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iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) -- Officials in Southern California have released two videos of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man.

Alfred Okwera Olango, 38, died after he was shot by an officer with the El Cajon Police Department Tuesday night. His sister had called 911 saying that he was "not acting like himself" and walking in traffic, endangering himself and others, police said.

When police arrived, Olango allegedly refused multiple instructions to remove his hand from his pocket, according to police. At one point, Olango "rapidly drew an object from his front pants pocket, placed both hands together and extended them rapidly toward the officer, taking up what appeared to be a shooting stance," police said Tuesday. That's when one officer deployed his Taser and another fired his gun several times, striking Olango, according to police.

Olango's death spurred protests in El Cajon, about 16 miles northwest of San Diego. On Wednesday, police revealed that the object Olango had pulled from his pants pocket was a vape smoking device. He did not have a gun on him when he was shot, according to police.

A representative for his family called on the district attorney's office to release video of the shooting on Thursday.

Federal officials had tried twice to deport Olango, a refugee from Uganda -- once in 2002 after he was convicted for transporting and selling narcotics, and again in 2009 after he served prison time for a firearms charge conviction in Colorado, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Olango had not reported to the agency as required since February 2015.


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Rakeyia Scott(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Charlotte Police Department has announced it will release the full video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott -- an incident that sparked a wave of violent protests.

The full dashboard and body camera videos will be released after Scott's family reviews them next week, the CPD announced on Twitter.

CMPD will release the remaining portions of unreleased dash and body cam next week after Mr. Scott's family reviews video pic.twitter.com/4G9t6ZE8km

— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 30, 2016

On Thursday, audio was released from police radio and a 911 call placed after Scott was shot. Portions of the dashboard and body cameras were released over the weekend, and a cellphone video taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott, were released last week.

Scott, 43, was shot by a Charlotte police officer on Sept. 20 and later died, prompting violent protests to erupt in downtown Charlotte in the days following his death. Police said they saw Scott exit his car with a firearm, and a handgun was found on the scene in "close proximity" to Scott's body.

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Investigators now know the speed at which a New Jersey commuter train crashed into the Hoboken Terminal on Thursday -- leaving one person dead and 114 injured -- due to the recovery of a data recorder from the locomotive car at the rear of the train, sources tell ABC News.

But a second recorder that was located in the train's "controlling cab" at the front of the train has yet to be recovered due to safety concerns at the crash site in Hoboken, New Jersey. The front of the train was the most severely damaged in the crash, and in addition the station's canopy fell onto the front car, making it difficult for investigators to access. The National Transportation Safety Board hopes to recover the second data recorder Friday if the area is safe enough for investigators to get it.

Investigators said they may release some information publicly as soon as Friday.

What the recorder could tell us

Train data recorders differ significantly from those on airplanes. While data recorders on a commuter train and freight train can vary in function, most only record a train's technical operations and not voice data. According to investigators, the NTSB hopes to retrieve pertinent information from the data recorder besides the train's speed prior to and at the time of the accident, such as: the train's throttle position; if the brakes were applied and whether the engineer used standard brakes or emergency brakes; and whether a horn was used. When the data recorder located in the controlling cab is recovered, it may also tell investigators what signals and lights were visible prior to the accident.

The problems investigators face

But as with flight data recorders, possible challenges are at play. Although train data recorders have protective material around them to withstand an accident, the recorder can still malfunction and fail to record data or can be so badly damaged that it is difficult to extract data from it.

In some cases, the NTSB will bring in the manufacturer of a train or its data recorder to assist federal investigators with downloading and analyzing the data.

It’s not all about the recorder

Experts are quick to note that they rely on more than the data recorder during the investigation process.

"Even if we don't have all the information from an event recorder, we can still gain additional information from examining the track, examining the train itself," and looking into other things related to the accident, NTSB Public Affairs Officer Keith Holloway told ABC News.

Holloway said his agency will also look at whether the train's data recorder correlates to other information from the accident scene, such as security-camera footage and witness testimony.

