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Robert Durst Says on HBO ‘What the Hell Did I Do? Killed Them All’

Courtesy of HBO (NEW ORLEANS) — Robert Durst, the subject of both an HBO series and law enforcement scrutiny, asked himself off-camera in the closing moments of the final episode of the documentary that aired Sunday, “What the hell did I do?” before answering, “Killed them all, of course.”

The six-part HBO series The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst ended a day after Durst was arrested on a capital murder warrant issued by police in Los Angeles related to the death of his friend, Susan Berman, his attorney said Sunday.

Durst, 71, was arrested by FBI agents Saturday afternoon at a New Orleans hotel, a day before the final episode of the HBO series aired, a law enforcement source briefed on the investigation told ABC News.

FBI agents believed Durst may have wanted to flee the country, possibly to Cuba, as he registered under an alias at the hotel, paid with cash, and was found with fake documents, said the source. According to nola.com, Saturday marked the first nonstop flight from New Orleans to Cuba since 1958.

The Los Angeles Police Department said Sunday Berman’s death has been under investigation since her body was found in her home on Christmas Eve in 2000.

“As a result of investigative leads and additional evidence that has come to light in the past year, investigators have identified Robert Durst as the person responsible for Ms. Berman’s death,” the LAPD said.

Durst appeared before a magistrate Sunday in New Orleans where he was ordered held without bond, according to the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office. He has an extradition hearing scheduled for Monday.

“We will waive extradition in an attempt to expedite the process of getting into court in LA to answer and defend against the charges,” Chip Lewis, Robert Durst’s attorney, told ABC News in a statement.

Durst’s brother Douglas Durst said in a statement, “We are relieved and also grateful to everyone who assisted in the arrest of Robert Durst. We hope he will finally be held accountable for all he has done.”

HBO said in a statement, “We simply cannot say enough about the brilliant job that Andrew Jarecki and Marc Smerling did in producing The Jinx. Years in the making, their thorough research and dogged reporting reignited interest in Robert Durst’s story with the public and law enforcement.”

The New York real estate heir has made national headlines as a person of interest or suspect in three deaths since 1982.

Durst has denied killing Berman, but some believed he had a motive, allegedly wanting to silence her about the 1982 disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen Durst, another death he has been investigated for but never charged. Berman was about to meet with investigators in New York about the disappearance of Kathleen Durst before she died.

Kathleen was officially declared dead in 2001, and Durst has said he has no idea what happened to her.

Durst was also charged in the 2001 killing of a neighbor in Galveston, Texas, but he claimed self-defense and was later found not guilty.

Durst, who participated in 25 hours of interviews for the HBO series, declined to comment to ABC News about the series.

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New Orleans Ranks #1 of US Quirkiest Cities

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Do you live in a quirky city?

Whether it’s a badge of honor or not, Travel and Leisure magazine has come out with its annual list of the nation’s 20 quirkiest cities, based on a variety of factors, not the least of which are the types of people who occupy a U.S. metro area. Craft beers and thrift stores are a few of the other metrics used to determine weirdness.

New Orleans, where it’s like a perpetual party town 365 days a year, has the distinction of being the quirkiest city in the country, according to the magazine, with Austin, Texas, second and Portland, Oregon, coming in at third. Oh, the other Portland is on the list too.

Here’s the rest of the top 20:

4. Providence, Rhode Island
5. Albuquerque, New Mexico
6. San Francisco, California
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. Kansas City, Missouri
9. Seattle, Washington
10. New York, New York
11. Tampa, Florida
12. Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota
13. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
14. Portland, Maine
15. Houston, Texas
16. Nashville, Tennessee
17. Los Angeles, California
18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19. Louisville, Kentucky
20. Atlanta, Georgia

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LAPD Officer Sought as Person of Interest in Homicide Investigation

Pomona Police Department(POMONA, Calif.) — A Los Angeles police officer has been identified as a person of interest in the slaying of a 23-year-old Ontario, California, man.

Southern California authorities are looking to speak with Henry Solis, a probationary LAPD officer, in connection with the Friday killing of Salome Rodriguez Jr. in Pomona, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Pomona Police Department.

Solis, 27, was off duty at the time of the shooting and then failed to report to work, police said.

