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At Least 11 People Injured in California Gas-Line Explosion


MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- At least 11 people were injured in a gas pipeline explosion near a gun range on Friday in Fresno, California.Fresno County Fire Chief Kerri Donnis said in a news conference late Friday at least 11 people were

At Least 11 People Injured in California Gas Explosion


MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- At least 11 people were injured in a gas explosion near a gun range on Friday in Fresno, California.Fresno County Fire Chief Kerri Donnis said in a news conference late Friday at least 11 people were injured,

Ohio Officer on Patrol Surprised to Spot Toddler on Roof


Jean-nicolas Nault/iStock/Thinkstock(NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio) -- A police officer in Ohio was in the right place at precisely the right time earlier this week when a toddler crawled out the second-story window of a home. Newburgh Heights Officer Mike Marni

At Least 14 People Injured in California Gas Explosion


MattGush/iStock/Thinkstock(FRESNO, Calif.) -- At least 14 people were injured in a gas explosion near a gun range on Friday in Fresno, California.Fresno County Fire Chief Kerri Donnis said in a news conference late Friday at least 14 people were injured,

Kent State Professor Defends Alleged Road Rage Behavior Caught on Camera in Ohio


Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(KENT, Ohio) -- A "road rage" incident caught on cell phone video at Kent State University has left an assistant professor at the school injured and facing charges, a university official said. The professor contends he was pr

Colorado Teacher Shares Heartbreaking Notes From Third Graders


Kyle Schwartz(DENVER) -- Kyle Schwartz teaches third grade at Doull Elementary in Denver. Although she says her students are a pleasure to look after, the educator of three years adds that many of them come from underprivileged homes. "Ninety-two percent

Watch California Water Cop Patrol for Wasters in Drought-Stricken State


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Save water or face the consequences: That’s Rick Silva’s message to the Los Angeles communities he patrols.Silva is a water cop, or more formally a water conservation supervisor with the Los Angeles Department of Water

Ohio Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges


iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- The 23-year-old Ohio man charged with training with a terrorist group in Syria -- then returning to the U.S. to carry out an attack here -- pleaded not guilty Friday in federal court.Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Co

Science Experiment in Arizona High School Literally Blows Up


iStock/Thinkstock(MESA, Ariz.) -- A video captured the moment a science experiment went frighteningly wrong inside a classroom at an Arizona high school Thursday.Students in a chemistry class at Westwood High School in Mesa were watching their teacher, id

West Virginia Justice Challenged over Controversial Learjet Deal


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A West Virginia businessman has filed a formal complaint against state Supreme Court Justice Robin Jean Davis with the state’s Judicial Investigation Commission, alleging she had a conflict of interest with a lawyer who bough

Reserve Deputy Robert Bates' Weapons Training in Question After Shooting


ABC News(TULSA, Okla.) — An Oklahoma newspaper is alleging that Robert Bates, the volunteer reserve deputy now charged with killing an unarmed man, may not have been fully trained to handle his weapons.Bates, 73, turned himself in at the Tulsa, Okla

Pennsylvania Bank Robbery Duo May Have Military Training, FBI Says


ABC News(PITTSBURGH) — Two men wanted in a string of Pittsburgh-area bank robberies may have had military or law enforcement training, FBI officials said.Federal investigators said the gun-toting men have stormed at least three banks in recent month

Baggage Handler Who Fell Asleep in Cargo Hold Says Falling Luggage Woke Him


iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- A baggage handler who fell asleep inside the cargo hold of an Alaska Airlines flight earlier this week says he awoke after the plane was in the air -- and only after a piece of luggage fell on top of him.“It was nothing

Attorney Had Date Planned with Beauty Pageant Champion on Night of Deadly Shooti


ABC News(NEWPORT, Ky.) — Ryan Poston was supposed to be on a date with another woman -- a beauty pageant champion -- on the night that his on-again, off-again girlfriend fatally shot him, it was revealed in a Kentucky courtroom on Thursday.Audrey Bo

Pen Poke Postpones Chicago Plane Departure


File photo. Southwest Airlines(CHICAGO) — A Southwest Airlines flight was delayed several hours Thursday afternoon at Chicago Midway Airport after a man complained of being stabbed by his seatmate.Flight 577 was taxiing toward takeoff, en route to

