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jwoodard99/Instagram(NEW YORK) -- Snowstorms are expected in many parts of the country this weekend, posing hazardous driving conditions for millions of motorists.

On Thursday, slippery roads and low visibility caused multi-vehicle pileups on interstate highways in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Nevada.

Lake effect snow continues to slam the Great Lakes region. In Oswego, New York, residents witnessed a unique weather phenomenon late Thursday: a snowstorm that produces lightning.

IT HAPPENED. Thundersnow in Oswego. @JimCantore style freakout courtesy of @racingprincess7 and Rose

— Matt Seymour (@SassyWeatherman) December 9, 2016

Seattle and Washington experienced the first measurable snow in two years and Portland, Oregon, has already received more snow than the average amount for the entire month of December.

It will be a snowy weekend for Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. Next week, temperatures for these cities are expected to drop to subzero levels.

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ABC News(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Dylann Roof, the 22-year-old accused of killing nine black churchgoers at a Charleston, South Carolina, bible study, appeared to chuckle as he admitted to the shooting in a video interview of Roof played in court today in which Roof also said he used a Glock 45 to do it, according to ABC affiliate WCIV, which reported the testimony from the courtroom.

"I didn't say anything to them before I pulled it out, not even one word," Roof said of the gun in the video. "I mean they reacted after I shot them."

FBI Special Agent Michael Stansbury, who interviewed Roof the day after the shooting, testified today at Roof's federal trial, and Roof's apparent video confession was played in court.

Stansbury testified that Roof, who was 21 at the time of the shooting, said he bought his gun when he turned 21, WCIV reported.

Of how many people he shot, Roof said, "If I was going to guess, five. ... Maybe. I'm really not sure," according to the video.

"I just went in and sat down with them for like 15 minutes. It could have been 20. It could have been 10... It was a bible study class," Roof said.

During the interview, Roof "was sitting there eating a hamburger. He was not upset, crying, or showing any emotions," Stansbury testified, according to WCIV. Stansbury testified that Roof was calm and showed no remorse.

Roof, who is white, is accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Roof allegedly entered the Emanuel AME Church armed and "with the intent of killing African-Americans engaged in the exercise of their religious beliefs," according to the federal indictment against him.

The parishioners welcomed Roof into their Bible study group, according to the indictment, after which Roof allegedly drew his pistol and opened fire.

During Thursday's court proceedings, Roof's mother was crying and trembling for hours listening to descriptions of the gruesome scene. She was then laid down on a bench and started looking up, saying, "Where am I?" and then, "I'm so sorry" over and over.

Testimony from investigators Thursday revealed 360 pictures from the gruesome scene at the basement hall where the shooting happened. The images showed bodies with numbers labeling what investigators believe was the order in which they were shot. The images also showed streams of blood. Many of the victims were under the rickety tables. Some bibles were still on the tables.

 The 33 federal counts against Roof include hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death.

Roof has pleaded not guilty.

He also faces a state trial, set for early next year, in which he may also face the death penalty.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  A woman accused of murdering her twin sister by driving their vehicle off a cliff in Hawaii waived her right to an extradition hearing in a New York court Friday morning.

Alexandria Duval, 38, entered the Albany County courtroom in shackles, a yellow jumpsuit and with her long blonde hair pulled back. Duval's attorney, Kevin O'Brien, said his client was anxious to return to Hawaii to defend herself against a second-degree murder charge stemming from the fatal crash.

“She’s trying to figure out a way to ... defend herself and still be able to suffer from the loss of her sister,” O’Brien told ABC affiliate WTEN in Albany. “So it’s a real dichotomy for her. She’s got a lot of resolve and believes in what the justice system will do for her. It’s tough for her, she’s in a cage.”

The move clears the way for Duval’s extradition from upstate New York, where she and her identical twin sister were born. Terence Kindlon of the Albany County Public Defender’s Office, who was previously representing Duval, had said the defendant returned to her home state to mourn her sister’s death.

Authorities in Hawaii now have 30 days to collect Duval and bring her back to jail in Maui. Until then, she'll remain in Albany County Jail, according to WTEN.

Alexandria Duval has waived her right to an extradition hearing. She tells her attorney she wants to get back to fight the murder charge

— Samantha DiMascio (@SDiMascioWTEN) December 9, 2016

Prosecutors say Duval intentionally caused the death of her sister on May 29 when she allegedly drove their SUV off the ocean-side Hana Highway in Maui. Duval survived with critical injuries, while her sister Anastasia was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses said they saw the twins violently arguing moments before the driver seemed to suddenly accelerate and make a sharp left turn. The vehicle then slammed into a rock wall and plunged 200 feet to the rocks below, according to ABC affiliate KITV in Honolulu.

After being discharged from the hospital, Duval was arrested and jailed in Maui on a second-degree murder charge, and accused of deliberately causing her sister's death. She had planned to plead not guilty, but a judge later ordered her release after determining there was no probable cause for a murder charge.

A grand jury in Hawaii indicted Duval on that charge in October and Maui police issued a warrant for her arrest.

According to New York State Police, Duval was arrested on Nov. 11 after she was located at a residence in Albany. Police said Duval attempted to flee before she was taken into custody. She's been held in Albany County Jail since, awaiting extradition, with bail set at $3 million, according to WTEN.

