs NAACP Office Was Deliberate

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The FBI held a news conference on Friday in which they said that they believe that the bomb detonated near an office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Colorado Springs was a deliberate act.

The FBI announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of those responsible. Still, the agency does not have a suspect or a motive for the incident.

The FBI said it would release a sketch of a possible suspect who was spotted in the area by witnesses.

They did not provide details about the explosive device, though it is believed to have been homemade. It was also unclear whether the NAACP office was the intended target of the bombing.


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Friday
Jan092015

Vanderbilt Rape Trial to Begin Monday

Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The trial involving a pair of former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape will begin on Monday.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, along with two other players, are accused of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room at the school in June 2013. The two other players, Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks, are expected to testify against their former teammates.

All four former players have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Vandenburg faces additional charges including tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.

Authorities began investigating after they came across "concerning behavior by the defendants" while checking the dorm's surveillance camera recordings regarding an unrelated matter.

Jury selection in the case begins Monday with opening statements expected to begin on Tuesday. The trial is projected to take about two weeks.


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