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Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(STANFORD, Calif.) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills inspired by the case of former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, who was sentenced to six months in jail with probation for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on the college campus, Brown's office announced Friday.

Turner was found guilty in March of three felony charges: assault with intent to commit rape of an intoxicated/unconscious person, penetration of an intoxicated person and penetration of an unconscious person. The assault -- digital penetration -- was stopped by two men who noticed that the victim wasn't moving, authorities said. Turner fled, but the witnesses tackled him and held him until police arrived, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office.

Turner was sentenced June 2 to six months in Santa Clara County Jail by Judge Aaron Persky. Turner was facing up to 14 years, and prosecutors asked for six years, but the judge sentenced Turner to six months, as recommended by the probation department.

Turner, now 21, was released from jail after he served three months. Many inmates in California serve only half of their sentences for good behavior. Turner's case and sentence sparked national attention and Persky was criticized for what many critics said was a too-lenient sentence. Turner must complete three years of probation and register as a sex offender.

One bill signed by Brown that was inspired by Turner's case, AB 2888, aims to ensure that anyone in California convicted of sex assault can't be sentenced to probation.

Evan Low, one of the assemblymembers who introduced the bill, said in a statement Friday: "This sends the strongest possible message that rape is rape and in California, if you do the crime, you're going to do the time."

"Judge Persky’s ruling was unjustifiable and morally wrong, however, under current state law it was within his discretion," Low said. "While we can’t go back and change what happened, we have made sure it never happens again."

The second bill signed by Brown, AB 701, aims to close a "loophole" in the California state penal code "that the Brock Turner case highlighted" by adding a section to the penal code that says "all forms of non-consensual sexual assault may be considered rape for purposes of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors," according to a statement from Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, one of the bill's authors.

The previous law stated that "a defendant’s use of force triggers a mandatory prison sentence." But "when a victim is unconscious or severely intoxicated, the victim is unable to resist, and the perpetrator does not have to use force," lawmakers said in a previous joint statement about why it was necessary to close the loophole.

"Sexual penetration without consent is rape, Garcia said. "It is never invited, wanted or warranted. Rape is rape, period."

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Facebook(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- Thomas Gallagher, the man at the controls of the NJ Transit train that plowed into a station Thursday, is a married father and veteran engineer who has worked in the rail industry for almost three decades, officials say.

Authorities say Gallagher, 48, is cooperating with investigators after Thursday’s rush-hour crash in which the commuter train, traveling at high speed, slammed through barriers and into an interior wall at Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey. The crash killed one person and injured more than 100 others.

Gallagher has been released from the hospital after being treated for minor injuries. He tested negative for alcohol and drugs after taking a blood test, a law enforcement official told ABC News. The testing was conducted as a routine part of the investigation as officials examine factors that could have led to the crash. The condition of the train track and whether Gallagher was fatigued are just a couple of factors being considered.

Gallagher, who lives in Morris County, New Jersey with his wife and teenage daughters, has been employed by NJ Transit for 29 years, according to a spokeswoman for the National Transportation Board Safety.

According to what appears to be his LinkedIn page, Gallagher attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 1986 to 1990. He listed his profession on LinkedIn as “loco engineer” for NJ Transit, using the abbreviation for locomotive.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating Thursday’s deadly crash along with the Federal Railway Administration. As is standard procedure, investigators will look into all possible causes of the crash. However, a senior official briefed on the crash told ABC News that they do not suspect sabotage or foul play.

The NTSB told ABC News it has not yet interviewed the engineer, though they have requested to do so, along with other crew members.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TULSA, Okla.) -- The Oklahoma police officer charged with first-degree manslaughter in the recent fatal shooting of an unarmed black man pleaded not guilty at her first court appearance Friday.

Tulsa officer Betty Shelby did not speak in the courtroom, but one of her attorneys, Shannon McMurray, entered the not-guilty plea on her behalf. Shelby is due back in court on Nov. 29.

