American’s First Thought During Train Attack Was ‘Just Trying Not to Die’

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Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — U.S. serviceman Alek Skarlatos, who helped stop a gunman on a Paris-bound train last week, said his first thought was “just trying not to die.”

Recalling on ABC News’ Good Morning America Friday what ran though his mind when he first saw the gunman and realized his life was in danger, Skarlatos said, “I immediately recognized what was happening, and I just thought, ‘There is just no way. There is no way this is happening right now.’”

“Then we just acted, and I didn’t have another conscious thought for the next two minutes,” he continued.

Skarlatos, 22, an Army National Guardsman assigned to an infantry unit in Roseburg, Oregon, was on vacation in Europe with his friends after a tour in Afghanistan. Skarlatos, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, 23, of Carmichael, California, and Anthony Sadler, 23, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, were among the train passengers last Friday when they helped stop a man armed with guns and a box cutter who had started firing.

Skarlatos said as he, Salder, Stone and British businessman Chris Norman worked together to subdue the gunman, “Everybody behind the terrorist just ran back about two or three cars. And then everybody in our train car either helped out in some way or just kind of sat there in shock.”

Skarlatos described his initial decision to jump in and help as a “gut reaction,” noting that his military training didn’t kick in until later.

“We were just acting on adrenaline and doing what we had to do to survive,” he said. “Once we were able to think again, that was kind of when training kicked in, but before that, we were just trying not to die.”

After the train was stopped and the gunman was in custody, he said the magnitude of the event still hadn’t hit him.

“I thought they would just question us and then put us on the next train to Paris,” Skarlatos said. “I didn’t think it was going to be this big at all.”

And when Skarlatos finally returned to the United States this week, he was shocked to see law enforcement officers at the airport lining up to shake his hand.

“I was so grateful to everybody that showed up for that. That was just amazing,” he said. “That many law enforcement officers showing up … it meant a lot to me.”

While Skarlatos and Sadler escaped the attack without injury, their friend Stone underwent surgery to reattach his thumb after the gunman slashed him with the box cutter. Stone was released from a French hospital then taken to Germany for further medical treatment.

“He’s still stuck in Ramstein, but he’s doing great,” Skarlatos said on Friday of Stone. “He’s in high spirits. He just couldn’t be here today, unfortunately.”

Skarlatos doesn’t know what’s next for him, but said, “I’m probably going to go back to Germany and hang out with Spencer.”

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American’s 1st Thought During Train Attack Was ‘Just Trying Not to Die’

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“I immediately recognized what was happening,” Alek Skarlatos said.

Former Archbishop Accused of Sexual Abuse Dies Awaiting Trial

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ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images(ROME) — The first Vatican official set to stand trial for sex abuse died in Rome Friday.

Disgraced former Archbishop Josef Wesolowski was a high-ranking Vatican diplomat accused of paying young boys for sex in the Dominican Republic, where he was ambassador for five years.

His trial inside the Vatican was set to begin earlier this summer but was postponed at the last minute when he became ill. He was to be tried under a new court system, set up by Pope Francis for Vatican sex offenders.

Wesolowski was recalled to Rome more than two years ago after authorities began investigating the Polish priest for allegedly picking up shoeshine boys and handing them stacks of cash to perform sex acts on him.

After a year of living in Rome, the Vatican moved to defrock him. During that time, Wesolowski used his computer to access child pornography. He was facing charges for that, as well.

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Hundreds Feared Dead After Two Boats Capsize Off Libyan Coast

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iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) — Hundreds are feared dead after a pair of boats carrying people fleeing conflict and poverty capsized near Libya.

Libyan officials have been working around the clock trying to find survivors of two boats that sank off the coast of Libya Thursday night. One carrying 50 people capsized first, then later, another with 400 passengers.

Rescuers report the bodies retrieved so far are of people from Syria, Bangladesh and African countries. They were hoping to make it to the safety of Italy.

The capsizes occurred as coffins of 52 people arrived in Palermo, Italy. They died of asphyxiation in the hold of a migrant boat earlier this week.

So far, about 2,500 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea this year.

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Tropical Storm Erika Hits Caribbean, 4 Dead

Posted on: August 27th, 2015 by ABC News No Comments

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center(MIAMI) — Another powerful storm is churning in the Caribbean.

Tropical Storm Erika arrives in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Thursday night and it may threaten Florida’s Atlantic coast as soon as Monday.

So far, the storm’s 12 inches of rain over the Island of Dominica caused floods and mudslides that led to the deaths of four people.

