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SkyWest Flight Makes Unscheduled Landing After Passenger Loses Consciousness

iStock/Thinkstock(BUFFALO, N.Y.) — A SkyWest flight made an unscheduled landing on Wednesday morning after a passenger lost consciousness.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday morning blamed a pressurization problem. Data from Flightaware showed that the plane descended from 37,000 feet to 10,000 feet in about eight minutes, prompting further fear of a pressure issue.

SkyWest, however, reported no pressure issues in the cockpit. The airline also said oxygen masks did not drop within the cabin.

The flight departed from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and was due to land in Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport. Instead, the plane safely landed at Buffalo International Airport at 11:40 a.m., the FAA said.

A tweet from SkyWest said that the plane had landed safely, and acknowledged that a passenger had lost consciousness. The other 75 passengers on board were accommodated on another flight, while the airline said it would inspect the plane.

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Tennessee Judge Scolds Gang Member in Blistering Takedown

WTVC(CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.) — The video of a judge in Tennessee scolding a gang member who allegedly shot a rival has gone viral, showing her telling him, “This is not your hood.”

Judge Lila Statom, a Hamilton County General Sessions court judge in Chattanooga, was appointed in 2012 and re-elected last year. On April 16, she lectured O’Shae Smith, a man who was accused of shooting a rival gang member for being “in his hood,” a public housing project.

“Sir, East Lake Courts is not your hood,” Statom says in the video captured by local TV station WRCB that has been viewed more than 475,000 times so far.

“It’s the citizens of the United States who own that, because they work and pay taxes. You don’t own that,” Statom adds in the video. “People like you have made it a violent, unsafe place to live. And hopefully we will be able to make it the place that it used to be, back when it was originally built for people who did not have anywhere else to live to make it a safe place.”

Smith was wearing cuffs and an orange jumpsuit next to his attorney in front of the judge.

“I don’t think you want to say a word to me, Mr. Smith,” Statom says in the video.

An attorney for Smith, P. Andrew Coyle, declined to comment.

The defendant did not make a plea or statement during the preliminary hearing. The judge found a probable cause existed and the case will next go before a grand jury. Smith is being held without bond on the charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous offense.

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Man in Washington State Survives Second Bear Attack in Four Years

iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) — A man in Washington state has been attacked by a bear not once, but twice.

The man, who asked ABC News Seattle station KOMO to refer to him only as Bob, most recently was attacked by a bear on April 16 after his dog spooked the animal, he said.

The incident at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, about 45 miles south of Seattle, was like deja-vu because just four years ago, on the same trail, running with the same dog, Bob was attacked by a bear, he told KOMO. That time, he said, he “rolled up in a ball and stayed still.”

This time, he chose to fight back, saying he grabbed a tree branch and braced for the blitz. The bear bit him more than 40 times and lashed at him with its claws, he told KOMO.

“It would whip around, do this 180 and go for my leg, my shoulders, my head, and just come in and bite me again, and I would just try to nail it when it came in,” Bob told KOMO.

Wildlife officials never found the first bear, but the second time, they made sure to take down what they believe was the 300-pound attacker. Bob wonders if it could have been the same bear that attacked him in 2011.

Washington wildlife officials said the odds of being attacked twice are nearly impossible. A third event is out of the question for Bob, who said he won’t be visiting those woods anymore because he’s “just getting too old to fight ‘em anymore.”

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Boston Bomber Made Obscene Gesture to Camera in Holding

Dept of Justice(BOSTON) — An image of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev making an obscene gesture to a surveillance camera three months after the deadly bombing was released by the government on Wednesday, a day after it was shown to the jurors deciding if Tsarnaev should get the death penalty.

The image came from video of Tsarnaev in a holding cell in July 2013 before his arraignment.

That April, Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan detonated twin pressure cooker bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring 260 others. Tamerlan was killed in a police shootout three days after the bombing and Dzhokhar was convicted earlier this month on 30 counts related to the blasts.

