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Largest Human Mattress Domino Tumbles into Record Books

Guinness World Records(NEW YORK) — What do you do when you have over 1,000 people, 1,200 mattresses, and 70,000 square feet of space? You break a Guinness World Record.

Aaron’s Inc., an appliance and electronics store, broke the world record for largest human mattress domino. The feat took place on March 22 as part of the company’s annual manager’s meeting at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Maryland. The domino chain was successful on the first attempt and took 13 and a half minutes to finish, beating the 2012 record by 50 mattresses.

This was no small task.

“Mass participation records like these are pretty complicated,” Kristen Ott, public relations manager for Guinness World Records North America, told ABC News. There are specific rules regarding the mattress size, distance apart, and general set up. For every 50 people, there has to be a steward to monitor and ensure that the rules are being followed.

Aaron’s began planning for the event last November.

“We were trying to think of a team-building event that would involve a large number of [managers],” Garet Hayes, director of public relations, told ABC News. The company worked with its manufacturer to make and ship all of the mattresses and hired “Domino Wizard” Robert Speca to design the chain.

Although World Record winners don’t receive any monetary prize for their accomplishments, they do get a certificate and bragging rights. In this case, the record breakers weren’t the only winners — Aaron’s donated all of the mattresses to organizations helping those in need.

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SpaceX to Test Fire Recycled Rocket 10 Times to Determine If It’s Fit to Fly Again

SpaceX/Facebook(CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — SpaceX has now successfully landed a rocket on a drone ship but the company’s next test will be sending a recycled rocket on another trip to space.

After a cargo re-supply launch to the International Space Station on Friday, the Falcon 9 rocket landed upright on a drone ship parked in relatively calm waters — a stark difference from previous attempts that have resulted in fiery crash landings.

With the rocket back at Cape Canaveral, SpaceX engineers will re-fire the rocket’s engines ten times in a row to determine re-usability, according to the process Musk explained on Friday.

If the rocket is qualified for re-use, Musk said the first relaunch using the same rocket could be as early as June, though the way that he answered suggested that was still up in the air. “We think it will be a paying customer,” Musk said, rather than just a test flight.

In the future, Musk said he hopes the turnaround time for a relaunch would be down to a few weeks.

Onboard view of landing in high winds

— SpaceX (@SpaceX) April 9, 2016

Mastering a drone ship landing is necessary when it is “just not physically possible to return to launch site,” Musk previously explained. The drone ship landings are especially needed for “high velocity missions,” which would allow payloads such as satellites to reach a higher orbit, such as geostationary orbits, he said.

SpaceX successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket in December on land after launching a satellite into orbit. Having the ability to recycle rockets is something Musk has said will “revolutionize access to space,” reducing costs by as much as a factor of one hundred, he said.

Despite being in working condition, Musk said he doesn’t have plans to fly the rocket it recycled in December and will instead to keep it on the ground since it’s the first one the company successfully returned.

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Monday Interview – New Findlay Downtown Coordinator

4/11/2016 – 4:00 am

Starting today, a new face will be seen for downtown Findlay. The Findlay-Hancock Alliance recently hired Carla Treadway as the new Downtown Coordinator for the City of Findlay. In this role, Treadway will be working with the Economic Development office to plan and promote events and businesses in downtown Findlay. Treadway says that she is very familiar with the work and mission of the downtown area.

Audio: Carla Treadway

Given the large amount of events that are held in downtown Findlay, especially in the summertime, event planning will be a major part of Treadway’s job. But she notes that there is much work that the Downtown Coordinator does and she’s looking forward to working hand in hand with the Economic Development Team.

Audio: Carla Treadway

Treadway says that she has no desire to “reinvent the wheel” as it were and says that the work being done currently in downtown Findlay has been a boon to the community. Rather Treadway says that she wants to continue that work and build upon the successes of the past to keep growing downtown Findlay.

Audio: Carla Treadway

You can listen to the complete interview with Treadway, and Economic Development Director Tony Iriti on our Soundcloud Page below.

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Small Plane Crashes on Long Island Street, Two Hurt

iStock/Thinkstock(BAYPORT, N.Y.) — Two men were lucky to have escaped with their lives after a plane they were flying in crash-landed in a Long Island neighborhood Sunday evening.

Small plane crash in Bayport. Lost power and clipped light pole. Two passengers airlifted to hospital.

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) April 11, 2016

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. — officials say the pilot lost power shortly after take off from a nearby airport and was circling back when the engine went out and crashed at an intersection in Bayport.

