iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- California is in a state of emergency as wildfires rage on.
On Friday, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as firefighters continue to battle nearly two dozen wildfires. Daniel Berlant, a Cal Fire spokesman, said nearly 9,000 firefighters are on the front line.
"Right now, our largest fire that continues to threaten thousands of homes is the Rocky Fire burning in Lake County," Berlant told ABC News. "That's north of San Francisco. That fire has now charred well over 22,000 acres. There are still evacuations in effect."
Joan Jacobs, a resident of Lake County, described to ABC News what the area is like.
"It's like being in, in another world, with the smells, the embers, I mean it's still burning here," Jacobs said.
"We've seen at least a dozen homes and outbuildings destroyed so far by this fire," said Berlant of the Rocky Fire. "Now thousands more are threatened, but firefighters are really putting up a good fight, trying to protect those homes."
The National Weather Services also issued a Red Flag Warning for the northern part of California because of the dry thunderstorms and gusty winds.
"We are continuing to see the threat of dry lightning," said Berlant. "That's where thunderstorm systems move over the area, bring lightning but very little to no rain at all. That threat will continue through Sunday."
Cal Fire Capt. Ron Oatman says residents of the affected areas should be prepared for evacuations so they're not surprised when they get a phone call or a knock on the door.
Frank Polich/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- An unattended bag leads to an evacuation at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
On Saturday, a portion of Terminal 1 ticketing at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport was briefly evacuated when an unattended bag was swabbed for explosive material and tested positive in preliminary tests.
Airport officials said the scene was now clear and the airport was resuming normal operations.
According to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV, the bag was left at the United Airlines ticket counter a little after noon on Saturday.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Sensitive sites across the United States are vulnerable to attack by store-bought drones, according to a new assessment by the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of sharing threat information with first-line personnel.
The DHS "intelligence assessment" does not cite any actual or known drone-related threats within the U.S., but it cites several recent instances overseas when terrorist groups and criminal organizations used drones "to support illicit or violent activities."
In particular, the assessment notes ISIS used aerial drone footage "to support an assault" on an oil refinery in Iraq last year, and at least two thwarted terror plots inside the United States over recent years were to include the use of drones, the assessment says.
“We cannot rule [out] the ability of future adversaries to acquire and use a commercially available [drone] as part of an attack within the Homeland," according to the assessment issued Friday by the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, or I&A.
The assessment also describes how drug-trafficking organizations use drones to "monitor law enforcement" along U.S. borders and transport loads, even to people inside prison walls.
Like so many other assessments and bulletins issued routinely by DHS, Friday’s 18-page assessment acts more as an "FYI" than a warning to state and local law enforcement.
With recreational use of drones becoming increasingly popular, it will become harder for authorities to detect and stop drones with nefarious intent, according to the assessment.
Since 2012, there have been more than 500 drone "encounters" at sensitive sites across the United States, and 218 of them have been related to the aviation system, the assessment says.
“While many of these encounters are not malicious in nature, they underscore potential security vulnerabilities -- that could be used by adversaries to leverage [drones] as part of an attack," the assessment concludes.
iStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) -- Protesters in Cincinnati hold a vigil to remember the victim of a police shooting.
Chants of "I am Sam DuBose" were heard in Cincinnati on Friday night as hundreds came together for a vigil and rally to remember Sam DuBose, a black man who was shot and killed by Ray Tensing, a white police officer, during a traffic stop. The family of DuBose led the event.
"I don't know half of these people," said DuBose's mother Audrey. "But they're standing for justice."
The demonstrators first gathered on the steps of the Hamilton County Courthouse before taking to the streets carrying signs and candles. Tensions rose when the protesters hit Fountain Square and were met by police. Six people were arrested.
Despite the arrests, the event remained mostly peaceful. DuBose's mother said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for her son.
"I feel like it's going to get bigger and greater," she said.
Tensing has been charged with murder and is now out on bail awaiting trial.
ABC News(SEATTLE) -- The search continues for software engineer Jeremiah Foco, who was en route to his job when he went missing over a week ago.
Foco’s friends plastered photos of the 34-year-old around his Seattle neighborhood, asking strangers if they had seen him.