Shelby is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Terence Crutcher on Sept. 16, after she encountered the man's SUV in the middle of a two-lane roadway while it was still running. Shelby's other attorney, Scott Wood, previously told ABC News that Crutcher ignored more than two dozen commands from Shelby and that he allegedly reached into the driver's side open window of his SUV before the officer perceived a threat and shot him.

Crutcher died at the hospital where he was taken after he was shot, police said.

The Crutcher family's attorneys, Benjamin L. Crump and Damario Solomon-Simmons, maintain that the window was up, evidenced by the blood splattered on it when he was shot. The family and their attorneys attended the court hearing in Tulsa Friday.

According to an affidavit by an investigator with the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office, Shelby reacted "unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation" with Crutcher. Shelby became "emotionally involved" to the point that she overreacted, and she was "not able to see any weapons or bulges indicating a weapon was present," the affidavit states.

The Tulsa Police Department released video last week from a patrol car dash-cam and from a police helicopter that arrived to the scene. Both videos show Crutcher with his hands up in the air moments before he was shot.

Shelby turned herself into the Tulsa County Jail last week. The white police officer was arrested and released less than 30 minutes later on $50,000 bond. She faces a prison sentence of at least four years if she is found guilty of first-degree manslaughter, according to the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office.

The Tulsa Police Department has not fired Shelby, but instead has placed her on unpaid leave. She was originally put on paid administrative leave until the charge was filed.

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iStock/Thinkstock(TOWNVILLE, S.C.) -- A 14-year-old who allegedly shot three people outside a South Carolina elementary school appeared in court Friday.

The teen was charged with one count of murder in the death of his father and three counts of attempted murder, one for each of the people who were shot at Townville Elementary School on Wednesday.

A judge in Townville agreed to detain the teen pending his trial, saying there was enough evidence in the case to hold him. He has not yet entered a plea. His mother cried as he appeared in court.

The teen's attorney, Frank Eppes, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Students were at recess when the teenager allegedly approached the playground armed with a handgun, police said. A volunteer firefighter who arrived minutes after the 911 call was placed tackled the teen to the ground. A teacher and two students were injured in the shooting, including a 6-year-old boy who was on life support in the intensive care unit at a local hospital as of Thursday.

After the shooting, the school announced that it would be closed for the remainder of the week.

The teen's father was found dead of a gunshot wound at his home about two miles away from the school. The Anderson County Coroner said Wednesday that the death appeared to be a homicide.

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ABC News(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — The engineer who was behind the controls of a New Jersey Transit train that crashed into Hoboken station Thursday morning, killing one person and injuring 114 others, was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident, according to a law enforcement official.

The engineer, identified by NJ Transit as Thomas Gallagher, 48, was treated for minor injuries after the crash and released. He is cooperating with investigators, authorities said. A blood test on him at the hospital tested negative for alcohol and drugs, the law enforcement official told ABC News.

The test was a routine part of the investigation as officials continue to examine a number of factors that could have led to the crash, such as the condition of the train track or whether the engineer was fatigued.

Investigators have also recovered the train's event recorder, which they will attempt to examine at the scene before transporting it to their lab for analysis in Washington, D.C., to determine the speed and braking of the train before it crashed. But they have not yet recovered the cameras mounted on the train, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, an independent government agency investigating the crash.

Structural damage to the Hoboken station from the crash is hindering the transportation safety board’s efforts to get to the train on the first full day of their investigation. So far, investigators have only been able to reach the locomotive car at the end of the train, not any of the train's passenger cars. Investigators plan to put the train back on rails to remove it from the damaged building, the transportation board told ABC News today.

The Federal Railway Administration as well as the transportation safety board is investigating the crash. Investigators will be looking into all possible causes, though a senior official briefed on the crash told ABC News that they do not suspect sabotage or foul play.

The transportation board has not yet interviewed the engineer, though they have requested to do so, along with other crew members, the agency told ABC News Friday.

