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Tuesday
Jan172017

Man Sets Fire Outside Trump Hotel in DC, Police Say

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A small fire was lit apparently in protest of President-elect Donald Trump in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on Tuesday night outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police Department told ABC News: "An adult male lit a fire and received burns. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The investigation is continuing."

President-elect Donald Trump was not inside the hotel at the time, but was in the area for a dinner ahead of the inauguration.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Wife of Pulse Nightclub Gunman Omar Mateen Knew He Would Attack, US Attorney Says

Facebook(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub made her first appearance at a federal court in California Tuesday, where a prosecutor claimed that "she knew he was going to conduct the attack."

Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, who was arrested by the FBI Monday in the San Francisco area, entered a courtroom Tuesday morning slightly hunched over and with her head down. She wore a bright yellow shirt and long, gray skirt.

The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted her husband's "provision of material support" to the terror group ISIL, also known as ISIS.

Salman is also accused in the indictment of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers who came to question her about Mateen's attack at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.

During Tuesday's initial appearance, the prosecution, led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg, read the charges against Salman aloud in court.

As written in the indictment, on count one, she was charged with aiding and abetting her husband’s attempted provision and provision of "material support or resources" to a foreign terrorist organization. For this count, she could face up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"She knew he was going to conduct the attack," Handberg said.

On count two, she was charged with obstruction of justice. She could face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

When asked by Judge Donna Ryu if she understood the charges, Salman quietly replied, "Yes."

Because of the count one terrorism charge, the government is asking for her to be detained and not released on bond.

Salman was represented Tuesday by public defender John Paul Richmond. It was not clear if she entered a plea. A status hearing was set for Wednesday morning in Oakland.

Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, who was not in court Tuesday, said in a statement to ABC News Monday, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

Her uncle, Al Salman, who was at court Tuesday, called his niece a "very simple person" who is "not that smart." Al Salman said he was adamant that his niece had no clue what her husband was planning.

Noor Salman is expected to be extradited to Florida, where the indictment was filed.

Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2016.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina expressed relief that Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.

"Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply," Mina said. "Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."


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Tuesday
Jan172017

Mother Charged for Allegedly Abducting Daughters in 1985 from Rhode Island

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children(HOUSTON) -- A mother who allegedly abducted her children from the Rhode Island home they shared with their father in 1985 has been found living in Texas under a different name, police said Tuesday.

On Aug. 26, 1985, Russell Yates filed a missing persons complaint for his wife, Elaine C. Yates, and his two children, 3-year-old Kimberly and 10-month-old Kelly, according to Rhode Island State Police.

An initial investigation suggested that Elaine Yates left home with the couple's two daughters following a domestic dispute, police said. A felony warrant for her arrest on the charges of child snatching was issued on Nov. 16, 1988, following a further investigation by the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General.

Court records from the Kent County Superior Court in Warwick show that the child abduction charges filed against Elaine Yates in 1988 were dropped in 2014.

Police received an anonymous tip on Dec. 23 regarding the possible whereabouts of the Elaine and her daughters, and the Texas Department of Public Safety discovered Elaine Yates living in Houston under the alias Leina L. Waldberg, police said.

Police took Elaine Yates into custody Monday without incident, and she confirmed her identity to authorities, police said. She was charged with child snatching and was arraigned by a Houston judge.

Police spoke with the daughters and gave them their father’s phone number, the Providence Journal reported. It was unclear where they are currently living.

Elaine Yates is being transported back to Rhode Island, where she is expected to be formally arraigned Wednesday in Kent County superior court. It was not immediately clear if she had obtained a lawyer.

Immediately after her arrest, police notified Russell Yates that the mother of his children had been found, Rhode Island State Police Lt. Col. Joseph F. Philbin told ABC News.

The discovery of the women's whereabouts comes less than a week after an 18-year-old woman in South Carolina was discovered to be the baby that was kidnapped hours after she was born from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

"Both cases are a reminder of why we never stop looking for missing children," the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said in a statement. "There is hope for recovery, even decades later."