"Our friend's gone missing,” a friend of Foco approached a passerby. “We've been looking for him for a week."
A surveillance video is believed to have captured his last sighting. Friends said Foco was visible in the video with a backpack walking down the stairs at a nearby bus station on his way to work July 22.
But he never showed up there.
"If there was nothing else to do we would just hope,” said friend Jocelyn Coimbre. “But right now I just feel like there's so many things that haven't been thought of."
The only other clue is a video believed to be Foco driving into his apartment garage the day before he vanished.
ABC News affiliate KOMO-TV reports that police collected DNA from Foco’s residence Thursday as part of an investigation into his whereabouts.
Meanwhile, Foco’s parents traveled from Michigan to help look for their son who they say loves snowboarding and golf.
"It makes no sense,” said Foco’s father Edward. “Something had to have happened."
"Every day I think that this can't be real,” Renay Charchan, Foco’s mother said. “Yet every day I wake up and it's real."
His loved ones were puzzled and distressed but still hopeful.
"He got up, got ready for work and fell off the planet," said Charchan. "I just hope and pray every day that there will be some sign."
Win McNamee/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. government contractor, several of whose employees were caught on video drunk and drugged on a sensitive security mission in Afghanistan, is now being used to help fix the massive security breach at the Office of Personnel Management.
“What are they thinking?” asked Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-MO, who is now demanding to know how the company got its contract from the OPM despite the previous outrageous behavior and with no competitive bidding.
“This is a company that has demonstrated irresponsibility,” McCaskill told ABC News for a report to broadcast Friday on “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir”. “What in this company’s background gave them assurances that they are the company that can handle this incredibly sensitive matter at a time that Americans are really worried about the federal government’s ability to protect personal data?”
The company, formerly known as Jorge Scientific, was awarded the “sole source” contract to overhaul OPM’s computer network last year after hackers believed to be from China stole the personal records of more than 22 million U.S. government employees.
Just three years ago, Jorge Scientific was the subject of an ABC News investigation that featured video from whistleblowers showing employees staggeringly drunk while working as security personnel for the US government in Afghanistan.
In one video sequence, the company medical director was seen semi-conscious, with an syringe next to him.
The company changed its name after the ABC News report, said it fired all the employees involved and hired a new president.
Under its new corporate name, Imperatis, and with a new board of directors featuring high-ranking former military officials, the company has continued to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. contracts, including the contract with OPM.
”This is a company with a bad record that has engaged in gross improprieties in the workplace,” said Sen. McCaskill. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, brought up Imperatis' checkered past in a Congressional hearing last month, saying the sole-source contract “does beg a lot of questions.”
And now other questions are now being raised about $135 million in what Sen. McCaskill calls “improper payments” involving another government contract.
In an audit report published in April, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) found the company could not provide documentation for the $135 million it collected for expenses.
“And when you can’t provide documentation for $135 million worth of work, that raises some red flags and it should have raised red flags,” said John Sopko, the inspector general, in an interview with ABC News. “So we’ve been questioning that and it’s raised a lot of suspicions for us."
In a statement provided to ABC News, the company disputed the inspector general’s findings, and said it is confident that a review by the Army Contracting Command “will substantiate the costs in question by year’s end.”
The firm also said it has worked with OPM since 2014 after a system there was breached and “Imperatis proudly stands behind the work we are doing for OPM.”
The company added that it agreed the behavior of its employees on the video seen on ABC News was “inappropriate.”
“Imperatis was launched in early 2013 after problems arose at our predecessor company, Jorge Scientific,” the statement said, before describing the leadership shakeup. “We did this with the express intent of inspiring new values, ethics and culture into our company, and to restore the highest possible standard of integrity and professionalism.”
OPM spokesperson told ABC News they were still investigating the facts behind the selection of Imperatis, and added the Department of Homeland Security “officially owned the contract,” although OPM officials had recommended the choice of Imperatis.
Joe Ravi/iStock/ThinkStock(WASHINGTON) -- An individual jumped the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House but not the actual fence, the Secret Service said Friday.
