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Denise Truscello/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Among the thousands of documents just released by police about the Las Vegas mass shooting, a statement from one woman said a client named Stephen Paddock told her the Las Vegas Strip was vulnerable -- months before the shooting.

A hair stylist, whose name was redacted, detailed an encounter she claimed to have had with Paddock in a statement to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. She said his strange comments made her feel uneasy.

"He was talkin’ about the area down on the Strip," she said in the statement. "I didn’t know anything about it because I don’t go to the Strip like most locals don’t. He said that it was an outdoor arena and that he couldn’t believe that they made it an outdoor arena because anybody could shoot into the crowd from ... the casino across the way."

Shortly after finishing the haircut, she said an Asian woman came in who she thought to be Marilou Danley, Paddock's girlfriend.

The stylist said she asked the woman she believed was Danley whether she knew what Paddock had been telling her. She said the woman replied, "Oh, what about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?"

The stylist claimed that Paddock paid the bill and then said, "I wonder what she’s worried about? She’ll be out of the country."

She later claimed that Danley had said she was going to leave the country because of her husband's statements. The stylist said Danley told her, "Oh my husband's talkin' about crazy stuff and wantin' ... to hurt people ... I'm leaving the country. I gotta get out of the country before it happens."

Danley was in the Philippines at the time of the shooting and no criminal charges are expected against her, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department has said. She has repeatedly told law enforcement that she was unaware of Paddock’s plans to carry out the shooting.

About three days later, the stylist claimed she called and reported the conversation to Las Vegas police, telling them, "This is probably somethin’ that’s just crazy, that I’m probably overreacting on, but it was really strange."

The woman claimed she had also spoken to the FBI, who told her they could not find records of Paddock or Danley visiting the salon, after she said they had subpoenaed the records. She said she wasn't sure what number she had called police from and later said she had begun to doubt herself about whether she called.

Las Vegas police released the thousands of redacted documents related to the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history on October 1, 2017, in which 58 people died and hundreds more were injured. The released documents were provided after a court order that followed a public records lawsuit from media organizations seeking more information on the investigation. The documents included a mix of police reports and witness statements.

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Eduardo MunozAlvarez/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images(MORRISTOWN, N.J.) -- New Jersey prosecutors have charged a school bus driver with two counts of death by auto in connection with the double-fatal crash that killed a student and teacher from Paramus last week, according to the State Superior Court Clerk's Office in Morristown.

Hudy Muldrow, 77, was driving the bus that collided with a dump truck in Mount Olive on Thursday, killing 10-year-old fifth-grader Miranda Vargas and teacher Jennifer Williamson, 51.

In a news release from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, authorities said the bus that Muldrow was driving as well as two other school buses had been taking students and teachers from East Brook Middle School on a field trip to Waterloo Village that morning.

All three buses "missed a turn" on their journey to Waterloo Village, the release said, and all three attempted to correct their mistake. The two other buses arrived at Waterloo; however, according to the release, Muldrow "is alleged to have turned Bus #2 to the left in an apparent attempt to gain access to the official-use only access point located between the East and Westbound lanes of Route 80."

"Hudy Muldrow turned Bus #2 so that it was positioned in an almost-perpendicular direction in relation to the lanes of travel on Route 80 Westbound," which is a three-lane highway. At that point, "Bus #2 was impacted by a dump truck that was traveling in the center lane of Route 80 Westbound."

Authorities said that in addition to killing Miranda and Williamson, the crash had caused numerous injuries to others on the bus as well as to the dump truck driver.

"The full extent of the non-fatal injuries has yet to be determined, but range from minor to multiple serious and potentially life-threatening injuries. ... The investigation into this incident remains active and ongoing, and additional charges may be sought in the future," the release said.

On Tuesday, a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission spokesperson revealed that since getting his driver's license in 1975, Muldrow had a total of 14 suspensions, eight speeding tickets, a careless driving ticket and a ticket for an improper turn in 2010.