The crash occurred around 8:45 a.m. ET in the middle of the morning rush hour, when a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling at a high speed plowed into a platform inside the historic Hoboken Terminal, crashing through barriers until it hit an interior wall, sending wreckage flying and causing the station’s roof to partially collapse, officials said.

One person died, a woman standing on the platform who was killed by debris from the crash. She has been identified as Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, a 34-year-old mother from Hoboken who moved to the United States from Brazil with her family.

Two other people suffered life-threatening injuries, and dozens of others are being treated for minor injuries at area hospitals, officials said.

The Hoboken Terminal was evacuated and all service there was suspended, including both NJ Transit and PATH train service. Transit officials said the station will remain closed Friday, impacting more than 100,000 people who use NJ Transit to commute from New Jersey to New York City each day.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Five years ago Friday, American-born al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was traveling between dusty towns in Yemen in a two-car convoy when a pair of Hellfire missiles launched from Predator drones ended his life and the lives of everyone in his small entourage.

The killing of al-Awlaki, a New Mexico native, without charges or trial, on Sept. 30, 2011, remains one of the most controversial counter-terrorism operations since 9/11. The U.S. government contends that in addition to his propaganda that fueled lethal plots the world over, al-Awlaki was directly involved in operational planning for al-Qaeda and was therefore an "imminent threat."

Killing him should have ended that threat. But then earlier this month, a young man who allegedly planted a series of bombs in New York and New Jersey was found with a journal in which he apparently had written that it was al-Awlaki who told him to do it.

"I looked for guidance and [praise be to God] guidance came. Sheikh Anwar [al-Awlaki,] Brother Adnani ... said it clearly attack the kuffar [unbelievers] in their backyard," a journal purportedly belonging to bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami says, also referring to the late ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.

It was the most recent, but hardly the first time al-Awlaki's name has come up in the wake of terrorist attacks both in the U.S. and abroad.

Law enforcement officials have told ABC News that al-Awlaki's English-language sermons or other extremist materials are often found on the computers of those who carried out attacks or were arrested on terror charges -- dozens of them in the past few years. To name some of the more high-profile cases:

  • San Bernardino, California. Dec. 2, 2015. Fourteen innocent people killed. A friend of shooter Syed Rizwan Farook allegedly listened to al-Awlaki's sermons and the two together pored over Inspire magazine, the publication produced by al-Awlaki's al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee. July 16, 2015. Five innocent people killed. Gunman Mohammod Abdulazeez followed al-Awlaki's teachings online beginning as least as far back as two years before the attack, officials told ABC News at the time.
  • Garland, Texas. May 3, 2015. No innocent people killed. Of the two gunmen, who were killed in the attack by police, one used a photo of al-Awlaki on a social media profile and the other gave CDs with al-Awlaki material on them to his mother, according to The New York Times.
  • Boston, Massachusetts. April 15, 2013. Three innocent people killed. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev allegedly praised al-Awlaki on Twitter and encouraged his followers to listen to him.

In case after case since his death, the ghost of al-Awlaki has haunted U.S. counter-terrorism officials and, in the eyes of a former U.S. national security official, his legacy has come to symbolize the evolved threat that the U.S. faces today from homegrown terror.

"Here's an individual who died five years ago, and yet today as we are investigating attacks in this country, [he] is still a major figure and his words are still influencing people," said John Cohen, a former top counter-terrorism official at the Department of Homeland Security and a current ABC News contributor. "It just demonstrates the incredible influence that social media and the internet have now on inspiring people."

J.M. Berger, a terrorism expert, said al-Awlaki's message continues to be particularly pervasive because, having lived in the U.S. for so long, he knew how to speak to Westerners.

"His work was very powerful, emotionally," Berger told ABC News. "He was a very good storyteller, and his stories served the narrative he wanted to promote."

The ideas that he promotes, in videos and audio messages online that circulate endlessly in jihadi networks, include how the U.S. is at war with Islam and that it's every Muslim's duty to kill Americans, especially Muslims in the West.

