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UFO Sightings: Top 10 States with Highest Number of Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There have been 1,177 UFO sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) so far this year, 353 of them in March, according to a recent announcement.

The UFO Center’s announcement also included three notable “sightings” last week in Portugal, Alaska and Washington.

In one of the reports, a woman from Sitka, Alaska, said she heard a strange “ping” sound in her home last Wednesday and claimed her 4-year-old son witnessed a disc-shaped craft outside their home. The report came with a drawing made by her son of the alleged craft.

If you’re in the mood to go UFO hunting or if you just want to have an extraterrestrial experience, you may want to visit these 10 states with the highest number of UFO sightings in the last four decades, according to NUFORC, which said it’s been operating since 1974:

Disclaimer: The National UFO Reporting Center said it makes no claims as to the validity of the information in any of these reports.

1. California – 11,202

Most recent sighting: Ladera Ranch on March 22, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.

“I was on my patio [and] saw something fell out of the sky, straight down,” the witness said. “It was green and looked like a flame was coming out of the back end of it.”

2. Florida – 5,113

Most recent sighting: Deltona on March 23, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.

“Two round lights changed colors and moved at incredible rates of direction and speed,” the witness wrote. “There were two round lights, one green, one red. Then both lights became green, 5 seconds later they both became red. The lights were below the cloud cover at approximately 1000 ft. The lights were stationary in the night sky.”

The witness added a traveling companion pulled the vehicle off the road to further observe the sighting, but then “the lights streaked north at an incredible rate of speed, dove 90 degrees and streaked north again out of sight.”

3. Washington – 5,004

Most recent sighting: Everett on March 24, 2015, at 8:15 p.m.

The witness claimed to have seen “two massive crafts, solid black in color” with orange lights in an inverted “V-shape” while on the phone with a sister.

“I was alarmed and scared as this was close, just above the tree line and electrical power lines,” the witness said.

4. Texas – 4,359

Most recent sighting: College Station on March 25, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a red and green orb moving at an “incredible speed” down Jupiter’s horizon through a telescope.

“What drew my attention was its curving motion and abrupt changes in speed, from close to a dead stop to full speed almost instantaneously,” the witness wrote. “The speed of this object was far greater than any aircraft/satellite and could not be seen by naked eye, only through telescope.”

5. New York – 3,837

Most recent sighting: Bronx, New York City, on March 22, 2015, at 10:00 p.m.

The witness claimed seeing a spacecraft trying to abduct an airplane and hearing strange songs from the attic.

6. Arizona – 3,212

Most recent sighting: Green Valley on March 23, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

“For the past few nights we’ve seen a brilliant bright white light under the moon in the night sky, and we’re wondering what it is,” the witness said. “It doesn’t appear to be moving (like a plane), but is in a different position every night.”

7. Pennsylvania – 3,142

Most recent sighting: Philadelphia on March 25, 2015, at 12:05 a.m.

The witness reported seeing tightly grouped white lights in the east that vanished after 30 seconds.

8. Ohio – 2,907

Most recent sighting: North Ridgefield on March 22, 2015, at 11:00 p.m.

The witness claimed spotting a chevron-shaped craft “at low altitude behind the tops of some trees.”

“It the started to move from left to right,” the witness wrote. “After about 30 sec it made a swoop back the way it came.”

9. Michigan – 2,451

Most recent sighting: Vicksburg on March 24, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a lit-up object in the sky that hovered, disappeared and reappeared in the same spot.

10. North Carolina – 2,273

Most recent sighting: Pfafftown on March 18, 2015, at 9:25 p.m.

“My friend and I were on my driveway behind my house and it was dark,” the witness said.

A craft traveling slowly appeared and rapidly disappeared, the witness said, adding the craft was “almost silent” with “one bright light in the front, followed by two red lights horizontally opposed quite a distance from the front.”

The National UFO Reporting Center did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional comment.

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UFO Sightings: Top 10 States with Highest Number of Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There have been 1,177 UFO sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) so far this year, 353 of them in March, according to a recent announcement.

