LGBTQ pride marches marked by protests across the U.S.

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The celebratory tone of gay pride marches from San Francisco to Istanbul on Sunday were undergirded by an atmosphere of political expression and protest.

Chelsea Manning, the transgender U.S. army soldier who was imprisoned for leaking classified military information about the Iraq war before being released through a pardon by outgoing president Barack Obama, celebrated her first New York City Pride March on Sunday in front of a float sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Happy first Pride March, Chelsea Manning! #NYCPride2017 pic.twitter.com/nLfXV3KAKK

— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 25, 2017

As the same New York parade started, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced that artist Anthony Goicolea was chosen to design the first official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people commissioned by the state of New York. Goicolea’s design will take the form of “nine boulders, some bisected with glass that acts as a prism and can emit a subtle rainbow,” according to a report in The New York Times.

In addition to appearances by performers like LeAnn Rimes, progressive organizations like The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a group that has seen a surge in membership since Trump’s election, gave the event a more urgent tone. Marchers and revelers held signs that criticized capitalism, and highlighted the radical undertone of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped to launch the modern day LBGTQ movement.

“Vulnerable communities are under attack right now, and they’re suffering systemic oppression, including transphobia, homophobia, and racism,” Natalie James, who served as one of the organizers for DSA’s contingent at the New York City Pride march, told ABC News by phone from the event. “We feel that socialism, as a political approach, is uniquely situated to addressing those issues.”

Remember:
No pride for some of us,
Without liberation
For all of us!

✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻#SFPride #Intersectionality pic.twitter.com/LeP8ztfm8I

— Mia Tu Mutch Satya (@miatumutch) June 25, 2017

In downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, activists briefly disrupted a pride march by bringing attention to lingering anger over the death of Philando Castile, and the acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who shot him, according to a report in the Star Tribune.

Protesters held signs that read “No KKKops, make pride revolutionary again!” and “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us,” the paper reports.

In the progressive hub of San Francisco, some marchers used pride to criticize the influence of corporations on the event, with one woman holding a sign that said, “COPS and CORPORATIONS OUT OF OUR PARADE.”

Other signs at the march also focused on health care and President Trump’s immigration policies.

A transgender female activist at the San Francisco rally held a sign that read: “NO PRIDE FOR SOME WITHOUT LIBERATION FOR ALL OF US.”

Meanwhile, Turkish police attempted to stop activists for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights from gathering in large numbers for an LGBTQ pride event in Istanbul on Sunday, dispatching officers after a ban on the event was imposed.

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Video shows moment when teen falls from Six Flags ‘sky ride’

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Crystal Nadareski/Facebook(QUEENSBURY, N.Y.) — Stunning video published on social media shows the moment when a teenage girl dropped from a stopped ride at an upstate New York amusement park and fell into a crowd of park visitors and employees who had gathered below her to catch her.

The unidentified 14-year-old girl from Greenwood, Delaware, survived the ordeal and is at Albany Medical Center in stable condition with no serious injuries, according to The Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is insane! We were just about to leave The Great Escape a Six Flags theme park, when I hear screams of a girl calling for help! People and security started to gasp and gather not knowing what to do. The ride continued to dangle her for 2-3 minutes before it stopped. Once it stopped she continued to hang for about 3-4 minutes screaming!,” Facebook user Crystal Nadareski wrote in a post accompanying the video.

The accident happened on the “Sky Ride” at Six Flags Amusement Park, about 55 miles north of Albany, New York.

Six Flags released a statement saying that New York State’s Department of Labor has cleared the ride for operation, but that no one can use it until an internal review of the incident has occurred.

“As the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority, and out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed while we conduct a thorough internal review,” the company wrote in a statement.

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Police standoff in Pennsylvania ends in apparent murder-suicide

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(ALLENTOWN, Pa.) — A man and a woman wanted for parole violation barricaded themselves inside a Pennsylvania home after allegedly firing shots at police, and later died in an apparent murder-suicide on Saturday.

The couple was being pursued after allegedly firing at police shortly before noon on Saturday. Following that incident, the man and woman fled and then barricaded themselves inside the attic of a home in Upper Saucon Township, according to authorities.

Police approached the home where they were hiding out and heard three gunshots that were not directed at them, according to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin.