"That was the whole purpose around al-Awlaki, a big part of his agenda, to speak to the English-language community and the Western recruits," said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst who specialized in counter-terrorism.

Following the shooting in San Bernardino and the revelations about al-Awlaki's connection to it, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked if President Obama regretted ordering his death -- essentially, had killing al-Awlaki made him a martyr and a rallying cry for jihadists?

Earnest said that Obama had concluded that, due to his purported operational role in al-Qaeda as well as the propaganda, the U.S. was safer with al-Awlaki "off the battlefield."

And while al-Awlaki's controversial death may indeed have raised his profile even further, Berger said that it's "hard to see how taking him out was a mistake."

"While some argue, correctly, that his work will continue to be influential even after his death, I think people tend to underestimate the importance of novelty in propaganda," Berger said. "[H]is works have become classics, [but] there are no new al-Awlaki messages to stoke excitement."

"It's important to acknowledge his influence will continue to be felt in the jihadist movement, but he's frozen in time now," he said.

Bakos said she expects al-Awlaki will continue to pop up in terrorism investigations in the coming years.

"Unless someone comes along and replaces him with the same articulation, the same senior role in an organization, he's not going away," she said.

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The train crash in New Jersey that left one woman dead and 114 others injured has re-ignited the debate over positive train control, an automatic breaking system that deploys when trains run above the speed limit among other scenarios.

According to New Jersey Transit’s last quarterly filing, dated July 2016, none of the company’s 400 locomotives were equipped with PTC software, nor was its track. According to that same report, filed with the Federal Railroad Administration, the company had installed some hardware components on eight trains, and scheduled a pilot demonstration for a 6-mile segment of track. NJT does not dispute the report.

Investigators can’t yet say what caused today’s deadly crash, so it's unclear as to whether PTC could have prevented it, as some have suggested. NJT has declined to answer questions from ABC News.

According to the FRA, PTC is "communication-based/processor-based train control technology" designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by speeding, and incursions into established work zones among other functions.

The National Transportation Safety Board confirms its experts are looking into the role PTC might have played, had it been installed — and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said the train appeared to be traveling at a “high rate of speed," despite the 10 mph speed restriction coming into the station.

However, in the past, those experts have asserted that PTC could have prevented fatal accidents, like Amtrak 188, which hurtled off the tracks, killing eight, in Philadelphia last May. That train was traveling 106 mph into a curve that was restricted to 50 mph.

If the feds had had their way, they say the Amtrak crash could have been prevented: PTC was originally supposed to be implemented nationwide by the end of last year.

Following a spate of fatal crashes in the early 2000s — most notably a September 2008 collision between a California Metrolink Train and a Union Pacific freighter that killed 25 people — Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act in 2008.

The legislation allowed the FRA to set a deadline: all railroads that regularly transported passengers or hazardous materials were ordered to install PTC by Dec. 31, 2015.

But the railroads fired back, with trade organizations decrying the deadline as “arbitrary" and "unworkable.”

After months of wrangling — and over some lawmakers’ vigorous objections —Congress voted in late 2015 to extend the deadline by three years, to Dec. 31, 2018, giving some companies the option to extend the deadline an additional two years if they met certain conditions.

“This five year extension of life-saving technology is way too long, with way too little guarantee that PTC implementation will get done,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., said at the time.

The railroads, however, rejoiced, with multiple companies pledging to spend hundreds of millions on implementation.

The FRA required the railroads to submit a PTC plan by January 2016 outlining “when and how the railroad would have a system fully installed and activated.”

Though the NTSB urged railroads not to apply for extensions, the FRA approved several extension requests, including some from commuter lines, like the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, as well as some larger freight companies, like CSX and Norfolk Southern.

According to the FRA, New Jersey Transit’s target implementation date is in 2018. Amtrak, the company involved in the deadly May 2015 derailment, has activated PTC on most of its Northeast corridor.

Meanwhile, the NTSB continues to urge railroads nationwide to hurry up and implement PTC.