The UFO Center’s announcement also included three notable “sightings” last week in Portugal, Alaska and Washington.

In one of the reports, a woman from Sitka, Alaska, said she heard a strange “ping” sound in her home last Wednesday and claimed her 4-year-old son witnessed a disc-shaped craft outside their home. The report came with a drawing made by her son of the alleged craft.

If you’re in the mood to go UFO hunting or if you just want to have an extraterrestrial experience, you may want to visit these 10 states with the highest number of UFO sightings in the last four decades, according to NUFORC, which said it’s been operating since 1974:

Disclaimer: The National UFO Reporting Center said it makes no claims as to the validity of the information in any of these reports.

1. California – 11,202

Most recent sighting: Ladera Ranch on March 22, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.

“I was on my patio [and] saw something fell out of the sky, straight down,” the witness said. “It was green and looked like a flame was coming out of the back end of it.”

2. Florida – 5,113

Most recent sighting: Deltona on March 23, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.

“Two round lights changed colors and moved at incredible rates of direction and speed,” the witness wrote. “There were two round lights, one green, one red. Then both lights became green, 5 seconds later they both became red. The lights were below the cloud cover at approximately 1000 ft. The lights were stationary in the night sky.”

The witness added a traveling companion pulled the vehicle off the road to further observe the sighting, but then “the lights streaked north at an incredible rate of speed, dove 90 degrees and streaked north again out of sight.”

3. Washington – 5,004

Most recent sighting: Everett on March 24, 2015, at 8:15 p.m.

The witness claimed to have seen “two massive crafts, solid black in color” with orange lights in an inverted “V-shape” while on the phone with a sister.

“I was alarmed and scared as this was close, just above the tree line and electrical power lines,” the witness said.

4. Texas – 4,359

Most recent sighting: College Station on March 25, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a red and green orb moving at an “incredible speed” down Jupiter’s horizon through a telescope.

“What drew my attention was its curving motion and abrupt changes in speed, from close to a dead stop to full speed almost instantaneously,” the witness wrote. “The speed of this object was far greater than any aircraft/satellite and could not be seen by naked eye, only through telescope.”

5. New York – 3,837

Most recent sighting: Bronx, New York City, on March 22, 2015, at 10:00 p.m.

The witness claimed seeing a spacecraft trying to abduct an airplane and hearing strange songs from the attic.

6. Arizona – 3,212

Most recent sighting: Green Valley on March 23, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

“For the past few nights we’ve seen a brilliant bright white light under the moon in the night sky, and we’re wondering what it is,” the witness said. “It doesn’t appear to be moving (like a plane), but is in a different position every night.”

7. Pennsylvania – 3,142

Most recent sighting: Philadelphia on March 25, 2015, at 12:05 a.m.

The witness reported seeing tightly grouped white lights in the east that vanished after 30 seconds.

8. Ohio – 2,907

Most recent sighting: North Ridgefield on March 22, 2015, at 11:00 p.m.

The witness claimed spotting a chevron-shaped craft “at low altitude behind the tops of some trees.”

“It the started to move from left to right,” the witness wrote. “After about 30 sec it made a swoop back the way it came.”

9. Michigan – 2,451

Most recent sighting: Vicksburg on March 24, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a lit-up object in the sky that hovered, disappeared and reappeared in the same spot.

10. North Carolina – 2,273

Most recent sighting: Pfafftown on March 18, 2015, at 9:25 p.m.

“My friend and I were on my driveway behind my house and it was dark,” the witness said.

A craft traveling slowly appeared and rapidly disappeared, the witness said, adding the craft was “almost silent” with “one bright light in the front, followed by two red lights horizontally opposed quite a distance from the front.”

The National UFO Reporting Center did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional comment.

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UFO Sightings: Top 10 States with Highest Number of Reports

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There have been 1,177 UFO sightings reported to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) so far this year, 353 of them in March, according to a recent announcement.

