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DOJ Will Not Charge Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Brown Family / Facebook(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that former Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the death of Michael Brown.

"There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson's stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," the DOJ criminal report said.

According to the report, Wilson "saw Brown reach his right hand under his t-shirt into what appeared to be his waistband."

Accounts that Brown put his hands up are "inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence," the report says.

Witness accounts were "inconsistent" and "changed over time," it also said.

The department also released its investigation of the Ferguson police, which found a pattern and practice of discriminatory policing.

The report includes seven racist emails sent by Ferguson officers. In its review, the Justice Department found 161 use of force complaints against the Ferguson police from 2010 to 2014. Only one case was founded and no officer was disciplined.

Those conclusions come nearly seven months after a confrontation with Wilson left Brown, 18, dead. In the wake of the controversial slaying of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, Brown’s death reignited a national debate over race in America and sparked protests across the country.

With its findings now public, the Justice Department is likely to seek agreement from the Ferguson Police Department to implement serious changes to its practices. But if negotiations fail, then the Justice Department would likely file a civil lawsuit against the police force, hoping a federal judge will force the police department to enact appropriate changes.

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Trial of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Gets Underway Wednesday

FBI(BOSTON) — The defense team for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a stunning admission at the beginning of the accused Boston Marathon bomber’s trial today: “It was him.”

“We’re all going to come face to face with unbearable grief, loss and pain caused by a series of senseless, horribly misguided acts carried out by two brothers, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar,” defense attorney Judy Clarke told the court. “We do not and will not at any point in this case sidestep or attempt to sidestep Dzhokhar’s responsibility for his actions. We think the question of ‘why’ is important.”

Clarke said it was that facet, the motive behind the deadly bombing, where the defense disagrees with the prosecution. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clarke said, was the one “who self-radicalized” and the defense plans to show evidence that Dzhokhar was “enlisted” by his older brother. The defense team gave a hint of a similar potential strategy a year ago when they filed motions to obtain information the attorneys believed would show that between the brothers, Tamerlan was an “all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”

Earlier the judge seemed to strike a blow to such a defense, telling the court that whether Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is more or less culpable than his late brother is not relevant.

Dzhokhar has pleaded not guilty to the 30 counts against him, including charges of using a “weapon of mass destruction resulting in death.” The most serious of the charges could put him on death row if he's convicted.

The trial comes just under two years after twin explosions ripped through the crowd near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others. More than a dozen of those injured lost limbs.

Prosecutors say Dzhokhar and his older brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev were responsible for the death and destruction, and that the two were photographed dropping backpacks holding the bombs before the blasts. The city of Boston was paralyzed for days during an intense manhunt, during which the pair allegedly gunned down an MIT police officer.

Tamerlan was eventually killed in a shootout with police days after the attack in the Boston suburb of Watertown.

Dzhokhar was caught hours after that shootout, bloody and hiding in a dry-docked boat. While hiding, Tsarnaev penned an anti-American missive on the wall of the boat, saying, "The U.S. government is killing our innocent civilians, but most of you already know that.”

"We Muslims are one body. You kill one of us, you hurt [unintelligible] us all,” another section of the note read.

After opening statements, the prosecution will immediately force jurors to relive the emotional pain of the marathon attack. The first three dozen witnesses are expected to be bombing victims: amputees and others who were maimed along with the father of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old killed when Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly planted a backpack containing a pressure cooker bomb at the boy’s feet. Their testimony will be followed by others impacted by the blasts, including Marathon organizers and business owners along Boylston Street where the finish line was.

While prosecutors focus today on Dzhokhar, authorities told ABC News they’re also investigating whether Tamerlan’s wife, Katherine Russell, knew of the deadly plot beforehand.

Russell is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search the Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.

Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.

Days after Tamerlan was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney, released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.

“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.


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LA Girls' Basketball Team Won't Be Disqualified for Wearing Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thomas Cordova/Daily Breeze(LOS ANGELES) — A girls' high school basketball team won't be penalized because it wore pink letters and numbers on its jerseys to support breast cancer awareness. But the coach is banned for the rest of the season.

Nathaniel Narbonne High School's team in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles appealed a decision that forced it to forfeit a 57-52 playoff win on Saturday against View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School because the pink on the uniforms was not an approved color, according to a league governing body.

