Photo Credit: Donna Broadway(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday that there was no evidence that the plane that crashed in Gaithersburg, Maryland on Monday struck a bird prior to crashing into a residential area.

Investigators found no indication of a bird or bird parts in the planes engine. Further, they said, there was no indication that the engines had failed. The investigation did discover that a stall warning — which occurs when a plane is going too slow and nearing a stall — was triggered on the plane about 20 seconds prior to the crash.

The NTSB is looking into whether the pilot may have failed to maintain adequate airspeed.

The crash killed all three people onboard the plane and three more — a mother and her two young children — in one of the homes damaged in the crash. Two additional homes were damaged in the crash and the ensuing fire.

The plane was traveling from Chapel Hill, North Carolina and planned to land at the Montgomery County Airpark in Maryland.

The man whose wife and two sons were killed in their home said he’s grieving after the “horrific event,” and trying to find some sense of normalcy for his surviving 5-year-old daughter.

Ken Gemmell and his daughter weren’t home when the small plane crashed on Monday and one of its wings was catapulted into the family’s home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, erupting into flames.

“No words can describe the enormity of our loss and sadness over yesterday’s tragedy,” he wrote on Facebook Tuesday. “We lost Marie, the love of my life and college sweetheart, and our two young, innocent, and joyful sons — a loss that no person should ever endure.”

“The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, and my daughter and I are appreciative for the prayers and well wishes from friends, neighbors and the community,” Gemmell added. “We also appreciate the dedication and hard work of the firefighters, police and other first responders who did everything in their power to try to save my family during this horrific event.”

He requested privacy as his family grieves, so that he can, “provide my daughter with some degree of normalcy as we try to rebuild.”

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Minertree/iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A man who has been missing since Nov. 27 after he radioed a desperate mayday from his waterlogged sailing vessel was found alive and uninjured Tuesday aboard his 25-foot sailing vessel 64 miles south of Honolulu, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The last contact with Ron Ingraham, 67, was when he placed two mayday calls 12 days ago, saying that his vessel, Malia, was taking on water and in danger of sinking 46 miles west of Kailua-Kona, officials said.

Coast Guard and Navy crews conducted an extensive search of the area, flying 59 sorties and covering approximately 12,000 square miles, but with no success. The Coast Guard suspended the search for Ingraham on Dec. 1.

Then the Coast Guard in Honolulu received a short mayday call Tuesday, officials said.

A Coast Guard watchstander on duty put out an urgent call to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton, which was about 14 miles away, officials said, noting the destroyer arrived at the scene about half an hour after it received the call.

“The U.S. Navy ship reported Ingraham was weak, hungry and dehydrated. The crew provided food and water to Ingraham and a rescue and assistance team is attempting to affect repairs to the outboard engine aboard Malia,” Coast Guard officials said in a statement.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Senate’s newly released report on alleged torture of terror detainees after the 9/11 attacks is “unlikely” to inspire near-term attacks inside the U.S. homeland, but it is “very likely” to be used by terrorist groups for their future propaganda, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned local law enforcement across the country Tuesday.

“The FBI, DHS, and [National Counterterrorism Center] assess the most likely impact of the report will be attempts by foreign terrorist organizations … and their online supporters to exploit the report’s findings by claiming they confirm the U.S. government’s perceived hypocrisy and oppression of Muslims,” the FBI and DHS said in a joint intelligence bulletin distributed within hours of the report’s release.

Al Qaeda-linked groups and the Islamic State, the Iraq-based group also known as ISIS that has occupied large swaths of northern Syria and western Iraq, have often made U.S. detention and interrogation policies a central theme of their online messaging. Such critiques are “likely attempts to validate supporters’ existing grievances and convince them to pursue attacks in the Homeland or travel overseas to fight,” the bulletin said.

The bulletin noted that in brutal videos released by ISIS showing the beheadings of American and British hostages, the captives wore orange jumpsuits “reminiscent of those used by U.S.-held prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.”