Muldrow, who began driving school buses in 2013, currently has a valid driver's license that's not suspended. He also has no active points and has the appropriate commercial license to drive a school bus.

Muldrow's son, Hudy Muldrow Jr., told NJ.com on Tuesday that his father was a good driver.

When Hudy Muldrow Jr. was asked about his father's driving violations, he said: "I don't know anything about that. I have nothing else to say."

Muldrow surrendered to New Jersey State Police and was booked into the Morris County Jail to await arraignment Friday.

According to the Paramus School Board, a candlelight vigil is planned Thursday for both Miranda and Williamson.

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WPVI-TV(PHILADELPHIA) -- Investigators are trying to get to the bottom of puzzling reports from residents in northeastern Pennsylvania, who say they heard loud booms and felt the ground shake in the middle of night.

Since April, people living miles apart in areas of neighboring Bucks and Lehigh counties have called police about hearing explosion-like sounds that apparently rattle their homes and shift the ground beneath them, according to ABC station WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.

Richland Township Police Chief Richard Ficco said the reports typically come in overnight before dawn.

"The ground shifting, almost shaking," Ficco told WPVI-TV in a recent interview, describing some of the calls his and other area departments have received in the last several weeks. "The buildings are shaking, ceiling tiles are moving and windows are rattling,"

"Definitely disconcerting," he added. "I would say unnerving to some people."

Ficco said two of his officers have heard the unidentified noise, and one of them also saw a flash of light.

"There was a flash of light and maybe several seconds before he heard the sound, and then the other officer who was further away heard the sound later than he did," the police chief told WPVI-TV. "They both thought it was coming from different directions."

Some witnesses have described the noise as a loud thud, while others said it's more like an underground blast.

Milford Township resident Samantha Ritter said she thought she heard a firework go off one night. But when she looked outside, there weren't any in sight, she said.

"I'm hearing like a firework kind of...sound," Ritter told WPVI-TV recently. "I looked out the window, thinking maybe [it was] neighbors setting off fireworks or something."

The Pennsylvania State Police, who are leading the investigation into the reports, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Thursday.

Spokespersons for the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said both agencies are assisting state police in the ongoing probe.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday released their forecast for this year's Atlantic hurricane season, predicting a near-normal or above-normal season.

The forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms with winds of 39 mph or higher.

Of those named storms, the forecasters predict five to nine could become hurricanes, including one to four major ones.

Hurricanes have winds of 74 mph or higher, and major hurricanes are considered to be at least Category 3.

An average hurricane season brings 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes.

When is hurricane season?

Hurricane season is from June 1 to Nov. 30. Peak hurricane season is from mid-August through mid-October, and the peak date for hurricane season on average is Sept. 10. Hurricanes, however, can occur year-round.

NOAA will update this year's outlook in early August, just before peak season.

How do hurricanes form?

A group of thunderstorms will feed off the warmth and moisture of the ocean. Air then rises to form more storms and is replaced constantly by the surrounding air.

Below all this air rising, low pressure develops.

The storm will keep growing as long as it has three key ingredients: water temperatures at or above 79 degrees, open water and high pressure above the storm.  

The combination of high wind speeds inside the storm, the storm's forward motion and the storm surge can lead to a disastrous hurricane.

What are the hurricane categories?

Category 1: Winds from 74 to 95 mph, which can damage homes, trees and power lines.

Category 2: Winds reaching 96 to 110 mph. These extremely dangerous winds can uproot big trees, cause serious damage to homes and lead to power outages that last several days to weeks.

Category 3: With winds from 111 to 129 mph, Category 3 is considered a major hurricane. Devastating damage can occur, and electricity and water might be unavailable for several weeks.

Category 4: With winds from 130 to 156, Category 4 hurricanes bring catastrophic damage to homes, trees and power lines, and can make areas unlivable.