“The NTSB has been recommending positive train control for 40 years,” Member Bella Dinh-Zarr reminded reporters in Hoboken today. "We will look at whether there was positive train control installed, and all of the aspects related to that before we come to any conclusions."

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ABC News(HOBOKEN, N.J.) — An eyewitness to the horrific crash in a busy train station in Hoboken, New Jersey on Thursday that killed one woman and injured over 100 told ABC News about the harrowing moments following the moment of impact.

Many people fled the scene as the train smashed into the station with such force that it was propelled into the air, sending debris flying and causing the roof to partially collapse, but Rahman Perkins rushed to help those inside.

"When everybody started running out, I started running in," Perkins told Good Morning America.

"I just saw the train crash into everything. And I just started trying to help whoever I could," he added.

When asked what made him run in to help, Perkins credited his parents, "they just raised brave kids."

Perkins found Fabiola Bittar de Kroon, who was not a passenger but was stuck and fatally wounded by falling wreckage caused by the accident. Perkins said he attempted to comfort her as much as possible.

"I knew she was in pain. I was like, 'Miss, I'm not gonna leave you. I'm not gonna let you -- if you're gonna die, you're not gonna die by yourself right now. I'm here with you."

De Kroon was an employee for software company SAP, according to SAP North America Head of Communications Atle Erlingsson. SAP is "profoundly saddened and shaken" by the news of the train crash, said Erlingsson, who also confirmed that de Kroon was an employee with its legal department in Brazil but left the company earlier this year.

"We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends, and all those impacted by today's tragic event," Erlingsson said.


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iStock/Thinkstock(EL CAJON, Calif.) — Protests of a police shooting in El Cajon, California turned violent late Thursday night, with groups of people throwing bottles and other objects at police and smashing car windows.

Thursday marked the third consecutive night of protests in the city of about 100,000 in San Diego County.

The unrest first began on Tuesday, when police fatally shot an unarmed black man who they say ignored officers' commands and assumed a "shooting stance," after being confronted in the parking lot of a restaurant.

A group of between 50 and 75 protesters occupied an intersection on Thursday night, police said. Some of the protesters stopped passing vehicles and smashed car windows.

"At one point, an assault took place between the protesters and a motorcyclist who was knocked off of his motorcycle," the El Cajon Police Department said in a statement.

Police said they arrived at the scene and ordered the demonstrators to disperse after they received numerous 911 calls about a disturbance.

People in the group began hurling glass bottles at officers, and the police responded with pepper balls, according to the police statement.

Police said they arrested two males, a 19-year-old and a 28-year-old, both from El Cajon.

In an interview with ABC News, El Cajon's mayor, Bill Wells, defended the city's police department but said he understands the frustrations people are expressing after Tuesday's shooting.

"We have a great police department," Wells told ABC News.

"There are a lot of people who don’t feel heard in this debate," he added. "They feel the system is stacked against them, they feel that justice is not being done. I understand why people don’t accept that. We need a dialogue about this more and more. People are pretty upset ... and I get it."

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Pancho Bernasconi/Getty Images(HOBOKEN, N.J.) -- At least one woman is dead, and 114 were injured, some seriously, when a NJ Transit commuter train carrying 250 people and traveling at a high speed crashed into Hoboken's historic train station at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday morning, authorities said.

The train came in fast and crashed through barriers until it hit an interior wall, said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a press conference. The engineer who was operating the train has been treated and released form the hospital and is cooperating with law enforcement investigating the crash, authorities said.

The woman who died was not a passenger on the train but was killed by debris that fell onto the platform after the train crashed into it, Christie said.

"We know what happened," said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, referring to the train's speed. "We don't know why it happened."

The historic Hoboken Terminal has structural damage and officials have no estimate on when the NJ Transit section of the station will reopen, Christie said.

The part of the terminal used by PATH trains however is fine, officials said. PATH service to the station was restored at 3 p.m., in time for the evening commute.

