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‘Abandoned’ Dog Seen Chasing After Pickup Truck Gets New Home

Humane Society of Louisiana(NEW ORLEANS) — Butterbean first stole the hearts of the Internet after a photo of her went viral. The photo showed the German Shepard mix chasing after a pickup truck whose drivers abandoned her at a gas station in Slidell, Louisiana.

Shortly after, the 7-year-old went missing, but the Louisiana Humane Society was able to find her and paid $400 to take her from her “quasi-owner,” the Humane Society’s director, Jeff Dorson, told ABC News on Tuesday, adding that Butterbean is now in the hands of a new owner.

“Butterbean no longer feels compelled to chase after his new owner, since she shares rides together with him,” Dorson said.

Guy Lawrence-Edenheimer, a 65-year-old musician in retirement from Antioch, Illinois, is now the “proud papa” of Butterbean.

Dorson explained that dozens of applications to adopt Butterbean poured in from all over the country these past few months, but “no one expressed more enthusiasm to be Butterbean’s new caretaker” than Lawrence-Edenheimer.

The musician told ABC News on Tuesday that his dog Rocky passed away on March 17 last year, and he found out about Butterbean, who resembled Rocky, on the same day this year while watching ABC News’ World News Tonight with David Muir.

“The timing was just too perfect,” he said. “It was like it was meant to be.”

Lawrence-Edenheimer drove from Illinois to Mississippi on May 18 to pick up Butterbean, who had been receiving medical care at a local animal shelter. The two immediately bonded, he said.

“She’s an absolute sweetheart,” Lawrence-Edenheimer said. “After the first night I got her, she jumped onto the bed, licked my face and bounced my elbows up with her nose.”

He added that Butterbean constantly follows him around at home and joins him on car rides when he goes out for shopping errands.

“I treat her as though she were my child,” he said. “It’s expensive getting her healthy, especially because she’s still dealing with heartworm, but how can you put a dollar amount of love? You just can’t do it.”

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Dash-Cam Footage Shows Moment State Trooper Shot Pastor in Oklahoma Flood

Oklahoma Highway Patrol(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Police have released the dash-cam footage that shows the altercation between a man and Oklahoma state troopers moments before one of them fatally shot him.

Nehemiah Fischer, an assistant pastor, was shot Friday night after he and his brother appeared to confront Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers.

The footage from a police dash camera appears to show Fischer shove a trooper. Only a portion of the video was released and it does not show the rest of the altercation, but Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. John Vincent told ABC News Tuesday that the rest of the altercation was off camera and at some point during the scuffle, the trooper was pushed to the ground and Fischer was fatally shot.

Both of the troopers fired their weapons during the altercation though it remains unclear at this point who fired the fatal shot, Vincent told ABC.

The troopers had been telling Fischer and his brother Brandon Fischer to leave the area that had been flooded by rainstorms.

In the video, one of the troopers can be heard saying they were state troopers and telling the brothers to “settle down right down” just before Nehemiah Fischer apparently goes to push the trooper.

Brandon Fischer has been charged with public intoxication and simple assault, Vincent said.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said Monday both troopers have been placed on administrative leave.

Vincent confirmed to ABC News that Mark Southall, who has eight years experience on the force, was the one pushed to the ground and Michael Taylor, who has one year of experience, was the one seen raising his gun toward Nehemiah Fischer as the scuffle continued out of the dash-cam’s view.

Vincent said that the police investigation into this incident remains active.

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Pentagon Police Force Lab Did Not Receive Live Anthrax

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Anthrax samples sent to a laboratory belonging to the Pentagon’s police force have been found not to contain live anthrax, a Defense Department official told ABC News. The laboratory itself was not located at the Pentagon.

The Pentagon has acknowledged it is trying to determine the scale of similar deliveries, and so far it appears that research laboratories in a dozen states and three countries may have received samples containing live anthrax spores.

Earlier Tuesday, a Defense Department official said that the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA), which provides security for the iconic building, may have also received some live anthrax used to calibrate detection equipment.

PFPA manages a laboratory, which conducts biological surveillance of the Pentagon environment. The laboratory is not located at the Pentagon, the Defense Department official told ABC News.

Received in 2007 or 2008, the shipment sent to the PFPA laboratory had drawn scrutiny because it came from a batch of previously irradiated anthrax at the Army’s Dugway Proving Ground in Utah that has since been found to contain live and inactivated anthrax spores.