On Tuesday, a three-person appeals panel said the team won't have to forfeit the win, but coach Victoria Sanders is out for the rest of the season, the Los Angeles Times reported. In addition, the team will be on probation through next season and the school can't host a girls' playoff game next year.

"Our biggest push was to just let the girls finish out the season, so we were glad they got their season back," Narbonne's athletic director, Kyla Berman, told ABC News. "The coach was OK with the decision that she wasn’t able to finish out the season."

Now that the top-seeded team's disqualification has been overturned, it will play in the championship game on Saturday with the approved colors of green, gold and black.

But Sanders won't be allowed in the arena. Instead, the boys' basketball coach, who Berman said already closely works with Sanders, will guide the girls' team.

"I can accept it," Sanders told The Times of the punishment.

Berman said the team players were "speechless" about the panel's decision to let them play.

"They were so excited. They and the parents were disappointed, of course, Vicki won’t be there," Berman told ABC News. "But Vicki just kept telling the girls, 'Just play.' They’re ready. She’s confident they will do what they need to do."

The California Interscholastic Federation's Los Angeles City Section, which initially disqualified Narbonne's team, did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News Tuesday.

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1,400 Security Badges Lost, Stolen at Atlanta Airport

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- More than 1,400 security badges used by workers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport that offer access to private baggage areas, tarmacs and other secure locations reportedly have been lost or stolen, according to an investigation by ABC News station WSB.

The badges went missing between 2012 and 2014.

Airport officials said the badges alone wouldn’t be useful -- a personalized PIN number, specific to each employee, is also required in order for the badges to work.

“Due to those safeguards, we do not believe that lost or stolen badges pose a significant security threat to the airport,” Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in a statement.

Stephen Ganyard, a former Marine Corps fighter pilot and ABC News consultant, said the report is concerning.

“The airport said, ‘Well, they would have to have a PIN to get through a gate, they’d have to have a picture,’ but everybody knows they’ve been around places when somebody has a security badge and they say, ‘Oh, he has a badge, we’ll just let him in,’ or they can follow me through the door,” Ganyard said.

According to the WSB report, Atlanta’s airport does not use biometric screening for employees, which would include fingerprint or eye checks.

The Transportation Security Administration has refused to release statistics on missing airport badges across the country, citing security concerns.

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LAPD Shooting: Homeless Victim Stole French Man's Identity, Authorities Say

Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) — The homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a Sunday confrontation was living in the United States under the assumed identity of a French national, authorities told ABC News Tuesday.

The LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport.

But Astrid le Moine, Press Attaché for the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles, said the French consulate later notified police of the usage of the stolen identity.

Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French." French officials do not know the man's nationality at this time, Guillois said.

A call to the LAPD Tuesday seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Saturmin Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison.

A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death.

A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment.

Witnesses at the shooting scene told KABC that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.

Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene.

At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.

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Ohio Suspect Turns Himself In After Facebook Exchange with Sheriff's Office

Butler County Sheriff's Office/Facebook(BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio) — Authorities in Ohio are crediting social media for their latest arrest.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office posted an alert on Facebook Tuesday about Andrew Dale Marcum, 21, who was wanted on a range of charges, including burglary (safe-cracking), abduction, assault and domestic violence.

Residents commented on the post. So did Marcum, apparently.

“I ain’t tripping half of them don’t even know me,” Marcum wrote from his Facebook account.

The sheriff’s office responded: “If you could stop by the Sheriff’s Office, that’d be great.”

County Sheriff Richard K. Jones also weighed in, posting a photo on Twitter showing a jail cell.

“Hey Andrew Marcum we’ve got your room ready…” Jones wrote.

 

Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready... pic.twitter.com/iYkANLD9hZ

— Richard K. Jones (@butlersheriff) March 3, 2015

 

Later in the day, Marcum relented, turning himself into authorities. Marcum appears glum, his eyes red in the booking photos posted following his arrest.

“Andrew Dale Marcum will be off Facebook temporarily, because there is no social media access in the Butler County Jail. He's turned himself in,” the office wrote in a new Facebook post. “Thanks to our Facebook and Twitter friends for helping turn up the heat.”

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Suspect in Custody After Maryland Shooting Incidents, FBI Says

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A suspect is in custody, believed to be involved in a string of recent shooting incidents in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. area, an FBI spokesperson told ABC News.