A statement from Brian Leary, spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said, "At approximately 7pm tonight, an individual jumped the bike rack on Pennsylvania Avenue. The individual was immediately arrested by USS Uniformed Division Officers The individual is currently charged with "Unlawful Entry" and was transported to the Metropolitan Police Department 2nd District."
The incident prompted a temporary lockdown of the White House but the lockdown has since been lifted.
Boarding1Now/iStock Editorial/ThinkStock(NEW YORK) -- A Delta pilot flying into JFK airport in New York spotted a drone off its right wing as it approached the runway, the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday.
The plane, an MD88 with five crew members and 154 customers on board, did not take evasive action and landed without incident, according to the FAA.
“About a mile back, there was a drone flying just on the southwest side,” the pilot tells Air Traffic Control, according to audio provided by LiveATC.net.
“At what altitude?” the controller asks.
“I’d say 100 feet below us, just off the right wing,” the pilot responds.
“JetBlue, use caution,” the controller then warns another plane. “The one that’s ahead of you reported a drone.”
Friday's incident comes on the heels of another close encounter in New York earlier this year, which forced a plane flying near LaGuardia Airport to climb 200 feet to “avoid” an unmanned aircraft hovering 2,700 feet over Brooklyn.
Amid an alarming number of drone incidents, the FAA has launched a campaign warning hobbyists and other unmanned aerial vehicle operators to stay away from airports.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office(CINCINNATI) -- The police officer charged with murdering Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop earlier this month reportedly had another controversial run-in with motorists last year that was caught on video.
The revelation comes as union officials fought to get Ray Tensing's job back. Tensing was fired immediately after he was indicted on murder.
It also came as prosecutors announced that two other officers who responded to DuBose's stop won't face charges after a grand jury declined to indict them. Prosecutors said they were cooperative and their statements matched footage on Tensing's body camera.
In May 2014 -- less than a month after Tensing joined the University of Cincinnati Police Department -- Tensing was engaged in a heated exchange with two men after pulling their car over because he said their bumper was dragging, according to ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.
In the encounter, Tensing asks the passenger, Demetrius Pace, for his name and birthday. When Pace provided his name, but refused to give his birthday, Tensing said he'd charge him with refusing to identify, WCPO-TV said.
Tensing tells Pace to get out of the car, according to the video, and Pace says, "What's the charge?" "Step out of the car," Tensing says. Pace asks, "What am I stepping out of the car for?" and Tensing replies, "Because I asked you to."
Later in the video, Pace and the driver, Sexton Henley, request a supervisor. They claimed they were being harassed, detained without being told why and not being let go, according to the video. Pace asks Tensing, "Are we free to go? Can you write the ticket so we can go?"
Tensing responds, "You're not free to go right now."
"What are we doing then?" Pace asks, and Tensing says, "You're being detained right now."
Tensing tells them, "You guys wanted a supervisor?" and Pace said, "It don't matter."
Pace and Henley also ask Tensing for his name and tell him they are recording the incident, according to the video that WCPO-TV broadcast.
When the shift supervisor arrived, the driver, Henley, was given an equipment violation ticket for the bumper, according to WCPO-TV.
The passenger, Pace, later told WCPO-TV, "I shouldn't have even been questioned."
"He [Tensing] should have dealt specifically with the driver," Pace said.
According to WCPO-TV, the Cincinnati Police Department is investigating whether a complaint was filed from Pace and Henley's incident or any other traffic stops made by Tensing.
On Wednesday, Tensing, 25, was indicted on one count of murder and one count of voluntary manslaughter for the shooting death of the unarmed DuBose at a traffic stop July 19.
DuBose apparently refused to provide a driver's license, produced an open alcohol bottle and a struggle ensued, police said. According to the police report, "Officer Tensing said he was being dragged by the vehicle and had to fire his weapon."
A video released by the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office shows the shooting from Tensing's body camera. A second video released by the Prosecutor's Office -- from the body camera of an arriving officer -- shows Tensing lying in the road before he gets up to run toward DuBose's crashed car. Neither video appears to show Tensing being dragged as he has told investigators, according to a police report and his radio call.
In the official interviews from the other two officers -- who aren't facing charges -- "neither officer said that they had seen Tensing being dragged," according to Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Deters.