Officers dispatched a robot to investigate the area prior to finding the pair dead, Martin said.

While fleeing police, the man and woman approached at least two occupied homes, according to a report in local newspaper The Morning Call.

Edward Petro, a resident of the neighborhood where the couple fled, told the paper that he was sitting in his living room and flipping through TV channels when he saw strange shadows moving across the wall.

“I’m waiting for them to ring the doorbell, but the doorbell doesn’t ring,” Petro told the paper. “The guy comes in with a gun in his hand — not in his waistband, in his hand. And I just stood in my tracks.”

Petro told the paper that the man asked for his car keys, which he said he did not have. The encounter lasted only a few minutes.

The house where the man and woman eventually died was a few blocks from Petro’s house, according to The Morning Call.

The names of the deceased have not been released yet by authorities, but police said they were wanted for violating parole.

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California father buries wrong man after coroner’s mistake

Posted on: June 25th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

A Southern California man who thought his son had died has learned he buried the wrong man

Toddlers died in hot car after mother wanted to teach a ‘lesson,’ officials say

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Parker County Sheriff’s Office(DALLAS) — A mother whose two young children were killed after they were locked in a hot car in Weatherford, Texas, last month was arrested after she admitted she left them there to teach a “lesson,” officials said.

The Parker County Sheriff’s office said Cynthia Marie Randolph, 25, told investigators several different variations of what happened to her 16 month-old boy and 2-year-old girl on May 26. She was arrested following a final interview on Friday when she admitted she locked the car doors on her children around 12:15 p.m. after the 2-year-old daughter refused to get out, according to the sheriff’s office.

Randolph said she wanted to teach her daughter a “lesson,” and thought her daughter “could get herself and her brother out of the car when ready,” officials said.

She told investigators she then went into the house to smoke marijuana and went to sleep for two to three hours. When she found the children unresponsive, Randolph originally said she broke a window of the vehicle to save them, but later admitted she did it to make it look like an accident, according to officials.

Both children were pronounced dead just after 4:30 p.m., when temperatures were approximately 96 degrees.

Randolph faces first-degree felony count of injury to a child causing serious bodily injury and was booked into the Parker County jail, according to ABC affiliate WFAA-TV.

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Family members: Seattle mom killed by police adored her kids

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Family members remember a pregnant woman from Seattle who was fatally shot by police as someone who adored her children and always smiled, even when facing obstacles.

Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Angelo Colon-Ortiz was indicted for murder in the slaying of Vanessa Marcotte, a 27-year-old Google employee killed while jogging in Massachusetts in August 2016.

Seventeen cousins line up by age in photo celebrating family

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Annabelle Rose Photography(DESTIN, Fla.) — A group beach photo is a staple of many summer vacations, but for one family it became a way to showcase the 17 amazing ways the clan has grown.

The photo, taken in Destin, Florida, in May, shows the 17 grandchildren of Mary Frances Fox lined up by age. Their T-shirts sport numbers depicting each wearer’s place in the order — with the oldest as 1 — and are in colors signifying which of Fox’s six children they belong to.

“Each one of my grandchildren is so proud to be a member of this big happy family that when their number was called, each one marched to their spot in the lineup,” Fox, of Pensacola, Florida, told ABC News.

“We’re so happy we could capture them all together which is no small feat,” said Chrissy Roussel, who posted the photo to her Facebook page, Roussel Six Pack.

The idea to number the kids came from Roussel’s sister Maryellen, and the photo was snapped by Katie Fox of Annabelle Rose Photography, who is Roussel’s sister is law.

The picture is particularly poignant because of a special person who could not be there to see it: Frederick Michael Fox, Jr., the children’s grandfather, Roussel said.

“My dad passed away three years ago. Later that same month, the last five babies were conceived,” said Roussel, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Babies 13 through 17, including my spontaneous triplets, numbers 13-15 are among them. We call those five babies the ‘Frederick Five’ in memory of my Dad. They’ve brought so much happiness and joy to our family when we needed it most. It is so bittersweet that he never got to meet them.”

The children are:

Anna, 14

Grace, 12

Porter, 12

Julia, 9

Lucy, 9

Molly, 7

Cora, 5

Isla, 5

Emily, 5

Kate, 5

Sadie, 3

Aubrey, 3

Libby, 2

Abby, 2

Ruby, 2

Emmett, 2

Maren, 2

Fox said, “I imagine my husband as a big, jolly angel laughing down on all these little people.”