The Duval sisters were born Alison and Ann Dadow in the Utica, New York, area. They operated popular yoga studios in Palm Beach County, Florida, from 2008 to 2014 before they changed their names.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) --  Chris Mumma, the executive director of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence, believes her client Mark Carver is sitting in prison, sentenced to life, for a murder he didn’t commit.

Mumma’s organization receives about 600 requests every year from inmates who say they have been wrongfully convicted. But she knows a winning case comes along far less often. In fact NCAI accepts only 2 percent of all the inmate appeals it receives.

“Mark’s case met all the criteria for us,” Mumma, Carver’s attorney, told ABC News 20/20.

 Carver was convicted of first-degree murder in 2011 for the murder of 20-year-old UNC Charlotte Ira Yarmolenko.

“We think Mark is innocent, and if Mark is innocent, the family has not received justice, and the true perpetrator is still out on the streets,” Mumma said.

 Yarmolenko was found dead on the banks of the Catawba River in Mount Holly, N.C., on May 5, 2008. She was lying beside her car with three ligatures around her neck, which police say asphyxiated her. One was a drawstring that had been taken out of her hooded sweatshirt, and the others were a bungee cord and a blue ribbon that had been ripped from a bag police found in the back seat of her car.

At the time, Carver was fishing on the river about 100 yards away with his cousin, Neal Cassada. Carver said he cooperated with police, voluntarily speaking with them on four different occasions. Both he and Cassada agreed to allow their cheeks to be swabbed for DNA testing.

In December of 2008, seven months after Yarmolenko’s murder, police received the break they had been waiting for. Trace amount of touch DNA were found on Yarmolenko’s car that match both Carver and Cassada.

The men were arrested and charged with first-degree murder but Cassada died of a heart attack the day before the his trial was set to begin.

At trial, prosecutors argued that Carver’s “touch DNA” was found on the outside of Yarmolenko’s car above the rear driver’s side door.

Unlike more traditional forms of DNA found in blood or saliva, touch DNA comes from skin cells. In 2008, when the murder occurred, the ability to lift DNA from an object that had merely been touched was cutting edge forensic science.

Mumma said it was two months before Yarmolenko’s car was swabbed for DNA and only traces of Carver and Cassada’s DNA were found. Carver’s DNA was not found on Yarmolenko’s body, her clothing, the ligatures used to strangle her, nor inside the car.

“Under her fingernails there were two profiles,” Mumma said. “There was hers, which you would expect to find there, but there also was another profile that was unidentified.”

To this day, police have not been able to determine who the “unidentified” DNA belongs to.

Mumma thinks there could be another explanation for how Carver’s touch DNA ended up on Yarmolenko’s car. On the day of the murder a police officer found Carver on the river and spoke to him, who took Carver’s driver’s license and shook his hand. Mumma said that the officer could have transferred Carver’s DNA indirectly to Yarmolenko’s car when he returned to the crime scene. Photos and video from the scene show that some of the officers that day were not wearing gloves, even while they touched the car.

“They're touching the inside of the car, they're touching the outside of the car, they're touching the doors, the handles, it's contaminated,” Mumma said.

Mumma said she also found a witness, who asked not to be identified for this report, who said he was on the Catawba River the day of the murder and spoke to Carver in the crucial period between when Yarmolenko was killed and when that police office arrive to speak to him.

“We talked about fishing,” the witness told 20/20. “And we talked about his family, and we had a good conversation for about 30 to 35 minutes.”

The man said he didn’t notice anything about Carver that suggested he had just been through a homicidal struggle.

“Mr. Carver wasn’t muddy, he wasn’t wet. He had no scratches on him,” the witness said. “He was just as normal as anybody could be normal, just sitting on the back of his SUV fishing.”

Mumma thinks this witness’s testimony could have been important at Carver’s trial but he was never called to testify.

Mumma says the only way to resolve the questions surrounding Carver’s guilt is for Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell to release the DNA evidence to be retested. But she says Bell has so far refused her requests. Prosecutors in this case refused to speak with 20/20 but they have always steadfastly defended the touch DNA evidence.

"He has refused to allow the state lab to give us the electronic data. There’s ways to get to the answers in these cases collaboratively,” Mumma said.

On Thursday, Mumma filed a post-conviction motion demanding Carver receive a new trial. One big factor she argues in her motion is that Carver had ineffective counsel at his first trial. She would like another jury to hear the evidence that the first one never did.

“We will certainly be saying … that he should have had a forensic expert of his own testifying,” Mumma said.

Mumma hopes to deliver a second chance for Carver, even though she knows it won’t be easy.

“We’ve been around this block enough to know it's not good to bet on it. So we’re going to fight for him and, you know, we’re going to hope that the district attorney will work with us,” Mumma said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  White nationalist Richard Spencer wasn’t fazed by the protesters who turned up at his Texas A&M University appearance on Tuesday.

“We triggered the world,” Spencer told Nightline. “I think it’s good to trigger people a little bit. When you get triggered it means that you’re shocked, you thought something that you haven’t thought before. It means that you have an open mind and you can start to see the world differently.”

But what Spencer actually triggered on campus was the unified presence of thousands of people demonstrating their opposition to his views by attending a competing event at a the university’s football stadium.