Category 5: This is the highest category for hurricanes, with winds reaching 157 mph or higher. These hurricanes cause catastrophic damage by completely destroying buildings and houses, and can make areas completely unlivable.

What happened last year?

Hurricane Harvey pummeled Houston in August, followed by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Florida in September -- both of which left behind severe flooding that destroyed and damaged homes and businesses.

Before the Caribbean could recover from Irma, Hurricane Maria tore through just two weeks later, devastating Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm.

Puerto Rico still hasn't recovered from Maria. The storm caused massive power outages and destruction to homes, hospitals and water treatment plants.

The current death toll from Maria, according to the Puerto Rican government, is 64, but skepticism has lingered, with some Puerto Ricans and its officials believing the number is much higher.

As of Tuesday, 99 percent of energy customers had access to electricity in Puerto Rico, leaving roughly 14,500 customers still without power.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- Authorities in Cambridge are investigating an alleged sexual assault on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The MIT Police Department said in a statement that they were notified that a woman was raped last weekend at a fraternity party on campus.

The alleged incident took place early Saturday morning during a party at the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, according to a statement from MIT Police.

The incident was reported to campus police on Wednesday evening. According to the statement, authorities said the woman first met and spoke with the alleged suspect during the party, and that they went together to the suspect’s fraternity house bedroom.

In the bedroom, the woman said she “made clear that she did not want to have sex” and that the alleged suspect then raped her, according to the police statement, which said the woman reported having left the room immediately afterward.

Spokespersons for the local and national chapters of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, nor did the university’s press office.

Authorities have not publicly provided a description of the alleged suspect.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Nearly a foot of rain has fallen in parts of west-central Georgia in the past three days, causing significant flooding.

Further west, 2 to 3 inches of rain fell in North Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday, causing major flash flooding on streets, stalling cars and stranding drivers.

And more rain is on the way for the Southeast over the holiday weekend.

Friday night into Saturday, the system is expected to move into the Gulf of Mexico and possibly become the first tropical or subtropical depression of the season.

By Sunday afternoon, this depression or tropical storm will move toward the Gulf Coast with heavy rain on its eastern side spreading over Florida.

By Memorial Day, the storm will spread heavy rain from Florida to Louisiana, potentially bringing flash flooding.

Some areas will see more than 6 inches of rain from Mississippi to Florida.

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Chesterfield County Police Department(MIDLOTHIAN, Va.) -- An alleged abduction in a Walmart parking lot was a hoax, Virginia police said.

Chesterfield County police began investigating the apparent abduction around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Several witnesses saw a sedan pull up to the entrance of the Walmart, police said in a statement. A man approached the car as the trunk opened and a woman jumped out and ran, police said.

Two more men got out of the vehicle, chased the girl and appeared to force her back in the car, according to the police statement.

The incident was caught on security cameras.

After the initial reports of an abduction, the woman went to the police department to say the incident was fake and planned by the people involved -- all of whom were friends, police said.

They were 19 or 20 years old, police said, adding that they were out having dinner before heading to the Walmart parking lot to fake the abduction.

They wanted to film the event and the reaction from witnesses to post online, police said.

The event is still under investigation.

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ABC News(MIAMI) --  A man with stage 4 cancer who was detained after disembarking from a cruise and sent back to China will soon be traveling back to the U.S. due to special permission granted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the family's immigration attorney told ABC News.

Yuanjun Cui and his wife, Huan Wang, were placed on a flight to Beijing Monday night after they were detained when their Carnival cruise docked in Jacksonville, Florida, that morning, the attorney representing the family, Susan Pai, said.

Cui is dying of stage 4 cancer, the couple's son-in-law, Joe McDevitt, told ABC News Tuesday. After Cui had his stomach removed and went through several rounds of chemotherapy, the McDevitts invited him and his wife to stay with them in the U.S. so they could get to know their young grandchildren, ages 3 and 4, McDevitt said.

