Headlines » Nation http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines The latest Headlines, news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers. Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:36:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Lawmakers Pushing for Expanded Recall of Defective Airbags http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/lawmakers-pushing-for-expanded-recall-on-defective-airbags/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/lawmakers-pushing-for-expanded-recall-on-defective-airbags/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:14:50 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=526092

Some lawmakers in Congress are saying that every defective airbag — which could mean millions more than the 20 million devices already suggested — should be recalled, not just in the South where most of the airbag recalls have been focused.

“I want [the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration] to recall all airbags regardless of where they are, not just in warm states,” said Sen. Edward Mackey, D-Massachusetts. “And I want them to offer every driver a loaner car.”

Feds say millions more airbags could be dangerous.
US urges car owners to “take immediate action” on airbags.
Senators seek national airbag recall.

The problem with the airbags is that the defective inflator can explode with too much force, shattering the metal into shards that, car safety advocates say, are believed to have killed four people and caused dozens of injuries. The airbag problem is linked to cars in states where there’s persistent humid weather.

Corey Burdick, 26, of Eustis, Florida, lost sight in his right eye when his car collided with another vehicle in May and the airbag inflated. A piece of metal shot out from the airbag and hit him in the face.

“It was a like a ‘Boom!’ and I remember closing my eyes,” he told ABC News. “I put my hand up to my face … and there was blood everywhere.”

Takata, the manufacturer of the airbag inflators, has said it is “cooperating” with the recall.

The NHTSA has said that there are not enough replacement inflators for the cars currently being recalled.  If the recall is expanded, as lawmakers have urged, it could take years to replace the airbags.

The NHTSA said it has been in contact with Takata to try to expand production of replacement units and has asked the company to look at outside sources to help boost production.

ABC News’ Cindy Galli contributed to this story.

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Vandalism Investigated at National Parks Out West http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/vandalism-investigated-at-national-parks-out-west/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/vandalism-investigated-at-national-parks-out-west/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:21:56 +0000 Dina Abou Salem http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=526067 The National Park Service has launched an investigation following reports of vandalism in at least 10 parks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon and Utah, officials said today.

“On Tuesday we received a phone call from a reporter who directed us to a web blog called www.modernhiker.com claiming that a person has self-identified as serially vandalizing National Parks in the west,” Jeffrey Oslon, a National Park Services spokesman told ABC News.

“We have verified the images of the vandalized sites and we are trying to locate them, confirm that they exist so we can repair them,” he added.

A statement issued by the National Park Service lists the areas affected as Yosemite National Park, California; Death Valley National Park, California; Crater Lake National Park, Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.

“We are awaiting confirmation in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park and Joshua Tree National Park, both in California; Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; Bryce National Park, Utah,” the statement said.

Vandalism, as described in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR 2.31(a)(3): Destroying, injuring, defacing, or damaging property or real property.

“Vandalism is a class A misdemeanor and since this act happened on federal land it makes the Federal Class A misdemeanor. It is a penalty of $5,000 and one year in prison,” said Olson.

“National parks exist to preserve and protect our nation’s natural, cultural and historic heritage for both current and future generations. Vandalism is a violation of the law and it also damages and sometimes destroys often irreplaceable treasures that belong to all Americans,” the National Park Service said in a statement.

ABC News tried to access the Instagram and Tumblr accounts where the pictures and comments allegedly have been posted but it appears they were taken down. However, many of the pictures appeared on Modern Hiker’s blog in a story they published called “Art in the Parks.”

“There are forums for artistic expression in national parks because national parks inspire artistic creativity. These images are outside that forum and outside the law,” said Olson.

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Drawing Attention to the Risks of Drowsy Driving http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/drawing-attention-to-the-risks-of-drowsy-driving/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/drawing-attention-to-the-risks-of-drowsy-driving/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:32:51 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=526008 When it comes to drowsy driving dangers, the National Transportation Safety Board said today that Americans need to wake up.

The NTSB, for the first time, held a forum on drowsy driving in Washington, D.C.

Mark Rosekind, a board member, said one of the biggest problems is that people underestimate just how tired they are.

“Humans are just horribly inaccurate if we have to self-diagnose fatigue,” Rosekind said. “That’s what allows us to put ourselves in life-threatening situations.”

According to the AAA, 40 percent of drivers have admitted to falling asleep at the wheel.

Losing two hours of sleep in just one night can affect a person’s reaction time by 20 percent, the NTSB said.

All that can add up to one of the most under-reported problems on the road. One study has suggested that 20 percent of crashes — one out of every five accidents — involves a tired driver.

On test tracks at Virginia Tech, researchers are assessing drivers for alertness and signs of fatigue.

