freeteo/iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) — An Ohio state trooper has been hailed as a hero after dash cam video captured him saving a driver from being hit by an oncoming semi truck.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday showing Trooper Stephen Zientek after he pulled over on I-475 to help a driver with a dead car battery, according to ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio.

The video shows Zientek invite the driver, Mike Celusta, to his squad car to warm up before suddenly he yells at Celusta and they jump over the guardrail.

Seconds later, the video shows the semi crash into the two cars.

“It was just Hollywood-type script and now that I can see it, it makes it even more surreal,” Celusta told WTVG after watching the dash cam footage.

Celusta said he believes Zientek saved his life.

“As soon as he says, ‘Look out!” I just went,” Celusta told WVTG, “I couldn’t see what was happening, so I just jumped over the rail.”

The truck driver was cited, reports WVTG.

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freeteo/iStock/Thinkstock(TOLEDO, Ohio) — An Ohio state trooper has been hailed as a hero after dash cam video captured him saving a driver from being hit by an oncoming semi truck.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol released video Friday showing Trooper Stephen Zientek after he pulled over on I-475 to help a driver with a dead car battery, according to ABC affiliate WTVG in Toledo, Ohio.

The video shows Zientek invite the driver, Mike Celusta, to his squad car to warm up before suddenly he yells at Celusta and they jump over the guardrail.

Seconds later, the video shows the semi crash into the two cars.

“It was just Hollywood-type script and now that I can see it, it makes it even more surreal,” Celusta told WTVG after watching the dash cam footage.

Celusta said he believes Zientek saved his life.

“As soon as he says, ‘Look out!” I just went,” Celusta told WVTG, “I couldn’t see what was happening, so I just jumped over the rail.”

The truck driver was cited, reports WVTG.

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FBI(BOSTON) — A federal appeals court in Massachusetts on Friday ruled against suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attorneys, who had been calling for a change of venue in Tsarnaev’s trial.

A three-judge panel heard arguments from both Tsarnaev’s legal team, as well as that of the prosecution, determining by a two-to-one majority to deny the request. Noting that “any high-profile case will receive significant media attention” and thus “it is no surprise that people in general, and especially the well-informed, will be aware of it,” the jurors determined that “a jury anywhere in the country will have been exposed to some level of media attention” in this case. Jurors being aware of the case “does not equate to disqualifying prejudice,” the judges wrote.

Tsarnaev’s lawyers had argued that the media’s coverage would make it impossible to find a fair jury in Massachusetts. A circuit court judge had already denied the change of venue motion three times.

The judges cited numerous high-profile cases, including the prosecution of Zacharias Moussaoui, as well as comparing the bombing to the 1993 and 2001 attacks at New York’s World Trade Center, saying each event “received national and international attention.”

In a dissenting opinion, one judge wrote that while the trial is an opportunity for closure, “rather than convicting Tsarnaev and possibly sentencing him to death based on trial-by-media and raw emotion, we must put our emotions aside and proceed in a rational manner.” Specifically, he says, the courts must ensure that Tsarnaev receives a fair trial.

Jury selection for Tsarnaev’s trial is ongoing.

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev are believed to have been the perpetrators of the April 15, 2013 bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 250.

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william87/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — What was supposed to be a nearly one-hour flight turned into a nine-hour ordeal for passengers on board an American Airlines plane delayed for hours because of icy conditions and a mechanical problem.

American Airlines flight 382 was scheduled to leave for Oklahoma City from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport at 1:45 p.m. CT Friday, but the plane was grounded until 10:48 p.m. CT.

“We get on the plane and it’s just one thing after another,” said passenger Brandon Sullivan.

Sullivan told ABC News that the plane sat at the gate for hours waiting for de-icing, which was delayed by heavy snow. After about five hours, a mechanical problem kept the plane grounded, said Sullivan.

“We get so excited, we get to the end of the runway and then we find out we have a mechanical problem,” he said.

American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller apologized for the “frustrating experience,” adding that Friday “was a challenging day at DFW due to extreme weather impacting north Texas. The safety of our passengers and employees is always our top priority.”

Sullivan said passengers got agitated.

“People were obviously frustrated and there seemed to be no crew around there for a little bit,” he said. “People were going in the liquor fridge, pulling out whatever they wanted to drink. It got a little chaotic there for a little bit.”

Rachel Charlton, another passenger, called it an “up and down” experience.

“We were happy one second because we thought we were leaving and then the next second we were just deflated because we were turning back to the gate,” she said.

When the plane returned to a gate, Miller said the crew had to be replaced because they had worked for eight hours, which made it illegal for them to fly.

The flight eventually departed at 10:48 p.m. CT – more than nine hours after some of its passengers initially boarded. It landed in Oklahoma City about a half hour later, according to Flightaware.com.