The online propaganda campaign by ISIS has proved effective, inspiring scores of Americans and thousands of others from around the world to join terrorists in Iraq and neighboring Syria. And the bulletin said such Americans who have been radicalized online are still likely to prioritize joining ISIS overseas rather than launching their own attack inside the United States.

Specifically, the bulletin concluded that homegrown terrorists “are unlikely to mobilize to violence in the near term as a direct result of the information released” in the Senate report because many aspects of the CIA program had already been “widely publicized,” and past attacks by homegrown terrorists “have typically not been linked to public disclosures of U.S. detention and interrogation activities.”

The bulletin did not include the common refrain that the FBI and DHS have found no specific, credible threat. But law enforcement sources say that, in fact, the U.S. intelligence community has not come across any specific, credible or actionable intelligence indicating a threat inside the U.S. homeland tied to the Senate report.

Nevertheless, the bulletin said: “We cannot rule out … attempts to conduct isolated or opportunistic attacks after the release of the report given the individualized process of radicalization to violence and unpredictable nature of [homegrown terrorists].”

In addition, the bulletin said the Senate report’s “focus on actions taken by the CIA and other government entities could motivate some [homegrown terrorists] … to consider targeting U.S. government officials, such as intelligence officers or military personnel.” The bulletin cited a recent ISIS audio message encouraging supporters in the West to attack “soldiers, patrons, and troops … their police, security, and intelligence members.”

On Monday, the White House warned that the Senate report could spark violence against U.S. interests outside the United States.

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Kena Betancur-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After visiting the 9/11 Museum and Memorial on Tuesday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at The Door, an educational center for 12 to 24-year-olds in downtown Manhattan, which recently teamed up with the CityKids Foundation to provide added support for children.

There, they met 22-year-old Steven Prescod, who performed a spoken word piece about his father, who was incarcerated when he was just a year old. He also discussed a time when he faced possible jail time for an assault charge, but was granted bail and probation instead.

“William said he wanted to help me put this together. He gave me his contact number and said to reach out to him,” Prescod said. “They brought hope to me. …I had a low period in my life and never in a million years did I expect I would be performing for the Duke and Duchess.”

Prince William and Duchess Kate met with many people at the organization, including Julie Shapiro, executive director of The Door, and Jamal Joseph, national artistic director of CityKids. They also sat down with eight children who use the service.

The main event, however, was the 25-minute dance and music performance that showcased the talents of young adults, including Prescod.

“That was incredible guys,” William told them afterward. “It was amazing and should be on in the West End [in London]. … It nearly had me in tears.”

The performers were equally impressed with the royals, whom they described as engaged, authentic and down-to-earth. One person in particular also noted what a great couple they seem to make.

“They sync together, finish each others’ sentences,” observed 22-year-old Eduardo Gonzales. “They are like peanut butter and jelly.”

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iStockphoto(PITTSBURGH) — The Pittsburgh Pirates and left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano agreed to a three year contract on Tuesday, worth $39 million, according to ESPN.

The 31-year-old Liriano has spent the past two seasons with the Pirates. In 55 starts with Pittsburgh, he has posted a 23-18 record along with a 3.20 ERA. He has struck out 338 batters in 323 1-3 innings of work.

During his nine-year career, Liriano has suited up for the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Pirates. He owns a career record of 76-72 and a 4.07 ERA. He has whiffed 1,184 batters in 1,163 1-3 innings of work.

Liriano was named to the American League All-Star team in 2006.

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Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NHL fined New York Islanders forward Anders Lee, $2,286.29 on Tuesday for elbowing St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson during the second period of Saturday night’s game.

The fine is the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In 21 games this season, Lee has five goals and one assist for a total of six points. During his career, Lee has 15 goals and seven assists for 22 points in 45 regular season games.

In his first season with the Blues, Gunnarsson has four assists. He spent the previous five seasons suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The money from the fine will go into the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NHL fined New York Islanders forward Anders Lee, $2,286.29 on Tuesday for elbowing St. Louis Blues defenseman Carl Gunnarsson during the second period of Saturday night’s game.

The fine is the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In 21 games this season, Lee has five goals and one assist for a total of six points. During his career, Lee has 15 goals and seven assists for 22 points in 45 regular season games.

