Review Category : National News

Whale Watcher Freaks Out When Humpbacks Breach Next to His Boat

Jim Tierney/iStock/Thinkstock(SEWARD, Alaska) — What’s better than spotting one whale?

Spotting about a dozen breaching all at the same time right next to your boat off the coast of Seward, Alaska.

Take a look at Brad Rich’s extremely enthusiastic reaction to his close encounter of the Humpback kind.

“Oh, my God,” he shouts on this video now gone viral. “They’re right in front. Oh, my God. Ha ha ha.”

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California Woman at Center of Frozen Embryos Legal Battle Speaks Out

AlexRaths/iStock/ThinkStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The woman at the center of a legal battle with her former husband in California over their frozen embryos spoke exclusively with ABC News as a judge prepares to issue a verdict in the case.

Mimi Lee met ex-husband Stephen Findley while they were students at Harvard, she said. They decided to freeze her embryos after she was diagnosed with breast cancer days before their wedding.

“We realized the risks,” she said. “I would be injecting myself with the very hormone that my tumor feeds on. And even with all of those risks, we knew that this was — since it was our last, best chance, we would go ahead and do that.”

The couple, who married in 2010, signed a consent form with the fertility clinic that says the five frozen embryos would be destroyed if they were to divorce.

According to the “Declaration of Mimi Lee” included in the court documents, they “checked off boxes indicating that the UCSF [University of California, San Francisco] was to ‘thaw and discard’ any viable embryos for almost all of the scenarios presented, with the exception of Steve’s death, in which case the embryos would be transferred to me. I did not believe that either Steve or I were bound to the indications made on the Consent Form.”

Findley filed for divorce in 2013 and wants the court in San Francisco, where closing arguments ended Tuesday, to enforce the consent form and order the embryos destroyed. The couple’s divorce was finalized in April of this year.

“It’s still an agreement,” Findley’s attorney, Thomas Kenney, said in closing arguments, speaking of the consent form. “The word ‘agreement’ appears in the document 27 times.”

Findley, a financial analyst, also testified his concern that Lee would “manipulate the situation” to extract money for other purposes.

Lee, 46, has denied that claim, saying she made it clear to Findley that she doesn’t expect him to be part of her children’s lives, financially or otherwise.

In the opening statements, Stephen Findley’s attorney, Joseph Crawford, said, “If a child is genetically his, he will participate in the child’s life…But he fears 18 years of interaction with Dr. Lee.”

According to Crawford, “The two had an “extremely difficult divorce” marked by conflict over financial issues.”

Lee, a doctor and Julliard-trained pianist, argued that signing the consent form does not prevent her from changing her mind.

“I have biological children ready to come to life,” she said, adding that her age and medication she takes to treat her breast cancer make it medically impossible for her to have children.

Lee told “GMA” that being in the courtroom with her former husband was the “hardest thing I’ve ever done.”

“I stayed focused on my babies,” she said through tears. “Knowing that I’m their mom and I would do anything for them … that really got me through.”

Lee’s attorney, Peter Skinner, argued state law allows patients to change their minds because the consent form isn’t a legally binding contract.

“At its core, it’s not a contract,” said Skinner, of the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. “Nowhere in there does it say, ‘This is irrevocable.'”

Attorneys for Findley declined to comment to ABC News.

The California case, which could set a new legal precedent in the state, draws comparisons to actress Sofia Vergara’s legal battle with ex-fiance Nick Loeb, who wants to use their frozen embryos despite her reservations. Loeb has filed a second lawsuit seeking custody of the frozen embryos.

In Lee’s case, her moral argument is an intriguing one, but it’s a tough argument to win, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams said.

“Because she signed that document, she’s in a tough spot legally,” he said.

California Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo is expected to issue her ruling in the next 120 days.

“I’m still very, very devoted and dedicated to seeing these embryos to life, so I will continue to fight for custody of them,” Lee said. “The thought that the children that we created will never see light is something I haven’t really wrapped my head around. It seems unfathomable to me.”

