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Man Told to Leave American Airlines Flight Because of His Weight

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Calif.) — A California man was asked to leave an American Airlines flight because of his size.

Chris Shelley, an engineer from Huntington Beach, Calif., was flying from Dallas/Forth Worth International Airport to John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., on Nov. 20 when an airline employee approached him and demanded he exit the airplane after another passenger complained, Shelley told ABC News today.

Shelley, a frequent flyer of American Airlines, was already sitting in the middle seat when an elderly lady sat in the aisle seat next to him, Shelley said.

“She put her luggage away and sat down, and immediately started to squirm” before getting up from her seat, Shelley said.

Moments later, an airline employee, who Shelley believes was a gate agent, “abruptly” told him to grab his stuff and leave the plane because the elderly woman complained that he was “too big,” according to Shelley.

Shelley, who said he is not “overly obese” and has never had a problem fitting into an airplane seat before, asked to see the employee’s manager.

“They started to give my seat away so I asked if anybody bothered to ask the lady to switch seats with me,” Shelley said, adding that he was able to remain on the flight when the woman agreed to switch seats.

Shelley immediately filed a complaint and received three emails from the airline and a call from a customer service agent, he said, but none contained an apology from the employee, pilot or manager, which is what Shelley said he really wants.

A spokesperson for American Airlines told ABC News today that the airline is investigating what happened on-board and will “ensure similar circumstances are handled better in the future.”

The spokesperson added: “We apologize to Mr. Shelley for his experience on a recent flight with us. We always aim to give our all of our customers the best possible travel experience and we fell short of that with Mr. Shelley while trying to accommodate another passenger.”

Shelley said he may stop flying with American Airlines after the incident.

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Active Shooter Reported in Colorado Springs, Police Say

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Cops were responding to reports of an active shooter in Colorado Springs, the city’s police department tweeted Friday.

CSPD PIO responding to call if active shooter in Centennial Bl. The area is NOT secure. Media do not stage in area!

— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) November 27, 2015

Police also asked people at a nearby shopping center to shelter in place, and for others to avoid the area near Centennial Boulevard and West Fillmore Street.

ACTIVE SHOOTER situation in progress. Avoid area of 3400 Centennial Blvd just north of Fillmore.

— City of Colo Springs (@springsgov) November 27, 2015

Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state and is located about 70 miles south of Denver.

It was not clear if there were any injuries.

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New Surveillance Video Shows Moments Before Tulane Med Student Shooting

The Gold Family(NEW ORLEANS) –New surveillance video shows a clearer picture of the moments leading up to the shooting of 25-year-old Tulane medical student Peter Gold as he stepped in to help a woman who was being dragged by a man on a New Orleans street last Friday.

In the video, the suspect is seen getting out of a SUV and crossing the street. Once out, he goes towards the vehicle with the victim under his arm. But, as he approaches the car, the woman falls to the sidewalk in a struggle, and the suspect snatches her purse and gets into the driver’s seat.

Peter Gold is seen stopping his car in the middle of the street and getting out to help the victim. The suspect, identified Monday by police as 21-year-old Euric Cain, then gets out of his car and shoots Gold, who is seen backed up against the wall with his hands up.

As Gold lies on the ground clutching his stomach, the gunman tries to shoot him again but, fiddles with a gun that appears to be jammed. After that, he drives off in his SUV, leaving Gold and the woman on the sidewalk.

Concerned Good Samaritans are then seen running toward them to help.

Cain faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and armed robbery, police said Monday. A $12,500 reward had been offered for information leading up to his arrest.

Cain was also arrested earlier this month for possession of a stolen cellphone during a carjacking, police said. He has not entered a plea according to court records.

“Now he will likely spend the rest of his life in jail, as he should,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said of Cain during a news conference Monday.

Gold was in stable condition as of Wednesday.

Tulane President, Mike Fitts said Friday, the student is expected to make a full recovery.

“I ask that you keep Peter and his family in your thoughts and prayers,” Fitts said. “He is an outstanding student who represents the best of Tulane in every possible way.”

“Doesn’t surprise me that he would have pulled over his car and attempted to save somebody,” Gold’s friend and classmate Ryan O’Halloran told ABC News.

“He’s a great guy,” O’Halloran continued, adding that Gold is “a guy who generally always has your back.”

Gold’s family gave ABC News the following statement: “While we deeply appreciate everyone’s concern, support and prayers as our family faces this crisis, our sole focus at this time is on Peter’s recovery. We ask that everyone respect our need for privacy while we join Peter as he begins to recover from the injuries he has sustained.”

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Protesters March Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’ to Call Attention to Police Brutality

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Hundreds of protesters indignant at police brutality in Chicago took to the city’s popular “Magnificent Mile” shopping district on Black Friday, mere days after the release of dash cam video showing a police officer firing 16 shots at Laquan McDonald.

Chanting “Stop the cover up, 16 shots” and “Black power,” demonstrators marched through rain and mist along Michigan Avenue, shutting down the avenue’s northbound lanes and partially blocking the southbound lane as shoppers stood in the sidewalks.

Friday’s protest is one of many that occurred in the city this week after police released two different videos of the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting following a court order. Some protesters are calling for the resignation of CPD Commissioner Garry McCarthy.

Religious, youth and union leaders are expected to be part of the event. Organizers from different groups called protesters to gather at three different locations between Pioneer Court and Water Tower along “Magnificent Mile,” ABC News station WLS in Chicago reported.

Laquan McDonald died in a hospital after Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shot him 16 times last year. Van Dyke, who had been on administrative duty since the shooting last October, was charged with murder on Tuesday. The officer, a 14-year veteran of the police department, had a history of civilian complaints of misconduct, according to data obtained by the Chicago-based watchdog group the Invisible Institute.

