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Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon’s First Flight From Point of View Video

SpaceX/YouTube(NEW YORK) — SpaceX released new point of view video on Friday showing what it was like to be on board its Crew Dragon vessel, which took its first test flight earlier this month.

The test was conducted without any crew and was designed to help SpaceX engineers test the capsule’s pad abort system, a vital emergency escape system that would allow astronauts to quickly get to safety if something goes wrong shortly after launch.

SpaceX said after the test that it was a success, and had humans been on board the Crew Dragon, they would have survived the pad abort test.

A dummy stood in for a human crew, allowing SpaceX to collect data on how the emergency abort procedure could potentially affect the human body.

The Crew Dragon lifted off with the power of SuperDraco engines as it moved 5,000 feet above the launch pad, accelerating from zero to 100 mph in 1.2 seconds.

Dragon detached from its rocket, deployed its parachutes and continued a controlled descent into the Atlantic Ocean, landing a mile from shore, where it bobbed in the water and waited for a recovery vessel.

NASA last year awarded multi-billion dollar deals to Boeing and SpaceX for development of spacecraft to shuttle astronauts to and from space.

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Bill Murray Wants to Wish You “A Very Murray Christmas”

Dana Edelson/NBC(NEW YORK) — Netflix has released a trailer for A Very Murray Christmas, its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray set to debut in December.

The 24-second trailer, which is clearly a nod to his role in Lost in Translation, features a signature shrug from the actor while he dons a pair of headband antlers and gazes glumly out a Carlyle Hotel window at the New York City skyline — all set to a score of jazz piano.

It’s no coincidence that the trailer looks like the hit 2003 film. The special reunites the actor with Sofia Coppola, who last directed Murray in Lost in Translation, for which he earned his first Oscar nomination of his career.

A Very Murray Christmas pays tribute to the classic variety show and features Murray as the host, according to Netflix.

In the special, a snowstorm hits New York City and Murray worries that none of his guests will be able to make the trek, according to Netflix. But with a combination of divine luck and perseverance, he ends up partying the night away with countless A-list guests at The Carlyle Hotel.

The cast of partiers includes highly notable names, including George Clooney, Dimitri Dimitrov, Michael Cera, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Miley Cyrus, Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones and more.

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Navy Training Jet Skids Into San Diego Bay, Pilot Rescued

KGTV-TV(SAN DIEGO) — A Navy jet has skidded off a runway during takeoff for a training flight in San Diego, and its pilot was rescued by a civilian boat, a Navy official said.

The T-45 Goshawk crashed into the San Diego Bay Friday at around 2:30 p.m. PT, the official said, as it was taking off from Naval Air Station North Island.

“The pilot was able to safely eject from the aircraft and is currently being evaluated at a local hospital,” read a statement from Naval Air Forces. “Local mariners safely recovered the pilot from San Diego Bay.

“The Navy has not officially confirmed the status of the aircraft crewmember,” the statement added. “A safety investigation will be carried out to determine the cause.”

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AAA: Nearly 37 Million Americans Traveling Memorial Day Weekend

Fuse/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Close to 37 million Americans will mark the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day weekend by hitting the road, a new forecast from AAA shows.

The automobile group projects 33 million people will travel 50 miles or more from home between Thursday and Monday by car– a 5.3 percent increase over last year.

AAA also expects that 2.6 million Americans will fly to a destination during the holiday weekend, while 1.6 million will be opting to travel by cruises, trains or busses.

Trak Lord, a data analyst for the traffic app Waze told ABC News that drivers should leave early Friday, travel during off-peak on Monday.

“So if you really want to get ahead of that, leave for work about 1-2 hours early. Unless of course you’ve got an audio book that you really want to finish, in which case, you’re golden,” Lord said.

He adds that drivers should plan extra time for the Tuesday post-holiday commute.

“On Tuesday, traffic is actually worse than you’d expect. We generally see a 5 to 6 percent increase in the amount of cars on the road that Tuesday morning,” he said.