The couple's B1/B2 visitor visa, commonly known as the "multi-visit visa," was issued to them in November and does not expire until November 2027, Pai said. Wang had been issued the visitor visa in the past and had been visiting the U.S. since 2009, "and has never had an issue," Pai said, adding that the U.S. embassy in Shenyang "goes through an extraordinary vetting process for Chinese nationals."

At some point during the trip back to China, which included a layover in New York City, the couple was allegedly handcuffed, Pai said. During the trip, the couple was allegedly not given any food or water and weren't permitted to use their cellphone until they arrived at the Beijing airport, she said.

A photo taken by Wang shows her husband lying on a pile of luggage at the Beijing airport, Pai said. The couple has been there for more than 24 hours, and Cui is at constant risk for dehydration if he doesn't eat and drink regularly since he doesn't have a stomach, McDevitt said.

Once the couple arrived in China, Wang was given her phone back, and she contacted her daughter, Pai said. They were sent back to China with no money or keys to their home, which is more than 400 miles away from the Beijing airport in Shenyang, Pai said.

The couple was eventually able to get money wired to them from family in China, McDevitt told ABC News today.

When Wang spoke to her daughter upon arriving in Beijing, she expressed that she was upset about being treated like a criminal and being placed into handcuffs, Pai said. McDevitt said his parents-in-law were "confused" and "exhausted" from the trip, which isn't even over yet.

In a swift turn of events, the couple will now return to the U.S. after the U.S. Border and Customs Protection authorized them to board a plane from Beijing back to the U.S., Pai said, calling the move an "extraordinary remedy" of humanitarian parole that is "only given under the most "egregious, dangerous situations."

The couple will board a plane to Seattle, where McDevitt's sister lives, on Wednesday night, he said. It was the fastest way to get them back to the U.S., Pai said.

McDevitt and his family, who live in the Ozarks region of Missouri, have been in Jacksonville since their cruise to the Bahamas docked on Monday, he said. They footed the bill for Cui and Wang's return flight back from China -- more than $1,000 -- but it's unclear how much it'll cost to get the family of four to Seattle to meet them there, he said.

Cui and Wang will then stay in the U.S. until June 19, their original departure date, Pai said. But the family is worried that Cui may not make it until then -- or even through the long flight back, she added.

McDevitt, a U.S. citizen and active-duty member of the Army National Guard, and his wife, Zhengjia McDevitt, obtained her citizenship through marriage, ABC Jacksonville affiliate WJXX reported.

Pai hypothesized that the recent green card applications filed by Wang and Cui were invalidated when they left the country on the cruise, according to WJXX. But their valid travel visas should have guaranteed the couple's return, she told the station.

In a letter sent to federal officials, Pai wrote that the couple did not voluntarily or knowingly withdraw their application for admission under their 10-year B1/B2 visas" and said they were forced to sign a paper with contents unknown to them because they only understand Chinese.

Despite the harrowing ordeal, Pai said that she and the family were "grateful" to CBP for granted the special permission, adding that no air carrier would have let the couple on without it.

"We are grateful for CBP," Pai said. "They can’t undo mistakes that have been made, but they did give their permission to the grandparents to board the plane."

The family has been "distraught" through the entire ordeal, Pai said. In addition to getting little sleep in the past three days, McDevitt is "emotionally exhausted," while his wife "has been crying nonstop," Pai said.

On Tuesday, McDevitt accused Carnival of knowing something was wrong before they boarded the cruise last week. Due to an "issue" with the family's paperwork, it took the family more than an hour to board the cruise, and during the trip, McDevitt was called up to the front desk four times so they could review their paperwork, he said.

"They should have never let us on the boat," McDevitt said. "I would have rather lost my money on a cruise than my family."

The family were the first passengers off the ship after they were marked as persons of interest, McDevitt said. They did not see his wife's parents again after they were separated and questioned, he said.