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Bounty Hunters Mistakenly Seek Oklahoma Fugitive at Phoenix Police Chief’s Home

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/ThinkStock(PHOENIX) — Authorities in Phoenix are investigating a tip that led bounty hunters searching for a fugitive to the home of the city’s police chief.

Bounty hunter Brent Farley was arrested after he allegedly refused to leave the home of Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner late Tuesday. The bounty hunters were looking for a 6-foot-3-inch, 310-pound black man who was wanted on drug charges in Oklahoma.

Instead, the 11 armed bounty hunters arrived at the home of Yahner, who is white.

“We have some — I don’t know if they’re bounty hunters or what they are,” the police chief’s girlfriend told 911 dispatchers. “They just banged on our door and they’re looking for somebody.”

Police said the bounty hunters were acting on an unconfirmed tip they received through social media.

Farley, an account manager at Northstar Fugitive Recovery in Arizona, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. Police said he had his handgun unholstered during the confrontation outside Yahner’s home and refused to leave the property.

“Even after the situation had been deescalated, one of them wouldn’t leave and demanded the chief identify himself, even though the man they were looking for was a heavy-set black man,” Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

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Farley has not yet entered a plea.

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Tennessee Theater Attack Suspect Had History of Mental Health Issues, Police Say

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — The man police killed after he attacked patrons inside a movie theater in Tennessee with a hatchet and pepper spray had a history of mental health issues, officials said.

The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s SWAT team shot Vincente Montano Wednesday afternoon outside the Carmike Hickory 8 Theater in Antioch, a community southeast of Nashville. Seven other people were watching “Mad Max: Fury Road” when Montano unleashed pepper spray inside the theater and cut one man with the hatchet, police said.

“This guy, this shady looking guy, stood up with like two bags and walked towards the back of the theater and he pulled out like a hatchet and started attacking this family,” a caller told 911 dispatchers. “Then he pulled out a gun and we all ran out of the theater.”

The injured man, who identified himself as Steven but declined to give his last name, was inside the theater with his wife and daughter.

“I am very, very grateful that no one else got injured here today,” he said.

An officer fired at Montano, 29, when he pointed the air gun at the officer and pulled the trigger, police said. The officer then left the theater as the SWAT team arrived.

Police believed Montano then filled the theater with pepper spray. SWAT team members engaged with him for several minutes inside the theater before he escaped through a back door, where he encountered more police officers.

Montano emerged from the theater with the hatchet in hand and started toward the officers, who shot and killed him, police said. Officers later found he was carrying two duffle bags, including one that contained a fake bomb.

Police said Montano was institutionalized at least three times while living in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, where he was charged with assault and resisting arrest 11 years ago. Police believed he was homeless and had lived in several states over the years, including Missouri, Texas, Alabama, Illinois, and Florida.

Metropolitan Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson sounded resigned to this being the second attack on a movie theater in three weeks. Last month, two women and the gunman were killed when he opened fire inside a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana.

“This may be what we call the new normal,” said Anderson. “We can’t just shut down America. We can’t say we’re not going to theaters. We can’t say we’re not going to church. We carry on.”

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Bounty Hunters Mistakenly Seek Oklahoma Fugitive at Phoenix Police Chief’s Home

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) — Authorities in Phoenix are investigating a tip that led bounty hunters searching for a fugitive to the home of the city’s police chief.

Bounty hunter Brent Farley was arrested after he allegedly refused to leave the home of Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner late Tuesday. The bounty hunters were looking for a 6-foot-3-inch, 310-pound black man who was wanted no drug charges in Oklahoma.

Instead, the 11 armed bounty hunters arrived at the home of Yahner, who is white.

“We have some — I don’t know if they’re bounty hunters or what they are,” the police chief’s girlfriend told 911 dispatchers. “They just banged on our door and they’re looking for somebody.”

Police said the bounty hunters were acting on an unconfirmed tip they received through social media.

Farley, an account manager at Northstar Fugitive Recovery in Arizona, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. Police said he had his handgun unholstered during the confrontation outside Yahner’s home and refused to leave the property.

