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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it flew towards the airport from Paris.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. The two F16 planes were scrambled and followed the plane but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes.

The caller said that four flights had devices on board but only specified the JFK-bound Air France flight.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated.

A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the “hijack site” because it is the area used in such scenarios.

During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

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rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — An Air France plane was being escorted to JFK airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The Maryland State Police Fusion Center received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which is en route from Paris and is expected to land at the New York City airport later Monday morning.

The threat is not considered to be credible at the moment, but when officials tried to reach Air France representatives they were unsuccessful because it is also a state holiday in France.

As a result, two American fighter jets were scrambled to accompany the New York-bound flight as it heads towards the airport from Paris.

Once the Airbus A-330 lands, it will be taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated, the U.S. official told ABC News.

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Billy Gadbury/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As tourists packed the National Mall during a busy Memorial Day weekend, a parked vehicle with several suspicious items inside alarmed a Capitol Police patrol unit enough to dispatch a bomb squad and shutdown part of downtown Washington for several hours, authorities said.

Officers on routine patrol late Sunday afternoon observed a parked and unoccupied vehicle that it described as “suspicious in nature,” just blocks from the Capitol where a crowd was gathering for the National Memorial Day Concert.

U.S. Capitol Police say its Hazardous Devices Section was called to investigate and ultimately disrupted the suspicious vehicle, triggering a loud band that echoed throughout the Mall.

Photos afterwards revealed a pressure cooker sitting in the grass and a bomb tech removing a propane tank from the vehicle. Officials said there was “an odor of gasoline” that was detected, which further alarmed officers.

U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider confirmed that there was a pressure cooker located inside the vehicle, but it was ultimately deemed not to be hazardous.

“The USCP bomb squad safely disrupted the items of concern in the vehicle including the pressure cooker, at about 7:45 p.m., and performed a thorough hand search,” Schneider wrote in a news release Sunday evening. “At about 8:20 p.m., the USCP concluded its investigation of the suspicious vehicle with negative results and nothing hazardous found.”

The owner of the vehicle was located and identified as Israel Shimeles of Alexandria, Virginia. Shimeles was arrested and charged with Operating After Revocation, according to Schneider.

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Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actress Nikki Reed played a vampire on the hit franchise Twilight, but off-screen, she’s promoting healthy eating options for families in need.

One of them, she said, is Thrive Market, an online marketplace that sells all-natural foods at 25 to 50 percent below retail price. She is a spokeswoman for the marketplace.

For Reed — who married 36-year-old Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder last month — the issue hits very close to home.

At a farmers market, the actress said that the fresh items there were “a totally different world” from what she grew up eating.

“I had a single mom, a single mom who made ($15,000) to $17,000 a year, raising two kids in Los Angeles. It was hard … we ate a lot of fast food and we ate a lot of what came off the dollar menu,” she said.

For Reed’s mother, buying fresh food was too expensive.

“I actually worked in the cafeteria in exchange for free lunch,” Reed said.

Because of her past, Reed is working to make a difference for others who may have challenges similar to those she experienced as a child.

Although it’s a common belief that it’s costly to eat healthy, Reed said there are alternatives.

“They do make it easy and you know … my family growing up, this is definitely something my mother would have loved,” Reed said. “If my mom had something like Thrive Market as an option for her … then it would have been a whole different ball game.”

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Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actress Nikki Reed played a vampire on the hit franchise Twilight, but off-screen, she’s promoting healthy eating options for families in need.

One of them, she said, is Thrive Market, an online marketplace that sells all-natural foods at 25 to 50 percent below retail price. She is a spokeswoman for the marketplace.

For Reed — who married 36-year-old Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder last month — the issue hits very close to home.

At a farmers market, the actress said that the fresh items there were “a totally different world” from what she grew up eating.

“I had a single mom, a single mom who made ($15,000) to $17,000 a year, raising two kids in Los Angeles. It was hard … we ate a lot of fast food and we ate a lot of what came off the dollar menu,” she said.

For Reed’s mother, buying fresh food was too expensive.

“I actually worked in the cafeteria in exchange for free lunch,” Reed said.

Because of her past, Reed is working to make a difference for others who may have challenges similar to those she experienced as a child.

Although it’s a common belief that it’s costly to eat healthy, Reed said there are alternatives.

“They do make it easy and you know … my family growing up, this is definitely something my mother would have loved,” Reed said. “If my mom had something like Thrive Market as an option for her … then it would have been a whole different ball game.”

