Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, tearfully admitted Friday to a federal judge that he sent obscene material to a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina, the same day it was reported that Abedin had filed for divorce from him.

Weiner, who turned himself into the FBI, pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor. This afternoon a court official confirmed that Abedin filed for divorce after seven years of marriage.

Weiner agreed to surrender his iPhone as part of the plea agreement and he must register as a sex offender.

In an emotional statement Friday, Weiner said he “compulsively sought attention from women,” engaging many of them in sexual and non-sexual conversations. He said his behavior started when he entered Congress and it continued through the first six months of 2016.

“These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service,” he said.

Weiner admitted to sharing explicit images with the 15-year-old and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct; he said he knew his behavior was “as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”

Weiner said last fall is when he “came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness” and entered “intensive treatment.”

“I have a sickness,” Weiner said, “but I do not have an excuse.”

Weiner also apologized to the teenage girl.

Weiner agreed to serve 21 to 27 months in prison but he will be released on $150,000 bond. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Weiner’s attorney, Arlo Devlin-Brown, said in a statement that the former politician “accepted full responsibility for the inappropriate, sexually explicit communications he engaged in early last year. He apologized, offered no excuses, and made a commitment to make amends.”

“As reflected in the plea agreement, the resolution on terms far less severe than could have been sought reflect ‘the specific circumstances of the offense conduct in this case,’ which did not feature aggravating factors often present in cases of this kind,” Devlin-Brown said. “Mr. Weiner will not be addressing this matter beyond his statement this morning in Court, and remains focused on his recovery.”

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton’s private email server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from the 2016 federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to to that underage girl in North Carolina.

During that federal investigation, at least one device used by Weiner and Abedin was discovered. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton’s private server.

Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in August 2016. The two married in 2010, and in June 2011 Weiner resigned from Congress, a month after the release of an explicit photo of him that he inadvertently posted on his Twitter account. At the time, Abedin was pregnant their son, who was born in December 2011. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The driver suspected of plowing into a crowd in New York’s Times Square midday Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 20 others, was arraigned today on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Three people remain hospitalized with critical injuries from the crash.

At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran, was driving south on 7th Avenue when he slowed down, allowed traffic to pass, made a U-turn at 42nd Street, accelerated and started to strike down pedestrians, police said. He accelerated and continued driving until he crashed at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.

Prosecutors today said Rojas “brutally murdered an 18-year-old woman and severely injured her 13-year-old sister who were here on vacation.” The crash killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, officials said. Her younger sister is in the hospital with a collapsed lung and broken pelvis, police said Friday.

After Rojas crashed, he exited the car and prosecutors quoted him as saying, “I wanted to kill them.”

Rojas was detained by police and civilians, police said.

There is no indication of terrorism, officials said. Rojas’ motive remains under investigation, police said Friday.

Online court records said Rojas was observed with “glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet.” Rojas allegedly told police, “I smoked marijuana. I laced the marijuana with PCP.” Police sources confirmed the presence of PCP in his system.

Rojas was remanded to custody today and will return to court on May 24. Defense attorneys did not comment outside of court. Relatives of Rojas were seen sobbing outside.

Rojas, who lives with his mother in the Bronx, has had multiple arrests in the past, including two for drunken driving, police said.

Annie Donahey, who witnessed Thursday’s deadly crash, told ABC News, “I was walking toward the subway station and the sidewalk that I was on was super crowded. Last minute I decided I was gonna cross the street … I turn around because someone screamed. There’s this red car, full speed, careening down the sidewalk.”

Donahey said one woman she was walking next to was struck by the car. “I looked back and she was in a pile on the street,” Donahey said. “It could’ve been me.”

She continued: “I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t crossed the street. It happened too fast.”

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The driver suspected of plowing into a crowd in New York’s Times Square midday Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 20 others, was arraigned Friday on charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.

Four people remain hospitalized with critical injuries from the crash.

At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, a Navy veteran, was driving south on 7th Avenue when he made a quick U-turn at 42nd Street and drove on the sidewalk for three-and-a-half blocks, striking multiple pedestrians until crashing at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.

There is no indication of terrorism, officials said.

After Rojas crashed, he fled the scene but was detained by police and civilians, police said.

The car killed Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, officials said. Her 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

Witness Annie Donahey told ABC News, “I was walking toward the subway station and the sidewalk that I was on was super crowded. Last minute I decided I was gonna cross the street … I turn around because someone screamed. There’s this red car, full speed, careening down the sidewalk.”

Donahey said one woman she was walking next to was struck by the car. “I looked back and she was in a pile on the street,” Donahey said. “It could’ve been me.”

She continued: “I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t crossed the street. It happened too fast.”

