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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A World War II-era fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening and a body was recovered, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it had located the plane, and a body was recovered. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

“Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat,” the museum’s website said. “Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments.”

“The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy,” the museum added.

Further details were not known.

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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River, Pilot ‘Unaccounted For’

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A World War II-era fighter plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday evening and the pilot remains unaccounted for, police officials said.

The NYPD said the plane, which took off from an airport in Suffolk County, went into the water around 7:30 p.m. A distress signal was issued.

The NYPD said that it has located the plane, but the search continues for the pilot. New Jersey State Police initially said that the pilot suffered minor injuries and was en route to the hospital, but the agency said later it could not confirm that.

The exact circumstances of the crash, about two miles south of the George Washington Bridge, were not clear.

The FAA said that the World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

The P-47 was the heaviest single-engine fighter in WWII, according to the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island.

“Despite its size, the P-47 proved to be one of the best performing fighters to see combat,” the museum’s website said. “Produced in greater numbers than any other U.S. made fighter, the story of how it came to exist is at least as interesting as its many accomplishments.”

“The mighty Thunderbolt broke the back of the Luftwaffe and pounded the Wehrmacht without mercy,” the museum added.

Further details were not known.

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Kate Steinle’s Family Sues Federal Agencies After Alleged Murder By Undocumented Immigrant

Courtesy of Steinle Family(SAN FRANCISCO) — The family of Kate Steinle, the woman who was allegedly shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant on a San Francisco pier last summer, has filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies and a San Francisco sheriff for not preventing her death.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a federal court in San Francisco, seeks to hold the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the City and County of San Francisco and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department for providing “the means and opportunity for a repeat drug felon to secure a gun and kill” the 31-year-old, the complaint reads.

The alleged shooter, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, is also named in the lawsuit.

The case ignited a firestorm at the time because of the suspect’s immigration history and San Francisco’s status as a sanctuary city — notifying ICE about suspected undocumented immigrants only in the case of violent crimes.

“Kate’s death was both foreseeable and preventable had the law enforcement agencies, officials and/or officers involved simply followed the laws…which they swore to uphold,” the complaint said.

Steinle’s parents, James and Elizabeth Steinle, are seeking unspecified damages for wrongful death and deprivation of federal civil rights.

“The Steinle Family hopes that their actions today will serve to highlight the lax enforcement of gun safety regulations among the law enforcement agencies involved and bureaucratic confusion so that this will not happen to others,” said Frank Pitre of Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, the law firm representing the Steinle family, on Friday.

The gun used to kill Steinle was stolen from an unsecured car, according to the complaint. The gun was government property and belonged to a Bureau of Land Management enforcement ranger, who was on “official government travel” at the time of the theft, June 27, the agency said at the time.

Steinle was killed on July 1 while walking with her father on Pier 14 of San Francisco’s picturesque Embarcadero waterfront when Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant and career drug felon, allegedly shot her with a .40 caliber government-issued firearm, according to the complaint. She had a “thriving career” in medical sales when she died, the complaint stated.

On March 26 of that year, Sanchez finished serving a 46-month sentence at a Los Angeles federal prison and was released to SFSD custody, the complaint said. Led by Mirkarimi at the time, the SFSD did not honor an immigration detainer for Sanchez from ICE, saying it had no “legal basis” to hold him because they did not have an active warrant for him.

That same month, ICE had issued a memo creating an official policy to eliminate all communication regarding undocumented immigrants in “direct contravention” with federal and state law, according to the complaint. Despite this memo, ICE specifically asked the SFSD to be notified of Sanchez’s release.

Sanchez was released the next month, and no notification was provided to ICE, according to the complaint.

Gonzalez, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

ICE told ABC News it was unable to comment on the lawsuit due to pending litigation. The Bureau of Land Management did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

ABC News could not immediately reach Mirkarimi for comment.