A shooting incident happened Tuesday on the Inter-County Connector in Laurel, Maryland, with shots fired at a tree service truck. Damage was also reported to a nearby National Security Agency building in Fort Meade.

“We believe the subject responsible for shooting incidents on the ICC, near Fort Meade Army installation and other locations around the Baltimore-Washington metro area in the last two weeks is in custody,” Amy J. Thoreson, Public Affairs Specialist with the FBI’s Baltimore Division, told ABC News in a statement.

Other previous shootings were reported in Hanover, Maryland last week, as well as Laurel in Prince George’s County and Columbia in Howard County Monday.

Police confirm that the suspect was found in a dark Lincoln Town Car -- the same vehicle that police had been looking for in relation to a Feb. 24 shooting incident seen on security camera video posted by the Anne Arundel County Police.

The shooting incidents, sources say, do not appear to have national security implications.

The suspect’s identity has not been released.


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Chicago Cubs Hold the Keys to the “Back to the Future” DeLorean Car

Volo Museum(CHICAGO) -- If the Chicago Cubs win the 2015 World Series this fall, as predicted in Back to the Future Part II, you could be the proud new owner of a DeLorean time machine, the famous hover car featured in the film.

Volo Auto Museum in Illinois is hosting the giveaway for the 1981 exhibition model estimated to be worth $85,000.

"The car is fully functional. It's a running and driving car," museum director Brian Grams told ABC News on Tuesday. "Though we don't guarantee time travel with the car, its flux capacitor and other board lights light up just like the movie's car."

But, of course, you'll have to rely on the Cubs -- who famously haven't won a World Series since 1908 and haven't even appeared in one since 1945. They finished dead last in their division in 2014.

Some superstitious fans believe the team is cursed. The Cubs famously were five outs away from locking up a World Series berth in 2003 when a fan reached out and deflected a ball that appeared headed for a Cubs player's glove. The Cubs then blew a three-run lead to lose, lost another game after that and missed the World Series.

The DeLorean was acquired from a custom car builder who built various original car props for movies, including the original Batmobile for the TV series, Grams said. The car has been on display at the museum since the late '90s.

The museum encourages Chicago Cubs and Back to the Future fans from all over the world to register beginning March 21, Grams said.

To enter the raffle, you can visit the museum with more than 400 eccentric cars in Volo, Illinois, and register on-site or online using your wristband ticket's number.

If the museum is too far for you to visit, just send it a self-addressed, stamped envelope, Grams said, and the museum will then mail you back an eligible registration number.

 

The Volo Auto Museum is giving away their Delorean if the #Cubs win the World Series this year http://t.co/dC4ICYJUMZ pic.twitter.com/5YQHm6YEEh

— Mike Piff (@Mike_PiFF03) March 3, 2015

 

This is the museum's first car giveaway, Grams said. He said he hopes the Cubs finally win, so the car will go to a fan.

And if the Cubs drop the ball, there's a consolation prize, Grams said.

"We keep the car, but the giveaway winner will win the museum's hoverboard prop," he said.

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Ferguson Shooting: Federal Investigation Expected to Show Pattern of Discrimination at Police Department

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Department of Justice is expected to release its finding on the investigation into the Ferguson Police Department as early as Wednesday, sources tell ABC News.

According to a law enforcement official, the report will say the Ferguson Police Department’s conduct routinely violated the constitution and federal law due to a combination of racial bias and a focus on generating revenue.

According to the findings, African-Americans make up 67 percent of the population of Ferguson, but were subject to 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of citations and 93 percent of arrests.

In essence they accuse the Ferguson police department of a pattern and practice of discrimination.

The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division found multiple examples of police and municipal court officials exhibiting racial bias in emails sent on official Ferguson accounts.

Examples include a November 2008 email, which stated that President Barack Obama would not be president for very long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

Another racist email from May 2011 stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital for a pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’”

From April to September 2014, 95 percent of people held at the Ferguson jail longer than two days were African American.

African Americans accounted for 95 percent of all “Manner of Walking in Roadway” -- essentially jaywalking -- charges, 94 percent of “failure to comply” charges and 92 percent of all “peace disturbance” charges.