Cameras are also being tested to see whether they can look at a person’s face and find telltale signs of a lack of sleep. Some cars have even been equipped with technology that can sense a driver drifting into another lane.

For now though, the NTSB is issuing this bit of advice: If a driver has not had enough sleep, they should not get behind the wheel.

ABC News’ David Kerley and Matt Hosford contributed to this report.


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ATM Awareness Urged After Man Arrested and Charged in Holdup http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/atm-awareness-urged-after-man-arrested-and-charged-in-holdup/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/atm-awareness-urged-after-man-arrested-and-charged-in-holdup/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:04:47 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=526006 As the holidays draw near, authorities are cautioning people to be alert while using ATMs after a man allegedly robbed a woman at an automated teller machine in West Melbourne, Florida, recently.

Scott Patrick Deason, 44, was arrested today on charges of armed robbery and false imprisonment after his family reportedly turned him into police.

A woman was withdrawing money from an ATM on Monday when Deason came up behind her, put his arm around her neck and demanded money, authorities said.

The 20-year-old woman reportedly told police that she was able to set off an alarm on her car and that the man ran away without any money. She told police she also saw the man carrying a hammer.

Deason’s girlfriend turned him in to police after recognizing him in surveillance images released to the public, authorities said.

While authorities say that most ATM holdups occur at night, it was early afternoon on Oct. 9 when a 56-year-old woman was approached by an unidentified man at an ATM in Philadelphia.

The man put two fingers on her back to simulate a gun and allegedly told her he’d shoot her if she didn’t give up the cash, police said. That man was still at large.

Jeanine Skowornski of Bankrate.com shared some advice today for customers using ATMs.

“Make sure you’re going to a brightly lit area or an ATM that’s inside a shopping mall,” Skowornski said. “Don’t try to play hero. They could have a weapon. … Just give them the cash.”


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Veteran Runs 160 Miles in 160 Hours to Honor Fallen Servicewomen http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/veteran-runs-160-miles-in-160-hours-to-honor-fallen-servicewomen/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/veteran-runs-160-miles-in-160-hours-to-honor-fallen-servicewomen/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:38:33 +0000 Caterina Andreano http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525948

It’s a bit of a crazy idea when you think about it — 160 miles in 160 hours.

That’s what Capt. Nancy Lacore, 46, of Virginia, did in little more than 6.5 days during the Valor Run.

The run honors the 160 women who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s one mile for each of the fallen servicewomen.

“It’s not about me running. It’s about the people coming together and recognizing all the women who have died,” Lacore said.

The decorated 24-year U.S. Navy vet, and the mother of 6, started the run in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Oct. 12 and completed the journey at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, on Oct. 18.

She was joined on the run by several people. Some ran the 160 miles; others were there for support along the way. Her husband, Patrick Lacore, drove alongside her the whole way, helping her with food, water, and most of all, encouragement.

The goal of the run was to raise $10,000 for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and $25,000 for Wounded Wear. So far the run has raised $16,320 for Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation and $16,625 for Wounded Wear.

Although Lacore, who trained for the Valor Run for the better part of a year, was tired and nauseous toward the end, she ended the run strong.

“I feel good! I feel like I could keep running. It’s amazing to see all these people here, all for this reason,” she said.

“There’s no greater love than being a veteran,” said Air Force veteran Patricia Sherwood, who also ran. “This run, symbolizing 160 of our fallen sisters, there’s no way to explain it but it hits right here and I’m proud to be representing one of my Air Force sisters.”

At the beginning of each leg of run, she read the names of the women she was remembering on that particular day. During the last leg, she carried a picture of Major Megan McClung. McClung was the first female Marine killed during the Iraq War.

“She was a Marine, she was a runner, triathlete. Her mother reached to me before I started, and her mother said, ‘I’m sure Megan’s going to be running right along with you,’” Lacore said.

Lacore said in the end the run was all about bringing people together to honor the fallen servicemen and women.

“I really wanted to bring people together and that’s what we did…There were families who lost women, but there were families here who lost men too. And they’re equally supportive that we have to recognize all sacrifices,” she said.

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Nancy Lacore, a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, ran 160 miles in 160 hours to honor fallen servicewomen. (Credit: ABC News)

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Dashcam Video Captures Wild Police Chase in New Jersey http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/dashcam-video-captures-wild-police-chase-in-new-jersey/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/dashcam-video-captures-wild-police-chase-in-new-jersey/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:08:06 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525888

Police in New Jersey have released dramatic dashcam video of a car chase that lasted 30 minutes and included the suspect going the wrong way down a highway and injuring a cop.

Denny Oh, 25, of Hackettstown, New Jersey, allegedly was behind the wheel of a stolen minivan being pulled over by Ridgefield police officers on Oct. 7.