Rojas faces one count of murder, one count of aggravated vehicular homicide and 20 counts of attempted murder.

Rojas has had multiple arrests in the past, including two for drunken driving, police said.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, tearfully admitted on Friday to a federal judge that he sent obscene material to a 15-year-old high school student in North Carolina.

Weiner, who turned himself into the FBI, pleaded guilty in federal court to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor. Weiner agreed to surrender his iPhone as part of the plea agreement and he must register as a sex offender.

In an emotional statement Friday, Weiner said he “compulsively sought attention from women,” engaging many of them in sexual and non-sexual conversations. He said his behavior started when he entered Congress and it continued through the first six months of 2016.

“These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends, and destroyed my life’s dream of public service,” he exclaimed.

Weiner admitted to sharing explicit images with the 15-year-old and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct; he said he knew his behavior was “as morally wrong as it was unlawful.”

Weiner said last fall is when he “came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness” and entered “intensive treatment.”

“I have a sickness,” Weiner said, “but I do not have an excuse.”

Weiner also apologized to the teenage girl.

Weiner’s brother was the only family member in court to watch the proceedings.

He agreed to serve 21 to 27 months in prison but he will be released on $150,000 bond. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8.

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton’s private email server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from the 2016 federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to to that underage girl in North Carolina.

During that federal investigation, at least one device used by Weiner and Abedin was discovered. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton’s private server.

Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in August 2016. The two married in 2010, and in June 2011 Weiner resigned from Congress, a month after the release of an explicit photo of him that he inadvertently posted on his Twitter account. At the time, Abedin was pregnant their son, who was born in December 2011. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded.

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WABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The driver suspected of plowing into a crowd in New York’s Times Square midday Thursday, killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and aggravated vehicular homicide.

The suspect, 26-year-old Richard Rojas of the Bronx, is expected to be arraigned Friday as nine people remain hospitalized from the crash.

At 11:55 a.m. Thursday, Rojas, a Navy veteran, was driving south on 7th Avenue when he made a quick U-turn at 42nd Street and drove on the sidewalk for three-and-a-half blocks, striking multiple pedestrians until crashing at 45th Street, according to law enforcement.

There is no indication of terrorism, officials said.

After Rojas crashed, he fled the scene but was detained by police and civilians, police said.

The car struck 23 pedestrians, killing Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Michigan, law enforcement sources and city officials said. Her 13-year-old sister was among the injured.

Witness Annie Donahey told ABC News, “I was walking toward the subway station and the sidewalk that I was on was super crowded. Last minute I decided I was gonna cross the street … I turn around because someone screamed. There’s this red car, full speed, careening down the sidewalk.”

Donahey said one woman she was walking next to was struck by the car. “I looked back and she was in a pile on the street,” Donahey said. “It could’ve been me.”

She continued: “I wouldn’t be here now if I hadn’t crossed the street. It happened too fast.”

Rojas is expected to be charged with one count of murder, 20 counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Rojas has had multiple arrests, including two for drunken driving, police said.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Anthony Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman and estranged husband of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, is expected to plead guilty Friday to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor for allegedly texting an underage girl in North Carolina.

Weiner, who turned himself into the FBI, is due in federal court later Friday morning.

The emails that prompted the FBI to reopen its review of Clinton’s private server days before the 2016 presidential election emerged from a federal investigation into whether Weiner sent explicit messages to an underage girl in North Carolina.

During that federal investigation, at least one device used by Weiner and Abedin was discovered. Abedin was among a tight-knit group that had an email address on Clinton’s private server.

Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in August 2016. The two married in 2010 and in June 2011 Weiner resigned from Congress, a month after the release of an explicit photo of him that he inadvertently posted on his Twitter account. At the time, Abedin was pregnant with their son, who was born in December 2011. Weiner ran for mayor of New York City in 2013 during which a similar sexting scandal unfolded.

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Cornell University Police(ITHACA, N.Y.) — Police are searching for a 20-year-old student at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, who has not been seen for more than two days.

Aalaap Narasipura, 20, was last seen in Sage Hall on Cornell’s campus Wednesday morning between 2 and 3 a.m. ET, according to the Cornell University Police Department.

State and local authorities from multiple agencies have searched Narasipura’s residence, academic spaces and regular routes of travel as well as adjacent natural areas and gorges around the Ivy League university, but have yet to find any evidence of his whereabouts, police said.

Police released a photo and description of Narasipura in hopes that members of the public who may have recently seen him can provide any leads. The student is described as a dark-skinned male, 5-feet-9 inches tall, 121 pounds, black hair and brown eyes.

Police said Narasipura was last seen wearing shorts and a flannel shirt with bright blue socks and leather sandals. He may have been carrying an earth-tone backpack.