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Super Fancy Waffle House in the Works in New Orleans

SeanPavonePhoto/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — When you need it, the always-open Waffle House is there. And now, the 24-hour chain is coming to New Orleans in a seriously upgraded way.

Waffle House is adding a feature to its restaurants that will upgrade the experience a bit: The New Orleans location will have an outdoor area — the first of its kind for the chain — in addition to its more than 1,700 square feet on the inside.

“We’re actually providing something we’ve never provided on another restaurant we’ve ever done, with a little side bistro courtyard area,” Waffle House real estate executive Bob Pence said at a meeting of New Orlean’s Board of Zoning Adjustments, according to the Mid-City Messenger.

The over 12,000 square feet lot used to be a used car shop, but Waffle House has much bigger plans for the space.

“I think that once we get this built, you will see that it’s probably the fanciest Waffle House restaurant you will ever see,” Pence said. “We tried to make it look a little New Orleans-ish.”

So watch out, all you other Waffle Houses — there’s a fancy new one on the way.

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Blythe Danner Calls Criticisms of Gwyneth Paltrow ‘Hurtful’

Virginia Sherwood/NBC(NEW YORK) — Blythe Danner doesn’t go online. One reason? It would be tough for her to read criticisms of her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow.

“I don’t like to read stuff. I don’t even know what they write,” she told Vulture. “I’m told, but it’s hurtful to see things written about your baby.”

Danner added that she struggles with making “my brain and my fingers cooperate with the text. I’m just a mess.”

While she believes she belongs in “another era,” she does break her self-imposed Internet ban to read Paltrow’s lifestyle website, Goop.

“I’m a devoted mother. That’s the one thing I know how to do,” she said. “She’s a very bright, brilliant girl, my girl. She’s really handled all of her life quite well. She’s got a thick skin, which we all have to have in this business.”

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How These Private Investigators Catch Workers’ Comp Fraudsters in the Act

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Workers’ compensation programs are meant to help those who are severely disabled, but some attempt to game the system by faking an injury to collect disability payments, thinking they will never be caught.

Insurance fraud is typically very hard to catch than these cases, so private investigators like Bari Kroll and Bob Kiehn are hired by insurance companies to catch fraudsters on tape.

“The secret to some my success is being a woman. It’s still pretty uncommon for people to think women are private investigators.” Kroll said. “This job isn’t for everyone. But it is for me, because I’m OK waiting for something to happen.”

Kiehn, who is also an ABC News consultant, brought ABC News 20/20 along as observers on a mission to capture video of a farmer suspected of fleecing an insurance company. The farmer claimed that injuries from a car accident caused him difficulty with daily farming.

Kiehn said he was looking to capture “Anything he does that makes him look like he’s working.”

After four hours of surveillance Kiehn was able to film the farmer lifting a heavy object into his truck.

“It’s something for us to start building a case on.” Kiehn said. “You have to have a creative solution… [fraudsters] think they’re five steps ahead of us.”

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Kiehn is the founder and president of National SIU, a company that specializes in insurance fraud investigations, and watch him in action in the video player above. Watch the full story on ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET.

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TLC Pulls “19 Kids and Counting” in Wake of Josh Duggar Scandal

David Welker/TLC(NEW YORK) — In the wake of Josh Duggar admitting that he inappropriately touched minors several years ago as a teenager, TLC has pulled the show in which he’s featured with his large family, 19 Kids and Counting.

In a statement to ABC News, the cable network said: “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time.”

The firestorm started when In Touch magazine reported that Duggar was investigated in 2006 for alleged misconduct starting when he was 14 years old.

Duggars’ representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but in a statement first provided to People magazine and then posted to Facebook, Josh admitted, “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. …I sought forgiveness from those I had wronged.”

Josh, now 27, admitted he told his family, including his wife Anna, of his actions and received counseling.