The UFO Center’s announcement also included three notable “sightings” last week in Portugal, Alaska and Washington.

In one of the reports, a woman from Sitka, Alaska, said she heard a strange “ping” sound in her home last Wednesday and claimed her 4-year-old son witnessed a disc-shaped craft outside their home. The report came with a drawing made by her son of the alleged craft.

If you’re in the mood to go UFO hunting or if you just want to have an extraterrestrial experience, you may want to visit these 10 states with the highest number of UFO sightings in the last four decades, according to NUFORC, which said it’s been operating since 1974:

Disclaimer: The National UFO Reporting Center said it makes no claims as to the validity of the information in any of these reports.

1. California – 11,202

Most recent sighting: Ladera Ranch on March 22, 2015, at 9:35 p.m.

“I was on my patio [and] saw something fell out of the sky, straight down,” the witness said. “It was green and looked like a flame was coming out of the back end of it.”

2. Florida – 5,113

Most recent sighting: Deltona on March 23, 2015, at 9:14 p.m.

“Two round lights changed colors and moved at incredible rates of direction and speed,” the witness wrote. “There were two round lights, one green, one red. Then both lights became green, 5 seconds later they both became red. The lights were below the cloud cover at approximately 1000 ft. The lights were stationary in the night sky.”

The witness added a traveling companion pulled the vehicle off the road to further observe the sighting, but then “the lights streaked north at an incredible rate of speed, dove 90 degrees and streaked north again out of sight.”

3. Washington – 5,004

Most recent sighting: Everett on March 24, 2015, at 8:15 p.m.

The witness claimed to have seen “two massive crafts, solid black in color” with orange lights in an inverted “V-shape” while on the phone with a sister.

“I was alarmed and scared as this was close, just above the tree line and electrical power lines,” the witness said.

4. Texas – 4,359

Most recent sighting: College Station on March 25, 2015, at 8:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a red and green orb moving at an “incredible speed” down Jupiter’s horizon through a telescope.

“What drew my attention was its curving motion and abrupt changes in speed, from close to a dead stop to full speed almost instantaneously,” the witness wrote. “The speed of this object was far greater than any aircraft/satellite and could not be seen by naked eye, only through telescope.”

5. New York – 3,837

Most recent sighting: Bronx, New York City, on March 22, 2015, at 10:00 p.m.

The witness claimed seeing a spacecraft trying to abduct an airplane and hearing strange songs from the attic.

6. Arizona – 3,212

Most recent sighting: Green Valley on March 23, 2015 at 8:30 p.m.

“For the past few nights we’ve seen a brilliant bright white light under the moon in the night sky, and we’re wondering what it is,” the witness said. “It doesn’t appear to be moving (like a plane), but is in a different position every night.”

7. Pennsylvania – 3,142

Most recent sighting: Philadelphia on March 25, 2015, at 12:05 a.m.

The witness reported seeing tightly grouped white lights in the east that vanished after 30 seconds.

8. Ohio – 2,907

Most recent sighting: North Ridgefield on March 22, 2015, at 11:00 p.m.

The witness claimed spotting a chevron-shaped craft “at low altitude behind the tops of some trees.”

“It the started to move from left to right,” the witness wrote. “After about 30 sec it made a swoop back the way it came.”

9. Michigan – 2,451

Most recent sighting: Vicksburg on March 24, 2015, at 10:30 p.m.

The witness reported seeing a lit-up object in the sky that hovered, disappeared and reappeared in the same spot.

10. North Carolina – 2,273

Most recent sighting: Pfafftown on March 18, 2015, at 9:25 p.m.

“My friend and I were on my driveway behind my house and it was dark,” the witness said.

A craft traveling slowly appeared and rapidly disappeared, the witness said, adding the craft was “almost silent” with “one bright light in the front, followed by two red lights horizontally opposed quite a distance from the front.”

The National UFO Reporting Center did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for additional comment.