The image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev making the gesture was shown to the jury Tuesday by prosecutors, who said it showed he was “unrepentant and unchanged” even weeks after the bombing.

On Wednesday, the defense elected to show the jury more of the video — of Tsarnaev arranging his hair, flashing the peace symbol and then making the obscene gesture. The defense argued that Tsarnaev was using the camera as a mirror.

Tuesday marked the first day of the penalty phase of the case, in which the same jury that convicted Tsarnaev will decide whether he should be killed.

Tsarnaev’s defense admitted from the beginning that Tsarnaev was responsible for the death and destruction, but has attempted to paint Tamerlan as the mastermind and motivation behind the plot. The prosecution, on the other hand, says Dzhokhar was himself radicalized and even professed his reasons for the bombing on the wall of the dry-docked boat where he was eventually captured.

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New Atomic Clock Is So Accurate It Won’t Lose 1 Second in 15 Billion Years

Marti/JILA(NEW YORK) — A new atomic clock is so precise that researchers say it shouldn’t lose a single second in 15 billion years — which is approximately the age of the universe.

The experimental strontium lattice clock is so accurate that it can pinpoint even the tiniest changes in the clock’s ticks if it is raised just two centimeters (less than an inch) on the Earth’s surface, thereby reducing the gravity it feels, according to an article published this week in the journal Nature.

“Time can be intricately connected to gravity,” Jun Ye, a physicist at JILA, a joint institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado, Boulder, told the Los Angeles Times. “It sounds like science fiction, but these measurements are a reality.”

The clock is said to be three times as precise as it was last year when it set a previous record for its accuracy. The clock’s stability, which researchers define as how closely every other tick matches each other, has also improved by nearly 50 percent.

The advancement in time keeping technology could help improve GPS, create even better timekeeping technology and aid in pushing the boundaries of quantum physics, researchers said.

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Coyote Sightings, Attacks Leave People on Edge

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Authorities in New York City have been searching Wednesday morning after a coyote was reportedly spotted in the city, part of a recent spike in the animals being seen in residential areas across the country.

A section of Manhattan’s Riverside Park was shut down during the search. Coyotes have been reported seen on two other occasions in recent months in the city.

In the northern New Jersey borough of Norwood, wildlife officials spotted two dens near a school.

Coyotes have attacked twice in the area in the past 15 days, police said. John Zeug was ambushed while working in his yard.

“As I turned across the driveway…boom, she bit me in the back of the calf,” Zeug said.

Wildlife and animal control officials are helping with the situation, with traps set and extra patrols assigned to the area, Norwood police said.

Coyotes have also been spotted prowling residential areas from California to Wisconsin and Massachusetts.

Jon McPherson, who lives in Groveland, Massachusetts, was bitten as his daughter stood nearby. He later received rabies shots.

“At first I thought, ‘Oh my God. I just got bit by a dog,'” he said. “I turned around and it was a big coyote. Probably waist-high. I was like, ‘Get out of here!'”

According to wildlife experts, coyotes are more visible this time of year because it’s the start of their mating season, and they have been known to move closer to towns to find water and hunt.

Wildlife experts say some of the best ways to reduce the likelihood of a coyote encounter are keeping pets and pet food indoors at night; clear out dense brush where they can hide; and, if you encounter a coyote, make loud noises or throw something to scare it off, then call authorities.

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Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day with a Quiz

Google(NEW YORK) — The Google Doodle on Wednesday celebrates Earth Day with a quiz that asks, “Which animal are you?”

After clicking on the rotating globe in the doodle, Googlers are taken to a page where they can answer a few quick questions about their personality before finding out which animal is their kindred spirit.

Earth Day was the brainchild of Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who helped organize the first Earth Day events in 1970.

Ever since the first celebration, April 22 has served as a day where people can renew their commitment to sustainability and learn more about taking care of the Earth.

The Earth Day Network has more than 50,000 partners in 192 countries. The organization said Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people around the globe.