Spencer is credited with coining the term “alt-right,” which he described as “the identity politics for white people in the 21st century.”

“I think the alt-right has gained a great deal of ground, precisely because we are provocative,” he added. “And precisely because, to use bad language, we don’t give a ---- on some level.”

Spencer, 38, came to national attention when video surfaced of him at a Washington, D.C. conference in November shouting “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory,” as some members of the crowd raised their hands in a Nazi salute.

Spencer said he yelled out “Hail Trump,” “in the spirit of irony and exuberance.” He added that he saw the president-elect as someone who “sling-shotted our movement into fame.” The moment he found out Trump won the presidency, Spencer said if felt like a kind of “miracle.”

“If someone had told me two years ago that Donald Trump would be the alt-right hero and he would be president, I would be like, ‘What ridiculous movie are you talking about like this is not real life,’ but it is real life,” Spencer said.

Trump has said he disavows and condemns the alt-right movement.

In an interview with Nightline, Spencer claimed he is not a white supremacist or a racist, but it is difficult to understand his incendiary rhetoric any other way.

He told Mother Jones magazine that “Hispanics and African Americans have lower average IQs than whites and are more genetically predisposed to commit crimes” -- a pseudo-science argument of white supremacists which has been widely discredited. But Spencer called it “an empirical fact.”

“When you study, say average intelligence say around the world, and you keep getting the same answer, at some point you are going to have to look towards genetics as a cause,” Spencer said.

His deeply inflammatory world view involves an all-white “ethno state” where races are segregated through peaceful “ethnic cleansing,” though he has been quoted before as saying that it could be bloody.

“I think the current paradigm we’re living under is going to lead to blood and tears,” Spencer said. “I don't know exactly what is going to happen but yes I do think that if there is going to be a major crack up… predominantly on racial lines.”

Spencer’s organization, the National Policy Institute, is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for promoting far-right, white-nationalist views.

“The term alt-right is really nothing more than a re-branding of white supremacy for the digital age,” said Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen. “I don’t think anybody should be fooled by what it is at its core and that is white supremacy.”

Spencer, who was raised in Dallas but now lives in Montana, has been banned by local businesses in his neighborhood. His own parents, he says, "think I'm a little crazy.” Alums from his Class of 1997 at the elite prep school St. Marks he attended in Dallas started a fund for immigrants to repudiate his views. He said he has been banned from 25 European countries for his views.

“I’ve been banned from most of Europe,” he said, with a smile. “A lot of things have been strained because of my activism, yes, it’s been very difficult.”

But Texas A&M decided not to ban him, citing freedom of speech. The university did not invite Spencer to speak on Tuesday, but a room was booked on campus by a former student.

“Our leadership finds his views as expressed to date in direct conflict with our core values,” Texas A&M spokeperson Amy Smith said. “Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university.”

Texas A&M President Michael Young said, “I believe we live in a world where differences actually makes us stronger.”

Rather than keep quiet about Spencer’s visit, the university managed to turn it into a teachable moment -- allowing Spencer’s freedom of speech, while supporting protesters' freedoms of expression as well.

Hundreds gathered outside the university’s student union hours before Spencer was scheduled to speak, holding signs and essentially drowning out Spencer's speech with chants and jeers. One yelled out, “Go home Spencer, we don’t want you.” Students wrote messages on a makeshift "unity wall" on the campus that included "Aggies Against Hate," "Love & Respect," and "United We Stand."

Former Texas A&M student Adam Davies was one of the protestors shouting at Spencer.

“I want people to … see through their lies and their misguidance. They are not alt-right, they are not racial realists, they are Neo-nazis,” he said. “It’s unacceptable even remotely feasible, try to make it so they can have a conversation about ethnic cleansing.”

A&M Ph.D. candidate Adam Kay, who helped organize Tuesday’s protests, said, “We're here to celebrate diversity and protest at the same time. It’s been crucial since the beginning not devolve into hate ourselves.”

In the end, the vast majority of Spencer’s audience inside his Texas A&M appearance were there in protest.

Tensions erupted during Spencer’s speech several times and the night ended with police in riot gear pushing people out of the building where he spoke.

“I see myself as mainstream,” Spencer said. “I'm trying to normalize racism… I'm trying to normalize my ideas, our ideas of the alt-right, yes. I do not want the alt-right to be a fringe movement, I want the alt-right to be a dominant movement.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center said there has been a spike in hate crimes since after the election with 867 hate crimes reported in 47 states. The organization said the first line of defense is spotlighting what they consider dangerous hate speech.

“[Spencer] is the head of the alt right … and quite frankly Mr. Trump ran a racially divisive campaign, so I think the media has an obligation to cover Richard Spencer,” said SPLC’s Richard Cohen.

In the end, the protestors who showed up at the Texas A&M Kyle Stadium -- including students, anti-hate groups and the university’s president -- sent a powerful message of tolerance and diversity to drown out what they considered was a repugnant and unwelcome din nearby on campus, with loud, boisterous chants of “Aggies United” filling the air.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  As locals near Washington, D.C.’s Comet Pizza restaurant know too well, fake news headlines can have real-world implications.

Edgar Welch allegedly fired three shots at the local hotspot after driving 350 miles from North Carolina in order to investigate a fake news story that the pizzeria was home to a child slavery ring. That story was not true.