Gyrocopter Man Released, Ordered to Stay Away from US Capitol


ABC News(WASHINGTON) — He won't be flying his gyrocopter anytime soon, but Doug Hughes is a free man.The 61-year-old Postal Service worker who landed his gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol appeared in federal court Thursday afternoon in

Texas Aquarium Accidentally Kills Hundreds of Fish During Parasite Treatment


Dovapi/iStock/Thinkstock(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) -- A treatment meant to eradicate a parasite ended up killing hundreds of fish at a Texas aquarium.The Texas State Aquarium, located in Corpus Christi, announced on Wednesday that nearly 400 fish had a deadl

Magical Surprise Promposal for Texas Special Needs Student Goes Viral


Courtesy Jessica Velasquez(NATALIA, Texas) -- It was the most magical moment for unsuspecting Texas sophomore Tiffany Gay when she walked out the doors of Natalia High School for what she thought was a routine fire drill. Instead of a fire drill, though,

Adrian Peterson Reinstated by NFL


Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated on Friday following a months-long suspension for injuring his four-year-old son by using a tree branch to discipline him, the National Football

Gyrocopter Pilot Charged for Landing on US Capitol Grounds


ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The man who flew what he called a “flying bicycle” through restricted airspace above the nation’s capital and landed near the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday made his initial appearance in federal court Thursday afterno

'No Catcalling' Street Signs Popping Up in New York to be Taken Down


Feminist Apparel(NEW YORK) -- The streets of New York and Philadelphia have been getting new street signs that look just like "No Parking" signs, but they're sending a different message. If you're keeping your eyes peeled, you'll notice the new signs say

'No Catcalling' Street Signs Pop Up in New York, Philadelphia


Feminist Apparel(NEW YORK) -- The streets of New York and Philadelphia have been getting new street signs that look just like "No Parking" signs, but they're sending a different message.If you're keeping your eyes peeled, you'll notice the new signs say t

Baggage Handler Made 911 Call After He Was Stuck in Cargo Hold


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The baggage handler who allegedly fell asleep inside the cargo hold and woke up only after the plane was in the air apparently called 911 begging for the dispatcher to stop the plane.A recording of the call has now

Ohio Man Charged with Providing Material Support to Terrorists


iStock/Thinkstock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- An Ohio man who allegedly sympathized with ISIS and trained with another terrorist group in Syria has been arrested by federal authorities after returning and looking to launch attacks in the U.S. homeland, the Justice

Hear the 911 Calls that Led Police to Take in 'Free Range' Kids


Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(SILVER SPRING, Md.) -- A newly released 911 tape reveals why a concerned citizen called Maryland police after seeing two children whose family advocates so-called free-range parenting."Two kids, who are unaccompanied, and th

Aaron Hernandez: What's Next for Ex-Patriots Star After Being Sentenced to Life


ABC News(FALL RIVER, Mass.) — Former football star Aaron Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in prison, but one trip out from behind bars that he'll be forced to make will be to face further murder charges.The ex-Patriots tight end was found g

Mystery Hero Who Saved Driver from Car Hanging off Idaho Cliff Revealed


iStock/Thinkstock(LEWISTON, Idaho) -- The mystery hero who saved a 23-year-old driver from his car hanging off a canyon cliff in Lewiston, Idaho, has been identified as Jason Warnock, police said.The Good Samaritan was photographed pulling the driver, Mat

Mystery Hero Saves Driver from Car Hanging over Canyon Cliff in Idaho


iStock/Thinkstock(LEWISTON, Idaho) -- Police in Lewiston, Idaho are looking for the mystery hero who saved a 23-year-old driver from his car hanging off a canyon cliff after an accident on Wednesday morning.The Good Samaritan was photographed pulling the

Witness Defends Officer Who Rammed Suspect with Patrol Car


Marana Police Dept(MARANA, Ariz.) — A man who witnessed an Arizona police officer ramming a suspect with his patrol car defended the officer’s actions -- and said he worried a shootout could have ensued if the officer hadn't acted.“If th

Marine Corps Chopper Lands in California Beach 'Danger Zone'


Stocktrek Images/Thinkstock(SOLANA BEACH, Calif.) — Three decades after recording the smash song "Danger Zone," singer Kenny Loggins finally discovered his own personal danger zone on Wednesday after a Marine Corps helicopter landed on a southern Ca