Despite the bittersweet memory of their father and granddad, the photo has brought the family, and others, great happiness.

“I think so many people can relate to the joy that comes from being with your extended family and having all your little ones together,” said Roussel. “Who doesn’t want to play on the beach with their 16 cousins?! It just puts a smile on your face to see 17 smiling cousins lined up together on the beach.”

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Texas mom left kids in hot car as punishment, officials say

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Her 2-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son died last month.

Massachusetts jogger slaying suspect indicted for murder

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — A suspect has been indicted for murder in the death of a 27-year-old woman who was killed last summer while jogging in broad daylight in Massachusetts.

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, of Worcester, Massachusetts, was indicted Friday by a Worcester County grand jury in the murder of Vanessa Marcotte, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early Jr.

Colon-Ortiz, who will be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court at a later date, is being held by authorities on $10 million bail, Early said.

He was arrested two months ago in connection with Marcotte’s slaying after his DNA matched samples found on her hands.

He was arraigned in Leominster District Court on April 18 after being charged with aggravated assault and battery, and assault with attempt to rape. At the time, Early said a murder charge was also expected to be added.

Marcotte disappeared after going for a jog on Aug. 7, 2016, near her mother’s home in the town of Princeton, about 60 miles west of Boston.

Her body was found that night in a wooded area about a half-mile from her mother’s house.

An account manager at Google in New York City, Marcotte frequently visited family in Massachusetts and was planning to return to New York on the day of her death, according to Early.

A Google representative described Marcotte in a statement to ABC News as “a much-loved member of the Google team” who was “known for her ubiquitous smile, passion for volunteer work and love of Boston sports. We are deeply shocked and saddened, and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

Police have said she was likely attacked between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. local time. Investigators said previously that she may have struggled with her attacker, and that whoever killed her suffered scratches, scrapes and bruises during the struggle.

Police sources have told ABC News there were signs Marcotte was sexually assaulted and that there were burns on parts of her body.

Marcotte was murdered just five days after another female jogger was killed in the New York City borough of Queens. Police said Karina Vetrano, 30, was strangled to death on Aug. 2, 2016, while out for a jog along a path she often ran with her father.

Investigators in New York and Massachusetts do not believe the murders of the two young women are related, but authorities in both states have been working together to solve the mysteries surrounding their deaths.

Early has said they “haven’t ruled anything out” regarding the similarities in the two cases.

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Sally Yates goes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions over criminal justice reform

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Her op-ed went after his advocacy for a “tough” approach to fighting crime.

American tourist robbed, shot in Turks and Caicos is medically evacuated to US

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

An Alabama man was robbed at gunpoint and shot early Friday while vacationing with his family in Turks and Caicos, police said.

Microphone cut after Mormon girl reveals she’s gay at church

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

A video of a young Mormon girl revealing to her congregation that she is lesbian before her microphone is turned off by local church leaders is sparking a new round of discussions about how the religion handles LGBT issues

Police: Victims of San Francisco UPS shooting appear to have been targeted

Posted on: June 24th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — The three people who were shot and killed at a San Francisco UPS facility last week appeared to have been targeted, police announced Friday.

The shooter, identified as 38-year-old UPS employee Jimmy Lam, gave no warning before he began firing, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Witness statements and video surveillance of the incident show Lam passing other people to get to his victims, indicating that the victims were targeted, police said.

Police Cmdr. Greg McEachern said the video showed Lam passing employees without “any interaction,” which led police to believe that specific individuals were targeted.

The shootings of the victims were not captured on any kind of video, police said.

Lam was carrying two guns at the time of the June 14 incident, but he only used one of the weapons, which San Francisco police described as an “assault-type” pistol with an extended magazine.

Both guns were apparently stolen — one from nearby Napa and the other from Utah, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Lam also had a bag with one box of ammunition, police said.

After firing inside the facility building, police said Lam calmly walked outside the building and fired multiple rounds at another victim, killing him. He then walked back inside the building as police arrived and shot himself in the head as he was confronted by officers.