Bayport Fire Department immediately arrived to the fiery scene.

“In an unbelievable display of heroism [they] were able to take the pilot and the passenger out of the plane,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini.

35 year-old pilot: head injury, broken legs. 65 yo passenger: head injury. Miracle it hit no houses or people.

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) April 11, 2016

The pilot, 35-year-old Scott Clifford, suffered a head injury and two broken legs and was in serious condition. The passenger, 65-year-old Mike Rolm, suffered head injuries. Both were admitted to a local hospital. Rolm’s injuries are not considered serious, officials tell WABC in New York.

Miraculously, the mangled plane managed to avoid any of the surrounding homes.

“This is nothing short of a miracle — both that the airplane did not hit any houses and any other individuals,” said Commissioner Sini. “We’re talking about a Sunday evening at 7:00, clearly people could be out and about.”

Crashed plane in Bayport now flipped upright. About to be loaded onto flatbed.

— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) April 11, 2016

Officials say the FAA is investigating, and the NTSB is working to determine the cause of the crash.

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Scoreboard Roundup — 4/10/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Milwaukee 3, Houston 2


Toronto 3, Boston 0
Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 3
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 3, 10 Innings
L.A. Angels 3, Texas 1
Oakland 2, Seattle 1, 10 Innings
Cleveland at Chi White Sox (postponed, rain)
N-Y Yankees at Detroit (postponed, rain)


Philadelphia 5, N-Y Mets 2
Cincinnati 2, Pittsburgh 1
Washington 4, Miami 2
St. Louis 12, Atlanta 7
San Francisco 9, L.A. Dodgers 6
Chi Cubs 7, Arizona 3
Colorado 6, San Diego 3


Washington 113, Charlotte 98
L-A Clippers 98, Dallas 91
Houston 130, L-A Lakers 110
OT Milwaukee 109, Philadelphia 108
Utah 100, Denver 84
Indiana 129, Brooklyn 105
Miami 118, Orlando 96
Golden State 92, San Antonio 86
Toronto 93, New York 89

Philadelphia 5, N-Y Islanders 2
Anaheim 2, Washington 0

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FBI Investigating Art Heist of Iconic Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup Prints

LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.) — The FBI and local police are investigating after screenprints of Andy Warhol’s iconic Campbell’s soup can were stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.

According to Springfield police, the break-in happened sometime last week between Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning. The art was stolen from the museum’s exhibit titled, “The Electric Garden of our Minds: British/American Pop,” which has remained closed since the theft.

Springfield Art Museum Director Nick Nelson said in a statement the museum was working with the authorities to ensure the proper security was in place while the museum remained open to the public.

The screenprints were created by Warhol in 1968 and are believed to be worth more than $30,000 each.

Local artist Pam RuBert, who has some of her work displayed at the museum, said it was scary someone would steal the art but, called it a “validation of the value of art.”

“I can’t believe that would happen,” she said. “I mean, you think of Springfield as the kind of place that this doesn’t happen in. I guess it shows the value of art and that this can happen anywhere.”

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Taiwan-Born Naval Officer Charged with Espionage

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Naval officer who has been charged with espionage has been identified as Lt. Cmdr. Edward C. Lin, a Taiwanese-born flight officer assigned to a Naval reconnaissance unit. Lin was arrested eight months ago but his case did not become public until a pre-trial hearing this past Friday that will determine whether he will face a court martial.

A U.S. official confirmed to ABC News that Lin was the officer whose identity had been redacted in court documents presented at an Article 32 hearing held Friday in Norfolk, Virginia. USNI News was first to report Lin’s identity in a posting Sunday.

The U.S. official told ABC News that preliminary indications point to possible espionage for either China or Taiwan, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the FBI are continuing to investigate the case.

Lin is currently assigned to Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Group, a maritime patrol and reconnaissance unit in Norfolk that provides airborne anti-submarine warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance using P-8A Poseidon aircraft, P-3 Orion aircraft and MQ-4 unmanned aircraft.

A U.S. official has told ABC News that Lin was arrested approximately eight months ago at an airport in the U.S. Pacific Command region while bound for a foreign country. He is being held at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Chesapeake, Virginia.

A 2008 Navy News article profiled Lin’s naturalization ceremony when he became a U.S. citizen. Lin had been asked to speak at the ceremony and he described how he had emigrated to the U.S. from Taiwan at the age of 14.

The Article 32 was hearing held Friday in Norfolk to determine whether the case should proceed to a court martial. The hearing, vaguely referenced in a Navy court docket, was the first public confirmation of the case and was slated to last a day.

