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Wife of US Doctor Slain in Afghan Hospital Forgives Gunman


Bernardo Barrios/Lawndale Christian Health Center(CHICAGO) -- The wife of an American doctor who was one of three U.S. doctors gunned down Thursday in an Afghan hospital emerged on Thursday to say that she forgave the man who shot her husband.

The doctor was identified as Jerry Umanos, a pediatrician who had given up his Chicago practice to spend the last nine years caring for children in Afghanistan.

Umanos' wife, Jan Schuitema Umanos, read a statement Thursday with their son Ben by her side. The couple's two other children were not in Chicago, she said.

"I’d like to start by saying our family has suffered a great loss," Mrs. Umanos said, adding, "We are also aching for the loss of the other families… as well as the loss that the Afghan people have experienced. My heart aches for the Afghan people."

"I know Jerry would also like everybody to know about his love for the Afghan people," she said. "And we don’t hold any ill will towards the Afghan people in general or even the gunman who did this."

Mrs. Umanos, who said she also spent several years working in Afghanistan, made it clear that her husband was a religious man.

"Jerry always wanted us to serve underserved populations and Afghanistan was just one of them. He always had a desire to be the hands and feet of Christ," she said.

Jerry Umanos practiced medicine at Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for 16 years, becoming a beloved staff member at the hospital. There, he treated many staff members' children as their pediatrician, the hospital's chief clinical officer said on Thursday.

"Today we have lost a very, very dear friend and devoted colleague," Dr. Bruce Rowell, chief clinical officer of Lawndale, said at a press conference Thursday morning. "Dr. Umanos has been a pediatrician for over 25 years and he was the pediatrician for many of our own children."

Mrs. Umanos' mother, Angie, initially confirmed Jerry Umanos' death to ABC News through tears Thursday morning.

Jerry Umanos left Lawndale in 2005 when he decided to become a staff doctor for a charity hospital opening in Kabul, Afghanistan. That hospital, CURE International, specialized in caring for women and children and was the site of Thursday's deadly attack.

According to police, an Afghan security guard who worked at the hospital opened fire on a group that included Umanos. Umanos was killed along with an American father and son whose names have not been released. The pair was visiting Umanos. A female nurse who was with the group was also injured.

Rowell said that Umanos was teaching medical residents and seeing patients at CURE, part of a network of charity-run hospitals based in Pennsylvania.

"Early this morning we learned the news of his death in Afghanistan. For nearly a decade, he has volunteered to train residents and see patients in Afghanistan. This is a great loss for his family, for those of us he worked with, and for the people of Afghanistan," Rowell said.

Staff members at the hospital cried and hugged one another after the press conference.

Umanos completed medical school at Wayne State University and residency at the Children's Hospital of Michigan, according to ABC News station WLS in Chicago.

The shooting at Cure International Hospital in western Kabul was the third attack on foreign civilians in Afghanistan's capital this year. CURE hospital is one of the most prominent in Kabul, partly because of its specialized offerings for women and children, including obstetrics and gynecology and surgery.

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Breast-Feeding Mom Says TSA to Pay $75K to Settle Lawsuit


ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The California woman who sued the U.S. Transportation Security Administration after agents told her she had to put her stored breast milk through an X-ray machine says the agency plans to settle her lawsuit for $75,000.

Airport surveillance video of Stacey Armato’s January 2010 encounter with the TSA screeners at Arizona’s Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport had parenting communities in an uproar.

It shows Armato, who had recently given birth to a baby boy, showing her breast milk to a screener, and then being directed to stand in a transparent enclosure after she said she asked for an alternate way to screen three bottles of breast milk.

She says she was held in that enclosure for some time.

“The manager told me your milk either needs to go in the trash or go in the X-ray, and as a breast-feeding mom that just, neither was an option for me,” the 34-year-old Hermosa Beach, Calif., resident said in an interview with ABC News' Good Morning America.

Armato says she had even printed out the agency’s own rules to back up her request.

“They threw her in a glass enclosure before they allowed her to have her breast milk alternately screened,” said Robert Mosier, Armato’s lawyer.

Armato says she felt “totally humiliated.”

