ABC News(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indianapolis 500, one of the most watched races in the world, has long been a male-dominated competition with cars flying around the track at breakneck speeds and pit crews taking mere seconds to change tires.

But women are now blazing trails in this world of high-testosterone racing, from the driver’s seat to pit crew.

Just last week, driver Katherine Legge announced she was teaming up with motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form Grace Autosport, the first all-female IndyCar Series racing team, with the goal to compete in the 2016 Indy 500.

This year, two women, out of 33 drivers, have qualified to race in 99th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday: Switzerland’s Simona de Silvestro and England’s Pippa Mann.

Only nine woman have ever raced in the Indy 500, starting with Janet Guthrie, a driver in the late 1970s. Another was 34-year-old Sarah Fisher, who now owns an Indy team. She had the distinction of losing two cars in separate spectacular crashes during qualifying heats this week, both worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“That was maybe a $450,000 loss,” Fisher told ABC News after the first car hit the wall, spun and turned a looping backflip.

Whereas nine women have raced the track, only two have worked elbow deep in grease and car carcass in the pit crew. The adrenaline-pounding work of pit crew is arguably one of the more dangerous roles in sports. It’s a job, Fisher said, in which every millisecond matters.

“Those people over the wall train to be in that position,” she said. “Whether it’s a female or a male, as a race car driver you train to be in that position. When you’re over the wall, you sign off on that opportunity, and it’s the same regardless of who you are.”

Indy veteran Anna Chatten has been a mechanic for nearly 20 years and was the first woman ever go over the wall and work pit crew during an Indy 500 race.

When she first started, Chatten said guys would come up to her and ask her what she was doing on the track, but “now everyone knows me on pit lane,” she said. Chatten’s fellow mechanics have come to accept her as one of their own, she said, but spectators are still caught by surprise.

“Lots of people make the mistake that I might be PR [public relations] and not a mechanic,” she said. “This guy rolls up just as were about to roll the car out, so a bust time, not the best time to talk. But I’m accommodating. … So the guy asks me, ‘Who is that guy in the paisley hat?’ Now there’s 20 people wearing paisley hats this month, so I say, ‘Which guy?’ And he got very offended and said I am not a very good PR person. And I said, ‘Great, because I’m not the PR person.”

Chatten is responsible for setting up the gearbox, the souped-up manual transmission in race cars, every time a car runs. It’s a piece of machinery with more than 600 combinations.

“If you get one little piece not in the right spot, it’s game over,” she said. “Because all of this stuff works together, one little piece in the wrong spot and it’s game over.”

And although she is wearing the same safety gear that all pit crew members wear, the job can be extremely risky.

“I did get hurt once and busted my foot up,” Chatten said. “We had a driver that came in and wasn’t good at making his marks. You have half a second to decide if he was going to make his mark, and the pit wall was really high and I didn’t have enough time to get over the wall. So it hit my foot and broke my foot.”

The second woman ever to work pit crew during the Indy 500 is Jessica Mace, a 27-year-old mechanic from Bellville, Ohio. She’ll be changing tires for racer Conor Daly in the Indy 500. Mace and her team can change a tire on the track in about three seconds — in a ritual so practiced it seems they are on fast forward.

“Changing tires is one of the most physical things you can do,” Mace said.

Although she wears a fire suit and a helmet like her fellow male pit crew members, Mace said she is still treated differently, sometimes, in the heat of the moment.

“[The drivers] will ask the guys to do something and I will just get left out and, if you want to do that, that’s fine with me, I will work harder,” Mace said. “You deal with it and keep moving forward because you are not going to change their minds. You just have to work through it.”

Mace said she grew up watching racing and that her grandfather raced cars for 40 years. She doesn’t see driving in her future, but said men are starting to become more accepting of women on the track.

“We are here to work with you,” she said. “So you can fight us and your car won’t perform well, or you can deal with us and we can work together.”

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Photo by Frederic Stevens/Getty Images(TORONTO) — The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will kick off on June 6 and runs through July 5.

The tournament — the largest single sporting event for women on the planet — will be played in six host cities across Canada.

The United States, a two-time World Cup champion and one of the favorites to win this year’s tournament, will play its first game on June 8 against Australia.

The USA will also face Sweden on June 12 and Nigeria on June 16. The U.S. previously won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999.

The final will take place July 5 in Vancouver.