In a statement to ABC News, a Carnival cruise line spokesperson said there isn't a pre-clearance process during boarding, similar to in the airline industry.

A passport is not required for U.S. citizens but is required for foreign nationals when departing and returning from U.S. ports, the spokesperson said. The cruise line collects the information during boarding and turns over a passenger list to CBP prior to departure, and CBP may inquire about specific passengers and seek documentation during the course of the voyage without the cruise line necessarily knowing the reasons for their inquiry, the spokesperson said.

The cruise line does not know what the issue is when CBP inquires about specific passengers and their status, the Carnival spokesperson said, adding that it's up to each passenger to comply with U.S. immigration law.

The spokesperson said that while Carnival understands the family's frustration, laying the blame on the cruise line is misplaced.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Tuesday that the agency "welcomes more than a million passengers arriving in the United States every day," and that CBP officers are "charged with enforcing not only immigration and customs laws" but also enforcing more than 400 laws from 40 other agencies.

"Under U.S. immigration law [Section 291 of the INA [8 USC 1361] applicants for admission bear the burden of proof to establish that they are clearly eligible to enter the United States," the statement read. "In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome ALL grounds of inadmissibility."

When ABC News reached out to the CBP on Wednesday, the spokesman declined to comment beyond the previous statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Police in Tampa say a mother pushing a stroller was killed Wednesday due to street racing.

The Tampa Police Department have arrested Cameron Coyle Herrin, 18, Tristan Christopher Herrin, 20, and John Alexander Barrineau, 17, in connection with the death of 24-year-old Jessica Reisinger, it announced today.

All three suspects are Tampa residents, according to police.

Ressinger, a resident of Jeromesville, Ohio, was walking with her 1-year-old daughter on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard when they were struck, police said.

Witnesses told police that they saw a 2018 black Ford Mustang, allegedly driven by Cameron Herrin, traveling northbound on the boulevard at a high rate of speed while racing with a gold Nissan, allegedly driven by Barrineau, according to a press release. Tristan Herrin was allegedly a passenger in the Mustang, according to police.

The cars were sometimes driving side by side, and sometimes they switched places and switched lanes, witnesses told police.

The Mustang then struck Ressinger and her daughter as they were attempting to legally cross at a pedestrian ramp at an intersection, police said, adding that the baby girl was seriously injured.

Reisinger was later declared dead at a local hospital.

The drivers in the incident have been charged with street racing, vehicular homicide and reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury, while Tristan Herrin faces a misdemeanor count of racing, police said.

Tristan Herrin is being charged under Florida Statute 316.191(2), which states that it is illegal for a driver to engage in racing and that it is also illegal to "knowingly ride as a passenger in any such race, competition, contest, test, or exhibition," according to police.

ABC News could not immediately reach the suspects for comment. It is unclear if they have obtained a lawyer or entered a plea.

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Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Six families of victims killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the scene, filed a defamation lawsuit today against radio personality Alex Jones, who has repeatedly called the shooting fake.

The lawsuit accuses Jones, a staunch gun rights advocate who operates Infowars, a website that routinely propagates conspiracies, of “a years-long campaign of abusive and outrageous false statements.”

Twenty children and six educators died in the Dec. 14, 2012, shooting at the Newtown, Connecticut, school.

“While the nation recoiled at the terrible reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity,” the families’ attorney Josh Koskoff said. “He went on a sustained attack that has lasted for years, accusing shattered family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting itself was a hoax and inciting others to act on these malicious lies.”

The plaintiffs are the parents of four children killed at Sandy Hook -- Jacqueline and Mark Barden, parents of Daniel; Nicole and Ian Hockley, parents of Dylan; Francine and David Wheeler, parents of Ben; and Jennifer Hensel and Jeremy Richman, parents of Avielle -- as well as Donna Soto, Carlee Soto-Parisi, Carlos Soto and Jillian Soto, the mother and siblings of first-grade teacher Victoria Leigh Soto; and Erica Lafferty-Garbatini, the daughter of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung. FBI agent Bill Aldenberg is also a plaintiff.