Before arriving at the PFPA laboratory, the samples had been diluted at a contract laboratory in Maryland. The Defense Department official said no viable organisms have been found in the diluted quality assurance samples at the contract lab.

Earlier, the Pentagon acknowledged that Canada may have also received live anthrax from the Dugway facility.

“We have informed the Canadians,” said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren, noting that the testing to determine if there is live anthrax in the batch sent to Canada will take several days. He did not have information about when this shipment was sent to Canada.

The Pentagon said last week that potentially live anthrax samples had also been sent to laboratories in South Korea and Australia.

So far, it is believed that laboratories in as many as 12 states may have received samples containing live anthrax. Last Friday, a Pentagon statement said 24 laboratories in 11 states were believed to have received the shipments that could contain live spores.

“The Defense Department does not know the scale and scope of this problem,” Warren said.

The Pentagon launched a comprehensive review on Friday of the procedures, techniques and handling of anthrax at its laboratories.

Warren stressed that a review of handling and shipment procedures has determined that there is no threat to the general public from the mistaken shipments.

As samples are located, they are sent to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for further testing to determine the presence of live anthrax.

So far, that testing has confirmed live anthrax only at the laboratory in Maryland that initially detected live spores in a sample of supposedly inactivated anthrax.

The 12 states are: California, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Washington state.

Warren stressed that so far the DoD has determined that there has been no risk to the general public.

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DC Mansion Slaying: Forensic Analysis Being Done on Suspect’s Clothes

Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) — Forensic analysis is being done on clothing and other items associated with the suspect in the Washington, D.C. mansion murders, a source familiar with the case tells ABC News.

The analysis on that evidence is still being completed, the source said. Investigators are working to see if there is a positive hit linking suspect Daron Wint’s shoes or clothing with the victims through blood, fiber or other trace evidence collected at the mansion crime scene.

Wint was arrested on May 21, one week after D.C. businessman Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their son Phillip and their housekeeper Vera Figuero were found dead inside the Savopoulos’ burned home.

Wint, 34, is accused of quadruple homicide and arson. He has not yet entered a plea and is due in court on June 22.

He was arrested after authorities found his DNA on the remains of pizza left behind at the crime scene.

While the DNA on the pizza crust is a key piece of evidence linking Wint to the crime scene, it is not the only piece of evidence pointing to Wint, a source familiar with the case tells ABC News. There is much more than the pizza crust, the source says.

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One Dead After Chicago Bus Crashes, Comes to Stop on Pedestrian Plaza

perroradio/Instagram(CHICAGO) — One person is dead and seven others were injured Tuesday in a crash involving a city bus and multiple cars, Chicago officials said.

The Chicago Transit Authority bus was turning off Lake Street where it intersects with Michigan Avenue, when it collided with four cars and came to a stop on a pedestrian plaza, ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago reported.

Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Frank Shuftan said Northwestern Memorial Hospital reported that one of the people brought there after the crash died.

The bus driver and a pedestrian were taken to hospitals in critical condition, according to the fire department spokesman, Joe Roccasalva. The bus driver’s condition was later upgraded from stable to good condition.

Six other people were taken to the hospital in serious condition and one, a pediatric case, was in good condition, Roccasalva said.

Authorities said that there were no passengers on board the bus at the time of the crash.

Individuals injured in the crash were taken to several different hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital, according to Roccasalva.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident, Roccasalva added. Authorities said the investigation is ongoing. There was not any indication who, if anyone, was at fault.

Michigan Avenue was shut down for two blocks in each direction from the crash.

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1 Dead, 9 Hurt as Chicago Bus Crashes on Pedestrian Plaza

perroradio/Instagram(CHICAGO) — One person is dead and at least nine others were injured Tuesday evening in a crash involving a city bus and multiple cars, a Chicago official said.

The Chicago Transit Authority bus was turning off Lake Street where it intersects with Michigan Avenue, when it collided with multiple cars and came to a stop on a pedestrian plaza, ABC News station WLS in Chicago reported.

Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman Frank Shuftan said Northwestern Memorial Hospital reported that one of the people brought there after the crash died.

The crash involved the bus and three cars, and the bus driver and a pedestrian were taken to hospitals in critical condition, according to the fire department spokesman, Joe Roccasalva.

Seven other people taken to the hospital in serious condition and one, a pediatric case, was in good condition, Roccasalva said.