“It’s a glass container with hundreds of passengers passing by on either side. You’re being totally ignored. You’re asking to speak with someone -- the manager and the supervisor and no one is giving you any answers yet they stand right there and watch like you are an animal in a cage,” she said.

Asked why she didn’t want her breast milk being put through an X-ray machine, Armato replied: “We work really hard to eat well, exercise and drink lots of water and make sure that we have really nutritious food, milk for our children.”

Several medical experts consulted by ABC News said they thought it highly unlikely that the TSA screening machines would have damaged the breast milk at all.

When contacted by ABC News, the TSA referred to a statement on its website that breast milk should be treated “in the same manner as liquid medication” at security checkpoints.

“Parents flying with, and without, their child(ren) are permitted to bring breast milk in quantities greater than 3 ounces as long as it is presented for inspection at the security checkpoint,” the statement reads.

Armato says she believes her situation could help make things easier for mothers who travel.

“We’ve been promised that they would retrain everybody and heed great importance to this issue,” she said, “and I think that breast-feeding moms can feel good about that.”

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#MyNYPD Twitter Campaign Spawns Hashtags Across the Country


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- What the New York Police Department initially intended to be a social media public relations campaign has turned into a Twitter commentary on police brutality that has spread across to other law enforcement units across the nation.

The #myNYPD hashtag became one of the top trending hashtags on Twitter Tuesday after seeking people’s photos of police officers working in their communities. Instead, citizens began attaching the hashtag to pictures and video depicting police violence.

Initially, there were some positive responses to the campaign, but things turned ugly. With little context to many of the pictures, it’s difficult to determine the location and circumstances in which these incidences took place. But that didn’t stop the flurry of outraged tweets that two days later are still appearing on the Internet.

The backlash spread to the Los Angeles police department where #myLAPD began to trend, while others took to Twitter to compare the two police departments. From there, the tweets expanded to include the Seattle, San Francisco and Denver police departments, among others.

In an email NYPD Deputy Chief Kim Royster sent to ABC News affiliate WABC in New York, the department recognized that Twitter “provides an open forum for an uncensored exchange and this is an open dialogue good for our city.”

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Ex-KKK Leader Was Given a New Identity Years Before Kansas Shooting


United States Marshals Service(OVERLAND PARK, Kan.) -- Frazier Glenn Cross, the man accused of murder in the shootings of three people outside Jewish facilities in Kansas last week was, for all practical purposes, born at the age of 49.    

The federal government gave him that name when he was released from prison in 1990, along with a new social security number and a new place to live, not far from the Missouri River in western Iowa.

The idea was to erase any record of the man he had been before: Frazier Glenn Miller. White Nationalist leader. Spewer of hate. Federal informant.

“I joined the family in Sioux City, Iowa,” Miller wrote later in his self-published autobiography. “I enrolled in truck driving school…and I’ve been trucking ever since. And I love it. After prison, the freedom of the open road is gloriously exhilarating.”

Less than three years earlier Miller had been a fugitive from justice, the subject of a nationwide manhunt after he had declared war on blacks and Jews, exhorting his thousands of followers to violently overthrow the very government that would soon become his protector.

“Let the blood of our enemies flood the streets, rivers and fields of the nation,” Miller wrote. “[R]ise up and throw off the chains which bind us to the satanic, Jewish controlled and ruled federal government. Let the battle axes swing smoothly and the bullets wiss [sic] true.”

DECLARATION OF WAR

In the early morning hours of April 30, 1987, more than three dozen federal and state law enforcement agents surrounded a mobile home in Ozark, Mo.  A van recently purchased by Miller in Louisiana had been spotted outside by an agent the day before.

A volley of tear gas was fired and then, just after 7 a.m, four men emerged and gave themselves up.

Among them was Miller, the founder of Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the paramilitary White Patriot Party in North Carolina. The United States Marshals Service had issued a nationwide bulletin seeking Miller’s arrest after he disappeared while appealing his conviction for criminal contempt.

Agents recovered hand grenades, automatic rifles, pistols and flak jackets inside the trailer, according to FBI statements at the time. Explosives experts from nearby Fort Leonard Wood were called in to detonate a box containing about twenty pipe bombs.

