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Suspicious Vehicle Found Near Pentagon

Leesburg Police Department   (ARLINGTON, Va.) -- One suspect was taken into custody Friday morning as authorities investigated a suspicious vehicle found near the Pentagon, ABC News has learned.

Federal officials detained the man -- identified by two separate law enforcement sources as Yonathan Melaku, 22, of Alexandria, Virginia -- in Arlington National Cemetery.  He was carrying a backpack that contained ammonium nitrate and ammunition for an automatic weapon.  The bag also contained written material that referenced al Qaeda and the Taliban.

The FBI, however, determined that the material in his backpack was harmless.

"There was not a device and the products found are determined right now to be inert," said Brenda Heck, a special agent in charge of counterterrorism for the FBI.

Melaku allegedly told police that there were other "devices" in the area and also mentioned the location of a vehicle.

The vehicle in question -- a red 2011 Nissan -- was parked off the roadway on Washington Boulevard.  Authorities were examining it to determine if it contained a bomb or other weapon of mass destruction, but early reports are it didn't appear to be a "workable" bomb.  According to a law enforcement spokesman at the scene, authorities neutralized the suspicious device as a precaution.

Several roads in the vicinity were closed off by authorities as a result.

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$41 Billion: Annual Cost of US Crash-Related Deaths

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Fatalities resulting from auto accidents cost $41 billion in medical costs and lost wages each year, according to a report out Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report, based on deaths in 2005, found that the highest costs -- in fact, half of the overall total -- came in just 10 states: California ($4.16 billion), Texas ($3.50 billion), Florida ($3.16 billion), Georgia ($1.55 billion), Pennsylvania ($1.52 billion), North Carolina ($1.50 billion), New York ($1.33 billion), Illinois ($1.32 billion), Ohio ($1.23 billion), and Tennessee ($1.15 billion).

"Deaths from motor vehicle crashes are preventable," said the CDC's Thomas Frieden. "Seat belts, graduated driver's license programs, child safety seats, and helmet use save lives and reduce health care costs."

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Survey: 1 in 10 Americans Have Driven without Auto Insurance 

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The old defensive driving adage “Watch out for the other guy” appears to be more important than ever considering the results of a new survey, which shows a large percentage of Americans confessing to dangerous driving behaviors, including 10 percent who admit they have driven without auto insurance.

Findings from an online survey about bad driving behavior:

  • Just over 39 percent say they eat or drink behind the wheel.
  • 30 percent say they talk on a cellphone while driving.
  • Almost 10 percent admit to having driven without auto insurance coverage.
  • Nine percent admit to texting while behind the wheel.
  • Just under three percent read or groom themselves (shave, apply makeup) while driving.

The survey involved 1,496 motorists.

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EPA: New Refrigerant Fights Climate Change, Ozone Depletion

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Turn on your car air conditioner in a few years and it will be different and better, says the Environmental Protection Agency.  On Monday, the agency announced the approval of a new refrigerant, called HFO-1234yf, which it says does not deplete the Earth's ozone layer and has a so-called global warming potential that is 99.7 percent less than coolants currently used.

All this is fallout from the discovery, back in the mid-1980s, that the ozone layer was being damaged by the use of chloroflourocarbons -- CFCs for short -- in everything from air conditioners to the manufacturing of foam for coffee cups.  World governments got together relatively quickly. In 1987 the Reagan administration and 195 other countries signed on to the Montreal Protocol, which has been updated several times since, agreeing to phase out most ozone-depleting chemicals by 2030.

By the early 1990s the most common refrigerant for car air conditioners, known as CFC-12, had been replaced in the United States by one called HFC-134.  But it was a stopgap measure.  HFC-134 in the upper atmosphere is very potent at trapping heat in the air. So Honeywell and DuPont have developed HFO-1234yf. General Motors, among others, has said it will use it in its 2013 model cars.

"This new chemical helps fight climate change and ozone depletion," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation in a statement. "It is homegrown innovative solutions like this that save lives and strengthen our economy."

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Five Found Dead in Florida Hotel

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WPLG-TV(HIALEAH, Fla.) -- Police are investigating the deaths of five men whose bodies were found Monday afternoon at a Florida hotel.

The victims, described by fire officials as black and under the age of 35, were discovered in adjacent rooms of the Hotel Presidente in Hialeah.