People magazine added that Josh has now resigned from his position at the Family Research Council.

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For Now, No US Embassy Opening in Havana, Officials Say

Byron Motley/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — While no embassy opening was announced after a fourth round of talks between the United States and Cuba, a top U.S. diplomat called the talks “very productive” and doesn’t foresee the need for a fifth round.

Instead, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, said the details could be ironed out by the respective diplomatic missions.

Both U.S. and Cuban sources told ABC News they are optimistic an agreement will be reached on the fine details and an announcement made from respective capitals soon.

The talks come five months after President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro announced their intention to improve relations.

Prior to these talks, the major sticking point for Americans was the freedom for staff to move throughout the country; for the Cubans, it was courses provided to Cuban journalists by the U.S. government at the interests section in Havana, which they say fall outside normal diplomatic activities.

But both countries refused to get into the details of what remains to be worked out this time. Saying only they continue to work forward on how an embassy will function in each country.

“Fact is we are making progress on these areas,” Roberta Jacobson said at a news conference. “But I’m not going to be specific on where we have to close.”

“Still talking about the various aspects of the functioning of an embassy,” she added. “It isn’t a lack of measurement progress. Each time we have met we’ve made progress and made progress this time… Made great progress and I remain optimistic.”

Cuban diplomat Josefina Vidal agreed, but would not comment other than to say the talks were respectful and productive.

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Florida Investigating Allegations Dentist Performed Unnecessary Procedures to Collect on Medicaid

Fuse/Thinkstock(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — The Florida State Attorney General’s Office is investigating a dentist for Medicaid fraud after a group of parents alleged that he performed unnecessary and painful procedures on their children, ABC News has learned.

Dr. Howard Schneider, 78, has been practicing dentistry in Jacksonville since the 1960s. Authorities are investigating whether he collected millions of dollars in Medicaid payments for unwanted, unmerited procedures.

Brandi Motley says she took her 6-year-old daughter, Bri’el, in for a routine single-tooth extraction, but that the surgery took three hours.

“When I go back there, I notice she is hyperventilating, she’s bloody, she’s got marks all over her face, and I asked them what had happened, and she said, ‘Well, we stepped out of the room, came back in, and she was face first on the floor,’” Motley said.

Motley rushed her daughter to the hospital. During the trip, the girl removed the gauze in her mouth.

“She told me, ‘Mommy, they’re lying to you,’” Motley said. “And that’s when I noticed all of her teeth were gone.” The dentist’s records show he extracted eight teeth.

Motley said she went to the police and also took to Facebook, posting on social media about her daughter’s experience.

Sherraine Christopher saw Motley’s note – and posted a video that she says shows her 3-year-old son Zion strapped onto a restraining board, crying.

“While we were there, I pretty much told him, ‘Why is he screaming? Why are you being so rough with him?’” Christopher said.

Christopher said Schneider originally told her Zion needed one metal cap, but during three sessions, he implanted 13. Christopher says she is going to sue and use the video as evidence.

Christopher said that she only allowed the procedures to continue because Schneider was one of the few pediatric dentists who accepted Medicaid.

Law enforcement sources also told ABC News that they are investigating allegations that he physically abused his young patients.

Lawyer John Phillips said his law office is currently representing the families of 50 children who were treated at Schneider’s practice.

The dentist allegedly took advantage of the Medicaid process by “doing every possible service on teeth to maximize profit because Medicaid pays per procedure per tooth,” Phillips said.

Phillips said as soon his office accepted this case, it was flooded with dozens of calls — some of them from Schneider’s former pediatric clients who had received treatment decades history.

In the past five years, Medicaid paid Dr. Howard Schneider’s practice nearly $4 million.

Schneider has never been charged with any crime and still has his medical license. The dentist and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment.

In a previous interview with ABC News affiliate WJXX-TV, he stated that he never abused patients.

“I’m not worried about the allegations because the allegations are not true,” he said.

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