When Officer Kevin Nebbia started to arrest Oh on outstanding warrants, authorities said the minivan peeled out, dragging Nebbia down the road. Nebbia reportedly suffered a broken arm.

During the police chase, a mother and young boy traveling in a sport utility vehicle were forced to crash into a building. They were not seriously hurt.

“It sounded as if it was a big explosion. There was a lot of smoke. Everyone was running,” witness Janet Cava told ABC station WABC-TV in New York. “He was just going so fast, absolutely reckless.”

Nearly 30 minutes later, the suspect allegedly stopped the car and tried to flee. He was arrested and jailed on $250,000 bail.

He faces charges that include aggravated assault on a police officer and driving under the influence.

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Community Continues to Rally to Save NY Mom-and-Pop Shop http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/residents-strangers-rally-to-save-ny-mom-and-pop-shop/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/residents-strangers-rally-to-save-ny-mom-and-pop-shop/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:49:37 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525869

Avi Gandhi says he still believes in miracles, even though he may have to close his mom-and-pop shop in Levittown, New York, despite efforts by his community to save the 10-year-old business.

“The economy is hurting me,” said Gandhi, 63. “I don’t know what is going to happen. … It is that bad. Business has gone down 75 percent in the last five years.”

When Craig and Celeste Hamilton Dennis, Gandhi’s friends and store customers, heard earlier this year that he might close Center Lane Stationery next year, they didn’t take it sitting down.

“I just said it, I was like ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if we got all these people to come here, to come and clear the shelves?’” Craig Dennis said in short film posted on YouTube called “Cash Mob for Avi.”

So in June, the Dennises organized — with the help of friends, Levittown residents and others who joined their campaign via YouTube and Facebook — a surprise “cash mob” for Gandhi and his wife, Bharati Gandhi.

The filmmakers behind “Cash Mob for Avi” — Liz Morrison, Katherine Rodriquez and Mike Sayre — captured the scene.

The Gandhis were flooded with customers buying up all the merchandise in their store and purchasing lottery tickets.

Avi Gandhi said today that he couldn’t believe it when the cash mob occurred.

“The last few years, [I] never seen more than three or four persons in my store,” he said. “I said, ‘This is something not right.’ … The people in Levittown are so loving. They care for each other. They care for their neighbor. And they care for everybody. I felt that feeling so deep in my heart.”

Celeste Hamilton Dennis said Avi Gandhi simply made everyone who entered his store “feel like they matter.”

“He has just given us so much that we really just felt like this could be pretty easy to do,” Celeste Hamilton Dennis said.

The Dennises also put up a Fundly site with a goal of $15,000.

For information on the campaign, click here.

Avi Gandhi told ABC News today that his store was still not out of woods despite the Fundly donations and cash mob.

“I don’t see any future but I still believe in miracles,” he said. “I’m counting on miracles.”

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A Look Inside Gulfstream’s New High-Tech Private Jet http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/a-look-inside-gulfstreams-new-high-tech-private-jet/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/a-look-inside-gulfstreams-new-high-tech-private-jet/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:26:57 +0000 Katherine Faulders http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525793 Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., well known for its business jets, introduced a new family of swanky jets today: the Gulfstream G500 and the G600.

Most fascinating about the unveiling is the degree of secrecy that has surrounded the manufacturing giant’s projects. The two new aircraft offer unprecedented “speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency,” according to the company.

The cloak surrounding this project led one Wall Street analyst to scrutinize satellite photos of Gulfstream’s production facility in Savannah, Georgia, for clues, the Wall Street Journal reported, emphasizing the financial importance of the project to the parent company, General Dynamics Corp. This particular project has been code-named P-42.

The G500 is scheduled to take its first flight in 2015 and is expected to receive certification in 2017 from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2018.

The G600 will follow, with flight test program expected to launch 12 to 18 months after the G500, with plans to enter into service in 2019, according to the company.

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The cabins of the G500 and G600 are distinguished by their wide cross-sections, according to Gulfstream. The G500 has three living areas, and the G600 has up to four, carrying up to 19 passengers each. (Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)

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The cabins of the G500 and G600 are distinguished by their wide cross-sections, according to the company. The G500 has three living areas, and the G600 has up to four, carrying up to 19 passengers each. (Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)

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Gulfstream has announced two new business jets, the G500 and G600, which feature cutting-edge flight deck technology, according to Gulfstream. (Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)

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Gulfstream has announced two new business jets, the G500 and G600, which feature cutting-edge flight deck technology, according to Gulfstream. (Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.)