“The officers observed that Mr. Lam was armed with a firearm, and he had it pointed at his head,” McEachern said. “The officers instructed Mr. Lam to put the gun down in an attempt to take him into custody, but Mr. Lam shot himself.”

A total of 20 rounds were fired throughout the ordeal, police said.

Investigators are reviewing a journal and computer found at Lam’s home, but a motive for the shooting has still not been established, police said.

The facility is a package-sorting hub and delivery center, UPS said last week.

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Ivanka Trump ordered to testify in dispute with shoe company

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

A New York judge says Ivanka Trump must testify in a dispute with an Italian shoemaker over one of her company’s shoe designs

Victims of San Francisco UPS shooting appear to have been targeted, police say

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Jimmy Lam, 38, was carrying two guns at the time of the shooting.

Oklahoma attorney general charges doctor with 5 counts of murder

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The Oklahoma attorney general has charged a 67-year-old doctor with five counts of second-degree murder, accusing her of prescribing excessive amounts of drugs.

Mystery surrounds death of 14-year-old girl found in Texas landfill

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

The death of a 14-year-old Kaytlynn Cargill is shrouded in mystery after her body was found in a landfill in northern Texas this week.

Fighter jet involved in accident at Dayton International Airport

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(DAYTON, Ohio) — An F-16 Thunderbird has been involved in an accident at the Dayton International Airport, an airport spokesperson told ABC News.

There were no fatalities in the accident, the spokesperson said.

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds said in a statement that the plane was conducting a familiarization flight and that there was a “mishap” upon landing at 12:20 p.m. local time.

USAF Thunderbirds were conducting a familiarization flight June 23. There was a mishap upon landing at 12:20 p.m. More info to come.

— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) June 23, 2017

Further details on the incident were not immediately available.

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Mistrial declared again for ex-cop Ray Tensing, accused in shooting of unarmed black man

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iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Another mistrial was declared Friday for a former Ohio police officer who went on trial twice in connection with a deadly traffic stop shooting two years ago.

Former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing, who is white, fatally shot 43-year-old Sam DuBose, an unarmed black man, after Tensing pulled DuBose’s car over near the University of Cincinnati in July 2015. Tensing’s body camera video shows him shooting DuBose.

Tensing, now 27, lost his job after the shooting and was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter. A mistrial was declared at his first trial in 2016.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.

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Hospital officials: Attack left Flint airport cop with 12-inch gash on his neck

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Jeff Neville/Facebook(FLINT, Mich.) — The man who stabbed a police officer at the Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, left the officer with an approximately 12-inch long laceration from his Adam’s apple to the back of his neck, a hospital official said Friday morning.

Lt. Jeff Neville was assaulted outside the airport’s Transportation Security Administration screening area on Wednesday morning, allegedly by a Canadian man, in an attack that is being investigated as an act of terrorism, officials said. Neville is in stable condition and expected to fully recover, according to hospital officials.

Neville was able to stop the assault within a minute and “never stopped fighting” until the attacker was in handcuffs, according to airport officials.

An airport maintenance worker also jumped in and helped restrain the attacker, according to Airport Director Craig Williams.

“I believe he saved Jeff’s life,” Williams said.

Hospital officials said that Neville was calm after the attack and appeared to understand the situation he was in.

The 12-inch knife used in the attack had an 8-inch serrated blade.

It sliced through the muscles in the officer’s neck but likely avoided further damage by “a matter of millimeters,” said Dr. Donald Scholten, a trauma surgeon at Hurley Medical Center.

The knife “was probably very, very close to severing his major artery and nerve,” Scholten said Friday, adding that it could have also severed “his windpipe and digestive system.”

“This was a significant force,” Scholten said. “This was not a shaving nick.”

Neville underwent surgery shortly after the assault, officials said, and he received at least 50 stitches.

Officials said Friday that Neville is making progress and expected to be discharged within a few days.

Neville has been an airport employee since 2001, Williams said, adding that he is “well-loved by everybody here just for his personality, his professionalism. He treats everybody with respect.”

During Wednesday’s attack, the suspect, Amor Ftouhi, allegedly yelled “Allahu Akbar,” (God is great), according to David Gelios of the FBI.

Gelios said Ftouhi “continued to exclaim ‘Allah’ and he made a statement to the effect of, ‘You killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan’ and ‘We’re all going to die.'”