Anyone with information regarding Narasipura’s whereabouts should contact the Cornell University Police Department at 607-255-111.

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Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — NBA star Isaiah Thomas opened up about how he was able to overcome a recent family tragedy through basketball, saying in an interview with ABC News’ Good Morning America that despite having second thoughts about continuing with his season, he wasn’t one to take “the easy way out.”

Thomas’ sister, Chyna Thomas, was killed in a car crash last month at the age of 22, just one day before his team, the Boston Celtics, was supposed to play against the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the NBA playoffs.

“When it happened, I considered just going home and just calling it a season,” Thomas told GMA. “But then I thought about that … that’s the easy way out.”

“And I’ve never been the guy to take the easy way out,” he said.

In the wake of the sudden tragedy, Thomas said he spoke to his family and close friends and ultimately decided to finish out the season, taking to the court the day following his sister’s death.

“I know them other guys in that locker room is depending on me,” Thomas said. “And that’s what helped me get through at that time.”

“Basketball is what keeps me sane,” he added. “I couldn’t let that go.”

Thomas said he and his family are “taking it day by day.”

“Some days are worse than others, but I mean, that’s just reality,” he said. “That’s just what it’s going to be.”

“Those first two games against the Bulls … that was probably the toughest games of my life,” Thomas admitted. “And then after that, I started being able to control where my mind’s going while in on the court.”

“When I get on the court … I’m not thinking about anything that’s going on, really, in my life. It’s just when that game is over, then reality hits,” Thomas said.

The point guard said that he owes it to the support of his family, friends, teammates and the NBA that he is able to continue playing.

“The only thing I can do is be around my family, my close friends, and even being around this team and this organization has helped me so much,” Thomas said. “Without those guys, like, there wouldn’t be me playing in no playoffs, through the stuff that I’ve been through this past month.”

Thomas said that in spite of the tragedy, this season has been “my best year since I’ve been in the league.”

“It’s turned … people’s opinions about me,” the 5’9″ point guard added. “Cause there’s people still doubting out there, that I’m too small, I can’t lead a team to the finals or a championship.”

“It’s been like that my whole life” Thomas said. “But at the end of the day, just, it motivates me and keeps me going.”

Thomas said he’s learned how to “become more of a leader” during this season, and part of that means learning how “to share my success with my teammates.”

“Cause without them, I wouldn’t do the things that I do on the court. They allow me to be who I am. They allow me to go out there and score,” he added. “And I can’t thank them enough.”

Thomas also touched on his relationship with retired Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, who has been one of his counselors in both life and basketball.

“It doesn’t seem real,” Thomas said of the NBA legend. “I talk to him almost every day since the playoff started. He’s been a big helping hand.”

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

INTERLEAGUE
Colorado 5, Minnesota 1
Texas 8, Philadelphia 4
Toronto 9, Atlanta 0
Colorado at Minnesota, postponed

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 6, Baltimore 5
Kansas City 5, N.Y. Yankees 1
Oakland 8, Boston 3
Seattle 5, Chicago White Sox 4

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh 10, Washington 4
Chicago Cubs 9, Cincinnati 5
Milwaukee 4, San Diego 2
L.A. Dodgers 7, Miami 2

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
OT/Anaheim 3, Nashville 2

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Purestock/Thinkstock(PORT TOWNSEND, Wash.) — Two women and a child were hospitalized Thursday night after falling 15 to 18 feet from a Ferris wheel at a carnival in Washington State, officials said.

The incident happened around 6 p.m. at the Rhododendron Festival at Memorial Field in Port Townsend, located about two hours northwest of Seattle.

The victims fell onto the metal base at the bottom of the ride, according to East Jefferson Fire Department spokesman Bill Beezley.

One of the victims, a 59-year-old woman, is in critical but stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries after being airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, confirmed a hospital spokesperson.

A 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy were transported to Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV. Both of these victims have non-life-threatening injuries and are up and walking.

A fourth person was slightly injured after he was clipped by one of the victims who fell from the Ferris wheel. He refused medical treatment.

Rhododendron Festival president Debbie LaFollette and vice president Brandi Hamon said in a joint statement, “First and foremost the Rhododendron Festival would like to ask for everyone to please pray for all the victims in today’s carnival accident. This was a tragic event and our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”

The statement continued, “At this time we are letting the Port Townsend Police Department, East Jefferson Fire and Rescue and Funtastic Traveling Shows (which the carnival is owned and operated by) conduct their investigations … Thank you to all the volunteers and employees that stepped up out of the crowd to make sure the victims were attended to and the incident was controlled.”

The Ferris wheel was shut down following the incident, but the carnival’s other rides continued to operate.

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