Individuals injured in the crash were taken to several different hospitals, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Lurie Children’s Hospital and Mercy Hospital, according to Roccasalva.

Police were investigating the cause of the accident, Roccasalva added. There was not any indication of who, if anyone, was at fault.

Michigan Avenue was shut down for two blocks in each direction from the crash.

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Dog Grooming Turns Fatal For One Pooch At Petco

Allison Marks(MIDLOTHIAN, Va.) — The story of one dog who went in for a routine grooming last week and ended up dead remains a mystery.

No heat was used in the grooming process of a Virginia woman’s dog that died while in the care of Petco, though a veterinarian who examined the dog said it likely died of heat stroke.

Marks said she dropped off 2-year-old Colby at a Petco in Midlothian, Virginia, early Friday morning and was told he’d be finished around noon. Marks said she started worrying when she didn’t hear from the groomers by 1 p.m., so she called and was told to go to a local animal clinic.

Marks said she walked in and saw Colby on the vet’s table with “glazed over” eyes. Marks said the Petco assistant manager told her they had given Colby a bath and he was in the drying unit when they found him.

“The groomers involved have been suspended while we complete a thorough investigation,” Petco said in statement Monday night. The company also noted that “there was no heat used in the drying process during Colby’s groom.”

Marks said she doesn’t understand how Colby’s temperature was 105 degrees if heat was not used, referring to what she said the veterinarian told her after she saw Colby at an animal clinic near the Petco store in Midlothian, Virginia. The vet explained to Marks that Colby’s death was likely due to heat stroke, she said.

“Petco told me last night Colby was stressed to the point that his temperature rose, but I find that hard to believe,” Marks, 51, told ABC News today, noting that Colby was in good health and had anxiety only at the groomer’s.

The Chesterfield County Animal Services office is conducting the investigation of Colby’s death at the store. There are no updates on the ongoing investigation, an official told ABC News, noting that they do not know when the investigation will be complete.

Marks called the situation “pure neglect” of Colby. During her conversation with a Petco representative on Monday night, she said the rep told her the groomers did not follow Petco protocol of checking on animals in the drying units every 10 minutes. But it wasn’t clear from the company’s statement on Monday night how the drying unit works if it does not use heat.

“It gives me peace of mind that they’re looking at disciplinary actions for the groomers because it means they can’t do this to any other animal,” she said. “Colby was still a puppy and didn’t deserve this.”

Marks said the Petco representative she spoke to offered to help her find another puppy, but that she “couldn’t bear the thought” of owning another dog right now.

A manager at the Midlothian, Virginia, Petco store declined comment when reached by ABC News. Petco’s corporate office did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment beyond its statement.

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Takata Expresses ‘Regret’ Over Airbag Recall

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Takata Corp. got an earful Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as the Japanese company behind the biggest auto recall in U.S. history told a congressional committee that many of the cars that had already had defective airbags replaced would now need a newer one.

“We deeply regret each instance in which someone has been injured or killed,” Kevin Kennedy, the executive vice president of North America Takata, told a House Commerce and Energy subcommittee today. “We are committed to doing everything in our power to address the safety concerns raised by airbag ruptures.”

Kennedy noted in his testimony that Takata had upped production of replacement airbag kits in recent months and expected to produce 1 million per month by September.

However, when asked whether some of the replacement kits were any different than those that may have included equipment deemed defective, Kennedy said it would depend on the vehicle and manufacturer. He said it was still unclear how many drivers would be called in to receive their second replacement, but that Takata would be working with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to track them down and they would be in the final phase of replacements as they are considered at lower risk.

Takata’s airbags have been at the center of controversy with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the NHTSA after the company’s airbags were linked to at least six deaths worldwide, and more than 100 injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Takata found that one out of 160 recalled bag inflators ruptured during testing, sending shrapnel flying, according to a source familiar with the company’s ongoing testing.

In May, the company doubled its recall, affecting nearly 34 million inflators — one in seven registered vehicles in the U.S.

Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, said he’d gotten into an accident during the Memorial Day weekend and his airbag had deployed. Upton was not injured.

“I remember thinking, ‘I’m very lucky I didn’t have a defective Takata air bag,'” he said today. “And then I thought, ‘The safety of your air bag can’t be a game of luck.'”

Takata, which provides nearly 20 percent of airbags worldwide, reiterated its plan today to stop making airbags with defective inflators.