In 2015, there were 460,699 entries for missing children, according to the FBI's National Crime Information Center.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Bond Denied for Accused Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter

Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- The Iraq War veteran accused of killing five people at an airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, earlier this month was denied bond at a hearing in federal court.

Esteban Santiago, 26, is the suspected gunman behind the Jan. 6 shooting at a baggage claim at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport that killed five and injured six others.

Under questioning from defense attorneys Tuesday morning, the FBI revealed Santiago had been released from an Alaska hospital on Nov. 14 without any psychiatric drugs; he was given anti-anxiety medication and melatonin, an herbal sleep aid. He was deemed to be stable, the FBI noted.

It was shared in court by FBI agent Michael Ferlazzo that Santiago purchased a one-way ticket to Fort Lauderdale two days before his Jan. 5 flight. His only checked baggage was a gun, according to Ferlazzo. After retrieving his bag, Santiago allegedly loaded the weapon in the bathroom and re-entered the baggage claim area, aiming at people's heads and bodies and walking while shooting.

Authorities interviewed Santiago after his capture. According to the FBI, Santiago said he carried out the attack because the government was "controlling his mind." Later, at the FBI office in Miami, authorities say Santiago mentioned ISIS and admitted to participating in Jihadi chat rooms and communicating with like-minded individuals who were planning attacks.

He is facing federal charges of performing an act of violence against a person at an airport that caused serious bodily injury; causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm; and using and carrying a firearm in a crime of violence, according to Ferlazzo. He has not entered a plea.

His next court date was set for Jan. 30.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Grandmother Who Organized Washington March 'Felt Women Needed to Stand Up'

Courtesy Teresa Shook(NEW YORK) — When Teresa Shook, a grandmother from Hawaii, posted "I think we should march" on Facebook on election night, she never expected the response she would get.

The next morning, more than 10,000 people said they were attending the event, after her post went viral.

As thousands of women from around the country head to the nation's capital to march in protest of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Good Morning America spoke to some of the organizers who spearheaded the Women's March on Washington.

"What sparked the need for this movement was the rhetoric of the campaign was so demeaning to women," Shook told GMA. "I just felt women needed to stand up and say, 'Here we are, hear our voice, we're strong we're empowered and we're not going away.'"

The Women's March is a rally scheduled for this Saturday with the mission of sending a "bold message to our new government on their first day in office," according to a website created by the organizers.

Many people credit movement's beginning to Shook, 60, from Maui, and her social media call-to-action.

"I decided to post something after election night because I was thinking about my granddaughters, and I didn't want them to grow up and a world full of hate speech and bigotry," Shook said in an interview with GMA that aired Tuesday.

"I wrote in my post 'I think we should march,'" Shook said. "When I woke up in the morning I had over 10,000 people coming to the event. I was flabbergasted."

The official event page for the Women's March on Washington now has more than 200,000 people saying they will attend the event in the nation's capital. In addition, over 270 "sister marches" are scheduled to happen simultaneously, in all 50 states and in 33 countries.

"Someone called me the fire starter for starting this movement," Shook said. "But this movement would not have happened without thousands of people helping to fan the flames."

Four women especially have been working tirelessly since Election Day to organize and coordinate the event by co-chairing the Women's March organization.

Linda Sarsour, one of the co-chairs of the organization, told GMA that "one of our goals for this march is to display what it looks like when the progressive movements are working together." Sarsour said they have people at the march who are championing climate justice, racial justice, immigration rights, and women's reproductive rights "coming and showing one unified voice."

Carmen Perez, another co-chair of the organization, added that they "also want people to know that women are leaders."

"We also want the world to know that women are leaders," Perez said. "We want to show our children, and specifically our daughters, they can be the next generation of leaders as well."

Shook said she hopes people will "remember the March on Washington."

"One person can make a difference," Shook said.

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Tuesday
Jan172017

Dangerous Ice Storm Slams the Midwest

Amana Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The damage assessment and the cleanup will continue Tuesday in parts of the nation’s midsection hit by severe weather over the weekend.

Weather experts say four mid-January tornadoes touched down in North Texas on Sunday. No injuries were reported, but trees and fences were blown down and some windows were smashed.

In Oklahoma, ice was he culprit and shelters are filled with people waiting for the power to be restored.