After Ftouhi was taken into custody and interviewed by authorities, officials said it appeared he had “a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated him … to conduct this act of violence.”

A criminal complaint was filed against Ftouhi on Wednesday for “violence at an international airport,” but officials noted that there could be more charges in the future.

Ftouhi made an initial appearance in court Wednesday evening and ordered temporarily detained without bond, prosecutors said. His public defender did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

The ongoing investigation into the incident is part of a joint operation between the U.S. and Canada, officials said.

Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. in Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16, and later traveled to Flint, Gelios said.

No one else appears to have been involved and there is no information to suggest a wider plot, officials said.

The airport, which was evacuated and shut down Wednesday, later reopened. No passengers were harmed in the attack, officials said.

Ftouhi’s next hearing is set for June 28.

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Michael Brown’s family wins $1.5 million settlement

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was fatally shot by a white cop in 2014.

Michael Brown’s family wins $1.5 million settlement

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy Brown Family(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of Michael Brown, an African American teen whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked large-scale protests, has settled their lawsuit against the city for $1.5 million, said Apollo Carey, the city attorney for Ferguson.

The settlement amount was paid by the city’s insurance company “on behalf of multiple defendants,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber’s order approving the settlement didn’t mention the amount, but he said the split of the amount between Brown’s parents, Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, is “fair and reasonable” and “provides for a reasonable amount” for attorney fees and expenses, the Post-Dispatch reported.

The judge ordered the settlement agreement sealed, writing that its disclosure “could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators,” the newspaper reported.

Brown’s family filed suit in 2015 against the city, former Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, and former police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed the 18-year-old on Aug. 9, 2014.

A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute him, citing evidence and witnesses supporting Wilson’s claims that Brown attacked him, the Post-Dispatch reported.

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Former US diplomat on advising American student’s family during North Korea detainment

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Xinhua/Lu Rui via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A former U.S. diplomat, who said he counseled Otto Warmbier’s family for over a year after he was detained in North Korea, said the conversation he had with the family after they learned Otto’s dire medical condition was one of the most emotional of his career.

“It was a very, very, very emotional exchange,” Evans Revere told ABC News’ Bob Woodruff in an interview for ABC News’ 20/20. “I’ve never had a conversation with anyone than [the] likes of the one I had with [Warmbier’s father] Fred Warmbier that day. I was in tears.”

Revere retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 after spending years as one of the U.S. State Department’s top Asia experts. He now works as a private consultant for American families, using his contacts in North Korea to try to bring home detained loved ones.

Revere said he started working with the Warmbier family “within a day or so” after their son was taken into custody.

“I gave them the same advice that I’d given to other families,” Revere said. “They needed to be careful about the things that they might say, that the North Koreans might take offense [and] that might cause the North Koreans to react very angrily and badly.”

Warmbier, a University of Virginia student from Wyoming, Ohio, was 21 when he was detained in North Korea and held for nearly 17 months before he was medically evacuated and flown to Cincinnati on June 13. He was then rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where doctors said Warmbier was suffering from “severe neurological injury” and had slipped into what they called a state of unresponsive wakefulness. North Korea claimed that he slipped into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill shortly after his sentencing.

Warmbier died on Monday. His family declined an autopsy and said in a statement that their son had “completed his journey home.”

He was arrested in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster while he was visiting North Korea on a sightseeing tour organized by the Chinese-based company Young Pioneer Tours. North Korea regarded his alleged act as a “significant offense” against their sovereignty, Revere said.

After a one-hour trial in March 2016, Warmbier was convicted and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

Revere said it is difficult to know for sure whether Warmbier would have served the full 15 years. One of the first things Revere said he told the family was that their son would be released when the North Koreans were “done with him, when he is no longer of value to them, when they don’t see any utility to his continued incarceration.”

Sue Mi Terry, a senior research scholar at Columbia University who served as a senior analyst on North Korea for the CIA from 2001 to 2008, said the North Koreans can see American hostages as a “bargaining chip.”

“You can get a high-level visit from Washington, and that is a good propaganda coup domestically to say, ‘Look they came, they bowed before me, and I am a benevolent ruler getting and freeing these people,’” Terry said. “So you can always use American hostages as leverage.”

Terry made note of the fact that four days after Warmbier was arrested, on Jan. 6, 2016, the North Koreans conducted their fourth nuclear test.