The authorities also found a Xerox machine and about a thousand copies of Miller’s Declaration of War.  During his 10 days on the run, Miller had mailed his typewritten call to arms to thousands of white nationalists, as well as members of Congress and dozens of media outlets.

“I realize fully that I will be caught quickly,” Miller had written in his letter. “[B]ut I will die with contempt on my lips and with sword in my hand. My fate will either be assassination or the death penalty.”

But faced with an array of charges that could have put him behind bars for 20 years or more, Miller’s bombast was quickly reduced to a squeal. Within days of his arrest, he was signalling his willingness to make a deal.

“He stated that it was ‘all a bluff that got out of hand,’” according to an FBI agent’s notes, obtained by ABC News, of an interview with Miller a few weeks after his arrest. “[H]aving spent eight days in jail and having the opportunity to dry out from excessive alcohol consumption, he has learned to develop tolerance. He stated emphatically that he would never hurt anybody,” the agent wrote in recounting Miller’s statements.

Among those present for the initial interviews with Miller was then-federal prosecutor J. Douglas McCullough, now a judge on the North Carolina state court of appeals.

“He tried to be a little bit self-serving,” McCullough said of Miller in an interview this week in Raleigh. “Every defendant in those situations usually is at first. But he did open up about a lot of things about the White Patriot Party. He detailed a number of people that were involved in illegal activities that were his associates. And that’s what we were looking for. ”

In a series of ensuing interviews with federal and North Carolina investigators, Miller never denied his racist and anti-Semitic views, but claimed he had always denounced violence and illegal activity.

“Miller wanted nothing more to do with the movement,” according to an FBI account of an interview in June of 1987. He was “willing to turn his back on it in order to return to his family.  His problem in the past had been intolerance linked with excessive drinking.”

A month later, in an interview with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, during which he accused two of his former comrades of murder, he described his time on the run from the law as little more than a lark.

“I was on vacation, flirting with girls and drinking beer and going red-necking,” Miller told the agents. “I love to go out and drink a beer with rednecks…do the Texas Two-Step.  I’m a pretty good dancer by the way,” he said.

SHOCKING ALLEGATIONS

In the course of their investigation, authorities also learned the stunning details of Miller’s arrest a year earlier. Raleigh police officers had caught Miller in  the back seat of a vehicle, in mid-act with a black male prostitute masquerading as a woman.

“It was pretty shocking,” says McCullough, “because of his personal stances that he had taken and what he was now accused on engaging in.”

McCullough says he has read the police report of the incident but declined to comment on the specifics. “I would rather not go into the details,” he said. “They’re rather salacious. I think the facts speak for themselves and people can draw their own conclusions about how incongruous that is.”

Miller was not charged in connection with the prostitution arrest and no public record of the incident could be located. But in a recorded phone call with the Southern Poverty Law Center last fall, Miller claimed that he had lured the prostitute to the meeting with the intention of beating him.

Eventually, McCullough, the federal prosecutor, would approve a plea deal with Miller recommending a five-year prison sentence in exchange for his cooperation and testimony against his former compatriots. He would serve less than three years of that sentence at a prison in western New York.

“I am not certain that we got 100 percent of what we wanted,” McCullough says. “He did testify in a couple of cases here in the eastern part of the state, or agreed to testify where the people plead guilty knowing he was going to testify.”

In 1998, Miller was a key witness in a high-profile federal trial that charged more than a dozen white nationalists in an alleged conspiracy to levy war against the United States government. The Department of Justice had called it Operation Clean Sweep. Miller testified that he had received two payments totaling $200,000 from a leader of  the alleged conspiracy, but in the end all of those accused were acquitted and, incredibly, one of the jurors later married one of the defendants.

“His testimony was extremely weak,” says Leonard Zeskind, who tracked Miller’s activities in the 1980′s as research director for the Center for the Democratic Renewal, a civil rights group fighting Klan activities.

“I believe that Miller was essentially playing a game with the feds. And I don’t think he had any intention of becoming a good witness. The guy was a stone-to-the-bone Nazi,” Zeskind says. “He never gave that up. I am on the record as saying the man should have died in prison.”