In his first season with the Blues, Gunnarsson has four assists. He spent the previous five seasons suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The money from the fine will go into the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Monkey Business Images/Thinkstock(GAITHERSBURG, Md.) — A Maryland mom’s final act was trying to protect her sons with her own body after a private jet crashed into their home and erupted into flames, officials said.

The bodies of Marie Gemmell, 36, and her infant and her 3-year-old sons were found in the family’s second-floor bathroom in Gaithersburg, Maryland, after the crash Monday.

“The way they found them, it looked like she was trying to shelter them from the smoke and fire,” Montgomery County Police Capt. Paul Starks told ABC News Tuesday.

“You think you’re safe in your house,” he said. “You have a baby six weeks ago and you’re staying home. … Unbelievable.”

Gemmell’s husband, Ken Gemmell, and their oldest child, who’s five, weren’t home when the jet crashed, authorities said.

The plane was heading to the Montgomery County Airpark a mile away when it crashed and exploded into pieces, officials said. One of the wings, which had fuel inside, catapulted into the Gemmells’ home, erupting into flames.

Two other homes were also damaged.

All three people aboard the jet, coming from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, were killed. Dr. Michael Rosenberg, founder and CEO of a clinical research organization in North Carolina, is among the victims, according to a statement from Health Decisions. Authorities have not released the names of the other two victims.

A GoFundMe page for the Gemmell family has raised nearly $100,000, and supporters flooded Ken Gemmell’s Facebook page.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and has recovered the jet’s data recorders.

“Our mission is to find out not only what happened but why it happened, because we want to make sure something like this never happens again,” the NTSB’s Robert Sumwalt said at a news conference Monday.

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iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The police shooting of a stabbing suspect at the Brooklyn headquarters of an Orthodox Jewish sect early Tuesday morning “looks like it was justified,” New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

An officer with seven years on the force shot and killed Calvin Peters, 49, after police “gave verbal commands for the male to drop the knife,” Bratton said.

The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. inside the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch. Peters walked into the facility asking for a book, police said. He then stabbed a 22-year-old student from Israel in the side of the head with a nine-inch knife, they added.

Witnesses said the man was repeating, “Kill all Jews,” as he stabbed the student, according to an emailed statement from Rabbi Motti Seligson of Chabad-Lubavitch — though Bratton later said reports the suspect uttered an anti-Semitic phrase were unverified.

When officers arrived, they ordered Peters to drop the knife, police said. He placed it on a table, but then picked it up and walked toward some of the officers, officials added.

Cell phone video captured the incident. It showed officers yelling at a man and captured the sound of the single gunshot.

Peters was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died. The police said stabbing victim also was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

Seligson identified the student as Levi Rosenblat.

“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” Seligson said in his emailed statement. “We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, G-d forbid far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition.”

Police were confident the incident was not terrorism but rather the work of someone with a history of being an emotionally disturbed person.

However, Deputy Commissioner John Miller said, “concern that the news of this story might bring to houses of worship around the city” means some extra patrols around synagogues.

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iStock Editorial(NEW YORK) — A New York police officer fatally shot a man who allegedly stabbed an Israeli student inside a synagogue in Brooklyn early Tuesday.

The incident happened about 1:45 a.m. inside the headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch, an Orthodox Jewish sect.

The 49-year-old man walked into the synagogue asking for a book, police said. He then stabbed the 23-year-old student in the side of the head with a knife, they added.

Witnesses said the man was repeating, “Kill all Jews,” as he stabbed Levi Rosenblat, according to an emailed statement from Rabbi Motti Seligson of Chabad-Lubavitch.

When officers arrived, they ordered the man drop the knife, police said. He placed it on a table, but then picked it up and walked toward some of the officers, police added.

Cell phone video captured the incident, showing officers yelling at the man and capturing the sound of the single gunshot.

The man was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he died. The police said stabbing victim also was taken to the hospital and was listed in stable condition.

“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” Seligson said in his emailed statement. “We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, God forbid far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition.”

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