“The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent,” Welch told The New York Times after his arrest. “I just wanted to do some good and went about it the wrong way.”

But the incident has prompted questions and criticism of the “fake news” phenomenon. As journalists and social media networks grapple with how to respond, public figures from Hillary Clinton to the pope have warned of its potential repercussions.

George Washington University senior fellow Kalev Leetaru recently penned a Forbes article called “Why Stopping Fake News Is So Hard.”

“Much of this reporting is not necessarily an attempt at deception, but rather interpretation of available facts in a way that differs from the mainstream,” he writes, teasing out different reasons it can be so difficult to label fake news. “Perhaps the best approach might be to recognize that instead of ‘fake’ and ‘true’ news, we have a hundred shades of gray in between.”

A study from Stanford University released recently showed that more than 80 percent of middle school students couldn’t tell the difference between a news story and sponsored content on a popular website. And only one in four high school students could identify a fake Twitter account as lacking a blue checkmark, a signal to users that an account is legitimate.

“In every case and at every level, we were taken aback by students’ lack of preparation,” the researchers wrote.

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Bettmann/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The death of legendary astronaut John Glenn sparked an outpouring of tributes, including from President Obama, who said the space pioneer "lifted the hopes of a nation."

"With John's passing, our nation has lost an icon and Michelle and I have lost a friend," Obama said. "John spent his life breaking barriers, from defending our freedom as a decorated Marine Corps fighter pilot in World War II and Korea, to setting a transcontinental speed record, to becoming, at age 77, the oldest human to touch the stars."

Obama called Glenn, who died at 95, the "last of America's first astronauts."

"John always had the right stuff, inspiring generations of scientists, engineers and astronauts who will take us to Mars and beyond -- not just to visit, but to stay,"

The president said the nation has "lost an icon" and that he and Michelle Obama have "lost a friend."

Tributes to Glenn, who was the first American to orbit the earth and also served as Ohio senator, began pouring into social media immediately after news of his death broke Thursday.

The U.S. Marine Corps called Glenn a U.S. hero and one "Marine Corps Aviation's legendary trailblazers."

"Colonel John Glenn Jr. led a monumental life from his time serving as a fighter pilot in WWII and the Korean War to becoming the first American to orbit the Earth and fifth person in space," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

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Several public figures took to social media to pay tribute to the space pioneer.

Astronaut Community



We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra.

— NASA (@NASA) December 8, 2016


Retired Astronaut Scott Kelly


Saddened by the loss of my former astronaut colleague John Glenn. Was very honored to have known him. #Godspeed, John Glenn.

— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) December 8, 2016


The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum


We mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Senator John Glenn. His legacy of friendship and discovery will live in our halls forever.

— SmithsonianAirSpace (@airandspace) December 8, 2016


Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson


Aren’t many Heroes left: WWII & Korean War Fighter Pilot. Marine Colonel. NASA Astronaut. Senator. Married 73 yrs. John Glenn RIP 1921-2016

— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 8, 2016


Public Figures

President-elect Donald Trump


Today we lost a great pioneer of air and space in John Glenn. He was a hero and inspired generations of future explorers. He will be missed.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 8, 2016


Vice President-elect Mike Pence


Saddened to hear of the passing of a US hero/astronaut/statesman. His courage inspired a generation to explore & serve. Godspeed John Glenn

— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) December 8, 2016


House Speaker Paul Ryan

“John Glenn was an American hero. As a military pilot, astronaut, and U.S. senator, he never lost his passion for exploration and public service. On behalf of the House, I extend my deepest sympathies to Annie and the entire Glenn family. May his memory live on every time we look up at the stars.”

Educator Bill Nye


Space exploration brings out our best. John Glenn served his country in space, in Congress, and inspired a generation. Onward, John Glenn.

— Bill Nye (@BillNye) December 8, 2016


House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)


John Glenn’s humility and grace made his life achievements even more moving. Our hearts go out to his entire family.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 8, 2016


Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)


Last year, I had the honor of joining John & Annie Glenn for the official ribbon cutting of the new John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

— Rob Portman (@senrobportman) December 8, 2016


U.S. Marines


The Corps lost a legend today.

Col. John Glenn— an astronaut, a senator, a Marine— died at the age of 95.

Semper Fi, Sir.

— U.S. Marines (@USMC) December 8, 2016


Ohio Gov. John Kasich

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 8, 2016


Ohio State


Today, we join the world in mourning the passing of legendary astronaut, senator and Ohioan John Glenn.

— Ohio State (@OhioState) December 8, 2016


Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio


Saddened by the passing of John Glenn. My thoughts are w/ his wife Annie & family. He was a hero. His life & legacy will never be forgotten

— Congressman Tim Ryan (@RepTimRyan) December 8, 2016


Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin


With sadness, we bid farewell to John Glenn, a true American hero...May he rest in peace...

— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) December 8, 2016


Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)


Sadden by the loss of Ohio’s American hero, politician & aviation icon. Thank you for your service to our state, nation & planet. #johnglenn

— Rep. Jim Renacci (@RepJimRenacci) December 8, 2016


Dan Rather


John Glenn, one of the truly great explorers passed into the great unknown. May his spirit, whose restlessness expanded our horizons, RIP.

— Dan Rather (@DanRather) December 8, 2016


Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.)