But McCullough says that nothing would have changed what happened last week in Kansas. Even if he had refused to deal with Miller back in 1987, he would have spent no more than fifteen years in prison.

“We made the deal that we could make at the time and whether it’s right or wrong, it’s really kind of immaterial at this point,” McCullough says. “Human beings are unpredictable. I don’t think there is anybody who could know what he was capable of doing,” he said of the shootings in Kansas. “I certainly never saw that in his personality.  He was a blowhard who liked to be in front of a crowd. He liked to whip the crowd up and get the emotions running high.”  

Very little is known of the years Miller spent in Iowa and Nebraska living as Frazier Glenn Cross. But it’s clear that he eventually discarded his assumed identity provided by the federal government and resumed his life as the belligerent, unapologetic white supremacist, Frazier Glenn Miller.

And no one, it seems, could predict the tragic consequences that would follow.

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Former NFL Cheerleaders Accuse Buffalo Bills of Demeaning Treatment, Unfair Pay


Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders, known as the Buffalo Jills, are accusing their team of demeaning treatment and unfair pay.

“Our dream as being a Buffalo Jills cheerleader was taken advantage of,” former cheerleader identified only as Maria P. told ABC affiliate WKBW.

The suit, filed by five former Buffalo Jills, says the team controlled everything from how much bread to eat at formal dinners to how to properly eat soup. The cheerleaders say the team even regulated what color nail polish they could wear.

At an annual golf tournament, the cheerleaders say they were required to wear bikinis and were subjected to degrading sexual comments and touched inappropriately.

And every week, they say they had the “jiggle test” and those who failed, in some cases, “were penalized, suspended or dismissed.”

“Everything from standing in front of us with a clipboard and have us do a jiggle test to see what parts of our body were jiggling,” former Buffalo Jill Alyssa told ABC affiliate WKBW.

According to the suit, one Bills cheerleader says she was paid just $105 for the entire season.

“We are aware of this lawsuit, and it is our organizational policy not to comment on pending litigation,” Scott Berchtold, the Bills’ senior vice president of communications, told The Buffalo News.

The NFL isn’t commenting.

Buffalo follows suits by cheerleaders from the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders, some of whom claim they were paid less than $5 an hour.

The Jills suit says while they earned less than minimum wage, the highest-paid player on the team raked in an average of $16 million a season.

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Georgia Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns in Schools, Churches, Bars


Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Critics are calling it “the guns everywhere” law, and depending on how you see it, it’s either one of the most frightening or one of the most progressive gun laws in the country.

Starting July 1, people in Georgia can bring firearms into bars, libraries, churches and even some government buildings that don’t already have door security. People convicted of certain misdemeanors can now legally get gun permits. Police can no longer stop someone “for the sole purpose of investigating whether such a person has a weapons carry license.”

The law does give businesses, churches and schools the right to say no with a sign or notice. A school board, for example, can vote to prohibit guns.

Georgia’s governor, up for re-election, signed the law Wednesday.

“As governor I signed every Second Amendment piece of legislation that has been placed on my desk and today I will put into law a gun bill that heralds self-defense, personal liberties and public safety,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.

There are many supporters in Georgia from all walks of life.

“It’s something that’s long overdue,” Samuel Hayes of Atlanta said. “It’s a tremendous victory for law-abiding citizens.”

“You should still have the right to be able to protect yourself,” another man said.

Across the country, however, gun control advocates are sounding the alarm.

“To do it in the name of safety? It’s beyond preposterous. It’s tragic,” said Dan Gross, president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “You know, guns and alcohol don’t mix and yea, that’s one of the most dangerous aspects of this.”

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Father of Teen Stowaway: 'Allah Had Saved Him'


Getty Images(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- The father of the 15-year-old who stowed away in the wheel well of a plane for five hours said his son was saved by God.

The teen survived through chilling temperatures and high altitudes in the unpressurized area of the jetliner. In an interview with the Voice of America, Abdilahi Yusuf Abdi said his son is recovering in a Hawaii hospital.

"I heard that he survived, God saved him, I was extremely happy, but, it was something unexpected, it is something that crosses anyone’s mind," Abdi told VOA on Wednesday.