Will Erika become a hurricane?

To be considered a Category 1 hurricane, the storm’s maximum sustained winds have to hit at least 74 mph. The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Erika’s winds are at 45 mph with no projected significant change during the coming days.

However, the National Hurricane Center cites “unusually high uncertainty” in the intensity of the forecast over the next few days.

According to the National Hurricane Center, there is a Tropical Storm Warning in effect for Anguilla, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, Montserrat, Antigua, Barbuda, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Martin, St. Barthelemy, Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the north coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to the border of Haiti.

There is a Tropical Storm Watch in effect for Guadeloupe, the Southeast Bahamas, and the Truks and Caicos Islands, said the National Hurricane Center.

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Usain Bolt Taken Out by Segway After Winning Race

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Usain Bolt was taken down by a cameraman who lost control of the segway he was riding as Bolt was celebrating his 200m win at the IAAF World Champsionships in Beijing.

Watch Usain Bolt Get Taken Down by a Segway

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Usain Bolt was taken down by a cameraman who lost control of the segway he was riding as Bolt was celebrating his 200m win at the IAAF World Champsionships in Beijing.

Hubble Telescope Captures Shimmering ‘Cosmic Butterfly’

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ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) — The cosmic butterfly, or as its known more formally, the twin jet nebula, was captured in a vibrant new image taken from the Hubble Telescope.

The glowing colors and expanding gas seen in the image are the final gasps of life for an old star, according to NASA.

The old star shed its layers, leaving its core exposed and illuminating the layers to create a rainbow colored light show in space.

Planetary nebula have one star at the center, but the twin jet nebula is characterized as a bipolar nebula because it has two stars which help give it the wings that have led to the nickname cosmic butterfly.

While the larger star is nearing death, its companion star has already crossed over to the other side becoming a small white dwarf, essentially the corpse of a star. The butterfly-like shape is likely caused by the motion between the two stars orbiting their common center of mass, according to NASA. The gas from the larger star forms the two lobes instead of taking on a spherical appearance.

The cosmic butterfly’s wings are expected to continue to spread, according to NASA’s measurements. It may look pretty, but this cosmic butterfly is vicious. The growing lobes are twin jets of gas streaming into space at more than 621,400 miles per hour.

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See Moment Sinkhole Swallows Bus Commuters

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Security video captured the moment a sinkhole recently opened up and swallowed five commuters at a bust stop in the northeastern Chinese city of Harbin.

Haunting Images of Abandoned Psych Hospitals

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With their decaying rooms and creepy-looking gadgets, Thomas Windisch has captured what might be some of the most powerful images of Italy’s insane asylums.

Segway Cameraman Wipes Out Usain Bolt After 200m Victory in Beijing

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Michael Steele/Getty Images(BEIJING) — Usain Bolt may be the world’s man, but his speed was no match for an out-of-control Segway at the World Athletic Championship in Beijing Thursday.

A cameraman following behind Bolt on the two-wheeled electric vehicle after his 200m victory over American Justin Gatlin collided with the Jamaican sprinter, taking him down as he celebrated.

Bolt did not appear to be hurt in by the incident, telling reporters the Segway “hit me in my calf area,” The Guardian reports. He added, “I am just going to get it massaged, ice it up a bit and I should be fine.”

According to The Guardian, the repeat world champion even had jokes about his run-in with the Segway cameraman for his rival Gatlin.

“The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off,” he said.

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Parole Review Board Sets Hearing Date for Oscar Pistorius

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Alon Skuy/The Times/Gallo Images/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius could be released from jail in about three weeks.

A parole review board has set a Sept. 18 hearing date that could result in the release of the former Olympic runner.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in the killing of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Feb. 14, 2013.

Pistorius was sentenced to five years in prison but has served less than one-fifth of the term.

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Austrian Authorities Find Dozens of Bodies in Truck

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — At least 20 bodies have been found in the eastern Austrian province of Burgenland, according to the BBC.

At a police press conference on Thursday, an Austrian regional police commander said a refrigerated truck was found on the highway. The truck was apparently parked there on Wednesday.

BBC News says there could be as many as 50 bodies in the truck. Authorities described a strong smell of decomposition.

An investigation is underway to find who is behind this.

The deaths come at a time when many migrants are heading to Europe to escape war and conflict in Africa and the Middle East.

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Sinkhole Swallows People Waiting at a Bus Stop in China

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AbleStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A sinkhole swallowed up at least four people in China as they were waiting at a bus stop, according to The Independent.