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WWII-era Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River, Officials Say

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A small plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday night, police officials said.

The exact circumstances of the crash were not clear, but the New York Police Department was on the scene of the crash, which extended between New York and New Jersey.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that it received a report that a World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt may have gone down in the river, two miles south of the George Washington Bridge.

“Search and rescue was headed to the scene,” the statement said.

In a later statement, the FAA said that the aircraft was one of three that had departed from Republic Airport on Long Island. The two other aircraft returned to the airport safely, the FAA said.

Further details were not known. It was not clear if there were injuries.

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Small Plane Crashes in Hudson River

NYPD(NEW YORK) — A small plane crashed in the Hudson River Friday night, police officials said.

The exact circumstances of the crash were not clear, but the New York Police Department was on the scene of the crash, which extended between New York and New Jersey.

In a statement, the Federal Aviation Administration said that it received a report that a World War II-era P-47 Thunderbolt may have gone down in the river, two miles south of the George Washington Bridge.

“Search and rescue was headed to the scene,” the statement said.

Further details were not known. It was not clear if there were injuries.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.

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Rescuers Save Trapped Woman from Fast-Moving Floodwaters

iStock/Thinkstock(CONROE, Texas) — A group banded together to rescue a trapped woman from fast-moving floodwaters in Conroe, Texas, in a dramatic moment caught on camera.

The woman was trapped in a van Thursday off of Interstate 45 in Conroe — about 40 miles north of Houston — when the group of rescuers, struggling to stay standing in the rushing waters, extended a ladder towards her.

As the rescuers held up the ladder, they also held onto each other so no one would be washed away.

The ladder successfully reached the woman, who crawled out of the van and was then carried to safety.

The Texas flooding has proved to be damaging and deadly. At least one person died from the flooding in Brenham, a city located about halfway between Austin and Houston.

And the threat is not over — flash flood warnings are in effect this afternoon in Texas counties including Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and San Jacinto.

The severe weather also extended beyond southeastern Texas, with much of the Plains and the South suffering from flash flooding.

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Hurricane Outlook for 2016 Atlantic Season

ABC News(NEW YORK) — U.S. meteorologists are predicting more tropical activity this year compared to recent years but expect the summer hurricane season to be near-normal levels.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said there is a 70 percent likelihood that there will be 10 to 16 named storms this season (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher). In a “normal” year, there are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and two to three major hurricanes, NOAA said.

This is one of the toughest hurricane season outlooks ever made due to the abundance of atmospheric variables, said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

The most influential variable would be the AMO (Atlantic Multi-Decadal Oscillation). This pattern is characterized by cooling and warming of water temperatures in the Atlantic and intensity of the monsoon season over West Africa. If the Atlantic water temperature is warmer than normal and the monsoon season in West Africa is active, this pattern tends to produce more tropical systems in the Atlantic Basin. If the reverse happens, it tends to yield toward below-normal hurricane season. These patterns can last over 20 years.

Another important variable this upcoming hurricane season is the fading El Nino and forming La Nina. El Nino tends to suppress tropical activity in the Atlantic and La Nina does the opposite. This year, there is a 70 percent chance that La Nina will form by the end of this summer and early fall. Coincidentally, August, September and October happen to be the average peak of hurricane season, with 90 percent to 95 percent of tropical storms forming during this period.

Finally, even if a tropical system forms in the Atlantic Basin, small scale atmospheric conditions and patterns have to be just right for it to make landfall in the United States. Last time a major hurricane (winds 111 mph, Category 3 or higher) made landfall in the United States was in 2005. During 2003, 2004, and 2005 seasons, there was a persistent area of high pressure over the Southeastern U.S. pushing any formed storms in the western Atlantic toward the US’s East and Gulf Coasts. But in the recent years, we had a persistent area of low pressure pushing storms away from the U.S. These small scale, short term patterns can be only forecasted a couple of weeks in advance, making the entire hurricane season forecast that much more difficult.