On Thursday Tensing pleaded not guilty to murder and involuntary manslaughter.
He posted $100,000 cash bond. If Tensing is convicted on all charges, he faces life in prison.
US Coast Guard(MIAMI) -- The Coast Guard is expected to suspend its search for two Florida teenagers who've been missing at sea for one week.
The search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, will be suspended at sunset tonight, Capt. Mark Fedor, of the Coast Guard's 7th District in Miami, said at a news conference Friday.
The search, which spanned eight days and 50,000 nautical miles, remains active and open Friday, Fedor said. Fedor said the suspension means if new information comes to light, they will reopen the case.
Perry and Austin's families said in a statement Friday that they are "committed to continue the search and rescue efforts of our boys with the aid of volunteer pilots and aircraft." They said they established a GoFundMe to raise money for private planes, boat fuel and other resources.
"The case is not closed," the family said. "And if pertinent details emerge or credible information comes forward that we will have the assistance of the US Coast Guard to investigate this information."
Fedor on Friday offered his "heartfelt condolences" to Austin and Perry's families. He said he's met with them and that the decision to suspend the search was excruciating and gut-wrenching.
Fedor said he hopes the families "can take solace from the fact that hundreds of people searched thousands of miles."
Austin and Perry left on a fishing trip in Florida last Friday morning and they were reported missing Friday evening, authorities said.
On Sunday, their boat was found capsized and damaged off the Ponce de Leon Inlet in central Florida, the Coast Guard said, noting that neither boy was in or around the boat.
iStock/Thinkstock(KITTANNING, Pa.) -- An escaped inmate has been captured in western Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Police said on Friday that Robert Crissman was caught a little more than 24 hours after he walked away from the Armstrong County Jail, where he was serving time for a probation violation. He is suspected of killing a woman during his brief freedom.
Crissman had trustee status at the jail, meaning he was allowed to do certain jobs, and on Thursday, he had access to a door so he could take meals from a truck to the inmates.
There's no violent crime in Crissman's past but authorities suspect the murder may have ties to drug use.
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A car smashed into a barricade at the U.S. Capitol building Friday morning, putting the Capitol on high alert.
The maroon Nissan Altima, which had Florida plates, hit a security barricade at Independence Avenue and New Jersey Avenue Southeast, at the South entrance to the U.S. Capitol grounds just before 9 a.m.
The car did not make it past the barricade, which did not sustain any damage. Police have since reopened the entrance, which is used by members when Congress is in session.
Sources tell ABC News that the driver ignored calls to stop when approaching Capitol gate and then sped up and rammed into barricade.
The motorist later told investigators he did it because he believed the FBI was following him and he wanted to get in contact with them. He has a lawsuit against Nationwide Insurance that he wants people to know about.
The driver is in the custody of the Capitol police but it was not clear if he was facing charges.
The vehicle was taken to a DC Metropolitan Police lab for further review, according to a Capitol Police officer on the scene.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Office(CINCINNATI) -- Officer Ray Tensing, charged in the shooting death of Sam Dubose, was released from a Cincinnati area prison on Thursday.
Tensing had been on suicide watch until his release at about 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Major Charmaine McGuffy said at a press conference outside the jail that Tensing had not received any special treatment. The officer spent his time in protective custody unit and was well-guarded.
Tensing reportedly posted $100,000 cash bond, the standard 10 percent of the $1 million figure set by a judge on Wednesday.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- The jury in the James Holmes murder trial went home Friday now without reaching a decision with plans to continue deliberation on Monday.
Jurors were told to arrive at the Arapahoe County Courthouse prepared for a marathon afternoon. On Thursday, the jury received instructions and heard closing arguments from both the defense and the prosecution. The jury is supposed to deliberate on phase two -- whether the defense outweighed how Holmes committed the crime.
If jurors believe the defense has outweighed the manner of the crime, Holmes would receive life in prison. If they do not, a penalty phase would continue with jurors hearing from family and friends of victims and then choosing between life in prison or the death penalty.
The jury made no decision on Thursday, though.
The day in court was briefly interrupted when a woman who told officers she was homeless reportedly yelled out "don't kill him."