For every Baby Boomer, John Glenn captured our imagination and was a hero of our youth.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 8, 2016


Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Ohio)


We lost a true American hero today. My heart goes out to Former Ohio Senator John Glenn's family, friends and loved ones.

— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) December 8, 2016


Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio)


Astronaut. Engineer. Statesman. Pioneer. Frmr Sen. John Glenn Jr committed his life to innovation, discovery, collaboration, & diplomacy.

— Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (@RepMarciaFudge) December 8, 2016


Columbus Blue Jackets


"I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living."

Godspeed, John Glenn. And thank you. ????????

— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 8, 2016


Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio)


"I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living."

Godspeed, John Glenn. And thank you. ????????

— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 8, 2016


Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)


"I'm not interested in my legacy. I made up a word: 'live-acy.' I'm more interested in living."

Godspeed, John Glenn. And thank you. ????????

— ColumbusBlueJackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) December 8, 2016


Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.)


Sad to hear of the passing of ex-Ohio Sen. John Glenn, who trained @NASA_Langley in #HRVA prior to 1962 Earth orbit. True hero.

— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) December 8, 2016

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.)

“John Glenn is the last of the original seven American astronauts who truly had the ‘right stuff.’ On top of paving the way for the rest of us, he was also a first-class gentleman and an unabashed patriot. He leaves his wife Annie, who always stood by him as he ventured into the unknown cosmos.”

Buzz Aldrin, former NASA astronaut and Apollo 11 pilot

"With the news today I’m saddened again to hear that we have lost the pioneer of space flight for the United States, second only to Yuri Gagarin, and he will always go down in history as certainly one of the most influential officers in the Marine Corps and of course as one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. I am very sorry that he has departed us with his wisdom. I join that crowd of people and the entire nation and the world in paying homage to his service."

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

"In service to his country as a Marine, in space, and in the Senate, and throughout his life, Senator John Glenn embodied 'the right stuff.' Our military in particular benefited from his dedication and courage, first as a combat pilot in World War II and Korea, and later as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. But just as important as what John Glenn accomplished is how he accomplished it: with a combination of fierce determination and profound humility, and always with integrity. I am deeply saddened by his loss, and I join all Americans inspired by his heroic example in expressing my condolences to his wife, Annie, and the Glenn family."

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation(AMERICUS, Ga.) -- The Georgia Southwestern State University police officer who was critically injured Wednesday while responding to a domestic dispute call has died from his injuries -- one of two officers killed in the incident, the university announced.

“We have just received word that GSW Public Safety Officer Jody Smith has succumbed to his injuries and has passed away," said Georgia Southwestern State University Interim President Charles Patterson. "We offer our deepest condolences to his family during this very difficult time. Officer Smith was a bright, young and energetic officer, and he will be sorely missed.”

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, also was killed in the incident.

 "It's a tragedy beyond words," Americus Police Department Chief Mark Scott said of the shooting. "It's one of our family members [who] has been taken from us."

Smith had been with the Georgia Southwestern State University Police Department since August, the university said. In a statement, the university commended Smith for showing "extreme bravery in the line of duty as he responded to a call for backup."

Smith was enthusiastic about joining the department since it offered him an opportunity to pursue a college degree while working in law enforcement, according to the university.

The man who allegedly shot the two police officers in Georgia is now dead, police said.

After a manhunt that lasted more than 24 hours, police said they received a tip Thursday morning that the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Minquell Kennedy Lembrick, was inside a residence on Allen Street in the city of Americus.

Officers heard a gunshot while setting up a security perimeter around the home before attempting to enter. They opened the house door with a robot and found Lembrick inside, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

 Scott said the tip came from someone who was near the property where the suspect was found. Lembrick's precise location after the shooting and up until he was found dead remains unknown, Scott said.

"The caller actually knew the gentleman and was there when he came to the house," the police chief told reporters at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Lembrick was wanted in connection to a shooting that happened Wednesday morning around 9:40 a.m. local time at an apartment complex in Americus, near the Georgia Southwestern State University campus.

Officers Smarr and Smith were simultaneously responding to a 911 call regarding a domestic dispute at the complex on South Lee Street when they encountered the suspect and shots were fired, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Scott said the slain officer was wearing a police body camera during the shooting, but the footage will not be released at this time.

The two officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect, but it's unknown whether Lembrick was also struck. The man remained at large and was considered to be armed and dangerous until Thursday afternoon when authorities confirmed his death.

Prior to Wednesday's domestic dispute call, police said Lembrick was wanted on kidnapping charges and others from a previous domestic incident.

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iStock/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- At least three people have been killed in a series of snow-related car accidents that involved about 40 vehicles in Michigan, according to the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

The major car pileup occurred around 9:47 a.m. today, in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police. Authorities said 11 other injuries had been reported, but were not life-threatening.

The identities of those killed have not yet been released.

Sudden whiteout conditions, as well as black ice on the roads have been cited by police as contributors to the deadly crash.

Police said crashes had occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-96, as well.

Westbound lanes remained closed as an investigation continued; however, eastbound lanes were scheduled to reopen around 2:50 p.m. CT.

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Image Source/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  Winter is officially here to stay for many states across the nation.

Gusty winds, whiteout conditions and heavy snow are impacting thousands of commuters. Winter advisories have been issued for nearly 20 states.