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Tuesday
Jan172017

Firefighters Remove Cow Stuck in Oklahoma City Swimming Pool

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- A fire crew in Oklahoma City responded to a bizarre scene this past weekend -- a cow stuck in a neighborhood swimming pool, officials said.

A resident had been drinking his morning coffee Sunday when he heard some sort of "snorting" coming from the pool area and went to investigate, according to a Facebook post by the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

After finding the cow had fallen through a hole in the pool liner, the resident called 911, the fire department wrote.

Firefighters thought about trying to get the animal out by tying a rope around the animal's neck but determined it would not work because the cow was nearly 1,500 pounds, the fire department said.

An animal control crew then responded to the scene and figured that hoisting the cow out using a tow truck would be best, according to the fire department.

Firefighters drained some water from the pool to reduce the likelihood of the cow experiencing hypothermia before hoisting the cow to safety, the Oklahoma Fire Department said.

The animal was then loaded into a stock trailer for transport and is expected to be "just fine!" the department added.

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Monday
Jan162017

Wife of Pulse Nightclub Gunman Arrested in San Francisco

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The wife of the gunman who carried out a mass shooting an Orlando, Florida, nightclub was arrested by the FBI Monday in San Francisco, the FBI and her lawyer said.

Gunman Omar Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, was charged with obstruction of justice and with aiding and abetting Mateen's attempted provision and provision of material support to ISIL, the U.S. Attorney’s office said, referring to the terror group also known as ISIS.

Salman's lawyer, Linda Moreno, said in a statement to ABC News, "Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person."

She is expected to appear in court on Tuesday for a first appearance, her lawyer told ABC News. Salman is expected to be extradited to Tampa, Florida, where she was indicted.

Mateen was killed in a police shootout after he carried out the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina was glad to learn Salman was arrested, he said in a statement Monday.

"Federal authorities have been working tirelessly on this case for more than seven months, and we are grateful that they have seen to it that some measure of justice will be served in this act of terror that has affected our community so deeply," Mina said. "Nothing can erase the pain we all feel about the senseless and brutal murders of 49 of our neighbors, friends, family members and loved ones. But today, there is some relief in knowing that someone will be held accountable for that horrific crime."

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Monday
Jan162017

Eight Shot, Including 11-Year-Old, Amid MLK Celebration in Miami: Police

iStock/Thinkstock(MIAMI) -- Eight people were shot during celebrations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Miami, including an 11-year-old girl, according to police.

Shots were fired at the MLK Memorial Park Monday afternoon, causing spectators to flee for safety, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. Five of the victims were minors, police said.

Six of the wounded were taken to local hospitals, and two of the minors were treated on scene. The conditions of those hospitalized were not clear.

Two suspects were detained for questioning, police said, and two guns were recovered on the scene.

It is unclear if there are additional suspects at large, police said.

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Monday
Jan162017

NASA Astronaut and Last Man to Walk On the Moon Gene Cernan Dead at 82

Mike Marsland/WireImage via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The last man to walk on the moon, NASA astronaut Gene Cernan, has died at 82.

Cernan was commander of the Apollo 17 mission, the final lunar landing, in December 1972. He and fellow astronaut Jack Schmitt spent three days on lunar excursions, and when Cernan took his last step on the moon he said, "We leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind."

The astronaut was also a longtime consultant for ABC News.

NASA administrator and former astronaut Charles Bolden told ABC News Cernan didn't want to be the last astronaut to touch the moon. According to Bolden, if Cernan were still alive, he would say, "Let's get back to space and let's get back to the surface of the moon and on to Mars."

Bolden recalled from when he was first an astronaut that Cernan was a "young, swashbuckling test pilot turned astronaut."

"He was bold, brash, and confident, cocky almost - but incredibly proud of having been one of those few people who had actually had an opportunity to leave our planet and set foot on another body in our solar system," he told ABC News.

In a statement, the astronaut corps at the Johnson Space Center said: "Our heart is aching. The world has lost one of the greats. A true hero. RIP dear Gene. We are consoled knowing that he is reuniting with Neil Armstrong. The buds are back together."

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