Both governors applauded the emergency responders and civilians who assisted rescue efforts, evacuating the train as quickly as possible and helping the injured get medical care.

Witnesses described a scene of horror, with one NJ Transit worker who saw the crash saying the train hit the edge of the station platform so hard that it flew up onto the platform and didn't stop until it ran into the wall of the station's waiting room.

"I couldn't believe what I was seeing," NJ Transit worker Michael Larson told ABC News station WABC.

All of the injured are receiving care at local hospitals, Christie said. One area trauma center, the Jersey City Medical Center, reported earlier in the day Thursday that it was treating three people who sustained critical or serious injuries in the crash.

Dozens of people are being evaluated or treated at various area hospitals.

ABC News/Google EarthThe train, on NJ Transit's Pascack Valley line, started in Spring Valley, New York, at 7:23 a.m. Eastern time, with a scheduled arrival in Hoboken of 8:38 a.m. It struck the terminal building on track 5 at approximately 8:45 a.m, according to NJ Transit.

Both the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railway Administration are investigating the crash. As is standard, investigators will be looking at all possible causes, including human failure and mechanical problems; they will also look at the possibility of sabotage or foul play, although they suspect neither, officials said.

The Hoboken Terminal was evacuated and all service there was suspended, including boht NJ Transit and PATH train service.

“There is heavy structural damage to the terminal, which is why it was evacuated," said Jennifer Nelson, the director of media relations for NJ Transit. "It is not safe to go in there right now.”

Corey Futterman was riding in one of the last cars of the train and was not injured. He told ABC News that this was "something I've never seen before."

"We had just left Secaucus, and that's where about half or, if not, more than half of the train gets off the car to transfer to New York. We were approaching Hoboken, and the train did not seem to be slowing down whatsoever, and then all of a sudden, everything just crashed and shook," he said.

William Blaine, who said he is a freight engineer and was in the Hoboken Terminal near the track where the crash happened, estimated that the train may have been going 30 or more miles per hour, when it should have been going half that speed as it approached the station.

"I just heard kaboom, and everything just went down," he said. "Your body just shook. I swear, it sounded like a bomb. And I am sure that's probably what people were thinking, because this is what it sounded like."

Blaine told ABC News he guessed the train may have been traveling at "30 to 40 miles per hour" when it struck the station platform.

NJ Transit's Larson said he was standing about 30 feet away when he saw the train coming into the station "at a high rate of speed."

"It went over the bumper block [at the edge of the platform], basically through the air, traveled about another 40 feet and came to a rest when it hit the wall of the waiting room," he said. "It was initially just a horrendous, horrendous exploding noise."

He said he was among those who rushed over to help passengers. The first car sustained the worst damage, he said.

"There were a lot of people kicking out windows trying to exit the train," Larson said. "The second half of the first car was completely destroyed, to where they were crawling on their hands and knees" to try to exit, he said.

Passengers in cars farther back were able to walk off the train, officials said. The train's engineer is among those hospitalized.


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ABC News(POTSDAM, N.Y.) -- Nick Hillary, one of the small number of black men in the small upstate New York village of Potsdam, was found not guilty Wednesday morning in the murder of his white ex-girlfriend's 12-year-old son. While Hillary is now a free man, to his eldest child, 19-year-old Shanna, race "definitely [did] play a factor" in the murder accusation that turned Hillary's life upside-down.

The village of Potsdam was nearly 90 percent white and less than 3 percent black in 2010 -- the year before 12-year-old Garrett Phillips' murder in October 2011.

"For anyone to say, 'Oh, if, you know, even if your dad was white, they would have questioned him' -- I don't think they would have gotten as far as it was, like, if he was white," she said. "Doesn't matter where you are, with everything going on, race is always a factor."

But Shanna, who describes her father as loving, caring and easygoing, told ABC News' "20/20" during the trial that Hillary is "a really strong person," adding that she's "leaning on him more than him leaning on me" during the trial.