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Uber Driver Accused of Trying to Burglarize Passenger’s Home

Denver Police Department (DENVER) — A driver with the ride-share service Uber is accused of dropping a Colorado woman off at the airport, only to turn around and allegedly try to burglarize her home.

Police said the woman’s roommate, Amy Kissinger, witnessed Gerald Montgomery, 51, allegedly using a burglary tool on their back door.

“I asked him if I could help him with something, and he said, ‘I’m a friend of Natalie’s,’” Kissinger said of the alleged crime.

Kissinger sent a text message to her roommate, whose last name was not revealed, and Natalie replied that she wasn’t expecting anyone. The woman then forwarded Kissinger her Uber receipt, which featured an image of the driver — allegedly the same man, Kissinger said.

Montgomery took off before officers arrived, police said, leaving his alleged burglary tools behind. Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson said the alleged incident was especially alarming for police.

“There is evidence that was left behind that concerns us greatly, that this might have happened to others,” Jackson said. “We have cases that are similar.”

Montgomery is being held on one charge of attempted second-degree burglary. He is expected to appear in court Friday.

ABC News was unable to reach Montgomery and to determine whether he has a lawyer. He has not been accused in any other cases.

Uber representative Taylor Patterson told ABC News the company performed a background check on Montgomery before hiring him.

“Upon learning about this incident from our valued rider, we immediately deactivated the driver’s access to the platform, pending a full investigation,” Patterson said in a statement.

Uber is used in 260 cities around the world, but has become the focus of several recent safety controversies, with some Uber drivers accused of crimes such as battery and sexual assault.

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Robert Durst Due Back in Court as Lawyer Tries to Throw Out Arrest Warrant

HBO(NEW ORLEANS) — Real estate heir and murder suspect Robert Durst is expected to appear in a Louisiana courtroom Thursday as his attorney told ABC News he plans to fight his arrest warrant issued in California.

Durst faces charges in both states. In California, he is facing charges in the cold case murder of his friend Susan Berman that took place in Los Angeles in 2000. In Louisiana, he is facing charges after his arrest in a New Orleans hotel last month, where authorities say he was found with a gun and marijuana.

Durst’s attorney Dick Deguerin told ABC News the Los Angeles Police Department’s arrest warrant for murder is baseless.

Durst has not yet entered a plea against any of the charges, but Deguerin has repeatedly proclaimed that he is innocent and did not kill his friend.

The defense team is also going to push to have the gun charges thrown out because they believe that it was found as a result of an illegal search. Durst, 71, is not allowed to own a gun as part of terms connected to an earlier case.

Durst was acquitted of murdering Morris Black, his neighbor from when he lived in Texas, in 2001. He said that he killed Black in self defense and admitted in court that he dismembered Black’s body and dumped the parts into Galveston Bay.

He had moved to Texas shortly after the district attorney in New York suburb Weschester County reopened the investigation into Durst’s first wife’s 1982 disappearance.

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Two ISIS-Inspired Women Arrested in NYC for Allegedly Trying to Build Bomb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, ABC News has learned.

The public was never in danger, as it was all part of a lengthy undercover FBI operation. The women were allegedly looking to build an improvised explosive device, but it’s unclear how far along their plan had reached.

The women — in their 20s and 30s — were arrested earlier Thursday in New York, and authorities are convinced ISIS propaganda and their alleged online activities contributed to their ultimate shift toward violence, ABC News was told.

Such arrests tied to ISIS have become a regular occurrence recently.

Last week, two cousins were arrested in Chicago — one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard — for allegedly trying to launch attacks in the U.S. and overseas on behalf of ISIS. They were also nabbed in an FBI undercover operation, and both men had been under FBI surveillance for months, federal authorities said.

The week before, a former U.S. Air Force veteran was indicted by federal authorities for allegedly trying to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey and had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos and noticed he had been conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani.”

Last month, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group’s behalf in the United States. The men had planned to travel to the Middle East and had also pledged to launch attacks in this country, including one on President Obama or planting a bomb in Coney Island, Brooklyn, federal officials said.