According to Pomona police, Rodriguez and the suspect may have been in a physical altercation before the shooting. Rodriguez suffered gunshot wounds to the lower torso and was taken to USC Medical Center, where he died.

Rodriguez’s cousin Barbara Lopez said, “I’ve caught mom and dad breaking down, but they actually look a bit more at ease knowing that they have a person of interest,” ABC’s News station KABC-TV reported.

Solis’ whereabouts are unknown and police say they have reason to believe he knows authorities are looking for him.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pomona detectives at (909) 620-2085.

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Couple Make Funny Video to Boost Chances to Adopt

Anchiy/iStock/Thinkstock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Joe Morales and Joey Famoso have dreamed of adopting a baby for five years now.

“Both of us always wanted to be dads,” says Morales of Minneapolis, Minnesota. “It’s been kind of a deal breaker for both of us.”

The two first began the adoption process in April of 2014.

A few months later, they were overjoyed to receive some fantastic news.

“In November, we were matched with a birth mom,” Morales tells ABC News. “We flew out there to Michigan and stayed with her for about a week before she went into labor. We were in the delivery room and even cut the umbilical cord.”

Morales and his fiancé had their new baby girl for about nine hours. Then, he says, the mother had changed her mind and decided to keep the child after all.

“The happened two days before Thanksgiving, so it was kind of devastating. We knew we would be taking a risk and thought, ‘How can we do this again?,’ but we decided that we weren’t going to give up.”

That’s when Morales and Famoso chose to take a unique approach in finding a new birth mom.

“We wanted to do something different and Joey jokingly said ‘We could sing and dance,'” says Morales. “About an hour later, we had the majority of the song written.”

On Feb. 20, the guys posted the video “Dear Future Baby …(Meghan Trainor Parody),” where the guys sang a along to a Meghan Trainor tune, describing how they promise to be the best dads they can be.

Since sharing it on YouTube, the video has racked up over 39,000 views.

“What were most proud of is how well it captures our personality,” says Morales. “I think that we’ll be really good parents because we’re a great couple we make a really good team. The amount of respect we have for each other will translate for the love we’ll have for our child.”

Morales and Famoso have 13 months left in their contract with the adoption agency.

Upon its expiration, the couple must go through the approval process for a second time.

The men have hopes that the video will capture the attention of a birth mom who’s willing to consider them to adopt her child.

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Arrest Made in Ferguson Shooting That Injured Two Police Officers

Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — An arrest was made in connection with a shooting outside the headquarters of the Ferguson police department that injured two officers, St. Louis County police and prosecutors said on Sunday.

The officers had been standing shoulder to shoulder when they were hit and are expected to make a full recovery, officials said.

Police had been following several leads and they had asked the public for tips and offered more than $10,000 in reward money.

An arrest has been made in connection with the shooting of two police officers in #Ferguson. Thank you for your help. #saferstl

— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) March 15, 2015

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Video Shows Moment Freight Train Collided with Car in Fatal Kentucky Crash

CHUYN/iStock/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — At least two people died and two others were injured in Kentucky when their car entered a train crossing into the path of an oncoming freight train, police said.

The crash – which was captured on video – happened at 4:07 p.m. Saturday in Louisville.

Dwight Mitchell with the Louisville Metro Police said the intersection’s flashing lights and sounds were activated to alert drivers of the approaching train.

There is no gate at the intersection.

Four people were in the white Toyota Camry at the time of the crash. Two of the people inside the car were killed, while two others were taken to University Hospital in Louisville, Mitchell said. No one on the train was injured.

The freight train did not derail, but it was unable to slow down and pushed the car about a half mile down the tracks, Mitchell said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon to Hear Cases for Each Suspended Oklahoma Member

Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images(NORMAN, Okla) — Each suspended member of the University of Oklahoma’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity will get the chance to defend himself to a board organized by SAE’s national headquarters in the wake of a video purportedly showing members of the University of Oklahoma’s chapter singing a racist chant.

“Our leadership has identified a special trial commission composed of impartial alumni who will hear each brother’s case,” SAE headquarters said in a statement on Saturday. “The commissioners will recommend to the board of directors one of several penalties, which include retaining the current suspension until their graduation or expulsion from the fraternity. The board will then vote on the commission’s recommendations.”

Members can also appeal the board’s sanctions, according to the statement. These hearings would be unrelated to expulsions, suspensions or other punishment from the university.