“As a result of Jones’ campaign,” the families and Aldenberg said they have been “forced to endure malicious and cruel abuse at the hands of ruthless unscrupulous people.”

Their lawsuit also names Wolfgang Halbig, a Florida man who founded the now-defunct website SandyHookJustice, his associate Cory Sklanka and Infowars itself.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, cites Jones’ public assertions, including one from Sept. 25, 2014, in which he said video from the day of the shooting showed that the same children were cycled in and out of the school and that no emergency helicopters were sent to the school, and were “clearly staged.”

The lawsuit quotes Jones as saying on Jan. 13, 2015, “Yeah, so, Sandy Hook is a synthetic completely fake with actors, in my view, manufactured."

The plaintiffs called such statements, among others, “outrageous, deeply painful and defamatory.”

The lawsuit seeks damages of an unspecified amount but in excess of $15,000.


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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- The hard-charging publicity arm of the National Rifle Association is engaged in an increasingly vicious Twitter battle with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, as the firearms organization struggles to contain fallout from yet another mass shooting.

The result has been a multi-day social media battle between Houston's top law enforcement official and a prominent and outspoken NRA personality. On Tuesday, the dispute escalated to include threats of legal filings, references to Nazi Germany and suggestions of inappropriate surveillance.

After last Friday's mass shooting at Santa He High School in Texas, which left ten people dead 13 wounded, Acevedo posted a desperate and emotional plea on his Facebook page to do something about gun violence.

“I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I’ve hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue," Acevedo wrote. "Please do not post anything about guns [not being] the problem and [that] there’s little we can do."

“This isn’t a time for prayers, and study and inaction," he continued. "It’s a time for prayers, action and the asking of God’s forgiveness for our inaction.”

He followed up the comments on CBS News' Face the Nation, calling on the public to vote out lawmakers "that are doing nothing" on gun violence.

NRATV, a combative video production and social media operation that frequently targets perceived opponents of the gun organization, soon released multiple videos of NRATV hosts and guests criticizing Acevedo over his statements on gun violence and his so-called "sanctuary city" stance.

“I call him a political hack, in many respects, because he does the bidding of left-wing city officers that hire him,” NRATV host Grant Stinchfield said in a clip the organization tweeted Monday. One Texas law enforcement officials, Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, agreed in the clip, saying most law enforcement officers in Texas are “Second Amendment people.”

"Art Acevedo is a police chief who thinks it's completely appropriate to ignore the law of the land when it concerns legal immigration,” NRA spokesperson Dana Leosch said in a separate clip, “but thinks that he has the right to apparently go into every home in Texas and inspect how everybody's storing their #firearms."

Acevedo responded in a string of tweets late Monday night.

"NRATV is against what most major cities...police chiefs have to say about these issues," he wrote.

"NRATV is losing the moral high ground on what was once their core values, so let’s try to talk about anything and everything under the Sun to deflect from issue at hand," he replied to a tweet from Loesch. "We know we are on the right track when that happens."

When a third NRATV clip accused Acevedo of ignoring gang violence in Houston to go after gun owners, the police chief replied, "Blah blah blah," and linked to an article about his department's arrest of hundreds of gang members.

Acevedo "was incredibly unhappy that I and others called him out," Loesch said in a clip released on Twitter on Tuesday, accusing Acevedo of espousing a "gun-grabbing ideology."

Acevedo responded with screenshots of him turning down Loesch’s interview request, and warned further discussion would take place in a legal setting.

"We will be watching and will do our talking in a court of law if the need arises," he wrote.

Loesch retweeted a tweet from a conservative commentator comparing Acevedo to the Gestapo, and was still tweeting at the police chief into Wednesday afternoon.

"It’s surreal to see a chief reacting to free speech this way," she wrote, eventually questioning whether she was already under surveillance.