“By the time they arrested Otto, they knew they were going to have a nuclear weapons test,” Terry said. “It takes weeks to prepare such a test. So they had in mind that they were going to do nuclear tests, and there’s going to be sanctions that follow.”

When the North Koreans began calling their American hostages “prisoners of war,” Revere realized the situation was changing.

“They kept using that word in a meeting with me,” Revere said. “I realized that what they were trying to tell me was that all bets were off in terms of the rules that they were required to follow in dealing with Americans.”

In April, the Warmbier family decided to break their silence. They gave an interview to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in which they said the State Department had been “absolutely no” help in getting their son back and that when they met with then-Secretary of State John Kerry, they found him to be “totally exasperated and overwhelmed with North Korea.”

At a press conference last week, Warmbier’s father, Fred Warmbier, was asked if the Obama administration should have done more to help.

“I think the results speak for themselves,” he replied, adding that they decided to speak out because they were frustrated by the situation.

The Warmbiers also met with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who also served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who said he made numerous efforts to bring their son home.

“My organization [The Richardson Center] worked with the family, briefed them, tried to get Otto out,” Richardson told ABC News. “I personally met with the North Koreans 20 times in the last year at the United Nations.”

The Warmbiers declined ABC News’ repeated requests for an interview.

Revere said he had heard this “sense of frustration and anger” from the Warmbier family during the time he was advising them.”

“And I understand it,” he continued. “I sympathize with their feelings, even if I don’t necessarily agree with how they voice those frustrations.”

Revere never met or spoke with Otto Warmbier and was not directly involved with the negotiations for his release, which were handled between the State Department and the North Koreans.

He said the last conversation he had with the Warmbier family was shortly after they learned of their son’s condition, but he hopes he can continue to advise them in the future.

“I feel in a certain way I became part of their extended family,” he said. “I never met Otto Warmbier but I have tremendous respect for him and the life that he led as a young man.”

Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 Friday, June 23, at 10 p.m. ET.

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LAPD officer accused of unlawful sex with 15-year-old in department’s youth cadet program

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he personally arrested one of his own officers on Thursday.

Beck arrested 10-year veteran LAPD officer Robert Cain in what has become the latest scandal involving the department’s youth cadet program. The 31-year-old officer is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female cadet.

The chief, who usually does not make arrests, said “I told him you’re under arrest for unlawful sex with a minor.”

It is unclear if Cain has a lawyer.

The officer is from the same police station, the LAPD’s 77th Street Division, that has been roiled in a scandal involving teen cadets who allegedly stole LAPD patrol SUV’s, crashing two of them in chases last week after they were spotted by on duty officers. The teens are also accused of stealing equipment like police radios and bullet proof vests.

Beck says the teens pulled over drivers and impersonated officers with the stolen equipment but that they did not handcuff anyone.

The 15-year-old girl allegedly involved in the sexual relationship is one of seven cadets who have been arrested for stealing the patrol vehicles. Cain worked in the equipment room where police gear is checked out. Beck says he is not sure yet if Cain helped the teens obtain the stolen items.

When Beck learned of the alleged criminal conduct involving Cain, he said he made the decision to make the arrest himself.

“I think it’s important to send a message,” Beck said during a news conference. “I find the actions of Cain, if they are proven, to be despicable. I find them to be absolutely inconsistent with the ethics and standards of the Los Angeles Police Department and they are criminal. I’m a police officer and I felt it was my duty to make the arrest.”

Beck said the sexual conduct did not happen at the police station and that the relationship was consensual.

The Los Angeles Police union representing LAPD officers is applauding Beck for taking quick action after the department learned about the relationship while investigating the stolen equipment and SUVs.

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement, “There is no higher priority than protecting and guiding our young people — and when they become LAPD Cadets, every parent should feel confident that they will be treated with the utmost care every step of the way.”

Garcetti continues, “The charges against this officer are deeply disturbing, and I have been assured he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. These allegations represent a total breach of the trust we place in everyone who wears the uniform and a violation of the oath all officers take to protect and serve. There is an exhaustive review of the Cadet Program already underway, and I have faith that our program will emerge stronger and justice will be served.”

Last week Beck suspended the youth programs at the 77th Street and Pacific Divisions. Cadets from both stations have been arrested.