The recall is not only massive but complex. Automakers are still trying to figure out which cars are affected by the expanded recall. And for some consumers who already know their car has one of the 34 million inflators, supply has not caught up with demand, leading to delays and fear.

Experts advised consumers not to inspect airbags on their own and not to disable them because they are complex and contain explosive chemicals, so there is some risk. Consumers should locate their vehicle identification number, which can be found on the driver’s side where the dashboard meets the windshield or on the driver’s side door post, and then enter it at www.safercar.gov. Without the VIN, consumers cannot find out whether their car is part of the new recall.

Experts recommend checking for the next two weeks because all of the automakers are expected to have submitted their data by then.

“This may be the largest, most complicated consumer safety recall in our nation’s history,” NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said to the committee today.

As for penalties Takata might face, Rosekind acknowledged the NHTSA is currently focusing on ensuring the safety of drivers still with defective airbags, but didn’t rule out civil penalties as its investigation continues.

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Senate Inches Closer to Reforming NSA Surveillance Powers

Ulrich Baumgarten via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Senate advanced the USA Freedom Act on Tuesday, putting lawmakers one step closer to passing legislation to reform the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

With a vote of 83-14, the Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle by invoking cloture on the USA Freedom Act, which has passed the House and would end the government’s bulk collection of telephone data, instead requiring the information be stored by the telephone companies.

But a fight looms over amendments championed by hawkish Republicans in the Senate. The upper chamber is expected to vote on amendments to the USA Freedom Act and potentially on final passage Tuesday afternoon.

“We need to do what we can today to ensure this legislation is as strong as it can be,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday.

Among those amendments are extending the period of transition from moving the data collection from the government to the telephone companies to 12 months, instead of 6 months; creating a certification process to ensure the telephone companies have the proper technology for the government to query the database; and requiring telephone companies to disclose its data storage policies to the government.

But the most controversial amendment will likely be one that would strip the bill of a provision requiring the declassification any significant decisions issued by the FISA court. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court oversees requests for surveillance warrants against suspected foreign intelligence agents inside the U.S. by federal law enforcement agencies.

If amended, the legislation would return to the House, which would have to approve the new changes. But Democrats have warned against adding amendments to the measure, saying it could complicate its final passage.

“The Senate should not get into a game where they start adding amendments to this piece of legislation that then requires House consideration again,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

“There’s no guarantee that you come any closer to putting in place proper surveillance tools and architecture in place for the U.S. if you start to tinker with amendments,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California. “They’re playing with a hand grenade.”

Key parts of the PATRIOT Act, including the NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, expired at midnight Sunday, but passage of the USA Freedom Act would implement a reformed program.

The USA Freedom Act would require intelligence officials to obtain a court-order from the FISA court in order to query the phone companies’ database.

Any records provided to the government would be limited to so-called “two hops,” meaning intelligence officials can access the records of people who received or placed calls to suspected terrorists, even if they’re not suspected terrorists themselves. The current program allows officials to access information “three hops” removed from terror suspects.

The USA Freedom Act also creates a dedicated panel of privacy and civil liberties experts at the FISA courts. It also extends the “lone wolf” and roving wiretaps provisions, which expired at midnight Sunday, until the end of December 2019.

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NTSB: No Apparent Mechanical Problems in Deadly Amtrak Derailment

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Investigators have found no apparent mechanical problems in last month’s deadly Amtrak derailment, the National Transportation Safety Board said.

“No anomalies” have been found so far when investigators looked at the train braking systems, signals and track geometry, according to a preliminary report released on Tuesday by the NTSB.

The May 12 derailment of Amtrak 188 outside of Philadelphia left eight people dead and more than 200 injured.

Before the emergency brake system was activated, the train was traveling at 106 mph in an area where the speed is restricted to 50 mph, according to the report.

The engineer activated the emergency brakes “seconds before” the derailment, the NTSB added.

Investigators haven’t yet determined if the engineer used his phone while operating the train as they are still analyzing time stamps and video, the NTSB said.

The NTSB said it’s also investigating reports of rocks being thrown at trains around the time of the derailment. While there was damage to Amtrak 188’s windshield, it’s unknown if it was caused by rocks or the derailment. There’s also “no evidence” of firearm damage on the windshield, the NTSB said.

The NTSB noted that this report is preliminary and information may be added or corrected as the investigation continues.

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