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Cleveland Kidnapping Survivor Describes Moment She Realized She Could Escape

Heidi Gutman/ABC(CLEVELAND) — Amanda Berry had been held prisoner in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home for 10 years when suddenly, almost without realizing it, she noticed that Castro wasn’t home and she had an opportunity to escape.

“I didn’t know what to do, my heart immediately started pounding because I’m like, ‘is — should I chance it? … He could be here any minute, if I’m going to do it, I need to do it now,’” Berry told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that will air Tuesday, April 28, on a special edition of 20/20.

It’s now been two years since Berry, Gina DeJesus and their fellow survivor Michelle Knight escaped from Castro’s house of horrors on Seymour Avenue.

In their interview with Roberts, Berry and DeJesus talk in great detail about how they were lured into Castro’s home, what their lives were like as his prisoners, how they felt about each other and what happened the day they decided to escape.

“At first it was so unreal,” Berry said. “When the cops had gotten there, I told them, ‘there’s two other girls in the house’ … they put me in a car and then that’s when they ran upstairs to get them, and once I saw that I’m like, ‘This is it. I think we’re free now.’”

Their story will air in a one-hour special, Captive: A Journey of Hope and Survival at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

Berry, 29, and DeJesus, 25, were abducted between 2003 and 2004, when they were in their teens, and were kept captive for over a decade. Castro had a child with Berry while she was his prisoner — Jocelyn, who is now 8 years old.

When Jocelyn was born, DeJesus said having the little girl there with them was a welcome distraction.

“It was fun because I can get away from the situation,” DeJesus said. “When I was playing with Jocelyn, Jocelyn made me forget everything.”

The two women also talked to Roberts about rebuilding their lives — both were in high school when they were taken — and their upcoming book, Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland, which will be released on April 27.

The memoir, which the two young women wrote with Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan, details the survivors’ lives while they were held captive inside Castro’s home.

Two months after they escaped, Castro, 53, pled guilty in July 2013 to 937 charges relating to kidnapping, torturing and imprisoning the three women. On Sept. 3, 2013, he was found dead in his prison cell after committing suicide.

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US Marshals Investigating After Deputy Marshal Allegedly Destroyed Woman’s Camera for Videotaping Arrest

Credit: Geoff Brightling/Dorling Kindersley/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The U.S. Marshals are investigating an incident that took place south of Los Angeles over the weekend in which a Deputy U.S. Marshal allegedly kicked a woman’s camera as she recorded an arrest being made.

The Marshal service provided a statement to ABC News on Tuesday saying that it is “aware of video footage of an incident that took place Sunday in Los Angeles County involving a Deputy U.S. Marshal.” The agency says it is reviewing the incident.

The woman whose camera was broken, Beatriz Paez, told ABC News that the Marshal stomped on my phone with his boots several times violently and then he kicked my phone.”

“I was terrified,” Paez added. “I thought he was going to beat me up.”

The incident was captured on video by another individual using their cell phone.

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Houston Man Arrested on Gun Charges After Posting Pro-ISIS Messages on Social Media

rook76/iStock/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A Texas man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon after an investigation involving his use of social media to post messages purportedly supporting ISIS.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas, Frederick Ramon Robinson, 45, was arrested on Tuesday. He allegedly posted messages on various social media websites, including Twitter, voicing such opinions as, “if white people hate ISIS so much, then I like ISIS. The enemy of my enemy is my friend #chopthemheadsoff Amerikkka is the Black Man’s Foe.”

The complaint also alleges Robinson posted a message saying, “I say, don’t hesitate — start shooting in their cars. empty whole clips. find them at home and fire bomb it. anything., do something.”

The investigation led the U.S. Attorney to photographs Robinson posted of guns he owned and online videos in which he demonstrated how to load firearms. Robinson, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says, is a convicted felon, and is therefore prohibited from possessing firearms.

If convicted, Robinson could face up to 10 years in prison.

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