Because the plane was not held on the tarmac, the delays did not violate the three-hour limit set by the Department of Transportation.

“Ten hours – it feels great to be home,” said Sullivan. “It’s incredibly stressful day. I don’t ever want to do that again.”

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Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan reinstated junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith on Friday.

Finney-Smith was suspended for the past three games due to an unspecified violation of team rules.

“He served his penalty,” Donovan said. “He did all the things we asked him to do and expected him to do.”

The 6-foot-8 Finney-Smith is the team’s leading rebounder (5.8 per game) and second-leading scorer (12.9 per game).

Finney-Smith will be on the floor for the Gators (13-15, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) Saturday when Donovan tries to win his 500th career game versus Tennessee.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery and should be able to return to the team in four to six weeks, Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Friday.

The 24-year-old Rose has had surgeries on both of his knees in the past couple years. Those surgeries caused Rose to miss most of the past two seasons, but this one shouldn’t keep the former MVP off the court as long.

“There’s the old saying that surgery’s minor as long as it’s on somebody else,” Forman said. “But in this case, in comparison to what Derrick’s had to go through the last several years, this surgery really was minor.”

Rose tore his medial meniscus in his right knee for the second time in 15 months. The previous time Rose had surgery he missed most of the 2013-14 season. This time should prove to be less serious as Rose was able to walk out of the hospital after the surgery.

Rose could also begin working out at the team’s practice facility as soon as Saturday, according to Forman.

Rose has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and five assists per game.

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Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Chicago Blackhawks traded a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

“We’ve been working on this one for a while,” Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman. “He was a defenseman we really wanted. Setting aside the fact he hasn’t played, once we get him up to speed, he’s a great player. He’s been an elite defenseman for a lot of years.

“We looked around at the other guys. When we get him back on his game, he’s a great defenseman, low risk, high reward.”

The 39-year-old Timonen has not played this season due to blood clots in his lower right leg and both of his lungs, but on Thursday Timonen skated with the Flyers and said he’s ready to play.

Timonen ranks third among active defenseman with 571 career points over 15 NHL seasons.

Timonen has declared he will retire at the end of the season.

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Football Texture/iStockphoto(NEW YORK) — Mississippi State extended the contract of head football coach Dan Mullen through the 2018 season.

Mullen, who last season led the Bulldogs to their first 10-win season in school history and was named the 2014 Maxwell National Coach of the Year, will make an average of $4.275 million per year.

“It’s a privilege to represent our university, our program and our fans here at Mississippi State,” Mullen said. “I appreciate (athletic director) Scott Stricklin and our administration who have given us the tools and resources to be successful and develop Bulldog football into a national brand over the last six years.

“We spent five weeks ranked No. 1 last season for the first time, but we have only scratched this surface on what we can accomplish here. We have created a winning culture both on and off the field and built a program that has sustained success in the nation’s toughest conference. I’ve always said we are going to win a championship here, and I firmly believe that.”

Before Mullen arrived in Starkville in 2009, Mississippi State had losing records in seven of its previous eight seasons. Since then the program has had five winning seasons.

Mullen has a 46-31 record at Mississippi State and has won more bowl games (3) than any other coach in Bulldogs history.

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Indiana Pacers 93 (24-34) – Cleveland Cavaliers 86 (37-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 89 (13-45) – Washington Wizards 81 (33-26)

Boston Celtics 106 (23-33) – Charlotte Hornets 98 (22-33)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (46-12) – Orlando Magic 88 (19-41)

Golden State Warriors 113 (45-11) – Toronto Raptors 89 (37-21)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (30-22-9, 69pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (25-27-10, 60pts) – Overtime

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (23-30-7, 53pts) – Washington Capitals 0 (33-20-10, 76pts)

New York Islanders 2 (41-20-2, 84pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (33-25-4, 70pts)

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Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Indiana Pacers 93 (24-34) – Cleveland Cavaliers 86 (37-23)

Philadelphia 76ers 89 (13-45) – Washington Wizards 81 (33-26)

Boston Celtics 106 (23-33) – Charlotte Hornets 98 (22-33)

Atlanta Hawks 95 (46-12) – Orlando Magic 88 (19-41)

Golden State Warriors 113 (45-11) – Toronto Raptors 89 (37-21)

NHL: Boston Bruins 3 (30-22-9, 69pts) – New Jersey Devils 2 (25-27-10, 60pts) – Overtime

Carolina Hurricanes 3 (23-30-7, 53pts) – Washington Capitals 0 (33-20-10, 76pts)

New York Islanders 2 (41-20-2, 84pts) – Calgary Flames 1 (33-25-4, 70pts)

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