The sinkhole opened up on Saturday night and was caught on surveillance video.

The video shows the pavement opening up and people falling in. Bystanders came to their rescue and attempted to pull them out, says The Independent.

The incident is under investigation.

Four people are in the hospital with minor injuries.

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Gunman in Afghan Military Uniform Kills Two American Airmen

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Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American service members were killed after an attacker wearing an Afghan National Defense and Security Force uniform opened fire on their vehicle in Helmand province early Wednesday morning, military officials announced.

Members of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission returned fire, wounding the attacker and another person in the same Afghan uniform.

The Department of Defense on Thursday said the two American victims were airmen: Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, Kentucky and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, Florida.

Instances of Afghan forces turning on allied coalition members, known as insider attacks, have plagued the international war effort in Afghanistan.

In 2014, an insider attack claimed the life of Maj. Gen, Harold Greene, the most senior American officer killed in the 14-year conflict.

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ISIS Recruiter and Cyber Specialist Believed Killed in Drone Strike

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icholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. military believes it has killed a senior ISIS recruiter and cyber specialist, a senior U.S. official tells ABC News.

The Pentagon has not confirmed the death of Junaid Hussain, but the official said that he was targeted by a drone strike in Syria earlier this week. Hussain is believed to be a computer expert and propagandist for ISIS, which is known to effectively recruit online.

Prior to an attack on a Garland, Texas cartoon contest in May, one of the gunmen posted a statement on social media urging others to follow Hussain on Twitter.

Hussain is also believed to be responsible for producing “kill lists” in which ISIS calls on people to target particular Americans.

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Gunman in Afghan Uniform Kills 2 American Troops

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An attacker wearing an Afghan military uniform killed two US troops today.

Why Scott Kelly Will Be Taking Russian Spacecraft for a Spin

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NASA(NEW YORK) — American astronaut Scott Kelly is spending one year in space, but he’ll get to briefly leave the International Space Station this week when he takes a short ride in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which is being moved to make room for the arrival of additional crew members.

The ride will take about 25 minutes, beginning when the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft undocks from the Poisjk module on Friday at 3:12 a.m. and moves to the station’s Zvezda port, freeing up room for three new crew members to park their spacecraft when they’re set to arrive at the station on Sept. 2, NASA officials said.

Kelly’s new neighbors in space will be Expedition 45 crew member Sergei Volkov of Roscosmos, and visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen from the European Space Agency and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency.

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Gunman in Afghan Uniform Kills 2 American Soldiers

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An attacker wearing an Afghan military uniform killed two US troops today.

Gunman in Afghan Military Uniform Kills Two American Soldiers

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Hemera/Thinkstock(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Two American service members were killed after an attacker wearing an Afghan National Defense and Security Force uniform opened fire on their vehicle in Helmand province early Wednesday morning, military officials announced.

Members of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission returned fire, wounding the attacker and another person in the same Afghan uniform.

Instances of Afghan forces turning on allied coalition members, known as insider attacks, have plagued the international war effort in Afghanistan.

In 2014, an insider attack claimed the life of Maj. Gen, Harold Greene, the most senior American officer killed in the 14-year conflict.

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Serbia and Kosovo Normalizing Ties

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Serbia and Kosovo have taken big steps to normalize ties between the two nations, according to the BBC.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, moderated the talks.

Among the agreements, Kosovo will receive its own dialing code and ethnic Serbs in Kosovo will have more rights, according to BBC News.

In 2008, Kosovo split from Serbia after a ten years of conflict.

Both nations would like to join the European Union.

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Images Purportedly Show ISIS Destroying Ancient Syrian Temple

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Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images(DAMASCUS, Syria) — After reports surfaced that ISIS demolished a 2,000-year-old Syrian temple, images of the purported destruction have begun circulating on social media accounts associated with the terror group.

As dread over the fate of the ancient city of Palmyra continues to mount, the series of photos, which appear to have been screen-grabbed from a propaganda video, show how militants destroyed the Temple of Baalshamin.

ABC News has not independently confirmed the authenticity of the images.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova called the act “a new war crime” for ISIS, and “an immense loss for the Syrian people and for humanity.”

“The art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, is a symbol of the complexity and wealth of the Syrian identity and history,” Bokova said in a statement. “I call on the international community to stand united against this persistent cultural cleansing.”

Palmyra is a designated World Heritage site, but was taken over by the Islamic State group in May. Khaled al-Asaad, who was director of the city’s antiquities since 1963, assisted in evacuating many of the city’s treasures before militants could loot them and sell them to fund their activities.