The father identified the teen as Yahya Abdi, who was spotted by airport workers on the tarmac in Maui after crawling out of the wheel well. He explained that his son had a "tough time with his schoolwork," which may have attributed to his decision to make the trip in the Boeing 767. The teen also frequently spoke about going back to Africa where his grandparents are, his father said.

"He didn’t study while in Africa, starting high school in here, was difficult, that could also be the cause, excessive absent, and learning became difficult for him," Abdi said.

An airport official in Hawaii who spoke with the teen told ABC News he said he ran away from home because he was angry about an argument he had with his stepmother and dad.

Airport surveillance video captured him exiting the wheel well at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

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Reddit User Posts About Missing Mom, Other Redditor Finds Her


Wavebreak Media / 36 / Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing this week in New York City was located and reconnected to her family by the work of Reddit users.

According to a post on the social sharing site Reddit, a user named Josh Goldberg posted Tuesday that his 59-year-old mother, May Goldberg, had wandered out of her apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and was missing.

Goldberg described his mother as having “severe dementia” and posted several photos and a description of her to the site. He said he first reported the incident to police, who distributed her photo in hopes of finding her.

Just seven hours later, another user of the site found May Goldberg wandering New York City. That user, “geryorama,” posted around midnight that he saw someone on the street who looked like the woman in the photos. He double-checked the Reddit post on his, stopped the women, and called for help, he wrote.

“I was walking home from work around 9:30-10PM and I noticed May at East 47th and Lexington Avenue. As I saw Josh’s post in the afternoon she looked very familiar,” he wrote.

 

I quickly pulled out my phone and visited this page to ensure it is indeed her. When I realized it’s her, I approached her, asked for her name, told her that her family is looking for her, and took her to Hyatt Hotel lobby to contact the police. The gentleman and lady at the Hyatt front desk were extremely helpful and they contacted the police. Two police officers arrived within 3 minutes. They identified May and I believe they called for an ambulance. In the meantime, I quickly sent a personal message to Josh via Reddit informing him that her mom has been found and that she is with the police.

Other Reddit users dubbed him the “Where’s Waldo” champion of the world for spotting a woman in a city of eight million.

“I am so glad May will be shortly reunited with her family,” he wrote.

Josh Goldberg updated the thread to say his mother is safe and being checked out at a hospital as a precaution.

“A million thanks to /u/geryorama for finding her on the street and alerting the authorities,” Goldberg wrote. “The outpouring of support has been completely overwhelming. My family and I send a HUGE thank you to the entire Reddit community. You are amazing. Thank you.”

The Goldbergs could not be immediately reached for comment.

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James Holmes' Lawyers Fight Order for Second Mental Exam


Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) -- James Holmes' attorneys are fighting an order to have the accused Aurora, Colo., theater shooter undergo a second mental evaluation.

Holmes' first evaluation was ruled inadequate.

A county judge in Colorado has ordered a new exam, but Holmes' lawyers are appealing the ruling to the Colorado Supreme Court.

Holmes, 26, is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others during a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises on July 20, 2012. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

While his attorneys appeal the order for a second exam, all hearings in the case have been put on hold.

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Colorado Fourth Graders Busted for Selling Pot


BananaStock / 360 / Thinkstock(DENVER) -- Two Colorado fourth graders were busted for selling marijuana at their elementary school, prompting officials on Wednesday to urge adults to keep their weed locked away from kids.

School officials said a 10-year-old fourth-grade boy brought a small quantity of leafy marijuana to Monfort Elementary School in Greeley, Colo., on Monday.

“He sold it to three other fourth graders on the school playground, which resulted in a profit to the young man of $11,” John Gates, director of safety and security for the Greeley-Evans School District, told ABC News.

The next day, Gates said one of the three young buyers brought a marijuana edible to school and gave it to the boy who sold the pot on Monday. That boy took a bite, but did not suffer any ill effects, Gates said.

Both boys apparently got the weed from relatives, according to Gates.

“Both of these kids took the marijuana without the consent of their grandparents,” said Gates.

Gates said the four students involved will be suspended for a “significant” number of days, but declined to say exactly how long the punishment would be. Initially, police were called but officials have determined the incident will not be handled as a criminal matter, he said.

