Husband of woman killed on Southwest flight: ‘I immediately thought of the kids’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Michael Riordan met his wife Jennifer in a shopping mall 29 years ago. He was 17 years old. She was just 15. Last week, Michael’s world changed when he learned Jennifer had been killed on Southwest Flight 1380 after an engine failed 32,000 feet above the ground on April 17. Jennifer, …

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Stoneman Douglas school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz found to be indigent, will keep public defender

Amy Beth Bennett-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Florida Judge Elizabeth Scherer has found Nikolas Cruz to be indigent and the 19-year-old will keep his public defender, the State Attorney’s Office told ABC News today. Cruz is accused of fatally shooting 17 students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. …

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Firefighter rescues baby deer from brush fire

Monroe County BOCC/Facebook(MONROE COUNTY, Fla.) When Jen Shockley Brack saw a baby deer running for its life, she jumped into the flames to save the endangered Key deer fawn. “I wasn’t scared. I saw his big eyes and he was so scared and trembling, I just had to get him,” Shockley Brack told ABC News. …

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High school golfer attacked by goose

iStock/Thinkstock(ADRIAN, Mich.) — Birdies on the golf course are usually a good thing. Just not when that bird is a very angry goose. At a high school golf tournament in Adrian, Michigan, a Blissfield High School foursome had teed off and was walking down a fairway where a goose was sitting on an egg in …

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Waffle House shooting hero honored by Tennessee lawmakers in emotional ceremony

Jason Davis/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — In an emotional ceremony Tuesday at the Tennessee Capitol, lawmakers gave James Shaw Jr., the man who stopped the deadly attack a Waffle House in a Nashville suburb, a standing ovation for his bravery. “You were confronted with the most unspeakable evil imaginable and you acted with the utmost honor, …

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Two Dallas police officers shot and critically wounded, authorities say

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — Two Dallas Police officers have been shot and critically wounded, the Dallas Police Department wrote on Twitter. A civilian was also shot, and his or her condition is unknown at this time, police said. The police department asked for prayers for the officers and their families. Further details were not immediately available. This …

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Roku set to be the launch destination for ABC News Live

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Roku Inc. Tuesday announced that The Roku Channel will be the launch destination for ABC News Live, a new 24/7 live and linear news stream from anchor partner ABC News. It will utilize the worldwide resources of ABC News and their people in the field to deliver news in a …

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Donkey’s milk and snail mucus: How popular South Korean skincare products are made

ABC News(NEW YORK) — Korean beauty products — otherwise known as K-Beauty — have taken the internet by storm, popping up on social media posts by celebrities. These viral products and regimen are not only limited to celebrities and beauty bloggers. The latest Korean craze has lined up beauty aisles of big stores like Walmart …

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Agriculture Education touted as a broad degree

A high school agriculture instructor in southeast Minnesota says a degree in ag education can lead to many successful career paths.   Paul Aarsvold teaches at Plainview-Elgin-Millville. He says there is a huge shortage of ag educators, but sees enthusiasm for the profession increasing because of the value of the degree. “You can go into …

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The 117th day of January

One of my friends on social media suggested last week that it was not mid-April, but the 117th day of January. Blizzards, wildfires, flooding and drought all occurred somewhere in the heartland of this country on that day. I was ashamed of myself for complaining about snow flurries and icy winds when I learned of …

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FFA gives Minnesota member opportunity she never expected

The state treasurer for Minnesota FFA says the organization gives members opportunities they’d never expect.   Spencer Flood of the Dassel-Cokato chapter in central Minnesota says she was surprised to receive an invitation to be part of the National Ag Day ceremony while visiting Washington, D.C. last month. Flood was asked to introduce Ag Secretary …

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Jenny Cavnar makes MLB history with Rockies-Padres play-by-play call

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) —  Jenny Cavnar has had a long-running career in Major League Baseball, but she slid into a historic new role in the broadcast booth Monday night, becoming the first woman since 1996 to call the televised play-by-play for a major league team. Cavnar called the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres matchup in …

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Ernst questions Perdue about Pruitt and the RFS

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, appearing this morning before a Senate Ag Committee hearing on the state of rural America, was asked about issues surrounding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and his handling of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Iowa Senator Joni Ernst thanked Perdue for his defense of the RFS, but expressed her concerns about the so-called “small …

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Flood Warning issued April 24 at 9:25AM MDT until May 01 at 3:00AM MDT by NWS

…The Flood Warning is cancelled for the following rivers in South Dakota… Firesteel Creek Near Mount Vernon …The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South Dakota…Iowa…Minnesota… James River Near Forestburg

Suspect in Toronto van attack charged with murder, attempted murder after 10 die

CTV/ABC News(TORONTO) — The 25-year-old Canadian man accused of mowing down pedestrians with a van in northern Toronto Monday has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder. Alek Minassian, with a stone-faced expression and clad in a white jail jumpsuit, appeared in court this morning in Toronto, which …

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Stoneman Douglas school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz found to be indigent, will keep public defender

Amy Beth Bennett-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Florida Judge Elizabeth Scherer has found Nikolas Cruz to be indigent and the 19-year-old will keep his public defender, the State Attorney’s Office told ABC News today. Cruz is accused of fatally shooting 17 students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. …

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Corn planting 30 percent behind

  An ag meteorologist says last week’s winter storm across the Upper Midwest has set back corn planting for much of the Corn Belt. “We are seeing a number of states at least 10 percentage points behind their average five-year pace.” USDA’s Brad Rippy says Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri are among the states behind …

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Winter weather stalls Minnesota planting

Wintery weather kept Minnesota farmers out of the fields last week.  The USDA says part of the state received snow and the areas that didn’t were still too cold and wet for any fieldwork. Only a handful of producers were able to spread manure in selected fields where the ground would support equipment. USDA officials …

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What will Prince William, Princess Kate name their newborn son?

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(LONDON) — Now that we know Prince William and Princess Kate’s third child is a boy, the world is awaiting the name of the fifth in line to the British throne. “You’ll find out soon enough,” William, 35, said to well-wishers gathered outside St. Mary’s Hospital in London Monday. Royal watchers are not …

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French president sweeps into DC with ‘more articulated, credible’ foreign policy

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — French President Emmanuel Macron has been notably active on the national scene since his election last year, launching initiatives aimed at modernizing France. He has also applied the same energy to foreign policy, with a global strategy dubbed “France is back.” “Since his election a year ago, Emmanuel Macron has improved …

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