The Great Lakes region, especially Michigan and New York, is experiencing heavy lake-effect snow that could lead to an accumulation of 2-3 feet.

#wutv Lake effect snow in effect. Syracuse

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A snow storm and cold temperatures in Michigan have caused roads to ice, resulting in multiple highway accidents Thursday morning.

At least two people were killed and others were injured following a 30-vehicle pileup on I-96 near Fowlerville, Michigan.

A video posted by the Michigan Department of Transportation shows the scene where a motorist lost control on a snowy highway. There were no reported injuries.

The first snow of the season fell in a few unlikely areas. A winter weather advisory was in effect Thursday morning in Midland and Odessa, Texas, with around an inch of snowfall.

Redding, California, was blanketed in snow overnight. Portland, Oregon, is also experiencing snow that is expected to continue into the night.

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Bettmann/Getty(NEW YORK) -- John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the earth and a legendary figure in the American space flight program, has died, the Ohio governor has said. He was 95.

— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) December 8, 2016

Glenn was one of America's first and most celebrated astronauts and had a long public career that included two space flights, 24 years as a U.S. Senator from Ohio, and a run for the presidency. He was born July 18, 1921.

Glenn will go down in history as the first American to orbit the earth, one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. On Feb. 20, 1962, he climbed into his Friendship 7 capsule, lifted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida, circled the earth three times in five hours -- and became a national hero.

"Zero-G and I feel fine," he said from his spacecraft. "Man, that view is tremendous."

It was a troubled world he saw from orbit. The Cold War was at its most chilling. The Soviet Union had launched the first satellite, Sputnik, in 1957, and the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, in 1961. The United States was anxious to catch up.

"We hadn't really thought that any nation could even touch us technically," Glenn said in a 1998 interview with ABC News. "And all at once, here was this bunch of Soviets over there, for heaven's sake, outdoing the United States of America in technical and scientific things."

Ohio Native, Marine Corps Pilot

Glenn Herschel Glenn Jr. was born in 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio, and grew up in nearby New Concord, the son of a plumber and a former teacher. He married his childhood sweetheart, Annie Castor, and studied at nearby Muskingum College.

He found his calling in the air. In World War II he served as a Marine Corps pilot, flying 59 combat missions, and 90 more in the Korean War. He rose in the ranks as a test pilot.

In 1957, he set a transcontinental speed record from Los Angeles to New York, flying across the country in 3 hours and 23 minutes. In 1959, when the newly-formed National Aeronautics and Space Administration went looking for its first astronauts, it looked at military test pilots. Glenn was in the select group of seven men who were chosen.

He was passed over for the very first Mercury space flight; that job went to Alan Shepard, and Glenn was his backup pilot. But Shepard was only slated for a 15-minute up-and-down test of the Mercury capsule, scheduled for May 1961 -- and three weeks before launch, he was upstaged by Gagarin, who circled the world.

The Mercury Seven

Three weeks later President John F. Kennedy, looking for something at which America could beat the Soviets, committed the United States to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Glenn later said he wondered at the time how NASA would pull it off. After one more 15-minute test -- in which astronaut Gus Grissom flew safely but nearly drowned when his spacecraft sank in the Atlantic after spashdown -- it fell to Glenn to get America into orbit.

It was a fearsome assignment. The Atlas rocket that would launch him was famously unreliable. Glenn would make three orbits of the earth. His launch was scheduled and scrubbed no fewer than ten times in four months.

And then it was launch day -- Feb. 20, 1962. Glenn woke early, had breakfast, put on his silver pressure suit, and climbed into Friendship 7 before dawn. The countdown moved toward zero. In the control center Glenn's fellow astronaut, Scott Carpenter, keyed a microphone and said, "Godspeed, John Glenn."

Glenn did not hear him; Carpenter was not on his radio link. Instead, he felt a jolt as the rocket left the launch pad.

"Roger, liftoff, and the clock is running. We're under way."

The Atlas did not fail. Five minutes later he was in orbit.

The Flight of Friendship 7

The nation hung on every moment of his flight -- one man, alone in the void, in a capsule so small (six feet in diameter at the base) that he could not stretch out his arms. He reported that weightlessness was very pleasant. He marveled at the "fireflies" -- later determined to be flecks of frost -- that drifted away from Friendship 7 when he rapped on the hull of the spacecraft.

Glenn was having a wonderful time. But then there was trouble. As he began his second orbit, Mission Control received a signal suggesting that the heat shield, designed to prevent the capsule from burning up during reentry, had come loose. Worried controllers feared they might lose Glenn. They ordered him not to jettison the capsule's retro rockets, strapped on over the heat shield, after he fired them to descend from orbit.

John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth

The outside of the capsule heated to 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit as the atmosphere slowed it. Glenn watched as chunks of debris flew past the window and wondered whether it was the retro pack -- or the heat shield breaking up.

It held. He splashed down safely in the Atlantic Ocean, and was greeted as perhaps America's greatest hero since Charles Lindbergh.

Crowds mobbed him at a ticker tape parade in New York. President Kennedy, who saw Glenn's star power, welcomed him at the White House. He returned to work at NASA and lobbied for another flight, but the Kennedy administration had quietly let his bosses know he was too much of a national icon to risk in space again.