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Boston Bombing Suspect’s Widow Under Investigation, Could Face Charges

FBI(BOSTON) -- The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects is under active investigation and could face potential criminal charges related to the deadly blast, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

A spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI declined to comment, and authorities said no decision has been made on whether to eventually bring charges while prosecutors concentrate on the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Katherine Russell’s brother-in-law.

Russell, who was married to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, is suspected of being the woman who accompanied Tsarnaev to a Macy’s in Boston two months before the April 2013 attack where the couple bought five pressure cookers – two of which were allegedly used to make the bombs placed at the marathon finish line. In an affidavit to search Tsarnaev’s home, FBI agents said they were looking for clothing consistent with those seen on a security video at Macy’s.

A few weeks earlier Tamerlan Tsarnaev had gone to a fireworks store in New Hampshire and bought 48 mortar shells, also used in the bombs. At the fireworks store, Tamerlan had asked for the “biggest and loudest” fireworks available and spent roughly $200, according to court documents.

“To live in a small apartment and buy five pressure cookers and have all those explosives obviously just does not make sense – something other than cooking was going on,” said former FBI special agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

Both lawyers for Russell and federal prosecutors declined to answer ABC News questions about Russell’s status, but a senior law enforcement official said she could face charges of misprision of a felony, or failing to notify authorities of a crime about to happen.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a police shootout three days after prosecutors say he and his younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, detonated twin bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people – including an eight-year-old boy – and injuring some 260 others.

Days after Tamerlan Tsarnaev was identified as one of the suspected bombers, Russell’s attorney released a statement saying Russell was assisting the investigation into the bombing and was not aware of the plot beforehand.

“As a mother, a sister, a daughter, a wife, Katie deeply mourns the pain and loss to innocent victims, students, law enforcement officers, families and our community,” the attorney, Miriam Weizenbaum, said then.

Shortly after the bombing, Russell left her family and moved to New Jersey to live with Tsarnaev’s two sisters. She later moved out of her sister-in-law’s apartment and was last seen in a transitional housing facility for the homeless in New Jersey, according to authorities briefed on the investigation. Authorities told ABC News the FBI put Russell under surveillance during last year’s Boston Marathon race.

Opening statements in the murder trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are set to begin Wednesday morning. Russell is not expected to be called as a witness for the government.


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Alabama Supreme Court Orders a Stop to Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) -- The Alabama Supreme Court handed down a ruling Tuesday evening, ordering a stop to the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses by probate judges.

The order comes after the Elmore County's probate judge requested the state's supreme court for further guidance in regards to issuing licenses.

In the ruling, the supreme court cites an effort to comply with Alabama law, which states marriage is between one man and one woman, as the reason to halt same-sex marriage licenses.

"As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," the ruling said. "Alabama probate judges have a ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license contrary to this law. Nothing in the United States Constitution alters or overrides this duty."

Alabama's probate judges now have five days to file a letter stating why they should not be bound to the court's decision.

The order on Tuesday comes after a federal appeals court ruled last month against delaying the overturning of Alabama's gay-marriage ban, which U.S. District Judge Callie Granade called unconstitutional.

State Attorney General Luther Strange responded to the appeals court ruling by asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay on the marriages until the high court took up the nationwide issue in the spring.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, then ordered county probate judges to refuse marriage licenses to gay couples, despite Granade's having ruled that probate judges had a legal duty to issue the licenses.

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to halt the start of the issuance of same-sex marriage licenses in the state, but Moore said he would fight until the justices ruled.

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Massive Winter Storm Bringing Snow, Ice and Wind Hits 30 States

aetb/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A massive and slow-moving winter storm continued to grip the U.S. on Tuesday, dumping snow, ice and rain from Utah and Louisiana to Maine.

At least 30 states were under winter weather alerts on Tuesday, and the storm was affecting 120 million Americans.

In Minnesota, treacherous ice and slick conditions brought traffic on Interstate 94 to a complete standstill after more than a dozen crashes in the area.

Near St. Paul, Minnesota, a car slammed a police vehicle as the officer investigated another crash.

 

#MSPcrash I94 near Clearwater (veh vs sign) no inj. #SlowDown #PayAttention pic.twitter.com/KDM70C3jMr

— Sgt. Jesse Grabow (@MSPPIO_NW) March 3, 2015

 

Strong winds gusting at 40 mph were a problem in Watertown, South Dakota.