Here is the complete schedule:

Group A:

June 6

Canada vs. China

New Zealand vs. Netherlands

June 11

China vs. Netherlands

Canada vs. New Zealand

June 15

Netherlands vs. Canada

China vs. New Zealand

Group B:

June 7

Norway vs. Thailand

Germany vs. Ivory Coast

June 11

Germany vs. Norway

Ivory Coast vs. Thailand

June 15

Thailand vs. Germany

Ivory Coast vs. Norway

Group C:

June 8

Cameroon vs. Ecuador

Japan vs. Switzerland

June 12

Switzerland vs. Ecuador

Japan vs. Cameroon

June 16

Ecuador vs. Japan

Switzerland vs. Cameroon

Group D:

June 8

Sweden vs. Nigeria

USA vs. Australia

June 12

Australia vs. Nigeria

USA vs. Sweden

June 16

USA vs. Nigeria

Australia vs. Sweden

Group E:

June 9

Spain vs. Costa Rica

Brazil vs. South Korea

June 13

Brazil vs. Spain

South Korea vs. Costa Rica

June 17

Costa Rica vs. Brazil

South Korea vs. Spain

Group F:

June 9

France vs. England

Colombia vs. Mexico

June 13

France vs. Colombia

England vs. Mexico

June 17

Mexico vs. France

England vs. Colombia

Round of 16:

June 20-23


June 26-27


June 30-July 1

Third Place:

July 4


July 5

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flySnow/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Memorial Day Weekend usually conjures up images of backyard parties, beaches and beer.

But Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer. It’s actually been an official national holiday for over 40 years aimed at remembering those who served in the armed forces.

Here is a brief look at the history behind the holiday and how people are expressing the true meaning of Memorial Day through photos on social media.

A few years after the end of the Civil War, May 30 was established as “Declaration Day” — a day to decorates veterans’ graves with flowers. May 30 may have been the selected day because flowers would be in bloom throughout the country, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

In 1971, Memorial Day was officially declared a national holiday and placed on the last Monday in May, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

In December 2000, the president signed into law The National Moment of Remembrance Act.

“The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation,” the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website says.

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Metropolitan Police Department(WASHINGTON) — A newly unsealed arrest affidavit concludes that the quadruple murder inside a DC mansion “required the presence and assistance of more than one person,” authorities said.

Only one suspect in the murder and ensuing fire has been named publicly.

Daron Wint, 34, was arrested Thursday at 11 p.m. on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, DC Metropolitan Police said. He is charged with first degree felony murder while armed. Members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force made the arrest. He was arraigned Friday afternoon.

Wint was named by Metropolitan Police as the suspect in the murders after his DNA was found on the crust of a Domino’s pizza that had been delivered to the house, authorities said.

The court documents, meanwhile, describe the charred scene that firefighters responded to on the afternoon of May 14. Firefighters found three unconscious adults in one of the second floor bedrooms, but they found a fourth victim in an adjacent bedroom where the blaze was largely contained, according to the affidavit.

That fourth body was that of 10-year-old Phillip Savopoulos. The medical examiner later determined that the child’s cause of death was thermal and sharp force injuries.

The affidavit states that Phillip Savopoulos “was located on the charred remains/mattress spring of a queen sized bed.”

There were signs at the scene that the fire was set purposefully and the suspects had planned for it to spread further than it had.

Firefighters found “the presence of an ignitable liquid on the stairs and in the room in which the three adults were located. Several matches and a matchbox were found at the top of the stairs,” the affidavit states.

His parents Savvas and Amy Savopoulos were both pronounced dead on the scene. Their housekeeper Verlicia Figueroa, who was found in the same bedroom as the couple, was transported to Georgetown University Hospital though “lifesaving efforts failed and Mrs. Figueroa was pronounced dead,” the report states.

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Courtesy of Omahas Mayor Office(OMAHA, Neb.) — The chilling audio recorded in moments after an Omaha police officer was shot in the line of duty this week has been released, and it reveals the frantic efforts to get help for the mortally wounded cop.

Officer Kerrie Orozco, 29, was shot in the chest just above her bullet proof vest on Wednesday while serving a felony warrant and later died from her injuries at Creighton University Medical Center, police said.

“Help an officer! Help an officer!” someone can be heard yelling on the recording of the exchange between officers at the scene and dispatch. The dispatcher then warns other officers the scene wasn’t yet secure.

Orozco was set to go on maternity leave the next day to take care of her newborn daughter, Olivia Ruth, who was born premature and set to be released from the neonatal intensive care unit, authorities told ABC News. Orozco was back to work the week after giving birth to Olivia on Feb. 17, according to officials.

The audio was released by Mean Streets Omaha, a citizen’s group that live-tweets police radio calls in Omaha. The Omaha Police Department did not immediately confirm the authenticity of the recordings to ABC News.