“Even after the situation had been deescalated, one of them wouldn’t leave and demanded the chief identify himself, even though the man they were looking for was a heavy-set black man,” Phoenix police Sgt. Trent Crump said.

Farley has not yet entered a plea.

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Escaped NY Prisoner Was Intoxicated When Shot by Law Enforcement

Corrections officers search a field as the manhunt for convicted murderers Richard Matt and David Sweat continues on June 24, 2015 in Malone, New York. Matt and Sweat were discovered missing from a prison in nearby Dannemora on June 6. DNA from the two was reportedly found recently in a remote hunting cabin about 15 miles west of the prison. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — Toxicology results showed that prison escapee Richard Matt was intoxicated at the time of his death at the hands of New York state troopers earlier this year.

ABC affiliate WABC-TV in New York reports that the lab results showed Matt had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent when he was killed. The legal limit for operating a vehicle in New York is .08 percent. Matt, who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility along with David Sweat on June 6 was fatally shot by a Border Patrol agent near the Canadian border about three weeks later.

Two days after Matt’s death, Sweat was captured.

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Witness Testimony Completed in James Holmes Murder Trial

Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office(CENTENNIAL, Colo.) — Witness testimony came to an end in the James Holmes murder trial on Wednesday, with closing arguments set for Thursday.

The final witness to speak was Ashley Moser, who lost her six-year-old daughter in the shooting. Moser herself cannot walk and suffered a miscarriage after the attack. Jurors were expected to be told to return Thursday afternoon for jury instructions and closing arguments, after which they would begin deliberations.

The judge is expected to allow the jury to begin deliberations Thursday if time allows. Otherwise, deliberation would begin Friday morning.

Holmes has already been found guilty on all 165 counts related to the 2012 shooting that left 12 dead and 70 injured. Earlier this month, the jury decided that it would allow the death penalty to remain an option.

Following closing arguments, the jury will decide whether Holmes should get the death penalty, or whether to sentence him to life in prison.

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Suspect Killed in Attack at Tennessee Movie Theater

aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) –A gunman who also had a hatchet was killed by law enforcement at a movie theater in the Nashville, Tennessee area, police said.

A local official said that the man had a gun and a hatchet as well as two backpacks.

The suspect was wearing one of the bags when he was shot inside the theater. Another bag was left behind and both were being searched by law enforcement.

Don Aaron, Metro Nashville Police Department spokesperson said that the incident took place during a showing of Mad Max: Fury Road.

Aaron said an officer approached the gunman from the back of the theater when the suspect opened fire. The officer returned fire and backed out of the theater.

A SWAT team then responded to the scene, firing on the gunman, who was killed within the theater.

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Woman Crashes SUV Straight Through Goodwill Store’s Front Window

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — Customers inside a Goodwill store in Houston were sent ducking for cover when a SUV crashed through the front window — and the whole incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.

A female driver of a tan Infinity drove straight through the front window Monday night, Houston police told ABC News Wednesday.

The video shows a car plowing through a few isles of clothing before coming to a stop. The car hit at least one person in the leg, police said, and the accident report did not indicate that anyone was transported to the hospital.

A witness inside the store told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV that the elderly female driver was pulled from the car and said she mistook the gas pedal for her brakes.

“It was just a freak accident,” one witness told KTRK.

The Goodwill store referred all questions to its district manager, who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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Woman Crashes SUV Straight Through Goodwill Store’s Front Window

KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — Customers inside a Goodwill store in Houston were sent ducking for cover when a SUV crashed through the front window — and the whole incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras.

A female driver of a tan Infinity drove straight through the front window Monday night, Houston police told ABC News Wednesday.

The video shows a car plowing through a few isles of clothing before coming to a stop. The car hit at least one person in the leg, police said, and the accident report did not indicate that anyone was transported to the hospital.

A witness inside the store told ABC News affiliate KTRK-TV that the elderly female driver was pulled from the car and said she mistook the gas pedal for her brakes.

“It was just a freak accident,” one witness told KTRK.

The Goodwill store referred all questions to its district manager, who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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