Life in Politics

So he left NASA in 1963 and went into business, investing, among other things, in Florida hotels around what would soon become Disney World. He ran for the Senate as a Democrat from Ohio and made it, on his third try, in 1974. He was reelected three times, spending 24 years on Capitol Hill.

"I guess I've looked at my whole life as being a service to my country," Glenn said in 1976.

That year he sought the Democratic nomination for vice president but lost out to Walter Mondale.

In 1984, he sought the Democratic Party's nomination for president, but did poorly in early primaries and withdrew, $3 million in debt.

In 1989. he and four other senators were accused of improper interference in an investigation of Charles Keating Jr., chairman of a struggling savings and loan association who had donated $200,000 to his campaign efforts. The senators became known as the "Keating Five." Two of them -- Glenn and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) -- were exonerated by the Senate Ethics Committee, but the panel found Glenn had exercised "poor judgement" in trying to help Keating.

He remained in the Senate for another decade, rising in seniority. He focused on foreign affairs and national defense.

Return to Space

But over all those years, he said, he was still restless to return to space. Finally, 36 years after Friendship 7, he got his chance.

Glenn approached NASA with the argument that the degenerative effects of weightlessness were remarkably similar to what happens to the human body as it ages -- and that as a healthy man in his 70s, he would make an ideal test subject.

Outsiders scoffed that a senior senator was trying to get a joyride, but NASA managers were intrigued. If there were medical experiments worth doing, that was fine with them -- and there would be something poetic about having Glenn, who helped begin the space age, close out his career with a return to orbit.

On Oct. 29, 1998, Glenn and six other astronauts -- all of them young enough to be his children -- boarded the space shuttle Discovery and lifted off from Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center. Over the next nine days, they circled the earth 134 times, released and retrieved a small satellite, did astronomy and biology experiments, and -- mostly because of Glenn's presence -- got worldwide attention. Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, now became the oldest. He was 77.

In his later years he and his wife retired to their native Ohio, lending his name to a school of public affairs at Ohio State University and making occasional appearances to promote human exploration of space.

"One thing I promised Annie the day we were married," he once said, "is I would do everything I could to keep life from being boring."

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- The jury foreman in the state murder trial of former North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager described the climate in the jury room as "passionate, emotional" and sometimes "heated" before a mistrial was eventually declared.

"We are a group of 12 people who came from different backgrounds, trying to come up with one decision. And that just didn't happen," jury foreman Dorsey Montgomery II told ABC News.

Slager, who is white, was accused of killing Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, at a traffic stop on April 4, 2015, when Slager was a North Charleston Police Department officer. Witness video that surfaced shortly afterward appeared to show the moment Slager fatally shot Scott as he ran away. The video garnered national attention, propelling Slager into the spotlight.

The mistrial in the state case was declared Dec. 5 after the jury members said they were unable to come to a unanimous decision.

Slager had pleaded not guilty to murder. But as the trial concluded last week, the jury was allowed to consider a voluntary manslaughter charge as well. The voluntary manslaughter charge was requested by the prosecution, and the judge allowed it, based on testimony given during the trial.

Montgomery said when the jury received "the initial charge of murder, we decided that’s not what Mr. Slager did. He did do something but based on the law and the clauses in the law he didn’t commit murder based on what we saw. There was nothing malicious there."

Montgomery said, with the manslaughter charge, "We all had questions. None of us really have an understanding of law. We can perceive a lot of things, we can read books, we can watch CSI, all these different law shows, but we don’t have a good understanding of the law." The jurors sent notes to the judge asking for clarifications as they deliberated.

Montgomery said the final vote breakdown was 10-2 in favor of voluntary manslaughter.

Of those two jurors," Montgomery said, "I respect their opinion, I respect what they decided to do. That’s why we had a mistrial."

"It could have gone a completely different way," he continued. "They respect my views, I respect their views. I don't condemn them not getting on board with me, but that’s just their take on it, and I respect them even more for not being easily swayed."

"And the two individuals were not willing to compromise or look at any more evidence at that time so it was just best for us to end it at that time," he explained.

He said on Friday the mood was "extremely intense."

There were five jurors who had already made a decision, he said, and five to six people "who hadn’t made a decision. But that one juror had already made a decision that he was not going to compromise at all."

"I got emotional, other jurors got emotional," Montgomery said. In the end, they couldn't come to a decision.

Montgomery -- who called serving on the jury a badge of honor -- told ABC News that someone put a note on his door two weeks after the case started that read, "Do the right thing."

"I don’t intimidate easily," he said. "Whoever did that, I celebrate you, I appreciate you, so thank you."

In the wake of the mistrial, Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said in a statement, "We will try Michael Slager again."

Defense attorney Andy Savage said an "honest search for the truth in any courtroom in America, one appropriately isolated from intense political pressure, should produce an acquittal in Mr. Slager's case."

Slager also faces a federal trial, which is scheduled for next year.

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ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — As investigators try to piece together what sparked a fatal fire last week at a warehouse in Oakland, California, the city planning and building department revealed that its inspectors had not been inside the ill-fated structure in decades.

The Oakland Planning and Building Department said it received various complaints about the property on 31st Avenue over the past 30 years, but most were about the neighboring vacant lot. Although inspectors visited the property as recently as last month, no one actually ventured inside the warehouse.