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Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, but we are already tracking a tropical system that could affect parts of the Eastern U.S. It is likely to become the named storm “Bonnie” over the next 24 hours, if not sooner. Even though this system is forming before the official start to the Atlantic Hurricane season, it does not mean that this has never happened before or that is unusual. NOAA officials are warning anyone that lives or is traveling to Georgia or the Carolinas this Memorial Day weekend to monitor the forecast for updates.

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Woman Accused of Smuggling Drugs Across Border Inside a Burrito

U.S. Customs and Border Protection(NOGALES, Ariz.) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have arrested an Arizona woman who they say attempted to smuggle a pound of methamphetamine inside burritos through a Nogales, Arizona, entry port.

#CBP officers at the #PortOfNogales hungry for a drug seizure, bag a pound of meth burritos https://t.co/obocGBj83K pic.twitter.com/Nq4wPhqaB6

— CBPArizona (@CBPArizona) May 24, 2016

The woman, 23, was crossing from Mexico into the U.S. She was referred for further inspection after crossing through the Morley Pedestrian Gate, the agency said this week.

A narcotics-detection canine led officers to slightly more than a pound of meth, disguised as a bag of burritos.

The tortilla wrapped drugs were reportedly worth upwards of $3,000.

Officers seized the drugs and turned the suspect over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

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TSA Faces Daunting Task This Memorial Day Weekend

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While holiday travelers enjoy their time off this Memorial Day weekend, crowding highways and airports across the country, aviation security will be put to the test.

The Transportation Security Administration, an agency that has come under fire from lawmakers and the general public for its mismanagement and understaffing, will face the daunting task of protecting our nation’s skies during one of the year’s busiest travel weekends.

In an upcoming interview with ABC News, TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger is expected to address how the security agency will tackle not only this Memorial Day weekend, but a summer with airline passenger numbers that have been forecast to reach all-time highs, according to an analysis by Airlines for America, an industry group.

The Department of Homeland Security took a big step Thursday night to address this.

Secretary Jeh Johnson submitted a request to Congress to transition 2,784 Transportation Security Officers from part-time to full time — a step that Johnson said would allow an additional 82,000 passengers to be screened per day.

“I hope Congress will act on this request soon,” Johnson said in a statement Thursday.

This comes on the heels of an approved request for the agency to reprogram $34 million for the hiring of 768 new TSOs. They are expected to be on board by mid-June — an action expected to increase passenger screening capacity by 220,000 per day.

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At Least One Killed in Severe Flooding in Southeast Texas

iStock/Thinkstock(BRENHAM, Texas) — At least one person is dead in Southeast Texas after heavy rains and extreme flooding barreled through the area, officials said.

The death was reported in Brenham, located about half-way between Austin and Houston. Two people are also missing there, the Brenham Fire Department said.

Brenham recorded its wettest day ever Thursday with 16.6 inches of rain.

Brenham schools are closed Friday and fire officials said several homes suffered damage.

Thirty-six water rescues were reported Thursday in Washington County, Texas, which encompasses the city of Brenham.

Hog Branch #brenham #flood #txwx pic.twitter.com/AJJgdOWubQ

— Josh Reddoch (@JoshReddoch) May 27, 2016

At least two people were reported missing in Travis County after getting trapped in a car in high waters, according to Angel Flores, spokesman for the Austin Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. And at least 12 people in Travis County were rescued from high waters, Flores said.

The severe weather extended beyond southeastern Texas with much of the Plains and the South suffering from flash flooding.

Scary moment for the Patrol Sergeant through the heavy storms last night! Please be careful! pic.twitter.com/8QLh09GsXb

— Everman Police Dept (@EvermanPolice) May 27, 2016

Flooding in Magnolia/Greenfield Forest Estates #abc13eyewitness pic.twitter.com/UMbCnpAPL9

— Janet Coe (@jcoe84) May 27, 2016

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