In the Midwest, blinding snow and slippery roads in parts of Michigan and Indiana caused spinout after spinout.

"I just completely turned all the way around and slid off the road," said one driver. "How scary is that? I mean, I'm just happy there weren't any cars coming."

 

MN-7 at mile post 89 southwest of Willmar at 12 PM. #mnwx pic.twitter.com/Ilq2CH73Mg

— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) March 3, 2015



Although one to three inches was possible along the I-95 corridor on Tuesday, some areas, such as New York City, could receive 6-8 inches with Wednesday night’s snowfall.


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LAPD Shooting: Identity of the 'Homeless' Victim Questioned

Ventura County Sheriff's Office(LOS ANGELES) --  A French official raised questions on Tuesday about the true identity of the homeless man fatally shot by Los Angeles police officers in a confrontation that was caught on videotape.

ABC News has learned that the LAPD had identified the man as Charley Saturmin Robinet, a convicted bank robber who carried a French passport.

But Arnaud Guillois, the press counselor at the French Embassy in Washington, told ABC News that the homeless man killed on Skid Row "is not French."

French officials have checked with the consulate and found that he has never been a citizen of France, Guillois said, adding that French officials did not know the man's nationality at this time.

Court documents confirm that the man who used the name Charley Robinet was released from federal prison on May 12, 2014 after serving 14 years in prison.

A call to the LAPD Tuesday evening seeking comment wasn't immediately returned.

A law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News that Robinet was 39 at the time of his death.

A 2005 court document notes that a state psychiatrist examined him and determined that he had a "mental disorder or defect" but it was unclear if he received treatment.

Witnesses at the scene told KABC-TV that the man was called "Africa" by people who knew him. The shooting took place on the city's Skid Row, a stretch of Central Los Angeles where many of the city's homeless congregate.

Footage obtained by ABC News shows Robinet entering his tent on the sidewalk shortly before police arrive at the scene.

At least two investigations into the shooting are underway.

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175-Pound Pit Bull Shatters Misconceptions About Breed

Ruaridh Connellan/Barcroft Media /Landov(NEW YORK) -- This dog just may be the world's largest Pit Bull. Only 18 months old, Hulk weighs a hefty 175 pounds.

Despite his intimidating size, his owners Marlon and Lisa Grannan say Hulk is a sweet family dog and a best friend to their 3-year-old son Jordan.

Videos and photos of Hulk with their son online shatter misconceptions about Pit Bulls as ruthless monsters.

The toddler can be seen riding Hulk, singing with him and napping with him.

"He's a wonderful, excellently trained dog," Marlon Grannan said. "He plays with my kid, he's great with the family and he's so, so sweet."

"Because Pit Bulls are only in the media when bad things happen, this myth of them as monsters gets perpetuated," Grannan added, "but it's not true. They might not be for everyone, but under a good leader and with proper trained, they make amazing family and work or protection dogs."

Grannan and his wife are the owners of Dark Dynasty K9s, a family-owned kennel that breeds and trains American Pit Bull Terriers as protection dogs for clients worldwide. Dark Dynasty K9s is also a member of the American Dog Breeders Association and the United Kennel Club.

"I want to emphasize that we breed and train dogs who come in stable," Grannan said. "Our goal is to make these dogs fearless for the intimidation factor that protection dogs need to have, not for them to be uncontrolled and maul or bite anyone. That is improper training."

He owns 12 Pit Bulls in training and one Chihuahua. All of them live and work with him at their 150-acre home and kennel, Grannan said.

And yet, Hulk, the biggest of them all, has garnered the most attention. A video of him being weighed last month had over seven million views as of Tuesday morning.

"My hope is that we can stop ignorance and change people's minds about Pit Bulls in a positive way with all this attention," Grannan said.

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Engineer Dies Following California Train Crash

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A sad turn of events involving the engineer of the Metrolink train that derailed in Oxnard, California, last week.  

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed on Tuesday to ABC News that Glenn Steele, 62, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Steele had 42 years of experience driving trains, and had been on the job so long that he was at the top of Metrolink’s seniority list.

Steele was in the front of the train when it slammed into a truck on the tracks last week.

The truck driver who caused the crash is not facing any charges, but his attorney had said if any victims died his client could face misdemeanor manslaughter charges.

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