“We hope to send a good message here without ruining anybody’s lives. The message we really want to get out here to the adults is, ‘for crying out loud, secure it,’” Gates said.

Adults 21 and older have been able to buy recreational marijuana legally in Colorado since Jan. 1.

In a letter sent home to parents, Monfort Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sheldon said no student was injured.

“We know that many adults have greater access to marijuana since the change in the drug’s legal status in Colorado,” Sheldon wrote. “We urge all parents, grandparents and anyone who cares for children to treat marijuana as you would prescription drugs, alcohol or even firearms. This drug is potentially lethal to children, and should always be kept under lock and key, away from young people.”

Colorado’s legislature is currently considering new safety regulations for marijuana edibles, including bills requiring stronger warning labels and lowering the amount of THC permitted in food.

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Broadened Clemency Rules Could Affect Thousands of Inmates


iStock 360/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Prison inmates serving sentences for nonviolent crimes have been offered broader guidelines for seeking clemency, the Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

The new rules, only eligible to prisoners who have already served 10 years behind bars, will focus on people who would be handed a lesser punishment if they were charged with the same crime today.

The decision is part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to reduce the U.S. prison population by turning back the use of harsh sentences for drug crimes. The administration has also sought to reverse a legacy of racial disparity in convictions. For example, the use of crack cocaine has historically resulted in longer sentences than for using its powdered form, with the former drug more likely found on black suspects and the latter on white suspects.

Only inmates charged with a federal crime are affected by the initiative, leaving out any serving under state law. And if an inmate is found eligible, his or her case would then go before President Obama for consideration. Either way, the odds are long for any prisoner. Obama only reduced the sentences of eight criminals last year, all of them on long drug sentences.

Deputy Attorney General James Cole said that although the majority of clemency petitions will likely be from drug offenders, the new rules are not limited to narcotic convictions.

“Either they will have committed drug crimes, and that’s a big category that we’re looking at, or they may have been denominated career criminals because they had priors that were minor drug cases that have been called felonies,” Cole told reporters Wednesday.

“But we want to make sure that we’re not foreclosing the possibility that there are other types of sentences, that there is, that are worthy of this kind of clemency where there was an unfairness that took place because of the operation of law,” he said.

Prisoners will need to meet six specific criteria to be eligible. In addition to having served 10 years for a nonviolent crime, they can have no strong ties to large-scale organized crime, history of violence or “significant criminal history.” Inmates must also have demonstrated good behavior and “likely would have received a substantially lower sentence” if charged in the present day.

“It’s important to remember that commutations are not pardons, they are not exonerations, they are not expressions of forgiveness,” Cole stated. “Rather, as [Obama] said, they are quote, ‘an important step toward restoring fundamental ideals of justice and fairness.’”

It is not immediately clear how many of the nation’s 216,000 federal inmates will be affected by the initiative, but the deputy attorney general loosely estimated 12 or 13 percent of the population serves low-level offenses.

Inmates who believe they are eligible will be given an electronic survey to be screened by lawyers from the Bureau of Prisons, and then a pro bono attorney to assist in preparing their petition.

Meanwhile, a working group of organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, have banded together to form the nonprofit “Clemency Project 2014″ to offer legal services to the convicts.

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Florida Sinkhole Reopens Days After Being Filled


iStock 360/Thinkstock(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A sinkhole in a Florida retirement community that was filled over the weekend is opening up again.

"The hole at this point is 65 feet in diameter and about 65, 70 feet wide," said Gina Lambert with The Villages Public Safety Department.

When it first appeared over the weekend, the sinkhole threatened at least two homes and evacuations were put into place.

"At this point, no evacuations; no residents have been displaced; the homes that are affected are still the original two from the weekend," Lambert said Wednesday.

She said the plan now is to fill the hole with dirt and monitor it for the next 24 to 48 hours.

"It's Mother Nature, so we're working with her. We're trying to figure out what her next step is, and move on from there," Lambert said.

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Cops Make Arrest in Yale University Shooting Hoax


New Haven Police Dept(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- Police in Connecticut have made an arrest in what turned out to be a costly prank at Yale University last November.