ABC News affiliate WPLG reports that authorities are looking into whether toxic fumes from a car left running beneath the rooms are to blame for the men's deaths.

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Police Investigate Car Parked Outside NYC Museum

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Police in New York City shut down a portion of 5th Avenue in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a brief time Monday as bomb technicians assessed the contents of a legally parked car.

Authorities on scene gave the all-clear shortly before noon after pulling a number of suitcases from the vehicle.

The car's proximity to the home of an Israeli ambassador to the United Nations may have triggered an escalated police response, a source told ABC News.

The museum was not scheduled to open Monday.

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New Insurance Institute Report Calls for Bumper Standards

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- A new report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is calling for federal bumper standards after a study of collisions between passenger cars and SUVs showed extensive damage in low speed collisions.

The institute tested seven pairs of vehicles in rear end collisions at just 10 miles an hour.  Each crash consisted of a car and an SUV from the same manufacturer.

The testers found that because the bumpers of SUVs don't line up with those of cars, collateral damage follows when they get into a crash.

"Bumpers are designed to bump," says the institute's Joe Nolan.  "They're supposed to be the first line of defense in low speed collisions.  When the bumpers don't line up, then they're hitting other parts of the car that aren't designed to be impacted, like hoods and trunks."

In one test, a Nissan Rogue -- an SUV -- was pushed into a Nissan Sentra sedan at 10 miles an hour.

"Instead of hitting the Sentra's bumper, it hits the Sentra's trunk and tail lamps.  And in turn, the Sentra bumper hits the Rogue's air condition condenser and the radiator, spilling all of its fluid," says Nolan.

Nolan adds, "So [with] this 10-mile-per-hour crash we have total over $7,000 in damages and one vehicle that needs to be towed away from the scene."

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November Most Dangerous Month for Deer Collisions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Deer hits are not unusual in November. In fact, your chance of hitting a deer rises threefold this month because this is breeding season. Bucks are chasing does and many end up in the middle of the road.

"It's a big problem, particularly this time of year," says Kim Hazelbaker, a senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. "We see literally hundreds of thousands of claims that cost insurers hundreds of millions of dollars and these of course have to be paid for by all of us who are insured," he says. The average cost of repairs is between $2,500 and $3,000 when an auto and deer collide.

Drivers in nearly half the country have a medium to high chance of having an encounter with a deer on the road. The most dangerous state: West Virginia, where drivers have a one in 42 chance of hitting a deer.

The number of deer and collisions with autos have been increasing the past several years.

About 200 people lose their lives each year in one of these collisions.

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Woman Killed When SUV Crashes Through Window

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/WLS-TV Chicago(CHICAGO) -- A woman was crushed and killed when an SUV crashed through the window of her first floor garden apartment while she and her husband slept. Police said they believe that the teenage driver was drunk at the time of the crash.

Josefina Prospero, 48, of Bolingbrook, Ill. and her husband Juan Nicolas Bernal, were asleep at 2:30 a.m. Saturday when the 2002 Chevrolet SUV crashed through their window. Prospero was pronounced dead at the scene, while Bernal suffered minor cuts and bruises, and was able to make a statement at the police department.

According to Prospero's brother, who was in the apartment at the time, the unidentified 17-year-old driver attempted to flee the scene after the accident, but was restrained by some of the neighbors who also heard the accident.

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Proposal Rejected, Man Attempts to Run Down Girlfriend

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PICO RIVERA, Calif.) -- A California man's rage at having his marriage proposal rejected by his girlfriend almost turned deadly this week when he tried to mow her down with his car.

Mario Francisco Hernandez, 22, showed up at a Burger Stop restaurant in Pico Rivera, Calif., this week with flowers and "Will you marry me?" written on his car. His girlfriend apparently said no.

After approaching the 21-year-old mother of his two children, Hernandez then returned with his 1987 Toyota Supra and, according to Det. Gabriel Ramirez of the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, "tried to run over the female with the vehicle."

Witnesses reported that the car blew out two tires after jumping the curb and barely missed a pedestrian.

Det. Ramirez, who knows the couple, said that they have been through hard times. The couple has two children, a 5-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, and with low income, the family has been living with Hernandez's parents.

Hernandez will be arraigned Monday. He faces a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

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