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George Rose/Getty Images(MARIPOSA, Calif.) --  A hiker slipped and fell to his death Monday while climbing Yosemite National Park's famous Half Dome trail, officials said.

The man was ascending the Half Dome cables with another hiker during a thunderstorm when he slipped and fell off the rock formation Monday afternoon, according to the U.S. National Park Service. The metal cables take hikers up the last 400 feet of granite to the summit of Half Dome, which is nearly 5,000 feet above California's Yosemite Valley.

Park rangers were notified and found his body around 1 p.m. local time. The man's identity will be released after his family is notified, according to the National Park Service.

Park rangers also provided assistance to the second hiker on the Half Dome cables.

The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that the cause of the incident remains under investigation.

It's the first death on the Half Dome cables since 2011 and the first visitor fatality of this year.



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ABC News(COLUMBUS, Miss.) -- An Air Force training jet crashed near Columbus, Mississippi Wednesday, but both pilots aboard were able to safely eject from the aircraft.

The crash occurred just days after the Air Force completed a one-day safety review that grounded aircraft so units could focus on safety procedures sparked by a series of recent fatal aviation accidents.

"An Air Force T-38C Talon II crashed at about 8:30 a.m. today in a remote area near Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi," said an Air Force statement. "Both pilots ejected from the aircraft safely."

The pilots were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. No houses or other structures were impacted by the crash of the aircraft.

The Talon T-38 is the Air Force's primary aircraft for training new pilots. Columbus Air Force Base is one of the bases used to train new Air Force pilots.

The crash occurred two days after all Air Force active-duty units with flying and maintenance functions completed an operational safety review to reinforce safety procedures.

Active-duty units had until May 21 to complete the one-day review, which was triggered after a series of fatal Air Force aviation accidents this year.

Air National Guard and Reserve units have until June 25 to complete the review.

The safety review came after the deadly crash in Georgia of a WC-130 aircraft, from the Puerto Rico Air National Guard, that killed nine airmen.

That crash followed another deadly accident where a pilot from the elite Thunderbird air demonstration team last month after a F-16 crashed outside of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

In March, seven airmen died when an HH-60 Pave Hawk crashed into a power line in western Iraq.

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Rochester Police Department(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) -- Police bodycam footage from upstate New York appears to show an officer instructing a man to break into his ex-girlfriend's home, according to the woman's lawyer.

On Nov. 13, the man had requested assistance from the Rochester Police Department to aid in retrieving some of his belongings from the home of his ex-girlfriend, Catherine Bonner, her attorney, David Pilato, told ABC News. The man had told authorities that he lived at the home, which Bonner shares with her mother, Pilato said.

The day before, an incident occurred between the former couple that caused Bonner to accidentally break her foot, and she feared for her safety, Pilato said.

In the footage, which Pilato provided to ABC Rochester affiliate WHAM-TV, an officer instructs the man to "just go into the house" as he stands outside the front door.

The man then tells the officer that his former girlfriend has a gun. After the officer asks him if his ex is in the house, he says, "You have the right to kick the door in, if you want, to gain access," the video shows.

"You will not be held responsible, criminally, but ... you may have to pay the damage to break the door," the officer says.

The officer then tells the man that he has a "right to be here," suggests that the man break a pane of glass and stick his hand through to "unlock the door."

The man then shouts into the front door, "If you don't open the door, they gave me permission to break it."

Another officer off camera then says, "Ma'am, can you just open up the door, please?"

"You gotta open the door," the man says to his ex. "The cops are telling you to open the door."

The man then goes to a side window and breaks the pane of glass using his fist, and uses his shoe to clear out the rest of the glass. As he does this, the barrel of a gun becomes visible through the window's blinds.

All three men then scatter from the immediate vicinity of the window, and the man tells her, "Now, you're in trouble."

"I'm protecting my home," the woman is heard saying.