According to SAE, based on data from the past two years, approximately 20 percent of SAE members nationally self-identify as a minority or non-Caucasian.

The racist video, which surfaced last weekend, was posted to Twitter by Unheard, which describes itself as “an alliance of black students organized for change within campus administration and atmosphere.”

The video shows young men on a bus chanting, “There will never be a n***** at SAE.”

The Unheard tweet, directed at OU president David Boren, said, “Racism is alive at The University of Oklahoma.”

SAE national headquarters immediately shut down the chapter. The University of Oklahoma also severed all ties to the chapter and ordered its members to vacate the fraternity house. Two students were expelled from the university.

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Racist, Homophobic Texts Revealed Between San Francisco Police Officers

Roijoy/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — An investigation is underway into dozens of racist and homophobic texts allegedly sent between San Francisco police officers amidst a corruption case against one of the cops.

The racist messages were reportedly found by prosecutors during the investigation of a corruption case against Sgt. Ian Furminger, the one officer named.

Furminger has already been convicted of corruption and the texts have now been disclosed to show the officer’s character in a motion filed by the U.S. Attorney’s office to deny him bail.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Furminger should be denied bail because “he is a virulent racist and homophobe who, even while a police officer, felt free to share his views with other individuals, including other San Francisco police officers.”

The court documents show text conversations between Furminger and other officers including a message where Furminger allegedly says, “We got two blacks at my boys [sic] school and they are brother and sister! There cause dad works for the school district and I am watching them like hawks.”

In another message, according to the court documents, Furminger says, “‘I hate to tell you this but my wife friend [sic] is over with their kids and her husband is black! If [sic] is an Attorney but should I be worried?'”

According to the court documents, these messages “should be taken into account” in denying Furminger bail because “Although these sort of overtly racist views sadly still are expressed in some communities, it is shocking and appalling to find a police officer in San Francisco who would give voice to them.”

The San Francisco Police Department is now investigating several officers involved in the texts, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A spokesman for the SFPD told the Chronicle that the officers have been reassigned and the investigation is ongoing.

ABC News’ request for comment from SFPD was not immediately returned.

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Ferguson Residents File Affidavit to Recall Mayor James Knowles

J.B. Forbes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Five residents of Ferguson filed an affidavit seeking to recall Mayor James Knowles as the manhunt for whoever shot two police officers outside the city’s police department continues.

The five residents delivered letters to the mayor and City Council members Friday, asking that Knowles resign over his failure to “rein in an out-of-control police department during the protests following Mike Brown’s death.”

While Knowles has maintained his position with the city government of the St. Louis suburb, the city’s police chief resigned and the city manager left following a scathing Department of Justice report that documented widespread racial bias in the city government.

“We cannot describe how disgusted we are with you,” read the letter.

The five, who have not been identified yet, have 60 days to collect the signatures of 15 percent of registered voters in the last mayoral election to prompt the special election.

ABC News was unable to obtain the affidavit Saturday since City Hall was closed.

“We have always pushed for Mayor Knowles to be recalled and now in the wake of our current situation we will fully support local citizens who have chosen to reclaim their city and begin to develop the type of transformation they want to see,” said Juju Jacobs, organizer with the Organization for Black Struggle. “We don’t see this as the last thing that needs to happen, but an important step toward restoring accountability to the people of Ferguson.”

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Ferguson Manhunt Intensifies for Suspect Who Shot Two Officers

Alex_Schmidt/iStock/Thinkstock(FERGUSON, Mo.) — It was another peaceful night in Ferguson, Missouri on Friday, as police continue to search for whoever shot two police officers earlier this week.

Police said on Saturday they had a number of leads, but no arrest to make following the shooting on Thursday.

St. Louis Co. Police Chief Jon Belmar said on Friday he had a “pretty good idea” where the gunshots originated, but said he did not know what kind of handgun was used.

The chief ruled out a woman and two men taken in for questioning on Friday when a SWAT team raided a home about four blocks from the shooting scene.

The raid followed several tips that ultimately, Belmar said, led investigators nowhere.

Officials have asked for tips and offered more than $10,000 for information that leads to the apprehension of whoever shot the two officers as they stood outside Ferguson police headquarters.

The problem, according to police, is there may be few witnesses who saw what happened. Most of the protesters would have been looking forward when shots rang out from behind.

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