Asaad’s friends told ABC News last week that after he stayed behind to protect the city’s ruins, he is believed to have refused to collaborate with ISIS in divulging the details of other hidden treasures in the site.

The 81-year-old was then publicly executed and hanged from columns inside the city.

Over the past year, ISIS has released multiple videos showing militants’ destroying ancient artifacts and bulldozing historical sites, with narrators explaining that the preservation of ancient ruins constitutes worship of idols.

Idolatry is a sin punishable by death, according to ISIS theology.

In an email exchange last Thursday with ABC News, Syria’s Antiquities Chief Maamoun Abdulkarim said there are worries that ISIS will destroy the iconic Temple of Bel next.

“The local community in Palmyra are playing now an important role to convince ISIS members that this temple was transferred to a mosque since the 14th century,” Abdulkarim said, adding that there is little optimism that reasoning will help.

“I am sure ISIS will continue the destruction in Palmyra,” he said. “Sometimes they destroy for revenge from the international community and sometimes as a type of propaganda to show their force. These gangs and their sick ideology will continue to destroy our cultural heritage as long as there is no strong deterrent.”

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Fourteen Detained in Anti-Terrorism Operation in Spain, Morocco

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manuel velasco/iStock/Thinkstock(MADRID) — Fourteen people were detained on Tuesday in an anti-terrorism operation in Spain and Morocco, authorities said.

According to the Spanish Interior Ministry, arrests were made in San Martin de la Vega in Spain and in Fez, Casablanca, Al Hoceima and Driouch in Morocco. The individuals detained, authorities say, made up part of a network of capturing and sending foreign fighters to join ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

Spain and Morocco have arrested dozens of suspected jihadists and recruiters.

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Terrified Cyclist Films Ride Through Kangaroo ‘Apocalypse’

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Tini31/iStock/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) — An Australian bicyclist captured on camera what he called a kangaroo “apocalypse.”

The cyclist, identified as Ben Vezina, was biking in Hawkstone Park in Victoria, Australia, when he came upon a scene he described in a YouTube video as straight out of a zombie movie, only with kangaroos.

As Vezina pedaled through the park, dozens of kangaroos stood still, on their two hind legs. Only a few kangaroos would move every so often.

“So this has been a really unnerving experience,” Vezina says in the YouTube video, posted Sunday. “I’m kind of terrified. I’m going to be honest. I’m a little terrified.”

The YouTube video, which has been viewed nearly 100,000 times, says the cyclist, Vezina, was unharmed during the incident.

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Ukrainian Director Sentenced to 20 Years in Labor Camp on Terror Charges

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov reacts inside a defendants’ cage as he listens to the verdict at a military court in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don on August 25, 2015. SERGEI VENYAVSKY/AFP/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — A Russian court has sentenced a Ukrainian film director to 20 years in a labor camp, bringing what some say is an exceptionally harsh close to the latest in a new run of what are widely considered political show-trials for those who oppose Vladimir Putin’s rule.

Oleg Sentsov, 39, with his co-defendant, Alexander Kolchenko, were convicted of plotting terrorist attacks against Russian organizations in Crimea following the region’s seizure by Russian troops in the spring of 2014. Sentsov has denied the charges, which Amnesty International and other rights organizations have condemned as fabricated.

Some say Sentsov appears to have been targeted for participating in pro-Ukrainian demonstrations criticizing Russia’s takeover of Crimea. The proceedings had the hallmarks of a show trial, with the chief prosecution witness withdrawing his testimony against Senstov midway through, saying he had been tortured into making it.

Sentsov himself has said he was also beaten by Russian security agents after his arrest. Police claimed bruises on Sentsov’s body were the result of sadomasochistic sex games prior to his detention. The U.S. State Department in a statement condemned Tuesday’s sentencing as a “miscarriage of justice”.

In court Sentsov, who has a family, has calmly dismissed the case against him as politically ordered.

“I won’t ask anything from you,” Sentsov told the judge in his closing statement, Radio Free Europe reported. “Everyone understands everything. A court of occupiers cannot be just by definition.”

The trial is the most high profile of a battery of criminal cases currently underway in Russia, which some say are intended to terrify the relatively small number of Russians who oppose the Kremlin’s actions in Crimea and Ukraine.

Russian authorities have shown themselves unwilling to brook any criticism of Crimea’s annexation—within days of the peninsula’s seizure, community leaders demonstrating against it began to be kidnapped by masked men.