The officers then approach the window with their weapons drawn, instructing the woman to show them her hands, and the video then shows an officer kicking in the door to gain entry to the home.

Bonner was then arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer and a misdemeanor count of menacing her boyfriend, according to an indictment filed in Monroe County on Dec. 1.

The man had told the officer that he lived at the home for five months -- the amount of time they'd been dating -- and that Bonner had changed the locks, Pilato said. Had the officers checked the man's driver's license, they would have seen that his address was outside of the county, Pilato said. The two had a "typical" relationship, in which the man would stay at the home often, Pilato said.

Pilato said the man initially didn't want to break into the home but eventually gave in to the officer's instructions.

"For 12 minutes, they tell him over and over, 'You have a right to do this,'" Pilato said.

At one point, the man asked the officers to put together a report so he could just go to small claims court, Pilato said. A neighbor who confirmed to police on video that the man had lived at the home for more than 10 days later told the officers that she was concerned for Bonner's safety due to the incident that occurred the day before, Pilato said.

Bonner's ex-boyfriend, whom Pilato declined to identify, was not charged in the incident on Nov. 13 or the incident the day before in which Bonner broke her foot, the attorney said.

A spokeswoman for the Rochester Police Department declined to comment on the pending litigation, emphasizing that the police department did not release the bodycam video and pointing ABC News to a training bulletin that was posted by the department on March 8.

The bulletin states that "employees shall not use the powers of their office to render assistance in the pursuit of matters which are strictly private or civil in nature except in those matters where they are required by law to exercise their powers or where a breach of the peace has occurred or is imminent."

The training bulletin was posted after the department became aware of the incident, WHAM-TV reported.

Bonner appeared in court Tuesday, where a judge granted a motion to suppress the gun as evidence due to the unlawful search and involuntary search of Bonner's home, Pilato said. This eliminated the charge for criminal possession of a weapon and could also potentially eliminate the menacing charges because the gun is an element of those charges, Pilato said.

Bonner has maintained her innocence since the incident occurred and plans to plead not guilty when her trial begins in June. She contends that the gun was never pointed at the police officer, Pilato said.

It is unclear whether the Rochester police officer whom Bonner accused of menacing was disciplined for the incident, or whether he is still on the job, WHAM reported.

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Darrah Bull Bully Rescue(PHOENIX) -- One lucky dog who wound up on the other side of the country was returned to his rightful home thanks to a group of 20 volunteers.

Jake, a 7-year-old Coonhound, first went missing from his home in Phoenix, Arizona, last year. In April Jake was found wandering the streets of Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, by Adam Herbaugh, who was out walking his own two dogs. Herbaugh took Jake to Companion Animal Hospital where the veterinarian scanned for a microchip and called the registered owners more than 2,000 miles away. Jake appeared to be in good health when the vet examined him and it is unclear how the dog got from Arizona to Pennsylvania.

The dog's owner, who asked to remain anonymous, was shocked and delighted to receive the good news, but could not make the cross-country trip to bring Jake home. So a local dog rescue group decided to help.

Ranae Metz, president of A Darrah Bull Bully Rescue, told ABC News that the owners reached out via Facebook to explain the situation, asking for assistance in getting the hound home safe and sound.

"My sister, Heather Shaw, is a transport coordinator [for Darrah Bull Bully Rescue]. She used Facebook groups which consist of transport volunteers to coordinate Jake's trip home," Metz said.

The group wrote posts on Facebook and requested "qualified volunteers" who could each tackle a different leg of the journey from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Once the eager volunteers were in place, the three-day trip kicked off on May 18 and ended on May 21.

"Transports are generally done on Saturdays or Sundays when volunteers are more readily available," Metz explained, adding that his team facilitates moves of animals from high-kill shelters up and down the East Coast on a weekly basis.

The entire transport took 20 volunteers, 30 stops in nine states and three volunteers who were willing to keep Jake overnight during the trip, according to Metz.

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