Orozco and two other officers were in pursuit of 26-year-old Marcus D. Wheeler on Wednesday afternoon near 30th Street and Martin Avenue, police said. He was wanted on a felony warrant for first-degree assault from a September 2014 shooting.

When Orozco and another officer pulled up to Wheeler in an unmarked car with lights flashing, Wheeler shot at the officers and then ran, Omaha Police Department Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said on Thursday night, adding new details to how the tragedy unfolded.

When officers caught up with Wheeler, he fired again, and the officers returned fire, Schmaderer said. That’s when Orozco was hit by one of at least six gunshots that Wheeler fired, he said.

Wheeler was shot multiple times before collapsing in a nearby yard, Schmaderer said, and he was later pronounced dead from a lethal gunshot wound to the chest.

In the audio recordings, sirens can be heard in the background while medics report back that two patients are en route to the hospital.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced a vigil for Orozco at 7 p.m. Monday at St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University. Her memorial is planned for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John’s.

The Omaha Police Department has set up a college fund for Olivia that the community can to donate to.

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Courtesy of Jessica Morales (NAPLES, Fla.) — Jessica Morales, 18, said she was shocked to open her high school yearbook last week to see what she felt is a racially offensive photo depicting the “border patrol” interacting with students in stereotypical costumes.

“It was just really offensive because it kind of belittles the whole issue,” Morales told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay, Florida, referring to the immigration process that both of her parents are still enduring.

The photo, which was printed on page 96 of the $90 Naples High School yearbook in Naples, Florida, pictured six students dressed in ponchos and sombreros and wearing mustaches, and one student in a shirt labeled “border patrol.”

Morales’ father, Miguel Morales, told WFTS-TV the image struck him as “really racist,” adding, “I’ve never seen anything like that, I thought it was 2015 and people don’t act like that.”

However, a senior who said she participated in the initial staged snapshots, but was not involved with the “border patrol” part of the photo presented there, told ABC News that she and her friends were just fooling around and no offense was intended. She said they were dressed in the themed attire in order to represent a Mariachi band for “Twin Day” during their high school’s spirit week in October 2014.

“I am Cuban and I don’t find this offensive,” said Sophie Wasmer, 18. “Without a doubt, people wouldn’t even making these comments if it wasn’t because of social media. … Even girls I sit at lunch with are antagonizing us. If she [Morales] knew that six out of the seven of us were Latino, I don’t think she would’ve done that [complained].”

The Collier County Public School District expressed regret that the photo got through its yearbook vetting process.

“The picture in question is from Naples High School’s Spirit week,” the district said in a statement. “The Naples High yearbook staff has a vetting process for which all content is reviewed. If anyone on the yearbook team finds a picture questionable, the yearbook sponsor brings it forward to Naples High Principal Kevin Saba. That regrettably did not happen in this case.”

In the statement, Saba added, “We regret if any Golden Eagle student, parent, or community member found it offensive. It was certainly not our intent.”

Wasmer said she was surprised to learn via Twitter that the photo was causing so much controversy.

“It looks like we were ‘Crossing the border, being Mexican,’ and that’s not how we wanted it interpreted,” Wasmer said. “Our intention was never to offend anyone. … I’m not really angered by it, but I just want to get over it, pretty much. It was just blown out of proportion.”

Morales said she hoped to enter into a career that combats what she feels is offensive behavior, such as the yearbook image.

“It would be amazing to do that,” Morales told WFTS-TV. “To … make an impact on the world because there is so much inequality in it. It would be awesome to make a change.”

Morales did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for additional comment.

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Courtesy Michael Armstrong(NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.) — A sea lion walks into a bar.

This isn’t the set-up to a joke, it happened in real life in Newport Beach, California, last week when a pup waddled in to “grab a beverage,” according to manager Sonia Warner.

But the Beach Ball Bar on Balboa Peninsula refused service to the little guy on May 12.

“We’re very careful not to serve alcohol to minors and he clearly wasn’t above the drinking age,” Warner joked.

The bartender and two customers tried to use bar stools to keep the sea lion outside the bar, but Warner said he wandered in and out for almost two hours. “He had a gash on his back and a little eye problem but he was happy doing his own thing,” Warner told ABC News.

The Newport Beach Animal Control workers took the pup to the vet and he was cleared to be released about 35 miles south, in San Clemente.

That didn’t stop him from making it back to Newport Beach the next day.

This time, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center took him in and appropriately named him Beach Ball, Warner said, noting that the center is treating him for an eye infection and “fattening him up.”