On Wednesday, New Haven Police announced that they've arrested 50-year-old Jeffrey Jones in connection with a prank 911 call made on Nov. 25, 2013, in which the caller reported a pending shooting at Yale University.

This resulted in the university's campus being locked down for about six hours and prompted a massive response by New Haven Police, at a cost of more than $30,000, according to officials.

Jones, of Westbrook, Conn., has been charged with falsely reporting an incident, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and breach of peace.

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Police Storm NY Home After Gamer Plays ‘Swatting’ Prank


iStock / 360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A frightening scene erupted in suburban Long Island, N.Y., when dozens of SWAT team members charged towards a home on Tuesday after they received a call that an armed man with multiple victims was inside.

Instead of finding a crazed killer inside the home, the SWAT team members found themselves caught in a hoax known as “swatting.”

“Swattings are hoax calls calling out SWAT teams to make-believe, typically hostage-barricade murder situations,” explained Brad Garrett, ABC News’ crime and terrorism analyst.

The target of the hoax in this case was a 17-year-old boy who had been playing the online video game Call of Duty inside the home, police said.

When the boy, who was not identified, reportedly beat his opponent at the game, the opponent called the police pretending to be the boy and claiming he’d killed his mother and brother, police said.

“They actually have a system, I believe, where they get points for the type of tactical response the police give, if the helicopters are involved, the SWAT team with controlled entry,” said Long Beach Police Chief Michael Tangney.

“Swatting” pranks have been used on some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Miley Cyrus, whose North Hollywood home was swarmed by police in 2012 after a prank 911 call.

In Long Island, the boy’s family expressed their shock at seeing police in riot gear storm their home.

“Something happened, the police at my house…everything is okay,” the boy’s mother Maria Castillo told ABC News station WABC.

“I’m in shock. It’s crazy,” his brother, Juan Castillo, told WABC.

Authorities confiscated the game console in the family’s home to try to identify the 911 caller.

“The message is for parents to pay attention to what their kids are doing online,” Tangney said.

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Stowaway Spent 7 Hours Undetected Before Plane Took Off


iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) -- A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet's wheel well spent seven hours undetected in the plane before the jetliner took off.

The teen, the son of a California cab driver, is a junior at Santa Clara High School. He reportedly moved to the school this year.

Student Emanuael Golla said the student is shy. “He really didn’t speak that much,” he added. “We were all surprised at what happened. We really didn’t believe it was him.”

The teen told authorities he left home after a fight with his father and step-mother. He scaled a fence at the San Jose Airport at about 1 a.m. Sunday, hiding in the Hawaiian Airlines 767 wheel well for nearly seven hours before the plane took off at 7:55 a.m.

While it's not clear how the teen spent all that time, FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu said the teen was sleeping in the plane before takeoff. He "literally just slept on the plane overnight," Simon said.

The boy told authorities that he chose the specific plane because it was the closest one. The teen’s actions were caught on tape, but were undetected by security.

Once the plane landed in Maui, officials said airport surveillance video captured the boy crawling out of the wheel well. Authorities believe the boy survived the five-plus hour flight, despite little oxygen and temperatures of at least -50 degrees.

Maui Airports District Manager Marvin Moniz said he spoke with the stowaway after airport employees found him wandering the tarmac. He said the teen told him he hadn’t seen his biological mother since he was 2 years old and that he wanted to go see her. It’s not clear if that was the purpose of the teen’s incredible journey.

The boy was resting Tuesday at a Honolulu hospital. Hawaii's Department of Human Services said child welfare officials were arranging his safe return to California.

The big concern Wednesday is airport security. A camera caught the teen climbing into the wheel well, but nobody knew until Hawaiian officials called the San Jose International Airport and asked them to look.

“We are looking at what we need to improve so that what happened on Sunday will not occur again,” said Rosemary Barnes, the airport’s spokesperson.

The Federal Aviation Administration said about one-quarter of the 105 stowaways who have sneaked aboard flights worldwide since 1947 have survived. Some wheel-well stowaways survived deadly cold and a lack of oxygen because their breathing, heart rate and brain activity slow down.


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