Now prosecutors are investigating roughly a dozen cases against Ukrainian citizens; the most widely known involves Nadezhda Savchenko, Ukraine’s first female military pilot, who the Ukrainian government considers is being held hostage by Russia.

Even in a country familiar with political trials, the 20-year sentence handed to Sentsov and the 10 years to his co-defendant, Kolchenko, are exceptionally harsh. Both men will serve their time in maximum security labor camps.

Before being led away, the two men sang the Ukrainian national anthem. In his closing speech, Sentsov quoted the Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov, who suffered during the years of Stalin’s terror.

“Cowardice is the main and the worst sin on Earth. A big betrayal sometimes begins with a small act of cowardice,” he said. “Like when they put a bag over your head and beat you and after half an hour you are ready to renounce all your convictions.

“I don’t know what your convictions are worth if you aren’t ready to suffer for them.”

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Ukrainian Director Sentenced to 20 Years in Show Trial

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Oleg Sentsov was sentenced in what some say was a show trial.

Watch Boy Trip, Accidentally Rip Hole Into $1.5M Painting

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A 12-year-old boy in Taiwan accidentally ripped a hole into a 350-year-old painting by Baroque artist Paolo Porpora that’s worth over $1.5 million.

American Train Hero Spencer Stone Thought He Was ‘Going to Get Shot’

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Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images(PARIS) — The American serviceman injured while stopping a gunman on a train last week said charging the attacker was a long sprint, like “slow motion,” while fearing that he’d get shot.

As Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, 23, ran at the gunman, he was thinking, “I’m going to get shot, I’m dead,” he said in a video released Tuesday by the Pentagon’s Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System.

The interview was filmed Sunday in Paris, one day after Stone was released from the hospital.

“Every time I heard a click I was like, ‘Oh, I’m still alive,'” Stone said.

Stone said he wouldn’t be here today without his friends.

“If it wasn’t for Alek [Skarlatos] and Anthony [Sadler], I would be dead. I wouldn’t have been able to do it by myself. So, he definitely would have got me,” Stone said.

Stone also credited the Air Force for giving him “the tools to be the person I’ve always wanted to be.”

“I’ve met so many great men and women in the Air Force that I know that almost every single one of them would have done the exact same thing,” Stone said.

After the gunman fired on board a Paris-bound train Friday, Stone, of Carmichael, California, tackled the attacker to the ground.

Stone’s friend Alek Skarlatos, 22, an Army National Guardsman, then took one of the guns away, but the attacker “kept pulling weapons left and right,” Stone said. Stone, Skarlatos and their friend, Anthony Sadler, 23, a senior at Sacramento State University in California, were among the several train passengers who stopped the attack.

Stone said the attacker aimed a pistol at him — and tried to fire — but the gun didn’t work.

It “seemed like he had pointed it backwards and clicked it at my head, it wasn’t working either,” Stone said.

Stone said Skarlatos hit the suspect with one of the guns and they pried the pistol out of his hand. They were holding the attacker down when Stone realized he was injured.

“I see he’s got like about a 6-inch box cutter blade,” Stone said. “And then I look at my thumb and it’s hanging halfway off.”

Stone screamed, “Get the knife,” he said, and let go of the suspect. Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler all started hitting him and Stone “choked him out until he went unconscious.”

Once the gunman was subdued, Stone went to help another passenger who had been shot.

“I felt like I was the only person that could help him,” Stone said.

“I just thought that guy was going to die so I wanted go give him a fighting chance,” Stone said. He said the adrenaline was keeping him from feeling his own injury at that point.

Stone has since had surgery to reattach his thumb after the gunman slashed him with the box cutter. He was released from the hospital Saturday.

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American Train Hero Thought He was ‘Going to Get Shot’

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After the gunman fired, Stone ran at him and tackled him to the ground.

Dwarf Planet Ceres Captured in Stunning Detail

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NASA(NEW YORK) — NASA’s Dawn is giving people on Earth a look at the stunning details on the dwarf planet Ceres.

Photos released Tuesday show the closest-ever views the spacecraft has taken of the tiny world including a look at a conical mountain stretching four miles high in Ceres’ southern hemisphere and various crater formation features.

Dawn’s framing camera is currently being used to map the surface which will allow scientists to create a 3-D model of Ceres.

The spacecraft is orbiting Ceres from 915-miles away and takes 11 days to capture and send images of Ceres’ entire surface back to Earth. During each 11-day period, Dawn orbits Ceres 14 times, according to NASA.

Dawn has been orbiting Ceres since March and will continue studying the dwarf planet through June 2016.

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