"In terms of the planning and building inspector, our records didn't show that an inspector had been inside the building in 30 years," Darin Ranelletti, interim director of the Oakland Planning and Building Department, told reporters Wednesday night, according to ABC affiliate KGO. "That means that we had no applications for permits in the past 30 years and there were no violations that were submitted for interior work within the main building that can be attributed to that street address."

As many as 100 people were at the warehouse, known as the Ghost Ship, for a concert party when what authorities described as an "electrical fire" erupted just before midnight on Dec. 2 and left dozens dead. Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed said the structure appeared to function as a residential building that hosted a makeshift artists' studio, as well as parties like the one that took place that night. Most of the victims were found on the second floor, according to Reed.

Officials announced Wednesday morning that the search for bodies in the rubble of the charred structure had concluded, with the death toll remaining at 36 — the highest number of fatalities in a fire in the United States in 13 years. Authorities began reopening streets in and around the scene on Wednesday as the security perimeter gradually contracted.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Coroner’s Bureau has identified most of the victims, many of whom were in their 20s and 30s. The name of one 17-year-old victim will not be released.

Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which is supporting local authorities in the ongoing investigation, said there is no evidence that the warehouse was equipped with smoke detectors when the horrific blaze broke out around 11:32 p.m. local time. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, but Snyder said the flames appear to have started on the first floor and a refrigerator is being examined as a possible source.

“ATF is looking at every possible source of ignition,” Snyder said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “There is no timeline for the conclusion of the investigation. ATF experts will be on scene for possibly several more days examining physical evidence. The analysis of data and interviews may take several weeks.”

Snyder said the possibility that the fire was arson is not being ruled out.

According to Snyder, there were stairwells at either side inside the warehouse that led from the first floor to the second, and officials have said at least one of them was a makeshift staircase assembled with various materials. But there were no exits to the exterior on the second floor, Snyder said. The flames blocked the building's only exit and smoke billowed up the stairways, trapping dozens of party-goers on the second floor.

The power went out inside the building when the fire started, making it even more difficult for people inside to escape, an official briefed on the ongoing investigation told ABC News.

Survivors of the inferno who spoke to ABC News recalled waking up to "smoke and an entire wall of fire" that was so powerful it opened a window, letting in oxygen that apparently intensified the flames.

On Tuesday night Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf declared a local state of emergency to facilitate state and federal aid.

Ranelletti of the Oakland Planning and Building Department told reporters that the party at the Ghost Ship required a permit, which he said had not been obtained. The property is under investigation to determine whether it was used to house people illegally, he said.

On Nov. 14, a city notice shows an "investigation pending" for "illegal interior building structure." A day prior to that, the building's owner was notified of a code violation. The records say "a ton of garbage [is] piling up on the property," including "hazardous" trash.

The last permitted use of the building was as a warehouse, according to a press release from the City of Oakland. The city said it received complaints of blight and unpermitted interior construction at the building this year on Nov. 13. Days later, a city building inspector visited the property on Nov. 17 and verified the blight complaint, but could not gain access to the building to confirm the other complaint regarding unpermitted construction. The investigation is ongoing, the city said.

The Ghost Ship is purportedly run by a married couple, Derick Ion Almena and Micah Allison, but the building is owned by Chor Nar Siu Ng, a woman who appeared to have little involvement with its use for artists' studios and as a performance space for musicians.

"They're my children. They're my friends. They're my family. They're my loves. They're my future. What else do I have to say?" Almena told ABC affiliate KGO on Sunday.

Almena also appeared to address the deadly fire in a Facebook post early Saturday morning by saying that what he worked for was destroyed, but he failed to elaborate on what work he put into the warehouse prior to the tragedy.

The Oakland Police Department said that officers have responded to numerous calls about the warehouse in the past, but it is unclear how many. It is also unknown whether authorities will hold Almena, Allison or Ng accountable for the deaths in the fire.

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iStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A 6.5 magnitude 6.5 earthquake was recorded off the coast of northern California Thursday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The USGS said the quake was about 6.2 miles in depth, with its center located some 103 miles west of Ferndale and 281 miles northwest of Sacramento. The USGS initially reported the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.8.

The National Weather Service confirmed the earthquake and said there is no danger of a tsunami to Hawaii.

"Based on all available data a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii," the National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Ewa Beach, Hawaii, said in a statement.

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(LEXINGTON, S.C.) — An inmate serving a life sentence in a South Carolina prison who escaped from custody Wednesday night has been captured, according to police.

The inmate, identified as Michael Alan Williamson, escaped from the McCormick Correctional Institution, a medium/maximum level prison in McCormick, South Carolina, at approximately 8:50 p.m. local time. He is believed to have traveled dozens of miles to Columbia, the state capital. Williamson may also be linked to the stabbing of a female police officer at a Walmart in Columbia last night.

Williamson was captured Thursday morning in the town of Lexington, according to the Columbia Police Department.

Suspect Williamson was found before 11:00 a.m. at 4300 block of Sunset Blvd. SCDC Director says Williamson will not go back to McCormick.

Suspect Williamson was found before 11:00 a.m. at 4300 block of Sunset Blvd. SCDC Director says Williamson will not go back to McCormick.

— Cola Police Dept. SC (@ColumbiaPDSC) December 8, 2016

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