Over the past 18 months, about 30 people have been charged with joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq or trying to do so.

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Two ISIS-Inspired Women Arrested in NYC for Allegedly Trying to Build Bomb

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Federal authorities have arrested two women who were allegedly planning to detonate a bomb in the New York City area after being radicalized by ISIS, ABC News has learned.

The public was never in danger, as it was all part of a lengthy undercover FBI operation. The women were allegedly looking to build an improvised explosive device, but it’s unclear how far along their plan had reached.

The women — in their 20s and 30s — were arrested earlier Thursday in New York, and authorities are convinced ISIS propaganda and their alleged online activities contributed to their ultimate shift toward violence, ABC News was told.

Such arrests tied to ISIS have become a regular occurrence recently.

Last week, two cousins were arrested in Chicago — one of them a current member of the Illinois National Guard — for allegedly trying to launch attacks in the U.S. and overseas on behalf of ISIS. They were also nabbed in an FBI undercover operation, and both men had been under FBI surveillance for months, federal authorities said.

The week before, a former U.S. Air Force veteran was indicted by federal authorities for allegedly trying to join ISIS. Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey and had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On his laptop, FBI agents allegedly discovered more than 180 jihadist propaganda videos and noticed he had been conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani.”

Last month, three New York City men were arrested on charges they allegedly conspired to join ISIS but also expressed willingness to carry out attacks on the terror group’s behalf in the United States. The men had planned to travel to the Middle East and had also pledged to launch attacks in this country, including one on President Obama or planting a bomb in Coney Island, Brooklyn, federal officials said.

Over the past 18 months, about 30 people have been charged with joining terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq or trying to do so.

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University of Maryland Closes Investigation into Racist Email, Finds No Policy Violation

sframephoto/iStock/Thinkstock(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) — The University of Maryland has finished an investigation into an email containing racist and sexist language sent by a student that went viral earlier this year.

The email had been sent to members of the student’s fraternity last year, and according to a statement from university President Wallace Loh, condoned non-consensual sexual conduct. Investigators said that the email, “while hateful and reprehensible,” Loh wrote, “did not violate University policies and is protected by the First Amendment.”

Still, Loh said that the email “is profoundly hurtful to the entire University campus…caused anger and anguish, pain and fear, among many people.” He also said that the email “subverts our core values of inclusivity, human dignity, safety, and mutual respect.”

Loh wrote that the student in question apologized for his actions, saying that he “[regrets] sending that email more than I’ll ever be able to put into words” and that “there is no way to erase this incident or the agony is has caused.”

The student offered to undergo individualized training in diversity and cultural competence and perform extensive community service, Loh added. The student will not return to the campus for the spring semester.

Last month, the Kappa Sigma fraternity acknowledged that the student was a member of their organization when the email was sent. He was later suspended by the fraternity and eventually submitted a letter of resignation.

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Convicted Murderer Escapes from Illinois Prison

DanHenson1/iStock/Thinkstock(KANKAKEE, Ill.) — A convicted murderer escaped from a detention center in Illinois on Wednesday morning.

According to the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, Kamron Taylor, 23, overpowered a correctional officer and took the officer’s keys and uniform at about 3 a.m. Wednesday at the Jerome Combs Detention Center. Taylor is believed to have fled the jail and stolen the officer’s vehicle.

A statement from the sheriff’s department said that the vehicle Taylor is believed to have stolen was located at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Taylor, described as a black man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 170 pounds, is considered armed and dangerous.

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Second Victim of NYC Building Collapse Identified

FDNY(NEW YORK) — The second victim of the East Village building explosion last week in New York City has been positively identified, New York City officials said Wednesday.

Using DNA analysis, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that Moises Ismael Locon Yac is the second victim of the tragedy. Yac was a restaurant employee who witnesses had said was in the kitchen area at the time of the explosion.

An investigation into the building collapse remains ongoing.

A New York Police Department official had previously identified the other victim as Nicholas Figueroa.

Twenty-two people were injured in the explosion and building collapse.

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