Charge sheets presented at an Article 32 hearing were heavily redacted and did not disclose the identity of the Naval officer nor where the alleged acts of espionage occurred.

According to the charge sheets, the officer has been charged with five counts of espionage and attempted espionage. The documents allege that on “divers occasions” the officer did “with intent or reason to believe it would be used to the advantage of a foreign nation, attempt to communicate SECRET information relating to the national defense to a representative of a foreign government.”

He was also charged with four counts of a violation of a Lawful General Order by “wrongfully transporting material classified as SECRET.” There were also seven counts of violating Article 134 of the UCMJ for communicating defense information “to a person not entitled to receive said information,” patronizing a prostitute and adultery. These specifications also note that he signed a leave request with a false address “rather than the actual foreign destination.”

“We cannot provide additional information at this time given that the investigation is ongoing,” Navy spokesman Lt. Commander Tim Hawkins said when asked for further details.

The case has been designated a national security case, which is why the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command is the convening authority.

It is unclear when the presiding officer in the case will make a recommendation as to whether the case should move to trial.

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Warning Issued for Blowing Dust in Northeastern Arkansas

iStock/Thinkstock(WALNUT RIDGE, Ark.) — A dust storm in northeastern Arkansas led to dangerous driving conditions on Sunday.

Blowing dust caused by gusts of wind up to 35 to 45 miles per hour and dry weather affected the Arkansas-Missouri border area.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the dust storm could have been a factor in a 12-car pile-up that left at least 11 people injured.

A Blowing Dust Advisory was in effect until 9 p.m. CT Sunday for northeast Arkansas counties.

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Man Breaks Into Washington DC Five Guys, Makes Himself Cheeseburger

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — This man must have really been craving a cheeseburger.

A man broke into a Five Guys restaurant in Washington, D.C., early Friday not to steal money but to grab a bite to eat. The burglar followed a delivery man into the restaurant and waited until he left before going inside, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Once inside, the man treated himself to a fountain beverage before cooking what appeared to be a run-of-the-mill cheeseburger. He stole a bottled water before leaving.

Some cravings just can’t be ignored.

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Hospital Working to Increase Security After Two Psych Patients Escaped

Lakewood Police Department(LAKEWOOD, Wash.) — The Washington state psychiatric hospital where two dangerous patients escaped last week said Saturday it is working with law enforcement to increase security.

The changes at Western State Hospital were announced in a statement by Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, in which it also thanked law enforcement for capturing the two men.

“The hospital has restricted patient-earned privileges that allow them escorted and unescorted access to Western State Hospital grounds and off-campus excursions throughout the weekend as the hospital increases its security measures,” the statement said.

“The hospital’s security team has coordinated closely with law enforcement to organize additional patrols on campus,” it said. “Hospital staff are also focused on how to more securely serve higher risk populations in the civil commitment portion of the hospital.”

Anthony Garver and Alexander Adams escaped from the hospital Wednesday night. Adams was apprehended Thursday, and Garver was captured Friday evening, police said.

Garver, 28 — who was arrested in 2013 for first-degree murder and accused of torturing a woman to death, but found too mentally ill to stand trial — was captured in the woods near the Washington-Idaho border Friday, after being tracked down by a police dog, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich tells ABC News.

As of Friday evening, Knezovich said Garver was under arrest and en route to a hospital, suffering from dehydration.

Adams, 59, who was apprehended Thursday in Des Moines, Washington, about 30 miles north of Western State Hospital.

Garver and Adams were last seen in the hospital’s dining hall Wednesday at 6 p.m., and hospital staffers learned they were missing at 7 p.m. and notified police.

Adams, who had been sent to the hospital to receive treatment on a domestic violence arrest, was spotted on a public bus at 10:30 p.m. “and inquired about how to get to the airport.” He was apprehended in Des Moines, Washington, “without incident,” according to Lakewood Police Lt. Chris Lawler. Lawler did not say who recognized Adams but did say that he was spotted as a result of the media attention to the case.

In a related incident, Washington state officials announced Friday that another patient went missing Wednesday from Western State Hospital — although officials were adamant about describing it as an “unauthorized leave” –not an “escape.”

Lt. Lawler of the Lakewood Police Department said Friday, “For those of you inquiring about another patient missing from WSH, it’s a person with ground privileges that failed to return. It’s somewhat common out there. It’s not an escape. We take reports and look for the person, but not like Garver or Adams unless there are special circumstances.”

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