Beck says he still supports the program for troubled teens that includes some 2,300 cadets and plans to attend an upcoming graduation ceremony.

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VA man charged with espionage for allegedly delivering top-secret documents to China

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Kevin Patrick Mallory, 60, was arrested and charged Thursday with espionage and making false statements for allegedly delivering top-secret and secret documents to a suspected Chinese spy.

According to the criminal complaint, Mallory traveled to Shanghai in March and April and met with someone who represented himself as working for a Chinese think tank. However, the Chinese intelligence service often uses this organization as a cover for its intelligence officers, according to the FBI.

The Chinese intelligence agency is known to pay their sources not only in cash, but also through other means like business considerations.

According to the complaint, upon returning from Shanghai in April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did a “secondary search” of Mallory when he arrived at Chicago O’Hare Airport.

During that search, CBP found $16,500 in his two carry-on bags, an amount he did not declare on his customs form, according to court documents.

Mallory allegedly told CBP that he was in China on a business trip as well as a father/son vacation.

According to the complaint, between March and April, Mallory contacted former co-workers, to help put him in touch with an employee at a U.S. government agency, which is not specified in the court documents.

The complaint also stated that during a subsequent meeting he told the government employee that he was given a communication device from the Chinese contact and he had been trained to use it.

On May 24, he was planning to meet with that person again, but instead, he was greeted by FBI agents, at which point he volunteered to an interview and search of his device, according to the complaint.

He told FBI investigators that he believed the contact worked for the Chinese intelligence service and that he was a former U.S. government employee who had “training and overseas experience, which made it easy for him to spot tradecraft,” the court documents read.

He also told the FBI that he had been given a device and was trained to “use it specifically for private communications” with his Chinese contact — someone he told authorities he was introduced to initially as a potential client, according to the court documents.

During an FBI review of his electronic device, Mallory voluntarily showed agents how to move from normal message mode to secure mode.

“When doing this, Mallory expressed surprise at seeing some message history,” according to the court document.

One message he had allegedly sent said, “I can also come in the middle of June I can bring the remainder of the documents I have at that time.”

Mallory told the agents that it was a reference to “two white papers” regarding open-source information and that he was just stringing along the contact, according to the complaint.

Upon additional searching, the FBI allegedly found additional messages, including one that read, “Your object is to gain information, and my object is to be paid for.”

A handwritten index was also allegedly found on the device that described eight different documents. Four of the eight were found stored on the device. According to the complaint, of those four, three contained classified information and one was classified at the “top-secret level.”

Mallory, who speaks fluent Mandarin, is self-employed with GlobalEx LLC, a company he founded in 2010, according to court documents.

He previously worked for the U.S. government in various capacities. He held an active security clearance when he worked for the government, but it was terminated when he left in 2012, according to the criminal complaint.

He made his initial appearance in the Eastern District of Virginia federal court Thursday at which he wore shorts and a tank top and requested a court-appointed attorney. A detention hearing is scheduled for Friday.

The FBI searched Mallory’s home in Virginia Thursday evening. FBI agents were seen bringing boxes out of the front door and loading up the back of a black SUV. K-9 dogs also searched the property.

“I just know he was a pretty quiet guy, kept to himself, nice, nothing out of the ordinary,” said neighbor Cameron Norris. “I think everyone’s just shocked, pretty surprised, definitely didn’t see this coming.”

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Teen killed by bullet when LA County deputies fired at pit bull: Sheriff’s office

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

blinow61/iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — As Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were shooting at a pit bull that was charging at them, a 17-year-old boy was apparently struck in the chest by one of the bullets and died, the sheriff’s office said.

The shooting happened at about 3:45 a.m. Thursday in Palmdale, California, after deputies responded to a report of loud music, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. As the deputies walked up the driveway, a 60- to 65-pound pit bull “aggressively charged at the deputies and attacked one of them,” biting the deputy on the knee, the sheriff’s department said.

At that time, a young man came out from behind an apartment complex and restrained the dog and took it to the back of the building, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies were helping the injured officer and waiting for paramedics when “the pit bull came from the rear of the apartment and again charged at deputy personnel,” the sheriff’s office reported. “At that point, two deputies shot at the pit bull from a 5- to 7-feet distance, at which time, the pit bull retreated back to the rear of the apartment complex into the carport area.”