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Nathanael Callon(DALLAS) — At least five people were killed, three others are missing and hundreds of homes were destroyed as large parts of the central and southern Plains states faced flash floods and tornadoes.

In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, Deputy Chief Matt Wilson of the Claremore Fire Department told ABC News.

Alyssa Ramirez, 18, a student at Devine High School in Texas, died Saturday driving home from her school’s prom, after her car got stuck in floodwater, ABC News affiliate KSAT-TV reports.

According to the National Weather Service, one other person died in Union, Mississippi when a tree fell on the victim’s car.

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In Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, hundreds of homes were destroyed, many of them washed away, after more than 9 inches of rain was reported and the Blanco River rose.

Trey Hatt, Communications Specialist for the city of San Marcos, told ABC News that three people remain missing from the Wimberley area – and 550 properties and 1,100 structures were impacted by the flood waters.

A tornado touched down in Houston early Sunday, severely damaging an apartment complex and sending at least two people to the hospital. The National Weather Service identified the tornado in a preliminary report as an EF-1 with 100 mile per hour winds.

The threat for severe weather will encompass a large swath of Texas and the southern part of Oklahoma yet again on Memorial Day with large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado possible across the region.

Heavy rain and more flash flooding are expected for areas that are already extremely saturated.

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Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Five-year-old Yasmeen Faruqui didn’t feel like doing her homework. She insisted she wanted to write to President Obama instead. And he wrote back.

“Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting,” reads Yasmeen’s handwritten note, posted to Twitter by her aunt. “Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want.”

“Tell your niece I really like her letter. Couldn’t agree more!” the commander-in-chief replied Friday on Twitter. It’s just the sixth tweet on his new account.

Yasmeen’s words were all her own, her mother told ABC News. (After all, only a 5-year-old would note she’s “almost six” in a letter to the leader of the free world.)

“I just let her do her thing,” Tasha Faruqui said. “Those are absolutely her spontaneous ideas. … She has a mind of her own!”

Yasmeen, who’s set to participate in a family member’s same-sex wedding ceremony this fall, was bothered when her playmates insisted “boys can’t marry boys.”

“I don’t think that’s wrong,” she told her mom.

“She’s very much an independent thinker,” Yasmeen’s aunt, Fahmida Zaman, told ABC. “She attempts to respectfully color outside the lines.”

Because her father serves in the Navy, war has always scared Yasmeen. When she heard the president had read her letter, she went through the roof.

“This means the war’s going to end! He got the letter,” Yasmeen yelled.

When her mother explained that isn’t quite how diplomacy works, Yasmeen was still ecstatic: “Now he got my message and he can share my message,” she told her mom.

“I think it says a lot about our president, responding to a letter of a 5-year-old. That’s pretty remarkable,” Zaman said. “It lets her feel like her voice is heard.”

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Broward Sheriff’s Office(PALM BEACH, Fla.) — A Florida mother is out of jail after spending more than a week behind bars during an ongoing dispute over circumcising her son.

Heather Hironimus posted bond and was released Saturday night, according to authorities in Palm Beach County.

Hironimus, 31, had been taken into custody May 14 after she went missing for several months with her 4-year-old son, allegedly to avoid a court order to circumcise him, according to court records. She was taken to jail on charges including interference with custody, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office.

On Friday, she signed paperwork to allow the procedure, attorney Ira Marcus, who represents the boy’s father, Dennis Nebus, told ABC News.

Doing so released Horonimus from the civil pick-up order, but not interference with child custody — a criminal charge — so she remained in jail until Saturday night.

In May 2014, Hironimus lost a legal battle to Nebus when a Palm Beach County judge ruled that the boy should be circumcised, according to the Orlando Sun Sentinel.

In March 2015, the judge ordered Hironimus to bring the boy in to schedule the circumcision procedure, according to the newspaper. But Hironimus never showed up in court — prompting a warrant for her arrest, the newspaper reported, also noting that she avoided being arrested because she was living in a domestic violence shelter.

Hironimus filed a federal suit against both Nebus and the judge last month, claiming that her son did not have a medical need to be circumcised. At the boy’s age, Hironimus’ federal suit says, there could be negative psychological effects resulting from circumcision. She expressed that he did not want to be circumcised and was afraid of the procedure.

Nebus’ attorney Ira Marcus told ABC News on Sunday: “We assume the family law court will resolve the issues … dealing with my client and the child.”

Hironimus’s lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment on Sunday.

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