Van Dyke’s attorney has said the officer feared for his life when he fired at McDonald and that the case should be tried in the courtroom, not in social media or on city streets. Van Dyke’s next court appearance is on Nov. 30.

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Two in Custody, One Sought in ‘Unspeakable’ Murder of 9-Year-Old in Chicago, Police Say


(CHICAGO) — A convicted felon was arrested in connection with the “unspeakable” murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago, police announced Friday — one of “at least three” suspects allegedly involved in the case, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday.

The suspect, Corey Morgan, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in the “execution” of Tyshawn, who police said was lured to an alley and shot several times in the upper body, including the head and the chest, on Nov. 2.

This is not Morgan’s first encounter with police — he is a convicted felon and registered gang member, McCarthy said. Just a few weeks ago, police said they picked him up with a firearm.

The status of the case was not clear.

McCarthy described Morgan as an individual with “extensive violent criminal history who likely shouldn’t have been on the streets.”

Of the other two suspects, one — whom police did not name — is in custody on a gun charge unrelated to Tyshawn’s killing and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder. The suspect has not yet been formally charged.

An arrest warrant on first-degree murder charges will be issued for the third suspect, who police Friday identified as Kevin Edwards.

One of the suspects was a driver, another was the triggerman, but it was not clear which of the suspects was allegedly responsible for which role.

Police said identifying the suspects was possible because of community intelligence and detective work.

“There was a lot of fear,” he said, praising the community for coming forward with information.

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White House Lawn Locked Down over Fence Jumper

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The North Lawn of the White House went on lockdown Thursday after a man identified as Joseph Caputo jumped over the fence and was taken into custody, authorities said.

“Today, at approximately 2:45 p.m., Joseph Caputo scaled over the north fence line of the White House Complex gaining access to the North Grounds,” U.S. Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback wrote in an email. “Caputo was immediately apprehended and taken into custody. Criminal charges are pending at this time.”

After going over the fence, Caputo, draped with an American flag, was quickly apprehended and taken into custody.

Authorities searched him inside the White House perimeter before taking him to an awaiting police vehicle.

The White House was on lockdown for three hours and Pennsylvania Avenue was cleared of pedestrians. The south fence line was also temporarily closed.

The incident happened while the First Family was at home and months after the Secret Service took numerous steps to improve security at the White House, including adding a short bike rack fence and spikes atop a fence lining the perimeter of the complex.

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Arrest Made in ‘Unspeakable’ Murder of 9-Year-Old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago

iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — An arrest has been made in the “unspeakable” murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in Chicago, police announced Friday.

Further details of the arrest were not immediately available.

Chicago Police detectives have made an arrest in the unspeakable murder of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee. Press announcement later this morning.

— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) November 27, 2015

The boy was lured into an alley and “executed” — shot several times in the upper body, including the head and neck on Nov. 2, according to officials.

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

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Terrifying Video Shows Alleged Burglar Creeping Around Home While Residents Sleep

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Parents in New York City witnessed their worst nightmare come true when a thief was caught creeping around their home on Wednesday morning, a police report released yesterday said.

Prior to getting in the Flushing, Queens home, the burglar was caught on a surveillance video outside around 2.20 a.m., the New York City Police department said.

The footage released by police, documents the suspect crawling around with a knife in his mouth and skulking around the house for approximately 30 minutes, ABC news owned station, WABC in New York reported.

In addition to that, the video shows the suspect going into the owner’s bedroom and taking a Samsung S6 cellphone that was sitting on top of a dresser.

WABC said, the burglar fled on foot when the 42-year-old resident woke up and shouted at him.

Police describe the suspect as 6’2” and 200 pounds. At the time of entry, “he was wearing all black and a black snow cap with ‘diamond’ in red and white letting on it,” the report stated.

“[The neighborhood] changed,” the owner told WABC. “We have to check all the doors and windows.”

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White House Lawn Locked Down After Fence Jumper

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The North Lawn of the White House was on lockdown Thursday after a man jumped the fence and was taken into custody, authorities said.

The incident comes just months after the Secret Service took numerous steps to improve security at the White House, including adding a short bike rack fence, and adding spikes atop a fence lining the perimeter of the complex.

The Secret Service press office was unable to immediately comment.

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Brothers Fear The Other is Dead After Surviving Avalanches

iStock/Thinkstock(OPHIR, Colo.) — Two brothers feared the worst for each other’s fate when they triggered separate avalanches while skiing in the backcountry of Ophir, Colorado.

On Wednesday, Brian Holmes, 26, triggered the first avalanche when he started his descent near Waterfall Canyon in Ophir, police said. His 27-year-old brother, Alex Holmes, told police that he triggered a second avalanche when he tried to ski down to search for Brian and left the area to go for help.

Police and rescue volunteers began their search for the brothers around 1 p.m., authorities said. Around the same time, dispatchers received a call from Brian’s cellphone and heard someone breathing, but nothing else.

Brian later told police that he slid about 1,000 feet down the mountain and landed on his back. He said most of his body was covered in snow, other than his face and one arm. He was able to get himself out of the snow in 10 to 15 minutes, police said.

“He then began searching for his brother, whom he thought was dead,” police said.

After searching for about an hour, Brian made his way down to the town of Ophir around 2 p.m. He was taken to Telluride Medical Center and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Rector said in a report that given the wind and worsening conditions, it’s not surprising that an avalanche was triggered.

“The [San Juan mountain range] in general can represent some of the most tenuous snow conditions on the continent, he said. “Given the circumstances and nature of the slide, this skier is extremely fortunate.”

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