The deputies went to the back of the complex “in an attempt to corral the dog to prevent additional victims,” the sheriff’s office said, and as they walked to the rear carport area, they found a teenager on the ground who appeared to have been shot in the chest, the sheriff’s office said. The teen was hospitalized and later died.

The sheriff’s office said “detectives believe when the juvenile came out from behind the building, which was approximately 40 feet away from where the shooting occurred with the dog, the juvenile may have been struck by one of the skip rounds.” Capt. Christopher Bergner of the sheriff’s office said it appeared that the “skip round” that hit the teenager had ricocheted off the ground, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The deputy bitten by the pit bull was also hit in the leg by a bullet fragment, the sheriff’s office said. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bergner said in a press conference the deputy’s injury also appeared to have been from a skip round that had ricocheted off the ground. He was transported to a hospital and is listed in stable condition, the sheriff’s office said.

The sheriff’s department said the investigation is ongoing. Because this was a fatal deputy-involved shooting, separate investigations will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau, the sheriff’s office said. The Office of the Inspector General is expected to provide independent oversight during the investigation and the Los Angeles County District Attorney is also involved. “Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee,” the sheriff’s office added.

The pit bull will be euthanized, the sheriff’s office said.

Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, said the department’s policy for using a firearm on an animal is, “Personnel may use firearms to employ deadly force when dealing with animals when they reasonably believe that death or serious physical injury is about to be inflicted upon themselves or others.

“The shooting of animals that are not a threat of serious bodily injury to a person has proved to be inherently dangerous to bystanders as well as Deputy personnel. Therefore, Department members shall not use firearms to shoot animals fighting with other animals (e.g., dogs),” Nishida said. “If it becomes necessary to destroy an injured (euthanasia) by use of a firearm and the conditions are such that there is an extended or inappropriate response time by the animal control agency, authorization to use a firearm on an animal must be obtained from an on-scene supervisor.”

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Dramatic video shows alleged road rage incident on California highway

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

In the video, the motorcyclist appears to try to kick the sedan on the right. In response, the sedan veers to the left and briefly collides with the motorcyclist.

In new video from Philando Castile case, child begs mother to calm down after shooting

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Facebook(NEW YORK) — Newly released video in the Philando Castile case shows an emotional exchange between Castile’s girlfriend and her then-4-year-old daughter moments after his shooting in July 2016.

In the video, released by Ramsey County, Minnesota, police, Diamond Reynolds’ daughter can be heard trying to calm her mother down moments after St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, shot Castile, who was black, multiple times.

“Mom, please stop cussing and screaming because I don’t want you to get shooted,” the girl says in the video.

In addition to this video, filmed in the backseat of a squad car, Ramsey County authorities also released a 30-minute interview police conducted with Reynolds.

In the interview, Reynolds describes what happened in the moments leading up to Castile’s shooting.

“And the officer, already with his gun blazing, cocked and everything, ‘Don’t move! Don’t move!’ Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop and took off,” she says.

As video from the interview continues, it’s clear that Reynolds is unaware of whether her boyfriend survived the shooting. After hearing the phones of both investigators conducting the interview ping, she asks, “So what are they saying?”

One investigator hesitantly answers to inform her that Castile is dead. Reynolds then breaks down in tears.

At the end of the interview, investigators offer to take her to the hospital where Castile was pronounced dead.

Earlier this week, authorities released dashcam video from the traffic stop showing the moment Yanez opened fire on Castile.

On Friday, June 16, Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Castile. That same day, the city of St. Anthony announced that Yanez had been fired from the police force.

Defense attorney Earl Gray said that the “verdict was correct” and that the “jury worked hard.” Another defense attorney, Thomas Kelly, that while Castile’s death was a tragedy, he was “satisfied” with the verdict and “relieved” that the trial is over.

Philando Castile’s mother, Valerie Castile, responded to the verdict saying she was “mad as hell” and called Yanez a “murderer.”

“The system continues to fail all black people,” she said.

She continued, “I am so disappointed in the state of Minnesota. My son loved this state.”

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Former nurse suspected of killing up to 60 children

Posted on: June 22nd, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Former Texas nurse, who is suspected of killing up to 60 children, has been charged with murder.