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Cellphone Video Captures Aftermath of Chicago-Bound Bus Crash http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/cellphone-video-captures-aftermath-of-chicago-bound-bus-crash/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/cellphone-video-captures-aftermath-of-chicago-bound-bus-crash/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 18:17:48 +0000 ABC News http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525797

Traffic was snarled for hours today on a busy Indiana highway after a double-decker bus traveling from Atlanta to Chicago flipped on its side, injuring dozens.

Authorities said that a little before 5 a.m. near Indianapolis, the bus–operated by Megabus–had attempted to avoid a stopped vehicle that had been in a previous crash on Interstate 65.

As the bus swerved, it overturned. Authorities said the bus was carrying about 60 people.

One passenger was reportedly hospitalized in critical condition but no life-threatening injuries were reported.

Bus passenger Craig Steichen of St. Charles, Illinois, said he was sleeping when the crash occurred. Steichen took cellphone video of emergency responders treating passengers.

“The scariest moment was … I guess when I was rolling around not knowing what was going to happen. … I don’t know how many times it [the bus] rolled over but I know I moved about three or four different times,” he told ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago.

Steichen suffered a skin burn on his forehead.

He said that it had rained the entire bus ride. State Police said weather likely played a role in the accident.

“The driver apparently didn’t see it [the accident] because of the rain or something,” State Police Sgt. Shawn O’Keefe told The Associated Press. “The bus driver swerved and ended up turning the bus over on its side, and it went into the median.”

A second Megabus was sent from Louisville, Kentucky, to transport passengers to their final destination.

Megabus “will be providing assistance and support for all of our customers involved in this incident,” said spokesman Sean Hughes. “Safety is our absolute priority and we are assisting the authorities with their investigation into the circumstances of the incident.”

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Famed Rock and Roll Photographer Jim Marshall’s Newly Released Photos http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/famed-rock-and-roll-photographer-jim-marshalls-newly-released-photos/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2014/10/famed-rock-and-roll-photographer-jim-marshalls-newly-released-photos/#comments Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:55:52 +0000 Freda Kahen-Kashi http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/?p=525771 HT jim marshall headline jef 141013 16x9 608 Famed Rock and Roll Photographer Jim Marshalls Newly Released Photos

The Charlatans perform in Golden Gate Park. (Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

It was the Summer of Love. Vietnam War protests were in full swing, the Hippie movement had taken root, and the Beatles were America’s soundtrack,  and all of it was captured in its black, white and color glory by rock and roll photographer Jim Marshall.

More than 230 never before seen photographs are set to be released Tuesday, chronicling the time period in a new book, “The Haight: Love, Rock, and Revolution.”

“These are pieces of history that happened and won’t happen again,” explained Amelia Davis, Marshall’s former assistant and holder of his estate.

Davis worked side-by-side with Marshall for 13 years. When he died in 2010, he passed his entire photo collection on to her. Her biggest hope for this photo book is to keep Marshall’s legacy alive, she said.

“Often times when a photographer dies, their work is locked up and put away, and I didn’t want that to happen with Jim’s work,” Davis told ABC News.

“It’s been an amazing journey, but it’s also been a huge responsibility,” she said.

Davis and author and music journalist Joel Selvin sifted through move than 100,000 photographs as they worked through the painstaking process of deciding which photos would make the cut. “We all had to kind of stop ourselves from making this enormous book. There were so many good shots,” Davis said.

Though Marshall is remembered mostly for his rock and roll photography, and remains the only photographer to receive a Grammy, he also chronicled many of the milestone moments in America’s history, snapping shots of the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and other famed culture wars around the country.

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Vietnam protesters hold hands as they march. (Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

“He may have been there photographing Jimi Hendrix, but he was also photographing what was going on around Jimi Hendrix,” Davis said. “We get into the war protests because Vietnam is starting to happen, you get into the clash of young kids saying ‘I don’t want to go there, I don’t want to do that.’”

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A man and a woman observe a war protest in Oakland. (Jim Marshall Photography LLC)

Davis’ favorite photo in the collection shows an African-American couple staring over a fence and into the camera lens.

“It really shows the division that was there between the African-Americans and the whites,” she said. “And both the man and the women are looking directly at Jim, kind of hitting it head on. And it’s just such a powerful, powerful photograph.”

The past, she added, says a lot about our present. “Today we still have a long way to go. Even though we do have an African-American as the president, there still is that division in parts of the United States.”

Marshall originally tried to publish a similar book in 1976, but the project never came to fruition. Davis says it’s likely because Marshall felt pigeon-holed as a music photographer and was afraid the world couldn’t see him as anything else.

Since then, a lot has changed. “When you look at these photographs it’s done with a completely manual camera,” Davis points out. “He really knew how to use his camera, which you don’t get today because with digital, a lot of them slam it on automatic and put it into photo shop and mess around with it.”

“Jim was able to compose in the camera itself and take the photograph, and that was it.”


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