Warner went to visit Beach Ball last week and said the center has about 125 sea lion pups they’re taking care of.

“They told me Beach Ball isn’t alone in being a starving pup,” said Warner. “Apparently the water is so warm it’s making the food deeper. The moms are abandoning their pups.”

The Pacific Marine Mammal Center plans to release Beach Ball back to the wild when he’s healthier.

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WJLA(WASHINGTON) — The man accused of murdering a family and their housekeeper inside their D.C. mansion — before setting it on fire was caught late Thursday night following a multi-state manhunt that stretched from Maryland to New York City.

“It’s been a very active and busy over 48 hours for us,” U.S. Marshal’s Commander Robert Fernandez told ABC News.

Daron Wint was named a suspect in the murder of Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their son Phillip and their housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, whose bodies were found in the Savopoulos home after it was set on fire May 14.

Here is how it went down:

Pizza Crust

Police did not publicly release Wint’s name until a week later, after they were able to positively match trace DNA they found on an uneaten pizza crust left inside the mansion. In the hours before and after the public announcement, the manhunt was on.

Fernandez said that investigators were able to trace the Prince George’s County, Maryland, resident to Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday night, but they were too late.

U.S. Marshal’s and New York Police Department officers “went to the location, but he had just fled so they barely missed him,” Fernandez said.

New York City

NYPD sources told ABC News that they still are not certain that Wint was ever actually in Brooklyn. While police said they did trace his phone to the borough, they have no other evidence except his girlfriend’s testimony placing him physically in New York.

While D.C. Police Commissioner Cathy Lanier said she believed he was in Brooklyn at around noon on Thursday, New York investigators later clarified that they were “not confident” with the testimony that initially led them to believe he was there.

Fernandez said the U.S. Marshals moved on and used additional information, though he did not specify what that intelligence was. It ultimately tracked Wint to College Park, Maryland.

“We were able to marry up the information that we were getting from both locations and determined that he was en route back to the D.C. area. We just had to figure out where he was heading,” Fernandez said.

Back in Maryland

Authorities placed Wint at a Howard Johnson’s and planned to arrest him inside, but Fernandez said plans changed.

“Things are always fluid when you’re trying to find a human body and they’re mobile and before we could get to the hotel, two vehicles left and he was in one of the vehicles,” Fernandez said.

The 20 vehicles that law enforcement had near the hotel then began following the two cars as they were driving north along Route 1. Officers were waiting to “take down” the car because they wanted to be certain he was in the vehicle. Right then the cars made “a wacky U-turn” and the Marshals thought they had been “made,” Fernandez said.

Apparently they hadn’t because the car trail carried on into Washington D.C. until just after 11 p.m. when the arrest was finally made.

“We reached the point where we knew we could take tactically take them down safely so we did without a vehicle pin maneuver on both vehicles and were able to stop them and arrest everybody with not a shot fired,” Fernandez said.

Wint was in a car with another man and two women, and two other men were in the second car, authorities said.

None of the others have been publicly identified and it is unknown whether or not they are still in police custody or if they have been arrested.

Wint is due in D.C. Superior Court Friday afternoon for an initial hearing.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Two men from Anaheim, California were arrested Thursday night on terrorism charges, law enforcement sources confirm to ABC News.

The arrests — one at Los Angeles International Airport and the other in Orange County, California — were carried out by the Joint Terrorism Task Force and are said to be a part of a wide-ranging investigation into men suspected of planning travel abroad to join ISIS. They come at a time when the FBI has warned of an ISIS social media campaign to recruit followers.

“There are people in the U.S. who go onto these websites and without ever having talked to anybody or met anybody in ISIS, they get converted,” says ABC News’ counterterrorism consultant Richard Clarke.

Clarke says those American converts are urged to join the fight in Iraq or Syria or kill at home.

In this latest case, there was no known public threat to Southern California.

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ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) — It’s the Florida endorsement Marco Rubio may secretly be vying for — that of hugely popular Cuban rapper Pitbull.

In a BuzzFeed profile of Rubio, an unnamed aide, trying to tout the senator’s cool factor, alluded to Rubio’s hip hop fluency, and citing that he’s on a first name basis with Pitbull.

Rubio has made mention of his favor for Pitbull, whose real is Armando Perez, in the past.

“Pitbull has become a friend and someone from Miami we’re very proud of,” Rubio said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in April.

But Rubio may not have the market cornered on cool. Pitbull has said that his mother and grandmother told him that “politics and religion” are the two things you don’t speak about, according to The Hill.

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