"He doesn't really, like, burden anything on me," she said, "but from what I can see from the outside, he's still strong, so doesn't matter what they throw at him, he's going to come out on top."

It was late 2010 when Hillary and Garrett's mother, Tandy Cyrus, became a couple, and when they moved in together, Shanna moved in with them, too. Altogether, it was a household of five, including Cyrus' children, then-fifth-grader Garrett and his younger brother Aaron.

Shanna called her relationship with her father's then-girlfriend "strained at best."

"This situation wasn't like, 'Hi, this is so and so. Nice to meet you,' it was more like, 'OK, I have to meet you,'" she said. "Did we have, like, girl nights where we were up all night watching movies and eating popcorn and doing our nails? No.

"I think it was a mutual thing," she continued. "I didn't necessarily participate in the whole family gathering type of stuff."

And of adapting to living with two energetic young boys, Shanna said, "It was like, 'Oh, meet your new siblings,' and now you have to get to know them and, like, not step on each other's toes and, like, figure out how to coexist in the same place."

Garrett "definitely had a lot of energy," Shanna said. "He was always on the go."

Hillary and Cyrus broke up in the summer of 2011, and soon after, they stopped living together.

"I was happy that my dad and I lived in our own place together 'cause it gave me a lot more freedom to just relax," Shanna said. "It was like I don't have someone breathing down my neck all the time."

Garrett, his mother and his younger brother had been in their new apartment for just a few months when Garrett was murdered on Oct. 24, 2011. Two days later, Hillary was taken in for questioning. He was not arrested.

But for Shanna, the suspicion that plagued her father gave her a "very short window at the time to be sad" over Garrett's death, she said.

"When it first happened, I was sad, I was really sad about it 'cause I've known him for about a year ... but I didn't get to be sad for long," she said. "When I think of his passing away, instead of ... trying to remember good times, everything in my face now is them trying to hunt my dad down for it."

To Shanna, the investigation into Hillary felt like "they picked what they wanted to happen and they tried to find ways to make it fit, even though that's not what happened."

Shanna, now a junior studying biology at Clarkson University, where Hillary used to coach soccer, took time off from school to come to court as her dad's alibi witness. She told ABC News she's "eager for the whole ordeal to be over."

"It's been going on for so long, and every time you think that you're done, something else comes up," she said. "I'm ready to, like, move on. ... It's in every part of my life. So, when I'm supposed to be enjoying myself in college, I have all of this other stuff behind me, worrying."

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Monkey Business Images/iStock/Thinkstock(MCDONOUGH, Ga.) -- Firefighters saved the life of an elderly dog after he somehow fell down a 40-foot-deep well in McDonough, Georgia, according to county officials.

The yellow Labrador retriever named Bama was "desperately trying to keep [his] head above water," when animal control officers found him on Monday afternoon, according to a post on the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department's Facebook page.

The officers "realized that an extraction of this sort was beyond [their] capabilities," so they immediately contacted the Henry County Fire Department for help, said a spokesperson for the county's animal care and control department.

"We affectionately call them the 'Batman Department' because they have all the 'cool toys' and specialized equipment for situations like this that animal control departments don't have," the spokesperson told ABC News.

The fire department's Technical Rescue Team shortly arrived on the scene and worked for over three hours to rescue Bama, according to Capt. Michael Black, public information officer for the Henry County Fire Department.

The rescue team first pumped oxygen down the 40-foot-deep well before lowering a firefighter to get Bama back up, Black told ABC News today.

"The dog was really friendly, and when he was out, he even seemed like he was going around to thank everyone," Black said. He added that Bama was determined to be OK and turned over to his owner without further incident.

It appeared that the dog had accidentally fallen into the well, which is located in the backyard of his owner's neighbors' house, while "hanging out" there that afternoon, Black said.

Bama's owner, James House, told ABC affiliate WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, that he "didn't even know" Bama had fallen in the well "until they had already got him" out.

"I know it must have been scary for him," House said. "I brought him home and hugged him -- mud and all."

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